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Jason Smith, CAI

Land Broker, Auctioneer, Appraiser

Jason Smith, CAI  Land Broker | Auctioneer | Appraiser

Jason Smith, CAI has earned the auction industry's highest and most regarded designation of CAI through the National Auctioneers Association. As a graduate of the Certified Auctioneers Institute Jason is among less than 1% of auctioneers worldwide to achieve this designation. The Certified Auctioneers Institute is a 3 year executive development program held at Indiana University offering coursework in business management, ethics, finance, communication, strategic planning and marketing. This program is the pinnacle of education in the auction industry, only 8 other Iowa Auctioneers hold this designation.

Jason is the Real Estate Broker and Principal Auctioneer at DreamDirt Farm & Ranch Real Estate.

Jason is a highly experienced auctioneer, real estate broker and appraiser. He is also a highly skilled negotiator for private real estate sales and a top producing auctioneer having sold hundreds of millions of dollars of farmland in his career. Jason has a wide range of experience working for private sellers, estates, institutional sellers, bank liquidation of REO, family trusts and corporations.

He has appeared on multiple national media including Rock Center with Brian Williams on NBC, Fox News The New Economy, New York Times among them as well as many appearances on national, regional and local radio shows, magazines and newspapers for his commentary on Iowa farmland values and the farmland market.

Jason is continually involved with continuing education to stay on top of current laws, methods and technology as it relates to the services DreamDirt offers its clients. This has helped us continually improve our offerings and results for clients. He holds membership in many organizations and subscribes to the code of ethics required by those member organizations. Many of Jason's past clients describe him as very passionate and knowledgable about his duty as an auctioneer and broker. Smith says "I've been blessed to absolutely love what I do for a living. Every new asset whether its a farm, a tractor, or estate brings new fuel to my fire" Smith has won many awards as an auctioneer relating to his work as a marketer. He says "At DreamDirt we are never satisfied, we can always do more, we can do better, we don't settle for average because we don't sell average assets. When it comes to representing their only home, a million or multi-million dollar farms or machinery collections you had better be serious and darn good."

Jason has won numerous advertising and marketing awards in his career as a real estate and farm marketer. To his credit was awarded #1 website in Iowa and in the Nation by two different trade organizations in 2015. Jason's creativity and ability to see what others overlook has made his services appealing to his clients. He has won multiple other awards for printed promotional materials in both real estate and farm machinery along with #1 Auction Marketing Video from the National Auctioneers Association.

  • Iowa Realtors Education Pre License (60 + 36 Hour)
  • Real Estate Salesperson License (2006 to 2013)
  • Iowa Real Estate Brokers License (2013 to Present)
  • Missouri Auctioneers License
  • North Dakota Auctioneers License
  • Nebraska Personal Property Auctioneer
  • Graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering
  • Graduate of Professional Ringman's Institute 2013 and 2015
  • Certified Auctioneers Institute I
  • Certified Auctioneers Institute II
  • Certified Auctioneers Institute III
  • Member National Auctioneers Association
  • Member Iowa Auctioneers Association
  • Member Realtors Land Institute (RLI)
  • Member Iowa Realtors Land Institute
  • Member of the Farm Bureau
  • Member Quality Deer Management Association

When I inherited our family farm in Plymouth County Iowa I contacted Jason at DreamDirt about the farm. His research was thorough and detailed, he was knowledgeable, extremely helpful and the advertising for our family farm was absolutely outstanding! The number of people that attended our auction or bid online was incredible. DreamDirt SOLD the farm at auction for more than I thought it would sell for! I considered many auctioneers and in the end Jason was able to achieve more money which meant the difference in my ability to retire early.
~ Chad Schneider

I want to thank you, your wife, and your entire team for the attention that you showed to every detail of my auction! I researched all of my options, I visited with other auctioneers in the area, and I decided on your firm. I am impressed with all of your marketing avenues, the timing of each marketing venue was perfect. Jason, your Facebook ads, newspaper ads, and window advertising were very nice. I appreciate the time you spent in explaining your thoughts to marketing my property, the thought that the selling costs can be shared with the buyer, and your entire knowledge of the process. I had many questions during the process. You were very prompt in returning my calls, if you happened to be busy at the time of my call. I watched my auction live on Facebook, what I saw was a very professional operation with every "i" dotted, and "t" crossed. Your legal forms were easy to understand, they are concise and easy to complete.
This was my first, and only, need for an auctioneer of farm property. I would have no problem recommending you, and your team, for any auction need.
Best regards,
~ Wayne Clausen

DreamDirt is the best in the business when it comes to their advertising and their vibrant website presence!
~ Dr. David Smith

I contacted Jason Smith at DreamDirt regarding my hard to sell acreage in Missouri, which had been up for sale for 2 years. Being new to placing a property up for auction, Jason took the time to explain everything to me in detail and was never too busy to take my call. He went above and beyond to make sure the property sold at the price I needed. I could not be happier with his good judgment, experience and knowledge on how to make a difficult impossible property sell quickly and easily. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Jason. HE IS AMAZING!!!!
~ Lisa St. John

I wanted to let you all know that just before the auction I spoke with a personal friend who is very involved in the hunting industry and very knowledgeable about land sales. He lives near the farm property I was selling and he told me quote: "Your farm has been marketed better than any other land auction I have ever seen. I personally have seen your farm come across my face at least 4 or 5 times recently!" Naturally this made me feel very good about my choice of auctioneers. Thank you again for all the hard work!
~ Tom Ware, Ware Management Properties

In 2016 we employed DreamDirt to sell 1181 acres of land in Winnebago County in northern Iowa This was our parents estate and was a very important matter to us. We were most impressed with Jason and Tom's very thorough planning, advertising and auction. They were very knowledgeable and available everytime when we had questions and that was often. I believe they are on the cutting edge of their profession and they would get our highest recommendation, they are true professionals at what they do which made things very smooth for us with great results.
~ Judy Blankenfeld

"My siblings and I recently sold our family farm that had been in our family for almost 100 years. It seemed a huge decision and undertaking. Jason at DreamDirt is very knowledgable and competent and the whole process was made easier. We're so glad we found their website and decided to use them. Jason was available to us at any time and went the extra mile to meet our needs and answer any questions we had. We were concerned about getting the price we wanted with somewhat of a market downturn but with their extensive marketing (including the beautiful video) we were very happy with the results. We would definitely recommend Dreamdirt to anyone considering this process."
~ Melinda Jensen

"After the last closing, Jason suggested that I could write a 'one or two line testimonial' about my experience with Dream Dirt (good or bad). It will take more than one or two sentences!"

"I contacted Jason about selling our family farms. He was very thorough and professional at all times. He showed utmost respect to the fact that these were generational farms, owned by our family for as long as I can remember. We came to a difficult set of circumstances and at every 'bump in the road' Jason came up with a positive solution. No question I had remained unanswered no matter how trivial. Dynamic. Innovative. This is a 'get-er-done' operation that is unafraid of being progressive AND aggressive. Not wanting the 'good ole' boy' solution of selling farm land was very important to me and Dream Dirt did not disappoint. In reading previous testimonials, others had remarked how they could text, email, contact Jason 24/7. That really is true because I did contact him at all times of the day and night. This is a team that you can put your trust in and you will get a great result. Dream Dirt is THE best!!!"
~ Karma Tollman

"I would recommend you guys to anybody, I can't say enough good about the job you did."
~ Thad Bridges

"My first contact with Jason was an e-mail I sent one night at midnight. To my surprise I received an answer in 15 minutes and then a full proposal by 1:00AM. From that point on Jason and DreamDirt provided a level of service that you really don't find today. Selling a farmily farm is a stressful and complicated endeavor, and when you have a question or concern, the most important quality in a professional is trust. Jason earned our trust and I am confident he will earn yours too. I highly recommend DreamDirt."
~ Robert Stensland

"I would highly recommend that you use their auction services if you are going to sell your farmland."
~ Jim Schmidt

"Jason Smith went above-and-beyond with regards to the help and attention he showed in the sale of our farm. We had more than a few questions, and a lot of reservations in the beginning, yet it was Jason's patience, as well as his thorough knowledge, genuine friendliness, and total and timely attention that made us feel comfortable going forward with the auction process. And now that it's over, we're so glad we did!"
~ Jennifer Finnell

"Jason Smith and his team surpassed our expectations, and I want to sincerely thank you for making a farm sale for an out-of-state family such a great success. From the first telephone conversation with Jason, to the company's assistance with final documentation, everything was communicated clearly and professionally."
~ Stephanie Moland

"Last year, I contacted Jason about several properties that I intended to sell and asked for his assistance. Despite the short timeline, Jason responded quickly and worked tirelessly to market these properties. Jason didn't just stop at getting the listing and turning the property over to other salespeople. He spent hours learning and understanding the property so that he could explain the potential of it to who ever he showed it to. I was amazed at his ability to match the ideal buyer(s) for our property"
~ Bo Brock

"I feel that everything from the smallest details in getting ready for the sale – right up to and including the auction – was handled with complete professionalism. It was truly a pleasure to work with Jason and his team. Thank you!"
~ Gary Vroge

Agent Information:

  • Specialty:
  • Representing sellers of family farms, farm valuations, modern marketing and advertising
  • Licensed In:
  • Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota #1052
  • Areas Served:
  • Iowa / North Dakota / Missouri / Nebraska
  • Affiliations:
  • National Auctioneers Association, Iowa Auctioneers Association, Realtors Land Institute

Contact Information:

Brokerage Information:

  • Address:
  • DreamDirt Farm & Ranch Real Estate
    101 S. Noyes Street
    Mondamin, Iowa 51557

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