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Buying a Funeral Home

Buying a Funeral Home

by Dan Isard

By Daniel M. Isard Dear Dan, Aloha from the 50th state! Dan, I have the chance to buy a business. It’s a great business with a wonderful reputation. The only negative is that I’m buying the business and not the real estate. The real estate cost is far beyond what I can afford, so I […]

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Cemetery Impossible – Taking over a cemetery just before the sales run out calls for a hard look at the trust fund

Cemetery Impossible – Taking over a cemetery just before the sales run out calls for a hard look at the trust fund

by Dan Isard

Dear Cemetery Impossible, I live in a small town and own the local funeral home. There is one cemetery in town. It is a 40-acre cemetery and down to its last salable acre. The current owners have come to me and asked me to buy it. They are asking for $100,000. That doesn’t seem like […]

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Cemetery Impossible – When is it OK to insert ‘to the best of my knowledge’ in warranties & representations?

Cemetery Impossible – When is it OK to insert ‘to the best of my knowledge’ in warranties & representations?

by Dan Isard

By Daniel Isard, MSFS Dear Dan,  I was recently in the process of selling my cemetery. The lawyers produced a sale agreement. When it came to the representations and warranties of the seller (me), there were items that I know are accurate and I can opine to. However, on some items I asked my lawyer […]

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<h1>Cemetery Impossible – How can you tell if your cemetery is priced right?</h1>

Cemetery Impossible – How can you tell if your cemetery is priced right?

by Dan Isard

Cemetery Impossible How can you tell if a cemetery is priced right? by Daniel M. Isard, MSFS Dear Cemetery Impossible, I own a small cemetery in a two-cemetery town. The other cemetery is larger, and I am very familiar with it. About a decade ago, it was bought by someone and then acquired by another […]

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<h1>Time to Sell!</h1>

Time to Sell!

by Jeff Harbeson

The funeral profession is approaching an era unlike we have experienced thus far. With the average age of a funeral home owner approaching sixty-six years old, over the next several years there will be an increase in the business transfer activity in our profession. When I describe a transfer of a business, I’m speaking about […]

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