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Buying a Cemetery That Is Trusting via Surety Bonds

Buying a Cemetery That Is Trusting via Surety Bonds

by Dan Isard

If you’re buying a cemetery that has funded its merchandise trust through surety bonds, you need to understand what that means and how it affects what that cemetery is worth. Dear Dan, I want to buy a neighboring cemetery. I was doing my due diligence and learned that all of their merchandise trust is funded […]

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Finding A Bank To Finance Building A New Mausoleum

Finding A Bank To Finance Building A New Mausoleum

by Dan Isard

A cemetery is a different kind of business, so it’s not surprising that when it comes to getting their projects financed, cemeterians need to understand that and find the right sort of banker. Dear CI, I went to my bank to borrow money to build a new mausoleum. They turned me down. They said, “they […]

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Key People Succession

Key People Succession

by Dan Isard

Selling your business to a key person is one option. A look at the preparation involved. Dear Dan, I have three children. Unfortunately, all of them have pursued careers other than funeral service. I tried everything to bring them into the business – they went out on removals when they were teenagers and were exposed […]

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Buying a Funeral Home

Buying a Funeral Home

by Dan 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 will continue to be […]

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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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