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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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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

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 to insert the phrase, […]

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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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Time To Sell Your Funeral Home Business

Time To Sell Your Funeral Home Business

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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