burial plots

Are Burial Plots Going to Become Worthless?

More people now get cremated in the U.S. than buried.  This is compared to 1980 when less than 10% of dead people in the U.S. were cremated.  The reasons include much lower cost, more religious acceptance of cremation, and a more mobile population that are more likely to move away from a hometown family burial plot….

rent-a-cow

How to Make Money with Rent-a-Cows

This bizarre investment strategy involves helping landowners take advantage of lower tax rates available for agriculture.  In many places, land used for agricultural purposes is taxed at a lower rate than land that is used for residential or other forms of commercial uses.  A piece of vacant land at a prime commercial location near a…

self-driving car

How Will Self-Driving Cars Affect Your Investments?

If and when self-driving cars become the norm, their effect on the economy and life in general will be enormous and far-reaching.  Since 90%+ of car accidents are caused by human error, there will be a huge immediate reduction in injuries, death, and property damage from fewer accidents.  The average commuter spends over 25 minutes…

Property Wars

Property Wars’ Scott Menaged and the Fall of Densco

Property Wars was a somewhat popular TV show that ran for two seasons on the Discovery Channel.  It featured several Phoenix area property flippers that hung out in front of foreclosed houses as their bidders placed bids on properties at trustee sales downtown.  Like other property flipping shows, it seemed like they were constantly making easy…

churches for lease

Churches for Lease

When I listed a former Orkin Pest Control building for sale on the south side of Atlanta, Georgia, I was surprised at the high level of demand from churches.  A majority of the calls were from ministers looking to start a church.  They were looking for a lease or lease option.  None of them had an…

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