Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 24, 2018 Wanna hear of an eerie impulse buy? I sort of hate to admit this one. But earlier this year, I bought two grave sites — one cemetery plot for me and another for my husband. Total price: $2,790. Why spend that kind of money before you're dead? Or before you're expecting to die? Good question. After all, you could live a little and go on a cruise for that kind of cash. Why indeed. Whether we like it or not, many of us may be thinking more about death these days. All the deeply disturbing news about the mishandling of human remains at a some funeral homes in Detroit makes us think twice about what could go wrong. Read more: And many of us, frankly, are curious when we spot headlines — often around Halloween — proclaiming: "Forget stocks, invest in cemetery plots." The theory is that grave prices are only going up, not down. Demographics mean many … [Read more...] about Buying a cemetery plot isn’t like investing in real estate deals
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WHITEFISH, Mont. — A foundation established by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and headed by his wife is playing a key role in a real-estate deal backed by the chairman of Halliburton, the oil-services giant that stands to benefit from any of the Interior Department’s decisions to open public lands for oil exploration or change standards for drilling. A group funded by David Lesar, the Halliburton chairman, is planning a large commercial development on a former industrial site near the center of the Zinkes’ hometown of Whitefish, a resort area that has grown increasingly popular with wealthy tourists. The development would include a hotel and retail shops. There also would be a microbrewery — a business first proposed in 2012 by Ryan Zinke and for which he lobbied town officials for half a decade.Story Continued Below The Whitefish city planner, David Taylor, said in an interview that the project’s developer suggested to him that the microbrewery would be … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Zinke linked to real estate deal with Halliburton chairman
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by The Sweet spot A young woman wants to model healthy relationships for her half brother, but she can hardly stand his mother. ByCheryl Strayed and Steve Almond May 1, 2018 Dear Sugars, I’m 21 years old and still incapable of dealing with my stepmother. When I was 10, just months after my parents’ divorce, my father told me he was dating a new woman. I tried to act indifferent to the news, but later I sobbed to my mother. She comforted me by saying it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have another adult in my life who would love me. She was mistaken. Two years later, my dad told me his girlfriend was pregnant, and soon after, they married. On their wedding day, my stepmother pulled me aside and said: “You’re not who I would have chosen for a stepchild, but you’re who I’ve got.” I … [Read more...] about I Have a Real-Life Wicked Stepmother. How Do I Handle Her?
ROCKY MOUNT — Franklin County residents could see their tax rates rise by several pennies.The budget proposed to the board of supervisors Tuesday asked for a 7-cent real estate tax increase, along with a 17-cent boost to the personal property rate.The county administrator's proposal of a tax increase did not come as a surprise to supervisors, who were told in a budget work session this month that a tax increase of some kind would be necessary to continue development at Summit View Business Park.Franklin County's current real estate tax rate is among the lowest in the region. The increase, which would bump the rate up to 62 cents per $100 of assessed value, would put the county in the middle of the pack.A 7-cent increase to the real estate tax rate would garner the county $4.48 million in new revenue. The suggested personal property tax rate, which would rise to $2.53 per $100 of assessed value, would bring in $850,000 in new revenue.County Administrator Brent Robertson said if … [Read more...] about Franklin County to consider proposed 7-cent increase in real estate tax rate
Dive Brief: Commercial real estate firm CBRE urges hospitals in a report to begin thinking like real estate investors to cut spending and invest in technology and design "more patient-centric delivery systems." According to the report, real estate occupancy accounts for 8-12% of hospital costs. CBRE believes hospitals can save 10-12% of total real estate costs through outsourcing property management. Inpatient facilities account for 42.5% of all healthcare real estate in the U.S. and outpatient facilities account for 26.7%. The report urges hospitals to think about their real estate holdings as the industry shifts toward focusing on the latter. Dive Insight: According to the report, which uses data from 2016, U.S. hospitals and health systems own nearly $1 trillion of real estate, with 34 of the top-50 owners of healthcare real estate collectively owning $227 billion of real estate — "much more than all healthcare real estate … [Read more...] about Health systems urged to ‘act like real estate investors’