Just when you thought the news couldn't get much worse with respect to property values, the AP reports that there's a big uptick in the market for burial plots. People are selling their eternal resting places to pay for food and shelter in the here and now -- but so many are flooding the market that prices are way down. Yikes.
One plot broker (who knew there was even such a job description?) reported that he was doing 9 or 10 times as much business as usual. The laws of supply and demand, however, seem to be holding true with depressing vigor. He also reported that one woman purchased a plot for $500 that had originally been sold for $6,800.
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