At The Motley Fool, our primary investing focus is on individual stocks — which we view as the most powerful tool out there for long-term wealth building. But there are other options, and one that’s long been popular is real estate. For those looking to branch out from Wall Street to something near the corner of Elm Street and Summit Avenue, Motley Fool Answers co-hosts Alison Southwick and Robert Brokamp have invited a special guest to join them for this podcast: Thomas Castelli, a tax strategist with The Real Estate CPA, who will take them and their listeners on an exploratory ramble through the world of real estate investing.
But first, it’s a “What’s Up, Bro?” segment about something that could have been good news for every American who ever interacts with the world of healthcare. When the Affordable Care Act was passed, it mandated that hospitals would have to start posting their master lists of baseline charges — called, simply enough, “chargemasters” — so that we as customers could price shop, and have a clue about what we were going to be billed. And this year, the federal government has finally begun insisting they do just that. Unfortunately, medical care providers have found plenty of ways to keep their chargemasters opaque, confusing, and in most cases, meaningless.
A full transcript follows the video.
This video was recorded on March 5, 2019.
Alison Southwick: This is Motley Fool Answers! I’m Alison Southwick. Joining me, as always, is Robert Brokamp, personal finance expert here at The Motley Fool.
Robert Brokamp: Everyone, hello!
Southwick: Hello, yes! For everyone who complains that my voice is too high-pitched and chipper, this episode’s for you! This week we’re going to learn about options for real estate investing with the help of Thomas Castelli, a tax strategist with The Real Estate CPA. All that and more on this week’s episode of Motley Fool Answers.
So, Bro, what’s up?
Brokamp: Well, Alison, besides your voice, sit right back as I tell the tale of Jeanette Parker, a wildlife biologist in Florida who decided to feed a stray cat. Did you hear this story?