All posts by Marion Freedman/RE/MAX Services

About Marion Freedman/RE/MAX Services

Providing my Buyers and Sellers with the very best ~ warm personal service and savvy negotiating, combined with the strength of today's technology, and...I love what I do!

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Doing Nothing is Costing Something

It has been said that more money has been lost due to indecisions than ever was due to making the wrong decisions. Many times, the larger the decision, the more likely procrastination comes into play and doing nothing will cost something. Buying a home is certainly one of the biggest decisions people make. Careful consideration […]

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Do You Know the Hidden Costs of New Construction?

Key Takeaways: New construction homes can have hidden costs, which is why you have to pay attention to the details when deciding on a new build.  When touring model homes, always ask the builder about what’s standard and what’s considered an upgraded feature with additional costs.   Buy on your terms and work with our team […]

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Property Inheritance

Stepped-up basis is an incredible benefit to people who inherit property. Not only do they receive the property itself, the basis or cost value of the property becomes the fair market value at the time of the decedent’s death. This avoids recognizing the gain between the decedent’s cost and what it is worth when it […]

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Less to Own than to Rent

The question is “financially speaking, are you better off owning than renting in the long term?” Renting a home has advantages. It is usually a short-term commitment from year to year and the landlord is responsible for the repairs. Owning a home with today’s low mortgage rates, the total house payment could easily be less […]

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The Time to Buy New Construction Is Now

Key Takeaways: Buying a new build is the best way to craft a home that fits all your needs, and you’ll get the customization you crave.  Material costs are on the rise, and you shouldn’t wait for them to come down—invest in new construction now to lock in your preferred price.  We have the knowledge […]

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Are You Covered?

A home warranty is a service contract that protects your home’s appliances and some systems from repairs or possible replacements. A convenient benefit of a home warranty is that when you report an item, they will assign a service provider to evaluate whether it should be repaired or replaced without the owner having to act […]

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Thoughts on Credit and Getting a Mortgage

Credit plays a huge role in getting a mortgage because it is a variable that helps the lender determine the likelihood that the loan will be repaid on a timely basis. Credit bureaus evaluate people’s credit worthiness using a FICO score. The higher the score the better the borrower’s credit. The mortgage rate charged to […]

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First Love, Second Wife or Third REALTOR

There is a story of a real estate agent’s prayer: “Dear Lord, if I can’t be someone’s first love, or second wife, at least, please let me be their third REALTOR®.” In a normal market with a balanced supply of sellers and buyers, this describes the preference that it might be better to be the […]

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Reap the Benefits of Your Realtor Even After You’ve Moved

Key Takeaways: Our real estate expertise goes far beyond just buying or selling your home—you can rely on us for quality resources before and after you’ve moved.  Whether you’re searching for the best local handyman, a notary, or something else entirely, you can trust our vetted providers to get the job done.  If you ever […]

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Simple Rates of Return

Looking for a simple way to determine if a rental property will give you the rate of return you want? This modified annual property operating data may be just what you’ve been looking for. There are many different rates of return that investor’s consider to determine whether a property will generate the yield that they […]