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Beat the Heat at your Local Library

by AH for Masha Halpern

As summer heats up, it’s time to cool down at your local library. With everything from your next book for the pool side to activities for your kids, your local library can be an inexpensive summer resource for the whole family.
 

The heart of libraries are books, and while you can still check out books in their traditional format, you can also download many books in text or audio formats. Listening to books while traveling can make car trips more enjoyable!

Libraries also offer a range of programs for all ages: summer reading programs, meet the author events, community information meetings, book groups, children’s programs, used book sales & more. Some libraries also provide quiet rooms that you can reserve ahead of time for group meetings.
 

With so many people & activities, your local library is a true expression of community. To help you get started, here’s a list of local library websites. Happy Reading!

Chapel Hill Public Library

Chatham County Public Library

Durham County Public Library

Orange County Public Library

 

Basic Lawn Care Tips

by EM for Masha Halpern

Whether you’ve just purchased a home and are in charge of a lawn for the first time or have been maintaining your lawn for the past 30 years, it’s easy to water too much, too often, and the wrong way. Watering the right way can be a challenge, so here’s what you should know to achieve the lush, green lawn you’ve always wanted.

How often?

A common misconception about watering lawns is that they should be watered the same amount as other plants in your garden or plants around your property. In reality, different plants have different watering requirements. Watering grass every day will over-saturate the soil leading to fungus growth and diseases. Watering less often encourages a healthier growing system by allowing the roots to grow stronger and deeper. Clay soils should be watered once a week while sandy soils should be watered every three days.

 

How much?

The amount of water your lawn needs may even differ from the amount of water your neighbor’s lawn needs. So, how do you know how much water your lawn requires? Easy, all lawns are finished being watered when 6-8 inches of topsoil is wet. This can be determined using a shovel or screwdriver to see how deep the water has soaked. Another way to measure the amount of water is to use tuna cans, which are 1 inch tall. Place the containers on your lawn and see how long it takes 1 inch of water to gather in each can. For every 1 inch of water sprayed on your lawn, the water will move 6-8 inches into the soil. Also, check out this water rate calculator.

 

What time?

The ideal watering time is between 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. for around 15 minutes. At this time, the morning air is cool and there is little to no wind. Avoid watering during the heat of the day because the water will evaporate too quickly. If watering early is not possible, it’s better to water later in the day than not at all. The best time to do it later is between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. because the grass will have time to dry before nightfall. The later you water, the more likely your lawn will become diseased.

 

What kind of sprinkler?

With seemingly endless types of sprinkler heads and irrigation systems, choosing the right one for your lawn can be daunting. Hose-end sprinklers are a traditional type of sprinkler ideal for rectangular lawns that are small to medium-sized. In-ground sprinklers and other smart watering systems are the most efficient type of sprinklers. Not only do they minimize the amount of water lost to evaporation, some types connect to smartphones and tablets and use real-time weather data to turn on only when needed. For more information on sprinkler heads check out this helpful article.

 

 

Shady Lawns

For the most part, grass growing in the shade requires less water than sunny areas. Grass growing beneath trees, however, require more watering since it’s competing with tree roots for moisture. Additionally, shady lawns benefit from a higher mowing height. Longer grass blades mean more surface area for carrying out photosynthesis, which is important in the low-light environment of a shady lawn.

 

Don’t be Wasteful

Between the amount of water used, chemicals sprayed, and CO2 emitted, achieving a golf course quality turf can come at a cost. However, there are many eco-conscious decisions you can make to cut down on the negative impacts. To save water, consider using an irrigation timer. Don’t forget to adjust the timer setting every month because the amount of water your lawn needs can change in that short of a time span. Also, be cognizant of where your water system is spraying. If water is puddling on the lawn or hitting any surfaces like sidewalks or driveways adjust your nozzles or irrigation duration. Check out more eco-friendly lawn care tips here!

 

Follow these basic lawn care tips to enjoy a beautiful and healthy lawn!

A Tar Heel Treasure: The Carolina Inn & Fridays on the Front Porch

by EM for Masha Halpern

Located on the western perimeter of the University of North Carolina campus, the Carolina Inn offers 12,500 square feet of pure Southern charm and summer fun. This historic landmark was established in 1924 by UNC alumnus John Sprunt Hill and designed by the award-winning architect, Arthur C. Nash. Together, they created an elegant, Southern haven, drawing inspiration from plantation homes with Georgian and neoclassical features. In 1935, Hill gifted the Inn to UNC on the condition that all profits go towards supporting the university library. Today, the Inn is still owned and maintained by the university and continues to fund the North Carolina Collection at the Wilson Library.

Since its original construction, a series of renovations have taken place to bring more amenities and a modern aesthetic to the Inn. Although modernizations have been made, the Inn’s rich history has remained and the Inn is still considered the “University's living room” to many. At the heart of the hotel, pictures of the campus throughout the years line the walls and just beyond are three ballrooms, a banquet space, and a Mobil four-star winning restaurant. With large spaces that provide flexibility of use, the Carolina Inn frequently hosts weddings, academic conferences, business meetings, and other significant events. The Carolina Inn is undeniably woven into the fabric of Chapel Hill’s community and is a popular destination for UNC families, alumni, and locals.

In 2003, a local bluegrass band composed of Chapel Hill natives and UNC graduates called Big Fat Gap, garnered the attention of Allal Kartaoui, the Director of Food and Beverage at the Carolina Inn. Inspired by the cheering crowd and friendly atmosphere in nearby Fraternity Court, Kartaoui created Fridays on the Front Porch (#FOFP), an outdoor concert series hosted by the Carolina Inn that is now celebrating its 16th season. This popular, end-of-work-week celebration occurs April to October from 5 - 8 p.m. with no reservations required. And did I mention it’s free too? Enjoy live bluegrass music, relax under the shady oaks and magnolias, and maybe even grab a cocktail or two. Whether you spread a blanket for a picnic, treat yourself to food truck fare and refreshing beverages, or wander into the Crossroads Chapel Hill Restaurant for gourmet cuisine with a contemporary Southern flair, you simply cannot go wrong. Join the crowd of music fans, dancing toddlers, alumni, friendly dogs, and locals to experience a piece of the Carolina Inn’s magic for yourself. Check out the 2018 schedule here!

Another Village West Townhome Successfully Sold by Masha Halpern!

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This one SOLD in ONLY 5 DAYS with Multiple Offers! Masha's extensive knowledge of the Village West neighborhood, the current local real estate market & supply of homes ( i.e.; inventory ), and our team's marketing expertise  & widespread coverage, engaged the Realtor community & buyers! Take a tour.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

SOLD  in ONLY 5 DAYS with Multiple Offers! Masha's extensive knowledge of the Finley Forest neighborhood, the current local real estate market & supply of homes ( i.e.; inventory ), and our team's marketing expertise  & widespread coverage, engaged the Realtor community & buyers! Take a tour.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances

Our Latest Client Appreciation Event Was Out of This World!

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In a galaxy far, far away…( locally known as  Silverspot in Chapel Hill), we had a HUGE BLAST  watching the premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” as a group ! It was such a fun way to spend time with everyone at our Premier Client Appreciation Screening.

Thank you to all of those who joined us and we hope to see even more of you at a  future movie event or our next Client Party! A VERY special thank you to Rachel Cook at Silverspot for helping us make this event possible.

And now .. a BIG Congratulations to the winners of our prizes! Cindie & Kai Hale, & Stefan Gottschalk & April Henry!  Cindie and Kai won our Star Wars poster, & Stefan and April won the giant cutout of Han & Chewie that’s featured in the our photo collage below. We LOVED seeing the photos you all posted on Facebook! See more photos from this event on our Client Appreciation page.

May the Force Be with You,
Masha, April, & Emme

A Successful Home Search for Masha's Buyer!

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Masha Halpern and her Team had the pleasure of representing the buyers in their purchase of this adorable home.  Nestled among mature hardwoods & minutes from town, this one level home offers the peaceful relaxing atmosphere you crave with possibilities for some amazing landscape & gardening.
 

Masha's extensive knowledge of the current local real estate market & supply of homes (i.e. inventory), and our team's exhaustive efforts in locating potential homes for sale in a low inventory market led to the result our buyers wanted - their new home!

Take a tour and call us today if this sounds like the home you've always wanted - we'll help you find it!

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Welcome to the Neighborhood - Masha's Buyers Find Their Home!

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Masha Halpern and her Team had the pleasure of representing the buyers in their purchase of this incredible home with exceptional amenities.  Amidst mature trees and beautiful landscaping, this 5 Bedroom plus finished basement home is located in the Kent Woodlands neighborhood.

Masha's extensive knowledge of the current local real estate market & supply of homes (i.e. inventory), and our team's exhaustive efforts in locating potential homes for sale in a low inventory market led to the result our buyers wanted - their new home! Take a tour and call us today if this sounds like the home you've always wanted - we'll help you find it!

202 Nuttree Lane, Chapel Hill

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for a Fresh & Sparkling Home

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Follow these easy spring cleaning tips to revive your home!

Now that the weather is warmer and the pollen has settled, it means spring cleaning is upon us. It’s time to freshen up all those neglected spaces to get ready for the upcoming months. Check out these easy ways to keep your home sparkling.
 

Deep Clean the Floors

Keep your carpets and hardwood flooring looking beautiful by having them professionally cleaned and waxed. If you are looking to freshen your rugs and carpets yourself, look no further than your own pantry. Baking soda is a natural cleaning solution that does wonders brightening and deodorizing almost any floor. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then vacuum it up. For more ways to use baking soda around your home, check out this article.
 

Wash out Trash and Recycle Bins

Outdoor trash and recycle bins get dirty quick. And cleaning them isn’t the most fun or exciting chore either. So, what’s the easiest way to do it? First, spray the bin with a hose and dump out the water. Next, spray the inside with a disinfectant, scrub with a brush, and rinse it out. To dry, leave it upside down.
 

Inside the Refrigerator

Before you begin, remove all food and take out the removable parts of your refrigerator like drawers and shelves. Then, fill a tub with warm water and dishwashing soap to wipe down the removed parts and inside. Strong disinfectants, like bleach, should never be used due to the chemicals they contain and their proximity to food. Instead, the best cleaner is a combination of abrasive salt and bubbly soda water or a baking soda and water mixture. Place all items back in the fridge, but inspect the bottom of items to see if they need to be cleaned too.

 

Move Furniture Away From the Walls

Don’t clean only what’s within reach! Skip the shortcuts and move kitchen appliances and furniture away from the walls as much as you can. Then, vacuum up the dust and debris that has accumulated. With so many brands and options, choosing the right vacuum and attachment can be challenging. Vacuum smartly with this tutorial.

Dust Thoroughly

From shelves, tabletops, and dressers to ceiling fans and kitchen cabinets, dusting is an inevitable part of spring cleaning. However, it’s easy to miss spots that are in need of a thorough dusting. One commonly missed location is baseboards. To clean them well, vacuum and wipe with warm water and vinegar mixture. Then, dry with them a cloth and wipe with a dryer sheet to prevent future dust buildup.

 

Upholstered Furniture

Regardless of the material your furniture is made of, the first step in cleaning upholstered furniture is vacuuming. Make sure to take get in between the cushions and to take out any removable parts. If you’re worried about sucking up loose change, place a pair of pantyhose over the nozzle and secure with a rubber band. Also, look for stains and clean according to the care label. If your furniture lacks a cleaning code, test water, soap, rubbing alcohol, and vinegar in an inconspicuous spot to see what works.

Faucets and Showerheads

Mineral deposits, calcium, lime buildup can cause showerheads and faucets to clog up. If there’s lime buildup on your faucets, lay paper towels over the fixture and soak it in vinegar for one hour. This causes the deposits to soften so they will be easier to remove. Vinegar is a great cleaning solution because it’s free of harsh toxins and lingering chemical smells. Here’s an article on how clean a showerhead using vinegar.
 

Mattresses

Even if you have a mattress cover, your mattress can collect stains, mold, dust mites, and other allergens. To clean and deodorize, sprinkle baking soda and add a few drops of lavender essential oil on top. Let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum it up. And if you can, air out your mattress by taking it outside and placing it in the sun. This is a great way to eliminate bacteria naturally. Lastly, take advantage of your time spent cleaning to turn over your mattress. Over time, mattresses wear unevenly, which can lead to poor body alignment while sleeping. Save your back and flip your mattress every 3 to 12 months.

 

Follow these easy spring cleaning tips to revive your home!

Walden Pond Townhome Sold in 5 Days!

by AH for Masha Halpern

SOLD  in ONLY 5 DAYS with Multiple Offers! Masha's extensive knowledge of the area, the current local real estate market & supply of homes ( i.e.; inventory ), and our team's marketing expertise with widespread coverage, engaged the Realtor community & buyers! Take a tour.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

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Masha Halpern of Keller Williams Realty provides real estate services in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area including real estate services for buyer, sellers and those relocating to the surrounding areas of Apex, Bahama,Cary, Efland, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Mebane, Raleigh, and Wake Forest. Search for homes in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham or the surrounding communities.  Request a market analysis for your North Carolina property.  I list and sell residential real estate, investment property, vacant land, lots for sale in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area.

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