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KW Cares - Florence Disaster Relief

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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

John Holmes

 

Being a part of the Keller Williams family is a wonderful experience in many ways. Amidst the devastation in our home state of North Carolina from Hurricane Florence, we are astounded at how our market center and international company come so quickly to the aid of others and really put into practice the idea that giving back to the KW Family and the broader community is so important.

 

KW Cares is an organization of Keller Williams that provides assistance and relief to KW families and associates in need. Currently we have agents from our Chapel Hill Market Center, along with others from the Carolina region, stationed in Eastern North Carolina helping assess needs and distributing supplies to all those affected by the flood waters from Hurricane Florence. You can find out more about their efforts here.

 

In additional, Keller Williams sponsors Red Day (Renew, Energize, Donate) each year on the second Thursday of May. “ It embodies the generous spirit and commitment associates have to “giving back" to the cities and towns they live and work in. This observance defines who we are and is a natural extension of our commitment to the highest level of professional customer service.” Learn more here.

 

As part of the Keller Williams extended family, Masha Halpern & her team find various ways to give back and get involved with our community.  We are proud to belong to such an amazing organization.

 

We hope that you weathered the storm with minimal issues. Please do reach out to us if there is anything you need.

 

Best,

Masha & April

Hurricane Florence - Get Prepared!

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As of this post on Sept 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center has labeled Hurricane Florence “a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.”

 

Although in the Triangle region we are somewhat inland, hurricanes are large storms and we will likely feel the effects of any massive storm that hits our coast. High winds, flooding and loss of power are potential threats that require preparation well in advance of the storm.

Download this useful app called Ready NC to help you stay informed: https://readync.org/en/downloadapp.html

Here are some tips that we’ve collected from the Red Cross, the National Weather Service, The National Hurricane Center and Ready.gov.  Links will follow so you can access even more detailed information.

 

 

 

 

Preparedness Tips

  • Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts; Find an online NOAA radio station; you can purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store
  • Store important documents in a fire and water proof container: insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers, social security cards, deeds or mortgages, birth & marriage certificates, stocks & bonds, recent tax returns, wills.
  • Unplug small appliances to reduce potential damage from power surges that may occur.
  • Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing the floor or clothing.
  • Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued. stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.
  • Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers in case the power goes out. If your normal water supply is contaminated or unavailable, the melting ice will also supply drinking water.
  • Declutter drains and gutters.
  • Take action to keep your food & water safe: https://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm076881.htm

Not sure what supplies you need or how to put together an emergency kit? Start with the basics: Cash, water, food (enough for 3 to 7 days), paper products & plastic utensils, radio, batteries, first aid kit, and prescription drugs.
 

For a more comprehensive list, check out these links:

And don’t forget about kids and pets. These resources will help you discuss hurricanes and other emergencies with children and offer lists of supplies & tasks needed to make sure your pets are secure during a storm.

Learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane, stay safe during a hurricane, and what to do after a hurricane from these organizations:
 

Red Cross

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html

Ready.Gov
https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

National Weather Service

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness


National Hurricane Center

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php


CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html


Stay safe!

Durham Ranked Top 5 for Best Housing Market

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Following up on our recent blog about the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, WalletHub has voted Durham the 5th best housing market in the U.S.!
 

Like many cities in America, Durham is shedding its industrial roots and experiencing a bona fide renaissance. Durham’s vibrant quality of life and commitment to arts & culture contribute to its ever growing popularity. Learn more about this city we love here or read our previous blog about the American Tobacco Campus.

 

You can also read or watch the ABC News report about the Wallethub ranking at this link.
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking of buying or selling in Durham? View the latest market statistics. These are updated weekly and are interactive with tons of valuable information. Here’s a sample…

Masha Halpern and The Boutique Real Estate 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.

 

Home Improvement Projects That Add Big Value To Your Home

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Even if you don't have the funds or the energy for a big improvement project or remodel, small changes can make your home a more enjoyable place to live, increase its value, and help you command the best possible price when you sell.
 

Exchange light fixtures for ceiling fans.A stylish new ceiling fan instantly updates a room and can add value to your home. Choose fans that create a rustic vintage look or add a cool island vibe to an outdoor patio.
 

Replace your kitchen faucet and sink.If your sink is chipped and stained, or your faucet is grungy, new fixtures will make food prep and washing dishes more enjoyable. Even a basic but deeper stainless steel basin will sparkle, and a pullout faucet will add a modern touch.
 

Other simple changes in the kitchen and bathrooms can have a huge impact.A new backsplash can tie together the colors in your counters, floors and cabinets and can be an easy do-it-yourself project. New drawer and door knobs are a lovely addition. Adding a medicine cabinet or changing the mirror in a bathroom will instantly update the room.
 

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

 

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masha@mashahalpern.com

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Copyright 2018 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated.

This Adorable Home has New Owners - Our Clients!

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Congratulations to our wonderful clients on their new home! Masha found them everything they needed including fresh updates and a terrific location!

 

Learn more about this adorable bungalow by clicking here, take a virtual tour or learn more about our buyer services.
 

Masha Halpern and The Boutique Real Estate 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.

Home Sweet Home for Masha's Clients!

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Masha worked diligently to find just the right home for her buyers’ needs. Once they found “the one”, Masha and her team made sure everything stayed on track for a smooth closing.

 

This house was a triple winner with lots of versatile indoor space, a large lot and a convenient location. We wish our clients the best of luck as they settle into their new home & neighborhood!

 

Learn more about what made this an incredible choice for our clients by clicking here, take a virtual tour or learn more about our buyer services.
 

Masha Halpern and The Boutique Real Estate 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.

Back to School: Preparing Your Home to Manage Clutter

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The start of a new school year means an endless bombardment of homework sheets, permission slips, school flyers, and art projects. And with backpacks, gym bags, lunch boxes, and library books it’s hard to maintain order. Keep your home organized and decluttered this back-to-school season with these helpful tips!
 

A Paperwork System

Creating a system for the influx of paper is not only a great way to stay organized and get things accomplished, it also can be a way for kids to learn important skills and responsibilities. One good option is an open file box, which allows for easy access, labeling, and color coding. Three-ring binders are also great because tabs can be used for different subjects/categories and dividers with pockets can store smaller items that you don’t want to hole punch. Looking for more ways to organize your papers? Check out this article for more creative ideas!

Master Schedule/Calendar

Between back-to-school nights, parent conferences, sports practices, and more, it’s nearly impossible to keep the whole family’s appointments and activities in your head. That’s why keeping a master schedule or calendar in a convenient place like on the refrigerator door or in a high-traffic hallway will make everything go more smoothly. It helps to use different color markers for each family member and stickers/pictures for children too young to read. For more inspiration, explore this blog.
 

The Homework Zone

Finding the right time and place for homework is key to your child’s academic success. Will homework be the first thing they do when they get home from school or do they need time to play and unwind before starting? When choosing a place in your home consider the conditions your child will thrive best under. A kitchen table is great spot to sit down and focus while still having family nearby when assistance is needed. A bedroom desk is better for those who prefer limited distractions. Just make sure there is good lighting available and homework tools like pencils, erasers, highlighters, glue sticks, and scissors easily accessible!
 

Art Work

It’s inevitable that your kids will bring home their school work, projects, and art from school. So it’s up to you to decide, whether you want to display it, store it, or toss it. Check out this article for creative ways to showcase your child’s artwork!
 

Assigning Places

The first thing kids should do when they get home is empty backpacks, lunch boxes, and gym bags. Consider mounting backpacks on hooks and assigning a specific hook or space for each child. This way when you’re rushing out the door to make the bus, they’ll know exactly where their backpack and jacket is. Not only will their items stay off the floor and not be misplaced, everyone will be getting a head start on the next day. Installing a bench or seat with storage is also great for putting dirty shoes, umbrellas, and cold weather accessories.

Staying organized is within reach, just follow these helpful tips!

Building the Home of Their Dreams

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Masha had the pleasure of helping her buyers build the home of their dreams. From finding the perfect lot in the community they desired, to helping with all of the design details along the way, Masha's clients benefited from her expertise in the home building process.

 

With an ode to Frank Lloyd Wright, this remarkable contemporary home belongs amongst the surrounding natural landscape and majestic hill that it rests. Thoughtful details were carefully chosen to both perform & impress.

 

Learn more about this stunning features of this home by clicking here, take a virtual tour or learn more about building your own home.
 

Masha Halpern and The Boutique Real Estate 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.

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Keller Williams Realty
101 Cosgrove Avenue, Suite 200
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Direct 919-951-1780
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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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