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Short Supply of Homes for Sale in Chapel Hill NC and Durham NC

by Masha Halpern

 

Housing costs are expected to rise above 3 % , According to NAR Chief Economist, Laurence Yun, because of a  housing shortage two-thirds of the country is experiencing. Chapel Hill, NC  Real Estate, Durham, NC real estate and Hillsborough, NC real estate are following suit and could possibly realize a greater  percentage of increase! Short-Supply is the word of the day!

The 'Triangle Region" decreased 7.8 % in new home starts, but contracts were up 2.8 %. The most amazing figure of all is that  'inventory' fell 14.8 %! Condos and Townhomes lost the least amount of inventory - 8.1 %, but they are have the smallest supply on the market at 1.4 months supply. That means its a crazy seller market in this area!

 I am certainly in agreement with this figure. We recently listed two townhomes- 71 Fernwood Lane & 13 Quintin Place and both sold within the first 48 hours with multiple offers respectively!

Contracts were up in the Triangle 2.9 % as an area and the median price rose 9.3 % to $264,995. Day on market for the area was down 18.5 % to 2.2 months indicating a strong seller market and likelihood of multiple offers given inventory levels. Check out what Stacey Andfidsen from our local MLS had to say about activity in February and what his expectations are for the Spring market!

 

 

Market-wide inventory levels are down 14.8 %. Interested to know what local inventory looks like for March  2018? Here are some amazing stats!

Durham Inventory- South West Durham saw inventory decrease by 9.7 % in March of 2018 and a rise in the median sale price of 14.9 %but Central Durham remains the HOT TICKET! 48.8 % rise in the median sale price, decreasing  inventory  of 6.1 % means homes wont last and if your'ewanting to buy a home in Durham having someone on the lookout for the perfect property is crucial. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapel Hill and Carrboro are equally H-O-T, HOT!- New listing are down 13.8 % meaning that there are many buyers for any potential home and multiple offers is a definite possibility for your well maintained- updated, and priced right home! Im seeing homes sell for AT LEAST 99.3 % of asking price if not more! Avg sale price is up in Chapel Hill to $406,398. and we have had an increase in closed home sales  of 24 % - which means that the snow didn't slow Chapel Hill home buyers much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hillsborough NC Homes for Sale also had a lively market in March. New inventory was actually up 11.9 %and asking price retention of 97% list to sale ratio is rather high for this historic enclave town and "County Seat"

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other interesting facts if you happen to be a homeowner and are considering selling your home in Durham  Chapel Hill / Carrboro or Hillsborough:

  • Price ranges with the strongest sales were those  homes $309,000 or higher
  • Houses with the strongest sales had 4 bedrooms or more
  • Properties with the strongest sales were Town homes and Condos

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by .25% in March citing concerns about inflation. Two more increases are expected this year which means borrowing money will be more expensive but with unemployment rates at 4.1% it seems the economy is prepared for this. What does this mean for home buyers? It could mean $60 dollars more per month for the avg priced home or $300 more per month for luxury properties.

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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.

Earth Day 2018 in the Triangle

by AH for Masha Halpern

Each week in the real estate field, we look at many homes. Some are big, some are small, some have large yards while others have that unusual feature that is just right for our buyers. But the one thing they all have in common….they are all on this beautiful Earth of ours - a place we ALL call HOME.
 

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, 2018, but there are projects & events that take place all month. Are you looking for small ways to get in on the celebration? Wondering what you can do? Check out these 10 ideas for ways to conserve at DoYouYoga’s website.
 

The  Triangle, NC Area has lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day!  (If you aren’t local, you can search Google with keywords “ Earth Day Celebrations  & YOUR TOWN NAME “).
 

Durham Earth Day Celebration - Picnic Under the Tower, April 20: 12-1:30pm

This is no ordinary picnic, enjoy a variety of food vendors while enjoying live music and special appearance by Wool E. Bull & Otus the Owl. Event information.
 

UNC 2018 Earth Day Fair - April 18, 10am-2pm.

Visit Polk Place to engage with vendors, organizations and departments and learn how they work together to make Carolina a more sustainable community. Event information.
 

Chatham County Earth Day Event - April 21

Offering  “free paper shredding, medication take-back, compost bins for sale, household hazardous waste, raffle prizes, and give-a-ways.” Event Information.


HAPPY EARTH DAY 2018!

Just Listed - Cute Durham Townhome in Fabulous Location!

by AH for Masha Halpern

13 Quintin Place, Durham (Walden Pond)

Take a tour to explore more features at www.13QuintinPlace.com

Offered at $119,934

Life a life of convenience while enjoying nature in the townhome community of Walden Pond. 13 Quintin Place offers a convenient lifestyle in a quiet neighborhood nestled close to Duke University, Duke Medical Center & Durham's vibrant downtown area.

This townhome has an easy flow of design for family living with a great layout for entertaining and has been updated with new carpet and fresh paint. The large living room features crown molding, a corner fireplace and 3 large windows and door to deck. The dining room is open the living room and is adjacent to the kitchen. The large eat-in kitchen has crown molding and lots of cabinets & countertop space. The sunny breakfast area features a bay window - a perfect place to enjoy coffee while viewing the birds.

Upstairs the master bedroom and second bathroom share a bath, and each bedroom has it's own vanity/sink area. The utility closet is ideally located upstairs - no carrying laundry up & down stairs!

The freshly stained deck has a storage closet and overlooks the grassy common area with mature hardwood trees. Relax with a book in this peaceful spot!

The Walden Pond neighborhood features a pond that is visited by wildlife such as waterfowl, fish, turtles, deer & rabbits. Enjoy the benefits of a quiet lifestyle with close proximity to Duke, I-85, the Durham Freeway, DPAC, Durham Bulls Ballpark, RTP, RDU International Airport & more!


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.

Overlooked Storage Spaces

by EM for Masha Halpern

Between family, pets, and a job, clutter can seem unavoidable and uncontainable. Check out these creative yet practical storage spots to keep clutter from taking over your home. You just might discover your home can hold more than you thought!


Under the Bed
Don’t let this valuable space become a spot for clutter! The area under your bed offers a sizable amount of untapped storage potential that’s easily concealable with a simple bedskirt. Keep extra blankets, off-season clothes, and hobby items out of sight by investing in a few containers. With the ability to roll out and lids that protect from dust and pests, wheeled boxes are a great under-the-bed storage option. For more ways to utilize this convenient space check out this helpful article.


Behind Doors

Whether it’s the door to your closet or your kitchen cabinet, storing items behind doors will significantly optimize your space. Over-the-door pocket holders are often designed for closets to hold shoes, but they have the potential to be used on nearly any door in your home. From the laundry room for cleaning supplies to the pantry for snacks and water bottles, compartmentalized storage containers are extremely versatile and have a short installation time. Also, consider using a combination of hooks and rods to keep your items organized and off the floor.


Furniture with Hidden Spaces
Furniture with hidden spaces like under-the-bed drawers, storage coffee tables and ottomans, or even the space behind framed art, instantly increase storage in any room. These spaces not only hide your magazines, children’s toys and clothing like hats and gloves, they can also serve as attractive and chic pieces that will add sophistication to any room. Don’t forget that adding storage can be decorative and stylish too!

Think Vertically

From the space above your toilet to the ceiling in your garage, wall and ceiling space are often underutilized despite the abundance of storage potential. Mounting over-the-toilet shelving for towels and toiletries or racks to a garage ceiling for storing bikes and other heavy storage are a practical way to declutter. Also, take advantage of empty corners by using floating triangular or wrap-around shelving to make these awkward spaces more functional.

Look Below

Think you’ve exhausted all your storage spaces? Well, think again! Consider elevating your washer and dryer to create more space beneath. Washers and dryers can be mounted onto laundry pedestals to store dirty laundry and laundry products. Here is a helpful article on how to build one yourself. Additionally, if you are searching for more storage in your kitchen, look no further than the baseboards of your cabinets to hold slim drawers. Toe-kick drawers won’t fit bulky or unusually-shaped items, but they are perfect for things like cookie sheets, baking tins, serving platters, and utensils.
 

 

Reclaim your spaces by putting these storage ideas to use today!

Spacious Townhome in Great Chapel Hill Location!

by AH for Masha Halpern

71 Fernwood Lane, Chapel Hill (Village West)

Take a tour to explore more features at www.71FernwoodLane.com

Offered at $180,000

A perfect balance of nature's beauty combined with a fantastic location in the popular townhome community of Village West!

71 Fernwood offers a comfortable design for family living with a great layout for entertaining. Updated granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, new carpet & fresh paint. Beautiful parquet hardwood flooring in foyer, living and dining rooms. A large eat-in kitchen offers lots of cabinet and countertop space, plus a bright, sunny spot for a table and chairs. The focal point of the spacious living room is the corner fireplace and large glass doors to the private deck.

Upstairs, 3 spacious bedrooms with new carpet, ceiling fans, and ample closet space. The master bedroom has a private bath and a second full bath with separate sink vanity area/tub area is shared by the other two bedrooms. Natural light is in all corners of this home from the many windows and skylights.

The Village West community offers a serene location while providing a clubhouse, pool, tennis & basketball courts. Located conveniently on the Chapel Hill bus line, Village West is also an easy walk to Umstead Park and bike ride to UNC, downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro.

 


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.

Top Decor Trends of 2018

by AH for Masha Halpern

Are you going to miss the genius designs and cute banter of Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper? Perhaps it’s time to get started on your own DIY home projects.

And what’s the easiest and most cost-effective way to freshen up your home? Change the color on your walls!
 

 

Below are some of the top picks for 2018 to give your home a trendy, new look.
 

Behr has named the 2018 color of the year as “In the Moment”. This “cool, tranquil, spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green.” It’s versatility makes it great for both interior and exterior projects. To see all the colors in the top 20 palette for 2018, visit Behr’s website.
 

According to Southern Living, soft hues are in fashion. “The shades being selected today whisper rather than demand attention.” Find their soft color recommendations at SouthernLiving.com.
 

Perhaps the most surprising comeback in home decor….wallpaper!  According to Southern Living, wallpaper along with matching fabric (think curtains or upholstered chairs), can make a room “feel instantly pulled together”. HGTV has these modern wallpaper trends to try for yourself.
 

Top decor trends for 2018 across multiple industry resources are: brass fixtures, natural elements, velvet furnishings, geometric patterns, and wallpaper. Bamboo flooring & reclaimed wood are two of the trends on their way out. Want to see more of what’s in and what’s out for 2018? Check out these articles….
 

Trulia Home Design Predictions

House Beautiful Design Inspirations

Country Living Decorating Ideas

Huffington Post Design Trends

 

Need help in the garden? Here's some great tips!

by EM for Masha Halpern

There may be no greater satisfaction to a gardener than watching a spring garden bloom. Whether you are planning your first garden or are a seasoned expert, these six tips will help get your garden growing!
 

Map Your Garden

Good planning is key to a successful garden and mapping is a helpful way to do this. Making it as informal or formal as you like, start by drawing the existing structures in your space. While designing and adding features, think about what plants grow well together, the distance between each plant, the amount of sunlight the location gets, the soil’s moisture, and the region you live in so you can choose the right plant for the right place. The more detailed your map, the more time, effort, and money you will save. Here are some online templates and softwares to get you inspired!
 

Start Seeding Indoors

Not only is starting indoors a cheaper option than buying starter plants, it also brings an earlier harvest and greater yield. Fortunately, this process is fairly simple and is begun by filling containers with a potting mix and moistening the soil with water. After that, poke holes in the soil and sprinkle 2-3 seeds over. Lastly, cover the seeds with soil, spritz the surface with water, and place them in a warm location that receives 12-16 hours of light a day. When the seedlings get too large for their containers, be prepared to move them into individual pots!
 

Get Your Soil Ready

Soil becomes depleted of nutrients over the course of a growing season, so preparing your soil for the upcoming season is vital to the overall performance of the garden. The process of revitalizing soil involves adding materials to enhance or repair the soil’s components and should begin two to four weeks before planting. Soil kits from local home improvement stores are readily available and test the type and pH of the soil. This determines what kind of modifications your soil needs and leads to much healthier soil and plants.


 

Plant as Soon After the Last Frost Date as Possible

North Carolina has a great climate for growing. The cool springs, warm summers, and mild winters allow you to grow a wide variety of plants while taking advantage of the moderate temperatures for working. It also means you can plant and receive a harvest earlier. In North Carolina, the last frost date falls between the end of March and the beginning of May depending on the location in the state. Check out this handy planting guide to find out when to plant in your location!

 

Prune Shrubs and Trees

Pruning helps stimulate plant growth and improves the overall appearance of the tree or shrub. Pruning at the incorrect time, however, can cause irreparable damage so be careful to do it properly. In the spring, be mindful to only prune plants that have bloomed on new growth. Plants are still dormant in late winter and early spring so pruning them will not diminish their surge of spring energy. Plants that bloom on last year’s growth should be cut once their last flowering is over.
 

Add Mulch

Adding several inches of mulch around garden beds can save yourself a lot of time in the long run. Mulch has the important task of reducing weeds, mitigating disease, saving water, and moderating soil temperatures. Pine bark and straw are popular choices given the abundance of pine trees in North Carolina, but there are many other types to choose from. Pick a mulch that fits your specific landscape and preference the best. Here’s an easy-to-use guide to help. Lastly, don’t forget to water the soil before and after the mulch is spread and to keep the mulch a few inches away from plant stems.
 

Following these spring gardening tips will help ensure your growing season is a success!

For gardening workshops and classes in the Piedmont area, check out the North Carolina Botanical Garden and Hillsborough Garden Club events!

 

 
 

Darling Home gets New Owners!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This darling home featured a newly renovated kitchen and a large lot in a convenient location. Our team's marketing highlighted the property's features and with widespread coverage, this home had a smooth closing! 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 HillDurhamCarrboro 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 pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

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Spring Fever? Enjoy These Local Nature Escapes.

by AH for Masha Halpern


Nothing could be finer than springtime in the Triangle Area!  Blue skies, colorful flowers, budding trees and gentle breezes make spending time outdoors a pleasure. Our part of North Carolina boasts a large number of opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of this season. Here are a few highlights...

The NC Botanical Gardens located in Chapel Hill has free admission and offers a large variety of native plants, including the venus fly trap. Families can enjoy the education center, giant outdoor chess set, and the original cabin of playwright, Paul Green.

The Botanical Gardens also maintains Coker Arboretum, which is located on campus at UNC-Chapel Hill. This shaded garden with meandering pathways is located near Morehead Planetarium and Franklin Street. It’s a great place for a picnic lunch or a quick game of frisbee while visiting the university.

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, adjacent to Duke University, is a beautiful place for picnics, special occasion portraits, and wildlife sightings. Terraced flower gardens, arched bridges and open spaces provide for hours of exploration and recreation. The Duke Gardens offers a terrace shop & cafe on site. Find out more about special programs and nature camps here.
 

Photo courtesy of NCMA.
 

The NC Museum of Art features a park that “connects art, nature and people.” With miles of recreational trails, visitors can picnic, jog, bike or stroll while enjoying the beauty of nature and art. From March 22-25 this year, the Art in Bloom festival will feature exhibits, presentations, workshops, a walking tour, and a special gift shop & trunk show. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon with your favorite garden enthusiast.

 

The annual Orange County Garden Expo and Plant Sale in Hillsborough is May 4-5 this year. The show includes both public and private gardens, and features a plant sale. The Hillsborough Gardening Club’s website provides lots of helpful information about area events, native plants & pollinators, and vegetable gardening.

 

Looking for an escape from urban life? Look no farther than Duke Forest. This serene escape is over 7,000 acres and spans across Durham, Orange & Alamance counties. The forest is used for education, research and recreation. The Pine Cone Pacer is a 5K Run/Walk event that is being held April 14th. Learn more about  recreational opportunities, such as fishing, picnics, horseback riding, by checking out their website.

 

Roses rule at the Gene Strowd Rose Garden. Located in the heart of Chapel Hill this garden is adjacent to the Chapel Hill Community Center & Park. The labyrinth-style brick pathway winds around 130 different varieties of roses grown in over 350 bushes.  The colors and fragrances will make you “stop and smell the roses”. This small garden is a perfect outing when you are short on time.

 
Plan an outing to one (or more) of these beautiful sites and enjoy what nature - and our local area- has to offer! And if you find another favorite place that we should feature, let us know.
 

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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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