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Adding Curb Appeal - First Impressions are Lasting Impressions

by AH for Masha Halpern

First Impressions are Lasting Impressions

Whether it’s driving by a home with a for sale sign in the yard or seeing it for the first time online, today’s buyers first impression of your home will be of the outside.

Even with the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”,  making sure you home has lots of curb appeal can help get buyers in the door.

 

For great visual tips on what can help add instant curb appeal, check out this slideshow from DIY Network.
 

Of course there’s nothing like having an expert guide you on the particulars of your own home. Masha excels in telling the story of your home and has a high ability to stage your home both inside and out to make it stand out amidst hundreds on the market.

In addition to staging, Masha will be able to educate you about recent relevant sales affecting your home, show and help you understand local market trends, review your potential competition, and get you familiar with timing the market.
 

Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-951-1780 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Price Adjustment for Luxurious Modern Home with Private Views

by AH for Masha Halpern

Now priced at $640,000, this stunning Zinn Design Build home presents timeless designer elegance in the Kent Woodlands neighborhood.  Luxurious modern livability extends throughout the home with 6 bedrooms, a bonus room, and a fully finished basement with flexibility for recreational or in-law spaces. Rounding out this home’s special appeal is its access to excellent public schools and convenient location for commuting to UNC, Duke or RTP.

View more photos & floorplan and take a 360 walk through tour or contact us to find out more or to take a private tour.

 

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate 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 Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-951-1780 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Keller Williams RED Day 2019 at TABLE - We LOVE Giving Back!

by AH for Masha Halpern

“One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time.”

 

Each year on the second Thursday of May, Keller Williams sponsors  Red Day (Renew, Energize, Donate) - an annual day of service. All Keller Williams offices across the globe close for the day and  go out into the community to make a difference.

 

This annual event “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.

 

This year our Chapel Hill market center spent the day at TABLE, a local organization that provides healthy, emergency food aid to children in our local schools. Cleaning, scrubbing, organizing and decorating, we worked as a team to refresh & revitalize TABLE’s office and workspaces.

 

As part of the Keller Williams extended family, Masha Halpern & her team find various ways to give back and get involved with our community all year long!  As part of our recent Movie Party, our clients helped us collect over 50 food items for TABLE. Collective donations from our market center was given to TABLE for an even greater impact on RED Day.

 

 


We are proud to belong to Keller Williams - an organization with a culture that encourages us all to make a difference in the lives of others. #KWREDDAY

 

Avengers: Endgame - Our 2019 Movie Party was Epic!

by AH for Masha Halpern

Popcorn, prizes, superheroes….they all came together for our Movie Party on May 4, 2019 at The Varsity on Franklin. We loved sharing laughter and tears with our clients during our private screening of Avengers: Endgame.

Together we were able to collect over 50 food items for TABLE, a local charity that provides emergency food aid to hungry children. Thank you for your generosity!

A VERY special thank you to our sponsors Frank Rexford of Corporate Investors Mortgage Group and Rollie Olin of State Farm Insurance. Their sponsorship of this party and their ongoing support working with our clients is always appreciated.

It was so cool to host this event at such a historic venue. The Varsity on Franklin gave all of us a great movie experience. Thank you to their team!


A BIG Congratulations to the winner of our door prize - Zachory Pendleton won our RING Video Doorbell!

Thank you to all of those who joined us and we hope to see even more of you at a future event or party.

We love you all - 3,000! Masha & April

6 Must-Do Outdoor Maintenance Tasks

by EM for Masha Halpern

Preventative outdoor maintenance is an important part of being a homeowner. Not only does it minimize the cost of future home repairs but it also allows you to enjoy the outdoor spaces you love. With pool party and backyard barbeque season upon us, now is the perfect time to get your outdoor spaces ready for the upcoming season. Check out these six helpful tips to get the job done!

Cleaning the Gutters

Fallen leaves, twigs, and other debris often clog downspouts in the fall and winter months, preventing water from moving away from the home properly. Having clogged gutters can cause water damage to your roof, fascia (the board behind the gutter), foundation, and basement. To combat the potential damage, it’s recommended that you clean your gutters twice a year. If you are going to do-it-yourself, spring and summer are great times to tackle this task. Grab your ladder and use a gutter scoop, plastic sand shovel, or a trowel to remove the gunk. Spare your lawn, and dump the gunk into a bucket or onto a tarp. After you’ve de-gunked, flush the rest of the debris out the gutters with a garden hose. This is also a great way to check if there are any leaks. Lastly, don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you clean- it’s much easier to clean when the gunk is dried out!

 

Repairing Outside Paint

Have you noticed any chipping or peeling on your home’s siding? Are your shutters and front door a few shades grayer or bleached-out? If so, it may be time to pick up a paint scraper to minimize damage from the elements and increase your curb appeal. If you’re not sure whether you should paint your house, check out this helpful blog. Once you’ve decided to go ahead and re-touch, use a paint scraper to liberally remove any damaged areas. Then, switch to a wire brush to get the remaining loose edges and debris off. Next, apply a thin, flat layer of wood filler that extends past the edges of the spot you want to fix with a putty knife. Let the filler dry for about 2 hours and then use a fine grit paper to sand. After that, apply a primer and paint. When painting, make sure to blend the paint in with the rest of the exterior. If the color is too light once it dries, consider applying a second or even third coat.
 

Preparing the Grill

Cleaning and maintenance are necessary for quality grilling. Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to get your grill ready for barbeque season. Before you begin cleaning, make sure the dials are in the off position and the grill is disconnected from the propane tank (if applicable). Remove your grates and place them in a bucket of warm water and dish soap. Use a scrub wire brush and degreasing agent to thoroughly clean the grates. It’s also in good practice to oil your grates. Find out how using this article. After that, move onto the main part of the grill. Loosely cover the heating elements with pieces of tin foil for protection. Take a grill brush or steel-wool pad and scrub the inside walls and under the hood. The ash and debris should fall onto the foil. You may also notice that a residue that looks like peeling paint while cleaning. These are the remains of a harmless buildup of carbon from grease and smoke and should be discarded. Once your finished, wipe the walls with a damp paper towel.

 
 

Washing the Windows

After rain and snow, windows can look grimy and dirty because of water spots, streaks, and residue on the glass. Clean them inside and out by taking out the screens and gently hosing them off then leaving them outside for a few hours to dry in the sun. At this step, consider renting a steam machine from your local home improvement store to quickly clean your windows but if not, bucket with dishwashing soap and warm water and wash the windows with a cloth or sponge. Starting at the top, use a squeegee and pull in a ‘s’ pattern. After each stroke, wipe the squeegee blade with a rag. To remove water on the edges of the glass, use a damp chamois since it absorbs water without leaving streaks. The last step should be drying the windowsills with a rag.

 

Freshening up the Outdoor Furniture

Goodbye rust marks, mildew, and stains! Ensure that your outdoor furniture will look beautiful for years to come by periodically cleaning and freshening your pieces. Since outdoor furniture is constructed from a wide variety of materials, the way they are handled, cleaned, and cared for varies greatly. So, the first step in maintaining your outdoor furniture is reading the care label for instructions. After that, begin with some light cleaning like sweeping the surfaces and using gentle cleansers and soft-bristled brushes. Lastly, pick a sunny day to put in your elbow grease so your furniture will air dry faster.
 

Restoring the Deck or Patio

Whether your deck is wood, composite, or concrete, the constant exposure to the elements can result in mold and mildew that love to grow during the warmer months. Wooden decks are especially susceptible to rot and deck, so make sure to inspect and repair if necessary. Also, consider scrubbing the wood with an oxalic acid to kill microbes, and restain. For, composite decks, a professional powerwash is a simple solution. Make sure to check if your deck is suitable for a powerwash first though! To clean concrete decks, use vinegar or baking soda with water for a great natural and eco-friendly mixture that work wonders on outdoor, concrete spaces. For how to clean and maintain other types of decks and patios and more general tips, check out this comprehensive guide.
 

     Follow these outdoor maintenance tips to improve your outdoor spaces today!

Masha Helped Her Clients Find the Right Home For Their Changing Needs

by AH for Masha Halpern

When a new home was needed to fit the changing needs of a repeat client, Masha skillfully helped them to research, locate and secure the perfect home. Masha and her team worked diligently to make sure everything stayed on track for a smooth closing. Best wishes to our clients as they settle into their new home & neighborhood!  We are happy to have them as one of our Forever Clients!
 

Whether you are looking to relocate to the greater Chapel Hill & Durham region or are making a local move, start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro  and give us a call for YOUR customized home search.
 

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate 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.

Remarkable Modernist Home in Morgan Creek Neighborhood

by AH for Masha Halpern

With an ode to Frank Lloyd Wright, this remarkable modernist home “seeks superior sense of use“, while belonging amongst the surrounding natural landscape where it resides. Designed to showcase the outdoors, the home offers panoramic views and a zen-like quality throughout the home. Offering 3 bedrooms, a bonus room and a loft area in separate awake/sleep zones. Located in the sought-after Morgan Creek neighborhood.

View more photos, floorplan and take a 360 walk through tour or contact us to find out more or to take a private tour.

 

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate 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 919-951-1780 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

This stunning Zinn Design Build home presents timeless designer elegance in the Kent Woodlands neighborhood.  Luxurious modern livability extends throughout the home with 6 bedrooms, a bonus room, and a fully finished basement with flexibility for recreational or in-law spaces. Rounding out this home’s special appeal is its access to excellent public schools and convenient location for commuting to UNC, Duke or RTP.

View more photos & floorplan and take a 360 walk through tour or contact us to find out more or to take a private tour.

 

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate 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 919-951-1780 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

New Listing - Amazing Home on 1.7 Acres with Studio, Gardens & More!

by AH for Masha Halpern

Life’s Simple Pleasures…

 

are often the quiet moments of joy we feel when we have arrived in the place we are meant to be... Featuring 3 bedrooms, artist’s studio, and clearly defined day, work/play, and night zones allow yourself to enjoy both warm sunrises & rest under the canopy of the stars. With environmentally conscious features & open living spaces that invite the outdoors inside, this peaceful abode offers tranquil views of serene gardens, healing moments, and an incomparable quality of life & style. With emphasis on being neighborly to both people & place, every detail honors the purpose of this home to celebrate it’s caregivers with solace & by celebrating life within it’s embrace.

 

View more photos & floorplan and take a 360 walk through tour at www.1720PriceCreekRoad.com or contact us to find out more or to take a private tour.

 

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate 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 919-951-1780 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Keep Your Home Allergy Free

by KW for Masha Halpern

Keep your home allergy-free with these simple tips.
 

Allergies are often associated with the arrival of spring, but indoor allergy sufferers will often find themselves sniffing and sneezing year-round. The culprit? Indoor allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet hair and dander. So how do you make sure your home is a respite from both seasonal and interior allergens and create a healthy environment for you and your family?
 

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, there are several best practices you can adopt to manage allergens in your home:

   

1. Keep it clean.

Regularly cleaning your home will go far in reducing allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet dander.

2. Redo your floors.

Replacing rugs and carpets with wood or vinyl floorings will help minimize dust and other allergens that become embedded in fabric fibers.

3. Groom your furry friends.

Regularly bathing and brushing your pets will help reduce the amount of dander and pet hair in your home.

4. Go on mold patrol.

Be on the lookout for any leaks or moisture in your home as this can cause mold to thrive.


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 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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