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Bringing the Holiday Spirit to our Clients and the Community

by AH for Masha Halpern

Our annual Holiday “Party with a Purpose” had a new theme this year, “Come Chill with Us Before It Gets ‘Chili’!” This was a great opportunity for us to tell our current & past clients how much they are appreciated and to allow us to work together to give back to our community.

We shared good food, enjoyed awesome conversations, and spent time with so many of our favorite people!

 

On top of it all we gave our clients over 60 pies at our "Come Chill with Masha Before It Gets “Chili” Party 2019 & made a difference for our community writing holiday cards to our local Veterans, donating food & toys for kids and dogs & kitties ( Thank you to TABLE and Independent Animal Rescue for hanging out with us )!!!!.

 

Our “Party with a Purpose” was definitely full of Purpose this year.  While we gathered together to enjoy a fabulous Chili Bar, our clients joined us in giving back to our community. 

Thanks to everyone for your generosity! 

  • We delivered a huge stack of your handwritten thank yous & coloring sheets to veterans at the VA Hospital in Durham & lifted a lot of spirits!! 
  • We collected 185 boxes/cans of food & $63 for TABLE, our local organization to help feed school children.
  • We collected lots of pet food & monetary donations for  Independent Animal Rescue.
     

One of our favorite things about this party is the opportunity to introduce so many of you to each other!!  Being able to help foster connections is a bonus and one that I want to keep growing. If you have a service, run a business, or would like to start a group (something fun or something serious) let me know. Please think of me as a “connector”! I’m pleased to continue to be a referral source for you.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RAFFLE DRAWING WINNER!!!!!…..Anne Marie Schneider! We are glad you could join in on the festivities and hope that you and your family enjoy all the holiday treats in your gift basket !

A VERY special thank you to Sunshine Scoville of Scoville Photography for capturing the essence of our event with her gorgeous photos. Enjoy photos & video of the event below.

We want to thank each and every one of you for coming to YOUR party and allowing us to express our gratitude for your friendship and business!  We are honored to give back to our clients.  Thank you so much for your continued friendship and supporting Masha with your referrals to friends and family.

Keep an eye out for upcoming Ambassador and VIP client appreciation events in February and Spring of 2020! 

First Time Home Buyers Found THE ONE For Their Family!

by AH for Masha Halpern

Masha Halpern and her team had the pleasure of representing the buyers in their purchase of this adorable home. With a perfect balance of charm and upgrades, this home gave them the indoor and outdoor space they needed for their family. Located in the popular Pittsboro neighborhood, Powell Place, offers a neighborhood playground and a small town lifestyle with easy commute to Chapel Hill, Apex and Jordan LakeTake a tour and call us today if this sounds like the home you've always wanted - we'll help you find it!

 

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! 

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.

What is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist?

by AH for Masha Halpern

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions.

Learn more about how Masha's designation as an SRES can benefit you by visiting the Senior Living section of our website and watch this helpful video...

 

This is Part 4 of a 5 Part series about Why Using a Broker Benefits YOU! If you missed the previous articles, you can find Part 1 here (Money),  Part 2 here (Time),  and Part 3 here (Expertise & Ethics).

Real Estate Brokers are NOT lawyers and do not give legal advice but an important part of their job is to understand the partnership of real estate law and the many nuances for different types of real estate transactions and scenarios. Not only are Brokers required to go through a rigorous course load to obtain their license, but they are also required to take continuing education classes each year. Masha has also dedicated herself to becoming more specialized in certain areas of real estate and as such commits annually to taking courses that educate her in ways that benefit her clients. This is definitely a big advantage to you, and here’s why...

Changing Regulations

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission is our governing board. Their mission is “To protect the public interest in real estate brokerage transactions.” In order to do so, they continually make adjustments in the rules and regulations. With regular continuing education, Brokers are well suited to know the best practices to make your transaction go as smoothly as possible. Masha not only has over 26 years of education & training, but her Team Manager is also licensed and up to date on current real estate practices. With all members of her team up to date on their education, our clients are always offered the most up to date information which can help them make the best decisions for their families whether they are buying a home in Chapel Hill or Buying a home in Durham; or if you are Selling your Chapel Hill home, Selling your Durham home or Selling your Hillsborough home.
 

Contracts

Have you seen the latest NC Offer to Contract & Purchase? It’s 13 pages long! And that’s just one document. There are also addendums and disclosures. Sorting through the sections, and not to mention the real estate jargon can be a bit overwhelming. Brokers understand these documents like the back of their hand and can make sure you understand what you are obligating yourself to when buying your home or selling your home.
 

Code of Ethics

“Honesty, trustworthiness, confidentiality, negotiation skills, and having the clients’ best interest” are all at the heart of the National Association of Realtors code of ethics. Interestingly enough it’s also what today’s buyers really want in a Realtor! Masha is a proud Realtor© and abides by this code at all times. At the end of the day our mission is provide our clients with their best real estate experience- and education plays a foundational role.


Standards

As with other professional fields, in the “real estate world” there are clear standards for Brokers. Brokers are used to working with each other in a way that is respectful and fair. Acting as a buffer for you, the Broker handles questions, concerns, negotiations, inspections, repairs and MUCH more and we do it in a professional and respectful way.
 

“To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” ~ Douglas Adams
 

Next week will be the last in our series, Part 5: Emotions. Selling or buying can be an emotional process. No need for a therapist, we’ve got you covered.

Why Working With a Real Estate Broker Benefits You - 5 Part Series

by AH for Masha Halpern

 

If only selling your home were as easy as putting in a yard sign; or if finding the right home were as easy as browsing zillow, touring the home, and agreeing on a price with a seller. Technology can make it seem as if the home selling or buying process is easier than ever… and in many ways there is a lot more information available to the general public than ever before but there are also many complicated issues like navigating the due diligence period and legal processes. Having a fiduciary Broker with a focus on being an expert in her field on your side helps you stay out of the pitfalls of inspections, loan processing and the ever-changing real estate laws. Working with Masha will also help you understand a shifting, buyer,  balanced, or seller driven market and how that market condition can affect your ability to buy and sell your home. There is a lot of legal paperwork to manage too, so hiring a real estate Broker is a smart first step to protect your family’s investment!

Below is the first part of a 5 part series highlighting some of the  important reasons why having a Broker representing your interests helps protect your largest investment and lower the headaches and bumps along the way!

With over 31 years experience, our team, Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate at Keller Williams United excels in all of these categories.
 

Here’s an overview of the topics we’ll cover:

Part 1: Money

Part 2: Time

Part 3: Expertise & Ethics

Part 4: Education & Real Estate Law

Part 5: Emotions

 

 

Money

Probably number one at the forefront of people’s mind is the money factor. Either you’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in your home and want to get a good return on investment, or you are looking to invest in a home that will not only serve your family’s needs but make a smart financial investment.
 

Here are some ways that a good Broker will help you with the financial parts of this process:

Knowledge of the Market
A great agent like Masha studies the market and knows the current conditions. This will help you determine when to sell/buy and whether there are things you can do to improve the ability  for reaching your goals.

Pricing

You have a number in your head, but is it realistic? Where are you getting your information from and how specific if that price opinion compared to the specific neighborhood/community  and real estate market? Generalizations can be costly to you. Pricing your home too high will not only cost you in time on the market & extend your mortgage carrying costs , but it will also leave buyers wondering why your home has not sold. The National Association of Realtors has researched and found that year after year, a home that has been on the market longer experiences more price adjustments & ultimately sells for less than if it had been priced properly from the start . Having an experienced broker like Masha pricing your home based on your home’s specific features with THE most relevant sales in your local community will keep your pricing mindset and expectations realistic and competitive to bring the most buyers for it to sell. Of course pricing your home too low will not maximize your investment but having a pricing strategy tailored to your communities specific market indicators could get you in a position to really take advantage of what your market offers. Aligning yourself with Masha will position you your home and price because she has decades of market experience and the highest level of knowledge to accomplish this and meet your needs.

 

Representation & Negotiating

Price seems to be the major point of negotiations in real estate transactions but there are actually many parts to the contract which can be used to your advantage and can effect the success of an offer:  Some of these terms are due diligence length, earnest money amount, inspection repair requests, settlement date, personal property as part of the sale to name a few. Knowing what is the best combination of terms for your personal needs & how to present them to the other party is  a strong talent of Masha’s and why so many of her clients hire her again and again. She’s been in the business for over 26 years and has tons of knowledge and experience to help meet your goals!
 

Masha will also exclusively represent you. Bound by the code of ethics from the National Association of Realtors, and also by her own mission statement, Masha will put your interests first and will have complete commitment to you and confidentiality for your situation. There’s a good chance that the Buyer/Seller on the other side of the transaction has someone representing them and aligning yourself with Masha gives you an  “edge” above others.
 

Next week we’ll present Part 2: Time, and consider the many ways this precious commodity can be freed up for you and your family.

Masha's 6th Annual Holiday Pie Party!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This year marked our 6th Annual Pie Party, which was a huge success and a great opportunity for us to tell our current & past clients how much they are appreciated.

We handed out 50 Thanksgiving Pies this year & had a chance to catch up with everyone who attended! It was really a treat for us to share in the holiday spirit and offer opportunities to write cards for Veterans &  donate food for TABLE! Thanks to everyone for your generosity! We delivered a stack of your handwritten thank yous to veterans at the Va Hospital in Durham & lifted a lot of spirits!! It was a very humbling experience & we are committed to do more next year at the holidays! We  delivered SIX boxes of food to Table, our local organization to help feed school children.

I just LOVED  being able to introduce so many of you to each other!!  I think at least one 'future date' and a few business referrals between all of you have been put "in the works " for a get-together amongst some of our clients. Being able to help foster connections is a bonus and one that I want to keep growing. If you have a service, run a business, or would like to start a group ( something fun or something serious ) let me know. Please think of me as a “connector”! I’m pleased to continue to be a referral source for you.

A VERY special thank you to Frank Rexford of Corporate Investors Mortgage Group for providing delicious sandwiches, great wine choices, and great fun conversation! Frank is a trusted resource for all things Mortgage!

AND NOW TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS…..!   Carol Hazlewood has won our Cutco ice cream scoop and pie server set!  The winner of a bottle of Bogle Pinot Noir generously donated by Frank Rexford, is Andre Ristaino!  Finally, the winner of our social media challenge (Post a photo of you with your pie) is Whitney Bulbrook of Carolina Venntures Mortgage!  Whitney has won our Deluxe Malibu Picnic Tote.  Congratulations to all of our winners We had lots of fun checking out all of your holiday fun with #MashasPieParty ! Thanks for sharing your great family photos with us!

We want to thank each and every one of you for coming to YOUR party and allowing us to express our gratitude for your friendship and business!  We are honored to give back to our clients.  Thank you so much for your continued referrals to friends and family!

Enjoy some of the pictures below and click here to see the full event on our website.

Keep an eye out for upcoming client appreciation events in the Spring! Please  share some ideas for things you would like to see us try out!

 

Incredible Value with a New Price for this Adorable Home in Relaxing Setting!

by AH for Masha Halpern

Nestled on 1.6 acres & minutes from town, this 'Just for Market Updated' one level home offers the peaceful relaxing atmosphere you crave with possibilities for some amazing landscape & gardening. Come appreciate a home with hardwood floors throughout, a kitchen offering brand new subway tile backsplash, just installed Stainless gourmet stove with down-draft, and well-known & appreciated name brand appliances. Bide your time on the full front porch- There's plenty of space for all of your rocking chairs! Natural light abounds however new ceiling fans and lighting fixtures in the home blend seamlessly with it's updated. New interior paint, and remodeled bathrooms make THIS house the one to call Home. Now with a new price of $257,000, you must call Masha to see it! Take a Tour at 43BlueberryRidgeRd.com.

 

Masha Halpern and The Boutique Real Estate 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 points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

Beautiful Home in Governors Club just SOLD by Masha!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This timeless, custom designed home in Governor's Club was just SOLD by Masha! Our team's marketing highlighted the property's special features and with widespread coverage the right buyers found this beauty! Take a tour at www.70001Morehead.com.

 

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.

 
 

Another Home SOLD by Masha!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This beautiful home in the popular Beckett's Ridge neighborhood was just SOLD by Masha! Our team's marketing highlighted the property's features and with widespread coverage, this home sold in ONLY 3 WEEKS! Take a tour at 2812BeckettsRidgeDrive.com

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.

 

Just Sold - Beautiful Home in Hope Valley Farms at 5205 Longwood Drive

by AH for Masha Halpern

Masha Halpern and her Team had the pleasure of representing the buyers in their purchase of this incredible home in Hope Valley Farms located at 5205 Longwood Drive. This beautiful home is conveniently located for easy commutes to DukeUNC, I-40 and Jordan Lake. Features include hardwood flooring throughout the home and a beautifully remodeled kitchen complete with granite counters and an abundance of cabinetry. There is a generous breakfast nook and formal dining and living room.. and a note to miss space is a generous second floor bonus room, and main floor sunroom with exposed cherry-stained beaded board and stone fireplace. It overlooks a private deck and landscaped backyard and is a private oasis after a long day at the office! . This home has it all  and if you're on the lookout for a similar home, call Masha and schedule a consolation to discuss your needs and learn more about how she can help you find your own perfect home!

Click here to 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 Boutique Real Estate 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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