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Parlor Magic

by Masha Halpern

Before the days of radio and television, patrons of the arts would regularly invite entertainers into their homes to delight small gatherings of special guests. In those sophisticated environs, the parlor room became the stage, and the audience looked on, mere inches from the artists.

 Once a month in the elegant setting of the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC, magician Joshua Lozoff recreates the intimate and exclusive experience of this parlor entertainment. Combining original creations with magic learned in his travels around the world, Joshua shares personal stories, fascinating illusions, and most importantly, his love for the classic art of magic.You won't see anyone sawed in half, and there's nary a rabbit nor top hat to be found, but you will have an evening of mystery, humor and wonder that you won't soon forget!

The monthly Parlor Magic shows at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill are going wonderfully. Each show is selling out (seating is very limited, to preserve the intimacy and spontaneity of the evening), and folks seem to be having a great time exploring mystery and wonder with him for the evening. He has added late shows in February and March. Both still have a few seats left.

And... they have extended the run through May! That's two more opportunities to experience the magic. These will be the last dates in this series of shows, so purchase your tickets now before it's sold out.

Moving With Pets

by Masha Halpern

When moving to a new home, there are many things that need to be planned. If you have pets, it is important to not forget about their needs and it is a good idea to formulate a plan to make the move a smooth transition. Below are some tips that can help you to get organized and make your move a calm transition for your furry members of your family.

  • As part of your plan, appoint one person in the family that will be in charge of the pet. This will eliminate any confusion as to who has responsibility and will help for a smoother move.
  • Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian a few weeks before your move for a check up. Be sure to attain your pet's veterinary records so that they can be forwarded to your new veterinarian. Certain localities may have stringent requirements or restrictions regarding pet ownership. You may need permits or registrations.
  • Prep your new home for pets. Pets may be frightened and confused in new surroundings. Choose a room that you can set up for them with all their familiar items such as toys, foods, bedding, etc. Pack these items in a handy spot so they can be unpacked right away.  
  • If you are moving your pets by car be sure to plan for several stops along the way. Pets may find car travel extremely distressing and stopping for fresh air and breaks can help. Don't forget any medications your pet might need as well as a leash.
  • If you are traveling long distance and plan on staying overnight at a hotel, be sure to call in advance to make sure that pets are accepted.
    If you are moving your fish, be sure to check with your local Aquarium or Pet Store ahead of time on the best way to safely transport your fish.
  • If your pets are not micro-chipped be sure to get a new pet ID tag with your new address and contact phone numbers and if they are micro-chipped be sure to update the info with your microchip company.  

iPhone Application

by Masha Halpern

For all you iPhone users out there, I am proud to annouce that I now offer a free iPhone application on my website. This app will provide you with up to date listings with real time maps that are simple and easy to use.

In order to install the iPhone application, simply visit my website and click on the iPhone logo link. Download the application from the iTunes App Store and enter the code 4240.

Once installed, this application uses GPS technology to help you focus on the neighborhoods and homes that matter most to you.  As the only agent that offers this application, I hope this provides great benefits to you and your home search!


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Keller Williams Realty
101 Cosgrove Avenue, Suite 200
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Direct 919-951-1780
Toll Free 877-478-4669
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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.

Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina real estate and homes for sale in North Carolina - Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team