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Plan a Romantic Valentine's in the Great City of Durham!

by LC for Masha Halpern

The countdown to February 14 has begun, which means it's time to start planning that romantically memorable evening for your special Valentine!  If you live in or around the Triangle area and are looking for food and fun that will wow your date, lay your search to rest in the Bull City, DURHAM, where dreamy date spots galore are sure to impress.  

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Start the day off in the enchanting beauty of Duke Gardens.  With its incredible display of Mother Nature and winding, private trails, there is much to be found here in the way of romanticism. 

Bean Traders

Before heading off to a romantic night on the town, consider a quick stop at Bean Traders to sip on a soul-warming cup of coffee!

The Little Dipper

The Little Dipper on Main in Brightleaf Square is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate conversation while partaking in a nationally-acclaimed fondue meal!

Vin Rouge

Set the bar high with an upscale dining experience by satiating your appetite with divine French cuisine at Vin Rouge! This Durham favorite has been upheld as one of the best restaurants in our area on both the local and national level. We know you'll agree with the critics!

Alley Twenty Six

What better way to cleanse the palate than with a cocktail at Alley Twenty Six! Sip a little, talk a little...sip a little, talk a little.... 

Carolina Theater

Durham is rich in entertainment, one of its top dives being the Carolina Theater. Comedian Maria Bamford will be entertaining audiences on Valentine's Day, and The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle will be performing on February 15. Click here for a full list of events!

Cuban Revolution

If sitting still for an entire evening isn't your strong suit, then dancing the night away at Cuban Revolution is right up your alley! It's the ideal way to end the night with an upbeat BANG.

The King's Daughters Inn

Need to spend a night away from the kiddos? Stay a night - or two - at The King's Daughters Inn by Duke University (and 3 blocks from Brightleaf Square!). This little slice of luxurious heaven will be just what you need to rekindle the flame...or simply get a full night of uninterrupted sleep!

Wherever your plans lead you on February 14, we wish you and yours a safe, happy and memorable Valentine's Day! And remember, if you or anyone you know is in need of a real estate expert, contact us today!

 

Thanks to www.durham-nc.com for the great date ideas presented in this blog!

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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 Hil & 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.

New on the Market & Beautiful to Behold, 811 Old Mill Road!

by LC for Masha Halpern

Welcome to 811 Old Mill Road!

www.811OldMillRoad.com

811 Old Mill Road rests in scenic Greenwood, one of Chapel Hill’s oldest & most distinguished neighborhoods.  Cushioned from the road by a gracious front yard sprinkled with hardwood trees, this mid-century classic offers a twist! – All THE BEST comforts of a modern updated home!

Camellia, rhododendron, rose, nandina & holly bushes frame your walk to a welcoming covered front porch flanked by aged wood columns.  Just behind the front door embellished with an ornate door accessory are the home’s foyer & living room featuring updated Mahogany-stained hardwood floors, eggshell-white walls, recessed lighting, wood-burning, granite surround focal-point fireplace & an expansive window that provides a panoramic view to the front yard.  The beauty of this space is that an abundance of natural light catches your eye & draws you in to the main hub & life of this home!  Continue through the living room & in to a charming breakfast alcove that includes contemporary fixtures & built-in seating with easy-close drawers underneath.  Seamless & sensible, the spaces in this home blend easily in to one another.  Attached to the alcove is a magnificent chef’s kitchen & adjacent dining room highlighting a soaring ceiling with skylights, windows & recessed lighting galore.  Custom built-in pantry & hidden spice cabinet, bar sink & wine storage, stereo surround & an oversized floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with rustic mantle & a hearth made of “Absolute granite” delight the senses with texture & function.  The kitchen is equipped with a professional chef’s hanging pot rack, 6-burner gas range & griddle complete with pasta faucet, high ceiling range hood, easy-pull/close drawers, & jumbo island with silestone countertops & built-in microwave.  To add a touch of historical nostalgia, perfect placement of a “farm-style“ recessed sink in this generously sized working counter ensures THE best cooking & dining experience every day!

The hall from the dining room includes a powder room & entry to both the utility room & unfinished basement.  The utility room includes built-in cabinets for tons of extra storage, stainless steel mop sink, & access to the back yard & unfinished walk-up, floored attic with great storage or additional room potential (lighting & electric are already in place!).  Although unfinished, the basement is spacious, includes electrical, & is ready to be completed adding to the experience of truly fine living this home offers!

The three bedrooms are located in the north wing of the home.  With a perfect view to the camellia bushes & vine overhang just outside the windows, the master bedroom emits an aura of tranquility & features hardwoods, recessed lighting, & a beautiful master bath that includes two separate marble-topped vanities, tiled walk-in shower, private water closet & a large walk-in closet with built-in shelving.  The second & third bedrooms each contain wood floors, ceiling fan & access to the Jack ‘n Jill bathroom featuring a gorgeous tiled floor, marble-topped vanity, recessed lighting & a tiled tub/shower.

As the warmer months spring upon us, just open the windows so the outdoors will beckon you to one of many serene outdoor spaces.  Here are some of the special out-door spaces at 811 Old Mill Road:

  • A 14.9x16.5 deck with built-in seating is accessible from the dining & kitchen area.
  • The Two-car carport draped in vine overlay that is attached both to the home & a large storage building just screams to be someone’s artist studio or playhouse!
  • A Stunning rock path from the front sidewalk that leads you to the gated side yard.  This space is a wonderful area for afternoon tea, BBQ, a quick game of football, or a wonderful space to romp with the family dogs.
  • Superior landscaping throughout the nearly acre lot, including a vast assortment of plants and bushes.
  • And last, but CERTAINLY not least, the back yard proudly displays “The Victory Garden”.  This garden was featured in PBS’ historical programs where the back portion of the property was professionally designed.  With raised plant beds & a watering system, many of the programs featured the ‘fruits of labor’ that rose from this earth.  Plants previously featured on “The Victory Garden” include: Swiss Chard, Tennessee Red Okra, Lima beans, Big Boy & Better Boy Tomatoes, String beans, four varieties of Chrysanthemums, Purple Hull Field Peas, Sweet Peppers, Cantaloupe, & had harvested over 100 quarts of Blackberries.

811 Old Mill Road is a home that has been beautifully constructed and updated, every detail executed with careful consideration…It’s true understated elegance is in its perfect form & function & it beckons for you to come home!

 

 

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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 Hil & 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.

Home sales rise 4 % in 2014! I'm sure you saw the local papers announce this news recently, but what caused this ?,and how is the current real estate market looking today?...and more importantly, what could this mean for 2015? Well here are some of my own thoughts mixed in with some information provided by our Triangle Region MLS...

Home sales rise when there is competition for local housing. One reason this can occur is when housing inventory (the number of homes for sale in Chapel Hill or homes for sale in Durham that are on the market at any given time), is low...OR lower than the number of buyers looking for that type of home .

Wait, what did I say? Low inventory could cause this but also a desirable home that many buyers want regardless of inventory? YES! Having a desirable home  in a great location that many buyers are looking to purchase can increase home sales numbers and not just for that one house. AND, they can sell for much faster when this happens.

 

If sellers in a desirable area see neighbors selling for great sale prices with many buyers clamoring to submit an offer, more homeowners will put their home on the market for sale consideration....and that is what has started to happen- although in more limited numbers than in the past, with our Durham home sellers and Chapel Hill home sellers! 

We will have to wait and see if this is the year when a substantial number of homeowners finally put their homes on the market. Inventory is still very low, in fact there were 9.7% LESS listings for sale in the Triangle area in 2014 than in 2013.

This is partly due to the fact that many of these sellers purchased their homes at the top of the market prior to 2006 and still owe quite a lot. Because many buyers are seeking  updated homes and are unwilling to take on " a project house '  homeowners who haven't been able to meet these demands have held off selling their homes. 

Another factor keeping home inventory low is that new construction was more limited than expected. Single family new construction was at about 50 % of normal levels.

The good news for current home sellers or if you are considering selling your home is that it is expected that home prices will continue to rise in line with historic norms in 2015! So if you are considering selling your home in Chapel Hill or selling your home in Durham, Rates should also be stable in 2015 ....and THAT  will allow more buyers to purchase a home !

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Hil & 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For 40 years Unique Homes magazine has been casting us into the realm of luxury homes, dazzling its audience with page upon page of some of the most beautiful real estate in the US and across the world in over 80 countries.

In its Winter 2015 publication, Unique Homes' Camilla McLaughlin lists the top 15 markets in the US to watch in the year 2015. Several are the expected mega markets that grace the top 15 list every year, like New York City, the Hamptons, Boston and Malibu. But also included this year are places like Savannah, Georgia, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, and Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

Allow us to repeat that: The Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina made the list of Unique Homes' top 15 Markets to Watch in 2015! Folks, that's huge. And guess who Unique Homes listed as the expert for our area...yours truly, Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team! We are honored to be listed as an expert contributor beside so many of our esteemed colleagues.

Planning to buy or sell? Read on...

With over 20 years of experience on our side, along with an effective marketing plan and savvy negotiating skills, Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team have earned the ranking of top 5% of agents nationwide. We have qualified buyers searching for homes between $150,000 and $1.2 million, and as Unique Homes clearly states, the Triangle is a very active market! If your plans for this year include selling, buying (or both!),  contact us and we'll make your real estate dreams and plans happen!

 

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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 Hil & 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Baby, it's cold outside" - Tips for Winterizing & Staying Warm!

by LC for Masha Halpern

Weather alert for those living in North Carolina's Triangle area: temperatures are predicted to be FREEZING COLD today through Friday, January 9!

Temperatures are about to reach a startling low of 10 degrees tonight in Chapel Hill, and tomorrow's high is only 27. The question is, are you ready for it?

Here's some tips to help winterize your home (and hopefully keep hiring a repairman off your list of to-do's).

  • Have your heating system checked by a certified professional
  • Pipes that are located on an outside wall, attic or crawl space are most susceptible to freezing and bursting. To help prevent this from happening apply pipe insulation or heat tape (and if you don't have either of these, turn the water on a slow drip).
  • Clear out leaves and debris from your gutters. If debris builds up to the height of the shingle line, moisture can form on the fascia boards and thus create havoc in the form of ice dams, dry rot and leakage inside your home. 
  • If applicable, clear driveway, walkways and steps of ice and snow. Help prevent unnecessary accidents!
  • Have tree limbs trimmed that pose a threat to falling on your home, fences, outbuildings, or cars.
  • Winterize swimming pools. 

Here's some bonus tips for preparing your vehicle for freezing weather!

  • In addition to regular maintenance checks, make sure your coolant is the right consistency and is a kind recommended by your car's manufacturer.
  • Before traveling, clear ice and/or snow from windshield, side mirrors and rear window. 
  • Have the windshield washer fluid filled.
  • Keep the gas tank full to help prevent gas lines from freezing.
  • Look for wear and tear on your tires and make sure your tire pressure meets manufacturer's standards.
  • Use the oil for winter as recommended by the owner's manual.

Be safe and stay warm!

 

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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 Hil & 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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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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