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Four Ways to Help Your Appliances Last Longer

by KW for Masha Halpern

Four Ways to Help Your Appliances Last Longer

Appliances like your washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerator tend to be major investments. You can protect these investments and prolong their lifespans through regular maintenance.

Here are four ways to help those appliances – and your investment – last longer:

Make sure the seals seal.

One of the biggest reasons refrigerators break down is because the doors aren't closing properly, causing the motor to work too hard. The magnetic strips in the gaskets around the doors wear out after a few years, but replacing and re-magnetizing them can be a simple DIY fix.

Keep the drum clean.

Always empty your pockets before loading your washing machine to prevent the drum from rusting or getting nicked. Also, clean or swap out the thimble-shaped filter in the machine that traps water sediment.

Inspect the vents.

Cleaning out the lint trap on your dryer should be a routine task after every load, but go one step further by inspecting the exterior vent to see that it pops open and scraping off debris with a toothbrush.

Clean the dishwasher.

Once a week, run an empty dishwasher cycle with nothing but a cup of white vinegar to keep smells at bay. Also, wipe down seals and clear the food trap often.

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Age-Friendly Cities and Communities

by AH for Masha Halpern

Life is full of transitions. Retirement can be one of the most exciting, yet daunting transitions of all. When it comes to deciding where your retirement years will be spent, here are some things to take into consideration: Should you downsize? Do you need to sell your home? Move to a one level? Have a low maintenance yard? Find a retirement community offering plenty of activities to stay active and plugged in?

What about your town as a whole? Does it suit your needs for affordable living, transportation and social opportunities among other factors for quality of life?

Masha is skillful at interpreting clients’ needs and it's our pleasure to help you sift through these important questions. She’s also a certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES ®). As a benefit of Masha’s SRES ® affiliation, she has access to valuable resources that help keep you informed on issues that may inform your decisions.

Below is a helpful sheet that explains what it means to live in an Age-Friendly Community. Best of all, Orange County is an AARP community member and has a Livable Community Action Plan.

Call Masha to begin this important conversation. She will listen attentively and will help you create a plan for an enjoyable new beginning.

We would love to guide you through this experience with our area knowledge and personalized service. Check our website that is full of information about Senior Living in the greater Chapel Hill & Durham region. We welcome your correspondence. Contact us today!

Masha Makes Relocating a Breeze for her Repeat Clients

by AH for Masha Halpern

Repeat clients recently relocated back to NC from across the country and Masha skillfully helped them research, locate and secure the perfect home from long distance. 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 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

Triangle Area Activities & Restaurants for Valentines Day

by AH for Masha Halpern

While Valentines Day has historically been celebrated as a day of romance since the 14th century, it’s modern spin has come to incorporate all types of love.

Whether you’re lucky in romantic love, bursting with rich friendships, or want to indulge in some self-love, spend the week of Valentine’s celebrating the power of love. Here are some of the Triangle area offerings that will put a little love in your heart.

The Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill’s show Carolina Skies offer several showings of a special Valentines edition and even an Anti-Valentine edition. Show dates & times are located on their website.

Check out this list of Valentine themed events in Durham. Offerings include chocolate tasting, cooking classes, speed-dating, Senior Luncheon, The Office Valentine Episodes Trivia night, arts & crafts classes, and much more!


Keep celebrating all week long with this list of Valentines activities for anyone - with or without a date!

The Open Table website has put together a Valentine’s Dinner list that includes 90 restaurants in Durham, Chapel Hill & Raleigh. Open Table even allows you to make reservations with just a click from their website or app.

And let’s not forget your home...if you don’t love your home, maybe it’s time for a new one. Realtors are matchmakers - introducing people to homes until they fall in love with one.



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

by AH for Masha Halpern

This is the last article of a 5 Part series about Why Using a Broker Benefits YOU! If you missed the previous articles, start here.

"A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work." ~John Lubbock

Just as there are many types of people, so are there reasons for buying or selling a home. No two stories are the same with emotions ranging from joy and excitement, to loss and uncertainty. Sometimes these emotions can get in the way, that’s where a professional comes in handy. Having a ‘buffer’ between parties to manage the communications, and being available to talk through all of the steps and processes can be very helpful. As helpful is to have someone available to listen to your concerns and fears and problem solve for you. That is also something Masha will do with you!

Reasons to Buy or Sell
For some, delving into purchasing or buying a home may mean the thrill of first time homeownership, or maybe it’s bittersweet because your family is growing and you have to leave behind your first home. Sometimes it’s finally getting into the neighborhood you’ve been wanting to live in and sometimes it’s the uncertainty of moving to a new place for a job. Loss, divorce, marriage, needing to be near elderly parents, and downs-sizing as life changes can feel like an emotional rollercoaster.


Sometimes there may be disagreement within a family as to what will best serve their needs and what it is they are looking for. A dedicated Broker can give you some perspective as a third party with no particular attachments to a house. Masha is great at taking your emotional needs into consideration while helping serve your real estate needs in a way that gets you closer to your goals.

Taking the time to discern what your ideal outcome would be allows Masha to customize your search or sale and then create a plan with you in mind.

Asking the Right Questions

Experience with past clients has given Masha the insight to know the right questions to ask. They may be house related, but they may also be related to life goals & aspirations or personality traits. Getting to know you serves as the foundation for your experience with our team. We enjoy working with people. We enjoy helping people with a process that can be deeply emotional. We enjoy guiding you through one of life’s major events - selling or buying a home. It all starts with a consultation meeting to hear what you have to say! Fill out this quick form to set up a time to talk with Masha.

Support After Closing

Because we get to know you and develop a relationship, we want you to know that we are here for you after  settlement has occurred! As a part of our larger family of past clients, we will continue to support you with your real estate questions, your community questions, and whatever else you need. We stay in touch on a regular basis and offer fun client appreciation programs and events! Check out our most recent ones here. Our hope is that you’ll entrust us with your referral to your family and friends for their real estate needs based on the experience you’ve had with us.

“Make sure everyone who works with you or for you feels the need to tell others about the incredible experience.” ~Chris Murray.


This is our goal- to give you such great service you will want to RAVE about us to everyone who wants to buy and sell a home in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough.

This is the last entry of this blog series and we want to hear your comments about it!  Email us at Feel free to find out more about our team, our services and our community involvement on our website at

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Keller Williams Realty
101 Cosgrove Avenue, Suite 200
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Direct 919-951-1780
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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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