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Visit Kildare’s Irish Pub

by Masha Halpern

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Make plans to celebrate today at Kildare’s Irish Pub at 206 West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. You will see amazing architectural interior and state-of-the-art bar and beer system. More importantly, is their main attraction: the food!

They are open daily from 11:00 am to 2:00 am and have tasty Irish dishes as well as American favorites.  You will enjoy a smoke free environment where your children are welcome until 10:00 pm.  They offer daily dinner and drink specials as well as take-out in Chapel Hill.

For more information visit Kildare’s Irish Pub on the web or call 919-932-7734.




Home Appraisal Is A Must!

by Masha Halpern

If you are looking to buy or sell a Chapel Hill home it will be necessary to have the property appraised. The value of the home is a major part in both the buying and selling process. The appraisal has a variety of purposes in a transaction for both the buyer and the seller.  By having an appraisal, it will protect all involved in the sale: the seller, the buyer, the lender and the insurance company.

Most lenders require an appraisal before any financing can be finalized.  So even if the buyer wants to waive the appraisal contingency due to finding a home they want where they have competition, they will still need the appraisal.

It is important to understand that waiving the appraisal can be a dangerous way to purchase a home.  Buyers can lose some of their earnest money if the appraisal does not come in high enough for them to secure financing. Sellers can demand that some of the earnest money be used to compensate them for money lost due to financial losses as well as having to put the property back on the market because the buyer wrote a contract they can’t fulfill.

If you are buying a North Carolina home, it is very important to think it through. You wouldn’t purchase a car without knowing the true value of the vehicle. Purchasing a home should be held to even higher standards, and if you don’t follow these standard practices, it could cost you thousands of dollars.


Triangle Walking Food Tour

by Masha Halpern

Take a leisurely walk on the downtown streets of Chapel Hill and Carrboro starting at The Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and do some mouth-watering taste testing as well as receive personal insights from a cross-section of this area’s finest and most unique establishments. You will learn just how unique the streetscapes and local character is, despite their close proximity. 

This novel tour will pause numerous times for sample tastings & personal insights from a cross-section of the areas finest and most unique establishments. With this tour you get to experience both Chapel Hill and Carrboro for the price of one and see why Bon Appetit refers to this area as America's Foodiest Small Town!

You can participate in this fun-filled event on Saturday, March 12th  for $30 + $2.50 service charge. It is geared for the adults, 18+.  For more information call 919-319-5674.




Is a Real Estate Attorney Necessary?

by Masha Halpern

Real estate transactions, as exciting as they are, can sometimes be very confusing. It is a serious process that can take an ample amount of time and money to complete. When things seem too complicated it is a good idea to consider a real estate attorney. Below is some valuable information to help you decide whether or not you need to use a lawyer for your transaction.

How can an attorney help me?

A real estate attorney can offer many different services and some may specialize in certain areas but some general services that are typically offered are:

• Reviewing and outlining the real estate transaction process

• Reviewing any listing or agency agreements

• Drafting and reviewing real estate condition reports

• Drafting and reviewing residential offers to purchase and counter offers

• Assisting buyers and sellers through the property inspection and financing contingencies

• Working with title insurance companies and reviewing title insurance commitments

• Checking the settlement statement figures with you prior to closing

• Advising you at closing

There are always questions during this long involved purchasing process, therefore having an attorney available to answer your questions, big or small, will be an added bonus.

What are the costs involved?

The actual cost for an attorney varies by state and by amount of work required. Fee structures also vary (some lawyers charge by the hour, others by flat fee, some by both depending on the task.) but the typical range is $350-$1500.  While it is important to do your research and shop around for the attorney that best fits your budget, don’t let the price factor determine your decision. You may find the worst attorney that is the most expensive or you may find an excellent attorney that offer decent services at a fair price.

Where can I find a reputable attorney?

A good place to start in locating a real estate attorney is to ask for referrals from your local bar association, your real estate agent or your mortgage broker.  Word of mouth has great value as well; ask friends, colleagues and family whom they've had a good experience working with. The Internet is a valuable tool you can use to research also, locate an attorney in your area.

Many people find that purchasing or selling a Chapel Hill home is the most complicated and largest legal transaction they will make in a lifetime. Having your real estate attorney sitting right next to you to watch after your best interests will give a lot of stress relief during this sale time.



Spring is Near: Learn to Plant Roses

by Masha Halpern

Spring is just around the corner and now is the best time to plan your flower garden! If you love roses and want to incorporate their beauty into your Chapel Hill home, let Witherspoon Rose Culter at 3312 Watkins Road in Durham show you how! And the best part is the class is FREE!

Join them for their free class at 10AM – 11AM on Saturday, March 5th. For more information visit their website or call them at 919-489-4446.

All classes are held outside, please come prepared for the weather!




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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.

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