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JUST LISTED... End Unit Townhome in SW Durham, 529 Darby Glen Lane!

by LC for Masha Halpern

Welcome to 529 Darby Glen Lane!

www.529DarbyGlenLane.com

529 Darby Glen Lane is where your search for comfort & convenience ends. Nothing speaks the undertones of “home” more than this delightful end unit townhome embellished with upgrades & attractive interior style, including new contemporary interior paint & amazing tile floors. With a convenient SW Durham location, you will find “ease of living” coming more natural to you every day.

The townhome’s stylish exterior is highlighted by classic black shutters, a beautiful protruding bay window & eye-catching landscape design. Entering the sleek front door brings you to the foyer with new 10x10 tile flooring. A powder room with new lighting & mirror lies to the immediate left, along with the carpeted stairwell to the second floor. The new tile flooring continues from the foyer into the sunny breakfast nook & galley-style kitchen, which features resurfaced countertops, newly painted cabinetry, newer refrigerator & built-in microwave over a smooth-top stove. The large living room is suited for rest & relaxation with its soft carpet floor, corner marble surround gas fireplace & sliding doors overlooking the deck & patio. It’s sizeable enough to include a separate dining area if desired too!

The townhome’s three bedrooms are located upstairs. The carpeted master bedroom receives good natural light & features a master bath complete with a long single vanity, new mirror & water closet. Bedrooms two & three are also carpeted & recipients of gentle natural lighting; each is cozy & has easy access to the full guest bath. In addition, the townhome has excellent storage space – under the stairs, attic access in master closet & outdoor storage room!

There is much living to be enjoyed outdoors! Try out the California “low boy” deck, pebble patio with stone steps & a fire pit – all to better savor the crisp fall weather!

Located across the way from Southpoint Mall, the best of Durham’s dining & entertaining will be at your fingertips. The Tobacco Trail extends lifestyle enjoyment and RDU, RTP, Chapel Hill & Duke are mere minutes away!

 

 

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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.

It's Officially Fall! Let the Fairs & Festivals Begin!

by LC for Masha Halpern

Finally, the first day of fall is here! Cool breezes sweeping across your face, crisp apple pie and cider, and leaves aflame with color. These are a few of our favorite fall things, as well as....THE STATE FAIR!! This much anticipated event -- where fried cheesecake, Krispy Kreme donut hamburgers and funnel cakes collide -- will start on Raleigh's fairgrounds October 16 and run until October 26

So why is the State Fair such a big deal to North Carolinians? HERITAGE. It all began in October 1853 when the North Carolina State Agricultural Society decided, due to poor agricultural practices, that it was time for NC farmers to adopt scientific methods for farming. The society hoped to use the fair to show and teach thousands of farmers the best farming practices and methods. The State Fair experienced a few hiccups along the way (e.i. Civil War, bankruptcy), but in 161 years it has grown to attract more than 1,000,000 people every year and holds the title for being "the state's oldest and most important annual celebration." (quoted from NCPedia)

As much as we love the NC State Fair, we can't help but also love the upcoming festivals that are right on our doorstep in Chapel Hill. On October 5, head to historic West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill for the 42nd annual Festifall Arts Festival where visitors can enjoy a mixture of performing arts and an array of handmade pieces. Then on October 9-11, come experience the 5th annual TerraVITA food and wine festival, where "North Carolina chefs and artisans committed to sustainable practices" are brought together for a series of events catered to educating and pleasing your palate. Visit terravitaevent.com for more info on purchasing tickets!

For a list of all upcoming festivals in NC from now until the end of the year, click here!

For kicks and giggles...here's the Top 10 Fall Food Festivals in the US!

And remember, if you or someone you know needs help with buying or selling a home, contact us and we'll put our 22 years of knowledge and experience to work for you!

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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.

 

Inventory and Sales - that's the topic for today's posting on Homes for Sale in Chapel Hill and Homes for Sale in Durham. What better way than to start with some statistics.

Compared to this time last year ( July & August  2013 ) our market has HALF- that's right, half the number of homes for sale. July of 2013 we had inventory levels of  14,394 homes for sale in Durham, Chapel Hill,CarrboroRaleigh, Cary and surrounding areas that make up our local MLS. This summer July & August post 7964. Why would this be happening?

Pending contract and sales last year were in double digits- many homes sold! That's a great thing for you if were thinking of selling your house. 

Here is a home we have for sale right now that offers great natural lighting and a beautiful  home-site convenient to both Duke Hospital, Chapel Hill and Downtown Hillsborough!

Or if a home IN Chapel Hill is what you want, check out this amazing executive home in Lake Hogan Farms!

What about inventory?  This year we have a modest 1 % increase in pending AND SOLD homes. The market is very stable and our inventory is up 4 % this year ( mainly due to the 23% increase in new construction home starts ). Resale inventory does remain low- intact it's down 1 % this year from last. So, if you are really starting to think about buying a new home locally or moving out of state and need a Realtor Referral - This is also a good time to be selling your house!

Why is now good? Many reasons; but one important one is appreciation. While we have always had a more conservative rate of appreciation compared to the rest of the country- that has been what really saved this market during the worst part of the real estate bubble. Historically our average appreciation for the Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh-Cary markets has been about 3%. Currently we are at about 4-6% appreciation and local appraisers are comfortable with this range since its close to average.

Listen to how Stacey Anfidsen our MLS local appraiser explains the July Real Estate market.

If  this news peaks your curiosity about what's for sale in the market, here are some examples of homes for sale. Having looked at that, you can tailor your own search and see what is available locally to consider when buying your next home.

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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

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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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