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5 Ways to Save Money on a Fixed Income

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KW Cares - Florence Disaster Relief

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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

John Holmes


Being a part of the Keller Williams family is a wonderful experience in many ways. Amidst the devastation in our home state of North Carolina from Hurricane Florence, we are astounded at how our market center and international company come so quickly to the aid of others and really put into practice the idea that giving back to the KW Family and the broader community is so important.


KW Cares is an organization of Keller Williams that provides assistance and relief to KW families and associates in need. Currently we have agents from our Chapel Hill Market Center, along with others from the Carolina region, stationed in Eastern North Carolina helping assess needs and distributing supplies to all those affected by the flood waters from Hurricane Florence. You can find out more about their efforts here.


In additional, Keller Williams sponsors Red Day (Renew, Energize, Donate) each year on the second Thursday of May. “ It embodies the generous spirit and commitment associates have to “giving back" to the cities and towns they live and work in. This observance defines who we are and is a natural extension of our commitment to the highest level of professional customer service.” Learn more here.


As part of the Keller Williams extended family, Masha Halpern & her team find various ways to give back and get involved with our community.  We are proud to belong to such an amazing organization.


We hope that you weathered the storm with minimal issues. Please do reach out to us if there is anything you need.



Masha & April

Hurricane Florence - Get Prepared!

by AH for Masha Halpern

As of this post on Sept 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center has labeled Hurricane Florence “a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.”


Although in the Triangle region we are somewhat inland, hurricanes are large storms and we will likely feel the effects of any massive storm that hits our coast. High winds, flooding and loss of power are potential threats that require preparation well in advance of the storm.

Download this useful app called Ready NC to help you stay informed:

Here are some tips that we’ve collected from the Red Cross, the National Weather Service, The National Hurricane Center and  Links will follow so you can access even more detailed information.





Preparedness Tips

  • Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts; Find an online NOAA radio station; you can purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store
  • Store important documents in a fire and water proof container: insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers, social security cards, deeds or mortgages, birth & marriage certificates, stocks & bonds, recent tax returns, wills.
  • Unplug small appliances to reduce potential damage from power surges that may occur.
  • Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing the floor or clothing.
  • Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued. stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.
  • Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers in case the power goes out. If your normal water supply is contaminated or unavailable, the melting ice will also supply drinking water.
  • Declutter drains and gutters.
  • Take action to keep your food & water safe:

Not sure what supplies you need or how to put together an emergency kit? Start with the basics: Cash, water, food (enough for 3 to 7 days), paper products & plastic utensils, radio, batteries, first aid kit, and prescription drugs.

For a more comprehensive list, check out these links:

And don’t forget about kids and pets. These resources will help you discuss hurricanes and other emergencies with children and offer lists of supplies & tasks needed to make sure your pets are secure during a storm.

Learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane, stay safe during a hurricane, and what to do after a hurricane from these organizations:

Red Cross


National Weather Service

National Hurricane Center


Stay safe!

Durham Ranked Top 5 for Best Housing Market

by AH for Masha Halpern


Following up on our recent blog about the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, WalletHub has voted Durham the 5th best housing market in the U.S.!

Like many cities in America, Durham is shedding its industrial roots and experiencing a bona fide renaissance. Durham’s vibrant quality of life and commitment to arts & culture contribute to its ever growing popularity. Learn more about this city we love here or read our previous blog about the American Tobacco Campus.


You can also read or watch the ABC News report about the Wallethub ranking at this link.










Thinking of buying or selling in Durham? View the latest market statistics. These are updated weekly and are interactive with tons of valuable information. Here’s a sample…

Masha Halpern and The Boutique Real Estate Team 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


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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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