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New on the Market - 308 Rossburn Way, Chapel Hill!

by Masha Halpern

Welcome to 308 Rossburn Way, Chapel Hill!

Built in 1999 by Zinn Design Build, this beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is move-in ready.   Featuring an open layout, an abundance of natural light, spacious bedrooms and comfortable elegance, it is sure to impress.

A cute porch with brick edging; paneled ceiling and tapered columns highlighted by brick piers set the scene. Enter into a two-story foyer offering select red oak hardwood floors. The hardwoods flow throughout the main level living areas and stairway leading to the second floor. Adjacent to the foyer sits the living and dining room with two piece crown molding and custom wall tones. 

Opening from the dining area is an amazing kitchen. It presents sparkling white cabinetry, glass accent doors; roll out shelving; under counter cutting board; knife holding drawer; casement window above the sink & island with bar overhang. Stainless appliances combine brilliantly with the gorgeous granite counter tops and brushed nickel fixtures. A touch of sophistication is achieved with a tumbled marble tile backsplash with accent tiles laid on the diagonal. Enjoy added storage with a great walk-in pantry hosting with extensive shelving.

A vaulted ceiling with center beam brings the eye upward in the gorgeous family room. The gas log fireplace has a handsome mosaic tile surround and custom wood mantle with fluted detailing and television niche making it the focal point of the room. A wall of three windows with custom triangular transom and glass door leading to the screened porch allows for plenty of sunlight to embrace this space.

The main level also offers a nice bedroom with crown molding and en suite bath with tile surround shower, vanity and double lever chrome faucet fixtures.

After a long day, relax in the spacious owner’s suite featuring a vaulted ceiling and tons of natural light. The master bath has ceramic tile flooring, jetted soaking tub and shower surround; shower seat; separate sinks with chrome double-lever cross handle plumbing fixtures, and separate water closet.

This home also has a great third level with bonus room. It provides eave storage access, window seat and an angled ceiling. The bonus room would also make a wonderful private space for an office or teen.

Last but not least, an expansive screened porch with access from the family room, affords charming views of the fenced garden.

Whether enjoying family time, entertaining or just relaxing….this residence is sure to be a winner!

Contact Masha Halpern of Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com or email Masha@MashaHalpern.com

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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 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 pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

New on the Market - 116 Glenmore Road!

by Masha Halpern

Welcome to 116 Glenmore Road!

A gorgeous curb appeal and inviting front porch will set your expectation before you step inside this lovely home. Fall in love with the details. A freshly painted interior, gleaming hardwood floors, beautiful wainscoting and a wrought iron staircase.  Arched doorways carry you from formal living room to dining room. Natural light gently consumes this space through a sizable window adding to the warmth of the room. Adjacent to these formal areas is a stunning gourmet kitchen. It features black appliances, electric full size smooth top stove, granite counters, custom tile back-splash, 42 inch oak cabinetry and work- island breakfast bar with ample storage. Triple pendant lighting accent this brilliantly!

Enjoy views of the beautifully landscaped backyard in the light and bright breakfast nook through bay windows. It serves as a great casual dining space. The focal point of the family room is a gas log fireplace with custom detailed mantle that’s PERFECT for a flat screen television or your favorite painting. Dimmable sconce lighting is situated neatly on either side of the mantel adding to its distinctive design. Entertaining here will be a breeze with this great room concept. Multiple windows will draw your eye to the backyard that can be easily accessed through a French door. A guest suite or home office “if it pleases you” offers a private full bath. A large workspace and an abundance of cabinetry will make the main floor laundry room a real pleasure. Three generously sized bedrooms plus a master suite are located upstairs. The master offers a vaulted ceiling & fan, a decorative ledge, and spa- like bath featuring custom double vanity, separate tile shower and large soaking tub.

Entertaining is a joy in the backyard! A Two-Tiered custom deck, tumbled brick patio and gorgeously landscaped backyard is reminiscent of a private mountain retreat.

Parkside neighborhood is located in a prime location near Homestead Park, I-40, The Senior Center, UNC, Shopping, Theaters, and much more.

Contact Masha Halpern of Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team for more information or to schedule a private viewing.  Visit www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com or email Masha@MashaHalpern.com

Just Listed - 119 Friar Lane!

by Masha Halpern

Welcome to 119 Friar Lane!

Completely renovated within the last two months, this darling townhome features a beautifully updated interior and convenient location. Enjoy being close to the Chapel Hill Transit line in Carrboro, UNC Campus and Downtown Carrboro.

A lovely brick exterior welcomes you home. Inside, gorgeous new laminate flooring combines exquisitely with freshly painted walls and trim. The spacious living room features crown molding and a corner fireplace. It offers a tile surround and crown mantle adding to the beauty of this space. The living room flows into the adjoining kitchen.

A granite topped breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the living room defining each space while maintaining an open feel. New oak cabinetry, granite countertops, black appliances, range hood installed in September are showcased in the kitchen. Tucked off the kitchen is a dining area with elegant chair railing and glass sliders leading to the rear patio. Lighting does not convey. The first bedroom hosts new paint, nicely sized closet, new carpet and full private bath. The bath has been updated with new vinyl, paint, fixtures and tub shower combo. Gentle afternoon sunlight embraces the second bedroom with new paint and carpet. It comes complete with its own bath with new vinyl flooring, new toilet and fixtures, and a shower. The private patio off the dining area offers ample space, a great place to relax and access to the utility room with kitchen entry.

New updates include new front storm door installation, new Goodman HVAC unit with 10 year warranty, new laminate, carpeting and vinyl flooring throughout. Each bath has new fixtures, hinges, and door knobs. A newer 50 gallon water heater with 6 year warranty was installed on 11/23/09 and new ceiling resurfacing was completed in 2011.                                                                                                                                        

Contact Masha Halpern of Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team for more information or to schedule a private viewing.  Visit www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com or email Masha@MashaHalpern.com

Under Contact in 2 Days - Multiple Offers!

by Masha Halpern

Welcome to 102 Orangewood Court!

Enjoy easy living and entertaining in this beautiful Craftsman style home. Ideally positioned on quiet cul-de-sac in Cary Park, it features an abundance of natural light and flowing floor plan.

A lovely front porch welcomes you home. Once inside, admire the gorgeous hardwood floors showcased throughout the main floor. Architectural molding enhances each room. A luminous two-story foyer with dual sidelights, transom and high window invite natural light in. Opening from the foyer is elegant dining room with wainscot paneling, crown molding and large windows overlooking the porch. Adjacent to the dining room, on the opposite side of the foyer is a nice living room hosting plenty of space for multiple furniture arrangements. The family room features a wall of windows that flank the fireplace creating a beautiful focal point for this space. Decorative columns capped with crown molding offer a stunning transition into the open breakfast and kitchen area. Although open to the family room, the kitchen features a convenient breakfast bar distinguishing each space brilliantly.  New and sleek stain appliances, pantry and ample counter space make the kitchen a delight. Enjoy casual dining in the adjoining breakfast nook wrapped in windows and a French door that leads to the screened porch.

Pass a darling powder room with pedestal sink on your way to the Owner’s Suite. You will adore the main floor master. With its subtle blue color palette, neutral carpeting, and walk-in closet, it’s a peaceful haven from hectic daily life. The private bath has a nice corner garden tub, separate shower a dual sink vanity.

Venture upstairs to find an amazing bonus room loft area with nook and three additional bedrooms. Each offers a lighted ceiling fan, gentle sunlight, and neutral color palette.

Whether entertaining or relaxing, the backyard has everything you need. A nice screened porch with skylights and ceiling fan creates a wonderful expanded living space. It opens to an adjacent deck perfect for barbecuing. The deck overlooks the mature majestic trees lining the backyard and is flanked by a stone patio and beautiful garden variety.

Cary Park is an all in one community. Families will be able to live, shop, play and enjoy all the conveniences of a big city town in a unique village setting. Cary Park features beautiful tree-lined streets, a 28 acre lake, biking and walking trails, swim club, pool, ponds and clubhouse with big-screen television and pool table. Cary Park is less than a mile away from Cary Park Town Center hosting Harris Teeter, CVS, dry cleaners, medical service providers and several dining and nightlife options. It also is conveniently close to Research Triangle Park.

Contact Masha Halpern of Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team for more information or to schedule a private viewing.  Visit www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com or email Masha@MashaHalpern.com

 

How to Deal with a Mold Problem

by Masha Halpern

Mold spores are a fact of life. They’re tiny, too small to see with the naked eye, and float about in the air. Trouble arises when they land on something wet and begin growing.  Once that happens, the clock is ticking.  As long as there is moisture, the mold will grow and spread. Mold can cause suffering for people with allergies or asthma.  Left unchecked, mold can cause damage to your home.

The keys to preventing a mold problem are ventilation, humidity, and preventing water leaks. Mold thrives in moisture, so ventilation and low humidity will dry out wet spots. And when you find moisture in places where it shouldn’t be, you need to be looking for a source of leaking water and fix it as quickly as possible.

The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that as long as the mold area is less than ten square feet, you can clean it up yourself. If the problem has grown beyond that, you’ll want to hire a contractor with mold remediation experience.  If you are going to try handling a small area yourself, the EPA has these suggestions:

  1. Protect yourself and others from exposure to mold. Wear goggles, gloves and an N-95 respirator, which looks like a paper dust mask with a nozzle on the front of it.
  2. Fix leaks and other water problems and let affected areas dry completely.
  3. Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water and let it dry.
  4. Porous materials like carpet and ceiling tiles may need to be thrown away because mold is nearly impossible to remove completely from them.

The problem with mold is that you can’t always see it. If you smell mold, but don’t see any or the house has had water damage and your family is having allergic reactions, you may need some help.  Mold problems can be hidden inside the walls of your house, under wallpaper or paneling, on top of ceiling tiles, on the underside of roofing materials and even in your ductwork. Finding it and exposing it to clean it can release massive amounts of spores, which is why you may want to bring in a professional.

The cost of cleaning an extensive mold problem is high enough that you need to protect yourself when buying a home. An experienced home inspector should be able to see the signs of mold or water damage that could lead to mold.  If you’re selling, you’re going to wind up paying a mold problem, so it’s not a bad idea to have your home checked well ahead of that time if you suspect there may be a problem. As always, if you have questions about how mold problems can affect buying or selling, contact me and I’ll help put it all into perspective for you.

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI
Keller Williams Realty
Masha@MashaHalpern.com
919-414-0337  

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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 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 also a 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.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

The Trouble with Pets

by Masha Halpern

For many homeowners, pets are part of the family. And just like other members of the family, pets can sometimes cause problems around the house. A stain here, damaged wooden floors there: It can add up over time. Before selling a home, a homeowner will want to rectify these problems just like any others.

Oh My, What’s That Smell!

Sometimes you can tell pets live in a house the moment you open the door. This is not something you want to happen to potential buyers coming to take a look.  There is no simple fix for pet odors.  Sprays, plug-ins and scented candles might cover the smell, but may also set off alarm bells as people wonder what you’re trying to hide with all that perfume.

The secret to solving this problem is thorough and complete cleaning of all problem areas. That means deep cleaning carpets, furniture, and floors and walls. The smell of cat urine is perhaps the worst offender, and it the hardest to remove successfully.  The process can be involved, but here are guides from wikihow.com and petfinder.com that will help immensely. In addition, here are some more suggestions:

The Damage Pets Can Do

Hardwood floors and sharp, hard claws do not mix well. Cats and window screens is a disaster in the making. We won’t even consider some of the more exotic pets. All of this can add up to significant repair costs. So, here are some ideas to help prevent damage in the first place

  • Keep pet’s nails trimmed so they won’t wear away the finish of a hardwood floor.
  • Give your cat something to scratch so they’ll leave window screens alone.
  • Don’t train your dog to scratch at the door when it wants to go outside. Unless the door is protected, it’s going to suffer over time.
  • A bitter smelling spray from the pet store will help discourage teething puppies from chewing the edge of a door.
  • Double-wide sticky tape will keep cats from scratching that area.
  • Make sure to clean up urine and water spills quickly. Water can seep through the floor, and cause damage all the way down.
  • You’ll have to do it when you sell your house, so go ahead and vacuum up all of that pet hair hiding behind the refrigerator.

A final tip: Your homeowners insurance policy will only cover damaged caused by pets if that animal is covered by the policy. You’ll need to talk to your insurance agent if you think you need to expand your coverage.

And when it comes time to sell your home, I’m here to help you. Give me a call and let me help you get the best possible price for your home, pets or no pets.

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI
Keller Williams Realty
Masha@MashaHalpern.com
919-414-0337  

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website 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 also a 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.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

Getting the Most from Your Swimming Pool

by Masha Halpern

Summertime means a lot of things, including a trip to the pool. But, if you happen to own the pool, you know summertime means lots of regular pool chores.  And no one will enjoy your pool if you neglect them!

  • ​Regularly test your pool water chemistry. Twice a week is a good base line. It’s easier to keep things in balance is you don’t let them get out of control.  Make sure to check after periods of heavy rain.
  • You’ve got to keep your pH level as close to 7.5 as you can, and make sure your alkalinity stays between the recommended levels. If you must add chemicals, do it in the evening. Strong sunlight will weaken the effect.
  • Make repairs promptly. Broken drains or suction pipes are dangerous. Cracks in a pool wall will worsen over time, as will liner tears. Problems with pump equipment can allow the pool water to stagnate.
  • Keep things clean. No one wants to swim in a pool with algae covered walls and debris on the bottom. Brush and scrub floors, walls and tile. Empty the skimmer basket every time you check the water chemistry.
  • Your pump has to run between 8 and 12 hours each day to ensure proper circulation. Most have built in timers, but you’ll want to make sure they’re working properly.  And you’ll want to run the pump during the heat of the day. You’ll need to backwash a sand filter every three to four weeks, depending on the size of the pool.
  • Once summer is over and temperatures begin to fall, you’ll need to properly winterize your pool. Failing that can mean expensive repairs, which may not be covered by your home owners insurance.

Maintaining a pool does take some work, but it can be well worth it. Taking care of the pool is essential to maximizing its value if the time comes to sell. And if that time comes, let me help you get the best price for your home.

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI
Keller Williams Realty
Masha@MashaHalpern.com
919-414-0337  

Get your latest Home Value
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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 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 also a 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.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

Identifying and Treating Lawn Diseases

by Masha Halpern

At the height of summer, the last thing any of us want to see is a brown, dying lawn. Caused by fungus, lawn diseases are a reality that can wreak havoc with your landscaping. How can you tell if you have a problem, and what can you do to prevent or treat one? Let’s start with the possible problems.

The Diseases

Rust occurs in laws that with lots of shade, humidity and low nitrogen levels. It’s easy to identify from the orange color and the fact that a tissue run over the affected area will also turn orange.

Humid, wet weather and warm temperatures at night are the conditions that can lead to Brown Patch disease. You'll see circular, sunken patches of grass that turns purple-green then brown. The outer edges will appear dark green.

When temperatures are between 70 and 90 degrees, lawns infected with Dollar Spot will begin to develop dead spots, up to six inches in diameter.

Dry weather followed by wet weather can help bring on Necrotic Ring Spot. Also known as Frogeye disease, it usually appears in fall and spring, but can affect lawns in summer as well. If it is affecting your lawn, you'll notice light yellow patches or rings which eventually turn brown or yellow.

Hot, dry and humid conditions are perfect for the fungus that causes Summer Patch. Crescent shaped patches result from rotting roots. Affected areas lose their color, turning reddish-brown and then tan.

Treating Lawn Disease

The bad news is that these diseases can cause permanent damage to your lawn if they aren’t dealt with promptly. The good news is that these diseases can be treated. Simply using a fungicide, and then following the guidance below will usually take care of the problem. The sooner you recognize the problem and start treating it the better. For more information, please see this article on WikiHow.

How to Avoid Lawn Diseases

There are a number of steps you can take to prevent lawn diseases. First and foremost, proper fertilization and watering are the foundations of a healthy lawn. Watering should be done in the morning so the lawn dries before evening. Mowing should be done at a high height and with a sharp blade.

Conclusions

A lawn represents a large part of any home’s curb appeal. Damage from disease can hurt the first impression potential buyers have of your home, and so preventing and treating lawn diseases are a priority if your house is on the market. So, don’t wait to take care of problems. And if you need help getting your house sold, please contact me and I’ll help you get the best deal possible.

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI
Keller Williams Realty
Masha@MashaHalpern.com
919-414-0337  

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website 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 also a 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.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

Give Your Kitchen a Lift

by Masha Halpern

For many families, the kitchen is the center of the house. And an attractive, well-kept kitchen is an enormous asset to a home’s value. If you’re planning to sell, take a hard look at your kitchen. Is there anything that needs to be improved?

Painting or refinishing cabinets can be a great idea, especially if they’re older, worn or have an outdated design. A bright new look can really spruce up the appearance of your kitchen. You’ll also want to repair small problems like misaligned doors or drawers. For more on those repairs, see this article on TheFamilyHandyman.com.

If you’ve got problems with your countertops, you’ve got two options. You can replace them, or restore them. Replacing countertops is going to be more expensive, but can be an excellent long-term investment.  Replacing countertops is often done as part of an all-over kitchen makeover that includes new cabinets, flooring and paint. But just replacing older countertops can give a kitchen a big boost. It needs to be done in the overall context of your kitchen, fitting in with the existing design.

Another option is to restore the existing countertops. Wear from years of use and even damage can be repaired. Repair kits for granite, solid-surface, marble, wood and laminate countertops are available. Laminate counters can be patched, repainted, polished and re-laminated.  For more on repairing or replacing countertops, Thisoldhouse.com has a fantastic section devoted to countertops.

Flooring in the kitchen is another area that suffers a lot of wear over time. This is another area where replacement or repair is both good options. Your options depend on the type of surface. Wooden floors can be restored beautifully by sanding and refinishing. For help with vinyl floors, eHow offers these instructions. When it comes to new flooring, you have a fantastic variety of options including stone, tile and concrete.

Other important items to check include the plumbing and lighting, and the conditions of appliances, which you may or may not want to replace before putting your house on the market. Anything you can do to improve the look of your kitchen will improve offers you’ll get from potential buyers. And when it comes to that factor, please call me and let me help you get a quick sale at the best possible price

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI
Keller Williams Realty
Masha@MashaHalpern.com
919-414-0337  

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website 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 also a 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.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

Three Keys to an Easier Home Buying Experience

by Masha Halpern

For many Americans, buying a home is the most significant purchase they’ll make in their lifetimes. The entire housing crisis has created a lot of turmoil and confusion, adding on to what was already a daunting task. But, take a deep breath. Things are much better than they were a couple of years ago, and as before, there are some basic things you can do to make the process of buying a home less stressful. Here are three key things to do:

Choosing Your Agent – Unless you've done this a lot, you’ll want to have an experienced agent on your side. This means using a buyer’s agent, who you pay, instead of a sub-agent who is paid by the seller and represents their interests, not yours. Because the subagent is ethically required to report what you say to them to their clients, you may regret things you do say to them. An agent representing you will be in a better position to make sure you get the best possible deal. Your actual cost for using a buyer’s agent can be offset by putting in your offer that the seller pays the agent’s commission. And by the fact that the agent is working to get you a better deal.

Choose a Good Investment – No matter how long you live in it, your new home is an investment. And you need to treat it just like you would any other financial investment. That means buying a home that is going to appreciate in value over time.  A beautiful home can be a terrible investment if you wind up paying more than the structure is worth. Don’t let your heart overrule sound financial decisions. Make sure you use a professional home inspector for a written report that includes general estimates of repair costs.

Plan Ahead – Don’t wait to learn about your mortgage options. Before you make an offer, research and understand the types of mortgages available and which lender offers the best rates. Work with your agent to determine what paperwork you’re going to need when you make an offer, and get as much of it ready ahead of time as possible.  Making an offer and buying a home is stressful, but you can make the process a lot easier if you've already handled these details. If this will be your first home purchase, make sure you take advantage of first-time home buyer programs.

For more guidance, check out the American Homeowners Foundation Top 10 Home Buyers Tips and CNNMoney’s Tips for Buying a House.  And remember that my job is to make the process of finding and buying your new home as easy as possible, so let me know how I can help you.

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI
Keller Williams Realty
Masha@MashaHalpern.com
919-414-0337  

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website 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 also a 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.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

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