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Celebrating Summer & Ice Cream - Locopops Style!

by AH for Masha Halpern

What could be better than delicious locally made Ice Cream on a HOT SUMMER DAY???

We have the Answer! Sharing delicious Locopops while enjoying live music by The Tim Wells Music Trio with our clients as we celebrated National Ice Cream Day!

Together we ate over 45 locopops & scoops and had a chance to catch up with everyone who attended. Locopops’ party room was the perfect place to escape the heat while enjoying some bluegrass music.

We also celebrated as you all won lots of door prizes - Congratulations to the winners  - Shawn MacDuff, Ben Dictus, Paul Sylvestre, Sue Kudler, Carli Opland!

And we never miss out on a chance to make a difference in our community. With the help of our guests, we collected two large baskets of food items for TABLE, a local charity that provides emergency food aid to hungry children. We were thrilled to have Deryl Daniels from TABLE join us at this event. Thanks everyone for your generosity! Many children will have lunch as a result of your goodwill!

A special thank you to our sponsor, Whitney Bulbrook for partnering with us, to Tim Wells for the swinging music, to Satsuki Scoville Photography for amazing photos and to Locopops for YUMMY ice cream!

Enjoy some of the pictures below and click here to see the full event on our website. Stay cool!

This is Part 4 of a 5 Part series about Why Using a Broker Benefits YOU! If you missed the previous articles, you can find Part 1 here (Money),  Part 2 here (Time),  and Part 3 here (Expertise & Ethics).

Real Estate Brokers are NOT lawyers and do not give legal advice but an important part of their job is to understand the partnership of real estate law and the many nuances for different types of real estate transactions and scenarios. Not only are Brokers required to go through a rigorous course load to obtain their license, but they are also required to take continuing education classes each year. Masha has also dedicated herself to becoming more specialized in certain areas of real estate and as such commits annually to taking courses that educate her in ways that benefit her clients. This is definitely a big advantage to you, and here’s why...

Changing Regulations

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission is our governing board. Their mission is “To protect the public interest in real estate brokerage transactions.” In order to do so, they continually make adjustments in the rules and regulations. With regular continuing education, Brokers are well suited to know the best practices to make your transaction go as smoothly as possible. Masha not only has over 26 years of education & training, but her Team Manager is also licensed and up to date on current real estate practices. With all members of her team up to date on their education, our clients are always offered the most up to date information which can help them make the best decisions for their families whether they are buying a home in Chapel Hill or Buying a home in Durham; or if you are Selling your Chapel Hill home, Selling your Durham home or Selling your Hillsborough home.
 

Contracts

Have you seen the latest NC Offer to Contract & Purchase? It’s 13 pages long! And that’s just one document. There are also addendums and disclosures. Sorting through the sections, and not to mention the real estate jargon can be a bit overwhelming. Brokers understand these documents like the back of their hand and can make sure you understand what you are obligating yourself to when buying your home or selling your home.
 

Code of Ethics

“Honesty, trustworthiness, confidentiality, negotiation skills, and having the clients’ best interest” are all at the heart of the National Association of Realtors code of ethics. Interestingly enough it’s also what today’s buyers really want in a Realtor! Masha is a proud Realtor© and abides by this code at all times. At the end of the day our mission is provide our clients with their best real estate experience- and education plays a foundational role.


Standards

As with other professional fields, in the “real estate world” there are clear standards for Brokers. Brokers are used to working with each other in a way that is respectful and fair. Acting as a buffer for you, the Broker handles questions, concerns, negotiations, inspections, repairs and MUCH more and we do it in a professional and respectful way.
 

“To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” ~ Douglas Adams
 

Next week will be the last in our series, Part 5: Emotions. Selling or buying can be an emotional process. No need for a therapist, we’ve got you covered.

A Smooth Closing for our Sellers in Falconbridge!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This gorgeous townhome in Falconbridge was just SOLD by Masha! Our team's marketing highlighted the property's features, the fantastic location and wonderful community. With widespread coverage, this home sold in ONLY 7 DAYS! Take a tour at www.13WeybridgePlace.com.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

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.MashaHalpern.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.MashaHalpern.com.

Why Working With a Real Estate Broker Benefits You - Part 2

by AH for Masha Halpern

Last week we talked about the importance of using a Broker to help you with the financial aspects of selling or purchasing a home - you’re largest investment. If you missed it, check it out here.
 

What can fly without wings?  That’s right, time - our most fleeting commodity! This week we’ll be discuss how having a good real estate team in your back pocket will free up your time from real estate matters that would take you away from your work, family and regular activities and more importantly how hiring Masha to help you locate and secure a home to buy, or prepare your home for sale, can save you an enormous amount of time. As we all know time often translates into money in the end too. Here’s how:
 

Masha will invest her time, experience,knowledge & network in you. From your first call to your initial buyer consultation meeting Masha will discuss the home buying  & selling processes, listen to your needs, goals and timeframe and ask you questions designed to help you think about your next move. She will then create a strategic plan for how to best accomplish your goals that will be based on her experience, knowledge of the market, and use her networks of allied resources to accomplish them with you.
 

Searching Power

We’ve all been there - we start a simple search for something on the internet and then without noticing it we look up and an hour or two have flown by. One search led to a link, which led to another link, and so on. There’s so much to sift through it’s getting harder to know what’s relevant to your needs.

 

Brokers have not only the power to do the searching for you, but they are more efficient & effective with the searching!  Brokers have many strong connections via Multiple List services, networking groups with other realtors, and their own clients. They also know how to narrow down a search and spend the time to weed out any homes that don’t fit your needs. At the same time, Masha can provide references for some of the areas best lending,inspection,insurance and legal resources so that you can get a head start on positioning yourself as the best home buyer and beat out competitors who may be wanting to buy the house you love! A big time saver and  a huge advantage for Masha’s buyer clients offer to position them to a home seller as “The Most Qualified” buyer for their home.
 

If you are getting ready to sell your home Timing is very important. Hiring a Realtor that offers a concierge support team, like Masha’s Boutique Real Estate Group ,can often be the difference between selling your home, selling your home swiftly and at THE best market price avoiding excessive spending on unnecessary updates and large price reductions, or not selling your home at all. Being able to access the timing of when to sell your home, and manage potential updates and maintenance that may be needed before going on the market and during the Due Diligence period is critical to time saving. How many times have we seen homes on the market that have outdated appliances or need new paint and wondered by they have not sold? Having a Realtor that brings decades of knowledge on trends and what to investment to maximize both your dollar and market value with a network of trusted A+ allied resources is so important.

 

Access to Houses

On both the selling and buying side, access to homes is very important. For buyers this means the ability to view homes easily and getting in the door as quickly as possible. The housing market is limited and you will want a Realtor who is constantly watching both the MLS , other Real Estate websites, and knows the private market inventory as well as the off market possibilities that can arrange showing tours for you to select your next home with confidence.  Home sellers want an organized, secure approach to managing home showing appointments and you get a secure system with Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate Group that confirms each showing agent, limits their time to keep the inconvenience of showings to a minimum, and tracks both who enters/exits the home and provides prompt feedback.

 

Paperwork & Deadlines

Technology has done a lot to reduce the ‘real’ paper count in a home purchase or sale transaction but it hasn’t removed the need for documents themselves. There are many important legal documents designed to protect both buyer and seller interests and because Masha has over 26 years of experience in the local Durham, Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Hillsborough markets and emerges herself in continuing education to stay ahead of the changes, Masha has positioned herself to be the greatest asset to her clients as they navigate the process of buying and selling real estate.

 

At each step of the way Masha will guide you through the process you are about to go through. At the initial consultations she will review the entire process and at each step remind you of what is coming up next while staying on top of important time constraints and contractual deadlines.Taking on the project management from listing/searching to contract to close, our team manages all of the deadlines & documents for you. We’ll keep you informed of the next steps and set-up all the important appointments, such as inspections & settlement. We’ll even meet the, cleaners, stagers, inspectors, photographers, contractors, and other service providers.
 

Service Providers

And speaking of service providers, you can save  time on searching for recommendations. We know just who to call for all things related to homes, home sales and getting settled in your new home! You’ll need an attorney for closing, a variety of  inspectors for everything from bugs to bolts, a surveyor, an insurance agent, perhaps a contractor or two for repairs. Let us suggest our vetted, professional contractors- They are our trusted partners and they put our client’s needs first.  Each one has been personally vetted by Masha to deliver 100 % of the time. We have actual experience with them on our own homes and therefore feel comfortable referring them to our clients. If you need something painted, a plumbing repair, trying to manage a drainage issue, or want to add a bathroom to your home- anything smaller, larger or in-between, please call us for a name of someone trustworthy and responsible.
 

Don’t let your time fly away. Put the power of a knowledgeable Broker like Masha Halpern  in your corner to keep your time your own. To learn more about all of the services Masha & The Boutique Real Estate Group can provide you with, visit our Buyer and Seller pages on our website.

 

Next up, Part 3: Expertise

 

This Adorable Home has New Owners - Our Clients!

by AH for Masha Halpern

 

Congratulations to our wonderful clients on their new home! Masha found them everything they needed including fresh updates and a terrific location!

 

Learn more about this adorable bungalow by clicking here, take a virtual tour or learn more about our buyer services.
 

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 www.MashaHalpern.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.MashaHalpern.com.

Home Sweet Home for Masha's Clients!

by AH for Masha Halpern

 

Masha worked diligently to find just the right home for her buyers’ needs. Once they found “the one”, Masha and her team made sure everything stayed on track for a smooth closing.

 

This house was a triple winner with lots of versatile indoor space, a large lot and a convenient location. We wish our clients the best of luck as they settle into their new home & neighborhood!

 

Learn more about what made this an incredible choice for our clients by clicking here, take a virtual tour or learn more about our buyer services.
 

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 www.MashaHalpern.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.MashaHalpern.com.

Just Listed - Cute Durham Townhome in Fabulous Location!

by AH for Masha Halpern

13 Quintin Place, Durham (Walden Pond)

Take a tour to explore more features at www.13QuintinPlace.com

Offered at $119,934

Life a life of convenience while enjoying nature in the townhome community of Walden Pond. 13 Quintin Place offers a convenient lifestyle in a quiet neighborhood nestled close to Duke University, Duke Medical Center & Durham's vibrant downtown area.

This townhome has an easy flow of design for family living with a great layout for entertaining and has been updated with new carpet and fresh paint. The large living room features crown molding, a corner fireplace and 3 large windows and door to deck. The dining room is open the living room and is adjacent to the kitchen. The large eat-in kitchen has crown molding and lots of cabinets & countertop space. The sunny breakfast area features a bay window - a perfect place to enjoy coffee while viewing the birds.

Upstairs the master bedroom and second bathroom share a bath, and each bedroom has it's own vanity/sink area. The utility closet is ideally located upstairs - no carrying laundry up & down stairs!

The freshly stained deck has a storage closet and overlooks the grassy common area with mature hardwood trees. Relax with a book in this peaceful spot!

The Walden Pond neighborhood features a pond that is visited by wildlife such as waterfowl, fish, turtles, deer & rabbits. Enjoy the benefits of a quiet lifestyle with close proximity to Duke, I-85, the Durham Freeway, DPAC, Durham Bulls Ballpark, RTP, RDU International Airport & more!


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 www.MashaHalpern.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.MashaHalpern.com.

Cozy & Convenient Townhome Sold in only 2 DAYS!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This cozy & convenient townhome was just SOLD by Masha! Our team's marketing highlighted the property's features and with widespread coverage, this home sold in ONLY 2 DAYS with MULTIPLE OFFERS! Take a tour.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property.

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.

Just Sold in Chancellors Ridge

by AH for Masha Halpern

This beautiful home was just SOLD by Masha! Our team's marketing highlighted the property's features and with widespread coverage, this home sold in ONLY 9 DAYS with 14 SHOWINGS! Take a tour.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property.

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.

Bring your dog to the Durham Bulls baseball game this summer!

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Bark In The Park

Imagine being able to go watch the Durham Bulls play with your dog! You can purchase human and canine tickets on the Durham Bulls website to reserve a seat for you and Fido. The canine admission will be donated to the Triangle Area’s oldest no-kill shelter Second Chance Pet Adoption who will have volunteers at the park to pet-sit for you if you need to take a quick break. Be sure to review the rules on the website, and to have your dog up to date on shots before entering the park. The Durham Bulls hosts the next Bark In The Park event on August 3rd, 2016. See you there! WOOF!

 

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.

 

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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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