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Fun Local Activities For Your New Baby!

by TO for Masha Halpern

Congratulations On Your New Baby!  
At some point you will be ready to get out & about. There are some fantastic parks and events in Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro to enjoy with your new family addition.

If you would like to be with other new and young families here are some activities and events sure to keep your little one busy, as well as places to connect with other young families:

 

"Mom in Chapel Hill "
Mom in Chapel Hill has grown to become a valued resource for many parents in the Triangle. Here you will find area events for little ones such as Playdates at local playgrounds, Kids Yoga, Storytime, Outdoor Summer Movies, Kid-friendly concerts, Puppet Shows, Mommy & Me activities, Stroller Strides classes and more!
http://www.mominchapelhillnc.com

"JamminBaby.com"
Music Together offers classes for children from birth through kindergarten, in which parents and caregivers actively participate.
http://www.jamminbaby.com/Curriculum.html

:The Little Gym of Durham/Chapel Hill"
Age-appropriate activities for kids are designed to facilitate maximum fun and ongoing skill development through movement, music, learning and laughter.
http://www.thelittlegym.com/DurhamChapelHillNC/Classes

"CHillKids.com"
Fun family activities throughout the year! List of events & activities for kids, parks & playgrounds, museums, festivals, family health, parents’ night out and more!
http://www.chillkids.com

Carolina Parent magazine

Find things to do in the Triangle Area, tips on health & development, lifestyle, parenting, special needs, education and more. This is a great resource!
http://www.carolinaparent.com/

 

Locations of Area Parks

  • Duke Park 1500 Acadia St., Durham
  • Eno River State Park – 6101 Cole Mill Rd., Durham
  • Museum of Life & Science 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham
  • Northgate Park 300 W. Club Blvd., Durham
  • Oval Park 2200 W. Club Blvd., Durham
  • Rockwood Park 2301 Whitley Dr., Durham
  • Trinity Park 410 Watts St., Durham
  • Southern Community Park 1000 Dogwood Acres Dr., Chapel Hill
  • Battle Park & Forest Theater 536 Park Place UNC Campus, Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill
  • Umstead Park 399 Umstead Drive, Chapel Hill
  • Anderson Community Park 302 highway 54 West, Carrboro


We hope you really enjoy this special time with your new baby .If at any time you feel your house isn’t expansive enough to keep up with your growing family, please know that I’m here to help!

Masha Halpern
919-414-0337
masha@mashahalpern.com
http://www.thesmartmoveteam.com

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23 Forest Green Drive offers a convenient, carefree lifestyle!

by TO for Masha Halpern

 New Listing
Meticulously maintained and updated town home in
sought-after Durham location, offers a carefree
and convenient lifestyle!
 

23 Forest Green Drive
Durham
Offered at $126,500

23 Forest Green Drive

 

 

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit our 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. She 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.

Brand New on the Market in Trinity Park, 1015 Green Street!

by LC for Masha Halpern

Welcome to 1015 Green Street!

www.1015GreenStreet.com

1015 Green Street is a darling bungalow that stands timeless in Durham’s historic Trinity Park. Built in 1910, this one-of-a-kind home has been updated & improved through the years, yet still remains true to its classic roots as it features original heart pine wood floors. If you are looking for the opportunity to live near & walk to Durham’s best – East Campus, Downtown, Ninth Street & more – this is your chance!

The bungalow’s welcoming covered front porch invites you to come in & stay awhile. You are first greeted by the large living room featuring new interior paint, refinished heart pine wood floors, wood-burning fireplace with brick hearth, & a large window that looks out on the front yard. Around the corner lies the master bedroom with two closets, ceiling fan & generous natural light. The adjacent updated master bath features a beautiful claw-foot tub, granite-topped mahogany stained vanity, chair-rail molding, hardwoods, & a skylight. Down the hallway & to the right is the dining room, which includes hardwood floors & plenty of pantry storage. A spacious kitchen will allow for a future addition of a prepstation & currently features oak cabinets, built-in work desk & a gas stove.

The other three bedrooms all rest on the left side of the hall; each contains refinished hardwood floors, a ceiling fan, & easy access to the second full bath & separate laundry room.

The back yard is shaded by mature trees & includes a court area for the kids to play & a shed for storing outdoor equipment & materials. There is much potential for creating a landscaped oasis in your own back yard!

This is a grand opportunity to live in one of Durham’s finest established neighborhoods!

 

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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.

When It Comes To Chimneys, Is Water Or Fire More Damaging?

by LC for Masha Halpern

Do you know which element is more harmful to your chimney? The obvious answer is fire, right?

WRONG. Water is the culprit to most chimney damage, according to the Chimney Safety Institute. Pesky freezing temperatures and rain mixed with poor construction can lead to brick, stone and concrete cracking, wood rot, and rust on metal flashing.

Here are four common leaks chimney specialists often encounter, and ones you should look out for when buying a home:

1. Cracks in the masonry crown. The very top of a masonry chimney is the crown. Most of the time masons use brick-laying mortar to create the crown, and this will crack and split nearly as soon as the mortar dries. The act of cracking and splitting lets water seep into the top and down the chimney. 

2. Cracks in the mortar between bricks. The minute cracks you see between the mortar and brick look harmless enough, but they may as well be gaping holes once a nice little thunderstorm hits. Rain and wind can easily drive water into these "small" cracks, creating leaks in your attic or walls of your home (in other words, this leak leaves a nasty mess for you).

3. Rust on metal flashing or chase covers. Whether the leak is a trickle or a flood, the result will be damage to sheetrock, which can then generate mold and mildew and possibly warp floors.

4. Pores that naturally occur in the masonry. Almost all masonry has tiny holes, particularly brick and concrete. Depending on what type of brick you have, there are kinds that are more porous than others. Essentially, you do not want spalling to occur, which is where moisture has infiltrated the brick and frozen, causing the brick's front face to fall off. 

If you live in the Chapel Hill, Durham or Raleigh/Cary area and are experiencing any of the above problems with your chimney, feel free to contact Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team for a referral to a trusted chimney specialist!

 

 

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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.

 

 

How To Make A Splash With Fantastic Curb Appeal

by LC for Masha Halpern

If you're a homeowner, we invite you to partake in a little experiment. On a day when it's not raining cats and dogs, head outside and walk across the street to look at your home head on. What do you see?

If the answer is, "I see a clean, beautiful home that is ready to welcome any guest, including the Queen of England," this article might not be for you.

But, if your answer is, "I see a home that is overall unappealing with dull colors, clutter and cracks," then stay tuned. The next 8 suggestions could transform your world (and your home's appearance!).

1. Let Your Front Door Sing

Scrub the grime off a dirty door until it shines, or paint it a bold color that pops with enthusiasm! And give door knockers and knobs some TLC too. You'd be surprised how clean a look this will give your home.

2. Paint Is Your Friend

We recognize this is easier said than done, but if selling your home is a priority this year, painting should be high on your list of to-do's. If a buyer is judging your home based on outward appearance alone, you'll want their first impression to be a good one, so paint away!

3. LIGHTen Up

No matter if the sun is up or down, your home should always be seen and look GOOD. Stylish lighting around your front door will produce a welcoming radiance, as will lighting that outlines your sidewalk or illuminates the front of your house. And here's a bonus tidbit: if your driveway is well lit, it will appear larger... and will be safer too!

4. Add Some Metal Glam 

An easy way to tell the world that your house is a home and not just a piece of property is by accenting it with a clean-cut metal mailbox. Whether it's out by the road or hanging beside the metal numbers mounted by the front door, the mailbox should act as eye candy and not an eye sore. 

5. Plant Flowers For A Powerful Pop

Take advantage of the freshly sprung spring season to plant some of Mother Nature's finest color creations, flowers. Plant them in a front garden or natural area, or add them to colorful pottery planters to flank either your porch steps or front door. By ensuring the good health of your plants, you're creating the desired curb appeal and telling onlookers that this home is cared for, both inside and out.

6. Clean Up...Everywhere

Another way to exclaim "This house is well maintained!" is to do just that. If you keep cracks in walls and walkways repaired, plants trim, yard neatly manicured, and front porch and railing paint touched up, your home will look - and feel - brand new. 

7. A Hint Of Whimsy Makes A Lasting Impression

We're not suggesting you ambush your yard with garden gnomes of varying sizes, but it never hurts to add a little something that's warm and welcoming to your garden or front porch. Guests (and buyers!) will pick up on the amiable spirit of your home before they even enter, and that's a lasting impression worth creating.

8. Be Bold, Add Color

If you've always avoided color for the outside of your home, it's time to go bold with your color scheme. Why? For a boost in curb appeal (which is always a plus), and to make your home memorable (which is especially helpful if you're wanting to sell). There's no one way to implement color. It can be as simple as a front door, plants/planters, or even porch furniture with colored cushions. These small pops of color can mean the difference between memorable and forgotten (which means everything to a seller).

So with these great tips, go and be creative! 

For more ideas on how to spruce up your home's curb appeal, contact Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team. Our methods are tried and true when it comes to preparing a home for market. Our track record speaks for itself!

Information contained within this blog is based on the article "Creating Irresistible Curb Appeal in 8 Easy Steps" by Amy Wax.

 

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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.

 

 

Migration Trends in the US Show Top States to Live in

by LC for Masha Halpern

Statistics don't lie. They provide us with a great deal of insight, especially when the numbers are BIG.

When it comes to knowing which state is most popular to relocate to, the numbers (aka the multitudes of residents) speak for themselves. United Van Lines has been tracking the migration trends of the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. since 1977. Their findings speak volumes on the preferences  displayed for where many decide to call home, and where they decide not to call home.

[A state is classified as "high inbound" if 55% or more of United's customers move to that particular state; if 55% or more of customers moves out of a state, it's considered "high outbound."] 

Every year for the past twenty years, the statistics have shown that North Carolina has been a "high inbound" state. In 2013 it ranked 3 out of the 8 top inbound states at 58%, with the only two to beat it being #1 Oregon with a high of 61% and #2 South Carolina at 60%.

The reasons for North Carolina's consistent "inbound" status are numerous, but to get a firmer understanding let's look at why many people are choosing to move away from the top outbound states, including New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

The part of the country losing the most amount of people every year is the Northeast (which is obvious from the list above). Why? Cost of living is through the roof compared to the South. We're talking big dollars and signs different. Money can buy you a whole lot more in North Carolina than it can up North. 

According to Michael Stoll, UCLA economist, "Business incentives, industrial growth and relatively lower costs of living are attracting jobs and people to the Southeastern and Western States..." 

North Carolina has a lot to offer, and the statistics are proving that it's one of the best places in the US to live. If doubtful, remember this: ‚Äčnumbers don't lie

If you've decided relocating to the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area is in your future, contact Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team for a relocating packet. We'd be happy to help 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.

 

 

This is becoming a VERY popular sign in many Durham and Chapel Hill neighborhoods!

 

And if this is the first time you are visiting my blog, Ill first say, "Welcome!", and second share with you that this has been a year-long event! Monthly, quarterly, and now I can report, all year long, in Chapel Hill, Durham, and surrounding communities, we have had more homes sell and lower inventory as compared to 2011.

Our own T.M.L.S. ( Triangle Multiple Listing Service ) interviews Appraiser, Stacey Anfindsen and he shares news about our 23% increase year -to- date from last year, news of a great month for January 2013,decreasing inventory- currently at four months supply ( just a 'hair' above short supply ), and more! Watch this short video that gives the in-depth analysis of our monthly, quarterly and year to date figures...and please check the RSS feed so you can be up to date on local events, home ownership tips, and real estate news ( local and national ).

 

 

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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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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