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AMAZING NEW PRICE JUST IN TIME FOR A SPRING SEASON HOME PURCHASE!!!

NOW OFFERED AT $187,500

106 Twisted Court

106 Twisted Court, a desirable Cape Cod home located in Hillsborough’s Cornwallis Hills neighborhood, has been lovingly maintained with improvements such as a new roof and Energy Star windows.  On a nearly half-acre cul-de-sac lot with a large front yard, the home is adorned with a rocking chair front porch and swing. The living room has a ceiling fan and cozy corner fireplace. An eat-in kitchen for the family chef has a tile-topped counter and separate “prep” island, easy-care laminate floors and a pantry. A large deck overlooks a spacious back yard! The main level master bedroom features clean, plush carpet, ceiling fan and a good-sized closet. A second main level bedroom offers laminate flooring, a large walk-in closet and an additional closet. Bedrooms three and four on home's second level are served by a second full bath. The downtown historic district of Hillsborough is just minutes away. If you’re looking for a quiet community near the “happening” spots of Hillsborough and the Triangle, you have arrived at the right place! 

 

 

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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.

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

Join Us for Red Day on May 8!

by LC for Masha Halpern

What is this event we call RED Day?

RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, was introduced in 2009 as Keller Williams Realty's annual day of service. Every year on the second Thursday of May, KW associates dedicate this day to serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities.

How are we serving our community this RED Day?

Keller Williams Chapel Hill is proud to be volunteering at a local organization called TABLE, which provides food year-round for elementary school children who live in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC. We will be helping in 4 significant ways:

1. Donating non-perishable food.

2. Re-planting flower beds in front of TABLE's building.

3. Pressure washing and re-painting their building.

4. Removing wallpaper from a bathroom.

How can you get involved with RED Day?

We would love to have you join our efforts in raising both cash and non-perishable food donations! Canned foods, peanut butter, and healthy snacks for children will be most welcome. Donations can be dropped off either at Keller Williams Realty at 1516 E. Franklin Street, Suite 100, Chapel Hill by this Thursday, May 8, or they can be delivered directly to TABLE at 205 W Weaver Street, Carrboro.

Thank you for helping us feed these children in need! 

 
 

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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.

 

Huge Turnout for Thanksgiving Client Appreciation Event

by Masha Halpern

Last year marked our very first Thanksgiving Pie Give-Away, which was a huge success and a great opportunity for us to tell our past clients how much they are appreciated...and this year we got to do it again!

We are excited to share that we had an excellent turnout for our 2nd Annual Client Appreciation Thanksgiving Pie Event.   We handed out more Thanksgiving Pies this year, had a chance to speak with each of our clients and catch up with so many! It was really a treat for me to see how much some of your children have grown, and how well we are all "holding up". One of THE most exciting things was being able to introduce so many of you to each other.  I think at least one 'future date' and a few business referrals between all of you have been put "in the works " for a get-together amongst some of our clients. 

One of the whole reasons I like client appreciation events is the time I get to spend catching up with you and finding out how I may continue to be of some service to you. Being able to help foster connections is a bonus and one that I want to keep growing. If you have a service, run a business, or would like to start a group ( something fun or something serious ) let me know. I am planning to be a connector and would be happy to continue acting as a referral source for you.

Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team want to thank each and every one of you for participating and allowing us to express our gratitude for your friendship and business!  We are honored to give back to our past clients.  Thank you so much for your continued referrals to friends and family!

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

Keep an eye out for upcoming client appreciation events- or share some ideas for things you would like to see me try out! 


   

 


Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource forChapel HillDurhamCarrboro 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 pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visitingwww.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

 

 

Uncommon Tactics to Sell Your Home

by Masha Halpern KH

If you’ve been waiting to sell your home, the housing market is really picking up. Now is the time to take action. But keep in mind that there is no guarantee on how fast your home will sell once you list it. Pricing and condition are still 'key'.

To improve their chances of a quick sale, you could consider some  uncommon tactics to sell your home. The key is to make your home stand out and show better or in a different way than the others on the market. Here are a few things that other sellers have tried that helped them get a quick sale. They may work for you, too.

One thing that has always drawn attention is to offer incentives to buyers. Today’s market is no exception. Some popular incentives include offering to pay some of the buyer’s closing costs, including a home warranty that protects appliances, include the appliances in the sale or pay for one year of HOA dues- or club membership.

Interesting photos of your home can improve your online marketing. Buyers get tired of seeing nearly identical photos as they look at online listings. Make yours stand out from the rest with bright floral arrangements or an unusual piece of furniture. Often times hiring  professional photographer can make ALL the difference in the world. 

Every so often I have consulted with a client and presented an offer to a buyer to get THEM interested in pursing this home. Maybe they were on the fence but we were able to sell our client's home that way in tougher markets.

These are just a few uncommon ways to attract attention to your listing. Discuss your ideas with your realtor and decide if any will be right for selling your home.

Are you considering selling your home or would like real estate advice? Contact me to set up an appointment. I’d be happy to discuss your real estate needs.

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.

Photo courtesy Oliver Delgado, Stock.XCHNG. Michael for KH.

Keeping Up with the Joneses

by Masha Halpern

Don’t be ashamed of the current condition of your kitchen, following a recent dinner date at your neighbor’s house.  Their kitchen may be beautiful and completely renovated, but, you too, can achieve the same look.  And, while Keeping Up With the Joneses, you are investing in the most fundamental room of your home.  While you may have a vision for your future kitchen, it is best to contact your local realtor first.  They will offer advice on what areas of your kitchen to focus on for the best return on your investment.

The most advisable approach to updating, remodeling, or completely renovating your kitchen, is to work with your realtor in seeking out a well-established contractor in your area.  The contractor you opt to hire, should have a background in both design, and construction.  They should not only be able to construct your vision, but should also be competent in offering advice and consultation, in regards to the design aspect.  By working with a local contractor, and a real estate professional, you can rest assured that you will not be over-improving.  They will recommend upgrading, focusing on trends that are typical for your area and neighborhood.  Together, your realtor and contractor will devise a strategy, concentrating on getting the best bang for your buck.

Upon meeting with the contractor you have chosen, you already have visualized the results of the renovation.  However, they will ask detailed questions, not only about your vision, but also about your expectations of remaining in the house.  They will also want to know the amount of money you wish to put into the project, and your reasoning behind wanting the job to be performed in the first place.  All of these questions are influential factors in the formation of the remodeling options the contractor will offer.  Once your options have been presented to you, consult with your realtor before making a final decision. 

Obviously, the reasoning behind your desire to remodel is key in establishing which decision is best, and most feasible, for your needs.  The return on your investment clearly changes if you anticipate putting your house on the market in the next couple of months, versus your plans of staying in the home for the next 20 years.  The money you anticipate putting into the design will also play a role in governing the completed project.  Again, your real estate professional will be your best asset in helping you to establish a sensible surety, to your kitchen’s remodel.

One way of procuring ideas of what is trending in your neighborhood, is to attend open houses that your realtor is holding.  This approach will help identify how your vision compares to what is hot in the market, or what is not.  While viewing other kitchens, focus on how they have been remodeled, and how they are arranged.  You will want to merge renovation, with functionality.  Be sure to speak with your real estate agent in regard to what you have seen, and liked.  They will be able to confirm, if indeed, this is representative of what your renovation, or remodel should entail.  Your local real estate agent is fully informed of, and knowledgeable in the current market values for your area.  They observe kitchens of all varieties, on a daily basis, and know which are selling, and for what reasons.  Heed their advice.

If you stick with a classic design without over-improving, and hire a reputable contractor, you cannot go wrong performing a kitchen remodel.  As your realtor will tell you, remodeling your kitchen is a great investment for your home.  Regardless of whether you are planning on spending a huge chunk of money, or just a small pittance, you will be able to makeover your kitchen, and bring it up to par.  Call your realtor today for kitchen remodel advice, and get the project started. Before you know it, not only have will you have kept up with the Joneses, but you have managed to surpass them.

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.

Photos courtesy of Rfanelli (first photo), and Gnangarra (second photo) Wikimedia.

119 Friar Lane is Now Offered at a More Attractive Price!

by Masha Halpern

This darling Carrboro townhome situated nicely between Chapel Hill and downtown Carrboro has been TOTALLY RENOVATED within the past two months.  Has your attention been snagged?  Wait, there’s more to learn…

The townhome has a beautiful brick exterior, but its charming appeal does not end there.  The newly updated interior features freshly painted walls and trim, new laminate flooring (new as in installed September 2013!), and a handsome corner fireplace with tile surround and crown mantle. 

The kitchen is by no means deficient in the fantastic category, either.  With granite countertops, new oak cabinetry, and all new black appliances that were installed in September 2013, this all-purpose kitchen is ready for even the most experienced chef. 

Each of the two bedrooms bears new carpeting and paint.  Both bedrooms are complete with their own private full bath, each having been updated with new vinyl flooring, fixtures, and more. 

If you are teeter-tottering between renting and buying, or are simply unsure if this is the right time to enter the market, we would be happy to discuss any questions you have.  Click here to send us your questions or comments, and feel free to peruse other Chapel Hill/Carrboro properties for sale!

For more information on this property or to schedule a private viewing, contact Masha Halpern of Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com or emailing Masha@MashaHalpern.com.

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.

 

Avoid These Major Home Buying Mistakes

by Masha Halpern

Right now, it’s a great time to buy a home. Properties are priced affordably, and interest rates are historically low. That doesn’t mean that you can go out and buy without thinking. You still need to do your homework and proceed with a plan.

After all, buying a home is likely the largest purchase you will ever make. Make sure you do it right by avoiding these major home buying mistakes.

Buying more house than you can afford. Spending more than you planned on a home may seem like no big deal, especially when you spread it out over a 30 year mortgage. Over time, however, those extra dollars each month can put a strain on your finances. Get preapproved for a mortgage so you know exactly how much you can spend, and stick with that figure.

Not having an emergency fund. Remember, once you own your home, you have to pay for anything that needs to be fixed. With any house, there will be expenses that you didn’t budget for. Make sure you have an emergency stash of cash to help you get through unexpected repairs.

Not getting an inspection before you buy. You’ve looked over the house thoroughly, and so have your in-laws, and all your friends. However, there still could be hidden surprises waiting for you. A crumbling foundation, bad electrical wiring, or hidden roof damage are among the things likely to be spotted by an inspector’s trained eye.

Not thinking about resale value. Remember that you will probably sell your home at some point. Choose a home based on what you want, and also consider what other buyers are looking for. Look for desirable neighborhoods, schools, and other amenities so your house will hold its value.

Trying to do it yourself. Buying real estate is a complicated process. You need a professional to help guide you through buying your home. That’s where your Realtor® comes in. It just makes sense to have someone who is an expert to help you out.

Don’t just stumble blindly through the home buying process. Take care to avoid these mistakes, and you’re more likely to end up buying your dream home, instead of getting stuck with a nightmare.

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.

Image courtesy of Luiz Fernando Pilz, Stock.XCHNG

Moving with Children: Make it Easier on Your Kids

by Masha Halpern

Moving is hard for everyone. It’s a lot of work, and there are a lot of emotions that go into packing up one home and moving to another one.

A move can be especially difficult for children, however. Kids can feel like they have no control during a move. They are leaving behind their home, their school, their friends, and most of what they know.

You can’t completely eliminate the stress of a move, but you can help your children get through the process a little easier. Here are some tips from parents on how to make your household move less stressful for your children.

Give your kids time to adjust to the idea of moving. Children will need time to say goodbye to friends, but giving them too much time can cause them to worry more about the upcoming move. Younger children need only a month or two of advance notice. Older children and teens, however will need more time. They have more friends, more activities, and more memories in the old house.

Involve your children in the process if you can. Bring older kids along on a house-hunting trip. Consult your children about paint and decorations in their new room. If you have some flexibility, ask your kids for input on what they want in your new home. If you are able to find a home that fits some of their requirements, your kids will be much more excited about the move.

Encourage your children to remember your previous home. Talk with them about your favorite memories in your old house, or make a scrapbook. If your child has never lived anyplace else, the home is obviously very special to them. Help them deal with the separation by allowing them to share their memories.

At the same time, help them get excited about their new home. Visit the new neighborhood and school before the move if you can, or show them pictures and videos of the area. Talk about the new friends they will make, the new things they’ll learn, and the details about your new neighborhood. This will make it easier to deal with the anxiety of leaving behind what they know.

Most of all, pay attention to how your children are feeling and support them. Acknowledge their separation issues and help them work through them. This will make it easier for your kids to settle in and enjoy their new home.

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.

 Photo courtesy Doriana S., Stock.XCHNG

Thanksgiving Client Appreciation Event a Huge Success

by Masha Halpern

What a wonderful time we all had at our 1st Annual Thanksgiving Pie Give-Away! We are very excited to have had such a great turnout and look forward to making this an annual event.

    Everyone working with Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team loves giving back to our past clients and this year it was "pie"!'. By presenting  them with a complimentary Thanksgiving Pie Masha wanted to continue to show her thanks because  they are always referring us to family, friends and co-workers to help them with their real estate needs.   Watch the below video to hear Masha's heart-felt thank you and some exciting news about 2013

A huge thank you to InterFaith Food Shelter of Chapel Hill, North Carolina for allowing us to deliver the extra pies for their Thanksgiving Feast.

I want to thank everyone for keeping  those referrals coming!  You know they will receive the best service from the best agent in Chapel Hill, Durham and Carrboro, North Carolina.

Keep checking our Client Appreciation page for new photos of our events and upcoming Client Appreciation events.

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