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Moving Tips for Seniors & People with Disabilities

by AH for Masha Halpern

“Hiring movers, downsizing and processing emotions are just some of the things you’ll have to consider when helping a senior or individual with disabilities move into a new home. Fortunately, there are some resources to help make the move easier,” according to Rachel Surdi in Lifestorage’s blog.

Her blog post offers moving tips that help you think through what it will take to relocate. Knowing who to call and what services are available to you ahead of time will save you lots of time and worry. Think of all the service providers you use as your “team”. We’ve put together lists of Senior Living Resources and Helpful Links to start your research. And feel free to explore Triangle Area Senior Living Communities and Local Senior Centers.

As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist ®, Masha is skillful at interpreting clients’ needs and helping them sift through important questions. We’d love to be a part of your team for any real estate related matters. Plus we can help you build your team by connecting you to other potential team members. Take advantage of our hard-earned knowledge of the area and strong relationships in our community.

Contact Masha to begin this important conversation. She will listen attentively and will help you create a plan for an enjoyable new beginning.

Age-Friendly Cities and Communities

by AH for Masha Halpern

Life is full of transitions. Retirement can be one of the most exciting, yet daunting transitions of all. When it comes to deciding where your retirement years will be spent, here are some things to take into consideration: Should you downsize? Do you need to sell your home? Move to a one level? Have a low maintenance yard? Find a retirement community offering plenty of activities to stay active and plugged in?

What about your town as a whole? Does it suit your needs for affordable living, transportation and social opportunities among other factors for quality of life?

Masha is skillful at interpreting clients’ needs and it's our pleasure to help you sift through these important questions. She’s also a certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES ®). As a benefit of Masha’s SRES ® affiliation, she has access to valuable resources that help keep you informed on issues that may inform your decisions.

Below is a helpful sheet that explains what it means to live in an Age-Friendly Community. Best of all, Orange County is an AARP community member and has a Livable Community Action Plan.

Call Masha to begin this important conversation. She will listen attentively and will help you create a plan for an enjoyable new beginning.

We would love to guide you through this experience with our area knowledge and personalized service. Check our website that is full of information about Senior Living in the greater Chapel Hill & Durham region. We welcome your correspondence. Contact us today!

The Carolina's Rated The Best Place To Retire!

by Masha Halpern

When it comes to places to retire, for many Florida comes to mind. But for the 1st time ever, the Carolinas have become the #1 retirement choice for Baby Boomers according to newly released “2010 Baby Boomer Survey” conducted by Del Webb. This is a sign of how the Boomer generation is making their lifestyle choices and planning for their retirement.

Though Florida and Arizona still remain high on the list of retirement choices, the Carolinas have have moved up on the list as the preferred destination for retirement. Both the younger and older Baby Boomers ranked either South or North Carolina first as their favored location in retirement and indicated the other Carolina ranking as their second choice.

Baby Boomers are not only the current and upcoming generation of retirees but their numbers are huge. This year alone in America there are 3300 people per day turning 65. Next year the Boomer Wave triples this number: 10,000 people per day turning 65! 

This generation has spoken and they have decided on where they want to spend their golden years after many decades of hard work. What better place to be for the best beaches, award wining golf and so many other recreational activites and to call home!

 If you are planning to retire in the Carolina's we would love to know where! Share your comments!


When you decide to retire that doesn’t mean your brain has to retire too! In fact your brain needs more stimulation than ever. The good thing about retirement is that finally, you have the time to supply the required intellectual input. Keep in mind that the location that you decide to pick to retire can be key to that process. Most retirees want to continue learning and there are several communities that boast thriving intellectual centers where cultural activities keep residents (and their brains) as busy and interested as they want to be.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, they consulted their list of more than 1,000 Best Places to Retire and came up with 10 retirement destinations that attract highly educated folks.  Chapel Hill, N.C. was on that list of the most brainiest places to retire. Residents might spend their evenings paddling out in kayaks to watch the stars with an astronomy educator from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

One of the factors for Chapel Hill  being selected for this list is the vast cultural attractions throughout the area. Chapel Hill offers a multitude of activities for residents and tourists. The University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides the ability to look at one of the finest universities for higher education in the United States that also has three art museums. The North Carolina Botanical Garden is the largest natural botanical garden in the southeast. In addition, the area offers many Museums,Planetariums and Centers for Performing Arts.

Other cities across our nation that made the brainiest places to retire list:

• Ann Arbor, Mich.
• Berkeley, Calif.
• Boulder, Colo.
• Brookline, Mass.
• Chapel Hill, N.C.
• Hoboken, N.J.
• Lake Oswego, Ore.
• Reston, Va.
• Upper St. Clair, Pa.
• West Lafayette, Ind.

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Chapel Hill NC 27514
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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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