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Why Working With a Real Estate Broker Benefits You - 5 Part Series

by AH for Masha Halpern

 

If only selling your home were as easy as putting in a yard sign; or if finding the right home were as easy as browsing zillow, touring the home, and agreeing on a price with a seller. Technology can make it seem as if the home selling or buying process is easier than ever… and in many ways there is a lot more information available to the general public than ever before but there are also many complicated issues like navigating the due diligence period and legal processes. Having a fiduciary Broker with a focus on being an expert in her field on your side helps you stay out of the pitfalls of inspections, loan processing and the ever-changing real estate laws. Working with Masha will also help you understand a shifting, buyer,  balanced, or seller driven market and how that market condition can affect your ability to buy and sell your home. There is a lot of legal paperwork to manage too, so hiring a real estate Broker is a smart first step to protect your family’s investment!

Below is the first part of a 5 part series highlighting some of the  important reasons why having a Broker representing your interests helps protect your largest investment and lower the headaches and bumps along the way!

With over 31 years experience, our team, Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate at Keller Williams United excels in all of these categories.
 

Here’s an overview of the topics we’ll cover:

Part 1: Money

Part 2: Time

Part 3: Expertise & Ethics

Part 4: Education & Real Estate Law

Part 5: Emotions

 

 

Money

Probably number one at the forefront of people’s mind is the money factor. Either you’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in your home and want to get a good return on investment, or you are looking to invest in a home that will not only serve your family’s needs but make a smart financial investment.
 

Here are some ways that a good Broker will help you with the financial parts of this process:

Knowledge of the Market
A great agent like Masha studies the market and knows the current conditions. This will help you determine when to sell/buy and whether there are things you can do to improve the ability  for reaching your goals.

Pricing

You have a number in your head, but is it realistic? Where are you getting your information from and how specific if that price opinion compared to the specific neighborhood/community  and real estate market? Generalizations can be costly to you. Pricing your home too high will not only cost you in time on the market & extend your mortgage carrying costs , but it will also leave buyers wondering why your home has not sold. The National Association of Realtors has researched and found that year after year, a home that has been on the market longer experiences more price adjustments & ultimately sells for less than if it had been priced properly from the start . Having an experienced broker like Masha pricing your home based on your home’s specific features with THE most relevant sales in your local community will keep your pricing mindset and expectations realistic and competitive to bring the most buyers for it to sell. Of course pricing your home too low will not maximize your investment but having a pricing strategy tailored to your communities specific market indicators could get you in a position to really take advantage of what your market offers. Aligning yourself with Masha will position you your home and price because she has decades of market experience and the highest level of knowledge to accomplish this and meet your needs.

 

Representation & Negotiating

Price seems to be the major point of negotiations in real estate transactions but there are actually many parts to the contract which can be used to your advantage and can effect the success of an offer:  Some of these terms are due diligence length, earnest money amount, inspection repair requests, settlement date, personal property as part of the sale to name a few. Knowing what is the best combination of terms for your personal needs & how to present them to the other party is  a strong talent of Masha’s and why so many of her clients hire her again and again. She’s been in the business for over 26 years and has tons of knowledge and experience to help meet your goals!
 

Masha will also exclusively represent you. Bound by the code of ethics from the National Association of Realtors, and also by her own mission statement, Masha will put your interests first and will have complete commitment to you and confidentiality for your situation. There’s a good chance that the Buyer/Seller on the other side of the transaction has someone representing them and aligning yourself with Masha gives you an  “edge” above others.
 

Next week we’ll present Part 2: Time, and consider the many ways this precious commodity can be freed up for you and your family.

As we prepare for the winter season with recipes for holidays feasts and shopping for holiday gifts, it is important to remember to protect your most valuable possession - Your Home. To add to your ongoing Honey-Do List of House Maintenance, here is a maintenance checklist for getting your home ready for the winter months:

Interior  

  • Check ceiling and surfaces around windows for evidence of moisture
  • Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilet base
  • Check all stairs and railings for any loose members
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Know the location of all gas shut-off valves


Electrical -

  • Periodically check for exposed wiring and cable, and replace as necessary
  • Trip circuit breaker and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to ensure proper function
  • Learn location of electrical service panels and label each circuit
  • If fuses blow, circuit breakers trip frequently, contact a licensed electrician for repairs


Heating and Cooling 

  • Clean or change furnace filters (this should be done every 3 months)
  • Lubricate fan and motor bearings (only where indicated) and listen for unusual noises
  • For broiler systems, check water level and shut-off valve for leaks
  • Have system serviced annually prior to the start of the season


Doors and Windows 

  • Check for loose or missing glazing putty or worn weather stripping
  • Check caulking for deterioration at the openings and joints between dissimilar materials (i.e. wood and masonry)
  • Check for broken glass and damaged or missing screens


Plumbing -

  • Check all faucets, hose bibs, and supply valves for leakage
  • Check for evidence of leaks around and under sinks, showers, toilets, and tubs
  • Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves and exposed lines
  • Have the septic tank cleaned every 2 years
  • Have the well water checked for quality
  • Check the main water shut-off valve for operation and leakage 


Foundation and Exterior - 

  • Check foundation walls and floors for cracking, heaving, spalling, deterioration
  • Check chimney for loose, deteriorated, or missing mortar or bricks
  • Check basement and crawlspace for moisture or leaks
  • Check all wood surfaces, decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for deterioration


Roof - 

  • Check for any missing, loose or damaged shingles, open seams, blisters, or bald area on flat roofs
  • Clean gutters, strainers, and downspouts; trim back tree limbs and vegetation
  • Check the attic for any evidence of leaks
  • Check flashing, fascia and soffits for deterioration or damage


If you need some resources for locating your Honey Do Specialists when you're own Honey-Wont-Do, Contact me 


 

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.

Winter is approaching and soon it will be time to curl up with loved ones by the fire with a cup of cocoa on those cold winter nights. In anticipation of the cooler weather, now would be a good time to contact your chimney sweep contractor. Here are a few tips for maintaining your masonry/wood-burning fireplace or wood stove to add to your Honey-Do List of House Maintenance.

Chimney sweep - call your fireplace and chimney contractor or inspector NOW as chimney sweeps get booked early! Chimney sweeps should be done at least once a year prior to wintertime. The Chimney Safety Institute of America lists over 1,700 chimney sweeps that carry the Certified Chimney Sweep credential

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors - replace batteries and test them.

Stock up on firewood - burn hard wood instead of soft wood as it efficiently delivers more heat. Ash, maple and oak are dense hard woods which are optimal to burn instead of the lighter soft woods like cedar, pine and poplar. Burn only seasoned dry wood; "green"wood doesn't burn as well and causes soot and creosote. Seasoned wood is wood that has been cut and dried under cover for at least 6 months.

Keep combustibles 12" away - carpets, drapes, and furniture should be at least 12" away from your fireplace when it is lit. A fireplace screen will help keep children and pets safe.

Clean out the ash - whenever it reaches the bottom of the grate to create efficient airflow. Wear a dust mask and gloves for safety.

Test out the function of your fireplace - open the damper and light a small piece of dry seasoned wood, making sure the smoke goes directly up the chimney. If smoke enters the room, then correct any problems. 


If you need some resources for locating your Honey Do Specialists when you're own Honey-Wont-Do, Contact me 


 

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.

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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Chapel Hill & Carrboro Events This Fall!

by TO for Masha Halpern

Chapel Hill & Carrboro in Orange County, NC has the culture of a metropolitan area with the feel of a prestigious small town community. Recognized for it’s academic strength, Chapel Hill & Carrboro have a diverse scene of local music, visual & performing arts, and sports.  Chapel Hill & Carrboro is a wonderful community to live, with and abundance of Historic and modern neighborhoods. Please enjoy this list of some of the events the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area has to offer this fall, my compliments. If you are considering relocating to or from Chapel Hill & Carrboro, contact area expert since 1992, Realtor Masha Halpern, Boutique Real Estate.

 

Festivals & Happenings in the area

  • Every Saturday in 2016 The Chapel Hill & Carrboro Walking Food Tour. Visit 5-6 Local establishments. Meet at the Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill. Click here for more info
     
  • Every Saturday in 2016 Display Gardens Tour at the North Carolina Botanical Garden 10:00-11:00 am, Free. Click for more info
     
  • August 5 – September 4, 2016 on Fri., Sat., & Sun. The Paperhand Puppet Intervention performs at The Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill. Click for more info
     
  • August 24 through October 30, 2016 Pumpkin Patch Express at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, $12, children under 2 free. Click for more info 
     
  • August 24-28,2016 Draw The Circle at PlayMakers Repertory Company Center for Dramatic Art at UNC Campus. Click for more info
     
  • August 25, 2016 After Hours at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro - free live music on the lawn. Bring a picnic! Click for more info
     
  • August 25, 2016 Southern Village Outdoor Concert Series – free live music by The Heart Of Carolina Jazz Orchestra. Click for more info
     
  • August 25 –Every Thur. through October 27, 2016 Chapel Hill Pop-Up Farmer’s Market at 140 W. Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill for locally grown and produced food. Click for more info
     
  • August 26, 2016 After Dark Tour of Old Town Cemetery in Hillsborough. Click for more info
     
  • August 26, 2016 Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn featuring free live bluegrass from Acoustic Manner, food trucks, and beer & wine drink specials at the Inn. Click for details
     
  • August 27, 2016 A Coloring Workshop for Adults at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. Click for more info
     
  • August 27, 2016 Car Races at the Orange County Speedway in Rougemont. $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors and Military $1 for ages 10 & under. Click for more info
     
  • August 27, 2016 “Johnnie Joins The Fire Department” puppet show at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Click for more info
     
  • August 27, 2016 River Park Concert, Hillsborough. Free live music, food court, Beer & Wind Garden, Environmental & Community booths. Six musical acts including Dr. Bacon, and Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos. Click for more info
     
  • August 27, 2016 The Chuckle and Chortle Comedy Show at The Arts Center in Carrboro. Click for more info
     
  • August 28, 2016 Family & Friends Sunday at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill. Free admission. Click for more info
     
  • August 28, 2016 Third Annual Latin American Festival at Weaver Street in Carrboro. Live music, Folkloric Dancing, Arts & Crafts and Authentic food. Click for more info
     
  • August 28, 2016 Outdoor Zumbathon at Weaver Street in Carrboro. Click for more info
     
  • August 30, 2016 Kids Author Event with Ralph Hardy at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Click for more info
     
  • September 18, 2016 Mapleview Farms Customer Appreciation Day. Enjoy live music, games, inflatabls, ice cream specials and more. Click for more info
     
  • September 24, 2016 HGMN Presents Purple Schoolbus reunion and Psylo Joe live at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro! Click for more info
     
  • September 30, 2016 Southern Rock Showcase at The Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro featuring Sutter’s Gold Streak Band, and Idlewild South – the ultimate Allman Brothers Tribute Band! Click for details
     
  • October 1, 2016 Chapel Hill’s 44th Annual Festifall Art Festival - handmade artwork and live musical performances on historic West Franklin Street. Click for more info
     
  • October 6-9 Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance – 4 days, 4 stages and over 50 bands in nearby Chatham County. Click for more info
     
  • October 15 and December 3, 2016 Chapel Hill Fall Craft Market at University Mall. Hours from 9 am -12 pm. Click for more info
     
  • November 1, 2016 The Motet returns to the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro with unique original groove funk beats to keep you moving! Click for more info
     
  • November 5, 2016 The Second Annual Furry Friends Festival at the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center. A music festival of 9 local acts including Big Something, and Gasoline Stove, benefitting All Breed Animal Rescue of the Carolinas, Chatham Animal Rescue & Education, CLAWS, and Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge. Food vendors, arts & crafts, performers, and photo booth. $20-$30 adults, kids 12 & under free. Camping included, Please no pets! Click for more info

 

Fall Sports Schedules

 

Masha Halpern and Boutique Real Estate is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit her 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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