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

by AH for Masha Halpern

This is the last article of a 5 Part series about Why Using a Broker Benefits YOU! If you missed the previous articles, start here.
 

"A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work." ~John Lubbock
 

Just as there are many types of people, so are there reasons for buying or selling a home. No two stories are the same with emotions ranging from joy and excitement, to loss and uncertainty. Sometimes these emotions can get in the way, that’s where a professional comes in handy. Having a ‘buffer’ between parties to manage the communications, and being available to talk through all of the steps and processes can be very helpful. As helpful is to have someone available to listen to your concerns and fears and problem solve for you. That is also something Masha will do with you!

Reasons to Buy or Sell
For some, delving into purchasing or buying a home may mean the thrill of first time homeownership, or maybe it’s bittersweet because your family is growing and you have to leave behind your first home. Sometimes it’s finally getting into the neighborhood you’ve been wanting to live in and sometimes it’s the uncertainty of moving to a new place for a job. Loss, divorce, marriage, needing to be near elderly parents, and downs-sizing as life changes can feel like an emotional rollercoaster.

 

Sometimes there may be disagreement within a family as to what will best serve their needs and what it is they are looking for. A dedicated Broker can give you some perspective as a third party with no particular attachments to a house. Masha is great at taking your emotional needs into consideration while helping serve your real estate needs in a way that gets you closer to your goals.
 

Taking the time to discern what your ideal outcome would be allows Masha to customize your search or sale and then create a plan with you in mind.

Asking the Right Questions

Experience with past clients has given Masha the insight to know the right questions to ask. They may be house related, but they may also be related to life goals & aspirations or personality traits. Getting to know you serves as the foundation for your experience with our team. We enjoy working with people. We enjoy helping people with a process that can be deeply emotional. We enjoy guiding you through one of life’s major events - selling or buying a home. It all starts with a consultation meeting to hear what you have to say! Fill out this quick form to set up a time to talk with Masha.
 

Support After Closing

Because we get to know you and develop a relationship, we want you to know that we are here for you after  settlement has occurred! As a part of our larger family of past clients, we will continue to support you with your real estate questions, your community questions, and whatever else you need. We stay in touch on a regular basis and offer fun client appreciation programs and events! Check out our most recent ones here. Our hope is that you’ll entrust us with your referral to your family and friends for their real estate needs based on the experience you’ve had with us.

“Make sure everyone who works with you or for you feels the need to tell others about the incredible experience.” ~Chris Murray.

 

This is our goal- to give you such great service you will want to RAVE about us to everyone who wants to buy and sell a home in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough.
 

This is the last entry of this blog series and we want to hear your comments about it!  Email us at Masha@MashaHalpern.com. Feel free to find out more about our team, our services and our community involvement on our website at www.MashaHalpern.com.

Protect Your Pets This Holiday Season

by TO for Masha Halpern

Pet Safety For The Holiday Season
The holidays bring celebrations, decorations, and unfortunately potential hazards to our beloved pets. Check out these pet safety tips to ensure your holiday is fun and safe for your furry family members.  

Keep Decorations Out Of Reach However you decorate for the holidays - it may include trees, lots of candles, or ornamental plants. New sights, smells, and unfortunately tastes can draw curious pets.  This might mean harm to your pets or damage to your decorations.

Be conscientious of placement of trees - sometimes a spot in the corner can offer a bit of help, or if you have a room that can be closed off - and be sure your tree is secure in it's stand. Block decorations from pets reach. Although flame candles are desirable, there are other options such as battery operated candles or sturdy protective hurricane lanterns that can't be easily knocked over. Keep holiday plants out of reach. Poinsettias, holly berries or mistletoe, are toxic to pets.

Cold Weather, Pets, And Cars
Remember to leave your dog at home with a sitter when traveling during severe winter weather, and even on quick trips to the store - as it is never a good idea to leave your dog in the car. Joy rides are best with mild temperatures. 

Cats will seek out a any warm place they can find during the cold winter months. Unfortunately, this may mean under the hood of a warm car engine where fatal accidents can occur when starting the car. Be observant of paw prints in the snow and make it a habit to make noise when approaching your vehicle before starting the engine.

Winter Chemicals And Pets
Antifreeze/coolant is very dangerous for animals when spilled or leaking from a vehicle. Also, the types of salt used to melt snow & ice on sidewalks and roads can be harsh on delicate paws.

Keep all pets away from your garage and clean up any chemical spills right away. Animals are tend to love the taste of deadly antifreeze. Symptoms of ingestion are convulsions or acting "drunk". Take your pet to the vet immediately if you suspect they have gotten into antifreeze - just the smallest sip can be fatal. Also, be sure not to let your pet wander unattended - you never know what chemicals can be present at your neighbors' homes. 

Protect your pet from salt on sidewalks and roads with booties, and keep chemicals off of your pet's paws.


Winter Diet
Outdoor pets tend to eat more food in the wintertime, whereas indoor pets conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter.

Remember to offer plenty of food to your outside pet and check that the water in the water bowl isn't frozen. 

Portion your food accordingly for indoor pets, cutting back a little in the winter will help to prevent your pet from becoming overweight during the season where they tend to not be as active. 


Outdoor Pets Can Freeze!
Bring your pets inside during the colder temperatures, especially at nighttime. Outdoor shelters should be dry and draft-free. Pet coats and booties help but isn't enough protection during freezing temperatures - don't leave your pet out in the cold! 

Wintering with your pet is mostly common sense -
if you are cold, your pet is cold. Snuggle up until the spring thaw!

 


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.

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUN. JULY 3RD, 2:00-4:00 PM at 2411 Pickard Mountain Road!

by Tyla Olson for Masha Halpern

 

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUN. JULY 3RD, 2:00-4:00PM!
 Luxury, Style and Nature Abound! Gorgeous 4 Bedroom,
4 Full Bath, expansive 4,151 sq. ft. home, offers the lifestyle
of a mountaintop retreat only minutes from town.   


2411 Pickard Mountain Road
Hillsborough
Now offered at $549,500! 

2411 Pickard Mountain Road

This striking Jon Condoret modernist home rests high on a ridge. Innovative design combined with fine materials, offer luxurious living spaces. An extensive use of glass brings in natural light and allows beautiful wooded landscape views. Designed for entertaining, the home has an expansive living room with soaring ceiling, an octagonal den with wooden-beamed turreted ceiling, formal dining with wet bar, and a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops. The main-floor has an owner’s suite with new master spa bath, and a wheelchair-accessible theatre/bedroom. Enticing upstairs bedroom suite has 2 Murphy beds. The lower level includes an in-law suite with multi-use room and second laundry room. Attractive stone patio, 3 decks, and a detached 3-car garage. On 4 secluded acres, yet only minutes to downtown Hillsborough. An additional 4+/- acre parcel is also available. Call Masha for a private showing. 
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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.

 
 
 
 

 

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! 

 

 

Click here for more information on 106 Twisted Court, Hillsborough, NC

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.

OPEN THIS SUNDAY 2-4 PM! 4310 Hope Valley Drive in Hillsborough

by LC for Masha Halpern
 

4310 Hope Valley Drive

Open Sunday, May 18 from 2-4 PM!

Just around the bend on the cul-de-sac of Hope Valley Drive lies this beautiful transitional in the upscale subdivision of New Hope Springs. The home rests atop semi-tiered terrain, granting some of the most majestic views in Hillsborough.

A cobbled-brick path leads across the front yard to a rocking chair front porch that is accentuated by a large camellia bush and thoughtfully-placed landscaping. Upon entering the foyer, one will step onto wide heart pine wood flooring. To the right is a formal living room with built-ins, and to the left is a formal dining room featuring a continuance of heart pine floors and chair-rail & crown molding. Adjacent to the dining room is a large “farm style” eat-in kitchen with breakfast area and bar, 42’’ custom flat panel cabinetry, granite countertops, gas stove and built-in microwave. Brilliant sunlight pervades the kitchen through an oversized picture window that looks out to the layered back yard and lily pond.  The kitchen also has direct access to the two-car garage. The step-down family room is bright and vivacious with its collection of large windowsIt includes a wood-burning fireplace as focal point and features a slate surround facade, floor-to-ceiling built-ins, and access to the back deck through a glass door.

The second floor is where you will find the home’s four bedrooms. The master is complete with hardwood flooring, arched ceiling, and walk-in closet. It also boasts a large master bath that features a double vanity with cultured marble top, deep-soaking garden tub that will take your troubles away, walk-in shower, tumbled tile floor, and a picture window overlooking the back yard.

Heading down the hallway you’ll find a second full bath with tile floor, a bedroom with a view to the stone patio out back, and a third bedroom facing the front with walk-in closet. Both rooms feature hardwood floorings - a lovely upgrade in any home! At the end of the hall is a large bonus room or fourth bedroom, media or exercise room. A third floor walk-up attic is easily finished for extra living space!

As the weather transitions into spring and summer, the outdoors will beckon you to spend time on its large custom deck or relax with a good book and a glass of wine in a comfy outdoor chair on the stone & pebbled patio. The back yard is divided into layered sections, creating a divine, picturesque view from the house. The potential for gardening and landscaping is endless!

New Hope Springs is minutes from I-85, and only ten minutes from Chapel Hill, 20 minutes from Duke, and 30 minutes from Research Triangle Park.

Click here to see the virtual tour.

For more information on this property or to schedule a private showing, contact Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team today, & come see it this Sunday!

 

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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.

 
 

Welcome to 4310 Hope Valley Drive in Hillsborough!

by LC for Masha Halpern


4310 Hope Valley Drive

Just around the bend on the cul-de-sac of Hope Valley Drive lies this beautiful transitional in the upscale subdivision of New Hope Springs. The home rests atop semi-tiered terrain, granting some of the most majestic views in Hillsborough.

A cobbled-brick path leads across the front yard to a rocking chair front porch that is accentuated by a large camellia bush and thoughtfully-placed landscaping. Upon entering the foyer, one will step onto wide heart pine wood flooring. To the right is a formal living room with built-ins, and to the left is a formal dining room featuring a continuance of heart pine floors and chair-rail & crown molding. Adjacent to the dining room is a large “farm style” eat-in kitchen with breakfast area and bar, 42’’ custom flat panel cabinetry, granite countertops, gas stove and built-in microwave. Brilliant sunlight pervades the kitchen through an oversized picture window that looks out to the layered back yard and lily pond.  The kitchen also has direct access to the two-car garage. The step-down family room is bright and vivacious with its collection of large windows. It includes a wood-burning fireplace as focal point and features a slate surround facade, floor-to-ceiling built-ins, and access to the back deck through a glass door.

The second floor is where you will find the home’s four bedrooms. The master is complete with hardwood flooring, arched ceiling, and walk-in closet. It also boasts a large master bath that features a double vanity with cultured marble top, deep-soaking garden tub that will take your troubles away, walk-in shower, tumbled tile floor, and a picture window overlooking the back yard.

Heading down the hallway you’ll find a second full bath with tile floor, a bedroom with a view to the stone patio out back, and a third bedroom facing the front with walk-in closet. Both rooms feature hardwood floorings - a lovely upgrade in any home! At the end of the hall is a large bonus room or fourth bedroom, media or exercise room. A third floor walk-up attic is easily finished for extra living space!

As the weather transitions into spring and summer, the outdoors will beckon you to spend time on its large custom deck or relax with a good book and a glass of wine in a comfy outdoor chair on the stone & pebbled patio. The back yard is divided into layered sections, creating a divine, picturesque view from the house. The potential for gardening and landscaping is endless!

New Hope Springs is minutes from I-85, and only ten minutes from Chapel Hill, 20 minutes from Duke, and 30 minutes from Research Triangle Park.

Click here to see the virtual tour!

For more information on this property or to schedule a private showing, contact Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team today!

 

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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.

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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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