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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.

Building the Home of Their Dreams

by AH for Masha Halpern

Masha Halpern and her Team had the pleasure of assisting her buyers during the building process and purchase of their new townhome at Fairway Villas in Croasdaile. This incredible townhome is conveniently located minutes from Duke University & Medical Center and downtown Durham. Features include high ceilings, gourmet kitchen, main level master bedroom and views of the Croasdaile golf course. This townhome is what luxury living is all about. Read more about this home or take a tour.

 

Call us today if this sounds like the home you've always wanted - we'll help you find it!

 

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.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.MashaHalpern.com.

Durham Events this Fall!

by TO for Masha Halpern

Durham, North Carolina’s popularity is due to it’s active and diverse local arts and music culture, visual arts, performing arts, sports, and education. A wonderful community to live, with and abundance of charming Historic and modern revitalized neighborhoods. Please enjoy this list of some of the great events the Durham area has to offer this fall, my compliments. If you are considering relocating to or from Durham, contact  Realtor Masha Halpern, Boutique Real Estate at Keller Williams Realty.

 

Durham Area Festivals & Happenings
 

  • 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
      
  • September 3 and November 5, 2016 Durham Fall Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham. Local makers and vintage vendors come together for a diverse collection of high quality original goods. Hours: 12 – 4 pm. Click for more info
     
  • September 8, 2016 Back Porch Music on the Lawn at American Tobacco Campus in Durham. Dom Flemons Duo with the South Carolina Broadcasters will be performing for free. Grab a picnic and beer or wine from one of the American Tobacco Restaurants. Children and well behaved dogs are welcome. Click for more info
     
  • September 9-10, 2016 The 29th Bull Durham Blues Festival will be held at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham. Local musicians will open each night with 4 performances to follow.  Food Trucks and other vendors will be on site. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the event. Click for more info
     
  • September 10, 2016 Harvest & Hornworm Festival features live music, arts & crafts vendors, hands-on history, looping contest, hornworm race and the last tobacco auction in Durham at Duke Homestead Historic Site. Free admission. Click for more info
     
  • September 10, 2016 Seven Things I’ve Learned – An Evening with Ira Glass, creator and Host of NPR’s ‘This American Life’ at DPAC. Click for more info
     
  • September 11-13, 2016 Greek Festival at the Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds. Celebrate Greek culture with authentic food, music, dance performances, crafts & more. Adults $3, ages 13 & under $2, free for ages 12 & under. Click for more info
     
  • September 13-18, 2016 Kinky Boots – Tony Winning Best Musical at DPAC. Click for more info
     
  • September 17-18, 2016 The 42nd Annual CenterFest Arts Festival in downtown Durham. Featuring over 145 Visual Artists’ works of fine arts, more than 65 performing music dance & entertainment acts on 6 stages, a Creative Kidzone, local & international cuisine, and over 40 Durham area non-profit, civic & government organizations. Click for more info
     
  • September 24, 2016 Durham Latino Fiesta & Soccer Challenge at Rock Quarry Park. This free event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Enjoy the soccer challenge as well as some of the old traditions of the Latino Festival including food trucks, Family Fun Zone, and Hispanic Music broadcasted from local radio. Click for more info
     
  • October 1, 2016 DisAble The Label Community Festival in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Enjoy games, entertainment, food truck, information booths and prizes! Click for more info
     
  • October 6-9, 2016 Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance – 4 days, 4 stages and over 50 bands in nearby Chatham County. Click for more info
     
  • October 8, 2016 Durham Armory Fall Market. Local makers and vintage vendors come together for a diverse collection of high quality original goods. Hours: 12 – 4 pm. Click for more info
     
  • October 8, 2016 Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic at DPAC! Click for more info
     
  • October 12-15, 2016 Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award-Winning Masterpiece RENT 20th Anniversary Tour at DPAC. Click for more info
     
  • October 14, 2016 Seasonal Beer Showcase. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Friday from 4:30-8:30 for live music, food, commemorative glass for $30 (separate from World Beer Festival). Click for more info
     
  • October 15, 2016 The 21st Annual World Beer Festival in Durham. For $45 Sample breweries from around the World, and in addition you can also attend The North Carolina Beer Festival, The Cask Ale Festival, and the Cider Garden. Live music, food, commemorative glass included. Optional add-ons at $15 each are the Belgian Bier Festival and the Cheese & Beer Pairing. Click for more info
     
  • October 16, 2016 Barktoberfest at Rock Quarry Park in Durham offers exciting canine activities. Performances by Mutt-allica, Tribbal competition & demo, Hyperflite Skyhoundz NC Canine Disc Championship (limited to 50 contestants), costume contest & parade, a one-mile Fun Walk, Fun Zone, and an affordable vaccinations & microchip clinic. Click for more info
     
  • October 16, 2016 The 4th Annual Quintiles Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo. Choose from five mile, one mile or half marathon and experience world-class eating after the race. Click for more info
     
  • October 25-30, 2016 Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical - Fun Home at DPAC. Click for more info
     
  • November 4, 2016 Bob Dylan and His Band live at DPAC. Click for more info
     
  • November 5, 2016 The Second Annual Furry Friends Festival at the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center. This music festival of 9 local acts including Big Something and Gasoline Stove, will be benefiting 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
     
  • November 18, 2016 The Temptations & The Four Tops – legends of Motown return to DPAC! Click for more info
     
  • November 11-13, 2016 NC Comicon & Comiquest Film Festival at the Durham Convention Center, meet writers, illustrators and creators of your favorite characters. Panel discussions & costume contest at the Comiquest Film Fest will be held at the Carolina Theatre. Click for more info
     
  • November 19-20, 2016 Durham Art Walk – a festive fine arts and crafts event celebrating the holiday season in downtown Durham. This free event includes examples of local artwork, ongoing live music, and many restaurants & food trucks with delicious food. Click for more info
     
  • December 9, 2016 Santa Paws at the Durham Armory to benefit the Animal Protection Society of Durham. Pictures with Santa, canine food & toy drive, games, holiday pet market, and food vendors. Click for more info
     
  • December 13, 2016 The 45th Annual Senior Holiday Party at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham. Click for more info

 

Durham Fall Sports Schedules

  • Durham Bulls 2016-2017 Click for Schedule
     
  • Duke University Men’s Basketball 2016-2017 Click for Schedule
     
  • Duke University Football 2016-2017 Click for Schedule
     
  • Carolina Hurricanes Hockey 2016-2017 Click for Schedule
     
  • Carolina Panthers Football 2016-2017 Click for Schedule

     

    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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