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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.

119 Friar Lane Now Offered at a More Attractive Price!

by LC for Masha Halpern

119 Friar Lane

This darling Carrboro townhome situated nicely between Chapel Hill and downtown Carrboro has been TOTALLY RENOVATED.  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, 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, 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.

 

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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.

 
 

Ready for Some Weekend Comedy?

by Masha Halpern
The weekend is almost here and what better way to wind down than to enjoy some comedy and have a few laughs!
 

There are Alternatives to Foreclosure

by Masha Halpern

Foreclosures have increased dramatically the last three years as a result of the subprime lending disaster and a lot of people are wondering if they will be next. There are options for many homeowners, they just need to know what to look for and where to look for it at.

If  you find yourself struggling to make your mortgage payments, and you fear foreclosure may be in your future, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) has suggested a few possible alternatives. These options to fend off foreclosure include:

  • Repayment Plan
  • Reinstatement
  • Forbearance
  • Loan Modification

The Federal Trade Commission wants people to know that these alternatives may not work for everyone especially if you are already three or four mortgage payments behind.

Visit the NFCC's Homeowners Crisis Resource Center website for more information regarding the above alternatives. They can also assist you in locating a certified housing counselor to explore your options in an effort to fend off foreclosure.

 

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Know the Alernative with Foreclosure

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It is no secret that foreclosures have increased drastically this year as a result of the subprime lending disaster and a lot of people are wondering if they will be next. For many homeowners there may be options, if they know what to look for and where to look. 

In the event that you find yourself struggling to make your mortgage payments, and you fear foreclosure may be in your future, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) has suggested a few possible alternatives. These options to fend off foreclosure include:

  • Repayment Plan
  • Reinstatement
  • Forbearance
  • Loan Modification

The Federal Trade Commission wants people to know that these alternatives may not work for everyone especially if you are already three or four mortgage payments behind.

For more information regarding the above alternatives visit the NFCC's Homeowners Crisis Resource Center website. They can also assist you in locating a certified housing counselor to explore your options in an effort to fend off foreclosure.

Animal Protection Society - Meet Your Match

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Save the date for Meet Your Match at the APS! February 14th 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

February 14th is Valentines’ Day. What could be better than finding a new love at the APS of Durham on Valentine’s Day? Come to Meet Your Match and visit with the adoptable cats and dogs. We hope you’ll meet YOUR match and adopt a new best friend. So many animals are waiting for you and ready to give you unconditional love. Won’t you consider adopting? And if you have already opened up your home please spread the word about the joys of adopting a pet and invite those you know to visit the shelter on Valentine’s Day or anytime the shelter is open!
 
 
APS Partners with the Salvation Army

The APS of Durham has joined with the Salvation Army to provide cat and dog food to those facing economic hardship. If you would like to contribute pet food to this program or to the shelter animals please drop off your donations at the Durham County Animal Shelter. For more information about how to give please email development@apsofdurham.org and for more information about the Pet Food Assistance program please email community@apsofdurham.org
 
APS Kids Club

APS Kids Club meets this Saturday the 17th at 2:30 pm. The APS Kids Club is open to kids ages 7-12 and their parents. For more information email education@apsofdurham.org

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