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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.

Holiday Entertaining - Tips & Ideas

by AH for Masha Halpern

2018 is winding down and we hope amid the hustle and bustle of the season that you are scheduling in time with family and friends. To help keep these occasions stress-free, we found these great articles by DIY Network that offer ideas for making the most of your space and time.

Need to clean-up quick? Then you’ll want to read about Speed Cleaning. Have a lot of guests, but a small living space - get tips on Entertaining in a Small Space. Finally, here are some great ideas on Making Guests Feel Welcome.

Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and a bright 2019 ahead!

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.

It Only Took 4 Days to Sell This Fantastic Townhome!

by AH for Masha Halpern

Another Village West townhome was just SOLD by Masha! Our team's marketing highlighted the property's features, the fantastic location and wonderful community. With widespread coverage, this home sold in ONLY 4 DAYS! Take a tour at 190RidgeTrail.com.

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 and The Smart Move Team 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.

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.

Details Like This Will Have You Celebrating!

by TO for Masha Halpern

Details Like This Will Have You Celebrating! 
137 Lystra Grant Court, Chapel Hill
www.137LystraGrantCourt.com
offered at: $665,000

Every once in awhile the market offers a rare opportunity to to live in a luxury home that reflects your lifestyle... that time is now!

Thinking of the perfect gift for you and your family? You can be moved in by New Years and spend fun casual time with family during the day, and entertain guests in the evening with formal ambiance! 

Magnificent Energy Star Certified luxury home resting upon Booth Mountain, boasts exquisite details throughout! Entertain or relax indoors & outside with scenic views. Tastefully designed open plan is airy & bright. 5 Bedrooms – including one on the main level, 4.5 Baths, huge Bonus, Study, and Craft Room. Elegant Formal Dining with tray ceiling. Family Room with coffered ceiling, gas fireplace & 15' sliding door to Deck. Gourmet Kitchen has large breakfast area. Master Suite has sitting area, private porch, spa bath with soaking tub, separate double head shower, 3 walk-in closets. 4 Garage Bays. Community Pool, playground, soccer field and future dog park


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.

Village West End Unit Now Offered at a More Attractive Price!

by To for Masha Halpern

New Low Price! 
118 Ridge Trail Village West, Chapel Hill

Now offered at: $145,000
www.118RidgeTrail.com

Fun Facts ~ Walk to these great places!

  • UNC Campus - just 1½ miles away
  • Weaver Street Market
  • Carr Mill Mall
  • The Cat's Cradle Music Club
  • Kallisher Photography Studio
  • Carrboro Arts Center
  • Walkable for brunch at Root & Cellar
  • Umstead Park and Bolin Creek
  • Wilson Park and Trailways
  • Frances Shetley Bikeway
  • Downtown Carrboro
  • Downtown Chapel Hill

Desirable end-unit contemporary townhome in great location! Well maintained with many updates including beautifully updated bathrooms. Covered front porch, durable & stylish oak-style Pergo flooring on main level, kitchen with butler's pantry area, dining room with updated light, living room with fireplace & French doors to deck, full bath with 2 separate vanity areas, and gently-lit bedrooms. Comfortable design for family living and a great layout for entertaining. In the sought-after Village West neighborhood near UNC, great Chapel Hill schools, parks, and on bus line! HOA includes community Pool & Tennis!
 


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.

New Paint- New Light Fixtures- New Amazing Price!

by TO for Masha Halpern

 

New Paint, New Light Fixtures, and Move-In Ready!

 
432 Fairoaks Circle, Chapel Hill
Now offered at an Amazing New Price of $171,900!

Great townhome in fantastic Chapel Hill location has new interior paint - goodbye wallpaper, new light fixtures and is move-in ready! Main level living areas with hardwood floors. Galley kitchen has sunny breakfast nook with skylight, and butler pantry area with pass-through window to dining room. Large living room has corner fireplace and sliding door to deck, offering scenic wooded views. Three big bedrooms upstairs with lots of light. Refrigerator, dishwasher & washer/dryer offered as-is. Neighborhood pool, tennis & clubhouse. Close to UNC, on the free bus line, and near Wilson Park. Click here for a virtual tour! Or visit www.432FairoaksCircle.com!

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.

The Sweet Life is at Your Fingertips!

by Masha Halpern

 

 

 

 

 

Now Offered at an ATTRACTIVE New Price!

Convenient to all wonders of Chapel Hill....UNC Campus, a vibrant and thriving downtown with a sweet Southern college feel- Go HEELS! Parks, walking trails, Abundant nature, amazing dining and great shopping!

 

www.118RidgeTrail.com

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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Paperhand Puppet Intervention at the Forest Theatre!

by TO for Masha Halpern

The Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents their 17th annual summer performance at the Forest Theatre on UNC’s Campus in Chapel Hill! “The Beautiful Beast” will be Aug. 5th through Sept. 5th every Friday, Saturday and Sunday & Labor Day.

 

“The Beautiiful Beast” will take you on a folktale journey of ancient stories and legends of monsters & beasts that inhabit our dreams. Creative and inspiring, humungous puppets come to life in a pageant style/play performance of puppeteers and professional musicians in the natural magical setting of the Forest Theatre. Imaginations run wild within kids of all ages experiencing this award-winning troupe.

The performance schedule is Aug. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, Sept. 2-4, and Sept. 5th - Labor Day. Matinees will be held on Sun. Aug 21, 28 & Sept. 4. Shows begin at 7 pm with a 6:20 pre-show. Matinees atart at 3:00 pm with 2:20 pre-show. Saturday shows usually sell out – so get there extra early or choose a Fri. or Sun.  Tickets available at the door – no pre-sale tickets. General admission is $15 or $8 for kids suggested donation.

This is just one of the many magical events happening in Chapel Hill this summer. Take a blanket and pack a picnic- Don't forget the bug spray and enjoy!

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.

 

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Just Listed - 432 Fairoaks Circle!

by TO for Masha Halpern

Just Listed! 
432 Fairoaks Circle
Village West, Chapel Hill

offered at: $174,500

www.432FairoaksCircle.com

Great townhome in fantastic Chapel Hill location! Main level living areas with hardwood floors. Galley kitchen has sunny breakfast nook with skylight, and butler pantry area with pass-through window to dining room. Large living room has fireplace and sliding door to deck, offering scenic wooded views. Three big bedrooms upstairs with lots of light. Refrigerator, dishwasher & washer/dryer offered as-is. Neighborhood pool, tennis & clubhouse. Close to UNC, on the free bus line, and near Wilson Park.

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 




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.

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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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