First Time Buying?

First Time Buying?



There’s a lot to buying a home so it’s completely understandable to feel overwhelmed and to question yourself at each step. The key is research and great support! Partnering with Masha Halpern as your Exclusive Buyer’s Agent, you can be assured that she will guide you through the steps of locating, securing, negotiating, inspecting and closing on your very first home! With Masha by your side you will avoid mistakes because, well with 25+ years of experience working with buyers, Masha has helped her clients buy A LOT of homes! So RELAX, exhale, and hey, have a little fun! This is an exciting time in your life! So let’s talk about the process of buying a home in Chapel Hill, Durham, and beyond!



Understanding the Home Buying Process-

Click the link below to see a “Chutes & Ladders” chart for the steps to buying your first home. The chart is designed as a conversation starter. Click link in each section for more details.


First Things First-

The first and most important thing is setting up your initial consultation with Masha. In the comfortable and private surroundings of her office, Masha will ask the important questions to establish your home buying criteria so that she understands your objectives, priorities and time frame. So, now is a good time to start thinking about how many bedrooms and baths you need, what type of community you want to live in, what does your house need to be located near? We will chat about local market conditions because each market is very different.  Masha will review Agency relationships and we will define how we will work together.


We will also discuss lending options and Masha will share a list of preferred lenders for you to consider calling and begin your mortgage process if you have not already done so. Masha always says, "A strong buyer is a prepared buyer" and now is the best time to be prepared!


After your consultation, Masha will create a personalized MLS database home search based on your needs. This search will automatically be sent to you each day as properties become available for sale or have a price change. You will know the instant a new home is ready for you to come and tour it! Next, you and Masha will schedule a few appointments to see homes and after each tour Masha and her team will research the property that interests you the most, determining it’s market value and scouring recent relevant sales.


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Keller Williams Realty
101 Cosgrove Avenue, Suite 200
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Direct 919-951-1780
Toll Free 877-478-4669
Fax: 919-928-9030

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.

Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina real estate and homes for sale in North Carolina - Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team