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Family-Friendly Fall Events to Enjoy in the Triangle

The fall chill is in the air and October beckons us to enjoy its crisp colors and fun activities. Keep reading for some ideas on how to celebrate the fall season with family if you're in the Triangle area!

NC State Fair

October 12-22 - 11 days of fabulous fun and entertainment awaits you at the NC State Fair! Located in Raleigh at the state fairgrounds, the 150th NC State Fair offers a variety of traditional fair food, rides galore, concerts, contests, exhibitions and more. Buy tickets here!

Pumpkin Patch Express Train Ride, Museum of Life & Science

Bring the kiddos any weekend in October to the Museum of Life & Science for the Pumpkin Patch Express, where you will journey to the museum's special pumpkin patch to pick your pumpkin, decorate and take home with you! Don't forget to take part in the crafts and carnival games before making the train trip back. It's the perfect way to celebrate fall with young children! More details here!

Fearrington Pumpkin Fest


October 29 - Come out to see the expert creativity of Fearrington's superb chefs and gardeners as they display 50+ jack o' lanterns! Take a leisurely walk through the Village Center where pumpkins will be located throughout the beautiful gardens. Fearrington Granary will be open for dinner, The Roost will offer its delicious pizza and local craft beers, and The Goat will be open as well serving salads, sandwiches and ghostly treats. Enjoy the evening's musical guest, Eric Sommer! More details here!


Featured Listings


1219 East Pointe

Imagine a home that has a place for everyone….large & open, yet defined spaces allow for much enjoyment in this lovely home tucked away on a cul-de-sac home site beautifully situated on Hole #6 of the acclaimed Treyburn Golf Course. With 3 bedrooms, plus a separated bonus room, it’s the ideal design for versatility. It’s beautifully appointed with architectural details & offers the possibility of expansive views of nature & golf course. There is so much more.. Come, we invite you to explore this privately by contacting  Masha to schedule a preview. Take a tour at


43 Blueberry Ridge

Nestled on 1.6 acres & minutes from town, this 'Just for Market Updated' one level home offers the peaceful relaxing atmosphere you crave with possibilities for some amazing landscape & gardening. Come appreciate a home with hardwood floors throughout, a kitchen offering brand new subway tile backsplash, just installed Stainless gourmet stove with down-draft, and well-known & appreciated name brand appliances. Bide your time on the full front porch- There's plenty of space for all of your rocking chairs! Natural light abounds however new ceiling fans and lighting fixtures in the home blend seamlessly with it's updated. New interior paint, and remodeled bathrooms make THIS house the one to call Home. Now with a new price of $257,000, you must call Masha to see it! Take a Tour at


Top 2017 Green Luxury Home Upgrades Buyers Are Looking For


By Erin Vaughan

It’s no secret that “going green” is a trend that will only keep growing. Eco-friendly features are gaining ground among buyers, which leads to boosted property values and sale prices. In fact, one study found that most luxury green homes sell for 30% more than those without a green label. Additionally, in certain locales—the places where utility spending is high—almost any improvement that reduces a home’s electricity expenses makes it more competitive on the market. Here are some of the green luxury trends that are at the top of homeowners’ wish lists this year.


Sustainability is having a big moment among homebuyers, particularly when an improvement translates to less green spent on utility bills. A number of studies over the past five years confirm that homeowners are seeking environmentally friendly homes. A survey of more than 1.6 million California homes, for example, noticed an average nine percent premium on homes certified with green labels. Such certifications are important: many homeowners complain that they don’t understand what makes a home green. Consumer research from construction industry group GuildQuality, for instance, reported that while homeowners overwhelmingly demonstrated a highly positive response to their green home purchase, 53% of buyers wished they had had a little more education about their home’s green features before they finished the sale. When it comes to energy efficiency, there’s a huge gap in homeowner knowledge, which makes it important to brush up on your terms and be able to inform your clients about latest in green features. At the same time, homeowners aren’t deaf to false or misleading corporate claims, either. Many know that such “greenwashing” occurs regularly and are naturally suspicious of unverified environmental do-goodery. The convergence of those two trends means that improvements that labeled with an official seal, such as an appliance bearing the ENERGY STAR label, get high marks with buyers.


Solar energy isn’t cheap, but it still does quite well on the market. For example, California homes in the $500,000-range command a remarkable $20,194 premium on average, according to this National Bureau of Economic Research study. Other studies have found similar price bumps, and interest in solar continues to grow among homeowners. Data from March 2017 shows that global solar capacity rose from 50 gigawatts to 76 gigawatts throughout 2016, and with prices still falling, that trend is certain to continue throughout the end of this year.


When it comes to smart home accessories like lighting systems, thermostats, and appliances, there’s no doubt that buyer interest in such features is growing—particularly as manufacturers like Google and Amazon move to streamline installation and operational features. Consumer polling from Coldwell Banker found that almost two thirds of buyers had their eye out for a “move-in ready” home, and that 57 percent thought an older home retrofitted with smart technology fit in that “move-in ready” category. Forty-four percent of those seeking move-in ready homes found smart tech an absolute necessity. Another study found that 65 percent of buyerswould pay more for such features. In particular, home shoppers tend to go for voice automation systems (such as the Amazon Echo), smart security systems like cameras and automatic locks, as well as more advanced temperature controls and lighting.

It’s clear that energy-efficient upgrades and greener materials can significantly reduce long-term utility spending for a homeowner, which makes it an obvious draw. Add to a decreased carbon footprint and a more modernized home, and you’ve got a property that practically sells itself.

Find the original article at Luxury Home Marketing.

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Chapel Hill NC 27514
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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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