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Holiday Tips & Pet Safety

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Here are some helpful hints to keep you and your home safe throughout the holiday season…

  • Keep windows, garages and sheds locked, and don’t forget to use deadbolts.
  • Use timers to turn on lights and a television or radio.
  • Maintain at least a foot of space between a burning candle and anything that can catch fire.
  • When hanging lights outdoors avoid using staples or nails, which can damage wiring. Use UL-rated clips or wires instead.
  • Don’t overload electrical circuits with holiday lighting; unplug your tree and outdoor lights before going to bed.
  • Don’t leave a spare key in a “hiding place.” Burglars know where to look.
  • Lock your power box with an electricity authority lock (lock to which you and the electric company have a key) so that your home security alarm system can’t be cut off from the power supply.

And don’t forget about your pets - here are some holiday tips from ASPCA (get more tips here).

  • Baking is fun, but baking chocolate can be dangerous for your pets. Keep baking supplies out of reach of hungry snouts.
  • Secure your tree - rambunctious pets could cause the tree to tip over inviting injury.
  • Make sure to keep Mistletoe & Poinsettia plants away from your pets.
  • Careful with the candles - pets can burn themselves or knock candles over.
  • No handouts - human food leftovers can be fatty & spicy, so keep your pet’s GI system in good shape by keeping leftovers for the humans.  

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!



Table: Feeding Local Hungry Kids

As part of our ongoing efforts to make a difference in our community, Masha Halpern & her team are proud to support our local organization, Table. As of this point in the school year, Table has filled over 6,400 backpacks and serves over 600 kids each week!!!

Table's initiative is to provide healthy emergency food aid to hungry children in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro areas. They serve children ages 3-14, and their constant goals are to 1. Encourage healthy eating while exposing participating children to new healthy foods, 2. Bring UNC college students and community members together to help prepare and distribute healthy food to children who go hungry on the weekends, 3. Raise public awareness of local childhood hunger, 4. Offer programs/activities for local residents to get involved in helping local hungry children, and 5. Increase the number of children served every year.

Interested in donating or volunteering? Check out Table’s website for more information. And to learn about more ways Masha & Team gives back, check our our Community Involvement and Giving Back pages. Partner with us and together we can make a difference!


Masha's 6th Annual Pie Party

This year marked our 6th Annual Pie Party, which was a huge success and a great opportunity for us to tell our current & past clients how much they are appreciated.

We handed out 50 Thanksgiving Pies this year & had a chance to catch up with everyone who attended! It was really a treat for us to share in the holiday spirit and offer opportunities to write cards for Veterans &  donate food for TABLE! Thanks to everyone for your generosity! We delivered a stack of your handwritten thank yous to veterans at the VA Hospital in Durham & lifted a lot of spirits!! It was a very humbling experience & we are committed to do more next year at the holidays! We  delivered SIX boxes of food to Table, our local organization to help feed school children.

I just LOVED  being able to introduce so many of you to each other!!  I think at least one 'future date' and a few business referrals between all of you have been put "in the works " for a get-together amongst some of our clients. Being able to help foster connections is a bonus and one that I want to keep growing. If you have a service, run a business, or would like to start a group ( something fun or something serious ) let me know. Please think of me as a “connector”! I’m pleased to continue to be a referral source for you.

A VERY special thank you to Frank Rexford of Corporate Investors Mortgage Group for providing delicious sandwiches, great wine choices, and fun conversation! Frank is one of our trusted resources for all things Mortgage!

AND NOW TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS…..!   Carol Hazlewood has won our Cutco ice cream scoop and pie server set!  The winner of a bottle of Bogle Pinot Noir generously donated by Frank Rexford, are Mary Ane & Andre Ristaino!  Finally, the winner of our social media challenge (Post a photo of you with your pie) is Whitney Bulbrook of Carolina Ventures Mortgage!  Whitney has won our Deluxe Malibu Picnic Tote.She posted a fantastic photograph of her family with her Thanksgiving pie and takes home the tote! Congratulations to all of our winners. We had lots of fun checking out all of your holiday fun with #MashasPieParty ! Thanks for sharing your great family photos with us!

We want to thank each and every one of you for coming to YOUR party and allowing us to express our gratitude for your friendship and business!  We are honored to give back to our clients.  Thank you so much for your continued referrals to friends and family!

Enjoy some of the pictures below and click here to see the full event on our website.

Keep an eye out for upcoming client appreciation events in the Spring! Please  share some ideas for things you would like to see us try out!

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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
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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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