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5 Tips for Home Buying Success in 2018!

by The Domis Team

Ready to start the new year in a new home?! 2018 means new considerations for home buyers. Make sure that you are ready before you start your search to have success. Here are 5 tips for home buying success in 2018!

 

1. Be Smart Online

Being able to search for a new home on your computer is a definite perk. However, you need to be smart about where you search. There are many scam real estate offers out there. Avoid fake listings by using our Search Listings to find your new home!

 

2. Understand the Tax Code

Do not let the new tax code deter you from buying a new home. Make sure to do your homework, talk to your realtor, and fully understand how the reforms affect you and home buying in the new year.

 

3. Don't Let Staging Distract You

Home staging is a great benefit. It helps you better understand the space and visualize yourself in the home. However, great staging can distract you from potential issues with the home. Make sure to inspect everything to make sure the home itself is in good shape. If you find issues during your walk through, do not be afraid to ask the buyer for a credit or to make repairs.

 

4. Look at Fixer Uppers

Remodeling a house is a big project. We all want move in ready homes but with all the competition out there, it could be advantageous to look at diamonds in the rough. Just make sure it is a good deal before making the plunge. Have a contractor walk through the house to give you an estimate. This will help you weigh the costs of buying the property and making renovations versus buying a move in ready home.

 

5. Get Ready for Competition

Supply throughout the country is low, raising demand among home buyers. Be ready to have to negotiate for the home that you want. Insure that you have secure financing to help you stand out from the crowd. You can also write a letter to the seller expressing your love for the home and why it is a perfect fit for you and your family.

 

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Reference: realtor.com®

Home Seller Mistakes that can Cost your dearly!

by The Domis Team

Home Selling Mistakes

You've made the decision to sell your home this year.  Congratulations!  The Whittier CA area real estate market is hotter than ever.  Just don't make these costly mistakes that will hinder your home sale and price you get for your home.

1. Trying to sell on your own.  Many times homeowners feel they are best equipped to sell their home, after all, they know all the great reasons why this home is best.  Wrong!  Choosing to go at the home selling process alone is not only costly, but filled with pitfalls if you don't know how to navigate the process and players involved.  Partnering with the best local real estate team affords you their expertise of the market, knowledge of the process and players and a strong negotiation team.

2. Putting your home on the market before it is ready.  While it's always important to be one of the first to market in such a competitive environment, it is also foolish to showcase your home if it isn't in tip top shape!  Always consult with your experienced agent for tips on updates and minor repairs before going to market.  This will not only make your home look its best, but help you get the best price available for your home.

3. Overpricing your home from the start.  Your experienced real estate agent knows the local market, your neighborhood and your homes best selling qualities.  From this they are able to price your home at the best point to gain you top dollar, but also sell in a timely fashion.  Overpricing at the start usually results in a price reduction and sometimes buyer hesitation.

4. Unwilling to Negotiate.  Selling your home is no different that many other sales in that negotiation is a key selling point.  Discuss this with your agent prior to listing your home.  Know what you are willing to give and what is an absolute NO.

5. Making requested repairs.  This can result in a blown sale very quickly and is also why it is important to take all reasonable steps to make these repairs before your home goes to market.  Requests for repairs is very common in the offer and negotiation process.

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Celebrate California Restaurant Month!

by The Domis Team

January is California Restaurant Month! Find delectable cuisine at amazing prices throughout the state, all month long! The Greater Los Angeles Area is known for its incredible food scene. Take advantage of the special offers and fill your bellies at these fantastic local restaurant week events! 

 

dineL.A

January 12th - January 26th

During this 15 day event, check out the 300+ participating restaurants throughout the city and neighboring communities. Participating restaurants are offering special menus ($15-$25 for lunch, $29-$49 for dinner). Advance reservations are recommended.

 

Cheeseburger Week

January 7th - January 12th

The cheeseburger was reportedly created in Pasadena! Celebrate one of America's favorite foods during the city's Cheeseburger Week. 40 of the best restaurants in Pasadena will be offering special burger creations and great deals.

 

Garden Grove Restaurant Week

January 20th - January 28th

Explore dining in Garden Grove. The theme for this year is desserts. Come dine on some sweet treats made especially for this restaurant week and attend special culinary events.

 

Taste of Alhambra

January 22nd - January 28th

Alhambra is known for its diverse culinary options. Come try some new flavors during Taste of Alhambra. Participating restaurants will be offering special prix-fixe menus ($15-$30 for lunch, $20-$50 for dinner).

 

The Domis Team wishes everyone happy dining during California Restaurant Month!

 

 

Image Credit: Discover Los Angeles

 

Top Ranked School District Found in Yorba Linda!

by The Domis Team

Top Ranked California School Districts

A top ranked public school district increases your home value and provides your children with the best possible education available. Looking for a home in a top school district in Southern California? Look no further than Yorba Linda!

 

The 2018 Best School Districts in California listing was recently released by educational review and ranking website Niche! To find the rankings, the website looked at statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as millions of reviews from Niche users. Key metrics examining areas such as teachers, extracurriculars, facilities, and more were derived from this data and grades were calculated. Of the 474 public school districts examined, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District came in the top 7% of its class! Check out its full report card below!

 

#34 Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District | PK-12

1301 East Orangethorpe Avenue, Placentia

This excellent public school district operates 34 schools and serves 25,595 students within the Placentia and Yorba Linda area. Niche also ranked Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District as #23 for Districts with the Best Teachers and #53 for Safest School Districts in California.

 

Check out all the listings for homes within this top ranked school district. Search our Current Homes for Sale in Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District today!

 

If you are interested in Buying a home within this great school district, the The Domis Team is here to help! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

 

2018 Housing Market Trends

by The Domis Team

The New Year offers new possibilities for the real estate market. Although it is impossible to know exactly what will happen with housing in 2018, there are some trends that have been forecasted. The data team at Realtor.com® has come up with their predictions for next year. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Whittier area in 2018, keep these trends in mind as you enter the market!

 

1. Increased Inventory

The last 3 years have experienced low inventory in the housing market. This has been good news for sellers but has increased competition for buyers looking for their dream home. Although 2018 will likely start out slow, inventory is expected to increase by the fall, particularly through new construction and development.

 

2. Millennials Entering the Market

Compared to previous generations, millennials have been slower to enter the housing market. This is expected to change throughout 2018. As this generation gets older, their incomes are and desire to settle down are increasing. Data shows that millennials are having more success taking out mortgages. Realtor.com® is expecting millennials to make up 43% of home buyers by the end of 2018.

 

3. Tax Reform

The Tax Reform Bill has been passed. Learn more about the affects the Tax Reform Bill will have on real estate HERE, courtesy of the National Association of REALTORS®. California is one of the state's expected to see more of an impact as a result of the bill. Although it is unknown exactly how the bill will affect the market during 2018, it is an important consideration for all buyers and sellers to keep in mind throughout the year.

 

As 2018 progresses, The Domis Team will be there to help you navigate the market and keep you up to date on the year's real estate trends. Give us a call at (562) 884-5373 or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

Happy Holidays from The Domis Team!

by The Domis Team

 

With Christmas just around the corner, our team would like to extend a warm THANK YOU to all of our past and current clients for making 2017 such a great year! We are proud to be from the Whittier Area and love working with clients like you!

 

 

We hope that you and your family are blessed with good cheer, health, and prosperity as you celebrate this holiday season throughout Southern California.

 

 

Our Team is very excited about the holiday season and upcoming new year. We look forward to continuing to assist our clients with all of their real estate needs. Please contact us today with any questions you might have. We are always happy to help!

 

If Buying or Selling your home is one of your goals for 2018, we are here to make it a reality. Our extensive knowledge of the local market combined with our years of experience in real estate will help you succeed in reaching your new year’s goal.



The Domis Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Questions To Help You Choose the Perfect Neighborhood!

by The Domis Team

Choosing the right neighborhood is just as important as the house itself when buying your dream home. You want to find the perfect neighborhood that will fit your current needs as well as those into the future. There are so many desirable neighborhoods to choose from in the Whittier Area that it can be hard to know where to begin your search. Ask yourself the following questions to help you choose the perfect neighborhood for you and your family!

 

  1. Property Value Questions

  • What are the neighborhood's comps?
  • What is the area's projected growth into the future?
  1. Property Taxes Questions

  • How much are property taxes in the area?
  1. Safety and Crime Questions

  • What is the neighborhood's crime rate? Also, what are the crime rates for the neighborhoods directly adjacent?
  • What level of crime do I feel comfortable dealing with for myself and my family?
  1. School Zones

  • How are the schools in the neighborhood rated?
  • What community centers and parks are in the area?
  1. Topography and Geography

  • Are there geographical features that will add value to the home?
  • Are there special insurance needs in the area for potential natural disasters that I need to be aware of?



Use these questions as guidelines to help narrow in on your perfect neighborhood. If you have questions about particular neighborhoods in our area or are ready to Buy, give The Domis Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.


 

Reference: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 

Making Your Home Look More Expensive In Order To Sell!

by The Domis Team

Add some beautiful elegant touches to your Southern California home before listing it on the market! Making your home appear more expensive can help peak buyers' interests and drive your offer prices up! Here are 7 areas where added elegance will help make your home appear more expensive!

 

1. Paint Color. Whenever you want to sell your home, you should always apply fresh paint to the walls to help clean it up. Choose a neutral color with a slight sheen. This will add a subtle touch of elegance to the walls while still appealing to a wide array of buyers!

2. Declutter. Remove all unnecessary items and furniture from your home. You want your buyers to be able to visualize themselves in the space and get a good understanding of the home's functionality without any distractions. Once you have cleaned up, find a single focal point in each room to highlight the architectural features of the home.

3. Kitchen Appliances. Kitchens are often a major selling point for buyers. Help yours stand out by upgrading the appliances to stainless steel or brightly colored finishes; both of which are often found in high end homes.

4. Fixtures. Although small, fixtures can quickly date your home. Replace outdated hardware, lighting, and plumbing for some modern elegance.

5. Crown Molding. Create classic elegance by adding crown molding to the living and dining rooms.

6. Window Treatments. Update your window treatments with drapes, blinds, or Japanese shades. Keep it elegant by avoiding patterns. Create a bright, airy atmosphere by getting curtains that let in the outdoor light.

7. Garage Door. The outside of your house is the first thing buyers will see. With the garage door taking up a large quantity of your exterior, you should consider updating it. Make your home appear more expensive by replacing it with a wood door with carriage home details. This upgrade, although more costly, will get you a high return on investment once you sell.

 

 

 

Interested in Selling your Whittier area home? Give the Domis Team a call today or visit our website at http://lindadomis.com/!

 

Reference: inman

Yorba Linda: Safest City in California!

by The Domis Team


Safety is a major priority for home buyers and Southern California buyers looking for the perfect, safe community to call home should look no further than...YORBA LINDA! Yorba Linda has been named the safest city in California by home security website SafeHome.

 

To find their rankings, SafeHome examined 177 cities within the state with a population of at least 50K. Safety scores were calculated by data gathered from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the U.S. Census. When the results came in, Yorba Linda came in at the top of the pack with a Safety Score of 90.6! Not only was it the safest community in the state, but it ranks within the Top 5th Percentile in the United States!

 

 

Along with be incredibly safe, Yorba Linda also offers residents a thriving economy, beautiful natural landscapes, endless recreational and entertainment facilities, strong local schools, and so much more!

 

Are you ready to call Yorba Linda home? Give The Domis Team a call today to make your dreams a reality!

Festive Events in Uptown Whittier!

by The Domis Team

Holiday cheer is starting to fill the air in southern California! Mark your calendars for two incredible holiday events taking place in beautiful, historic Whittier! Join your friends, family, and neighbors as you celebrate this festive season!

 

25th Annual Holiday Sonata 2017

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Time: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Whittier Uptown Association as they step back in time to celebrate the holidays! Enjoy traditional activities including relaxing horse drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa and his elves in the enchanting Santa's Village, live dance and musical performances, and so much more! Explore all the great dining and retail options available throughout Uptown Whittier. This event is FREE to the public!

 

64th Annual Uptown Whittier Christmas Parade 2017

Date: Saturday, December 9th

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Find the perfect spot along the parade route as you enjoy the spectacular holiday entries. See festive floats, music bands, drill and equestrian teams, vintage automobiles, and so much more. This year's theme is "Candy Lane". The parade will begin on Hadley and Greenleaf. It will proceed down Greenleaf before ending at Mar Vista and Washington.

 

 

The Domis Team wishes everyone a very merry holiday season!

 

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