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Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving!

by The Domis Team

Hosting next week's big feast? Do not panic! Although having house guests during Thanksgiving can seem stressful, there are simple steps your can take to prepare your home for the holidays. These steps will help get your home ready and ensure that you and your guests stay comfortable throughout the holiday weekend!

 

 

  1. Keep it Lit

Although you can walk through your home in the pitch black, your guests cannot navigate it that well. Help ensure they can safely walk around the house at all hours of the day by putting night lights in bathrooms, bedrooms, and hallways. Also, check to see if all outside lights are operating correctly so guests can safely make it to your front door.

  1. Remove Clutter

Go through declutter all public areas (i.e. kitchen, living room, foyer, and dining room) and guest rooms. Make sure that all counter tops and tables are cleared off. Store the unnecessary items in the basement or storage closets until after your guests have left.

  1. Clear Out the Foyer

Give your guests a great first impression by preparing your home's foyer. Protect your floors from the additional foot traffic by placing a mat in the area. Remove your shoes and personal items and add hooks for guests to hang their coats. Add a bench so guests can easily remove their shoes.

  1. Prepare Your Kitchen

The kitchen is going to be the busiest room in your house on Thanksgiving day. Clear out all unnecessary appliances and utensils so you can easily find the essentials. Place the coffee machine in another common room to create more space. Make sure that there is seating available in your kitchen so guests can visit with you while you prepare the feast.

  1. Keep the Bathroom Stocked

Make sure your bathroom is fully stocked with all essentials you guests might need, such as toilet paper, toiletries, and towels. Keep these items easily accessible in the open on shelves or in baskets. Add a bath mat to the tub for safety.

  1. Add Comfort for Sleeping

Ensure that your guests will sleep soundly by supplying ample pillows and blankets for your guests. Change out the light fixture in your guest bedroom to a ceiling fan so your guest can more easily control the temperature while they sleep.



Reference: Houselogic

Veterans Day 2017

by The Domis Team

VETERANS DAY is Saturday, November 11th. Help celebrate and honor all the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Throughout our area, there are numerous community events occurring to celebrate this important holiday. Be sure to take time this weekend to thank all the veterans you know for their service.

 

Veterans Day, known then as Armistice Day, began as a U.S. holiday in 1918 to honor those who served in World War I. In 1958, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day in order to honor all American Veterans. While Memorial Day specifically honors those service members who gave their lives for our country, Veterans Day celebrates the living veterans who have served.

 

Local Veterans Day Events

A Salute to Veterans

Date: Monday, November 6th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (14900 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada)

 

Veterans Day Ceremony

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Whittier City Hall (13230 Penn Street, Whittier)

 

Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Fullerton Downtown Plaza (125 East Wilshire Avenue, Fullerton) to Fullerton College Quad (321 East Chapman Avenue, Fullerton)

 

Veterans Day Ceremony

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Brea War Memorial (1 Civic Center Circle, Brea)

 

Veterans Day Ceremony

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Downey City Hall (11111 Brookshire Avenue, Downey)

 

Veterans Day Tribute

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Montebello City Park (1301 West Whittier Boulevard, Montebello)

 

Veterans Day Program

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: La Habra Community Center (101 West La Habra Boulevard, La Habra)

 

Veterans Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Anaheim Veterans Monument (241 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim)



The Domis Team Realtors thanks all our area's veterans for their service and bravery while protecting our freedoms around the world.

Reasons to Stage Your Home!

by The Domis Team

One of the most effective tools you can use to sell your Southern California home is Home Staging! Home staging is the art of temporarily decorating your home in order to sell it within the market. This essential step in the selling process helps set your home apart from the competition, creates a strong first impression, and taps into the psychology of buyers. It ensures that your home looks its very best and allows buyers to visualize themselves within the space. Since staging does require some capital, sellers often question the benefits of it. We get it! You want a high return on your investment. Studies have shown that staged homes sell faster and go for a higher dollar value. Still do not believe us? The proof is in the statistics!

 

 

The National Association of REALTORS® released their Profile of Home Staging earlier this year and found these key findings!

  • Improved the buyer's opinion of a home by 49%

  • Enabled buyers to visualize themselves in the home by 77%

  • 40% of buyers were more willing to look at a staged home they found online, especially if it is decorated to the buyers' taste

  • Buyers and Sellers found the most important rooms to be staged (in order) are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room

  • In general, the dollar value of homes increased 1% to 5% through staging, with some sellers seeing a 6% to 10% increase

  • 39% of realtors representing sellers stated that homes moved off the market faster once staged

 

Ready to stage your home?! There are 5 simple areas to focus on to help make your home look like it was staged by a pro! 

 

  • Use light, neutral colors to open up the space and brighten it up.

  • Finish home improvement projects and deep clean the entire home. M

  • Clear away unnecessary items. You do not want to have distracting clutter. Also, remove personal items that make it more difficult for buyers to visualize the home as theirs.

  • Add flowers and candles to create a homey, inviting atmosphere.

  • Place furniture in areas that make rooms look bigger and draw the eye to architectural features. Remove excess pieces.

  

For more helpful Home Selling Tips, visit our website at http://lindadomis.com/.

 

Data Credit: National Association of REALTORS®

 

Halloween Fun in Southern California!

by The Domis Team

Frightful fun is just around the corner! Halloween is next week! Get in the festive spirit throughout Southern California. Enjoy events filled with ghosts and goblins, deliciously sweet candy, and entertaining frights!

 

Halloween Capers

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Uptown Whittier

Join the Whittier Uptown Association for an afternoon of festive fun. Trick or treating, face painting, arts and crafts, costume contest for all ages at 4:00 pm

 

Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Anaheim

A southern California tradition since 1924, do not miss the annual Halloween Parade. See the Headless Horseman as he leads an assortment of creatures and spooky characters through downtown. Be sure to also swing by the Fall Festival, for live entertainment, haunted house, pumpkin patch, trick or treating, craft fair, and much more.

 

HalloweenFest

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Neff Park

Head to La Mirada’s Neff Estate for the annual Halloweenfest. Get scared in the haunted maze. Wear your best costume and compete in the contest. Go trick or treating, check out the games and craft booths, and so much more!

 

Halloween at the Museum

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Whittier Museum

Enjoy a night of safe trick or treating, games, crafts, snacks, and more for the whole family.

 

Halloween Pumpkin Patch

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Apollo Park

Find your perfect pumpkin and more festive fun in Downey.  

 

LHHIA Halloween Haunt

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: The Park

Wear your best contest and grab your goody bag for some trick or treating, photo booths, games, and more fun in La Habra Heights.


 

The Domis Team wishes everyone a frightfully fun and safe Halloween!

 

Understanding Your Mortgage Rate

by The Domis Team

Congrats! You've decided to purchase a new home! Understanding your mortgage rate is an important step in the home buying process! Mortgage rates might seem complicated but check out this helpful information and tips to help you navigate your way through the world of mortgages.

 

10 Factors that Affect your Mortgage Rate:

  • Economy

  • Lender pipeline

  • Home location

  • Home type

  • Home use

  • Loan-to-value

  • Loan features

  • Loan amount

  • Credit score

  • Points

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Your unique borrower profile determines the custom mortgage quote you receive from a lender. Most people are subject to risk-based pricing adjustments on their quote, unless you have great credit and a low loan-to-value ratio.

Want to take control over your rate? There are a few factors from the list above that you can control in order to affect your mortgage rate in a positive way.

  • Property type | Consider the relative cost of financing when choosing what home to buy.

  • Loan-to-value (LTV) | Put more money down on the home to cut your loan fees and lower your mortgage insurance rate.

  • Loan features | Save interest by choosing a loan with a shorter fixed rate term.

  • Loan amount | Avoid jumbo home loans that potentially increase your expenses.

  • Credit score | Work on raising your FICO before purchasing a home.

  • Points | Pay more upfront to lower your interest rate.

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Another important thing to note is that mortgage rates change constantly. Your rate could change overnight. Be sure to do your research ahead of time so you know when to accept the best offer.

 

Be sure to get custom quotes from several competing mortgage lenders. Take advantage of the current low mortgage rates today!

 

 

 

Check out our website at http://lindadomis.com/ for additional Home Buyers tips and resources, including mortgage calculator and rate comparison!

 

Resource: The Mortgage Reports

 

With all the tragic wildfires taking place in California at this time it is more important than ever to utilize this week to ensure your family's safety.  

1. Create a map of your home detailing all windows and doors.

2. Ensure two points of exit from every room.

3. Make sure all entryways and windows are easily able to open;  freeing the area of clutter and obstacles.

4. Test all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in good working order.

5. Designate an outside area for all family members to meet once they have left the home.

6. To avoid going back into the home, detail your plan for evacuating pets.

7. Practice your fire safety plan with all members of your family and meet at your outside location.

8. Make sure all family members know how to contact the Fire Department.

9. House numbers need to be visible from the street, especially at night, and should not have anything blocking them.

10. Keep your home free of any debris that can help facilitate a fire.


Tips for escaping a Home Fire

Create your escape plan here by detailing every room in the home and all entryways & windows.

Home Escape Plan for FiresFor more Fire Prevention Tips and drills, visit the National Fire Prevention Association.

 

 

 

Just Listed in Anaheim CA!

by The Domis Team

Come take a tour of this beautiful 4 bedroom, single level home on a cul-de-sac near schools and Yorba Regional Park!

1281 N Walden Lane, Anaheim, CA  $650,000.


Updated kitchen and bathrooms, newer windows, covered patio, RV Parking, storage shed, dog run and more. Breakfast bar, circular floor plan and family room make this an ideal home for entertaining and enjoying the California lifestyle. Convenient location near Yorba Linda and Anaheim Hills, 91 Fwy and the 241 Tollroad for easier commutes. Highly rated Woodsboro Elementary School is within walking distance.

Contact The Domis Team for more details and personal showing.

Linda Domis/ The Domis Team

www.WhittierHomes.com

Keller Williams Realty

16310 E. Whittier Blvd. Suite F

Whittier CA 90603
 
Cell: 562-884-5373
Cell:562.201.3598

Tips to Lighten and Brighten Your Home!

by The Domis Team

Keep your home looking fresh, airy, and bright all year round. As the days get shorter as the year comes to an end, lightening up your living space can be a great way to combat those seasonal blues. It will also help make your home appear even larger! Feel like you are living inside a cloud by following these 5 steps to a lighter living space!

 

1. Remove clutter. Cleared off surfaces help create smooth, crisp lines and lighten up a space. Minimize the amount of things that you have on counters and tables. Evaluate your furniture and get rid of pieces that you do not use to open up the space.

 

2. Paint the walls white. Add fresh coats of white paint to your walls and ceilings to freshen up the space. White walls will make the room look crisp and larger!

 

3. Add grays and blues. In order to avoid your home looking too stark with those white walls, add decor in shades of grays and blues. Choose soft, light shades that are subtle but noticeable.

 

4. Lighter linens. Let the southern California sun in during the day by adding airy, breezy curtains. Add plush white throws and blankets to snuggle up in.

 

5. Mirrors. The reflection in mirrors help to open up a space. Think beyond wall mirrors (though add one or two of these two!) and add mirrored decor and furniture or mirrored back splashes.

 

For more homeowner and home selling tips, visit our website at http://lindadomis.com/.

Whittier California Housing Market Update: 09/27/17

by The Domis Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a Home Sellers market!  While days on the market have increased slightly, the market index is trending at 46.71 indicating an excellent time to sell your Whittier area home.  Home prices have dipped ever so slightly as well, but are still far above the norm.  If you're considering selling your Whittier California area home, contact The Domis Team for a personalized consultation, or you may obtain a free, no obligation home analysis HERE.

Here are the current Real Estate market stats for the Whittier area:

Properties on the Market- 196

Median Home Square Footage- 1,488

Median Bedrooms- 3

Median Bathrooms- 2

Median Home Price- $551,180.

Average Days on the Market- 60 days

Price per Square Foot- $372.00

Below are the 7 & 90 Day market trends to watch:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keller Williams Realty

Whittier, CA 90603

www.whittierhomes.com

Phone- 562-884-5373

Outsmart These Common Home Buying Misconceptions!

by The Domis Team

You've decide to buy a new home. Congrats! Home buying is an exciting but daunting task. Whether you are a a new or experienced home buyer, there are a lot of common misconceptions about the process that can cause you more stress and difficulties immediately and into the future. Let us help you outsmart these misconceptions and know the facts before you set off on your journey towards your dream home!

 

Common Misconception: The Home Search is the First Step.

Truth: Although searching for homes on the internet might have jump started your journey towards home buying, it should not be prioritized as your first step in the process. Stop searching for homes and FIRST focus on your finances. This involves making sure your credit standing is good and receiving pre-approval for a mortgage. By focusing on your financing before searching, you can accurately know what homes on the market fit within your budget and focus your search within your parameters. There are few things worse than having your heart set on a home only to discover that there is no way you can afford it.

 

Common Misconception: Bad Credit Disqualifies You from Buying a Home.

Truth: While having good credit is obviously to your benefit during the home buying process, you still have options even if your credit is not stellar. Home buyers with bad credit have financing options, such as FHA loans, that might be available for them. It is important to take the time to research your options.

 

Common Misconception: 30-Year Mortgages Save You Money.

Truth: It all comes down to math. Regardless of whether you choose a 15-year or 30-year mortgage, you are borrowing the same amount. However, you are multiplying the amount of time that you are paying back that amount by 2. This means more interest is accruing over this additional time and you will end up paying MORE. This is not to say that a 30-year mortgage is not your best option. Just ensure that you do plenty of research on all the loan options available to you to select what best fits your financial situation now and into the future.

 

Common Misconception: The Down Payment is your ONLY Upfront Cost.

Truth: Home buyers need to budget for several costs that can quickly add up during the process. Along with the down payment, home buyers should plan for credit report, inspection, and insurance costs. The deal you settle on with the seller could require you to pay for the closing costs as well.

 

Common Misconception: Your Down Payment Should be 20%.

Truth: A 20% down payment can help make you competitive amongst other buyers and can help you avoid paying for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). However, not all lenders require that amount. You may be eligible for a down payment of 5% or 10% if you are willing to pay for PMI monthly. There are also FHA loans and other down payment assistance programs that might be available to you.

 

Common Misconception: A Home Inspection is NOT a Necessity.

Truth: You should never waive the home inspection, no matter how much you want the house. Some sellers will try to negotiate this into the agreement but it is not in your interest. There is too much risk of there being something wrong with the house. You could end up having to spend a fortune in your money and time by skipping this step. Ensure that you find any potential issues with the house before you purchase it.

 

Common Misconception: Focus on Your Immediate Needs.

Truth: You should always consider what you and your family need in a home right now and into the future. Although it is impossible to know what your future holds, you want to choose a home and neighborhood that fits your needs now and indefinitely. Whether or not you have or will have children, find a home near good schools. Research has shown that homes near excellent schools have a higher resale value.

 

Common Misconception: You Must Offer the Asking Price.

Truth: Although you might fear losing your home to competition by offering a lower price, you should always try to negotiate a deal that best fits your need. Sellers are obviously hoping to get top dollar for their home but they also want to sell it quickly and easily. By showing that you have good credit, are pre-approved for a loan, and/or have your down payment ready to go, sellers will likely be willing to negotiate with you since your finances are in order. Also, the results of the home inspection can also be used to help you negotiate a lower price.

 

Common Misconception: You Can Go It Alone.

Truth: While the internet makes the search for homes arguably easier and more convenient for individuals, you should always work with an Experienced Realtor during the home buying process. There is a wealth of knowledge that only realtors can offer! We understand the local market, have years of negotiation experience, and so much more. We can help alleviate the inevitable stress that comes along with the home buying process by being by your side and always keeping your best interests at the forefront.


Ready to BUY your dream home in the Whittier area? Work with the very best! Give The Domis Team a call today or visit our website at http://lindadomis.com/!   

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