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Attract Buyers With These Staging Tips!

by The Domis Team

Before the spring housing market heats up, the winter time is the perfect time to plan for putting your home on the market. Make your Whittier Area home stand apart from the crowd by staging your home. By following these simple staging tips, you can increase your chances of attracting buyers, and as a result, sell your home more quickly and at a higher price.

 

De-clutter and Clean

The first step for staging your home is removing all unnecessary clutter. This helps eliminate distractions, opens up the space, and has your home looking pristine. Put the clutter away in storage or sell/donate it. After de-clutter, it is time to deep clean your home. Repaint the walls, steam clean the flooring, and remove gunk and buildup from every nook and cranny. This initial step allows you to stage your home from a blank canvas.

 

Make A Great First Impression

The front exterior of your home is the very first thing homebuyers will see. You want to ensure that they are rushing to get in to see the rest of the home and not running for the hills. This means it is time to update your curb appeal. Add some potted plants, paint your front door, maintain your landscaping, and any other little touches you can make to have the face of your home looking its very best.

 

Look At Your Home With Fresh Eyes

Living in our homes becomes so routine that we often don't take a hard look at the space. Do a walk-through of your entire home and try to look at it with fresh eyes. From the doorway of each room, look for ways that you can make the space more inviting and appear larger. Think about simple changes you can make throughout the house that will help highlight its features.

 

Start At The Front

The foyer is the first stop inside that buyers will take. Make it inviting and sophisticated. Remove all clutter, add a fresh coat of paint, make the closet appear more spacious, update lighting and hardware, and place a simple flower arrangement in the space to keep it smelling fresh.

 

Make it Versatile

How you utilized the space is not necessarily how the buyer would do it. Try to appeal to the largest amount of people by upping your home's versatility. Paint over gender-specific colors. Remove personal items. Turn spaces into more general use rooms, such as an office or guest bedroom. This allows buyers to visualize themselves in the space.

 

Create Visual Space

You want all the rooms to appear as large as they possibly can. Use light, neutral paint colors. Place furniture away from walls and into groupings that people can easily move around. Make sure that focal points are not blocked by large furniture.

 

Use Odd Numbered Groupings

Interior decorators have found that odd numbered groupings are most affective. Although your want to keep accessories to a minimum (hence the de-cluttering), you also want to show off some in the best possible way. Chose your best items and place them in groups of three throughout the space.

 

Keep It Bright

A brightly lit home is one of the easiest staging tricks a seller can do. Buyers do not want a dark home. Wash all windows and add light, gauzy window treatments so the most amount of natural light can fill the space. Make sure there is plenty of artificial light as well. Make sure you have overhead lights as well as floor and task lighting. Update any lighting hardware that could use sprucing up.

 

Final Touches

When everything else is done, add some final touches to ensure your home is looking its very best. Make sure your cupboards and fridge are clean and organized. Hide cleaning materials and keep garbages emptied. Lay out fresh towels and add liquid soap dispensers to all the bathrooms. Clean off your doormats and sweep your front porch and walkways.

 

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The 1, 2, 3......Of Buying A Home

by The Domis Team

Buying a home is a process. There are many steps involved from the time you start your search to when you are finally able to move your boxes in. If you are ready to find your dream home in the Whittier Area, help is here. Understanding the major steps of the home buying process will help eliminate any initial stress you might have. Here is a basic step by step guide to buying your new home!

 

1. Make a List of Wants and Needs! Know what your must haves are in your new home as well as those features/amenities you might prefer but are not deal breakers. Also, figure out a budget so you fully understand what you can afford. Doing this work ahead of time will allow you to narrow your search.

 

2. Begin Your Search! Start searching for your new home online.

 

3. Work with a Top Realtor! Finding a top real estate agent to work with will help you throughout the process. They understand the local market, the art of negotiation, and so much more that will undoubtedly help you find your dream home in no time.

 

4. Find a Lender! Ask your realtor for recommendations for the best lending agents to help you with your financial needs.

 

5. Decide on a Loan! Pick out the perfect mortgage for you based on the budget you created at the start of the process. If you are able to get pre-approved for a loan, you will stand out to sellers.

 

6. Start Looking! Hit the road with your realtor to start looking at homes. Home information online is helpful at the start but you will never get the full feel for a home until you walk through it. Attend open houses and schedule showings of homes you are interested in to find the right home for you and your family.

 

7. Make an Offer! After finding the perfect home, it's time to put in an offer. Your realtor will help you draft an appropriate offer that will hopefully make the home yours!

 

8. Enter Negotiations! Understand that there will likely be a counteroffer from the seller. This is where your realtor comes in handy because they are well versed in the step. Discuss what you are willing to pay for the home and what conditions you need to feel comfortable with your purchase.

 

9. Inspect the Home! One of the most important steps is the home inspection. You need to make sure that there are no underlying issues with the home that you could not see during the open house. Ask you realtor for licensed home inspectors in your area and go with them during the inspection so you can ask questions as they pop up.

 

10. Have the Home Appraised! Now it is your lender's time to determine the cost of the home. If it is appraised close to your offer, the home is yours!

 

11. Closing! During closing, you will finalize all paperwork to transfer the home to you.

 

12. Move In! Enjoy life in your beautiful new home!

 

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Avoid These Home Seller Mistakes!

by The Domis Team

Making mistakes when trying to sell your home can cost you the deal! But, help is here! Avoid these costly mistakes that will hinder your home sale and decrease the price you get for your home.....and enjoy home selling success!

 

Mistake #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.

Mistake #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.

Mistake #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.

Mistake #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.

Mistake #5: Delaying 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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Take Action Against Radon This January!

by The Domis Team

January is National Radon Action Month! Radon is danger often overlooked by homeowners so this month offers a good reminder to test our Whittier Area homes.

 

During this month, California residents can receive a FREE Radon Testing Kit through Alpha Energy! Order yours online HERE or call them toll-free at 1 (800) 324-5928 (Option 6).

 

Also, be sure to check out all the helpful resources and information provided through the California Department of Public Health's Indoor Radon Program!

 

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Fill Your Bellies During dineL.A.!

by The Domis Team

 

The Greater Los Angeles Area is known for having some of the best food in the world. With the diverse variety of cuisines available, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Check out our area's thriving culinary scene during dineL.A.!!!

 

From January 11th to January 25th, 400+ restaurants located throughout every corner of the metropolitan area will be offering specially priced menus for lunch and dinner. Find the full list of participating restaurants HERE!!! The 2-course lunches range in price from $15 to $25, while the 3-course dinners range between $29 to $59. No tickets are required for dineL.A. through advance reservations are HIGHLY recommended!

If you are looking for an extra special experience, check out the dineL.A. Exclusive Series. Now is the perfect opportunity to check out some of the city's most elite restaurants. Each of these select group of restaurants will offer tasting menus that were created especially for dineL.A. The prices for these dinners begin at $99. Exclusive series participating restaurants:

  • Alexander’s Steakhouse
  • APL Restaurant
  • BOA Steakhouse - Santa Monica
  • BOA Steakhouse - West Hollywood
  • CUT Beverly Hills
  • Gwen
  • Jean-Georges Beverly Hills
  • La Boucherie
  • Maude
  • Mélisse
  • Patina Restaurant
  • Providence
  • Scratch | Bar & Kitchen
  • Spago Beverly Hills
  • Sushi | Bar
  • Tesse
  • The Bazaar by José Andrés
  • The Royce | Wood-Fired Steakhouse
  • Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

 

 

The Domis Team wishes everyone happy dining during the 2019 dineL.A.!

 

Image Credit: Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Questions To Help Your Find Your Dream 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/.

 

Follow These Steps To Get A Mortgage In The New Year!

by The Domis Team

There are several important steps that you need to take in order to get a mortgage. Be completely prepared for this process by understanding everything that goes into obtaining a mortgage.

1. Pre-Approval

In order to help you stand apart from the competition when buying a home, it is important to be pre-approved before you make any offers. Pre-approval means that the lender has made a commitment to give you a home loan up to a particular amount. There is a significant amount of paperwork that is required for the pre-approval process. Get the following documents ready to provide the lender: Pay Stubs, Federal Tax Returns, W-2 Forms, Statement of Assets, Residential History, and Proof of Down Payment Funds.

2. Home Appraisal

Your lender will complete a home appraisal before issuing the loan. The home appraisal allows them to determine the value of the home. If the home is appraised at a price that is at or above what you offered the seller than you have passed this part of the process. If the home is appraised for less than your offer, you have an issue because your lender will not give you more money than the house is worth. If this happens, you have a couple of options. You can negotiate with the seller, appeal the appraisal, ask for a second appraisal, or walk away from the deal.

3. Credit Score Maintenance

It is very important that your credit score (regardless of what it is) remains stable while you are under contract for a home. A final credit check will be completed before the loan is issued at closing. Any changes in your score could greatly jeopardize you acquiring your loan. Avoid this by not opening new credit accounts, closing old ones, or missing payments while you are under contract.

4. CD Review

You will receive a Closing Disclosure (CD) from your lender just before you close. The CD outlines the fees you will pay during settlement. CDs can contain errors so it is imperative that buyers examine the document thoroughly before signing. Sit down with your realtor to review the CD with the loan estimate (which you received when you first applied for your loan) to check the following items: Name, Loan Term, Loan Type, Interest Rate, Cash to Close, Loan Amount, Total Monthly Payment, and Estimated Taxes and Insurance.

5. Underwriting

Your mortgage will go through the underwriting process before the loan is finally issued to you. During this process, an underwriter will verify all of your information to ensure that you have been truthful in your application. As long as you have remained stable in your job status, credit score, and debts, you will get through this part of the process with ease.

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