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A Second Look at Overpriced Homes in Whittier!

by The Domis Team

If you’re considering buying a Whittier home this fall, you may be worried that your budget is keeping you from finding your dream home.  Perhaps you’ve come across a few homes in Whittier, La Habra or La Mirada that are ideal for your needs and lifestyle, but don’t seem to fit your budget.  Don’t let this get you down!

 

As experienced Whittier Real Estate agents here on The Domis Team, we know that most sellers are willing to negotiate on the price; especially in the fall season.  Sellers want to have their home sold before the holiday season hits and may be waiting for an offer!

 

Oftentimes, buyers will see homes that are out of their price range and may not want to make an offer for the reasons listed below.  See if any of these ring true with you!

 

- Fear of Offending the Seller- Buyers may feel that a significantly low offer on a Whittier home would completely offend the seller. The buyer may also feel embarrassed that they attempted such a low offer and may be convinced that the seller would never accept.

 

- The Price is Solid- Buyers may think that they seller is already aware that the home is overpriced. They think that if the seller was anxious to sell, they would have lowered the price and perhaps the seller is solid on the listing price and not willing to budge.

 

- Offers Have Been Turned Down- If an overpriced home has not moved at all in price, those interested assume that lower offers have been made and the seller has simply turned them down. The reality could be that, in fact, no offers have been made.

 

The bottom line?  It’s worth talking with your Whittier Real Estate agent about the home you have your eye on, even if it is over your budget!  Your agent will know if the reason the home has been sitting on the market is due to a larger issue, such as structural problems and can help you steer clear of a looming money pit.  

 

Your Whittier Real Estate agent may also may have insight as to whether the seller is eager to sell and if they’ve had other offers on the home.  The best thing to do is ask and see where it leads!  Who knows?  You could be in your Whittier dream home just in time for the holidays!

 

Ready to begin your Whittier home search or do you already have a home in mind?  Please contact us today!  We would love to sit and talk with you about your real estate needs and be with you for each step of the home buying process.

 

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It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of October, but the fall season here in Whittier has been beautiful and there have been a number of ways to get involved in the community!

 

As a team of Whittier Real Estate agents here on The Domis Team, we enjoy taking time to highlight what’s taking place in Whittier, La Habra, La Mirada and the surrounding areas!  We know that the community in which you live greatly affects your lifestyle and so we try to provide a well rounded approach to the Whittier Real Estate market by providing our clients with local information as well!

 

If you’re searching for something fun to do to celebrate the season and the upcoming Halloween festivities; you won’t want to miss out on these fun events in the area!

 

Whittier Spooktacular Fit for Life 5K Run/Walk

Whittier Community Center
7630 Washington Ave, Whittier

 

Saturday, October 26 

 

The Whittier Community Foundation will hold our third annual "Spooktacular Fit for Life" 5-K Run/Walk and Children's Half-Mile Dash this Saturday!  Participants are automatically registered for prize giveaways for an ipad, Hawaii trip and more! The costume contest is open to participants and prizes are valued at over $1,000! This fun event is hosted by the Whittier Host Lions Club and The Whittier Community Foundation.  For more information, please visit the Whittier Community Foundation website

 

Halloween Spooktacular at The Shops at Montebello
2134 Montebello Town Center Drive, Montebello

Saturday, October 26th from 12-1:30pm

- The Shops at Montebello will host its annual Simon Kidgits Club® Halloween Spooktacular event this Saturday in Center Court, providing children the chance to enjoy the fall holiday with a special spooky experience that’s close to home.  Crafts, games, and trick-or-treat take-homes will ensure everyone has a great time and leaves with a little treat!  

 

Families are also encouraged to return to The Shops at Montebello on Halloween night, Thursday, October 31, for mall-wide trick-or-treating from participating retailers, from 5-7pm!  To learn more, check out the Whittier Daily News website

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL 2013
Brio Park

300 S Euclid Street, La Habra 

 

Saturday, October 26th from 4-9pm 

 

- Don’t miss this family friendly event that highlights the autumn season!  This event is free and open to the public.  It will be a day filled with games, food, local vendors, live entertainment, prizes, a costume contest, community resources and more!  The Havest Festival is a great way to get out in the La Habra community and get to know your neighbors!  Free Admission.  Come out and enjoy a day of safe family fun with Games, Food, Vendors, Entertainment All Day, Prizes, Costume Contest, Candy, Vendors and Community Resources.  More details can be found on the La Habra Chamber of Commerce website.  

 

All of these events are a great way to get to know your community, and neighbors, better and we hope you’re able to participate!

 

If you’ve been considering moving to the area and would like more information about the Whittier Real Estate market, or are ready to view some of the homes currently available; please contact us today

 

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5 Tips for Your Whittier Home Inspection

by The Domis Team

Last week, we talked about some of the key questions to ask when buying a home in Whittier or the surrounding areas.  It’s important to be well informed of the home you’re considering buying in order to feel comfortable moving forward.  As Whittier Real Estate agents here on the The Domis Team, we want to provide you with all the tools you need to successfully buy the home of your dreams!

 

Today, we want to talk about home inspections.  It can be so exciting to find a great home that fits your needs, budget and lifestyle, but sometimes the home inspection can uncover some hard truths about the home that can be less than desirable.  It’s always disheartening to fall in love with a home, only to have to walk away because of looming issues.

 

If you’re a first time home buyer, you may not know exactly what to expect and the role you can play in a home inspection.  Below are five tips for facing the dreaded inspection with confidence!

 

1. Attend The Home Inspection- Attending the home inspection will give you the opportunity to learn more about the home and where things are located.  You can also be there if the inspector uncovers any issues.

 

2. Follow The Home Inspector And Ask Questions- Don’t be afraid to follow the home inspector closely and ask questions, especially if you’re a first time home buyer.  You’ll want to know everything there is to know about your new home and if you’re unsure of anything, the inspection is the perfect time to ask. 

 

3. Be Sure That All Of The Following Points Are Fully Covered- The structure of the home is key to going through with the purchase.  Your licensed home inspector should address the following:

 

- Heating, plumbing, air-conditioning and all electrical systems: all wires, systems and pipes should be up to date for modern usage.

 

- All wood throughout the home: wood destroying insects such as termites can cause major damage but can be fixed if dealt with properly.

 

- Well and/or septic systems: each should be inspected carefully

 

- Harmful materials: materials should be checked for asbestos 

 

4. Consider Optional Tests- It’s important to test things such as underground storage tanks, as well as testing for lead paint, lead in the drinking water, bacteria in well supplied drinking water, radon gas in the air and other concerns as needed.

 

5. Obtain A Full Verbal Report At The Time Of The Home Inspection- While the engineering report should be available the day following the inspection; you’ll still want to ask for a full verbal report at the end of the home inspection.

 

As you begin your home search in Whittier, La Mirada, La Habra or any of the surrounding areas, we hope these tips provide you with the insight needed to move forward with the home buying process.

 

We are always here to help!  If you have questions about the Whittier Real Estate market, or would like to see some of the homes currently available in Whittier; please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

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5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Home in Whittier

by The Domis Team

Buying a Whittier home this fall is a great idea as there are many beautiful properties from which to choose!  However, buyers often shy away from buying a home in the fall as they feel the spring and summer markets would have been a better time to buy.

 

However, as Whittier Real Estate agents here on The Domis Team, we can assure you that buying a home in the fall can be an ideal situation!  Sellers are often more willing to negotiate on price or work with you on closing dates as they want to sell their home before the busy holiday season.  You’ll even find less competition from other buyers since there tends to be fewer buyers looking for a home this time of year!

 

If you are ready to begin your Whittier home search, there are five questions you’ll want to ask as you look at homes on the Whittier Real Estate market.  These will help prevent any surprises and give you an idea of the homes history and current status.

 

1. Have you had any offers on the property? This will let you know what type of competition you’ll have if you decide to put in an offer on the home. You’ll also want to know if the seller has rejected any offers as this will give you insight into what the seller is expecting from the sale.

 

2. Has this house been in escrow? If the home has been in escrow and didn’t sell, it’s important to find out why. It could be that the funds fell through on the buyers end, but if it’s an issue that came up in the home inspection; you’ll want to know what you’re dealing with if you decide to buy the home.

 

3. How long has the property been on the market? The longer a home sits on the market, the less activity it gets. If the Whittier home has been on the market for some time, it could mean the seller is more willing to be flexible on the price.

 

4. Why are the owners selling? The agent who is showing the house may not want to answer this question if the seller is anxious to sell quickly. A sellers agent will want to get the best price for the home and offering up this type of information may mean lower offers on the table. However, if you find that the seller is in financial straits or is moving soon, this can play in your favor. Of course you’ll want to be sensitive to the sellers situation and not present an offer that is offensive or much lower than you know the home is worth. Your Whittier Real Estate agent will help point you in the right direction when it comes to placing an offer on a home.

 

5. Are there any other costs of ownership? This is much more common in buying a condo or townhome, but there are some Whittier neighborhoods that have additional Home Owners Association (HOA) fees. Be sure you find out what they are and what they cover so that you’re not surprised by them after buying the home.

 

Armed with these questions, you should feel more confident in moving forward with the home buying process!  Of course, your Whittier Real Estate agent will guide you each step of the way, keep you updated on the homes you’re viewing and help you navigate a deal that fits your needs, budget and lifestyle!

 

If you’d like to learn more about what The Domis Team can do for you; please feel free to contact us today!

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

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If you’ve stopped by our blog in the past, you know that as Whittier Real Estate agents here on The Domis Team, we enjoy highlighting our wonderful communities of Whittier, La Habra and La Mirada.  We know that those interested in moving to the area want, not just to find a great home, but to know that they’ll also enjoy the lifestyle that’s offered!  

 

Luckily for us, Whittier and the surrounding areas have great events throughout the year, shopping, restaurants and attractions that offer residents a wide variety of ways to get out in the community.  If you’re new to the area, or have lived in Whittier for some time, you won’t want to miss out on a fun, new event taking place this weekend!

 

Walnut Tree Festival
Roadside West Park
12352 Whittier Blvd, Whittier

 

Saturday, October 5th from 9am to 4pm

 

- Don’t miss the first annual Walnut Tree Festival that will be sure to become a long standing tradition!  The Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation and King Richards Antiques have collaborated to bring this unique event to the community!  

 

The festival will take place along Whittier Boulevard and fill the greenbelt area with gorgeous antiques and great art.  Vendors will offer reasonable prices on their goods, so come prepared to shop!  This day will also feature delicious food from local food trucks,  live music, a baking contest and the “Chalk-It” Sidewalk Art competition!  Whether you’re an art enthusiast or not, you’ll be sure to love Whittier’s newest festival!

 

The Walnut Tree Festival also pays homage to the history of Whittier.   This area of Southern California used to be home to a thriving walnut industry.  The famous Walnut tree between Penn and Mars Vista streets was actually planted in 1907!  It is 14 feet in circumference and boasts a spread of 100 feet.  In 1959, the walnut tree (which is a cross between an English Walnut and Black Walnut) was designated as a State Historical Landmark and is also on the Local Official Register of Historic Resources.

 

For more information about the event, please visit the Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation website

 

We hope you’re able to venture out and enjoy this fun festival this weekend!  You’ll find it’s unique offerings and historic significance showcase why many enjoy calling Whittier “home!”

 

If you’d like to learn more about living in Whittier or about the Whittier Real Estate market, please contact us today!  We would be happy to meet with you and answer your questions!

 

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