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Whittier Welcomes 2012!

by The Domis Team

The Whittier, CA area offers small-city feel while having access to big city culture and entertainment. As your Whittier real estate agents, we thought we'd offer a few ideas for this New Year's Eve while keeping things close to home!

The number of restaurants in Whittier is too long to list here, but if you’re looking for stylish dining that won’t break the bank, try Dattilo Ristorante in uptown Whittier. Known for its’ Garden Room wine bar with artisan cheeses and incredible wine selection, the dinner menu includes a wide selection of appetizers, pastas, seafood entrees and more. They are open New Year’s Eve on a first-come, first –served basis. Large parties should call ahead.

For more casual dining, The Bottle Room features craft beers, wines, and a simple menu with gourmet appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. Try one of the delicious flatbreads or the savory Turkey BLT. They are open noon to 9:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve on a first-come, first-served basis. Parties of 8 or more should call ahead.

Looking for a New Year’s Eve bash? The Cellar in Fullerton is hosting a Speakeasy New Year’s Party. Enjoy the prohibition era in true roaring-20’s style with ragtime tunes and fun surprises! The dinner menu is also period-inspired.  Call ahead for reservations.

Family-friendly fun can be had at the 21st annual First Night in downtown Fullerton.  The event runs Dec 31 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Attractions include live entertainment, hybrid ice skating, rides, food, and fireworks at midnight!

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with spending New Year’s Eve in your Whittier, CA homeSit back with a couple of movies, popcorn, and the beverages of your choice, and you can begin 2012 relaxed and rested. And if you are thinking of buying or selling a home during 2012, we can help! Always feel welcome to contact us  for information about the Whittier, CA real estate market.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year,

The Domis Team
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Begin 2012 In Your Own Whittier Home!

by The Domis Team

Looking forward to the New Year? You could make it even better by finding a new home in North Orange County, CA ! As your Whittier, CA real estate experts, we know there are many wonderful homes in all price ranges of the Whittier real estate market!

The news media likes telling you how hard it is to buy a house, so you may be thinking you can't qualify for a mortgage. Banks have tightened their purse strings, but thanks to the Federal Housing Administration, reasonable mortgage terms are within reach! Here’s how this type of mortgage can help you:

FHA loans require as little as 3.5% down. You can even use money gifted to you by your family.

FHA loans allow more breathing room in your credit score. You still need to have good credit, but the score requirements are a little lower than other types of mortgages.

FHA loans have no income limit. If you earn high wages, that’s ok! If not, that’s ok too, as long as you make enough income to afford the home you’re buying.

FHA loans allow you to take a mortgage on several types of properties: Condos, single-family homes, And 1 to 4 unit properties with owner occupancy. Manufactured homes are also allowed, as long as they are on a permanent foundation.

FHA loan limits are as high as $729,750 in Orange County. That buys a lot of house!

FHA loans have competitive mortgage interest rates.

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, or you’re thinking of trading up into a larger home, an FHA loan may be able to help you. You will need to speak with an FHA approved lender to find out more about the qualifications and requirements, such the mortgage insurance premiums. You can find approved lenders by visiting the official HUD.gov website.

Why not make your move to Whittier in 2012? If you’re thinking of buying a home in Whittier, always feel welcome to contact us! Our friendly and professional service will be with you every step of the way.

Wishing you all the best during the holidays and into the New Year,

The Domis Team
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Create a Festive Holiday Décor in Your Whittier Home!

by The Domis Team

Christmas is just over two weeks away, and the streets of Whittier, CA are bustling with last minute gift shopping, meal preparation and home decoration. If you haven’t yet transformed your house from your typical California home to a winter wonderland, now would be the time to do so. It’s just what you need to put yourself in to the holiday spirit! Although the city of Whittier, CA’s holiday season isn’t accompanied by snow and cold weather, the people in our community still know how to create a festive atmosphere for this time of year, and part of that is decorating your home.

As your Whittier real estate agents, we are familiar with homes. We’re not necessarily talking about the buying and selling transactions that we take part in every day, (although we are experts on that), but rather we mean that we know what makes a home look great. We have the ability to look at a room in any house and see its potential. That’s part of our job! In order to sell a home, we need to be able to highlight its assets to a buyer. That’s why, when we came across some of these ideas on how to make your home look much more festive this holiday season, we thought we’d share them. As your Whittier real estate team, we want your home to look beautiful on Christmas Day. Here are some of our favorite ideas that will transform your home from a typical Whittier property to a winter wonderland:

Fun, festive entry lights. There’s no better way to get your guests into the holiday spirit than by illuminating your entryway with gorgeous Christmas lights. Drape them in a casual way around your mailbox or portico posts for a welcoming effect. It will make your home look that much more beautiful each evening.

Transform odd seats into a set. If you’re throwing a holiday party and need to throw together an extra table with some mismatched chairs, then make them look like they belong together. A coat of paint and some decorative decals that you can stencil on will transform your “odds and ends” table setting into a matching masterpiece. It’s a great way to set a nice tone for your holiday party.

Use siding display panels to pretty up your place. Thermostats, switch plates and electrical panels are necessities, but they’re also eyesores if you’re trying to get your home ready for a holiday party. Create some fun side panels made out of sliding doors and add some festive décor. You can even paint some of these with chalkboard paint, take out the chalk, and let the kids at your party color or use it to play some holiday games. It’s all about getting creative!

No wine cellar? No problem. We love a great wine rack as much as the next person, but there’s no doubt that oftentimes, they can get in the way or can be easily knocked over by party guests. Here’s a quick party tip: a great place to store a wine rack is under the stairs. You get easy access to the wine for your party guests, and it’s tucked away somewhere a little safer.

These are only a few of the many simple, easy DIY ways you can get your Whittier, CA home prepared for holiday entertainment.  As your Whittier real estate agents, we wanted to share a few ideas that can help make your home look that much more beautiful for the holidays. We can’t wait to see how festive the homes in the Whittier, CA area look over the next few weeks!

As always, if you have any questions about the Whittier, CA real estate market or community, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’d love to help you at any time and answer any questions you may have. Thank you for continuing to read our blog. We hope to hear from you soon!

The Domis Team
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Keep The Kids Busy In Whittier Over the Holidays!

by The Domis Team

The anticipation is building: there are only eighteen more shopping days left until Christmas, and there are only eight more school days left until winter break. As exciting as the holiday season is in the city of Whittier, CA, there are two words that many parents in the area dread hearing from their child once the first few days of winter vacation start: “I’m bored.”

As fun as it is to have your kids home from school for a couple of weeks, those two words are never a good sign. Boredom causes listlessness, grouchiness and recklessness, which means that your holiday vacation could turn in to a nightmare quite quickly. One of the best parts about living in Whittier, CA is that our community offers fun programs and entertainment to keep the kids occupied when they’re not in school, so they can let off some steam and have fun without the impending boredom. As your Whittier real estate agents and community experts, we feel that it is important to keep our community updated about what is happening in the area.

The city of Whittier, CA’s parks and recreation department has come up with some fun-filled holiday activity programs that will keep the kids entertained and your sanity intact. Here are a few suggestions for what you can sign them up for:

Junior Winter Theater Camp
December 19th-30th, 10:00am-4:00pm

This program, meant for ages 8-18 on Monday-Friday, is designed to unleash your child’s inner thespian. They will learn musical theater techniques and styles while playing singing, dancing and theater games. They’ll also prepare a special New Year’s Eve performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for you. If that isn’t enough to get your kids excited, tell them that one of the days includes a field trip to Knott’s Berry Farm. If you’re a resident of Whitter, CA, it will only cost you $122 for this program. Non-residents will have to pay $137. For more information, call 562-567-9430.

Winter Day Camp at Parnell Park
December 26th-30th, January 2nd-6th

If you have a younger kid between the ages of 5-12, this Winter Day Camp at Parnell Park may be the perfect program to keep them active and occupied during winter break! For only $90 per child, per week, your kid can take part in field trips, sports, arts and crafts, games and cooking activities. Each day will bring something new and exciting, so your child will likely want to come for more than one week. We also have a feeling that come back-to-school time, they will be sad to leave this jam-packed day camp. Register today by calling 562-567-9450.

Whether your child wants to embrace their inner actor or has a variety of interests, the city of Whittier, CA provides excellent programs during winter break that will keep your family occupied and boredom-free. As your Whittier real estate agents, we stay in-tune with what is happening in the area so that we can give you advice on the best events in town for you and your family.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the Whittier, CA community, are new to the area or interested in seeing some homes available on the local real estate market, don’t hesitate to contact us! As your Whittier, CA real estate resource, we are happy to help in any way we can. We make it a priority to make ourselves available to you. We hope to hear from you soon!

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