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Top Resolutions For Your Home In 2019!

by The Domis Team

Tomorrow is the start of the new year! It's time for a fresh start! As you sit down to make your resolutions for 2019, don't forget to include home improvements on your list! Check Out These Top New Year's Resolutions For Your Whittier Area Home!

1. Determine Your Budget.

Your want to make improvements to your home without overspending. In order to make the improvements you want as well as account for any unexpected maintenance issues that might pop up, set aside a particular budget for your home.

 

2. Keep The Air Fresh.

Improve the air quality in your home to keep your family in good health throughout the year. Upgrade to high quality furnace filters that will remove pollutants from the air. Be sure to change them regularly. Ensure that all fumes and humidity is properly ventilated from the kitchen and bathrooms. Consider placing air cleaners in particular rooms that might have more irritants than others.

 

3. Conserve Water and Energy.

Save money on your monthly bills and help mother year in the new year by cutting back on your water and energy usage. Install high efficiency toilets and low flow showerheads to keep your water usage down. Keep your cooling system working efficiently by making sure your ductwork is properly sealed and insulated.

 

4. Use Maintenance Free Materials.

Keep your home in tip top shape throughout 2019 by installing maintenance free materials in your home. Consider upgrading to fiber cement siding that is resilient against all weather and keeps out insects, protects against fire, and won't rot. Change out your floors to ceramic tiles as they are stain and moisture resistant.

 

5. Declutter.

Get a fresh start in the new year by getting rid of the unnecessary items you have accumulated over time. Find a safe storage spot for those items that have sentimental value but you don't use regularly. Donate all items that are in good condition that you truly have no use for.

 

6. Make Home Improvements Fun.

There are ways to make your home improvement tasks fun and help you achieve other resolutions you have set. Spend more time with your family by working on these tasks as a team. Help get yourself in shape while you work on projects. You will burn calories while you update your home!

 

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2019 Housing Market Predictions!

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 2019, 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 2019, keep these trends in mind as you enter the market!

 

1. Slight Increases in Inventory

Inventory has finally been on the rise during the last quarter of this year. For next year, it is expected to stay at less than 7% nationwide. There should be some increases in homes being put on the market and/or new construction. Expect to see larger increases in inventory of upscale homes in the high-end market.

 

2. Soft Home Sales

Home sales are expected to decline 7%. This is largely due to the market challenges that make it difficult for first time home buyers to afford it.

 

3. Millennials Will Account For The Majority of Buyers

Millennials will retain their majority as home buyers in 2019, making up 45% of the mortgages. While first time buyers in this generation might still struggle to make the plunge for buying, older millennials who already own will likely move-up to a higher priced home this year.

 

4. Unknown Effect of Tax Plan

It is still unknown how the new Tax Plan will affect homeownership in 2019. Renters should see higher deductions on the tax bills which may incentivize waiting to buy while it will be a mixed bag for home owners on what they can and cannot deduct from their taxes in April. Although it is unknown exactly how the bill will affect the market during 2019, it is an important consideration for all buyers and sellers to keep in mind throughout the year.

 

As 2019 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 Us To You!

by The Domis Team

 

Christmas is here! Our team would like to extend a warm THANK YOU to all of our past and current clients for making 2018 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 2019, 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!

Tell Santa And Others Of Your Change In Address!

by The Domis Team

Don't leave Santa out in the cold not knowing where you moved! It is important to notify people and organizations of your change of address! This important step can be easily overlooked in the hustle and bustle of moving into your new Whittier Area home. But, not doing it at least a week ahead of your move date will only cause you more of a headache in the future. Here are all the important agencies, organizations, providers, and people you should let know of your change of address.

 

1. Post Office

The most obvious one is the post office. Submit your official change of address on the USPS Website so they can begin forwarding your mail.

 

2. Utilities

You never want to keep paying utilities on a house you don't live in anymore! Make sure you notify every utility provider, namely cable, electric, gas, and internet, prior to your move so service will be ready to start as soon as you unlock the front door.

 

3. DMV

You are required to notify the DMV in the state of California of your change of address within 10 days of moving. All the information you need to do so can be found on the DMV Website.

 

4. Your Bank & Credit Card Providers

Make sure all your financial institutions are provided with your new address. You don't want mail that contains personal, sensitive information to be sent to your old house.

 

5. Cellphone Provider

The tax rate on your cell phone bill is largely based on your primary residence so you are required to update your billing address with your provider whenever you move.

 

6. IRS

Tax season will be here before you know it and you don't want there to be any cause for your refund to be delayed. Change your address with the IRS as soon as you move. Learn how on the IRS Website.

 

7. Voter Registration

Be able to do your civic duty in all future elections by updating your address for your voter registration.

 

8. Government Programs

This one only affects those homeowners that receive benefits from government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare, or Medicare. If you do, keep your benefits active by informing them of your address change.

 

9. Your Work

Although your coworkers might know about your move, human resources might not! Make sure all information is current for your payroll and benefits.

 

10. Your Health Providers

Never fall behind on medical bills because they are being sent to the wrong address. Let your doctor, dentist, and other health providers know of your address change.

 

11. Your Insurance Providers

You must provide your car, dental, health, life, and homeowners insurance providers with your new address in order to file any future claims.

 

12. Online Shopping

The majority of our shopping is now done online with our delivery address saved in our account information. Make sure to update your address on these sites so your Christmas presents arrive to the right home!

 

13. Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions

If you still receive a physical copy of the newspaper or subscribe to a magazine, let them know of your change of address so you don't miss out on a copy.

 

14. Family & Friends

Last, but most importantly, make sure your loved ones know your new address to send you those holiday cards!


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Pet Safety Tips for the Holiday Season!

by The Domis Team

Keep your pet's holiday season as merry and bright for them as it is for the rest of your family! This time of year can introduce a whole new multitude of hazards that put their safety in jeopardy. Follow these tips for a happy and healthy pet this joyous time of year!

 

  • A tree is an intriguing new thing for your animal to explore. Deter them from it by using naturally based deterrents around its base.
  • You can also keep your tree and, more importantly, your pet safe by not hanging any ornaments that are made from edible materials. These can too easily attract your pet.
  • Poinsettias are incredibly toxic for animals. Use a natural deterrent on them as well, or better yet, decorate with silk ones instead.
  • Plants aren't the only potentially toxic things found during the holidays. Many of the foods we enjoy, such as garlic, onions, grapes, and chocolate, are unsafe for our pets. In addition, keep your animals away from the table to avoid them swallowing bones, plastic utensils, or other items that can get stuck in their digestive tract.
  • Keep all alcohol away from your pets. Injestion of alcohol can have very serious health effects on animals.
  • Eliminate fire hazards but keep the ambiance by using flameless candles.
  • Hide cords or spray your natural deterrent on them as these can often be interesting "chew toys" for your pets.
  • Create a private and quiet space for your animal to be during large gatherings. Give them toys and treats to keep them occupied. This way you always know that your pet is still in the house and they often appreciate avoiding the hustle and bustle that comes with these events. If you would rather your pet stay with you, make sure someone responsible keeps on eye on them at all times.


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Top Winter Home Maintenance Projects!

by The Domis Team

December is the perfect time to get your Whittier Area home ready for new year! Spend some time indoors this month getting your home in order. Here are some great home maintenance projects to complete this month to keep your home fresh this year and next!!

 

Freshen Up the ‚ÄčPaint

Start by trying to remove marks and smudges from the wall. If there are still markings, consider adding a fresh coat of paint. Focus on walls, trims, cabinets, and doors; anything that could use some TLC.

 

Love Your Mattress

Vacuum your mattress and box spring. Be sure to rotate (if one side is padded) or flip your mattress to prevent sagging.

 

Redo Your Laundry Room

Reorganize and clean your laundry room. Make it roomier by taking advantage of all the space in your room. Add a slim cart between the washer and dryer for your laundry supplies. Add storage bins, laundry bins, and a drying rack on the walls to clear up floor space. Clean off dried on laundry detergent from the machines.

 

Clean Dryer Vents

While you clean the laundry room, be sure to clear out the duct that connects your dryer to the outside vent. Built up lint and debris can reduce your dryer's efficiency and could be a fire hazard. Cover the outside vent with a fine mesh screen to keep critters out.

 

Clean Fridge Coils

Keep your refrigerator running smoothly and save energy by cleaning the condenser coils at the back and bottom of the fridge. Use your vacuum and duster to clean them off.

 

Maintain Your Sump Pump

Make sure your home is ready for the winter rains by making sure it is properly working this month. Test the pump by adding water and clean it out if needed.

 

Check for Roofing and Foundation Issues

Inspect your roof to make sure there are no missing or damaged shingles. Look for cracks along your home's foundation. Finding any issues now will make sure you find problems before they worsen and gives you time to hire a professional if needed.

 

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Reasons To Sell This Holiday Season!

by The Domis Team

The holidays are right around the corner. As you tie bows around your presents, the last thing on your mind is probably selling your home. However, fight the urge to take it off of the market! In fact, now is a great time to sell your Whittier Area home! Here are the top reasons why you should sell this holiday season!

 

1. Top Listing!

Other homeowners will take their homes off the market during the holiday season because they don't want to deal with the stress of it. With less competition, your home will move to the top of the listings. This means that buyers that are actively searching are more likely to find your property during this time of year!

2. Time To Strategize!

If your home has been on the market for a while with no results, you might be feeling like now is the time for a break. But, instead of taking your home off the market, you should take this period to look at your selling strategy. That might mean adjusting our home's listing price or making small improvements that will make the home more desirable!

3. Faster Lending!

Lenders are also experiencing a slower period during the holiday season. Before the home market amps up in the spring, buyers can get loans processed and approved faster in December. What does this mean for you the seller? The closing process will move along much quicker!

4. Families Looking To Settle!

Buyers with children use the winter break from school to find a new home. They want to be settled in before school resumes in January. This means that they are highly motivated to find a property as quickly as possible during this month.

5. Other Buyers Are Serious!

Along with families, other buyers that are actively looking for homes during this time are serious are buying. They want to find the perfect home and move in as quickly as possible. You can rest assured that any buyers that view your home during this time aren't just casually looking. This puts the negotiating power into your hands!

6. Staging Is Done For You!

The festive ambiance in your home during the holiday season creates a homey feel for buyers that view it. The beautiful decor and smell of homebaked goods will help make your home all the more appealing to them and help take care of many of the staging strategies for you! Just be smart with your decor! You don't want it to distract from the features of your home and it should also be simple enough to allow buyers to envision themselves within the home.


 

Ready to Sell Your Whittier Home This Holiday Season? Give The Domis Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.


Information Source: Realtor.com®

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