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How To Host a Successful Open House in Your Whittier Home

by The Domis Team

Last week here on our blog, we talked about some key home selling tips that you’ll want to keep in mind while going through the home selling process, and today we wanted to dive in a little deeper.  There are a number of factors that go into selling a Whittier home, but one of the most exciting and nerve wracking parts of the process is the open house.

In working as Whittier Real Estate agents for a number of years, we know the great excitement that comes when someone is interested in your house enough that they want to see it in person.  Yet, sellers’ excitement will quickly turn to worry about how the buyers will view their home.  And, while each buyer will be looking for something different, we wanted to highlight some basic tips for open house success.  Take a look!

1. First Impressions- Believe it or not, a nice doormat or attractive porch can really set the tone for the entire open house.  If there’s an old doormat, chipped paint or nothing special about the entrance to your home, buyers may feel that you don’t really care.  A welcoming setting from the start will instantly let buyers know that your home is well maintained and that each area of your home is cared for.

2. Clear Counters- Look at your kitchen or bathroom counters from a outsiders viewpoint.  Do you have too many appliances cluttering your kitchen counter?  Clearing this space will make there appear to be more room for cooking or their own storage.  If your bathroom counters are filled with perfumes, toothbrush holders, etc… take time to put them in cabinets or drawers so buyers can see the actual size of the space.

3. Make it Generic- It’s great to make your home personal; however your pictures, children’s art or your “to do” list on the refrigerator can be a large distraction to potential buyers.  They need to be able to envision themselves in your home, so putting away those personal items will help buyers picture their life in your Whittier home. 

4. Set the Table- This may not seem necessary, but having your dining room table set with nice place settings add a touch of class and can help the Whittier buyer envision hosting their own dinner parties.

5. Get to the Heart- The best way to appeal to the buyers’ heart is through offering something special when they walk in the door.  Whether you bake fresh cookies, have coffee or lemonade for them on your counter, these added touches will set your home apart.  Lighting a mildly scented candle and having your home appropriately heated for the day’s weather can make your home instantly feel comfortable to the buyer.

6. Don’t Stick Around- While it may be tempting to want to hear what the potential buyers have to say, it can be awkward when the seller is present.  They will feel that they can’t openly express their thoughts to the agent and will not feel as comfortable when looking throughout the home.  Even if you take a walk through the neighborhood, being away from the home during an open house can make all the difference.

A successful open house can be key in getting your Whittier home sold!  Of course, as we mentioned earlier, every buyer will be looking for something different in a home, but showcasing your home in the best light will make your home appeal to many because they see that you’ve cared for your home well. 

If you have questions about selling your home or still haven’t found a Whittier Real Estate agent, please feel free to contact us!  We’re here to help with your Whittier Real Estate needs in any way we can!

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As a team of Whittier Real Estate agents, we understand that selling your home can seem like a daunting task.  You want to make sure the market is exactly right and that you’re getting everything you want out of the home sale.  You feel the need to make your home stand out on the market and, with a variety of other factors looming over the sale of your Whittier home; you’re beginning to feel the pressure.

 

And, while selling a home in Whittier does take careful planning and a customized home selling strategy; it’s not impossible to get your home sold in a timely and efficient manner.  Here are eight key tips you’ll want to review now and keep in mind throughout the home selling process.

 

1. Time it right- The spring Whittier Real Estate market is an ideal time to put your home on the market.  Buyers are interested in finding their new home or vacation getaway before summer and are amping up their search!  If your home has been on the market throughout the winter, you may want to talk with your talk with your Whittier Real Estate agent about taking it off the market and re-listing with new photos so it looks “fresh!”

2. Price it at exactly what it’s worth- One of the biggest challenges can be determining the correct listing price.  While you have an idea of what you’d like to make on your home, your Whittier Real Estate agent will provide you with comparable homes on the market and current market stats, and will provide you with guidance for pricing it competitively and with your best interest in mind.  You don’t want to overprice and have your home sit on the market!  Price it right from the beginning to ensure the best response!

3. Get your home inspected before you list- In today’s market, buyers expect move in ready homes.  Be sure to have your home professionally inspected and make any updates necessary.  The buyer will more likely buy a Whittier home that they can move into right away!

4. Offer incentives up front- To help your home stand out from others on the Whittier Real Estate market, try to offer a few incentives right off the bat.  Whether it’s offering to pay closing costs or including a free home cleaning; these incentives will give your home that extra boost of appeal!

5. Wage war online- Did you know that 89% of buyers start their home search online?  Your Whittier Real Estate agent should be able to show you exactly where your house is being marketed online.  Want to learn more about our home selling plan?  We’d love to talk with you!

6. Use the best agent- Your real estate agent will play a huge role in the home selling process.  Find an agent with experience in the Whittier Real Estate market and who has a solid record of home sales.  Taking time to do research will pay off in the long run!

7. Spend money on the three key spaces:

• The front of the house
Buyers decide in the first eight seconds of seeing a home if they’re interested in buying it. Get out of your car, walk in their shoes and see what they see within the first eight seconds. Edge your lawn, mulch your flower beds, trim your bushes, steam clean your driveway and paint your door and trim.

• The living room
Get rid of all your clutter, including a third of your furniture. Paint the walls a neutral white and add touches of color. If you can afford to stage one room, this is it.

• The kitchen
Invest in cheap expenses like changing the cabinet fronts, new lights and fixtures, new knobs and drawer pulls, installing a chic new backsplash, resurfacing the floors and getting one new, fancy-looking appliance.

8. Lighten your house- After location, light is the second-most cited reason buyers choose a particular house. Buyers want a lot of natural light and light, neutral colors on the wall when they’re looking at a Whittier home. Make sure the views from your Whittier home are highlighted by trimming trees or shrubs and keeping things inside simple so that the focus can be the outdoors!

We hope these tips are helpful as you consider taking the next step in selling your Whittier home!  If you don’t currently have a Whittier Real Estate agent, we would love the opportunity to talk with you.  We create customized home selling plans for each of my clients as each home and client has various needs.  

Contact us today to get started!

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Don't Miss This Fun Event in Whittier This Weekend!

by The Domis Team

One of the things we love about living and working in Whittier is the lifestyle that this community just outside of the metropolis of Los Angeles provides. Distinct neighborhoods offer great options for housing, and events throughout the year along with local shops and restaurants provide a vibrant lifestyle.

 

As a team of Whittier Real Estate agents here on The Domis Team, our goal is to have a well rounded approach to helping buyers find their ideal home in Whittier.  With the age old motto of “location, location, location” ringing in our ears, we know that buying a home is much more than the four walls of a property.  Buyers want to feel a sense of connection to the neighborhood and city as a whole and know that their home is perfectly placed in a community in which they feel comfortable.  This is one of the reasons we enjoy working with buyers and showcasing all that Whittier has to offer.

 

In fact, if you currently live in Whittier, or you happen to be visiting this coming weekend;  you won’t want to miss out on this fun event!  Take a look!

 

Police Dept. Open House, "Fit For Life" Health Fair 
& Kiddie-K Fun Run

Whittier Civic Center 

Penn Street & Washington Avenue, Whittier

 

Saturday, May 18 from 10am to 1pm

 

- Don’t miss The Annual Whittier Police Department Open House, "Fit For Life" Health Faire and the ever-popular Kiddie-K Fun Run this Saturday!  This free event is open to the public and will be fun for the whole family.   You’ll be able to visit with a variety of health-related service providers as well as meeting those who serve and protect our community.  

 

The Police Station tours, displays and demonstrations from the K-9 corps and SWAT teams tend to be a highlight of the day as kids have the chance to get up close and personal with local heroes.  Of course the Kiddie-K Fun Run, which begins at 10am is also an exciting part of the day.  Children ages 1 through 12 have the chance to participate for a free t-shirt, race number and a medal for those who finish!  For more information about this fun-filled day, please visit the City of Whittier website.  

 

We hope you’re able to take part in this special event as it will allow you to meet our brave city workers and get to know your neighbors! 

 

If you don’t currently live in Whittier, but have questions about buying a home in Whittier or about the Whittier Real Estate market; please feel free to contact us today!

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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10 Reasons Why Home Ownership Remains Important to Americans

by The Domis Team

A series of recent Gallup polls show that home ownership remains important to Americans, and the reasons are beyond financial motives! The poll results indicate that future home demand will remain constant, so long as the overall economy remains on track. Here are the top financial and non-financial beliefs and motives for owning a home:

1. Home ownership is still considered to be a financial investment.

2. Home ownership provides financial benefits such as equity and an improved credit rating.

3. Home ownership is perceived as being wiser than renting.

4. Home ownership is cheaper than renting in many markets.

5. Home ownership provides financial security and stability.

6. Majority of Americans believe in home ownership as a positive step for well-being.

7. Renting is not as desirable as owning a home.

8. Home ownership is a better family situation.

9. Home ownership allows more personal freedoms.

10. Pride of ownership.

According to the polls, 73% of surveyed Americans believe that now is a good time to buy a home. The majority of them also expect that home prices will continue to rise this year.

The poll offered insights why many renters have not yet purchased a home: they simply cannot afford to do so, or they lack good credit. Of the surveyed renters, 57% cited that financial or credit reasons prevented them from entering the housing market. About 11% said that frequent job transfers prevented them from buying a home.

The responses from renters suggest that a good deal of pent-up demand has not yet hit the housing market. As the rate of unemployment continues to decline, and some former homeowners who experienced foreclosure improve their credit scores, we can expect more Americans to make the transition from renting to buying a home.

However, high rental costs will also make it unfeasible for some tenants to save money for a down payment, since rent consumes much of their monthly income. For this reason, home ownership initiatives and first-time buyer programs will remain important.

Are you ready to buy a home, or need help with a few questions? Please always feel welcome to contact the Domis Team for the best in courteous, professional service! We are your local real estate experts for Whittier, La Habra and the surrounding area!

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