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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.

 

For more home selling tips visit our website and follow-us on our Facebook page.

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!

 

Follow us on Facebook or check out our Website throughout the year for more home safety and improvement tips!

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!

Make Your Home Stand Out Online With Your Photos!

by The Domis Team

Home buyers today are tech savvy and almost always begin their home searches online. This means that online listings are vitally important to garner interest in your home. If you are looking to sell your Whittier Area home, make it look its very best on the screen. There are some easy tips to follow to make your photographs look professional.

 

Equipment: Your photos will only be as good as your equipment. While smartphones do have better camera capabilities these days, they are still unable to capture images the way that an actual camera can. Shoot with a DSLR camera to ensure your images look their very best. Use a tripod for every photo. Hands invariably shake which can lead to blur in your image. Tripods make sure there is no camera shake and help keep your images straight. A crooked photo makes the image look amateur.

 

Lighting: Lighting is the most important aspect of your image. Your photo must be well-lit in order to look its best. When taking images of the exterior of your home, always pay attention to the position of the sun. Find out what time of day the sun is shining directly on the front exterior of your home. This will ensure that it is fully lit and devoid of any shadows. When shooting indoors, keep all of the room's lights on and the curtains open to let natural light in. Although all of this might seem like adequate lighting, you should still use an exterior flash, in addition, to keep the image fully lit.

 

Framing: Where you position yourself and what lenses you use help you capture the best aspects of your home. Although an image is flat, you need to convey a sense of the size of your home. Use angles that make the space appear larger. Shoot your images from the side of furniture to avoid making the room feel cramped. Keep three walls of the room within the frame. This trick makes rooms larger and provides balance to the image. When you take these photos, use a wide-angle lens to capture as much of the space as possible. For photo's of your home's exterior, shoot from an elevated position straight on so that you can capture all of the home as well as some of the landscaping.

 

Content: Consider what buyers need to see in your photos in order to want to see more of your home. Take a lot of photos outside and inside of your home so that you have more to choose from. Make sure the best features of your home are highlighted. This also includes what you see from your windows. When you take interior photos, use a deep depth of field so everything in the fore-, middle-, and back-ground are in focus.

The photographs of your home are just the beginning! When you are ready to sell your home, give the Domis Team a call today at (562) 884-5373 or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

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®

The Benefits of Staging!

by The Domis Team

One of the most effective tools you can use to sell your Southern California home is Home Staging! Home staging is the art of temporarily decorating your home in order to sell it within the market. This essential step in the selling process helps set your home apart from the competition, creates a strong first impression, and taps into the psychology of buyers. It ensures that your home looks its very best and allows buyers to visualize themselves within the space. Since staging does require some capital, sellers often question the benefits of it. We get it! You want a high return on your investment. Studies have shown that staged homes sell faster and go for a higher dollar value. Still do not believe us? The proof is in the statistics!

 

 

The National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Staging found these key findings!

  • Improved the buyer's opinion of a home by 49%

  • Enabled buyers to visualize themselves in the home by 77%

  • 40% of buyers were more willing to look at a staged home they found online, especially if it is decorated to the buyers' taste

  • Buyers and Sellers found the most important rooms to be staged (in order) are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room

  • In general, the dollar value of homes increased 1% to 5% through staging, with some sellers seeing a 6% to 10% increase

  • 39% of realtors representing sellers stated that homes moved off the market faster once staged

 

Ready to stage your home?! There are 5 simple areas to focus on to help make your home look like it was staged by a pro! 

 

  • Use light, neutral colors to open up the space and brighten it up.

  • Finish home improvement projects and deep clean the entire home. M

  • Clear away unnecessary items. You do not want to have distracting clutter. Also, remove personal items that make it more difficult for buyers to visualize the home as theirs.

  • Add flowers and candles to create a homey, inviting atmosphere.

  • Place furniture in areas that make rooms look bigger and draw the eye to architectural features. Remove excess pieces.

  

For more helpful Home Selling Tips, visit our website at http://whittierhomes.com/.

 

Data Credit: National Association of REALTORS®

 

Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Your Whittier Area Home!

by The Domis Team

Fall is the perfect season to complete some important maintenance on your Whittier Area home! Check out these tips to keep your home in tip-top shape throughout the rest of the year!

 

Check the Exterior

Take a good look around the outside of your home. Remove accumulated debris from your gutters. Trim overgrown vegetation. Look for missing or loose shingles. Caulk open areas around doors and windows. Making these minor repairs will help prevent more expensive damage from occurring in the future.

 

Make it Safe

Take safety measures to keep your home easily accessible throughout the fall and winter. Ensure that all handrails and supports are secure on your decks and patios. Make sure that walkways are cleared and safe to walk on.

 

Keep Pests at Bay

Avoid having unwelcome house guests this year. Cover small and large holes that make it easy for critters to enter your home. Inspect the insulation in your attic to make sure that there are no holes that could cause water damage in the future.

 

Keep Irrigation Working Properly

The new season brings changes in precipitation patterns. If rain is expected this fall, alter the timers on your sprinklers to account for the additional rainfall that will hydrate your plants naturally. The ability to use your sprinklers less will help with their longevity for the seasons when your lawn and garden need the additional water source.

 

General Maintenance

Fall is the perfect time to complete your home's yearly inspection. Make sure all smoke/fire alarms are working properly. Clean out your HVAC system so that you can use it whether you need heat or cold air throughout the changing seasonal weather.


For more home maintenance tips throughout the year, visit our website and follow-us on our Facebook page.

Staging Tips to Sell Your Whittier Home!

by The Domis Team

The spring housing market is heating up. That means more competition from other sellers. 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.

 

For more home selling tips, visit our website and follow-us on our Facebook page.

 

Elegant Touches To Help Sell Your Southern California Home!

by The Domis Team

Add some beautiful elegant touches to your Southern California home before listing it on the market! Making your home appear more expensive can help peak buyers' interests and drive your offer prices up! Here are 7 areas where added elegance will help make your home appear more expensive!

 

1. Paint Color. Whenever you want to sell your home, you should always apply fresh paint to the walls to help clean it up. Choose a neutral color with a slight sheen. This will add a subtle touch of elegance to the walls while still appealing to a wide array of buyers!

2. Declutter. Remove all unnecessary items and furniture from your home. You want your buyers to be able to visualize themselves in the space and get a good understanding of the home's functionality without any distractions. Once you have cleaned up, find a single focal point in each room to highlight the architectural features of the home.

3. Kitchen Appliances. Kitchens are often a major selling point for buyers. Help yours stand out by upgrading the appliances to stainless steel or brightly colored finishes; both of which are often found in high end homes.

4. Fixtures. Although small, fixtures can quickly date your home. Replace outdated hardware, lighting, and plumbing for some modern elegance.

5. Crown Molding. Create classic elegance by adding crown molding to the living and dining rooms.

6. Window Treatments. Update your window treatments with drapes, blinds, or Japanese shades. Keep it elegant by avoiding patterns. Create a bright, airy atmosphere by getting curtains that let in the outdoor light.

7. Garage Door. The outside of your house is the first thing buyers will see. With the garage door taking up a large quantity of your exterior, you should consider updating it. Make your home appear more expensive by replacing it with a wood door with carriage home details. This upgrade, although more costly, will get you a high return on investment once you sell.

 

 

 

Interested in Selling your Whittier area home? Give the Domis Team a call today or visit our website at http://lindadomis.com/!

 

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