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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.

 

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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/.

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®

 

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.

 

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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/!

 

Reference: inman

Tips for A Successful Garage Sale!

by The Domis Team

Whether you are looking to Sell your Whittier Area or simply ready for some serious decluttering, now is the perfect time for a garage sale. A garage sale will allow you to get rid of unwanted items and put cash in your pocket! Here are some tips for having a successful garage sale for your home!

 

Advertise!

This is the most important thing you will do for your garage sale. The only way to ensure customers is if they know about it. There are many resources your can use to advertise for your sale and it is a good strategy to use several of them to get the most word out:

  • Ads in local papers
  • Clear, legible signs placed at busy intersections and heading to your home
  • Online postings on Craigslist, Facebook, etc.

 

Organize!

Now you need to make sure you have the merchandise to sell to your customers. Start collecting items that you have considered donating or throwing away. Decide how you want to lay out the items during the sale. One strategy is to group items together that are related. This makes it easy for buyers to locate things they are interested in. Another strategy is to organize by size. If you use this method, keep the larger, more expensive items towards the back so buyers need to walk past everything else to get to the big ticket items, allowing for the opportunity that something might catch their eye along the way.

 

Price!

Pricing will be important for your sale. In general, a good rule of thumb is to price items for a third of what you paid for them originally. Remain flexible though and try to price appropriately and in a manner that will encourage sales. There are several methods you can use for pricing. You can individually price everything. If you do this, make sure that prices are clearly displayed and use larger tags for big ticket items that allow you room for descriptions as well as price. If you do not want to spend time placing price stickers on everything, you can also group price. For cheaper items, consider grouping similar items together in a box and asking for the same price for each item within that box. Or, you can sell all the contents within an entire box together for a price. However you decide to price, always be willing to make a deal with your customers. On the last day of your sale, consider lowering the prices in order to move all of your remaining items.

 

Work!

Working your garage sale, whether it is a single day or an entire weekend requires a lot of time and energy. Make sure you remain well fed and hydrated throughout the day and have a place where you can get off your feet during slower times. You will have the most success if you open early and close late, in order to cater to everyone's schedule. Make sure you get an ample amount of change, including small and large bills, before the sale starts. And, always protect your money by having it on you at all times! Grab a fanny pack or pocketed apron to keep your money in. Great everyone with a smile and be friendly throughout their time at your sale. After the sale, donate any items that did not sell and take down all signs from the neighborhood.

 

 


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Add Beauty and Up your Curb Appeal with these beautiful Plants!

by The Domis Team

Make your Whittier Area pop this spring by adding some beautiful plants to your yard. These plants will add beauty to your curb appeal and help it stand apart from the competition in the market.

 

Carissa Holly

This plant grows 3 to 4 feet in height and 4 to 6 feet in width. It is perfect for small, compact areas. Enjoy the white blossoms in the spring and the glossy, green leaves all year round. This hardy, drought resistant plant is low maintenance, needing only a weekly watering and mulch.

Catmint

This plant grows 10 to 48 inches in height and 12 to 24 inches in width. Add some beautiful color around your house with this hardy, drought tolerant plant. This plant loves hot weather and thrives in well-drained soil. Extend the purple-blue blossoms into the summer time by deadheading the blooms when needed.

 

Encore Azalea

This plant grows 3 to 5 feet in height and 3 to 5 feet in width. Unlike other azaleas, the Encore can be placed in bright, sunny spots. This plant offers two blooms, the first in spring and the second in late summer/early fall. It comes in a variety of colors and thrives in slightly acidic soil.

 

Harland Dwarf Boxwood

This plant grows 4 to 6 feet in height and 4 to 6 feet in width. Add some lovely evergreen color to your landscape. It's miniature tree shape makes it a great plant to add variety around your foundation. It does well in the sun or partial shade and moist soil. It requires little pruning and is quite disease resistant.

 

Heavenly Bamboo

This plant grows 4 to 5 feet in height and 3 feet in width.

This lovely plant offers color and texture to your yard year round. Its bright berries offers food for birds and provides a great accent around the foundation. It grows best in full sunlight but can survive in partial shade. This plant requires pruning in the spring.

 

Hydrangea

 

This plant grows 3 to 5 feet in height and 3 to 5 feet in width. Place this plant front and center for its beautiful, fragrant blossoms and thick foliage.

 

Knockout Rose

This plant grows 4 feet in height and 3 feet in width.

With blooms throughout the seasons, your home will look great all year round thanks to this lovely plant. This rose cousin is easy to care for and quite disease resistant.

 

Laurel 'Otto Luyken'

This plant grows 3 feet in height and 6 feet in width. This lovely leafy plant looks great year round. It blossoms spiky white flowers in the spring and small black fruit in the summer. It requires weekly watering and extra care during its initial growing season.

 

Rhododendron

This plant grows 3 to 10 feet in height and 3 to 6 feet in width. This woody plant can add a great focal point for your garden. It can be planted in partial sun and is ideal for placing in front of tall foundation walls or around porches.

 

Check out our other Home Selling Tips! Give The Domis Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/ for all your real estate needs.

How to Price Your Whittier Home Correctly

by The Domis Team

When it comes to selling your home in Whittier, one of the biggest challenges can be making sure to price your home correctly from the beginning.  Of course you want the greatest return on investment, but it’s also important to be aware of the market and seek advice from your experienced Whittier Real Estate agent.

 

As The Domis Team who have worked in the Whittier Real Estate market for a number of years, our goal is to guide sellers throughout the entire home selling process.  Pricing your home correctly can really set the tone for the sale of your home.  Here are a few key tips that will help you determine the fair market value for your Whittier home.

 

1. Study past sales- While this will take a little work, getting to know what other homes in Whittier have recently sold for will be helpful in giving you appropriate expectations.  Your Whittier Real Estate agent can also provide you with this list and can explain more about the current market value.

2. Do not confuse active listings with past sales- For those who are new to selling a home, this is key.  The active listings in Whittier don’t reflect what the actual selling price for the home.  While these homes are your competition, they shouldn’t be the determining factor on the price point for your home.

3. Do not overprice because you have the time- This can be one of the biggest mistakes sellers can make.  They reason that, since they’re not in any hurry to sell, their  Whittier home can sit on the market.  The reality?  This can have the opposite effect on your home.  The longer your home sits on the market, the harder it is to sell.  Buyers will assume there’s something wrong with your home, or may not even bother looking at your home if it’s overpriced.

4. Leave some room for negotiation, but don’t overreach- You never want to feel like you’re giving your home away, but you will want to leave some room for both parties to negotiate.   

5. Think like a buyer- You’ll want to talk with your Whittier Real Estate agent about current buyer trends.  What are the top things they’re looking for in a home?  What type of flooring or finishes are desirable?  If you’ve been out of the market for some time, chances are things have changed since you last bought a home.  Getting to know what buyers are looking for will help you evaluate your home, help you consider any updates you’d like to make, and allow you to price your home accordingly.

6. React swiftly and decisively- Being proactive with the price of your home is key.  You want to remain on top of what buyers are saying during the showing of your home and how the market is moving.  Your Whittier Real Estate agent will guide you with this information, and you’ll want to be prepared to respond quickly in order to keep buyers interested in your home.  Don’t delay the inevitable!

As you consider putting your Whittier home on the market, we hope these tips help give you a better understanding of the home pricing process.  Of course we would love to answer your questions and talk with you about our customized home selling plan for your home.

Contact us today to get started!

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10 Tips for Selling Your Whittier Home!

by The Domis Team

Are you thinking of selling your Whittier home this spring? The Whittier real estate market is competitive, but there are some basic strategies you can use to make your home stand out. Here are a few examples from Home and Garden TV:

1. Focus on the first impression.Curb appeal counts! Brighten your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and colored flowers.Make sure walkways are in good condition. Your home’s front entrance and foyer should be clean, bright, and fresh. 

2. Be ready to show! Keep your home "show-ready" at all times. It means a little extra housework on a daily basis, but it beats having stressful, last-minute cleaning marathons that turn your household upside down.

3. Your kitchen sells your house. If you’re considering updating any room in the home, this would be the one to invest in.The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware.If your appliances are old, consider replacing them.Countertops that are worn, cracked or stained should also be replaced.

4. Keep it impersonal. There’s a fine line between warm and inviting, and having so many personal photos and keepsakes around that your buyers feel like intruders.Your buyers need to picture themselves living there, and you may need to pack some of your treasures away to accomplish this.

5. Don’t go overboard. Quick fixes pay off, but you don’t want to get carried away and turn your home sale prep into a full-scale renovation. Instead, put a fresh coat of paint on the walls.Replace faded curtains.Replace worn out or stained carpeting. Take care of leaky faucets.Clean the grout.Make sure kitchen drawers and closet doors open and close smoothly.

6. Keep pets and supplies out of sight. For your pet’s safety, and for consideration of allergy-prone buyers, consider boarding your pets at a kennel service for a day, or have them temporarily stay with relatives during a showing.Be sure to clean up pet hair before each showing.Dog dishes, litter boxes and pet toys should be hidden away.

7. Let there be light! Let in as much natural light as possible.Remove the drapes, clean the blinds, and wash the windows.Put in higher-watt bulbs.Update old lamp shades.Bright areas create an impression of space!

8. Remove clutter. Your closets and cabinets shouldn’t be more than half-full.Clutter is enemy #1 in home selling! If your garage has turned into a family warehouse, empty it out.Rent a storage unit if needed; remember that you want a good offer as soon as possible!

9. Use a Whittier real estate professional who understands your needs. The Whittier real estate market is quick-moving, and economic conditions change rapidly. The Domis Team has the local experience and resources you need for a successful home sale!

10. Price it right. Get a market analysis and consider the advice of your Whittier real estate professional. Depending on your needs, you might employ a strategy of pricing your home below the current market value in order to attract immediate attention.Multiple offers can push up your sale price!

If you’re interested in selling your Whittier home, contact us! Our experience and professionalism is your advantage in today’s ever-changing Whittier real estate market.Whether you need a complete marketing plan, or you just have a few questions, we’ll be happy to help you!

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