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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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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!

 

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Fill Your Bellies During dineL.A.!

by The Domis Team

 

The Greater Los Angeles Area is known for having some of the best food in the world. With the diverse variety of cuisines available, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Check out our area's thriving culinary scene during dineL.A.!!!

 

From January 11th to January 25th, 400+ restaurants located throughout every corner of the metropolitan area will be offering specially priced menus for lunch and dinner. Find the full list of participating restaurants HERE!!! The 2-course lunches range in price from $15 to $25, while the 3-course dinners range between $29 to $59. No tickets are required for dineL.A. through advance reservations are HIGHLY recommended!

If you are looking for an extra special experience, check out the dineL.A. Exclusive Series. Now is the perfect opportunity to check out some of the city's most elite restaurants. Each of these select group of restaurants will offer tasting menus that were created especially for dineL.A. The prices for these dinners begin at $99. Exclusive series participating restaurants:

  • Alexander’s Steakhouse
  • APL Restaurant
  • BOA Steakhouse - Santa Monica
  • BOA Steakhouse - West Hollywood
  • CUT Beverly Hills
  • Gwen
  • Jean-Georges Beverly Hills
  • La Boucherie
  • Maude
  • Mélisse
  • Patina Restaurant
  • Providence
  • Scratch | Bar & Kitchen
  • Spago Beverly Hills
  • Sushi | Bar
  • Tesse
  • The Bazaar by José Andrés
  • The Royce | Wood-Fired Steakhouse
  • Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

 

 

The Domis Team wishes everyone happy dining during the 2019 dineL.A.!

 

Image Credit: Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

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/.

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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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/.

Buy Your Dream Home At Below Asking Price!

by The Domis Team

Buying a home is a major financial step and like anything we buy we want a great deal on it. Although a home is listed with an asking price, buyers do not always have to offer more to secure the home. In some cases, you might be able to offer a lower price and score a fantastic deal! If you are looking to buy a home in the Whittier Area, check for these five signs that you could get your dream home for under listing price!

 

1. The Seller is Anxious

There are some homeowners out there that anxious to sell their homes quickly. Maybe they are moving away quickly for a new job or can no longer afford the home. It is possible to find out the motivation behind selling the home. Once you and your realtor can identify the needs of the seller, you can negotiate a offer that will allow the seller to quickly close on the home.

 

2. The House is Overpriced

In some cases, a home owners love for their house can cause them to overprice it. When a home is overpriced, it often sits on the market for long periods of time. Talk to your realtor about comps in the neighborhood. If you find one with an inflated price in the market, you will likely be able to negotiate a lower price.

3. You Aren't Picky

While most buyers want to find their dream home, there are some that are willing to compromise on their wants list or have plans to make renovations once you move in. If you are more concerned about getting a great deal than on the home itself, offering a low price is a good option for you.

 

4. The Home is On and Off the Market

Sometimes homes go on and off the market several times. This becomes a tedious process for the seller and they are often motivated to accept an offer that will certainly be completed. If your agent and you find one of these homes, consider offering a low price.

 

5. The Home is Outdated

You found a home with out of date style. The homeowner might be having a difficult time selling since many buyers want a move in ready home. If they haven't been getting many offers, they will be more willing to accept a lower price since you will have to put work into the home upon buying.

 

Check out our Homes for Sale in the Whittier area. Work with The Domis Team to see if one of these situations will work in your favor to get a great deal on your future home. Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

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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