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Whittier - Volunteers Needed for Angeles National Forest

by The Domis Team

In 2009, a quarter of the Angeles National Forest burned causing damage to trails, trees, plants, and animals.  The Angeles National Forest needs volunteers.  In April, Forest Service members will be assessing the conditions of the trails that need repair.  The Forest Service is estimating there will be years of work to restore the forest and trails. So far this year, there have been 3 classes to prepare volunteers to enter the Station Fire Zone to help restore the damaged trails. There are 11,469 acres of land that the Forest Service believes will need help in replanting 3.4 million trees.  Especially in the areas that are so damaged that trees are not expected to grow back on their own. The first planting of seedlings will be the spring of 2011, with the remaining seedlings being planted in the springs of 2012 and 2013. 

The Forest Service will be relying on volunteers and partnering with nonprofit groups; such as Girl and Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and the Sierra Club. Many volunteers, have at one time or another, enjoyed the  forest. Some go to enjoy the views, some teach about the local ecosystem, and others enjoy climbing  the next mountain. Whatever the reason, they fill the need to give back to the forest. 

If you are interested in volunteering you can the Forest Service can put you in touch with groups that are filling the need of Angeles National Forest.  An application can be filled out on the Forest Service Website

Here are other groups that you can contact for volunteer opportunities.

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LaHabra: Here’s Some Good Advice From the Good Old Days

by The Domis Team

I recently read an article, "17 Ways Consumers Are Changing" by Rick Newman, Chief Business Correspondent of U.S. News and World Report Money website. I thought his perspective was worth taking a look at.

Mr. Newman’s sees some of the changes as:

  • Less credit, more cash
  • More suspicious
  • More resourceful
  • Less brand loyalty
  • Smaller is bigger
  • Less window shopping
  • De-Cluttering
  • Food frugality
  • More gardening
  • Less waste
  • Less healthcare
  • More negotiating
  • More volunteering
  • Redefining success

Just think this is how our grandparents and great-grandparents lived. They lived within their means and took pride in the fact they paid their debts. They “willed” their treasured possessions to family members. Everyone has something that was left to them from a parent, grandparent, or some family member that meant a great deal to them and now to you. 

For years I have heard how America’s families are in trouble and what do we do about it, the rest of the world was saying America was out of touch with reality, even Americans were sending e-mails about how good the good old days were, and writing songs about the good old days.

“What was good about the good old days”, you ask?

Many things were not good about the good old days but, there were other things that will always stand up to the test of time. Our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and even our great-great-grandparents had strong work ethics, did not expect hand outs but, were willing to give a hand to help, close knit family ties, participated in their community, understood  the rhythm of nature, and I think knew what freedom really means in every sense of the word. 

So the changes Mr. Newman wrote about aren’t really new – just recycled into a new generation.

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Follow These Nine Steps to Buy Your Whittier / LaHabra Home

by The Domis Team

Intimidated by the buying process, don’t be. Hire a good Realtor, and follow these HUD guidelines  for buying a home.  

These nine steps are a great guideline to use in making your Whittier home buying experience less confusing:

  • How much can you afford - That answer depends on your annual income, debt ratio, and credit rating from the three credit bureaus the down payment, and the current interest rates.
  • Know your rights under the law - Research and learn about the laws that protect the buyers and sellers such as Fair Housing, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the rights of a borrower, and most importantly predatory lending.
  • Shop around for loans - Don't be shy about comparative shopping for a loan with an interest rate that helps your pocketbook.  After all you will have this loan for 15 to 30 years.
  • Research for home buying programs - The federal and state governments offer home buying programs with sales discounts and low interest rates to encourage buyers to seek homeownership.
  • Search for a home - Make a dream list of features you want in your home and community.  HUD encourages buyers to select a Realtor to help in finding their dream home/community that matches their income. 
  • Place an offer - Negotiate - this is where your Realtor’s  expertise will be most beneficial.  Put it in writing but, if the seller accepts your offer within a few days it will become a contract.
  • Have a home inspection done - HUD suggests your offer be "contingent on a home inspection". Have a list of questions to ask the home inspector, i.e.; cost, length of time, etc.
  • Homeowners insurance - Don't assume all homeowners insurance is the same.  Shop around and compare prices for what is being offered in the policy. 
  • Sign papers and move in to your new home - Yeah! You've made it to the best part of buying a home.

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Whittier, What Do You Think Is The Biggest Trend in Crafting?

by The Domis Team

According to the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA), the two biggest trends in Crafting are re-purposing and sewing.  Both of these ideas are not new but, seem to get a re-birth when the economy takes a down turn.  The purpose of re-purposing is to take something that is old, things that are no longer used but still good, and create a new reason for them.  Re-purposing is not only fun and creative, but it helps to leave a smaller carbon footprint.  We love that idea.

March is National Craft Month.  And Whittier, the CHA has challenged you to pledge to spend one night a week reconnecting with family and friends over a craft project. “….you will enjoy a sense of accomplishment , memory keeping, and relaxation.”

Crafting  gives each generation a chance to add their sense of style to the current trend, save money, and rediscover the joy of crafting. Whether you put crafting to use in developing your own sense of style in your clothes, for a charitable organization, or your home, re-purposing and sewing is a productive creative outlet. 

Of course, real estate is the perfect place to put your crafting skills to good use.  The whole family can put their crafting abilities  into repairing and updating houses. 

Ask me about "fixer uppers" that need a crafter's TLC.

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Don't Forget the Rule: First Impressions are the Most Important

by The Domis Team

It's a buyer's market right now. If you want the buyer to consider your home, make sure your house is in pristine condition. And, don't forget the lawn. However, keeping a lawn in good condition can be difficult. The climate and animals add to the difficulty of lawn maintenance but there are ways to get around both issues. The California climate can make irrigation necessary. If you're conserving water and you don’t mind a dry, brown looking lawn that is one thing, but, if you're trying to sell your property you will need to water your lawn. Make no mistake, curb appeal is important.

Dogs are another culprit for lawn damage. The ammonia in a dog’s urine tends to burn grass. If dealt with immediately by saturating the urine spots with water, the ammonia is diluted and less likely to cause the spots. For spots that already exist there are a variety of products available to revive the grass and make it green. There are also grasses that are heartier and more resistant to burning from the ammonia in the urine.

Short of rolling out beautiful, fresh sod, there are several economical alternatives to greening  your lawn and making that all important great first impression. Check out this article for more tips on improving curb appeal.

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The secret of a great community is the quality of the civic and charitable organizations that give of their time and money to improve the lives of others. The National Charity League (NCL) is just such an organization.  The mission of the NCL is to “foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences”.  The goal of the WLC is to nurture the daughters by emphasizing  leadership training, the arts, and education. And to give back to the community through philanthropy.

One of their 155 chapters is in Whittier. www.ncl-whittierchapter.org.   Each chapter determines the needs in their respective community and then decides where they will put their support.  The support is given by donating time, leadership skills and some fundraising.

Some areas of the community that benefit from the WLC involvement area:

  • Disadvantaged children
  • Convalescent hospitals
  • Thrift shops
  • Individuals with special needs
  • Senior citizens centers
  • Soup kitchens
  • Library Aide programs
  • Scholarship awards

The daughters, known as Ticktockers, and mothers, known as Patronesses, are required to commit a certain amount of time to philanthropic work in addition to other chapter work. The commitment to the philosophy of the NCL empowers women to grow and succeed in their communities and in life.

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A Population Snapshot of La Habra

by The Domis Team

All the buzz around the 2010 Census, got me wondering just what does the population of La Habra look like.

Here are a few pertinent La Habra demographics pulled primarily from the 2000 Census:

  • As of 2008, the population number was estimated at 62,000.
  • 14% of the population is over 60 years old.
  • The median age is 31

The Racial and Ethnic Population breaks into:

  • 41.4% White
  • 49% Hispanic
  • 6% Asian & Pacific Islander
  • 1.4 % Black
  • 2.2% All Other

Voter Registration:

  • Democratic 10,034
  • Republican 11,383
  • Independent 616
  • Green106
  • Libertarian 143

Housing:

  • Occupied Housing Units 19,042
  • Owner Occupied Housing Unites 10,815
  • Renter Occupied 8,227
  • Household Size 3.19 persons per household

Income:

  • Median Household Income $47, 652
  • Per Capita Income $18,923
  • Below Poverty Level 12.9%

The above information is a snapshot of La Habra ten years ago. It is now time for the entire country to participate in the decennial census of 2010. It will be very interesting to see what changes have occurred. You may ask, why do we care what the population specifics are, and does it really matter if the population is more or less now than it was ten year ago.  Yes it is very important and critical to some communities.  The Census data will determine the number of members that each state will have in the House of Representatives. And how much of the more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding our community will receive to spend on infrastructure and services such as hospitals, senior centers, schools and emergency services. 

Ten years ago the senior population of La Habra was 14% of the population, what if that has drastically increased. Federal funds will help provide more hospitals, senior centers and services.

Don't forget to complete your 2010 Census form that will arrive sometime in March.

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Are you a senior citizen in need of extra money for remodeling your home, buying a new car, or even purchasing additional real estate? After all it is a buyer’s market and there are some fabulous buys available. If so, a Reverse Mortgage may be just what you need.

What is a a reverse mortage? A reverse mortgage is a loan available to seniors, and is used to release the home equity in the property as one lump sum or multiple payments. The homeowner's obligation to repay the loan is deferred until the owner dies, the home is sold, or the owner moves. If you’re a senior (over 62) and a reverse mortgage makes sense for your circumstances, here are the fundamentals of what you need to know:

  • To qualify a borrower must be 62 years of age or older.
  • The borrower must live in the property as the primary residence.
  • There are no minimum income, asset or credit requirements.
  • There are no monthly payments required for as long as the borrowers occupy the residence as their    primary residence.
  • The funds can be taken as a lump sum, monthly payments, line of credit or a combination.
  • There are no restrictions on how the funds are used.
  • Loan proceeds are not considered income and will not affect Medicare or Social Security benefits.
  • There are no prepayment penalties.
  • Heirs may keep the home by paying off the balance on the reverse mortgage loan.
  • All applicants are required by federal regulation to seek 3rd party financial counseling by an approved Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) organization.

For more information on Reverse Mortgages visit www.reversemortgage.org 

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Check it out - Eight New Restaurants in Uptown Whittier

by The Domis Team

Not only has the real estate business been hit hard in this economy, the restaurant business has as well. Even in a good economy it is risky business to open a new restaurant.  In spite of this, in the past year and a half, eight new restaurants opened in Uptown Whittier centered around Greenleaf and Philadelphia Street.

Alan's Take Out
Fenix 5-4
Golden Ox
The Bottle Room
Seta
Spin Lounge
Vintage Cafe
Zi Teresa

Eight restaurateurs decided it was the right time and that Uptown presented the right opportunity, namely, ambience, favorable rents and acceptance from residents and city officials.  Just last year, city officials were taking a more hardnosed approach to local businesses and particularly restaurants. Traditionally, Uptown restaurants closed early and were more focused on family friendly establishments. The poor economy and empty store fronts encouraged a change in how restaurants are allowed to operate in Uptown.  Uptown citizens want restaurants that offer the same quality found in nearby Pasadena and Monrovia. They want good food, entertainment, later hours and restaurants that serve alcohol. City Officials realize ultimately this will increase revenue. And, despite some setbacks they are trying to work with the business community.

Follow our blog during the coming year as we check in on these 8 restaurants.

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City of LaHabra Offering Sandbags for Residents

by The Domis Team

The rain keeps coming down and your home may be in harm's way.

We wanted to let you know that the city of LaHabra is making Sand Bags Available at City Yard, Fire Station located at Fire Station #192 at 520 Harbor Blvd. Sand bags may limited due to the high demand.

For those residents in need of sand bags, please visit the City Yard during regular business hours.  After hours, residents may pick up sand bags at Fire Station #192 at 520 Harbor Blvd.  Sand bags are only available to La Habra residents and businesses, and the bags must be self-filled.  Due to the high demand, there may be a limit on the number of bags available for each resident or business.

Please help your neighbors too! This is a time where it is not just about you, but coming together as a community to help those who may not be able to do it themselves.

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