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All kinds of treasures await you at this MOVING SALE!

by The Domis Team

MOVING SALE

Friday, Oct. 19 & Saturday, Oct. 20

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day

9357 Parrot Ave, Downey CA

This sale includes collectibles, holiday decor, kitchen items, furniture, clothing and more!

Join us this weekend to find your treasures.

Why You Should Work With A Realtor!

by The Domis Team

We understand the impulse of buyers and sellers to try to go it on their own in the real estate market. They hope that avoiding agent fees will help save them money but this can often be a costly mistake. And, not only does it have the potential to be a financial drain but it most definitely takes time away from you. Alleviate some of the stress of buying or selling a home in Whittier by going through the process with an experienced Whittier Real Estate agent! Agents have knowledge and experience in all aspects of the real estate market and are there to help you every step of the way. Make buying or selling your home as smooth and stress-free as can be. Need some convincing? Here are 10 reasons why you should work with a Whittier Real Estate Agent.

 

1. Area Expertise - No one knows the area better than a Whittier Real Estate agent. They can help you find the perfect home and neighborhood that will best fit your needs and lifestyle!

2. Education & Experience - Agents have dedicated their professional lives to developing within the real estate field. With their training and experience, they can help throughout the entire process. Instead of you needing to become an expert, you can put your trust in their knowledge and professional experience.

3. Agents are Shields - Avoid dealing with pushy buyers or sellers by working with a Whittier Real Estate agent. They will act as a buffer and make sure you are only getting the information that you need to hear.

4. Market Condition Knowledge - No one knows current prices on the local market or available properties as well as an agent. This allows them to help you find the best deal possible.

5. Price Guidance - Your Whittier Real Estate agent knows your budget and will help you make a deal that fits within it. Pricing is very important for buyers and sellers and an agent will help ensure that the price you offer or accept is accurate.

6. Networking - Your Whittier Real Estate agent has developed a lot of connections in the community. This means they know of buyers who might be interested in your property or sellers that have a home that is the right fit for you. They also know professionals that can assist you with a wide variety of real estate related services.

7. Skilled Negotiators - Whittier Real Estate agent can negotiate a deal like no other. Contracts can be complicated so your agent will help you understand the document and verify that you are getting the best deal.

8. Mounds of Paperwork - No one enjoys paperwork and there is a lot of it when it comes to real estate deals. Instead of having you drown in the sea of paperwork and risk missing important elements of it, your realtor will handle this process for you!

9. Stay After Closing - Even after you close on your home, the relationship with your realtor does not end. They are still there to answer any questions you might have months after closing.

10. Relationship Building - Once you have found the realtor that you can trust, you know that you have an ally for any future real estate needs you might have. Build a great relationship with them so you can utilize them when you buy or sell again in the future.

 

Reap the benefits of working with one of the most trusted and experienced real estate agents in the greater Los Angeles area! Contact The Domis Team today to let us help you with all of your real estate needs!

 

Save Money on Your Monthly Payments By Buying in 2018!

by The Domis Team

Save money on your monthly payments by locking in a lower interest rate before the end of 2018!

 

Higher interest rates mean greater payments on your mortgage every month and with the rates predicted for 2019 that could be a significant chunk of change. Keep more money in your pocket by understanding where interest rates are headed in the new year. Check out this chart that shows the actual rates from the current year and where they are projected to increase throughout 2019.

 

 

Although a 0.1% increase might not seem significant, it can increase your monthly payments depending on the amount of your loan. And, with housing prices also predicted to rise, it will likely cause a dramatic increase. The latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic shows a 6.2% appreciation in national home prices from 2017 to 2018 and predicts are 5.1% increase from 2018 to 2019. If these home price and interest rate predictions come true, you will be paying a lot more on your new home then you would if you bought today.

 

Ready to BUY your dream home in the Whittier area? Work with the very best! Give The Domis Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/!   

What To Know About the Home Inspection Process!

by The Domis Team

Congrats! You found your dream home in the Whittier Area! Now that you have found it, you are ready to head towards finalizing the deal. However, before you start packing those moving boxes, you need to have one unbiased last look at your potential new home with a Home Inspector! Home inspections are a vital part of the buying process. They help protect you, the buyer, by allowing you to discover any structural or mechanical issues with the home before you purchase. Once the home inspection is completed, you can determine whether or not you want to move forward with the deal and potentially renegotiate based on what is discovered. Do not know what to expect during the home inspection? Here is everything you need to know about the home inspection process.

 

Before the Inspection

Finding the best home inspector for the job is your first step. Be sure to interview several different candidates in order to find out their areas of expertise. Help make a selection by seeing their past inspection reports. You want to see detailed reports that offer recommendations for found issues. Not sure where to begin in your search? Contact us so we can provide you with a list of great home inspectors in our area!

During the Inspection

Your home inspector will go to the property and spend several hours examining it. They will look at all of the structural, mechanical, and electrical elements of the home. We recommend that you should go along with the home inspector. This allows you to find out about the issues as they are discovered and ask any questions you might have. Although home inspections help discover most issues, realize that there are still some issues that a home inspector simply is not qualified to recognize. Make sure you leave some room in your budget for a new home to handle any potential costs that might yet be discovered.

 

After the Inspection.

Review Go over the home inspection report carefully. Talk to your realtor about what was discovered and how it impacts the deal. They can help you determine how best to renegotiate or whether or not it makes more sense to walk away and find a different property on the market.

 

Check out our other Home Buying Tips! Give The Domis Team a call today or visit my website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/ so that we can help you find your dream home in Southern California today.

How to Get A Home At Less Than 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/.

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.

The Steps of Home Buying

by The Domis Team

Buying a home is a process. There are many steps involved from the time you start your search to when you are finally able to move your boxes in. If you are ready to find your dream home in the Whittier Area, help is here. Understanding the major steps of the home buying process will help eliminate any initial stress you might have. Here is a basic step by step guide to buying your new home!

 

1. Make a List of Wants and Needs! Know what your must haves are in your new home as well as those features/amenities you might prefer but are not deal breakers. Also, figure out a budget so you fully understand what you can afford. Doing this work ahead of time will allow you to narrow your search.

 

2. Begin Your Search! Start searching for your new home online.

 

3. Work with a Top Realtor! Finding a top real estate agent to work with will help you throughout the process. They understand the local market, the art of negotiation, and so much more that will undoubtedly help you find your dream home in no time.

 

4. Find a Lender! Ask your realtor for recommendations for the best lending agents to help you with your financial needs.

 

5. Decide on a Loan! Pick out the perfect mortgage for you based on the budget you created at the start of the process. If you are able to get pre-approved for a loan, you will stand out to sellers.

 

6. Start Looking! Hit the road with your realtor to start looking at homes. Home information online is helpful at the start but you will never get the full feel for a home until you walk through it. Attend open houses and schedule showings of homes you are interested in to find the right home for you and your family.

 

7. Make an Offer! After finding the perfect home, it's time to put in an offer. Your realtor will help you draft an appropriate offer that will hopefully make the home yours!

 

8. Enter Negotiations! Understand that there will likely be a counteroffer from the seller. This is where your realtor comes in handy because they are well versed in the step. Discuss what you are willing to pay for the home and what conditions you need to feel comfortable with your purchase.

 

9. Inspect the Home! One of the most important steps is the home inspection. You need to make sure that there are no underlying issues with the home that you could not see during the open house. Ask you realtor for licensed home inspectors in your area and go with them during the inspection so you can ask questions as they pop up.

 

10. Have the Home Appraised! Now it is your lender's time to determine the cost of the home. If it is appraised close to your offer, the home is yours!

 

11. Closing! During closing, you will finalize all paperwork to transfer the home to you.

 

12. Move In! Enjoy life in your beautiful new home!

 

What To Know About Your Mortgage Rate

by The Domis Team

Congrats! You've decided to purchase a new home! Understanding your mortgage rate is an important step in the home buying process! Mortgage rates might seem complicated but check out this helpful information and tips to help you navigate your way through the world of mortgages.

 

10 Factors that Affect your Mortgage Rate:

  • Economy

  • Lender pipeline

  • Home location

  • Home type

  • Home use

  • Loan-to-value

  • Loan features

  • Loan amount

  • Credit score

  • Points

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Your unique borrower profile determines the custom mortgage quote you receive from a lender. Most people are subject to risk-based pricing adjustments on their quote, unless you have great credit and a low loan-to-value ratio.

Want to take control over your rate? There are a few factors from the list above that you can control in order to affect your mortgage rate in a positive way.

  • Property type | Consider the relative cost of financing when choosing what home to buy.

  • Loan-to-value (LTV) | Put more money down on the home to cut your loan fees and lower your mortgage insurance rate.

  • Loan features | Save interest by choosing a loan with a shorter fixed rate term.

  • Loan amount | Avoid jumbo home loans that potentially increase your expenses.

  • Credit score | Work on raising your FICO before purchasing a home.

  • Points | Pay more upfront to lower your interest rate.

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Another important thing to note is that mortgage rates change constantly. Your rate could change overnight. Be sure to do your research ahead of time so you know when to accept the best offer.

 

Be sure to get custom quotes from several competing mortgage lenders. Take advantage of the current low mortgage rates today!

 

 

Check out our website at Website for additional home buyers tips and resources, including mortgage calculator and rate comparison!

 

 


Resource: The Mortgage Reports

 

Find Fresh, Healthy Produce in Southern California!

by The Domis Team

Unlike many parts of the country, the beautiful weather in Southern California allows residents to access incredible farmers markets throughout the year! California is home to some of the best produce and locally made goods around! All this is right at your fingertips during the local FARMERS MARKETS throughout the Whittier area. Every week you can stock up on the most delicious fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, baked goods, and stunning flowers, handmade goods, and so much more. Along with helping you and your family maintain a healthy lifestyle, farmers markets help promote economic development by connecting the community with local farmers and artisans. Come discover all the incredible weekly farmers markets in our area and take advantage of the fresh, natural bounty of the southern California landscape!

 

Downtown Anaheim Farmers Market

When: Thursdays | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Center Street Promenade, Anaheim

 

Brea Farmer's Market

When: Thursdays | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Birch Street & State College Boulevard, Brea

 

Fullerton Market

When: Thursdays | 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Downtown Plaza (Wilshire Avenue), Fullerton

 

Whittier Certified Farmers' Market

When: Fridays | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: 13018 Philadelphia Street, Whittier

 

Downtown Downey Farmers' Market

When: Saturdays | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Downey Avenue (between 2nd & 3rd Streets), Downey

 

Buena Park Farmers Market

When: Saturdays | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: La Palma Avenue, Buena Park

 

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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