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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®

Be The Smartest Home Buyer Around!

by The Domis Team

You've decide to buy a new home. Congrats! Home buying is an exciting but daunting task. Whether you are a a new or experienced home buyer, there are a lot of common misconceptions about the process that can cause you more stress and difficulties immediately and into the future. Let us help you outsmart these misconceptions and know all the facts before you set off on your journey towards your dream home!

 

Common Misconception: The Home Search is the First Step.

Truth: Although searching for homes on the internet might have jump started your journey towards home buying, it should not be prioritized as your first step in the process. Stop searching for homes and FIRST focus on your finances. This involves making sure your credit standing is good and receiving pre-approval for a mortgage. By focusing on your financing before searching, you can accurately know what homes on the market fit within your budget and focus your search within your parameters. There are few things worse than having your heart set on a home only to discover that there is no way you can afford it.

 

Common Misconception: Bad Credit Disqualifies You from Buying a Home.

Truth: While having good credit is obviously to your benefit during the home buying process, you still have options even if your credit is not stellar. Home buyers with bad credit have financing options, such as FHA loans, that might be available for them. It is important to take the time to research your options.

 

Common Misconception: 30-Year Mortgages Save You Money.

Truth: It all comes down to math. Regardless of whether you choose a 15-year or 30-year mortgage, you are borrowing the same amount. However, you are multiplying the amount of time that you are paying back that amount by 2. This means more interest is accruing over this additional time and you will end up paying MORE. This is not to say that a 30-year mortgage is not your best option. Just ensure that you do plenty of research on all the loan options available to you to select what best fits your financial situation now and into the future.

 

Common Misconception: The Down Payment is your ONLY Upfront Cost.

Truth: Home buyers need to budget for several costs that can quickly add up during the process. Along with the down payment, home buyers should plan for credit report, inspection, and insurance costs. The deal you settle on with the seller could require you to pay for the closing costs as well.

 

Common Misconception: Your Down Payment Should be 20%.

Truth: A 20% down payment can help make you competitive amongst other buyers and can help you avoid paying for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). However, not all lenders require that amount. You may be eligible for a down payment of 5% or 10% if you are willing to pay for PMI monthly. There are also FHA loans and other down payment assistance programs that might be available to you.

 

Common Misconception: A Home Inspection is NOT a Necessity.

Truth: You should never waive the home inspection, no matter how much you want the house. Some sellers will try to negotiate this into the agreement but it is not in your interest. There is too much risk of there being something wrong with the house. You could end up having to spend a fortune in your money and time by skipping this step. Ensure that you find any potential issues with the house before you purchase it.

 

Common Misconception: Focus on Your Immediate Needs.

Truth: You should always consider what you and your family need in a home right now and into the future. Although it is impossible to know what your future holds, you want to choose a home and neighborhood that fits your needs now and indefinitely. Whether or not you have or will have children, find a home near good schools. Research has shown that homes near excellent schools have a higher resale value.

 

Common Misconception: You Must Offer the Asking Price.

Truth: Although you might fear losing your home to competition by offering a lower price, you should always try to negotiate a deal that best fits your need. Sellers are obviously hoping to get top dollar for their home but they also want to sell it quickly and easily. By showing that you have good credit, are pre-approved for a loan, and/or have your down payment ready to go, sellers will likely be willing to negotiate with you since your finances are in order. Also, the results of the home inspection can also be used to help you negotiate a lower price.

 

Common Misconception: You Can Go It Alone.

Truth: While the internet makes the search for homes arguably easier and more convenient for individuals, you should always work with an Experienced Realtor during the home buying process. There is a wealth of knowledge that only realtors can offer! We understand the local market, have years of negotiation experience, and so much more. We can help alleviate the inevitable stress that comes along with the home buying process by being by your side and always keeping your best interests at the forefront.


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://lindadomis.com/!   

Get in the Holiday Spirit in Uptown Whittier!

by The Domis Team

Holiday cheer is starting to fill the air in southern California! Mark your calendars for two incredible holiday events taking place in beautiful, historic Whittier! Join your friends, family, and neighbors as you celebrate this festive season!

 

26th Annual Holiday Sonata 2018

Date: Friday, November 30th & Saturday, December 1st

Time: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Both Days)

Join the Whittier Uptown Association as they step back in time to celebrate the holidays! Enjoy traditional activities including relaxing horse drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa and his elves in the enchanting Santa's Village, live dance and musical performances, and so much more! Explore all the great dining and retail options available throughout Uptown Whittier. This event is FREE to the public!

 

65th Annual Uptown Whittier Christmas Parade 2018

Date: Saturday, December 8th

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Find the perfect spot along the parade route as you enjoy the spectacular holiday entries. See festive floats, music bands, drill and equestrian teams, vintage automobiles, and so much more. This year's theme is "Christmas Around the World". The parade will begin on Hadley and Greenleaf. It will proceed down Greenleaf before ending at Mar Vista and Washington.

 

 

The Domis Team wishes everyone a very merry holiday season!

 

How To Find the Perfect Whittier Area School During Your Home Search!

by The Domis Team

Ready to buy your dream home in the Whittier Area? Although there are many factors to consider, if you have children, excellent local schools should be at the top of your list. In order to find the perfect educational fit for your child, you will need to do some school work on your own. You want to make sure you set your child up for success by moving within the boundaries of a top ranked school. Here are several questions to ask yourself and the schools themselves in order to narrow it down your search:

 

  • What structure does your child prefer? Creative or Structured?
  • What kind of teachers does your child respond to?
  • Do you want to be an active part of the educational community?
  • Does the school have buses that service nearby neighborhoods?
  • What extracurricular activities are offered?
  • Are the class sizes large or small? What is the student to teacher ratio?
  • Are the classrooms and library well stocked?
  • What do other families think about the school?
  • What are the school's test scores and graduation rates?
  • How do unbiased websites like GreatSchools.org, Niche.com, and U.S. News & World Report rank the school?

 

Take some of the guess work out of your search for the perfect school by starting to look within

these excellent local school districts.

Anaheim Union High School District | Homes for Sale

Downey Unified School District | Homes for Sale

East Whittier City School District | Homes for Sale

Fullerton Joint Union High School District | Homes for Sale

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Lowell Joint School District | Homes for Sale

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Orange Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Whittier Union High School District | Homes for Sale

Once you have found the perfect school, let The Domis Team help you find your dream home nearby! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

 

La Habra Tamale Festival!

by The Domis Team

 

Save some room in your bellies after Thanksgiving for Tamales! It’s time for La Habra’s annual TAMALE FESTIVAL!! Head to Euclid Street (between La Habra Boulevard and Lambert Road) on Sunday, November 25th, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm for a day of delicious fun! Dine on tamales (of course!) and other mouthwatering food as you enjoy live performances, unique vendors, exciting contests, and family fun games and activities! Admission to this favorite community event is FREE!

 

Do not miss out on your opportunity to learn how to make you very own tamales by attending the tamale making lesson at 10:00 am (youth) and 11:00 am (adults)! The cost to participate is $5. The fee includes the ingredients for 3 tamales, a masa spreader, apron, and reusable bag!

 

Event Schedule

Main Stage (Portola Park)

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Youth Tamale Making Lesson

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Adult Tamale Making Lesson

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | SOTO Band  

  • 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm | Tamale Contest Awards

  • 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm | Art Awards

  • 3:30 pm - 5:15 pm | Mariachi Divas

  • 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Tree Lighting Ceremony

Community Stage (Civic Center)

Community Stage (Brio Park)


 

 

The Domis Team wishes everyone a great time at the La Habra Tamale Festival!
 


Image Credit: City of La Habra Tamale Festival

Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving!

by The Domis Team

Hosting next week's big feast? Do not panic! Although having house guests during Thanksgiving can seem stressful, there are simple steps your can take to prepare your home for the holidays. These steps will help get your home ready and ensure that you and your guests stay comfortable throughout the holiday weekend!

 

 

  1. Keep it Lit

Although you can walk through your home in the pitch black, your guests cannot navigate it that well. Help ensure they can safely walk around the house at all hours of the day by putting night lights in bathrooms, bedrooms, and hallways. Also, check to see if all outside lights are operating correctly so guests can safely make it to your front door.

  1. Remove Clutter

Go through declutter all public areas (i.e. kitchen, living room, foyer, and dining room) and guest rooms. Make sure that all counter tops and tables are cleared off. Store the unnecessary items in the basement or storage closets until after your guests have left.

  1. Clear Out the Foyer

Give your guests a great first impression by preparing your home's foyer. Protect your floors from the additional foot traffic by placing a mat in the area. Remove your shoes and personal items and add hooks for guests to hang their coats. Add a bench so guests can easily remove their shoes.

  1. Prepare Your Kitchen

The kitchen is going to be the busiest room in your house on Thanksgiving day. Clear out all unnecessary appliances and utensils so you can easily find the essentials. Place the coffee machine in another common room to create more space. Make sure that there is seating available in your kitchen so guests can visit with you while you prepare the feast.

  1. Keep the Bathroom Stocked

Make sure your bathroom is fully stocked with all essentials you guests might need, such as toilet paper, toiletries, and towels. Keep these items easily accessible in the open on shelves or in baskets. Add a bath mat to the tub for safety.

  1. Add Comfort for Sleeping

Ensure that your guests will sleep soundly by supplying ample pillows and blankets for your guests. Change out the light fixture in your guest bedroom to a ceiling fan so your guest can more easily control the temperature while they sleep.

 

 

We wish all of our clients and their families a very happy Thanksgiving!

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®

 

Election Day Information For Local Residents!

by The Domis Team

It's time to exercise the most important right you have as an American citizen.....the Right to Vote! Election Day, November 6th, is here!

 

Whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent, you should make sure your voice is heard by casting your ballot tomorrow! Polls throughout Southern California will be open tomorrow from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm.

 

 

Here is all the information you need for Election Day:

 

Los Angeles County

 

Orange County

 

Remember to bring a valid form of identification with you in order to vote.

 

 

We look forward to seeing everyone in Southern California at the polls! Happy Election Day!

 

Relocation Help in Sunny Southern California!

by The Domis Team

Congrats! You got a new job offer in the Greater Los Angeles area! Moving to a new city for a career is an exciting process. Along with the new job, you will need to start considering where you are going to live. Although it can be stressful to think about a mortgage at the same time as starting you make a career move, it is a great way to lay down some roots in your new community. The Domis Team is here to help Buyers navigate the relocation process in our communities.

 

How does a job change affect your mortgage?

Starting a new job has an inevitable affect on your loan approval. But, do not dismay! Lenders are interested in your ability to proof that you can afford the home for at least the next three years. The best way to prove this is through your income and employment history. As long as you have not been continually changing jobs or had long breaks in employment, your lender will be able to review your finances in a positive light. Your new job will also display your ability to repay the loan. If you are getting a promotion or receiving a pay/benefit increase, these are positive indicators for a mortgage. As long as you will be working full time and have a long term contract, your approval chances should not change. Be sure to share your offer letter with salary confirmation to the lender. In addition, they will want to see proof of employment within 30 days. This can be done with your first pay stub. Follow this simple advice and your should have no issues being approved for a loan!

 

How to acquire a home loan in the midst of relocating?

There are several factors to consider during this process. If you own a home in your current location, determine how long you can afford that mortgage while trying to settle into your new community. You need to be prepared if your current home does not sell as quickly as you were expecting. If you can't afford two mortgages at once, consider renting in your new location at first. Not only does this give you time for your employment verification but also provides you with the opportunity to explore your new surroundings and find the perfect neighborhood for you. However, if you are determined to find a new home immediately upon relocating, there are options. Find out what your new company offers in terms of relocation packages. These can range from paying for movers, helping with closing costs, to down payment coverage and more. Some companies even offer a Guaranteed Buy Out. This generous plan has the company buying your current home at appraisal value if it does not sell quickly. Again, talk to your new employer what options are available to you as you may be able to get more help than you realize!

 

We are excited for you to be joining us in the beautiful Whittier, La Habra, and La Habra Heights area. Contact us today for a Free Relocation Package and with any additional questions you might have. We cannot wait to help you find your dream home. Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

 

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