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PASADENA REAL ESTATE GUIDE: HOME BUYER TIPS AND ADVICE

Are you ready to buy a house? You have come to the right place.  Below, you will find links to articles that we hope will be useful to you.  Just click on the corresponding link and you will be taken directly to the article.  Feel free to browse through these home buying articles.  The most important thing for you to know is that you need to be represented and being a home buyer in Pasadena or surrounding neighborhoods is great – why?  Because you get real estate agent representation for free!  🙂  That should put a smile on your face.

When you are ready to begin your home search and would like to schedule a personalized home buying consultation, give us a call at (626) 629-8439.  We look forward to being of assistance to you.

How do you calculate your home buying affordability? Here’s great advice from our lender of choice – Calculating Your Home Affordability.

Tips for getting more home for your money – stretch that $. Read 5 tips for getting more home for your $.

Every industry, real estate included, has its own “rules of the game”. It is important to understand the proper etiquette when you are shopping for a home in Pasadena.

An absolutely “must read” when buying a home – 9 Stupid Things Buyers do to Mess Up their Home Purchase.

PASADENA REAL ESTATE GUIDE: UNDERSTANDING THE HOME BUYING PROCESS

Okay, so you have an accepted offer, you down payment is lined up… what will you be paying in closing costs? Read what kind of home closing costs should I expect during escrow?

Did you know that there are two types of closing costs when purchasing a home: Understand the difference between recurring and non-recurring closing costs.

What are home purchase contingencies? And, can the escrow be cancelled by a seller? Yes… read how at Pasadena home sale escrow can be cancelled by a seller.

When you buy a home in Pasadena, it’s usual and customary to put a 3% earnest money deposit. Make sure that you understand how to protect that hard earned money by reading the fastest way to lose your earnest money deposit.

Now that you found your home, what kind of inspections should you be ordering? A physical home inspection and sewer line inspection at a minimum!

One of the things that home buyers need to decide on while they are in escrow is how to hold title. Take a look at Property Title Insurance – What is it for and what are your options?

Direct Access to the Multiple Listing Service is below:


Here are some of the recent homes for sale around Pasadena California:

Learning about homes for sale educates you on the state of the current real estate market.

  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:49:00 +0000: $2,988,500 :: 1424 Rutherford Drive, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 5,014 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,890 sq ft
    Added: 02/21/18, Last Updated: 02/22/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818000799
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Other
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this magnificent Linda Vista estates home in Pasadena. Renovated in 2007w/ the highest quality, this 5,014sqft property feat.an open floor plan dwnstairs w/ spectacular chefs kitchen/cabinetry/GE Monogram appliances. Large living room w/high vaulted ceilings, family room, elegant formal dining, office, powder room & laundry area. Upstairs feat.lrg master ste w/huge walk-in closet, sitting room, master bath w/2 person shower&separate soaking tub. 4 addtl beds/2 baths upstairs. Solid wood doors & marble flrs thru-out. Outdoor feat.Tesla Solar Panels, Waterfall, Pool/Spa, Wood Burning Fireplace, Marble Bar&BBQ Kitchenette, Hinkley lighting, Indoor/Outdoor speakers. 3 Car garage w/cedar garage doors, wired for Tesla/EV & Attic for storage. Stunning home you don't want to miss!

    Listed with Ramsey Shilling Associates


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:34:00 +0000: $1,197,000 :: 700 Magnolia Street, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,961 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,666 sq ft
    Added: 02/22/18, Last Updated: 02/22/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818000813
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This Craftsman bungalow, w/an abundance of character, sits on a quiet street east of Grand Ave in the Arroyo area. This home welcomes its visitors w/ a large front porch under broadly projecting eaves typical of this style home. A wide front door ushers guests into the great room, which is accented by a unique alcove with built-in bookcases that frame both a cozy window seat and a batcheldor-like tile fireplace. The dining rm has a matching window seat with built-in china cabinets on both sides. There are handsome Craftsman details throughout the home.The woodwork in the living/dining rooms is California redwood. Both LR and DR ceilings are slightly arched, & the LR has unique inverted dome fixtures crafted from hammered brass. 2 spacious bedrooms with a convertible 3rd bd/office.

    Listed with Markey & Associates


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:04:00 +0000: $1,499,000 :: 1040 E Woodbury Road, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,557 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,255 sq ft
    Added: 02/22/18, Last Updated: 02/22/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 318000658
    Community: 604 - Altadena
    Tract: Not Applicable-604
    Status: Active


    Gorgeous Spanish Revival in Pasadena's Historic Highlands District! Located on a beautiful tree lined street, this 4 bedroom, 4 bath home is one to see. Featuring a gourmet chef's kitchen with granite countertops, custom cabinetry, Viking appliances and beautiful Saltillo tile floors. An elegant wood burning fireplace is the focal point for the spacious living room. The home offers a formal dining room with french doors as well as a great breakfast room. There are hardwood floors and a distinct Spanish style throughout the home. The master en suite has a large walk in closet with custom built ins and a gorgeous bath with a Kohler jacuzzi tub and his and hers sinks. Outside is a true sanctuary featuring 3 patios. The front patio has a beautiful Spanish tiled wood burning fireplace perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. Automatic front gate and designer landscaping as well as newer electrical, copper plumbing, a California basement and a newer detached garage are just some of the additional features that this home has to offer

    Listed with JohnHart Real Estate


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:26:00 +0000: $9,488,000 :: 1100 Fallen Leaf Road, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    8 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 11,390 sq ft
    Lot Size: 41,108 sq ft
    Added: 06/29/17, Last Updated: 02/22/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17147486
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Magnificent north facing home located in the Upper Rancho Area. Designed by Robert Tong, built by Mur-sol in 2016. Nice circular driveway offers easy parking in front of the home. Entrance into the home adorned with a wide high ceiling and gorgeous chandelier. Downstairs features a living room with fireplace, good sized formal dining room with a chandelier, huge family room with long glass doors looking out into the amazing backyard. Large open kitchen with nook and heavy duty chef’s private kitchen. Two master suites, library, game room, home theatre and powder room. Roomy loft area upstairs with 3 suites, 2 bedrooms with Jack & Jill baths and one gym room with bath. Master suite has a sitting room, beautiful balcony, and 2 sets of closets, sinks and toilets for his and hers. High-end new window covers, 2 steam showers, 1 sauna, 4 fireplace, 5 C/A. Professional landscaping with waterfalls, pool, spa, water fountain and beautiful horticulture all around, a really must see one in the area.

    Listed with Coldwell Banker Arcadia


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:15:00 +0000: $1,100,000 :: 1115 MAPLE Street, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 2,220 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,520 sq ft
    Added: 01/09/18, Last Updated: 02/22/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 18301662
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    Status: Active


    Fantastic opportunity to own a wonderful 3-bedroom 1-bathroom single family residence in the city of South Pasadena. The home has a spacious interior with a large backyard, great for entertaining guests. Great investor opportunity with work needing to be done on the inside. The home is in a lovely and quiet neighborhood with the benefit of it being within the South Pasadena School District. The property is listed in the South Pasadena Inventory of Cultural Resources. The property is also conveniently located near parks, schools, and a wide array of shopping and dining along W Main St. and S Palm Ave.

    Listed with LA Citywide Properties, LLC


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:13:00 +0000: $2,780,000 :: 2018 S 6th Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,500 sq ft
    Lot Size: 28,805 sq ft
    Added: 06/12/17, Last Updated: 02/22/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV17133830
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Gorgeous custom built house that situated on a large 28,805SF flat all usable lot. This hard to find large lot has room for tennis court, pool and guest house. Beautiful front yard has circular drive way, 2 automatic gates, wrought iron fence and block walls. An impressive front door hang-up is a big accent to this house. House has 3 car attached garage. Beautiful marble foyer has a stunning crystal chandelier hanged down from 2-story high ceiling, very gorgeous. Oak wood spiral shape staircase curved and leads to upstairs foyer with 2nd chandelier light upstairs. Huge Family room has decorated mirror ceiling, wet bar, fireplace and picture windows. Formal living room with high ceiling, decorated crown moldings and chandelier light, plus a large wall to ceiling marble fireplace. Formal dinning room is surrounded by mirror wall, and a beautiful chandelier light. An office has stain glass windows and wood panels. Open large kitchen has big center island, plus built-in refrigerator, quality appliances, and custom cabinets. Breakfast nook surround with large windows and a beautiful wood vaulted ceiling and chandelier. Laundry room is in downstairs together with other two bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Master at upstairs has a large retreat area, a Jacuzzi tub, a big bath and double basin counter and a huge organized walk-in closet. Total 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms at upstairs. Property closes to park, markets, and belongs to Arcadia school district.

    Listed with SHINGLIAN ASSOCIATES


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:17:00 +0000: $1,049,000 :: 1140 N Mar Vista Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,830 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,976 sq ft
    Added: 02/21/18, Last Updated: 02/21/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818000795
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Nestled in highly sought-after Bungalow Heaven, this beautifully restored Airplane Craftsman residence offers three bedrooms, including a main floor bedroom, on a large 7,976 sqft flat lot. Beyond the large, covered front porch, the spacious front living area boasts lots of windows, a stone fireplace, and built-in cabinets. Cook in the upgraded, gourmet chef's kitchen with track lighting, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and decorative tile flooring, along with an indoor laundry area that has room for a side-by-side washer and dryer. Other highlights include custom window blinds throughout, plantation shutters, hardwood and tile flooring, crown moulding, and built-in cabinets and storage. Relax in the backyard with patio area, koi pond, and drought tolerant landscaping.

    Listed with Sotheby's International Realty, Inc.


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:14:00 +0000: $3,798,000 :: 1635 Perkins Drive, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,453 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,111 sq ft
    Added: 01/16/18, Last Updated: 02/21/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18010372
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/16/2018 by 4%
    Status: Active


    5 BEDROOMS (2 SUITES DOWNSTAIRS) + HOME THEATER + LIBRARY + LOFT, 5.5 BATHROOMS, 6453 SQFT LIVING AREA, 14111 SQFT LOT SIZE, NEWLY BUILT IN 2016, 3-CAR ATTACHED GARAGE, PRESTIGIOUS HIGHLAND OAKS ELEMENTARY & FOOTHILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL. This luxurious Spanish-style villa developed by Chateau Operating Corp. and designed by Robert Tong is nestled in the highly esteemed Santa Anita Oaks neighborhood of North Arcadia. This magnificent estate is built with high-end materials and craftsmanship. The property is secured with a custom-made automatic wrought iron gate. The grand foyer welcomes you with its soaring ceiling, modern staircase, and elegant flooring. The gorgeous living room features a beautiful fireplace mantel and vaulted ceiling. The oversized gourmet kitchen is highlighted with quartz countertops, two center islands, one with two built-in Mr. Induction burners, 6-burner range, Thermador stainless steel appliances, and wok kitchen. Adjacent to the open kitchen is the large family room, home theater, and wet bar. The large master suite offers a huge walk-in closet and an upscale bathroom complete with a freestanding soaking tub and shower stall. Add'l features & amenities: 3 A/C systems, 2 tankless water heaters, central vacuum, modern light fixtures, fire sprinklers. The serene backyard is an entertainer's paradise, featuring a sparkling swimming pool & spa, and a patio for dining al fresco. This address is within the boundaries of the sought-after Arcadia School District.

    Listed with Re/Max Premier Prop Arcadia


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:06:00 +0000: $875,000 :: 770 Merrett Drive, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,462 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,373 sq ft
    Added: 02/21/18, Last Updated: 02/21/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 318000678
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable-646
    Status: Active


    Charming single-family home with beautiful craftsmanship nestled in a very sough-after area of Pasadena! Walking distance from Orange Heights & Bungalow Heaven sits on a 7373sqft lot. This home features an open floor-plan of Four bedrooms, Two bathrooms, a long driveway, great for RV parking, a Two car garage and a beautifully landscaped front yard and porch to welcome you home every day! Upon entering the cozy foyer, you are greeted with a well-illuminated living room that offers a large bay window. Through-out the home you will find high-ceilings, baseboard moldings, recessed lighting, pane windows, laminate flooring, solar panels tons of natural lighting in every room. Granite counter-tops in the kitchen with plenty of cabinet room. This home also features a laundry area, well lit bathrooms and spacious bedrooms with ample closet space. The 4th bedroom has a private entrance and can be used for in laws or older children who need a bit more privacy. Entertain your family and guests in the spacious backyard where you have privacy and room for outdoor seating and a BBQ! The possibilities can be endless. Welcome to your new home!

    Listed with JohnHart Real Estate


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:06:00 +0000: $828,000 :: 813 Summit Drive, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,068 sq ft
    Lot Size: 3,242 sq ft
    Added: 02/21/18, Last Updated: 02/21/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV18040840
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    Status: Active


    Excellent curb appeal in a well desired area of South Pasadena. Owner has done many improvements. Foundation has been retro fitted.

    Listed with TEAM UNITY REALTY


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


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