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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.

  • Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:53:00 +0000: $2,888,000 :: 717 S Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,488 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,206 sq ft
    Added: 11/22/17, Last Updated: 11/22/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17263219
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Located in the picturesque Madison Heights area, this sophisticated 3 level Mediterranean style home was custom built w/ everyday living in mind. The stunning distressed hwd floor entry w/ graceful staircase & dramatic ceiling opens to an elegant LR w/ fireplace & formal DR w/ outdoor bistro area. An expansive great room features a FR w/ bar & open gourmet kitchen w/ professional grade appliances, sparkling granite counters, center island & breakfast area. A powder room & attractive BR suite complete the first level. Ascend the sweeping stairway where the upper level boasts 3BR suites w/ private balconies incl. a grand master retreat w/ crackling fireplace, luxurious BA & oversized dressing room/closet. The lower level is complete w/ an entertainment/gym area, 1/2BA, plentiful storage & private entrance. Step outside & enjoy the gorgeous backyard - completely re-designed & customized for year round entertaining w/ its veranda, above-ground pool, outdoor fireplace & covered game area.

    Listed with Treeline Realty & Investment


    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, 22 Nov 2017 16:23:00 +0000: $2,388,000 :: 1223 Oakhaven Road, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,388 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,223 sq ft
    Added: 08/25/17, Last Updated: 11/22/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17197287
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/25/2017 by 8%
    Status: Active


    Gorgeous split-level home located in prestigious North-Arcadia with its front yard design receiving Mayor’s 2013 Arcadia Beautiful award. 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths. High cylindrical castle-like grand foyer in the entryway with tiffany stained glass door and windows. Formal living room with stone fireplace adjacent to to dining room with wood beam coffered ceiling and chandelier. Kitchen has granite counter tops, solid oak wood cabinets, modern appliances, breakfast nook with oak sitting bench and walk-in pantry next to laundry room. Stairway leads upstairs to 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms living quarters, including a large master suite with fireplace, built-in wood cabinets, Jacuzzi/tub with view, double-sink, separate shower next to a large walk-in closet and double-French doors leading to a deck with view. Downstairs is a spacious family/entertainment room, Including wet bar with artistically carved wood countertop and enclosure garnered by10 custom-made swivel chairs, red brick fireplace, bonus room, storage room, 3/4 bathroom, solid oak cabinets and elegant double French doors open to porch with access to backyard covering a separate 3-car garage with a guesthouse attached, private patio, large brick and cement parking area, lap pool with child-protective fence and separate Jacuzzi. Gardens with fruit trees along the gated driveway. A secured Shangri-La

    Listed with Coldwell Banker George 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/!


  • Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:46:00 +0000: $3,880,000 :: 77 W Longden Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,356 sq ft
    Lot Size: 18,608 sq ft
    Added: 07/21/17, Last Updated: 11/22/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17167808
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/23/2017 by 3%
    Status: Active


    Major Price Reduction for Quick Sale! Located in Arcadia’s premier Baldwin Stocker School Area and designed by Robert Tong, this French Manor constructed with the highest quality of materials and the finest amenities. This gated estate greets you with a large circle drive that leads to the grand double door entrance with 25' Cathedral ceiling, 6' Crystal Chandeliers, and marble Foyer. Includes a Living area of 7,356 sqft and resides in an almost 19,000 sqft lot, the main level of this 6 bedrooms/8 baths home consists of a formal Living Room, Dining Room, Maple Wood Panel Library, Home Theater w/ Blu-Ray & Surround Sound Sys, Gourmet Kitchen, Center Island, Chinese Wok Kitchen, professional Viking Stainless Steel appliances, 160 bottles of Wine Cellar, Breakfast Nook, Wet Bar, Family Room, Laundry Room, & a Deluxe Suite. The upstairs 2nd floor consists Hardwood flooring throughout, the main Master Suite with Wet Bar, Jacuzzi Tub, temperature control Steam Shower, Walk-In Closet with Organizers, Retreat Area, 4 Standard Suites, & a Loft Area. Extensive use of Crystal Chandeliers, Marble, Hardwood Floors, and professional Phone Sys, 8 Night Vision Cameras, Inter-Com, iPod/iPhone Integration, and Home Automation Ready features. Awards winning Arcadia Schools.

    Listed with Re/Max Premier Prop SanMarino


    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, 22 Nov 2017 05:27:00 +0000: $945,000 :: 1095 Rexford Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,000 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,316 sq ft
    Added: 07/10/17, Last Updated: 11/22/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV17157112
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    UPPER HASTINGS RANCH AREA, LOVELY HOME IN PRESTIGE SCHOOL DISTRICT, 4 BR 2 BA , LIVING & DINING AREA WITH FIREPLACE, UPGRADED KITCHEN WITH NEW GRANITE COUNTERTOPS , ADDED FAMILY ROOM, WINDOW SHUTTERS THROUGHOUT, HARDWOOD FLOORING AND CENTRAL AC /HEATING EXTENDED 2 CAR GARAGE WITH INVITING SWIMMING POOL

    Listed with BEST MORTGAGE & 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/!


  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:28:00 +0000: $1,800,000 :: 156 Peterson Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 469 sq ft
    Lot Size: 32,759 sq ft
    Added: 11/18/17, Last Updated: 11/21/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS17262225
    Community: 699 - Not Defined
    Status: Active


    Rare Opportunity to own large lot in a desired area of South Pasadena. Property includes a large flat area to build your dream home. Property currently has a two bedroom two bath home (needs Little TLC). Property consist of Parcel #5308-31-043,5308-31-044,5308-031-045,5308-031-046,5308-31-047,5308-31-048. Buyers to make own Due Diligence

    Listed with INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE SERV


    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/!


  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:50:00 +0000: $1,179,000 :: 1155 Nithsdale Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,028 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,270 sq ft
    Added: 11/21/17, Last Updated: 11/21/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 817002855
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This San Rafael residence was designed by architect Whitney R. Smith, one of the original Case Study House Program architects. The original home built in 1941 was small,offering just under 1000 sq.ft. with two bedroom and 1 bath In 2007 the current owners commissioned architect Ken Kurose to design an addition and remodel. The new design includes a sun filled entry, master suite, family room with additional bath and upper balcony area as well as a new larger kitchen. The well thought out design was in keeping with the original and feels open, spacious and airy. The grounds of the home are zen like with outdoor patios that expand the living spaces beyond the exterior walls. The home offers privacy and is centrally located in the very desirable San Rafael area of Pasadena.

    Listed with Deasy/Penner & Partners


    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/!


  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:27:00 +0000: $1,838,000 :: 401 Harvard Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,905 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,376 sq ft
    Added: 08/17/17, Last Updated: 11/21/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR17191440
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/11/2017 by 1%
    Status: Active


    Located in the prestigious Arcadia School District. This spacious home offers all needed amenities for any family. The house is situated on an oversized lot (13,376 sq/ft) within a quiet neighborhood. It is conveniently located with easy access to the 210 freeway and close to Entertainment and Shopping. The curb appeal is created by a gently upward sloping front yard and landscaping. You enter the home through a stained glass entry door into a light and expansive floor plan with several rooms featuring vaulted ceilings. The large kitchen is equipped with many upgrades and generous cabinetry.The 5th bedroom allows for many options for a large family. This two level home offers a generously sized family room with fireplace, living room and formal dining room. Recently updated windows throughout the home create a bright interior. The family room and informal dining area are situated for indoor/outdoor California living. The backyard is appointed with mature trees, a swimming pool, and a beautiful trellis-covered sitting area. The custom patio is contrasted with green landscaping—an ideal year round retreat creating the perfect surroundings for family fun and guest entertaining.

    Listed with Century 21 Care


    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/!


  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:39:00 +0000: $1,680,000 :: 1734 Claridge Street, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,868 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,061 sq ft
    Added: 11/20/17, Last Updated: 11/21/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS17261811
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Arcadia School, ( Highland Oaks Elem. & Foothills Jr. High )Very Quiet private neighborhood newly house around. Selling price including Arcadia City Planning Approval Final Building Plan, It's a development opportunity to build your dream home approximately 3665 sq.ft + 640 sq.ft basement & 2 cars garage.Mediterranean Spanish Style have 4 bedroom 4 bath+ library, Living room, Family room, Open kitchen & Wok kitchen, Laundry Room .......The property has unlimited potential and is located in a great area.

    Listed with KO TAI 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/!


  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:38:00 +0000: $7,880,000 :: 1199 S El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 8,504 sq ft
    Lot Size: 50,949 sq ft
    Added: 11/20/17, Last Updated: 11/21/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17262098
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    This Craftsman/English Tudor Revival is a stunning example of acclaimed architect Myron Hunt's work, updated and masterfully enhanced with all the amenities and expectations of today's buyers while keeping perfect harmony with the past. The grand foyer leads you to the living room with the first of 6 fireplaces throughout the home. Sun room, overlooking the pool, formal dining room, Butler's pantry, kitchen with center island and family room plus the library and 2 powder rooms complete the 1st floor. Master bedroom, with FP on 2nd floor with en suite bath, huge dressing room/closet, plus separate exercise room, 2 bedroom suites, 3 more bedrooms, bath and laundry room. 3rd floor hosts the immense game room with FP plus extra attic storage. There is a 2 bed, 1 bath GH with kitchen & living room, approx. 927 sf(M), above the 3 car garage with additional room, workshop, changing room and bath. Outdoor kitchen/patio area with pizza oven, magnificent gated grounds with secluded pool. Recently the owner spent near ONE Million dollar for the upgrade and remodel. A must see property!

    Listed with Treeline Realty & Investment


    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/!


  • Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:37:00 +0000: $894,800 :: 430 Glenullen Drive, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,570 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,950 sq ft
    Added: 11/20/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17261891
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    This home is located in the Desirable San Rafael Hills area of Pasadena. This home offers 3 bedrooms, and 1.75 bathrooms, a large living room, formal dining room that opens to kitchen. Fireplace opens in to the living room and dining room. Sliding glass door leads out to the very pleasant patio., with view of trees. Very quiet and peaceful area. Master Bedrooms has great view of trees.

    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/!


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