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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, 20 Feb 2019 06:41:00 +0000: $5,300,000 :: 1590 Lombardy Road, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,830 sq ft
    Lot Size: 25,700 sq ft
    Added: 02/20/19, Last Updated: 02/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819000748
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    A grand Monterey Colonial Estate built by legendary architect Reginald Johnson in 1927 for his parents. This stately 6 bed, 7 bath residence near the Huntington Library & Gardens features a large 25,570 sqft lot & a wonderful floor plan offering both formal & informal spaces. The welcoming entry leads to the living room with a fireplace & original wood paneled walls. A sun-filled loggia overlooks lushly landscaped grounds & a vast patio centered on a majestic olive tree. There is a beautiful pool/spa, built-in BBQ/bar, outdoor fireplace, several seating areas & a sport court. The guest/pool house has vaulted ceilings, a bath & kitchen. Inside the home, the custom kitchen opens to a breakfast area & intimate great room. A carrera marble island, custom cabinetry & high-end stainless appliances complete the kitchen. The formal dining room exudes charm with a fireplace & wainscoting. Off the living room there is a large, casual family room with a walk-in bar & adjacent office. A master suite & bath are also in this wing. There is a 2nd bed/bath, laundry & 2 powder rooms on the main level. Upstairs the sunlit master suite has a fireplace, marble bath & walk-in closet. Off the landing in a separate wing there are 3 additional bedrooms & a bath.

    Listed with Ted Clark CalDRE: 01074290, COMPASS


    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, 20 Feb 2019 06:41:00 +0000: $899,000 :: 590 N Sunnyslope Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,793 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,000 sq ft
    Added: 02/20/19, Last Updated: 02/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819000747
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Daisy Villa Home! Charming, single story gem located in the North East Pasadena. This home offers apx 1800 sq feet, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The spacious living room with comfy fireplace offers picture windows and built in bookshelves, plenty of built in shelves, cabinets and closets throughout this house. The open floor plan kitchen connects to dining room and overlooking the mature landscape backyard. Updated kitchen with appliances, updated bathroom, cooper plumbing, HVAC, partial updated electrical system, plus a tankless water heater. You will find beautiful hardwood flooring and abundance of natural sunlight throughout this character home. Daisy Villa is well known for its close proximity to Whole Food Market, Starbucks, Peet's coffee, Trader Joe's, Weekend Farmer's market, Parks and more. Mountain views!

    Listed with Monica Hsu CalDRE: 01878067, Deasy Penner Podley


    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, 20 Feb 2019 06:14:00 +0000: $1,124,000 :: 775 Hastings Ranch Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,676 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,649 sq ft
    Added: 02/20/19, Last Updated: 02/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19037996
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    3bd/2ba mid-century home in Lower Hastings. Huge lot- Perfect for gardens and entertaining. This was the model home for all of Lower Hastings Ranch. Original owners/family. First time on market. Formal dining area, glass doors look out to the patio and pool. 2 car garage with laundry. Mountain Views. Incredible 14,656 lot. The assessor indicates 2bd. Bonus room has closet, doors, windows, ventilation and currently used as den.

    Listed with Kevin Wheeler CalDRE: 01994525, Century 21 Village 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, 19 Feb 2019 23:44:00 +0000: $988,000 :: 3360 Thorndale Road, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,598 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,657 sq ft
    Added: 02/19/19, Last Updated: 02/19/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19038473
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Newly remodeled single story house sits in convenience location in City of Pasadena. Close to PCC, Caltech, wholefood super market, shopping mall, and restaurants. The house features new landscaping, swimming pool, open floor plan, new flooring, new interior exterior painting, remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances, remodeled bathroom etc. It is ready to move in either for you or your future tenant.

    Listed with Haipeng Liu CalDRE: 01971192, IRN 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, 19 Feb 2019 23:44:00 +0000: $1,988,000 :: 831 S El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,337 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,939 sq ft
    Added: 02/19/19, Last Updated: 02/19/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819000745
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This beautiful, unspoiled Craftsman was built in 1915 by master builder H. O. Clarke who built more than 20 homes in Pasadena during the Arts & Crafts Era. The first owner was a retired architect builder from Cincinnati, OH where he was responsible for hundreds of structures, and most likely designed this one. (Original plans are available.) Among its features are a gracious front porch, large public rooms, 4 BR's and Office or 5th BR, 3.5 Baths, mature trees and plantings, Pool, Firepit, half bath attached to garage, and patios. This light-filled home has natural wood windows and French doors in the Living Rm with tile fireplace, and Formal Dining Rm with grand built-in buffet. The main floor ensuite bedroom has an outside entrance. The handsome wood staircase has a built-in window seat at the mid-landing. This wonderful property in Madison Heights neighborhood presents an amazing opportunity for someone to remodel or expand and make it their own. The City of Pasadena has determined that the Schuberth House is a contributor to a potential Madison Heights Landmark District.

    Listed with Judy Rubin CalDRE: 00978364, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company


    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, 19 Feb 2019 23:36:00 +0000: $3,190,000 :: 530 Drake Road, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,655 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,234 sq ft
    Added: 08/22/18, Last Updated: 02/19/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18206610
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/19/2019 by 5%
    Status: Active


    Contemporary style with newer construction built in 2017 by Sunny Construction. Located in the desirable lower rancho area. This custom modern home offers 4 bed 4.5 bath with sky lights & large windows. Upon entry, you’re greeted with intricate custom wood details, high ceilings, & formal dining & living room. Perfectly located for maximum light the stylish & sophisticated office offers custom unique style. Every detail was carefully selected with custom material from the marble floors to the individually pieced mosaic tiles in the bathrooms, and the luxurious lighting fixtures. The main kitchen is a dream for the culinary enthusiast that includes a huge, modern quartz island, custom cabinetry, and high-end kitchen appliances. Beyond the spacious kitchen, is a family room filled with light from sky lights & large double French doors that open to the private backyard. The first floor features 2 suites with bathrooms & laundry room. The second floor leads to the grand master suite that includes, master bath with an English tub & a large walk-in closet. Across the hallway is the fourth bedroom suite with walk-in closet. Central vacuum & ½ guest bath near entry way. This property resides near award-winning schools, & easy access Arcadia shopping, making it a perfect luxury home for any family!

    Listed with Jenny Ma CalDRE: 01882851, Long Dragon Realty Group, 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/!


  • Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:36:00 +0000: $1,220,000 :: 1519 Mayflower Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,212 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,331 sq ft
    Added: 07/24/18, Last Updated: 02/19/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18178321
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/19/2019 by 12%
    Status: Active


    ***Good Location!***Location!***Location!.....*** Living room with fireplace... Formal dining area with wainscoting... Open kitchen with granite countertops, center island, secretarial desk, pantry, and many cabinets for storage... Spacious family room with breakfast area, ceiling fan and sliding glass door to the backyard...All bedrooms with ceiling fan and plantation shutters...Indoor laundry room....Hardwood floors under the carpet throughout except in the family room...Dual pane windows & recessed lighting... Central air conditioning and heat system...Large and easy to maintain backyard with lots of potential has patio, vegetable garden, lawn, and mature fruit trees (grapefruit, tangerine, orange, Asian, pear, peach, apricot, fig, olive, grape).....Storage shed in the backyard..

    Listed with Henry Liu CalDRE: 01378289, Coldwell Banker Dynasty Arc.


    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, 19 Feb 2019 22:30:00 +0000: $895,000 :: 761 Boylston Street, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,165 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,764 sq ft
    Added: 02/19/19, Last Updated: 02/19/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS19001843
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    BRAND NEW construction single family home. This home features 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Entry doors are 42" wide. Open floor plan from the spacious Kitchen, Dining room, to living room, living room has beautiful ceiling fan with ceiling fan capable in all bedrooms. Kitchen features 5 burner freestanding oven range, custom built cabinets with quartz counter tops, extra strong exhaust fan to prepare those delicious meals without getting smoked out. Entire home has unbelieveably 10 feet high ceilings with beautiful crown mouldings. Kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room have tile floors. All interior bedroom doors are 8' tall, 2 bathroom doors 32" wide, 1 bathroom door 36" wide for wheelchair access. Home also features a large family room or can be used as office, play room with it's own entry. Separate Laundry room. Exterior of home is siding for that rustic old fashion type look, tile roof, and very low water and maintenance yard. Can park 2 cars in garage and 2 cars outside. Must SEE this home for all the extra amenities.

    Listed with JASON TUEY CalDRE: 01932050, KIM TUEY, REAL ESTATE BROKER


    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, 19 Feb 2019 21:38:00 +0000: $899,000 :: 420 Northcliff Road, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,401 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
    Added: 12/07/18, Last Updated: 02/19/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818005787
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Nestled in the sought after area just north of San Marino, at the end of a quiet, treelined street, this exquisite Cape Cod inspired home boasts elegant, formal living spaces, providing a seamless transition b/w indoor & outdoor living. North-facing w/ large picture windows w/ spectacular views of the San Gabriel Mountains, this home provides an abundance of natural light. Quality craftsmanship & detailed design define the interiors, exuding warmth & character, from the charming fireplace, built-in bookshelves & crown molding in the formal living room to gorgeous wainscoting in the dining room. Carefully maintained & updated w/ beautiful hardwood floors throughout, this brilliantly laid-out home includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms - 1 en suite - & a comfortable family room w/ built-in entertainment center cabinetry. Just off the kitchen is a newly designed mud room, complete w/ built-in pantry, bench, & laundry area w/ updated washer & dryer. The light-filled, breakfast nook & kitchen w/ gorgeous streamlined cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops & subway tile backsplash flow easily b/w the dining & family rooms, providing easy access to the gated backyard & outdoor pergola equipped w/ built-in misters, perfect for dining & entertaining.

    Listed with Michael Maloney CalDRE: 01216091, Keller Williams 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, 19 Feb 2019 20:57:00 +0000: $909,900 :: 2849 DOOLITTLE Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,926 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,497 sq ft
    Added: 12/06/18, Last Updated: 02/19/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 18414414
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/19/2019 by 4%
    Status: Active


    REDUCED AGAIN, READY FOR AN IMMEDIATE SALE!!!! Newer 2005 construction in Arcadia at a bargain basement price!!! Previously listed at $1,290,000. Over sized five bedroom and four bathroom home featuring nearly 3,000 square feet of living space. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, one master suite is located downstairs and four bedrooms are located on the second floor. Property is occupied, is being sold sight unseen and will NOT be delivered vacant at the close of escrow. Agents and buyers please see private remarks for offer presentation instructions. Drive by only, do NOT disturb occupants!

    Listed with Cesar Reinoso CalDRE: 01117316, Reinoso Properties


    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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