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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 Jun 2018 00:27:00 +0000: $1,390,000 :: 1493 Scenic Drive, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,782 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,290 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS18145970
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Nestled in the highly sought after Linda Vista neighborhood of Pasadena, this home is just minutes away from the Rose Bowl & Brookside Golf Course. 180 degree views from 14 bright and airy windows in the upstairs master, enable you to watch fireworks or enjoy music from the Rosebowl concerts, or to simply enjoy over-looking your pool! Two massive walk in closets for the stylish, along with jetted shower and bathtub, this is home ideal for those who can appreciate comfort and peace with local convenience and accessibility. Two pool-adjacent downstairs bedrooms provide oasis-like environments for guests, in-laws quarters, or even tenants. Every inch of the home is enveloped in revitalizing light, there is no truer example of Southern California / Pasadena living and lifestyle. A fully permitted/finished basement and a commercial-grade garage lift make this home extremely unique! Pasadena occupancy permit in hand, this home is ready for your memories!

    Listed with REH 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, 20 Jun 2018 00:19:00 +0000: $1,050,000 :: 2355 Brigden, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,884 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,734 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SW18146070
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Quintessential Pasadena living! This beautiful Traditional-style home is located on Brigden Road, an official oak tree-lined Roseway in coveted Bridgen Ranch - one of the safest & most desired neighborhoods in Pasadena. The rose-lined driveway & picturesque mountain views invite you to a private oasis boasting a large lot, an entertainer’s floorplan and 600 square feet of unattached bonus space bringing overall square footage to 2,484. The sun-filled floorplan thoughtfully separates sleeping & living spaces & includes beautiful hardwood floors & two fireplaces. The home also includes an updated kitchen with a new stainless-steel appliances, three generous-sized bedrooms & three newly tiled bathrooms. This stunning home continues to impress as you enjoy the outdoors, the most important living space for Californians. With ample space to relax, dine, work & play, this lot delivers. From a full-sized sport court to mature landscaping including fruiting orange, apricot, lemon and fig trees, the backyard is incredibly spacious & accommodating. The two-car garage & adjoining bonus room offer large, air-conditioned, fully finished additional spaces to support a California room, home offices, a craft room, workout space, a recreation room or overflow accommodations for visiting guests. This move-in-ready Pasadena gem is truly special, walkable to many conveniences including a farmer’s market, movies in the park & community events including Rose Parade float viewing & much more.

    Listed with ERA Donahoe 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, 20 Jun 2018 00:19:00 +0000: $949,000 :: 1000 North CHESTER Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,325 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,514 sq ft
    Added: 06/12/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 18354148
    Community: Pasadena NE (646)
    Status: Active


    Located in the highly sought after neighborhood of Bungalow Heaven, this house is a stunner. It is situated on a beautiful, tree lined street. Clean and bright with lots of natural light, this impeccably updated mid-century home is waiting for you. Hardwood floors, crown moldings, brick fireplace, and original wood framed windows add to the charm. Remodeled kitchen has solid surface counter tops, Italian tile flooring, stainless Bertazzoni gas range, and opens to a gorgeous enclosed patio perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. Master bath has separate shower and tub and newer sink vanity and tile floor. Jack and Jill bathroom was added in 2011 and has beautiful glass tile tub surround. The landscape features mature fruit trees, grape vines, raised beds, and drought-tolerant native plants. Bonus room is attached to the two-car garage and offers extra storage. Most plumbing and electrical upgraded in 2011. First showing Sunday, June 17, 2018 2-5. Please email or text agent.

    Listed with Keller Williams Rlty Brentwood


    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 Jun 2018 00:09:00 +0000: $1,075,000 :: 3957 Oakdale Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,716 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,003 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR18146061
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Best value in Pasadena! This charming move-in ready home is located in the highly desirable neighborhood of Michillinda. Currently priced significantly below all recent comparable sales. Newly remodeled 4 bed, 3 bath, new engineered wood flooring, new kitchen with Quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances and beautiful backsplash. This home also features brand new bathrooms, water heater, 200-amp electrical panel, new roof, and recessed lighting throughout. Upon entering the single-level property, you will enjoy an open layout perfect for entertaining and family time. With just over a quarter acre of land, the property offers the owner an incredible opportunity to build out their dream yard. In addition, the property has a separate workshop on site in the back of the house, this one won't last!

    Listed with Keller Williams Encino-Sherman


    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 Jun 2018 23:41:00 +0000: $989,000 :: 1195 Hastings Ranch Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,492 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,958 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PW18144593
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Welcome to Upper Hastings Ranch a sought after community in Pasadena. This Mid Century Modern single story home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and boasts pristine interiors that showcase elegant and modern living areas ideal for family comfort and entertaining guests. Chef’s kitchen stuns with dramatic Turkish Arabescus White Marble counters, custom cabinets with self closers, wine bars, over-sized island, and Kitchcenaid appliances. Home is adorned with modern technological features you can appreciate. Master Suite has his and hers closets, both bathrooms are highly remodeled with modern European style. Additional upgrades includes, new flooring, LED light fixtures throughout including recessed lights, new HVAC unit, stone details throughout, freshly painted interior and exterior, epoxy coating in garage, new doors. Outdoor highlights include large pool, patio, newly installed fences, upgraded landscaping and an ideal area for family barbeque. Highly desirable location and has near by schools, golf course, parks and shopping. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity on a truly one of a kind home.

    Listed with Lifetime 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/!


  • Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:05:00 +0000: $3,180,000 :: 306 Santa Cruz, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,569 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,591 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18146230
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Exquisite custom build house located at prime Arcadia Garden area. This custom designed home covers an impressive 4,569 SF of living space in an intelligent floor plan consisting of 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Designed with amazing architectural details throughout the house .Feature includes a dramatic entry ,a custom-wood paneled library. The gourmet kitchen includes marble counter tops with high-end appliance. A well designed theater,one luxury en-suite downstairs and separate laundry room complete the main floor. The master bedroom with an walk-in closet, extravagantly appointed bathroom. Close to everything, Shopping Mall, Restaurants, entertainment and award winning Arcadia school district.

    Listed with Re/Max 888


    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 Jun 2018 21:04:00 +0000: $1,188,000 :: 1088 El Sur Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,344 sq ft
    Lot Size: 17,230 sq ft
    Added: 06/15/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18145897
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    GREAT for Investors, Developers, Remodelers or Homeowner who wants to build a custom estate. BEST PRICE for A HUGE LOT! Lot Size: 17,231 Sq.Ft. Lot Dimensions: 84'X205'. Quiet Neighborhood, privately gated residence with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, family room, kitchen with breakfast area, laundry room, sunroom, storage room, and pool. The unpermitted guest house has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and kitchen. Lots of fruit trees: Apricot, Avocado, Fig, Grapes, Guava, Jujube, Kumquat, Lemon, Loquat, Mulberry, Orange, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Magnolia (Bai Yu Lan) Moringa (La Mu), Citron Tree (Xiang Chun), vegetable garden and Flowering Shrubs and Trees. HURRY, THIS AMAZING DEAL WON'T LAST!

    Listed with Admac Real Estate & Dev. 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 Jun 2018 21:03:00 +0000: $6,698,000 :: 2168 Adair Street, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,649 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,615 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18145702
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    Experience this Absolutely Stunning Monterey Colonial estate of unparalleled quality in the heart of San Marino. Nestled a few blocks from downtown, along a majestic tree lined street, one realizes the true perfection the designer has created. Flowing handset paver stones guide you along your tranquil front yard with lush foliage & flowers. The breathtaking facade with grand scale balcony and windows offers a classic nostalgic appearance. Cascading arched entryway with hand-painted rotunda is breathtaking. A wrought iron sculptured stairwell frames the entry with marble steps. Relax in the formal living room with fireplace, French doors, and views of the beautiful water feature. Pass through automatic pocket doors, to the chefs master wolf range kitchen. Descending downstairs to a basement with home gym, dry sauna & wine tasting room, and an acoustically perfect dream theater awaits you. The romantic upstairs master suite is accessed via private elevator or glamorous staircase highlighted by chandelier & custom skylight. French doors overlook the pool. Relax in the master bath with rain shower & oversized tub. Two additional upstairs well-appointed en-suites offer majestic mountain views and a fully appointed suite on the main level. Pergola offers just the right amount of sunlight near sparking pool, BBQ and bar. Dine alfresco every evening. This property sets the standard with walking proximity to top tier schools, shops and restaurants. Come experience luxury at its best.

    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/!


  • Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:02:00 +0000: $993,000 :: 3745 Landfair Road, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,571 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,309 sq ft
    Added: 05/24/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18145218
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Lovely remodeled home in Lower Hastings Ranch. 1,571 square feet of living space with updated bathrooms and kitchen, newer windows, shutters and wood floors throughout. Three bedrooms, two baths, with an open kitchen living room and family room environment, situated on a large 12,300+ square foot lot. A dual fireplace separates the living room and family room. The expansive backyard includes a 2-car detached garage and plenty of additional parking that can accommodate an RV or boat. Close to hiking trails, shopping centers and schools.

    Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeService


    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 Jun 2018 20:58:00 +0000: $925,000 :: 1070 Medford Road, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,380 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,296 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818002984
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Other
    Status: Active


    Gorgeous Upper Hastings Ranch single level home, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, beautiful hardwood floors, new carpet in spacious bedrooms with ample closet space. Family room features a gas fireplace for cozy evenings. Entertaining backyard with sparkling pool and BBQ as well as a large patio for friends and family to gather. Updated kitchen with granite counters and upgraded cabinets. Full laundry room conveniently located off of the kitchen. Move right in and enjoy your new home! Close proximity to parks, schools, Eaton Canyon golf course, hiking trails, dining, public transportation and Old Town Pasadena.

    Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


    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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