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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?

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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.

  • Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:46:00 +0000: $1,180,000 :: 1119 Windsor, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,201 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,209 sq ft
    Added: 12/14/18, Last Updated: 12/14/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV18291937
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    Status: Active


    This home is in the very sought after area of South Pasadena. The neighborhood where movies and shows are on shoot so forgive the trucks, staging and lights if you happen to be in the area. Down the streets are the South Pasadena Public Library, Metro Gold Line station, weekly Farmer's Market, little boutique shops and restaurants. This Craftsman style home still has good bones along a tree lined street. This once was a beautiful home, so we are looking for someone to bring back that old charm and character. There is a huge attic space for a buyer who wants to add more square footage. Bring your vision and handyman to make this your forever home. The seller has started some repairs but can't do it no more, so now the new owner gets to make it their own and reap the benefits.

    Listed with PAUL LUNA CalDRE: 01181304, Luna 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/!


  • Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:57:00 +0000: $1,799,000 :: 1335 Carnarvon Drive, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,742 sq ft
    Lot Size: 22,215 sq ft
    Added: 09/29/18, Last Updated: 12/14/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818004801
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/14/2018 by 3%
    Status: Active


    Set inside an intimate enclave in the Pegfair Estates Historic District area of Linda Vista, this contemporary residence all on a single level boasts an open floorplan with large rooms and a private location at the end of a cul-de-sac. Built by architect John Corey (still in practice), the double door entry opens to a foyer that leads to the spacious living room with fireplace and library/den. On the other side of the foyer, the dining room and kitchen with breakfast nook overlooks the outdoor covered patio terrace with wall-to-wall sliding glass doors. Convenient, indoor laundry room with sink and 2-car direct access garage with lots of storage, separate workshop room, and a long driveway. Newer copper re-pipe and ac, lots of storage closets and cabinets throughout. Ample parking on property and on the cul-de-sac street. Close to ArtCenter College of Design, Brookside Golf & Country Club, and minutes away from numerous shopping, recreation, and dining destinations.

    Listed with Michael Bell CalDRE: 01164731, 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/!


  • Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:57:00 +0000: $4,925,000 :: 110 W La Sierra Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 9 baths
    Home size: 9,688 sq ft
    Lot Size: 15,995 sq ft
    Added: 08/18/18, Last Updated: 12/14/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18201493
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/14/2018 by 1%
    Status: Active


    This is a one-of-kind New Built Home located centrally on a serene street in Arcadia only one block from Arcadia High School. The most unique feature of this house is the Open Ceiling Basement masterfully constructed that will satisfy all your entertainment needs. Spanning almost 2000sf, the basement has a lounge, bar, movie theatre, wine cellar with a humidor, outside patio, bathroom, sauna, massage room and elevator access to the first floor and top floor. The main kitchen features a premium Wolf range and Subzero refrigerator. The separate wok kitchen also includes built-in draw refrigerators for convenience and elegance. This home was designed for comfort and function, built with opulence, and featured to represent a luxurious contemporary style of living.

    Listed with Gary Wat CalDRE: 01968039, The Agency


    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/!


  • Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:37:00 +0000: $1,550,000 :: 625 W Foothill Boulevard, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,032 sq ft
    Lot Size: 20,002 sq ft
    Added: 12/14/18, Last Updated: 12/14/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18289681
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Must see remodeled single story home on a flat 20,003 sq. ft lot (100x200) in the prestigious Santa Anita Oaks area of Arcadia. This gracious executive home with an elevated front lawn and circular driveway, tucked away from main street and secluded by impressive landscaping and mature trees, feels removed from the everyday hustle and bustle of the city yet enjoys a close proximity to businesses, shopping and entertainment. Offering 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, the cozy entryway opens to a entertaining size living room with a fireplace and beautiful views overlooking the pool and mountains. There’s also a formal dining area, a recently remodeled kitchen with granite counters, newer appliances and beautiful cabinets, a spacious breakfast nook, a master bedroom with backyard views. An additional 2 bedrooms share a full bath. Other features include hardwood floors under carpet throughout, updated electrical and copper plumbing, base and crown molding, recessed lighting, designer wallpaper, built-in cabinetry, newer roof installed in 2012, expansive rear yard featuring a large sparkling pool with mountain views, a pool house with half bath, covered patio, manicured grounds and gardens. There is a 2 car garage and ample storage area.This is an excellent opportunity to embrace the charm and character of an original home or build your own dream estate. The potential is unlimited for project-seekers, developers, and investors. A must see to appreciate property!.

    Listed with Pauline Cheng CalDRE: 00993691, 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/!


  • Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:17:00 +0000: $1,178,000 :: 120 N Sierra Bonita Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,780 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,193 sq ft
    Added: 12/03/18, Last Updated: 12/14/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS18283043
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/14/2018 by 2%
    Status: Active


    Location! Location! Location! This jewel is a must see. It has lots of character, Craftsman style construction and is located in Southeast Pasadena only a block away from Pasadena City College. The perfect home for a growing family. It is conveniently located near Metro Line, Regency Theaters, Restaurants, shops, Pasadena Playhouse, Norton Simon Museum, Huntington Library and Old Town. Fix it up or tear it down and build a new home.

    Listed with MARCOS NUNEZ CalDRE: 01312250, 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/!


  • Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:13:00 +0000: $3,988,000 :: 940 Singing Wood Drive, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 6,302 sq ft
    Lot Size: 25,208 sq ft
    Added: 12/13/18, Last Updated: 12/14/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18285358
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This gorgeous estate is located on one of the most beautiful streets in Arcadia’s premier Upper Rancho, featuring six suites with over 6,300 sqft of living space on a spacious 25,330 sqft lot. Extensively redesigned interiors accentuate the home’s original quality with luxurious updates that include beautiful flooring, modern kitchen and bathrooms, elegant moldings, art nooks, window seats, comprehensive security system, a California basement with wine cellar, and much more. Adjacent to the elegant formal dinning room is a wonderful chef’s kitchen, fantastic for entertaining, featuring all stainless steel appliances, double dishwashers and a sumptuous-sized island. Through the stately double french doors and spacious covered porch, you arrive at the very private backyard with lush landscaping and towering trees, lovely patios, delightful fountains and a sparkling pool--all the amenities of a luxury resort in your very own private backyard. Two of the six suits are located in a separate wing of the house, making it very private for in-laws or guests. The master suites in the separate wing have spacious balconies overlooking the inviting garden and pool. This fantastic estate, which offers a masterful blend of European elegance and Asian sensibilities, is priced to sell and is one you would love to call home.

    Listed with Dee Chou CalDRE: 01179524, 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/!


  • Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:02:00 +0000: $1,648,000 :: 2257 Lambert Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,208 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
    Added: 12/14/18, Last Updated: 12/14/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818005863
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    The Harvey W Hincks House, circa 1930. Wonderful Spanish Revival style home with enclosed, private entry courtyard featuring a babbling fountain. Beautiful vintage details abound, including magnasite floors in the foyer, mahogany hardwood floors and doors, stained glass windows and handpainted ceiling details. Sensitive updates by noted architect Doug Ewing include dual zone HVAC, plumbing and electric, foundation bolting and a custom garage door. The kitchen was recently remodeled to blend with the classic architecture, using mahogany cabinetry, quartz counters and back splash, and modern stainless steel appliances. The incredible gardens by Tanabe Design are the recipient of Pasadena's coveted Golden Arrow award. 4 bedrooms (including a first floor suite). The master suite has a private sundeck with mountain views. 4 bathrooms. Gracious family room with French doors leading to the private, fenced back yard. Sited on a stately street with other notable architectural gems.

    Listed with James Wilson CalDRE: 01401456, 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/!


  • Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:16:00 +0000: $3,480,000 :: 548 Gloria Road, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,037 sq ft
    Lot Size: 17,506 sq ft
    Added: 08/08/18, Last Updated: 12/13/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR18185277
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last increased on 12/13/2018 by 3%
    Status: Active


    Magnificent custom home in prestigious Santa Anita Oaks. Property is recently remodeled, exquisite details include a high-ceiling foyer with grand entry stairway, Crystal chandeliers, crown molding, three fireplaces, balconies and a private staircase to master bedroom. Inviting living room with a marble fireplace and display case. Formal dining room with bay windows and view to the front yard. High ceiling grand family room boasts a marble fireplace, wet bar, and French doors opening to the backyard. Adjoining the family room is the spacious kitchen with center island and breakfast area, views of the lush backyard, covered patio, gazebo, waterfall pool and spa. Three suites on ground floor (one currently used as office). Second floor consist of a grand master suite with retreat, double sided marble fireplace, balcony and huge master bath. Two additional en suites with their own bath, and a private balcony. Beautiful lush landscaped and many fruit trees. Gated circular driveway, waterfall fountain and four-car garage. 3+ year new solar panel system is owned. Close to Westfield Santa Anita shopping center, L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Santa Anita Park and easy in-and-out through Freeway 210. Home is ideal for the finest California entertaining and multi generation living. Great School, Great neighborhood.

    Listed with Wen Hung Huang CalDRE: 01921061, ReMax 2000 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/!


  • Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:47:00 +0000: $4,980,000 :: 1122 S Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 8,028 sq ft
    Lot Size: 23,056 sq ft
    Added: 10/01/18, Last Updated: 12/13/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS18239286
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/13/2018 by 15%
    Status: Active


    This custom built villa blends modern sophistication and timeless style while offering every amenity for classic Californian indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. This gorgeous 5 bedrooms + 6.5 baths traditional home privately set behind the hedges with circular driveway,. With over 8,000 sq ft of living space, it features thoughtfully designed layout with upgraded designer finishes, upscale lighting, and also elevator to all floors. Enter though an impressive entryway with magnificent double staircase, which adds an extra touch of elegance. To your left is the private office with matching custom built-in shelves. First floor features fabulous living room, oversized dining room, modern Chinese’s kitchen, and an exceptional Che’s kitchen with high-end appliances and center-island. Both formal and informal dining areas lend themselves to any type of soiree, whether a full dinner party or just a casual evening gathering. In addition to that, first floor also features an en-suite adjacent to home theatre, which equipped with latest tech and big screen. Upstairs has 4 exquisitely designed en-suite bedrooms including a romantic master suite with its own balcony, which overlooks the beautiful backyard with a large private swimming pool and a private tennis court. Master suite also features private office, his and her baths with huge walk-in closets and large sauna room. Spending an hour or two in your own private gym room or pool area is perfect suited for relaxing.

    Listed with GUANGRONG ZUO CalDRE: 01938898, RE/MAX PREMIER/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, 13 Dec 2018 11:39:00 +0000: $849,000 :: 2361 N Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,668 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,139 sq ft
    Added: 11/08/18, Last Updated: 12/13/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18269654
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    The price of this listing was last increased on 12/13/2018 by 6%
    Status: Active


    What unique great location, low traffic tucked neighborhood, mountain views, walks and hidden retreats, Close to JPL, Rose Bowl, Parks, Trails, Mountains & 210 Fwy, Entering into welcoming Foyer with stone tile floors enclosed in a granite border, to the left is the living room with fireplace & a corridor with 3 bedroom, all of which are bright and spacious, Master suite is end of the hallway and has its own Master bath & little retreat garden. There is a second bath & laundry area in the hall way. Straight from the entry is dining room with French doors to back yard pool, the tasteful kitchen is open to the dining room both have natural stone tile with granite inserts, right to entry is family room with wet bar & built in work desk area. Hard wood, natural stone floors all counter top are natural granite or marble. The Garage has been converted to Family room so the “Living” Sqft may not be accurate. There is also private access to block park, accessible only by direct neighbors

    Listed with Nizar Kailani CalDRE: 01272558, 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/!


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