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Broker Home Tour – May 22, 2014

Broker Home Tour – May 22, 2014

56 homes for sale on the broker tour for Pasadena Foothill Association this week.  Another low week of inventory.  However, there were houses in every price point that are really great buys.  I’ll highlight them below for you .  In the meantime, some observations:

5 out of 12 homes that I saw were not hosted by their listing agent.  They were what we would refer in the industry as being “on lockbox”.  This means that we have to use a special key to open the lockbox and preview the house.

Honestly, I find it a bit disturbing.  The point of broker tour is to showcase new listings to as many real estate agents as possible so that they can, in turn, share information and feedback on the homes with the homebuyers that they’re working with.

One of the most critical aspects of marketing a property is to ensure that it is presented in the best light to the real estate community.  A broker tour allows the listing agent representing the seller to show the property, answer any questions and gather feedback from other brokers to share with his or her client.

When a property is unattended by the agent, it almost feels like a stepchild, unloved and abandoned.  I strongly recommend to the sellers that when they interview agents, they ask whether or not they will host an open house for brokers.  Who else can sell the property better than the Realtor® hired by the owner?

The other item that was very apparent today was that there were several new homes listed by agents outside of our Multiple Listing Service which were not on our Broker Tour list at all.  What a disappointment!  Another question to ask your real estate agent – are you part of the LOCAL Multiple Listing Service?  And, if not, make sure to have them contact the MLS office and add your listing to the list.

Okay… enough of the commentary here.  My picks from today’s tour.

South Pasadena – Million Dollar Listing

2036 Le Droit Drive
Beautiful home inside and out – think Martha Stewart perfect.  Light and bright and oozes with character.  It is on a busy corner of Garfield and Le Droit with most of the land on the side of Garfield or in the front.  Nice patio area in the back.  Great price of $1,075,000 for a 3 bedroom and 2.5 baths.

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This home will sell fast, but if it’s still available, you’ll be able to see the information below:

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Pasadena Under $600,000

780 N Martelo
This one gets the cutest home and the pretties street award!  At $559,000, it really doesn’t get any better than this charming 3 bedrooms and 1 bath home in one of the best neighborhoods of Pasadena – not too far from my Paloma listing.  Move in ready on a small lot, but what a deal.  Fruit trees, newer roof, irrigation system and piping, central a/d and heating, electrical and fencing makes this a home not to be missed.  California living at a great price.  Absolutely loved it!!!

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Detailed property information is listed below if home is still available for sale:

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Altadena Under $500,000

565 Alberta Street
I really like Alberta Street.  In my opinion, it’s an up and coming pocket of Altadena where homes are being purchased, rehabbed and enjoyed by young professionals and families.  This home is no exception.  Totally redone and ready for move in.  It has a great layout, a beautiful deck and a nice back yard.  Everything is brand spanking new in this 3 bedroom and 1 bath traditional.  You have to see it to appreciate it.  Priced at an incredible $499,000

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For more information, if still available for sale, see below:

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Irina Netchaev is the founder and managing real estate broker of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Irina can be reached at 626-629-8439 and is available to help with home sales and purchases in the Greater Pasadena area.

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