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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.

  • Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:54:00 +0000: $1,990,000 :: 1422 S 10TH Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,301 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,311 sq ft
    Added: 09/21/19, Last Updated: 09/21/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 19513370
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This is a beautiful 5 bed 4 and 1/2 bath Arcadia home, located in one of the most sought after areas of Southern California. You might want to start sending Holiday invitations now, since everyone is going to want to come and enjoy your wonderful new home. The home has an excellent flow throughout and boast new lighting fixtures, new flooring, two master bedrooms, a summer kitchen, custom BBQ island, and solar panels that are paid for and will greatly help in decreasing your energy bill. This home has a private security gate, circular driveway, and a security camera system as well. There's no need to preview this home. See you in escrow.

    Listed with Mark Alba CalDRE: 01139617, Alba 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/!


  • Sat, 21 Sep 2019 13:55:00 +0000: $2,368,800 :: 75 Monterey Road, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    9 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,402 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,962 sq ft
    Added: 08/29/19, Last Updated: 09/21/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR19207575
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/21/2019 by 5%
    Status: Active


    View! View! view! Panoramic views in this beautifully maintained Craftsman home. Lowest $/sq ft! Located in a prestigious neighborhood in the sought after South Pasadena School District. Sitting on an 11,961 sq ft lot, with 5,402 sq ft living footage, this property was totally renovated, updated with electrical, sewer, copper plumbing, newer roof, plus double pane windows. Central air cooling and heating. New interior and exterior paint. Updated kitchens with Quartz countertops. Downstairs has two units with total 4 bedrooms and two baths. Upstairs has two units with total 5 bedrooms and two baths. This fourplex offer many options. Savvy buyer can live in 1 or 2 units and rent the rest units, or make this a multi-generations home for a large family, or make this Air BNB. Spectacular views from almost every room. Enjoy peaceful sunrise and sunset from the private patio. 180 degree unobstructed views of Pasadena including historic Colorado Bridge & Hotel Vista del Arroyo, July 4th and Rose Bowl Fireworks, LA City, also canyon and mountain views. Minutes to DTLA and Old Pasadena. This peaceful home, with its stunning views, its outstanding public schools, can be your dream home.

    Listed with Yuhong Li CalDRE: 01442929, Homeridge 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/!


  • Sat, 21 Sep 2019 13:55:00 +0000: $2,499,000 :: 2335 KINCLAIR Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,757 sq ft
    Lot Size: 27,962 sq ft
    Added: 07/20/19, Last Updated: 09/21/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 19491290
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last increased on 9/21/2019 by 8%
    Status: Active


    Short Sale. Charming home in Prestigious, gated Kinneloa Ridge Canyon are, with a views of Catalina Island Lavish architectural spectacular courtyard. Elegant entrance that has unique glass & wrought iron work doors & the gorgeous curved staircase. Venetian plaster, high ceilings, custom, cherry-finish cabinets! Marble, granite grace many areas, complementing gorgeous color palette! large kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, center island & casual dining. family, living. Very flexible floor plan 2 master suites, 2 more BR suites plus library/ 5th BR.Extensive master offers spacious BR, superb bath with 2 sinks, vanity, jetted tub & walk-in shower, walking clostet. private back yard with a fruit trees.

    Listed with Shoghik Schifberg CalDRE: 01271667, Pinnacle Estate 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/!


  • Sat, 21 Sep 2019 07:14:00 +0000: $3,680,000 :: 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: 18,605 sq ft
    Added: 09/20/19, Last Updated: 09/21/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19225482
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Location, Location, Location! This South-facing French Manor shows almost like a New Home, It was resided in Arcadia’s premier Baldwin Stocker School Area and was designed by Robert Tong and constructed with the highest quality of materials and the finest amenities. This impressive gated estate with axtra large circle drive that leads Guests 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, 7.5 baths home consists of a formal Living Room, Dining Room, Maple Wood Panel Library, Home Theater w/ Blu-Ray & Surround Sound System, Gourmet Kitchen, extra 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 luxury Suites, & a Loft Area. Extensive use of Crystal Chandeliers, Marble, Hardwood Floors, and professional Phone System, 8 Night Vision Cameras, Inter-Com, iPod/iPhone Integration, and Home Automation Ready features. Awards winning Arcadia Schools. Definitely plenty of room for Swimming Pool and built-in BBQ Setting for Entertainments.

    Listed with Maggie Ly CalDRE: 01385106, 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/!


  • Sat, 21 Sep 2019 06:40:00 +0000: $1,338,000 :: 948 Kingsley Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,839 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,241 sq ft
    Added: 09/20/19, Last Updated: 09/21/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19225448
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This elegant single story Ranch style home shows like a new home located in the "Santa Anita Village" Area. With complete private setting and modern amenities, this home was completely renovated in 2013 and has been lovingly maintained and cared. It features 3 bedrooms, 2 Baths, and 2-car Garage with Living Area of ~1,839sf (taped) and large Lot of ~10,240sf which allow future expansion. This beautiful home greets you with a lovely Porch and Entrance lead guests to a formal Living Room w/ Marble Fireplace, formal Dining Room directly connects to Kitchen, Chef’s Gourmet Kitchen with all contemporary Style Cabinets, Cesarstone Countertops, Center Island, and Stainless Steel Appliances. The large Master Suite with double doors entrance, custom Fireplace, Dual Closets, Luxury Bathroom Setting, and private access to the Backyard. The other side of the home has 2 generous size of Bedrooms sharing a newly updated Bathroom with both Bath Tub and Shower. The Laundry Room is right next to Kitchen which allowing all house chores to be completed while cooking for family. Very excellent flow of Floor Plan and easy access to the beautiful Backyard with many fruit trees to allow living in comfort and entertaining in style. Many new amenities updated in 2013 such as new Windows, new Electrical fixtures, Copper plumbing, Tankless Water Heater, Recess Lights, and Canadian Maple Flooring throughout. The Pride of ownership and Arcadia Award Winning School.

    Listed with Maggie Ly CalDRE: 01385106, 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/!


  • Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:01:00 +0000: $1,650,000 :: 1302 El Cerrito Circle, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,386 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,131 sq ft
    Added: 09/20/19, Last Updated: 09/21/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SB19225427
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    Status: Active


    This unique two-story Spanish Revival home has been exquisitely renovated and is situated on a lovely cul-de-sac with lush landscaped grounds. Grand step-down living room features impressive arches, hand painted wood beamed ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, and built-in cabinetry. Gracious formal dining room leads to beautifully appointed kitchen, with Thermador range/hood, Thermador dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator, granite countertops, custom cabinetry, generous pantry, and cozy nook. Charming master bedroom and full bathroom on upper level, three ample bedrooms, full bathroom, laundry room and exercise room on lower level. Elegant touches abound, including refinished hardwood floors, beautiful stained glass windows, ornate light fixtures, and intricate wood carved screens in living room/dining room & master bedroom. Secluded backyard features partially covered wood deck, mature trees, and two-level concrete pad with built-in basketball court. Convenient to highly acclaimed South Pasadena schools and just minutes from charming Mission Street district.

    Listed with Steve Johnson CalDRE: 01708332, Keller Williams Beach Cities


    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, 20 Sep 2019 18:58:00 +0000: $1,348,000 :: 300 Oxford Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,445 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,898 sq ft
    Added: 07/25/19, Last Updated: 09/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS19175116
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/20/2019 by 4%
    Status: Active


    Huge price reduction, act quickly before it's gone. Located in the most popular north Arcadia College Street area, this ranch style charm is awaiting in a peaceful neighborhood for the new owner. With the prestigious Arcadia Schools district, it brings characters, quality, space and convenience to start a new life. It features 3 bedroom 3 bathroom 2445 sqft living size including a spacious master bedroom, a formal dining room and a huge open kitchen. There had been tremendous upgrades done by the previous owner such as new copper pipe, new travertine flooring throughout except the bedrooms, new electrical panel, Crystal hardware throughout interior doors, new light fixtures, new paint inside, new paint on the kitchen cabinets, some new crown moldings, some new cabinets & sink, granite, faucets in powder room. Some new gas line inside. New insulated garage door. New landscaping includes some new pavers to garage, sprinklers, timers & valves. Enjoy a fresh breeze in the beautiful backyard and a sparkling pool along with the patio and barbecue area. It’s perfect for relaxation & entertainment. Professionally landscaped lawn with luxuriant grass & trees around. Two car garage & multiple car parking space. Conveniently located near parks, public transportation, schools, Westfield shopping mall and Santa Anita Race Track. So much more. Don’t lose this opportunity to own & create your dream home!

    Listed with RHEA BAI CalDRE: 01360246, 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/!


  • Fri, 20 Sep 2019 17:35:00 +0000: $2,090,000 :: 1910 Sycamore Drive, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,652 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,059 sq ft
    Added: 09/20/19, Last Updated: 09/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR19223090
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    This single-level traditional style home is situated in the highly sought after and prestigious city of San Marino! Set on a large lot, this 3 bedroom and 3 bath, 2,652sqft home exudes pride of ownership throughout. All windows were all recently upgraded to Marshall Windows, almost the entire house was completely renovated in 2005 including electrical wiring AND plumbing! Only one bathroom was left as an original; per the sellers preference. The meticulously-maintained front yard includes trees and the backyard showcases pristine mature landscaping with a pool, which inspires serene relaxation and/or private entertaining. Detached garage with 2 car spaces. San Marino Award Winning School District! *** More photos will be added on soon!***

    Listed with Heidi Mao CalDRE: 01007529, Keller Williams Signature


    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, 20 Sep 2019 17:33:00 +0000: $899,900 :: 2816 E Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,015 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
    Added: 09/20/19, Last Updated: 09/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819004411
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Other
    Status: Active


    Come find this lovely example of a post war home in scenic Pasadena! When living here you get to start each day by looking up at the stunning San Gabriel Mountains and beautiful surroundings. Further, this homes offer three large bedrooms, two full bathrooms and was expanded and thoroughly updated by the current owners since they originally purchased the home. With a comfortable and functional floor plan, large two car detached garage, beautifully manicured landscaping and all the modern amenities that anyone could want you will quickly realize that this is the home that you have been looking for!! Come get your slice of Pasadena before it is gone...

    Listed with Matthew Helganz CalDRE: 01435250, Meridian Capital 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, 20 Sep 2019 17:27:00 +0000: $2,250,000 :: 59 W La Sierra Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,305 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,251 sq ft
    Added: 08/02/19, Last Updated: 09/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19183948
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/20/2019 by 1%
    Status: Active


    Stunning South Facing Newer Construction in the heart of Arcadia, West of Santa Anita. This gorgeous property sits on a gracious lot size of over 13,000 Square Feet with over 4300 Square Feet of livable square footage. As you make your way to the property past the beautiful mature trees, you are greeted with a double door entry and a foyer with high ceilings and tons of natural light. There are Two Bedrooms on the main floor with an adjoining Bathroom. Larger Bedroom has French doors that open up to small patio. The formal living room is spacious and also has high cathedral ceilings as well as a marble fireplace. The great room, with eat-in kitchen, bar area as well as the spacious family room are all perfect for entertaining guests or for large family gatherings during the holidays. The family room opens up to the covered patio area and built in Barbecue with fridge as well as the private Pool and Spa with a rare detached pool house and 3/4 Bath. Upstairs you will find 3 full Master Suites one of which is the Grand Master Suite with Large Bathroom with separate shower and spa tub, large walk-in closet as well as a large balcony overlooking the gorgeous backyard and Mountain Views. Other features of this gorgeous property consist of central vacuum system, built-in sound system and an attached 3 Car Garage. A truly exceptional property with endless entertaining. Fine dining, shopping and highly distinguished Arcadia schools nearby.

    Listed with Ash Rizk CalDRE: 01503342, 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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