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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.

  • Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:45:00 +0000: $2,699,000 :: 1975 Saint Albans Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,076 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
    Added: 11/20/19, Last Updated: 11/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819005297
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Welcome home to this gracious 4 BR/ 3 BA, Mediterranean-style home originally built in 1929 with 3,076 SF of living space. Situated on a corner-lot and has been tastefully remodeled to reflect modern conveniences with character and charm. The sun filled living room with lofty beamed ceiling, large picture window & original fireplace. French doors open to the rear patio outdoor fireplace to gather. A formal dining room flows into the updated kitchen w/ breakfast nook, Wolf stainless steel appliances, built-in custom storage and a patio to enjoy eating al-fresco under the trees. An additional office/BR makes a perfect guest room. Master bedroom with en-suite bath featuring spanish-style tiles, walk-in closets as well as 2 additional generous bedrooms. multiple patios offering perfect gathering spaces for entertaining and indoor/outdoor flow..Gaited driveway and a detached 3 car garage with recessed lighting storage and automatic car lift for additional parking. Gardner/art studio

    Listed with Colette Dornblum CalDRE: 01952165, 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 Nov 2019 11:33:00 +0000: $1,520,000 :: 1375 S San Gabriel Boulevard, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,524 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,455 sq ft
    Added: 11/20/19, Last Updated: 11/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819005296
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Behind a wall of mature shrubs lies this immaculate one story home that offers great privacy and modern living style. Over 10,486 sqft in lot size, this home features generous living spaces plus a separate and permitted guest house with its own living room, Japanese Tatami quarter and bath. It is simply gorgeous! This home has been lovingly maintained through years with great craftsmanship. Many built in features and cabinetry are offered. Fine amenities also including large bay windows, crown molding, fireplace, master suite, wall to wall pergola, automatic gate on extra wide driveway, California basement, plus an extra office space. Light filled and open floor layout on hardwood floor with easy access to outdoor.

    Listed with Jack Chang CalDRE: 01075478, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California 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/!


  • Wed, 20 Nov 2019 11:33:00 +0000: $2,995,000 :: 300 WIGMORE Drive, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    7 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,193 sq ft
    Lot Size: 21,097 sq ft
    Added: 11/19/19, Last Updated: 11/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 19529754
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Pleased to bring to market one of Pasadena's most desirable project homes, situated on a vast 21,098sf(+/-) lot and standing at a grand 5193sf(+/-). This 7 bed/6 bath home is the perfect starting point for families or developers to craft their dream home, and enjoy all the current amenities such as in-ground pool, fish pond, multiple balconies, parking for 8+ vehicles, and much much more. The new owner(s) will have the privilege of owning and developing a property that feels more like tranquil parkland than a typical home, while enjoying life in the beautiful city of Pasadena.

    Listed with Michael Winestone CalDRE: 01962276, 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 Nov 2019 11:33:00 +0000: $4,380,000 :: 3264 Barhite Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,800 sq ft
    Lot Size: 20,151 sq ft
    Added: 11/20/19, Last Updated: 11/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PF19267827
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    If you’re looking for a stunning elegant estate, with a knack for entertainment this custom built brand-new modern marvel is the perfect Southern California home for you. The 5,800 square foot smart home with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and a floating staircase with glass railing, has ample brightness and natural lighting. Make a statement with cabinets made by Bauformat USA quality German craftsmanship which you will find in the kitchen, closets, and bathrooms throughout, with a lifetime warranty. The modern kitchen is designed to inspire with bilt ins appliances include a double door Miele custom fridge. The theater room is equipped with Episode speaker system, Benq projector and Denon receivers a must see!! Beautifully designed glass railings run throughout the house and into the backyard where you will find a built-in barbecue, lounging areas, one with a unique built-in patio heaters and overlooking the 1,400 sq.ft infinity zero edge pool with smart pool equipment. Below the pool is more entertainment space with a vortex water system, lounging area and a basketball court. Look past the basketball court and you will see a perfectly green putting area to make any golf fan happy to be home. This home include speaker systems throughout the inside and outside of the house, Italian porcelain tiles, custom refrigerated wine cellar. The estate has a fully paid solar system with 30 panels by Panasonic, Windsor windows and doors a three-car garage and much more:

    Listed with Aida Dimejian CalDRE: 01153587, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services


    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 Nov 2019 10:51:00 +0000: $2,288,000 :: 414 E Lemon Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 3,791 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,464 sq ft
    Added: 11/18/19, Last Updated: 11/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS19268442
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Step into this brand-new rare 3,791 SF two-story attached Colonial Revival nestled on a quiet street in the heart of Arcadia on a 8,464 SF Lot! This beautifully and thoughtfully designed 4 bedroom and 5 bathroom house includes a separate pool bathroom. The luxurious master suite includes an immense walk-in closet and Carrara-tiled master bath with a lavish soaking tub with a Wi-Fi enabled steam shower. The heart of the home is the opulent open concept modern kitchen with walk-in pantry. Cook on the Wolf 48” range with griddle while entertaining guests with the super silent range hood. Included also is the built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and chiller. Connecting to the kitchen is the naturally-lit classic formal dining room with an elegant golden chandelier. Across the hallway is a generous and stately library with a beautiful bay window sandwiched by built-in bookshelves overlooking the quiet street. A full-size guest bathroom is situated right next to the library, possibly converting this wing into a master suite. Entering the mud room from the garage also leads to the laundry room and a bright game/California room that opens into the backyard. The highlight of the rear yard is the stunning Aegean sparkling pool surrounded by pavers and a Trex composite deck for grilling and outdoor entertaining. This impressive Colonial Revival with exquisite indoor and outdoor spaces is true California living at its best and awaits the most discerning family!

    Listed with DARRELL CHIN CalDRE: 01327104, PARAGON 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 Nov 2019 10:46:00 +0000: $1,350,000 :: 9659 E Camino Real Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 3,543 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,383 sq ft
    Added: 11/19/19, Last Updated: 11/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19268275
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    It's rare spacious house with 5 bed and 6 bath in Arcadia .Located in the center of Arcadia and temple city ! 2001 built, 3543 sqft inside and almost 10,000 sqft lot . Entrance porch enclosed with beautiful designed wrought iron gates. Interior opens up with bright light in living room, formal dining room, family room and huge master room. Two suite on 1st floor, the other 2 good size rooms and huge master on 2nd floor. Owner spend $12,000 to renovated kitchen in 2017. The kitchen features has granite center island, walking pantry ,and lots beautiful cabinets to please homeowner enjoy the time in kitchen. Nest in very quiet street and super convenience location. 5-10 mins walking distance to Temple City High School and Oak Avenue Middle School. Prime location with supermarkets, bus stop and restaurants.There are one huge master and 3 suits upstairs. One big bedroom with bath downstairs. 6 bath 5 bedroom, 3 car garage, energy efficient solar panel powered home.! Facing south with big lot in Arcadia. DO NOT MISS OUT . VERY MOTIVATE SELLER!

    Listed with Chihlan Chu CalDRE: 01895108, 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/!


  • Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:46:00 +0000: $1,258,888 :: 1131 Volante Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,973 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
    Added: 11/18/19, Last Updated: 11/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819005271
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Tract: Custom - CUST
    Status: Active


    Sophisticated with a casual elegance, this charming style residence was built in 1952, situated in Arcadia's most prestigious Lower Rancho neighborhood. Peacocks love this area, it offers incredible serenity and in close proximity to fine dining restaurants, cafes, shops, fitness centers, parks, Westfield Santa Anita mall, LA County Arboretum, Pasadena City College, Metro Gold Lines and award winning schools. This south facing home welcomes you with a bright and spacious living room overlooking the backyard garden. East wing offers a master suite and a bedroom. West wing features a family room, kitchen, the third bedroom with 3/4 bath and a laundry room. All interior and exterior were freshly painted, central air & heat, camera system, a two car attached garage completes this home.

    Listed with Shanshan Lin CalDRE: 01900299, 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 Nov 2019 10:32:00 +0000: $3,150,000 :: 3675 Locksley Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,811 sq ft
    Lot Size: 25,344 sq ft
    Added: 08/22/19, Last Updated: 11/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV19158131
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/20/2019 by 9%
    Status: Active


    Mid-century architecture at its finest! Single story in highly sought after Chapman Woods of Pasadena. Guest quarters has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with its own private entrance and literally minutes walking distance to bus stop! Perfect for live-in relatives. Walk thru front door of this beautiful home and immediately see a view of a magnificent back yard with sparkling pool and spa. Lovely formal dining and a wood paneled den/library. Huge kitchen with its own living room, an entertainer’s dream. Large family, entertain, or have a live in or all three? Then this home was designed with you in mind! On the other side of home there are 3 more bedrooms. Master with enormous walk-in closet and retreat area which can be used as an office or bedroom. 2 more bedrooms and baths, one up a small stairway perfect for a home office or art studio. This home was designed for the homeowner in need of a lot of room and for the those who entertain. Remodeled in/out including kitchen, windows, recessed lighting and much much more! 2 fireplaces. Masterfully placed on a large 25,000 square foot lot. Inviting front yard handsomely showcases this architectural beauty with a lovely circular driveway. Huge backyard absolutely perfect for entertaining. Sparkling pool/ spa, two fire pits and a huge sitting area for guests or just yourself after a long day. Have multiple vehicles? Aside from a 3 car garage there is an enormous amount of room for RV, boats etc. Exclusive Pasadena living at its finest!

    Listed with JOY CROSS CalDRE: 00915798, RE/MAX MASTERS 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 Nov 2019 06:21:00 +0000: $1,499,900 :: 160 Club Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,122 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,183 sq ft
    Added: 09/12/19, Last Updated: 11/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR19218051
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Best price in this beautiful neighborhood! Located on a tree-lined street within the highly desirable South San Rafael neighborhood, this stunning home is a must see. Follow a winding brick pathway past the bay windows and welcoming front entrance, where you’ll be greeted by a fully remodeled interior that beautifully retains the home’s orig. 1920’s character and craftsmanship. The spacious livingroom features vaulted ceilings, fireplace, lg chandelier and over-sized picture windows, allowing sunlight to stream in.Through the classic formal dining room with its cozy window seat and gorgeous crystal chandelier, is the entertainer’s kitchen which offers a convenient island with breakfast bar, quartz counter tops, custom tile back splash, dbl ovens and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The adj. breakfast room has French doors that lead out to a lg balcony overlooking the backyard. With a total of 4 bedrooms, including a huge master with vaulted ceilings, cozy fireplace, an elegantly remodeled en-suite bathroom and walk in closet, you’ll have plenty of space. The master bdrm has multiple French doors that lead out to a huge balcony, perfect for relaxing while enjoying sunsets. Downstairs, there is a lg family room with wet bar, fireplace and French doors that open out to the manicured backyard and patio, perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Also downstairs, you will find a spacious en-suite bedroom. Conveniently located close to shopping, dining and entertainment of Old Town Pasadena.

    Listed with Karen Kikalo CalDRE: 01882587, 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/!


  • Tue, 19 Nov 2019 21:08:00 +0000: $2,999,999 :: 832 Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,289 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,989 sq ft
    Added: 10/12/19, Last Updated: 11/19/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: IV19242034
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/19/2019 by 40%
    Status: Active


    Price reduced !!! Location, Location, Location. Looking for the right Buyer for this Gem. This home is located in the Historic City of South Pasadena and the opportunities are Endless here, with almost 15,000 sf lot you can create wonderful things on this Beautiful Neighborhood. Come and take a look a this home with a great variety of fruit trees and spice plants on the gigantic back yard. Roof was replaced a little over a year ago. Seller and Seller agents make no warranties as to square footage of the home or land lot and we recommend to Buyer and Buyer's agents to do their own investigations on use of this land, zoning, etc.

    Listed with JUAN BANDA CalDRE: 01806781, EMPIRE CAPITAL 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/!


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