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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.

  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:31:00 +0000: $879,000 :: 2360 Casa Grande Street, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,824 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,264 sq ft
    Added: 11/12/18, Last Updated: 11/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818005506
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Located in the very desirable Northeast Pasadena neighborhood known as Brigden Ranch, this well maintained traditional home is ready for new owners. Breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Mountains add to the charm and quality found throughout. The entry foyer opens to a spacious and light-filled Living Room with a fireplace and a Dining area with beautiful hardwood floors. Adjacent to the Living Room there is a well appointed family room ideal for gatherings or relaxing moments. The top of the line modern kitchen has quality appliances, custom built cabinetry and a bright dining area that also affords views of the mountains. The laundry room features newer washer and dryer which are included in the sale. The two bedrooms are spacious, have large closets and windows that allow the sun to filter in. The front rooms have custom plantation shutters. A two-car garage is located at the rear of the lot and it is accessed through a driveway with a security gate. Additional amenities include CAC and Heating systems. The well kept front and rear yards have automatic sprinklers. Priced correctly, this home is a ''must see!''

    Listed with Liliana Montalvo CalDRE: 00854401, 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/!


  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:47:00 +0000: $1,499,000 :: 2385 Lambert Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,915 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,052 sq ft
    Added: 11/12/18, Last Updated: 11/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818005504
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This lovely mid-30s home combines vintage character with modern upgrades. Period features, all meticulously restored, include gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, a formal dining room with built ins, and high ceilings. The spacious living room is welcoming, gracious and intimate. The main living area offers two ample bedrooms, each adjacent to a full bathroom. There's even a separate den with built-ins, that could be used as a library or enter-tainment room. Fully modern three zone central heat and air keeps the house comfortable all year round. The upstairs master bedroom, with its beautiful view of the pool and mountains, features a grand master bath in travertine and granite as well as a luxurious spa tub. In addition to a sitting area, this fantastic bedroom also offers two walk-in closets. Recent enhance-ments include glorious newe windows throughout, and an updated eat-in kitchen with stainless steel GE Monogram & Bosch appliances, an Adventium microwave, a six burner range top. Adjacent to the kitchen you'll find another bedroom facing the back yard that fea-tures it's own full bathroom, as well as a separate laundry room. Outside, beneath striking views of the San Gabriel Mountains, the home features an ample backyard graced by a large pool.

    Listed with Monica Hsu CalDRE: 01878067, 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/!


  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:17:00 +0000: $1,188,000 :: 1446 Oak Crest Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,774 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,582 sq ft
    Added: 11/08/18, Last Updated: 11/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 318004593
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    Tract: Not Applicable-658 (NA658)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/12/2018 by 8%
    Status: Active


    Here's a great opportunity for contractors, builders, investors and even home buyers looking for an investment or to build/remodel your dream home per your exact specifications/finishes. Located in one of the best neighborhoods of South Pasadena and it's outstanding school district this fantastic property offers ready to build plans (included in purchase price) to construct a 4 bedroom/5 bath, 3500 sq.ft. modern, contemporary dream home. The existing 3bd/2bath home offers 1774 sq.ft. and can also be remodeled without having to do any new construction and what makes this property unique is the bonus room/guest house or writer's den with wonderful views, the flat yard area and large deck-able lot with plenty of trees foliage for privacy unlike any of the homes in the area. Out building at rear of property is without benefit of permit. Finished home is estimated to be in the $2.4M or $700/per foot range. This is a great opportunity, don't let it pass you by!

    Listed with Dan Jordinelli CalDRE: 00797904, Daniel Jordinelli


    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/!


  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:40:00 +0000: $1,250,000 :: 2447 E Dudley Street, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,278 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,130 sq ft
    Added: 10/23/18, Last Updated: 11/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18257242
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/12/2018 by 0%
    Status: Active


    Highest and Best Offers due on Sunday 11/18/18. This elegantly appointed 3 bedroom/3 bath home boasts an open floor plan with 15ft vaulted ceilings. Discover the elegant fixtures, spa inspired Carrera Marble bathrooms, chef kitchen with huge island opening to a romantic dining area. This home exudes architectural details and special touches making it turnkey ready. The main house was rebuilt in 2016 from the ground with some existing foundation preserved. BONUS: Fully renovated studio attached to garage includes a bedroom, bathroom with a private entrance. Currently a licensed rental and for the 2018 calendar year was on track to generate an incredible $40k/year. In the language of loans, the rental income alone will cover approx. $600k of your loan payment; making it as if you purchased the home for $650k. Perfect to host guests on a short term basis and or host family and friends. New 200amp electrical, copper plumbing with drains, mechanical (HVAC), roof. 2 tankless water heaters, one for the main house and the other for the ADU. Wet Bar, Automatic driveway gate, modern garage door, and front/back landscape with sprinklers. Walk to Victory park, farmer's market, and the world famous Rose Parade! Local to many great institutions including Cal-Tech, JPL, Huntington Library, Huntington Hospital and 13 miles away from DTLA. This home is ready to host your next epic gathering. The pictures don't do it justice, MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE! *By the way: Property comes fully furnished*

    Listed with Lee Markus Alli CalDRE: 01167620, Exquisite Estates


    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/!


  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:40:00 +0000: $1,135,000 :: 1555 N Michillinda Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,940 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,179 sq ft
    Added: 10/10/18, Last Updated: 11/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18246549
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/12/2018 by 1%
    Status: Active


    Completely Remodeled! Perched along the foothills in Hastings Ranch is this Mid-Century Modern home with an open floor plan filled with natural light. A long driveway greets you as you enter onto the property. Inside, new oak wood floors are found throughout the home. The Living Room has expansive glass sliders and a stone fireplace with an indoor planter box commemorating the vibes of the Mid-Century. The gourmet kitchen with center island has all new cabinetry, quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances, which includes a chef's Bertazzoni stove. The master bedroom suite with custom vanity, double sinks and shower, is privately situated on its own wing from the other bedrooms. The hall bath has one of a kind cabinetry, designer tiles, and a quartz countertop. The fourth bedroom which opens onto the rear yard has a secondary fireplace and can also be used as a den or office. The low maintenance backyard includes a lush lawn for playing and a concrete stone patio for entertaining. New HVAC and New Roof, Dual pane windows! A two car attached garage with washer and dryer inside is also included in this sale. It's time to call this your home!

    Listed with Robert Lee CalDRE: 01714793, 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/!


  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:51:00 +0000: $1,278,000 :: 1543 HYLAND Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,457 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,189 sq ft
    Added: 08/17/18, Last Updated: 11/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 18377096
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Location, location! Highly sought after neighborhood in Prestigious Highland Oaks and the award winning schools of north Arcadia. The property consists of living room with fireplace, family room with built-in shelves and cabinets, dining area, kitchen with built-in double oven and electric cooktop. Three bedrooms and 3 baths with one master suite. Upstairs is a large studio with bath. As you step outside, you will find an entertainers backyard with swimming pool/jacuzzi, large covered patio and a beautiful gazebo. There is a detached two car garage. While the property needs updating it is surrounded by mature trees, lush planting, palm trees, luxury estates and mountain views which makes this house very special. So much to offer and great potential.

    Listed with Charles Picker CalDRE: 00414181, I.X.A.


    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/!


  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 08:28:00 +0000: $2,295,000 :: 1520 S Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,515 sq ft
    Lot Size: 15,864 sq ft
    Added: 08/27/18, Last Updated: 11/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: OC18209109
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/12/2018 by 8%
    Status: Active


    Huge reduction! Very Motivated Sellers. Beautiful 3,515 sq ft single story mid century modern home on a large lot. Located right on Oak Knoll directly across from the world famous Langham Hotel. This newly remodeled and expanded home has high end appliances, open floor plan including Fleetwood doors and windows. This home is light, bright and perfect for entertaining guest. The master bedroom will entice you with your cozy fireplace along with high ceilings and spa like master bathroom. Sit back and enjoy your tranquil quiet back yard. The long drive way leads to your spacious 2 car garage and 3 car motor court. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the lifestyle that comes with a property like this! Motivated sellers are ready to help you get your dream home.

    Listed with Sean Stanfield CalDRE: 01024996, Pacific Sotheby's Int'l 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/!


  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 07:05:00 +0000: $800,000 :: 596 N SIERRA MADRE, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,229 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,081 sq ft
    Added: 08/30/18, Last Updated: 11/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 18406622
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Located in the desirable tree lined neighborhood of Daisy Villa, this charming bungalowis nestled on its large 8100 sq ft lot which is great for entertaining or even expansion!This 2 bed home has beautiful original hardwood flooring with gorgeous dark woodinlay. From the light and bright Living room to the character rich dining room you'llenjoy every moment living here. The kitchen has a cozy breakfast nook and plenty ofstorage in the original classic cabinetry. Laundry is located nearby as well with easyaccess the the back yard facing the oversized 2 car garage. Enjoy the huge fully fencedback yard with the privacy and security it provides. Home has newer HVAC, Dual panewindows, tankless water heater, Roof and Electric. This home is a must see!

    Listed with Christopher Crozier CalDRE: 01847641, Pacific Sotheby's Int'l 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/!


  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:25:00 +0000: $2,298,000 :: 134 W Lemon Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,212 sq ft
    Lot Size: 19,867 sq ft
    Added: 11/11/18, Last Updated: 11/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18271610
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Diamond in the Rough! Perfect opportunity for Developer and/or Home Owner who wants to build their Dream Home. Situated in one of Arcadia's nicest treeline street of Baldwin Stocker School Area, this ~19,990 sf Lot Size (100x200) Home provides you with endless possibilities. Surrounded by many multiple million dollar Mansoned neighborhoods, this Property located in Arcadia’s most centralized and convenient location with walking distance to Schools, Golf-Court, Restaurants, Banks, Shopping Malls, etc. Property to be sold for "Land Value" only. Don't miss out this opportunity to build your Dream Home and turn into a $6 million Custom Estate!

    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/!


  • Sun, 11 Nov 2018 15:01:00 +0000: $3,200,000 :: 728 CARRIAGE HOUSE, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 5,245 sq ft
    Lot Size: 22,089 sq ft
    Added: 11/11/18, Last Updated: 11/11/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR18271456
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    NOTHING CAN COMPARE! A Grand Colonial with a California Vibe! Located in the Desirable Guard Gated Community of Anoakia Estates, this Well-Positioned Property presents into the Two-Story Entry Foyer, leading to the Living/Sitting-Room with Fireplace. The Formal Dining Room leads to a Gourmet Chef's Kitchen with a Wine Gallery. There is a Separate Butler's Pantry for Food Prep. Center Island with local Breakfast Area opens to the Rear Yard Pavilion Area. A Family Room has major Entertainment value with a Central Fireplace for all to enjoy. The Downstairs Bedroom Suite has an Adjacent Office/Library. The Second Level hosts a Massive Master wing with Sitting Room, Fireplace, Walk-In Closet and Built-ins.The Luxurious Master Bath has Spa Tub with Separate Shower. Two Additional En-Suite Bedrooms and an Additional Fashion/Statement Room finish off the second floor. An Upstairs Private Guest Quarters/In-Law Suite is located on the other side of the Home. Another Hidden Bonus is the outside Casita with Separate Entry. Sprawling Grounds with Pool and Spa, Exterior Pool/Bath/Dressing Room, Grassy Play Space, BBQ, Waterfall, Pavilion Area with Outside Fireplace are a Showcase for Elegance and Fine Living. There is a Three Car Garage with Additional Motor Court Parking. This is the PERFECT HOME for all - Entertain, Relax and Enjoy Luxury Living at it's Very Best. Local to Desired Schools, Shopping, Santa Anita Racetrack and Neighborhood Amenities.

    Listed with Lois Gerace CalDRE: 00923313, Re/Max Olson Estates


    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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