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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.

  • Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:56:00 +0000: $988,000 :: 1065 Locust Street, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,997 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
    Added: 06/21/17, Last Updated: 06/22/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 817000353
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Welcome to 1065 Locust Street!This unique property offers a charming 1908 craftsman home with original detail and character that has been fully remodeled and upgraded all in an urban setting close to Metro, restaurants and shops. This four bedroom, three bath home has been completely re-imagined with great attention paid to detail and authenticity.There is one bedroom and bath downstairs with the remaining three bedrooms upstairs.The upstairs bedrooms each have their own great detail-interesting ceiling lines, beautiful windows and built-in cabinetry.The modern and spacious kitchen showcases a vaulted ceiling covered in pine shiplap, a great design detail.The home resides next to a gorgeous private garden which is shared by the home-owner and the small luxury condo just..(Click on ''More''

    Listed with John Aaroe 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/!


  • Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:19:00 +0000: $849,000 :: 1485 Marianna Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,204 sq ft
    Lot Size: 30,927 sq ft
    Added: 05/02/17, Last Updated: 06/22/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17094515
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/2/2017 by 2%
    Status: Active


    This charming one story single family home is located at the end of the quiet cul-de-sac in the prominent San Rafael Hills area. This home offers easy accessibility to major freeways, close to San Rafaela Park, schools, Old Town Pasadena and Rose Bowl, and living environment among the upscale million dollar homes. Many upgrades, features central A/C & heating, double door entry, high ceiling, recessed lighting, newer windows, two water heater, newer sewer, lighting control dimmer switch, base molding, surround sound, 3 flat roof skylights, and the interior has recently painted. The appealing living room provides an open space evenly suitable for family life or causal entertainment. The upgraded kitchen accentuates both style and practicality and is well appointed with sufficient cabinetry, Viking S.S. appliances, breakfast counter, granite countertops and backsplash. The adjacent light-filled dining room possesses newer picture window. The home consists of 2 update bathrooms and 3 nice-sized bedrooms with laminated wood flooring. Enjoy the view in this beautiful backyard that is surrounding by native plants, myriad of trees, pleasingly relaxing garden setting with plenty of brick raised garden beds, backyard pergola and an outdoor patio setting the excellent stage to this intriguing home. Visualize the feeling of returning home each day to enjoy surrounded by birdsong, sweet-smelling flowers, and the freshest of plants waft in the air, enjoy the delights offered by nature.

    Listed with RE/MAX Premier 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/!


  • Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:14:00 +0000: $5,900,000 :: 1580 Chelsea Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,047 sq ft
    Lot Size: 23,522 sq ft
    Added: 03/01/17, Last Updated: 06/22/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS17045910
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/12/2017 by 1%
    Status: Active


    A rare opportunity to own a BRAND NEW home at the most prestigious neighborhood in North San Marino. This grand two-story estate offers extraordinary living space include 6 bed and 6.5 bath, double-story high foyer, formal dining room, office/library, cigar room, great room with gourmet kitchen, large island and breakfast nook on the first floor. There are 2 bedrooms with full bath downstairs, 4 bedroom suites upstairs. The centrally located Master suite with spacious balcony overlooking backyard features marble spa tub, separate shower and double sink. There is a large finished 1050 square foot basement awaiting for new owner’s imagination, perfect for wine room and home theater. An expansive front and back lawn also provide comfortable California indoor/outdoor lifestyle, professionally landscaped outdoor space feature covered patio, outdoor dining area, pool & spa, sports court, 4 car garages and gated driveway.

    Listed with PG 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, 22 Jun 2017 15:27:00 +0000: $4,880,000 :: 300 W Norman Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 8,859 sq ft
    Lot Size: 21,344 sq ft
    Added: 05/10/17, Last Updated: 06/22/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17103962
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/11/2017 by 6%
    Status: Active


    Major Price Reduction of $300,000 for quick sale of this South Facing Home. Absolutely stunning almost new Modern Mediterranean Home with lavish architectural design reside in Arcadia's Baldwin Stocker Area. Constructed with highest quality of materials & finest craftsmanship, this home greet it's guests with The grand double door entrance with 25' Cathedral Ceiling, 6' Crystal Chandeliers, Marble Foyer, Double Staircases, custom Murals, Domes, & decorations by known artists. Located in a 21,734 sqft lot, this Mason consists of 6 Luxury Suites featuring Living Room with High Ceiling & Fireplace, Dining Room with Coffered Ceiling, Family Room overlooking the beautiful Backyard, Library with Coffered Ceilings, Blue-Ray/3D Home Theater, Elevator, Gourmet Kitchen, Wok Kitchen, Viking Appliances, Breakfast Nook, & 1st Floor's Master Suite. The 2nd floor consists of 2 master suites with Sitting Area, a Great Room, 2nd Library, Mini Wet Bar, & Balcony. The Living Room with unique 25' High Ceiling, Family Room with Wet Bar & overlooks the spacious perfectly landscaped backyard w/ waterfall pool/spa, Basketball Court, & outdoor Patio for family entertainment. Extensive use of Crystal Chandeliers, Marbles, Granite, Moldings, Faux & Venetian painting, Solid Hardwood Floors, Security Cameras, Inter-com throughout the house.

    Listed with 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/!


  • Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:37:00 +0000: $1,738,000 :: 1106 Mayflower Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,783 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
    Added: 06/10/17, Last Updated: 06/22/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17131739
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Arcadia Unified School District - This majestic home, with a total of 5 bedrooms and 5 baths, offers an abundance of modern amenities. There is a Main Floor Master Suite, complete with a deep-soaking spa tub in the bath.The gourmet Kitchen, featuring sleek granite counter tops and light maple cabinetry, is replete with double ovens, dual dishwashers, trash compactor, beverage cooler, walk-in pantry, marvelous island with utility sink, and breakfast bar. In addition, there is a Butler’s Pantry with wet bar.The spacious Family Room, truly the heart of this home and completely open to the kitchen, offers a large comfortable space in which to unwind. This room features a fireplace and built-in entertainment center. Wonderful natural light flows from the skylight as you ascend the stairway to the upper level. Here you will find a Junior Suite and Jack-n-Jill Bedrooms. A double-door entry beckons you forth into the elegant Grand Master Suite, appointed with his and her walk-in closets and impressive bath with indivual vanities, deep-soaking spa tub and separate shower. A Laundry Room is also conveniently located upstairs. There is a fabulous Outdoor Kitchen, equipped with Viking® Grill-Rotisserie, Warming Tray and Side Burners. A Wood Fired Pizza Oven, Fire Pit, and custom Koi Pond complete the full outdoor living experience. An automatic steel shutter door retracts to reveal a Game Room (measured at 317 sq. ft.) with skylights.

    Listed with Dilbeck 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, 21 Jun 2017 23:08:00 +0000: $1,998,000 :: 400 Pilgrim Place, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,206 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
    Added: 11/30/16, Last Updated: 06/21/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: OC17097985
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/9/2017 by 1%
    Status: Active


    The sellers love the flexible indoor/outdoor entertaining space. From an intimate dinner for 6 to sit down gathering for 40…this house and yard has easily handled it. They also love the paving stone hardscape that ties the front and back patios, the lovely outdoor “living room” complete with a disappearing fountain. This house is extremely energy efficient. The large expanse of grass in the yard is a special low water variety and most of the plants are drought tolerant. Attic fans keep the attic cooler, which keeps the whole house cool. Double-pane windows keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And even when the sellers run the heater or air conditioner, because of the solar power system which is owned, not leased they are still able to have little to no electric bill. They love that they have fewer, bigger rooms. Having four bedrooms plus a large living room and den/dining combo gives them a lot of options. At times over the years they have used a bedroom as an office, den, sewing room and playroom as their needs changed. And finally, they feel the neighbors are wonderful. Floor plan and foundation plan are in the supplements. Lawn is drought tolerant Verde Buffalo grass, needs 75% less water(see internet). It was developed by the University of California.

    Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServic


    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, 21 Jun 2017 19:03:00 +0000: $2,530,000 :: 1571 Wembley Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,927 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
    Added: 06/02/17, Last Updated: 06/21/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS17123443
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/2/2017 by 1%
    Status: Active


    Well-kept one story home located in prime location of San Marino, north of Huntington Dr. Formal entry way, spacious living room with recessed lights, house was originally built in year 1948 and with addition in year 1986, kitchen was tastefully remodeled by current owner, granite counter top, custom cabinets, center island, 4 nice sized bedrooms, ( 3 are suites), master bedroom with walk in closet, jacuzzi, shower, and newer wood floor, all bathrooms have been updated by current owner in year of 2010, dinning room with built-in work area and fireplace, family room with doors lead to professionally landscaped back yard, grassy area, gazebo, and patio.

    Listed with COLDWELL BANKER DYNASTY/ARC


    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, 21 Jun 2017 17:06:00 +0000: $4,380,000 :: 600 Workman Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 8,000 sq ft
    Lot Size: 17,859 sq ft
    Added: 04/09/17, Last Updated: 06/21/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17071534
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/9/2017 by 10%
    Status: Active


    A brand new, sophisticated estate is set on a sprawling 18,099 Sq.Ft. lot in a prestigious Arcadia neighborhood. This stunning estate boasts 8,000 Sq. Ft. of living space and is a spectacular masterpiece offering 6 en suite bedrooms (2 on the main floor) and 7.5 bathrooms. It features a dramatic 2-story foyer graced by a double staircase with wrought-iron banisters. Stylish touches include porcelain tile floors, fabric wall panels, magnificent crown molding and custom lighting fixtures. Every room has been thoughtfully and thoroughly attended to-the elegant formal living and dining room, the stately library and a serene movie theater. The kitchen is gorgeous and features designer appliances, an Onyx counter top island and an adjacent wok kitchen, it opens onto an expansive great room with wet bar and a temperature controlled wine room. In addition to the 2 main floor en suites; there’s also a home gym complete with sauna and a bath. On the upper level you will find a very generous master suite, featuring a gracious sitting room with a fireplace, enormous walk-in closets, deluxe bathroom, and spacious balcony. 3 additional en suites complete the second level. The private and serene backyard is an entertainer’s delight offering a huge pool with soothing spa, providing ultimate relaxation and impressive entertaining. Convenient proximity to the library, parks, shopping, and award-winning Arcadia schools, this gorgeous home is a rare opportunity that should not be missed!

    Listed with 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/!


  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:11:00 +0000: $1,100,000 :: 365 San Juan Place, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,045 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
    Added: 06/21/17, Last Updated: 06/21/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV17140486
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Charming single-story home at the end of quiet cul-de-sac. Inviting entry leads to spacious sun-filled dining room and living room with gleaming hardwood floors, brick fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening to the grassy, private yard. Bright kitchen with eat-in area. Spacious bedroom, full bathroom & master bedroom with en-suite featuring tub & walk-in shower. Enjoy the covered porch, private yard and fabulous in-ground pool that is ideal for entertaining! Other features include: central AC, attached two car garage & ample driveway parking. New copper plumbing.

    Listed with CENTURY 21 MASTERS


    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, 21 Jun 2017 14:11:00 +0000: $2,698,000 :: 2205 El Molino Place, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,073 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
    Added: 06/21/17, Last Updated: 06/21/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17140500
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    Graceful colonial style home located North of Huntington Drive in beautiful San Marino. Stunning curb appeal with lavish greenery, and charming brickwork with white picket fence. Bright and airy with plenty of windows in every room. Newly painted inside and out, new tile floors in kitchen and breakfast room; features rich amenities including peg-and-groove hardwood floors, plantation shutters, and built-in corner vanity. Four bedrooms and four bath, with one en-suite bedroom downstairs. Also downstairs is the large living room and family room with striking stone mantel fireplaces, kitchen with granite counters and abundant cabinets, and a sweet breakfast room overlooking the backyard. Up the elegant circular stairs, you’ll find an over-sized master bedroom and bath, and bedrooms joined by a charming Jack-and-Jill bathroom. The very private backyard is perfect entertaining: whether it’s a pool party with friends or a relaxing night with the family. Pool house includes fireplace and wet bar, custom built-in BBQ grill, and gated pool with spa. Convenient 3-car garage. Close to the Lacy park, library, charming boutiques and restaurants, and best school district in California!

    Listed with Keller Williams 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/!


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