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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, 19 Aug 2017 06:07:00 +0000: $1,388,000 :: 1030 Heritage Oaks Drive, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,265 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
    Added: 08/18/17, Last Updated: 08/19/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS17192448
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Welcome home! Newly renovated, this home has everything-upstairs and downstairs master bedrooms with office and walk-in closets, Roman tub, separate living and family rooms, formal dining room, recessed lighting, heated spa and swimming pool, attached 2 car garage, French doors opening to the covered patio from the living room and downstairs master bedroom, fruit trees, side yard with children's play set, and fully fenced yard with sprinkler system! All it needs is your beautiful family! Call Solomon for appointment today! Must see to appreciate!

    Listed with 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/!


  • Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:46:00 +0000: $2,090,000 :: 2845 Duarte Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,437 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
    Added: 06/22/17, Last Updated: 08/19/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR17143048
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/23/2017 by 5%
    Status: Active


    Highly desirable San Marino 2 Stories Home with completed NEW ROOF through out entire house and garage, new paint in all rooms, new floor in master bedroom upstairs. This elegant House has 3 spacious bedrooms, two and half baths, an traditional Family room with French Window and Doors that over looking fabulous Pool / Spa and BBQ area for the most relaxing and enjoyable moment in the end of your day. Custom Design Spacious Gourmet Kitchen with many Cabinets and Plenty of Pantry space. Formal Dining Room and Also Family room with fireplace. 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms are downstairs. Elegant wood staircase leads to spacious Master Suite with luxurious mater bath. Many original architectural details manintained and other custom details throughout the house include wall papers, light fixtures, cabinets and wooden floors. Located close to AWARD - WINNING SAN MARINO SCHOOLS and neighborhood shopping. You must see !

    Listed with Dynasty 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, 19 Aug 2017 02:52:00 +0000: $2,198,000 :: 410 E Winnie Way, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,045 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,632 sq ft
    Added: 08/10/17, Last Updated: 08/19/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR17190798
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Beautiful 2 Story Home With 5 Bedrooms and 4 Baths.A Large Lot But Also An Ideal cul-de-sac Location.The Front Door Lead You Into A Formal Living Room With Vaulted Ceilings.Two Bed Rooms And Two Baths Downstairs,A Large Master Room And Two Bed Room Upstairs.The Lawn And Garden Of This Expansive Backyard And Well Maintained,Huge Area For BBQ Also A Basketball Playground.Great Arcadia School District,Close To Shops And Freeway,MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE!

    Listed with Kingston 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, 19 Aug 2017 02:49:00 +0000: $3,300,000 :: 320 San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,911 sq ft
    Lot Size: 76,665 sq ft
    Added: 08/18/17, Last Updated: 08/19/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 817001425
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active




    Listed with 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/!


  • Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:44:00 +0000: $4,870,000 :: 2463 Ridgeway Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,255 sq ft
    Lot Size: 29,185 sq ft
    Added: 08/18/17, Last Updated: 08/18/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 817001420
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Located on one of San Marino's most elegant streets near Huntington Library, this immaculate traditional 2- story estate has great curb appeal. It sits atop a gentle hill on a 30,000 square feet lot with a spectacular Park-like garden view. Beautifully remodeled and updated, this beautiful 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms home, has been lovingly maintained and is bright with ideal floor plan. Double glassed windows/doors and Hardwood flooring are throughout the house. The home features a Hanson entry, a grand living room, a formal dining room, a lovely family room, a gorgeous kitchen with center-island, and a large entreating room and resort-like master bedroom suite.A spacious large balcony brings gentle wind from the south side overlooking a magnificent scenery park-like garden. There a

    Listed with Coldwell Banker Residental 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/!


  • Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:44:00 +0000: $1,298,000 :: 2442 8th Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,447 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
    Added: 08/18/17, Last Updated: 08/18/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 817001419
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Imagine yourself in a wonderful single story ranch home in Lovely neighborhood of Arcadia. Then check out this home on a large lot with lush landscaping. It features beautiful hard wood floors & built-in cabinets.​The updated kitchen includes oak cabinetry, granite counters. Enjoy the sunlit family room with a custom wet bar, wine refrigerator, indoor grille. The family room opens to the back yard where you'll find fire pit, sparkling pool and fruit trees. It even has a private entrance to the walking/bike trail that leads to the Lake & to the Arcadia Golf Course. The master suite includes a cedar lined walk-in closet One bedroom is currently used as an office with built-ins and has direct access to the back yard. The entire home has been outfitted with dual HVAC & a security

    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/!


  • Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:06:00 +0000: $4,989,000 :: 671 Gloria Road, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,659 sq ft
    Lot Size: 23,086 sq ft
    Added: 07/03/17, Last Updated: 08/18/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR17148865
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/3/2017 by 6%
    Status: Active


    This striking NY Manhattan style mansion covers a large lot of 23,438 SF, upon which sits 6,967 SF + 692 SF of grand living space and pool house, including 5 luxury suites and 6.5 baths. Entering the hand-carved entry, one is struck by the grandiose nature of the foyer, which features volume ceilings and a set of cathedral-like window spaces, filtering a smooth light into the house. Interior features a masculine modern design which shows strong contrast throughout the home with luxurious textures, metal and satin brass finishes. Exquisite and enchanting details at every turn, finding upscale elements like beautifully burnished wood finishes, heightened by modern touches and creamy neutrals in hand-laid tile work, lending an elevated and sophisticated vibe. Tastefully designed master suites on both floors. A sensational master suite makes use of ornate and intricate custom moldings. Another with a huge walk-in closet features state of art bath with deluxe fixtures such as Air-baths, steam units and rain-heads. Abstract shapes and geometric patterns throughout the house characterize unattainable luxuriousness, while fine details in the wine room add a mysterious ambiance to the abode. Walking out, an patio with fire pit and professionally landscaped areas surrounding the estate, while a separate pool house provides the perfect space for a summer retreat. Such home is an exceptional example of renowned developer Chateau Operating Corp.’s craftsmanship and Robert Tong’s design.

    Listed with Goldstar Properties Investment


    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, 18 Aug 2017 16:01:00 +0000: $899,000 :: 746 W Estrella Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,674 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
    Added: 08/17/17, Last Updated: 08/18/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS17190752
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    First time on the Market in 63 Years, this custom built home was purchased directly from the builder way back when! Very Well Maintained Arcadia Home with desirable Temple City Schools. Walk in through the Formal Entry with large coat/utility closet to the Living Room with a beautiful brick Fireplace and a wall of picture Windows highlighting the Covered Patio. To your left you will find a spacious Dining Room with a Window Seat and vaulted beam ceiling; the Light and Bright Kitchen; the 3/4 Bathroom has newer tile in Shower and the Laundry Room has a Utility Sink and Storage. From here you can go to the lovely, large and shady Covered Patio perfect for relaxing after a tough day. On the West side of the house are your Three Bedrooms including a large Master Bedroom with a walk-in closet as well as a standard closet and access to the Full Bath, the second Bedroom has it's own en suite 1/2 Bath and the third Bedroom has access to the Covered Patio. There is a long driveway as well as an oversized 2 car Garage with tons of storage and a workshop area. In addition to the Covered Patio the back yard features lemon and grapefruit trees; planter areas; custom brick walls and more! This Home is Move-In Ready waiting for the next Proud Owner!

    Listed with MUELLER 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, 18 Aug 2017 14:25:00 +0000: $995,000 :: 2821 Paloma Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,301 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
    Added: 08/18/17, Last Updated: 08/18/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 817001416
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This spacious 5+3 home near Victory Park is updated & move-in ready! The covered porch overlooks the large front yard & leads to an impressive interior w/ open floorplan featuring a living room w/ fireplace, family room w/ built-ins & a beamed ceiling, formal dining room, and kitchen w/ granite counters & stainless appliances. The master suite includes a walk-in closet & bath w/ dual vanity, large shower & separate tub. Three secondary bedrooms share a hall bath, and the 5th bedroom & 3/4 bath make a great home office, guest suite, or space for extended family. The backyard features a large patio and enclosed grass area, the gated driveway & insulated 2-car garage provide ample off-street parking, and the plumbing, electrical & HVAC ducts have been updated throughout. Welcome home!

    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/!


  • Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:30:00 +0000: $1,050,000 :: 245 Renoak Way, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,192 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
    Added: 08/18/17, Last Updated: 08/18/17
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 817001413
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Stunning N. Arcadia home in college streets area has a picturesque curb appeal. Tastefully upgraded & remodeled in 2016 w/ no expenses were spared(apx $100k upgrades). The luxurious master suite is a treat w/ recess lightings, designer chandeliers in the bedroom & walk-in closet, designer 3-D wallpaper on accent wall, an en suite spacious bath has high end fixtures w/ rain-shower head, quartz vanity counter top, stone veneer backsplash and travetine floors. Wood flooring throughout the home and travertine/tile flooring in baths, kitchen & fam room. Plantation shutters finish all 18 new dual pane windows. All structural work and floor plan changes were done per structure engineer calculations & city permits. The home is worth to be mentioned in a home magazine, a gazillion of custom updates

    Listed with Coldwell Banker Residental 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/!


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