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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.

  • Thu, 23 May 2019 18:15:00 +0000: $898,000 :: 2523 Doolittle Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,128 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,205 sq ft
    Added: 05/23/19, Last Updated: 05/23/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19121236
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This turnkey single family home with attractive curb appeal is located in the highly sought-after Arcadia Unified School District and in an ideal location on a quiet street. This charming home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a delightful living room w/ cozy fireplace and adjacent dining area, a spacious kitchen w/ breakfast nook, and a 2-car attached garage w/ direct access. Laundry area & hookups are located in the attached direct-access garage. The exterior of the home features lovely landscaped front & back yards. The fully enclosed backyard has a large covered patio area, ideal for outdoor dining & entertaining. A few of the upgrades to this immaculately maintained property include: central air & heat, newer paint & carpet, as well as newer dual-pane windows. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to own an affordable single family home in the Arcadia Unified School District, conveniently located near parks, schools, and shopping.

    Listed with Dean Griffith CalDRE: 01452542, 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/!


  • Thu, 23 May 2019 18:15:00 +0000: $2,979,000 :: 325 Sharon Road, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,134 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,419 sq ft
    Added: 05/23/19, Last Updated: 05/23/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19121183
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This spectacular south facing newer home sits in the prestigious Baldwin Stocker area on a quiet, tree-lined street w/ great curb appeal. This custom-built Tuscan Villa features 5 Bedrooms 5 1/2 Baths w/ 6,134SF of living space on a 12,417SF lot designed by renowned designer, Robert Tong,& built by reputable builder, Mur-Sol construction. The quality of workmanship & materials is superb. The majestic double-door entry features a 2-story custom painted ceiling, artisan crown molding & natural stone flooring. A sophisticated living room presents walnut hardwood floors & an elegant fireplace. The incredible gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, central island, top of the line of appliances, custom crafted cabinetry, built-in refrigerator & a Wok kitchen.The expansive family room opens up w/ a cozy wet bar, walnut hardwood flooring, & sliding doors that lead to the beautiful, professionally landscaped back yard. 2 master suites, the grand master suite is spacious w/ two walk-in closets, a master bath w/whirlpool tub & steam shower & a picture window overlooking the beautiful backyard. Additional features a lavish library/office, loft, breakfast area, formal dining room, home theater, alarm system, surround sound system, central air conditioning, tankless water heater, central vacuum and solar panels. Conveniently located near the Mall, park, golf course, racetrack, library & restaurants. Award-winning Arcadia Schools! Walking distance to Baldwin Stocker Elementary School.

    Listed with Frank Wang CalDRE: 01856585, Coldwell Banker George 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, 23 May 2019 18:15:00 +0000: $968,000 :: 1121 Mayflower Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,020 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,603 sq ft
    Added: 04/22/19, Last Updated: 05/23/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: OC19091798
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last increased on 5/23/2019 by 20%
    Status: Active


    This property is located on a quiet tree-lined street. Large corner flat lot with a roundabout driveway and RV access with its own gate in the rear. This property has a 10,603 square foot lot and is at a neighborhood which has much more expensive homes. The existing home consists of 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, formal living and family rooms. The backyard is large and open with two access gates, plenty of space to do the expansion, to add a pool, or entertaining center. Easy access to the 210 freeway, shopping areas, recreational locations, Santa Anita Park, and much more. Sold AS IS.

    Listed with Benjamin Chien CalDRE: 00979396, Golden Investment 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, 23 May 2019 17:03:00 +0000: $1,470,000 :: 917 E Camino Real Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,143 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,698 sq ft
    Added: 05/23/19, Last Updated: 05/23/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19119079
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Beautiful 5-bedroom mansion within the Arcadia Unified School District, best priced in Arcadia! Superbly well-maintained, 1 bedroom with bathroom downstairs also great to use as office. Also downstairs are living room with fireplace, spacious formal dining room next to a wok-kitchen, main kitchen, walk-in pantry and bright family room facing the private backyard. Gracefully curved stairs with a grand chandelier take you to upstairs featuring two master-suites and two more bedrooms with a Jack-and Jill bathroom. One of the master suites has a balcony with plantation for all your beautiful flowers. Spacious attached 2-car garage inside a gated front yard for more parking space.

    Listed with Anna Wang CalDRE: 01405688, 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/!


  • Thu, 23 May 2019 17:03:00 +0000: $1,039,000 :: 2100 Fox Ridge Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,978 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
    Added: 05/15/19, Last Updated: 05/23/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819002265
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/23/2019 by 2%
    Status: Active


    From the moment you step through the front door, you find yourself welcomed home. A large living room with a cozy fireplace invites you in to stay and the bright and airy dining room provides peaceful views out to the private and secluded back yard. This beautiful single-level Mid Century, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is located in the Fox Ridge Estates adjacent to Eaton Canyon and delivers stunning mountain views and all the nearby hiking that any nature lover could ask for. Features of the home include a stone patio with a new built in spa, 2 fireplaces, solar panels, original period details, and new laminate flooring throughout. This beautiful and private neighborhood has a peaceful and serene appeal that makes it the perfect setting for evening walks to enjoy the mountain views.

    Listed with James Holden CalDRE: 01964889, 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/!


  • Thu, 23 May 2019 11:33:00 +0000: $1,798,000 :: 1841 Rose Villa Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,269 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,581 sq ft
    Added: 10/31/18, Last Updated: 05/23/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV18263376
    Community: 699 - Not Defined
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/23/2019 by 3%
    Status: Active


    Completely remodeled Spanish Traditional home in the sought after Cal Tech area of Pasadena. Every aspect of the home from the structural retrofitting, the framing, the chimney, electrical wiring, central air and heat, the roof, the salt water pool and jacuzzi just to name a few- all BRAND NEW. This home is nestled within a beautiful tree lined street with wide side walks that is perfect for morning or evening strolls. Walk inside and you'll feel right at home with an original Batchelder fire place to greet you and a dining area that opens to a gorgeous kitchen filled with Viking appliances that will compliment any chef. You'll find three bedrooms along the hallway that will lead you to a spacious family room complete with a wall to wall wet bar and wine refrigerator. Each room features black out shades for privacy. Huge cantina doors open to the luxurious backyard that makes you feel like you're in a private resort. It's a bonafide entertainers delight equipped with a fire pit, custom built saltwater pool with jacuzzi and pool house that features a 3/4 bath. This home has too many features to list and it is a MUST SEE. A truly complete transformation with modern amenities while retaining its Spanish charm. (Virtual tour available)

    Listed with MARIE TOLENTINO CalDRE: 01919372, TradeMark 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/!


  • Thu, 23 May 2019 08:27:00 +0000: $1,149,000 :: 1530 N Harding Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,390 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,996 sq ft
    Added: 04/30/19, Last Updated: 05/23/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19093159
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/23/2019 by 3%
    Status: Active


    SPACIOUS UPDATED HOME WITH CHARACTER. This beautiful home has been completely remodeled and tastefully updated. It features a gorgeous gourmet kitchen with new custom cabinets, quartz countertops, a large island, breakfast counter, and Samsung stainless appliances. The kitchen opens to a large formal dinning room. The family room is absolutely stunning with a large open space, skylights that bring in natural light, and a traditional free standing fire place. The family room opens to a cozy and entertaining patio. The backyard has a large pool and spa, with a view of the mountains. The spacious master bedroom suite has access to the backyard through french doors and has a view of the refreshing pool. It also features a huge walk-in closet for her, two additional large closets for him, and a remodeled master bathroom. Other features include two additional bedrooms, a beautiful full bathroom with double sink, a formal living room with fireplace, new shingle roof, two new A/C units, copper plumbing, recessed lights, new paint interior and exterior, new fencing all around the house, custom flooring, and more. A MUST SEE. PRICED TO SELL.

    Listed with Mandy Alavi CalDRE: 01397175, Red Door 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/!


  • Thu, 23 May 2019 08:27:00 +0000: $1,998,000 :: 2710 E California Boulevard, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,523 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
    Added: 04/09/19, Last Updated: 05/23/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819001574
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This exquisite San Marino, mid-century-inspired ranch home, combines luxurious upgrades with preserved architectural details. The free-flowing floor plan, verdant lawn and fenced-in pool are the perfect backdrop for creating family memories and casual entertaining. There is a spacious living room with built-in fireplace that opens to a bright dining area. The modern kitchen showcases custom Leicht cabinets, an island with breakfast bar, and sleek appliances including a Thermador Induction cooktop, Liebherr refrigerator and freezer, and U-Line wine and beverage chiller. Off the kitchen is a guest bath and utility room opening to the two-car garage. The family room is accented with a wood-beam ceiling, brick fireplace and custom folding door. On the opposite side of the home you'll find 4 bedrooms and 2 additional baths. Enhancements made during a 2014 renovation include remodeled bathrooms with Hansgrohe fixtures, newly insulated interior walls, and seven monitoring cameras around the exterior perimeter. The home is a short distance from the Huntington Library, near local shopping and dining, and is served by the acclaimed San Marino Unified School District.

    Listed with Joan Bang, 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/!


  • Thu, 23 May 2019 07:20:00 +0000: $2,400,000 :: 59 W La Sierra Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,305 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
    Added: 05/23/19, Last Updated: 05/23/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819002392
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This Contemporary Mediterranean sits on a beautiful tree-lined street. Enter double doors into a grand foyer with vaulted ceilings and a stunning chandelier. Main floor offers large guest bedroom with en suite bath, second guest bedroom/home office, powder room, and laundry room. Tons of natural light flood the home and into a formal living room with fireplace and formal dining room. Open floor plan includes a large family room, beautiful gourmet kitchen with large eat-in island and rinse sink, stainless steel appliances, double oven, wet bar with storage, and built-in desk. Follow the intricately detailed iron staircase up to the second floor which features a master retreat with dual entry walk-in closet, large bath with double vanity, sunken tub, shower with rain head, and balcony. Two additional large guest beds with ample closet space and baths. This newly renovated home boasts a built-in sound system, central vacuum system imported stone, Spanish tile, marble, aged French limestone, mosaic tiles, and new carpet throughout. French doors open to a beautiful backyard which include a cover patio with built-in bbq, sink, fridge. Pool and spa feature multiple waterfalls. Guest house/casita include a bedroom, dining area and full bath. Three-car garage.

    Listed with Carmine Sabatella CalDRE: 01945152, 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/!


  • Thu, 23 May 2019 05:53:00 +0000: $1,028,000 :: 2640 San Pasqual Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,110 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
    Added: 05/23/19, Last Updated: 05/23/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 819002391
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This well maintained ranch style home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the desireable Pasadena neighborhood adjacent to San Marino. As you enter the home, you are welcomed into a vaulted ceiling living room with fireplace and generous natural light. The home offers a full deck at the rear yard providing for great entertaining space that requires little maintenance. The dining room provides french doors that open on to the rear deck for seamless indoor outdoor living. The home is conveniently located providing easy access to local shopping, freeways, and dining.

    Listed with Kevin Cheng CalDRE: 01899241, KAL Real Estate Brokerage, 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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