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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, 20 Jul 2019 14:41:00 +0000: $918,000 :: 1409 S 10th Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,289 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,942 sq ft
    Added: 07/02/19, Last Updated: 07/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19156963
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Charming Corner Lot Home with Spacious Remodeled & Newly Painted Interior! With 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, over 2280 sq. ft. of interior living space and close to 6,000 in lot size, this home offers the perfect size for any household. The front entrance welcomes you into a beautifully renovated open living space; the living room is spacious and features brand new laminate wood flooring, recessed lighting, crown molding, and a charming fireplace. Nestled between the living room and kitchen sits a bright & airy formal dining area where you can enjoy casual family meals or formal dinner parties. Culinary enthusiasts will love the huge open kitchen featuring gorgeous wooden cabinets, Granite counter-tops, and an over-sized bar perfect for entertainment; this kitchen is fully equipped with a gas cook-top, range, double oven, & dishwasher. Strategically placed skylights truly illuminate this home. 4 spacious bedrooms are laid out comfortably throughout this home. Also included is another family or office area with direct access to the private patio area; the large laundry room is located conveniently indoors. This property includes an attached 1-car garage and automatic gate to 2 expansive driveways that can accommodate multiple vehicles. Enjoy this home’s prime location that places it within the bounds of the prestigious Arcadia Unified School District, and provides easy access to parks, supermarkets, stores, restaurants, and the I-210 freeway.

    Listed with Sharon Liu CalDRE: 01720175, 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/!


  • Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:35:00 +0000: $975,000 :: 1255 N Garfield Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,712 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,192 sq ft
    Added: 07/20/19, Last Updated: 07/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR19172785
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Own this unique Craftsman 3 bedroom 2 bath single-family home "BEAUTY"!!!. Built in 1900 and located in the Garfield Heights area of Pasadena. Close to all the historic amenities that Pasadena has to offer. This is a decorator dream home to showcase their designer talents.

    Listed with Meroojohn Ordubegian CalDRE: 01064157, Westgate Capital


    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, 20 Jul 2019 12:35:00 +0000: $1,799,999 :: 145 W Pamela Road, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,401 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,480 sq ft
    Added: 05/06/19, Last Updated: 07/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR19112900
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/20/2019 by 5%
    Status: Active


    HUGE PRICE REDUCTION ON A BEAUTIFUL SOUTH FACING HOME IN THE HEART OF ARCADIA. WALKING DISTANCE TO THE AWARD WINNING ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL. CONTEMPORARY MEDITERRANEAN IN STYLING. UPON ENTRY, A SPECTACULAR GRAND CRYSTAL CHANDELIER. FOLLOW BY A FREE STANDING CUSTOM WROUGHT IRON STAIRCASE WITH EXQUISITE DETAILS AND PAINT WORK . THERE ON TOP IS A SKYLIGHT OVERLOOKING THE STAIRS. BY THE FIRE PLACE, THE MANTLE IS ACCENTED WITH A MIRROR THAT EXTEND ALL THE WAY TO THE CEILING. ANOTHER CRYSTAL CHANDELIER CENTERS THE DINNING ROOM. THERE IS A CENTER ISLAND IN THE KITCHEN AND THE FRIDGE IS BUILT INTO THE CABINETS. THE WET BAR CAN ENTERTAIN MANY GUEST WITH ITS WINE FRIDGE AND BUILT IN STORAGE FOR BOTH WINE AND WINE GLASSES. THE FAMILY ROOM IS A ENTERTAINMENT PARADISE WITH HOME THEATER CAPABILITY ALONG WITH DOLBY DIGITAL PRE-WIRING AND SPEAKERS BUILT IN THROUGH OUT THE HOUSE. THE MAIN LEVEL HAVE A FULL SUITE, FULL LAUNDRY ROOM AND A GUEST BATH ROOM. 18" MARBLE FLOOR WITH BLACK GRANITE TRIM COVERS THE MAIN FLOOR. ON THE SECOND FLOOR, THE WOOD FLOOR IS MADE OF SOLID OAK WITH CUSTOM PATTERN DESIGN CONNECTING TO THE STAIRS . THE MASTER BED ROOM HAVE A HUGE WALK IN CLOSET WHILE THE MASTER BATHROOM HAVE A BUILT IN SAUNA. ONE OF THE BEDROOM UPSTAIRS CAN EASILY CONVERT TO BE AN OFFICE. THERE ARE CROWN MOLDINGS THROUGH OUT THIS HOUSE WITH A LOT OF CUSTOM PAINT WORK AND DETAILS. EVEN THE GARAGE IS EPOXY WHILE HOUSING A WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM. NO EXPENSES WERE SPARED. A MUST SEE.

    Listed with John Ho CalDRE: 01880988, Keller Williams Signature


    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, 20 Jul 2019 06:36:00 +0000: $840,000 :: 2116 E Dudley Street, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,575 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,480 sq ft
    Added: 06/27/19, Last Updated: 07/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19152904
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/20/2019 by 4%
    Status: Active


    High Roof house located at a quiet street in Northeast Pasadena in the Brigden Ranch area with beautiful mountain views. Walking distance to Vitory Park, Pasadena High School and elementary school. Minutes to I-210, Pasadena old town, PCC and Cal-Tech, very convenient location. There are 3 bedrooms plus a bonus room, 1 and 3/4 baths (could consider the bathroom of biggest bedroom to become a master bedroom), a formal dining room and a sunny breakfast nook with a view of the mountains. Spacious living room, house is faced north, you could enjoy the cool fresh wind and the mountains view through the large picture window in the living room as well. The home also features original hardwood floors throughout, separate laundry and a cozy brick kitchen and many built-in cabinets, one California basement including too. In addition, there is a detached 2-car garage and a game room with a large fireplace, barbecue, sink and refrigerator. Great size pool at the back of house, gather all family members to enjoy the quite and cheerful summer. This is the house you could not miss !!!

    Listed with Ivy Shew-Jen Jou CalDRE: 01875034, Transglobal 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, 20 Jul 2019 04:12:00 +0000: $1,150,000 :: 1045 Don Robles Street, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,264 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,390 sq ft
    Added: 07/19/19, Last Updated: 07/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR19171740
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! Lovely home located in the prestigious Lower Rancho area of Arcadia! Open floor plan features with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in approximately 2264 Sqft. A spacious formal dining room, Living room with fireplace. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, and custom cabinetry, all flowing into a spacious family room with a fireplace and back yard views. The large master en-suite has separated shower and walk-in closet. This home has an abundance of upgrades and an excellent location close to award-winning Arcadia schools , just moments away from freeways, highly rated Arcadia schools, shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, botanical gardens, Santa Anita, Racetrack, and much more! A perfect place show just like a model! Must see!!!

    Listed with Yuzi Zhang CalDRE: 02037967, Remax Universal 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, 20 Jul 2019 04:07:00 +0000: $3,500,000 :: 48 Woodland Lane, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,078 sq ft
    Lot Size: 31,590 sq ft
    Added: 07/18/19, Last Updated: 07/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19167159
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Unspoiled classic elegance is displayed throughout this architectural gem in the prestigious Santa Anita Oaks neighborhood of North Arcadia. Set on over 31,500 sq ft of park like grounds, this home exudes character and charm throughout. The grand living room with stunning wood beamed vaulted ceilings and picturesque windows overlooks the fountain and rose garden. A formal dining room and sophisticated office with hideaway bookshelves and tiled fireplace enhance the character of the home. The large eat in kitchen flows seemingly into the family room and bar area and opens to the patio decks making this a true entertainer’s delight. There are five well appointed bedrooms, including two master suites, one on the main level and a newer master suite on the upper level with a luxurious bath. Two bedrooms are on a separate upper wing of the home- ideal for teens or guests. The sprawling grounds include a charming pool house,(786 Sq Ft), with kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom, pool, jacuzzi, rose garden and numerous mature fruit trees including: pomegranate, orange, grapefruit, apricot, lemon and avocado. Ideal location in the Santa Anita Oaks- just minutes to fine dining, shopping, Santa Anita Racetrack, LA Arboretum and freeway access. Award winning Arcadia Schools. Main house: 4292 SQ FT, per REST, Pool house: 786 SQ Ft, per REST. Lot: 31,590, per assessor's map.

    Listed with Amy Ellis CalDRE: 01275465, 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/!


  • Sat, 20 Jul 2019 04:07:00 +0000: $1,088,000 :: 812 Victoria Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,646 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,667 sq ft
    Added: 07/19/19, Last Updated: 07/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19168415
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Situated on a lovely tree-lined street, this charming traditional home is located in the Santa Anita Village, a highly desirable Arcadia neighborhood. It was completely remodeled in 2012, copper plumbing, tankless water heater. The inviting living room feature a cozy fireplace and bay window. Open floor plan with living room adjacent to formal dining room and comfortable family room. The kitchen boasts quartz counter tops/backsplash, Vikings appliances, double oven, custom cabinetry, farmhouse sink, a breakfast bar and porcelain tile flooring. The master bedroom features a large walk-in closet and updated master bathroom. There is a spacious two-car garage with convenient direct access and an additional carport attached to garage. Additional features include: central air & heat, new flooring, plantation shutters, dual pane windows, crown molding, recessed lighting, updated plumbing and electrical and a large storage house in the backyard. The convenient location is near the Westfield Shopping Center, Los Angeles Arboretum, Santa Anita Racetrack, countless restaurants and grocery stores . Don’t miss your opportunity to live in a highly sought after Arcadia neighborhood.

    Listed with Maria Prata CalDRE: 01861294, 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/!


  • Sat, 20 Jul 2019 04:07:00 +0000: $1,580,000 :: 1712 6th, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,130 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,784 sq ft
    Added: 07/19/19, Last Updated: 07/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19172552
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Beautiful two-story home in a great neighborhood. This contemporary home features four spacious bedrooms, including a master bedroom downstairs, a large living room with fireplace, a formal dining room and a family room. Generous use of natural woods complements the modern feel of this comfortable residence. The glass-paneled front door and entry leads to a living room with a magnificent brick fireplace and bay-windows. The formal dining room has a classic chandelier and built-in cabinets. The spacious and open kitchen boasts tile floors and counter tops, an atrium window and natural wood cabinets. The family room is accented with sliding doors leading to the back yard, a private swimming pool at the back yard. Upstairs master suite has a huge office room and a sliding door leading to a tiled balcony, and you will see the swimming pool from the balcony. New 2 AC unit, and a 3-car garage. The park-like back yard is perfect for your Californian living. The home is in an convenient location near schools, the Westfield Santa Anita and the Santa Anita Golf Course.

    Listed with Shirley Tang CalDRE: 01845722, Re/Max 888


    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, 20 Jul 2019 01:01:00 +0000: $4,988,800 :: 262 W Lemon Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 8,770 sq ft
    Lot Size: 19,232 sq ft
    Added: 07/19/19, Last Updated: 07/20/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19172000
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This magnificence estate boast luxurious and splendor with modern design. Soaring ceiling and ample windows, circular driveway with security gate and mature landscaping that have created privacy on this almost 20,000 SF lot. Double door entry greeted by a two-story grand foyer, an elegant formal living room, formal dining room, an impressive library. Extending to the outside, a glass door opens to massive garden patio and water-fall swimming pool designed for entertaining. This spectacular master piece offers 6 en-suite (2 on the main floor) & 8 baths, gym with sauna, home theatre and elevator. Top-of-the-line appliances & a gourmet kitchen with large center island with bar seating and large breakfast nook area and an additional wok kitchen, and connects to an expansive family room and wet-bar and wine room. The mezzanine has a generous loft space lounge area. The second level includes 4 en-suites; a spacious master suite has a sitting area, the deluxe bathroom and its private balcony. Beautifully designed and ready for you to move in.

    Listed with Karen Gee CalDRE: 01714007, 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/!


  • Fri, 19 Jul 2019 19:56:00 +0000: $4,600,000 :: 110 W La Sierra Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 9 baths
    Home size: 9,698 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,192 sq ft
    Added: 05/07/19, Last Updated: 07/19/19
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19105331
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/19/2019 by 2%
    Status: Active


    MOTIVATED SELLER, please MAKE AN OFFER! Exquisite Newly Constructed Estate featuring nearly 10,000 square feet of living space on a flat rectangular lot in the heart of Arcadia. Gated circular driveway leads to a grand double door entry boasting 20’ ceilings highlighted by an opulent custom chandelier. The handsome office/library with coffered ceilings is private from entertainment areas. The gourmet kitchen and wok kitchen both feature top-of-the-line Wolf & Sub Zero appliances. The gorgeous open family room leads out to the covered patio, multiple seating areas, and heated pool and spa. There is a convenient pool room with its own bath. Two main level guest bedroom suites finish off the main level. A magnificent floor to ceiling custom mirror leads to the open ceiling entertainment level with a state-of-the art home theater, lounge, bar, wine cellar, full bath, gym room with sauna, exterior patio, and elevator. The upstairs suites are a playful combination of classic lines and exclusive design elements, such as custom geometric patterned stonework and unique bathroom fixtures. Romantic master suite features a private sitting area with fireplace, private balcony, and stunning bath with separate tub and steam shower. Additional amenities for this smart home include remote control Lutron lights, Sonos sound system, whole house fan, security cameras, central vacuum and 4-car garage. Built with the highest quality material & craftsmanship, the home is sure to impress.

    Listed with Alpha Liu CalDRE: 01906983, 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/!


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