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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, 13 Dec 2018 19:16:00 +0000: $3,480,000 :: 548 Gloria Road, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,037 sq ft
    Lot Size: 17,506 sq ft
    Added: 08/08/18, Last Updated: 12/13/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR18185277
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last increased on 12/13/2018 by 3%
    Status: Active


    Magnificent custom home in prestigious Santa Anita Oaks. Property is recently remodeled, exquisite details include a high-ceiling foyer with grand entry stairway, Crystal chandeliers, crown molding, three fireplaces, balconies and a private staircase to master bedroom. Inviting living room with a marble fireplace and display case. Formal dining room with bay windows and view to the front yard. High ceiling grand family room boasts a marble fireplace, wet bar, and French doors opening to the backyard. Adjoining the family room is the spacious kitchen with center island and breakfast area, views of the lush backyard, covered patio, gazebo, waterfall pool and spa. Three suites on ground floor (one currently used as office). Second floor consist of a grand master suite with retreat, double sided marble fireplace, balcony and huge master bath. Two additional en suites with their own bath, and a private balcony. Beautiful lush landscaped and many fruit trees. Gated circular driveway, waterfall fountain and four-car garage. 3+ year new solar panel system is owned. Close to Westfield Santa Anita shopping center, L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Santa Anita Park and easy in-and-out through Freeway 210. Home is ideal for the finest California entertaining and multi generation living. Great School, Great neighborhood.

    Listed with Wen Hung Huang CalDRE: 01921061, ReMax 2000 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, 13 Dec 2018 16:47:00 +0000: $4,980,000 :: 1122 S Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 8,028 sq ft
    Lot Size: 23,056 sq ft
    Added: 10/01/18, Last Updated: 12/13/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS18239286
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/13/2018 by 15%
    Status: Active


    This custom built villa blends modern sophistication and timeless style while offering every amenity for classic Californian indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. This gorgeous 5 bedrooms + 6.5 baths traditional home privately set behind the hedges with circular driveway,. With over 8,000 sq ft of living space, it features thoughtfully designed layout with upgraded designer finishes, upscale lighting, and also elevator to all floors. Enter though an impressive entryway with magnificent double staircase, which adds an extra touch of elegance. To your left is the private office with matching custom built-in shelves. First floor features fabulous living room, oversized dining room, modern Chinese’s kitchen, and an exceptional Che’s kitchen with high-end appliances and center-island. Both formal and informal dining areas lend themselves to any type of soiree, whether a full dinner party or just a casual evening gathering. In addition to that, first floor also features an en-suite adjacent to home theatre, which equipped with latest tech and big screen. Upstairs has 4 exquisitely designed en-suite bedrooms including a romantic master suite with its own balcony, which overlooks the beautiful backyard with a large private swimming pool and a private tennis court. Master suite also features private office, his and her baths with huge walk-in closets and large sauna room. Spending an hour or two in your own private gym room or pool area is perfect suited for relaxing.

    Listed with GUANGRONG ZUO CalDRE: 01938898, RE/MAX PREMIER/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, 13 Dec 2018 11:39:00 +0000: $849,000 :: 2361 N Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,668 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,139 sq ft
    Added: 11/08/18, Last Updated: 12/13/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18269654
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    The price of this listing was last increased on 12/13/2018 by 6%
    Status: Active


    What unique great location, low traffic tucked neighborhood, mountain views, walks and hidden retreats, Close to JPL, Rose Bowl, Parks, Trails, Mountains & 210 Fwy, Entering into welcoming Foyer with stone tile floors enclosed in a granite border, to the left is the living room with fireplace & a corridor with 3 bedroom, all of which are bright and spacious, Master suite is end of the hallway and has its own Master bath & little retreat garden. There is a second bath & laundry area in the hall way. Straight from the entry is dining room with French doors to back yard pool, the tasteful kitchen is open to the dining room both have natural stone tile with granite inserts, right to entry is family room with wet bar & built in work desk area. Hard wood, natural stone floors all counter top are natural granite or marble. The Garage has been converted to Family room so the “Living” Sqft may not be accurate. There is also private access to block park, accessible only by direct neighbors

    Listed with Nizar Kailani CalDRE: 01272558, 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/!


  • Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:14:00 +0000: $2,498,000 :: 135 San Miguel Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,114 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,668 sq ft
    Added: 12/06/18, Last Updated: 12/13/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS18287096
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Gorgeous & Charming Brand New Custom Home built in 2018. This luxurious custom estate is located in a peaceful neighborhood " Arcadia Garden"area. Featuring approximately 4114 square feet in ultimate design, quality, technology & finishes. A bright open floor plan with 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms including a master suite with a beautiful upstairs loft sitting area, All Bedrooms have their own en-suite baths and have unparalleled fixtures & finishes with marble accents. Stunning dining room, spacious family room, exquisite library with built in bookshelves. The gourmet kitchen features Stainless steel appliances and build-in refrigerator, good-looking center island, breakfast nook, pantry, custom cabinets, cozy wok room and wet bar . The master bedroom contains double sinks and a massive walk-in closet. Every suite has professional painting and good quality carpets, hardwood floors through out the stairs and halls, warm private courtyard and cozy backyard are surrounded by attractively landscaped. Excellent Arcadia Unified School District. Easy access to schools, library, Arcadia golf course, park, and Santa Anita Malls.

    Listed with SUNNY WONG CalDRE: 01877949, 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/!


  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:40:00 +0000: $3,220,000 :: 976 Volante Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,928 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,906 sq ft
    Added: 12/12/18, Last Updated: 12/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18290361
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Beautiful brand New Arcadia School Home built in Lower Rancho which is the best area in the center of Arcadia, also close to Arcadia Mall, Supermarkets and all type of restaurants. Home features 4 bedroom suites, 6 baths, high ceilings in foyer, living room, and formal dining room. The kitchen is perfect for entertaining, with Stainless Steel appliances and even opens up to the family room perfect for family gatherings. Wok kitchen provides powerful hood and cooktop. Spacious master suite features sitting area, bathroom has dual sinks, steam shower, and Kohler fixtures and tub. Other amenities include: laundry room, alarm system with security cameras, prewired for Internet, 2 car detached garage, designer wallpaper used throughout, wet bar, powder room, and much more! Don’t miss this chance to own a cozy home in prestigious Lower Rancho!

    Listed with Jenny Ma CalDRE: 01882851, Long Dragon Realty 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/!


  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:55:00 +0000: $1,299,000 :: 1630 Casa Grande Street, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,887 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
    Added: 12/12/18, Last Updated: 12/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818005834
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Welcome home to this charming, 5 BR/ 3 BA, Spanish-style home originally built in 1929 (Architect, James A Knaefler). Located along a wide, tree-lined street in the North Pasadena Heights Historic Landmark District, this property sits on a deep-lot and has been tastefully remodeled to reflect modern conveniences with character and charm. The sun filled living room with lofty barrel ceiling, large bay window showcases a stunning mountain-view & original fireplace with french doors opening to the front patio. A formal dining room flows into the updated kitchen w/ breakfast nook, stainless steel appliances, built-in custom storage and a large deck to enjoy eating al-fresco under the trees. Master bedroom with en-suite bath, walk-in closets and original details as well as 2 additional generous bedrooms. A center staircase leads downstairs to include 2 spacious bedrooms, laundry room and bathroom. A large family room opens directly to the private rear yard w/ multiple patios and flat green space offering perfect gathering spaces for entertaining and outdoor enjoyment.Gaited driveway, professionally landscaped throughout and a detached garage with storage. A studio/bonus room (350 sq ft taped) w/refinished carriage doors and recessed lighting. Do not miss it!

    Listed with Colette Dornblum CalDRE: 01952165, 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/!


  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:41:00 +0000: $1,888,000 :: 407 El Centro Street, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,143 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
    Added: 12/12/18, Last Updated: 12/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818005833
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    Tract: Other
    Status: Active


    Welcome home to this 1908 picture-perfect Craftsman in the heart of one of S. Pasadena's most sought-after neighborhoods. Located steps from award-winning Arroyo Vista Elem. & walking dist. to Orange Grove Park, Trader Joe's, Metro Station, Public Library, Farmer's Market, Mission District shops & restaurants & all the outdoor activities along beautiful Arroyo Seco. Features incld 4 bds, 2 remodeled full bths, addtl 1/2 bth, two laundry areas, formal living rm, dining area, fam room & two car garage. Bdrms & living areas have beautiful hrdwd flrs, are spacious & full of natural light. The perfectly manicured, drought-tolerant garden is low maintenance, w/ beautiful & peaceful outdoor gathering areas (Lanai, fountain & garden lighting); mature landscaping & trees producing delicious lemons, pomegranates & figs. Arts & Crafts design & details throughout home have earned this gem the S. Pasadena Heritage Restoration Award, incl Batchelder style tile surrounding the fireplace, subway & hex tile in kitchen & bths, claw foot tub, orig built-ins throughout home & expansive front porch. Modern day touches incl recessed lighting, central air/heat & period chef's kit. w/farmhouse sink, cabinet fridge & dishwasher, 6 burner pro range & break. nook. Very special home!

    Listed with Matty Hurtado CalDRE: 01207955, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company


    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, 12 Dec 2018 12:39:00 +0000: $1,680,000 :: 1130 Drake Road, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,852 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,402 sq ft
    Added: 09/06/18, Last Updated: 12/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18218971
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/12/2018 by 6%
    Status: Active


    Price reduction!Motivated seller !Elegant two story single house located in highly desirable Santa Anita Village of Arcadia with famous Arcadia Schools. It was totally remodeled in 1996 by the previous owner. Manicured landscaped front yard leads you to the marble framed entrance. Newly replaced floor and interior paint throughout. The beautiful house features four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Luxurious living room with marble fireplace. Spacious and charming family room with beamed ceiling. Bright formal dining room and newly remodeled gourmet kitchen. Upstairs, you will find a generous-sized master suite, walk-in closet, jacuzzi tub, dual sink vanities, second marble-framed fireplace in a big setting area and a large patio to take in the stunning mountain views. Resplendent private backyard for tea time and relaxation, spa and BBQ area for your enjoyment!

    Listed with Mary Zhou CalDRE: 01312369, 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/!


  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:25:00 +0000: $3,488,000 :: 2900 Sheffield Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,285 sq ft
    Lot Size: 17,306 sq ft
    Added: 10/05/18, Last Updated: 12/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS18245097
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/12/2018 by 8%
    Status: Active


    You cannot find another BRAND NEW SINGLE STORY home located in the prestigious & desirable City of San Marino. This beautiful home sits on a large 17,307 sqft lot, featuring 4 bedrooms, 3.75 baths in the Main House, plus a 485 sqft guest house with kitchen & bathroom. This North facing home is built with the highest quality construction materials, which includes Marvin Windows & Doors, Reclaimed European Oak hardwood flooring & designer light fixtures. Bright & Natural lighting fills the spacious Great Room. The professional kitchen features a built in 48” Sub Zero Refrigerator, a 48”Wolf gas range, a Wolf microwave, a large kitchen island, & furniture quality cabinetry. The kitchen also features a separate Wok Kitchen which is a rare find in a San Marino home. The master bedroom has French Doors opening to the large backyard with a great garden view. The master bathroom comes with a large and beautiful shower design & dual sinks. This beautiful home features a luxurious lifestyle with no expense spared! In addition, the home offers you a full control of ALL facilities from your smart phone, which includes home alarm system with cameras, SONOS sound system, and high tech RING camera door bell. Located in an Award-Winning San Marino School District! Hurry, this home won’t last!

    Listed with LIWEI CHEN CalDRE: 01929143, RE/MAX ADVANCED 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/!


  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:42:00 +0000: $3,880,000 :: 310 E Duarte Road, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,287 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,500 sq ft
    Added: 07/09/18, Last Updated: 12/12/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS18211693
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/12/2018 by 3%
    Status: Active


    Newer contemporary custom-built gated estate with well-crafted interior situated in beautiful City of Arcadia. This estate is designed by archit. PDS Studio. Automatic private security gated accented with beautiful brick paved circular driveway. This 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths estate fully equipped with upscale life style. The wrought-Iron Glass Double door that leads to an impressive high ceiling grand foyer with crystal chandelier, marble tile floor and magnificent staircase. Thoughtfully designed open floor plan, high ceiling, detailed decorative, molding and recessed lighting throughout the house. Formal living room with fireplace leads to gorgeous formal dining. Gourmet kitchen offering an entertaining island with Viking appliances and custom crafted cabinetry adjacent wok kitchen. Built-in wine cellar, private gym or entertainment room offers both wet and sauna next to movie theater. There is one guest suite downstairs. Master suite features a retreat, walk-in closet and balcony. Master shower room with steamer, Jacuzzi tub and vanity. Custom pool and spa completed the outdoor touch with gorgeous landscaping front and back. Attached 3 car garage. Close to Golf course, Park, Library, schools and walking distance to supermarket and restaurants. Truly a must see!

    Listed with ZHUN HUANG CalDRE: 01927227, HomeSmart Evergreen 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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