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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.

  • Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:28:00 +0000: $866,000 :: 10418 E Live Oak Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,026 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,290 sq ft
    Added: 02/18/17, Last Updated: 02/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: AR17034195
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Newer Remodeled Arcadia Home is in Immaculate Condition! Desirable & Convenient Location Near Shopping, Transportation and much More! Remodeled Throughout! ARCADIA SCHOOL DISTRICT! 2 Bedroom Suites. Features Include: Central Air/Heat, NEWER Hardwood Floors, NEWER Dual Paned Windows, NEWER Remodeled Kitchen, NEWER Addition for Master Bedroom Suite, All Remodeled Baths, Water Softener System, Tankless Water Heater, Copper Plumbing & Separate Laundry Room. Spacious Formal Living Room & Formal Dining Area with Fireplace, NEWER Gourmet Kitchen offers Granite Countertops, Tile Floors, Gorgeous Cabinets & Stainless Steel Appliances. Huge Master Suite Addition Built in 2006 with Luxurious Master Bath and Large Walk-In Closet with Organizer. Hall Bath features Separate Shower and Jacuzzi Tub. Covered Patio & Landscaped Yard with Auto Sprinklers offers a Variety of Fruit Trees. 2 Car Detached Garage with Auto Remotes and Additional Storage

    Listed with Johnny Lam, Treeline Realty & 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, 24 Feb 2017 21:24:00 +0000: $889,000 :: 404 S San Gabriel Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,600 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,557 sq ft
    Added: 02/24/17, Last Updated: 02/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: TR17038727
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Beautiful Southeast Pasadena Estate. Charming single family residence situated in gorgeous neighborhood that gives tons of natural light!! Plenty of potential to add over 1000+square feet for large family. This home lays out well, 3 bedrooms are in the south side. Family room, Dining room and kitchen are in the north side. Remodeled new kitchen( New cabinets and appliances) Come visit your future home. *Note: Owner converted formal dining room into a study. It can be easily converted back to give more lights to the house.

    Listed with Linzi Liu, Globridge 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, 24 Feb 2017 21:24:00 +0000: $2,780,000 :: 338 E Forest Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,169 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,123 sq ft
    Added: 01/02/17, Last Updated: 02/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: AR17000346
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Gorgeous Mediterranean style architecture, newly build in Arcadia's coveted Highland Oaks neighborhood and school district. Built and designed by Robert Tong and built by Tipping. The north-facing estate features 4,169 square footage of living spaces, with a private European-style courtyard that has been romantically set with an outdoor fireplace, TV hook up, audio, lighting and security system, and a beautiful young oak tree to complete the atmosphere, perfect for entertaining and hosting guests. The first floor offers an abundance of natural light through the beautiful corridor. The floor plan has a great flow that conduct to a comfortable lifestyle. It also features a gourmet kitchen equipped with top-of-the-line appliances and a separate wok kitchen. The second floor features a loft area suitable for a secondary living space, two additional detailed en suites bedrooms. The spacious master bedroom with a walk-in closet and a spa-like master bathroom, which features a large steam shower as well. The estate has a large backyard with room for a pool. Other features such as pre-wired security system, Internet readiness, central vacuum, music integration throughout most parts of the house, and much more. Virtual tour available.

    Listed with Rosi Ueng, Treeline Realty & 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, 24 Feb 2017 21:16:00 +0000: $1,980,000 :: 25 Andrea Lane, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,373 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,242 sq ft
    Added: 02/01/17, Last Updated: 02/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: AR17020977
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/24/2017 by 5%
    Status: Active


    Spectacular City Lights View Home located in the most Desirable Highland Oaks Area of Northern Arcadia. This Beautiful South Facing Home was rebuilt in 2007 featuring 4,373sf of Living Area, 2 Staircases located in Front and Back of the Property, Formal Entrance Area in Living Room greets your Guests with Fireplace and an Extra Large Chandelier, a Bonus Room as your Office or Gym, Formal Dining Room allows you to overlook the Sunset View while having Dinner with your Family & Guests, Gourmet Chef's Kitchen with Extra Large Center Island, Pantry, Stainless Steel Appliances, Custom Made Cabinetry, and Breakfast Nook Area to overlook the City Lights View in the Evening. This Property offers 4 Bedrooms and 4 Baths including a Secluded Master Suite with Fireplace, Wet Bar, Double Sinks, Jacuzzi Tub, Walk-in Closet, Private Retreat Area for Relaxation and Family Gathering while enjoying the 180 Degree of City Lights View from the Large South Facing Patio as well as the Mountain View from the North Facing Patio. Extensive use of Hardwood Floorings, Wood Molding, and Travertines throughout. Other features include a separate Laundry Room and Dual Zoned A/C units. Don't miss out on the Opportunity to see such a Beautiful Home with Mountain, Sunset and City Lights Views. Professional Landscape for Front and Backyards and Awards wining Arcadia Schools.

    Listed with Maggie Ly, 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/!


  • Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:08:00 +0000: $1,290,000 :: 608 E SANDRA Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,145 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,613 sq ft
    Added: 02/24/17, Last Updated: 02/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: WS17038725
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    HIGHLY RATED ARCADIA SCHOOL DISTRICT! This warm and delightful single story house located on tree-lined streets in a quiet lovely neighborhood. Sits south facing north, it features an excellent designed floor plan throughout - open, airy, and very quiet. Open casual spaces feature corner fireplace, formal living room, dining room, and good size kitchen with dining area.. Beautiful front yard and large back yard with a covered patio, and a large sparkling pool. Central A/C. Seller just installed new flooring along with new windows, one year old new roof and tank-less water heater. 2 car attached garage. This classic home offers great potential and excellent value in a wonderful community. ***BONUS 2 Bedroom & 1 Bath Unit with EXTRA INCOME*** This is definitely a must see.

    Listed with HING CHU, 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/!


  • Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:56:00 +0000: $1,448,000 :: 1601 WESLEY Lane, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,839 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,325 sq ft
    Added: 08/18/16, Last Updated: 02/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: TR16182084
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/9/2016 by 3%
    Status: Active


    Single story home in a well sized-2839 s.f., large fenced lot-9325 s.f. on a desirable cut-de-sac street. Schools in the district included Richard Henry Dona Middle School, Arcadia Montessori School, and distinguished Arcadia High School, close to restaurants, shops, Arcadia Library, Tierra Verde Park, Camino Grove Park, and thoroughbred racetrack Santa Anita Park. Two car garage is in a structure separate from the main house. walking distance to school. NEW PAINT-INSIDE & OUTSIDE OF THE PROPERTY ALSO, FOR ONE YEAR LEASE-LISTING #TR16747110, MOVE IN CONDITION

    Listed with Marie Cheng, 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/!


  • Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:52:00 +0000: $848,000 :: 506 Mound Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,338 sq ft
    Lot Size: 0 sq ft
    Added: 02/24/17, Last Updated: 02/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317001699
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Tract: Not Applicable-658
    Status: Active


    Unique opportunity to own this lovingly maintained traditional bungalow with an arts and crafts influence, located in a parklike cul-de-sac in the award-winning Arroyo Vista Elementary School area. The charming red front door gives way to an open-concept floorplan, with gleaming original hardwood floors, and large windows throughout. The kitchen is redone and offers a butler's pantry and energy efficient appliances. The serene dining area features a pair of french doors which open to the back patio, perfect for dining al fresco or enjoying a cool beverage and good conversation. The 2 downstairs rooms are lined by the same windows characteristic of the home, and connected by a jack-and-jill bathroom. A discreet stairwell leads to a spacious upstairs room and full bath. Walking distance to Garfield Park, The Raymond Restaurant, Bristol Farms, and Starbucks; Mound Avenue offers great neighbors, block parties, sunday dinners, school carpools, and is a wonderful reminder of how easy life can truly be. The value is undeniable. Don't miss it!

    Listed with Emilia Araujo, Partners Trust Real Estate Bro


    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, 24 Feb 2017 18:52:00 +0000: $3,380,000 :: 808 Kaitlyn Place, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 6,408 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,608 sq ft
    Added: 02/24/17, Last Updated: 02/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: AR17038267
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This Stunning Brand New Construction, Modern Spanish Architecture is not to be missed. Masterfully Constructed & Developed by Tipping Construction and Designed by Robert Tong. Secluded on a prestigious cul-de-sac street with all newer homes and beautiful curb appeal. This 6408 ft. Estate 5 Bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths is unrivaled in quality and luxury. The approach to this exquisite home is unquestionably a unique testament to this property and the builder. As you walk into this gorgeous estate you are greeted with an open floor plan complete with a gorgeous elegant foyer area and stunning Living Room. Adjacent is your executive style office accented with wood features. Enjoy the luxury of your own multilevel person Home Theatre w/HD projection and a 120 inch screen. Gorgeous Master Suite features sitting area and huge master bath of imported tiles, huge soaking tub & expansive glass steamed shower. Master Chefs kitchen with hardwood floors featuring top of the line Thermador appliances & separate Chef's prep kitchen with separate sink. The light filled open family room/kitchen design boasts generous breakfast area & convenient separate Wine/Bar that flows nicely in the open space with abundant light for entertaining. Meticulously manicured backyard with inside/outside dining, gorgeous pool/spa with waterfalls and a full BBQ kitchen area are great for entertaining. A truly wonderful masterpiece of excellence, located in the prestigious Arcadia School District, awaits your presence.

    Listed with Ash Rizk, 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/!


  • Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:52:00 +0000: $3,580,000 :: 3675 Locksley Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 4,821 sq ft
    Lot Size: 25,384 sq ft
    Added: 10/24/16, Last Updated: 02/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: AR16732380
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Nestled in one of Pasadena's most coveted neighborhoods of Chapman Woods is this gorgeous single story home features over 4800 square feet of livable space on over 25,000 square foot flat lot with 6 Bedrooms suites and 6 private bathrooms for each bedroom. This extremely well maintained home has been extensively remodeled inside out with beautiful wood flooring, decorative paint colors and brand new windows and recessed lighting throughout. The remodeled Kitchen exudes comfort with all stainless steel appliances and is adjacent to the family room that over looks the park-like backyard. Formal Living Room feature vaulted ceilings and very spacious for large gatherings and also is adjacent to the beautiful backyard, Master Bedroom is beautiful with a full sitting area that can be a second office and large walk-in closet. The backyard has been masterfully and beautifully landscaped for large parties with a large sparkling pool and spa with electronic pool cover, 2 different fire pit areas, wood benches. Plenty of parking in the 3 car garage and the circular driveway. Enjoy this beautiful indoor/outdoor entertaining home in one of Pasadena's exquisite neighborhoods with all this area has to offer.

    Listed with Ash Rizk, 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/!


  • Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:44:00 +0000: $1,348,888 :: 155 Cordova Street , Unit 203, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,081 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,346 sq ft
    Added: 02/24/17, Last Updated: 02/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Condominium
    MLS Number: PW17031638
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Welcome Home to Terra Bella. Your new energy efficient, state of the art home will amaze! 28 exclusive luxury properties comprise your new community within walking distance to everything. Designed to provide the privacy of a single family home, built with unparalleled cutting edge security, and engineered for quiet, peaceful, serenity. The private elevator will transport you to yours and only one other residence. The light, bright, open floorplan is perfect for entertaining or quiet evenings at home. The quality of your new retreat is unsurpassed with hardwood flooring, high ceilings, CAT5e speed internet, tankless water heater, 2 custom fireplaces, amazing custom cabinets, created by a master cabinet maker & more. The gourmet chef of the family will enjoy creating gastronomical delights with the Viking Professional appliances. Wait until you see the stunning countertops in the kitchen and baths, and custom solid core doors throughout. The quality does not stop at your front door, but is carried to the rooftop. Rooftop amenities include incredible views, solar heated pool, spa, private cabanas with BBQ’s, lounging & entertainment areas, fire pit, fireplaces, and a glass fitness center. Work from home? The luxurious conference/business center is the perfect meeting place. 1 block to Pasadena Convention Center, Paseo Colorado and 2 blocks from Old Pasadena’s shopping/nightlife. Theater, symphony, and fine dining are all walking distance from your quiet, private/serene paradise.

    Listed with Nancy DuShane-Bank, ReMax Realty Centre


    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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