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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 Jan 2020 14:09:00 +0000: $2,150,000 :: 909 S Lotus Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,770 sq ft
    Lot Size: 45,782 sq ft
    Added: 01/23/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20016268
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Excellent location of Chapman Woods!! RARE FIND LOT!! Lot over 1.05 acre, Front site 126 feet, Rear site 201 Feet, East site 211 Feet, West site 238 Feet. Convenient location to everything.

    Listed with Tony Krmzyan CalDRE: 00843116, 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, 23 Jan 2020 14:09:00 +0000: $960,000 :: 3870 Cartwright Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,556 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,218 sq ft
    Added: 01/15/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PF20011588
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    This lovely Upper Hastings Ranch home is located in one of the desirable locations in Pasadena. This charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features a beautiful backyard, large front yard with cobblestone driveway with installed drainage system and hardwood flooring. The home provides plenty of natural sunlight, a spacious living room with a dining area. There is a sun room that may be used as a family room to entertain guests that is approximately 300 square feet and is estimated in the properties square footage. The kitchen features maple cabinets along with a granite counter top and breakfast area that compliments the kitchen. A newly installed air filtration system for clean air inside the home. The backyard has a pergola that provides you that perfect shade to sit outside and enjoy the weather. This is the perfect home to move into and enjoy all that it provides you.

    Listed with Sam Najarian CalDRE: 01988623, Redfin Corporation


    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 Jan 2020 12:30:00 +0000: $2,180,000 :: 325 S Old Ranch Road, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,171 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,109 sq ft
    Added: 01/23/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20016104
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Stunning California Ranch Style, a masterpiece by Robert Tong and Mur-Sol Construction located in the quiet Lower Rancho in Arcadia. This single-story boasts high-ceilings, four bedrooms including master bedroom, en-suite bedroom and two more spacious bedrooms with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, an inviting living room and formal dining room, open concept family room and Chef's kitchen with custom cabinetry, high-end Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf burners, artistic waterjet backsplash and a separate wok-kitchen. Luxurious wood floors, moldings and trims throughout. The master suite has a view of the private backyard, the spa-like bathroom features beautifully designed stall shower with multi-shower head system, large soaking tub also with a shower head for convenience. Spacious individual laundry room and attached 2-car garage with new paint. Step out on the quiet neighborhood for a walk. Within the award-winning Arcadia Unified School District and convenient location, just steps away from the ever-changing Santa Anita mall, various restaurants, banks, parks and entertainments.

    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 Jan 2020 10:49:00 +0000: $7,380,000 :: 1267 Shenandoah Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    8 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 7,462 sq ft
    Lot Size: 30,318 sq ft
    Added: 01/23/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20014114
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    Exquisite updated colonial-style manor in the prestigious estate area of San Marino, just above Lacy Park. Secluded and private park-like lot includes gated circular driveway, three-car garage, pool and lighted tennis court. This home features a great floor plan, an abundance of natural light, granite tile and natural hardwood flooring throughout. An inviting entry hall with high ceiling foyer with grand chandelier welcomes all who enter. Grand Living room features a handsome fireplace, large Family Room with multiple French doors leading to the beautiful backyard. Remodeled in 2010, the spacious gourmet Kitchen equipped with professional-grade appliances. An in-law bedroom is located off the kitchen. The formal Dining Room opens to the patio with brick planters and built-in BBQ area. The grand Master Suite and three additional bedrooms are on the second floor, each with balconies. Master Suite with Onyx Marble Fireplace, luxurious Spa-like bath including artisan-crafted imported marble bath and shower, walk-in closet, a study room, and a library. A Recreation Room and a Guest Room on the first level have own separate entrances from backyard. The backyard features a sparkling pool, lighted championship tennis court and lush landscaping, which all create a secluded haven for outdoor entertaining. Modern updates including Russound multizone system, windows, three A/C systems, etc. The property is within short distance to Huntington Library and San Marino Schools.

    Listed with Xiao Zhang CalDRE: 01910041, 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 Jan 2020 10:49:00 +0000: $995,000 :: 1646 E Villa Street, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,600 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,404 sq ft
    Added: 01/21/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: DW20015826
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this Pasadena house Built in 1942, this beautiful smart home was tastefully remodeled in October 2018. Featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this home boasts a master suite with a walk-in closet. You will also fall in love with the open floor plan, featuring Pergo laminate flooring with max pad throughout, recessed lighting, plantation shutters, and a fireplace. The kitchen includes updated countertops, cabinets, Samsung appliances, windows, and hands free farmhouse sink. This home also offers a large backyard, two car garage, brand new concrete driveway, new 4 Ton Carrier HVAC 2-stage unit, and new 40 gallon water heater. This gem is also conveniently located near Pasadena City College, Caltech, and everything beautiful Pasadena has to offer. Smart features include: · Google Nest home video doorbell · Google Nest thermostat · Google Nest smoke and Co2 detector · Rachio sprinkler controller · Haiku fan · Wemo light switches · Level 2 electric vehicle charger · Re-Wired Electrical throughout · Cat-6 wired internet throughout.

    Listed with Carolina Turcios CalDRE: 01769151, Berkshire Hathaway Home Srvs


    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 Jan 2020 09:27:00 +0000: $1,325,000 :: 301 Danimere Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,392 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,828 sq ft
    Added: 10/29/19, Last Updated: 01/23/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19253252
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Absolutely Charming Single Family home on a quiet tree lined street is not to be missed! This lovely and well maintained home has approximately 2400 square feet of livable space on a great sized lot. Property consists of a separate and spacious Formal Living Room/Dining Room as well as a spacious family room with a beautiful brick fireplace. Home offers a nice floor-plan with 5 large Bedrooms, one of which is a Master Suite with its own en-suite bathroom and an additional 2 bathrooms. All 5 bedrooms are spacious and are on the opposite side of the property away from the entertaining areas. The Interior has also been freshly painted as well as new lighting & chandeliers have been installed in the Dining Room, Family Room, hallways as well as all 5 bedrooms. This property has a great entertaining open floor plan where you can access the spacious backyard from the family room & kitchen area. This very well kept home is great for entertainment and hasn't been on the market since it was brand new, it has been loved by the same owner for the past 63 years! Other features include a spacious kitchen with a good size breakfast nook area that opens up to the family room and leads out to the backyard with pool and a 2 car detached garage. You will not be disappointed with what this property has to offer. Close to shopping, entertainment, restaurants, as well as Santa Anita Golf Course and Westfield Shopping Center and part of the highly sought after Arcadia School District.

    Listed with Ash Rizk CalDRE: 01503342, 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 Jan 2020 09:27:00 +0000: $6,198,000 :: 345 W Naomi Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 9,333 sq ft
    Lot Size: 25,596 sq ft
    Added: 10/01/19, Last Updated: 01/23/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19232131
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Experience this new South Facing masterpiece of achievement in design, sophistication and build quality along a winding street in the Arcadia area, west of Santa Anita. This Brand New Construction with 6 bedroom 7.5 bath estate built by Franklin Properties exudes quality throughout. Designer landscaping leads you to wrought iron front doors and 28-foot marble entrance with gleaming crystal chandelier in an oval rotunda. Master Chef’s kitchen/prep room is a culinary canvas with Wolf & Sub Zero appliances. Large family room with wet bar and media center entices gatherings and has incredible high ceilings. Formal dining room is the essence of class. Home theater exhilarates a cinematic experience. Home office with library, coffered ceilings and hardwood floors exude quality. The well appointed Main floor guest suite is spacious and overlooks the entire backyard. A private elevator or designer staircase with exquisite wrought iron design ascends to the reflection area overlooks the gorgeous Family Room. Master Suite is the pinnacle of luxury with private sitting area, wet bar and pristine mountain views. The master bath is an oasis of relaxation with soaking tub, steam shower, and extensive use of marble. Enjoy massive rear yard with a huge pool & spa area with waterfalls, Customizable sport court, and covered bbq area for dining alfresco. This truly is a unique property. Nearby Arcadia schools fine dining & shopping, Come Experience what real luxury feels like.

    Listed with Ash Rizk CalDRE: 01503342, 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 Jan 2020 06:50:00 +0000: $1,500,000 :: 825 S Mentor Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,685 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,647 sq ft
    Added: 01/19/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20013033
    Community: 699 - Not Defined
    Status: Active


    825 S Mentor Ave is located on a quiet street in the sought after Oak Knoll neighborhood of Pasadena. This single story home has a fabulous floor plan with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It features an open living room, family room, kitchen and dining area. The living room has a high ceiling, big windows and plenty of natural light. All four bedrooms are on the south side of the house and the master suite is at the end of a hallway toward the backyard. The exterior of the house is newly painted. An attached garage allows for easy access to the house. A great location, just a few blocks from Caltech, Pavilions, CVS, Peet's, Starbucks, Macy's and the South Lake Shopping District. This home is lovely and with some TLC, it could be your dream home. Don't miss seeing it!

    Listed with Sunyoung McDermott CalDRE: 01871582, 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/!


  • Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:43:00 +0000: $849,000 :: 422 N Vinedo Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,838 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,717 sq ft
    Added: 01/22/20, Last Updated: 01/22/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20015294
    Community: 699 - Not Defined
    Status: Active


    Centrally located near Eaton Canyon Golf Course, Nordstrom Rack- Hastings Village, and Target! Historic street lamps light the tree-lined sidewalks that lead up to the cozy courtyard. Spanish architecture, original built-ins and hardware are throughout this 4 bedroom 2 bath home. Living room includes traditional hardwood floors, curved ceilings and a gas fireplace. The traditional dining room leads into kitchen that includes a charming breakfast nook. The three main bedrooms are all at the main level, sharing the remodeled walk-in shower bathroom. Original 1930’s- style stairs lead to the master bedroom and bathroom. Outdoor space includes a custom brick barbeque under the pergola and jacuzzi. Also, included is a BONUS SPACE that can be used as a workshop, gym or creative space! California- style basement includes the washer and dryer. A separate two- car garage provides easy accessibility. Homes like this don’t last!

    Listed with Brianna Galvan CalDRE: 02055786, Moon 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, 22 Jan 2020 19:30:00 +0000: $7,680,000 :: 2285 S Oak Knoll Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 5,905 sq ft
    Lot Size: 29,059 sq ft
    Added: 01/22/20, Last Updated: 01/22/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR20013946
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    Situated in the esteemed San Marino neighborhood, this stunning estate is a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship with 5 bedrooms suites, 7 bathrooms, an elevator and a full finished basement. The grand entryway with a dramatic staircase draws you into a voluminous formal foyer, a formal living room and the elegant dining room. The spacious family room presents tray ceilings and sliding glass doors that overlook the entertainer’s backyard. The grand chef's kitchen is clad with premium finishes and fixtures including custom raised paneled cabinets, gorgeous marbled counters and professional-grade appliances as well as a 2nd kitchen designed for catering/wok cooking. A home office/library with Mahogany built-ins and a junior suite complete the first level. The divine master suite presents an opulent en-suite bath with double vanity, a soaking tub and separate glass shower. There are three more secondary bedroom suites down the hallway on the 2nd floor. The full basement is finished with a media room, a wine cellar and a multi-purpose room. Sprawling entertaining spaces flow outside to the outdoor covered patio, a stunning infinity pool, spa, a BBQ cook center and the massive rolling lawn. Other spectacular amenities include indoor and outdoor built-in speakers, a floor to floor elevator, 2 laundry rooms, 2 separate 2 car garages and a circular driveway plus it is in the coveted award-winning San Marino School District. See Remarks

    Listed with Angela Wong CalDRE: 00990276, Coldwell Banker Residential 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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