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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 Mar 2017 05:30:00 +0000: $1,325,000 :: 633 S Lake Avenue , Unit 4, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,290 sq ft
    Lot Size: 19,467 sq ft
    Added: 03/23/17, Last Updated: 03/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Townhouse
    MLS Number: 317002535
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable-648
    Status: Active


    Luxurious Chateau-style townhouse located in the prestigious SABINE community on South Lake. Ideal for investors seeking high returns, small family or couple, young or old, who wish to be part of this friendly and elegant sanctuary. The unit features 2 master bedroom suites, 2.5 baths, and a private elevator accessing all four levels. Main master has walk-in and built-in closets. Second master is spacious with rooftop patio, adorned with planters, outdoor fireplace, mountain view, overlooking the Sabine community. Gourmet kitchen has Viking stainless steel appliances, custom crafted cabinetry, high-end granite countertops and backsplashes. There is also a den which can be used as an office, TV room or 3rd bedroom. The community offers gated entry, security cameras throughout the complex, private and secured underground garages, fitness center, and landscaped open courtyard with fountains. Each unit has access to its own two car garage. Additional features include heated marble floored bathrooms, accent lighting in bathroom sinks, guest powder room, plantation shutters throughout, recessed galley lighting, front and back patios, crown molding, hardwood floors throughout. Just minutes from shops and restaurants on S. Lake Ave - A MUST SEE!

    Listed with Christian Stillmark (w/ Scott James), Coldwell Banker


    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 Mar 2017 05:30:00 +0000: $2,196,000 :: 1705 Bushnell Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 1 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 2,772 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,757 sq ft
    Added: 03/23/17, Last Updated: 03/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317002531
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Tract: Not Applicable-658
    Status: Active


    From the stunning front door to the picture perfect backyard, this lovely home is truly impressive from start to finish. Ideally located on a very special street in South Pasadena's ever-popular Marengo neighborhood, the current owners have impeccably updated the entire property while retaining its desirable vintage charm. The formal living and dining rooms feature new hardwood floors, Craftsman style wide moldings and wainscoting, tile fireplace with handsome wood mantle, stunning artisan designed light fixtures and stained glass windows. The completely remodeled eat-in kitchen is a chef's delight! A cozy den and three quarter bath complete the first floor. A wide central staircase leads to all four bedrooms located on the second floor, perfect for families with small children. The master suite includes a spacious private bath while the additional three bedrooms share a subway tiled full bath with dual sinks. A laundry room is conveniently located in the hallway near the bedrooms. The rear grounds are an awe-inspiring outdoor oasis featuring a sparkling pool, lush landscaping and garage currently used as a family room/pool house.

    Listed with Carol Majors, Coldwell Banker Residental 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 Mar 2017 05:05:00 +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: 03/24/17, Last Updated: 03/24/17
    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 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 Mar 2017 05:05:00 +0000: $898,000 :: 205 S 3rd Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,340 sq ft
    Lot Size: 24,909 sq ft
    Added: 03/21/17, Last Updated: 03/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Condominium
    MLS Number: AR17057766
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Arcadia schools! Gorgeous PUD at a desirable location. Situated in a quiet neighborhood and walking distance to the community park. This newer home has a pleasant floor plan with a spacious living room, a bright kitchen and a combined family room plus a dining room with access to the private back yard. The second floor boasts an expansive loft, suitable for use as a second family room or home office, and 3 bedrooms and 2 baths including a Jack & Jill. The dramatic master suite features a huge walk-in closet, bathtub, separate stall shower and dual sinks. The large back yard and side yard are perfect for your family gatherings and parties. Other features include covered patio, Central A/C system and 2-car garage. Close to shopping mall, race track, restaurants, supermarkets, 99 Ranch Supermarket, library and schools. Be sure to see this fabulous property!

    Listed with Sharon Liu, 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/!


  • Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:05:00 +0000: $1,500,000 :: 257 W Woodruff Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,079 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,294 sq ft
    Added: 01/21/17, Last Updated: 03/24/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: AR16757021
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    South facing home situated in a nice & quiet area of Arcadia. Move-in ready updated home with award-winning Arcadia Schools , custom paint interior and exterior, and the upgraded flooring . The spacious formal living room with traditional fireplace & and bay window allow abundant natural lighting. Gourmet kitchen with center island features custom cabinets, granite counter top & stainless steel appliances. A family room with a cozy fireplace and high ceilings open to the formal dining room with French doors and to the lovely backyard and courtyard with a sparkling swimming pool. Featuring 5 generous sized bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, the private and spacious master suite is located away from other 4 bedrooms, with double door entry, retreat area and a provided a walk-in closet with a custom built organizer. The upgraded master bathroom has a spa tube to relax after a long day at work. Each luxury bath features spa tubs, beautiful custom tile work and designer finishes.Additional amenities: new electric meter, new roof, new plumbing. There is nearly 1000sqft added to this gorgeous house all under permit.Convenient proximity to the library, parks, shopping, and award-winning Arcadia schools!

    Listed with Ying Zhao, 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 Mar 2017 22:25:00 +0000: $1,248,000 :: 235 E Longden Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,042 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,613 sq ft
    Added: 01/06/17, Last Updated: 03/23/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: DW17003345
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/22/2017 by 2%
    Status: Active


    “REMODELED RANCH” in prized ARCADIA School District. This 4-Bedroom stunner on a sweeping, corner lot offers a sprawling, open-concept floor plan — perfect in every detail! Highlights of this home include a brand new, Shaker-style kitchen with center island and all new stainless steel “Frigidaire” appliances, quartz counter tops and an ultra-chic bay window which overlooks a private backyard and expansive covered patio designed to extend your “indoor/outdoor” lifestyle. Raised ceilings and widened hallways enhance the open-concept design featuring classic, handcrafted, wainscoting, wood-burning fireplace, pre-wired cable and ambient, recessed lighting throughout. Regency-inspired master bathroom features a brand new AKDY Freestanding Tub, elegant chandelier, huge bay window and ceiling speakers which can be controlled by your phone PLUS a new shower with floor to ceiling “Alaskan White” tile paired with “Brazilian White” Pecan flooring. Artisan- inspired craftsmanship throughout. New items include: A/C (Rheem 5 ton), forced air heater, wiring, plumbing, windows (dual pane), doors, hardware and water heater

    Listed with Richard Garrison, American Dream 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 Mar 2017 22:16:00 +0000: $995,000 :: 1886 Kinneloa Canyon Road, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,960 sq ft
    Lot Size: 52,175 sq ft
    Added: 01/26/17, Last Updated: 03/23/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317000751
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable-646
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/22/2017 by 4%
    Status: Active


    **BACK on the market and REDUCED****Beautiful 1.2 acre lot, Mid-century gem in secluded, much desired, North East Pasadena (Eaton Canyon). An expansive living room / dining area with access to the private backyard with endless possibilities. Great layout for entertaining. The centered kitchen is open to the family room with easy access to the living/dining areas. The master suite includes walk-in closet and full bathroom. Bedrooms are generous in size. Property has two-car carport, machine shop/work area and amazing potential to make it your own. Property located near Gerrish Swim and Tennis Club and Altadena Country Club with easy access to the 210 freeway. Built by owner who was an engineer. This home is SOLID! A must SEE in a great location!!

    Listed with Sylva Khayalian, 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 Mar 2017 21:13:00 +0000: $1,795,000 :: 133 N Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,009 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,830 sq ft
    Added: 03/22/17, Last Updated: 03/23/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317002496
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Not Applicable-645
    Status: Active


    This exquisite craftsman, extensively renovated in 2014, is located on the north end of Millionaires Row. It is also known as The Donald and Elizabeth Macneil House. The home was built in 1905 and designed by Charles Francis Driscoll. It's hidden behind a private hedge and automatic gate, literally in the heart of what Pasadena has to offer. Just steps from this home you will find The Norton Simon Museum, Old Town Pasadena, The Gamble House, The Rose Bowl and all its amenities. It's also close to the 210 and 134. The home exhibits old world charm with new world functionality and beauty. The wrap around porch, boxed ceilings and stained glass windows are just a few of the rich architectural home accents. The kitchen exhibits updated grey shaker style cabinets, caeserstone counters and stainless steel Jenn- air appliances. The bath rooms have marble or tile floors with matching counters and are fitting with the period of the home. Hardwood floors and natural light is found throughout. It has updated HVAC, Electrical, Foundation, Plumbing, and Roof. The yard is perfect for outdoor celebrations and play. This home must be experienced to appreciate.

    Listed with Deena Willis, RE/MAX Top Producers


    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 Mar 2017 20:49:00 +0000: $1,089,000 :: 50 W Dayton Street , Unit 302, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,381 sq ft
    Lot Size: 23,933 sq ft
    Added: 03/17/17, Last Updated: 03/23/17
    Property Type: Residential, Condominium
    MLS Number: AR17055145
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Come experience a very desirable location with an artistic urban setting in one of Pasadena's finest lofts. Beautiful Modern Loft in the heart of Old Town Pasadena's most exclusive residential area. 2 blocks from Colorado in the heart of the city. Very Sophisticated condo with premier high end fixtures and dramatic 14 foot soaring ceilings. The open concept floor plan includes a separate laundry room, stainless steel GE Monogram Kitchen appliances with granite counters including a built in Refrigerator. Attractive and well appointed master bathroom suite with walk-in closet, 2nd guest bathroom with oversized shower. 2 gorgeous balconies from opposite sides of the loft are private and spacious, facing north & south with spectacular views! It is very rare that unit becomes available on the top floor. This unit is also an end unit with no common walls surrounding the entire unit with the exception to the unit below. Located on the site of the original Pasadena Library it's just a short walk to Old Town Pasadena with many restaurants, shops and all the night life Pasadena has to offer. Gold line accessible makes downtown LA only 15 minutes away. This loft represents the finest design essentials in a premier, safe and urban living environment. Unique opportunity to live in the heart of the city! One of the few buildings in Pasadena that inspires the artistic past with modern appointments. Restaurants, entertainment and shopping are Steps from your door.

    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/!


  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:33:00 +0000: $1,839,000 :: 319 E Haven Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 3,679 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,128 sq ft
    Added: 03/03/17, Last Updated: 03/23/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: WS17036088
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    A stunning home with attractive price. This magnificent south facing Mediterranean style newer home is located nearby highland oak area. With prestigious Arcadia High school, it belongs to the most popular Highland Oak Elementary and Foothill middle school. This spectacular architectural masterpiece features 4 spacious suites and 5 bathrooms with abundant natural lights. An exquisite double entry door greets you with 20 feet high ceiling and a super-sized living room. Formal dining with artistic hand-painted ceiling. Separate family room along with the wet bar. The entertainer’s kitchen features Center Island, top of the line appliances and a wok kitchen. Family room and kitchen overlook beautifully landscaped backyard garden. Wrought iron staircase to 2nd floor connect to the loft area. Spacious main master bedroom with huge walk-in closet. One bedroom has balcony attached. Security system, paving stone driveway. Elegant design elements throughout.

    Listed with RHEA BAI, 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/!


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