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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.

  • Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:07:00 +0000: $899,000 :: 1941 E Woodlyn Road, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,646 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,750 sq ft
    Added: 04/01/20, Last Updated: 04/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR20067099
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Great opportunity for first time buyers or investors. This home is located in a great neighborhood with remodeled houses surrounded and it's only to 9 minutes to the Rose Bowl. This potential house has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with 1,646 square footage of living space and 7,749 square footage of lot. The garage is detached to build a potential ADU.

    Listed with Juan Fukunaga CalDRE: 01814743, Century 21 Plaza


    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, 01 Apr 2020 16:47:00 +0000: $1,550,000 :: 3024 Shakespeare Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,422 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,137 sq ft
    Added: 04/01/20, Last Updated: 04/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20066941
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Located in the SAN MARINO SCHOOL DISTRICT! Conveniently located near Trader Joes & CVS. This beautifully remodeled one-story Ranch style home is a hidden jewel on a quiet and peaceful street. Remodeled in year 2010, this home is in move-in condition! The remodeling includes: new roof with an attic fan, dual-pane windows, new copper plumbing & sewer pipe, tankless water heater, new hardwood floor installed in sun room, new sprinkler system in front & back yard,....etc. An inviting double-door entry, elegant living room features a fireplace and wall of windows with custom drapes. Gourmet kitchen is equipped with Kraftmaid modern Cherry Wood cabinets, Silestone countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. The laundry room and guest powder room is conveniently located nearby. The large master bedroom suite features a spacious walk-in closet, a dual sinks, jet tub and a stall glass shower. Two additional bedrooms share a full bathroom. The backyard is perfect for relaxing with landscaped gardens with grassy area, plants, flowers, and 15 fruit trees including: Dates, Apples, Pear, Dragon Fruit, Figs, Passion Fruit, Mandarin Orange, and more.

    Listed with Gary Wat CalDRE: 01968039, 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, 01 Apr 2020 16:34:00 +0000: $1,889,900 :: 3628 GRAYBURN Road, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,292 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,615 sq ft
    Added: 02/19/20, Last Updated: 04/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 20555126
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/1/2020 by 1%
    Status: Active


    Welcome to Grayburn Farmhouse - a stunning contemporary architectural residence exuding curb appeal with classic board and batten detailing, grand entry porch, bountiful front yard with gorgeous live oak and expansive driveway with grass block pavers, nestled on a quiet tree-lined street in the heart of Chapman Woods.The exquisitely remodeled 2-story home features an open concept floor plan exceptional for entertaining, an abundance of natural light and designer-selected luxury appointments throughout. Main living areas and bedrooms are adorned with wide-plank white oak wood flooring. The main level showcases a formal living room, dining room, en suite bedroom, private office/den with separate private entry, and an expansive family room that flows out to a spacious fenced-in back yard with wooden deck - perfect for entertaining. Chef's kitchen is complete with Calacatta quartz countertops, contemporary open shelving & large island with dramatic waterfall edge.

    Listed with Amy Di Cerbo CalDRE: 01753505, 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, 01 Apr 2020 13:39:00 +0000: $1,495,000 :: 1150 Wotkyns Drive, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,825 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
    Added: 04/01/20, Last Updated: 04/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 820001219
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Prospect Park adjacent exquisite Spanish masterpiece now available. The 'Ruppel' house was lovingly hand built in 1925 by Pasadena master builder Fritz Ruppel for his beloved mother Gertrude. Offering that coveted indoor/outdoor living experience, Fritz's Architectural love letter to his mother has been sensitively updated and restored through the years with no expense spared. The heart of the home is Its stunning living room with a breathtaking beamed cathedral ceiling and wood burning fireplace that opens to a private courtyard with a central fountain/koi pond and sunset views. Formal dinning room and picture perfect cook's kitchen restored for the epicurean with exacting standards. The kitchen features a double Viking range, stainless GE Monogram refrigerator, farm sink and opens to it's own patio perfect for your herb garden. Master suite with an additional private patio and amazing master bath leads into a third bedroom ideal for a nursery or home office. Additional bath is replete with extensive tile work attributed to Earnest Batchelder. Two car detached garage. Minutes away from the Arroyo & Rose Bowl, quintessential Pasadena recreation abounds!

    Listed with Matthew Littell CalDRE: 01329989, deasy penner podley


    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, 01 Apr 2020 13:39:00 +0000: $1,900,000 :: 3590 Fairmeade Road, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,820 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
    Added: 01/29/20, Last Updated: 04/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 820000337
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    The previously old and outdated house is no more. Completely revamped and transformed, this 3 bed, 3 bath contemporary home is the perfect mix of stylish and sleek. From the double-sided fireplace, to the vaulted tray ceilings, every inch of this home is stunning, and no detail was spared. The grand room is the center of the home with its open layout showcasing the custom designed kitchen with waterfall island, spacious family room and impressive dining room all centered around a graphic feature wall, sure to impress your guests. The master suite is equally eye-catching with its own feature wall and ensuite bathroom with double vanity and large soaking tub. Did we mention the walk-in closet as big as a bedroom? An additional 2 beds, 2 baths, an office, laundry room and large pantry complete the interior. The backyard offers plenty of space to entertain and the car enthusiast is sure to appreciate the oversized 3-car garage. All of this can be yours in the beautiful Lower Hastings Ranch neighborhood.

    Listed with Gerard Current CalDRE: 01105092, Current Designed


    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, 01 Apr 2020 12:36:00 +0000: $2,650,000 :: 1340 El Mirador Drive, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 3,536 sq ft
    Lot Size: 24,394 sq ft
    Added: 04/01/20, Last Updated: 04/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 820001220
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Linda Vista's prestigious Rose Bowl enclave is calling...Come home to an expansive, light-filled sanctuary where the wine stays at perfect temperature, every bedroom has its own bathroom and the pool is always open for a swim. The re-imagined lines of this single-level home have hints of Mediterranean influence with beam-work customization that give an airy flow to the sprawling floor plan. Prepare to host guests in ultimate comfort and privacy with two master suites and two additional bedrooms with bathrooms en suite. In addition, party-goers can make use of the powder room and 3/4 bath off the kitchen without accessing bedroom quarters. This entertainer's delight is complete with a separate parlor, formal, step-down dining room, wet bar, wine fridge, 3 fireplaces and overwhelming access to the outdoors from almost every room in the house.The backyard boasts a lovely, hardscaped patio aside the freshly resurfaced, heated pool (with new equipment) and is ready to become the outdoor living space of your dreams. Surrounded by mature trees on a flat lot, let your creativity run free and make this retreat even more divine.

    Listed with Shahe Seuylemezian CalDRE: 01400433, Remax Omega Pasadena


    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, 01 Apr 2020 12:16:00 +0000: $2,800,000 :: 268 Wigmore Drive, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,276 sq ft
    Lot Size: 25,701 sq ft
    Added: 02/24/20, Last Updated: 04/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 820000758
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/1/2020 by 13%
    Status: Active


    This beautiful gated estate, christened ''La Posada'', was designed by noted Pasadena architect Reginald Johnson for industrialist and champion polo player James A. Wigmore. A gorgeous Spanish Hacienda situated on a private road off South Orange Grove Blvd, just a stone's throw from the famed Tournament of Roses, is a fabulous example of Johnson's work. Framed by an amazing Moreton Bay Fig tree, the cast stone entry way leads to an elegant foyer embellished with antique chandeliers and fixtures. Original details have been preserved including coffered wood ceilings, generous brick loggia, gleaming hard wood floors, and a magnificent cast stone fireplace. The updated gourmet kitchen leads to a private terrace that overlooks the sprawling lawn. Venture down the staircase to a private retreat that features a family room with fireplace, two bathrooms, master suite, wine cellar, and an office which all can be accessed from a private ground level entrance. Perfect for extended family or guests. This home is ideal for year round entertaining with numerous patios and a beautiful lap pool. Buyer to verify all square footage and permits.

    Listed with Sarah Moore, Dilbeck Real Estate


    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/!


  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:53:00 +0000: $2,799,000 :: 360 Waverly Drive, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 4,036 sq ft
    Lot Size: 30,057 sq ft
    Added: 03/31/20, Last Updated: 03/31/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 820001210
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this Mid-Century California Hacienda that offers a mixture of unique architecture & spacious living. Set in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods off of Orange Grove Blvd., this 5 bed, 3 bath property is just steps from The Tournament of Roses House. Enter the home & find yourself in the light-filled foyer that leads into the grand living room that is lined with oversized, arched windows. Journey beyond the formal living room through the East wing & find a bright kitchen that opens to the al fresco dining courtyard, a large formal dining room with a beautiful stone fireplace & sliding glass door that leads to the backyard, a guest bed & bath, & a stunning family room/den with floor to ceiling built-in bookshelves. The West wing of this home provides a large master bedroom & bathroom with a walk-in closet & sliding glass door for private access to the backyard, a separate laundry room, guest bathroom, & 3 additional bedrooms. This spacious house is situated on nearly 3/4 of an acre of extensive yard & includes an oval-shaped pool, multiple fruit trees, & front yard views of the stunning San Gabriel Mountains. With newly installed vinyl plank floors & fresh paint throughout, this home is ready for its next owners.

    Listed with Jessica Blom CalDRE: 02055546, deasy penner podley


    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/!


  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:38:00 +0000: $1,350,000 :: 526 La Mirada Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,471 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,628 sq ft
    Added: 01/29/20, Last Updated: 03/31/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PW20020433
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    Back On Market, buyer did not perform. Style home in the charming Mission District of San Marino, combines quality upgrades with stunning original architectural details. It's on the North of Huntington Dr, San Marino School District, a very clean and cute home. There are original hardwood floors throughout with original hand embossed doors. Also a formal living room with hand painted beams, a fireplace, arched picture window, and french doors that lead to a quaint courtyard patio. Additionally, a formal dining room, large bathroom with separate tub and shower with original tiles, custom build-ins and pedestal sink. Furthermore, an Interior Laundry-Bosch stackable W/D, central A/C and heating system, updated electrical panel and plumbing. There are terracotta warriors hiding behind the green bamboos which surround the backyard. Last but not least, a petite waterfall which flows into a little pond, creating a more homey feel.

    Listed with Freeman Wang CalDRE: 01966395, Your Home Sold Guaranteed 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/!


  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 16:10:00 +0000: $970,000 :: 1224 Forest Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,082 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,437 sq ft
    Added: 02/06/20, Last Updated: 03/31/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: BB20027710
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/31/2020 by 3%
    Status: Active


    Back on Market...Buyer did not perform...A diamond in the rough and with your vision could be your dream home. The possibilities are endless for this large family home which offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms with over 2000 square feet of living space and over 10,000 square foot lot situated on a corner lot. Large master suite, family room, 2 car attached garage situated on a huge lot. Conveniently located in the highly desirable neighborhood in close proximity to the Rose Bowl, JPL, hiking trails, restaurants and shopping.

    Listed with April Hosein CalDRE: 01420805, 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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