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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.

  • Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:36:00 +0000: $1,198,000 :: 823 Wigwam Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,258 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,128 sq ft
    Added: 07/18/18, Last Updated: 07/18/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818003554
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Tucked away between 1st and 2nd St is Wigwam Ave, a quiet and safe cul de sac street perfect for a growing family. This home has so much to offer: 4 beds/3 baths, separate formal living and family rooms, a covered patio overlooking a sparkling pool and garden, and a 3 car garage with a 3 car driveway! There is a master/in law suite downstairs, and 3 bedrooms upstairs. And of course this home is located within the distinguished Highland Oaks School District, including Highland Oaks Elementary, Foothills Middle School, and Arcadia High, and conveniently located near the Goldline station and the Westfield shopping center.

    Listed with Michael Wu CalBRE:01403896, 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/!


  • Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:04:00 +0000: $3,699,000 :: 3500 E California Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,909 sq ft
    Lot Size: 42,936 sq ft
    Added: 07/18/18, Last Updated: 07/18/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818003551
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Charming New England - Style Country Home on Offers a Park-Like SettingEnchantment awaits at this elegant New England - style country home with its adjacent guest home and pool. This exclusive estate came on the market after 40-years of private ownership. Its oversized lot surrounded by mature trees and shrubs has a 150 foot set back with room for an expanded garage and outdoor patio. It's quaint New England - style main house offers five bedrooms and four baths with antique country fixtures, including Dutch split doors, casement windows with latticed lights, open beamed ceilings, the butler's pantry with its vintage brass sink and maid's quarters with its own private entrance. Hard wood floors, stone fireplaces and slate flooring create a romantic feel accentuating the home's natural light with the adjacent, two-story guest house offers abundant skylights and an open floor plan with a artist's loft, three baths, a full kitchen, and delightful master suite. This vintage country home is overflowing with charm from its rooftop weathervane to its antique wood built-ins. This is one home you won't want to miss!

    Listed with Monica Hsu CalBRE:01878067, Podley Properties


    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, 18 Jul 2018 13:39:00 +0000: $875,000 :: 9815 E Camino Real Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,242 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,070 sq ft
    Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/18/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PW18172168
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Quaint single-family home in a quiet Arcadia neighborhood. This Newly Remodeled single story home is absolutely beautiful and full of charm. Kitchen was upgraded with quartz counters, stainless steel appliances including range, range hood and dishwasher, and tile flooring. Island counter includes a breakfast bar and opens to the spacious dining room. The new tile flooring extends throughout kitchen, dining room, entryway, hallway and both bathrooms while the living room and bedrooms have new plush carpet. Fireplace in living room makes for warm and cozy evenings. Interior of home was freshly painted with neutral color tones. Window treatments in all rooms allow plenty of natural light while yet providing privacy. Beautifully landscaped front yard welcomes you and the back yard is perfect with a covered patio for entertaining and lush landscaping making it a perfect retreat after a long day. The neighborhood is quiet and walking distance to many stores and restaurants. Easy freeway access to either 210 or 10. Top rated schools including Longden Elementary, Oak Ave Middle, and Temple City High. This home is completely turn-key and waiting for you to move right in.

    Listed with Nathanael Beaudin CalBRE:01930465, 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/!


  • Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:07:00 +0000: $6,280,000 :: 1258 Hillcrest Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 7,299 sq ft
    Lot Size: 33,875 sq ft
    Added: 07/18/18, Last Updated: 07/18/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818003542
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This magnificent English craftsman estate is located in Pasadena's most prestigious Langham Hotel neighborhood. The ground floor showcases a grand foyer, a parlor, formal dining room, music room/library, boasting architectural details & the classic craftsman design of the 19th century. The family room is centrally located. The kitchen is equipped with Viking appliances, a butler's pantry, a 2nd refrigerator, a breakfast nook w/ built-in seating, a wet bar, & a wine cooler. All bedrooms are located on the 2nd level. There are 3 en-suite bedrooms, a study, an office, a maid's quarter, a full bath, a laundry room & a craft room. The luxurious master suite features a fancy carved fireplace mantel piece, dual marble bath rooms, multiple wardrobes plus a walk-in closet. The 3rd floor is a huge recreation room with attached en-suite bedroom. The French design garden features an infinity pool w/ water features, outdoor BBQ island, multiple fountains & patios, a pool bath w/ outdoor shower and affords alluring panoramic views. The custom iron driveway gate under the port-cochere leads to the motor court & a 5-car garage. Set on over 33,000 sqft lot, this English craftsman masterpiece boasts enduring design and indelible pedigree is truly a rare treasure!

    Listed with Janice Lee CalBRE:00874257, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties


    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, 18 Jul 2018 13:07:00 +0000: $3,695,000 :: 732 Carriage House Drive, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,095 sq ft
    Lot Size: 22,156 sq ft
    Added: 07/18/18, Last Updated: 07/18/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818003541
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This elegant two-story estate, located in one of the San Gabriel Valley's most prestigious, 24/7 guard-gated communities offers a luxurious living experience. Just minutes away from great shopping, schools and dining. This gracious home offers 5 bedrooms 6 baths plus two separate offices and a bonus room, measured 6,095 sq feet sitting on 22,145 sq feet lot. From every window, beauty abounds, with a majestic mountain range in view, a fully - landscaped yard, and unique saltwater backyard pool and Jacuzzi. From its striking, two-story entry way, where a gently - curving staircase rises to the second story library, you'll find classic ceiling molding, high ceilings, opulent built-ins and window dressings. A gourmet kitchen, private nanny's quarters, and the multi-room master suite create a stately feel. Gourmet cooks will love the kitchen with its stainless Viking appliances, SubZero refrigerator, built-in pancake griddle, and two dishwashers, while four climate zones regulate temperature. Full indoor and outdoor security features will ensure your family's security, whether you are home or away. Buil-in BBQ, two garages, hoop court, additional private patio perfect for entertaining guests.

    Listed with Monica Hsu CalBRE:01878067, Podley Properties


    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, 18 Jul 2018 13:07:00 +0000: $6,880,000 :: 380 W Green Street, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 17,329 sq ft
    Lot Size: 78,888 sq ft
    Added: 07/18/18, Last Updated: 07/18/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818003538
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    The historic Merritt Mansion was built for Hulett C. Merritt, one of the nation's most celebrated millionaires. Mr. Merritt was represented on title by the Mesabi Company, one of his many businesses when he purchased the parcel in 1903, and built the residence in 1905 as a winter home for his family. In 1956, the late Mr. Merritt's estate sold the house and over six acres of its grounds to Herbert Armstrong and became part of Ambassador College, an academic institution run by the Worldwide Church of God. This spectacular property features original exterior detailing, and 3 stories including original mahogany wood paneling on the first and second floors, and a fully built-out basement with multiple rooms and an indoor swimming pool. The formal East Garden showcases stunning and expansive grounds designed by the famed landscape architect Garrett Eckbo. Property offers access to the shared amenities of the Ambassador Gardens community, including the swimming pool and 2.1 acre Great Lawn. Property sold AS-IS. Do not miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own and recreate a new chapter for this iconic estate!

    Listed with Janice Lee CalBRE:00874257, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties


    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, 18 Jul 2018 01:50:00 +0000: $2,675,000 :: 550 E Glenarm Street, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,639 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,011 sq ft
    Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/18/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 818003533
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Located in the highly desirable Madison Heights neighborhood is this 5 bedroom, 3 bath elegant English cottage sited on an expansive 12,011 sqft lot. Showcasing the character of its 1924 build date, this home now seamlessly joins the charm of the past with the modern updates of today. A welcoming fireplace greets you as you enter and warm oak floors carry you through to the formal dining room into the newly remodeled and expanded kitchen. The newly reimagined chef's kitchen now boasts custom cabinetry, gleaming stone countertops and new appliances and opens into the family room, creating the perfect scene for entertaining. The master suite has also been transformed into a luxurious oasis with detailed marble flooring in the new master bathroom, double vanities and two spacious walk-in closets. Enjoy al-fresco dining on the picturesque patio, complete with BBQ and access to the lush backyard with the scents of heirloom roses. Additionally, there is a new ADU - full guest unit, complete with kitchenette, its own bathroom and an abundance of storage. The ADU can be used as a guest house, future pool house, or as a rental unit! This beautiful home is ready to be enjoyed for many years to come.

    Listed with Gerard Current CalBRE: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/!


  • Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:26:00 +0000: $1,435,000 :: 2600 S 3rd Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,338 sq ft
    Lot Size: 15,743 sq ft
    Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS18172214
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Beautiful home situated in Arcadia Unified school district on 15000+ sqft flat lot. Home features 5 spacious bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, with open-concept living area. Big and beautiful back yard with different kinds of fruit trees, great for entertaining guests. Nearby Restaurants and Market. Move in ready condition, in the right neighborhood. This beauty wont last long!

    Listed with RUDY LIRA KUSUMA CalBRE:01820322, RE/MAX TITANIUM


    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, 17 Jul 2018 19:42:00 +0000: $4,500,000 :: 61 W Las Flores Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 9 baths
    Home size: 8,757 sq ft
    Lot Size: 20,038 sq ft
    Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR18172046
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Magnificent south-facing estate located in the prestigious Baldwin Stocker area. Features include: Master suites on first and second floor, Private elevator, Tennis court, Theater, Gourmet kitchen, Wok kitchen, Library. Luxurious crystal chandeliers and marble floors throughout, Grand 2-story ceiling front entryway foyer. Upper level masters includes private foyer, waiting area, balcony, double walk-in closets, separate linen closet, vanity area, jetted tub, multi-head walk-in shower. Other upper level bedroom suites include private full bath and walk-in closets. Ground floor master suite includes private exterior entryway, walk-in closet, large master bath. Ground floor guest suite includes full bath. Additional bonus room on ground floor includes full bath, and serves as second guest room, game room, office, or gym. Theater includes 6 reclining chairs, projection system, karaoke system. Gourmet kitchen includes Viking appliances and large kitchen island. Separate wok kitchen includes walk-in pantry and private exterior entryway. 2 wet bars include Viking wine cellar and prep sink. Safety features: multiple security entry gates, double metal security doors, panic room, pre-wired alarm system. Area features: beautiful view, quiet street, peaceful neighborhood, great schools. What more is there to say? Welcome Home.

    Listed with William Tzeng CalBRE:01919722, Alliance Realty 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/!


  • Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:40:00 +0000: $1,099,000 :: 2054 Galbreth Road, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,802 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,506 sq ft
    Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 318002854
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable-646 (NA646)
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this recently remodeled home in Pasadena's popular Brigden Ranch neighborhood. This 1930's Spanish has been reimagined for the 21st century. The formal entry welcomes guests to the expansive living room with hardwood floors, recessed lighting and warmed by a fireplace flanked by custom bookcases. .The sun-drenched family room family room has a terra cotta tile floor and French doors which open wide to the deck overlooking the sparkling pool and grassy yard. The formal dining room offers two charming built-ins. The remodeled kitchen offers breakfast nook with built in bench, lots of storage and washer dryer. Hardwood floors have been refinished; this home is just waiting for you to unpack and move in.

    Listed with Phyllis Harb CalBRE:00848750, 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/!


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