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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.

  • Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:02:00 +0000: $2,350,000 :: 3465 BARHITE Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    7 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,700 sq ft
    Lot Size: 20,000 sq ft
    Added: 04/26/17, Last Updated: 04/27/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 17224912
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Picturesque Victorian home and detached Spanish rear guest house on a 20,000 square foot lot in the quiet foothills of Pasadena - min from Whole Foods. The properties 2 homes include a total of 7 bedroom and 5 baths. The main home is 3,600 square feet which was built by the current Owner who is a new home builder and completed around 1989. The detached guest home is est. 1,100 square feet with 2 bed/2 bath. The main house interior boasts a completely modern design with 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and an open floor plan. Updates keep this home near new including new; flooring, paint, bathrooms, kitchen and many more modernizations as it has been professionally maintained. Home has many unique features that can rarely be found such as; theater/game room, workout gym, 4 car garage and garage workshop, award winning lap pool and spa w/ exquisite resort style landscaping, fruit, solar pool heating, 3 hole putting green, basketball court and other features making this a true custom home.

    Listed with Dustin Coury, Nourmand & Associates-BH


    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, 27 Apr 2017 23:02:00 +0000: $1,090,000 :: 1427 VERDUGO, La Canada Flintridge CA, 91011 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,571 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,620 sq ft
    Added: 04/18/17, Last Updated: 04/27/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 17222424
    Community: La Canada Flintridge
    Tract: La Canada
    Status: Active


    La Canada's award-winning schools; solar panels and large grassy front yard shaded by large oak and cedar trees. A lovely, charming home thoughtfully finished and cared for. This shows love and care went into the home. The circular-like driveway has enough space for at least eight cars and has a deck and seating area for relaxing under the large trees. The landing, porch and patio are paved with stone. Vaulted ceilings, beautiful dark wood floors throughout, cozy fireplace and a bay window in the living room. The kitchen and bathrooms are elegant, and the home features copper plumbing. Fully upgrade including tankless water heater, solar panels, roof, AC unit, dual pane windows, granite kitchen and bathroom counters and stone work.

    Listed with William Mikus, William Mikus


    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, 27 Apr 2017 22:52:00 +0000: $1,875,000 :: 1040 Stoneridge Drive, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,547 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,458 sq ft
    Added: 04/21/17, Last Updated: 04/27/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317003482
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable-647
    Status: Active


    Elegant mid-century modern home on a cul-de-sac partially located in the historic Busch Garden estate. Upon entry the exquisitely landscaped sloping back garden and waterfall is revealed through an undulating glass wall with clerestory. The living, dining and kitchen spaces and exterior terraces flow together creating a seamless indoor/outdoor relationship.The luxuriously appointed en-suite bathrooms have radiant floor heating and heated (anti-fogging)mirrors. The gracious master bedroom suite opens to a terrace providing a private sanctuary. The built-in barbeque, pond and fire pit creates an environment ideal for entertaining. A major remodel and addition was completed to the design of Tim Arbenz Architect in 2004, featuring superior custom architectural details, handcrafted construction and fine quality materials, fixtures and finishes throughout. The lower gardens were designed by Alan Clarke, the owner, a landscape architect. The upper gardens were part of the original Busch gardens and are unchanged.

    Listed with Amy Ponce (w/ Maria Marin), 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/!


  • Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:52:00 +0000: $999,000 :: 1045 S Orange Grove Boulevard , Unit 1, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,116 sq ft
    Lot Size: 31,821 sq ft
    Added: 12/05/16, Last Updated: 04/27/17
    Property Type: Residential, Townhouse
    MLS Number: 316011037
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable-647
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/25/2017 by 8%
    Status: Active


    Stylish and sophisticated, this delightful townhouse has great curb appeal. An attractive garden walk leads to the entry which introduces the gracious central hall floor plan. A gourmet kitchen is to the right with granite counters, porcelain tile floors, newer appliances, window- seat breakfast area and cabinet for stack washer and dryer. Straight ahead are the spacious living room with marble surround fireplace and separate formal dining room with wainscoting and crystal chandelier and sconces. A convenient guest bath and handsome family room / library with built-ins complete the first level. Upstairs are the master suite with spacious custom updated bath and walk-in closet and two bright bedrooms that share an updated bath. Features include cherry wood floors, sky lights and sun tubes, dual pane windows and plantation shutters. There is a lovely wrap around patio off the living room with mature plantings and balconies for the master and upstairs bedroom. The subterranean garage from Arlington offers two parking spaces, an individual storage room and a locker. Close to Old Town Pasadena, the Rose Parade and freeways, this special unit is one of the few on the boulevard with three bedrooms and a family room / library.

    Listed with Catherine Cheney, Coldwell Banker Residential Br


    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, 27 Apr 2017 22:52:00 +0000: $1,568,000 :: 2442 S 8th Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,447 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,601 sq ft
    Added: 04/26/17, Last Updated: 04/27/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317003619
    Community: Arcadia
    Tract: Not Applicable-605
    Status: Active


    Welcome home to this spacious single-story ranch located on a large lot nestled in the heart of Arcadia. The home features lush landscaping, beautiful wood floors throughout, with lots of built-ins and areas for storage. The updated kitchen includes oak cabinetry, granite counter tops, and professional grade appliances. Enjoy the sunlit family room that opens to the back yard, with a custom wet-bar hosting a wine refrigerator, ice maker, large indoor grille and vent hood. The spacious Master suite has both a cedar lined walk-in closet and mirrored wardrobes, and an updated master bath includes designer fixtures and a large walk-in shower. The fourth bedroom is currently being used as an office and features nice built-ins and sliders with direct access to the backyard. The entire home has been outfitted with top of the line fixtures and features copper plumbing, dual HVAC units, security system. Enjoy your back yard lushly landscaped with mature fruit trees, sparkling pool, large deck area, fire-pit, storage shed, and private entrance to the Arcadia Golf Course and Lake Trail. Lots of room for entertaining.

    Listed with Jun Ping Zhang, 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, 27 Apr 2017 22:52:00 +0000: $1,248,000 :: 1450 N Chester Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    3 beds, 1 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 1,760 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,551 sq ft
    Added: 04/27/17, Last Updated: 04/27/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317003634
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable-646
    Status: Active


    Located in the lovely neighborhood of Historical Highlands in North East Pasadena, sits this two-story beautiful 1912 classic Colonial, that has been recently remodeled and restored back to her original glory. Upon entering the house on your left you will find bright and cozy family room, and brand new remodeled sunny Kitchen with KitchenAid® stainless appliances and views of the backyard along with a cheery Breakfast Nook with built-in glass fronted corner cabinets, a brand new Powder Room with original build in cabinets and folding station conveniently located across the Laundry Room, formal Living Room and Dining Room with French doors opening to a covered Porch. On the second floor are two Bedrooms and one Bathroom, a remodeled Master Bedroom with a brand new Master Bathroom and a large closet, and two terraces. The fully fenced back yard has a pool and a spa, generous space for outdoor dining and entertainment, an outdoor shower, and a two-car garage. The following were done during remodeling: Copper Plumbing, Updated Electrical, Brand new HVAC, Sprinkler System, Brand new Tankless Water Heater, Completely restored original double hung Windows and Doors along with their Hardware, Brand new Garage Door, and Brand new remanufactured Hardwood Floors.

    Listed with Arbi Derian, 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/!


  • Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:52:00 +0000: $1,050,000 :: 1025 S Oak Forest Lane, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,901 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,502 sq ft
    Added: 03/19/17, Last Updated: 04/27/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317002382
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable-648
    Status: Active


    This Architectural Mid-Century Modern was built in 1959 and designed by Jo Paul Rognstad. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this Chapman Woods Neighborhood home offers the perfect Pasadena oasis. The home exhibits post and beam details throughout, and large open spaces in the living room and family room. Since there are an abundance of windows, this beauty stays light and bright. The master suite is on one side of the home, while the other two bedrooms are on the opposite end. The outdoors provide plenty of mature landscaping, and you will love the expansive deck with built-in spa tub in the backyard. Additional features include central air/heat, huge 3 car garage, large laundry room inside, track lighting, and a cozy fireplace in the living room.

    Listed with Ramiro Rivas (w/ Erica Rivas), John Aaroe Group Inc


    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, 27 Apr 2017 22:52:00 +0000: $4,150,000 :: 535 Madeline Drive, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 5,877 sq ft
    Lot Size: 29,330 sq ft
    Added: 04/26/17, Last Updated: 04/27/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317003390
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable-647
    Status: Active


    This stunning, 5,887 sq ft home is set on a park-like two-thirds of an acre in one of Pasadena's most desirable neighborhoods, the forested setting of the Arroyo Seco. The sunny two-story home features multiple sets of French doors in the living room,dining room & kitchen which all open to a dramatically terraced back yard and bluestone pool,allowing for seamless indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. A newly remodeled kitchen with a dramatic skylit ceiling lined in planks of white oak is punctuated with timeless details - Carrera marble countertops, a farmhouse sink and top-of-the-line appliances.The yard, framed by specimen trees,has been completely redesigned with a new pool and gardens that marry the home's traditional architecture & the informal, artistic feeling of the Arroyo.The yard also includes multiple entertaining and lounge spaces, a built in BBQ area & an in-ground trampoline.The home is laid out in two wings with family bedrooms in the west wing (master, two bedrooms and a third smaller nursery/study room) & a guest suite,laundry room & a huge game room in the east wing. A sky-lit room off of the pool features an exquisite blue-and-white Fez tile floor and French doors making it perfect as a pool room, play room or art studio.

    Listed with Ted Clark (w/ Heather Lillard), John Aaroe Group Inc


    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, 27 Apr 2017 22:45:00 +0000: $1,890,000 :: 1955 Marengo Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 2 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 2,860 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,714 sq ft
    Added: 04/18/17, Last Updated: 04/27/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317002841
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Tract: Not Applicable-658
    Status: Active


    As you approach this fabulous 1910 Craftsman home, you are greeted by an inviting front porch which beckons you to sit and enjoy the view of the lovely jacaranda trees which burst forth each spring in full lavender bloom. Situated in the coveted Marengo Elementary School area, this home is a wonderful example of the artistry and pride in workmanship of the Craftsman era. Original details abound, such as a beautifully detailed banister guiding you up the staircase, charming built-in dining room buffet, leaded windows, beamed ceilings, wainscoting, window seats, hardwood floors, and more. This impressive home contains five spacious bedrooms, a formal dining room, an office/den, breakfast nook, utility room, basement, 2-car garage, covered patio and a delightful garden with a rock fireplace. First time on the market since 1963, this is a rare opportunity to own a home of exceptional character and beauty - a genuine piece of South Pasadena history.

    Listed with Judith Bernal, Coldwell Banker Residential Br


    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, 27 Apr 2017 22:13:00 +0000: $1,990,000 :: 3090 San Pasqual Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,886 sq ft
    Lot Size: 31,648 sq ft
    Added: 03/15/17, Last Updated: 04/27/17
    Property Type: Residential, Single Family Residence
    MLS Number: 317002259
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable-648
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/7/2017 by 9%
    Status: Active


    Land! Land! Land! Once in a lifetime opportunity to own almost 3/4 of an acre in Pasadena. Situated adjacent o San Marino and Chapman Woods, this property has 3 structures, a pool, a spa and spectacular grounds. The main house is 3 bedrooms plus den, formal dining room, 4.5 baths. There's a very large guest house - almost 2 bedrooms and a pool house. Two 2-car garages and so much more. All this house needs is a bit of TLC. Potential is great as an investment or a mini estate.

    Listed with Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Tea


    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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