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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.

UNDERSTANDING THE HOME BUYING PROCESS

Okay, so you have an accepted offer, your 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?

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.

  • Sat, 18 Sep 2021 11:34:00 +0000: $1,188,888 :: 1047 Loganrita Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,813 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
    Added: 09/18/21, Last Updated: 09/18/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV21206372
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Welcome Home! This lovingly and well maintained home is ready for you to add your own personal touch. Situated on a quiet street with three large bedrooms, two full baths, Living Room and Family room, there is plenty of room to sprawl out. Two car garage with a small workshop and a large and well manicured backyard with mature trees.

    Listed with CAROLINA WILLS CalDRE: 01275776, KELLER WILLIAMS COVINA


    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/!


  • Sat, 18 Sep 2021 09:04:00 +0000: $1,050,000 :: 919 Cornell Road, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 936 sq ft
    Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
    Added: 09/17/21, Last Updated: 09/18/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PW21205528
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Pasadena Charmer located in one of the most iconic neighborhoods, Madison Heights. This traditional home is full of natural light and has been fully remodeled. Beautiful open floor plan. Kitchen as been fully updated with new cabinets, quartz counter tops and KitchenAid appliances. Kitchen opens into living room that has a newly designed fireplace. This house has been designed with attention to detail. Engineered beached wood flooring throughout. Custom interior paint with smooth finish texture. Updated plumbing. Updated electrical and panel. Central air and heat. New mouldings and doors. Two fully remodeled bathrooms with new tile and frameless shower doors. Second bathroom has been added with permits. Custom hideaway laundry area in kitchen. Beautiful front and back landscape. Walking distance to the best restaurants and shops in Pasadena.

    Listed with Sonia Fernandez CalDRE: 01824628, Advantage Realty Group


    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/!


  • Sat, 18 Sep 2021 08:30:00 +0000: $1,799,000 :: 1427 Greenfield Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,941 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,455 sq ft
    Added: 09/18/21, Last Updated: 09/18/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21206316
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Rare find single story home located on a quiet and serene tree lined street in the highly sought after city of Arcadia. This home features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with a large lot. Completed remodel and upgrades include kitchen, pool, front yard porcelain tile front entry, New HVAC furnace relocated into attic for higher efficiency throughout this home...many more to list. Two master bedrooms both spacious, one with a opening to a work space and another with it's own full bath. The owner has maintained the home very well and you will be impressed when you walk in. The wire and plumbing was upgraded throughout the home. The front yard is well maintained and the backyard is a great place with a upgraded pool to relax. This house is within walking distance to School, Park and more. Welcome Home!!

    Listed with Kevin Hsu CalDRE: 01872038, 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/!


  • Sat, 18 Sep 2021 07:55:00 +0000: $949,000 :: 904 Manzanita Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 925 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
    Added: 09/18/21, Last Updated: 09/18/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: OC21201499
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    This newly remodeled home has a charming, farmhouse- style curb appeal with a standout facade and porch sure to create an inviting atmosphere. The beautiful, drought-resistant landscaping in the front and back yards allow for easy maintenance while allowing you to explore the benefits of the City of Pasadena‘s drought tolerant landscaping rebate programs. This alluring home has an open layout, oak flooring, recessed lighting, central air conditioning and heat, double pane windows, and a quant living room with large picture windows allowing an abundance of natural light and warmth into the open concept living and kitchen spaces. The updated kitchen includes cabinetry with custom shelving, new stainless steel appliances, farm sink, and a waterfall peninsula with spacious breakfast serving bar. The primary bedroom includes access to a spacious deck which looks out into the oversized, R2-zoned multi-use backyard with endless possibilities for entertainment, lounging and much more. Follow the short path to a bonus shed, tucked away in the spacious backyard, offering functionality to suit your every need as a yoga studio, art studio, private home office, or just a miniature escape. The home also features all new roofing, windows, electrical wiring, plumbing, electrical panel and tankless water heater. The attached garage features an electric vehicle charging station along with washer and dryer hookup. This property is conveniently located on a quiet tree-lined street within minutes to shops, restaurants, Starbucks, and easy access to public transportation, the Rose Bowl Stadium, Downtown Pasadena, freeways, hiking trails and more. This Pasadena pearl is a must see!

    Listed with Samuel Woldeyesus CalDRE: 01915193, 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/!


  • Sat, 18 Sep 2021 03:58:00 +0000: $1,225,000 :: 1779 Navarro Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,500 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,197 sq ft
    Added: 08/18/21, Last Updated: 09/18/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS21182774
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Welcome home to this sprawling Turn Key Home with a Granny Flat Layout nestled in a highly desirable city of Pasadena! This attractive home features 3 bedrooms and 3 Full baths and allow many possibilities for Two Separate Living Areas. The spacious home has tons of natural light and boasts a modern remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Open living room area with a mini bar and access to the side yard perfect for entertainment. Central AC and Heating, separate laundry room, and a two car attached garage. PAIDOFF SOLAR PANELS, Beautiful curb appeal, Large Flat Lot, and a Huge Driveway with RV Potential Parking. Minutes away to Rose Bowl Stadium, Shopping Plaza, Park, and Brookside Golf Course. This amazing opportunity won't last long!

    Listed with EDWARD KOSASIH CalDRE: 02011761, Your Home Sold Guaranteed Rlty


    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/!


  • Sat, 18 Sep 2021 03:58:00 +0000: $2,680,000 :: 2032 S 7th Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,916 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
    Added: 09/08/21, Last Updated: 09/18/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21200904
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This stunning recently built home is placed in a quiet neighborhood with school and popular areas close by. Greeted with high ceilings and a luxurious chandelier when entering, the house has 4 spacious suites(one suite is downstairs) and an office built with modern setting with high end material. The master suite also has a private room that can be transformed to a private dressing area or small office. The house specializes with its open floor plan and beautiful lighting with an enormous kitchen with an island to go with and a living room. Beautiful breakfast area with the perfect view of the backyard. The landscaping of the front yard is absolutely stunning and the good size backyard is also perfect for outdoor barbecue's with family and friends. The attached 2 car garage has its floor coated for protection and clean appearance. Installed water softener and filtering system.

    Listed with Peixin Li CalDRE: 01950363, IRN 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/!


  • Fri, 17 Sep 2021 22:51:00 +0000: $2,500,000 :: 1483 Rutherford Drive, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,676 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,811 sq ft
    Added: 08/19/21, Last Updated: 09/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 320007330
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Not Applicable-105
    The price of this listing was last increased on 9/17/2021 by 8%
    Status: Active


    Located in the highly desirable Linda Vista area, this stunning home will absolutely impress with its abundance of living space entirely on a single level! The grand family room features vaulted coffered ceilings, a brick fireplace, & a wet bar. Sliding doors on both sides of the living room open up to the rear patio & central courtyard. The remodeled kitchen features white cabinetry, quartz countertops, & stainless steel appliances and SubZero refrigerator. The formal dining room with high-pitched ceilings flows into a spacious living room featuring a 2nd fireplace & vaulted ceilings. The left wing of the home is completed by a private bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, a laundry room, a guest bath, & access to the 3-car garage. Towards the right wing of the home is the master suite & the remaining bedrooms. The master suite has its own access to the central courtyard & features a 3rd fireplace, high ceilings, a roomy walk-in closet, & an en-suite master bathroom. Bedrooms #3 & #4 share Jack & Jill full bathroom. Located just minutes from Old Town Pasadena, the Rose Bowl, and multiple golf courses, this turn-key single level home offers a unique opportunity to proudly own a home in a prominent area of Pasadena!

    Listed with Albert Hairapetian CalDRE: 01213318, Arbitrage Real Estate Group


    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, 17 Sep 2021 21:54:00 +0000: $2,590,000 :: 440 Arbolada Drive, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot Size: 21,780 sq ft
    Added: 09/17/21, Last Updated: 09/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21206222
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    large single story home located in the prestigious Santa Anita Oaks. large single story home. almost 140 feet wide frontage, offers 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath, living area 3,300 sq ft on approx 22,000 sq ft flat lot. Over sized 3 car garage with breeze way for more parking. Wide and long circular driveway can accommodate additional guest parking's. Elegant Living room with vast mountain views, 2 fireplace, refinished rich hardwood floors. New updated gourmet chef's kitchen with large butler's area and large walk-in pantry. Kitchen opens to a formal dining room with beautiful mountain views, breakfast bar. A large game room and spacious family room, sitting area for gathering place for family and friends, outdoor sun shades and travertine floor, fresh painted interior. Seamless indoor & outdoor Calif. life style. Master suite with walk-in closets, privacy blinds between glass with dual pane window. Jetted tub with double sinks in the bathrooms. Many upgrades in the property such as copper plumbing, dual pane Pella window, including hidden screens, LED lighting, tankless water heater. Central AC/heat with whole house fan to keep house cool and warm with savings on utility. There is extensive storage and cabinets and built-ins in bedroom closets. Open patio area for family or party gatherings. You will appreciate this impeccably updated and maintained home!

    Listed with Jenny Ma CalDRE: 01882851, Long Dragon Realty 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/!


  • Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:23:00 +0000: $3,369,000 :: 2830 Canterbury Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,757 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
    Added: 09/17/21, Last Updated: 09/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-6718
    Community: San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Situated on a lovely street in a desirable San Marino neighborhood, this gorgeous, Cape Cod home was re-built in 2008 with a thoughtfully designed floor plan and state-of-the-art amenities. A welcoming front porch greets you to this comfortable residence that offers 3,757 square feet of exceptional living spaces, featuring four bedroom suites, four bathrooms and a powder room. The high-ceiling foyer leads to the light-filled living room which features a handsome fireplace and French windows with lovely garden views. The formal dining room with a walk-in pantry that flows to the beautiful open kitchen, which features quartz countertops, professional-grade appliances, cherry hardwood cabinetry, and a large island accented by 3 pendant lights. Adjoining is a spacious family room with a wet bar and a casual dining area both opening to the expansive patio and verdant backyard through French doors, allowing for seamless indoor-outdoor gatherings and entertaining. Off of the kitchen is a laundry room and a wok/prep kitchen with Professional DSC cooktop and Vent-a-Hood. An en-suite bedroom and a powder room complete the main floor. Upstairs are three bright and spacious bedroom suites and a loft sitting area with built-in desk. The primary suite offers two large walk-in closets and a lavish bathroom that includes dual vanities, a large glass shower room with steamer, body sprayers, rain shower and handheld shower heads, a Whirlpool jetted tub, linen closets, and a toilet room. Two additional en-suite bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet and large windows overlooking the rear garden. A finished attic space provides an additional storage. Beautifully manicured front and rear gardens include verdant lawns, beautiful plantings and mature trees, flowers, fruit trees, a gated paving-stone driveway and an oversized 2-car detached garage. Major highlights include two AC units, Cedar Lite concrete tile roof, Marvin's wood windows and French doors throughout, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, Toto water efficient toilets, water softener system, security alarm system, and automatic sprinkler system.A short distance to award-winning San Marino High School and Carver Elementary School, this gracious home is truly turnkey!

    Listed with Sabrina Wu CalDRE: 00900733, 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/!


  • Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:16:00 +0000: $1,495,000 :: 1620 Knollwood Drive, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,931 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,455 sq ft
    Added: 08/09/21, Last Updated: 09/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-6715
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Other
    Status: Active


    This stunning mid-century ranch-style home delights with walls of glass to soak in the mountain views and private backyard. Designed by Edwin R. Cleaveland and located in the sought-after Linda Vista neighborhood, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property boasts fresh paint inside and out, as well as new landscaping. The large lot, attractive backyard (with an outdoor fireplace), and privacy are all top-notch. Plus, an upgraded sewer line and an expansive basement are simply added cherries on top. Relax in the hills above the Rose Bowl and enjoy great proximity to Old Town Pasadena, rife with fantastic shopping and dining options. Additionally, this home is minutes away from the Art Center College of Design, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, Kidspace Museum, and both Glendale and La Canada. Explore the great outdoors without countless great hiking and biking trails in this very dog-friendly neighborhood.

    Listed with Janette Emamian CalDRE: 01010028, 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/!


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