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April 2, 2014

Prepare & Make Your Home Earthquake Safe

Pasadena residents have experienced a number of minor earthquakes in March, 2014. Thankfully, most have not been centered in Pasadena, but a bit of shaking and rolling always makes us take a look at our preparedness level.  The Pasadena Views Real Estate Team wanted to help you prepare for the next one. 

The earthquake supplies kit

Prepare kits that you can place in your home, your car and even in the workplace. They should be easily accessible and also kept updated by checking expiration dates on food and battery functions for flashlights. Now is a good time to do that!

The kit should provide for your whole family, don't forget the pets,  and include things such as food, water, hygiene products, clothing, flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies and other supplies. Make sure to have enough to last for at least three days to a week, or longer if possible. Also, keep some cash in the kit since ATM machines can be hard to access in the event of an earthquake.

Staying updated with the news and disaster alerts in Pasadena

By keeping updated with the news and also by receiving alerts you have a better chance to prepare yourself and everyone in your home for what actions to take.  The City of Pasadena offers their residents a Local Emergency Alert System called PLEAS. By signing up to PLEAS you will receive both voice messages and text messages incase of a citywide or major emergency. To get more information about PLEAS, go to www.cityofpasadena.net/Fire/PLEAS/ 

How to keep your home safe when the earthquake hits

The recommendation when the disaster hits is to stay in doors if possible. Therefore, you want to makes sure that objects that can fall are secured properly. Any heavy objects, breakable glass, china etc. should be kept low and in closed cabinets with latches. Larger and heavier wall items such as frames and mirrors should be fastened to the wall and kept away from beds and couches.

All homeowners should strap their water heaters, furnace and gas appliances to the wall studs and bolt them to the floor. It might also be recommended by your gas company to have an automatic gas shut-off valve installed. Repairs of deep cracks in the foundation or ceilings can also help keep your home safer in an earthquake. Please make sure to get expert advice when it comes to your private residence and how to make it as safe as possible.


To find out more about buying a home in Pasadena or get more information on your real estate options, give us a call at 626-629-8439. Or, if you’re interested in seeing homes available for sale, visit our Multiple Listing Search site.

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Feb. 17, 2014

Pasadena's Home Selling Season is Here!

Real estate is pretty cyclical, that is, it's pretty cyclical in a normal market.  Our home sales have been anything, but normal in recent months.  Homes for sale are scarce and buyers are struggling to get their offer accepted.

Home sellers that are thinking of selling their property are definitely reconsidering waiting until spring when the usual home selling season begins.  Many are working hard to get their homes ready to be placed on the market early.  Home stagers are working overtime providing estimates on how best to present their home, professional photographers are in demand and the real estate agents are going from appointment to appointment.  I have personally met with 5 Pasadena home sellers this week who are excited to list their homes as quickly as possible.

And... who can blame them?  Interest rates are moving up and are predicted to end the year at 5.3% that's a .8% jump from current rates.  A 1% change in interest rates is a 10% decrease in housing affordability.  Buyers are desperate to find homes to purchase before the interest rates get any higher and even though Pasadena home prices are increasing steadily, existing home sellers find that their homes are being sold at top dollar.

Are you thinking of selling your home?  What should you do?


Internet is the new Curb Appeal!
 I read this on Fools.com today in an article aptly titled "Want to Sell Your Home? The spring selling season may be coming early this year!" and couldn't agree more.  Now, more than ever, you need to understand that you are merchandising your home online.  It's no longer your home, it's a product that needs to be marketed where buyers are - on the net.  Pictures, pictures and more pictures!  And... you can't get those pictures without beautifully presented rooms.  Here's a photo of one of my home listings in Monrovia.  This is what home buyers are expecting to see.  Crisp, clean rooms that are move in ready, tastefully decorated.

Buyers determine which homes they do NOT want to see online.  Make yours stand out so that it's not automatically ruled out.

Get a Home Pre Inspection! Your real estate agent should be able to recommend a couple of great inspectors.  You know that the buyer will get an inspection in escrow.  It's inevitable.  Get ahead of the game and order one yourself.  It will be the best couple of hundred dollars spent.  You'll be able to take care of a lot of issues ahead of time and have a much less worry some transaction.

Hire a Real Estate Agent that not only specializes in selling homes in Pasadena, but understands how to market your home on-line!  Most realtors just put your listing in the Multiple Listing Service and hope that the regular syndication of property listings will get your home noticed.  However, it's not that easy.  There are so many real estate website portals with thousands of listings.  How will your real estate agent make yours stand out?  Think of it as googling a product.  How many links will you click on before settling on what you will buy.  The first few links on the first page? What is your click tolerance?  It is exactly the same in marketing homes on-line.  You want to be on the first or second page of any real estate portal, not on the 10th.

Understand how to Strategically Price Your Home!  Pricing is half the battle.  You price your home too low and you won't get the highest price.  Price it too high and no one will see it.  Best real estate agents will be able to guide you based on their experience and understanding of the current market conditions.

I hope that some of these steps will help you get started.  If you have any questions, give me a call at 626-629-8439.

If you'd like to get information on your home worth, visit our Home Value Request website and we'll get a market analysis over to you.


Irina Netchaev is a real estate broker/owner of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team and has been helping home buyers and sellers in the Greater Pasadena area since 1984.  Check out what her existing clients think on Yelp.

 

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Jan. 12, 2013

543 Woodward Blvd Pasadena

SOLD at $941,500 33% over asking!!!

A wonderful opportunity to buy a home in one of the best neighborhoods of Pasadena - Michillinda Park.  Get a sneak peak of this upcoming listing by clicking here - 543 Woodward Blvd.

Price: $708,000
Bedrooms: 3 BR 
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 1,868 per assessor
Lot size: 18,596 per assessor
Year Built: 1949
Guest House: 2 BRs + 1 BA & Full Kitchen
MLS Built: TBA

 

Exclusively represented:

Irina Netchaev

Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc.

(626) 629-8439

READ MORE:   How to Buy a House in Pasadena

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Thinking of selling your Pasadena area home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s Pasadena Real Estate Market.

 

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Jan. 10, 2013

9 Real Estate Tax Questions Pasadena Homeowners Must Ask

9 real estate tax questions to askI know it's no fun thinking of taxes when we just welcomed in a New Year, but as a real estate agent working in Pasadena, I thought I'd share with you some thoughts to reflect on.  

Now is the time to start putting together records and information for your 2012 tax returns which are due April 15, 2013. Here are some tax questions homeowners need to ask:

1. What tax benefits did homeowners get in the recent 'fiscal cliff' budget agreement? Two tax provisions that ended in 2011 were reinstated for 2012 and 2013: 1. Mortgage insurance premiums are again tax deductible for people with adjusted gross income below $110,000; 2. Homeowners will continue to get tax credits for certain energy-efficient home improvements. For details, visit www.irs.gov or ask a tax professional.

2. What are the home related tax deductions people most often claim? One of them is the mortgage interest deduction (which can mean about $3,000 in tax savings for the average itemizing homeowner) and another one is the deduction for property taxes.

3. What is the #1 mistake homeowners make with their taxes? If your real estate taxes are not part of your monthly mortgage payment, you are billed by your town or county. Those tax bills often include other items like trash collection and snow removal fees. Be careful to deduct only the part of your bill that is property tax.

4. What tax deduction should I be sure to take? Make sure to deduct any points you paid on the mortgage you took out to purchase your home in the tax year you paid them. But if you refinanced, you need to amortize and deduct any points you paid over the life of the mortgage. People can easily forget the deduction after a few years.

5. What's the most important thing I should do as a first-time homeowner? Look at the HUD-1 form you received when you closed on your home. There may be fees like prepaid taxes or interest you can now deduct.

6. What should I look out for if I've owned my home for a number of years? If you've refinanced and taken out home equity loans or lines of credit, remember that the maximum outstanding home equity debt that's deductible is $100,000 and the maximum amount of deductible mortgage interest is $1 million.

7. Which home improvement records should I keep? Keep all receipts for the capital improvements you've made to the property. Tax rules let you add these expenses to your home's cost to reduce any profit you might have to pay taxes on when you sell. But most people are exempt from taxes on the first $500,000 of profit for joint filers ($250,000 for single filers).

8. What's the difference between a capital improvement and a repair? Fixing a furnace so it keeps working is a repair; replacing it is a capital improvement.

9. Will taking a home office tax deduction increase my chances of being audited? Taking the deduction shouldn't generate an audit by itself. But if your expenses are unusually large, or if it looks like you're using office costs to create artificial losses, the IRS will probably look into it.

NOTE: Always consult a tax professional for the definitive answer to any tax question. 

READ MORE:  Is Pasadena Housing Market in Recovery?  See 2012 Pasadena home sales overview.


Thinking of selling your Pasadena area home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s Pasadena Real Estate Market.

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Oct. 18, 2012

Altadena's Most Expensive Home Sales

Interested in Altadena real estate?  Take a look at the latest home sales data for the last few months.

Total of 111 homes went into escrow.  Total of 102 homes were sold in the 3rd quarter.  There were less than two months of inventory.

The highest priced home sold:

Month Address Bed/Bath SQ FT Lot Size Year
July 2150 Holliston($965,000) 4/4 3076 18,596 1911
August 3917 Lilac Canyon ($1,450,000) 6/6 5128 7524 2001
September 1369 E Altadena ($3,975,000) 7/8 12,828 68,953 1915

Read the full report on Altadena home sales statistics by clicking here.

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Oct. 3, 2012

Pasadena Home Sales Stats at a Glance September 2012

Pasadena home sales statistics for November

 

Another successful month for Pasadena area home sales.  Prices are stable or up in some areas.  Inventory of homes for sale is definitely on the low side and multiple offers are seen more often than ever before.

Interest rates for home mortgages are below 3% for 15 year loans and just a bit over 3% for 30 year loans.  

Interesting Pasadena Fact:

Did you know that Barack Obama lived right here in Pasadena at 256 East Glenarm #3 while he was attending Occidental? 

Barack Obama's home in Pasadena

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Thinking of selling your Pasadena area home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s Pasadena Real Estate Market.

 

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Aug. 31, 2012

Selling a San Marino Home?

Selling a San Marino home? 

You are in luck...  San Marino inventory is low and prices are up!


# of home sales in San Marino (1/1/2012 to 8/31/12) - 112

# of all cash buyers - 39 - that's 35% of all home sales!

% of sold to list price - 103% - speaks of multiple offers... more buyers than sellers

Average price per square foot - $628 compared to $569 last year

San Marino School District is still #1 in Southern California.  Values are here and home buyers agree!

San Marino California real estate data for July 2012

Interested in selling your San Marino home?  Give Irina a call at 626-629-8439.

Read More:  All San Marino Real Estate for your viewing pleasure.


Irina Netchaev is a real estate broker specializing in helping home sellers and buyers in San Marino and surrounding areas.

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Aug. 29, 2012

Lock Bumping - Is Your Pasadena Home Safe?

A gentle reminder to all the home buyers in or outside of Pasadena.  CHANGE your locks and hire a great locksmith!


Congratulations! Escrow is closed and you just received the keys to your new Pasadena home.

Before you move into your new home, most Pasadena real estate agents will recommend that you change your keys. Even though the home sellers were very nice and you know that they will never try to break into your home, how do you know how many home keys are out there circulating with their family and friends. Unless you want to take a chance on seeing a surprise guest, its time to change your keys.

As you are changing the cylinders out for your new home keys, consider the following:

Lock Bumping is more and more prevalent. Lock bumping? You must mean lock picking? Well.. its actually both.

Lock Bumping as described by Wikipedia is a lock picking technique for opening a pin tumbler lock using a specially crafted bump key. In essence, someone with this special key, inserts it into the lock, bumps it with a heavy instrument and is in your house. No major work required on their part.

A little history on locks and keys:

Keys have been around since Egypt as far back as 4,000 years ago. Of course, in those times locks were made out of wood.

The first all-metal lock appeared between the years of 870 and 900 and are attributed to the English craftsmen. Then came the padlocks, castle & chest locks, treasure locks, safe locks, etc.

The basic anatomy of todays common door lock:

The locks that we are familiar with now are basically pin-tumbler locks. There are two parts to the lock: the body of the lock itself and a round cylinder with holes drilled in.

A lock will have a minimum of two pins. A spring keeps pressure on the pins in the cylinder.

The drilled-in holes correspond with the notches of your key.

The two most commonly used locks in Pasadena are:

  1. Medico - considered to be a high security lock.
  2. Schlage - very common lock, but is considered by many licensed locksmiths to be the best in the West.
  3. Quikset - based on my interview with several locksmiths, Quikset is not as good as Schlage or Medico, but is considered to be a better lock than some of the others on the market.

What can you do to protect your family?

  1. Get a Medico lock - although having a Medico lock can be an ˜announcement to the burglars that you have valuable worth checking out.
  2. The next easiest and least expensive thing to do would be to hire a licensed locksmith to insert several spool drivers (minimum of two) into the mechanism of your lock. Its not difficult to do and will make your lock very difficult to pick and to bump. I just had all my locks updated with these spool drivers by a wonderful locksmith - Greg Stewart. Greg is licensed, specializes in repairing antique locks and is extremely customer service focused. You can reach Greg at (818) 554-3135 . On average, the price of this additional security runs an extra $5 to $15 per lock plus a service call.
  3. Get a security system/burglar alarm.

 

greg stewartAs Benjamin Franklin said ˜All a lock does is keep an honest man honest. It removes temptation.

We have to take stewardship of our Pasadena homes seriously. Take the necessary steps to secure your lovely Pasadena home.

If I can be of any assistance with your Pasadena Real Estate needs, please do not hesitate to email me or call me at (626)629-8439. Thank you!

 

Interested in more information about Greater Pasadena Area cities, check out our City Guides below:

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Pasadena City Guide

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South Pasadena City Guide

And, if you are interested in fun activities to do, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® page.

Thinking of selling your home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s Southern California Real Estate Market.

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Aug. 11, 2012

Pasadena Homes For Sale - Summer Update

It's hot!  No, it's very, very hot in Pasadena.  With temperatures in the triple digits, the real estate market is heating up as well.  This summer has been spectacular for Pasadena home sellers.  Most well priced and well presented homes are selling within days with multiple offers.

Inventory is non-existent, Pasadena home buyers are out in force and interest rates are the lowest they've been.  This pretty much creates a perfect storm.

Let's take a look at inventory first.  Looking at the graph below, you can clearly see the change in inventory in the last two years.  Pasadena has seen a 62% decline in available housing.  

The darker green also shows that the number of sold homes increased drastically in June.  192 Pasadena homes were listed for sale and 116 sold.  We've eaten through over 60% of available inventory.  Compare that inventory to 481 available homes for sale just two years ago.

Pasadena Homes for Sale - July 2010 - July 2012

Pasadena housing inventory summer 2012 

 

Now, let's take a look at pricing.  Pasadena has homes for sale from low $200,000 all the way up to multi-million dollars.  The market varies by price segment.  I wanted to give you an idea of how the market is doing for homes under $500,000, between 500,000 and a million and over a million.  

Pasadena homes under $500,000

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Aug. 10, 2012

1787 Orangewood St in Pasadena

Inventory has been low in Pasadena over the last few months and for those home buyers that are looking to buy in one of the most desirable neighborhoods, a new home listing just came on the market.

1787 Orangewood Street, Pasadena California

1787 Orangewood Street Pasadena

This character Spanish bungalow offers 4 bedrooms and 2 baths with additional space over the garage.  Light and bright, with plenty of windows, coved ceilings, 2 fireplaces - one looks suspiciously like a Batchelder, central a/c and heating, french doors and a 2-car garage are just some of this Pasadena home's features.

1787 Orangewood Collage

Please visit this home's website - Caltech Home For Sale - for more information! Or, call Irina at 626-627-7107.  To learn more about Pasadena California and to search for all homes for sale in Pasadena, visit our Pasadena Real Estate page.

Read More:  Pasadena City Guide

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