Behind Closed Doors

June 13, 2009

Pasadena Real Estate Agents are now Held to a Higher Standard - Hooray!

Well, I've written about the lack of photos in our Multiple Listing Service and vented about this issue long enough here and on my other real estate blog - PasadenaViews. Now, I wish I could say that someone has listened at our real estate board, but that's not the ...

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May 29, 2009

$8,000 Tax Credit Can Now be Used for Down Payment

There are multiple announcements about how home buyers can now use the $8,000 tax credit to use as the down payment on their home purchase. Let no one say that I'm a "party pooper", but somehow, I can not get excited by this announcement.

Why? Well... let's ...

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April 29, 2009

Pasadena Real Estate Guide - Everything you ever wanted to know about buying or selling a home in Pasadena California

Pasadena California is the place to be! I get phone calls constantly from home buyers saying that they want to live in Pasadena. Pasadena California is wonderfully located. It's close to the beach and it's close to the mountains. Pasadena is minutes from downtown LA. Pasadena is a ...

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April 23, 2009

Pasadena Craftsman Homes are Selling like Hot Cakes!

I am working with several Pasadena home buyers who are looking for a character home in Pasadena. When one thinks of a character home, Pasadena Craftsman or California Bungalows come to mind.

Pasadena craftsman homes in particular have been very difficult to come by. In April, to date, only 5 ...

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Feb. 5, 2009

Tax Break for New Pasadena Home Buyers

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 was signed by President Bush on July 30, 2008. While the primary intent of the Act was to improve confidence and stability in the housing market by providing mortgage relief by keeping American families in their homes, another area of the Act ...

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Feb. 2, 2009

LAUSD Employee? Special Home Loans are Available ONLY to You!

If you are an LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) employee, you may qualify for a special home loan through CalSTERS. This special home loan program is open to over 700,000 CalSTRS members including LAUSD employees and college educators.

To assist in purchasing your Pasadena home, CalSTRS offers an ...

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Jan. 24, 2009

Blurry Home for Sale - Photo of the Day

If I was a home seller and this was my house, I'd be pretty unhappy with my real estate agent. I don't know about you, but it pains me to look at this home listing's photo. This is the only home photo that is in the Multiple ...

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Dec. 17, 2008

Why Foreclosure Homes are NOT What You Think They Are

This question comes up quite often these days:

"What is the difference between a foreclosure property and REO (real estate owned)?
A foreclosure is a legal process in which, against the wishes of the owner, real property is sold to satisfy a public or private debt for which the real ...

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Dec. 1, 2008

1525 St. Albans in San Marino - Foreclosure Auction

San Marino, known for its stately homes and green lawns is begining to see foreclosures in the real estate market. A couple of days ago, I wrote a post about 2975 Wallingford - a San Marino property that is now owned by the bank and is listed as a foreclosure.

Today ...

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Nov. 27, 2008

San Marino California Homes for Sale-Foreclosure (Bank Owned-REO) Real Estated Owned Properties

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