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June 11, 2008

Are FHA Rates the Same Across the Country?

One of my readers emailed me and posed this question about FHA loans today:

Is there a set rate for FHA home loans that's standard around the country?

For complete information about FHA loans and programs, I'd suggest visiting FHA's website at www.fha.com

I also asked Ernest Tepman of OCD Group who specialize in FHA loans and programs to give us an answer to this question and here's what he says:

The answer is that there is no standard rate for FHA loans, each lender and at times even individual Loan Officers from same lender can offer different rates. The guidelines for the FHA programs are almost identical from lender to lender (but there are lenders who sometimes add individual overlays on FHA guidelines above what FHA actually dictates), which results in strange things occasionally, where a specific file will be eligible for FHA financing with one lender and not the other, not often, but it does happen. Keep in mind FHA only insures the loans, the actual loans are made by banks, so even though your loan is FHA, it is still from Chase, Wells Fargo or Countrywide :-)

READ MORE: Advantages and Disadvantages to FHA

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:

Alhambra City Guide

Altadena City Guide

Arcadia City Guide

Eagle Rock City Guide

Monterey Hills City Guide

Pasadena City Guide

San Gabriel City Guide

San Marino City Guide

Sierra Madre City Guide

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.

June 11, 2008

Monterey Hills Condos and Townhomes For Sale-Real Estate for Sale in Monterey Hills California

See Monterey Hills Condos for Sale:

As new real estate listings come up on the market in Monterey Hills, this page will automatically update. If you find it useful, please bookmark it and come back to it often.

Or, you may click on any of the homes to get detailed information about each home including how long it's been on the market, any price changes, google view maps and much more. Feel free to set up your own VIP access to all real estate listings and get Pasadena homes emailed to you automatically as they are listed by realtors.

To search home listings in other Southern California neighborhoods, please visit - Find Your Home.

READ MORE: Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales. Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439. Are you relocating to Pasadena? If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® . Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

June 11, 2008

Monterey Hills Neighborhood Overview: Condo and Towhome Complexes

Monterey Hills is such a great place to live. It's centrally located next to South Pasadena, Pasadena, Alhambra, Highland Park. It's next to 110 fwy, 5 fwy, 210 fwy, 10 fwy, 134 fwy and 101 fwy. It's minutes from downtown LA, USC, Hollywood and Old Town Pasadena.

Read Also: Monterey Hills and Monterey Hills Jazz Festival and background History of Monterey Hills Redevelopment Project

It's a great area to purchase a condo or a townhome and pay quite a bit less than in the surrounding towns of South Pasadena and Pasadena.

Read Also: Top 10 Monterey Hills Condo Buying Tips

Monterey Hills is also great for investors. Rental condos are always in demand and I'm constantly getting phone calls and emails inquiring about any available leases.

Monterey Hills has been built in the early 1980s. It's set in a serene setting and consists of 21 condominium and townhome complexes with several PUDs (Planned Unit Developments) that run off of Via Marisol and Via Arbolada.

It is also known for its annual Summer Jazz Festival which will be taking place this year on September 13th, so save the date!

So what kind of condos can you expect to find in Monterey Hills?

Condominium Complexes:

For the most part, most complexes have four different types of floor plans.

There is usually a one bedroom, one bathroom condo floor plan. Two different two bedroom condos - one where bedrooms are on opposite sides of the living room and another where the two bedrooms are together. And, some complexes have two bedrooms plus a den or a three bedroom condo floorplan. Although, 3 bedrooms are pretty rare.

Most condo complexes are three stories with individual units being one leve with someone living above or below you. Usually, you will also share side walls with your neighbors on both sides, unless you have a corner unit. Almost all condominiums have balconies and first level units have large patios.

Parking is below in a subterranean garage with most units having two assigned parking spaces. Most of the parking spaces are tandem although some of the larger units have side by side parking. There's plenty of guest parking both inside and outside the complexes and street parking is ample.

When you consider buying a condo in Monterey Hills, location of the unit will drive the price. The higher floor units are usually more expensive since they offer views and most 3rd floor units offer fireplaces. 1st floor units are preferred by families with kids or pets due to their large patios. And, 2nd floor units tend to price a little below 3rd and 1st floor. Corner units offer a little more privacy and more light due to extra windows.

All complexes have pools & spa and washer & dryer hook ups on each floor and inside most of the units. Some of the complexes also have gyms, recreation rooms, saunas, paddle tennis courts and sun decks.

Townhouses:

Most of the townhouses are two to three stories. No one is above or below you, but you might share some common walls with neighbors either on one or both sides of your townhome unit.

All townhouses have an attached, private garage for two cars. The ceilings are usually vaulted with skylights. Balconies are off each floor. Fireplaces grace the living rooms. Kitchens are usually roomy with space for breakfast table and chairs. Washer & Dryer hookups are in each unit.

These complexes have pools and spa. Some have other amenities like gyms.

Points of Interest:

What most people don't know is that Monterey Hills is all electric. There are no gas appliances inside the units. It takes a little getting used to cooking with an electric range and oven, but once you do, it's hard to go back to gas.

Monterey Hills also has a dog park!

Here's a comprehensive list of complexes that you can find on "The Hill".

AUSTIN TERRACE

Austin Terrace is located at 4295 Via Arbolada. Built in 1982, it's one of the smaller complexes in Monterey Hills with only 45 units.

Amenities include a pool and a spa.

Home Owner Association (HOA) dues are in the mid $300 per month.

There were three closed sales in 2007 in Austin Terrace. All three units were 2 bedrooms and 2 baths and sold in the range of $355,000 to $453,000.

In 2008, there has only been one sale through June 12th, 2008.

BRADLEY COURT (PUD)

There are two things that make Bradley Court stand out in Monterey Hills.

First, it's the only PUD (Planned Unit Development) in Monterey Hills. It consists of 16 spacious homes with their own garages and their own individual style.

Second, built in 2001, Bradley Court is the last property complex built on the hill, making it the newest.

These beautiful PUD style homes offer majestic views and a lot of interior space. Most are 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with over 1,600 sq. ft. A little private yard, a gourmet kitchen, bathroom with a spa are just some of the amenities of Bradley Court.

Bradley Court homes were selling originally in the $800,000 range. There was a recent sale, a short sale, that closed a few months ago for $655,000. Because there are only 16 units in this very small Monterey Hills complex, it's very rare to see a Bradley Court come up for sale on the Montere Hills real estate market.

CATALINA TERRACE

CHADWICK TERRACE

DRAKE TERRACE

EATON CREST

Eaton Crest Interior

Eaton Crest complex consists of 2 buildings. The first one is at 4499 Via Marisol and is large enough to be separated into three different sections. That's why you will find 4499A Via Marisol, 4499B Via Marisol and 4499B Via Marisol. The second building is much smaller and is at 4589 Via Marisol.

Amenities include a pool, a spa and a huge recreation room that can be rented for parties. Eaton Crest just underwent extensive updating, has been repainted and has one of the most beautiful landscape designs on the hill.

 

Washer & dryer hook ups are on each floor, as well as trash chutes.

There are a few one bedroom floor plans available, but the majority of the units are two bedrooms with a sprinkling of 2 bedrooms and a den. Some floorplans have 1 bathroom while others have 2.

As of June 11, 2008, there are 7 condos for sale in Eaton Crest ranging from $299,000 to $399,000.

The last 2 bedroom and 1 bath sold for $317,000 and 2 bedrooms and 2 baths sold for $365,000.

FREMONT VILLAS

Eaton Crest Interior

Built in 1981, as part of the original Monterey Hills residential community plan, Fremont Villas is a 45 unit townhome complex. It is accessed off of Via Marisol and sits next to Vallejo Villas.

 

With beautiful views of rolling hills towards South Pasadena, Fremont Villas offers Spanish architecture with cozy porches, clay tile roofs, and lush landscaping. As I drive through this complex, the birds are singing and the tree branches are rustling and the feeling of serenity is in the air.

 

 

Fremont Villa's amenities include a recreation room, pool and spa, a sun deck, and easy guest parking both inside the complex and on Via Marisol.

For the most part, these are 2 and 3 bedroom homes with attached garages and balconies.

As of the date of this post, there is one unit for sale - 707 Fremont Villas #24 offered at $499,000. This town home is 2 bedrooms and 3 baths and is in move in condition.

HUDSON TERRACE- Search All Condos for Sale in Hudson Terrace, Monterey Hills

HUNTINGTON TERRACE

 

4000 Via Marisol

 

 

 

Huntington Terrace is a condominium complex in Monterey Hills. It consists of 3 stand-alone, 3 story buildings 4000 Via Marisol - 4040 Via Marisol - 4080 Via Marisol.

Huntington Terrace condo units are one level and depending on where the condo is located, you can have someone living above and/or below you. Laundry hook ups are inside each unit as well as coin operated machines on each floor.

Some of the Huntington Terrace condo units have gorgeous city views. The complex is surrounded by beautiful mature trees. All units have balconies or patios. The patios on the first floor can be quite large which can be great for pets or children.

Huntington Terrace was built by J.D. Carley & Associates in 1981 and has four floor plans. A one bedroom condo, two plans of two bedroom condos and a two bedroom plus a den condo.

Parking is in a subterranean garage. Usually, 2 spaces have been assigned to each Huntington Terrace homeowner. Some parking spaces are side by side. Others are tandem. There is plenty of guest parking spaces in the complex and easy street parking.

Amenities in this complex include a pool, spa and a recreation room. 

Last year, there was a total of 5 sales in the Huntington Terrace complex ranging from $350,000 to $417,000.

LINDEN HEIGHTS

Linden Heights

 

Linden Heights is one of the newer condo complexes on the hill built in 1987. Located on the corner of Via Marisol and Via Arbolada, it has a beautiful pool and spa, recreation room, sauna and a gym. A gorgeous courtyard with mature trees and beautiful landscaping envelopes this beautiful complex.

There are 50 units in this complex featuring a more modern look and floorplan. All units have central air conditioning and heating, balconies or patios.

The garage is subterranean with most units having two parking spaces.

As of June 15th, 2008, there are two 2 bedroom and 2 bath units available for sale. One is offered at $439,000 and the other at $459,000.


MARSHALL VILLAS

MUIR TERRACE

STANFORD TERRACE

TEMPLE TERRACE

Temple Terrace is a beautiful complex in Monterey Hills. It is very unique for the area since it consists of both condos and townhomes. It is located on Via Marisol, but the postal address is Temple Terrace.

There are 75 condos and 47 townhomes in this complex. It is beautifully landscaped and has mature trees and lush foliage. As you walk around the complex, you almost get a resort-like, almost cottage-like feel.

It is the only complex on the hill that has gas range/ovens. Everything else in Monterey Hills is electric. So if you like to cook with gas and live in Monterey Hills this complex is for you.

Amenities include a pool and a spa and home owner association fees are some of the lowest in Monterey Hills. HOA dues include water, gardening, cable TV & trash service.

There's plenty of guest parking available throughout Temple Terrace although the townhomes have a 2-car attached garage and most condos come with 2 subterranean parking spaces.

VALLEJO VILLAS

Vallejo Villas was built in 1981 and in situated on Via Marisol in the heart of Monterey Hills. It is surrounded by majestic trees and offers gorgeous hill and city views.

All units are built townhouse style - meaning that they are stand alone units with a common side wall. Most of these townhomes are two stories high. Each unit sports an attached two car garage, a balcony and some have back yard style patios.

Vallejo Villas has 58 townhouses with amenities including guest parking, pool and spa, a sun deck. It is truly very beautifully landscaped and it looks like the HOA (Home Owners Association) takes very good care of the complex. A true pride of ownership.

As of May 12, 2008, there are no available townhomes for sale in Vallejo Villas. But, keep checking the most current list of all Monterey Hills homes for sale right here or let me know if youd like for me to run a specific search unique to your individual needs.

In 2007, Vallejo Villas townhome sales were ranging in mid $400,000 for 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom units and mid $500,000 for 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom townhomes.

This complex is just minutes away from downtown Los Angeles, USC, Old Town Pasadena and South Pasadena.

WILSON SUMMIT

Read Also: Monterey Hills Real Estate Market Report

Monterey Hills Federation is a good resource for additional Monterey Hills history information and activities.

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

Alhambra City Guide

Altadena City Guide

Arcadia City Guide

Eagle Rock City Guide

Monterey Hills City Guide

Pasadena City Guide

San Gabriel City Guide

San Marino City Guide

Sierra Madre City Guide

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.

Monterey Hills Condos For Sale:


Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

 

June 10, 2008

San Marino California Homes For Sale

Looking for a San Marino home for sale? You've come to the right place. The map below will show all available San Marino real estate and by clicking on individual homes, you can get all the critical information like price and price history, photos, description and much more. Feel free to set up a VIP account so that you can save your searches and have new homes for sale emailed to you as they are added into the Multiple Listing Service by realtors.

Of course, if you need more information and behind the scenes look on the San Marino real estate market, give me a call - Irina Netchaev - (626) 629-8439.


Here's a list of some of the San Marino houses for your review:


READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

June 10, 2008

Pasadena California Condos and Townhomes for Sale-Pasadena CA Real Estate

Condos and Townhomes in Pasadena are in demand.

Below, is a map with all available Pasadena condos and townhomes for sale listed in the Multiple LIsting Service (MLS). Feel free to click on any property for more information like price, interior details, photographs and more. You can also create a VIP account which will save your home searches and will email new home listings to you as they become available. This way, you will not miss your opportunity to own a home in Pasadena California.

Immediately below the map, you will find a few of the most recently listed condos and townhouses in Pasadena for your review.  This property list is updated automatically as new home listings come up on the real estate market.

Give us a call at (626) 629-8439 if you would like to schedule a time to see any of these homes for sale or meet for a home buyer consultation.


READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

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June 9, 2008

Pasadena California Homes for Sale-Pasadena CA Real Estate

Pasadena homes for sale are listed on the map below.  You can click the home for additional information like price history, photos, assessor data.  Also, there's a partial list of newest listings below the map for your review.

Feel free to set up a VIP account which will allow you to save different home searches that will be emailed to you as new home listings come up for sale.  As always, if you have any questions, give us a call at (626) 629-8439.

New MLS Home Listings for your review:


READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

June 9, 2008

What kind of home can you buy for $9.3 Million in San Marino?

I am always fascinated by the beautiful San Marino homes. This San Marino estate is just stunning. It was listed for sale in San Marino today and is being offered to a lucky buyer who can come up with $9,300,000.

Where? 1385 Old Mill Road, San Marino

1385 Old Mill Road
This home offers 8 bedrooms and 7 baths, has over 8,100 sq. ft. per assessor and sits on 82,126 sq. ft. of land.

San Marino Old Mill Living Room
This home is described by the listing agent as:

˜This elegant, gated Spanish Colonial Revival estate is located in the heart of San Marino.It is situated on a nearly 2A parcel of land near Lacy Park. The estate was constructed for H. Stanley Bent, fourth mayor of San Marino. The Bent Estate is a magnificent character home in excellent condition. It is rich with lustrous dark wds, arches, French drs, fancy etched glass drs, original built in cabinetry, original brass hardware, hardwood floors, crown molding & high ceilings, all set in lrg spacious rooms. The home has been meticulously restored by the current owner. Special craftsman have recreated a unique blend of old & new to capture a historical ambiance that is integrated w/state of the art system. Electrical, telephone, security, 4zone air & forced air system are new additions to the property. There is also a 2-seat lift on the back staircase. The estate is enclosed w/beautiful wrought iron fencing & automated gates. Bedrooms 7 & 8 currently function as an office wing to the home.

google map of San Marino - Old Mill home

What a unique property! For more information about this home or to start your San Marino home search, please call Irina at 626.627.7107.

UPDATE: June 9, 2008 - this property was just reduced to $8.9 million.

* Broker Reciprocity: Courtesy of Coldwell Banker.


See all San Marino homes for sale below or just click on our San Marino Home for sale link for more details:

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Posted in San Marino
June 8, 2008

Craziest California Laws EVER!

This is Sunday and Sundays are for fun and rest. I thought I'd share with you some of the strangest and craziest California laws that I was reading recently.

Most of these laws have been repealed - thank you! But, believe it or not, some are still active on our books.

Without further ado, here we go:

  • A city ordinance states that a $500 fine will be given to anyone who detonates a nuclear device within city limits.
  • Alhambra: You cannot leave your car on the street overnight without the proper permit.
  • Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
  • A regulation in San Francisco makes it unlawful to use used underwear to wipe off cars in a car wash.
  • Baldwin Park: Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
  • Bathhouses are against the law.
  • Blythe: You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
  • Burlingame: It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds; Caramel Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk; Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.
  • Giving or receiving oral sex is prohibited.
  • Hollywood: It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.
  • In Los Angeles courts it is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
  • In California it's against regulations to let phones ring more than nine times in state offices.
  • In Los Angeles a man is legally entitled to beat his wife with a leather belt or strap, but the belt can't be wider than 2 inches, unless he has his wife's consent to beat her with a wider strap. Consent should be given prior to the event, as is carefully stipulated.
  • In Los Angeles, you cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time.
  • In Riverside, California, kissing on the lips, unless both parties wipe their lips with carbonized rose water, is against the local health ordinance.
  • In San Francisco it's illegal to play poker in public or gamble in a barricaded room.
  • In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.
  • It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
  • It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.
  • It is illegal to eat an orange in your bath tub
  • It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner.
  • Lodi: It is illegal to own or sell "Silly String".
  • Lompoc: It is illegal to posses, own or raise roosters. This is considered disturbing the peace.
  • Long Beach: Cars are the only item allowed in a garage; It is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.
  • Molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
  • No alcohol beverages can be displayed within five feet of a cash register of any store in California that sells both alcohol and motor fuel.
  • No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
  • Prunedale: Two bathtubs may not be installed in the same house.
  • Riverside: One may not carry a lunch down the street between 11 and 1 o'clock.
  • San Diego: It is illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar; The owners of houses with Christmas lights on them past February second may be fined up to $250.
  • San Francisco bans any "mechanical device that reproduces obscene language."
  • San Jose: It is illegal to have more than two cats or dogs. -Ord. 7.08.595
  • Santa Monica: You may not play percussion instruments on the beach.
  • Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
  • The city of San Francisco holds a copyright on the name "San Francisco." It is illegal to manufacture any item with the name without first getting permission from the city. Since the Supreme Court upheld the copyright, San Francisco has had an annual $300 million surplus every year.

 


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

Posted in Fun Posts
June 7, 2008

Fourth of July Celebration is coming to San Marino California

fireworksEvery year, the City of San Marino holds a 4th of July celebration in Lacy Park. This year, San Marino community is invited to celebrate this family event on Friday July 4th.

This is an all day event featuring ongoing game booths, bingo from 4 until 7 pm, stage entertainment from 5:30 until 9 pm and of course, the most amazing firewords display in the area (starting at approximately 9 pm.)

The Virginia Road entrance (1485 Virginia Road) to the park will open at 8 am. No entrance will be allowed via the back park entrance at St. Albans Road until 3 pm. Guests may reserve areas using blankets, chairs and ropes. No stakes will be permitted in the ground.

Read also: The run of the wild - San Marino Tradition

Also, same day the Annual Fourth of July Parade sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Marino will begin at 5 pm. Young kids on decorated bikes and accompanied by an adult are welcomed and encouraged to participate. This is a true hometown parade.

If your child would like to participate, registration is not required. You can just proceed to the front section of the parade.

Read also: 2007 preparations for 4th of July parade in San Marino

If you are a resident of San Marino, you can pick up to 10 complimentary wristbands at the San Marino Recreation department starting on Monday June 9th at 8 am.

If you are not a resident of San Marino, you may purchase wristbands for $10 per person at the San Marino Recreation Department also. San Marino rec is located at 1560 Pasqualito Drive in San Marino and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am until 5 pm.

If you purchase the wristband on the day of the event, the cost will be $20 per person.

See you on the 4th of July at Lacy Park!

Posted in San Marino
June 7, 2008

Pasadena Home Seller Checklist helps Prepare for Home Inspections

Yesterday, we talked about why a Pasadena home seller should order a home inspection before listing their home with a Pasadena Real Estate Agent.

The following checklist will help you prepare for that home inspection or your buyer's home inspection.

The items below should be done PRIOR to the home inspection:

  • Turn on all services including water, gas and electricity.
  • Make sure that attic is made accessible. If your real estate agent will be meeting with the home inspector, make sure she knows where the entry to the attic is!
  • Make sure that under floor crawl space is accessible. Again, make sure that your real estate agent knows where the entry point is.
  • Heater(s) should be accessible
  • Electrical panel needs to be accessible.
  • Take your pets out of the house or backyard. Have a friend pet sit them for awhile.
  • Disclose any and all problems that you know about the property.
  • If you have documentation like building plans, guarantees, operating instructions, etc, have it available.
  • Write a note explaining any special operations of things especially if you have special switches operating certain lights, etc. Don't forget about the pool and spa area, if you have one and any special instructions for these amenities.

Items that could enhance the outcome of the home inspection:

  • Service and clean your air conditioning and heating systems.
  • Make sure that all built-in appliances are operable and clean.
  • Same thing goes for the exhaust fan(s) - operable and clean.
  • Make sure that your laundry dryer vent is clean.
  • Water heater has to be strapped.
  • Smoke detectors have to be installed in correct locations.
  • Have your pool cleaned and make sure that the equipment is operable and accessible.
  • Make sure that the gutters are repaired and cleared of debris
  • Have your chimney(s) cleaned.
  • Ensure that windows and doors are operating and any broken parts are repaired.

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

Alhambra City Guide

Altadena City Guide

Arcadia City Guide

Eagle Rock City Guide

Monterey Hills City Guide

Pasadena City Guide

San Gabriel City Guide

San Marino City Guide

Sierra Madre City Guide

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.