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What Can You Expect from a Great Pasadena Real Estate Agent?

What Can You Expect from a Great Pasadena Real Estate Agent?

I was reading a post earlier today by Jennifer Allan about the definition of a good real estate agent. Jennifer is an author of five books about the business of selling real estate. She is a real estate coach and contributes regular articles on real estate related subjects to many different on-line venues.

I run into many different real estate agents on a daily basis. Some Pasadena real estate agents have tons of experience and others are just starting out. The prevalant change in the Pasadena real estate community is the change from being egocentric to customer focused.

To this day, many real estate agents flaunt their “multi-million” dollar status, being a top producer, being in the top % of their real estate company, etc. Not too many Pasadena real estate agents talk about how they can help their real estate consumer, what a real estate agent does for his or her customer to ensure that they’re delighted with their service, etc.

Receiving and reviewing real estate purchase offer contracts, it is clear that the training for the majority of real estate professionals is not stellar. If you are or were a real estate seller, all you have to do is look at the real estate purchase counter offer to see how many items a great real estate agent would need to address or “clean up” prior to acceptance – and I’m not talking strictly about the price.

So… forgive me for going on about this, but it’s a sensitive subject that is near and dear to my heart. One Pasadena real estate agent can create an impression on countless potential real estate consumers. As they say, perception is reality!

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Here’s a list that Jennifer put together when she was asked about “what makes a good real estate agent”.

A Pasadena Real Estate Agent should:

  • “You know your market, your systems and your contracts.
  • You are a good negotiator.
  • You put your clients’ needs above your need for a paycheck.
  • You know how to properly price a home.
  • You know what your seller needs to do to get his home ready for market.
  • You know how to build rapport with your seller so that he trusts you.
  • You know how to take decent photos.
  • You know how to write an appealing MLS description.
  • You return phone calls promptly.
  • You preview listings so you don’t waste your buyer’s time.
  • You know how much it costs to replace a 50 year old furnace.
  • You have a handyman, a cleaning service and a good HVAC contractor.
  • You’re pleasant to other agents so they’re happy to show your listings or accept your offers.
  • You keep your brochure boxes full.
  • Your lockboxes work…”
  •  

    My additions to her list:

     

    A great real estate agent writes clean contracts.

    A great real estate agent strategizes with their client on how to make their offer stand out – price AND terms.

    A great real estate agent takes educational classes and strives to continually learn as the industry is changing.

    A great real estate agent networks with other real estate agents locally and throughout the country to share best practices.

    A great real estate agent should respond to emails immediately.

    A great real estate agent should know how to market a home they’re selling on the web

    A great real estate agent should be in touch with the changing real estate marketing techniques… Old school is good, but not enough… need to incorporate new and exciting techniques in helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs.

    A great real estate agent creates dynamic on-line presentations to market homes.

    A great real estate agent is not afraid to say “I don’t know”, but I will research and get back to you.

    A great real estate agent is honest and ethical!

     

    There’s a lot more that I can add to this, but you get my point, right?

    Old school where it’s all about me is OUT! New school – all about the real estate consumer is in.

    Is your Pasadena real estate agent, a great real estate agent?

    Posted on September 3rd, 2008
    Posted by: Irina Netchaev

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    Pasadena Schools: Back to school time – Find the school that is right for you.

    Pasadena Schools: Back to school time – Find the school that is right for you.

    back to school time

    Another school year is getting ready to start this Thursday, September 4, 2008 in Pasadena, but being the local Pasadena real estate resource, we’ve been getting a lot of emails about available public schools in Pasadena.

    Here’s a comprehensive list of all PUSD (Pasadena Unified School District) schools and their contact information.  PUSD also encompasses Altadena.

    Pasadena school boundary maps are available at www.pusd.us/oe with a convenient neighborhood school locator available which allows you to key in your Pasadena, Sierra Madre or Altadena address to find your elementary, middle or high school.

    The schools below have all participated in the California Standard Tests which are designed to assess student achievement in grades 2 through 11 in a variety of different subject matters including English Language Arts and Math. 

    When selecting a Pasadena school, many parents look at the Academic Performance Indesx or API.  It is the cornerstone of the California state accountability  system which measures each individual school’s imporvement.

    The top API rated Pasadena Elementary Schools for 2006-2007 are:

      API Score Change in API
    Don Benito Elementary School 841 +5
    Willard Elementary School 841 -9
    Sierra Madre Elementary School 834 +48

     

     

    Pasadena Unified School District

    351 S. Hudson Avenue

    Pasadena, CA  91109

           626-795-6981       

    Pasadena Unified School District Elementary Schools

    Altadena Elementary School

    743 E. Calaveras Street

    Altadena, CA  91001

           626-798-7878       

    Principal: Gregory White

    Number of Students:  375

    Burbank Elementary School

    2046 N. Allen Avenue

    Altadena, CA  91001

           626-798-6769       

    Principal:  Kelly Lawson

    Number of Students:  385

    Cleveland Elementary School

    524 Palisade Street

    Pasadena, CA  91003

           626-794-7169       

    Principal:  Dr. Francine Williams

    Number of Students:  388

    Don Benito Fundamental School

    3700 Denair Street

    Pasadena, CA  91107

    Principal:Victoria E. Rueda

    Number of Students:  812

    Field Elementary School

    3600 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.

    Pasadena, CA  91107

           626-351-8812       

    Principal:  Ana Maria Apodaca

    Number of Students:  356

    Franklin Elementary School

    527 W. Ventura Street

    Altadena, CA  91001

           626-798-9116       

    Principal:  Caroline E. Bermudez

    Number of Students:  408

    Hamilton Elementary School

    2089 Rose Villa Street

    Pasadena, CA  91007

           626-793-0678       

    Principal:  Sarah Rudchenko

    Number of Students:  514

    Jackson Elementary School

    593 W. Woodbury Road

    Altadena, CA  91001

           626-798-6773       

    Principal:  Rose Ingber

    Number of Students:  441

     Jefferson Elementary School

    1500 E. Villa Street

    Pasadena, CA  91106

           626-793-0656       

    Principal:  Jill L. Girod

    Number of Students:  639

    Loma Alta Elementary School

    3544 N. Canon Blvd.

    Altadena, CA  91001

           626-797-1173       

    Number of Students:  317

    Longfellow Elementary School

    1065 E. Washington Blvd.

    Pasadena, CA  91104

           626-794-1134       

    Number of Students: 587

    Madison Elementary School

    515 Ashtabula Street

    Pasadena, CA  91104

           626-793-1181       

    Principal:  Sandra M. Macis

    Number of Students: 592

    McKinley K-8 School

    325 South Oak Knoll Avenue

    Pasadena, CA  91101

           626-844-7880       

    Principal:  Marisa Sarian

    Number of Students:  1077

    Norma Coombs alternative K-8 School

    2600 Paloma Street

    Pasadena, CA  91107

           626-798-0759       

    Principal:  Vanessa Watkins

    Total Students: 576

    Roosevelt School

    315 North Pasadena Avenue

    Pasadena, CA  91103

          626-795-9501      

    Principal:  Dr. Kathee Hennigan Bautista

    Total Students:  310

    San Rafael Elementary School

    1090 Nithsdale Road

    Pasdena, CA  91103

          626-793-4189      

    Principal:  Alyson Beecher

    Number of Students:  355

    Sierra Madre K-8 School

    Lower Grade Campus (PreK – 5)

    141 West Highland Avenue

    Sierra Madra, CA  91024

          626-355-1428      

    Upper Grade Campus (6,7,8)

    160 N. Canon

    Sierra Madre, CA  91024

    Principal:  Gayle Bluemel

    Number of Students:  943

    Washington Accelerated Elementary School

    1520 North Raymond Avenue

    Pasadena, CA  91103

          626-791-4573      

    Principal:  Karrone M. Meeks-Clark

    Number of Students:  778

     

          626-836-2947      

    Principal:  Gayle Bluemel

    Number of Students: 943

    Webster K-8 School

    2101 E. Washington Blvd.

    Pasadena, CA  91104

          626-798-7866      

    Principal:  Sharon J. Lefler

    Number of Students:  575 

    Willard Elementary School

    301 S. Madre Street

    Pasadena, CA  91107

          626-793-6163      

    Principal:  Dr. Kathy J. Onoye

    Number of Students:  625

    Pasadena Unified School District Middle Schools

    Eliot Middle School

    2184 N. Lake Avenue

    Altadena, CA  91001

          626-794-7121      

    Principal:  Peter Pannell

    Number of Students:  651

    Washington Middle School

    1505 N. Marengo Avenue

    Pasadena, CA  91103

          626-798-6708      

    Principal:  Alejandor Ruvalcaba

    Number of Students:  550

    Wilson International Baccalaureate Middle School

    300 South Madre Avenue

    Pasadena, CA  91106

          626-449-7390      

    Principal:  Ruth Esseln

    Number of Students: 713

    Other Middle School Programs:

    Blair International Baccalaureate Magnet School (7 – 12)

    Marshall Fundamental Secondary School (6 – 12)

    McKinley K-8 School (K – 8)

    Norma Coombs Alternative School (K – 8)

    Sierra Madre School Upper Campus (6 – 8)

    Webster K – 8  School

    Pasadena Unified School District High Schools

    Blair International Baccalaureate Magnet School

    www.blairibmagnet.org

    1201 S Marengo Avenue

    Pasadena, CA  91106

          626-441-2201      

    Principal:  Rich Boccia

    Number of Students:  1205

    John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School

    www.marshallfundamental.org

    990 N. Allen Avenue

    Pasadena, CA  91104

          626-798-0713      

    Principal:  Steven R. Miller

    Number of Students: 1759

    John Muir High School

    www.johnmuirhs.org

    1905 N. Lincoln Avenue

    Pasadena, CA  91103

         626-798-7881     

    Principal:  Sheryl Orange

    Number of Students:  1306

    Pasadena High School

    www.pasadenahigh.org

    2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.

    Pasadena, CA  91107

         626-798-8901     

    Principal:  Dr. Derick Evans

    Number of Students: 2307

    Please visit my Pasadena Resource Guide for restaurants, museums and additional Pasadena city information.

    Update:  September 4, 2008 Academic Performance Index (API) Scores have been posted for Pasadena Unfified School District.  The API is a single number, ranging from a low of 200 to a high of 1000, that reflects a school’s performance level, based on the results of statewide testing.

     

    District                                           API

    ’08

    API

    ’07

    T

     

    Growth        
    PASADENA UNIFIED 720 707 D 13        
     
    Elementary Schools
      Altadena Elementary 717 668 7 49        
     
      Aveson School of Leaders 871 B B B        
     
      Burbank Elementary 739 783 5 -44        
     
      Cleveland Elementary 758 756 5 2        
     
      Daniel Webster 749 777 5 -28        
     
      Don Benito Fundamental 840 846 A -6        
     
      Field (Eugene) Elementary 782 776 5 6        
     
      Franklin Elementary 806 760 5 46        
     
      Hamilton Elementary 842 829 A 13        
     
      Jackson Elementary 718 719 5 -1        
     
      Jefferson Elementary 725 709 5 16        
     
      Loma Alta Elementary 736 724 5 12        
     
      Longfellow (Henry W.) Elementary 780 775 5 5        
     
      Madison Elementary 709 726 5 -17        
     
      McKinley 783 788 5 -5        
     
      Norma Coombs Alternative 812 820 A -8        
     
      Roosevelt Elementary 763 747 5 16        
     
      San Rafael Elementary 702 706 5 -4        
     
      Sierra Madre Elementary 870 840 A 30        
     
      Washington Accelerated Elementary 779 741 5 38        
     
      Willard Elementary 842 836 A 6        
     
    Middle Schools
      Aveson Global Leadership Academy 788 B B B        
     
      Charles W. Eliot Middle 614 630 9 -16        
     
      Washington Middle 599 630 9 -31        
     
      Woodrow Wilson Middle 683 673 6 10        
     
    High Schools
      Blair High 650 640 8 10        
     
      John Muir High 601 569 12 32        
     
      Marshall Fundamental 731 723 5 8        
     
      Pasadena High 713 704 5 9        

    Information gathered from PUSD School Guide Open Enrollment Brochure and Application for 2008-2009 school year.

    Posted on September 1st, 2008
    Posted in Pasadena
    Posted by: Irina Netchaev

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    Monterey Hills, California: Bradley Court

    Monterey Hills, California: Bradley Court

    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.

    Feel free to check the current available Monterey Hills listings here.

    READ MORE: Monterey Hills Complex Overview

    Monterey Hills Real Estate Market Report May through July 2008

    Posted on August 30th, 2008
    Posted in Monterey Hills
    Posted by: Irina Netchaev

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    Pasadena Mortgage Rates Report: August 29, 2008

    Pasadena Mortgage Rates Report: August 29, 2008

    by Brian Brady

     

    Weird things are happening in the mortgage-backed securities market.  Strong
    buying, in the 30 year-fixed rate loans, has dropped rates .25% since my last
    report,  The ARM rates, however, have RISEN.  A weird phenomenon, indeed.  I’m
    only quoting two loan programs (the others make no sense):

     

    Pasadena Mortgage rates  for August 29, 2008.  Loan amounts up to
    $417,000:


    5/1 ARM              5.750%

    30 Year Fixed      6.125%

    All rates offered to the borrower with 1 point cost.  Rate quotes assume
    a purchase transaction with a 20% down payment, 720 credit score, and full
    income qualification.  Rates are subject to fluctuation.  Custom rate quotes and
    rate lock advice are available by calling (858)-777-9751.


    Short-term, this is about as good as it gets.  I think we’ll see some higher
    rates, in the next 7-10 days, with rates coming back down to this level by the
    end of September.  I’m befuddled for the 3 month trend so I’ll stay neutral.

     

    PASADENA MORTGAGE RATE TREND:

    Next 7 days:      Higher 

    Next 30 days:     Neutral

    Next 3 months:    Lower? (I’m
    stumped)

     

    Originally
    posted on MillionaireRealEstateLender.com

    »crosslinked«

    Posted on August 29th, 2008
    Posted by: Irina Netchaev

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    A Home in a Box

    A Home in a Box

    Pasadena Craftsman

    I was just reading Petrea Burchard’s post about a Pasadena bungalow that she photographed and was reflecting on the fascination that many of us have over these beautiful bungalows that make Pasadena so special.

    What draws us to these homes?  Is it because they were so affordable and yet so beautiful?  Most of the homes in the Bungalow Heaven historic landmark district literally came out of the box.  In the early 1900s, you could buy a bungalow kit from Sears Roebuck if you lived on the East coast or on the West coast from The Ready Cut Bungalow Company.  These bungalow kit homes were priced from as little as $650.  Of course, the owners needed to throw in an extra $150 towards plumbing fixtures and a lot of sweat labor.

    Or, is it because a lot of these Pasadena bungalows, also known as, California Bungalows, were built in the early 1900 when the Pasadena population was growing at an enormously fast rate?  Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven saw its population quadruple to 45,000 in 1920 from 10,000 in 1900.

    I think that our love for the Pasadena bungalow is simply due to the simplicity and beauty of the bungalows design – kit or no kit.

    So what is a Bungalow kit home?

    Rosemary Thornton, co-author of the book about kit houses answers:

     

    “Kit homes were sold via mail order catalogs and shipped to the wanna-be homeowner in about 10,000 pieces. These complex do-it-yourself kits came with a 75-page instruction book that told you how all those pieces went together. Kit home companies promised that a man “of average abilities” could build his own kit home in about 30-90 days.”

     

    Can you imagine ordering your home on-line and then having to go through a 75-page manual and 10,000 separate pieces to put it together?  To me, that is a monumental achievement! 

    So maybe, it’s not only the charm of these Pasadena bungalows that have us enthralled, but the love and strength that it took to build them, to achieve that ultimate dream – a dream of homeownership, that keeps us in awe.

    PS The photo above is a home on Holliston Avenue in Historic Highlands.  It is not a kit box house.  I just think it is one of the more beautiful craftsman homes in Pasadena.  I’ve taken the liberty to post it here.  I will be posting photos of California Bungalow homes in this post later. 

    Posted on August 26th, 2008
    Posted in Pasadena
    Posted by: Irina Netchaev

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    San Gabriel Real Estate Market Report – May 2008 to July 2008

    San Gabriel Real Estate Market Report – May 2008 to July 2008

    San Gabriel real estate market has been holding pretty steady without any major variances over the last few months. The least expensive home on the market in San Gabriel right now is $299,000 and the most expensive home for sale is $2,195,000.

    Interestingly, the number of homes on the market has dropped for both Single Family Residences (SFR) and Townhomes. This drop is due to more buyers opening escrows in July for SFR and more properties being taken off the market for Townhomes – a possible indication of foreclosures and unsuccessful short sales.

    San Gabriel Real Estate Housing Data:

    Single Family Residence May-08 Jun-08 Jul-08
    New Listings 24 18 15
    Total Listings 79 91 68
    Sales Pending 6 13 22
    Homes Sold 16 24 22
    Listings Expired 15 9 12
    Average Days on the Market 79 98 79
    Average Price Per Sq. Ft. $399 $358 $354
    Average Selling Price $578,188 $580,783 $595,932
    Absorption Rate (# of weeks to sell current inventory at present rate of sales)   24.6 12.3
           
    Condos May-08 Jun-08 Jul-08
    New Listings 4 6 5
    Total Listings 19 21 11
    Sales Pending 0 0 1
    Condos Sold 2 1 3
    Listings Expired 3 1 2
    Average Days on the Market 144 54 301
    Average Price Per Sq. Ft. $295 $325 $341
    Average Selling Price $336,500 $588,000 $438,667
    Absorption Rate (# of weeks to sell current inventory at present rate of sales)   45.5 47.7
           
    Townhomes May-08 Jun-08 Jul-08
    New Listings 3 3 1
    Total Listings 9 14 7
    Sales Pending 1 1 1
    Townhomes Sold 1 0 1
    Listings Expired 5 5 4
    Average Days on the Market 18 n/a 20
    Average Price Per Sq. Ft. $269 n/a $269
    Average Selling Price $677,000 n/a $355,000
    Absorption Rate (# of weeks to sell current inventory at present rate of sales)   60.7 N/A

    Data taken from ITEC (Pasadena Foothills Association MLS service)

    If you are interested in beginning your search for a San Gabriel home, please click on the search home link here.

    For weekly updates on San Gabriel real estate market activity, please feel free to request market analysis reports with detailed information by clicking here. These reports are gathered and updated by Altos Research and will be emailed to you with my compliments.

    Posted by Irina Netchaev 626-627-7107

    Posted on August 19th, 2008
    Posted by: Irina Netchaev

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    Knowing Tax Withholding Rules mean More Money Thanks to IRS

    Knowing Tax Withholding Rules mean More Money Thanks to IRS

     

    Federal Tax Withholding Rules (IRS Form W-4)

    IRS - moneyThe vast majority of U.S. taxpayers allow the U.S. government to withhold more from their paychecks than is necessary to cover their tax bill due in April the following year. This is largely due to not understanding the tax withholding rules, so the proper number of withholding allowances can be claimed and thus avoid over-withholding.

    Each year the IRS has to send some 80 million tax payers refunds totaling $120 billion dollars in excess withholding. This averages some $1,500 per taxpayer. This excess withholding money earns no interest and therefore costs these taxpayers some $6 billion in interest each year!

    Many potential Pasadena homebuyers are prevented from buying homes each year because they cannot come up with an extra $100 to $500 per month above their present rental payments. There are also a number of homeowners who would like to move up to more expensive homes, that could use some additional monthly take home pay.

    In both of these situations, it may be important to know the tax withholding rules, as these individuals may be able to increase the number of withholding allowances they claim on their W-4 tax withholding certificate. (See sample W-4 that follows.).

    Contrary to popular belief the number of withholding allowances any individual may claim at their place of work is not their family size (nor 14 as many people believe). They are allowed to claim up to a maximum of 99 withholding allowances, as long as they have the tax deductions to back up the claim.

    An individual on W-4 withholding can claim an allowance for himself, one for each dependent and one more for each $3,000 of tax deductions, over the standard tax deduction barrier. These tax deductions may include interest payments on mortgages for first and second homes, real estate taxes, moving expenses (if itemizing), charitable contributions (if itemizing), alimony, medical bills (above the deductible amount), some individual retirement accounts, some child care expenses and some stock or business losses.

    READ MORE: Federal Tax Breaks to Owning Real Estate

    If you need additional monthly income to be able to purchase a home, I recommend that you arrange an appointment with an accountant or CPA who can advise you of the proper number of withholding allowances to claim.

    However, the following general rules may be helpful in illustrating that you may claim extra withholding allowances for the purchase of a home. This, in turn, would give you more monthly take home pay in order to be able to budget the home.

    GENERAL WITHHOLDING RULES:

    • One additional withholding allowance may be claimed for every $3,000 of itemized tax deductions, once the taxpayer has enough tax write-offs to itemize. This amount is in addition to withholding allowances for family size. ($5,450 is the minimum amount of deductions for a single taxpayer to itemize and $10,900 is the minimum amount for married couples to itemize).

    • Individuals may claim as many tax withholding allowances as they desire, up to a maximum of 99, as long as their actual tax deductions support the claim. IRS tax rules state that you must pay 90% of your tax bill in advance each year, or you may incur tax penalties in the form of interest charges on the unpaid advance taxes.

    • Each additional withholding allowance claimed by the individual on the W-4 withholding certificate, will result in less money being withheld from that individual’s paycheck by the employer. The actual amount of additional take home pay will depend on the individual’s tax bracket. If the tax bracket were 28%, each additional withholding allowance claimed would shelter $3,000 of income. Therefore, 28% x $3,000 = a tax savings of $840 per year or $70 per month, for each extra allowance claimed. Three such additional allowances would generate close to $210 per month in extra take home pay!

    • The employer does not have the right to tell the employee how many tax withholding allowances to claim. This is up to the individual. However, many large companies provide someone to help the individual estimate how many tax allowances to claim.

    • The purchase of a home usually entitles an individual to claim extra withholding allowances on his W-4 and therefore, receive more monthly take home pay. The exception would be when the home purchase and the resulting deductions are not large enough to itemize.

     

    Information courtesy of Jeff Elias.

     

    Posted on August 18th, 2008
    Posted by: Irina Netchaev

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    San Marino: Dusty Deals – August 2008

    San Marino: Dusty Deals – August 2008

    As a real estate agent working in and around Pasadena California, I am constantly getting phone calls from buyers looking for great deals.

    If you are looking for a real estate deal, you came to the right place. I will be posting my “Dusty Deals” by area on a monthly basis right here for your review.

    What is a “Dusty Deal” list? It is a list of real estate for sale including homes, condos and townhomes that have been on the market for over 100 days. Are all of these great deals? Not necessarily. BUT, the seller has been actively marketing their homes for a very long time and is probably ready to deal.

    Why are these homes on the market still? The most likely reason is that they were overpriced to begin with. The first few weeks of marketing a home for sale are the most critical weeks for any seller. If the property is overpriced, or not marketed correctly, it gets stale. Local real estate agents ignore these homes and avoid showing them to their buyers. Potential home buyers look these homes up on the internet, but wonder what is wrong with these homes since they didn’t sell.

    My take on this is, if you are looking for a deal, these homes are the best place to start. Why? Home sellers are tired of showing their homes and most are ready to NEGOTIATE their price and SELL!

    READ MORE: Dusty Deals List for August 08 – Pasadena, Alhambra, South Pasadena, Monterey Hills, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia and San Marino

    So here’s a list of homes for sale in San Marino that have been on the market for over 100 days:

    Address BR BA Price Price/Sq.Ft. MLS # DOM
    1415 S San Gabriel Blvd San Marino, CA 91108 4 3 $1,098,500 $469 22108278 129
    2734 Monterey Rd San Marino, CA 91108 4 3 $1,248,800 $544 22106513 615
    2280 Roanoke RD San Marino, CA 91108 3 2 $1,265,000 $644 488055882 119
    2065 Courtland Ave San Marino, CA 91108-1754 5 6 $4,280,000 $880 22105856 171
    1385 Old Mill Rd San Marino, CA 91108 8 7 $8,900,000 $1,093 22109072 113

     

    As you’re going through the list, please look at the last column titled DOM (Days on the Market). This will tell you how many days these homes have been on the market.

    If you are interested in getting more information about any of these home listings, please call me at 626-204-3340 or email me at Irina@Irina4RealEstate.com.

    You can also search all San Marino homes for sale by clicking here.

    Posted on August 16th, 2008
    Posted in Dusty Deals
    Posted by: Irina Netchaev

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    Monterey Hills California: Temple Terrace

    Monterey Hills California: 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.

    Monterey Hills is a great place to live and is only minutes away from Old Town Pasadena, downtown LA, Paseo Colorado, the USC Health Sciences Campus and the Gold Line.

    As of August 15, 2008, there is only one townhome on the market:

    853 Temple Terrace, Monterey Hills 2 bedrooms/2 baths $429,000

    It is nice and bright with beautiful views of the hills from each room.

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    Posted on August 15th, 2008
    Posted in Monterey Hills
    Posted by: Irina Netchaev

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