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Pasadena, CA 91105

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Tips for Selecting a Real Estate Agent in Pasadena, California

Whether it's because you're downsizing or need a bigger place, it takes lots of thought to know when the time is right to put your house on the market. And no matter how nice your property may be, a house won't necessarily sell itself! A trustworthy agent makes your selling process as stress-free as possible.

When choosing an agent, you want someone who can market your home, get top dollar for your house, and negotiate for you during closing. With my resources at Castle and Home Realtors, I provide a first-class selling experience!

As a best-selling real estate professional in Los Angeles County, I'll strive to get the best price for your home and get it off the market quickly. It's easy to choose any agent, but deciding on the right agent takes a little time. Here are a few of the ways that I can be the best real estate professional for your sale:

Which home improvements give the best payback when selling your house?

If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, or finishing your basement, you probably want to get your investment back when you sell your home. But when it comes to payback value of home improvements, some are definitely more profitable than others. As a general rule, kitchen and bathroom projects usually get a nice return on investment, typically 90% or more. Things like adding rooms or finishing basements tend to pay back the least. Finishing a basement usually returns less than 50%, so it’s not a project likely to show profit at selling time.

There are a number of factors that go into determining how well a project will pay back. Payback value depends a lot on the current market conditions in your area. If the market is hot and homes are selling fast, you can expect a higher payback value than you would get in a slow market.   

The type of project you do and how it fits in with other homes in the area can have a big influence on payback too. If you put your money into the wrong type of improvement, you won’t get your money back. But if you're smart about what you do, you can make money. The payback will be better on improvements that are in demand and conform to neighborhood standards. Adding a second bathroom in a neighborhood where most homes have two bathrooms will give a high return on investment.  Building a large addition that makes your home twice as big as the other homes on the block probably won’t pay back very well. Likewise, the popularity of a project will factor into how much it pays back. An improvement heavily customized to your wants and needs won’t pay back as well as something more common to other homes in the neighborhood.

Another factor to consider is the cost of the improvements. If you can do the work yourself, you can save significantly on the cost of the project and greatly improve the chances of getting a good return on the investment.

 The list below is compiled from several published surveys and shows typical payback for some popular remodeling projects:

Understanding Pasadena home prices

Over time, the worth of a home will go up and down. House values appreciate in the long term usually. But, of course, in real estate there are no "sure things". When your property appreciates you have more equity to borrow against, and you'll generate a higher profit when you sell. But how will you be sure what you're investing in now will appreciate over time? Property values in Pasadena go up and down for numerous reasons. Choosing a REALTOR® in Pasadena who understands the factors that affect local prices is the most important part.

What is the most important factor impacting real estate appreciation? Many think that it's the economy. Obviously, mortgage rates, employment, job growth, government programs and several other national factors have a definite effect on your property's worth. But the most significant factors that decide your house's value depend on the local Pasadena economy and housing market.

Let Castle and Home Realtors help you with your first home purchase in Pasadena Location in a community - Many of us choose to live in regions with the best and most convenient components for homes to thrive, such as a close proximity to schools and work. So when it comes to retaining their value, these areas usually appreciate the best.

Real estate sales trends - Are homes on the market 30, 60, or 90 days or even longer? Are sellers needing to discount much? A lot of data can often be retrieved from public records, but a good agent with a login to the local MLS will often provide a more complete picture.

History of appreciation - In the last 5-10 years, have property prices increased or decreased? Does location or affordability affect how desirable the area is considered?

The local economy - Are local businesses hiring? Have companies moved into or away from an area? Is there a fair blend of business in an area, or does it depend on just one industry? Is the mix of commercial and residential zoning changing? These items play a role.


It's important to understand the factors that affect your property's worth. Visit this link for an assessment of your home's value. Call us at (626)353-4436 or e-mail us if you have any questions at all. Click here so we can contact you for all of your selling needs. We'd love to hear from you.