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Old 11-01-2012, 09:34 AM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Another recommendation would be La Crescenta and Montrose. They are just west of Pasadena. I think it would be hard to find a SFR for the price range, but a townhome/condo could easily be had. These are generally safe areas with a sense of community and great schools. I lived in La Crescenta years ago and was one of the best places I lived while in Southern California.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:11 AM
Location: LA/OC
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Originally Posted by anuong05 View Post
Can u be more specific (maybe with an example) on 'price a house with 10-20% down and 7% interest rate?' Does it apply if u have another property as rental? Thanks!
I think he means don't get sucked into the same things that happened pre-crash, when people were getting very low adjustable rate mortgages and putting 0-3% down.

I would always recommend 20% down if you can. It eliminates the need for PMI and gets the monthly payment to a reasonable rate. However, FHA loans can work for some people. The current average interest rate is under 3.5% on a 30-year fixed. My advice, do some shopping around and find a good, reputable lender. And yes, it is a great time to buy and take advantage of those low rates, but be prepared to move quickly because there's a lot of competition out there right now.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:43 PM
Location: Orange County, CA
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I agree with what ccm123 said about La Cresenta and Montrose being alternative good areas to live in that are not too distant from the Pasadena area. Monrovia is a nice city, I would recommend that too. As the first poster said stay south of the 210 fwy in Pasadena if you can, although there are pockets of nice areas above the fwy, and it seems that area may be gentrifying, so may get better as time goes on. But dang, Pasadena area is so expensive, even the ghetto areas are becoming expensive. That's why it may be better to move to a neighboring city as other posters have mentioned.
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