For Buyers

Helping You Find Your Home

Our Perspective

We devote all our resources to finding you the home you desire. Positioning matters; you have a special story and we work to make your story the one a seller wants to be a part of. With 32+ years of experience, we know how to position your offer, present your financial picture, and orchestrate negotiations in your best interest.

We consider it our privilege each and every time we are selected to represent someone’s story.

What We Bring

  • 32+ years of experience working with buyers
  • Personal Care, from start to finish
  • Personalized strategies for your positioning
  • Contractor’s background: depth of insight on home construction and issues
  • Respected personal reputation in the industry:  honesty, integrity, dependability
  • Network of connections:  affords early knowledge of homes coming to market
  • Powerful advantages behind the Sotheby’s brand:  places a mark of distinction and quality on clients and their offers
  • Our greatest reward: clients who feel taken care of “over and beyond the top”.

FAQ’s for Buyers

What if I make a purchase and the VALUE DROPS FURTHER?

Before purchasing a property, consider the market indicators. Have there been several quarters of dropping prices? Have there been few sales? Have homes been sitting on the market for a long time? Then, perhaps waiting to purchase is a wise decision.On the other hand, there are ways to “hedge.” First of all, partner with a strong, competent agent who will support you in making value choices in properties, will negotiate aggressively on your behalf and who has an excellent reputation commanding attention and respect from other agents.
Second, purchase only when you are fairly sure you will own the property for at least 5-7 years. If prices drop a bit more, you will be happily living in your own home and will not have to worry about a temporary decline. Down markets typically rebound in 5-7 years. Finally, choose a property that needs improvement such as an updating of the kitchen and bathrooms, minor floorplan changes or more appealing exterior details.

How do I avoid “OVERPAYING?”

First of all, it is very important to remember that the listed price of a home might not be in line with the property’s actual market value. Some properties are undervalued and some are overvalued. Therefore, our goal is to determine for our clients how much the listing price is under or over market value. Specific indicators of market value include construction quality, architectural details, neighborhood characteristics and proximity to positive and negative elements that can affect value now and in the future.Statistical elements must also be reviewed. For example, the number of homes listed for sale and sold, and the chosen home’s qualities relative to the neighborhood. Those qualities might include how the home compares in square footage, lot size and so on. Is it the largest and most beautiful home in the area? Or is it the smallest and in need of repair? Non-statistical or qualitative considerations include finishes, floorplan, landscaping and, most important, personal appeal to you, the potential buyer.

How do I determine the right PRICE POINT for my purchase?

Personal pricepoint is determined by a combination of factors, including income, debts, amount of down payment available and cash in the bank. It is very important how these factors are presented. Not all lenders use the same criteria in the same way. The #1 mistake we see buyers make is shopping for a lender based solely on the lowest interest rate. On the surface this is not bad, but underwriting criteria must be considered as well. That criteria might end up causing your loan to be denied and your chosen home to be lost. The right lender might be able to underwrite the loan with the best interest rates available given the specific circumstances of the client.

How do I prevent getting caught with REPAIRS after I purchase a property?

Getting expert professional advice even before you make an offer is one of the best ways to avoid trouble down the road. Contractors and others will often walk through a property to provide advice for a potential buyer. They will generally do a cursory look at no cost, or a more thorough one with payment for their time.You can also do a comprehensive “general building inspection” prior to making an offer. The procedure usually takes 2-4 hours, depending on property size, and costs around $400-800. Usually, this more extensive inspection is done after price has been negotiated and escrow has been opened. There is a customary 10-17 day buyer contingency period for this.The most important elements to consider and inspect – in order of priority and cost – are the roof, foundation and chimney, followed by the sewer line to the street, general plumbing and electrical. If there is asbestos in the home, its remediation must be considered as well.These inspections give the buyer useful and sometimes vital information. Although surprises can still occur, they are rare when comprehensive professional inspections have been done. The longstanding connections John and Tammy have with property inspectors and contractors means that response times and prompt action are the norm rather than the exception.

How can I use my TIME most efficiently to search, get pre-qualified, make offers and so on?

Begin your search by checking out properties online in your spare time, or by setting aside a few minutes or an hour a day. Websites such as www.sothebyshomes.com, www.themls.com, www.realtor.com and www.johnfredrickson.com are good places to begin. A good phone app is Redfin. Tracking your preferences of available properties is efficient and easy. Just go to www.johnfredrickson.com and access our free portal that allows you to enter your personal criteria. You will be notified whenever properties that meet those criteria enter the market. In addition, you can keep track of homes you like and dislike.It is very important, however, to contact a competent and market knowledgeable agent. At any time, you may contact John and Tammy for their educated input on an individual home or group of properties. They can save you time and effort by evaluating all the pros and cons of the property. John and Tammy are available to meet with you at your convenience.

Our Portfolio

1060 S San Rafael, Pasadena $5,500,000

 

CityPasadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 3

Listing Price$5,990,000

Selling Price $5,500,000

1555 Orlando Rd, Pasadena $5,000,000

 

CityPasadena

Representing: Buyer

Price Range: 3

Listing Price$5,800,000

Selling Price $5,000,000

326 Glen Summer Rd, Pasadena $2,505,000

 

CityPasadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 3

Listing Price$2,495,000

Selling Price $2,505,000

4219 Hampstead Rd, La Canada Flintridge $2,215,000

 

CityLa Canada Flintridge

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 3

Listing Price: $2,198,000

Selling Price $2,215,000

1640 E Altadena Dr, Altadena $1,610,000

 

CityAltadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 3

Listing Price: $1,698,000

Selling Price $1,610,000

1620 Rose Villa St, Pasadena $1,127,500

 

City: Pasadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 2

Listing Price$1,198,000

Selling Price $1,127,500

1203 E Elizabeth St, Pasadena $1,225,000

 

City: Pasadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 2

Listing Price$1,198,000

Selling Price$1,225,000

1650 E Mountain St, Pasadena $1,000,000

 

City: Pasadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 2

Listing Price$1,050,000

Selling Price$1,000,000

1732 Loma Vista St, Pasadena $1,000,000

 

City: Pasadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 1

Listing Price$889,000

Selling Price$1,000,000

2355 Brigden Rd, Pasadena $867,500

 

City: Pasadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 1

Listing Price$889,000

Selling Price$867,500

2430 Las Lunas St, Pasadena $870,000

 

City: Pasadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 1

Listing Price$889,000

Selling Price$870,000

407 Wallis St, Pasadena $738,000

 

City: Pasadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 1

Listing Price$749,000

Selling Price$738,000

1275 N Holliston, Pasadena $650,000

 

City: Pasadena

Representing: Seller

Price Range: 1

Listing Price$629,000

Selling Price$650,000

Insight From Our Customers

 

“On behalf of my siblings I want to thank you for all of the assistance you provided. It was reassuring to know that you were making periodic visits to the house – even unscheduled visits to put chlorine in the fountain and let workman in. We benefited from your conscientious assistance every step of the way.”

“My heartfelt thanks to you for your outstanding help.  We are so grateful for your know-how, efficiency, attention to detail and calm, friendly demeanor. Know that you are greatly appreciated.”

“I wish to express my appreciation for John Fredrickson’s assistance in selling three of our properties. John was there to assist in arranging for necessary work to be done on the properties.  Thanks to his assistance, what could have been a long and arduous process went smoothly and without delay.”

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