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Are you ready to buy a house? You have come to the right place.  Below, you will find links to articles that we hope will be useful to you.  Just click on the corresponding link and you will be taken directly to the article. Feel free to browse through these home buying articles. The most important thing for you to know is that you need to be represented and being a home buyer in Pasadena or surrounding neighborhoods is great – why?  Because you get real estate agent representation for free! That should put a smile on your face 🙂

When you are ready to begin your home search and would like to schedule a personalized home buying consultation, give us a call at (626) 629-8439.  We look forward to being of assistance to you.

How do you calculate your home buying affordability? Here’s great advice from our lender of choice – Calculating Your Home Affordability.

Tips for getting more home for your money – stretch that $. Read 5 tips for getting more home for your $.

Every industry, real estate included, has its own “rules of the game”. It is important to understand the proper etiquette when you are shopping for a home in Pasadena.

An absolutely “must read” when buying a home – 9 Stupid Things Buyers do to Mess Up their Home Purchase.

UNDERSTANDING THE HOME BUYING PROCESS

Okay, so you have an accepted offer, your down payment is lined up… what will you be paying in closing costs? Read what kind of home closing costs should I expect during escrow?

Did you know that there are two types of closing costs when purchasing a home: Understand the difference between recurring and non-recurring closing costs.

What are home purchase contingencies? And, can the escrow be cancelled by a seller? Yes… read how at Pasadena home sale escrow can be cancelled by a seller.

When you buy a home in Pasadena, it’s usual and customary to put a 3% earnest money deposit. Make sure that you understand how to protect that hard earned money by reading the fastest way to lose your earnest money deposit.

Now that you found your home, what kind of inspections should you be ordering? A physical home inspection and sewer line inspection at a minimum!

One of the things that home buyers need to decide on while they are in escrow is how to hold title. Take a look at Property Title Insurance – What is it for and what are your options?

Here are some of the recent homes for sale around Pasadena California:

Learning about homes for sale educates you on the state of the current real estate market.

  • Tue, 24 May 2022 03:15:00 +0000: $1,760,000 :: 2200 Cielo Place, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,312 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,410 sq ft
    Added: 05/13/22, Last Updated: 05/24/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR22101394
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/24/2022 by 2%
    Status: Active


    MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION! Stunning city lights, canyons, and mountain view home, located in the prestigious Highland Oaks neighborhood of Arcadia. As you step into the single-story home through the large double door entry, you will notice the light and airy open floor plan consisting of a spacious living room, diningroom and family room with a cozy fireplace. Fresh paint and wood flooring is found throughout the home, along with newly remodeled bathrooms.There are three nicely sized bedrooms with plenty of closet space in the bedroom wing off to one side of the home, offering more privacy. Tuckedaway down the hall is the master suite with a sitting area, the perfect spot for an office area or peaceful reading nook. The 500+ sq. ft. enclosedpatio (not included in the square footage of the home) has large floor to ceiling windows, letting in natural light and gorgeous views of the rollingcanyons and city lights at night. Bask in the warm sun as you take a midday siesta, practice Yoga, or open the glass sliding doors for an al fresco meal! Relax and enjoy the tranquil yard, a great space for entertaining or spending time with your family and friends. Through the galley kitchentakes you to the laundry room with utility sink and entrance to the attached two-car garage. The long driveway has room for RV parking and can fit multiple vehicles easily. Walking Distance to Arcadia Wilderness Park. Award-winning Arcadia Schools and in close proximity to shops, restaurantsand LA Arboretum.

    Listed with Stephanie Lam CalDRE: 02051154 | 909-720-5965, 168 Realty Inc.


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Tue, 24 May 2022 03:15:00 +0000: $1,890,000 :: 525 W Camino Real Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,940 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,358 sq ft
    Added: 05/22/22, Last Updated: 05/24/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR22093412
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This charming one story traditional home proudly located in the most desirable winning school Baldwin Stocker area! Featuring: Main house with 4 good sized bedroom/2bath(2547 sf living area)and the guest house with 3/4 bath(393 sf). 60x206 sf large deep lot. Formal living room and dining room with fireplaces, extra large lanai with fireplace over looking to the beautiful swimming pool and the park liked grassy back yard, great for family gathering & entertaining. Well kept bright kitchen with lots of wood cabinets and breakfast area, refrigerator, washer & dryer included in this sale, Newly installed roof and energy saver windows, hard wood floors, 3-car attached garage with Tesla electric car charging hook-up. Large newer storage room at the back of the guest house. Different flowers blossom through seasons. Convenient location to markets, restaurants, banks, Westfield Mall and public transportations.

    Listed with Jean Huang CalDRE: 01053756 | 626-451-6999, E 2000 Realty


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Mon, 23 May 2022 19:48:00 +0000: $1,249,000 :: 2990 Oneida Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,853 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,795 sq ft
    Added: 05/18/22, Last Updated: 05/23/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-9509
    Tract: Other
    Status: Active


    Welcome to 2990 Oneida st in Pasadena. Title shows 3 bed and 2 bath with 1853 sf of living space but it really is 5 beds, 3 bath, and a den/ office with 2128 sf (measured) of living space. Home has a newly redone roof, newer AC, exterior paint, and other upgrades. An open concept kitchen to dining makes for great family gatherings. A separate living room stretches the length of the house from front to back giving numerous possibilities for entertainment. Three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are on one side with the additional 2 bedrooms and bath near the back. This home has many possibilities for family living in the great city of Pasadena. Oneida is a mildly trafficked street just south of Del Mar blvd. Pasadena is a city close enough to the action of downtown Los Angeles yet tucked away with a laid-back feel. Close to Old Town Pasadena, Rose Bowl, Santa Anita Race Track, Arcadia Mall, Pasadena City College, and numerous parks for enjoyment. Come see this house before it gets swept up! Interior photos will be up by end of day 5/19

    Listed with Andy Rodemich CalDRE: 01891069 | (818) 395-7567, Dilbeck Real Estate


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Mon, 23 May 2022 18:53:00 +0000: $4,988,000 :: 20 Chandler Place, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 3,988 sq ft
    Lot Size: 35,214 sq ft
    Added: 05/23/22, Last Updated: 05/23/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-9671
    Community: San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Designed by architect / builder, Harry E. Walker, this spectacular 1926 Spanish revival estate is well-located on a small, quiet cul-de-sac in the estate area of San Marino. Situated on a 0.81 acre lot backing up to the gardens of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, this property showcases an incredible view of mature trees and the San Gabriel Mountains. Measuring 3,988 SF in the main house, the floor plan provides wonderful access to the grounds and adjoining outdoor entertainment space. The downstairs features a gracious entry hall with tile floor, the formal living room, formal dining room, kitchen which opens to a spacious family room, a 3/4 bath with a shower and a formal powder bath. The step-down formal living room showcases large picture windows, beamed ceiling, built-ins, a gas and wood burning fireplace, and two sets of French doors to the rear patio. The dining room has hardwood floors, a gorgeous crystal chandelier, large windows and an adjacent wet bar that can be concealed. The kitchen features built-in appliances, including KitchenAid double oven, SubZero refrigerator, under counter ice maker/freezer, double sink, gas cooktop, appliance garages, a desk nook and handmade tile backsplash. The family room addition was designed by noted architect Cliff May, modeled after the Mondavi winery with a large fireplace, built-ins and 3 skylights. Upstairs, there are 3 large en-suite bedrooms including a primary suite with a dressing room and 2 closets, and a dressing room/office attached to one of the bedrooms. The gardens feature specimen trees, including mature oaks, expansive lawn that leads to the heated swimming pool, a fruit orchard, a rose garden and plenty of open space to enjoy. The brick patio has a built-in barbecue, an outdoor gas fireplace, and pergola patio. Attached to the garage (25' x 32'), is a 335 SF Pool House with a 3/4 bath, plus a 335 SF storage room. Additional features include a 400 SF temperature controlled wine storage, CA Basement, seismic bolting, nearly all copper pipe + copper mainline, automatic backup generator + newer dual HVAC. Enjoy a very special property and its expansive park-like grounds, the close proximity to the Huntington Library, Lacy Park, and shopping and restaurants on Lake Avenue, as well as San Marino Schools.

    Listed with Sarah Rogers CalDRE: 01201812 | (626) 390-0511, COMPASS


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Mon, 23 May 2022 17:15:00 +0000: $999,000 :: 1175 N Mentor Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,143 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,614 sq ft
    Added: 05/23/22, Last Updated: 05/23/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: DW22109627
    Community: Not Defined
    Status: Active


    The home you have been waiting for has finally hit the market. Whopping 1,143 SF of living sitting on an enormous 9,614 SF of Land perched at a quiet tree lined street of Mentor Ave, this house is filled with charm and gorgeous 3 bedroom and 2 bath layouts. The home has detailed original antique finishes inside with a decorative fireplace in the living room, new white & black design of kitchen and bathrooms. Centrally located with easy access to The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Located on a generous street-to-street lot in prime location within minutes of shops and restaurants along N Lake Ave.

    Listed with Wonnie Kim CalDRE: 01873341 | 562-474-1722, Won Suk Kim Real Estate, Inc.


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Mon, 23 May 2022 15:47:00 +0000: $1,250,000 :: 2614 S Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,512 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,828 sq ft
    Added: 05/23/22, Last Updated: 05/23/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR22101708
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    ARCADIA SINGLE FAMILY HOUSE LOCATED IN PRIME LOCATION WITH HUGE LOT SIZE (14,827 SF.). PRESTIGIOUS AWARD WINNING ARCADIA SCHOOL DISTRICT. BEST DEAL in Arcadia. Subject property has 1,512 sf. of living area and 14,827 sf. of lot size. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (title shows 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms). Cover patio + extra storage room. Spacious basement for extra storage space. 2 cars detached garage. Well landscaped with many fruit trees. Great opportunity for buyer to renovate the property, add-on square footage or just rebuild a huge home on the lot. Potential to build an ADU unit up to 800 sf. Convenient location puts you near all of Arcadia's finest schools, parks, supermarkets, grocery outlets, Route 66's Restaurant Row, cafes, and much more!

    Listed with Kevin Lee CalDRE: 01720786 | 626-810-6660, Coldwell Banker Alliance


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Mon, 23 May 2022 15:26:00 +0000: $1,238,000 :: 2101 Oakdale Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,420 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,548 sq ft
    Added: 05/03/22, Last Updated: 05/23/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-9346
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Located in the ever-popular Caltech area, this 1948 traditional home has never been on the market! The corner lot is spacious and the home sits graciously above the street. A tiled front walk and richly stained front door give a glimpse into the Spanish styling of this special home. The entry is warm and inviting and leads to the large living room with stately fireplace, box beam ceiling, and hardwood floors that run throughout most of the home. The living room is divided from the dining area and family room by built-ins. The open dining area and family room continue the box beam ceiling and the family room has French doors to the rear patio. Through a Dutch door is the kitchen which has been updated with granite counters and features a charming breakfast nook with corner windows. The east side of the house contains the two bedrooms and two bathrooms including the primary suite. Both bathrooms have been updated with luxurious travertine tile. The hall bath features a large soaking tub and the bathroom in the primary suite has a generous shower. The bedrooms continue the rich dark wood of the public rooms with the crown moldings, door casements, and closet doors. The large, sunny flat backyard with detached 2-car garage offers great opportunity for expansion. This well-located home that has been tenderly cared for and artfully enhanced is ready for its next owner.

    Listed with Matt McIntyre CalDRE: 01844466 | (626) 943-7321, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Mon, 23 May 2022 14:46:00 +0000: $899,000 :: 5343 Marshburn Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,516 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,607 sq ft
    Added: 05/04/22, Last Updated: 05/23/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: DW22093309
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/23/2022 by 10%
    Status: Active


    HUGE PRICE REDUCTION, HOME WILL NOT LAST! Amazing opportunity to own this charming single story home located in a highly desirable Arcadia neighborhood! This wonderfully maintained and beautifully landscaped home features 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. 4th bedroom contains a big brick fireplace with plenty of space that can be used as a large family room or entertainment room. This home has great curb appeal and situated on a beautiful tree lined street with mountains views. This home also features a laundry room, hardwood floors, nice size living room, ample closet space, and all appliances are included! The backyard has multiple fruit trees and greenery for a truly relaxing setting. 2 car detached garage that is situated perfectly for an ADU conversion or mother in law quarters. Conveniently located near schools, golf course, supermarkets, dining, and entertainment. Easy access to 210, 605, and 10 Freeways. This is a must see!

    Listed with Nicholas Mauro CalDRE: 01875027 | 323-371-3795, Realty Executives Com. & Res.


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Mon, 23 May 2022 12:27:00 +0000: $1,550,888 :: 1410 ALHAMBRA Road, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,679 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,826 sq ft
    Added: 03/30/22, Last Updated: 05/23/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 22140197
    Community: So. Pasadena
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/20/2022 by 6%
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this delightful cottage located within the award-winning South Pasadena School District. Enter to a bright and airy enclosed porch. Take another few steps and find yourself in a warm and inviting living room featuring beautiful, original hardwood floors, a recessed tray ceiling, and a wood burning fireplace with plenty of 1920's Spanish character. Adjacent to the living room sits the large, formal dining room with an oversized window and arched alcove. Walk through the wide archway into the breakfast nook with custom built-in cabinets. Continue on into the spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances, plentiful storage, a pantry nook, and stacked washer/dryer tucked in its own alcove. Carry on down the hallway, brightened by skylights above and featuring built in linen storage, to find two generous sized bedrooms. Nearby, the well-configured bathroom provides great counterspace and storage. Just around the bend, at the back of the house is the large primary suite featuring an en-suite bathroom, walk-in closet, and private access to the covered patio deck. This huge patio is perfect for relaxing, entertaining, and living an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The insulated, detached garage has been converted into an office and features a wall mounted air conditioning unit and Saltillo/Terracotta tile throughout, plus an attached tool shed just behind it. All of this in the award-winning South Pasadena School District! And in close proximity to two parks, including Garfield park, and an large park with tennis courts and other community facilities. Enjoy the nearby year-round, open-air farmer's market on charming and historic Mission Street. This one is not to miss!

    Listed with Chelsea Glauber CalDRE: 02154427 | 310-448-1894, Clearcap Inc


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Mon, 23 May 2022 09:53:00 +0000: $1,325,000 :: 550 E Ladera Street, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,009 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,645 sq ft
    Added: 05/23/22, Last Updated: 05/23/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV22108960
    Community: Not Defined
    Status: Active


    Welcome to 550 Ladera St, a charming spanish style single story home in the tranquil tree lined community of Normandie Heights in Pasadena. Originally built in 1929, this house has the character of the past seamlessly blended with modern comforts. This four bedroom, three full bathroom home has 2,009 sq ft of living space and sits on a large 9,646 sq ft lot.The front exterior features smooth white stucco, beautiful rustic wooden door accentuated with decorative iron embellishments ,classic Spanish roof tiles and gate which provides privacy. Living room features newer laminate flooring, with charming fireplace and an arched hallway entry that leads you to the rest of the house. Spacious and functional galley kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile flooring, plenty of cabinet space and two large windows that provide natural lighting. Private dining room, large family room with additional entrance, three generously sized bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Primary bedroom with beautifully updated bathroom and double door that leads to backyard.Backyard has wooden deck, plenty of greenery, perfect for entertaining or to privately enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Long driveway with plenty of parking space that leads to a two car garage that can potentially be converted to an ADU. This is a great home in a great neighborhood!

    Listed with OSCAR GUZMAN CalDRE: 01887993 | 909-206-0001, CORCORAN GLOBAL LIVING


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


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