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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.

  • Sun, 05 Feb 2023 00:26:00 +0000: $1,150,000 :: 1537 E Topeka Street, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 827 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,103 sq ft
    Added: 02/05/23, Last Updated: 02/05/23
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-12560
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Charming completely remodeled cottage located on a tree-lined street offers potential for expansion to duplex plus two additional ADUs.Kitchen features high-end appliances, custom cabinets, quartz counters, stainless sink and is open to the comfortable family room and dining area. A 'Timber Tech' front porch overlooks the drought-tolerant landscape with drip system. Remodeled bath with beautiful tile and brushed nickel fixtures sits between two bedrooms, one with a walk-in closet and mountain view. The laundry area with washer and dryer included, has an extra nook for a desk. Upgrades include new copper plumbing and electrical throughout, central air and heat, roof, windows and doors, and tankless water heater. Foundation has been strengthened. Craftsmanship with attention to detail, thoughtfully selected quality finishes and location make this an ideal newly completed remodeled home!

    Listed with Jenny Stanley CalDRE: 02063711 | (626) 437-4454, DPP


    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/!


  • Sat, 04 Feb 2023 23:58:00 +0000: $4,280,000 :: 2463 Ridgeway Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,638 sq ft
    Lot Size: 29,556 sq ft
    Added: 02/02/23, Last Updated: 02/04/23
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS23019032
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    This gorgeous two-story traditional estate is located on one of San Marinos most elegant streets near Huntington Library. It has great curb appeal and sits atop a gentle hill on a 30,000 square feet lot with a spectacular Park-like garden view. Beautifully remodeled and updated, this 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms home, has been lovingly maintained and is bright with an ideal floor plan. Double glassed windows/doors and Hardwood flooring are throughout the house. The first floor features a Hanson entry, a Bright and airy living room with fireplace, ample family room with fireplace, and large sliding glass doors directly leading to a spacious large balcony overlooking a magnificent scenery park-like garden. Spacious formal dining room flows smoothly to adjacent a fully upgraded kitchen with a big center island, breakfast bar, top of the line appliances, double ovens, and desk area. A large master suite with a sitting area, generous master bath with soaking tub, glass enclosed shower, marble tile flooring, granite counters, and adjacent walk-in closet, and the master suite also leads to the large balcony. Two additional bedrooms with their own closets, share a spacious bath. A separate laundry room and two powder rooms finished the first level. At the lower level, a media room with a bar & fireplace. Lower level offers additional space for entertainment and storage. 11 majestic Deodar pine trees surround the garden, amongst mature trees, plants, flowers & fruit trees. A resort-like entertaining ground designed with a large sparkling pool, a spa, a poolside mermaid fountain, a pavilion, a BBQ counter bar, a fire pitch area, garden steps and walkways with garden lamps, all bring California outdoor living to its best!

    Listed with HE GEORGE GAO CalDRE: 01422025 | 626-679-0858, RE/MAX ELITE 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/!


  • Sat, 04 Feb 2023 19:22:00 +0000: $1,095,000 :: 1310 Westlyn Place, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,485 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,398 sq ft
    Added: 10/05/22, Last Updated: 02/04/23
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV22200156
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/5/2023 by 5%
    Status: Active


    Welcome to 1310 Westlyn Place. A beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in a great location in Pasadena. Located in a cul-de-sac. This traditional family home features a Living room with fireplace. A dining room with plenty of windows looking to backyard and wood deck. Kitchen has granite counters, wood cabinets, island with stove and eating area, tile floors, and access to backyard. Hallway bathroom services the two bedrooms, and Master bedroom with its bathroom is at end of hallway for more privacy area. Laundry area by the kitchen. Central Air & Heat. A two car garage (and small workshop room) is in back of the house, access thru driveway.. A Recreation room is back of the house, used for some afternoon readings, and family gatherings, may be converted into an possible ADU.

    Listed with CARLOS PEIRO CalDRE: 01134364 | 626-593-2300, BONITA 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/!


  • Fri, 03 Feb 2023 21:40:00 +0000: $1,268,000 :: 1414 S 8th Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,068 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,339 sq ft
    Added: 02/03/23, Last Updated: 02/03/23
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR23019895
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    INVESTORS/DEVELOPERS DREAM! Amazing development opportunity in a great Arcadia neighborhood. Top rated Arcadia schools! Don't miss the chance to build your dream home. This fixer/land value home sits on a spacious lot size 13,340 SF is surrounded with multi million dollars Home in the city of Arcadia. Sold AS IS, seller will not do any repairs or inspections. The property has a house with 2,068 SF of living area with 4 BR & 3 BA which can be remodeled to suit the first time buyer or can build his new mansion.

    Listed with Fred Ashkar CalDRE: 00925837 | 626-229-2200, Re/Max Premier Prop Arcadia


    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/!


  • Fri, 03 Feb 2023 19:51:00 +0000: $2,399,000 :: 2083 Hanscom Drive, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,299 sq ft
    Lot Size: 19,115 sq ft
    Added: 02/03/23, Last Updated: 02/03/23
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 23238651
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Status: Active


    For the first time since its inception, this residential restoration opportunity comes to the market! The Karl Howenstein Residence, remodeled by R.M. Schindler is an extraordinary property located in the Monterey Hills area of South Pasadena. Thoughtfully sited on four solid line parcels and perched on top of a promontory, the home offers awe-inspiring views from nearly every room, with a unique focus on urban beauty and natural grandeur. The light-filled residence becomes its own compass and sundial as the day's light traverses throughout the interior. From the secluded private driveway to the expansive vistas of the Los Angeles skyline, mountaintops, and valleys, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of this architectural gem steeped in California's modernist history. The ultimate opportunity to reimagine this residence and create a private hilltop estate with views from downtown to the ocean awaits. This light-filled home offers potential buyers an exciting chance to restore or expand, a unique property. Buyers will have ample opportunity to create an extraordinary home in this beautiful setting.

    Listed with JB An Fung CalDRE: 01332492 | 323-745-1160, 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/!


  • Fri, 03 Feb 2023 19:25:00 +0000: $2,900,000 :: 1723 Euston Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,900 sq ft
    Lot Size: 15,225 sq ft
    Added: 02/02/23, Last Updated: 02/03/23
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-12545
    Community: San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    A home to treasure for decades, this exquisite residence was designed for enjoying life's special moments amid beauty and elegance. Resting in the exclusive Huntington Library District, 1723 Euston Rd is a stately yet inviting home that warmly welcomes you from the moment you enter. Here you'll find the perfect balance between formal grace and informal comfort. Adaptable to any lifestyle, unpretentious luxury is on full display throughout its two sunlit levels. Diamond-patterned windows and arched doorways speak to the home's craftsmanship as you pass through the main areas, including formal living and dining roomsa"all graced with soaring ceilings and oversized windows that flood the home with light and views. The cheerful ambiance continues in the sparkling kitchen, where the vast space, amenities, and access to the terrace encourage effortless indoor/outdoor entertaining. A spacious family room adds another cherished spot to relax and unwind in comfortable surroundings. In total, the home's 3,900-square-feet hosts three bedrooms, including a luxe primary suite with a fireplace, spa bath, and balcony overlooking the picturesque setting. The private backyard is ideal when it's time for fun and outside activities. Edged by a gentle knoll, the lush, level lawn is large enough for outdoor games, while the terrace easily hosts convivial gatherings both big and small. However you define ''home'' there's no doubt that an enviable lifestyle awaits you at 1723 Euston Road.

    Listed with Evangelyn Lin CalDRE: 01817694 | (626) 807-6581, eXp Realty of California, 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/!


  • Fri, 03 Feb 2023 17:28:00 +0000: $11,460,000 :: 1260 Shenandoah Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    7 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,626 sq ft
    Lot Size: 52,094 sq ft
    Added: 11/16/22, Last Updated: 02/03/23
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR22243187
    Community: San Marino
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/3/2023 by 0%
    Status: Active


    Completely renovated new house, finished in 2014. The original main house has 5,326 sq. ft. plus an additional new add-on of around 2,300 sq. ft., total square footage now is 7,620 sq. ft., not including the basement around 700 sq. ft. with one bath. Highlights of the main house: 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, brand new elevator, brand new stair case, 2 kitchens with high-end Viking kitchen equipment. Most bathrooms of the main house are equipped with steam and Jacuzzi tub, and bidets. The master bedroom itself has 2 baths –his and hers, with totally different designs at best qualities. Top of the line flooring, granite, marble, hardwood floor and built-in carpentry throughout the entire house. Special designer painting throughout the house with Venetian plaster ceiling. 6 all new fire places with remote control lighting and functions. Main house has a 3-car garage. There's more! 3 other separate buildings totaling approx. 1,500 sq. ft. : The pool house - 4 fully loaded gym equipment. The massage room with spa and steam room. The guest house – Game room/ living room upstairs with kitchen and one bed / one bath downstairs, additional 2-car garage with 360 degree turn around floor. San Marino School. Also walking distance to Lacy park.

    Listed with Jenny Ma CalDRE: 01882851 | 626-241-2681, Asia American Investment 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/!


  • Fri, 03 Feb 2023 16:32:00 +0000: $845,000 :: 5623 Huddart Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 997 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,419 sq ft
    Added: 11/03/22, Last Updated: 02/03/23
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: DW22223776
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/3/2023 by 3%
    Status: Active


    PRICEDTO SELL NOW!!! Fall in love with this Move-in Ready. Beautiful & cozy single-story home! This 5,419 square ft lot built in 1950 includes 3 bedrooms,1 bathroom and is situated in well established Arcadia neighborhood. This pride of ownership and well cared for home makes it ideal for those looking to start a family or upgrade to your next investment property. This hidden gem has new custom fabricated front and rear metal doors, Remodeled kitchen, Remodeled bathroom, Custom entertainment center, new crown molding throughout, Shutters, Vinyl fencing and Block wall, New rain gutters, New stucco with Santa Barbara smooth finish on front elevation and fine 20/30 Sand Finish on remaining elevations and tastefully installed stone veneer, New Gate with Electrical motor, and covered rear patio. With all of those Amazing upgrades and location this house is perfect to call it your new home.Price to sell and meticulously maintained! Get it while it's available an don't miss out on this beauty!Simplify your home searching hassle and see this wonderful gem in Arcadia! COME SEE AND MAKE AN OFFER!!!!!

    Listed with Carolina Turcios CalDRE: 01769151 | 323-563-8813, Berkshire Hathaway Home Srvs


    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/!


  • Fri, 03 Feb 2023 14:20:00 +0000: $1,169,000 :: 2054 Beverly Drive, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,158 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,772 sq ft
    Added: 01/05/23, Last Updated: 02/03/23
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 23229465
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/26/2023 by 1%
    Status: Active


    Casa Naomi is a charming two-bedroom, one-bath Spanish-style home located in a desirable neighborhood in Pasadena. Welcomed by 11' barreled ceilings in the living room which leads you into the dining room which also features high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The kitchen is beautifully designed with terracotta tiles, brass fixtures, stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinetry with a generous amount of storage. The large laundry room has additional custom storage and provides access to the rear yard. The primary and guest bedrooms are both spacious with sizable closets. The bathroom offers dual vanity, two showers, and a large soaking tub situated underneath a window providing a beautiful touch of natural light. With newly added features such as led lighting, dual pained windows, a nest thermostat, smart oven, ring camera, new HVAC, and paid-for solar. A long driveway leads you to a two-car garage which is completed with drywall and insulation and leaves a blank canvas to create a workspace, studio, gym, or whatever your imagination brings you. The garage has a large set of sliding doors that leads you into the grassy backyard. The entire property is gated and has Ficus thoughtfully planted to provide plenty of privacy completed with a drip irrigation and sprinkler system.

    Listed with Travis Bayles CalDRE: 01895090 | 626-230-4759, Douglas Elliman


    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/!


  • Fri, 03 Feb 2023 14:13:00 +0000: $7,599,000 :: 887 La Loma Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,842 sq ft
    Lot Size: 70,393 sq ft
    Added: 09/27/22, Last Updated: 02/03/23
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-11436
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/3/2023 by 5%
    Status: Active


    Taking full advantage of the 1.616 acre site, this exceptional Contemporary residence designed in 1995 by architect Barry Berkus has perhaps the best view of the Arroyo, Colorado Street Bridge & Vista Del Arroyo Hotel of any in Pasadena. The property has estate presence w/ a gate & drive; it is not visible from the street. The 3-story residence entered on the 2nd level has 4 bedrooms & 7 baths. The floor plan is a central hall layout opening from a dramatic bridge leading to an impressive double door entry & pavilion. Immediately to the right is a guest powder bath & handsome library w/ fireplace & built ins. A generous bar w/ double sink, granite counters & refrigerator/ice maker is adjacent. The spectacular living room has soaring 20 foot plus ceilings, a large fireplace, 2 window bays & sliding doors to the outdoor terrace. A gracious step-up formal dining area also has views & outdoor terrace access. There are staircases to the upper & lower levels as well as an elevator. There is a bedroom suite on this level. The spectacular kitchen beyond is entered through a commodious dish pantry; a food pantry is adjacent. Bright & open, the kitchen has 2 work islands; both have granite counters as do the main workspaces. There is a 6 burner plus griddle range, a convection oven & several warming drawers. The family room is open to the kitchen w/ fireplace & windows overlooking the Arroyo. There is an outdoor kitchen under a covered terrace. The principal suite is composed of a large bedroom w/ floor to ceiling Arroyo view window bay & skylights, two closets & dressing areas & a primary bath w/ spa tub, generous shower & 2 separate commodes. There are 2 additional bedroom suites on this level. Downstairs there is a wine tasting room w/ adjacent 1/2 bath & a temperature-controlled wine shop size cellar w/ 10,000 bottle capacity. The nearby media room has tiered seating for 12 in luxurious reclining lounge chairs. 2 separate double garages, a motor court, storage rooms & a pump room complete this lower level. A 2 bedroom, 2 bath guest house w/ sitting room & its own terrace is across from the residence. The lush landscaping by landscape architect Walter Young is enhanced by water features that include a pool w/ natural appearing sand bottom, a spa, streams & koi ponds all producing a relaxing background rushing water sound. 887 La Loma Road enjoys a delightfully quiet & private location.

    Listed with Catherine Cheney CalDRE: 01173415 | (626) 233-2938, Coldwell Banker 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/!


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