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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.

  • Mon, 14 Jun 2021 13:44:00 +0000: $4,998,000 :: 744 Rockwood Road Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    8 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,273 sq ft
    Lot Size: 68,390 sq ft
    Added: 04/11/21, Last Updated: 06/14/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-5220
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Situated on the west bank of lower Arroyo Seco at the end of a private drive, 744 Rockwood Road is a 1911architectural gem designed by Myron Hubbard Hunt seated on 1.6 gorgeous acres. With seven bedrooms, fivebathrooms, and 4,823 square feet of living space across two levels, this expansive estate abounds with possibilities,offering the opportunity to curate the lifestyle of your dreams amidst an incredible setting. For those looking forstunning San Gabriel Mountain views, the beauty of country living with the convenience of the city, welcome to aspectacular, enchanting estate that provides a lifestyle of elegance and ease.Past the long driveway is the wood-shingled home with warm, cream-colored trim and ample windows. An expansivewood porch, pristine landscaping, and mature trees surround. Inside, residents are greeted by wood paneling andintricate design details, a testament to the quality craftsmanship of the time. Unparalleled treetop and garden viewsare displayed from every room of the house. A formal living room, dining room, and library provide tranquil spaces forleisure and entertaining. The primary suite features numerous windows with treetop and vista views of naturalgreenery and blue sky. Each additional bedroom offers its own privacy and views.Outside is a gardener's paradise, presenting bountiful seasonal blooms and bursts of color from every corner of theverdant grounds. Stroll through the paths and explore delightful grounds that feel like an English garden. With onlytwo neighboring properties, this home offers a sense of privacy and peace rarely found within city limits. Enjoy a three-car garage tucked into the hillside and a one-bedroom carriage house that includes a kitchenette andbathroom. Hiking trails are just out the back door and opportunities for reenvisioning the estate are plentiful. Whetherremodeling the home, adding a pool, or building an additional residence, the possibilities are endless and exciting.For those looking for a Southwest Pasadena home that is private and peaceful yet convenient and accessible,welcome to the best of both worlds within 744 Rockwood Road--a rare offering and magnificent setting that is sure toimpress and enchant.

    Listed with David Davidson CalDRE: 01979515, 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, 14 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000: $8,880,000 :: 960 Singing Wood Drive, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 9,629 sq ft
    Lot Size: 26,572 sq ft
    Added: 06/14/21, Last Updated: 06/14/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21128364
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Stunning and Luxurious Brand New Construction on one of Arcadia's best streets! Elegance, comfort, and function combine for high-class 21st-century living! Designed by Robert Tong, Built by Bowden Development and developed by Rykadan Intl, creating this breathtaking home where effortless style and class are on show. This property sets the new standard for Global Luxury in all the San Gabriel Valley and is not to be missed. Lush landscaping surrounded by mature trees draws you in to discover a sophisticated front entrance with grand double doors beneath a striking bay window to invite you inside. Enter into the dramatic foyer where high ceilings, a dazzling chandelier, and gleaming marble floors create an opulent welcome to set the tone for the expansive open floorplan. Neutral color tones and hardwood-style floors are brightened by an abundance of natural light illuminating from the many large windows. Kitchen made stylish by sleek quartz details from the backsplash, to the countertops, to the waterfall island featuring a breakfast bar underneath a chic light fixture. Plus, there’s ample storage in the attractive combination of white and wooden cabinetry, a large built-in fridge, and high-quality stainless steel appliances. Enjoy casual dining in the adjacent informal dining room or impress guests w/epic meals in the formal dining room underneath the sparkling chandelier. Get cozy by the fireplace in the living room after dinner, have a movie night in your private large movie theater, or enjoy cocktails and conversation under recessed lighting in the spacious family room. Your extravagant upstairs master suite provides french doors leading out to a private balcony and a trendy sliding barn door leading to a reading room. Plus, there’s a walk-in closet, a jaw-dropping ensuite highlighted by an oversized walk-in steamed shower, dual sinks, and a stand-alone tub beside bay windows for relaxing in the utmost style. Your resort-style backyard oasis showcases a shimmering pool and spa surrounded by beautiful landscaping and palm trees for a tranquil space to entertain. Additional features include a loft under multiple skylights, a wine room, an elevator, main level executive office, second wok kitchen, a laundry room, a gym w/a sauna and full bath, an attached three-car garage, and you’re close to dining, shopping, entertainment. This idyllic lifestyle in the prominent Upper Rancho neighborhood awaits you, close to the Award winning Arcadia School District.

    Listed with Ash Rizk CalDRE: 01503342, 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/!


  • Mon, 14 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000: $1,980,000 :: 1124 Paloma Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,165 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,940 sq ft
    Added: 06/14/21, Last Updated: 06/14/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PF21128295
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Possibilities and potential abound. Resting on a park-like 14,076sf lot, this lovingly maintained and updated two-story traditional home comes to the market for the first time in 60 years. Built in 1949 as part of the Rancho Santa Anita tract in Arcadia's coveted and prestigious Lower Rancho neighborhood, the main house of this estate property includes four-bedrooms, three-baths and a large den in its 3,165sf. Amenities include a renovated kitchen, wet bar, a dining room easily accommodating a table for 12+, large and separate china/wine room, a beautiful vintage bathroom, a large laundry room, original hardwood floors, basement and so much more. Its grand and private backyard is wonderful for entertaining and includes a large, vintage brick-framed glistening pool that is complemented by a 440sf pool house with a fireplace, bar, another bath, changing room and built-in outdoor BBQ. The property is just minutes from the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, the Westfield Center, Santa Anita Park racetrack, golf course, numerous dining choices and so much more. The home is in the Arcadia school system. Additionally, the home’s abundant attic spaces hold great potential for changes within the existing footprint. Don’t miss this once-in-a-generation opportunity.

    Listed with Todd Hays CalDRE: 01852756, Deasy Penner Podley


    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, 14 Jun 2021 12:37:00 +0000: $4,590,000 :: 115 W Sycamore Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 9,238 sq ft
    Lot Size: 23,087 sq ft
    Added: 02/15/21, Last Updated: 06/14/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21031061
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/14/2021 by 11%
    Status: Active


    Exquisite French chateau located on one of the best streets in the prestigious Santa Anita Oaks of Arcadia. This south-facing custom-built estate combines luxury lifestyle and sophistication in architecture with lush landscaping and impressive frontage with stunning curb appeal. As you walk in the grand foyer, you’re welcomed by a breathtaking double staircase, banquet-sized dining room, very large formal living room, office/library. The double-height family room features a brick fireplace, custom bar, game room, spacious breakfast room, and a gourmet kitchen. The second floor includes 3 generous size guest bedroom suites with spacious closets. Master bedroom suite with fireplace, gorgeous bathroom with dry sauna, and private balcony overlooking the backyard. The backyard offers relaxation with a custom pool/spa and covered patio for outdoor entertaining and large mature trees. Award-winning Arcadia school district.

    Listed with Lei Tong CalDRE: 02021954, 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/!


  • Mon, 14 Jun 2021 05:43:00 +0000: $1,950,000 :: 1720 Wilson Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,004 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,940 sq ft
    Added: 06/13/21, Last Updated: 06/14/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21127313
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Incredibly rare and impressive Arcadia single-story SFR home with nearly 14,000 SF lot size on a lovely picturesque street within an excellent and prestigious Highland Oaks location! Featuring award-winning Arcadia schools (Highland Oaks elementary), this 4 Bedrooms & 3.5 Baths boasts over 3,000+ SF, and a wonderful floorplan including 2 Master Suites. Welcome Home on the double-wide expanded driveway and appreciate the towering mature Oak & magnolia trees greeting You and your guests every day. Step inside the double-door entry to appreciate the custom glass window/ wall separating the formal living room area featuring hardwood floors, gas fireplace, and built-in bookshelf. Imagine cooking your favorite meals within the spacious kitchen and plenty of custom cabinetry storage space, with views of the impressive East-facing backyard and its ring of trees providing the perfect afternoom or evening shade. Imagine all the possibilities within this well-maintained dream Home and relaxing outside with impressive mountain views, or entertaining guests & family BBQs in your private backyard ft a gorgeous custom Pool & Spa. Relax on the tree-covered patio and watch the kids jump and play on trampoline, swim until dark, then turn on mood-lights wrapped on tree for a great night-cap. Property has been well-maintained and cherished over the years, with a solid foundation, and well-constructed framing that has been built-to-last. Other great interior features include a 2nd Fireplace in Family room, plantation shutters, recessed lighting, walk-in closet(s), Central AC & Heat, (2) Water Heaters, 2-car attached garage with built-in storage racks, individual laundry room with own sink, & automatic sprinklers in front and back yards including a raised vegetable garden area on timer. Enjoy a healthy choice amongst small fig, mango, avocado, delicious orange and peach trees offering hundreds of tasty treats throughout the season. A safe treehouse for kids, sand box, tether-ball pole, standard basketball area and trampoline compliment daily adventures to inspire dreams and create new memories.. This amazing Home offers so much potential and privacy, and nicely located near Westfield Santa Anita shopping center, the Santa Anita race track, Arboretum, Methodist Hospital, LA County Arboretum and so many wonderful Arcadia retail shopping & restaurants~ A must see!!

    Listed with Kelvin Chang CalDRE: 01492062, Coldwell Banker Dynasty T.C.


    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, 14 Jun 2021 05:16:00 +0000: $6,998,000 :: 265 Bellefontaine Street, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    8 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 11,662 sq ft
    Lot Size: 44,867 sq ft
    Added: 06/14/21, Last Updated: 06/14/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21121186
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Enchanting and bursting with character, this historical Craftsman estate was designed by the notable architect Charles W. Buchanan and showcases iconic Pasadena elements from top to bottom. Elegant millwork with crown molding and custom wood panels welcomes you in the foyer where gorgeous hardwood floors flow underfoot. A hand painted mural spans the ceiling as you enter into the open floorplan where the sophisticated living room features tastefully exposed wooden beams among high ceilings. There's an impressive fireplace, a sparkling chandelier, and many large windows that brighten the space for a stylish and cozy ambiance to relax in. Chef up gourmet meals in your oversized kitchen illuminated by recessed lighting and featuring high-end stainless steel appliances and an expansive chef's island that leads you directly into the formal dining room.You’ll have eight large bedrooms to choose from across three levels, with one bedroom sitting on the main floor for convenience, six others located on the second floor, and the luxe and generous master suite occupying the entire third level. Here, there’s high-end plush carpeting, a pair of ample walk-in closets, two extravagant bathrooms, and an office with a bar for a post-work cocktail to unwind with after a long day. Outside, a timeless wrap-around porch offers entry to every section of the main floor, and there’s a shimmering pool where you’ll enjoy the many sunny SoCal days. Lush, well-manicured landscaping and mature trees surround you on over an acre of fine land and feature a garden paired with a garden house. Additionally, there’s a three-car garage, a guest house, library, parlor, and 10 bathrooms, guaranteeing no wait during large gatherings. Potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources, this is the rare gem you’ve been dreaming of!

    Listed with Nicholas Borrelli CalDRE: 01481673, Coldwell Banker George 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/!


  • Sun, 13 Jun 2021 14:17:00 +0000: $2,110,000 :: 315 E Floral Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,019 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
    Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 06/13/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21040217
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/13/2021 by 3%
    Status: Active


    Gorgeous Mediterranean style architecture, facing south, in Arcadia's coveted Highland Oaks neighborhood and school district. This elegant home features a 4 Bedrooms Suites and 4.5 Baths. Both modern and traditional designer details with many beautiful amenities including generous use of marble, stone, custom woodwork and tasteful selection of colors, combined together harmoniously. First level features a formal entry way with chandelier, formal living room, formal dining room, library, designer kitchen with a separate wok kitchen. Spacious family room, powder room, and one bedroom suite. Spacious master suite upstairs includes its own walk in closet and luxurious spa bath. Nice backyard for entertaining. Conveniently located near schools, supermarkets, banks, shops, 24Hour fitness gym and freeway. Includes a security video throughout premises. please see 3D virtual tour at https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=a6o9zmjKC8a

    Listed with Peter Cheng CalDRE: 01800721, Treeline Realty & Investment


    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/!


  • Sun, 13 Jun 2021 11:50:00 +0000: $1,248,000 :: 1085 Valley View Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,264 sq ft
    Lot Size: 0 sq ft
    Added: 06/03/21, Last Updated: 06/13/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-5215
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Bright and Airy and ready to move in. Owner has meticulously created a Gem ! Wonderful floor plan. Feels like New ! Front yard has been professionally landscaped. The owner has installed new Milgard windows throughout the home and and new sliding glass doors. The home features new bathroom remodels, , new flooring, new carpeting. A new concrete driveway has been put in. Shows very well. The backyard features privacy and and a covered patio. Great for entertaining. The property is very conveniently located in Upper Hastings Ranch, minutes away from Hastings Library, super markets, downtown Pasadena. And it has the atmosphere of a wonderful Upper Hastings Ranch Home. Hamilton Park is minutes away. Come and enjoy.

    Listed with Mitchell Halpern CalDRE: 00598085, Mitchell Halpern 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, 12 Jun 2021 20:15:00 +0000: $2,788,000 :: 1415 Edgehill Place, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,122 sq ft
    Lot Size: 30,928 sq ft
    Added: 06/12/21, Last Updated: 06/12/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-5208
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Quiet surroundings coupled with captivating and mesmerizing views of the valley, the majestic mountains and toward the Rose Bowl from nearly every room of this custom-built home are just a couple of the special features of this expansive estate. This lovely Linda Vista home is located at the top of a private drive and features spacious rooms, vaulted ceilings a carved fireplace mantel in living room. The well-appointed kitchen makes family meal prep easy with granite counters, a large island, double ovens, a sub-zero refrigerator, large walk-in pantry, breakfast bar & a cozy breakfast area. The generous-sized living room with fireplace offers vaulted ceiling and an adjacent wet bar with a bar fridge. A separate family room with second fireplace is open to the breakfast area, kitchen and is also adjacent the wet bar. Stoll upstairs to discover your sanctuary - a private master retreat with a third fireplace which is double-sided into the master bath, offering his & hers vanities, oversized-shower and relax away your troubles while soaking in the tub and enjoying the endless tranquil views. All five bedrooms are en-suite. Also located upstairs is a huge media/game room and an office/library with built-in corner bookshelves. There is a spacious 3-car, direct access garage with built-in cabinetry and a large storage room.

    Listed with Reni Rose CalDRE: 00975915, 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/!


  • Sat, 12 Jun 2021 16:21:00 +0000: $1,025,000 :: 1990 Jefferson Drive, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,793 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
    Added: 06/02/21, Last Updated: 06/12/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV21116563
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/12/2021 by 2%
    Status: Active


    **Stunning 1926 Charmer in East Washington Village neighborhood of northeast Pasadena** Located on a quiet tree-lined street, this beautiful 1793 SF home boasts beautiful mountain views from large windows in living room and dining room. Many original features such as solid-wood front door, cozy fireplace in living room, hardwood floors and built-ins enhance the home’s uniqueness and 1920’s character. Family Room (optional home office) leads to good-sized back yard with fruit trees and concrete patio area for relaxation and family fun. Brand new AC. Newly installed security system w/central alarm sensors for smoke & fire. Exterior painted 2020. Remodeled master bathroom. Located within convenient walking distance to shops, restaurants, bakeries, Starbucks, Webster Elementary School and easy access to public transportation, Gold Line, freeways, hiking trails and more.

    Listed with BENGT JOHANSSON CalDRE: 01147277, FALCON REAL ESTATE SERVICES


    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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