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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.

  • Sat, 22 Jun 2024 18:12:00 +0000: $1,095,000 :: 297 Del Monte Street, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,120 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,399 sq ft
    Added: 06/22/24, Last Updated: 06/22/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PW24128222
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Discover your elegant dream home in the beautiful treelined street in the prestigious north central Pasadena. Conveniently located near Pasadena’s main attractions, Minutes to the Rose Bowl, Cal Tech University, close to shops, restaurants and freeways. This turnkey home has been fully remodeled but yet keeping an elegant historic vibe. It features brand new energy efficient windows, all new electrical system and electrical panel, brand new HVAC system, fully remodeled kitchen and bathroom, new flooring throughout, new interior paint, new exterior siding and fencing. All new high end Cafe appliances! The separate garage can be converted into an ADU, an office or can be used as a 3rd bedroom. This is a must see!!

    Listed with Nicholas Wolfs CalDRE: 01428468 | 714-482-6425, Sunset Pacific 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/!


  • Sat, 22 Jun 2024 13:24:00 +0000: $2,295,000 :: 936 Jane Place, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,234 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,722 sq ft
    Added: 06/22/24, Last Updated: 06/22/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS24120046
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    936-938 Jane Place, included in the sale, two homes in a lot on a quiet cul-de-sac with tranquil courtyard. Situated in highly sought after Lower Arroyo – Oldtown Fair Oaks Corridor, this newly constructed light-filled single level Mid-Century Modern boasts 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in over 2230 sqft of living space. The main residence (936 Jane Pl) totally renovated and expanded with permit in 2021 offers 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 1706 sqft, Custom Kitchen, Central Air/Heat. The guesthouse ADU with separate address and entrance (938 Jane Pl) completed in 2024 offers 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 528 sqft, 14ft Ceiling, Full Kitchen, Dual Zone HVAC. Spacious 2 Car Garage comes with EV charger, storage organizers, long driveway for 4 cars, and ample of street parking. The Minimalist inspired décor comes with new energy efficient Appliances, Anderson windows, Natural Gas Tankless WH, Ring Doorbell, MyQ Garage Opener, and 24/7 monitored Security System to name a few. Conveniently located minutes from Markets, Shops, Museums, Parks, Metro, and Freeways.

    Listed with Naka Tjendera CalDRE: 02120151 | 310-245-6822, 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/!


  • Sat, 22 Jun 2024 11:45:00 +0000: $2,480,000 :: 2311 S 8th Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,304 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,172 sq ft
    Added: 06/22/24, Last Updated: 06/22/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR24127342
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Nestled on a picturesque tree-lined street, this classic two-story home exudes timeless elegance and modern comfort. As you step through the welcoming formal entry, you are greeted by the warmth of hardwood floors and the charm of a brick fireplace in the spacious living room.Adjacent to the living room, the dining room provides the perfect setting for both grand formal occasions and intimate dinners. The light-filled, custom kitchen is a chef’s dream, featuring gleaming white cabinetry accented by stunning granite countertops. With double ovens and an indoor grill, culinary adventures await. The separate dining area, overlooking the serene backyard, is ideal for family meals. Conveniently located next to the kitchen, the mud room offers easy access to the backyard and includes a full-size side-by-side washer and dryer, as well as a practical three-quarter bathroom. The home's entertainment flow is enhanced by a unique family room, designed for casual gatherings. Complete with a full wet bar and a cozy fireplace, this space seamlessly connects to the outdoor pool area. Three of the six bedrooms are situated on the first floor, sharing a beautifully appointed bathroom with a separate tub and stall shower. One bedroom has been transformed into a fully equipped office, boasting a custom-built wood desk, an entertainment wall with cabinetry, a built-in surround sound system, and a custom stained-glass window.Ascending the elegant staircase, adorned with stained glass windows, you arrive at the second story. This level features an oak showcase nook perfect for displaying treasured items. The master suite is a serene retreat, complete with a beautifully detailed fireplace and multiple closets. The sophisticated master bathroom offers double sinks, a Jacuzzi tub, and a separate shower. Two additional bedrooms, with a shared bathroom, complete the upper floor.The backyard is an entertainer’s paradise, with French doors opening to a welcoming space featuring multiple areas for socializing. The highlight is the inviting pool and Jacuzzi, accompanied by a covered bar area equipped with a BBQ and kitchen—perfect for alfresco dining and memorable social events. This home offers an idyllic setting for creating cherished family memories.

    Listed with Marshall Mar CalDRE: 02026978 | 626-271-3320, Marshall Mar, Broker


    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, 22 Jun 2024 10:13:00 +0000: $3,780,000 :: 275 Arbolada Drive, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,962 sq ft
    Lot Size: 27,883 sq ft
    Added: 06/22/24, Last Updated: 06/22/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR24128069
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Views, Views, Views! Located within one of the most prestigious communities of Arcadia, this 5-bedroom, 4 bath home offers an expansive 27,872 sqft. Lot & a backdrop of San Gabriel Mountain Views. The extensive driveway leads you through the generously sized front yard to the charming 2-story canvas. Highlights include hardwood flooring, crown molding, 2 fireplaces, coved ceilings, cozy sunroom, balcony, expansive backyard & more! Just a step down from the entry, the living room welcomes you to hardwood floors, a warm fireplace, crown molding, & a bay window, which graces the home with an abundance of natural light. The kitchen offers ample room & an abundance of cabinetry to inspire your inner chef. Bask in the warmth or relax with book in the sunroom, which features a vaulted beamed ceiling. The master suite is located on the second floor & boasts a balcony with sweeping views of the backyard & distant mountains…BREATHTAKING. Attached to the rear of the garage is an additional spacious studio-type structure with a kitchen & bathroom. The backyard offers an expansive park-like setting full of lush trees. Parking is more than practical, with the extensive driveway & detached 2-car garage. This home provides convenient access to the 210 freeway, Santa Anita Park & the many shopping & dining destinations found on W. Foothill Blvd. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a home in the highly sought-after Santa Anita Oaks neighborhood & the award-winning Arcadia school district.

    Listed with Ricky Seow CalDRE: 01313493 | 626-674-3338, Re/Max Premier Prop SanMarino


    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, 22 Jun 2024 09:15:00 +0000: $899,000 :: 3751 Corta Calle Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 936 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,345 sq ft
    Added: 06/10/24, Last Updated: 06/22/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 24353993
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Charming and Potential-Filled Residence in Pasadena! Welcome to this delightful 2 bedroom home, perfect for first-time buyers or investors seeking a valuable rental property. Nestled in a prime location on a beautiful street, this adorable, single-story residence offers your opportunity to live in the desirable city of Pasadena. Featuring a cozy living room complete with a fireplace, elegant hardwood flooring, and plenty of natural light. The floor plan is further enhanced by a dining area that seamlessly adjoins both the living room and the kitchen, creating an inviting space for gatherings. The kitchen offers natural wood cabinets and a stone countertop, awaiting your finishes. There is a laundry room and also a 2 car detached garage. The rear yard provides ample space for expansion, presenting an opportunity to tailor the home to your desires. The home is conveniently located within walking distance to shopping, dining, and public transportation. Whether you are looking for a starter home or an investment opportunity, this home has great potential. Embrace the chance to make this house your own and enjoy the lifestyle that Pasadena has to offer!

    Listed with Jonathan Edward Lichterman CalDRE: 01216058 | 818-606-4893, Rodeo 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, 22 Jun 2024 07:32:00 +0000: $1,375,000 :: 1155 Tropical Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,552 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,460 sq ft
    Added: 06/20/24, Last Updated: 06/22/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 24406579
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Tucked away on a quiet, residential street, a great home in a great neighborhood. Located in the highly desirable Upper Hastings Ranch, the home is nestled on a beautiful tree-lined street with mountain views. Boasting a spacious and functional floor plan, the home is bright and airy throughout. 3 bedrooms - 2 baths and a bonus office room/den. A master bedroom with vaulted beamed ceilings and an ensuite bathroom. A cozy living room with hardwood floors and a fireplace. Enjoy the generously sized Chef's Kitchen w/ imported stone counters, stone back splash, stainless steel appliances & custom wood cabinetry with ample storage. A detached 2-car garage. Whether you're entertaining guests or enjoying a quiet afternoon, the outdoor space offers endless possibilities for relaxation and recreation. Located within close proximity to excellent public schools and award winning private schools. Remarkably, this peaceful retreat is a stone's throw away from Downtown Sierra Madre and just minutes from old town Pasadena with Michelin star restaurants and luxury shopping. Also within proximity are popular hiking trails and convenient freeways. At Christmas, Upper Hastings Ranch is famous for it's "must-see" holiday lighting displays. The tradition goes back more than 70 years. The whole neighborhood transforms into miles of dazzling wonderland, with a different theme on every block. Don't miss this opportunity to live in a family friendly community.

    Listed with Alma Lam CalDRE: 01926963 | 213-247-2337, 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, 21 Jun 2024 18:51:00 +0000: $1,999,000 :: 2736 Gilpin Way, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,924 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,905 sq ft
    Added: 06/21/24, Last Updated: 06/21/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PF24126909
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Escape to paradise in your own backyard. Boasting a stunning saltwater pool with hot tub, cascading waterfalls, and a built-in sound system, this is the ideal setting for entertaining under the California sun. Unwind by the fireplace on the expansive patio, or soak up the rays on the pool’s Baja shelf. Inside, find the perfect blend of modern luxury and a blank canvas for your personal touch. A portion of the home has been beautifully and thoughtfully remodeled while the un-remodeled areas offer an exciting opportunity to personalize the space and make it your own. Enjoy the benefits of two tankless water heaters, two air-conditioning units, a new electrical panel, a surround sound system, stunning vinyl flooring, black aluminum double-pane windows, a smart home system, custom stair rails, recessed lighting, and sound-proof insulation. Featuring four updated bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom upstairs, and two additional bedrooms and another bathroom downstairs, this home provides ample space for families or those who love to host. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your own personal paradise! Come see this wonderful home today!

    Listed with Faith Field CalDRE: 01961067 | 818-790-1183, 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, 21 Jun 2024 17:31:00 +0000: $1,395,000 :: 1806 La Loma Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,986 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,341 sq ft
    Added: 06/07/24, Last Updated: 06/21/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-17978
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this exceptional home in the prestigious San Rafael Hills neighborhood in Pasadena, on the market for the first time in over 25 years. This elegant 2-story home effortlessly blends timeless sophistication with modern amenities. As you enter through the double front doors, you are greeted by an expansive living room. This inviting space features recessed lighting, carpeted flooring & a large picture window that frames serene views of the tree-lined neighborhood. Adjacent to the living room, a versatile bonus area provides the perfect spot for a home office or creative studio. Ascending the stairs, you are welcomed by the warmth of hardwood flooring throughout the second level. To the right, a pocket door reveals an additional living area, seamlessly connected to the dining space. This room is adorned with a decorative brick fireplace, featuring a stone hearth & a classic wood mantle. Large corner windows offer a picturesque tree top view, filling the space with natural light. The kitchen is a culinary haven, equipped with stainless steel appliances, including a 5-burner gas range, oven hood, dishwasher & refrigerator. Elegant stone countertops, a subway tile backsplash & recessed lighting add to the kitchen's refined appeal. A sliding glass door opens to a serene outdoor patio, beautifully framed by the lush landscaped hillside, perfect for dining al fresco among the relaxing scent of jasmine. Also on the second floor, 3 well-appointed bedrooms & 2 spacious bathrooms. The primary bedroom is a private retreat with hardwood floors, an entire wall of closet space & a sliding door that opens to the other end of the secluded back patio. This outdoor area provides an idyllic setting for a peaceful morning coffee or an evening nightcap. The bathroom next to the primary bedroom boasts tile flooring, a custom tiled countertop with an oversized vanity & a matching tiled shower enclosure. Further down the hall, the second & third bedrooms each offer hardwood flooring & generous closet space. The hallway includes convenient linen storage cabinets & leads to the second bathroom, featuring recessed lighting, a stone countertop with a single sink vanity, vinyl wood-look flooring & a tub-shower combination with a tiled & glass door enclosure. This contemporary 2-story gem embodies a perfect blend of elegance & comfort, offering a refined living experience in the heart of the San Rafael Hills. Don't miss the opportunity to make this distinguished home your own.

    Listed with Jason Berns CalDRE: 01787757 | (626) 826-4544, Keller Williams 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/!


  • Fri, 21 Jun 2024 14:12:00 +0000: $2,920,000 :: 586 Winston Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,874 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,784 sq ft
    Added: 06/21/24, Last Updated: 06/21/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-18189
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    Nestled beyond a verdant lawn, this exquisite 2-story Spanish home embraces timeless elegance and contemporary comforts. The covered front porch and the dazzling flower beds adorned with a mix of mature camellias, roses and succulents create a welcoming prelude to the home. Stepping through the front entry, the grand living room is captivating with a stunning fireplace, exposed wood-beamed ceiling and a large arched window overlooking the lush front yard, plus a gorgeous set of metal/glass doors leading out to the covered front porch. To the right of the entrance, the formal dining room is highlighted by a modern chandelier and connects to the heart of the home: the functional kitchen featuring a splendid quartz waterfall island, stainless steel appliances, and bifold doors open to the back terrace with built-in BBQ. The kitchen provides direct access to a California basement, and the butler's pantry which leads to the laundry room. Adjoining the kitchen is the light-filled family room featuring a wet bar, wine cooler, a bifold window opening to the serving counter for the terrace, and French doors to the covered patio overlooking the sparkling pool. Conveniently located behind a rustic barn door is the downstairs guest bathroom with a large shower, and completing the first floor is the perfect guest bedroom currently utilized as an in-home office. Ascending the modern staircase reveals the private quarters. The luxurious primary suite boasts multiple closets, and a romantic private balcony overlooking the front yard. A frosted glass barn door leads to the spa-inspired full bath with double sinks and a floor-to-ceiling glass panel separating the wet/dry walk-in shower area featuring a freestanding deep tub. The upstairs hallway bath is shared by the 2 good-sized bedrooms. The extra-long newer concrete driveway and custom automatic driveway gate opens the detached 2-car garage. The spectacular private backyard showcases a beautiful infinity edged pool & spa, meticulous landscaping, and multiple gathering areas. Noteworthy features include newer tile roof, copper plumbing, updated electrical, newly refinished hardwood flooring, elegant plantation shutters, and 2 AC units. This turn-key home will mesmerize its new owners with its modern features and create lasting memories for years to come!

    Listed with Janice Lee CalDRE: 00874257 | (626) 616-2789, Berkshire Hathaway Home Servic


    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, 21 Jun 2024 14:11:00 +0000: $1,849,999 :: 95 Anita Drive, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,615 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,610 sq ft
    Added: 04/16/24, Last Updated: 06/21/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 24376805
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/21/2024 by 8%
    Status: Active


    This ranch style corner lot home, nestled in the sought-after San Rafael Hills neighborhood, offers breathtaking views of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains. Upon entering through either the front door or the side door, you're immediately struck by the evident pride of ownership and meticulous attention to detail throughout. The home features a spacious main living room with expansive windows framing picturesque views of the mountains and Annendale golf course. Additionally, there's a stunning formal living room capable of seating 20 guests comfortably. The chef's kitchen is a standout, ample custom cabinets, and a delightful eat-in breakfast nook that highlights the captivating mountain views. For relaxation and casual gatherings, the family room adjacent to the kitchen opens to a beautifully landscaped backyard. Here, you can entertain guests under the enchanting bistro lights on the large lounge patio or enjoy summer grilling sessions with the built-in grill. The backyard also includes a sizable grassy area, perfect for children or pets to play. This home comprises three bedrooms and two-and-a-half updated baths. The primary suite, conveniently located on the first floor, offers access to its own serene courtyard. Upstairs, two additional bedrooms and a dual vanity bath provide equally impressive views of the city and mountains. Ample storage space is available throughout the home, with even more storage in the basement. 2 car garage with 220 volt outlet for vehicle charging. Almost every room in the house offers captivating views of Pasadena landmarks and the San Gabriel Mountains. Located just minutes away from Old Town Pasadena, the iconic Rose Bowl, and numerous hiking trails, this home offers the perfect blend of serene mountain living and urban convenience.

    Listed with Alphonso Lascano CalDRE: 01723550 | 818-800-8848, Carolwood Estates


    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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