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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, 19 Jan 2021 20:29:00 +0000: $950,000 :: 575 Castano Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,543 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,948 sq ft
    Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/19/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-2966
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    This very charming home in Daisy Villa has a wonderful feel and many options for living space. Main English cottage is 2 bedroom and 1 bath, with formal living room and dining room, eat in kitchen and eat in kitchen. The extra bonus of the house is a wonderful over 300 sq. ft. screen in porch for a great expansion of living space. So many use for this area add a great deal of living space for this home. The guest home is over 300 sq. ft. with a 3/4 bath and flexible floor plan. When working form home this is an excellent office or home schooling area.

    Listed with Deborah Maxson CalDRE: 01055498, Sotheby's International 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, 19 Jan 2021 19:42:00 +0000: $3,950,000 :: 485 Palmetto Drive, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,728 sq ft
    Lot Size: 15,388 sq ft
    Added: 01/19/21, Last Updated: 01/19/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 21681832
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Stunning and elegant,120-year-old example of Craftsman architecture, brought back to life in 1998, undergoing an extensive renovation and expansion of the highest caliber resulting in six bedrooms, two master bedrooms, reinforced and retrofitted foundation, brand new garage house with finished loft, and over 1,300 sf of new living area. This magnificent home is located in a highly desired area of Pasadena. Restored woodwork throughout highlight generous living spaces, formal dining room, butler's pantry, wine cellar in the basement and seamlessly maintain the warm, traditional feel throughout the house. Two master Suites, encompassing almost half of the second story, with a balcony, large walk-in closet, and sitting room. Four additionally exquisite bedrooms, high ceilings, and abundant windows and doors provide a flood of natural light and an atmosphere of peace. Don't miss the opportunity to own this stunning estate at this perfect location.

    Listed with Marlena Chang CalDRE: 02079260, Pellego, 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, 19 Jan 2021 16:51:00 +0000: $838,000 :: 26 E Colorado Boulevard #C, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,615 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,767 sq ft
    Added: 12/01/20, Last Updated: 01/19/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20249617
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/19/2021 by 1%
    Status: Active


    WELCOME TO HARTFORD COURT... 8 BRAND NEW CAPE COD INSPIRED CONDOMINIUMS IN ARCADIA. ALL UNITS PRICED AT $838,000 Brand New 3 Bedrooms Cape Cod Style Condominiums in Arcadia from 1,540-1,615 sq ft. Gorgeous one of a kind architectural design in Arcadia located within a small 8 unit community. This stunning Condominium features spacious floor plans with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, dining room, small private yard, and 2 car attached garage. Beautiful modern finishes such as wood like flooring materials, quartz countertops, designer light fixtures, & tankless water heater, and Delta & Kohler brand fixtures. Convenient location in Arcadia, you can walk or bike to Metro Gold Line 1st Avenue Station, with easy access to 210 Freeway. Built by premier Builder Sunny Construction & Development Corp. Monthly HOA fee $357 includes water, trash, insurance & exterior maintenance.

    Listed with Janet Chan CalDRE: 01818618, Advanta Properties, 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, 19 Jan 2021 16:51:00 +0000: $838,000 :: 22 E Colorado Boulevard #B, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,615 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,767 sq ft
    Added: 12/29/20, Last Updated: 01/19/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20263813
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/19/2021 by 1%
    Status: Active


    WELCOME TO HARTFORD COURT... 8 BRAND NEW CAPE COD INSPIRED CONDOMINIUMS IN ARCADIA PRICED AT $838,000. Brand New 3 Bedrooms Cape Cod Style Condominiums in Arcadia from 1,540-1,615 sq ft. Gorgeous one of a kind architectural design in Arcadia located within a small 8 unit community. This stunning Condominium features spacious floor plans with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, dining room, small private yard, and 2 car attached garage. Beautiful modern finishes such as wood like flooring materials, quartz countertops, designer light fixtures, & tankless water heater, and Delta & Kohler brand fixtures. Convenient location in Arcadia, you can walk or bike to Metro Gold Line 1st Avenue Station, with easy access to 210 Freeway. Built by premier Builder Sunny Construction & Development Corp. Monthly HOA fee $357 includes water, trash, insurance & exterior maintenance.

    Listed with Janet Chan CalDRE: 01818618, Advanta Properties, 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, 19 Jan 2021 16:30:00 +0000: $2,000,000 :: 1620 S 4th Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,184 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,923 sq ft
    Added: 01/07/21, Last Updated: 01/19/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: OC21007363
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Welcome to 1620 S 4th Ave, a modern home built with elegance, luxury and comfort in mind. The grandeur hotel-inspired entrance is adorned with a crystal chandelier, marble floors and beautifully crafted staircase. The gourmet kitchen features Bianco Calacatta marble countertop, stainless steel appliances, upgraded glass cabinet doors, large pantry and Butler/Wok room. With four large bedroom suites, two suites are on the main level. The master suite has a custom walk-in closet and marble-designed bathroom featuring a freestanding tub. The home also includes a private downstairs office, guest bathroom, wet bar, natural light, automatic shades, water softener, water filtration system, recessed lighting, entertainment audio system, nest thermostat, ring garage keyless entry, and 2 car garage with epoxy flooring. The spacious great room leads into a private landscaped backyard ready for outdoor/indoor living. Conveniently located close to award-winning schools, downtown LA, freeways and shopping centers, 1620 S 4th Ave offers incredible value to meet all your modern-day needs.

    Listed with Debbie Marie Kanehira CalDRE: 01837350, WaveCrest 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/!


  • Tue, 19 Jan 2021 16:10:00 +0000: $1,750,000 :: 1447 Forest Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,595 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,429 sq ft
    Added: 01/18/21, Last Updated: 01/19/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21009742
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Your picture-perfect hideaway awaits in this impeccably-designed, stunning Pasadena residence. A captivating example of modern luxury, this home will ensure the life of elegance you've been craving. The grand foyer with wide-plank flooring leads to the open-concept living spaces, while the home chef will be fond of the gourmet kitchen featuring a suite of high-end appliances and a waterfall quartz countertop set atop the oversized center island. A cozy fireplace will bring warmth to the family room. The bedrooms are all sumptuous and well-presented, including a generous junior suite with a pull-down projector for movie lovers. For the owners, the primary suite is bright, airy, grand in scale with an ensuite bath, walk-in closet, and direct access to the backyard. A covered terrace provides a relaxed, scenic space to host friends while enjoying views of the upgraded, tastefully-landscaped gardens. A detached two-car garage and a motor court are also on offer, along with a lush lawn and a putting green - all carefully planned and generously invested in.  Come live your dream life of leisure in this breathtaking abode. You won’t want to miss out on this excellent opportunity!

    Listed with Kuangkai Kuo CalDRE: 01849263, In 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, 19 Jan 2021 15:54:00 +0000: $900,000 :: 750 Coniston, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,686 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,485 sq ft
    Added: 01/19/21, Last Updated: 01/19/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: NDP2100632
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Calling Flipper and Developers! Large 10,000+ Sq foot Lot, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, Two Level Home. 2 Car Garage. Probate Sale with Tenant Heir in Place. No Showings at this time. Court Confirmation may be required. Drive By Only. Cash Purchase Likely. Buyer may have to evict Tenant Heir after Close. Nearby Flipped Homes sell for $1.2M +. Best Deal in the Area for a patient Buyer DRIVE BY ONLY. DO NOT GO ON PROPERTY. DO NOT DISTURB TENANT

    Listed with Jasmine Kung CalDRE: 01517385, Shoreline 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/!


  • Tue, 19 Jan 2021 15:23:00 +0000: $2,198,000 :: 1616 Bushnell Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,373 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,042 sq ft
    Added: 01/19/21, Last Updated: 01/19/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-2961
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Stately neoclassical home sitting on what is widely boasted as 'the most beautiful street in South Pasadena' for its arching canopy of century-old camphor trees & delightful mix of historic architecture. Made famous by movies 'Back to The Future,' 'Teen Wolf,' & the television series 'Thirtysomething,' Bushnell Avenue has been home to generations of families who have seen their children & grandchildren raised there & epitomizes the enduring charm of S. Pasadena. This is an ideal opportunity for the buyer who yearns for the character of vintage architecture but has the vision to see how adding today's modern amenities would make this their absolute dream home! Terrific curb appeal, a well thought out flrplan w/large & spacious rms, character details such as deep moldings, pocket doors & a Batchelder tile fireplace, & a big back yard w/pool & spa in a top-rated school district. Symmetry, tall columns, elaborate doorways, porte cochere & evenly spaced windows are all key elements of the style. High ceilings, detailed moldings, hardwd flrs & character are abundant throughout the home. A Batchelder tile fireplace makes a striking focal point in the living rm. A 2nd set of pocket drs provides privacy for intimate dinners in the formal dining rm. Glass drs provide access to the back yard while double swinging drs lead to the kitchen. The kit area includes a spacious area for meal prep, laundry, den & a powder rm. Upstairs are 4 sunny spacious bedrms w/large closets & 2 full baths.

    Listed with Carol Majors CalDRE: 00769694, 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/!


  • Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:43:00 +0000: $2,088,000 :: 2304 Melville Drive, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,392 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,859 sq ft
    Added: 01/19/21, Last Updated: 01/19/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21008604
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    This single level Ranch exudes character and craftsmanship, situated in the sought-after Sherwood Copse neighborhood of San Marino, with accessibility to award-winning San Marino Schools. This corner lot home boasts manicured landscaped front yard and a two-car garage that is easily accessible through two street frontages. This home uniquely embodies character and charm; it features recessed lighting, ceiling fans, crown molding, custom wood trim around doors and partial windows, a California basement and a backyard storage shed. The elaborate living room has a fireplace, hardwood flooring, and oversized bay windows providing generous natural lights. The dining room is highlighted by wainscoting panels and built-in cabinets which is currently being used as a family room. The office features wood panels, hardwood floors with round pegs, a brick fireplace, and built-in bookshelves. The updated kitchen is well furnished with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, mosaic tile backsplash, and an eat-in breakfast area. The laundry room has a utility sink and access to the side yard. The master bedroom features two closets, and ensuite bathroom with a dual sink vanity, a frameless glass shower room and a separate makeup area. One bedroom was converted to an inspiring dressing room with custom closet organizing system. Relax in the covered patio and socialize with friends in the backyard recreation area with a fire pit, ideal for exceptional alfresco dining or relaxation.

    Listed with Jerry Sun CalDRE: 01338788, RE/MAX Premier 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/!


  • Tue, 19 Jan 2021 05:36:00 +0000: $929,000 :: 820 S Golden West Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,177 sq ft
    Lot Size: 17,019 sq ft
    Added: 01/18/21, Last Updated: 01/19/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21010888
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Deluxe PUD locate in the heart of Arcadia with Arcadia School District , walking distance to supermarkets, banks, shopping mall, post office and restaurants. This well maintained house it main floor including living area, dinning room has laminate wood floor. Upstairs have a large master bedroom with jacuzzi tub / separate shower room, 2 other bedrooms with adjoining shared full bathroom and special family room. Kitchen has a granite counter tops. Direct access from 2-cars garage.

    Listed with Chi Yun Wang CalDRE: 01869490, 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/!


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