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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, 27 Sep 2022 16:54:00 +0000: $1,250,000 :: 1693 N Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,857 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,752 sq ft
    Added: 09/27/22, Last Updated: 09/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR22203240
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Welcome to your future home! This Pasadena fixer opportunity is on a beautiful tree-lined street nestled against the foothills and awaits your personal touch to make it the perfect place for you and your family. With 4 bedrooms, there's plenty of room for everyone. The original hardwood floors, brick fireplace in the living room, well-sized kitchen and dining room - not to mention the beautiful windows that let in natural light - offer so much potential to make this property a home you'll love spending time in. On a large lot, there are endless possibilities for the front and back yard, with an empty koi pond for your own Japanese garden, and a blank canvas for the green thumb. Detached garage perfect for ADU potential. You'll have no shortage of places to relax and enjoy the Southern California lifestyle. Brookside Park and Golf Club are just around the corner, as is Old Town Pasadena, just a few miles away, with its shopping, entertainment, and restaurants galore. If you're looking for a highly sought-after area of Pasadena to call home, look no further!

    Listed with Beda Hernandez CalDRE: 02114878 | 562-626-8600, Keller Williams Shoreline


    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, 27 Sep 2022 16:25:00 +0000: $1,620,000 :: 474 N Daisy Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,007 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
    Added: 09/27/22, Last Updated: 09/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 219084605DA
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Tract: Not Applicable-1
    Status: Active


    A rare East Pasadena single family home opportunity in one of Pasadena's most highly desirable quiet neighborhoods - within a few blocks of Pasadena High School, Victory Park and several local churches/schools. This 2,000+ sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath spacious house is on a large .21-acre corner lot and features bright and cheerful living areas, designer swimming pool, formal dining, bay windows, attached two car garage, great storage capacity, family & bonus rooms, and a fully paid solar power system. The interactive floor plan is perfect for entertaining, with sliding glass family room doors leading to a private, peaceful backyard patio, appealing pool and spa. The large master and bath suite is complimented by two comfortable bedrooms, providing restful personal retreats. Side entry is through a laundry/utility/storage room to the kitchen which boasts pristine black quartz kitchen counters, eating area, and newer range & dishwasher - providing an excellent meal-preparation setting. The north side yard has additional storage and ample room for a pet run for four-legged family members. Great restaurants, commercial services, and excellent shopping are located nearby with excellent freeway and public transportation access - just two blocks off the Rose Parade route. Come imagine how this home manifests Pasadena living at its best!

    Listed with Juanita Cobb CalDRE: 01451861 | (760) 364-6191, HomeSmart


    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, 27 Sep 2022 15:23:00 +0000: $1,959,500 :: 324 Patrician Way, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 4,016 sq ft
    Lot Size: 23,262 sq ft
    Added: 09/08/22, Last Updated: 09/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR22197692
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/27/2022 by 2%
    Status: Active


    ! UNBELIEVABLE PRICE for this prestigious Annandale golf course Estate property!! SITTING ON OVER A HALF ACRE WITH PRICELESS SERENE BREATHTAKING VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS!! This magnificent view home is One of THE lowest priced homes located in Pasadena’s Annandale Estates! Expensive frontage, Stunning views from every room of Mountains, breathtaking sunsets, nature and the exclusive Annandale Golf Club, all located within the convenience of city life, yet a world away, serene nature-filled backdrop. The home & Park-like grounds have been extensively attended to! Walk thru Gated entry leading to the inviting front door with foyer overlooking dramatic living room with high ceilings, floor to ceiling fireplace, windows that bring the view front and center! 3+3 Plus over 700 ft.² of bonus loft area(4th bedroom & screening room/office/guest room?!). All Main living areas have high vaulted ceilings and unmatched views!! The Open Kitchen with all the modern day amenities, granite counters, European cabinets, high profile appliances,center island overlooking the Family room that opens to peaceful outdoor living space! Fantastic reverse floor plan has 3 Downstairs bedrooms including primary bedroom luxurious ensuite wing complete exceptional views from every window,fireplace,bath with soaking tub big enough for two+, walk-in closet, French doors open to huge covered private patio, the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy the incredible sunsets with a glass of wine (or two) Three car garage,one part has been used as additional work-from-home space (could be 4th or 5th bedroom) also perfect home for multi-generational living! Walk down the stairs onto wandering pathways,practice your swing on your own putting green area, room for a pool and more! Located close to old town Pasadena with its renowned eateries,shopping,the world-renowneduniversity Cal Tech, Pasadena Art Center, acclaimed Annandale Golf Club, Norton Simon Museum, Rose Bowl(Watch 4th of July fireworks from your backyard)all just a few minutes away! Feel like you are on vacation every day yet minutes away from everything!Large Plot of land to left of garage is currently being used as fruit and veggie gardens producing huge zucchinis and more but is ready for whatever you Envision (possible ADU)!!? Too much to mention, surrounded by much more expensive homes ,this home is fantastic the way it is as well as tremendous upside potential, makings of a trophy property!!Call/text for exclusive showings!

    Listed with Tamara Azami CalDRE: 01259425 | 818-974-8638, 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/!


  • Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:16:00 +0000: $977,500 :: 2241 Garfias Drive, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,779 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,715 sq ft
    Added: 05/17/22, Last Updated: 09/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: GD22099295
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/27/2022 by 2%
    Status: Active


    MAJOR PRICE IMPROVMENT !!!!!, over $200,000 bellow original asking price, bellow market value , best deal in the area. Great Opportunity, Great Location, Great Neighborhood .This beautiful property offers three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, living room, family room, custom kitchen and a private large back yard. Current owner was running a day care and it’s a perfect opportunity to continue since it’s fully set up for it. Recent upgrades: electric, doors, windows, custom iron side gate, fences, walk ways, side walk pavers and much more. In addition there is a spacious covered brick patio that you can access from the kitchen / family room. Every inch of this property has been meticulously landscaped using the Mediterranean gardens as the inspiration. Artistic sculptures, numerous hand-crafted decorations, metallic gates, and paver stones adorn the property. In the evenings, the outdoor lighting turns the property into a magical wonderland perfect for hosting special events. It is close to Eaton Canyon Trail, Loma Alta Park, Stanford School, Old Town, the Rose Bowl, Washington Square, freeway, restaurants and shops. This is your opportunity to own this unique home.

    Listed with Tigran Arutunian CalDRE: 00991108 | 8189570101, Discovery Realty and Finance


    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, 27 Sep 2022 14:11:00 +0000: $1,750,000 :: 2230 El Molino Place, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,747 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,677 sq ft
    Added: 09/27/22, Last Updated: 09/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR22210443
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    Located North of Huntington Drive,this lovely Traditional San Marino Home boasts great opportunity for someone looking to build their dream home and comes with CITY APPROVED PLANS to build a 2 Story Luxury Home with 2,834 S. F. of Living and Entertainment Space. San Marino School District! This home is in good condition and features Central Air/Heat, Security Alarm System, Refurbished Hardwood Floors, Crown Molding and Recessing Lighting, Indoor Laundry Room & California Basement (approx. 100 S.F . Built in 1936, this home currently offers 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths with 1,747 S.F. of Living Area on a 10,676 S.F. Lot. Formal Entry Leads to Spacious Formal Living Room with Fireplace and Sun Room, Formal Dining Room next to Kitchen offers Breakfast Nook Master Bedroom Suite offers Private Bath and Walk-In Closet and One Bedroom offers Access to Bath 2 Car Garage with Rear Cabana/Storage Room offers Fireplace and can be easy converted to Pool House. Rear Yard offers Pool , Fruit Trees and a Detached Garage. Large Patio Area with Lots of Parking Available.

    Listed with Fred Lam CalDRE: 01099825 | 626-447-5100, IRN 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, 27 Sep 2022 13:38:00 +0000: $7,999,000 :: 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: 09/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-11436
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    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/!


  • Tue, 27 Sep 2022 13:28:00 +0000: $2,390,000 :: 1705 La Cresta Drive, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,162 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,789 sq ft
    Added: 09/27/22, Last Updated: 09/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-11435
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Situated on a serene street and secluded behind a gated and walled courtyard entrance, this mid-century modern marvel offers tranquility and a panoramic, 180-degree view of the Arroyo Seco, Linda Vista Hills, the Brookside Golf Course, and miles beyond. The elegant mid-century roofing line floating over clerestory windows and a massive carved front door is the prelude to an open floor plan where the transition of space from outside to inside disappears through walls of glass. To the right of the foyer is the living/dining room with beamed-vaulted ceiling, oak floors, and fireplace embracing the tranquil atmosphere of the natural surroundings. The modern updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances looks out to a quaint yard/dining patio and is open to the main living space. Three amply sized bedrooms, including a splendid primary suite, each have beamed ceilings, garden views, and patio access. A spacious, covered rear patio provides outdoor enjoyment and dining year-round. The present owners have relished the exquisite architecture of the property and have fully updated the house with no expenses spared to restitute its splendor. Welcome to a magical mid-century oasis floating effortlessly over the natural environment on Pasadena.

    Listed with Georges Rouveyrol CalDRE: 01353980 | (626) 676-5368, 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, 27 Sep 2022 11:28:00 +0000: $1,845,000 :: 442 N Summit Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,450 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,017 sq ft
    Added: 08/11/22, Last Updated: 09/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 22188253
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/27/2022 by 16%
    Status: Active


    HUGE PRICE REDUCTION!! PRICED TO SELL!! This absolutely gorgeous home has been painstakingly and lovingly restored from inside out! A tidy fortune has been invested in this beautiful property - With state-of-the-art air conditioning, copper plumbing, up-to-date electrical wiring, hardwood flooring throughout, ample closets and crystal-storage cabinets that light up with a gentle touch! It also has a modern, chef-ready KraftMaid Kitchen with excellent appliances. The fabulous nine-foot high ceilings and large windows welcome you to a bright and cozy story-book family room that seamlessly takes you into the dining room. Filled with natural light at all times of the day, it has cross ventilation emphasizing a feeling of spaciousness and luxury! The guest room upstairs has its own private exit, making it perfect as a rental or separate family space! No expense has been spared to modernize and upgrade all features inside this absolutely beautiful house. One could confidently say it was rebuilt from the very bones in 2012 when the present owners acquired it. The outdoor area, of over nine-thousand square feet, has been specially designed with 7 raised beds that grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. There are 12 mature trees and a delightful backyard, miniature-putting-green, for those leisurely Sunday Golf mornings! The large two-car garage includes workbench-cabinets and an additional freestanding upright fridge and freezer! There are two studios, one in the basement with its own sump-pump for safe water disposal and another, recently installed exterior modular studio with air-conditioning, making this a very unique and special "REMOTE-LIVE-WORK-PLAY" property. Added to a long list of high-value upgrades is the fact that this is a truly wonderful house, designed by the legendary Greene and Greene brothers who also designed the famous Gamble House in Pasadena. Noteworthy aesthetics include the gorgeous gold and white trims, the medallion, ionic capitals atop fluted pilasters and porch columns on the frame, with flared roof eaves and paired exposed rafter tails, and a gabled front porch. The picturesque and storied Victorian exterior, built in the Beaux Arts style, is one of the finest examples of the famous 'American Painted Ladies' and its details can be found in the Register of the Secretary of The Interior. Records of this gem are in the Huntington Library archives too. Close to the Arroyo, the Rose Bowl, the Norton Simon Museum, the Wrigley Mansion and Old Pasadena, 442 N Summit is unlike anything available right now. Acquire a dream home forever - call for a tour today!

    Listed with Chitralekha Martin CalDRE: 02000139 | 424-281-8837, Keller Williams Beverly Hills


    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, 27 Sep 2022 09:53:00 +0000: $1,418,000 :: 800 Victoria Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,963 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,785 sq ft
    Added: 07/28/22, Last Updated: 09/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-10678
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/14/2022 by 2%
    Status: Active


    Welcome to 800 Victoria Drive; a single story 3-bedroom home that greets you with a nice front porch that allows for mountain views. The interior features a living room with fireplace, formal dining room, spacious family room with built-in shelves and French doors that lead to the backyard. All this is nestled in the secluded neighborhood of Lower Ranch Arcadia yet conveniently located near the LA County Arboretum, Westfield Santa Anita Mall, Parks, Golf Course, the famous Santa Anita Racetrack, Library, Fine Dining, Entertainment and Award-winning Arcadia Schools!

    Listed with Sarah Veloz CalDRE: 02035447 | (626) 379-8705, 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/!


  • Tue, 27 Sep 2022 08:34:00 +0000: $3,498,700 :: 151 E Longden Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 6,186 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,214 sq ft
    Added: 09/27/22, Last Updated: 09/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PW22210080
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Pride of 1 Ownership since 1991. Beautiful & Charming French Normandy style Home in the Heart of Arcadia . Featuring 6 Generous sized Bedrooms & 4.5 bathrooms including two Bedrooms Suites on the first floor & 4 bedrooms suites on second floor. 1 Master Bedrooms suite second floor has its own balcony to enjoy beautiful backyard & mountain views. Two convenience access to the Circular Driveway plenty of parking space inviting guest for party . Abundance natural lighting & spacious versatile floor plan offers 6186 sqft Living area & 16200 total lot space , as you enter the front Door you are greeted by High Ceiling Foyer with glamorous Chandeliers. A Step-down Formal Living Room with a Traditional Fireplace with Bay Windows. A Formal Dining Room is on the raised Solid Wood Floor where you can view the backyard with Mountain . A Super-Sized Family Room with all Solid Oak Floor combined with solid wood finished Wet Bar & Elegant Build-in Book Cases TV Stand. Gourmet Kitchen with a Center Island featuring custom Cabinets, Granite Countertop, Sub Zero refrigerator & new Fridgaire dishwasher & new wine cooler, breakfast nook with panorama backyard view. Double door entry to the Super Sized Master Bedroom with walk in closet, jacuzzi tub, Retreat Area , Wet bar with traditional fireplace. Build in Intercom System is in every corner of the house . 3 Car attached garage direct access to the house. Beautiful & Huge Backyard with many fruit tree & swimming poo., Spa . Convenient proximity to the Library, Parks , Supermarket, Westfield Mall & AMC theatre, Golf Course walking distance to award-winning Arcadia Schools within blocks. New modern paint work inside out with new baseboard all around the house. New auto on off exterior lights throughout the house.

    Listed with Elizabeth Rivera CalDRE: 01503850 | 855-456-4945, California LWF 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/!


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