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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, 25 Sep 2021 14:26:00 +0000: $2,099,888 :: 689 w Palm, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,116 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
    Added: 09/25/21, Last Updated: 09/25/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: OC21212553
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Spectacular 2014 Tuscan-style custom-built home, located in one of the best & convenient areas of Arcadia. Executive-style living at its finest with 4 master suites. Top 1% Best Public High Schools in America, California & the Los Angeles area. Minutes away from the Westfield Santa Anita Mall. Beautifully designed and executed, no expense was spared in regards to the quality of materials and craftsmanship. The fabulous open floor plan is perfect for entertaining and the wonderfully appointed kitchen is a gourmet chef's delight. Amenities include a preparation kitchen, wet bar, an office/library, loft, generous use of stone and other high-quality materials & a gorgeous wrought iron staircase. Additional amenities include lots of custom detailing and moldings throughout, CTV security with 4 cameras, inter-suite internal radio system, a central vacuum, double iron door entry and electric gate & paver driveway.. come see what this home offers!

    Listed with Jack Cheng CalDRE: 01969949, Harvest Realty Development


    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, 25 Sep 2021 13:02:00 +0000: $828,888 :: 5321 Cochin Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,193 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
    Added: 09/25/21, Last Updated: 09/25/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV21212496
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Fully remodeled from top to bottom, this 3 bedroom 2 bath home is located on a quiet street great for any growing family. All systems have been upgraded making this home comparable to new construction. Upgrades include FULL re-wire with a 200AMP electrical panel, All new plumbing water lines and waste drain lines under the house, new energy efficient "cool" roof, Central HVAC with new ducting, new windows, baseboards, water heater and much more! Kitchen has been fully remodeled with a white shaker cabinet and Calcutta quartz countertop with a rustic white subway tile. White oak color water-proof laminate flooring throughout living areas and bedrooms. Spacious master bedroom features its own newly remodeled bathroom and large sliding patio door which leads out to the newly landscaped backyard(grass currently installed but not shown in photos). This home has everything a growing family could want and is located on one of the most desirable streets within the tract. Looking to expand later by turning the garage into an ADU? this garage would be a perfect space to convert into an extra rental unit or office/gym (buyer/Buyers agents to verify)Call today! All types of financing available for this home.

    Listed with MATTHEW SALIB CalDRE: 01886422, CORCORAN GLOBAL LIVING


    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, 25 Sep 2021 12:03:00 +0000: $1,990,000 :: 510 Michigan Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,872 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,118 sq ft
    Added: 08/09/21, Last Updated: 09/25/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS21182721
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/25/2021 by 13%
    Status: Active


    Hugh price reduction by very motivated seller up to $200k! One of the most comfortable home located in the highly desirable East Pasadena. It situated on the the quietest street by Michillinda Park. The whole area is covered by mature trees and a lot of peacocks call it home too. It is convenient to everywhere: Caltech, PCC, Huntington library, Santa Anita race track and Westfield shopping mall.There are five spacious bedrooms in total: four on the first floor and master bedroom occupies the whole second floor. There is a huge sitting area in the master bedroom with a fireplace , walk-in closet and a private balcony overlooking san Gabriel Mountain Views. Newly remodeled bathrooms, kitchen, family room and the living room makes it so comfortable wherever you are.Private gated entrance way allows you to park 6 cars on top of the attached 2 car garage. The backyard is surrounded by fruit trees and ficus to make it so private that you will feel this is an acreage estate instead of 15000 sf lot. With the huge sliding door towards the backyard, you will fully enjoy the uniqueness of California indoor and outdoor living in this marvelous property.

    Listed with YING YE CalDRE: 01878042, KELLER WILLIAMS SIGNATURE RLTY


    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, 25 Sep 2021 04:13:00 +0000: $1,650,000 :: 200 Saint Albans Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,143 sq ft
    Lot Size: 19,167 sq ft
    Added: 08/05/21, Last Updated: 09/25/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21173625
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Status: Active


    Award-winning South Pasadena Schools!! PANORAMIC VIEWS of the San Gabriel mountains !!! Security gate with long private driveway, blissful hilltop paradise is ideal for enjoying the outdoors of Monterey Hills, enjoying the sunrise and sunset with your family or friends. Open floor plan with huge living room, Dining room with amazing view for your enjoying every meal. Huge lot with 19250sqft, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, 2 car detached garage. long private driveway. New interior paint ,big second floor balcony for you to have mountain, city view in the day time and star, city light view at night. Quiet and unique South Pasadena neighbor's tree line street, this is the lifestyle you will love.

    Listed with Jindy Chen CalDRE: 01279598, Re/Max Premier Prop Arcadia


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com/free-home-search/!


  • Sat, 25 Sep 2021 04:13:00 +0000: $5,850,000 :: 675 Elliott Drive, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 4,140 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
    Added: 09/25/21, Last Updated: 09/25/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-6744
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Located in the premier Oak Knoll neighborhood, a short stroll to the Langham Hotel and perched above the street, this gated modern Mediterranean home with pool and cabana offers the highest quality in custom finishes, details, and construction as well as impressive views of the San Gabriel mountains. Completed in 2019, the majority of the main residence as well as the entire cabana were built from the ground up with the remaining completely remodeled. An imposing custom wrought-iron front door invites you into the main floor living area and expansive gourmet kitchen featuring Viking and Bosch appliances and two islands. In addition there are two ensuite bedrooms downstairs (including a downstairs master) and three ensuite bedrooms upstairs accessed by a dramatic wrought iron staircase featuring a gold-colored dome ceiling. The upstairs master suite features hand-hewn truss beams, a stone wall with Montigo fireplace, a dramatic master bath featuring a wall of Oceanside glass tile, a stand-alone soaking tub and an oversized dual-headed master shower and custom walk-in closet. Perfect for entertaining, three sets of French doors open out onto an expansive Versailles-pattern stone patio with salt-water pool, column-lined covered dining area, built-in barbecue and glass fire pit. The versatile cabana offers an open floor plan with hand-hewn truss beams, a kitchenette, bathroom with shower, and its own split-air unit. This exquisitely-finished custom home in a prime Pasadena location provides a refreshing modern take on Mediterranean architecture.

    Listed with Jenny Stanley CalDRE: 02063711, 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/!


  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 23:10:00 +0000: $875,000 :: 176 S San Marino Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,072 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
    Added: 09/24/21, Last Updated: 09/24/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-6808
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Built in 1914, this charming, 2 bed 1 bath character-filled craftsman bungalow is located on a beautiful tree-lined street in a great pocket of Pasadena. The front path leads up to the welcoming covered front porch, perfect for sipping your morning cup of coffee or enjoying your evening glass of wine. Enter into the warm living room with original hardwood floors, crown molding, and attractive mantled white-brick fireplace. The adjacent dining area leads into the large kitchen & laundry area, which provides ample space for the family chef to design their dream kitchen. The main bedroom is spacious, and the full bath features a shower over tub, tile floors, and drawers for storage. The lush backyard, with plenty of room to garden, would be the ideal setting for a summer barbecue and the detached 2-car garage and long driveway provide plenty of off-street parking. Close to PCC, Caltech, shops, & restaurants, this character home won't last long so don't delay!

    Listed with David Knight CalDRE: 01829234, 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, 24 Sep 2021 16:44:00 +0000: $1,358,000 :: 1937 Hanscom Drive, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,560 sq ft
    Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
    Added: 08/26/21, Last Updated: 09/24/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV21189716
    Community: So. Pasadena
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/24/2021 by 3%
    Status: Active


    Welcome to 1937 Hanscom where you will find hilltop views of LA Downtown, Glendale and South Pasadena. This home featured 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths, direct access garage is using as office/4th bedroom. Bright and cozy living room offers granite fireplace, hardwood floor and recess lights throughout, large windows overlooking the city and canyon. Upgraded Kitchen with new stainless-steel appliances, granite counter-top and black splash, breakfast bar provides ideal space for causal meals, oversized balcony where would enjoy the stunning view with glass of wine. Master bedroom with walk-in closet, soaking bathtub, walk-in shower and dual sinks, floor-to-ceiling door lead to outdoor balcony with spectacular views. Two other well sized bedrooms are across the hall. Paid off new solar panels and batteries installed in February 2021 !!! Close to restaurants, shopping and schools. This exceptional home is move-in ready and sure sell fast.

    Listed with WINDI LAU CalDRE: 01711339, RE/MAX TOP PRODUCERS


    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, 24 Sep 2021 15:43:00 +0000: $919,000 :: 210 Ramona Place, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,195 sq ft
    Lot Size: 4,703 sq ft
    Added: 09/24/21, Last Updated: 09/24/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 21786132
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    This sophiticated traditional style home located in highly sought after S.E. Pasadena has been refurbished with style, taste and flair while preserving all of its original charm and character. Specialized custom craftsmanship is apparent throughout and features: Crown molding, wainscoting, a coffered ceiling (dining area), crystal chandeliers, designer hardware, plantation shutters and all new 'Jeld Wen' dual pane windows. Dark hardwood floors throughout compliment fresh interior paint. The open living room with decorative fireplace leads to the dining area with french door to the garden and the tailor made kitchen with white shaker style cabinets, farmhouse sink, quartz countertops and deluxe stainless steel appliances. A 'Bosch' washer and dryer feature in the attached laundry area. There is a 'Closet World' closet in the oversized main bedroom and the full hallway bathroom has a pedestal sink and tan hexaganol floor tile. From the guest bedroom there is an elegant black and white ensuite 3/4 bathroom and a luxurious full dressing room / walk - in closet. Professionally landscaped, the garden is a private oasis of burbling water fountains, mature plantings, and a herringbone brick patio, perfect for relaxation and entertaining. Welcome home!

    Listed with Andrew Grimes CalDRE: 01174175, 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, 24 Sep 2021 15:25:00 +0000: $2,570,000 :: 2810 Lombardy Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 2,879 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
    Added: 08/17/21, Last Updated: 09/24/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21181283
    Community: San Marino
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/24/2021 by 4%
    Status: Active


    Located in the highly desirable City of San Marino, this lovingly cared for ranch style home is ready for your family. This spacious home consists of a formal living room with a fireplace, dining and family rooms, four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a powder room for guests, kitchen with ample cabinet and cooking space, center island, gas burning stove with range hood, stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and walk in pantry. This well appointed home has an easy flow to it, the curved archways, the primary suite with a soak tub and separate shower, large walk-in wardrobe and its own A/C unit make this a comfortable home for families to entertain in and grow in. The front yard is graced with greenery and loads of colorful flowers and planters, the backyard has plenty of barbeque and play space, with delightful patios one at the back of the house and a beautiful brick patio on the side of the house. The backyard is shaded with vegetation all the way around. The long, gated driveway leads to a 2 car garage. This is a move-in ready, must see home and easy to show.

    Listed with Shumei Kam CalDRE: 00798181, 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/!


  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:25:00 +0000: $3,298,000 :: 1175 Adair Street, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 4,278 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,197 sq ft
    Added: 09/24/21, Last Updated: 09/24/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21211381
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    Indulge in Spanish-style elegance when you step into this South-Facing San Marino residence where high-end finishes and stunning interior detail are on show throughout! Make your way up the inviting brick pathway to the gorgeous exterior that exudes style and class with its gorgeous architecture. Across the open-concept layout, you’ll discover a welcoming interior crafted with mellow color hues and hardwood floors cascading throughout. A delightful combination of arched windows and glass doors with striking wood in the the main living areas and an abundance of natural light, and recessed lighting flows overhead, adding to the already sunlit interior. Unwind by the sophisticated fireplace in the living room before dining stylishly under a chic chandelier in your formal dining room. Create gourmet meals for guests in your bright kitchen, showcasing high-end SubZero appliances, a center island, and another dining area overlooking the outdoor greenery. Here, two sets of French doors open for idyllic indoor/outdoor living with cool summer breezes while you enjoy casual meals. You’ll have four private retreats to choose from upstairs while one sits downstairs for convenience and is ideal for the remote worker. Additionally, you’ll have four full baths plus three half-baths designed to give maximum relaxation and privacy for both you and your guests. Stir up delicious cocktails at your full bar before making your way into the large family room where another set of French doors lead you outside to the tastefully tiled, courtyard-style patio. Here, you’ll savor gourmet meals made on the built-in BBQ as you dine al fresco, followed by an evening dip in your shimmering pool and spa in the resort-style backyard. Surrounded by lush landscaping with privacy hedges, mature trees, and fencing, the tranquil space will have you feeling far away. Additional must-have features include a detached two-car garage, a laundry room, and a basement for your additional storage needs. Ideally located, you’ll be within the award-winning San Marino school district, close to parks, The Huntington Botanical Gardens, golf, plus not far from restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options for your enjoyment. Plus, the 210 and 10 freeways aren’t far for all of your commuting needs. Indulge in the space, sophistication, and function offered in this incredible residence. Come take a tour before this amazing opportunity is gone for good!

    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/!


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