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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.

  • Sun, 02 Aug 2020 20:36:00 +0000: $1,980,000 :: 1518 Rodeo Road, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,037 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,597 sq ft
    Added: 08/01/20, Last Updated: 08/02/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 820003029
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    Situated in prestigious Northern Arcadia, this classic mid-century ranch home has been completely updated and redesigned to suit today's modern living. The open, gracious floor plan features a formal entry that ushers you to the great room. To create the perfect space for entertaining, the new kitchen, with granite counters and stainless appliances, is open to the living/dining rooms which lead to a large outdoor pergola, patio and mature grounds. On the north wing of the house, there are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The gracious Primary Suite and spa-like bath that features a soaking tub, separate shower and dual sinks, opens to a private deck overlooking the park-like yard. On the south wing of the home, there is an additional junior suite with its own bathroom. A finished 2-car garage completes the home. The list of upgrades includes new kitchen, bathrooms, floors, copper plumbing, electrical system, HVAC system, interior/exterior paint, windows and designer finishes. It is possible to further enhance the property by adding a large ADU and/or a sizable amount of footage to the actual house. Surrounded by multi-million dollar homes, close to all the conveniences of town, and in the award-winning Arcadia school district, this home is not to be missed!

    Listed with Timothy Durkovic CalDRE: 01923778, Douglas Elliman 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/!


  • Sun, 02 Aug 2020 14:12:00 +0000: $1,998,000 :: 122 Arlington Drive, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,514 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,531 sq ft
    Added: 08/02/20, Last Updated: 08/02/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 820003038
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Other
    Status: Active


    Elegance and thoughtful design best describe 122 Arlington Drive, quite possibly the most beautiful three bedroom, 2.5 bath home in Pasadena. Soothing taupe bullnose walls with uniquely beautiful ceilings and fixtures add luxury to this sophisticated, open concept home, ten minutes from downtown L.A. and three blocks from Huntington Hospital. The kitchen features expansive quartz counters, Viking appliances, soft close custom cabinets and a walk in pantry/utility room that hides away with pocket door. The main suite boasts a beautiful bathroom, a spacious custom closet and French doors that lead to your plush backyard. The open floor plan has vaulted ceilings and a fireplace in both your living room and family room. Greeness abounds as you walk through the French doors that take you out to the picturesque yard featuring a spectacular Chinese elm and lush privacy hedge. Other features include light oak floors, recessed lighting, newer electrical service, security system, copper plumbing, tankless water heaters, fire sprinkler system, newer central heating and air conditioning, newer roof, insulation throughout and double panes custom windows. Close to the Norton Simon, Tournament House and the finest eateries Pasadena has to offer.

    Listed with Sylvia Vega CalDRE: 01879957, 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/!


  • Sun, 02 Aug 2020 11:18:00 +0000: $2,999,000 :: 1284 Adair Street, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,363 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,380 sq ft
    Added: 08/02/20, Last Updated: 08/02/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 820003036
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    2 story English home has stunning curb appeal with mature trees,professional landscaping &spacious front patio.Upon entering this charming property, there is a step-down living room with a wood&marble gas FP,wood beams,and views into the front yard.The formal dining room has French doors leading to a side patio&second door leading to the state-of- the-art kitchen with breakfast nook&island with sink.The kitchen features sub-zero refrigerator,quartz countertops, Wolf professional oven,wine refrigerator,pot filler, undercounter lighting,and textured handmade tiles.The kitchen opens to the family room with a gas FP& French doors leading to a patio area overlooking the saltwater pool & spa. On the 2nd level,the master suite contains a gas FP,balcony,newly remodeled closet/dressing area,bath with a double sink vanity, shower, & separate water closet. The 2nd bedroom has 2 large closets,attached bath has a shower/ tub combo.The 3rd bedroom has large walk-in closet that can double as an office or playroom.The adjacent hall bath has a double sink vanity with shower.The inviting backyard offers maximum privacy and is perfect for entertaining.There is a built-in BBQ island with refrigerator & lawn surround.Guest qtrs has vaulted ceiling,closet&bath w/steam shower

    Listed with Nina Kirkendall CalDRE: 01245547, 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/!


  • Sun, 02 Aug 2020 10:37:00 +0000: $3,750,000 :: 828 Sierra Madre Boulevard, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,130 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,330 sq ft
    Added: 08/02/20, Last Updated: 08/02/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS20148981
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    Brand New construction located on desirable city of San marino. This is a single level with 3,130 Sq.Ft home on a beautifully landscaped. This outstanding 4 bedroom 4.5 bath home boasts top of the line materials and workmanship with perfectly manicured landscaping. The foyer opens to a formal living/dining room.The entertainment area includes the family room opens to kitchen. The kitchen includes JennAir stainless steel appliances, a large island, and a 2nd wok kitchen. The 4 bedrooms all feature en suite bathrooms . Beautiful Master suite is spacious with tub and separate shower and a large walk in closet. The quiet backyard has multiple areas for entertaining. The home features exterior cameras, 10+ft ceilings. San Marino distinguished schools.

    Listed with MING SONG CalDRE: 01866980, RE/MAX PREMIER/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/!


  • Sun, 02 Aug 2020 05:22:00 +0000: $5,280,000 :: 1632 Hyland Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,783 sq ft
    Lot Size: 23,240 sq ft
    Added: 07/09/19, Last Updated: 08/02/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS19161600
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/2/2020 by 0%
    Status: Active


    Elegance & luxury abound at this MEDITERRANEAN VILLA masterpiece. Designed by Robert Tong. Landscape designed by PICTURE PERFECT. This luxury house feature a Private Gate, the home affords exceptional privacy sitting at a quiet Cul-de-sac street. Stepping through the grand double-door entry, you're greeted by a stunning open space floorpan, dual winding staircases. The family room includes a wet bar, fireplace, & access to outdoor patios. The formal dining room flows gracefully into the updated gourmet kitchen complete w/ breakfast area, oversized center island w/ prep sink, granite countertops, European appliances, & a separate wok kitchen. On the upper level find 3 en-suite bedrooms including a lavish master suite w/ sitting area, fireplace, luxurious spa-like marble bathroom w/, marble shower, large walk-in closet. The home's beautifully landscaped outdoor space features a gleaming pool, multiple grassy areas, and lush shrubbery & flowers. This property is perfect for the discerning home buyer who appreciates quality, privacy, elegance, & luxury.

    Listed with MINGSHENG AN CalDRE: 01945236, KW Executive


    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, 01 Aug 2020 21:19:00 +0000: $1,780,000 :: 122 W Le Roy Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,787 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,502 sq ft
    Added: 11/13/19, Last Updated: 08/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR19264317
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/2/2020 by 6%
    Status: Active


    Gorgeous & luxurious SFR Home located in a highly desirable area of Arcadia featuring Arcadia schools. This wonderfully maintained home has been lovingly cherished in immaculate condition, and absolutely turnkey waiting for a new buyer or family to call this place "Home". Step inside the lovely arched entry and appreciate soaring high vaulted ceilings down to the custom marble floors. Boasting over 3,700 SF living area along with 5 spacious bedrooms, 4.5 baths (title reflects 4 beds/ 4 baths), this custom come includes so many great stylish features, finish, and materials including recessed lighting, custom drapery, elegant crown molding, and vaulted ceilings all throughout. Attached 3-car tandem garage. This incredible home features 2 master suites (one on ground floor) with huge walk in closet, and the master bath includes a jetted hot tub, dual sinks, and glass-enclosure steam sauna. Excellent floor plan allows plenty of natural light for great warmth and relaxation, and most areas are equipped with upgraded laminate wood flooring. Enjoy family time in the spacious living room w/ fireplace or cooking tasty meals in the large kitchen featuring granite counter tops and plenty of cabinetry. Family room truly provides a fun comfortable entertainment area with a sliding door that showcases the gorgeous sparkling pool in backyard. The massive backyard has been tastefully landscaped and designed with a concrete perimeter, covered patio, and large trees for added privacy.

    Listed with Van Tuyet To CalDRE: 01749625, Coldwell Banker Dynasty Arc.


    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, 01 Aug 2020 20:54:00 +0000: $1,398,000 :: 2011 Terra Lane, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,039 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,157 sq ft
    Added: 08/01/20, Last Updated: 08/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20154206
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This lovely home has total major remodeled throughout; kitchen and bathrooms, hardwood floorings, Italian porcelain tiles, new painting inside out, and more…. The house comes with 4 bedrooms, one as master suite and walk in closet, 3 bathrooms, Huge Spacious Living Room, Formal Dining Room, Open Kitchen with Breakfast Counter, Laundry Room and 2 Attached Car Garage. New kitchen countertops, New professional appliances. Open wide driveway can park up to six vehicles. Backyard with swimming pool and water fall fish pond features. Fully paid built in solar panel system, central air conditioning and heating. See and Feel the new-ness.

    Listed with Rachelle Yehtse CalDRE: 01961200, Mega-Lux 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/!


  • Sat, 01 Aug 2020 19:01:00 +0000: $2,180,000 :: 340 W Duarte Road, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    7 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 3,627 sq ft
    Lot Size: 26,058 sq ft
    Added: 08/01/20, Last Updated: 08/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS20137992
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This home is perfect for a large family or multiple extended families. The main house has two wings that consists of 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, two fireplaces, two laundry rooms, den with surround speakers for home theater, spacious kitchen with formal dining, and a great room with refinished wood floors and a large picture window that shows a beautiful mountain view. There is a detached 738 sq. ft. guest house with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom and living room. Relax outside on a spacious and private flagstone patio with a built-in BBQ. The property is securely gated with a front circular driveway, allowing for two entrances into this extra wide property. It is located just two blocks down from Arcadia High School and a few feet from Holly Ave Elementary School. Also near transportation and Westfield Santa Anita, within walking distance to malls, restaurants, banks, schools, post office etc. Other features include: upgraded kitchen appliances, upgraded electrical, a California basement, two A/C units, a separate office with 1/2 bath, separate storage, and 1,250 sq. ft dry-walled 3-car garage attached to a large work area for workshop or home office. Living space 3,627 sq. ft. Lot size 26,058 sq. ft. (129' x 202'). This is a rare find large lot in the sought after prime area in Arcadia.

    Listed with XIAO ZHONG HUANG CalDRE: 01870085, Designest Realty Corp


    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, 01 Aug 2020 16:52:00 +0000: $2,398,000 :: 6 Richland Place, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,445 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,118 sq ft
    Added: 07/05/20, Last Updated: 08/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 820002535
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/1/2020 by 4%
    Status: Active


    Set on a private lane of 8 architecturally significant homes, 6 Richland is a Tudor style home designed by Steele & Morgan was built in 1925 in the Wotkyns/Richland Landmark district. Overlooking the Rose Bowl and Arroyo Seco this property is serenely private with a spa like backyard with a new swimming pool with astounding Ipe (Brazilian Walnut) decking, perfect for entertaining. The main living space spills out onto a shady patio with vine covered trellis and fruit trees all around. Enter the home to the traditional living room with beamed ceiling and hardwood flooring. The house has been opened up to make for a very flexible floor plan -- traditional or open concept. For those of you now working from home, there is a formal office space (or bedroom) downstairs that can be completely closed off, with its own bath and french doors to the backyard. There are 2 remaining bedrooms and baths downstairs, and a large bedroom with fireplace and en-suite bath plus 1 more bedroom up. Flexibility abounds.

    Listed with Laura Turner CalDRE: 01919000, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company


    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, 01 Aug 2020 16:17:00 +0000: $2,849,000 :: 865 S El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 4,206 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,005 sq ft
    Added: 07/03/20, Last Updated: 08/01/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 20599224
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/1/2020 by 2%
    Status: Active


    Beautiful historical craftsman home built in 1914, situated on a beautiful tree-lined street and located in the picturesque Madison Heights area of Pasadena. The welcoming front porch opens to a large formal entry leading to the adjoining living room with a Batchelder Fireplace, Sun room, and formal dining room. Chefs gourmet kitchen off the dining room, equipped with top of the line appliances including a Viking Range and Oven. First floor is topped off with a bedroom (currently used as an office), large laundry room, 3/4 bath and California basement. Upstairs there are 4 large bedrooms, two decks and a sun room. The backyard has a beautiful pool, shed/pool room and carport that fits 4 cars. Ample parking in front driveway as well. Set moments from the luxe Langham Huntington hotel and in one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Pasadena.

    Listed with Kyle Asai CalDRE: 02000770, Great Castle 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/!


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