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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, 07 Aug 2022 18:07:00 +0000: $1,325,000 :: 2634 Paisly Court, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,080 sq ft
    Lot Size: 610 sq ft
    Added: 07/02/22, Last Updated: 08/07/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS22144801
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/7/2022 by 1%
    Status: Active


    MIXED USE PROPERTY in Prime Arcadia location. Situated inside Lennar's 8Eighty Gated Community, this contemporary designed commercial and residential home features GE stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinetry, granite countertops, home automation, Wi-Fi Certified designs for whole-home coverage, and a prominent store front commercial retail space on the main level. Perfect for anyone seeking an advantageous live work style home which will cut your commute time to seconds saving time and money that can be reinvested in business development for entrepreneurs, artists, remote workers, and like minded home seekers.

    Listed with KRYSTAL RAMOS CalDRE: 02085154 | 9493719432, ARC NEST


    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, 07 Aug 2022 12:27:00 +0000: $4,495,000 :: 1960 Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,824 sq ft
    Lot Size: 97,893 sq ft
    Added: 07/06/22, Last Updated: 08/07/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR22145962
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/7/2022 by 10%
    Status: Active


    This beautiful private and wooded Estate property is located in the Kinneloa Mesa area. Property consists of 2 separate parcels with combined total of 97,894 sq ft (2.247 acres). Mountain views and mature greenery provide a tranquil oasis. The spacious living room has beamed ceilings and fireplace. It opens to a large sunroom with access to the gardens. The cozy den also has a fireplace. The formal dining area is adjacent to the cook’s kitchen which has a sunny breakfast area, great cabinetry and storage, ample counter space and walk-in pantry. Primary suite has large walk-in closet with built-ins. Three additional bedrooms are all well-sized. Entertain large groups on several of the brick patios. A gardener’s delight, the property has a greenhouse. The double detached garage has an attached storage room. A very special setting - privacy and tranquility abound!

    Listed with Monty Iceman CalDRE: 01027602 | 818-521-2568, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California 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/!


  • Sat, 06 Aug 2022 12:28:00 +0000: $1,599,000 :: 1010 Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,743 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,430 sq ft
    Added: 06/27/22, Last Updated: 08/06/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-10183
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Tract: Not Applicable
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/3/2022 by 6%
    Status: Active


    This home is a single story mid-century home in the highly desired Marengo area. Large windows invite scenic views into every room of the house. The mid-century architecture provides an open, minimalistic aesthetic. The living room sprawls with high ceilings, and a wood-burning fireplace. An adjacent primary suite features a spacious bedroom, large closets and a full bathroom. The dining room is decorated by built-in shelving and attractive wood paneling. The kitchen is perfectly sized, with vintage tiles and just enough room for a breakfast nook. The back of the house has two more bedrooms, a 3/4 bathroom and a laundry room. The lot is exceptionally deep and has significantly more square footage than other similarly sized homes. The home has central heat and air and a sturdy roof. The backyard has an above ground pool, a one-car garage with attached pool room and a carport at the back of the property. There is potential to add additional square footage and possibly an ADU or guest house. This has had only one owner and has been in the same family for decades.

    Listed with Sarah Halpin CalDRE: 01405135 | (626) 664-1598, Markey & Associates


    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, 06 Aug 2022 09:24:00 +0000: $3,250,000 :: 3263 New York Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    7 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,160 sq ft
    Lot Size: 43,125 sq ft
    Added: 08/05/22, Last Updated: 08/06/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-10784
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Situated up a private road, far off the street and behind private gates, this luxurious 7BD/6BA estate, completely renovated and remodeled in 2015, is in a desirable, secluded location, on just under an acre, and yet still in close proximity to all of the local Pasadena favorites. A grand staircase welcomes you to the stunning, wrought-iron framed doors. Inside, the stately, open layout home boasts 6,160 sq ft. of spacious living, with high ceilings and natural light streaming in through the large windows and french doors, creating a bright and airy space. Entertaining is a dream in the beautiful chef's kitchen featuring high-end wolf and subzero appliances. Disappearing doors vanish the boundary between the main level's open-concept great room and the spacious patio area leading to an enclosed outdoor kitchen with a grill, wine room and refrigerator and powder room. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as an oversized laundry room outfitted with two washers and two dryers complete the main level. Upstairs is an additional family room with adjoining sunroom, an ideal space for al fresco home gym. Four spacious bedrooms are also located on this level. The private primary suite, with a separate retreat and fireplace, has three walk-in closets and an en-suite bathroom with large garden tub, frameless shower and built-in bench. The grounds are complete with a large flat area perfect for a pool with stairs leading to an upper garden with city views. There is ample space for parking in addition to a 4-car garage, and this smart home showcases state-of-the-art controls for lights, cameras, sound and security systems. In close proximity to Gerrish Tennis/Swim Club and Eaton Canyon Golf Course, this home is within minutes of freeways, downtown Pasadena, local landmarks and miles of trails in the hills. It is a special opportunity that must be seen to be fully appreciated.

    Listed with Timothy Durkovic CalDRE: 01923778 | (310) 738-8098, 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/!


  • Sat, 06 Aug 2022 04:13:00 +0000: $1,088,000 :: 237 California Street, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,684 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,038 sq ft
    Added: 08/06/22, Last Updated: 08/06/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR22171904
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Charming Spanish style home in Northern Arcadia is located close to schools, restaurants and shops. This updated 1684 sqft, 4 bedrooms and 2.75 bath house sits on a 6039 sqft lot. The house features Spanish style roof tiles & stucco, newer paint and flooring, updated kitchen and bathrooms with updated cabinets and granite counters. The spacious living room has a fireplace for a warm & cozy feel. The bright dinning room adjoining living room. In addition to four bedrooms is a large den suitable for an office and family room. Master bedroom has a double sliding door with access to backyard. The front and back yard is full of greenery and spaces for gardens. There are also plenty of spaces for parking outside of the one car garage.

    Listed with Rosi Ueng CalDRE: 01348042 | 626-656-2889, Treelane Realty Group 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, 05 Aug 2022 19:21:00 +0000: $1,480,000 :: 9720 Callita Street, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,819 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,353 sq ft
    Added: 08/05/22, Last Updated: 08/05/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR22161663
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Remodeled and expanded in 2007, this very desirable Arcadia home, located in the award winning Temple City School District is light, bright, spacious and situated in a quiet neighborhood close to everything! An incredible property featuring 4 spacious bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in approximately 2,819 sq. ft. of living space. The living room, with a red brick surround fireplace, is light filled and airy. There’s a nice size galley style kitchen featuring granite counters, custom cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. The adjacent, separate dining room with a view of the front yard. The family room is well located toward the rear of the property. It is wonderfully spacious and can accommodate large gatherings for family and friends.There are 3 bedrooms on the main level and the primary en-suite on the upper level. The primary’s spacious bathroom offers a walk-in closet, dual vanities, separate jet tub and shower with bench seat. The large loft on the second floor could be used as an office with three windows and a view of the mountains. Additional features include recessed lighting, crown molding, hardwood floors, main level laundry room, and a long concrete driveway with additional parking spaces. This is a beautiful, remodeled home close to restaurants, shopping, parks, transportation, entertainment and walking distance to Longden elementary school, Temple City high school and 99 Ranch supermarket. Please view the 3D Tour - https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=26DEyoY8j1B&mls=1. Video - https://player.vimeo.com/video/737078004***Open House Saturday August 6th and Sunday August 7th 2-5 PM***

    Listed with Pauline Cheng CalDRE: 00993691 | 626-461-5507, 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, 05 Aug 2022 18:58:00 +0000: $1,200,000 :: 411 S Meridith Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,085 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,452 sq ft
    Added: 08/05/22, Last Updated: 08/05/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-10769
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Charming 1932 traditional home located in the highly sought-after Caltech area. The floor plan features a living room with gorgeous archways, built-ins, great ceiling height, and a handsome fireplace; a formal dining room; a light-filled breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen; a family room; four bedrooms; two full bathrooms; an office; a separate laundry room; and a walk-down California basement. Given a little TLC, this home, in this area, with the curb appeal and the overall vintage architectural detailing that already exists, has fantastic potential. The home contains hardwood floors and a newer roof. The property, located in the Rose Villa-Oakdale Landmark District, is just blocks from Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, Caltech, and the wonderful local shops and eateries on South Lake. Characterized by well-maintained circular eugenias along the parkway, Meridith at this location is absolutely fanciful. Venture down this storybook avenue and witness the plethora of whimsical homes, the old lamp posts that illuminate the perfectly manicured street in the evenings, or simply stand in awe of Mt. Wilson and the beauty the surroundings offer.

    Listed with Erik Larsen CalDRE: 01929876 | (310) 562-3840, 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/!


  • Fri, 05 Aug 2022 18:18:00 +0000: $1,100,000 :: 1754 Hanscom Drive, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,700 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,016 sq ft
    Added: 07/20/22, Last Updated: 08/05/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-10559
    Community: So. Pasadena
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/5/2022 by 21%
    Status: Active


    Starting out as a one-room cabin, the main room of this home centers around a stone fireplace and vaulted ceiling beams reminiscent of early 20th century California Craftsman style. Sited carefully on the coordinates of North, South, East and West, the house becomes its own compass and sundial as the day's light traverses the sky from its rising behind Mt. Baldy followed closely by the light of the Moon rising opposite the setting sun. Wrapping its arms over the cedar ''board and batten'' style building, the large cork-bark oak tree provides shade and shelter from the summer heat and a home to owls and doves.The fully functional river-rock fireplace has been rebuilt with its new gleaming flue and beautiful chimney on top. The back two bedrooms enjoy direct views of Mt. Wilson and South Pasadena's Water Tower as well as northern light filtered through a long row of high clerestory windows. Stars peek through.Some work was done to the major building systems in 2012 to 2013 including plumbing, electrical, framing, the removal of three previous roofs and installation of a new roof. The 3-bedroom house's board and batten cedar cladding is typical of the Arts and Crafts style building it is.The house still needs extensive renovations to put it in a livable condition and comply with city codes. The existing house is sited on a large flat pad with spectacular views that present several options for a discerning Buyer.

    Listed with Matthew Bryant CalDRE: 01302873 | (626) 695-7807, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California 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/!


  • Fri, 05 Aug 2022 17:37:00 +0000: $1,199,000 :: 1175 N Mentor Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,287 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,614 sq ft
    Added: 08/05/22, Last Updated: 08/05/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: DW22173193
    Community: Not Defined
    Status: Active


    This newly remolded home located in area of Pasadena, welcomes you with 3 beautiful bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This home is painted with a neutral color that brings out the features of the house. The home has detailed original antique finishes inside with a decorative fireplace in the living room, new white & black design of kitchen and bathrooms. Centrally located with easy access to The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Located on a generous street-to-street lot in prime location within minutes of shops and restaurants along N Lake Ave.

    Listed with Wonnie Kim CalDRE: 01873341 | 562-474-1722, Won Suk Kim 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/!


  • Fri, 05 Aug 2022 16:36:00 +0000: $1,279,000 :: 311 Flower Street, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,130 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,085 sq ft
    Added: 08/04/22, Last Updated: 08/05/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 22185241
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Located on a serene tree lined street in a desirable Pasadena neighborhood and shaded by mature Oak trees. This move in ready, four bedroom, two and a half bath Spanish style, single level home was built in 2014 and is full of tasteful designer touches. Entering the house from the gated courtyard and through the front door, a gas fireplace, a unique bay window and polished wide plank wooden floors anchor the dramatic open plan living / dining room and kitchen. A box beamed ceiling, pantry, built - in desk and stainless steel appliances feature in the large chef's kitchen, along with a breakfast bar, granite counter tops and plenty of cabinets. The powder and laundry rooms are off the hallway which leads to all the bedrooms. The main bedroom suite has a spa like bathroom with double sinks, separate shower and bath plus a walk in closet. A white picket fence surrounds a vegetable growing area in the rear gardens. There is a paved sitting area too and numerous fruit trees throught the grounds. Park in the gated driveway or the two car detached garage. Welcome home!

    Listed with Andrew Grimes CalDRE: 01174175 | 626-390-8292, 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/!


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