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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, 24 Oct 2021 03:16:00 +0000: $1,225,000 :: 1779 Navarro Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,500 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,197 sq ft
    Added: 08/18/21, Last Updated: 10/24/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS21182774
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Welcome home to this sprawling Turn Key Home with a Granny Flat Layout nestled in a highly desirable city of Pasadena! This attractive home features 3 bedrooms and 3 Full baths and allow many possibilities for Two Separate Living Areas. The spacious home has tons of natural light and boasts a modern remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Open living room area with a mini bar and access to the side yard perfect for entertainment. Central AC and Heating, separate laundry room, and a two car attached garage. PAIDOFF SOLAR PANELS, Beautiful curb appeal, Large Flat Lot, and a Huge Driveway with RV Potential Parking. Minutes away to Rose Bowl Stadium, Shopping Plaza, Park, and Brookside Golf Course. This amazing opportunity won't last long!

    Listed with EDWARD KOSASIH CalDRE: 02011761, Your Home Sold Guaranteed 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/!


  • Sun, 24 Oct 2021 03:16:00 +0000: $2,198,000 :: 1860 Via Del Rey, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,885 sq ft
    Lot Size: 20,474 sq ft
    Added: 10/15/21, Last Updated: 10/24/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: EV21231215
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Status: Active


    This single-story South Pasadena home has five bedrooms along with four bathrooms and is conveniently located within walking distance to Monterey Hills Elementary School. As you enter the front door into a spacious living room, your eyes will be drawn to a beautiful brick dual wood burning and gas fireplace that spans almost the entire wall. The eclectic mixture of hardwood and tile floors throughout the house have been carefully selected to provide both beauty and durability for years to come. The primary bedroom is adjacent to a bright sunroom with large windows looking out onto the patio area with tiered gardening. All bedrooms have large closets and wonderfully built-in custom storage areas for all your extras. The fourth bedroom with a full bathroom has an outside entrance making it ideal for visiting friends or long term family members. The kitchen has everything a cooking enthusiast would need. From the 5-burner gas range to the beautiful stainless steel ventilation hood and double-oven, the granite counters, and pull-out shelves, preparing a meal would be a wonderful experience. The eating area has beautiful floor-to-ceiling, custom built-in cabinets with glass doors as well as a separate dining room with double French doors for all your special occasions. For added convenience, there is a spacious laundry room with anabundance of extra storage cabinets. There are numerous skylights and large windows throughout the home making it light and airy throughout the day.

    Listed with JULIA ROGERS CalDRE: 00884284, UNIVERSITY 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/!


  • Sun, 24 Oct 2021 00:14:00 +0000: $1,399,000 :: 1376 Brixton Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,101 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
    Added: 10/23/21, Last Updated: 10/24/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-7198
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Thoughtfully re-imagined, this San Rafael Hills contemporary residence offers a sleek twist on its original 1950s mid-century design. Swanky and sophisticated, the home's split-level configuration provides versatile living options. The entry level offers an open concept with contiguous living/dining and kitchen space, a striking corner fireplace, a wall of windows and access to a balcony all overlooking the grassy backyard and surrounding hilltops. The kitchen has just undergone a renovation with new tile backsplash, granite countertops, breakfast bar and new appliances. Two generous bedrooms, one with an enviable over-sized walk-in closet, two recently remodeled baths and a separate laundry room complete this floor.A spiral staircase leads to the lower level consisting of another flexible space which currently serves as a generous great room featuring a built-in bar and wall of bookshelves. Slider doors access the beautiful new expansive deck and gentle steps to the back gardens. An attached study with fireplace, additional bath, workshop and exit to the 2 car garage ensure this space will be both accessible and well- utilized!This home is an entertainer's dream! With its prime location and easy access to Old Town Pasadena, the iconic Rose Bowl, Arroyo Seco and downtown Los Angeles, this one impresses on many levels.

    Listed with Michael Darling CalDRE: 01139302, 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/!


  • Sat, 23 Oct 2021 22:11:00 +0000: $1,450,000 :: 3320 Yorkshire Road, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,376 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
    Added: 10/03/21, Last Updated: 10/23/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-6936
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    The price of this listing was last increased on 10/23/2021 by 5%
    Status: Active


    On a peaceful, tree-lined cul-de-sac in Pasadena's exclusive Chapman Woods, this stunning home exudes timeless beauty. Even amongst the many picturesque character homes nearby, 3320 Yorkshire Rd shines! What's more, extensive updates mean the new owners will enjoy turn-key convenience and luxury. Gleaming hardwood floors, handsome wainscoting, and oversized moldings all speak to the home's exceptional quality. The smart floor plan is equally suited to entertaining or relaxing. In the living room, natural light floods in through multiple sets of double-pane Pella windows with plantation shutters looking out to the inspiring San Gabriel Mountains. It effortlessly flows to the elegant formal dining room which opens to a sunny family room with backyard access. Nearby, the beautifully remodeled kitchen boasts sleek granite countertops and state-of-the-art stainless appliances while a laundry area is discreetly tucked away at the rear. One bedroom en suite is conveniently located downstairs while two additional bedrooms are found on the second level. Both are exceptionally spacious and include dual closets, which means enjoying two primary bedrooms upstairs! Between the two rooms rests an updated bathroom with sumptuous finishes. Outside, the home's private backyard is lush with a large grassy lawn and pergola while a handsome brick-ribbon striped driveway leads to an updated garage. New roof, water heater, HVAC system, owned solar panels, and too many other upgrades to list!

    Listed with Evangelyn Lin CalDRE: 01817694, Lin Realty Group


    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, 23 Oct 2021 14:12:00 +0000: $1,699,999 :: 937 Glen Oaks Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,122 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
    Added: 10/22/21, Last Updated: 10/23/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 21798378
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    One of the best Rose Bowl view homes to come to market in the Linda Vista area is this 3 bedroom 2 bathroom vivid stunner. The views are panoramic from every room in the house. On the main level the living room opens onto a large balcony and on the lower level is a very large deck ideal for entertaining. The house is a short drive up from the freeway and walking distance to the Rose Bowl. Come see this significant home with spectacular views of the Rose Bowl, Brookside Golf Course, JPL, the mountains, and Downtown Pasadena.

    Listed with Aram Gaboudian CalDRE: 01493911, Keller Williams Downtown LA


    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, 23 Oct 2021 12:27:00 +0000: $1,150,000 :: 9416 E Naomi Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,396 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
    Added: 10/08/21, Last Updated: 10/23/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR21224841
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/23/2021 by 8%
    Status: Active


    Temple School District School, 1,396 square feet living area & 7,888 square feet lo, 4 beds and 2 full baths. The location is within proximity to Temple City Schools, shopping centers, and markets.

    Listed with Kylan Ha CalDRE: 01859799, RE/MAX of Santa Clarita


    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, 23 Oct 2021 12:03:00 +0000: $1,299,000 :: 32 Annandale Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,420 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
    Added: 09/29/21, Last Updated: 10/23/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 21789904
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/23/2021 by 7%
    Status: Active


    Country English charm on a beautiful tree lined street situated across from San Rafael Park. The open floor plan flows from the kitchen through the dining and living room spaces. Master suite with spacious closet and private bath. Jack and Jill bedrooms with adjoining bathroom. Large flexible Bonus structure off garage may be without permits buyer to investigate. Space is currently used as office space, but could be ideal for studio or game room. There is Private yard space and 2 car garage. A new air conditioning unit.

    Listed with Michael Richards CalDRE: 01002720, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California


    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, 23 Oct 2021 10:20:00 +0000: $849,900 :: 1514 N Grand Oaks Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,082 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
    Added: 09/28/21, Last Updated: 10/23/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV21214028
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    This is a Charming 2 bedroom 1 bath home on tree-lined street. This home's interior and exterior were newly painted and has a new sliding glass door that goes out to a covered concrete patio. Spacious back yard that has room to add on (check with the city) or to just enjoy the space with fruits trees and a detached garage. Additional amenities for this home are a fireplace, wood floors, floor furnace and lots of windows for light and a new free standing stove. It also features new landscaping in front yard. It is near Eaton Canyon and Victory Park along with restaurants and stores nearby. A must see! Trust Sale.

    Listed with COLETTE LEECH CalDRE: 00899555, KELLER WILLIAMS WEST FOOTHILLS


    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, 23 Oct 2021 05:07:00 +0000: $5,980,000 :: 325 Whispering Pines Drive, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 9,594 sq ft
    Lot Size: 58,371 sq ft
    Added: 10/22/21, Last Updated: 10/23/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS21234403
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Welcome to Paradise ! This stunning home with panoramic views is nestled on the premier and rarely available north uphill side of Arcadia. Offers a private, gated setting in a 24hrs security gated community. This magnificent estate provides unmatched privacy and seclusion. Originally built in 2005 and masterfully expanded with finest finishes while keeping its pristine charm and character. Spanning approximately 9,594 living square feet. This sophisticated residence is graced by generous high ceilings, recessing lights, high windows throughout. Features huge family room, custom detailed elevator, Gourmet kitchen with top of line stainless appliances, granite countertops with breakfast nook, complete with a dinning room opens to bundle of natural lights and city views. There is an office with stunning views, 2 en-suite guest bedrooms and 2 seprate guests bathrooms down stairs. Master suite boasts his and hers walk in closers, a retreat area and balcony offering fantastic view, Luxurious bath tub with separate shower. transform the hotel like master suites into tranquil breezy retreats. There is also a bonus room on the 3rd floor which can be used as gym room. The fabulous outdoor paradise offers infinity edge pool, resting area, great place for entertaining. This grand contemporary estate is a dream home that brings the best of sleek elegance of modern living.

    Listed with GUANGRONG ZUO CalDRE: 01938898, 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/!


  • Sat, 23 Oct 2021 05:07:00 +0000: $5,880,000 :: 1464 Virginia Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,244 sq ft
    Lot Size: 21,780 sq ft
    Added: 10/22/21, Last Updated: 10/23/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR21230784
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    Situated in the MOST prestigious estate neighborhood in San Marino, this Monterey Colonial estate is one of only 11 homes positioned right above Lacy Park. The estate sits gracefully on 22,650 SF lot of beautifully landscaped grounds and offers over 4150 SF of exceptional living space. The house includes entry foyer, formal living room, family room, dining room, gourmet kitchen (6 burner stove), breakfast room, butler's pantry, a home office, laundry room and a full bath at main floor. Upstairs are 4 spacious bedrooms including a private master suite featuring a fireplace & balcony, an in-law suite with separate entrance, den with a fireplace and a kid's study room. Basement with wine cellar ready. With breathtaking treetop & park view, owner enjoys July 4th fireworks right in their own front and backyard. The European style courtyard with fireplace is perfect for adults to enjoy some afternoon tea time with friends and family while watching kids having fun in the swimming pool and jacuzzi. Major extensive remodeling done in year 2007. Custom designed swimming pool built in year 2016. Convenient location with short distance to San Marino Schools, City Library, Lacy Park and Huntington Library. This is a rare opportunity in one of LA’s most desirable neighborhoods!! Come and make this beautiful breathtaking home yours today!!

    Listed with I Fang Weng CalDRE: 01750179, I Global Investment 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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