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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.

  • Thu, 29 Feb 2024 16:19:00 +0000: $2,896,000 :: 622 Woodward Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,255 sq ft
    Lot Size: 17,011 sq ft
    Added: 02/29/24, Last Updated: 02/29/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 24363687
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this stunning 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home located at 622 Woodward Boulevard in Pasadena. Boasting 4255 square feet of living space on a generous 17038 square foot lot, this property offers an exceptional living experience. As you step onto the property, you'll be greeted by a spacious U-shaped driveway providing ample parking and garage access. The home features high ceilings that create an airy and open atmosphere throughout. Pass through the formal living room, into a spacious family room that includes a convenient built-in bar. The kitchen is a chef's dream, equipped with modern appliances, a wine fridge, and ample storage space. All five bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, with the primary bedroom having a luxurious, large bathroom and an oversized walk-in closet, providing a private retreat within the home. Entertain guests in the backyard oasis, complete with a pool, hot tub, sport court, and pergola perfect for enjoying the California sunshine. Conveniently located, this home offers easy access to a range of amenities. Don't miss the opportunity to make this exquisite property your new home.

    Listed with Anasuya Engel CalDRE: 02127954 | 626-205-4040, 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/!


  • Thu, 29 Feb 2024 15:32:00 +0000: $4,700,000 :: 2515 Louise Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 8,211 sq ft
    Lot Size: 35,193 sq ft
    Added: 08/17/23, Last Updated: 02/29/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR23110892
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/21/2023 by 4%
    Status: Active


    One of a kind gem! Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac in a highly desirable Arcadia Unified School District. This estate features a huge 35,000+ sq.ft. lot with fabulous park-like backyard, expansive lawns, abundant fruit trees, swimming pool & spa, large pergola and more! A circular driveway and double door entry opens to the foyer with marble floors, chandelier, grand spiral staircase and high ceilings throughout. This home centers around a tranquil atrium providing bright natural sunlight. Formal living room offers a grand fireplace, wet bar with built-in aquarium shared with the formal dining room perfect for entertaining. Enjoy the peaceful atrium in a ground level Japanese Tatami style bedroom suite and a second bedroom suite on the main floor. Open kitchen with center island, separate chef's/wok kitchen, spacious family room with bar, dining area and breakfast nook. Relax in the luxurious master suite bedroom with retreat and large walk in closet. Unwind in the master bathroom with dual sink vanities, spa tub and separate shower. Additional executive office/library complete with built in shelving, inside laundry room with shower, attached direct access 3-car garage with ample driveway parking available. Truly a rare find!

    Listed with Peggy Fong Chen CalDRE: 01461698 | 626-447-1688, Re/Max Omega


    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/!


  • Thu, 29 Feb 2024 13:05:00 +0000: $3,249,000 :: 1215 Indiana Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,792 sq ft
    Lot Size: 19,289 sq ft
    Added: 11/30/23, Last Updated: 02/29/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 219103524DA
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Tract: Not Applicable-1
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/15/2024 by 3%
    Status: Active


    From the moment you first set foot on the front porch you'll feel what renowned architect Joseph J. Blick envisioned. One can feel the warmth, charm and elegance. The main floor of this meticulously rejuvenated Craftsman-style home consists of a formal living room, formal dining with boxed ceilings, fireplaces, a breakfast nook with built-in seating, a spacious gourmet kitchen, powder room, custom cabinets and tile work, and beautiful granite countertops. There are two stairways that lead to the second level, where you'll find four large bedrooms, a sunroom, and two additional bathrooms. The third floor boasts yet another bedroom, an office, and a large play/work room. In addition, there is an expansive and newer built family room, a laundry room and full bath. The backyard boasts a Trex deck patio, outdoor basketball court, putting green, and custom fire pit and BBQ area. There is also a leveled-off flat green space where you can create a beautiful outdoor dining area, other seating or even a sports playground for the kids. The opportunities are endless! The craftsmanship in the details, glass and woodwork make this home a historical gem. Truly an exceptional home.

    Listed with Lance Tuazon CalDRE: 01961541 | (310) 689-6633, Bennion Deville Homes


    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/!


  • Thu, 29 Feb 2024 11:41:00 +0000: $876,800 :: 2606 S 10th Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,486 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,833 sq ft
    Added: 02/29/24, Last Updated: 02/29/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: OC24041600
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Discover serenity and seclusion at 2606 S 10th Ave, a charming residence nestled at the end of a private drive in the desirable city of Arcadia. This hidden gem offers the perfect blend of privacy and convenience, providing a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.Boasting three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this home is thoughtfully designed to accommodate modern living while offering ample space for relaxation and entertainment. The open floor plan creates a seamless flow between the living areas, allowing for easy interaction and versatility in use.Situated on an expansive lot spanning nearly 6000 square feet, there's plenty of room to roam and explore. Whether you're cultivating a lush garden oasis, creating a play area for children and pets, or envisioning an outdoor entertainment paradise, the possibilities are endless.Parking will never be an issue with the generous driveway providing ample space for multiple vehicles. Convenience meets comfort at 2606 S 10th Ave, where you can enjoy the luxury of having everything you need right at your fingertips.This home presents a blank canvas awaiting your personal touch and creative vision. Whether you're a seasoned renovator with a knack for design or a first-time buyer eager to customize your dream home, 2606 S 10th Ave offers the opportunity to turn your aspirations into reality.Located in one of Arcadia's most sought-after neighborhoods, this property provides easy access to a wealth of amenities, including top-rated schools, parks, shopping centers, and dining establishments. Experience the best of suburban living while still being within close proximity to all that the vibrant city of Arcadia has to offer.Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to own a piece of paradise in Arcadia. Schedule a viewing today and unlock the potential of 2606 S 10th Ave.

    Listed with Brandon Hobbs CalDRE: 01929235 | 714-765-9880, Reason Real Estate


    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/!


  • Thu, 29 Feb 2024 10:43:00 +0000: $1,388,000 :: 75 W Le Roy Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,551 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,610 sq ft
    Added: 02/19/24, Last Updated: 02/29/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS24029696
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Charming and adorable SOUTH FACING single level home situated in a quiet, tree lined neighborhood of the City of Arcadia , Award winning Arcadia School District. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the lush front yard ,This sweet well maintained home offers 4 bedrooms 3 baths with 2,551 sqft living space . Open and welcoming living features cozy fireplace and built-in shelves. Extra long driveway give ample spaces for parking. Additional highlights include covered, private front entry and low-maintenance landscaping. Professionally designed and well-maintained landscaping accentuate this home’s charm, Located near all shopping centers, supermarkets and restaurants. This sweet home offers a rare opportunity to live in one of the most established neighborhoods in Arcadia. Come to see and make it your dream home !!!

    Listed with GUANGRONG ZUO CalDRE: 01938898 | 626-229-2200, 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/!


  • Thu, 29 Feb 2024 10:27:00 +0000: $939,500 :: 542 E Rio Grande Street, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 844 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,591 sq ft
    Added: 02/29/24, Last Updated: 02/29/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PF24036186
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Located in the charming Normandie Heights neighborhood of North Pasadena, this lovely Craftsman home offers a timeless blend of vintage allure and modern comfort. Built in 1922, this historic residence is a true testament to the architectural elegance of its era. As you approach the front entrance, you're greeted by the classic Craftsman aesthetic, with its low-pitched roof, overhanging eaves, and inviting front porch. Upon entry, there is an immediate sense of warmth and nostalgia with original hardwood floors and built-ins, adding to its character and charm. The living room features an inviting fireplace that is perfect for chilly evenings. The elegant dining room includes built-in cabinetry and is adjacent to the thoughtfully updated kitchen including a new dishwasher. There are two cozy bedrooms, both of which are bathed in natural light and provide a tranquil retreat. The shared bathroom includes a vintage cast iron tub for lounging and relaxation. Outside, the spacious, private backyard offers a serene escape, with lush landscaping and a beautifully curated organic garden that includes two fig trees and a pluot tree. Perfect for alfresco dining! In addition there is a converted garage, that is currently used as an art studio. Notably, this residence holds a Mills Act designation. Come see this rare opportunity to own a piece of Pasadena's rich architectural heritage. Minutes from the 210 freeway, the Rose Bowl, Old Town Pasadena , JPL and CalTech.

    Listed with Jennifer Wenzlaff CalDRE: 01893083 | 3234814437, Proper Dwelling


    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/!


  • Wed, 28 Feb 2024 23:26:00 +0000: $2,350,000 :: 1424 Oneonta Knoll, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,346 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,824 sq ft
    Added: 02/28/24, Last Updated: 02/28/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-16666
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Status: Active


    Sitting up on a knoll, this beautifully remodeled 3BR, Den, 4BA single level home is located at the highly desirable neighborhood in So Pasadena. Excellent floor plan brings in all natural lights into the whole house. The large living room has a fireplace and with newer windows overlooking the nice front yard. The spacious new kitchen with large center island makes it perfect for your daily needs as well as with family/friends' gatherings. It opens to the family room and leads out to the private backyard. The den behind the living room is perfect to be used as a home office. All 3 bedrooms have their own new bathrooms which is very desirable. Don't miss the opportunity to make this your own sweet home!

    Listed with Yvonne Chien CalDRE: 01004032 | (626) 318-2230, RE/MAX Premier 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/!


  • Wed, 28 Feb 2024 21:55:00 +0000: $1,680,000 :: 204 E Magna Vista Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,232 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,828 sq ft
    Added: 02/20/24, Last Updated: 02/28/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR24034720
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Charming and wonderful Arcadia home in a great neighborhood on a nice cul-de-sac. Tastefully decorated throughout, this open floor plan offers a large dining room - great for entertaining or serving a large family. The huge and spacious family with wet bar, sliding door leads to view the park like back yard, open to kitchen and dining room. Three large bedrooms with master downstairs and two upstairs. Newly remodeled and updated kitchen with top=of=line equipment, floor and built-in coffee maker. Newly updated bathrooms. 2-car finished garage with additional storage space. Dual zone central air-conditioning and heating. The Back yard has a grassy area and a brick patio with a custom-built brick BBQ, lots of fruit trees and detached workshop. Detached recreation room. Additional RV parking in the rear of lot with a separate drive. Don't miss this one.

    Listed with Ronald Chang CalDRE: 00991079 | 626-445-5500, 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/!


  • Wed, 28 Feb 2024 21:37:00 +0000: $2,100,000 :: 1726 La Loma Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,980 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,474 sq ft
    Added: 02/27/24, Last Updated: 02/28/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-16621
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Welcome to your hidden, treetop retreat where striking contemporary architecture and gorgeous natural surroundings create the unparalleled sanctuary you've been dreaming of! Nestled on a leafy street in picturesque San Rafael Hills, 1726 La Loma Road offers exceptional privacy while being just minutes away from the best attractions in Pasadena, Highland Park, and Eagle Rock. Unassuming from the outside, the home soars on the inside! Stepping into the 2-story living room, you find a showcase space sure to take your breath away. Impossibly tall ceilings, huge windows, and vibrant natural light create a world of warmth and rare beauty where elevated entertaining is effortless. Sliding doors open to a wraparound deck perfect for leisurely lounging while an enchanting oasis rests just below. Here, a lagoon-like pool and spa mingle with fragrant wildflowers, vines cover the natural stone walls, and sycamore trees tower overhead. Magic is in the air. The home's upper level includes a luxurious primary suite where you'll enjoy ultimate relaxation and comfort thanks to a statement fireplace, 3 walk-in closets, a spa bath with a huge soaking tub, and a private balcony offering serene treetop views. Three additional bedrooms are found on the bottom level, including a studio, that can be accessed directly from the garage. With spectacular design elements surrounded by lush, natural beauty, your own private paradise awaits you at 1726 La Loma Road.

    Listed with Evangelyn Lin CalDRE: 01817694 | (626) 807-6581, eXp Realty 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/!


  • Wed, 28 Feb 2024 21:28:00 +0000: $3,498,000 :: 2441 S Oak Knoll Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,546 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,794 sq ft
    Added: 02/26/24, Last Updated: 02/28/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-16649
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    Step into a world of refined elegance and modern comfort with this magnificent 1936 English Tudor revival style residence nestled in the highly sought-after Oak Knoll District of San Marino! Enjoy the luxury of abundant outdoor space for entertaining, gardening, or simply unwinding in your own private oasis. Indulge in the spacious outdoor living which features a large pool and separate spa, perfect for refreshing dips on hot summer days or relaxing evenings under the stars. The charming 523 SF Pool House features 1 bedroom, an office a 3/4 bathroom, and a walk-in closet, offering additional accommodations for guests, work-from-home space, or a serene space for relaxation. With 4,023 SF of meticulously designed living space in the main home, this home exudes sophistication at every turn. Enter the high-ceilinged entry which showcases a gorgeous crystal chandelier and grand stairway. The spacious living room features a gas fireplace, leaded glass bay windows, beamed ceiling, and built-in bookshelves. The formal dining room also showcases stunning leaded glass windows, a crystal chandelier and plenty of space for formal entertainment. Step into the large family room which faces the rear yard and features a wall of built-in bookcases and brand new carpet. Completing the entertainment feel of the home is the light-filled eat-in kitchen which also faces the rear yard and the pool. Additional features on the first floor are a large powder bath and 3 closets in the entry hall, plus access to the 479 SF basement, ideal for a wine cellar or additional storage. There is an attached 2-car garage with a pass-through rear door to access the rear yard and covered storage area off the kitchen. Boasting 4 spacious bedrooms upstairs, including primary and secondary suites and 3 bathrooms, each bedroom offers comfort and privacy. Two of the bedrooms have access to the rear balcony with an impressive view of the rear yard and pool. One of the secondary suites has a private deck and a large walk-in closet and custom built-ins, making this a special retreat. The primary en-suite bedroom is a generous size room with built-in storage and hardwood floors. In addition, the laundry is conveniently located upstairs. Whether you're hosting lavish gatherings or enjoying quiet moments, this home offers timeless elegance, classic amenities, and an abundance of space. The location is quiet on this wide street lined with beautiful character homes.

    Listed with Sarah Rogers CalDRE: 01201812 | (626) 390-0511, The Agency


    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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