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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, 18 Apr 2021 14:28:00 +0000: $2,695,000 :: 1437 Rutherford Drive, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,328 sq ft
    Lot Size: 46,610 sq ft
    Added: 02/15/21, Last Updated: 04/18/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 21693488
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/18/2021 by 10%
    Status: Active


    Huge $300K price drop on 4/18 Priced to move quickly: Peaceful and private Mediterranean estate home perched at the top of a hill located in the prestigious El Mirador Ranch Area of Linda Vista has 4,328 sf on a 1.07 acre lot. Mediterranean Revival architecture featuring rounded entry and 2 towers. Sunken living room, formal dining room, family room, study, 4 master suites, (master bedroom w/balcony), 3 fireplaces, beautifully remodeled high end kitchen w/center island and dining bar, wine closet, balcony/patio, lap pool and spa, and fabulous views of the San Gabriel Valley and Rose Bowl, Brookside Golf Course and downtown Pasadena. View overlooking Rose Bowl. Gated driveway w a three car garage. Intercom system, security system (fire, burglar, fire sprinklers), Separate laundry room w/utility sink, Washer & Dryer.

    Listed with Matt Manner CalDRE: 01449965, Best and Final 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/!


  • Sat, 17 Apr 2021 20:23:00 +0000: $2,298,000 :: 2735 Monterey Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,454 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
    Added: 03/01/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS21042630
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    HUGE PRICE ADJUSTMENT! Nestled in a beautiful treelined street just a block from San Marino’s picturesque Mission District, this charming, remodeled 1920s Spanish Bungalow awaits you! A long brick pathway welcomes you into an entry foyer with gleaming engineered hardwood floors and a light-filled interior. Stepping into the house, you’ll find to your left a living room soaked in natural light, boasting original arch window, high-ceiling, and French doors leading into the backyard. Across from the living room is a spacious dining area overlooking the front yard. Beyond the dining room sits a renovated galley kitchen featuring brand-new high-end appliances, built-in cabinetries, open floating shelves, and an adjoining breakfast nook area. There is one bedroom and bath downstairs for the flexibility to house a guest or to convert into a home office setup. Upstairs showcases two bedrooms, one full bath, and a luxury master retreat. The master suite highlights a bright and airy walk-in closet off of the lavish bathroom including a dual-sink vanity and a large shower. Best of all, this master suite opens up into a Juliet-balcony, overlooking the front yard! Fenced and secured behind new driveway gates, this lush and serene backyard offers a bounteous orange tree, vibrant foliage, and grassy lawn for tranquility and relaxing or al fresco dining and entertaining! Located in a prime location close to all the amenities and schools San Marino has to offer.

    Listed with YIN ZHEN LI CalDRE: 01992880, 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, 17 Apr 2021 12:34:00 +0000: $19,800,000 :: 999 Rosalind Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 10,458 sq ft
    Lot Size: 99,753 sq ft
    Added: 03/29/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS21066274
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    The price of this listing was last increased on 4/17/2021 by 9%
    Status: Active


    This Colonel Georgian home situated in the most prestigious estate area of San Marino, this residence sits graciously on over two acres of land,. This mansion was built by Henry Huntington. Interior feature: Huge living room, formal dining room, large family room, library, game room, updated kitchen with high quality appliances, breakfast nook, Huge master bedroom with walk-in closet, master bath with jacuzzi, up stair family entertainment room, fireplaces, maid bedrooms, laundry room, massage room, wine cellar, gym, movie theater, elevator, 12 feet high ceiling. Exterior feature: Two beautiful fountains, Georgiou private park like back yard, Rose garden, special rock pool with water fall and beach area, two spas, BBQ area, tennis court, gazebo, two guest houses, Tea room next to fish pond, six car garages and etc.,

    Listed with STEVEN SHIH CalDRE: 00905902, KO TAI 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/!


  • Sat, 17 Apr 2021 12:22:00 +0000: $1,199,000 :: 1103 Del Rey Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,484 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
    Added: 04/17/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: OC21081070
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Dream Location in Completely Updated Craftsman: The laid-back Pasadena lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of awaits in this charming craftsman-style home. Ideally located in the sought-after Daisy Villa community, you’re just a short walk to the Pasadena Farmers market, Victory Park and more. Plenty of care was given to this updated space to maintain the existing charm and modern comforts. An effortless flow guides you throughout the entertainment space where you’ll find hardwood floors, a stone gas fireplace and walnut wood built-ins throughout. As you make your way through the dining room and into the gourmet chef’s kitchen, you will find top-of–the-line Wolf and Sub-Zero stainless-steel appliances, luxe granite countertops, upgraded fixtures and more that make the space as functional as it is beautiful, plus bonus breakfast bar that boasts seating for four. The entertainment space continues outside where you’ll find a private stamped concrete patio and a large 730 sq. ft. garage. Back inside, the private family quarters are equally as impressive with three spacious and bright bedrooms offering quiet hardwood floors, plentiful closet space, and honeycomb window shades throughout. The fourth bedroom is ideal as an office space with built-in bookshelves and warm wood details. Both bathrooms have been meticulously updated with spa-like features including marble tile, vintage slipper clawfoot tub, 4-jet rain shower and so much more. Additional features include a garage laundry room, automatic irrigation system, updated air conditioning and more.

    Listed with Francisco Urquidez CalDRE: 01407582, Zutila, 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, 17 Apr 2021 11:24:00 +0000: $2,898,000 :: 1295 Roanoke Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,568 sq ft
    Lot Size: 0 sq ft
    Added: 04/17/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-4263
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    A classic Monterey Colonial located in a highly desirable area of San Marino, only three blocks from Lacy Park. Owned by the same family for ovr 35 years, this elegant and lovingly maintained home has been updated over the last few years and offers many fine architecture elements coupled with high quality construction. The home affords hardwood floors and paned windows throughout, with gracious formal rooms. Rustic beams, fireplace, and french doors to an outside patio highlights the living room. The light-filled FDR offers a plaster crown molding with hand painted stenciling. The family room with wood beamed ceiling offers Flagstone floors, fpl, built-in wet-bar area with refrig. And an adjacent 3/4 bath. There is also a library or den with custom built-ins with an adjacent full bath that could be a 4th bedroom. The updated kitchen includes Granite counters, custom wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and a very quaint breakfast nook with built-ins. On the upper level are three generous-sized bedrooms with two remodeled baths. The En-suite includes a fpl flanked by built-ins and a French door that leads to the rear viewing balcony. A beautifully manicured and landscaped rear garden includes intimate entertainimnet areas and a pool and spa away from the home providing ample yard area for large scale entertaining or a place for kids to play. A three-car garage completes this very special property. Truly a very special home! Very close to schools!

    Listed with Michael Dilsaver CalDRE: 00620166, 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/!


  • Sat, 17 Apr 2021 07:20:00 +0000: $874,950 :: 5522 Marshburn Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,713 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
    Added: 04/16/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21047179
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Amazing opportunity to own in the city of Arcadia. The idyllic street welcomes you to this beautiful home that boast 3 bedroom 2 bath. This lovely property has a warm and inviting family room with a fireplace great for entertaining. There is wood floors throughout the house. It also has beautiful updated bathrooms. The living room, master bedroom, master bathroom and walk in closet were added in 2006.The beautiful backyard was remodeled in 2017 ready for family BBQ's. Come check this property out before it's gone.

    Listed with Eric Alamo CalDRE: 01398114, Eric I. Alamo, Broker


    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, 17 Apr 2021 05:34:00 +0000: $3,890,000 :: 415 Oaklawn Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,914 sq ft
    Lot Size: 27,879 sq ft
    Added: 04/14/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-4200
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Welcome to the Oaklawn House, a rare Chalet Style Transitional Estate on one of the more historic and esteemed streets in South Pasadena. The ''Oaklawn Tract'' was one of the first three tracts developed in South Pasadena in the early 1900's and quickly became known as ''the Suburb Deluxe''. This Estate has 4 Bedrooms plus a den, in addition to a finished basement complete with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and it's own entrance to the grounds. The park-like grounds features a pool, fountain, walking trails, gardens, and enough space for a future owner to build an 1200-square feet ADU. Located on a quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac, near local shops, supermarkets, banks, restaurants, Huntington Hospital, and South Pasadena's award winning schools. This property is filled with over 28,000 sq. ft. of potential!

    Listed with Powai Wong CalDRE: 01892854, 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/!


  • Sat, 17 Apr 2021 05:28:00 +0000: $3,480,000 :: 345 W Longden Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,508 sq ft
    Lot Size: 23,523 sq ft
    Added: 04/11/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21075656
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This beautiful south-facing estate is located in the prime Baldwin Stocker school district of Arcadia. This custom built home by Palumbo Brothers. The impressive property boast 6,508 Sq.Ft. of living space with 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, included 1bed-1bath guest house of 400 Sq.Ft. Grand foyer showcase high ceilings, elegant chandelier and two stories marble foyer and duo stairways. There is a formal living room w/ fireplace and elegant formal dining room. The gourmet kitchen & wok kitchen features stainless steel appliances, large center island and decorative paneling. The cozy office offers built-in book shelves, cabinets and decorative paneling. There's also a huge family room with a fireplace. The expansive upstairs includes the luxurious and spacious Master Suite with large walk-in closet, fireplace and balcony that overlooks the fantastic mountain view & well manicure backyard. This house has solar system.Backyard a sparking salt water pool, spa with water fall, A basketball court, Professional landscape along with the patio and a covered built in BBQ area equipped with wet bar. It makes the magnificent home ideal for comfortable living and entertaining! Security gate, three-car attached garage & multiple car parking with RV parking space available. Conveniently located near resturants, supermarkets, parks, schools, Westfield shopping mall, Race Track, Golf courses. So much more.

    Listed with Sun Ge CalDRE: 02038060, 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, 17 Apr 2021 05:28:00 +0000: $1,390,000 :: 346 Laurel Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,853 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
    Added: 04/17/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR21077824
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Award Winning Arcadia Schools. Gorgeous Santa Anita Oaks Home in one of the most desirable areas of Arcadia. Just like brand new custom home in highland oaks school! Convenient location, walking distance to school. House is Located in a wonderful neighborhood is the beautiful home featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. There is 1 bedroom on the main level 3 bedrooms upstairs. and House was remodeled in 2015, this home offers all the comforts of today's lifestyle! Beautiful wood floors enhance the open floor plan, which is making a great place to gather, celebrate and enjoy friends and family. The cozy living room is centered by a fireplace. There is also a family room that offers comfort and a place to relax. The kitchen has beautiful counters, wood cabinets and stainless-steel appliances. Within walking distance to Schools, Shopping Mall, and Markets, yet in a park-like setting serene neighborhood.

    Listed with Ting Gao CalDRE: 01851707, Bay One 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/!


  • Sat, 17 Apr 2021 05:28:00 +0000: $3,168,000 :: 933 S Santa Anita Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,546 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,553 sq ft
    Added: 04/15/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21077664
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this stunning home with a wide front lawn adorned with beautiful rose garden. Located in the desirable street within close proximity to the sought after San Marino High School, this 3,546 SQFT home is meticulously and lovingly updated in 2006 with modern amenities and elegant design. The home features four bedrooms and four baths. A great living room with a fireplace flows nicely into the gourmet kitchen, showcasing custom cabinets, gleaming granite countertops and professional grade appliances. The exceptional master suite offers custom cabinets, cedar lined walk-in closet, private bathroom with a luxurious spa-like marble bath with dual sinks, built-in vanity, heated marble floor, triple-head shower room and a bath tub. Upstairs are two comfortably sized bedrooms with abundant storage closets and a full bath off of the hall way. The spectacular rear yard is surrounded by beautifully landscaped plants, blooming flowers, large lawn, rear terrace with brick ribbons, fruit orchard, pool & spa. This is a classic estate with beautiful yard, perfect for gracious entertaining and quite living like resort.

    Listed with Yingkun Yan CalDRE: 02073488, Pinnacle Real Estate 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/!


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