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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, 21 Jan 2021 13:05:00 +0000: $4,750,000 :: 1333 S Oakland Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,603 sq ft
    Lot Size: 29,978 sq ft
    Added: 01/21/21, Last Updated: 01/21/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-3003
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    This handsome Italian Renaissance Revival Estate, located in the prestigious Langham Hotel district of Pasadena, was designed and built by the Foss Company in 1913. The original details including gracious rooms, substantial crown molding, large built-in bookcases, oversized windows and hardwood flooring remain while the home has been thoughtfully updated for today's lifestyle.The grand foyer with a wide staircase sets the stage for the elegant formal living and dining rooms. The dining room opens out to an enchanting screened-in garden room. There is a library/office off the living room, a gourmet kitchen open to a light-filled den and an expansive family room with an adjoining outdoor barbecue and eating area. In addition, there is a powder room and a 3/4 bathroom on this floor.Upstairs there are 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The primary suite occupies the south wing of the house with two walk-in closets and a remodeled bathroom. The generous landing and upstairs deck add to theroomy spaciousness of the second story.The 3 car garage has an attached guest suite. There are many entertaining areas in the garden, including a pool with spa and an enticing seating area around an outdoor fireplace.This exceptional property provides a myriad of possibilities for gracious living and entertaining.

    Listed with LeAnn Healy CalDRE: 01859426, 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, 21 Jan 2021 12:14:00 +0000: $2,880,000 :: 530 W Orange Grove Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,268 sq ft
    Lot Size: 30,057 sq ft
    Added: 10/16/20, Last Updated: 01/21/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20218283
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This gorgeous traditional home is located in the prestigious Santa Anita Oaks, situated on a large rectangular, flat lot and there is ample parking for extra cars. This is a wonderful home showing true craftmanship and downstairs recreation room (20x22)

    Listed with Kennith Tsay CalDRE: 01092960, Pacific Integrated Capital


    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, 21 Jan 2021 11:55:00 +0000: $4,280,000 :: 1032 Hampton Road, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,433 sq ft
    Lot Size: 31,142 sq ft
    Added: 01/21/21, Last Updated: 01/21/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: OC21013621
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Upper Rancho in north Arcadia, A Monterey Colonial estate features Five (5) Bedrooms suites with one ground floor, two family rooms, plus office, formal living and dinning room, basement wine cellar. Large family kitchen, remodeled in 2010 and 2019, Wolf double ovens and 6 burner gas cook top, Two Miele dish washer, Granite counter tops, sky lights, two islands, Bechelder fireplaces, built-in desk, wet bar, built in flat screen TV area, plus walk-in butler's pantry. Double French Door access to covered patio with ceiling fans & power awnings, as well as an Italian Pergola & Tuscan garden. Idea for outside dining and entertaining. Resort style grounds of over 31,000 square feet is highlighted by a spectacular entertainment pavilion with a large pool and spa. Main residence approx. 4900 square feet, bonus 1,030 square feet of entertainment pavilion, cabana and office casita. Arcadia's award winning schools. Truly, California living at its very best.

    Listed with Qiang Zhang CalDRE: 01403183, Harvest Realty Development


    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, 21 Jan 2021 11:41:00 +0000: $1,949,888 :: 235 W Foothill Boulevard, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,527 sq ft
    Lot Size: 36,038 sq ft
    Added: 01/22/20, Last Updated: 01/21/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV20016794
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Located in a prestigious Santa Anita Oaks area of Arcadia! Tucked in a gated entrance is this spectacular home situated on 36,037 sqft (120 x 300) of usable land. Price reflects LAND VALUE. Definitely a great opportunity for investors! Entering through the gate entrance, beautiful tree-lined driveway leads you to this gracious home with lots of trees, pool and horse stables in the backyard. This home offers four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms and additional endless possibilities. There's a Mother In Law Quarters which has a separate entrance. It is also perfect to rent out as a studio. It is unlimited for project-seekers, developers, and investors! It's convenient located close to shopping mall, restaurants, Santa Anita Race Track, hospital, schools, and movie theater. Don't miss this chance to build your dream and custom estate!

    Listed with JOYCE CHANG CalDRE: 02044072, CENTURY 21 CITRUS 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/!


  • Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:22:00 +0000: $3,680,000 :: 224 W Longden Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 7,831 sq ft
    Lot Size: 19,842 sq ft
    Added: 01/21/21, Last Updated: 01/21/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: OC21013566
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Best price newer home in Arcadia. Welcome to this beautiful Spanish Colonial house, located in the prime Baldwin Stocker area .This fabulous home set within a large 19,840 SF lot. The gated front yard, mature landscaping and circular driveway, offering a sense of privacy and seclusion. The impressive open floor plan, w/living room & dining area that flows easily to the kitchen, makes this the perfect comfortable home. Front entry you are greeted by a two story grand foyer with gorgeous columns and custom wrought iron railings. The open floor plan was thoughtfully crafted to encompass 6 suites including 2 magnificent master suites and 7.5 bathrooms, a library, a spacious formal dining room, private theater, elegant family room with stately fireplace and recreation room complete with a wine room and wet bar. A gourmet kitchen boasts designer's appliances, butler's pantry and an additional wet bar. Other elegant features include striking marble finishes, walnut wood flooring, brilliant crown molding and a convenient elevator. Outdoor area has built-in BBQ, gorgeous pool and spa, fireplace.

    Listed with Qiang Zhang CalDRE: 01403183, Harvest Realty Development


    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, 21 Jan 2021 06:56:00 +0000: $1,398,000 :: 173 S Meridith Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,796 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,560 sq ft
    Added: 01/21/21, Last Updated: 01/21/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR21013370
    Community: 648 - Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    RM16 Multiunit Zoning !!! Build Extra Unit or ADU !!! REMODEL in 2004 !!! CENTRAL LOCATION In Pasadena !!! Great location WALKING DISTANCE to Pasadena City College (PCC), Cal-Tech, Shops, market. Interior come with Cathedral ceilings in Master Bedrooms, Gourmet kitchen with a large island and Stainless Steel appliances. Large Patio deck and backyard for gathering.

    Listed with Chandra Kusmanto CalDRE: 01714745, 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, 20 Jan 2021 20:54:00 +0000: $1,088,000 :: 1833 S 3rd Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,450 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,462 sq ft
    Added: 01/20/21, Last Updated: 01/20/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21013215
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Location! Location! Location! Beautiful home situated in one of the best neighborhoods in Arcadia. Prestigious Arcadia school district. It features 3 bedrooms 2 bathroom with 7464 lot size. This home has a great floor plan with abundant nature light in all rooms of the house. A spacious Living Room with fireplace overlooking the backyard. Newly remodeled Kitchen (Year 2016) with lots of counter space and a cozy Breakfast area. Newer roof (Year 2012) with a 50 year warranty. Newer water heater, and newer Garage door in Year 2015. Updated 200 amp electrical panel, whole house rewired. Central A/C. Separated Landry Room. Detached 2 car garage. Private backyard with various citrus fruit trees, great for family BBQ or entertaining. Move in condition. Close to supermarkets, restaurants, and schools. The near-by Westfield Shopping Center and County Arboretum. Convenient freeway access, close to Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles.

    Listed with Karen Wu CalDRE: 01515481, IRN 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, 20 Jan 2021 17:29:00 +0000: $4,880,000 :: 520 Vaquero Road, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,918 sq ft
    Lot Size: 18,039 sq ft
    Added: 01/20/21, Last Updated: 01/20/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21010701
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Located in the sought after Lower Rancho area of Arcadia, this cape cod inspired home offers rarest combination of luxury, glamour and natural beauty in one place. The center of the home features 30-foot grand foyer with elegant double staircases lead to separate sections of upper level rooms, a cozy outdoor enclosed courtyard with fireplace fills interior with abundance of natural light. Large family room flows to kitchen with luxury appointments and appliances that is truly an entertainer’s delight. Every bedroom is a suite and the master suite features his and her closets, sitting area, circular bathtub with steam shower, providing relaxing resort spa-like atmosphere. One of the kind basement is a top notch home theatre with gaming area and glass paneled wine storage. Secluded backyard features mature oak tree and a sparkling pool, rendering quintessential Southern California indoor/outdoor life style amidst urban setting. Custom finishes are highlighted throughout the home, this 5 bedroom, 5 and half bathroom estate is a must see to appreciate.

    Listed with Guofang Zhang CalDRE: 01959916, 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/!


  • Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:20:00 +0000: $2,965,000 :: 416 N Altura Road, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,327 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,455 sq ft
    Added: 01/08/21, Last Updated: 01/20/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-2984
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Tract: Other
    Status: Active


    Welcome home to this exquisite custom build renovation in the highly sought-after Hugo Reid neighborhood of Arcadia. Upon entering, you will be greeted by the picturesque formal entry foyer featuring a custom staircase and chandelier. To the left is the formal living room with a gas fireplace, large windows and French door style access to the back yard gardens. Immediately to the right of the foyer is a formal dining room with large windows to make for beautiful gatherings around the table. There is a large open kitchen with a separate butler's pantry and a unique separate custom wok kitchen. The large windows and French door access to the backyard continues into the spacious grand room which makes for desirable indoor/ outdoor flow to enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather. The bottom floor also features a bedroom, 1 full bath and 1 half bath. Upstairs features a master bedroom with a double vanity in the suite master bath and spacious walk-in closet. There are two additional bedrooms, each with their own suite bathroom and spacious closets. You'll also appreciate the convenient upstairs laundry room. This home was made to be the perfect entertaining place with a lush landscape as well as your quiet and peaceful retreat. The backyard is exquisitely landscaped and features an outdoor bar/ cooking area complete with a full outdoor kitchen. Enjoy being just minutes away from the Santa Anita Race Track, Westfield Santa Anita, the Arboretum and more!

    Listed with Daniel Carrillo CalDRE: 00571966, 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/!


  • Wed, 20 Jan 2021 13:04:00 +0000: $1,000,000 :: 925 Arwin Street, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,401 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
    Added: 01/20/21, Last Updated: 01/20/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-2978
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    With plenty of space for running, playing, relaxing, & entertaining, 925 Arwin Street is a dream come true...especially in a time when having the right 'home base' is more important than ever. Stepping into the home, you'll find the spacious living room flooded with natural light thanks to oversized windows featuring plantation shutters. The huge brick fireplace means your game/movie nights will be made even more special as the pop & crackle of a natural wood fire lends both comforting warmth & an enchanting background soundtrack. The living room effortlessly flows to the kitchen, which opens to the bright, spacious dining area & family room. Perfect for birthday parties, summer BBQs, & holiday entertaining, the family room opens to the large, covered patio in the backyard. The main level also includes two spacious bedrooms and one full bathroom. Upstairs, find the private, oversized master en suite conveniently separated by a hallway from two additional bedrooms & a bathroom. The home's expansive backyard has everything you could hope for & then some. The covered patio with a ceiling fan will be where you enjoy joyful outdoor meals on warm summer evenings. And a built-in workshop/shed with a motorized door is the ideal place to work on hobby projects. 925 Arwin Street offers so much spaciousness and so many conveniences that you could spend days in comfy bliss without ever even needing to leave the house! Schedule your private tour before this dream home slips away!

    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/!


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