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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.

  • Tue, 07 Dec 2021 16:08:00 +0000: $1,900,000 :: 1635 San Pasqual Street, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,326 sq ft
    Lot Size: 14,811 sq ft
    Added: 12/07/21, Last Updated: 12/07/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-7668
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    On one of Pasadena's most iconic streets, this single-level, large traditional home with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths plus a den (or optional 4th bedroom) on a sprawling flat lot is the one you have been waiting for. The stunning entry posts from the then 4-acre estate designed by Marston & Van Pelt for railroad magnate George A. Weber welcomes you. Upon entering the home, the open and airy living room greets you with French doors and a fireplace. Cook in the open gourmet kitchen with white tile counters, chic white cabinetry, breakfast bar, gorgeous tile flooring, and overlooks the dining area with large windows. Relax in the master bedroom suite with French doors to the backyard and spa-like bath with dual vanity, soaking tub, and shower. Entertain in the resort-style backyard with patio and terrace, large flat grass areas in both the rear and front, and lush mature landscaping. Convenient 2-car garage with spacious driveway provides for ample guest parking. Ideally situated in a highly desirable neighborhood on a tree-lined street and near Caltech, Old Town Pasadena, The Huntington Library, this is one home not to be missed.

    Listed with Michael Bell CalDRE: 01164731 | (626) 796-4100, Sotheby's International 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/!


  • Tue, 07 Dec 2021 12:09:00 +0000: $1,495,000 :: 270 S Parkwood Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,773 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
    Added: 12/07/21, Last Updated: 12/07/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PF21260105
    Community: Not Defined
    Status: Active


    Quintessential Spanish home located in the sought after Rose Villa neighborhood of Pasadena. Situated on a very desirable street close to the Huntington Library, Cal Tech, and PCC, this classic Spanish home presents a unique opportunity for a discerning buyer. This property is conveniently positioned just a short distance from Lake Ave and Old Pasadena shops and stores, as well as easy access to the 210 and 110 FWYs. Built in 1925 the dwelling contains 3 bedrooms (1 bedroom currently used as a den), 2 full bathrooms, living room, and a formal dining room. Upon entering you will notice the stunning barrel ceiling, three large arched-windows, and the beautiful fireplace. Open from the living room, the dining room and kitchen are both spacious and bright. The kitchen was extensively remodeled in 2015 and offers plentiful storage and counter space, as well as direct access to the backyard. The large primary suite provides privacy, serenity, and French doors leading to the wood deck and built-in spa. The next owner will also enjoy the expansive walk-in closet and large remodeled bathroom. Additional highlights of this property include: fully paid for solar panels with Tesla backup batteries, a 1 car garage, copper plumbing, 200 amp electrical panel, & hardwood floors installed in 2013. The current owners also added the central HVAC in 2013, installed dual pane windows in 2013, and completed retrofitting to the foundation, as well as many other valuable upgrades. Lastly, the backyard is spacious, lush and teeming with plant life, adorned fruit-bearing trees and bushes, and the accessory structure can be useful as an office, creative space, or for additional storage. Be sure to visit this lovely Spanish home soon to see if it is your perfect match.

    Listed with James Tripodes CalDRE: 01455574 | 626-792-4420, 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/!


  • Tue, 07 Dec 2021 10:02:00 +0000: $2,988,000 :: 3639 Locksley Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,444 sq ft
    Lot Size: 44,432 sq ft
    Added: 12/01/21, Last Updated: 12/07/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-7662
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this well preserved sprawling 1949 California single-level ranch style estate on over one flat acre of land, located on beautiful Locksley Drive in the Chapman Woods neighborhood of Pasadena. On the market for the first time in 58 years, this home has been a wonderful place for family and friends to gather and entertain. The grounds feature a large front yard with a circular concrete driveway, and a back yard which has a swimming pool, and a lighted tennis court, a pool cabana with a fireplace and kitchen, large workshop, and storage room. (The bonus areas measure an additional 1,110 SF, including storage, workshop and pool cabana.) In addition, there are guest quarters with a separate entrance, measuring approx 232 additional SF, featuring one bedroom and one bathroom. The main house offers 4,149 SF and features 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, a welcoming entry, formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room, long light-filled lanai that stretches across the rear of the home, and a large den/ office that can be used as a 5th bedroom. There are 2 bedrooms and a den on one side of the house while one en-suite bedroom and a den are located on the other side of the house. The kitchen is a spacious gathering place, and features a fireplace, a breakfast area, plenty of storage, and a window overlooking the front yard. Adjacent to the kitchen is a large laundry room with storage. Features of the property include newer HVAC, newer sewer lines and 4 fireplaces, 580 SF 3-car garage and RV parking area. This amazing property has so much to offer the next owner!

    Listed with Sarah Rogers CalDRE: 01201812 | (626) 390-0511, 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/!


  • Tue, 07 Dec 2021 03:25:00 +0000: $925,000 :: 821 E Rio Grande Street, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    1 bed, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,329 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
    Added: 11/09/21, Last Updated: 12/07/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: IV21246173
    Community: Not Defined
    Status: Active


    A lovely California Bungalow located in the Normandie Heights area of Pasadena. Situated on a gorgeous tree-lined street. This home, built in 1934, features lots of character and charm with beautiful hardwood floors throughout, one spacious bedroom. The large formal dining room is presently being used as a second bedroom. Two full bathrooms, the living room displays a beautiful beam ceiling and an attractive brick fireplace. The kitchen maintains its original charm with tile counters and lovely wooden cabinets. The large lot with a rear yard that offers a area for entertaining, even ample room for a large garden. Two car detached garage with ample off street parking on the long driveway for up to four additional vehicles or an RV. You will be very pleased to tour this vintage home.

    Listed with HAROLD MILLER CalDRE: 00403837 | 909-987-9436, HAROLD E MILLER REALTOR


    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/!


  • Mon, 06 Dec 2021 22:29:00 +0000: $989,900 :: 1993 N Marengo Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,259 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
    Added: 11/23/21, Last Updated: 12/06/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: PF21252549
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Don't miss out on this opportunity!! Nicely remodeled 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath property located on a large lot with endless possibilities. Enter the living area open to the dining room boasting an abundance of natural light throughout. The kitchen has been updated and has a breakfast nook and access to the laundry room. All 3 bedrooms are spacious and have ample closet space. Access to the large backyard through the laundry room. Detached garage without direct access through the home. This little gem is located just inside in desired Pasadena. Move-in ready and a MUST SEE!!

    Listed with Sylva Khayalian CalDRE: 01323217 | 310-409-2885, Redfin Corporation


    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/!


  • Mon, 06 Dec 2021 17:21:00 +0000: $810,900 :: 470 Avocado Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 782 sq ft
    Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
    Added: 12/06/21, Last Updated: 12/06/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR21260412
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    In the heart of Pasadena, minutes away from Pasadena City College and other attractions such as LA Fitness, Dog Parks and Eaton Canyon Hiking trail sits a 782 sqft, 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom single family home, move in ready for any kind of buyer to make their mark. A large and paved driveway, surrounded by landscaping, leads to the front covered patio of the home and upon entering you are greeted with a combination of laminate and tile flooring throughout the cozy home. A large eat in kitchen immediately left of entry that’s very nicely finished and includes walnut tone cabinetry, granite countertop and built-in stainless-steel appliances. A hallway, following the living room, that leads to the sleeping area and to two bedrooms shared by a bathroom, both of which have built in closets. Access from the living room to the side patio that extends out to the backyard, with tons of room to build a pool, a covered patio, or a gazebo. Finally, home includes an attached 2 car tandem garage, with access from the side yard, and a laundry/dryer hookup.

    Listed with John Maseredjian CalDRE: 01874369 | 818-643-3504, JohnHart Corp.


    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/!


  • Mon, 06 Dec 2021 17:21:00 +0000: $1,398,000 :: 30 S Altura Road, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,750 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
    Added: 12/06/21, Last Updated: 12/06/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21260414
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This one-level home is situated in the desirable Lower Rancho neighborhood, with access to the award-winning Arcadia Unified. The home is flanked by a large front yard, and a gated entry detached two-car garage with a long driveway. Centrally positioned only blocks away from Hugo Reid Elementary. Near park, banks, H Mart, restaurants, retail shops, golf course, public library, Arcadia County Park, Santa Anita Park, Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Mall, LA County Arboretum, AMC Cinema, 626 Night Market, Methodist Hospital, USC Arcadia Health Center, and leisure activities are all conveniently nearby. The 210 freeway, public transportation, and Metro station are easily accessible.The home features central A/C, and the interior and exterior have recently been painted. The seller has already had a full construction blueprint and is currently awaiting the city’s HOA approval. The allowable living area is for a two-story home with 4,218 sq.ft. for future expansion.The living room features oversized windows providing sufficient natural lighting and has laminate wood flooring throughout. The kitchen features white cabinetry, ceramic tile countertops and tile flooring. Intimate meals will be enjoyed in the adjacent dining room. The spacious family room offers a brick fireplace, and opens to a functional den which can be used as an office/ study room or as an exercise room. The primary bedroom has two sliding wardrobes and top cabinets. The first full bathroom contains a sink vanity, separate bathtub and shower room. There is also a powder room with laundry hookup and cabinets.The backyard is surrounded by flourishing native plants and fruit trees, and offers a wonderful area for growing a vegetable garden for limitless creative potential.

    Listed with Jerry Sun CalDRE: 01338788 | 626-316-6700, 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/!


  • Mon, 06 Dec 2021 16:07:00 +0000: $935,000 :: 626 Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 864 sq ft
    Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
    Added: 12/06/21, Last Updated: 12/06/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-7659
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    A romantic Cape Cod style Cottage in the highly desired Marengo area, this 2 bedroom, 1 bath home is cozy, filled with vintage charm, and includes a yard for play, entertaining, or gardening. Enter the Living Room through a covered landing to find a full wall of custom built-in cabinetry, hardwood floors and period style windows that help fill the space with filtered light. The Vintage Retro kitchen was refreshed in 2011 & 2021, and includes a Vintage stove, recessed lighting, generous storage space, and a romantic breakfast room with corner built-in cabinets. Adjacent to the kitchen is a laundry room with washer/dryer included, and direct access to outside. The 2 bedrooms at the back of the home have hardwood floors and updated dual paned windows. The cozy bathroom has vintage tile surrounding the tub/shower and extended counter space. A dining sized screened-in patio runs almost the full length of the back of the house, providing a generous space for sitting or serving meals to extended family and friends. The comfortably sized backyard is the perfect setting for a playground, an outdoor game zone, or perhaps an English garden! There is also a 1 car garage, currently fitted with custom storage cabinetry, and also includes a remote controlled garage door. Central Air and heat, installed in 2019, plus a convenient EV Charger, bring this cottage into the 21st Century! Garfield Park, prized by local residents, is just 1 block away, with its tennis courts, looped path, playground and rose garden. Convenient to so much, including all the cherished shops and legendary restaurants that South Pasadena has to offer, and is freeway close, without the noise. This adorable cottage is full of warmth, charm, coziness and convenience, updated for today's lifestyle, and set within one of Southern California's most desirable communities.

    Listed with E. Lee Bothast CalDRE: 01512696 | (626) 533-3929, 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/!


  • Mon, 06 Dec 2021 14:46:00 +0000: $2,650,000 :: 1134 N Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,822 sq ft
    Lot Size: 18,296 sq ft
    Added: 11/23/21, Last Updated: 12/06/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 21106163
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/6/2021 by 12%
    Status: Active


    BRING ALL OFFERS, Seller motivated to close end of year! Nestled in the highly sought after City of Arcadia at the entrance of Highland Oaks is this remarkable two-story Tudor style home. Newly remodeled, preserving its historical architectural design, this residence offers a functional floor plan featuring 5 well-appointed bedrooms that flows seamlessly through an abundance of spacious rooms which includes: a formal living room, a cozy dining room, a den, a bonus room, a designated laundry room with separate access; a true chef's delight gourmet kitchen, which adjoins the great family room with its original fireplace and new french doors that open to a lush backyard. The enormous backyard offers endless possibilities for the best indoor/outdoor living and entertainment. A two car attached garage with a wraparound driveway has room for up to 10 cars. Conveniently in close proximity to excellent public and private schools, the Westfield Shopping Mall, Santa Anita Race Track, L.A. Arboretum, golf courses, retail stores, restaurants, parks, and easy access to the 210 Freeway. Link to Matterport Report https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=9kb1KufZD28&brand=0

    Listed with Stephany Chen CalDRE: 01939248 | 310-800-7694, 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/!


  • Mon, 06 Dec 2021 14:01:00 +0000: $895,000 :: 790 Hamilton Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,250 sq ft
    Lot Size: 3,485 sq ft
    Added: 10/15/21, Last Updated: 12/06/21
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR21230049
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Storybook, classic cottage built in 1924, with a detached guest house in a wonderful Pasadena neighborhood. The main house offers an updated kitchen and bath, hardwood floors, central air conditioning and charm that never ends. A delightful courtyard accessed through French doors in the kitchen provides an intimate space for morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. Suffused with sunlight from its many windows (enhanced with plantation shutters), the living room is anchored by a fireplace adorned with Arts and Crafts tiles and side-by-side built-in bookshelves. The guest house/studio contains a kitchenette and full bath. It could be used for guests, as an office, or converted to an ADU. The rear patio and yard is private and secure – a great place for outdoor dining/entertaining or possibly a spa? A two-car garage completes this awesome property.

    Listed with Katherine Orth CalDRE: 00942500 | 626-355-2384, 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/!


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