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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.

  • Mon, 28 Nov 2022 08:16:00 +0000: $1,540,800 :: 1049 Don Alvarado Street, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,015 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,858 sq ft
    Added: 10/26/22, Last Updated: 11/28/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: IV22228987
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/28/2022 by 5%
    Status: Active


    Welcome to Arcadia, California. Large Single-family residenceand a good size lot. This home sits on a lot size of approximately11,859 square feet. If you blink it will be sold. This is a great opportunity to put your finishing touches on this gem.Don't miss this unique chance to say "hello" to your new dreamgetaway! All potential buyers are asked to check with City,County, Zoning, Tax and other records to determine all detailson this property listed above to their satisfaction. This isan AS-IS REO property.

    Listed with NEVEN SPRALJA CalDRE: 01007678 | 855-882-1314, REALHOME SERVICES & SOLUTIONS


    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, 28 Nov 2022 06:40:00 +0000: $4,900,000 :: 1421 N Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,018 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,540 sq ft
    Added: 11/30/21, Last Updated: 11/28/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS21256690
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This contemporary design architecture welcomes you with custom double door, vaulted high ceiling and flowing flooring plan. Lower level entrance area features large living room, formal dining area, a library, acoustic wall theater, and two bedroom suites. The open and connected kitchen, family room, dining area provide spacious yet intimate setting for entertainment. The kitchen is furnished with ample cabinetry, custom matching built-in refrigerator, high end stove and appliances to showcase gourmet cuisine. Wide staircase with art deco hand rail leads to additional 3 suites and retreat area on upper level. The luxurious primary suite is accompanied by mini bar, sumptuous bathroom, and two large walk-in closets. An elevator also services access between upper and lower levels. The very private backyard features wide swimming pool and spa with cascading water, a broad fire pit, all strike perfect balance between year long indoor and outdoor entertainment. With sought after school district, convenient location, Look no further if you are looking for a private oasis for your growing family.

    Listed with WAYNE YE CalDRE: 01874781 | 626-321-4788, 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/!


  • Mon, 28 Nov 2022 03:15:00 +0000: $1,398,000 :: 601 Rosemarie Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,815 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,362 sq ft
    Added: 11/28/22, Last Updated: 11/28/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-12060
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Situated on a quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac in the Baldwin Stocker neighborhood of Arcadia, thisupdated home with 578 sq. ft. guest house is bursting with character and charm. The beautifully manicured front yard and meandering brick walkway lead one to the brick-lined entryway. Entering through the handsome front door, one is greeted by natural light and wood floors. A step-down living room adorned with a set of ornate leaded glass windows, sets the tone for this inviting 'great room' space. The adjacent dining area with a chandelier and exposed beams creates a lovely transition to the activities area with dual glass doors leading to the backyard, perfect for SoCal indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. The kitchen peninsula allows for an ideal snack zone and completes this great room with a wonderful open floor plan aesthetic. The remodeled kitchen is equipped with tons of cabinet space, glass tile backsplash, stone countertops and access to the laundry room. The laundry room contains washer and dryer hookups, a utility sink, large cabinets for pantry or linens, and a doorway leading to the two-car garage. The garage has two opposite facing roll-up garage doors that creates easy access to the backyard for extra parking. Entering the hallway that adjoins the great room, one will find an updated powder room and entrance to the sleeping quarters. The primary suite presents views of the front yard through ornate leaded glass windows, two closets with storage, and a spacious ensuite with dual sinks and shower tub. On the opposing side, another bedroom suite with viewsof the backyard and an updated ensuite with vanity and a tiled shower with frameless glass door. The adjacent wood paneled bedroom with a fireplace and wall-to-wall built-in shelves, is perfect for a home office or guest bedroom. The well-designed hardscaped backyard offers plenty of outdoor entertainment zones, a persimmon and peach tree, and colorful landscaping. All are the perfect backdrop inharmony with the freestanding guest house. The adorable light-filled guest house has a sittingroom, a bedroom, kitchenette, and a bathroom with a newer shower stall. Other highlights include: Double pane windows, custom drapery and Hunter Douglas blinds & roller shades in the main house; security system and exterior cameras ready to be activated; 2 automatic garage door openers; recessed lights in the public areas. This home sweet home provides endless versatility and is awaiting its lucky new owner!

    Listed with Angela Liang CalDRE: 01838042 | (626) 297-7779, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California 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/!


  • Sun, 27 Nov 2022 21:02:00 +0000: $2,298,000 :: 310 Congress Place, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,440 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,740 sq ft
    Added: 11/27/22, Last Updated: 11/27/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-12082
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    This remarkable home is the epitome of the true beauty of a quality Craftsman home located in the ever most popular Pasadena, California, (Home of the Rose Parade). This estate home was built in 1913 and truth be known the original permit was established on December 22, 1911 with the contractor being JR Palmer. Beautifully landscaped front yard with mature trees leads to a picturesque porch perfect for relaxing or visiting with neighbors. Large foyer leads to spacious formal living room highlighted by gorgeous, tiled fireplace, large wood framed windows and French door access to back porch. Enormous formal dining room boasts elegant built-in glass faced China cabinet, large picture window, fireplace and original light fixtures and sconces. Adjacent is the butler's pantry which opens to a traditional kitchen with hardwood floors, tiled countertops, and separate breakfast room with access to the peaceful back yard. Downstairs is complete with a cozy den, laundry room and en-suite bedroom. Upstairs appointed with two full baths and four bedrooms, each with their own unique features such as dual closets, balcony access and individual sitting rooms. Tranquil and expansive fully gated back yard offers the potential to create your very own oasis plus room for pool. Now is the time to own a part of Pasadena history with this Craftsman gem. Close to front row seats for the Pasadena Rose Parade, Old Town Pasadena and much more to enjoy and explore with this highly desirable and prestigious location.

    Listed with Michele Downing CalDRE: 01046965 | (626) 523-6939, 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, 26 Nov 2022 14:27:00 +0000: $1,388,000 :: 55 W Glenarm Street, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,606 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,502 sq ft
    Added: 10/28/22, Last Updated: 11/26/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SW22231881
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Ideal location within this highly desired Pasadena neighborhood just blocks away from shopping, schools and public transportation as well as minutes away from the Rose Bowl and Old Town Pasadena. This single story home features 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1600+ square feet of living space. Open concept area featuring living/dining combination with a lot of natural light. Large kitchen has quartz countertops with a peninsula that can double as a breakfast bar. Custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Primary Suite features spa like en suite, complete with dual vanities, large soaking tub, walk-in shower and walk-in closet. Spacious backyard with a large deck perfect for relaxing, family gatherings or entertaining. Home is loaded with storage as well as Detached garage.

    Listed with Jaime Aguayo CalDRE: 01886837 | 951-473-0390, Elite Properties Direct


    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, 26 Nov 2022 03:29:00 +0000: $3,450,000 :: 1112 El Monte Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,068 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,541 sq ft
    Added: 11/26/22, Last Updated: 11/26/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR22243586
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this Exquisite & Luxurious Italian custom built in 2015 Two-Story Estate with a private gate entry beautifully designed by Robert Tong & constructed with Top Quality Craftsmanship by Tipping Development. This amazing home is located just one block away from the Prestigious Arcadia High School. If features 5 Suites & Powder Room, Luxurious Home Theater & Custom-Made Bookcase set with Cabinet Executive Office. This Elegant Marble finished entryway with Grand Foyer with Crystal Chandelier lead to Custom Wrought Iron Staircase with High Quality Hardwood Floor. Living Room with Charming Stone Fireplace is prefect for Entertaining Guests. An incredible Gourmet Kitchen with Top-of-the-Line [email protected] Appliances & other Premium upgrades including an Oversized Center Island open to a very Spacious Family Room with a Wet Bar plus there is a Wok Kitchen, a Large Pantry & a Huge Separate Breakfast Nook with bright sunshine in the morning. Downstairs offers a Large Private Guest Bedroom with a Full Bath, Dining Room & Private Sitting Room with an Elegant Stone Fireplace. Upstairs has a Large Second Family Room. The Master Suite Features a Sitting Area & Luxurious Master Bathroom with a Steam Shower, a Big Tub & unique Tile work, also the other 3 Bedrooms are Suites each with its own Private Bathroom and Large Walk-in Closet. The Outdoor area is Spacious with an inviting Landscape & Private Rear Yard for dining & Ultimate Outdoor Parties & Family Gathering. This Italian Estate boasts Custom Crown Molding, a Security Camera System, Central Vacuum, Whole Home Music System. Separate Laundry Room, 3 car garage with Epoxy Gloss Flooring & Tankless Water Heater, Convenient Location & Close to school. Markets, Restaurant & All you need. This Gorgeous Home is A Must see!

    Listed with Ricky Seow CalDRE: 01313493 | 626-229-2200, 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/!


  • Fri, 25 Nov 2022 17:38:00 +0000: $3,600,000 :: 625 Chester Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,497 sq ft
    Lot Size: 18,047 sq ft
    Added: 09/01/22, Last Updated: 11/25/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS22192678
    Community: San Marino
    The price of this listing was last increased on 11/25/2022 by 9%
    Status: Active


    Huge Price Reduction!! Motivated Seller!! Beautiful Traditional Style Single Story Home located in the most desirable Huntington Library Gardens neighborhood!! This gracious and rare piece of real estate has open and generous living quarters. This 5 bed/3 bath home includes a spacious master suite and separate guest quarters. The formal entry leads to an elegant living room featuring an impressive fireplace and recessed lighting! The huge family room boasts high ceilings with skylights! The entertainment center and French doors opening to the back yard brick patio will blow your mind! You will also fall in love with the kitchen that offers granite counter tops, Viking appliances and a charming breakfast area with an awesome view of the front garden. Be sure to check out the outdoor patio, wood deck and sparkling pool!! Oh, yea the gazebo is awesome! Huge Backyard for family and friends gathering and entertaining. Other features include hardwood floors, dual zone A/c and heating system, auto driveway gate and much more… Oversized 2-car Garage. Professionally landscaped grounds including spacious grassy lawn areas, groomed flowers and shrubs, mature trees and brick pathways. Enjoy the Resort Style Living in the Great Location in San Marino.

    Listed with JANE CHEN CalDRE: 01745562 | 626-382-1688, 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/!


  • Fri, 25 Nov 2022 13:42:00 +0000: $4,289,000 :: 1240 Chateau Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,429 sq ft
    Lot Size: 24,329 sq ft
    Added: 10/11/22, Last Updated: 11/25/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-11582
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/25/2022 by 10%
    Status: Active


    This home is adjacent to the 18th hole and arare opportunity to acquire a one-of-a kind property that sits on a 24,330 square foot lot with immediate backyard access to the prestigious Annandale Golf Club. Whether you're a golfer or not, the view from this home is paradise. The 18th hole of Annandale provides a stunningbackdrop, while enjoying dinner outside, lounging by the pool and spa or gathering around the fire pit. The home is nestled in a canyon-setting enclave, set back in a private driveway and features professionally landscaped, grounds. The backyard offers multiple places toentertain including a sizeable covered patio with built-ins, cooler/freezer and sink. Anoversized glass pivot door creates a grand entrance to the immaculate living room with high ceilings, custom cabinets and fireplace. The house encompasses high-end sliding pocket glass doors, glass windows, stunning skylight ceilings and recessed lighting throughout the house. The living room leads you to a spectacular covered deck overlooking the Club with a luxuriousfireplace and ample space for entertaining large groups. The home boasts the spirit of the Mid-Century, yet wholly contemporary. Large enough to host big gatherings, yet intimate enough to read a book in a peaceful setting and enjoy a glass of wine as you settle down for the evening. The exquisite primary bedroom features a fireplace andbalcony, and the primary bathroom's sleek style includes a dual vanity, and soaking bathtub with a separate custom shower. The downstairs bedroom has a 3/4 bathroom, custom closets with plenty of light, yet offers a quiet and private setting, which makes it ideal for an optional office or guest room. Immaculate kitchen is meticulously designed and offers top-of-the-line Mieleappliances, flooded with natural light from the skylight and two magnificent glass doors. The kitchen is next to a large, spacious laundry room, which has direct access to the finished garage. Open to the kitchen is the family room surrounded by beautifully crafted built-ins, fireplace, and a bar complete with a cooler, ice-maker and custom cabinets and shelves. The familyroom's pocket sliding glass doors ushers you to the outdoor deck creating a perfect leisurely indoor/outdoor setting, making the home an ultimate, unrestricted, al-fresco living experience. A wonderful opportunity to own a private and relaxing retreat with a unique setting and incredible view in one of the most prestigious locations in Pasadena.

    Listed with Henry Suarez CalDRE: 00991211 | (310) 804-5579, Dilbeck 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/!


  • Fri, 25 Nov 2022 03:20:00 +0000: $3,200,000 :: 2070 Villa Heights Road, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,064 sq ft
    Lot Size: 46,636 sq ft
    Added: 11/25/22, Last Updated: 11/25/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR22246036
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Rare opportunity to acquire this beautiful mid-century contemporary estate, one of few designed by noted architect Arthur Swab in the prestigious and gated area of North Kinneloa Ranch, in Pasadena.Situated on a sizable acre plus of use-able and verdant grounds offering open floor plan, stunning living room with vaulted ceilings and walls of glass allowing seamless integration with nature and surrounded by estates mostly sitting on acre plus of land which ensures utmost privacy.Six bedrooms (can be 7, 2 were combined) 5 baths. Upstairs is a generous primary bedroom with large walk-in closets, a second en suite bedroom completes the upstairs. Downstairs featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, built in linen cabinets and a laundry room with access door to backyard. This home is Tri Level with very few steps leading to upstairs and downstairs, multiple patios and three beautiful fireplaces, dual HVAC, two car detached garage, park like grounds with pool, spa, fruit trees, large storage shed and all the serenity and tranquility one can ask for, ideal for live and work from home.

    Listed with Caroline Khabbaz CalDRE: 01396972 | 626-821-1260, 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, 23 Nov 2022 15:03:00 +0000: $1,650,000 :: 2066 Hanscom Drive, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,934 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,824 sq ft
    Added: 11/02/22, Last Updated: 11/23/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS22234362
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Status: Active


    This 3-level hillside home in South Pasadena offers awesome views from nearly every room. Just off the 2-car garage, you are welcomed home by a secure slate patio in front of the entry door. On the main level, you’ll find a large living room with a fireplace, vaulted ceilings and two huge sliders that lead out the expansive balcony. You can see the downtown Los Angeles skyline, mountaintops & the valley while sipping your morning coffee or entertaining large groups of family and friends. Back inside, your kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a tray ceiling, recessed lights and lots of cabinet space. There’s even a breezeway off the kitchen that goes under the house. Head downstairs to find all three bedrooms, which all include new LVP floors. The spacious master bedroom offers double closets, access to the huge back balcony (more killer views!) and an updated ensuite. One of the guest rooms also has a slider out to the balcony. The hallway bathroom includes a huge linen closet, a granite-topped vanity with dual sinks and a separate room for the toilet & a tub (with a custom-tiled surround). The lower level also boasts lots of storage space in the utility/laundry room. This quiet hillside location is zoned to top-tier schools and it’s just a quick ride to get to parks, shops, restaurants, Old Town Pasadena and the 110 Fwy. Homes in this neighborhood do not last long – set up an appointment today!

    Listed with RAYMOND TSAI CalDRE: 01784303 | 626-964-5500, KELLER WILLIAMS SIGNATURE 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/!


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