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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, 16 May 2022 23:32:00 +0000: $1,560,000 :: 2066 Crestlake Avenue, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,392 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,617 sq ft
    Added: 05/16/22, Last Updated: 05/16/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS22103119
    Community: So. Pasadena
    Status: Active


    Great chance of owning this 6,616 sq foot corner lot in South Pasadena. This 1392 sq foot home shows 2 bedroom, 1 den (could be counted as a 3rd bedroom) 1.5 bath in a nice quiet neighborhood. Property to be sold AS IS physical condition. Seller will not do any repairs or credit for repairs of any kind. Buyer and buyer agent is to do their own due diligence and investigation in regards to property's condition, permits, square footage.

    Listed with ALEXANDRE LY CalDRE: 01145808 | 626-872-2207, 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/!


  • Mon, 16 May 2022 23:12:00 +0000: $10,800,000 :: 415 S Grand Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 9 baths
    Home size: 10,404 sq ft
    Lot Size: 47,973 sq ft
    Added: 05/16/22, Last Updated: 05/16/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-9561
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    415 South Grand is a beautiful example of classic Georgian Colonial Revival architecture with all of the hallmarks of Colonial design in its gracious proportions, understated elegance and symmetrical design.The home was built in 1930 by Reginald Johnson, one of California's most influential and notable architects.The property is located on beautiful South Grand Avenue, surrounded by historic and architecturally significant properties.From the street, a beautiful brick wall and tall iron gates create an impressive approach to the tree-lined drive leading to an entrance of a motor court and rose gardens,old growth trees and the welcoming brick facade of the home.The front door itself is embellished with a stone pediment and relief over the door, a pineapple, the symbol of welcome and hospitality.The elegant home is sited on over an acre and perched above the Arroyo Seco overlooking the Colorado Street Bridge.Entering the home one's eye is immediately drawn through the entry to the beautiful arched steel doors of the loggia which open out to an incredible covered patio, expansive lawn and the view.The gorgeous covered patio conjures old world elegance with the awning and lanterns suspended from a beautiful ironwork frame.The main level of the home includes the stately living room with a beautiful bay window, a fireplace and two sets of french doors leading out to the lush side garden.Off of the living room, a handsome paneled study with a black marble fireplace and french doors to the garden offers a wonderful sanctuary.The loggia and hallway connect to the exquisite dining room with a floor to ceiling bay window and an additional fireplace and a butlers pantry.Up the elegant staircase to the second floor we find all of the bedrooms.The main bedroom features two bathrooms, a very large walk in closet and beautiful views of the Arroyo.Three large bedrooms are en-suite, the fifth is currently used as a den. The large basement features a walk-in wine cellar, a large laundry area, a walk-in safe, a half bath and generous storageThe ivy covered pool house was built to mirror the main house's loggia with three sets of steel palladian doors.With a 3/4 bath, a storage room/closet, a sink and refrigerator, this 800 square foot space could be used in a multitude of ways.This gracious home offers a prime location, a large flat parcel and incredible sunset views.This is one of Pasadena's finest estates and is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the very fortunate buyer.

    Listed with Ted Clark CalDRE: 01074290 | (626) 817-2123, 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, 16 May 2022 18:09:00 +0000: $3,988,000 :: 665 S Santa Anita Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 3,770 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,565 sq ft
    Added: 05/09/22, Last Updated: 05/16/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS22093423
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    Welcome home to this bright and airy 1951 mid-century ranch style home, east of the Huntington Library and Lacy Park! While retaining the original characteristics, the previous owner has meticulously updated and expanded the home with modern luxuries and amenities as well as rich architectural embellishment. The current owner of the property has taken rigorous care of the home by maintaining the original beauty of both the interior and exterior, and by adding a fresh new coat of paint throughout the first level of the home. The living room is anchored with a handsome custom-built fireplace with marble front & fluted columns. Adjacent to the hallway and dining room is a spacious family room completely remodeled, with Premium Oakwood panelings, as both a family room and a home theater featuring built-in surround-sound speakers, built-in shelves and custom Hunter Douglas Motorized Shutters. The dining room, breakfast area and family room flow seamlessly to the outdoor kitchen/dining and the picture-perfect backyard with heated rectangular pool, a spacious guest house with full bath, & a pool pavilion. The professionally landscaped water-wise yard is a centerpiece to this spectacular and well-maintained home. The outdoor chef's kitchen has stainless steel Kalamazoo appliances and an outdoor dining area and pool pavilion both featuring outdoor built-in surround sound speakers and built-in electric patio heaters. Adjoining the pool pavilion is an outdoor redbrick fireplace with TV and wiring installed, and steps away is where the bespoke “outdoor rock shower” is. Coming back to the chef’s kitchen inside, it offers white Calacatta marble countertops with white cabinetry throughout and built-in appliances such as Sub Zero refrigerator, Viking cooktop & oven, Viking Rangehood, Miele dishwasher, and Scotsman Craft Ice Maker. There are 4 suites total with a master suite featuring a spa inspired bath, a free-standing tub, walk-in closet & double French doors. A tastefully updated powder room with marble finishes and an office den complete the layout of the 1st floor alongside two of the suites. The two remaining suites are located on the 2nd level, each with transitionally refined marble baths and vanities. Other highlights include Premium Oakwood flooring throughout the entire home, copper plumbing system, a tankless water heater, a 260 bottle capacity Sub-Zero wine storage, an automatic sprinkler system, updated fencing & a vegetation garden.

    Listed with LAUREN LIN CalDRE: 02129044 | 626-872-2207, 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/!


  • Mon, 16 May 2022 17:45:00 +0000: $1,500,000 :: 2325 Florence Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91007 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,721 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,847 sq ft
    Added: 05/16/22, Last Updated: 05/16/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR22103034
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Award Wining Arcadia Schools!! This absolutely well maintained one story Ranch Style home is located in one of the most sought after school district- Baldwin Stocker Elementary. This bright and airy home features 3 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 baths, open floor plan, cozy family room with wood burning fireplace, wood beam ceiling, office (which could be used as 4th bedroom), updated kitchen with center island, built-in breakfast bar, self closing cabinets and hardwood floors throughout. The spacious backyard is an entertainer's delight, with plenty of room to add a pool, build an ADU or add to the main house. Home rests on a large flat 10,846 square foot rectangular lot with 2 car detached garage, wide and deep driveway, plenty of room for additional cars or RV parking. Conveniently located to restaurants, entertainment, golf course, mall and the Santa Anita race track. You don't want to miss this great opportunity!

    Listed with Linda Lam CalDRE: 01706282 | 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/!


  • Mon, 16 May 2022 16:44:00 +0000: $1,998,000 :: 49 Annandale Road, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,392 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,238 sq ft
    Added: 05/16/22, Last Updated: 05/16/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR22092966
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this remodeled and expanded Cape Cod beauty in one of Pasadena’s most sought-after neighborhoods of San Rafael. Tree-lined streets, lush landscaping, and a brick walkway lead to the covered porch of the entry. Once you enter, the open floorplan awaits you with hardwood floors that lead you to the living room complete with crown molding, recessed lighting, and a brick fireplace with a classic wood mantel. As you turn toward the dining room, the picturesque bay window and wainscoting beckon you to come in and sit down. The spacious kitchen is accessible from both rooms and offers custom cabinetry, a large center island, Caesarstone countertops, mosaic backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, and a professional Wolf six-burner range. The downstairs primary bedroom suite with a walk-in closet includes a bathroom that offers custom cabinetry, dual vessel sinks, and marble countertops and floors. Upstairs has an approx. 450sqft expansion that could be used as a secondary primary suite, game room, library, office, or workout room. With another bedroom downstairs the options and configurations are unlimited. Close to Old Pasadena, parks, a golf course, restaurants, and freeways, this home moves to the top of the list.

    Listed with The Getzoff Group CalDRE: 01262915 | 818-539-7339, RE/MAX One


    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, 16 May 2022 15:36:00 +0000: $829,900 :: 3176 La Tierra Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,270 sq ft
    Lot Size: 5,480 sq ft
    Added: 10/24/21, Last Updated: 05/16/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV21235339
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Situated on a nice tree lined street this single level 3 bedroom 2 bathroom pool house hasn't been on the market since the 1970's and is ready for its new home owners! This is the best deal in the neighborhood and will go fast. This home has lots of potential! Great starter home. Conveniently located near great shopping, restaurants and Downtown Pasadena.

    Listed with LUIS RAMOS CalDRE: 01818592 | 626-598-3980, VISMAR 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/!


  • Mon, 16 May 2022 14:56:00 +0000: $1,298,000 :: 820 Calderwood Lane, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,472 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,442 sq ft
    Added: 05/16/22, Last Updated: 05/16/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR22103154
    Community: Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    This charming 3-bed, 2-bath home is located in Pasadena's highly sought-after Lower Hastings Ranch on a peaceful & secluded circular street. As you arrive at the property you are welcomed by attractive curb appeal, featuring a wide landscaped front yard, circular driveway, and striking mountain views. The interior of the home features a spacious living room with fireplace and adjacent dining room, with multiple windows providing an abundance of natural light. Off of the dining room is the kitchen with attached breakfast nook. Step down from the breakfast nook to an additional room that would be ideal for a den or home office. The west side of the home features 1 bed & 1 bath, as well as direct access to the 2-car garage. The east side of the home features 2 additional bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Both the living room and den open to the charming covered patio in the backyard. As you step outside into the backyard you enter a lushly landscaped oasis with mature landscaping and lovely gardens. The backyard is an ideal place for summer BBQs, outdoor dining & entertaining, and relaxation in a quiet & tranquil setting. Other features of the home include central air & heat, a newer roof, and hardwood floors beneath the carpet. Despite it's quiet & secluded location, this property is just minutes from multiple schools, parks, churches, shopping, dining, Eaton Canyon Golf Course & hiking trails, as well as the 210 FWY & public transportation. Do not miss this fabulous opportunity to put your own personal touches on this remarkable home.

    Listed with Dean Griffith CalDRE: 01452542 | 626-254-1092, 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, 16 May 2022 14:56:00 +0000: $9,800,000 :: 720 S San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,255 sq ft
    Lot Size: 111,418 sq ft
    Added: 05/16/22, Last Updated: 05/16/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-9552
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    An extraordinary real estate offering sited on the East bank of San Rafael Avenue overlooking the Arroyo Seco. Boasting breathtaking views, authentic mid-century design, and dual parcels, this unparalleled gated estate is available for the first time in 40 years. The principal residence is sited on over 86,000 sq.ft. of lush grounds. Views encompass the San Gabriel Mountain range, iconic Pasadena landmarks, and the environs beyond. The property includes a gradual drop, maximizing the spectacular vistas and providing a unique multi-leveled outdoor space that is nothing less than spectacular. Enter the private, lush property past the gated entrance, to find a magical wonderland of surprises. Extraordinarily green and inviting, the grounds seem to transport you to a refuge beyond, a hideaway. Verdant lawns and towering trees create an enchanting oasis curated with entertaining areas, undulated vantage points, and meandering paths--always somewhere to explore. Art is immediately part of the home experience, with beautiful exterior installations. This rare single-story compound, situated on a quiet stretch of the prestigious South San Rafael district, the residence, offering 5-bedrooms, 7-bathrooms and 6,255 square feet of living space, is as beautiful as functional. A long-covered patio greets guests, and inside, the home has been maintained authentically with impeccable timeless detail and condition. Tile floors lend an adobe feel, and glass walls put the priceless view on full display. The glass-walled living area includes an oversized fireplace, views of the resort-like pool, spa, and lush gardens, and easily connects to a romantic dining room. A wood-paneled library office with a corner fireplace features tree-top views and is another unique respite. The kitchen is spacious, with white cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances. Each bathroom and bedroom provide its exquisite design details, genuine to the period.A guest home includes a studio bedroom, sitting area, kitchenette, 3/4-bathroom, private entrance, and scenic views spanning from the Colorado Boulevard Bridge to the La Loma Road Bridge. An enchanting tree house is on-site as well--just follow the wooden footbridge to the dreamy nook full of imagination, complete with a slide and porch. A motor court with a circular driveway features a two-car detached garage and a three-car carport adds ease. This is an oasis that will continue to amaze and inspire.

    Listed with Rita Whitney CalDRE: 01209004 | (626) 755-4988, 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/!


  • Mon, 16 May 2022 14:23:00 +0000: $1,795,000 :: 326 E Forest Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,891 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,068 sq ft
    Added: 05/16/22, Last Updated: 05/16/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR22103217
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    This gorgeous two-story home with brick and stucco façade and concrete tile roof was custom built by the owners in 1992. The majestic oak tree out front welcomes you to this fantastic property. As you enter from the herringbone brick front porch through the beautiful oak door with leaded glass, sidelights and arched window, you step into pure luxury with a curved staircase and vaulted ceiling in the entry. The massive living room features a bay window, marble fireplace and hearth, plush carpet and recessed lighting and opens to a large formal dining room. There is a hallway with a wet bar, built-in glass fronted cabinetry and wine fridge, which leads to a massive family room at the rear of the house with an XL corner brick fireplace with raised hearth, ceiling fans, and sliding doors to the rear patio. The open space includes a large breakfast area with bay window and breakfast bar, and leads into the expansive kitchen with Sub-Zero built-in fridge, GE Monogram gas cooktop with down-draft exhaust, double oven, ample oak cabinetry, wine fridge, quartz countertops and travertine flooring. There is also a downstairs bedroom and ¾ bathroom, as well as an office area with built-in desk and a separate laundry room. Upstairs are four more bedrooms, including the primary suite with ceiling fan, plush carpeting, walk-in closet, and an attached bathroom with separate shower and jetted tub. There are two additional bathrooms upstairs, as well. Out back is a massive covered patio with alumawood ceiling, brick columns, ceiling fans, and an outdoor kitchen with BBQ, fridge, and sink. The large backyard features lush landscaping and has plenty of space to add a pool. Other amenities include dual-zone central air & heat, two-car attached garage with direct access and separate workshop area, Arcadia schools, central vacuum, and intercom. You won’t want to miss this beauty!

    Listed with Donna Baker CalDRE: 01308772 | 626-408-7744, 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/!


  • Mon, 16 May 2022 14:16:00 +0000: $925,000 :: 2311 E Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,392 sq ft
    Lot Size: 3,459 sq ft
    Added: 03/25/22, Last Updated: 05/16/22
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: IG22059286
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    This updated craftsman bungalow was renovated in 2019 and is located in a convenient Pasadena location offering laminate flooring, quartz countertops in the kitchen and main bedroom bathroom. Floor plan includes a spacious traditional dining room and a living room with fireplace as the focal point. A large, gated front yard with privacy hedges and the unfinished basement area is perfect for additional storage. This home has fantastic curb appeal with an front porch and is centrally located near the historic Rose Villa-Oakdale Landmark District, and is near Caltech, Pasadena City College, South Lake Avenue Business District and The Huntington Library. Seller is open to delivering the home vacant.

    Listed with Jason Lopez CalDRE: 01938123 | 909-590-8853, Re/Max Top Producers


    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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