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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, 11 Aug 2020 09:51:00 +0000: $1,595,000 :: 1725 Hope Street, South Pasadena CA, 91030 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,880 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,870 sq ft
    Added: 08/03/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SR20154708
    Community: 658 - So. Pasadena
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/11/2020 by 5%
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this charming Craftsman duplex which sits on a wide tree-lined street just steps away from historic Garfield park, great coffee shops, bakeries and award winning schools. This lovely home features 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in each unit. The downstairs unit has a well-designed floor plan, a large living room and a beautiful fireplace. Natural light streams through a huge window which overlooks the front yard. There are hardwood floors throughout and built-in buffet cabinetry can be found in the dining area The upstairs unit boasts two balconies with french doors, a fireplace and casement windows. The kitchen and bathroom showcase the timeless beauty of subway tile. This property includes a large basement with lots of room for storage and two private carports in the back, while the front provides a large space for your organic garden. Don’t miss out on this captivating property full of elegance and sophistication, enhanced by the thoughtful architecture which has been carefully preserved over the years that characterizes the prestigious area of South Pasadena.

    Listed with David Cid CalDRE: 02015043, Keller Williams VIP 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/!


  • Tue, 11 Aug 2020 06:12:00 +0000: $1,268,000 :: 1899 E Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,489 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,808 sq ft
    Added: 08/10/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20162068
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    This warm charming home has 3 bed / 3 bath. one suite downstairs. Upstairs is the master bedroom with walk-in closet and a gorgeously renovated master bathroom. A formal dining room, spacious family room and living room. Brand new kitchen appliance with great breakfast bar, and two fireplaces. Nice French doors from the dining room and family room open to the private, landscaped backyard featuring a BBQ area, and patio perfect for entertaining. Detached 2 car garage. Mixing with modem and historical estate. Great Pasadena life style with lots of fine dining, museum, Rose Parade, Rose Bowl stadium and Cal tech university. Easy access for 210, Close to Old Town Pasadena ,15 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

    Listed with Anna Wang CalDRE: 01405688, Keller Williams 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/!


  • Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:10:00 +0000: $1,190,000 :: 51 E Forest Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,640 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,022 sq ft
    Added: 08/10/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR20159668
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Recently and beautifully remodeled Arcadia home situated in the highly desirable Highland Oaks neighborhood on a cul-de-sac. This south facing Tudor-style home has been thoughtfully updated while maintaining its charm and character. The 2,640 sq. ft. home sits on a 7,021 sq. ft. lot. and boasts 4 bedrooms plus a den. The living room is spacious and has a fireplace. The formal dining room offers views to a lush, green backyard and opens onto a brand new kitchen, fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, bright white cabinets and quartz countertops allowing plenty of counter space for all your cooking needs. The remodeled bathrooms are pristine with new flooring, cabinets, tubs and all the modern finishes. Two light filled, generous bedrooms are on the first floor, one with dual closets. The upper level also has two bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite and a large closet. Additionally there is a loft and plenty of attic storage space. Enjoy the light filled rooms with new windows, coved ceilings, new heating and air conditioning, new flooring, updated plumbing and electrical, recessed lighting, beautiful bay windows and fresh paint inside and out. Conveniently located to Highland Oaks Elementary School, Foothill Middle School, shopping, restaurants, the market, public transportation and parks. A perfect place to call home! This is a fantastic opportunity to own a 4 bedroom home (plus den) in the sought after Highland Oaks neighborhood.

    Listed with Pauline Cheng CalDRE: 00993691, Keller Williams 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/!


  • Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:10:00 +0000: $2,749,000 :: 677 Burleigh Drive, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,069 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,629 sq ft
    Added: 08/10/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: SB20153765
    Community: 647 - Pasadena (SW)
    Status: Active


    Few architectural examples command attention. This hallmark Georgian Colonial estate, however, is a residential masterpiece that demands it. Perched amidst the company of some of Southwest Pasadena’s finest properties, this elegant home has been meticulously updated with design queues that create a distinctive and vibrant personality. Custom cabinetry, marble counters, Viking appliances, an outdoor dining terrace, multiple gardens, a primary bedroom en suite with clawfoot bathtub and heated tile flooring, generous closet sizes, Palladian windows, elevated ceilings, and a walk-in rain shower are a small sampling of the modern design predilections offered here. Not to be overshadowed, the traditional floorplan, with an upstairs laundry and bedrooms, is a convenience worth experiencing. For those of you who dare to dream, come no further than this residence nestled in the historical San Rafael neighborhood. You might find something you really love. State of CA rules of entry: https://tinyurl.com/VistaSIRRulesofEntry

    Listed with Austin Krock CalDRE: 01931186, Vista Sotheby’s International 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/!


  • Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:10:00 +0000: $999,000 :: 519 S 5th Avenue #A, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,209 sq ft
    Lot Size: 47,633 sq ft
    Added: 08/07/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR20159096
    Community: 605 - Arcadia
    Status: Active


    ARCADIA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT !!! 1st TIME IN THE MARKET !!! Luxury home in Arcadia !!! READY TO MOVE IN !!! New flooring on all bedrooms, huge master bedroom, new toilets all bathrooms, new marbl, e floor in master bathroom, new paint. Like a brand new home. PUD. Huge front yard with a wide side yard. Central Location close to Westfied Santa Anita Malls, Arcadia High School, easy access to Major Freeway

    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/!


  • Tue, 11 Aug 2020 02:44:00 +0000: $2,550,000 :: 2435 Sherwood Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,365 sq ft
    Lot Size: 10,215 sq ft
    Added: 08/08/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS20160447
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    Located in a charming neighborhood of wide streets, shade trees, and large, well-kept homes, this property has been meticulously cared-for. Incorporated throughout are rich design details and upscale materials. The front door opens into a welcoming formal entry. From here, the spacious floor plan branches off into the living room, formal dining room, and great room. The stunning great room features a wall of floor-to-ceiling shelves and cabinets, capable of displaying an abundance of treasures. In the chef's kitchen, Wolf appliances, Subzero refrigerator, and marble counters add to the home's stylish theme. Upstairs, the bedroom suite has private access to the balcony and therapeutic spa. There two more nice-sized bedrooms and a beautifully remodeled full bath. Outdoors, a shady brick patio offers a delightful spot to enjoy alfresco meals. A wide driveway big enough to park a fleet of cars, leads to the 2-car garage, where a full attic provides plenty of storage. A second single car garage, with 220V service, is currently used as a workshop. Settling into this move-in-ready home will be a breeze. Just. Add. Furniture!

    Listed with HE GEORGE GAO CalDRE: 01422025, RE/MAX ELITE 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/!


  • Tue, 11 Aug 2020 02:44:00 +0000: $4,690,000 :: 1221 Roanoke Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,063 sq ft
    Lot Size: 19,568 sq ft
    Added: 08/06/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS20153432
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    The price of this listing was last increased on 8/7/2020 by 2%
    Status: Active


    https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=PqhnSx9bPwv&brand=0 When Sophisticated Classic Meet Organic Modern. RARE FULLY Brand New Exquisite Tudor Style Home in Prestigious San Marino, Facing South. Situated on a large 19,500sf lot on a tranquil tree lined street this home features 5 bedroom suites, 5.5 baths and a detached 3 car garage. As you enter the Foyer there is a beautiful domed ceiling and contrasting wood work, along with an intricate stone and tile floor design. Conveniently located within close proximity to the Huntington Library, Lacy Park, San Marino Schools and downtown San Marino. Enjoying On All Solid Resource Over 100 Years Historical Concentrate

    Listed with MINGSHENG AN CalDRE: 01945236, 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/!


  • Tue, 11 Aug 2020 02:44:00 +0000: $2,395,000 :: 2355 Roanoke Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,568 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,452 sq ft
    Added: 08/06/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS20157980
    Community: 655 - San Marino
    Status: Active


    This Beautiful and comfortable ranch style house in one of the best locations of Roanoke Road. 3 Beds and 1.75 baths. Gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances. Breakfast nook and laundry area. Formal Dinning room. Warm family room looking to gorgeous back yard and pool! Inviting living room with recessed lighting and fireplace. The entire house was renovated and upgraded!! Top of line Refrigerator, Washer and Dryer, Stove,etc. The lot size is over 13,000 square feet and has a vast front yard with a porch. A beautiful large back yard with an inviting pool and outdoor fireplace. You must see to appreciate!! Bring your offer for the incredible opportunity to own this beautiful house!!

    Listed with JOAN HUANG CalDRE: 01851318, COLDWELL BANKER DYNASTY/TC


    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, 11 Aug 2020 02:23:00 +0000: $1,495,000 :: 3810 Startouch Drive, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,139 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,312 sq ft
    Added: 08/04/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR20155671
    Community: 646 - Pasadena (NE)
    Status: Active


    Fantastic single-story view home in highly sought after upper Hastings Ranch. Spectacular mountain views from the front of the house and beautiful city lights views from the rear covered patio, large deck, living/family room and two bedrooms. This superb north-facing home with a wider 76’ frontage is beyond turn-key ready. Totally upgraded inside and out, with a sophisticated and elegant designer’s touch throughout. Ideal floor plan with 2139 Sq.Ft., features 4 oversized bedrooms and 3 luxurious and spacious bathrooms, including 2 En-Suites. Expansive state-of-the-art kitchen boasts brand new stainless steel appliances, a large breakfast counter, designer travertine tile floor, granite countertops, custom cabinetry, exquisite ceramic backsplash and recessed lighting. Breakfast nook opens to formal dining area. Large stone fireplace connects the living and dining rooms to the ample patio and newly customized deck, affording stunning city lights views of the San Gabriel valley. Freshly painted interior & exterior, brand new wood flooring, central air & heating system. Custom new double-paned windows and sliding doors throughout. Convenient inside laundry off the main hallway, abundant closet and storage space throughout. Immaculate attached 2 car garage with new automatic garage door & opener and new epoxy coated floor. View homes of this caliber in this neighborhood are rare; they usually just stay “in the family.” Simply put, this house checks all the boxes.

    Listed with January Lee CalDRE: 01095604, Berkshire Hathaway Home Srvcs


    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, 11 Aug 2020 02:22:00 +0000: $1,099,000 :: 1560 Knollwood Terrace, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,956 sq ft
    Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
    Added: 08/07/20, Last Updated: 08/11/20
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: 820003133
    Community: 645 - Pasadena (NW)
    Tract: Not Applicable - 1007242
    Status: Active


    This Mid-Century Ranch home, in the much sought-after Linda Vista neighborhood of Pasadena, is the perfect fixer with limitless possibilities; and is on the market for the first time in 66 years. Situated on a lovely tree-lined cul-de-sac with a classic inviting flagstone walkway, this home has a wonderful floor plan and has a formal entry. The spacious bright living room, with a wood burning fireplace, has extra-large windows as well as sliding glass doors with direct access to the patio area and backyard. The large formal dining room opens to the large kitchen and breakfast bar. It is filled with natural light and opens directly to the back yard and patio. The house has wonderful period details and hardwood floors throughout. On the opposite side of the entry is a hallway with loads of storage. It leads to the master suite with an en-suite bath, three additional bedrooms and a second full bath. The bedrooms all have good-sized closets. The laundry is located in the kitchen and there is a large 2 car garage. Peaceful surroundings and a very private lot allow for lovely views from almost every window in the house. This home has the potential for absolutely perfect indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.

    Listed with Jenan Musulli CalDRE: 01438002, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company


    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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