Kate Adams Barnett
Pasadena - Old Town Office


Over 15 years of experience in real estate and property management.
Skilled negotiator who strives to make your transaction close with ease.
Passionate about architecture and preservation.

Real Estate Kate is a native of Pasadena and attributes her passion for real estate to growing up immersed in the San Gabriel Valley’s incredible array of architecture found in some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of California.

After many years in LA’s legal field, Kate's entrepreneur ... read more »

Real Estate Kate is a native of Pasadena and attributes her passion for real estate to growing up immersed in the San Gabriel Valley’s incredible array of architecture found in some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of California.

After many years in LA’s legal field, Kate's entrepreneurial spirit led her in a totally different direction. Working with a local Pasadena band, booking shows, assisting with the band’s marketing/promotions, she started to attract the attention of other musicians needing help with their band’s businesses. Being a quick study and talented networker served her well in those earlier years, especially since she had no experience or contacts in the music industry. Within a year, she had founded her own record label/management/booking company; Soulflower Records, with three bands and a sizable hip hop crew on her roster. For the next few years, Kate worked tirelessly developing these artists' brands, booking shows, cultivating fan bases, co-producing EPs/full length albums, facilitating distribution/radio play, coordinating/managing tours, etc. on her own, all the while creating a name in the local music scene for herself and her label. Kate had found her calling, or so she thought...

As is life, she encountered a few ups and downs and felt it was time for a change. In 1998 Kate moved to Mammoth 'for a season' to work at the mountain and strategize
what she would do next in the music industry, but alas she stayed for six years! Kate's real estate career started in Mammoth in 2001, selling vacation homes/condos. She went from managing and marketing musicians to marketing homes. It was actually a great transition, as she utilized the talents she developed with musicians on buyers and sellers.

From Mammoth, Kate moved to Bend, OR where she was a successful real estate broker for a number of years before making her way back home to Pasadena. Her lifetime love of and exposure to exceptional architecture paved the way for her to specialize in architectural homes and historic districts throughout Los Angeles. She is blessed to be a top producer at the best real estate group in Los Angeles, John Aaroe Group, who has an unparalleled architectural division, Aaroe Architectural, of which Kate is a Director.

Since her return, she has gone back to her service roots and become involved with a number of nonprofit organizations. She was acting Chair of PFAR’s Historic Preservation Committee for the past 3 years, teaching the importance of preserving historic property to other Realtors. Kate spends what free time she has volunteering for the Pasadena Heritage Society, the Cancer Support Community of Pasadena and acting as a docent for many local historic home tours in the area. As her first love was music, Kate’s 2016 goal is to find a board or foundation to join whose focus is on providing music lessons, instruments, musical education, etc. to children.

The heart and soul of Real Estate Kate’s business is building and maintaining client relationships that last a lifetime. Her fierce negotiation skills, creative ‘outside the box’ thinking, consummate networking capabilities, unparalleled client services/agent relation skills combined ensure that you will always be well represented in any real estate endeavor.

Experienced in:
• Architectural Properties (Historic and Modern)
• Luxury Homes
• Resort/Vacation Properties
• First-Time Buyers
• Foreign Investors
• Commercial/Multi-family Investments read less «

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I used Kate this year as my real estate agent twice -- as both a buyer and a seller. We listed our house in Pasadena, CA on a Wednesday and by Friday night she was already hosting a bidding war. The process had some snags and turned out to be a bit difficult, and she held our hand and went to bat for us as each issue arose. We then used her for our search as buyers, and she agreed, even though we were looking about 40 miles away (in the South Bay) from where her office is located. She devoted countless hours to touring houses with us, and helped us just as well through the entire buying process. Again, there were complications (mold infestation, etc.) and she handled everything like a pro. She is incredibly dedicated and responsive, and a great person to boot. I would not hesitate to recommend her or use her again.
- Staci, Pasadena, CA
Real Estate Kate! The name says it all. After meeting with a few agents, my husband and I couldn't seem to find anyone who understood what we were looking for. Or, shall I say, cared to “listen” to what we were looking for. Out of frustration, we decided to research listings on our own and tour the best finds. While on one of our numerous self guided home tours, we struck luck! Kate was showing one of her listings and we happen to tour it. We talked for a while and got the sense she really knew what she was talking about. She wasn’t overbearing and above all, she listened. Before long she showed us countless homes and didn’t hesitant to share her opinion. This was helpful to us as we needed a little guidance without losing sense of what we had in mind. We are extremely happy with all her hard work. I remember having long talks with Kate late in the evening while she walked me though last minute concerns. Kate puts a lot of herself into her work. Her clients really benefit from this. Not only did we find our lovely first home, we found a wonderful friend.
- Claudia & Robert, Altadena, CA
I can not speak high enough about Kate, her professionalism, her focus, and her diligent work ethic. When we began our journey to find me my first home, Kate was empathetic and kept reminding me that in the world of real estate "everything happens for a reason." Kate, my mother, and I worked closely together for about 3 months and it was painless, excited, and fun! We looked at just a few potential homes but found the perfect one for me and Kate, along with my awesome mortgage rep. Traci Ruelas, worked quickly to make it happen. Kate understands that buying a home, especially your first home, is a scary, ridiculous process but she reminds you to have fun and enjoy every step because its your future. I love that Kate, wonderful Kate, helped shape this part of my future. I'll miss working with her.
- Sevana, Sherman Oaks
Kate was truly an exceptional Realtor! The high quality service and attention we received from her was unlike other agents we’ve worked with in the past. Kate was incredibly responsive and she ensured our needs were heard and met. She made our buying experience as seamless as possible and went above and beyond to help with every step of the process. When we were not available to meet with a contractor or inspector she would go out of her way to represent us and we felt confident that she would do so in our best interest. Kate was always informed and prepared to answer our questions. We felt like she was always a step ahead of us. She is kind, patient and truly a skilled agent with a high level of expertise. Using her great negotiation skills she helped us strategize to get the best possible deal. Her knowledge of the local real estate market helped us in our search for an investment property. After patiently going through numerous listings, she made sure we got the best value purchase and location for our needs. 

Whether you are buying or selling, we would highly recommend Kate Barnett to help you in this life changing investment. We greatly appreciate the personal attention we received from Kate and could not have asked for a better Realtor to represent and guide us through the complex process.
- Irene & Felipe, Los Angeles, CA