About Sally
A Realtor since 2004, Sally is thrilled to incorporate her skills from her diverse background and offer her clients the best the real estate world has to offer. Prior to her career in real estate, Sally's work in the non-profit world as a manager and program director has taught her to advocate for her clients during a very important and often stressful time in their life.

With Sally's attention to detail, she understands the multifaceted work involved in the sale and purchase of real estate. Being able to understand both sides of the transaction, where communication between agents and other professionals are an integral aspect of any transaction, Sally excels at negotiating and strategizing the best possible deal for her clients while being both accessible and communicative. She strives to ensure her clients are comfortable at each step in the process as this can be a client's largest personal investment.

Sally is proud to have been raised in East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. A South Pasadena resident with her spouse, Sean and their two boys since 2003, Sally is active in the community. Recently taking a break from her various volunteer roles with South Pasadena and its School District (SPUSD), she served extensively on several committees and boards:

South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF)
South Pasadena PTA Council
South Pasadena Unified School District: LCAP Parent Advisory Committee, Dual Immersion Committee
Monterey Hills Elementary School (MHS): PTA's Executive Board, School Site Council (SSC) Chair
South Pasadena Middle School: PTA Executive Board, Booster Club Sponsor, Father's Follies Sponsor
South Pasadena High School: Booster Club Sponsor (Football, Baseball), Drama Sponsor
South Pasadena Review Student Athlete of the Week sponsor
AYSO Region 214 Team Manager
South Pasadena Little League Sponsor
South Pasadena High School Baseball Team Lead Parent Rep
South Pasadena Preservation Foundation's Subcommittee on CalTrans Properties along the 710 Corridor in South Pasadena

Client Testimonials

"After raising our kids and living in South Pasadena for 21 years, we moved to Connecticut.  We decided to sell our home and contacted Sally to be our Realtor. 

Hiring her was one of best decisions we ever made. While living on the East Coast throughout the entire process, Sally handled everything from start to finish and made the entire process painless and stress free…all while we were 3000 miles away!

She went far above and beyond what we expected and what is normally expected of a real estate agent.  She took such a personal interest and treated the sale of our home as if it were her own….and I can truly say, we were not the easiest clients.  She explained to us exactly what we needed to do to sell the house for the highest price, and most importantly, to the most qualified buyers.  She literally handled everything. 

Being very active in the community, and a longtime resident of South Pasadena, Sally was able to explain to potential buyers all of the special reasons we all chose South Pasadena to call home.

We would highly recommend Sally.  We could never thank her enough for what she did for us.

Make the right choice when choosing a Realtor."

-Joseph and Anne Cocuzzo

"Let's face it. Buying a home is one of those MAJOR life-stress moments. It can be an emotional roller-coaster even in the best of times. Now imagine trying to buy a home during a global pandemic, with major disruptions across the entire economy, total uncertainty on aspects of our daily lives that we take for granted in normal times. Everyone adjusting on the fly as cities issue stay-at-home orders and social distancing rules indefinitely. Maybe the smart move would have been to wait - after all, we had quite a bit of flexibility on timing. But sometimes, you find a property (ok, more accurately, Sally finds you a property) and you just know in your heart that your family belongs in it. Your mind starts seeing "memories" of your family in this home as though you have been living here for years. No, you know that staying on the sidelines is not a viable option, as you know deep down that you will regret letting this one slip by. (Yes, we've learned the hard way as it's not our first time buying a home.) We took the plunge and ended up closing escrow within a month. We spent the next month or so moving out of our old home and into our new one. We absolutely love this home, and have no regrets. We still receive those realtor.com alerts, and nothing on the market since then comes close to what Sally found for us.

Once we fully moved out of our old home, we decided to convert it to a rental property rather than sell it. This was something in hindsight we wish we had done the previous time we bought and sold our home. However, the pandemic made us question the wisdom of becoming landlords during these uncertain times. Are we better off selling it instead and give up on this dream? We turned to Sally again. She told us to keep an open mind, and while noting that nothing is guaranteed, she did help a recent (pre-Covid19) client find a tenant willing to pay for the entire year of rent up front. We were cautiously optimistic, but prepared for a long drawn out process. Within 72 hours of handing her the keys, we received multiple rent applications, including offers to pay the entire year of rent up front, and above our asking price!

Even in normal times, what Sally delivered for us would be nothing short of amazing. We should know, as this is our third time purchasing a home (though our first time with Sally as our realtor). And, given the circumstances, this should have been the most stressful of the three, but it was not, thanks to Sally. If you are reading this, then perhaps you are in the market and looking for a realtor. Who should you look for? There are many realtors who can boast of having years of experience, who really know the local real estate market of interest to you, and who have a lengthy list of homes they have successfully sold or purchased on behalf of happy clients. Those are, of course, important qualifications, and Sally certainly has all of those as well. But if there is one thing we learned from being in the real estate market during these surreal times, it is how much more of a premium you should weigh the trust you have in your realtor. Guess what? There are no realtors with years of pandemic experience on their resume! Every single realtor on your short list is dealing with these unprecedented conditions for the first time. So what's Sally's secret at successfully helping us navigate the market in these crazy times? For us, it's the perfect balance of her attentiveness, her empathy, and her professional integrity; qualities that no doubt she has always had, and definitely put into practice to great effect in these extraordinary times to earn our trust. She listened intently and truly understood what we were looking for, and so can put herself in our shoes to assess whether something would work with our family. She would never waste our time showing us homes that would never work for us just to, I don't know, look busy or whatever. If you work with her, it will quickly become self-evident that everything she does is motivated by what best serves your interests. That is clearly what drives her, rather than simply closing the deal, or meeting some sales quota. Entering escrow right when the stay-at-home orders were first implemented meant a lot of extra leg work for Sally. Nobody knew for sure if the various inspectors would still be available to work, and whether they could complete it within our contingency period. She was with us every step of the way, making all these arrangements for us, and actively keeping us apprised of the steps that still needed to be taken to stay on track to close escrow. This was so helpful and let us anticipate what was coming, so we always felt like we were a couple steps ahead. When the inevitable curveballs came our way, Sally was right there with us again, providing us valuable insight and advice, but giving us the space to make our own decision. Even though she has a ton of experience with real estate transactions, she was always sensitive to the fact that to her clients, this one real estate transaction is a pretty major life event, and thus is able to address questions or concerns we had accordingly.

We know Sally well enough to know she won't boast about how quickly she was able to find us a home to buy, or to find us great renters in the midst of a pandemic. We know she won't use that to sell herself to potential clients. Obviously, if you are in the market and are fortunate enough to work with Sally, your mileage may vary. We didn't expect her to be this fast, and it would not be fair to have this expectation next time we work with her either. But what we can confidently tell you is that Sally will absolutely do everything she can to help meet your real estate needs, and to do so with your utmost best interests at heart. We have seen that first hand. (Getting our purchase offer accepted had some twists and turns that Sally masterfully helped maneuver to get us the desired outcome - but you'll have to ask her about it!) With all the uncertainty these days, about the only thing we can be certain of is that circumstances remain unpredictable. Pandemic or no pandemic, buying or selling a home can be stressful. You want and need a realtor who you know you can depend on, and most importantly, who you know is 100% in your corner, and without question that is Sally Takeda.

Sally, we can't thank you enough for all your help!!!

- John Au and Yuki Cutcheon

"During a busy time in my career and while my wife was 9 months pregnant, our forever home came on the market. Sally greatly reduced the stress of buying and selling at the same time. Her exceptional follow through with loan officers, escrow professionals and other agents eased both transactions and negotiations. She went through ever detail in the contracts and did not bother us with insignificant matters. We received a record price well above comps for the home we sold. Sally is a tough negotiator for her clients but maintains great relationships with all parties involved. I would highly recommend Sally to my closest friends and colleagues."

- Grant Davis Denny, Lori Davis Denny

"My wife and I recently had the pleasure of working with Sally Takeda in our search for, and eventual purchase of, our new home in South Pasadena. We had been searching for a place for three years and Sally was the third agent with whom we had worked. Sally was the first agent we were unequivocally happy with. She was responsive, very knowledgeable about the market, straightforward, receptive to feedback and questions, timely in her responses, and went
the extra mile to make sure everything went smoothly. She was also extremely diligent in gathering as much information as possible to help us make an informed decision, and I felt like she genuinely wanted to help us find the right place for our family, not just a place. The market is so competitive and difficult for buyers in Southern California, the last thing we needed was a high pressure salesperson. We needed an experienced and knowledgeable professional who had our best interests in mind and that's exactly what we got with Sally. I would unequivocally recommend her to anyone in search of an excellent agent."

-Ben Galante

"Sally Takeda is the best realtor a buyer or seller could hope for. My husband and I used her for both buying our new home and selling our old one. She is professional and hard working, approachable and honest. She is easy to communicate with via phone call, text, email and in person. She was accommodating to our busy schedule and did whatever necessary to make sure she was available to us. She made sure the buying and selling processes were made easy and as stress-free as possible for us---making sure documents were created, signed, and submitted on time, always talking us through our options, and honoring our wishes and vision for the sell and purchase of our homes. Without hesitation, I recommend her to anyone in need of an agent. She is fabulous!"

- Allison and Patrick Kelly

Sally Takeda’s Listings

Listed By Compass
Active Under Contract
130 North Greenwood Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91107

4 BD
2.5 BA
1,620 SF