Hello

Hi, I'm Derek Vaughan

Over the past decade I have established myself as one of the top real estate investors and a top realtor in South Pasadena. I pride myself on the highest levels of service and local real estate knowledge. My work ethic is epic. Here’s a bit more about me and my South Pasadena real estate expertise.

Resident of South Pasadena since 1998 – I first moved to South Pasadena in 1998 when we bought a 1903 Craftsman home near Trader Joe’s. My children attended South Pasadena Schools (Arroyo Vista Elementary, South Pasadena Middle School, South Pasadena High School) through until graduation. As a long time resident of South Pasadena I am intimately familiar with every street and neighborhood here. I’ve been in a lot of the homes here and helped to buy and sell many more.

My Grandfather was a real estate developer and my mother owned a real estate brokerage. I have been around and involved with real estate since I was a child. My personal experience in real estate investing started in 1993. I have been a real estate investor, landlord, developer and now a residential realtor in South Pasadena.

Prior to my career in real estate I owned and sold several businesses as an entrepreneur and also worked as a digital marketer at The Walt Disney Company.

I am a huge fan of education and hold undergraduate degrees from both Purdue University and Indiana University. I have also obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Vanderbilt University with a dual focus in marketing and finance.

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My Track Record

My Accomplishments

Charitable and Foundation Work in South Pasadena

Board Member of The Oneonta Foundation – The Oneonta Foundation distributes over $30,000 in scholarships each year to South Pasadena High School students to pay for college.

Board Member of Vecinos de South Pasadena – Vecinos is a group that focuses on Latino high school students in South Pasadena. Last year we granted $8,000 in scholarships to Latino and Latina graduating South Pasadena High School seniors.

Contributor to SPARC for arts scholarships – The South Pasadena Arts Council is an organization focused on the arts in South Pasadena. I have donated countless hours to SPARC to help with art openings and fundraising events. I have also donated monies that go to fund scholarships for South Pasadena students attending college and studying the arts.

Contributor to SPEF – The South Pasadena Educational Foundation helps close the gap between public funding and the true needs of our South Pasadena Schools. I have been a contributor and sponsor of SPEF for decades.

Member of the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer at The Chamber of Commerce information booth at the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market each Thursday – The South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce promotes and assists the businesses which reside in South Pasadena. The Chamber also organizes and oversees the weekly Farmer’s Market. I donate my time each Thursday to work at the Chamber of Commerce booth at the market. You can easily find me there on any given Thursday.

Volunteer at Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena – Union Station Homeless Services is our local resource for those who don’t have a stable living situation. There is so much need in Los Angeles for housing, and my efforts are part of the push to make sure everyone is properly housed – regardless of their current income.

Real Estate Editor for The South Pasadena News – I am out and about in South Pasadena every day talking with residents about real estate for sale and trends in local real estate. You can check out a few of my articles here:

539 Grand Avenue is For Sale

424 Fremont Avenue is For Sale

415 Oaklawn Avenue Transitions South Pasadena History to new owners

In my youth, I was a High School All-American in swimming. I was a CIF Gold Medalist, held U.S. Age Group records, state records, and was also a multiple National Junior Olympic gold medalist. I know what it means to make a commitment and accomplish goals.

What they say about me

Client Testimonials

Mary McGrail
3 days ago
Derek is a knowledgable, reliable, prompt, proactive, and thorough realtor. He walked me through the nuances (and apprehension!) of first-time home-buying with patience and wisdom. If you’re looking for a personable expert and advocate, I recommend Derek.
Tyler Gabriel
1 month ago
My wife and I bought our first home with Derek's help - he was excellent. Knowledgeable, thorough, proactive, easygoing, responsive, and with plenty of stories to share. He knows the Pasadena area extremely well, and in our case knew all the things to watch out for when buying an older... read more
Aida Velasco
3 months ago
I was recently in LA house hunting. My husband and I are moving from London to LA because of our jobs. A colleague put me in touch with Derek, and it made all the difference in the world. He is a very professional realtor, who knows South Pasadena very well.... read more
A SR
5 months ago
Derek handled three transactions for our family in the past 18 months and we couldn’t be more grateful for his skill and expertise! About a year and a half ago, we met Derek while in search of our first home in South Pasadena. He patiently guided us through... read more
Livvy Bennett
7 months ago
Derek is an angel! Extremely communicative and personable and has an eye on all the best spots.
Sindhu Nair
9 months ago
Derek went out of his way to help me find an apartment in the Arcadia-Pasadena area. He regularly sent me a listings and was so patient with my requests. Would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for homes or apartments in LA!
sally farmer
9 months ago
I recently had a fabulous experience with my neighbor, realtor Derek Vaughan. For the last five years my husband and I had been helping my father navigate heartbreaking struggles with his life and his health, in the last years exacerbated by this confounded pandemic. After his death in May, emotionally... read more
Steven Zusack
1 year ago
It was great working with Derek. I was in a tough spot and needed to find a place quickly. He made sure I had quality places to view and helped me find a great place to call home.
Robert Newman
1 year ago
I am a Inbound marketer that focuses on Residential Real Estate. Derek is my client. Inbound MARKETING is all about providing high quality USEFUL information for your audience. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that Derek is committed to providing the BEST information in every format... read more