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Everything is a miracle.  It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar.

  – Pablo Picasso 

This Day in History

May 23, 1960:  Tsunami hits Hawaii.  A tsunami caused by an earthquake off the coast of Chile travels across the Pacific Ocean and kills 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii, on this day in 1960.  The massive 8.5-magnitude quake had killed thousands in Chile the previous day. The earthquake, involving a severe plate shift, caused a large displacement of water off the coast of southern Chile at 3:11 p.m.  Traveling at speeds in excess of 400 miles per hour, the tsunami moved west and north. On the west coast of the United States, the waves caused an estimated $1 million in damages, but were not deadly.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning System, established in 1948 in response to another deadly tsunami, worked properly and warnings were issued to Hawaiians six hours before the wave’s expected arrival.  Some people ignored the warnings, however, and others actually headed to the coast in order to view the wave. Arriving only a minute after predicted, the tsunami destroyed Hilo Bay on the island of Hawaii.  Thirty-five-foot waves bent parking meters to the ground and wiped away most buildings. A 10-ton tractor was swept out to sea. Reports indicate that the 20-ton boulders making up the sea wall were moved 500 feet.  Sixty-one people died in Hilo, the worst-hit area of the island chain.

The tsunami continued to race further west across the Pacific.  Ten thousand miles away from the earthquake’s epicenter, Japan, despite ample warning time, was not able to warn the people in harm’s way.  At about 6 p.m., more than a day after the earthquake, the tsunami struck the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. The crushing wave killed 180 people, left 50,000 more homeless and caused $400 million in damages.

Ojai Weather

Mostly cloudy – High 71 / Low 50

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
4:35 p.m.
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~ Ray
10:35 a.m.
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If you are someone whose home was damaged or destroyed in the Thomas Fire or during the Montecito debris flow disaster, there is a grant available through the California Association of Realtors that will provide some relief and housing assistance.  This entails reimbursement of one month’s mortgage or rental payment, up to $3,000.  Contact us via email or phone if you’d like the appropriate forms and we’ll be happy to send them your way.

~ Ray
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What’s worse than fancy neighbors who own a pony…..?
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
3:35 p.m.
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~ Ray
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
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Photo-shopped listing photo makes you wonder what is really behind this house
Monday, May 21, 2018
3:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
10:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
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Saturday, May 19, 2018
12:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list had been updated!  Though it’s not part of the Ojai open house list, our listing at 119 Los Cabos Lane in Ventura will be open today and tomorrow from 11:00 to 4:00.  If you’re not wedded to Ojai, this home is worth a look.

~ Ray
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So we’re probably a couple of weeks late on this one, but have you heard the “Laurel or Yanni” sound clip?  Team member Paul brought this to our attention after our team meeting yesterday, so we pulled it up on YouTube and the fun began.  We played the audio clip and very clearly and obviously, we all heard “Laurel.”  What a joke.  Wait…Cheryl, Maria and Sheryl all heard “Yanni?”  WHAT?  That’s ridiculous.  Me, Rob and Paul were incredulous…”Are you crazy?  It’s without a doubt, ‘Laurel!’  What is wrong with you three??”  But the three ladies were saying the exact same thing back to us…”Are you nuts?  What’s wrong with your ears?”

 

Try this with two or more people listening at the same time (the more the better) and let the chaos begin! 

 

Friday, May 18, 2018
3:35 p.m.
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As mentioned earlier, we saw a few new listings today.  If you’re looking for a low-maintenance condo in a quiet area, the condo at 1008 Creekside Way #C is worth a look.  It’s 1,911 sq. ft. for $649,000, with attached 2-car garage, plus the 1st floor level has been nicely updated.

That’s all for today; see you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list.

~ Ray
9:45 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  We’re headed out to take a look at 4 or 5 new properties…

~ Ray
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What is it with these shower curtains?  Now we have a pole-dancing sloth.  Who’s making these things?
Thursday, May 17, 2018
4:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
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~ Ray
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To hell with you pedestrians and your fancy walking!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
3:15 p.m.
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~ Ray
9:05 a.m.
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~ Ray
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Pssst…you wanna buy a Rolex, cheap?
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
6:15 p.m.
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~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
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~ Ray
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At the first sign of trouble, the bush snake security system jumps into action
Monday, May 14, 2018
6:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We have another new listing of sorts; it’s the listing we teased about last week that we have in Ventura.  119 Los Cabos Lane is a turn-key, buttoned-up, ready-to-move-into home on a quiet neighborhood street.  If this home were listed in Ojai it would probably list for $600,000 to $650,000, depending on the neighborhood (location, location, location).  It’s listed at $549,000.  And it’s not far from Ojai…only a little south of Casitas Springs (just past the Canada Larga exit on the east side of 33).

Have a wonderful evening…

~ Ray
10:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
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…8…9…10……Olly olly oxen free!
Sunday, May 13, 2018

No update today.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
11:05 a.m.
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The open house list has been updated!  There’s much more to see today than tomorrow, which of course happens to be Mother’s Day.

~ Ray
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And that’s why you never let your house go out to play in the woods
Friday, May 11, 2018
4:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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No new Best Buys or Honorable Mentions today, but you might want to take a peek at 701 Grandview Avenue if it’s in your price range – a unique house with character, a huge family room/dining/kitchen area with soaring ceilings, and it’s close to town.  Almost 2,300 sq. ft. for only $779,000 – that’s a lot of house for the money.

See you tomorrow morning; have an awesome weekend!

~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
There are five new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai in the coming week.

~ Ray
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The antithesis of stealthy
Thursday, May 10, 2018
5:35 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
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It’s good to see new listings on the market; we hadn’t seen any new listings come up since May 5th.  Speaking of new listings, I just took some photographs today of a new listing we have coming up in Ventura.  Located just a minute’s drive south of Casitas Springs, it’s a super-clean, move-in ready, 4 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,427 sq. ft. home with high ceilings and beautiful European Larch wood floors.  It’ll be listed at $549,000 and will be on the market early next week.  This one’s a real charmer!

~ Ray
11:30 a.m.
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~ Ray
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What, exactly, is the message here?  Do not sit?  I’ll cut you?  Your butt is too hairy?
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
5:55 p.m.
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~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
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~ Ray
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Meanwhile, in Idaho…
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
3:55 p.m.
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~ Ray
11:40 a.m.
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~ Ray
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Just what every kid wants – to roll out of bed and get straight to work
Monday, May 7, 2018
4:45 p.m.
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~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
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~ Ray
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For sale:  3 bedroom/2 bath home with 1 car attached.
Sunday, May 6, 2018

No update for today.

Saturday, May 5, 2018
1:05 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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The open house list has been updated; our listing at 1217 Gregory Street will be open today until 3:00 p.m.

~ Ray
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Peep show for trucks
Friday, May 4, 2018
4:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 209 S. Carrillo Road – $670,000.  This was recently on the market in January as a fixer-upper, but did not sell.  It is currently being remodeled but according to the listing, won’t be ready to be shown until June 15th.
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See you tomorrow with the updated open house list.  Enjoy the warm weekend!

~ Ray
11:15 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai this coming week!

~ Ray
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There are two kinds of people…
Thursday, May 3, 2018
7:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:55 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1202 Loma Drive #79 – reduced from $264,000 to $259,000.
  • 460 El Conejo Drive – sold for $650,000 (originally listed for $655,000).  Congrats to our client/seller who closed on the sale of their home today!
~ Ray
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Fameless and nary a call from Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Kyle Keebord settled for the sidewalk by the alley
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
3:25 p.m.
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~ Ray
11:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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~ Ray
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When fondness for the Beetle leads to bad interior design choices
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
5:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Enjoy the rain and have a nice evening!

~ Ray
5:00 p.m.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  I’ll be back in a few minutes after a check of the MLSs to see if anything new has occurred since this morning…

~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
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It’s the 1st of the month, which means we’ll have the Ojai Market Data update for the month of April for you later today.  Come back and check it out!  

~ Ray
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Test your contractor for LSD before beginning any project