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The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to chose one thought over another.

– William James

 

This Day in History

November 20, 1945:  Nuremberg trials begin.  Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II.  The Nuremberg Trials were conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and Great Britain.  It was the first trial of its kind in history, and the defendants faced charges ranging from crimes against peace, to crimes of war, to crimes against humanity.  Lord Justice Geoffrey Lawrence, the British member, presided over the proceedings, which lasted 10 months and consisted of 216 court sessions.  Twelve architects of Nazi policy were sentenced to death.  Seven others were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life, and three were acquitted.

Ojai Weather

Partly sunny –  High 75 / Low 50

Monday, November 20, 2017
11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Arachnid training camp
Sunday, November 19, 2017
11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 113 Blanche Street – back on the market (had been a cancelled listing) and reduced from $395,000 to $350,000.
  • 1400 Maricopa Highway – back on the market (had been a cancelled listing) and reduced from $1,350,000 to $1,275,000.
  • 401 S. Fulton Street & 325 Bryant Street – back on the market.  These two land parcels were originally on the market as one listing – 325 Bryant Street – which had been cancelled.  It has since been split into two listings with two different addresses.  The price of the original single parcel was $6,250,000.  The price for both parcels is now at $6,150,000.

There are a lot of open houses to see today.  We will again be holding two of our listings open at 54 W. Calle El Prado (1:00 to 4:00) and 435 Walbridge Way (1:30 to 4:00).

 

Yesterday we visited clients of ours who recently bought a large land parcel up in the hills.  It was a beautiful fall day, so I snapped a couple of photos.  Here’s one of them; enjoy your Sunday!

~ Ray

Saturday, November 18, 2017
11:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
The open house list has been updated!

We’re holding two of our listings open today:  435 Walbridge Way from 1:30 to 4:00 and 54 W. Calle El Prado from 1:00 to 3:00.

~ Ray
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The seedless apartment costs $500 more per month
Friday, November 17, 2017
2:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list.

~ Ray
9:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The team is heading out to glance at a couple of new properties this morning.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.

~ Ray
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
3:25 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Neither Cheryl or I have adjusted to the time change yet and it’s been what, 11 days?  Every night it feels like it’s time to go to bed and we’re saying “What?!  It’s only 7:45?”  We’re giving it another week…

 

(Oh, and hey….it’s raining!)

~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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That’s SO 1995
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
2:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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I’m guessing the lighting installer didn’t get the whole “United” concept
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
1:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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How to give your kid night terrors
Monday, November 13, 2017
6:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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I will crush the rebellion
Sunday, November 12, 2017
11:00 a.m.

No changes for today, but you can check out the open house list to see what’s out there.  We’re holding our listing at 435 Walbridge Way open from 1:30 to 4:00.  This is a spacious and super-clean 4 bed/2 bath, 2,138 sq. ft. home on a quiet street, including mountain views!

 

Yesterday afternoon we slipped out of Ojai and traveled all the way to the mysterious community that is Camarillo.  What did we find there?  Only giant tents and the opening of Cavalia-Odysseo!  (I made bad a joke while driving there with Cheryl; something like “I hope there are at least three tents, because if it’s two tents it’ll make me nervous” – she just just rolled her eyes.)  While we have a sort of “been there, done that” attitude after having seen so many Cirque du Soleil shows, Odysseo brings in the element of horses to really liven things up.  The show is filled with music, acrobatics and gorgeous sets as well – but the horses are the stars of the show.  There’s something mesmerizing about watching horses run, but adding water into the mix cranks up the “Wow!” factor a few notches.

 

The show runs through January 7th and you can find tickets here.

~ Ray

 

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
11:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
The open house list has been updated!

Our listing at 12284 Linda Flora Drive will be open today from 1:00 to 4:00.  There’s also a home in the same neighborhood that’s open during the Holiday Home Tour; why not make it a two-for-one?

~ Ray
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Always question a contractor who insists on re-purposing items to build your home
Friday, November 10, 2017
5:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!  We’ll update the open house list for you tomorrow morning.  Don’t forget there are some cool things to do around town; the Ojai Film Festival will be in full swing, as will the Holiday Home Tour!

~ Ray

10:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  We’ll be heading out with the team to take a look at two new listings this morning.

~ Ray
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After the Great Wall of China, here’s the next thing you can see from outer space
Thursday, November 9, 2017
4:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 10561 Encino Drive – back on the market (had been an expired listing) and reduced from $1,499,999 to $1,498,000.
  • 760 Oak Grove Court – this listing has been cancelled (had been a pending sale).  This is a Ventura MLS link which will now show as “unavailable.”
~ Ray
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If this looks familiar, you must be a child of the 80’s
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
3:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:35 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
~ Ray
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His past dotted with failure, Larry Latch gives it a gallant 4th attempt
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
5:15 p.m.

No other changes for today…

~ Ray
12:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Ojai Directory ad from 1954 – I count four items that no longer apply today
Monday, November, 6, 2017
11:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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A sure sign a home is doubling as a meth lab
Sunday, November 5, 2017
No update for today.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
1:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
The open house list for this weekend has been updated!
  • Note that we are holding our listings open at 54 W. Calle El Prado (1:00 to 4:00 – super-cute and updated) and 12284 Linda Flora Drive (12:00 to 3:00 – spacious home on 2.77 acre equestrian lot)  – both on Sunday.

Also on this day in history:  In 1999, Cheryl and I both said “I do” in a small ceremony in Cades Cove, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, surrounded by a small contingent of family.   It was a clear and crisp day, much like today; and I would say “I do” a thousand times over again to my beautiful bride, friend, and business partner – Cheryl.  Happy Anniversary, sweetheart!

 

There will be no update tomorrow, as we’re taking the day off to celebrate our anniversary.

~ Ray
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As mentioned yesterday, we held our inaugural client appreciation dinner last night at Boccali’s Restaurant.  The weather held for us and it turned out to be a fine evening, with a nearly full moon peeking through the scattered clouds.  It was heartening to have so many past clients and friends attend!  We had a buffet of baked ziti, lasagne, pizza, garlic bread, salad, veggies, beer, wine, and of course – Boccali’s famous strawberry shortcake.  We had expected people to stay for maybe an hour and a half, but the outdoor venue and picnic tables made everything so close and cozy, almost no one had left by the three hour mark.  So many who hadn’t previously met were interacting; of course many people also recognized each other from other Ojai-related associations.  We highly recommend this venue for any sort of gathering!

 

We gave away a couple of prizes; Liz and Ron won a gift basket of wine and other items – all specifically related to Ojai.  The big prize was a 49″ LED flat-screen TV – which we almost could NOT give away.  The first two drawn tickets – nobody claimed.  The third drawn ticket was a winner for John – who at first accepted his prize – but then said that he had no use for it (as he rarely watches TV) in his newly built home.  On the fourth drawing, the prize was finally awarded to Barbara and Marvin.  Upon winning, we of course told them that the TV was pre-loaded with a 20 minute real estate presentation that would run every time they turned the TV on; this seemed to dampen their enthusiasm a bit.

 

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Friday, November 3, 2017
9:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai; meanwhile we’re heading out to take a look at four new properties this morning.  Tonight, we are holding our client appreciation dinner – so with the prospect of prepping for the event,  this may be the only update for today.  Have a great day!

~ Ray
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Clark Kent’s seduction couch
Thursday, November 2, 2017
4:30 p.m.
There is another new listing on the market:
~ Ray
1:15 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Then this whole thing is just a sham, isn’t it?
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
4:45 p.m.
The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ll have the Ojai Market Data update for you later today!

~ Ray
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Nonsensical notations for the musically inclined