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I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence.  They got one marked “brightness” but it don’t work, does it?   –   Leo Anthony Gallagher

This Day in History

April 25, 1859:  Suez Canal construction begins.  The waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea became the shortest sea link between Europe and Asia.

Ojai Weather

Mostly sunny  –  High 75 / Low 52

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
4:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I just noticed while loading one of our listing pages within the website that the photo gallery didn’t load properly.  Upon refreshing the page, it fixed itself.  But I am aware of the problem and will try to fix it so the issue doesn’t continue.

– Ray
9:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Call me cynical, but I’m betting this isn’t the toilet manufacturer’s warning sticker
Monday, April 24, 2017
3:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:35 a.m.
  • No changes for today.

However, you can still check out the open houses!  We’re having our listing at 2891 Matilija Canyon open from 12:00 to 4:00.  It’s a cute home tucked away in the woods and is practically turn-key.

– Ray
Saturday, April 22, 2017
12:10 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for this weekend has been updated!  Just a note; the Ojai Valley News has our listing at 342 N. Arnaz Street as open on Sunday, but we’ve had to postpone that open house until next weekend.

– Ray
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The More You Know…?
Friday, April 21, 2017
9:55 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re heading out to take a look at eight new properties this morning.  You can catch a sneak preview of our listing at 2891 Matilija Canyon Road until noon today.

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai; notice that the Ojai Community Bank is having a paper shredding day on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Time to shred those old tax papers!

– Ray
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Did they beta test this on actual Pugs?
Thursday, April 20, 2017
5:35 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great evening…

– Ray
10:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We have a new listing of our own coming up this afternoon, so stay tuned for that!

– Ray
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It seems your moat is flawed
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
3:40 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
11:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Taxidermy:  Designed to sell your house fast
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

When I went to the All Listings page about a 1/2 hour ago, I noticed some of the photos were missing in the left column on the list of properties.  I checked the back end of the site and all was there, so I was stumped for about a minute.  A simple refresh of the page corrected it.  So, if you ever run into the same issue simply click the refresh button on your browser.

– Ray
10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Maybe I’m a maze at the way you love me all the time…
Monday, April 17, 2017
11:10 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Dudes!  Check out what I snagged from a clothesline at 1246 Schnagel Street!
Sunday, April 16, 2017

No update today.  Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 15, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
The open house list for this weekend has been updated!

Finally, don’t forget that today is tomato day (see April 4th blog for complete details).  We’ll be at the Keller Williams office today from 11:00 to 1:00 to hand over heirloom tomato plants to our clients and friends.  Even if you’re not a client and we have yet to meet, feel free to stop by and pick up your own!

 

There will be no update tomorrow.  Happy Easter!

– Ray
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Totally tubular stairway
Friday, April 14, 2017
2:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!  I’ll be right back here tomorrow morning with the updated open house list.  Also, we’ll be holding our crazy tomato plant giveaway tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Keller Williams office at 109 N. Blanche Street in Ojai.  A large batch have already been claimed by clients and friends, but we always have extras left over.  Even if we’ve never met before, feel free to stop by and introduce yourself to our team (Ray, Cheryl, Maria, Sheryl, and Rob) – and of course – take a plant or two along with you!

– Ray
9:05 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.  We’re heading out to take a look at five new properties this morning.  See you this afternoon…

– Ray
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This door has two cracks in it
Thursday, April 13, 2017
4:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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The stocking shortage during World War II was eventually traced to a single residence
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
5:00 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.
– Ray
11:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

A note about the “This Day in History” entry we put up each day.  I’ve noticed the server that this domain is linked to (www.history.com) can be excruciatingly slow at times, so much so that it will slow down my entire computer until I close the page/link.  I believe it is a Flash Player issue and can only assume that it affects every computer in this manner, so I will be looking for an alternative history site.  Just so you know…

– Ray
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I can still see you
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
4:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:25 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Ankle-breaker carpet pattern
Monday, April 10, 2017
5:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:20 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 410 Bryant Circe #B – increased from $299,000 to $309,000.
  • 205 S. Lomita Avenue – this listing has been cancelled.
  • 555 Ventura Avenue – this listing has expired.  (This is the car wash that’s located in Oak View.  Because this is a Ventura MLS link, the link has expired and now shows no information.)
– Ray
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Waaay out house
Sunday, April 9, 2017
10:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Don’t forget to peruse the open house list for today.  Two of our listings will be held open at 12576 MacDonald Drive and 1193 Forest Avenue, both from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

In tomato-related news, we will be handing out tomato plants (heirlooms, grown from seeds) next Saturday, April 15th from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Keller Williams office in Ojai.  (See our blog post from April 4th for more information.)  I will of course remind you on Friday.  Have a great day!

– Ray
Saturday, April 8, 2017
11:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for this weekend has been updated.

– Ray
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The Stones’ original logo had teeth
Friday, April 7, 2017
3:40 p.m.
It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve added a new Best Buy and two new Honorable Mentions (click on the links below to take you to the write-up pages):
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend, impending rain included!  We’ll see you tomorrow with the update open house list.

– Ray
9:35 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re heading out to check out six new properties today.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

– Ray
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Thursday, April 6, 2017
3:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I had to get the afternoon update in early today.  It was a bit of a slow day as far as MLS activity, but I suspect we’ll see some new listings pop up by tomorrow morning.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

– Ray
10:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
3:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Proctology art?
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
4:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Well, it’s that time of year again.  No, I’m not talking about tax season.  It’s crazy tomato time!  As many of our friends and clients are aware, each year we give away tomato plants in the spring.  These aren’t ordinary tomato plants, mind you.  No, these are heirloom tomatoes – grown from seed and lovingly cared for as follows:

 

  1. Cheryl buys the seeds and plants them in seed trays.  These trays resemble miniature greenhouses, and they sit in the bay window off our kitchen on a heating pad, in the sun.  On cloudy days we use a sun lamp to keep them happy.
  2. After a few weeks they’re big enough to be transferred into pots, which in this case are actually red Solo cups (Tomato Pong, anyone)?  Yesterday our team (Ray, Cheryl, Maria, Sheryl & Rob) spend a couple of hours transferring them into dozens of cups, packing them into the soil and watering them.  Good thing we have tile floors; the place was a mess!
  3. Over the next couple of weeks, Cheryl will move them outdoors; first for just an hour or so at a time – then she gradually increases their time outdoors until they can survive throughout the colder nights.  This process allows them to become heartier and more acclimated to our weather (which can swing as much as 30 degrees in a 24 hour period).
  4. Finally, we’ll pack them up and have them available for pick up at our office some time in April, date to be announced.  Stay tuned.

It’s actually kind of fun watching them grow.  But I give all the credit to Cheryl’s green thumb and love for plants.  With names like Mortgage Lifter, Italian Tree, Azoychika, Dixie Golden Giant, Super Sweet Cherry, Watermelon Beefsteak, and Candy’s Old Yellow – there’s a ton of variety and believe me, each one tastes different than the other.  I never truly appreciated tomatoes until Cheryl started growing them herself.  Yee haa, I can’t wait!

– Ray

10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Monday, April 3, 2017
4:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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The word “clandestine” has apparently lost all meaning
Sunday, April 2, 2017
11:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Today’s list of open houses can be found here.  Our listing at 1193 Forest Avenue will be open from 12:00 to 3:00 (the Ojai Valley News incorrectly published the open house time as 1:00 to 4:00).  We recently adjusted the price from $749,000 to $699,000, making this remodeled cutie even more attractive!

– Ray
Saturday, April 1, 2017
1:25 p.m.
The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  Check it out; fun stuff!

Also, the open house list has been updated as well.

– Ray
11:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’ll be working on the Ojai Market Data update as you read this and will have it for you in about two hours…

– Ray
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