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The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything – and it works.

– William Strong

This Day in History

February 25, 1964:  Clay knocks out Liston.  On February 25, 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a 7th round…(read more).

Ojai Weather

Partly sunny, chance of rain later – High 59 / 37

Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:00 a.m.
– Ray
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Tony Hawk never runs out of toilet paper
Friday, February 24, 2017
3:45 p.m.
  • I ended up with a small window of time before heading out to take some listing photos, so here’s your afternoon update:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!

– Ray
10:00 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

You can stop by for a sneak preview of our listing at 12284 Linda Flora Drive today until noon.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

  • The All Listings page is not rendering in sequence (price lowest to highest) for some reason, but all the listings are there.  I’m working on the fix!  (Edit:  This has been corrected, however, it was necessary to change the price format – no commas.)
  • This will be the only update for today, but we’ll see you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list for the weekend.
– Ray
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Worst playground ever
Thursday, February 23, 2017
4:00 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
8:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. – overachiever
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
5:00 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1224 Meyers Road – back on the market (had been a cancelled listing) and increased from $849,900 to $875,000.
– Ray
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
2:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1226 Anita Avenue – sale pending.  Congrats to our clients who had their offer accepted on this home!
  • 1224 Meyers Road – this listing has been cancelled.  (Note, this property was listed only in the Ventura MLS.  As described in our blog entry of January 30, 2017 – these Ventura MLS links expire after 30 days OR immediately when a listing is closed or cancelled.)
– Ray
8:15 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today.
– Ray
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Monday, February 20, 2017
5:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

We drove past the river today; even this steady, light rain we’ve been getting all day has the river moving along nicely!

– Ray
9:05 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today
– Ray
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Not to get all OCD, but the pick is facing the wrong direction
Sunday, February 19, 2017
10:10 a.m.
– Ray
Saturday, February 18, 2017
11:30 a.m.
  • It’s official:  We are now 3+ inches over the average annual rainfall for the Ojai Valley.  We hope everyone made it through the storm without too much trouble.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Have a great weekend…

– Ray
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Symphony entrance
Friday, February 17, 2017
5:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • $2,250,000 – 12284 Linda Flora Drive.  This is our own listing, located in Rancho Matilija.  Many upgrades have been made to the home since it was last on the market in August, 2012 – including wood flooring, updated kitchen and bathrooms, and a remodeled master suite.  Come check it out!

Cheryl and I did take a quick trip out earlier this afternoon to see how the rain was affecting some areas.  Several trees were down, the Ventura river was flowing quite nicely (but not “big” enough to warrant taking a pic), and there were tons of people driving around and stopping to take photos.  There was a lot of traffic on Baldwin Road, especially near Lake Casitas and Baldwin.  We were wondering if traffic was being diverted from the 33 for some reason.  We show that we received 3.69 inches at our weather station, but I know some of the other stations around are registering 4 to 5 inches.

Anyway, have a nice weekend; stay dry and we’ll have the updated open house list ready for you tomorrow morning.

– Ray
10:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai. (Perhaps surfing will be one of the items on the list?)

– Ray
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Dang it, should’ve used SPF 30
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:10 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today

We recently received a mailer telling us about the upcoming concerts at Libbey Bowl in Ojai.  We saw The Zombies, Rick Springfield, and Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers) last summer; all the concerts were great.  If you get a chance to attend one of these, do so – it’ll be worth it!  Here’s the Libbey Bowl schedule:

  • March 4th:  John Kay & Steppenwolf
  • April 1st:  Blue Oyster Cult
  • April 8th:  Robby Krieger (of The Doors)
  • April 22nd:  Berlin (Take My Breath Away)
  • July 1st:  Ultimate Stones and Led Zepagain (tribute bands)
  • July 30th:  Colin Hay (of Men at Work)
  • August 5th:  The Stars of Beatlemania
  • August 6th:  Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • August 12th:  Which One’s Pink (Pink Floyd Tribute band)
  • September 23rd:  Dave Mason
  • September 30th:  DSB & Queen Nation

I’ll put a tab at the top-of-page menu so you can check it throughout the summer.

– Ray
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Sulu – one-quarter impulse power, please.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
5:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

It was a gorgeous day, wasn’t it?  Calm before the storm; the current predictions I see say we should expect over 6 inches of rain between Thursday and Friday.  Batten down the hatches!  I’ll try to get a shot of the Ventura river from Baldwin Road on Friday if it looks exciting.

– Ray
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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You must actually have everything if you decide to order a set of these
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
6:50 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 401 S. Carrillo Road – sale pending.
  • 1193 Forest Avenue – sale pending.  Congrats to our clients/sellers, who accepted an offer on their home!
  • 1542 Loma Drive – sold for $720,000 (originally listed for $744,000).  Congrats to our clients/buyers who closed on their new home today!
– Ray
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Stormin’ Norman’s easy chair
Monday, February 13, 2017
6:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

Just a quick note about the market:  It’s really heating up.  Things are moving at a brisk pace; we have eight properties in escrow right now (several of which happened in the last few weeks), with another two likely coming in the next couple of days.  Sellers and buyers – take notice!

– Ray
10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Bleu cheese is born
Sunday, February 12, 2017
10:40 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
Check out today’s open houses; we’re holding four of ours open today:

Have a great Sunday!

– Ray
Saturday, February 11, 2017
11:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 435 Walbridge Way – back on the market (had been a pending sale).
  • 1388 Orange Road – sale pending.  This was a new listing that was pending before it was published on the MLS.
– Ray
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Fun with angles
Friday, February 10, 2017
5:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend; see you tomorrow with the updated open house list…

– Ray
10:30 a.m.
  • Don’t forget; we’re having a sneak preview of our listing at 342 N. Arnaz Street today until 12:00 noon!
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 814 Grandview Avenue – sale pending.
  • 52 Bundren Street – this listing has expired.  (This is a Ventura MLS property – now that the listing has expired, the link page will show as blank.)

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

– Ray
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One-quarter carport?
Thursday, February 9, 2017
6:25 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
11:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
4:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:50 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today.

Someone recently asked why Maria hasn’t been doing any updates lately:  After updating the website to the new, current version you see here (which occurred at the end of December) – I’m still working out the finer points of this system.  Once I get everything running smoothly and I’ve got the kinks figured out, I’ll begin training Maria.  My guess is that it won’t be until at least the beginning of March.

Have a great day!  We’ll see you later this aftenoon…

– Ray
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
5:40 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Bugatti Estates mobile home park
Monday, February 6, 2017
5:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

A quick read at our rain station tells me that we received 2.22 inches of rain last night/today.  I’ll have the official tally for you tomorrow morning (after I get the reading from three other rain stations).  Have nice evening…

– Ray
11:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Wow, what a football game list night!  Our group of 11 were starting to doze off (I think) until halfway through the 3rd quarter.  We had so much good food last night at our “Soup or Bowl” party:  Soups, salads, football muffins (a Cheryl specialty), mac & cheese, home made ice cream – it was quite a feast.  The commercials didn’t seem as good this year as in years prior, but Lady Gaga’s show was great.  We had no idea that the “stars” were all drones flying around.  Very cool.

– Ray
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Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt play a prank
Sunday, February 5, 2017
  • No update today.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
12:35 p.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!  We’re headed out to show property this afternoon and then it’s time to prep for our Super Bowl party tomorrow.  There will be no update tomorrow.  Have a great day!

– Ray
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Friday, February 3, 2017
9:15 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 this weekend; we’re heading out to take a look at four new properties this morning.  This will likely be the only update for today.  Have a great weekend!

– Ray
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(Actual listing photo)  I guess we’re pretending that’s a flat screen TV?
Thursday, February 2, 2017
5:00 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 305 Oriole Street – sold for $693,000 (originally listed for $729,000).
  • 366 Sunset Court – sold for $750,000 (originally listed for $769,000).
  • 36 Olive Street – this Honorable Mention has been sold for $485,000 (originally listed for $525,000).
  • 119 Bundren Street – withdrawn from the market.  (The link for this listing is now blank.  This is the issue we spoke of in our blog entry back on January 30th, regarding links from the new version of the Ventura MLS.)

Have a great evening!  We’ll see you tomorrow morning just prior to heading out to look at new properties.

– Ray
10:10 a.m.

No changes as of yet…

– Ray
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Look Ma, I made my own pet door!
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
5:50 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
11:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

~ It’s the first of the month, so that means we’ll have the new Ojai Market Data update for you later today!

– Ray
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Once a wealthy crime lord, Jabba was forced to work for peanuts as a security guard