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The first requirement in taking a step in the right direction is to take a step in some direction.

  – Robert Brault 

This Day in History

May 22, 1859:  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born.  It’s the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of master sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was born in Scotland and studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he met Dr. Joseph Bell, a teacher with extraordinary deductive reasoning power.  Bell partly inspired Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes years later.

After medical school, Doyle moved to London, where his slow medical practice left him ample free time to write.  His first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, was published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887. Starting in 1891, a series of Holmes stories appeared in The Strand magazine.  Holmes enabled Doyle to leave his medical practice in 1891 and devote himself to writing, but the author soon grew weary of his creation. In The Final Problem, he killed off both Holmes and his nemesis, Dr. Moriarty, only to resuscitate Holmes later due to popular demand.  In 1902, Doyle was knighted for his work with a field hospital in South Africa. In addition to dozens of Sherlock Holmes stories and several novels, Doyle wrote history, pursued whaling, and engaged in many adventures and athletic endeavors. After his son died in World War I, Doyle became a dedicated spiritualist.  He died in 1930.

Ojai Weather

Mostly cloudy – High 69 / Low 51

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ 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:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ 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
Pic (video) of the Day

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.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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To hell with you pedestrians and your fancy walking!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
3:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Pssst…you wanna buy a Rolex, cheap?
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
6:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ 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:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ 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.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ 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.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Meanwhile, in Idaho…
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
3:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ 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.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ 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:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

~ Ray
11:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ 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:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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