Blog Archive – August, 2016

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August 31, 2016
5:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
Ojai real estate
When threatened, the chameleon sink changes colors to blend in with its surroundings
August 30, 2016
4:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
 
11:40 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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I told you to put up the baby gate!
August 29, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
homes for sale ojai
Cute, but I can still eat hard-boiled eggs with it
August 28, 2016
9:25 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

There are 20 open houses today!  Be sure to check out our listing at 10808 Creek Road today from 1:30 to 4:30!

~ Maria
August 27, 2016
11:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
homes for sale ojai
Han Solo’s bathroom reminiscence
August 27, 2016
5:10 p.m.
There is new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
9:30 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

There are 17 properties on broker preview today!  We will let you know if there are any Best Buys out there.  See you this afternoon.

~ Maria
Pic of the Day
homes for sale ojai
Who is stealing manhole covers?
August 25, 2016
3:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
10:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai homes for sale
This is why we can’t have nice things
August 24, 2016
4:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 720 Spring Street – back on the market and increased from $509,900 to $510,000 (had been a cancelled listing).
  • 11195 N. Ventura Avenue #13 – sold for $73,000 (was originally listed for $115,000).
  • 1175 Rancho Drive – sold for $790,000 (was originally listed for $899,000).  This was a recently expired listing that sold and closed before it was re-listed in the MLS.
~ Maria
11:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
August 23, 2016
3:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

This morning we lost a dear friend of ours, Matt Velie.  We came to know Matt and his wife Sue when we helped them buy a home back in 2012.  We soon became friends with an entire group of people (including past clients and friends Ken & Linda and Rosi & Larry) – playing trivia Tuesday nights at the Ojai Sports Grill, traveling to Del Mar and Vegas together, hosting Bad Movie Night at our house, and attending moonlight fishing at Lake Casitas.  It was a beautiful, red moon this past Friday night when we went fishing.  On Sunday, at Matt’s request, we saw The Thing With Two Heads, a truly bad (but funny) movie.  I can still hear him laughing as that two-headed thing crested the hill riding a dirt bike.  Matt – we will miss you, your crude sense of humor and the mischievous grin that would appear whenever you knew you were doing or saying something that you shouldn’t.  Rest in peace, my friend – we will miss you.

This will be the only update for today.

– Ray, Cheryl & Maria

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August 22, 2016
4:50 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Did you see that huge smoke cloud over towards Santa Barbara this afternoon?  It looked like a volcanic eruption or a 50,000 ft. cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud.  Wow…bless those firefighters over there who are busting their tails.

~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai home
After 37 years, the horizontal red striped shirt store finally closed shop
August 21, 2016
9:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

There are plenty of open houses today!

~ Maria
August 20, 2016
10:55 a.m.

No changes for today, but we have updated the open house list for you!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
My head's spinning; I must have a bad case of verticow
My head’s spinning; I must have a bad case of verticow
August 19, 2016
4:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!  We’ll see you tomorrow with the updated open house list.

~ Ray
8:55 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Congrats to our client/buyer, Rita, who closed on her new home in Santa Barbara yesterday!

Finally, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai; we’re headed out to take a look at seven new properties.  See you this afternoon!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
real estate ojai
I’m fairly certain that’s a bottle of ink on the table:
August 18, 2016
5:40 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great night; we’ll see you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday!

~ Ray
9:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
real estate broker ojai
Ms. Leatherwood has a good sense of irony
August 17, 2016
5:00 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
10:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
There's nothing worse than getting your lily pads caught in your zipper
There’s nothing worse than getting your lily pads caught in your zipper
August 16, 2016
5:20 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
This place (called Richardson Adventure Farm) is located only 12 miles from where I grew up.  I don't recall ever hearing about it...I feel ripped off!  (That's a corn maze pictured below.)
This place (called Richardson Adventure Farm) is located only 12 miles from where I grew up.  I don’t recall ever hearing about it…I feel ripped off!  (That’s a corn maze pictured above.)
August 15, 2016
7:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
brokers ojai
My new bed from The Container Store is the worst
August 14, 2016
10:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here is the open house list for today!

~ Maria
August 13, 2016
11:55 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
Pic of the Day
real estate agent ojai
Dang it.  I hate these nesting cans
August 12, 2016
9:35 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re headed out to take a look at seven new properties this morning.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Have a great day!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
real estate broker ojai
Schnagel Avenue never recovered after The Beatles instead chose Abbey Road
August 11, 2016
6:40 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:30 a.m.

No changes yet for today…

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
1972:  Krieger, Densmore and Manzarek begin investing in real estate
1972:  Krieger, Densmore and Manzarek begin investing in real estate
August 10, 2016
4:40 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:25 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai homes
This Saturn V lamp one-ups the version I posted back in June
August 9, 2016
3:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:20 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate
Years on the run, the Kohler gang eventually met their end at the hands of a lynch mob

 

August 8, 2016
4:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We saw Michael McDonald last night at Libby Bowl.  It’s the first time I’ve seen him in person and I got chills when he first started singing the opening song, “Peace.”  It was soulful, touching, and haunting all at once.  I get chills every time I first hear an iconic band or performer with an instantly recognizable voice – Paul Simon, The Moody Blues, or Elton John – it happens to me every time.

There was even a surprise visit from Billy Valentine (who we saw several years ago at Libby Bowl).  Although the crowd was energetic, I was disappointed that the bowl wasn’t full (I’d say it was 85% full – just a guess).  I am hoping that the feedback and vibe these performers get from Ojai will offset the smaller crowds and lead them to recommend that other popular acts stop here for a visit.

Just a cool, final note about Michael McDonald:  One of the home inspectors we recommend to our clients was doing an inspection on Michael’s Santa Barbara home when it was recently for sale.  Michael was present during the inspection and at some point, brought out a guitar and serenaded the buyers and everyone else that was present.  Sounds like a man who loves to perform and if that doesn’t get your house sold, nothing will!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate broker
The better half?
August 7, 2016
10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Make sure you check out today’s open houses; there are several new ones out there.

~ Ray
August 6, 2016
11:40 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate
The post-apocalyptic Gotham
August 5, 2016
4:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

One of the properties we saw today would be what we consider an Honorable Mention.  However, one of our clients would like to see it before we announce it here as an HM, so we’re going to hold off on that until we get their verdict (in case they want to write an offer).  You can read more about our philosophy on this situation here.

This past Wednesday, Cheryl and I met down at Del Mar race track with a group of people to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our good friends, Ken & Linda.  We stayed the night before at the Lakehouse hotel & resort, located on Lake San Marcos.  We rented a pontoon boat and cruised around the lake, had dinner at The Fish Market (the swordfish steak is incredible), and had a great time with friends.  But just prior to heading to the racetrack Wednesday afternoon, Cheryl was getting dolled-up in her hat and matching purse (that could only be worn at a racetrack).

Now, I’d like to believe that I can write intelligently (which may be called into question by some), but I do tend to write better than I speak.  It’s gives me a chance to think first – to edit and re-write.  To wit, the conversation I had with Cheryl while she was trying on her racetrack hat:

Cheryl:  “After being out in the hot sun, now it’s time for me to get cute.”

What I was thinking and meant to convey was, “Get cute?  But you’re already cute.”  But what came out of my mouth was, “Well, that time has passed.”

It’s kind of the same, but not really.

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

~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re headed out to take a look at five properties.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai homes for sale
A sure sign they don’t want you to use their guest bathroom
August 4, 2016
11:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
homes in ojai
Gandalf begins his descent through the ceiling
August 3, 2016
5:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
11:20 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
Pic of the Day
property ojai
Placement is paramount within the confines of a grocery store
August 2, 2016
4:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
8:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
Pic of the Day
ojai property
Ok, now I HAVE to touch it
August 1, 2016
1:45 p.m.

It’s the 1st of the month, which means the Ojai Market Update has been completed (thus the reason for the late update).  There was quite a drop-off in activity in July (typical for this time of year).  We have several clients (and know of several other agents who have clients) that are gearing up to list their home in early September.

There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Just FYI, this will likely be the only update for today.

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
property ojai
Black bear swimming in the light of day,
Take these paws and learn the butterfly,
All your life,
You were only waiting for this moment to arise