Blog Archive – December, 2016

Note:  Some of the links below may take you to a blank page with the verbiage, “This is not a valid link.”  These links

have expired from the Ventura MLS and are no longer accessible.  Ojai MLS links are not affected in this way.

Saturday, December 31, 2016
10:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated (there is only 1 published open house on Sunday).

  • This will be the last update of the year!  We are taking tomorrow off, but on Monday the 2nd we’ll not only have the Ojai Market Data update, but we’ll also have the Best of 2016 rundown for you.

Have a great New Year and stay safe…

– Ray, Cheryl & Maria
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I hope this isn’t indicative of how the wife and hubby are getting along
Friday, December 30, 2016
10:40 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
So, what’s new on BBIO?  Here’s a quick rundown:
  • The All Listings page now features photos to (hopefully) allow you to better recognize each property listed.  Additionally, the columns are now sortable – which will make it easier to sort and find properties by square footage, lot size, beds/baths, or status.  Finally, you can now easily search using the function at the top right of the All Listings table.
  • There’s now a side panel on each page which makes it easier to search the entire website, find our own property listings or browse through the archives.
  • In the future we will also add the main listing photo for each property that is listed on the both the Best Buys and Honorable Mention pages.
  • We have extended the archives to include six months worth of prior blog updates (it used to be four months).
  • We have removed the Fun Pictures tab.  The archived photos were taking up too much space (there were over 1,300 photos).  With the blog archives now going back six months, this will give newbies a good cache of roughly 150 photos or galleries to peruse.

Lastly, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  This will likely be the only update for today; we’ll see you tomorrow with the updated open house list (if there are any open houses).

Have a great weekend!

– Ray
2:05 a.m.

Hi everyone!  Thanks for your patience.

Yesterday was a stress-filled day trying to get the new site up and running.  I thought everything was fine after I had completed the first update on the new site at about 3:00 p.m.  But when I went to make it “live” everything blew up.  I spent about 5 hours on the phone with our web host (with 5 different people) trying to get the issue fixed all throughout the day and into the evening.  At about 8:00 last night they gave me a case number so we could get off the phone; they said they’d work on a solution and let me know via email as soon as they had it fixed.

So, of course I had some trouble sleeping (at one point dreaming that a grunting bear was swimming towards me in a lake and about to attack me – turns out I woke myself up snoring).  I woke up about an hour and a half ago to check email to see if they had fixed the issue and voila, I got the email saying it was fixed!

But wait…I logged into the site to find that everything was gone:  Blog, archives, photos, all data, everything.  After a tense 45 minutes on the phone, we found and reinstated the website backup that was done yesterday morning – prior to all the trouble – and here we are.  The backup didn’t contain the update I did yesterday at 3:00 p.m., but I’ll include that info in the update later this morning.

See you in a few hours.  Now, back to that bear…

– Ray
Thursday, December 29, 2016
No updates – website reconstruction in progress…
December 28, 2016
5:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

After a lengthy re-building process we are excited to finally announce that the new version of Best Buys in Ojai will be booted up some time tomorrow, Thursday.  My goal is to complete it in conjunction with the morning update, but I may run into some snags along the way.  Again, if the site acts weird or you have any trouble with it – please be patient while I work to fix any issues.  Yee haa!  Have a great night!

– Ray
9:35 a.m.

No changes yet for today.

– Ray
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No, but your £25 glasses make me look weird
December 27, 2016
4:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 720 Spring Street – sold for $465,000 (originally listed for $510,000).
  • 67 W. Calle El Prado – sold for $559,000 (originally listed for $576,940).  Congratulations to our clients/sellers, Damon & Holly!  Have fun on your new adventure!
– Ray
9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Apparently, Super Glue doesn’t fix everything
December 26, 2016
9:40 a.m.

…not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (no changes for today.)

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Now they send you home for high-sticking?
December 25, 2016

No updates for today.

December 24, 2016
10:40 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

There are no open houses scheduled for this weekend.

I want to relay a little bit of recent Ojai weather history.  As you may know, as part of the daily BBIO update I’ve been keeping track of rainfall since 2013.  It certainly seems were off to a good start this year, with accumulation for the season thus far at 4.82 inches.  It appears we’re in a bit of a pattern where we’re receiving rain about once every 7 to 10 days right now, something I don’t recall happening in the last several years.  So that’s a good thing!  But we’ve all been fooled before.  Here’s a list of rainfall we’ve received through December for the years 2013 through 2015, followed by the total accumulation we received for each season:

 

  • 2013/2014 – Rainfall through December, 2013 = 1.04 inches.  Total accumulation for the 2013/2014 season = 8.28 inches
  • 2014/2015 – Rainfall through December, 2014 = 5.28 inches.  Total accumulation for the 2014/2015 season = 9.02 inches
  • 2015/2016 – Rainfall through December, 2015 = .80 inches.  Total accumulation for the 2015/2016 season = 11.90 inches

In 2013/2014, had we not had a storm that brought 5.24 inches of rain from February 27th through March 3, we would have ended up with only 3.04 inches of rain for the season.  I remember that storm distinctly because Cheryl and I missed it; we were in Las Vegas the entire time.

2014/2015 was really a tease.  5.28 inches through December, then only 3.74 inches for the rest of the season!

Keep this in your memory bank:  The historical yearly rainfall average in Ojai is a shade over 21 inches per year.

~ That’s all for today folks!  Next week, December 31st, I’ll have the “Best of 2016” for you (I really enjoy doing the yearly wrap-up).  There will be no update tomorrow; if you celebrate – have yourselves a Merry Christmas!

– Ray
December 23, 2016
– 11:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

This will be the only update for today.  We’ll have the updated open house list for you tomorrow (if there are any) and we’ll be back on schedule Monday with twice-a-day updates.  Have a great weekend!

– Ray
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Failing to complete the task at hand, the despondent cleaning products held hands, opened the window – and jumped
December 22, 2016
– 4:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Barring a setback, the new and improved BBIO should be up and running some time next week.  Learning the new system has led me to encounter one obstacle after another (including the Ventura County MLS’s decision to switch to a new MLS system), but I’ve been knocking ’em down one-by-one.  Fingers crossed.

Have a great night!

– Ray
– 10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Christmas hijinks
December 21, 2016
– 3:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
– 11:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Worst front door entrance ever
December 20, 2016
– 5:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Maria
– 1:45 p.m.
We have a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
– 8:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Can anyone explain why the low temps from the weather services are so inaccurate?  Yesterday they predicted a low temp of 46 for this morning, when in reality it was 25 degrees at our house.  Same for today; one service is predicting a low of 55, another a low of 47 – and I’m betting those will be incorrect as well.  I know the temperature is different when compared from one end of town to the other, but I’m thinking not that much!

– Ray
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No television? Ok…if only there were some way we could entertain ourselves
December 19, 2016
– 5:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Maria
– 9:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Maria
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Yes, the fixtures stay with the house
December 18, 2016
– 9:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here is the list of open houses for today.  Be sure to stop by our listing at 1290 Mariano Drive open from 1:00 to 4:00.

– Maria
December 17, 2016
– 10:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!

– Ray
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Behold!  Kohler’s new Tub Toilet
December 16, 2016
– 3:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

Enjoy the weekend!

– Maria
– 9:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

– Ray
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New concept in home design – the inverted pyramid
December 15, 2016
– 5:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

It certainly would seem that homeowners are holding off to list their homes until after the holidays.  The last listing to hit the market as new occurred nine days ago.  However, there is still market activity:  Eight homes have changed from “active” to “sale pending” in the same time period.  Have a great night!

– Ray
– 7:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The listing above is the first of the new Ventura MLS links after the changeover earlier this week.  All new links for Ventura will resemble the one above.

– Ray
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You’re gonna need a bigger sink
December 14, 2016
– 10:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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I understand how you feel
December 13, 2016
– 11:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Kangaroo exit
December 12, 2016
– 3:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
– 10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Few people are aware of Van Gogh’s fascination with photorealsim/futurism
December 11, 2016
– 8:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here is the open house list for today.  We have three of our listings open today: 1290 Mariano Drive 1:00-4:00, 460 El Conejo Drive 12:00-3:00, and 12576 MacDonald Drive 12:00-3:00.   Stop by and say hello!

– Maria
December 10, 2016
– 11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for this weekend has been updated!

– Ray
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I thought you were supposed to use the stairs in the event of a fire?
December 9, 2016
– 2:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

A note on withdrawn listings:  We usually see a handful of these just prior to the holidays.  Our guess is that many people don’t want the hassle of having to show their homes during the holidays, so they briefly take it off the market until after the New Year.

We forgot to congratulate our clients/buyers earlier today, who just had their offer accepted on 502 W. Lomita Avenue!  We would have labeled this as a Best Buy, but we wanted our clients to see it first.  You can read about our philosophy in these situations here.

Have a wonderful weekend; see you tomorrow with the updated open house list.

– Ray
– 9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  We’re heading out to preview four new properties this morning; hopefully we’ll find a new Best Buy or two for you!

– Ray
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House on a stick
December 8, 2016
– 7:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’ve been cranking away at getting the new version of BBIO up and running in an attempt to finish it by the end of the year (I spent a good 8 hours on it today).  Well, it looks like I helped create the perfect storm.  This wasn’t a surprise, but it’s the first we’re mentioning it here:  The Ventura County MLS is changing systems from its current version (which looks virtually identical to the Ojai MLS) to a system which resembles the Santa Barbara MLS.  Those of you who’ve been following us for a while may have noticed an odd-looking listing or two show up from time-to-time, as the Santa Barbara MLS looks markedly different.

The version as we currently know it will be shut down at noon tomorrow.  No new listings can be added, nor can changes be made to existing listings until the new system goes on-line Monday, December 12th.  On one hand, this won’t affect our website much, as most of the listings are taken from Ojai anyway.  However, there are some out-of-area agents that only list in the Ventura MLS.

What I’m saying is, things could get a little dicey over the next couple of weeks.  There may be a rush of new listings or changes via the “new” Ventura MLS next week.  In addition, there’s a chance that any current Ventura MLS links on BBIO will no longer work.  I’ll work diligently to fix these problems as they occur, but please be patient – it may take a few days.

We’ll likely experience this same diceyness when we launch the new BBIO, as these things rarely go perfectly.  But when all is said and done, I think you’ll enjoy the new layout much more.  It’ll be laid out more logically, easier to read, and the All Listings page will feature sortable columns (the thing I’m probably most excited about).  Should be a fun new year.  Have a great night!

– Ray
– 9:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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December 7, 2016
– 4:50 p.m.
There are two new listings 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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Sorry, Jack; there’s only enough room for Rose and the children
December 6, 2016
– 5:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Maria
– 9:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Maria
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You’ve heard of snail mail? Meet snake mail
December 5, 2016
– 5:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Maria
– 10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Password to enter Jabba’s palace, please?
December 4, 2016
– 10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Don’t forget to have a look at the open houses for today.  We’ll have our listings at 1290 Mariano Drive, 12576 MacDonald Drive, and 460 El Conejo Drive all open today (see the open house list for times).

We also have a pocket listing in Rancho Matiljia:  It’s a 5 bedroom/4.5 bathroom, 4,510 sq. ft. horse property with a pool on 2.77 acres.  It also has a large, detached guest area with tons of storage.  If you’re interested, please give us a call for a price.

Enjoy your Sunday!

– Ray

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December 3, 2016
– 11:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!

– Ray
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December 2, 2016
– 5:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I checked to see if the Ojai Valley News has updated the events calendar (things to do) for this weekend, but that’s a no go.  We’ll see you tomorrow morning with the updated open houses lists for Saturday & Sunday; have a wonderful weekend…

– Ray
– 8:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The new list of things to do in Ojai hasn’t been published yet; we’ll check it later today and update if possible.
We’re holding two of our listings open for broker preview this morning; you’re more than welcome to come by to take a look:  1290 Mariano Drive and 460 El Conejo Drive, both open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

– Ray
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December 1, 2016
– 3:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • $599,000 – 1290 Mariano Drive.  This is our own listing.  We’ll be having a sneak preview tomorrow morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – feel free to stop by if you’d like!  It was also be on open house this Sunday.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Click here to check out the Ojai Market Data update!

– Ray
– 11:20 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

– Ray
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Actual listing photo – a Grinch-heart pool