Blog Archive – July, 2018

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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
3:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Monday, July 30, 2018
4:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
7:40 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Artistic, yet disturbing at the same time
Saturday, July 28, 2018
12:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated.

~ Ray
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So we’re branding vacant lots now?
Friday, July 27, 2018
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.  We’re headed out to take a look at five new properties this morning!

~ Ray
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Well, we certainly live in our own little world, don’t we?
Thursday, July 26, 2018
4:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Domatopygmachoamazonophobia: The fear of bringing boxes into the house
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
4:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:30 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

My trip to L.A. yesterday consisted of a visit to an orthopedic doctor at USC.  Turns out I need a total knee replacement on one of my knees.  I originally suffered the injury in 1986 (playing softball), didn’t get it fixed “right” until 1994, had it “scoped” in 2010, and finally tweaked it last Wednesday to a point that I’m on crutches – and now it’s had enough.  Let’s just say in this particular regard, a doctor calling your x-ray “impressive” isn’t nearly as positive as it sounds.

At some point in the next few weeks (I don’t have a scheduled surgery date yet) the updates will get a little sparse, but I’ll let you know when that time has come.

~ Ray
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Fences beyond mending
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
1:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Apologies for the late update; I had an appointment down in L.A. at 8:30 this morning.  That drive is typically no fun during rush hour, but I did discover that taking the 118 instead of the 101 was much more relaxing!  This will be the only update for today.

~ Ray
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When pine has had enough
Monday, July 23, 2018
5:10 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Saturday, July 21, 2018
11:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated – check out our listing at 402 N. Arnaz Street, which will be open both today and tomorrow from 12:00 to 4:00.

~ Ray
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Petey escaped through the bedroom window in the nick of time, as Sadie’s husband had just returned home from work – two hours earlier than expected
Friday, July 20, 2018
3:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

A couple of nights ago Cheryl and I went out to dinner (one of our favorites places, Giannfranco’s in Carpinteria).  As you may know, we’re sometimes prone to bouts of goofiness and misunderstanding of each other.  Not as crazy as that time we had dinner at the Ranch House (the incident was mentioned as “Our favorite moment of the year” in our Best of 2013 end-of-year rundown)…but we did have a couple of mindless moments the other night – I’m thinking we were a bit worn out (and no, we weren’t drinking):

Scene One:

Ray:  “Did Shirley Temple sing ‘On the Good Ship Lollipop’?”  [Not sure why this question popped into my head.]
Cheryl:  [seriously]  “I don’t think that was the actual name of the ship, was it?”
Ray:  “What??”
Cheryl:  “You asked if she sang on the ‘Lollipop.’  I’ve never heard of that ship.”

Scene Two (about 10 minutes later):

Cheryl:  “When my ex-husband was growing up, he was worried that he’d be an only child.”  [He wasn’t an only child – and I knew this.]
Ray:  “Was he the oldest of the siblings?”

 

I swear I couldn’t make that up (and we’re apparently smarter in real estate than in casual conversation)…see you tomorrow with the updated open house list!

~ Ray
9:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

Catch a sneak preview of our cute new listing at 402 N. Arnaz Street today from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon!  If you can’t see it today, it will be open Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00.

~ Ray
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For Sale:  Meticulously maintained home…
Thursday, July 19, 2018
4:50 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:45 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

In addition to the new listings above, we’ll have a new one of our own coming up later today in Meiners Oaks!

~ Ray
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                Fed up with low wages, the Union of Traffic Control Devices picketed in the blazing heat. They never made it past noon.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
4:40 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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In quiet and pensive moments, Wally could be found staring out his window, daydreaming of a better life
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
5:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Yep, it looks level to me
Monday, July 16, 2018
3:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Sigh….I guess they had to cover Jim’s nipples with something
Sunday, July 15, 2018
9:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for today has been updated.  Enjoy your Sunday!

~ Ray
Saturday, July 14, 2018
12:35 p.m.
We have added two new Best Buys to the list.  Click the Best Buys link to read the write-up for each!

The open house list for Saturday has been updated.  Have a great day in Ojai, everyone, and don’t forget that Jefferson Starship is at Libbey Bowl tonight at 7:00, while Wilson Phillips will be there Sunday at 7:00 p.m!

~ Ray
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Dare to be different
Friday, July 13, 2018
6:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ll have two new Best Buys for you tomorrow morning, along with an update of the open house list.  Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
9:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Were heading out to take a look at ten new properties this morning!  Meanwhile, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai (which includes a concert at Libbey Bowl with Jefferson Starship on Saturday – we’ll be there)!

~ Ray
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The only couch that includes free pocket lint
Thursday, July 12, 2018
5:30 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:00 a.m.

Just a heads up; there’s a fantastic new shop opening today in Meiners Oaks called Pearl Paris.  Be sure to check out this unique and eclectic boutique.  It’s open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., so be sure to stop by to say hello to the proprietor, Tracy!  Pearl Paris is located at 100 E. El Roblar Drive.

pearl paris, 100 e el roblar drive ojai

10:25 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Ah, finally…a funeral home with a sense of humor
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
3:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Yep, I’ll be taking the elevator
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
4:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Even though this isn’t related to Ojai real estate, we want to congratulate our sellers at 119 Los Cabos Lane in Ventura for closing on the sale of their home!  (We received three offers on this home and ended up selling it for full price.)

~ Ray
9:30 a.m.

No changes yet for today.

Early last evening, Cheryl and I thought we felt a slight earthquake.  A quick check of the earthquake maps revealed nothing occurred, but I did find a fantastic site that allows you to enter your home address to see what hazards your property might be subjected to – via maps indicating whether it’s in an earthquake fault zone, a liquefaction zone, or a landslide zone (or a combination of either).  The different types of earthquake hazards are scattered all over the place, so this really pinpoints it for you.  After you enter your address and the map pulls it up, close the box that reads “Search result” with your address in it, then click on your property (the address is indicated on the parcel).  A pop-up will show if it’s in any of the zones.  Check it out here.

~ Ray
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An Igloo igloo

  

Monday, July 9, 2018
5:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Licensed and bonded?  Yeah, right!
Saturday, July 7, 2018
11:10 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!

~ Ray
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When ADA regulations become a little too stringent
Friday, July 6, 2018
3:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend; the open house list will be updated tomorrow!

~ Ray
11:10 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re heading out to take a quick look at a couple of properties; here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  (Hey, Little Feat is going to be at the Topa Mountain Winery tonight!  I played two of their songs while in bands over the years – Let It Roll and Texas Twister – both a blast to play from a musician’s standpoint.)  Stay cool out there!

~ Ray
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Good luck getting your homeowner’s insurance to cover this
Thursday, July 5, 2018
5:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

What a great fireworks show last night!  I think the grand finale was the best I’ve ever seen in Ojai.  Also, was it just us or did the traffic seem to move more smoothly after the show was over?

~ Ray
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A dead giveaway that you’re an empty-nester
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
9:10 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

There will be no update tomorrow.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July, and don’t miss the fireworks!

~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 40 Pathelen Avenue – reduced from $599,000 to $589,000.
  • 992-990 Loma Drive – reduced from $1,675,000 to $1,665,000.
  • 333 Bundren Street – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.  Also, note that this was previously listed as 33 Bundren Street.  I looked at the history of this house; very strange, as it’s been listed in the past as both 33 Bundren Street and 333 Bundren Street.  The link is from the Ventura MLS, so it will show as unavailable.

We were notified a couple of weeks ago that our power would be disconnected by SCE in order to perform maintenance and upgrades from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today.  We usually work from our home offices, but today we’ll spend much of the day in the KW office in town.  It’s good to have advanced notice; two years ago on July 3rd and 4th – our power went out due to a problem, and was out so long that we basically had to cancel all of our July 4th plans and run down and buy a generator at Lowe’s in Ventura.  (Turned out to be a blessing, as we needed the generator for a day or so during last year’s fires.)  At least we made the fireworks show!

~ Ray
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All I see is a T-Rex
Monday, July 2, 2018
5:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed; lots of good info there so be sure to check it out!

~ Ray
10:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

As it’s the beginning of the month, we’ll have the new Ojai Market Update for you later this afternoon!

~ Ray
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When the word “inconspicuous” doesn’t exist in your language
Sunday, July 1, 2018
11:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Don’t forget to check out today’s open houses!

~ Ray