Blog Archive – March, 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.

Saturday, March 31, 2018
11:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
The open house list has been updated!  Check out our newest listings today and tomorrow:
  • 347 N. Poli Street – this 2 bed/bath cutie will be held open Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 460 El Conejo Drive – this spacious 3 bed/2 bath home will be held open Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Seeing both of the above homes is a piece of cake; they’re located about 1 block apart!

Have a great weekend…

~ Ray
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Fake! Fake!

 

Friday, March 30, 2018
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 take a look at some new properties this morning.  Feel free to stop by our listing at 460 El Conejo Drive today for a sneak preview from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon!

~ Ray
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When the warranty runs out on your neighbor’s Mini Cooper
Thursday, March 29, 2018
8:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 460 El Conejo Drive – $655,000.  This is our listing that we teased about earlier this week!  You can catch a sneak preview tomorrow morning from 9:30 to 12:00.  (We should have another new one coming up next week as well.)
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
1:05 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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I can’t tell if this an electrical fix or a plumbing fix
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Teaser alert!  We have a new listing coming on the market this week; it’s a 4 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,745 sq. ft. home on a large corner lot in Meiners Oaks.  It will be listed at $655,000 and will hit the market tomorrow afternoon.

~ Ray
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If I ever get hold of that solar panel salesman…
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
6:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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A sure sign your neighbor is angry
Monday, March 26, 2018
6:25 p.m.
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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I should have taken the blue pill. Or was it the red pill? I can never remember…
Sunday, March 25, 2018
9:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Don’t forget to check out today’s open houses.  Our listing at 347 N. Poli Street will be open today from 12:00 to 4:00 – stop by to say “Hi” and take a look at this warm and private custom home!

~ Ray
Saturday, March 24, 2018
12:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for this weekend has been updated.  Stop by our beautiful new listing at 347 N. Poli Street today or tomorrow, between 12:00 and 4:00!

~ Ray
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Friday, March 23, 2018
3:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Enjoy the weekend and we’ll see you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list!

~ Ray
10:30 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.  Although the rain was appreciated, it’s nice to see the sun this morning!  We’re heading out to take a look at a couple of new properties…

~ Ray
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Evidence that you live across from an elementary school
Thursday, March 22, 2018
4:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 347 N. Poli Street – $679,000.  This is our listing that we teased about a few days ago.  You can catch a sneak preview of it tomorrow morning between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon!
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s a home maintenance reminder…clean out your roof valleys!  We experienced a leak in our house today:  Despite my diligence in cleaning out the gutters prior to every rainy season, I’ve not stayed on top of cleaning out the valleys in the roof.  (The steep slope of our roof and the possible 10-foot fall have kept me at bay.  I’ve been up there before, but when I hear those concrete tiles creaking under my feet, it makes me awfully nervous.)

During virtually every home inspection we’ve attended in the course of our real estate careers, the inspector mentions keeping the roof valleys clean as part of ongoing maintenance.  Leaves, dirt, and this year – ash – can build up to a point where they block the valleys.  This effectively dams the water and allows it to run sideways instead of downwards, penetrating underneath the roofing tiles and ultimately, into your home.  The good news is that this is an easy fix; a leaf blower or a narrow broom should do the trick.  That is unless you wait until there’s a downpour (as I did today), at which point you have to clear the muck out by hand!

 

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Clean roof valley
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Blocked roof valley
11:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 4522 Grand Avenue – $2,650,000.  (This was last on the market in December at the same list price.)
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s an update from Lake Casitas regarding the water situation relative to this storm.

~ Ray
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The un-fillable sink
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
4:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We show roughly 1.80 inches on our rain gauge so far; looks like there’s more on the way.  Be safe out there!

~ Ray
10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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I wouldn’t have cracked this code had those been USB cables
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
3:45 p.m.

No other changes for today…but here comes the rain!

~ Ray
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Vito Corleone’s original “offer he can’t refuse.”
Monday, March 19, 2018
4:40 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We have an enchanting new listing coming up this week; it’s a 2 bed/2 bath home in Meiners Oaks that features wood floors, an upgraded kitchen, remodeled master and guest baths, a large master bedroom suite, and a detached studio that would be perfect for an artist.  Priced at $679,000, there will be a sneak preview Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon (assuming the coming storm will pass through Ojai by then).

~ Ray 
9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

No update today.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
11:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!

~ Ray
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Nothing says “Relax” like a bath with Stalin
Friday, March 16, 2018
4:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

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

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  As usual, we’re headed out to take a look at some new properties this morning…see you in a few hours!

~ Ray
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Thursday, March 15, 2018
3:20 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:40 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Despite an aggressive marketing campaign, pigeon UFC never caught on
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
4:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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The apparition of the last person who used these steps
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
3:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 11891 Silver Spur Street – sale pending.  Congrats to our clients/buyers who had their offer accepted on this property!
  • 435 Walbridge Way – sold for $715,000 (originally listed for $775,000).  Congrats to our clients/sellers who closed on the sale of this property today!
~ Ray
1:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I want to give overdue thanks to Greg and Monika, clients of ours who bought a home a couple of years ago in Ventura.  When the sale closed we exchanged closing gifts and one of the things they got us was a book of quotes that I still use to this day, titled “Forbes Book of Quotations.”  In the almost seven years that Best Buys In Ojai has been online, I have used roughly 2,400 quotes.  I keep the past quotes I’ve used in a searchable document so that I’ll never repeat a quote (that document is 117 pages long)!

~ Ray
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Monday, March 12, 2018
4:15 p.m.
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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How to make an apiarist chuckle
Sunday, March 11, 2018

No update today.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
11:50 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.  In the event it’s raining, you may want to call the listing agent for any specific homes you want to see to make sure they’re still being held open.

~ Ray
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Crab crosswalk
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:50 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend; watch out for the rain!  We’ll see you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list.

~ Ray
10:15 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.

~ Ray
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Thursday, March 8, 2018
5:40 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 3860 Grand Avenue – back on the market (had been a cancelled listing) and reduced from $3,900,000 to $3,825,000.
  • 1225 S. Rice Road #90 – sold for $125,000 (originally listed for $125,000).
~ Ray
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First day on the job?
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
4:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 303 Drown Avenue – sale pending.  (Note:  This is a new listing that already had an accepted offer on it before it was listed in the MLS.)
~ Ray
9:55 a.m.

No changes yet for today…

~ Ray
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Watching paint dry officially drops to #2 on the Most Boring Activity list
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
4:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:00 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Toilet overflow problem – solved.
Monday, March 5, 2018
1:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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The mailbox probably has as much horsepower as the real thing
Sunday, March 4, 2018
8:40 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Saturday, March 3, 2018
1:45 p.m.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed.  Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
12:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  I am working on the Ojai Market Data update at the moment.  Come back in about an hour and a half to see how the market fared in February…

~ Ray
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Friday, March 2, 2018
10:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Enjoy the rainy day!

~ Ray
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Where less-than gold records end up
Thursday, March 1, 2018
7:20 p.m.
There are seven new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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A subtle jab at the post office?