Blog Archive – May, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
5:45 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
Pic of the Day
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If you leave them chained to a bench, you probably don’t need them in the first place
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
6:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Why women live longer than men, Part VII
Monday, May 29, 2017
No update today.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017
9:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Don’t forget to check out today’s open houses!  We’re holding three of ours open at 702 Drown Avenue, 12576 MacDonald Drive, and 2891 Matilija Canyon Road.

– Ray
Saturday, May 27, 2017
10:20 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

ojai real estate fun pic

Friday, May 26, 2017
9:25 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!

– Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai real estate fun pic

Thursday, May 25, 2017
8:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

A few days ago we were attempting to set up a showing on a listed property for long-time clients of ours.  We called the listing agent, but their voicemail instead picked up and said “Now that you have called me, you are now my Number One priority.”  We were ready to leave a message, when we heard…”Voicemail in-box is full.”  Cut to Ray and Cheryl doubled over in laughter.  Maybe technology isn’t so great after all?

 

Depending on how today goes, this may be the only update.

– Ray
Pic of the Day
For only $25 extra per month you can have the apartment with the “balcony”
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
3:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
11:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I may have mentioned this before, but Cheryl is a fantastic chef.  She is always coming up with new ideas for healthy (and extremely tasty) dinners.  A few of my favorites are her Chinese chicken salad, Italian zucchini boats (my name for them), and Cheryl’s Awesome Salad (also my name) – which could be a conglomeration of who-knows-what ingredients that it ALWAYS delicious.

But every so often when she cooks on the stove, the smoke alarm goes off even though Cheryl turns on the exhaust hood.   I moved the smoke alarm from the kitchen to the adjacent laundry room several years ago so that it would be less sensitive and not trigger as often.  But over the years it seemed to slowly get worse.  My running joke was,  “The dogs hate your cooking” – because every time the smoke alarm would go off, they’d leave the room and go upstairs.  Obviously, she wasn’t burning the food every time she cooked!

But a couple of weeks ago, I noticed what looked like oil dripping down onto the stove from the exhaust hood above.  Looking upwards, I noticed there was a screen/filter that was positively caked with grease and oil.  Of course, that’s where the oil drip was originating.  So I pulled the washable screen/filter out and spent the next 20 minutes cleaning it until it was sparkling.  Guess what?  The smoke alarm has not gone off since.

So, this is our long-winded reminder to clean or replace those oven hood filters or screens!  I know that ours hadn’t been cleaned since we moved into this house (12 years ago); we had simply never thought about it.  Disgusting!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
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Kept under the stairs since birth – the feral and now teenage Kyle Kohler could only communicate through gurgles and flushes
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
4:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai real estate fun pic

Monday, May 22, 2017
5:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
There had better be a reduced rate for this room
Sunday, May 21, 2017
8:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Lots of open houses to see today!  Check out 12576 MacDonald Drive – a fantastic family home (and a Best Buy) with a veritable playground of things to do for everyone; also 702 Drown Avenue – located on the corner of upper Drown Avenue and Grand Avenue, this home is charming, plus it’s within walking distance to downtown.

– Ray
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Don’t forget to check out the updated open house list.  Our listing at 702 Drown Avenue will be open today from 12:00 to 3:00; stop by and say “Hi” to our team member, Robert Perron!

– Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai real estate fun pic

Friday, May 19, 2017
3:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend; we’ll update the open house list for you tomorrow morning.

– Ray
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 are heading out to take a look at nine new properties this morning!

– Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai real estate fun pic

Thursday, May 18, 2017
4:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 407 El Paseo Drive – reduced from $579,500 to $549,500.
  • 650 Tico Road – sold for $1,610,000 (originally listed for $1,695,000).
  • 1414 Meadowbrook Road – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.
  • 155 Olive Street – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.  (Note:  This property was only listed in the Ventura MLS.  The link will no longer work since the property is off the market.)

Have a great evening!

– Ray
10:00 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
Now who would paint a building black??
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
4:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
12:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Because the market has been so active, we’ve been working double time to serve our clients (buyers and sellers).  As a result, the blog updates haven’t been quite as clockwork as usual.  We always take care of our clients first; the website comes second.  This means some days we are out and about early (so the morning update might be skipped) or we are with clients or otherwise until the evening (so a second update for the day doesn’t happen).  You have my word that I’ll be back on a regular schedule as soon as this wave passes!

Additionally, we’ve been working on new branding and advertising for our team – so that’s been taking up a lot of our time as well.  We are going to formally introduce our team in the next week or so.  We took some pro photos on Monday; here’s a goofy/fun shot that we likely won’t use for anything.  I think we were going for a sort of a “Resevoir Dogs feel” – and the accompanying slogan for this would be “We aim to make you our first priority.”  (We aren’t really going to use that phrase.)

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(Left to right: Sheryl, Rob, Cheryl, Ray, Maria)
Pic of the Day
Ojai real estate fun pic
Whoever owns this house needs to see a gastroenterologist
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
12:55 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the day
ojai rela estate fun pic
…and then your brain explodes
Monday, May 15, 2017
5:35 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:

It looks like we picked a good day to take off (yesterday); the above change is all that has occurred since Saturday!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
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Actual listing photo – 1 doll is fine; 12 hanging on a wall is creepy
Sunday, May 14, 2017
  • No update today.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
1:15 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for this weekend has been updated!  Our listing at 702 Drown Avenue will be open today from 1:00 to 4:00.  We are going to attempt to take the day off tomorrow; as such there will be no update on Sunday.  Have a great weekend!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
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Guaranteed to foil the dumbest of trespassers
Friday, May 12, 2017
9:25 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.  Our team is heading out to take a look at eight new properties this morning.  Don’t forget that you can catch a sneak preview of our listing at 702 Drown Avenue today from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
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I don’t know what this is, but I won’t be taking a sip
Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:00 p.m.
There are five new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 161 Sunset Avenue – back on the market and increased from $484,000 to $497,900 (had been a withdrawn listing).
  • 20 Feliz Drive – sale pending.
  • 1060 Shokat Drive – sold for $2,600,000.  (This property sold and closed before it was listed in the MLS.)
  • 671 Del Norte Road – sold for $1,600,000.  (This property sold and closed before it was listed in the MLS.)
  • 1202 Loma Drive #20 – sold for $86,000 (originally listed for $84,900).

I’ve got blisters on my fingers!  See you tomorrow morning…

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

It’s time to tease again:  We have a new listing coming on the market later this afternoon on N. Drown Avenue.  I’ll be taking photos later this morning and processing them this afternoon, so stay on the lookout for that!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
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Captain Obvious strikes again
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
4:05 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate fun pic
This piece of hardware might be more appropriate in a stall
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
4:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 418 Drown Avenue – sale pending.  Congrats to our clients/sellers who accepted an offer on this home!
  • 129 Layton Avenue – sold for $960,000 (originally listed for $1,100,000).
– Ray
1:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
Actual listing photo – spacious kitchen allows for ample child storage
Monday, May 8, 2017
4:50 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
Actual listing photo: Ol’ Peg Leg takes a crack at photography
Sunday, May 7, 2017
11:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Remember to take a glance at the open house list; there are some new properties out there.  Our listing at 418 Drown Avenue will be open from 1:30 to 4:30, and our listing at 342 N. Arnaz Street will be open from 12:00 to 3:00.

 

We attended The Animals concert last night at Libbey Bowl, helping to celebrate Eric Burdon’s 76th birthday.  That boy can still belt it out!  It was chilly, but the concert was well-attended and the crowd was enthusiastic.  Love the Libbey Bowl concerts!

– Ray

libbey bowl ojai

Saturday, May 6, 2017
12:40 p.m.

The open house list for this weekend has been updated.  Some houses may not be open if it’s raining, so if there is one house in particular you definitely want to see, you might try giving the listing agent a call (their contact info can be found on the listing links).  Our open houses at 418 Drown Avenue and 342 N. Arnaz Street will be open regardless of rain.

Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate fun pic
No friend of the older generation
Friday, May 5, 2017
4:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!  We’ll see you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list for Saturday and Sunday.

– Ray
9:30 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.  Cheryl, myself, and most of our team will be heading out to take a look at 10 new properties this morning.  Meanwhile, one of our team members will be hosting our new listing (which you can visit) today from 9:30 to 12:00 at 418 Drown Avenue.

– Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai real estate fun pic

Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:15 p.m.
There are five new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a nice evening…see you tomorrow morning!

– Ray
12:35 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
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More unnecessary directions
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
6:05 p.m.
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
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate fun pic
That’s gonna be one helluva picnic
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
5:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!

– Ray
1:50 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We will have the monthly Ojai Market Data update for you later this afternoon!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate fun pic
How to one-up The Beatles
Monday, May 1, 2017
3:25 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
– Ray
9:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate fun pic
Flip-down house provides easy access for cleaning