Blog Archive – October, 2017

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
4:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

~ Ray
10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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The “Last Person Touching the House, Wins the House” contestants were exceptionally committed
Monday, October 30, 2017
2:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Though sporting mullets to differentiate themselves, I still can’t tell the difference between llamas and alpacas
Sunday, October 29, 2017
10:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Remember to check out today’s open houses!  We have two of ours open at 435 Walbridge Way (1:30 to 4:30) and 54 W. Calle El Prado (1:00 to 4:30).  Have a great day!

~ Ray
Saturday, October 28, 2017
11:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated; we’re holding our listing at 435 Walbridge Way open today from 1:30 to 4:30.

~ Ray
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I told you kids to stay off my lawn!
Friday, October 27, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a wonderful weekend!  See you tomorrow with the updated open house list.

~ Ray
9:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re heading out to take a look at three new properties this morning.  Meanwhile, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.

~ Ray
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At 121 years old, Grandpa’s eyesight clearly wasn’t what it used to be
Thursday, October 26, 2017
4:35 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
  • 608 Del Norte Road – $2,195,000.
  • 11951 Morgan Street – $582,000.
  • 435 Walbridge Way – $775,000.  This is our own listing and you can catch a sneak preview of it tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  It will also be open this Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:25 a.m.

No changes yet for today, but we’ll have a new listing that we’re bringing to market for you later this afternoon!

~ Ray
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You WILL buy a house from me…it WILL be all cash…why are you wearing Tuesday underwear on a Thursday?
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
4:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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His skills long since diminished, Luke retired from The Force and began repairs on his home
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
3:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

A note about today’s weather:  Because it was 85 degrees at 7:30 this morning, I can only surmise that it will hit somewhere near 150 by 2:00 p.m.  (For what it’s worth, the weather services estimated high today is 103.)

~ Ray
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It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A…
Monday October 23, 2017
6:10 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

If you’ve been having trouble logging onto the website, the server has been having issues all morning (thus the late morning update).  I’m told it’ll be resolved in a few hours

~ Ray
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Facebook – a repository of unique and fascinating information
Sunday, October 22, 2017

No update today…

Saturday, October 21, 2017
11:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’re holding two of our listings open this weekend:  54 W. Calle El Prado will be open today from 1:00 to 4:00, while 12284 Linda Flora Drive will be held open tomorrow from 11:00 to 2:00.

 

We’re going to attempt to take a complete day off, so there will be no update tomorrow.  See you in town!

~ Ray
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Time to repurpose your repurpose
Friday, October 20, 2017
4:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!  Hope to see you around town at Ojai Day or Taste of Ojai…

~ Ray
9:40 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 (make sure you scroll down).  We’re heading out to take a look at six new properties this morning!

~ Ray
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Straddling the line between Toontown and reality
Thursday, October 19, 2017
5:20 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

This weekend is action packed, with Ojai Day and the Taste of Ojai taking place on Saturday and Sunday (respectively).  We hope to see you out there!

~ Ray
11:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’m glad a new listing came up today; we haven’t seen a new listing come up since last Thursday!  We were hoping to bowl a “Turkey” (bowling reference) with our 3rd new listing in three weeks, but it looks like that one is going to be available next week at the earliest.

~ Ray
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Following an agonizing 13-month gestation period, the birthing of a VW Rabbit begins
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
3:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:40 a.m.

No changes yet for today…

~ Ray
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You’ll know who’s been smoking weed when they break out a bag of marshmallows
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
4:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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When hiding the rhino from the apartment manager is no longer an option
Monday, October 16, 2017
5:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Over the weekend Cheryl and I visited clients that recently bought a 142 acre land parcel that was listed up on Maricopa Highway, about 10 miles or so past the Rose Valley turnoff.  They had brought their motor home up there to spend the night, so we headed up and had some wine and a nice dinner.  When we left it was 42 degrees, however, when driving back down the hill we reached a spot where it was windy and 77 degrees (this was at 10:00 pm) – right at the Wheeler Gorge campground and down to Friends packing house.  We’ve traveled up and down that hill hundreds of times in the 12 1/2 years we’ve lived here, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a temperature swing like that!  Definitely indicative of the warm, dry weather we’ve had the last few days.

~ Ray
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
8:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Don’t forget to check out today’s open houses.  We’re holding two of ours open:  493 Montana Circle from 1:30 to 4:30 and 54 W. Calle El Prado from 1:00 to 4:00.

~ Ray
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Our listing at 54 W. Calle El Prado will be open today (and tomorrow) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

~ Ray
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Can’t hold your liquor?
Friday, October 13, 2017
1:20 p.m.

No new Best Buys or Honorable Mentions for today…

Changes to the All Listings page:

We have a couple of showing appointments this afternoon so this will be the last update for today.  We’ll see you tomorrow with the updated open house list.  Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
10:15 a.m.

No changes yet for today, but feel free to stop by our new listing at 493 Montana Circle until noon!

 

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  We’re heading out to take a look at a couple of new properties (not many new listings came on the market this week).

~ Ray
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Step off, ma’am. Your brooding was completed weeks ago.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
8:35 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
  • 165 Canterbury Court – $739,000.
  • 493 Montana Circle – $1,099,000.  This is our listing that we teased about earlier this week!  It’ll be available to see during open houses this Sunday, but you can catch a sneak preview tomorrow morning from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon.  This home recently had a complete remodel inside and out; it’s worth your time to take a glance!
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great night!

~ Ray
11:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
5:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:30 a.m.

No changes yet for today…

– Ray
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Devin Downspout: “I try and try, but can’t seem to go.  I think I need a Flomax prescription.”

Urologist: “You don’t need Flomax, what you need is to drink more water.”

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
5:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Yeah, that’s it…let it all out, bro
Monday, October 9, 2017
3:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’m heading out to take photos of another new listing we have coming up this week.  It’s a remodeled (down to the studs) 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,404 sq. ft. main house with a detached and legal 567 sq. ft. studio (also remodeled down to the studs) on just under an acre – complete with splendid mountain views.  There’s also a charming 500 sq. ft. covered screen room attached to the main house – meaning it has roughly 2,471 of usable living space.  It should be on the market by late Wednesday or Thursday mid-day and will be priced at $1,099,000.  We’re pretty jazzed about this one!

– Ray
11:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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Actual listing photo: To hell with staging!
Sunday, October 8, 2017
10:40 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Lots of open houses to see today!  We had a great turnout at ours on 275 Avenida Del Recreo yesterday – it can be seen today from 1:30 to 4:30.

– Ray

Saturday, October 7, 2017
12:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Our listing at 275 Avenida Del Recreo will open today from 1:30 to 4:30; stop by and check it out!

 

The other night Cheryl and I had dinner (yes, again) at the Soule Park Bar & Grill on a gorgeous evening.  Two ladies were seated behind us, along with a young boy of about 7 years old.  He seemed like a great kid; he had no electronic devices to keep him occupied while the other two engaged in conversation that wasn’t relevant to him.  Anyway, towards the end of their dinner a third woman walked up to their table to tell the boy what a good kid he was, and decided to tell him a joke that went like this:

 

“What did the two oceans say to each other?”

“Nothing, they just waved.”

 

The boy chuckled a bit; perhaps even that sophomoric humor was below him.  But it led me to recall one of my favorite kid’s jokes of all time, told by comedian Louis CK, as told to him by his young daughter:

 

“Who didn’t let the gorilla into the ballet?”

“Just the people who were in charge of making that decision.”

 

I don’t know if that translates into print…

– Ray
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I may have slightly altered this photo to make it a better deal
Friday, October 6, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:25 a.m.

No changes yet for today, but we’re heading out to take a look at a handful of new properties.  Perhaps we’ll have something new like a Best Buy (or Honorable Mention) later today.  Meanwhile, feel free to come and take a look at our listing at 275 Avenida Del Recreo this morning between 9:30 and noon!

 

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

– Ray
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I’m guessing this homeowner’s business isn’t selling cupcakes
Thursday, October 5, 2017
3:50 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 275 Avenida Del Recreo – $825,000.  This is our listing that we teased about a couple of days ago.  This is a warm and luxurious home with a permitted bonus room/studio, located on .35 acres in a great neighborhood.  You can catch a sneak preview tomorrow morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  It’ll also be available to see during open houses on Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 11802 Koenigstein Road – $379,900.  (This is noted as a Santa Paula address, however, other properties on this road have been designated as upper Ojai.  We’re adding to the site to cover all bases.)
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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University police are really starting to crack down now
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
3:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
– Ray
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
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“Stay outta here, sheep!  We don’t like your kind!”
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
6:00 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:35 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We have a beautiful new listing coming to market this week in the Siete Robles neighborhood (on Avenida Del Recreo).  I took photos yesterday afternoon and it’s a beauty!  Look for it here some time on Thursday.

– Ray
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3D crosswalks were a hit – until hundreds of “broken ankle” lawsuits forced their removal
Monday, October 2, 2017
2:30 p.m.

No other changes for today…

– Ray
11:35 a.m.

– The Ojai Market Update has been completed!

10:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We are working on the Ojai Market Data update right now.  We should have it to you before noon.

– Ray
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Sunday, October 1, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

It’s going to be a beautiful day today; why not take a look at some open houses?  Our listings at 54 W. Calle El Prado (1:00 to 4:30) and 12284 Linda Flora Drive (11:00 to 2:00) will both be open.

~ Ray