Blog Archive – September, 2016

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 September 30, 2016
3:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Have a great weekend and we’ll see you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list!

~ Ray
 10:55 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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September 29, 2016
4:15 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
 ~ Ray
9:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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The Empire starts 'em young
The Empire starts ’em young
September 28, 2016
6:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

There was an amazing rainbow out this evening.  We’re wondering if it’s raining over on the east side of town (we’re on the west side and have seen several drops).

~ Ray
 
10:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
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The Republican wall socket
September 27, 2016
3:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
 
 9:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
~ Ray
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This had to be planned in advance
This had to be planned in advance
September 26, 2016
3:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
 
9:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Playground of the lonely
September 25, 2016
9:10 a.m.
~ Maria
September 24, 2016
12:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

Click below to see a large gallery containing the best of The New Yorker magazine cartoons:

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September 23, 2016
6:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a wonderful weekend; we’ll see you tomorrow morning with the update open house list!

~ Ray
 
10:25 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
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Not Bill O'Reilly's phone: (Edit - in other words, this is a spin zone.)
Not Bill O’Reilly’s phone: (Edit – in other words, this is a spin zone.)
September 22, 2016
7:00 p.m.
There are three more new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
 
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 190 Monte Via – reduced from $529,900 to $519,900.
  • 504 Lion Street – sold for $1,060,000 (was originally listed with a different realtor for $1,695,000).
~ Ray
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Escape ladder for the pyrophobic
Escape ladder for the pyrophobic
September 21, 2016
5:20 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:

The last few days have been a bit slow, so now is as good a time as any to announce some exciting news!  Best Buys In Ojai will be doing a complete website makeover, our first since about four years ago.  We will be switching over to a WordPress-based site which is great, but unfortunately for me, I know very little about WordPress.  So, I’ll be in the background grinding my way through lessons and following a steep learning curve.  My guess is that it will be about a month before the new site is up and running.

~ Ray
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HALT...I shine my light upon you in the name of dorky security lights everywhere!
HALT…I shine my light upon you in the name of dorky security lights everywhere!
September 20, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 81 Feliz Drive – this listing has been cancelled.
  • 804 Mountain View Avenue – sold for $760,000 (was originally listed for $729,000).
  • 1450 Grand Avenue – sold for $1,705,000 (was originally listed for $1,845,000).  Congratulations to our clients and buyers, Leigh and Maneesh, who closed on their new home this afternoon.  Welcome to Ojai!
~ Ray
 
9:45 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today.
~ Ray
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At 12% occupancy, bird-condo developers soon realized they had overbuilt
At 12% occupancy, bird-condo developers soon realized they had overbuilt
September 19, 2016
5:45 p.m.
There is another 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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Here's a gallery of what we'll simply call - Mega Showers
Here’s a gallery of what we’ll simply call – Mega Showers.  Click the photo above.
September 18, 2016
9:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Remember to check out today’s open houses.  We’re having two of our listings open today:  12576 MacDonald Drive from 1:00 to 4:00, and 67 W. Calle El Prado from 1:30 to 4:30.

~ Ray
September 17, 2016
1:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
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Thank you.  Now I am afraid of clowns
September 16, 2016
8:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re splitting duties today; some of the team will be going out to preview new properties, while some of the team will be at our new listing at 67 W. Calle El Prado.  Feel free to stop by between 9:30 and 1:00!

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

~ Ray
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This guy thinks his couch boat is a chick magnet
September 15, 2016
5:20 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
 
10:50 a.m.
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After about of year of staving off the inevitable, I am finally resigning myself to getting a pair of glasses.  It was a good run; Cheryl has used reading glasses for about 6 or 7 years now and I could always tease her about my eyesight “superiority.”  Now the fun and games are over.

However, the real point in bringing this up was my recent trip to Topa Topa Optometry, located right here in Ojai.  Dr. Brockman and his entire staff were a pleasure to work with (special thanks to Pam who spent so much time with me).  At one point I had seven different people giving me their opinion between two pairs of frames I had picked out.  Heck, even Maria and Sue (one of our past clients and now friend, whom Maria was helping out by taking her grocery shopping) stopped by to offer their opinions.  Anyway, I had a great experience there and thought you should know about it!

By the way, did you know the glaucoma test is no longer the anxiety-inducing event that it once was?

~ Ray
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Homes Ojai

 

September 14, 2016
5:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
 
9:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 67 W. Calle El Prado – back on the market (had been an expired listing) and reduced from $576,940 to $569,000.  This is now our listing; we’ll be offering a sneak preview this Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  We’ll also have it as an open house on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
~ Ray
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Ojai home

 

September 13, 2016
4:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Maria
 
9:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Must…play…soccer
September 12, 2016
6:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
 
12:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I hesitate to bring up such a common theme, but how about this weather we’ve been having?  I cannot recall a milder September in the 11 1/2 years we’ve lived in Ojai.  Every time I think it can’t get better, it does.

~ Ray
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Marge gets an entry-level position with the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant
September 11, 2016
9:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

There are quite a few open houses today.  We will be holding two of our listings open today: 12576 MacDonald Drive from 12:00 to 3:00 and 10808 Creek Road from 1:00 to 4:00 – stop by and take a look at these wonderful homes!

~ Maria
September 10, 2016
11:00 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for this weekend has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listing at 12576 MacDonald Drive open today from 12:00 to 3:00, so come on by!

~ Ray
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Flavor Flav owns part of the ocean
September 9, 2016
6:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We had a fun day today at our broker preview at 12576 MacDonald Drive.  We had about 45 agents stop by, and most of them competed in a putting contest to win a 32″ flat screen TV.  Congrats to Jeri Becker, who was the ONLY one to sink the putt from about 25 feet!

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you tomorrow with updated open house list.

~ Ray
 
8:50 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Reminder:  We’ll be holding a broker preview of our listing at 12576 MacDonald Drive today from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  You’re more than welcome to stop by for a sneak peek or to just say “Hi” to the Deckert / DePaola team!

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  (Note:  The Steppenwolf concert that was scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed to next March.)

~ Ray
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A homeowner’s artistic choices can make life difficult for their realtor
September 8, 2016
4:50 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Enjoy this beautiful evening in paradise!

~ Ray
 
10:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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You must be Putin me on
September 7, 2016
4:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

That’s three straight days without a new listing coming on the market, but fear not:  Including our new listing – word on the street is that there will be at least four new ones by tomorrow evening.  Have a great night!

~ Ray
10:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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There’s nothing like coming home to relax in your Pratt & Whitney GP7200
September 6, 2016
2:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’d like to take this opportunity to tease a new listing we have coming up on Thursday.  It’s a Cape Cod-style, 5 bedroom/4 bathroom, 5,000 square foot home on two acres, featuring such amenities as a large family room with 20′ ceilings, an oversized pool, tennis court, outdoor entertainment/dining area, and much more.  We’re having a sneak preview on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  (We’ll remind you about it Friday morning.)

~ Ray
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Actual listing photo – this homeowner obviously owns a border collie
September 5, 2016
9:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We went to The Zombies concert last night at Libbey Bowl.  Were you there?   (‘Cause she wasn’t.)  Anyway…what a great, enthusiastic crowd!  If you have tickets to Steppenwolf next Sunday the 11th, that has been postponed to 3/4/17 – just FYI.

This will be the only update today; enjoy the holiday!

~ Ray
September 4, 2016
10:20 a.m.
There is one new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here is the open house list for today.  Be sure to stop by and visit us at our open house at 10808 Creek Road from 12:00 to 3:00 today!

~ Maria
September 3, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Yesterday we mentioned that we would have two new Honorable Mentions for you this morning, however, after looking over the comparables for one of the properties, we chose to not make it an HM.  Meanwhile, we’ve updated the open house list for you.

~ Ray
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“Yeah, that guy never tips.  Put him in the ‘special” section.”
September 2, 2016
5:35 p.m.
There is another new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Today we previewed two new properties that we would call Honorable Mentions; we’ll tell you about them tomorrow when we update the blog (including the new open house list).

Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
 
9:45 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re heading out to take a look at seven new properties today.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai (don’t forget Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Zombies at Libbey Bowl).  See you this afternoon; have a great day!

~ Ray
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Ok, point made – but that ain’t gonna get your house sold
September 1, 2016
3:25 p.m.
~ Ray
 
10:45 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

It’s the first of the month; that means it’s time for the Ojai Market Date update.  We’ll be working on it for the next couple of hours so be sure to check in later.

~ Ray
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Click the photo above to see an amazing gallery of sculptures from around the world (42 images).