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July 17, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Correct” spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by schoolma’ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world.

 

– H. L. Mencken

This Day in History

July 17, 1945:  President Harry Truman records his impressions of meeting Stalin.  On this day in 1945, President Harry S. Truman records his first impressions of Stalin in his diary.  Truman described his initial meeting with the intimidating Soviet leader as cordial.  “Promptly a few minutes before twelve” the president wrote, “I looked up from the desk and there stood Stalin in the doorway.  I got to my feet and advanced to meet him. He put out his hand and smiled. I did the same, we shook–and we sat down.” After exchanging pleasantries, the two got down to discussing post-World War II policy in Europe.  The U.S. was still engaged in a war in the Pacific against Japan, and Truman wanted to get a read on Stalin’s plans for the territories that he now controlled in Europe.

Truman told Stalin that his diplomatic style was straightforward and to-the-point, an admission that Truman observed had visibly pleased Stalin.  Truman hoped to get the Soviets to join in the U.S. war against Japan. In return, Stalin wanted to impose Soviet control over certain territories annexed at the beginning of the war by Japan and Germany.  Truman hinted that although Stalin’s agenda was “dynamite” or aggressive, the U.S. now had ammunition to counter the communist leader. Truman had refrained from informing the Soviet leader about the Manhattan Project, which had just successfully tested the world’s first atom bomb, but knew that the new weapon strengthened his hand.  Truman referred to this secret in his diary as “some dynamite which I am not exploding now.”

After their meeting, Truman, Stalin and accompanying advisors “had lunch, talked socially, [and] put on a real show, drinking toasts to everyone” and posing for photographs.  Truman closed his entry for that day on a note of confidence. “I can deal with Stalin,” he wrote. “He is honest, but smart as hell.”

 

Ojai Weather

Sunny  –  High 84 / Low 55

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
10:20 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 208 S. Ventura Street #A – sale pending.  Congrats to our clients/sellers who put their home into escrow!
  • 1139 Anita Avenue – sale pending.  Congrats to our clients/buyers who had their offer accepted on this home!  (Note:  Technically, this was already pending – however, it fell out of escrow and went back on the market; our backup offer was then accepted.)
Pic of the Day
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The truthful doormat
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
6:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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11:00 a.m.
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Pic of the Day
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Yeah, I’d keep that trophy hidden away
Monday, July 15, 2019
6:55 p.m.
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12:55 p.m.
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Helloooo…can you help me take these earrings off?
Saturday, July 13, 2019
12:05 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Have a great weekend; although the days will be hot, it also means we’ll have beautiful nights – perfect for outdoor dining and sunsets.

Pic of the Day
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Just what we need – garment labels with attitude
Friday, July 12, 2019
11:10 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!

Pic of the Day
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Tongue-in-cheek home security
Thursday, July 11, 2019
6:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

As an accommodation to a past Ojai client, we brought a new listing to the market in Fillmore today:  It’s a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,440 sq. ft. manufactured home in El Dorado Estates, located at 250 E. Telegraph Road, #129.  It’s one of the lowest priced, best conditioned homes in the park, so if you know of someone who’s looking…

11:10 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
Pic of the Day
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Even better than a New Orleans funeral?  Bouncy castle funeral.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
4:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:15 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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The Beest returns
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
4:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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9:55 a.m.
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Kudos, Wal-Mart stacker
Monday, July 8, 2019
5:55 p.m.
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11:40 a.m.
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When everyone prays for rain on the same day
Saturday, July 6, 2019
1:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  I’ve also added the Pic of the Day below.

12:10 p.m.

I’ve updated the open house list first today, so you can get a glimpse of what’s out there ASAP.  The rest of the update (market changes, Quote of the Day, Pic of the Day, Weather, Things to Do) will be coming shortly!

Pic of the Day

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019
3:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 445 Mahoney Avenue – back on the market (had been a pending sale).
  • 475 Old Ventura Avenue – sale pending.  This is a “new” listing that already had an accepted offer on it before it was listed in the MLS.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  Additionally, we’ve uploaded new BBIO video; it features teammate Maria DePaola visiting with Peggy at Poppies Art & Gifts.

 

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!  There will be no update tomorrow (and possibly Friday as well).

10:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Stay tuned for the Ojai Market Data update; I’ll be running the numbers as you read this.  Check in later today to see how the Ojai real estate market fared in the month of June!

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Unintentionally sarcastic signage
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
1:40 p.m.

We have a new listing that we’re filling out paperwork for (and taking photos of) in Fillmore this afternoon, so I needed to get this second update in earlier than usual.

Changes to the All Listings page:
10:45 a.m.
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It may be time to replace your AC unit
Monday, July 1, 2019
3:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 995 S. La Luna Avenue – reduced from $1,049,500 to $995,000.
  • 974 El Centro Street – sale pending.
  • 8616 Nye Road – sold for $525,000 (originally listed for $589,000).
  • 1014 Creekside Way #G – sold for $418,000 (originally listed for $439,000).
  • 209 S. Montgomery Street – sold for $800,000 (originally listed for $939,500).
  • 2181 Valley Meadow Drive – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.
  • 522 Pleasant Avenue – this listing has been cancelled.  This was our listing, however, the agent who had it listed before we listed it put a deal together with a buyer who had seen the home when he had the listing.  As such, the original listing brokerage/agent has the right to all commissions, etc. from the sale.  This is perfectly acceptable and justified; it just doesn’t happen that often (first time for us).  So slight bummer for our team, but great news for the seller!  This will likely be closing within the next few days (we’ll let you know when it actually closes, of course).
10:35 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ve updated the Things To Do in Ojai list to cover this week, Monday through Thursday.

Pic of the Day
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Finally, a legitimate excuse for not putting the seat down