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March 18, 2019

Quote of the Day

It is not what life brings us, but the manner in which we receive it, that shapes our destiny.

–  Marie Dubsky

This Day in History

March 18, 1911:  Irving Berlin copyrights the biggest pop song of the early 20th century.  A century ago, even before the phonograph had become a common household item, there was already a burgeoning music industry in the United States based not on the sale of recorded musical performances, but on the sale of sheet music.  It was in the medium of printed paper, and not grooved lacquer or vinyl discs, that songs gained popularity in the first two decades of the 20th century, and no song gained greater popularity in that era than Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”  Copyrighted on March 18, 1911, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” was the multimillion-selling smash hit that helped turn American popular music into a major international phenomenon, both culturally and economically.

It may seem like a rather grand claim to make about a simple, catchy tune, but then as now, simple and catchy were great virtues in the realm of pop music.  Most people first encountered “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” when it was played on the piano by a friend or family member. This was the way that songs caught on in the era before radio, and part of what helped “Alexander” catch on was its relative lack of complexity.  Though nominally a ragtime tune, anyone who plays the piano would quickly recognize the differences between it and a true rag like Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” which places some fairly significant demands on both the left and right hand. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” is a vastly simpler piece for an amateur to master, and this greatly encouraged sheet music sales, which topped 1.5 million copies in the first 18 months after its publication.

Though it gained worldwide popularity purely as a piece of printed sheet music, innumerable recorded versions of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” would soon follow, particularly after lyrics were added to what was originally an instrumental tune.  Those lyrics – ”Come on and hear, Come on and hear…” – and that tune are still familiar a century after they were written. Some of Irving Berlin’s later contributions to the American popular music canon – songs like “White Christmas,” “God Bless America” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business” – eclipsed even the massive success of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”  It’s entirely possible, however, that those 20th-century classics would never have been written were it not for the commercial success that Irving Berlin achieved with the song he copyrighted on this day in 1911.

Ojai Weather

Sunny – High 77 / Low 45

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Total rainfall for the season  –  24.95

Monday, March 18, 2018
4:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

On Saturday we attended the wedding of local business owner and mortgage broker with Heritage Financial, Emily Wilson.  It could not have been a more perfect day for a wedding (other than the fact that someone passed out very early in the proceedings, necessitating an ambulance – but we hear they’re fine).  Not only do we consider Emily a dear friend, but she is an absolute ace at what she does.  No matter how difficult a transaction may become she is always happy and smiling, ready to help.  Congratulations to Emily and Alex; many years of happiness to you both!

~ Ray
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Not as sexy as the leg lamp from “A Christmas Story,” but it’ll do
Saturday, March 16, 2019
11:05 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listing at 1003 N. Drown Avenue open tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00.

 

I knew it had been a while since we had seen a 70 degree day in Ojai; this excerpt from Perry Van Houten at the Ojai Valley News clinches it:  “The mercury hit 70 degrees in Ojai on March 12, ending the area’s record-setting cold streak at 40 straight days below 70.  Though not a record, it was the fifth-longest string of days below 70 since record taking began in 1906.  The record was set in 1949 with 61 straight days below 70.  That streak ran from Dec. 10, 1948, to Feb. 9, 1949.  Last month did set a record, however, for the lowest daily high temperature in February ever recorded, only 67 degrees.  The next lowest maximum was 70 degrees, in February 1969.”

~ Ray
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Friday, March 15, 2019
3:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend; looks like we’ll see temps in the mid-70’s, so let’s all get out there and really enjoy it!  I’ll update the open house list for you tomorrow morning.

~ Ray
9:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  There’s a whole slew of new listings to see today on broker caravan (when agents and brokers get to preview the newest properties on the market).  There’s been a lot of activity over the last month and we expect more as spring rolls forward!

~ Ray
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When walking like an Egyptian fails…
Thursday, March 14, 2019
6:25 p.m.
There are three more new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:15 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Let’s see…Garfield coffee table, dead Snoopy, Keanu Reeves pillow,

and a lipstick-motif chair…how long have you been single?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
2:40 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I got this update in a bit earlier than normal, as we’ll be showing property in Camarillo this afternoon.  Have a great evening!

~ Ray
10:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Spiders on drugs
Tile-setters on drugs
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
4:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 10710 Encino Drive – $1,988,000.  (This was recently on the market in December, but did not sell.)
~ Ray
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This must be a real treat for the mailman
Monday, March 11, 2019
4:50 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 608 E. Ojai Avenue – $475,000.  (This was last on the market 11/30/18, but did not sell.)
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Have a lot of fun bringing those groceries up, do ya?
Saturday, March 9, 2019
11:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

The open house list has been updated!

~ Ray
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I remember the first day my OCD kicked in…
Friday, March 8, 2019
3:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market (but):
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you tomorrow with the updated open house list.  Meanwhile, take a look at the new BBIO video that teammate Paul Johnsen submitted.  Paul interviews the owner of Agave Maria’s, Tracy Pouba.

~ Ray 
10:20 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.

Just an FYI – Lake Casitas is now at 41.8% capacity as of this writing.  There was an article last week in the Ojai Valley News that stated the drought for Ventura County is “officially over.”  To further quote the paper, “According to the U.S. Drought Monitor on Feb. 21, 67 percent of the state is completely free of any level of dryness or drought.  That includes all of Ventura County.  It’s a dramatic turnaround from one month ago, when most of the county was experiencing an extreme drought.”

Obviously, this doesn’t mean we should shy away from continuing water conservation, especially as the lake level is still lower than we’d like to see.

~ Ray
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New Faux-Vent! ™  Impress your friends and family with your high vent-to-wall ratio!  No messy duct installation required!

Thursday, March 7, 2019
3:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:25 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
11:40 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Ancient Mayan sidewalk, unearthed after years of excavation
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
3:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
~ Ray

 

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When railroad tracks really need to go
Monday, March 4, 2019
5:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

Saturday, March 2, 2019
2:25 p.m.
The Ojai Market Data update has been completed.  Click here to check it out!
~ Ray
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!  Some homeowners cancel their open houses when it’s raining, so you may want to check in with the listing agents (their contact info is on the MLS links) to make sure they’re still holding their respective houses open.  Our open house at 1003 N. Drown Avenue will be held tomorrow (Sunday) from 1:30 to 4:00, rain or shine.

I’ll be working on the Ojai Market Data update as you read this.  Check back in around 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. to see what happened in Ojai real estate during the month of February!

~ Ray
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When your neighbor lends a hand
Friday, March 1, 2019
2:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We saw a lot of nice new properties today on the weekly Friday agent/broker caravan.  As such, we’ve added four new Honorable Mentions to the list.  You’ll find write-ups for each of these on the Honorable Mentions page:

 

Have a great weekend!  I’ll be updating the open house list tomorrow, as well as providing you with the latest Ojai Market Data update.

~ Ray
9:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
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Snake surfing ahead?