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Give thanks because contentment only grows when you shower upon it gratefulness.

– Hasan Gopalan

This Day in History

December 11, 1941:  Germany declares war on U.S.  On this day, Adolf Hitler declares war on the United States, bringing America, which had been neutral, into the European conflict.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor surprised even Germany.  Although Hitler had made an oral agreement with his Axis partner Japan that Germany would join a war against the United States, he was uncertain as to how the war would be engaged.  Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor answered that question. On December 8, Japanese Ambassador Oshima went to German Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop to nail the Germans down on a formal declaration of war against America. Von Ribbentrop stalled for time; he knew that Germany was under no obligation to do this under the terms of the Tripartite Pact, which promised help if Japan was attacked, but not if Japan was the aggressor.  Von Ribbentrop feared that the addition of another antagonist, the United States, would overwhelm the German war effort.

But Hitler thought otherwise.  He was convinced that the United States would soon beat him to the punch and declare war on Germany. The U.S. Navy was already attacking German U-boats, and Hitler despised Roosevelt for his repeated verbal attacks against his Nazi ideology.  He also believed that Japan was much stronger than it was, that once it had defeated the United States, it would turn and help Germany defeat Russia.  So at 3:30 p.m. (Berlin time) on December 11, the German charge d’affaires in Washington handed American Secretary of State Cordell Hull a copy of the declaration of war.

That very same day, Hitler addressed the Reichstag to defend the declaration.  The failure of the New Deal, argued Hitler, was the real cause of the war, as President Roosevelt, supported by plutocrats and Jews, attempted to cover up for the collapse of his economic agenda.  “First he incites war, then falsifies the causes, then odiously wraps himself in a cloak of Christian hypocrisy and slowly but surely leads mankind to war,” declared Hitler-and the Reichstag leaped to their feet in thunderous applause.

Ojai Weather

Sunny – High 71 / Low 40

Accumulated rainfall for the season – 3.82 inches

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
5:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

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Monday, December 10, 2018
3:50 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Thank you Mario, but our princess is in another castle!
Saturday, December 8, 2018
12:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

The open house list has been updated.  Our listing at 1003 N. Drown Street will be open today from 1:30 to 4:00 and tomorrow from 12:00 to 3:00.  Stop by and see this cute home with beautiful studio, all on .44 acres in the heart of Ojai!

~ Ray
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Dolly Parton forgets to wear her seatbelt
Friday, December 7, 2018
1:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
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The fat shaming needs to stop
Thursday, December 6, 2018
6:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Oww, it’s a tank….house….it’s mighty, mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
4:40 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.  Stay dry!
~ Ray
11:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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It’s nice to know your buddy has your back when you screw up
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
5:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1273 S. Rice Road #34 – sale pending.
  • 1159 Spring Street – sale pending.
  • 465 Santa Ana Blvd. – sold for $380,000 (originally listed for $427,000 with a different realtor).  Congrats to our client/buyer who closed on this home today, and congrats to teammate Rob Perron who brought this deal to the table!

 

While using the drone today I snapped a photo as the sun was setting; what a beautiful valley we live in!

 

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~ Ray
12:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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It would seem the Suffolk County teaching curriculum is failing
Monday, December 3, 2018
3:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

It’s early December, so that means that the Ojai Market Data for the month of November has been updated/completed.  Check it out!

~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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I feel so…empty inside
Saturday, December 1, 2018
5:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  One of the other site issues I’m trying to work on is the need to refresh the browser or reload the pages in order to see the changes I’ve made.  This didn’t used to be the case, that is, until the site was upgraded to a more secure site a couple of months ago.  So if you visit the site and it seems as though an update is later than usual or missing, you might just need to refresh the page.  I’ll try to get that fixed some time next week.

 

Did you see the hawk and the small (or baby) screech owl at Caravan Outpost today, during the Ojai Holiday Market shindig?  Makes us want to adopt one…so darn cute!

~ Ray
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11:50 a.m.

While working to try to speed up the website a glitch occurred, which meant we were offline for a few hours this morning.  I usually update the Open Houses page on Saturday morning, but due to me having to fix the aforementioned issue (and the fact that we have to leave for a showing appointment in about 15 minutes) I don’t have time to do a proper update or to update the open house page.  I will come back later today and do a full update and put up the open houses for Sunday.

 

Meanwhile, here’s the list of what’s out there for open houses today:  1003 N. Drown Avenue – 1:00 to 4:00; 211 S. Fox Street – 12:00 to 3:00; and 257 N. Encinal Avenue – 12:00 to 3:00

 

We’ve also added a new BBIO video (see the right panel), in which Maria (and friend) talk about events going on this weekend and beyond.

~ Ray
Friday, November 30, 2018
4:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!  See you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list…

~ Ray
10:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!  Since we’ll be attending this event, I’d like to spotlight the Ojai Holiday Market, held Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Caravan Outpost, 317 Bryant Street, Ojai.  Donate a packaged toy for kids for the Spark of Love Toy Drive, say “Hello” to the animals brought by the Humane Society (some of which will be adoptable), and take a look at some of the birds that will be on display – brought to you by the Ojai Raptor Center.  Events at Caravan Outpost are the best, so make sure to stop by!

~ Ray
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Fake news.  There’s no way a dog can run 62 miles per hour.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
5:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We had a couple of good storm cells pass through Ojai earlier; we could not believe how strong the wind blew nor how heavy the rain fell.  Our patio furniture is strewn all over the back yard!  It looks like we got a good two inches of rain, with more coming next week.  I’ll run the numbers from several of the Ojai weather stations (including ours) tomorrow and post it during the morning update.

~ Ray
10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Swiss army bathroom
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
4:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re still not used to it being dark so early; what’s it been, a little over three weeks?  One benefit of the sun being so low in the sky these days is the famous Ojai “pink moment.”  If you didn’t catch it last evening, it was spectacular!  I didn’t get a photo of it, but I’ll try to get a good drone shot after this rain (come on, rain!) passes through.

~ Ray
11:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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“I doubt anyone will ever bastardize my most famous work.”  –  Auguste Rodin
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
5:00 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:
~ Ray
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The reason one-legged carpenters rarely get work
Monday, November 26, 2018
4:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray

9:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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The “last one in the garage is a rotten egg” game had clearly gone too far
Saturday, November 24, 2018
12:20 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!

~ Ray
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Meanwhile, at the Schwinn home offices…
Friday, November 23, 2018
11:45 a.m.

We just posted a new BBIO video for this week (see side panel); it’s teammate Robert Perron interviewing bartender Mike at Lisa’s Cantina (an offshoot of Jim & Rob’s Fresh Grill).  The old-time Ojai photos that adorn the walls are worth the visit all by themselves!

~ Ray
11:10 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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Note to the creator of this fine piece of art:  You spend too much time in the bathroom.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
No update today.  Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
4:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a happy Thanksgiving!  There will be no update tomorrow, but we’ll see you on Friday.

~ Ray
9:05 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today.
~ Ray
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The faux fireplace mantel is a tad distasteful
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
6:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

A few weeks ago, teammate Paul Johnsen and I shot a video of him at Soule Park golf course (it was posted as the BBIO video of the week).  Afterwards, I took my drone up to “The Ojai Valley” sign in upper Ojai and snapped a few photos.  The photo below is one of my favorites.  I’ve left it at the largest size (5472 x 3078, 6.52 MB) in case you’d like to save it or use it as a desktop background photo.  Right click and “save as!”

 

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~ Ray
1:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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The Great Slinky challenge
Monday, November 19, 2018
4:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listing page:

On Saturday night Cheryl and I watched the 1969 version of True Grit, with John Wayne.  It was my first time seeing it, and the better version according to Cheryl (who wasn’t a fan of the 2010 re-boot).  Obviously, the scripted dialogue has a different feel in a movie that’s almost 50 years old, but I was bowled over by a line uttered by the outlaw, Ned Pepper (played by Robert Duvall):  “I never busted a cap on a woman or anybody much under sixteen.  But it’s enough that you know that I’ll do what I have to do.”

 

I laughed so hard I almost hit the floor…”busted a cap.”  “BUSTED A CAP?”  Are you kidding me…in 1969?

~ Ray
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This is dedicated to Cheryl, and to Emily Wilson at Heritage Financial…
Saturday, November 17, 2018
12:25 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Our newest listing at 1003 N. Drown Avenue will be open today and tomorrow from 12:00 to 4:00, while 402 N. Arnaz Street will be open today only from 1:30 to 4:00.

~ Ray
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Certainly makes borrowing a cup of sugar easier
Friday, November 16, 2018
4:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ve added a new BBIO video (top right of side panel), wherein teammate Sheryl Whipple talks about hiking in and around Ojai.  (She formerly worked part time at The Oaks, giving city and trail hiking tours “professionally.”)

 

Have yourselves a great weekend!  We’ll be back tomorrow morning to update the open houses for Saturday and Sunday.

~ Ray
12:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
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How hot does it have to be to consider creating this setup?
Thursday, November 15, 2018
7:40 p.m.
There are five new listings on the market:
  • 202 Boardman Road – $1,395,000.
  • 802 El Toro Road – $1,749,000.
  • 505 E. Villanova Road – $769,000.
  • 12252 Ojai Santa Paula Road – $899,000.
  • 1003 N. Drown Avenue – $849,000.  This is the new listing we teased about earlier this week.  It’s a main house with 1,140 sq. ft. of living space, updated kitchen and bathroom, and beautifully refinished hardwood floors.  There’s also a gorgeous 300 sq. ft. guest cottage that has just been remodeled; you have to see it to appreciate it.  All this on a large .44 acre lot that allows horses.  You can catch a sneak preview tomorrow morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon!

Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great night; see you tomorrow morning!

~ Ray
10:40 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Construction brought to you by Afterthought Builders:  We’ll get it right…eventually!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
5:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Actual listing photo:  Quick-egress emergency porch slide included in sale!

(Thank you to Cece for the photo submission!)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’ll be taking photos today of a new listing we have coming on this market this week, so be on the lookout for that!

~ Ray
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The avian housing shortage led to a new rental niche:  Earbnb
Monday, November 12, 2018
11:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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I was all-in on this product…until I read the word “fimally.”
Saturday, November 10, 2018
4:05 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 800 Canada Street – back on the market (had been expired).
  • 36 Kunkle Street – reduced from $1,250,000 to $839,000.  This property has been split into two listings; one for the house and .98 acres of land, and the other as a .46 acre land parcel (which is now also listed under 36 Kunkle Street for $411,000).  According to county records these aren’t actually two legal lots.  In order to purchase either of these two separately, a lot split will need to be filed with the county before the sale could go through in this manner.  This would likely add several months to any closing dates.
  • 1885 Maricopa Highway #5 – reduced from $275,000 to $255,000.
  • 518 S. Ventura Street – sold for $769,000 (originally listed for $769,000).

The open house list for Sunday has been updated!  Our listing at 5 Valley Road will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

Well, It’s been real……weird bringing you this update from our car.  I have to say technology is both a pain in the butt and amazing at the same time.  Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
2:20 p.m.

Due to the fires in Southern California, internet service is out for a large portion of the area (ourselves included).  I am writing this from the Von’s parking lot in Ojai (nearest to a cell phone tower) and using my phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot, connected to my laptop.  I am going to attempt to update the open house list for tomorrow (Sunday), but given the amount of data that needs to be transmitted across AT&T’s LTE network, I give this about a 50/50 shot of working.  If you check back in in a few hours and I’ve not updated any further, this is the reason why.

Internet service may be down for a few more days, based on what little information we can find.

~ Ray
Friday, November 9, 2018
11:55 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’ve also updated the BBIO video (near the top of the side panel); teammate Paul Johnsen is having a golf outing at Soule Park – check it out!

~ Ray
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Visitors at our house this morning:  Let’s just sit back and enjoy the irony…
Thursday, November 8, 2018
6:20 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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“Hey Charlie, I’ve got an extra one of those 45 degree roof-edge thingies lying around.  Do you want it?”

“Thanks, Ralph…just go ahead and slap it on there somewhere.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
5:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:25 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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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
4:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
1:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 865 W. Lomita Avenue – sold for $672,000 (originally listed for $765,000 with a different agent).
~ Ray
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Bathroom for the insane
Monday, November 5, 2018
5:20 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Well, why not?  The dispensing of toilet paper should be scary.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
12:25 p.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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That seems about right
Friday, November 2, 2018
4:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

From last Saturday through Wednesday we (Ray & Cheryl) took a short trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico with 8 of our friends (and past clients – we’ve helped buy or sell 11 properties between all of them).  Having never visited New Mexico before, Cheryl and I were looking forward to it, and it did not disappoint!  We stayed at a great vacation rental, located at 828 Camino Atalaya in Sante Fe.  This large home with 5 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, a multitude of fireplaces, fanciful landscaping, a large patio, a fire pit/conversation area, and scenery that included mountains, snow and deer – is a perfect place to stay for larger groups of people.  We would definitely book it again!

 

Back yard view and conversation area/fire pit
Back yard view nearing sunset
It rained the last day we were there, but the benefits were obvious

Some of the places we visited during our trip included downtown Santa Fe (where you can visit Seret and Sons, which has an amazing collection of antique doors and architectural elements), Meow Wolf, which defies explanation (it’s sort of an artist’s version of a funhouse, combined with a maze – great for children, but still fun for adults if you’re young at heart), the city of Taos, a 90-minute drive from Santa Fe, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge just outside of Taos, and finally an earthen home community also located just outside of Taos, titled “Earthship.”  As usual, we had a great time with this group of friends (although two of you were missing – you know who you are)!

 

Meow Wolf – you have to see it to believe it
The Rio Grande Gorge bridge
No, the river isn’t low – this photo was taken from the bridge, 600 feet above the water

Regarding the above photo, I pictured a wagon train heading west for the first time, trying to make it to Arizona or California after weeks or months of hardships, then without warning, stumbling up on this gaping chasm in the earth, exclaiming, “Aw…son of a bit**!”

 

Earthen home, just outside of Taos

 

Finally, we have new BBIO video for you (top right of page) – Best Days in Ojai for the month of November.  See you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list for this weekend!

~ Ray
11:00 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.  Don’t forget to check out one of Ojai’s most popular events, the Ojai Film Festival!

~ Ray
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Don’t do it, Brick…you have so much to live for!
Thursday, November 1, 2018
3:40 p.m.
There are five more new listings on the market (hello, November!):
Changes to the All Listings page:

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  Click here to see what happened in Ojai real estate over the last month.

~ Ray
10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The Ojai Market Data update will be coming your way this afternoon, so come back later to check it out!!

~ Ray
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Too much wealth, example #7:  Your Porsche has its own bedroom.