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Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.  That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.  –  Jack Handey

This Day in History

November 14, 1776:  Benjamin Franklin takes sides.  On this day in 1776, the St. James Chronicle of London carries an item announcing “The very identical Dr. Franklyn [Benjamin Franklin], whom Lord Chatham [former leading parliamentarian and colonial supporter William Pitt] so much caressed, and used to say he was proud in calling his friend, is now at the head of the rebellion in North America.”

Benjamin Franklin, joint postmaster general of the colonies (1753-1774), and his son William traveled to London together in 1757.  There, for the next five years, William studied law, and Franklin studied social climbing. They had remarkable success for a candle-maker’s son and his illegitimate progeny.  By the end of their sojourn, William had become an attorney and received an honorary Master of Arts from Oxford University, while his father reveled in honorary doctorates from Oxford and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  The elder Franklin’s plans for his son’s advancement succeeded, and his son won the choicest of appointments, a royal governorship, in 1762.

Franklin then accompanied his son from London to Pennsylvania, only to return to London as Pennsylvania’s agent in 1764, where he lobbied for the placement of the colony under direct royal control.  He soon added Georgia, New Jersey and Massachusetts to the list of colonies for which he served as spokesperson in Parliament.

In 1775, Franklin returned to America as the American Revolution approached; he served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and, in 1776, signed the Declaration of Independence.  Ironically, his son William came out on the side of the British during the War of Independence and was imprisoned while serving as the Loyalist governor of New Jersey.

Ojai Weather

Mostly sunny – High 80 / Low 40

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
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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.