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June 20, 2019

Quote of the Day

Knowledge is the soil, and intuitions are the flowers which grow up out of it.

 

– Henry Ward Beecher

This Day in History

June 20, 1963:  U.S. and Soviet Union agree to establish nuclear “hot line.”  To lessen the threat of an accidental nuclear war, the United States and the Soviet Union agree to establish a “hot line” communication system between the two nations.  The agreement was a small step in reducing tensions between the United States and the USSR following the October 1962 Missile Crisis in Cuba, which had brought the two nations to the brink of nuclear war.

The need for nearly instantaneous and full-time communication between the U.S. and Soviet governments became apparent during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.  The United States had discovered that the Soviets were building missile sites in Cuba capable of firing missiles with nuclear warheads. Eventually, the administration of President John F. Kennedy instituted a naval “quarantine” around Cuba to block the delivery of such missiles.  Possible nuclear conflict was avoided only when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed that his country would not install nuclear weapons in Cuba. In exchange, the United States vowed not to threaten the sovereignty of Cuba. Prior to the settlement, the world sat through several very tense days of waiting to see whether World War III would begin.  In an attempt to reduce the tensions brought about by the October 1962 crisis, and hopefully avert any future misunderstandings that might trigger a nuclear conflict, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed in June 1963 to establish a “hot line.” It would be a 24-hour-a-day communications link between Washington, D.C., and Moscow. President Kennedy declared, “This age of fast-moving events requires quick, dependable communication in time of emergency.”  The agreement was a “first step to help reduce the risk of war occurring by accident or miscalculation.”

The system was put into place a few months after the agreement was signed.  Beyond serving as a dramatic prop in movies such as Fail Safe (or a comedic prop in the film Dr. Strangelove), the communication line has – thankfully – never had to be used to avert a nuclear war.

 

Ojai Weather

Cloudy, then partly sunny – High 72 / Low 57

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Total rainfall for the season  –  27.22

Thursday, June 20, 2019
12:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Never put amphetamines in the bird feeder
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
5:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
12:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1115 Creekside Way #B – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.  (The Ventura MLS link will show this as “unavailable.”)
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So…I can park here, then?
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
7:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 12599 Koenigstein Road – back on the market (had been a cancelled listing).
  • 11 Don Antonio Way – sold for $165,000 (originally listed for $165,000).
  • 318 N. La Luna Avenue – sold for $673,000 (originally listed for $649,000).  Congrats to both our client/seller and client/buyers!  Our seller in this transaction was extremely helpful in providing the buyers with information about the home, even writing up a fantastic document on how to care for the chickens that he left behind for them.  We will miss his crazy dog, Kiva, who was both a real sweetheart and a zany knucklehead at the same time!  Good luck in your new adventure!  Our buyers, Ryan & Michelle (and Wiley), were also great throughout the transaction. I bet you guys never knew that 45 days would seem like such a long time!  We know you’ll enjoy your new home, and we expect a sample of your homemade peanut butter at some point!

 

9:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

We were turned on to this recent article in the Wall Street Journal by a client of ours.  In it, it describes how banks are seeing more of, and adjusting to, situations where home buyers are having their parents purchase a shared home (duplexes in particular) – moving in with them with a sort of “compound” mentality (something our listing at 1442 S. Rice Road fits to a “T” by the way).  It also mentions how some banks are reducing their down-payment requirements in these situations, even though this scenario would traditionally have been treated as an investment property.

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Monday, June 17, 2019
6:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 111 S. Poli Street – sale pending.  Congrats to our client/seller who put this listing into escrow!
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Nature always wins
Saturday, June 15, 2019
12:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Today we’ll be holding three of our listings open, all from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – 111 S. Poli Street, 522 Pleasant Avenue, and 208 S. Ventura Street #A.

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The stereotype that bricks can’t drive is apparently true
Friday, June 14, 2019
3:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

8:35 a.m.

 

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Greatest selfie ever
Thursday, June 13, 2019
11:35 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:45 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I wasn’t able to perform an update yesterday afternoon because the photo session for the new listing we have coming on the market (later today) took me 5 1/2 hours to complete.  No wonder; I took close to 600 photos and drone/video shots!

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At last, the mystery of the lyrics to “Bye, Baby Bunting” is revealed
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
8:25 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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When you aim for romance and hit horror instead
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
4:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Here’s a reminder that we have an exciting new listing coming up on Thursday, one with so many possibilities (live/work, potential yoga or spiritual retreat, a family compound, or income property).  I’ll be taking photos and video footage tomorrow; the listing will go live on the MLS (and here on BBIO) late Thursday afternoon or evening.

9:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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Park benches for misanthropes
Monday, June 10, 2019
5:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:45 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
  • 12599 Koenigstein Road – $1,799,000.  This one has a Santa Paula address, but since other properties listed in the MLS have shown Koenigstein Road as an Ojai address, I’m including it to cover all bases.
  • 38 Don Antonio Way – $159,000.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Big fan of Shark Week, are ya?
Big fan of “Shark Week,” are ya?
Saturday, June 8, 2019
11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listings at 208 S. Ventura Street #A and 522 Pleasant Avenue open today from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

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So this ingenious solution needs to be redone, what, every two years?
Friday, June 7, 2019
7:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

 

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

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When none of the candidates on the ballot are acceptable
Thursday, June 6, 2019
9:35 p.m.
Thought I was done for the day, but here’s one more new listing on the market!
9:05 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
8:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

It’s been 75 years to the day that the Allies stormed the beaches at Normandy.  If you haven’t seen Ken Burns’ “The War” documentary and you’re interested in learning more about WWII from a more personal perspective, be sure to check it out on Netflix; it’s worth it.

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Great moments in poor door planning
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
6:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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See, the problem is – trees can’t read
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
10:20 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Cloud pranks
Monday, June 3, 2019
2:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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The rarely seen “Roofaroo” makes an appearance
Saturday, June 1, 2019
7:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 125 Prospect Street – sold for $550,000 (originally listed for $579,000).
  • 10248 Ojai Santa Paula Road – sold for $1,050,000 (originally listed for $999,000).  This is a “new” listing that sold and closed before it was ever listed in the MLS.

And last but not least, the Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  Sorry it took so long, but it’s been an extremely engaging 11-hour real estate day.  I did manage to get some awesome video footage of a new listing we have coming up in a couple of weeks – I can’t wait for you to see this one!

 

Have a great night!  Now, where to go in Ojai for a quick bite?? 

1:30 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listings open at 208 S. Ventura Street #A, Saturday, 1:30 to 4:00 and Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 – and 111 S. Poli Street, Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00

I’ll be running the numbers for the monthly Ojai Market Data update as you read this.  Check back here in a few hours to see how the month of May fared in the Ojai real estate market!

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Even a tornado can’t keep this guy down