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December 1, 2021

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Quote of the Day

 

Show class, have pride, and display character.  If you do, winning takes care of itself.

 

– Paul “Bear” Bryant

 

 

This Day in History

 

December 1, 1913:  Ford’s assembly line starts rolling.  On this day in 1913, Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile.  His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to one hour and 33 minutes.  Ford’s Model T, introduced in 1908, was simple, sturdy and relatively inexpensive – but not inexpensive enough for Ford, who was determined to build “motor car[s] for the great multitude.”  (“When I’m through,” he said, “about everybody will have one.”)  In order to lower the price of his cars, Ford figured, he would just have to find a way to build them more efficiently.

Ford had been trying to increase his factories’ productivity for years.  The workers who built his Model N cars (the Model T’s predecessor) arranged the parts in a row on the floor, put the under-construction auto on skids and dragged it down the line as they worked.  Later, the streamlining process grew more sophisticated.  Ford broke the Model T’s assembly into 84 discrete steps, for example, and trained each of his workers to do just one.  He also hired motion-study expert Frederick Taylor to make those jobs even more efficient.  Meanwhile, he built machines that could stamp out parts automatically (and much more quickly than even the fastest human worker could).

The most significant piece of Ford’s efficiency crusade was the assembly line.  Inspired by the continuous-flow production methods used by flour mills, breweries, canneries and industrial bakeries, along with the disassembly of animal carcasses in Chicago’s meat-packing plants, Ford installed moving lines for bits and pieces of the manufacturing process.  For instance, workers built motors and transmissions on rope-and-pulley powered conveyor belts.  In December 1913, he unveiled the pièce de résistance: the moving-chassis assembly line.  In February 1914, he added a mechanized belt that chugged along at a speed of six feet per minute.  As the pace accelerated, Ford produced more and more cars, and on June 4, 1924, the 10-millionth Model T rolled off the Highland Park assembly line.  Though the Model T did not last much longer – by the middle of the 1920s, customers wanted a car that was inexpensive and had all the bells and whistles that the Model T scorned – it had ushered in the era of the automobile for everyone.

 

 

Ojai Weather

 

Mostly sunny  –  High 83  /  Low 48

Total rainfall for the season  –  1.61 inches

Lake Casitas water capacity  –  32.4%

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
11:50 a.m.
There are two new listings on (or coming to) the market:

 

605 Golden West Avenue – $939,000

 

 

415 E. Oak Street – $969,000 (coming soon, 12/8)

 

 

Pic of the Day
How do I know when it’s time to replace the door?

 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

 

11:20 a.m.
There are no new listings for today.

 

 

Pic of the Day

 

Monday, November 29, 2021
11:00 a.m.
There are three new listings on (or coming to) the market:

1303 Sunset Place – $949,000

 

 

1039 S. Rice Road – $890,000 (coming soon, 12/3)

 

 

1691 Tewa Court – $979,000 (coming soon, 11/30)

 

 

Pic of the Day

Why?

 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
11:15 a.m.

Apologies for the lack of updates the last few days.  As it turns out, on Monday morning I (and I’m sure thousands of others) were notified of a security breach in WordPress, the platform I use to publish the website.  In effect, I was locked out of the site until the proper procedures were put in place to fix it.

 

On a more pleasant note, congrats to our clients/buyers, who closed on the purchase of their new home at 704 Palomar Road!

 

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

There are three new listings on (or coming to) the market:

 

847 Oak Grove Court – $3,800,000

 

 

801 Sunset Place – $849,000 (coming soon, 12/1)

 

 

45 Howard Avenue – $1,490,000 (coming soon, 12/10)

 

 

Pic of the Day

 

The aviatic version of turducken

 

Friday, November 19, 2021
11:30 a.m.
There are no new listings on the market thus far today.

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Have a great weekend!

 

 

Pic of the Day

Here’s Johnny!

 

Thursday, November 18, 2021
10:25 a.m.
No new listings for today…

 

 

Pic of the Day
…and that’s why you don’t let Evel Knievel mow the lawn

 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
10:40 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:

 

404 W. Oak View Avenue – $549,000

 

90 Valley Road – $489,950

 

12251 Linda Flora Drive – $525,000

(This was recently on the market in August)

 

1422 Foothill Road – $2,900,000

(This was recently on the market in September)

 

 

Pic of the Day
So there’s a charge for consuming adults, then?

 

Monday, November 15, 2021
10:35 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:

12607 Highwinds Road – $2,050,000

 

 

216 Del Norte Road – $2,059,000

(This listing was already pending before it was listed in the MLS)

 

 

Pic of the Day
Looks like Snoopy moved up in the world

 

Friday, November 12, 2021
1:30 p.m.
There is one new listing on the market since Wednesday’s update:

 

810 El Toro Road – $3,195,000

 

 

~ Interest rates are going down…how is that possible when all predictions had rates increasing through 2022?  Here’s one theory (skip to 1:35 for the pertinent info) from our friends at the National Real Estate Post.

 

~ Here’s another fun link – 19 maps of America that may surprise you.  The last one – #19, where half the country’s population actually lives – was surprising.  [Thanks Blaise!] 

 

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

 

~ Have a great weekend; like’s like it’s going to toasty – it may be time to fire up the pool so the dogs and I can have a swim!

 

 

Pic of the Day

 

Any parent that brings their child to his playground should be arrested for criminal neglect

 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
8:00 a.m.
There are four new listings on (or coming to) the market:

 

963 Tico Road – $899,900

 

80 Almond Avenue – $739,000 (coming soon, 11/12)

 

1210-1220 S. La Luna Avenue – $2,285,000 (coming soon, 11/12)

 

1019 S. La Luna Avenue – $1,200,000 (coming soon, 11/12)

 

 

Pic of the Day

 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
10:45 a.m.
There are no new listings for today.

 

 

Pic of the Day

Do you want to go for a walk?

“Nah…I’m too tired.”

Monday, November 8, 2021
9:55 a.m.
There is one new listing on the market since last Friday:

 

2626 Valley Meadow Court – $1,550,000

 

 

Pic of the Day

 

Class dismissed!

 

Friday, November 5, 2021

 

10:20 a.m.

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Have a great weekend!

There are four new listings on the market:

 

3071 Matilija Canyon Road – $875,000

 

410 Vallerio Avenue – $749,000

 

160 Ojai Drive – $899,000

 

2800 Maricopa Highway – $3,299,000

 

 

Pic of the Day

 

Thursday, November 4, 2021
10:45 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:

 

216 Oriole Street – $889,000

 

 

11110 N. Ventura Avenue – $2,950,000

 

 

Here’s a quick market update:  We saw 23 new listings come on the market in October, while 17 properties sold during that same period.  Of those 17 sales, 8 of the properties sold above list price and 3 sold at full price.  For comparison, we saw 48 new listings in September, while 32 properties sold during that same time period.  Of those 32 sales, 12 of the properties sold above list price and 3 sold a full price.

 

Finally, Not Ojai-related, but congrats to our client/seller who closed on the sale of their home at 1267 Chalmette Avenue in Ventura!

 

Pic of the Day
That’s not what they meant when they said to pave half the road

 

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
9:30 a.m.
There are two new listings on (or coming to) the market:

 

10628 Almond Avenue – $925,000

 

 

700 W. Villanova Road #17 – $99,500 (coming soon, 11/22)

 

 

Pic of the Day
A junction without function

 

Monday, November 1, 2021

 

10:30 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:

 

966 Woodland Avenue – $881,000

 

1975 Maricopa Highway #44 – $205,000

 

 

Pic of the Day
Those fooled by this item don’t belong in the Einstein classroom
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