June 21, 2021

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Quote of the Day


The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.

–  James A. Garfield


This Day in History


June 21, 1788:  U.S. Constitution ratified.  New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.

By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce.  Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  On September 17, 1787, after three months of debate moderated by convention president George Washington, the new U.S. constitution, which created a strong federal government with an intricate system of checks and balances, was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the convention.  As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.

Beginning on December 7, five states – Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut – ratified it in quick succession.  However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document, as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press.  In February 1788, a compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed.  The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina.  On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789.  In June, Virginia ratified the Constitution, followed by New York in July. 

On September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution – the Bill of Rights – and sent them to the states for ratification.  Ten of these amendments were ratified in 1791.  In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.  Rhode Island, which opposed federal control of currency and was critical of compromise on the issue of slavery, resisted ratifying the Constitution until the U.S. government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state.  On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island voted by two votes to ratify the document, and the last of the original 13 colonies joined the United States.  Today the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written constitution in operation in the world.



Ojai Weather

Mostly sunny  –  High 85 / Low 57

Lake Casitas Water Capacity  –  36.8%

Monday, June 21, 2021
10:15 a.m.

A correction from my blog post on Friday: Ventura County is still publishing Covid stats, but they’re posting them on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday instead of every week day.


An update on new listings over the last 30 days:  From May 20th to June 20th, 52 new listings came on the market.  Although this is 20 fewer new listings than the period April 20th to May 20th, 52 new listings at this time of year is a good number when compared to the prior 7 years.


I’d also like to point out that of the 22 new listings under $1,000,000 that have come on the market in June, only 8 are in escrow at this moment.  A sign of a relaxing market?  Could be.


I had a wonderful get-together/bbq with friends on Saturday night.  Gosh, it was a beautiful night as we watched the sun set over the mountains, followed by gazing at the moon and stars, glasses of wine in hand.  It was a vintage Ojai evening.  And I learned one very important item; the phrase “3 dog night” was coined when people found it necessary to have 3 dogs climb into bed with them in order to keep from freezing.  The phrase was eventually cemented in literature in Jane Resh Thomas’ book, “Courage at Indian Deep.”  Never stop learning, folks [and thanks, Rosi]!

There are two new listings on the market:

Koenigstein Road land parcel – $1,250,000


1975 Maricopa Highway #79 – $209,000


Pic of the Day
Jello-house framework


Friday, June 18, 2021
10:10 a.m.

With the state of California officially re-opening on June 15th, it looks like they’ve stopped publishing Covid testing statistics and cases for Ventura County.  At one point – back on 8/21/20 – I posted the Covid doubling time numbers.  At that time cases were doubling every 37 days.  We eventually made it to cases doubling every 102 days on 11/25/20.  The holidays took their toll, however, as the number of days for cases to double dropped to 21 days on 1/19/21.  Finally, whether it’s through mask wearing or vaccinations (or a combination of both), the last posted numbers for Ventura County indicated cases were taking 166 days to double.  I hope we can keep it up.


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


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


406 Crestview Drive – $895,000


909 Del Oro Drive – $2,750,000 (coming soon, 7/8)


807 Daly Road – $1,429,000 (coming soon, 6/25)


1106 Ayers Avenue – $870,000

(This listing was a pending sale before it was listed in the MLS.)


Pic of the Day
I’d bet money that there’s an optometrist just around the corner


Thursday, June 17, 2021
9:00 a.m.
There are five new listings on (or coming to) the market:


121 Barbara Street – $569,000


1003 Creekside Way #C – $699,000


913 Grandview Avenue – $949,000


2100 Maricopa Highway – $3,150,000 (coming soon, 7/7)


212 E. Oak Street – $795,000 (coming soon, 6/18)


Pic of the Day
Turns out, Andy wasn’t treating his toys very nicely


Wednesday, June 16, 2021
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:


275 Avenida Del Recreo – $1,250,000



Pic of the Day
More unnecessary signage


Tuesday, June 15, 2021
9:40 a.m.

Great job by firefighters in squelching the fire by Lake Casitas!  I live about a mile from where the fire was located but I wasn’t overly concerned, as the winds were next to nothing.  I was able to witness a couple of fire retardant drops from aircraft in the area, which was pretty awesome.  Stay cool out there today!


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


205 S. Carrillo Road – $839,000



407 Los Alamos Drive – $2,200,000



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355 Prospect Street – $589,000



430 Montana Circle – $1,695,000 (coming soon, 6/18)



810 Foothill Lane – $2,730,000



175 Wild Oak Street – $789,000



Pic of the Day
The sinkless sink


Friday, June 11, 2021
10:45 a.m.

For the first time in over a year I saw open houses on the MLS, scheduled for this weekend.  It’s good to be back.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Have a great weekend…


There is a new listing, coming soon (6/12):


175 Rio Via – $675,000



Pic of the Day
Forget the boat, what’s with the log roof?


Thursday, June 10, 2021
1:15 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:


16084 Maricopa Highway – $2,450,000



Pic of the Day
This might be unpermitted


Wednesday, June 9, 2021
1:45 p.m.

Summer will truly be here once the music has started.  And the music will start on July 16th at Libbey Bowl.  Click here to check out the list of upcoming rock (or popular) bands coming to Ojai this year, not to mention the return of the Ojai Music Festival!


There is a new listing on the market:


565 Del Oro Drive – $1,979,000


603 Crestview Drive – $1,350,000 (sold and closed)

 (This property sold before it was listed in the MLS.)


Pic of the Day


When a Roomba TP’s your house


Tuesday, June 8, 2021
10:45 a.m.

There is a new listing coming soon to the market:


12216 Linda Flora Drive – $3,195,000 (coming soon, 6/10)



Pic of the Day
Ingenuity or stupidity?  The resulting x-rays will surely tell us.


Monday, June 7, 2021
3:40 p.m.

There are no new listings on the market for today.  But I did notice in the Ojai MLS that “caravan” (or what is also called “broker preview”) begins Friday, June 18th.  This is a big deal for realtors, as it allows us to get out there and see properties that are new on the market.  It’s been unsettling showing property over the last 15 months – having not previously seen 95% of the homes we’ve been showing.  I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing realtors out in the field again!

Congrats to our clients/sellers on 330 N. La Luna Avenue, who closed on their home!  Further congrats go to teammate Sheryl Whipple, who instigated and worked on this deal.  That one was a doozy; we had 17 offers, with all but one of them over the list price.


Pic of the Day
I’m getting so tired of this.  Lemme guess…$225,000?


Saturday, June 5, 2021
11:50 a.m.

I’m checking in on a Saturday because I didn’t want to go 3 days between updates.  I was without power for a couple of hours, twice yesterday, which kind of messed my day up!  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Have a great weekend…


There is a new listing on the market:


929 Mountain View Avenue – $979,000


Pic of the Day
One small step for man…


Thursday, June 3, 2021
5:05 p.m.

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


72 Don Antonio Way – $225,000


1136 Moreno Drive – $925,000 (coming soon, 6/4)


210 Shady Lane – $649,000

(This property was pending before it was listed in the MLS.)


Pic of the Day


Wednesday, June 2, 2021
12:15 p.m.

Congrats to our client/seller for closing on the sale of their home at 668 Spring Street (listed at $549,000 – sold for $565,000), and congrats to teammate Robert Perron for bringing a deal to the table!


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


740 Tico Road – $1,245,000


1158 Tico Road – $1,050,000 (coming soon, 6/4)


Pic of the Day
When your neighbor is a “Wipeout” fanatic


Tuesday, June 1, 2021
11:15 a.m.

There are 10 new listings on (or coming to) the market:


1138 Alviria Drive – $799,000


970 El Centro Street – $989,000


537 Del Oro Drive – $4,200,000


113 Don Carlos Way – $229,900


178 Vega Way – $179,900


9342 Ojai Santa Paula Road – $4,250,000 (coming soon, 6/18)


1188 Carne Road – $3,750,000 (coming soon, 6/3)


1167 El Centro Street – $950,000 (coming soon, 6/3)


12239 Sisar Road – $875,000 (coming soon, 6/3)


256 N. Alvarado Street – $850,000 (coming soon, 6/3)


Pic of the Day
The Berenstains, overstaying their welcome
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