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May 18, 2019

Quote of the Day

It requires a great deal of faith for a man to be cured by his own placebos.

 

– John L. McClenahan

This Day in History

May 18, 1861:  Newspaper prints scathing report about First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln.  An obscure California newspaper casts first lady Mary Todd Lincoln in an unflattering light on this day in 1861.

Quoting a report in the Sacramento Union, the Humboldt Times recounted a tale of how Mrs. Lincoln had usurped her husband’s presidential duty of appointing federal offices.  According to the report, Mary Todd Lincoln, in an effort to help her beleaguered husband deal with a slew of office-seekers, took it upon herself to appoint a stranger – whom she had met on the train – to any office he desired.  Mr. W.S. Wood thought he’d like to be superintendent of Public Buildings, not knowing that Lincoln had already given the position to someone else. When Mrs. Lincoln later learned that Wood had been turned away from applying for the job, she assaulted her husband with such a tempest about his ears that he was forced to give Wood the position and dismiss his own choice, a friend from his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

The unnamed reporter attributed President Lincoln’s hollow cheeks, sunken eyes and woe-begone expression in a great degree to Mrs. Lincoln’s caprices and interference.  (He was perhaps forgetting that the country was embroiled in a civil war at the time.) The reporter went on to suggest that Mrs. Lincoln had been smitten with Mr. Wood’s handsome features, luxuriant whiskers and graceful carriage.  He also noted reports about her dancing with Wood many times at the Inauguration Ball in 1860 and that she had succumbed to his charm and flattery. The accusations of Mrs. Lincoln’s flirtation with Wood were never substantiated.

Ojai Weather

Mostly cloudy, rain later today – High 73 / Low 50

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Total rainfall for the season  –  26.46

Saturday, May 18, 2019
2:05 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listing at 522 Pleasant Avenue open today from 1:30 to 4:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00.  We’ll also have our first open house at 111 S. Poli Street on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00.

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Friday, May 17, 2019
9:20 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’ll be back on a normal schedule tomorrow, starting with the updated open house list.  Have a great weekend!

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That’s the worst green carpeting I’ve ever seen
Thursday, May 16, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

[Edit]  I forgot to include the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend when I updated last night.  Here it is!

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Well, that’s awfully darn neighborly of you
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
6:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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When you stop trying 2/3rds of the way in
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
7:15 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Monday, May 13, 2019
8:35 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Note:  I’ll be attending a real estate workshop for the next four days (May 14 – 18), which means I will only be able to update the site once per day.  These updates will occur once I’m back in the office and will likely be completed between 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. each night.  The weather updates each day will reflect the following day’s weather – no point in giving you the weather forecast for Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, is there?  See you tomorrow night…

~ Ray
10:40 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

The next update for today will likely occur much later…I’m thinking around 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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“So, is this your first job as a handyman?”
Saturday, May 11, 2019
11:40 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding the following listings open:  1003 N. Drown Avenue, today from 1:00 to 4:00 and  522 Pleasant Avenue, Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00.

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Building a chair is hard
Friday, May 10, 2019
4:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Have yourselves a great weekend; we’ll update the open house list for you tomorrow.

10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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

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Trivia fact:  Tennessee Williams’ original play was titled “Cats on a Hot Composite Roof.”
Thursday, May 9, 2019
10:10 p.m.

It’s been a loooong day, but here we go…

There is a new listing on the market:
  • 111 S. Poli Street – $699,000.  This is our listing that we teased about yesterday.  You can catch a sneak preview of it tomorrow (Friday) morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  (It will not be available to see during open houses this weekend.)
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

G’night!

10:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Post-it Fake Drawer ™ – just stick it and forget it!
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
5:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Today I took photos of a new listing we have coming up.  We’re considering it to be a “residential income” property because it has been rented in the past as two individual units – though both units are under one roof and share a common entrance (which could be remedied fairly easily).  Each “unit” has its own kitchen, fireplace, bathroom, and yard space.  It’s 1,764 sq. ft. in total, located in Meiners Oaks, and within easy walking distance of Don Lalos, Farmer & the Cook, and Papa Lennon’s restaurants (all within 1/10th of a mile).  Look for it on Thursday afternoon!

10:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Depending on specs, this is either a 25 or 40 horsepower bed
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
5:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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The best name in home-security:  Jean Claude Van Parrot
Monday, May 6, 2019
6:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

I’ve spent the last couple of hours running the numbers for the latest Ojai Market Data update.  Exciting stuff – be sure to check it out!

~ Ray
2:00 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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I especially like how it’s secured to the window frame
Saturday, May 4, 2019
11:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated.  We’ll be holding our newest listing at 522 Pleasant Avenue open from 1:30 to 4:00 today and 11:00 to 2:00 Sunday.  Also on Sunday, we’ll be holding our listing at 318 N. La Luna Avenue open from 12:00 to 4:00.  Enjoy the day!

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This is the most awkward dog collar I’ve ever seen
Friday, May 3, 2019
2:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Have a great weekend; we’ll update the open house list for you tomorrow!

10:05 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.  We’re heading out to take a look at seven new properties; see you this afternoon!

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This color scheme makes me want to order a cheeseburger, fries and a shake
Thursday, May 2, 2019
8:10 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 522 Pleasant Avenue – back on the market (had been expired) and reduced from $799,000 to $795,000.  This is our newest listing (I mentioned it in yesterday morning’s blog post).  The link reads that it’s a “new” listing, but it’s simply “back on the market” with the Deckert/DePaola team.  You can catch a sneak preview of this gorgeous, remodeled home tomorrow morning from 9:30 to noon.  Click here if you want to stay within our site to view this home.
  • 1273 S. Rice Road #7 – reduced from $164,500 to $162,500.
  • 1694 S. Rice Road – reduced from $800,000 to $799,000.
  • 705 E. Oak Street – sale pending.
  • 150 S. Arnaz Street – sold for $800,000 (originally listed for $849,000).
  • 850 Baldwin Road – sold for $1,995,000 (originally listed for $2,349,000).
  • 74 Taormina Lane – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.
10:10 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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When trees prank bicyclists
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
6:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
11:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’m heading out later today to take photos of a listing we have coming up on Thursday.  It’s not a “new” listing; it’s a listing that recently expired and we now have it – so it’s new to us!  It’s a fantastically remodeled 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom, 1,600+ sq. ft. home in the heart of Ojai.  It will be listed at $795,000; keep an eye out for it…

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To keep your tennis lawn healthy and green, one-a-day Maserati feeding works wonders