Blog Archive – December, 2018

Note:  Some of the links below may take you to a blank page with the verbiage, “This is not a valid link.”  These links have expired from the Ventura MLS and are no longer accessible.  Ojai MLS links are not affected in this way.
Monday, December 31, 2018
2:45 p.m.
  • No other changes for today; the next update will be Wednesday morning.  Have a happy New Year!
~ Ray, Cheryl, Maria, Sheryl, Rob & Paul
10:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
12:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I don’t know how cold it was on your side of town, but we saw 23 degrees this morning!  I’ve been subtracting 10 or so degrees from what Weather Underground or Accuweather say the low temperature will be.  Sometimes it’s just not enough.

 

The open house list has been updated!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day

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If that’s an outhouse, you spend too much time in the bathroom;

if you live in there…hey, great tiny house!

Friday, December 28, 2018
4:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 84 Portal Street – sold for $659,000 (originally listed for $819,000).  Congrats to our clients/buyers, who closed on their new home today!

 

Have a great weekend, and of course we’ll see you tomorrow morning with an updated open house list!

~ Ray
10:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
Pic of the Day

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
3:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:15 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today…
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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How to become the neighborhood’s best friend
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
10:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Because we expect it will be a slow week, I will only do a second daily update each day if I find there are changes from the morning update.  This will continue until January 2nd.  “Slow” is a relative term; in this case I mean “slow” as far as new listings or changes to current listings on the MLS.  We’re actually pretty active this week, as we have several sets of clients champing (or is it “chomping?”) at the bit to buy property, leading to property showings all week.  No rest for the weary.  Or is it “for the wicked?”  I guess I should stay away from the idioms until I figure out the proper way to use them.

~ Ray
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Seems like awfully abstract advertising for a “fixer-upper.”
Monday, December 24, 2018
12:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

This will be the only update for today; the next update will be on Wednesday.  Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or whatever you choose to celebrate this week!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Yeah, hey…thanks for the “surprise.”
Saturday, December 22, 2018
10:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listing at 1003 N. Drown Avenue open today from 12:30 to 3:00.

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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The one time of year these folks have room to walk inside their house
Friday, December 21, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Goodbye to the shortest day of the year!  Cheryl will be happy about this, but the available daylight tomorrow will increase by less than a minute.  Maybe I won’t tell her that.  Anyway, have a great weekend and we’ll see you tomorrow morning with the rather truncated open house list.

~ Ray
10:00 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!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
Hello, ma’am – can we use your bathroom?  Rudolph’s been holding it in since Seattle.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
4:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Cheryl and I had a lot of fun putting together the new BBIO video for this week; check it out at the top of the right side panel.  (If you’re viewing this from a cell phone, it will be located towards the bottom of the page.)

~ Ray
10:20 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today…
~ Ray
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On the Sith day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Yoda a-slaying…
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
5:25 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.
~ Ray
1:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Cheryl and I were attending a home inspection for one of our buyers this morning (thus, the late update).  But on our way back to the office, we noticed this amazing cloud pattern in the southern sky.  Cheryl said the clouds looked “like jellyfish in the sky.”  No, we weren’t on acid.

 

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~ Ray
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I think the new neighbors are going to be loud
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
4:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 250 Verde Oak Drive – back on the market (had been expired) and reduced from $1,150,000 to $1,095,000.
  • 1142 N. Ventura Avenue – back on the market (had been a pending sale) and reduced from $489,000 to $479,999.
  • 84 Portal Street – sale pending.  Congrats to our clients/buyers who had their offer accepted on this home!  (The link still shows this as an active listing.)
  • 229 E. Villanova Road – sold for $770,000 (originally listed for $849,000).
~ Ray
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Nothing says “bachelor pad” like a Mini hanging off your wall
Monday, December 17, 2018
3:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Snow falls on Easter Island?
Saturday, December 15, 2018
11:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding several of our listings open tomorrow (Sunday):
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Wait for it…
Friday, December 14, 2018
2:15 p.m.

Apologies for the late update; I’ve been working in the background trying to get everything back up and running properly.  The All Listings page is now back to being legible, while I’m still working on getting the photo galleries to render properly.  Meanwhile, here’s your update for today:

There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

~ We’ve added a new BBIO video for this week (top of right side panel); teammate Sheryl Whipple offers free guided walking tours and hikes in and around Ojai!

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

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

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
We will, we will rock you…
Thursday, December 13, 2018
5:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
4:20 p.m.

Hello everyone – I should have an update to you in an hour or so.  As you’ve probably noticed, we’re still working through issues with the website.  The All Listings page is a bit messed up if you’re using Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers; however, it appears to work fine on Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer (and cell phones).  Additionally, our listing photo galleries are down.  I probably won’t get those items fixed before the end of the day, but I’ll at least get you an update.

~ Ray
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
4:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:00 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today.
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
It's moving day, but I've got a hankering for....cookies!
It’s moving day, but I’ve got a hankering for…….cookies!
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
5:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

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Monday, December 10, 2018
3:50 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Thank you Mario, but our princess is in another castle!
Saturday, December 8, 2018
12:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

The open house list has been updated.  Our listing at 1003 N. Drown Street will be open today from 1:30 to 4:00 and tomorrow from 12:00 to 3:00.  Stop by and see this cute home with beautiful studio, all on .44 acres in the heart of Ojai!

~ Ray
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Dolly Parton forgets to wear her seatbelt
Friday, December 7, 2018
1:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
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The fat shaming needs to stop
Thursday, December 6, 2018
6:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Oww, it’s a tank….house….it’s mighty, mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
4:40 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.  Stay dry!
~ Ray
11:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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It’s nice to know your buddy has your back when you screw up
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
5:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1273 S. Rice Road #34 – sale pending.
  • 1159 Spring Street – sale pending.
  • 465 Santa Ana Blvd. – sold for $380,000 (originally listed for $427,000 with a different realtor).  Congrats to our client/buyer who closed on this home today, and congrats to teammate Rob Perron who brought this deal to the table!

 

While using the drone today I snapped a photo as the sun was setting; what a beautiful valley we live in!

 

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~ Ray
12:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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It would seem the Suffolk County teaching curriculum is failing
Monday, December 3, 2018
3:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

It’s early December, so that means that the Ojai Market Data for the month of November has been updated/completed.  Check it out!

~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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I feel so…empty inside
Saturday, December 1, 2018
5:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  One of the other site issues I’m trying to work on is the need to refresh the browser or reload the pages in order to see the changes I’ve made.  This didn’t used to be the case, that is, until the site was upgraded to a more secure site a couple of months ago.  So if you visit the site and it seems as though an update is later than usual or missing, you might just need to refresh the page.  I’ll try to get that fixed some time next week.

 

Did you see the hawk and the small (or baby) screech owl at Caravan Outpost today, during the Ojai Holiday Market shindig?  Makes us want to adopt one…so darn cute!

~ Ray
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11:50 a.m.

While working to try to speed up the website a glitch occurred, which meant we were offline for a few hours this morning.  I usually update the Open Houses page on Saturday morning, but due to me having to fix the aforementioned issue (and the fact that we have to leave for a showing appointment in about 15 minutes) I don’t have time to do a proper update or to update the open house page.  I will come back later today and do a full update and put up the open houses for Sunday.

 

Meanwhile, here’s the list of what’s out there for open houses today:  1003 N. Drown Avenue – 1:00 to 4:00; 211 S. Fox Street – 12:00 to 3:00; and 257 N. Encinal Avenue – 12:00 to 3:00

 

We’ve also added a new BBIO video (see the right panel), in which Maria (and friend) talk about events going on this weekend and beyond.

~ Ray