Blog Archive – January, 2019

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.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
7:10 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
A few other items:
  • This isn’t related to Ojai real estate, but we wanted to congratulate our client/buyer who had their offer accepted on a home in Ventura at 6447 Crowley Avenue!
  • Did you catch that clap of thunder at around 7:20 a.m. this morning?  That was a doozy, something that we haven’t heard in our 14 years of living in Ojai.  We didn’t flinch, but I believe our time spent in Florida prepared us for that!
  • Total rainfall for today was 1.35 inches, putting us at 12.89 inches for the season.
  • Finally, what’s a good storm without some awesome clouds?

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

 

During our team meeting earlier this week, Cheryl placed these items on each team member’s chair:

 

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The yellow thing?  I know, you’re thinking “That’s a face-hugger from the movie, Aliens.”  Nope, it’s called a Buddha’s Hand fruit.  Cheryl is actually growing these in our garden, more out of curiosity than usefulness, I’m sure.  (The Buddha’s Hand is usually used by shaving the rind and using the shavings as way to spice up cocktails, pasta salads, or salad dressing.)  The other item is, of course, a buzzer.  Needless to say, with six of us holding our own buzzer, the team meeting got a little rowdy.  (No whammy, no whammy……stop!)

~ Ray
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Bricklayers on LSD
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
5:10 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 36 Kunkle Street – increased from $839,000 to $1,179,000.  This was previously two separate listings, one with a home on it and the other an empty lot (which was shown separately on the All Listings page), listed at $1,250,000 combined.  They’ve been consolidated into one listing now; total price is $71,000 less.
  • 514 Vista Hermosa Drive – reduced from $1,695,000 to $1,689,000.
  • 1001 Creekside Way #H – reduced from $399,000 to $397,000.
  • 861 Oak Grove Court – sale pending.
  • 308 Shady Lane – sale pending.  Congrats to our clients/buyers who had their offer accepted on this home!  (The MLS listing still shows it as an active listing.)
  • 381 Avenida De La Vereda – sold for $620,000 (originally listed for $675,000).  Congrats to our clients/buyers who closed on this home today, and congrats to teammate Sheryl Whipple, who brought this deal to the table!
~ Ray
10:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The issues mentioned in last evening’s post have been fixed.

~ Ray
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The lesser known adage, “There’s more than one way to fill a bucket.”
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
5:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 234 N. La Luna Avenue – $600,000.  (This was last on the market before it expired on 6/30/18, listed at $695,000.)

Once again, we are having issues with the website.  You might notice that newer links (starting with this update) do not open in a new tab, and as of this moment I am unable to make any changes to the All Listings page.  All new listings and changes will of course be noted here in the blog (as usual) while I get it figured out.  Website building is fun…

~ Ray
9:40 a.m.

No changes yet for today…

~ Ray
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This sign designer didn’t quite grasp the concept
Monday, January 28, 2019
6:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:10 a.m.

No changes yet for today…

~ Ray
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Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:45 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 on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00.  Come check out this property that allows horses and has income potential!

~ Ray
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Jurassic Park VI:  Snowbound
Friday, January 25, 2019
2:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  We’ve also added new BBIO video; it’s teammate Sheryl Whipple interviewing Joe Barthelemy of Serendipity Toys.  Finallly, we’re headed out to take a look at four new properties today with the team.  Have a great Friday!

~ Ray
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Subtle…but very cool
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 2181 Valley Meadow Drive – increased from $1,195,000 to $1,250,000 (this was already a pending sale before the price increase).
~ Ray
8:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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After committing several felonies, Sammy “Skinburn” Slide lived out his final years on Alcatraz II
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
5:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 2065 Los Encinos Road – back on the market (had been expired – this was last on the market 11/30/18 at the same price).
  • 1159 Spring Street – sold for $1,295,000 (originally listed for $1,800,000).
~ Ray
9:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Nature cannot be stopped
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
4:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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No wonder Peter Parker didn’t feel so good
Monday, January 21, 2019
10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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So, only dogs are allowed?  Sounds good to me.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
12:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Looks like it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous day; have a great weekend!

~ Ray
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Republican power lines
Friday, January 18, 2019
2:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We have two new Honorable Mentions for you, but I won’t be able to tell you about them until tomorrow morning – when I do the open house update.  Have a great weekend!

~ Ray 
9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ve added a new BBIO video; it’s teammate Paul Johnsen interviewing Mike Iandolo from Topa Topa Brewing Company.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai as well.  We’re heading out with the group to take a look at some new properties today, then we have a listing presentation later this afternoon.  I’ll try to shoehorn an afternoon update in before the end of the day!

~ Ray
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“I immediately froze in my tracks; luckily, the tiger had not yet spotted me…”
Thursday, January 17, 2019
4:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
1:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic (& Video) of the Day

I took a couple of short videos of the Ventura river, as viewed from Santa Ana Blvd. in Oak View.  The photo below the video is the crowd that was gathering on the Baldwin Road bridge in order to take a gander at the river as well.  I tell my family back in the Midwest about this and they crack up:  “They flock to watch the water running under a bridge?”  “Yep…we do that here.”  Growing up in the Midwest, I never actually looked forward to rain.  There was always plenty of it, so it became an annoyance whenever it did rain.  You could always count on it to rain when you had a planned picnic, wedding, or a day at the ballpark.  It’s nice to be able to look forward to it for a change!  Here’s hoping you’re all safe and sound.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
4:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Heavy rain is headed our way tonight, so please be careful if you’re going to be driving out there!

~ Ray
10:20 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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How to lower your neighborhood’s property values by $50,000
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:00 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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“I’d be so over this wall if I weren’t on the 5th day of my cleanse.”
Monday, January 14, 2019
5:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1310 Daly Road – sold for $720,000 (originally listed for $749,000).  (Note:  This was not our listing, however, the Santa Barbara MLS links are different than Ojai and Ventura.  This property was listed with Berkshire Hathaway.)
~ Ray
11:05 a.m.
There are five new listings on the market:

We’ve had a good start to the year, with 20 new listings coming on the market thus far!

Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:10 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 on Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00.  It’s advisable that you give the listing agent a call on any other properties you want to see this weekend, as some homeowners cancel their open house whenever it rains.

~ Ray
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Friday, January 11, 2019
3:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

That’s all for today; have a great weekend.  It looks like we’re in store for quite a bit of rain over the next week, so be prepared for that.  See you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list!

~ Ray
9:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Also, we’ve added new BBIO video; it’s teammate Rob Perron interviewing Melissa of NoSo Vita in Ojai.  (For desktop computer users, the video is found at the top of the right side panel; if you’re viewing this via your smart phone, the video will be located at the bottom of the page.)

~ Ray
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Michelangelo would be horrified
Thursday, January 10, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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How much is the ticket if you run the red light?
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
4:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
7:20 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Yee haa!  Here’s your Best of 2018 wrap-up; I had a lot of fun with this one, so go ahead and check it out!
~ Ray
10:20 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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I guess these folks can keep a secret.  (Get it?  They’re not letting the cat out of the bag…nyuk, nyuk.)
Monday, January 7, 2019
5:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ve had a good start to the new year, with 10 new listings on the market already.  In other news, I should be able to get to the Best of 2018 wrap-up tomorrow afternoon.  Have a nice evening!

~ Ray
12:35 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1017 Ayers Avenue – reduced from $590,000 to $570,000.
  • 40 Ojai Drive – sale pending.
  • 307 Drown Avenue – sold for $575,000 (originally listed for $589,000).
  • 1400 Loma Drive – sold for $791,000 (originally listed for $789,500).  (Note:  This listing actually closed on November 13th, 2018, but was not entered into the MLS as a closed sale until January 5th.  This will not be included as part of the closed sales for the month of January, 2019 when I perform the Ojai Market Data update.)
~ Ray
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The Field of Dreams hits an all-time low
Saturday, January 5, 2019
11:00 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
  • 915 Santa Ana Blvd. – $779,000.
  • 13001 Koenigstein Road – $1,499,000.  (Although this listing suggests that it’s located in Santa Paula, past listings on Koenigstein Road have been listed as being located in Ojai; I’m adding this one to cover all bases.) 
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding two of our listings open tomorrow; 402 N. Arnaz Street from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., and 1003 N. Drown Avenue from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

~ Ray
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I’d say the Motel 6 is looking pretty good right about now
Friday, January 4, 2019
5:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Apologies; I ran out of time today to do the Best of 2018 wrap up.  I will attempt to get it done on Monday.  Meanwhile, have a great weekend and I’ll update the open house list tomorrow morning.

~ Ray

11:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Stay tuned for the Best of 2018, which I’ll have for you a bit later today!

~ Ray
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So, reading is actually fundamental
Thursday, January 3, 2019
4:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  You can check it out here.  We’ve also added new BBIO video, Best Days in Ojai, where teammate Maria talks about things to do in and around Ojai.  For desktop computer users, the video is found at the top of the right side panel; if you’re viewing this via your smart phone, the video will be located at the bottom of the page.

~ Ray
11:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’ll be running the numbers for the Ojai Market Data update as you read this.  Check in later this afternoon to see how we closed out the year in Ojai real estate!

~ Ray
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First, gender-neutral bathrooms, now bathrooms for elevators.  Where does it end?
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
5:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:55 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

As usual, we get a lot of expired listings at the end of the year.  We expect several of the above listings to come back on the market soon.   We hope you had a great New Year celebration!  Later this week I’ll have the Ojai Market Data update for you, as well as the Best of 2018 (one of my favorite parts of running the website)!

~ Ray
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So you say