Blog Archive – July, 2020

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.
Friday, July 31, 2020
4:25 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Have a great weekend – stay cool out there!

8:50 a.m.

 

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Sometimes the stars just align
Thursday, July 30, 2020
3:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
7:45 a.m.
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I don’t think that’s how it’s done
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
3:25 p.m.
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7:55 a.m.
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Looks like chandelier installation guy was having an off day
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
4:40 p.m.
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8:55 a.m.
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In case of fire, bring bandages – lots of bandages
Monday, July 27, 2020
2:10 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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The case for cows being smarter than humans (photo taken at Black Mountain Ranch in upper Ojai)
Friday, July 24, 2020
5:10 p.m.

Just checked in with all 3 MLSs before heading into the weekend; nothing new to report.  Enjoy the beautiful weather!

11:45 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
  • 702 Mercer Avenue – $825,000.
  • 110 Canada Street – $689,000.  This our newest listing, and it is a sharp one!  Turnkey and located right in downtown Ojai, this property is zoned for residential, commercial, or dual use.  The home has been upgraded in many areas including flooring, kitchen, bath, lighting, and includes a detached, finished garage that could easily be used as a studio.  (Note that while we have this listed as a 2 bedroom property, city records indicate that the smaller bedroom is an office.  Come check it out!)

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Changes to the All Listings page:

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

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“Get yer hot pizza here!  Just $1 a slice!  We got pupperoni,

we got snausage, we got beggin strips!”

Thursday, July 23, 2020
6:35 p.m.
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9:55 a.m.
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Life: It’s all about choices.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
4:15 p.m.
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11:25 a.m.
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Due to the fact that we’ve been somewhat cooped up over the last several months, Cheryl and I have started to get into something I thought I would never be interested in – puzzling.  Over the last month and a half we’ve pieced together 5 puzzles, starting with the 500 piece variety and moving up to (and currently on) 750.  I’m guessing 1,000 is next.

Here are a few things I’m discovering about doing puzzles, that I’m sure puzzle aficionados will agree are true:

~ We always start out with the edge/perimeter pieces.  The first puzzle we did, we missed one edge piece during the initial search through all the pieces.  I assumed we would get better at this as we went along.  Wrong.  We’ve gotten progressively worse.  The current puzzle we’re on?  Six missing edge pieces to begin the puzzle  I will consider it a major victory if and when we ever get all the edge pieces the first time through.  I might even walk away and declare the puzzle as “finished.”

~ The underside of my forearms act like puzzle-piece magnets.

~ “Savanting” a piece is when you see a random piece in the pile and immediately place it where it belongs.  (Thanks to Linda for coming up with the term.)

~ When you locate a hard-to-find piece and place it, you always tap it in extra-hard – that way, everyone else at the table knows about it.

~ If you accidentally knock a piece off the table and onto the tile floor, everyone at the table will tell you what you just did.

~ Once completed, you need to leave the puzzle in place for a minimum of 24 hours so that you can go back and admire your work, at least for one day.

~ Finally, while we have no remorse about breaking up a completed puzzle and placing it back in the box, doing so always reminds me of…

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
3:30 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
8:25 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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When Ben Hogan and Sam Snead don’t want you hanging around
Monday, July 20, 2020
10:50 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Friday, July 17, 2020
3:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Have a great weekend!

7:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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I’d like to hear Mr. Jagger’s take on this
Thursday, July 16, 2020
3:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
9:50 a.m.
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Attempting to duplicate the success of ABC’s “Shark Tank,”

CBS’s “Fish Tank” completely missed the mark

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
4:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
11:15 a.m.
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We just received a nice review from clients who recently closed on a home last month.  Short story:  After the closing, the new owners found a couple of old contractor’s lockboxes on the property and asked if we could help.  Since we were unable to locate the numeric codes for these boxes, I brought over the trusty bolt-cutters and removed both the boxes.  As we left the property and crossed the street to our car, I stepped into a pothole and slightly twisted my ankle – not a big deal.  However, the rest of my body went flying and I landed awkwardly on my hand/wrist, hyper-extending all my fingers and wrist in the process (all while Cheryl watched in slow motion as the heavy bolt-cutters arced through the air and landed, just missing my head).  My first comment to Cheryl after I picked myself up off the ground was, “I’ll bet that looked hilariously like slapstick.”  Turns out, I was right.

I’m glad to report that after 5 weeks, the wrist is back to normal.  Our clients were wonderful people to deal with, however,  the bolt-cutter incident is probably what I will always remember about this sale!  I only wish I’d caught it on video.

 

[P.S.  Hi Carolyn, thanks for following us! – Ray]

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…and that’s why you don’t wait to fix that leak  
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
3:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:50 a.m.
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Yesterday, we met with a new potential client.  While we stood outside in the yard talking about the property, the owner took down his mask for a moment (we left ours on) – and both Cheryl and I were immediately surprised by the face we saw underneath.  You see, it was the first time we had actually seen our client’s face, and unbeknownst to either Cheryl or myself, our brains had subconsciously constructed an image of what the owner looked like under that mask – even though we had previously only seen his eyes and the top of his head.  So when that image was different than what our imaginations had concocted, we were surprised by the difference between our expectations and reality.  We both commented on it as soon as we got in our car to leave.

Point is, I found it quite interesting that the human brain wants to automatically fill in these image gaps (without our conscious knowledge or consent) and it made me wonder – how often is it that our brains do this?  I would imagine it’s more often than we realize.  I would also imagine that as a result of constructing complete pictures from partial images – our brains make a lot of false conclusions about people and the world around us.

 

In these mask-sporting times, I’m so relieved to not be single and dating…

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Monday, July 13, 2020
3:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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9:40 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
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Hoof on roof
Friday, July 10, 2020
4:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!

9:35 a.m.
The Ojai Market Data update for June has been completed!  Here’s a quick rundown:
  • 44 new listings came on the market (20 of these are already pending or closed sales).
  • 31 properties sold (at an average of 94.84% of the original listing price).
  • There are currently 106 active listings on the market.

We’ll check in with an update later today before we head off into the weekend…

7:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Come back later today, when we’ll have the Ojai Market Data update for the month of June for you.  Meanwhile, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!

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Donald:  “Hey, Daffy…wanna mess with the contractor?”

Daffy:  “Abbthzolutely!”

Thursday, July 9, 2020
5:00 p.m.
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11:00 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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South Western Railway – posting unnecessary signs since 2017
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
4:50 p.m.
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9:50 a.m.
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I can actually HEAR this room – “bow chicka wow wow”…
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:25 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
  • 7750 Sulphur Mountain Road – $1,299,000.  This is our newest listing; it’s a 138 acre land parcel with both Ojai Valley and Channel Island views.  There is a functioning in-ground pool on the property, as well as water and electric at the home building site.
  • 13100 Ojai Road – $2,895,000.
  • 65 W. Catalina Drive – $665,000.
  • 28 Reposo Drive – $1,069,000 (this is already a pending sale).
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Obviously a Fordham University Alum
Monday, July 6, 2020
1:10 p.m.
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Conifer photobomb
Friday, July 3, 2020
4:10 p.m.
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  • 283 Carne Road – back on the market (had been cancelled) and reduced from $5,500,000 to $5,499,000.

Here’s hoping you have a splendid 4th of July!

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

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

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Always consider your design choices before putting your home on the market
Thursday, July 2, 2020
3:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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9:15 a.m.
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When MacGyver installs your ceiling fan
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
12:25 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
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On a completely unrelated-to-real-estate note; I was recently watching the classic 1960 movie, “The Time Machine.”  This is one of the first movies I recall watching with my parents when I was young.  I know it’s one of my father’s favorites, and it’s on my list as well.  But during this recent viewing I noted that it has the most hilariously over-dramatic music in seemingly the wrong places (see 50 minutes, 30 seconds into the movie for an example).  Still, I love the movie.  I also noted the film score sounds a lot like Khachaturian’s Symphony No. 3 (it’s even in the same key).  Not to impugn Russell Garcia’s work on the movie score, but Khachaturian’s symphony came out 13 years earlier, in 1947.  Just sayin’.  To me, the piece is equivalent to classical heavy metal, especially with the monstrous pipe organ sound – it’s worth a listen!  And that is about as far away from real estate jabber as one can get.  (WEENA!!!!)

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