Blog Archive – June, 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.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listings at 522 Pleasant Avenue and 208 S. Ventura Street #A open on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00.  Come on by and say hi!

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“What did you do?  What did you do?  Bad dog!  Go sit in your cor…”
Friday, June 28, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  As mentioned last week, this list is now provided to you in a new format (complete with clickable links), courtesy of Bret Bradigan with Ojai Hub and Andrew Gilman with The Agora Foundation.  Thank you both!

 

Have yourselves a great weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow with the updated open house lists.  I’ll leave you with this little item.

 

My Biggest Fan

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The monstrosity pictured above is the Spin-It Fan, by Chelsea.  It weighed close to 50 pounds and our family had one of these when I was growing up.  I used it in my bedroom every summer night from roughly 1974 through 1982.  I had no idea then that this fan was manufactured some time between 1938 and 1942 and was thus likely 40+ years old (I’m not guaranteeing these dates, however).  The odd thing about this fan is that when you turned it on, it didn’t start to spin.  You had to manually twist the rubber coated knob located in the center of the metal plate to get the fan started.  The toggle switch to the right of the knob was for reversing the fan direction (you had to stop the fan first, then spin it again in the other direction).

Over time the fan became more difficult to get started.  First the rubber knob started to wear, requiring me to wrap the knob in black cloth tape in order to get enough of a grip in order to spin it.  A year or two later, I could no longer get the fan spinning fast enough by just using the knob.  The next step was to tilt the fan away from the window (with it still resting on the window ledge), then reach in back and spin the blades themselves by hand.  That worked for another few years, then eventually no technique would work to get the fan started.  There was never any real danger in getting my hand caught in the metal blades; once the fan starting running on it’s own and started to spin up, it did so very gradually.  I vaguely remember spending an average of 5 minutes to get it going at that point.  I don’t recall throwing it away once it ceased working, but I don’t know what became of it either.  Perhaps it’s still in the basement of the house (which my younger brother now owns), waiting to be restored to its original glory?

Although I recall this “start up” process got to be very irritating towards the end of the fan’s life, when I recalled the story recently while trying to describe it to a friend, it brought a huge smile to my face.  Funny how that works, eh?  Recalling the hardest times (not that this fan issue constituted hard times) sometimes bring back the fondest emotions.  That or “Tragedy, plus time, equals comedy” is actually true!  

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

 

I’ll have the list of things to do for you later this afternoon…

 

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It’s good to be exact
Thursday, June 27, 2019
5:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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Recycling isn’t always a good thing
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
4:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:45 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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At least chomping on a pit won’t be an issue
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
4:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
8:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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Fishing for bear
Monday, June 24, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:40 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Saturday, June 22, 2019
11:50 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ve got a new list of things to do in Ojai for you, courtesy of Ojai Hub, a great Ojai on-line resource.  The links on the page aren’t clickable at the moment, however, it is our intention to work with Ojai Hub to find a way to create a weekly page within BBIO, embedding the links within the page.

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Where Lebron James meets Liberace

 

Friday, June 21, 2019
4:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

I’ve uploaded new BBIO video; it’s a virtual tour of our newest listing at 1442 S. Rice Road in Ojai.  <– That’s the direct link to YouTube, or you can click on the right side panel on this page (or scroll to the bottom of the page if viewing on your mobile device).  Have yourselves a great weekend; maybe we’ll get to see the sun at some point?  The open house list will be updated tomorrow.

10:55 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Hey, it’s June 21st and we actually had rain on our side of town this morning.  I know these days are part of the “June Gloom,” but all day, every day?  Come on!  The list of “things to do” has not yet been updated.  I’ll check it later this afternoon.

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A bunch of bricks attempt the “clown car” routine
Thursday, June 20, 2019
6:40 p.m.
There are five new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
12:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Never put amphetamines in the bird feeder
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
5:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
12:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1115 Creekside Way #B – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.  (The Ventura MLS link will show this as “unavailable.”)
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So…I can park here, then?
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
7:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 12599 Koenigstein Road – back on the market (had been a cancelled listing).
  • 11 Don Antonio Way – sold for $165,000 (originally listed for $165,000).
  • 318 N. La Luna Avenue – sold for $673,000 (originally listed for $649,000).  Congrats to both our client/seller and client/buyers!  Our seller in this transaction was extremely helpful in providing the buyers with information about the home, even writing up a fantastic document on how to care for the chickens that he left behind for them.  We will miss his crazy dog, Kiva, who was both a real sweetheart and a zany knucklehead at the same time!  Good luck in your new adventure!  Our buyers, Ryan & Michelle (and Wiley), were also great throughout the transaction. I bet you guys never knew that 45 days would seem like such a long time!  We know you’ll enjoy your new home, and we expect a sample of your homemade peanut butter at some point!

 

9:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

We were turned on to this recent article in the Wall Street Journal by a client of ours.  In it, it describes how banks are seeing more of, and adjusting to, situations where home buyers are having their parents purchase a shared home (duplexes in particular) – moving in with them with a sort of “compound” mentality (something our listing at 1442 S. Rice Road fits to a “T” by the way).  It also mentions how some banks are reducing their down-payment requirements in these situations, even though this scenario would traditionally have been treated as an investment property.

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Monday, June 17, 2019
6:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 111 S. Poli Street – sale pending.  Congrats to our client/seller who put this listing into escrow!
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Nature always wins
Saturday, June 15, 2019
12:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Today we’ll be holding three of our listings open, all from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – 111 S. Poli Street, 522 Pleasant Avenue, and 208 S. Ventura Street #A.

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The stereotype that bricks can’t drive is apparently true
Friday, June 14, 2019
3:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

8:35 a.m.

 

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Greatest selfie ever
Thursday, June 13, 2019
11:35 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:45 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I wasn’t able to perform an update yesterday afternoon because the photo session for the new listing we have coming on the market (later today) took me 5 1/2 hours to complete.  No wonder; I took close to 600 photos and drone/video shots!

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At last, the mystery of the lyrics to “Bye, Baby Bunting” is revealed
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
8:25 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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When you aim for romance and hit horror instead
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
4:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Here’s a reminder that we have an exciting new listing coming up on Thursday, one with so many possibilities (live/work, potential yoga or spiritual retreat, a family compound, or income property).  I’ll be taking photos and video footage tomorrow; the listing will go live on the MLS (and here on BBIO) late Thursday afternoon or evening.

9:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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Park benches for misanthropes
Monday, June 10, 2019
5:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:45 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
  • 12599 Koenigstein Road – $1,799,000.  This one has a Santa Paula address, but since other properties listed in the MLS have shown Koenigstein Road as an Ojai address, I’m including it to cover all bases.
  • 38 Don Antonio Way – $159,000.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Big fan of Shark Week, are ya?
Big fan of “Shark Week,” are ya?
Saturday, June 8, 2019
11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listings at 208 S. Ventura Street #A and 522 Pleasant Avenue open today from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

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So this ingenious solution needs to be redone, what, every two years?
Friday, June 7, 2019
7:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

 

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

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When none of the candidates on the ballot are acceptable
Thursday, June 6, 2019
9:35 p.m.
Thought I was done for the day, but here’s one more new listing on the market!
9:05 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
8:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

It’s been 75 years to the day that the Allies stormed the beaches at Normandy.  If you haven’t seen Ken Burns’ “The War” documentary and you’re interested in learning more about WWII from a more personal perspective, be sure to check it out on Netflix; it’s worth it.

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Great moments in poor door planning
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
6:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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See, the problem is – trees can’t read
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
10:20 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Cloud pranks
Monday, June 3, 2019
2:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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The rarely seen “Roofaroo” makes an appearance
Saturday, June 1, 2019
7:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 125 Prospect Street – sold for $550,000 (originally listed for $579,000).
  • 10248 Ojai Santa Paula Road – sold for $1,050,000 (originally listed for $999,000).  This is a “new” listing that sold and closed before it was ever listed in the MLS.

And last but not least, the Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  Sorry it took so long, but it’s been an extremely engaging 11-hour real estate day.  I did manage to get some awesome video footage of a new listing we have coming up in a couple of weeks – I can’t wait for you to see this one!

 

Have a great night!  Now, where to go in Ojai for a quick bite?? 

1:30 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listings open at 208 S. Ventura Street #A, Saturday, 1:30 to 4:00 and Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 – and 111 S. Poli Street, Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00

I’ll be running the numbers for the monthly Ojai Market Data update as you read this.  Check back here in a few hours to see how the month of May fared in the Ojai real estate market!

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Even a tornado can’t keep this guy down