Blog Archive – March, 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, March 30, 2019
11:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding open houses tomorrow at 1003 N. Drown Avenue (1:00 to 4:00) and 490 Mahoney Avenue (1:00 to 4:00).

~ Ray
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ojai tomatoes

It’s nearly tomato time!  As many of you know, every year Cheryl grows organic heirloom tomatoes from seed.  They start their first few weeks on our kitchen window sill – on heating pads – basking in the indirect sunlight.  Over this past week Cheryl and I transferred them from their seed trays into cups (seen above).  For the next week or so we’ll move them outside during the day, then back inside for the night.  Finally, they’ll get to have overnight sleep-overs outside, in an effort to harden them to the colder evening temperatures.  (It’s kind of a pain…the tomatoes stay up until at least 2:00 a.m. most nights, giggling and having pillow fights – we can’t sleep through it.)

Around the weekend of April 13th we’ll be giving these away to our VIP clients.  Our entire team will be handing out plants that weekend at the Keller Williams office in Ojai.  We usually have several left over (we have over 300 plants this year), so if you’re interested in becoming part of the VIP club, please drop us an email (or call) and we’ll set aside a few for you.  Here are some of the unique varieties we’re growing this year:

 

~ Malakhitovaga Shkatulka (a green tomato)

~ Dinnerplate (red and big)

~ Orange Strawberry (orange and red – no surprise there)

~ Boxcar Willie (smaller red)

~ Black Zebra (kinda sounds like a comic-book character)

~ Climbing Trip-L Crop (grows up to 10 feet high)

~ Blond Kopfchen (yellow)

~ Brown Berry (a cherry tomato that is brown)

~ Ultimate Giant (red)

Friday, March 29, 2019
2:40 p.m.
We’ve added four new Honorable Mentions to the list:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
9:55 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.  The team is heading out to look at seven new properties on broker preview/caravan this morning…

~ Ray
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ojai real estate
And behind the curtain you’ll find Jabba the Hutt soap on a rope
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:40 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:05 a.m.

No changes yet for today…

~ Ray
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ojai real estate

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
5:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:15 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 627 E. Villanova Road – reduced from $2,199,000 to $1,850,000.  (Note:  This listing no longer includes the adjacent .56 acre parcel within the price.)
  • 1273 S. Rice Road #84 – sold for $210,000 (originally listed for $205,000).
  • 4274 Thacher Road – sold for $8,450,000 (originally listed for $11,500,000).
  • 236 S. Montgomery Street – sold for $850,000 (originally listed for $885,000).  (Note:  As of this writing the Ojai MLS link still shows this as pending, but it is indeed closed.)
  • 150 S. La Luna Avenue – this listing has been cancelled.
~ Ray
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“All right, soldiers…at my signal, unleash HELL!”
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
4:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:30 a.m.

No changes yet for today.  Come on, new listings!  We’re at 44 thus far for the month – I’m hoping we’ll hit at least 50 by month’s end.  We have a couple of new listings coming up, but they won’t hit the market until April.

~ Ray
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Irony overload

(No emails, please – I realize this is likely an alligator.)

Monday, March 25, 2019
4:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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And yet another gender classification is created
Saturday, March 23, 2019
11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Members of our team will be holding houses open on Sunday at 522 Pleasant Avenue (12:00 to 3:00) and 330 S. Carrillo Road (1:00 to 4:00).

~ Ray
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ojai real estate
Always read the instructions first
Friday, March 22, 2019
4:05 p.m.

Wow, the market is abuzz right now; lots of new things coming on the market, lots of them going fast.  To whit:

There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
We’ve added two new Best Buys and an Honorable Mention to the lists:

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

~ Ray
9:55 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 added new BBIO video; it’s teammate Sheryl Whipple interviewing Naomi Babcock of HELP of Ojai – 2nd HELPings!

~ Finally, the team is heading out to take a look at six new properties this morning…

~ Ray
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ojai real estate

Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:05 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

While filming new BBIO video with teammate Maria today, we interviewed the owner of Sage (Mindful Meals & Elixirs) and also ate lunch.  That was my first time at Sage and I have to say – it was fantastic!  They currently serve breakfast and lunch (Thursday – Monday, 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but in the future they will be open for dinner as well (hopefully by this summer, as the back patio is a great outdoor dining setting).

~ Ray
10:20 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

This isn’t Ojai-related, but a special congratulations goes to our client/buyer, Martha, who closed on her new home in Ventura a few days ago!

~ Ray
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“Sit up straight!”

“YES SIR, SERGEANT, SIR!”

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
3:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ll leave you with an early afternoon update again, as we are (again) showing property in Ventura this afternoon.  Ojai isn’t the only hot market right now!

~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Elevator for Toblerone
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
3:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Yeah…you need to have a talk with that stager
Monday, March 18, 2018
4:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

On Saturday we attended the wedding of local business owner and mortgage broker with Heritage Financial, Emily Wilson.  It could not have been a more perfect day for a wedding (other than the fact that someone passed out very early in the proceedings, necessitating an ambulance – but we hear they’re fine).  Not only do we consider Emily a dear friend, but she is an absolute ace at what she does.  No matter how difficult a transaction may become she is always happy and smiling, ready to help.  Congratulations to Emily and Alex; many years of happiness to you both!

~ Ray
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ojai real estate
Not as sexy as the leg lamp from “A Christmas Story,” but it’ll do
Saturday, March 16, 2019
11:05 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 our listing at 1003 N. Drown Avenue open tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00.

 

I knew it had been a while since we had seen a 70 degree day in Ojai; this excerpt from Perry Van Houten at the Ojai Valley News clinches it:  “The mercury hit 70 degrees in Ojai on March 12, ending the area’s record-setting cold streak at 40 straight days below 70.  Though not a record, it was the fifth-longest string of days below 70 since record taking began in 1906.  The record was set in 1949 with 61 straight days below 70.  That streak ran from Dec. 10, 1948, to Feb. 9, 1949.  Last month did set a record, however, for the lowest daily high temperature in February ever recorded, only 67 degrees.  The next lowest maximum was 70 degrees, in February 1969.”

~ Ray
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ojai real estate
Friday, March 15, 2019
3:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend; looks like we’ll see temps in the mid-70’s, so let’s all get out there and really enjoy it!  I’ll update the open house list for you tomorrow morning.

~ Ray
9:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  There’s a whole slew of new listings to see today on broker caravan (when agents and brokers get to preview the newest properties on the market).  There’s been a lot of activity over the last month and we expect more as spring rolls forward!

~ Ray
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When walking like an Egyptian fails…
Thursday, March 14, 2019
6:25 p.m.
There are three more new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:15 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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ojai real estate

Let’s see…Garfield coffee table, dead Snoopy, Keanu Reeves pillow,

and a lipstick-motif chair…how long have you been single?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
2:40 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I got this update in a bit earlier than normal, as we’ll be showing property in Camarillo this afternoon.  Have a great evening!

~ Ray
10:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Spiders on drugs
Tile-setters on drugs
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
4:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 10710 Encino Drive – $1,988,000.  (This was recently on the market in December, but did not sell.)
~ Ray
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This must be a real treat for the mailman
Monday, March 11, 2019
4:50 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 608 E. Ojai Avenue – $475,000.  (This was last on the market 11/30/18, but did not sell.)
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Have a lot of fun bringing those groceries up, do ya?
Saturday, March 9, 2019
11:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

The open house list has been updated!

~ Ray
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ojai real estate
I remember the first day my OCD kicked in…
Friday, March 8, 2019
3:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market (but):
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you tomorrow with the updated open house list.  Meanwhile, take a look at the new BBIO video that teammate Paul Johnsen submitted.  Paul interviews the owner of Agave Maria’s, Tracy Pouba.

~ Ray 
10:20 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

Just an FYI – Lake Casitas is now at 41.8% capacity as of this writing.  There was an article last week in the Ojai Valley News that stated the drought for Ventura County is “officially over.”  To further quote the paper, “According to the U.S. Drought Monitor on Feb. 21, 67 percent of the state is completely free of any level of dryness or drought.  That includes all of Ventura County.  It’s a dramatic turnaround from one month ago, when most of the county was experiencing an extreme drought.”

Obviously, this doesn’t mean we should shy away from continuing water conservation, especially as the lake level is still lower than we’d like to see.

~ Ray
Pic of the Day

New Faux-Vent! ™  Impress your friends and family with your high vent-to-wall ratio!  No messy duct installation required!

Thursday, March 7, 2019
3:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:25 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai real estate

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
11:40 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Ancient Mayan sidewalk, unearthed after years of excavation
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
3:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
~ Ray

 

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ojai real estate
When railroad tracks really need to go
Monday, March 4, 2019
5:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

Saturday, March 2, 2019
2:25 p.m.
The Ojai Market Data update has been completed.  Click here to check it out!
~ Ray
12:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Some homeowners cancel their open houses when it’s raining, so you may want to check in with the listing agents (their contact info is on the MLS links) to make sure they’re still holding their respective houses open.  Our open house at 1003 N. Drown Avenue will be held tomorrow (Sunday) from 1:30 to 4:00, rain or shine.

I’ll be working on the Ojai Market Data update as you read this.  Check back in around 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. to see what happened in Ojai real estate during the month of February!

~ Ray
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When your neighbor lends a hand
Friday, March 1, 2019
2:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We saw a lot of nice new properties today on the weekly Friday agent/broker caravan.  As such, we’ve added four new Honorable Mentions to the list.  You’ll find write-ups for each of these on the Honorable Mentions page:

 

Have a great weekend!  I’ll be updating the open house list tomorrow, as well as providing you with the latest Ojai Market Data update.

~ Ray
9:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
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Snake surfing ahead?