Blog Archive – October, 2021

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Friday, October 29, 2021
10:45 a.m.

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Have a great weekend, and happy Halloween!

There is a new listing on the market:

 

314 S. Carrillo Road – $895,000

 

 

 

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Only slightly less scary than a dragon

 

Thursday, October 28, 2021
11:20 a.m.

Congrats to our client/seller, who closed on the sale of their home at 928 Devereux Drive in Ojai (listed for $849,000, sold for $1,014,160).  I’m so grateful to have been able to help this truly wonderful family!

There are four new listings on (or coming to the market):

 

304 Park Road – $675,000

 

950 Woodland Avenue #3 – $179,000

 

1225 S. Rice Road #3 – $170,000 (coming soon, 10/29)

 

114 Don Carlos Way – $179,999 (coming soon, 11/1)

 

 

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So…what did you used to do for a living?

 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:35 p.m.
There are 3 new listings on (or coming to) the market:

 

803 Country Club Drive – $6,450,000

 

1310 Drown Avenue – $1,295,000 (coming soon, 10/29)

 

1101 Sunset Place – $949,000 (coming soon, 11/1)

 

A couple of items:

Item #1 – Yesterday, the gauge at Lake Casitas displayed it’s lowest level in almost a year and a half, at 32.9%.  It went up .1% due to yesterday’s rainfall, to 33.0%.  The high water mark over the last year and a half was 44.5%, recorded on 5/2/2020 (after the 2019/2020 seasonal rainfall of 19.01 inches).  For the record, last season’s 2020/2021 rainfall (6.05 inches) was the lowest seasonal rainfall we’ve received since I started recording rainfall data during the 2012/2013 rainy season.

 

Item #2 – How to really freak yourself out in just a few, simple steps:

  1. Sit on the bottom step of your stairway to tie your shoes.
  2. While doing so, notice a random wood screw lying on the floor and wonder, “where did that come from?”
  3. A few minutes later, walk up the same stairs and notice another screw laying a few steps up the staircase.
  4. Look at the ceiling and nervously wonder aloud, “As these falling from the ceiling?” – even though you know that’s not even remotely possible.
  5. Now reach the top of the stairway and walk towards your bedroom and see THREE screws grouped together in a pile just outside the doorway.
  6. Engage your racing mind and start to freak out.  “What the……?  How could I have walked past these and not seen them this morning?  Did the dogs get into the garage and somehow open up a drawer that contains screws, grab a mouthful, and spit them on the carpet – even though they’re located 5 feet off the ground and clearly inaccessible – not to mention the dogs would’ve had to figure out how to open the door to the garage?  Did a burglar break into the house and rather than steal anything, plant random screws throughout the house as some sadistic, mind-bending prank?  Are the dogs playing a prank?”

Yep, that was me this morning.  After step #6 above, I figured it out:  About two weeks ago, I did a home project that required me to grab a handful of assorted screws from one of the garage storage drawers.  I had put them in the pocket of my jeans and forgotten to take them out.  Those jeans were in the laundry basked I carried downstairs this morning in preparation for doing laundry later this evening.  They were obviously jostled out of the pants pocket as I walked around with the basket.  I didn’t hear them fall because I was listening to music with ear buds.

And now as I’m relaying this story, I realize – what if I hadn’t made the connection to my home project from two weeks ago?  I would’ve put those jeans in the washing machine and undoubtedly would have found (and heard) another 30 or so screws banging around!  I might’ve actually freaked out at that point.  Halloween must be upon us.

 

 

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So many levels of wrong

 

Monday, October 25, 2021
11:30 a.m.

No new listings to report today, but I am happy to report that we’ve received 1.06 inches of rain thus far (at least according to my weather station)!  I’m looking forward to the day when I can snap a photo of all the people standing on the Baldwin Road bridge as they watch the water flow down the river.  (It usually takes 2 or 3 inches of rain at a time for the bridge people to make their appearance.)  It practically feels like another holiday we can all celebrate…

 

 

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No caption required

 

 

Friday, October 22, 2021
1:20 p.m.

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Have yourselves a great weekend!

There are three new listings on the market:

 

12147 Linda Flora Drive – $4,500,000

 

802 Grand Avenue – $899,000

 

3434 Matilija Canyon Road – $1,300,000

 

 

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I’d love to see this manufacturer’s skills in a coloring book

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021
10:40 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:

 

125 Oak Drive – $689,999

 

Highway 33 land parcel – $660,000

 

 

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The most effective ceiling fan ever

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

 

12:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

 

265 Encino Drive – $499,000

 

 

Here’s a short video from our friends at the RE Source that discusses the housing market increasing another 16% in 2022.  Wha…what??  If we continue at our current pace of new listings (only 11 thus far in October – two of which are land parcels), I don’t doubt it.

 

 

 

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You go borrow a cup of sugar from the Vaders.  That place gives me the creeps.”

 

Friday, October 15, 2021

 

4:40 p.m.
  • Whew…I was just able to get this update in before the weekend.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!  (Don’t miss Ojai Day tomorrow.)  
  • Congrats to our client/seller, who accepted an offer on their home in Ventura at 1267 Chalmette Ave!
There are two new listings on the market:

 

554 S. La Luna Avenue – $889,000

 

110 Descanso Avenue – $769,000

 

 

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Myopic real estate advertising (actual ad)

 

Thursday, October 14, 2021
10:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

 

1162 Tico Road – $1,175,000

 

 

Finally, this isn’t Ojai-related but we have a new listing on the market in Ventura at 1267 Chalmette Avenue.  We’ll be holding an open house on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021
9:45 a.m.
There are no new listings for today.

So far this month we have only seen five new properties come on the market (not including a property that was already pending before it was listed, and a property that was already sold before it was listed).

 

A recent check on mortgage interest rates has standard loans at 2.99%, with Jumbo loans at 3.125%.  However, all indications are that we’ll see standard loan rates increase to about 3.2% by the end of the year, and perhaps 3.5% by the end of January, 2022.

 

 

Pic of the Day
Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?

 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
9:25 a.m.
There is one new listing on the market:

 

1202 Loma Drive #27 – $249,900

 

 

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A different kind of “dealer” lives here

 

Friday, October 8, 2021
10:40 a.m.

Another nice bout of rain this morning!  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

There are no new listings on the market, but here’s a “new” property that sold before it was listed in the MLS:

 

818 N. Signal Street – $1,325,000

 

 

 

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Tim Burton was here

 

Thursday, October 7, 2021
10:55 a.m.

Congrats to our clients/sellers, who closed on the sale of their home at 96 E. Short Street!

 

There are no new listings on the market since I last checked in on Tuesday, but there is one “new” property that sold before it was listed in the MLS:

 

12284 Linda Flora Drive – $2,575,000

 

 

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The ignominious end of a Steinway

 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
10:30 a.m.

What an amazing evening of thunder, lightning, and rain yesterday!  What’s most surprising to me is that my dogs aren’t the slightest afraid of thunder.  Just a tip if you have dogs that shake and tremble during thunderstorms; have them lay down and then put a heavy blanket over them.  I used this technique with great success with some of my previous dogs.  Give it a shot!

There is a new listing on the market:

 

ojai real estate

15994 Maricopa Highway (land parcel) – $189,900

 

 

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When your architect goes on a bender

 

Monday, October 4, 2021
10:25 a.m.

No new listings have come on the market since Friday, but I want to offer congratulations to our clients/buyers who had their offer accepted on 704 Palomar Road!

 

 

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Albeit a shower, still, all I can think of is Bobby Darin belting out a tune

 

Friday, October 1, 2021
12:00 p.m.

Congratulations to our client/buyer who closed on their home at 1885 Maricopa Highway!

 

A quick update on recent new listings:  We saw 48 new listings come on the market in September, compared to 42 in August.  We still don’t have enough inventory (and haven’t for years)!

There are three new listings on (or coming to) the market:

 

501 Crestview Drive – $1,050,000

 

1975 Maricopa Highway #18 – $214,000

 

1994 E. Ojai Avenue – $975,000 (coming soon, 10/7)

 

 

Happy October, and have a great weekend!

 

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Jury-rigging, exemplified
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