Ventura, CA Real Estate News

By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Another lucky homeowner has just closed escrow on their dream home!  This beautiful home is located in sunny east Ventura in a quiet neighborhood.  This newer construction home boasts over 2800 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.  This home also has a loft and one of the bedrooms is located downstairs.  A 3 car garage provides all the storage you could need!               345 Contra Costa Ventura, CA  93004 Sold for $660,000     Search the MLS for Ventura Real Estate at: www.VenturaRealEstate.org  
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Tuesday March 24, 8:30 a.m.Ventura County Board of Supervisors meetingCounty Government Center Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave.For more information go online to http://www.ventura.org/ .Tuesday March 24, 6 p.m.PEAK Spelling BeeCommunity meeting room at City Hall, 501 Poli St.PEAK after-school program hosts fifth-grade Spelling Bee. For more information contact Mario Robinson at (805) 647-7807.Tuesday March 24, 6 to 8 p.m.Discussion: Medical Imaging todayCommunity Memorial Hospital, eighth floor, 147 N. Brent St.Community Memorial Health System seminar will discuss medical imaging today, including the latest developments, testing and procedures for both heart and breast care.  For more information contact (805) 652-5436.Wednesday March 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Workshop: "What To ...
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By Lynn Kenton, Ventura Real Estate
(Troop Real Estate Ventura)
This Saturday, March 21st, is the Household Hazardous Waste Collection for City of Ventura. It's a no-brainer, but you do need an appointment. Call Environmental Services weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (805) 652-4525. I've done it before- they're very organized and expedient with the process and it's a good excuse to clean some of that stuff out of your garage, etc.!      
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By Connie Tebyani, Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County
(Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro)
Upon entering this house as a Buyer looking for a home, where would you go from here?  Human nature would say, "To the left, that's where the living spaces are."  However in this home the floor plan is flipped. Guest bedrooms are on the 1st floor, the Kitchen, Living spaces and Master bedroom are actually located on the 2nd floor.     Following their instincts, Buyers and Realtors when looking for a huge kitchen and living room would immediately turn left to three empty bedrooms, and were a bit befuddled.   Once Buyers and Realtors DID go up the stairs this is the area they would be "welcomed" by.  Would you be interested in this home?  Nobody else was....  So for seven months this house that is located just steps away from Ventura Beach sat on the market with little interest.     So a...
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By Janis Calkins
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
This weekend Ventura County will hold its first Women's EXPO! The event runs Friday through Sunday at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This EXPO will address the whole woman with more than 50 event speakers. One of the topics will be "Creating Kindness Capital-Success Strategies for a Difficult Economy". The EXPO is three days with three classrooms going every hour on the hour. Speakers will be mostly local professional women from the community. These are women who care about other women. Covered topics will include business, career and leadership; family; fashion and decor; fitness and health; relationships and romance; and fun, life and well being. There will also be exhibitor booths which will include displays on cosmetics, plastic surgery, Insurance, Health and exercise, Jewelry, Hai...
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By Lynn Kenton, Ventura Real Estate
(Troop Real Estate Ventura)
The 21st annual Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade is being held downtown this Saturday, March 14th. The parade committee chose the theme of "21 and Still Green" for this year's event, and includes floats, bands, car clubs, horses and clowns  from throughout Ventura County. You'll also get to see the world's Largest Green Pig! The parade starts at 10 a.m. at San Buenaventura Mission and travels eastward on Main Street. The judges stand is located at Chestnut Street, where they'll vote for the winners. The deadline for entries is March 6 for anyone who wwants to be a part of the parade. For more info, you can call 644-7794 or 643-4275.
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By Janis Calkins
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
A one day food drive will be held Saturday at 23 Vons stores in Ventura County to meet increasing need for assistance. Please buy extra non perishable food when you shop at Vons this Saturday. Groceries collected will be donated to FOOD SHARE, the county's regional food bank in Oxnard. "It's a good example of 'Let's take care of our neighbors right here'" Bonnie Weigel, chief executive officer at FOOD SHARE, said Thursday. The drive will be conducted at 293 Vons stores in Southern California and Nevada. Contributors are being asked for canned meat and tuna, soups and stews, canned fruits and vegetables, beans, rice, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese,plastic bottles and boxes of fruit juice. Let's help each other in this struggling economy....Support your local FOOD SHARE!! Visit: htt...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Come and feast on Crab! Ventura Police Activities League & Downtown Lions Club Presents It's First Annual Crab Feast!   Benefiting Ventura Police Activities League and Downtown Lions Club CharitiesWhere:  Ventura County Fair Grounds, Santa Rosa HallWhen:  March 20, 2009,  Social Hour: 6:30pm - 7:30pm,  Dinner: 7:30Come and feast on ALL YOU CAN EAT Crab   For tickets, reservations and sponsorships call: Jeff Roundy • 805-701-0653 or e-mail: jeff@homesbyjeff.com Linda Mendelsohn • 805-658-2139 or e-mail: customawards@sbcglobal.net Tickets: $40.00 per person in advance; $45.00 at the door;  reserve a table for 8 for $350.00 Pasta by Watermark Salad by Aloha Steak House Grilled Bread Enjoy DJ, dancing, no host bar, silent & live auction! www.VenturaRealEstate.org  
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By Lynn Kenton, Ventura Real Estate
(Troop Real Estate Ventura)
THIS WEEK...(Wednesday, February 25th)There will be a Mardi Gras celebration at the Ventura Harbor Village for the grand arrival of the 1812 Privateer Lynx tall ship. Dockside tours are available as well as live music. From 3-6 PM (Free beads too!)
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By Janis Calkins
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
I don't know about you, but I have found that posting to Localism has made me a better realtor already! I am so much more aware of my surroundings and things going on in my community. I now look for organized activities in the county and volunteer opportunities. I am looking for beautiful settings to photograph and enjoying everyone else's so much. Wow! I am an agent released from my work cage. You know, I was actually forgetting to enjoy my work. If I don't take the time to appreciate and know the community how can I sell it to everyone else? Ventura County California is so beautiful from mountains to the Ocean. I ran out and took pictures of Topa Topa in Ojai this weekend. Then our annual crane was visiting. This beautiful bird comes to our yard every year. We call him "Cronie". If I ...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."  Herman Cain Find the little things that you do each day that bring you joy, success will follow!  What's not to enjoy about showing a home with a view like this to a buyer?  www.HopeGoss.com
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Here's an update of community events this week in Ventura: Saturday February 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday February 15, noon to 4 p.m.Used book SaleE. P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St.Used book sale, sponsored by the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library will be on Saturday and Sunday.  For more information contact Will Thompson at (805) 642-4358 or Wily1@earthlink.net .Saturday February 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Main Street Mini FairMini-park in the 300 block of Main StreetMain Street Mini Fair, volunteer artists and musicians offer live music, arts and crafts, and children's activities.  For more information contact (805) 648-1902 or email mainstreetfair@yahoo.com .Saturday February 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Sunday February 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Ventura College Foundation Marketplace4667 Telegrap...
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By Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services
(Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA)
    The City of Ventura offers the Home Buyers Assistance Program to qualified individuals and residents whose income does not exceed the maximum income limit guidelines for their family size.      What is Required to Participate?  Your income must be within the program income limits. The applicant must not have had an ownership interest in a principal residence in the last three years preceding the date of application. The Homebuyer must occupy the home as a principal residence. You must be able to contribute a minimum of 3% of the purchase price, which may be in the form of a gift. You must participate in an approved homebuyer education course. You must qualify for a mortgage through one of the programs participating lenders. The City will not accept the following loan types for use ...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
A new 60 bed veteran's home is set to be complete by April and the first elderly veterans could move in as early as June.  The new facility has been under construction since June of 2007 and is located in Saticoy on Telephone Road near Wells Road.  A veterans adult day healthcare center at the facility won't open until 2010, because of budget constraints. Ventura County is home to one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the nation, 60,000 to 65,000, with an average age of 65, according to the county Veterans Services Office. There are two ways to get information on applying to become a resident of the Ventura home, which is for veterans who need special medical care. During construction, a letter of interest can be submitted online at http://www.cdva.ca.gov.  Interested parties...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
PAQUITO D'RIVERA AND FUNK TANGO TRIO PERFORM SWEET JAZZ & SPICY TANGO SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14!   Ventura High School Theater ~~ 8 pm BRING YOUR VALENTINE FOR A SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT-ONLY CONCERT IN VENTURA! To purchase tickets, go online to http://www.venturamusicfestival.org/, or call 805-648-3146.  Now entering its 15th Season, the VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL is celebrating by bringing 9-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER PAQUITO D'RIVERA and his Funk Tango Trio to spice up Valentine's Day! Search the MLS for Ventura Real Estate Listings at: www.VenturaRealEstate.org   
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The budget deficit in California has been mounting and tensions are increasing as cities and counties try to balance their budgets this year. According to today's Ventura County Star newspaper,the local City Council is debating currently about whether or not to place a half-cent sales tax measure before the voters, but first wants to hold a public meeting. That should be interesting. There will be a special town hall meeting February 17 to discuss the tax proposal and get public feedback. A meeting time has not yet been set. I, for one, am very proud of our city. Voters in Oxnard and Port Hueneme have already approved similar tax measures last year. Although recognizing the hardship on some, it seems to me to be only logical to support this approach. We all must pull together to support...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Insurability is a big consideration when purchasing a home here in Ventura County.  In our current climate of foreclosure properties, getting disclosure about the home you are buying just isn't an option.  You don't know if there was water intrusion or how it was fixed.  Can the home be insured? How much will it cost? Are there past claims?  Checking with your insurance agent early on in the transaction is always a good idea. In addition, you can ask the seller to provide you with a C.L.U.E. Report that will give you information about any claims on the property over the past 5 years. Ask your Realtor about this report when you go to buy your next home, especially if it's bank owned  or a foreclosure property! Search the MLS for Ventura Real Estate Listings at www.VenturaRealEstate.org  
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By Janis Calkins
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
 Ready for Spring? Right now in Ventura County investors are becoming active again. The sought after price range seems to be between $250,000 and $350,000. Investors as well as home buyers are back in the game. With interest rates so low and real estate at prices that haven't been seen in years, Ventura County has many buyers feeling that now is the time to jump into the market. Bank owned homes are plentiful right now and that will only last for a few years. It does appear to be an optimal time to take advantage of a dip in  values and a dip in the interest rates.....can't remember when the two together have been so inviting. So, consider owning a second place here on the coast. Warm weather, beaches, palm trees, quaint downtown strolls....what other place has it all! Ventura County h...
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By Lynn Kenton, Ventura Real Estate
(Troop Real Estate Ventura)
Last week, our City Council finally discarded their heavily contested idea of mandating inspections on all rental properties in the city of Ventura. Besides the mind boggling logistics of impementing this system, can you imagine the headaches involved with trying to close an escrow as there was a point of sale inspection being considered as well. As if it's not hard enough to get a closing these days! There would, of course, have been a "fee" charged for the honor of their attentions which would ultimately get passed on to tenants. Property owners, landlords and Ventura Realtors banded together in a show of opposition and packed the city council chambers. We owe  thanks to those who kept everyone in the loop via email and were there to voice their opinions of the idea as I'm clear we'd ...
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