Ventura, CA Real Estate News

By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Pier Into the Future will hold it's 15th Annual Pier Under the Stars on October 4, 2008 from 5pm to 8pm at the Beachfront Promenade near the Ventura Pier.  In honor of Ventura's 136 year old Pier, over 40 restaurants, wineries, and brewers invite you to sample their creations,  Tickets are $50 per person and include: Food and Wine tastings Commemorative Pier Wine Glass Complimentary Parking Call (805)648-2075 or visit the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau at 101 S. California Street in Ventura to purchase tickets. Search the MLS for Ventura Real Esate at: www.VenturaRealEstate.org    
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Ventura loves it's beaches!  Get your family and friends together, everyone is invited to participate, so bring the kids too!  I'll be there with 3 helpers ready to clean up! Saturday September 20, 2008 9am - Noon Surfer's Knoll Beach on Spinnaker Drive Seaward Beach San Buenaventura State Beach Contact Rosie Ornelas at (805)652-4555 or rornelas@cityofventura.net www.cityofventura.net/volunteer www.HopeGoss.com  
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Ok, I've been on a roll lately with planning for my future.  Along with needing to excercise more, I have a need to save for my retirement.  It still seems so far away.  I've got a 4 year old.  Yikes, it seems that I'll never get a minute to relax, let alone retire someday. Well, I've always heard that you need time on your side to let your money work for you, I just don't know how much time I need to have enough money to feel secure in retiring some day.  Check out this free downloand for a Retirement Savings Calculator.  It's free at www.Vertex42.com - one of my favorite sites in the last few days.  So, after playing with the calculator a few different ways, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to retire someday, barring Princeton, or something like that! Search the MLS for Ventura Real Estat...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
I found a great tool to get your budget under control, and keep those finances in order.  It's detailed enough, as well as being customizable, to handle most household budgets.  After using the Debt Reduction Snowball Calculator to see what it would take to get myself out of debt by the end of 2009, I found this Family Budget Worksheet at www.Vertex42.com.  This spreadsheet template saved me so much time.  All I needed to do was fill in income (variable from month to month in this business) as well as all my expenditures and I was able to come up with a budget that will help me plan for changes in my income as well as those months that have extra expenditures like November and February for property taxes, April for the TAX MAN, August to school shop for 5 kids, and of course that holida...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
I've been working on my 2009 Goals, both personal and professional.  One of things I like to do is see what I need to acheive personally so that I can be motivated to push myself professionally.  So, one of my personal goals is to get out of debt by the end of 2009.  In my planning for that, I discovered this cool tool that helps you decide which bills to pay off first.  It's called the Debt Reduction Snowball Calculator.  The Snowball Effect, as they call it, is that extra amount that you have each month to put towards paying off debt.  As each debt gets paid off, that amount gets applied to the next debt, hence, the Snowball Effect.  Did I mention this is a free downloand?  I like free stuff!  Anyway, I plugged in all my balances, the corresponding rates, and the minimum payment amoun...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Saturday September 13, 1 p.m.6th Annual Ventura Hillside Music FestivalArroyo Verde Park, 5000 Foothill RoadThe sixth annual Ventura Hillside Music fundraising festival, featuring Little Feat, Taj Mahal, Mason Jennings and Todd Hannigan and the Heavy 29's.  Tickets are available at Salzer's Music, Great Pacific Iron Works, Simone's Coffee and Tea in Ventura.  General admission is $45.  Special $150 Gold Circle Seating packages are available only at http://www.venturahillsides.org/. Children younger than 6 accompanied by parents are free.  For more information contact Ventura Hillsides Conservancy at (805) 643-8044. The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is a land trust operating in the City of Ventura for the purpose of acquiring open space through gift, sale, or other lawful means. The orga...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
There are so many things happening around Ventura each weekend.  Here are just a few planned for this upcoming weekend: Saturday September 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Main Street Mini Fair300 block of Main Street, mini park.Volunteer artists and musicians offer live music, arts and crafts and children's activities to promote downtown as a cultural destination.  Free. For more information: (805) 648-1902 or email: MainStreetFair@yahoo.comSaturday September 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Lemon FestPacific View Mall Community Plaza, East Main Street and Lemon Grove AvenueLemon Fest featuring live music, lemon-themed cooking demonstrations and contests, children's activities.  Free admission. For more information go to http://www.lemonfest.com .Sunday September 7, 1 to 5 p.m.New Orleans JazzThe Piper's Winery...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
I was looking back over previous posts to my blog and found last years Labor Day post.  How soon we forget!  Last year we were having a heat wave and temperatures were in the triple digits in Ventura County.  This is extremely rare for Ventura County.  Everyone was flocking to the beaches where the weather was a perfect 75 degrees.  It was a nightmare to find parking, most had to park about 4-6 blocks away, but the cool breezes were well worth the walk!  I glanced at the weather predictions for this weekend and it looks like the weather will be perfect!  I'm sure the beaches will still be "the place to be", though.  Have fun and ejoy your last days of summer! www.VenturaRealEstate.org  
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Monday August 26, 6 to 8 p.m.Green Building Council monthly meetingPatagonia Firehouse Building, 280 W. Main St.California Central Coast Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council monthly meet.  Joel Barai and Jeff Bricmont, principals of Modern Earth Finance, will discuss residential loan financing with an emphasis on sustainability.  For more information contact (805) 648-2394 or http://www.usgbcc4.org .Monday August 25, 7:30 to 10 p.m.Weekly ballroom dancePoinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill RoadThe Poinsettia Ballroom Dancers invite singles and couples to the group's weekly ballroom dance. It features a live band playing traditional ballroom music. Refreshments provided. Coast is $7 for members, $8 for others and free for single men on their first visit.  For more information contact...
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By John Phillips
(Vision Construction Company)
Workforce Investment Board Announces Recipients of the 2008 WIB Awards at their annual meeting. The awards recognize individuals and organizations exhibiting exemplary dedication to advancing workforce development in Ventura County."Our award recipients work hard each day so others have the opportunity to succeed," says Alex Teague, Chairman of the Ventura County WIB. "They have touched the lives of hundreds of individuals who are seeking to better themselves. The awards are a way of saying thank you from the Ventura County community."...Lifelong Learning - Cindy Adams, owner of Denny's Electric and Home Services in Ventura. For the past three years, Adams' company has sponsored an electronics job-training program for employees who want to learn trade skills. Electronics apprentices fro...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
It's back to school day for Ventura parents!  Remember that commercial a few years ago for an office supply chain where the parents were skipping happily through the isles and the kids had sour looks on their faces?  Love, love, love that commercial.  Don't get me wrong, I look forward to school letting out for the summer every year.  It's great to plan trips to the lake, and camping at the beach, and pancake mornings, and all that.  BUT, like everything good in life, moderation is the key.  SO, here's the schedule for all you parents with beautiful children attending schools in the Ventura Unified School District: August 19    First Day of School October 20-24    Fall Vacation November 26-28    Thanksgiving Holiday December 22 - Jan 2    Winter Vacation March 30 - Apr 3  Spring Vacatio...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Tuesday August 19, 6 p.m.Foreclosure solutions workshopCLDC's NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center, 702 County Square DriveThe Cabrillo Economic Development Corp is putting on a foreclosure solutions workshop. Attendees will learn about strategies to preserve homeownership.  The workshop will be held in English and Spanish.  For more information contact (805) 672-2580. The cost is free!Thursday August 21, 7 p.m.East Ventura Community Council meetingFirst Assembly of God Church, Room E-3, 346 N. Kimball RoadMembers of East Ventura Community Council, representing areas east of Victoria Avenue, will select two representatives for the city's newly formed view protection task force and review east Ventura housing plans.  For more information contact (805) 647-5422.Friday August 22, 7:30 p.m.Ba...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
You've heard the news, prices are down, rates are near historical lows.  Boy, are prices down!  Check out some of these recent Ventura sales: 2 Bed 1 Bath Peppertree Condo closed 7/30/08 for $139,600 4 Bed 2 Bath Peppertree Condo closed 6/20/08 for $153,000 2 Bed 2 Bath Seneca Gardens Condo closed 7/15/08 for $165,000 (this one had views!)   Check out the available bargains right now: 2 Bed 1 Bath Peppertree Condo for $94,900 (this one is a fixer) 2 Bed 1 Bath McKeon Condo for $164,900 2 Bed 2 Bath BuenaVentura Gardens Condo for $199,500 If you are thinking of investing in Ventura Real Estate, buying when prices are down makes the most sense.  Do your own MLS Search at www.VenturaRealEstate.org or give me a shout and I'll send you some ideas!
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By Connie Tebyani, Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County
(Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro)
Another Staging Success! Ventura, CA This Home Owner knew that over 87% of buyer's shop the Internet first, before ever requesting a personal viewing. Platinum Home Staging, Inc. chose paint colors, flooring, Staging as well as assisted with exterior and landscaping. These Happy Home Owners opened escrow within 3 weeks! (Aug 2008) Let us help you SELL your home or listing. Our Professionals are ready to serve you! (805) 553~9952 Contact InfoPlatinum Home Staging, Inc Dir 805-553-9952 Email | Website
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By Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA
(805 County Real Estate)
Last week our friends invited us to spend a few days with them at their beach house located on one of Ventura County's best Beaches, Faria Beach. The days we visited this serene and majestic beach the weather was at its best. We woke up at dawn, 5:15 am, to take a peaceful walk on the beach. We watched our children play in the sand, surf, dig, kayak all day and discover a new window to look at the beauty of life. At night time we took another stroll on the beach under the moonlight.          There are many beach communities in Ventura County where home owners either live at their property all year long or rent out their home for parts of the year. As I was showing homes to a client in Silverstrand Beach this weekend I met a gentleman who informed me that he has lived in his beach house ...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
We're all settled, the new furniture that was ordered from Ethan Allen finally arrived, the signs are up, even my desk has stacks of paperwork all over it!  It's time to party!  Ventura Property Shoppe in downtown Ventura, Ventura's newest boutique realty, will celebrate it's Grand Opening this Friday night.  There will be music, food, a Mojitos bar, and lot's of friends.  Ventura Property Shoppe 973 E. Main Street Ventura, CA  93001 Search the MLS for Ventura Real Estate at: www.VenturaRealEstate.org  
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
   Bedrooms  Baths  Square Feet  List Price    Minimum  1   1.00   777   $124,000        Average  2   1.92   1,212   $346,772       Median  2   2.00   1,169   $299,450       Maximum  4   3.00   1,959   $925,000                        There are a total of 108 condos available in the city of Ventura as of this morning.  The lowest priced condo is $124,000.  This condo is located in the center of Ventura on Saratoga and it's a 2 bedroom, 1 bath with 873 square feet.  The highest priced condo right now is a view condo on Vista Del Mar for $925,000. Search for Ventura Condos at www.HopeGoss.com  
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Tuesday July 22, 8:30 a.m.County Board of Supervisors meetingCounty Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave.For more information contact http://www.ventura.org.Friday July 25, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.Ballroom dance partyHouse of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave., Suite EThere will be lessons at 7:30 p.m. and dancing from 8 to 10:30 p.m. every third, fourth and fifth Friday of the month.  For more information contact (805) 650-2719 or http:///www.pmhouseofdance.comSaturday July 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Continuing every Saturday of the summer!Main Street Mini Fair300 block of Main Street, mini park.Volunteer artists and musicians offer live music, arts and crafts and children's activities to promote downtown as a cultural destination. Free. More information: (805) 648-1902 or email: MainStreetFair@yahoo.com S...
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
One of my lucky clients just got a screaming deal on a west end condo!  Granted, it needed some work.  When the previous owner vacated, they didn't cap off the ice maker hose and it leaked and caused a bit of damage to the flooring.  All the flooring was pulled up, and a restoration company had removed the drywall partway up the walls in a few of the rooms, but there was no evidence of mold.  By the way, did I mention that it had ocean and island views? 707 Seneca Street Ventura, CA  93001 Sold for $165,000 Search the MLS for homes at: www.HopeGoss.com
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By Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate
(Ventura Property Shoppe)
Thursday July 10, 7 p.m.Adoption Information2421 Portola Road, Suite AAdoption information session held by Family Connections Christiam Adoptions. Free. For more information contact Gwen Addison at 805-477-7400  Thursday July 10, 7:30 p.m.Lipizzaner stallionsPaficif Arena at Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd.Lipizzaner stallions will perform leaps and other maneuvers. $22.50 for adults, $20.50 for children 12 and younger and seniors older than 60. For more information contact 805-648-3376 or on the web at http://www.tickets.com Saturday July 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Community blood drive1413 S. Victoria Ave., Suite BDream Dinners Ventura marks its first anniversary with a community blood drive. For more information contact Lisa Corbett aat 805-644-4478.   Saturday July 12, 10 a....
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