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Pat Zumbrun
Broker/Owner-SFR
Email Pat at patz4re@aol.com  
Cell: (805) 340-9338
BRE #01229401


Dave Zumbrun
Broker/Owner-SFR
Email Dave  at zman4re@aol.com
Cell: (805) 340-9339
BRE #01227683

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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Free Tax Prep in Ventura County

Between January 31 and April 11, ten different locations offer free tax prep in Ventura County for families whose household income was $53,000 or less.The deadline to file your taxes without penalty for last year’s income is April 15th, 2015.  That is 76 days away.  It may sound like you have a ton of time, but it will be here before you know it.  In fact, you should be expecting your W-2s in the mail anytime now.  Luckily, you don’t have to keep up with all the latest changes in the tax code.  Nor do you have to pay an arm and a leg for someone else to fill out your paperwork.  You can get free tax prep in Ventura County starting this Saturday.

Through the Ventura Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, low to moderate income residents can receive free help in filling out their tax forms at ten different locations throughout Ventura County.  To qualify for free tax prep in Ventura County, your total household income could not have been over $53,000 last year (2014).  Trained volunteers can assist you with both your state and federal returns.  All you need to bring with you are:

  • Social security numbers for each family member (or ITIN number for each working adult)
  • W-2 forms for all jobs worked by filing adults in 2014
  • 1099 forms (if applicable)
  • Child care provider name, address and tax ID number
  • Photo ID for each filing adult
  • Copy of last year’s return, if available
  • Bank routing number and account number (if you want to have your refund directly deposited into your account)

Search homes for sale in Ventura CountyFor the computer saavy member of the Ventura County community, you can visit MyFreeTaxes.com for tips, answers to frequently asked questions, organizing the information you need to file and a software program that will take you through the electronic filing process.  There is even an Earned Income Tax Credit calculator and tax prep checklist available for your convenience on this site.  This is all provided free of charge for anyone with a household income of $60,000 or less.

Many of the VITA locations that offer free tax prep in Ventura County allow walk-ins.  However, some do not.  To be safe, you may want to schedule your appointment ahead of time.  You can do so simply by calling 2-1-1.  This free tax prep is available from January 31 to April 11, 2015.  Call to schedule your appointment today.

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2305 S Victoria Ave, Oxnard, CA - Click here to find out more about this beautiful waterfront Ventura area home for sale

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Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

What is My Ventura Home Worth?

Before you put your property on the market, ask yourself "what is my Ventura home worth?" There are several ways to determine a proper list price.Before you sell your Ventura home, you will want to determine a proper asking price.  If you ask too much, your home could languish on the market for a long time.  You will most likely have to reduce your asking price after a while and may eventually sell it for less than you would have if you had priced it right to begin with.  To find out what the “proper asking price” is, you need to ask yourself “what is my Ventura home worth?”

There are a few different ways you can find out what your home is worth in the Ventura community.  Real estate websites like Zillow and Trulia offer up automatic valuation models (AVMs).  They use the data they have on hand, such as their inventory of homes for sale in the area, how much homes have sold for, etc.  What you will quickly find, though, is that this data can vary quite a bit from site to site.  If you use AVMs, you may want to visit three or four sites and then use the average of all the sites you visited.

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Another way to find out what your Ventura home is worth is to hire an appraiser.  This will cost you a few hundred dollars.  The initial investment could bring you a little more money in the long run.  That is because, not only will you find out what your property is worth on the current market, but the appraiser could help you identify potential problem areas that you may want to address before you put it on the market.  Fix these problems beforehand and you might be able to ask a little more for your home.  However, like snowflakes, no two appraisers are alike.

When working with a Ventura REALTOR®, you have access to more information than most people.  That is because an experienced REALTOR® is well versed in the local market trends as well as what is selling in your neighborhood.  They can access the local MLS to find out what has sold in your neighborhood recently.  They will be able to take into account any upgrades and improvements you have made to your home and adjust the list price accordingly.  Ask your REALTOR® to run a Comparative Market Analysis.

What is my Ventura home worth?  This is an important question to ask yourself before putting your home up for sale.  Keep in mind that your property is only worth what a Buyer is willing to pay for it.  This may be more or less than what you have invested in your home.  Contact the Z Team today to get your house on the market tomorrow.

Featured Ventura County Home for Sale

2305 S Victoria Ave, Oxnard, CA - Click here to find out more about this beautiful waterfront Ventura area home for sale

For more information on this and other Ventura County homes for sale, please visit our Ventura County MLS Search.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Free Plane Rides for Camarillo Kids

Is your child interested in being a pilot? Sign them up for any of the free plane rides for Camarillo kids offered by the EAA on the 1st Sat of the month.Has your child ever thought about being a pilot when they grow up?  Are they curious about what the Camarillo community looks like from a birds-eye point of view?  If they are between the ages of 8 and 17, they are in luck.  That is because Chapter 723 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) offers free plane rides for Camarillo kids.

What: Free Plane Rides for Camarillo Kids
Where: EAA Hangar Area (501 Aviation Dr, Camarillo)
When: 1st Sat of the month, 10am to 12pm, Reservations required
Contact: EAA Chapter 723 Pre-Registration Site

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On the first Saturday of every month, the EAA Chapter 723 offers free plane rides for Camarillo kids directly from Camarillo Airport.  Just last year, almost 66,000 young “Eagles” were flown over local neighborhoods across the country absolutely free courtesy of the EAA.  To date, more than 1,900,000 have taken flight since the program first started up back in 1992.  This is your child’s chance to get an up close look at what it takes to pilot a plane, including pre-flight safety checks of the exterior and interior of the plane, reviewing aeronautical charts and an explanation of the instrument panel.

Each one of the free plane rides for Camarillo kids lasts anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes.  Your child may even be allowed to take the controls while in flight…with the pilot’s close supervision, of course.  Once they arrive back on the ground, the pilot will be more than happy to answer all your child’s questions, including what type of plane they are flying and the rules of flying in general.  Each child participating in the program will receive their very own logbook with an activation code that gives them free access to an EAA Student Membership.

All interested parties must pre-register online at the EAA Chapter 723 website.  If you miss tomorrow’s free plane rides for Camarillo kids, the next one will be available on February 7th.  Let your child experience something truly unique.  Register them for a free plane ride today!

Featured Ventura County Home for Sale

2305 S Victoria Ave, Oxnard, CA - Click here to find out more about this beautiful waterfront Ventura area home for sale

For more information on this and other Ventura County homes for sale, please visit our Ventura County MLS Search.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

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