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Pat Zumbrun
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Email Pat at patz4re@aol.com  
Cell: (805) 340-9338
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Broker/Owner-SFR
Email Dave  at zman4re@aol.com
Cell: (805) 340-9339
BRE #01227683

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Monthly Archives: December 2018

What to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before You Hire Them

So, you’ve decided to purchase a Ventura County home. Congratulations. One of the first steps you need to take in the home buying process is to hire a good real estate agent. But don’t settle on the first one you come across. Instead, interview several agents. The answers they give to these crucial questions can help you narrow down your choices.

When interviewing real estate agents, ask them a few important questions before deciding to hire them. You need to be comfortable with your decision throughout the buying process.

What to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before You Hire Them

How Long Have You Been a Real Estate Agent in Ventura County?

Search Ventura County homes for saleAn experienced agent knows the area like the back of their hand. Their knowledge and expertise help you located your next Ventura home. They also negotiate a great deal on your behalf. Therefore, you want someone with a great deal of experience in the Ventura County real estate market. If you do talk to someone new to the game, ask them if they have a broker in their office that they work with. Everyone has to start out somewhere. If you know that they have someone with experience backing them up, at least you know you’ll be taken care of.

Which Cities Do You Primarily Work In?

It’s always good to have a real estate agent who specializes in the cities and communities you’re most interested in moving into. They should know how the school districts perform compared to others in the area as well as what buyers are paying for homes in different neighborhoods.

Do You Work With a Team or Are You On Your Own?

You’ve heard the saying “it takes a village”, right? That applies to real estate, too. You might not be aware of it but many real estate agents work with a whole team of professionals to help them find you a Ventura County home. Their team may include other agents and/or an administrative assistant managing the behind-the-scenes checklist of things to be completed. This team facilitates a much more smooth transaction.

Who Makes Up the Majority of Your Business: Buyers or Sellers?

Ideally, you want to hire a real estate agent that works primarily with buyers. Listing agents tend to work with sellers. An agent with a higher buyer-to-seller ratio means that their main focus is on buyers.

How Long Does It Usually Take Your Clients to Find and Buy a Ventura County Home?

Let’s face it. Buying a home tends to take some time. First, you need to locate a property you like. That alone takes anywhere from 30 to 60 days on average. Then, you have to put in an offer, have it accepted and enter escrow. Escrow takes an average of between 14 to 60 days by itself. If your real estate agent tells you that it takes a lot longer than that, you might want to find someone else to handle your business.

How Often and By What Means Will You Communicate With Me Throughout This Process?

Some agents like to send emails or text. Others prefer to talk on the phone. Yet others favor an in-person discussion. You need a real estate agent who’s communication methods sync up with yours. If you want a weekly update via email or text, great. But, if you prefer someone more personal or more often, make sure the agent is willing to accommodate you accordingly.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura County Christmas Lights & More 2018

Did you make it to last week’s Ventura holiday tree lighting at the San Buenaventura Mission? If you didn’t, there are several other Ventura County Christmas lights on display as well as other fun events scheduled for this holiday season. Check out the list below and make your plans today.

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones? Choose from several different Ventura County Christmas lights and other fun events scheduled throughout this holiday season.

Ventura County Christmas Lights & More 2018

Camarillo

First off, let’s talk about Camarillo’s tree lighting and winter walk. This Friday, December 7th, visit Didzar Park (2400 E Ventura Blvd) between 5 pm and 9 pm. After a few live performances and photo-ops with Santa, watch the tree light up. For more information, call (805) 484-4383. Free admission for all ages.

Camarillo’s official Christmas Parade takes place at 9 am on Saturday, December 8th. The parade travels along Temple Ave and Las Posas Rd. Afterward, visit Santa’s Village at Community Center Park (1605 E Burney Rd). This also happens to be the location of the end of the parade. Vendors and live entertainment will be set up at the park all day long. For more information, call (805) 482-1996.

Oxnard

What would the holidays be without gingerbread houses? In addition to the multitude of Ventura County Christmas lights on display, Heritage Square in Oxnard hosts weekend tours of their facility at 715 S A St. Starting December 8th and continuing through December 30th, docents dressed up in period costumes lead guests on a guided tour of historic Oxnard homes as well as the sweet gingerbread creations on display. They suggest a $5 donation per person. Tours take place from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sundays. For more information, call (805) 483-7960.

Christmas Tree Lane officially opens Sunday, December 9th. Travel along F St, G St, and the area along 5th & Palm St to see beautiful historic Oxnard homes dressed up in sparkling Christmas lights. The displays will be open for viewing between 6 pm and 10 pm every evening through December 26th.

Ventura

Starting December 7th and continuing through January 2nd, downtown Ventura hosts a walk through Candy Cane Forest. Between 8 am to 9 pm each day, walk through more than 100 specially decorated trees at Plaza Park (651 E Thompson). Sponsorships for individual trees are still available. For more information, call (805) 641-1090.

After a stroll through Candy Cane Forest, enjoy Christmas classics under the stars at Plaza Park as well. On December 7th, the Plaza invites guests to wear their favorite pajamas while they watch the original 1966 cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” followed by a screening of “The Polar Express”. Food trucks will be on-site if you get hungry. And Santa plans on making an appearance here as well.

Another time-honored Ventura County Christmas lights tradition takes place on December 8th: the Lighting of the Mast. Watch as curators at Channel Islands Harbor Maritime Museum light up the 75-foot tallship mast at 6 pm. Visitors watch the lighting for free. However, if you want a seat for the Parade of Lights through the harbor at 7 pm, they’ll cost $10 per person. For more information, call (805) 984-6260. Outside of the museum’s grounds, feel free to scout out a good spot, set up your blanket or lawn chairs, and watch the Parade of Lights pass through the harbor.

If you miss the parade on the 8th, come back on December 14th and 15th for another Harbor Parade of Lights at Harbor Village. But this time, there’ll be fireworks, too! Enjoy fun carnival rides, carolers, fake snow, holiday crafts, vendors (15th only), and much, much more. Events kick off at 5 pm each day. For more information, call (805) 477-0470.

Whatever your holiday plans might be this year, take some time to enjoy homegrown fun like these Ventura County Christmas lights and other events. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Celebrate it with the ones you love.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

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