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Downtown Ventura Raffle Benefits Victims of Thomas Fire

In the first week of December, several fires broke out throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, including the Thomas Fire. Consequently, it feels as if the entire Southern California area has been set ablaze. As of this morning, the Thomas Fire was 45% contained and headed toward Montecito. As a result, it’s managed to take down 750 homes. Due to this tragedy, local businesses want to do something to help those affected. Therefore, they’ve put together a Downtown Ventura raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit victims of the Thomas Fire.

All money raised from the Downtown Ventura raffle will be given to the Ventura County United Way to directly benefit victims of Thomas Fire.

Downtown Ventura Raffle

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With #downtownventurastrong, several local businesses banded together to create a Downtown Ventura raffle. Between now and December 21st, visit any participating business to pick up your raffle ticket. Your $5 ticket could net you a prize of $30 to $50 in gift cards to spend at various businesses in the downtown area. Fifteen lucky winners will be chosen in a drawing held on December 22nd from the entries. Feel free to purchase more than one if you’d like. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Ventura County, earmarked specifically for those impacted by the Thomas Fire.

Businesses Participating in the Downtown Ventura Raffle

  • Aloha Steakhouse
  • B on Main
  • Beloiseau Boutique & Gallery
  • Buenaventura Gallery
  • Cibara Salon
  • Harvest Cafe
  • La Catrina Folk Art
  • Latitudes Fine Art Gallery
  • MidiQueen Handbags
  • Plum Gift Boutique
  • The Refill Shop
  • Rosie Lee Imports
  • Sea Things
  • Tattered Door
  • Ventura Visitor’s Bureau

We want to thank everyone who participates. Whether it be those directly affected by the fires, firefighters, or their families, this Christmas is going to be especially difficult for many. Please do whatever you can to help.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Residents Rank Among Happiest in the US

National Geographic released their list of the 25 Happiest Cities in the US. Guess what? We made the list. Yes, Ventura residents rank among the happiest in the entire United States. To be more specific, the entire Oxnard/Thousand Oaks/Ventura made the list.

According to National Geographic, Ventura residents rank among the happiest people in the US thanks to the weather, beach access, and nearby forests.

Ventura Residents Come in 20th

Eight of the 25 Happiest Cities in the US are located right here in California. Ventura residents came in at the #20 spot. The team at National Geographic highlighted our beautiful weather and beaches as well as the closeness of Los Padres and Angeles National Forests as reasons why Ventura residents were so happy.

How Were Rankings Determine?

The National Geographic team took several factors into consideration 15 separate factors. Some of these included healthy eating habits, lifestyle, activity level, financial security, the amount of vacation time taken, amount of civic engagement and dental checkups. Yes, dental checkups. For some reason, areas where people visit their dentists more often tend to be happier. Maybe it’s because happy people like to smile. You need good teeth to feel good about smiling. Easy access to water also makes people happy. So, it makes sense that a coastal community like ours made the list.

How Can I Increase my Happiness?

  • Be active – Get some exercise. That could mean walking, bicycling, skating, skateboarding. Whatever it is, just get out there and move!
  • Eat healthier – We have several local farmers markets that provide great, locally sourced food. Visit them weekly to use in your family’s dinner.
  • Get a hobby – Find something you enjoy doing and do it regularly.
  • Go to the beach – Happy people love the water. Surfing, swimming, volleyball or beachside barbecues. They all make people happy.
  • Give back to your community – Volunteer at a senior center, local hospital or animal shelter.
  • Sleep – Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.
  • Set a goal – They don’t have to be big goals. Maybe you want to run a marathon. Start with running a mile a day. Then, increase it to two. Then, three. And so on and so on. Track your progress. You’ll be marathon-ready before you know it.
  • Take a vacation – Even a quick weekend getaway out of your normal routine can add happiness to your life.

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Ventura County Real Estate Market Update

Ventura County Real Estate Market Update

We have steam rolled the month of January and are already heading full steam ahead into February. Therefore, it is time for a market update! First of all, welcome to February. Still at the beginning of the year, let’s talk a little about how the year ended in real estate.

As of the end of 2016, Ventura County held an average of 58 days on the market for single family homes with a median sales price of $630,250. Most importantly, we ended the year with home sales up, giving us a great start into 2017. So let’s see how we are doing now.

What we know about the current trends in real estate is that mortgage rates are still desirable, yet plan to increase some. If we see a stable growth in our economy, we may see interest rates increase even more. This may drive people to lock in the rates where they currently are and increase demand. It can also make it home ownership harder to achieve for some. What we know about home ownership is that it remains the American dream and most people want to achieve home ownership at some point during their life. That being said, we are really looking at the millennials (ages from 20’s to 30’s) to start buying homes soon. With young people graduating or getting into new job fields with a pay increase, the demand for houses will go up. This is true when people have an increase in personal income and employment.

How will our County hold up?

This is a great question. A lot of news reports are about the state or the nation. As of November, Ventura County produced within the top 2 for number of sales. Second only to San Fernando Valley. November was a great month for home sales.

Leading into 2017, we can expect to see increased interest rates, which can make it harder for buyers to achieve affordable home ownership. We expect to see a small increase in homes on the market at the beginning of the year, however, demand may be higher than supply. That goes for new construction homes, as well. The median home sales price is projected to increase by over 4%, home sales are expected to increase, and of course, the interest rates are expected to rise, for the state of California.

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Ventura Halloween Safety Tips

Keep the kids and yourself safe while you are out trick-or-treating tomorrow by following these simple Ventura Halloween Safety Tips. Photo courtesy @Scott Patterson - Dreamstime Stock PhotosTomorrow’s the big day…Halloween!  Next to Christmas, this has got to be most kids’ favorite holiday.  When else is it OK to go up to a home and demand a treat while threatening a “trick” if none is provided?  To keep our kids safe, the Police Department wants to remind parents of a few Ventura Halloween Safety Tips.

Whether you have little ones in the Ventura community that will be trick-or-treating or you are the one giving out candy, these Ventura Halloween Safety Tips should help you get through the night.

Ventura Halloween Safety Tips for the Trick-or-Treaters

  1. Before you go trick-or-treating, talk to your kids about never entering a stranger’s home.
  2. Make sure your kids are always under adult supervision, whether that is you or a trusted neighbor/family member.  If your kids are older, give them a curfew, go over which neighborhoods they will be in and make sure they always carry a cell phone with them in case of emergencies.
  3. Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleInstead of a mask, consider using face paint or makeup.  Masks can impede a child’s vision.
  4. Use light colors for costumes.  They are easier to see in the dark.  If your child’s costume is dark, use reflective tape to make it easier for vehicles to see them.
  5. At least one person in every group of trick-or-treaters should have a cell phone.  You never know when you may need it.
  6. Every child should carry a flashlight or have a glow-in-the-dark stick, bracelet or necklace on them.
  7. Inspect your child’s candy before they consume it.

Ventura Halloween Safety Tips for the Ventura Community

  1. Leave the porch light on.
  2. Only hand out pre-packaged, store bought candy.  Unfortunately, your homemade treats will most likely end up in the trash at the end of the night…for safety’s sake.
  3. Keep all pets inside and away from the front door.  The constant opening and closing of the door and the crazy getups of the trick-or-treaters can frighten your pet and send them bolting out the front door.
  4. Instead of candles, use LED lights to light up your jack-o-lanterns.  Unattended burning candles can be a serious fire hazard.
  5. Keep trash cans out of sight.
  6. At the end of the night, bring in your jack-o-lanterns.

Follow these simple Ventura Halloween Safety Tips and everybody will be able to enjoy a fun time tomorrow night.  Stay safe.  Happy Halloween!

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Ventura Dirty Car Challenge 2014

Ventura Dirty Car Challenge 2014

Ventura Water has issued a Dirty Car Challenge 2014 for July. Post pics of your dirty car to their Facebook page and you may win a free car wash or a complete car detail by the end of the month.As you have most likely heard, California is in dire straits with their water situation.  Ventura residents are being asked to conserve as much water as possible, wherever possible.  That’s why the city has issued the Ventura Dirty Car Challenge 2014.

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For the month of July, Ventura residents are asked to stop washing their cars, especially those people that wash their cars at home.  A typical Ventura home car wash will use up 80-150 gallons in just one wash.  When you go to a commercial car wash like Market St or Five Points, their machines only use around 45 gallons per car wash.  And, many commercial washes recycle their water, further lessening the amount of water resources utilized per vehicle.

Ventura Water is holding a free car wash giveaway.  All you have to do is like the Ventura Water Facebook page and post a picture of your very own dirty car.  If your picture gets the most “likes”, you will receive a free car wash from Five Points.  One free car wash will be given away each week.  Whoever gets the most “likes” by the end of July will receive a complete car detail courtesy of Five Points as well.  SoCal Auto Body and Camarillo Auto Body liked this idea so much, they have also thrown in one complete car detail each for the 2nd and 3rd most “liked” photos by the end of the month.

What is the point of the Ventura Dirty Car Challenge 2014?  As Ventura citizens, we need to examine how we currently use our water to find more efficient ways to utilize it in the future.  Water is a precious commodity.  It may sound silly to avoid washing your car for a couple of weeks.  However, when you multiply this small water savings by the millions of people that live in the Ventura area and throughout the entire state, you can see how much of an impact this will have.  We dare you to take the Ventura Dirty Car Challenge 2014 now.  The dirtier the car, the better!

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Requests Voluntary Water Use Reduction

The City of Ventura is requesting a voluntary 10% water use reduction from Ventura residents as soon as possible or risk possible water rationing.As you may know, Governor Brown recently proclaimed a water shortage emergency throughout the state of California.  Water fed to Ventura residents through Ventura Water is provided by three main sources: the Ventura River, Lake Casitas and groundwater.  Water levels in the river have remained extremely low due to the lower than normal precipitation in the area.  Lake Casitas is currently at 60% capacity, with the allocation of water to be implemented if it reaches 50%.  In response, Ventura requests voluntary water use reduction by at least 10% from all its residents as soon as possible.

In the Kitchen

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleNow would be a great time to consider upgrading your appliances to newer, more energy-efficient models in your Ventura home.  An EnergyStar dishwasher, for example, uses less than 5.5 gallons per load.  This is much more efficient than washing by hand.  However, if a new dishwasher isn’t in the budget, consider replacing the aerator in your faucet to help reduce the amount of water coming through.  If you refrigerator doesn’t have a “water in the door” option, fill a container with water and keep it in the fridge so you don’t have to run the faucet to wait for the water to get cold enough when you want a drink.

In the Bathroom

Did you know that approximately 25% of your entire indoor water consumption is in the bathroom?  Check for leaks in the toilet (this can waste as much as 500 gallons a day).  Replace the aerator in the sink’s faucet.  Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth.  Since shower heads can wear out, replace old ones with a more efficient WaterSense model.

In the Laundry Room

Another huge source of indoor water use in your Ventura home (approximately 25%) comes from washing laundry.  If a new washer/dryer set is in your future, consider front loading washers instead of top loading ones.  They use less water AND less energy to run.  Always use the proper water setting for each load and adjust accordingly.

Outdoor Watering

It stands to reason that the biggest culprit of water usage in any Ventura household is actually outside the home (as much as 50% of the total household water usage).  Install a timer for your sprinkler system to automatically set the time of day and amount of time you water.  Make sure your sprinklers are turned off during rainy weather.  During winter, you should only need to water once a week.  Use plants and grass native to the area for maximum water efficiency.  Once a month, check for leaky or misaligned sprinkler heads and broken pipes.

You can find out how your Ventura household fares in their water usage by using the water calculator at Home Water Works.  Ventura requests a voluntary water use reduction from all its citizens as soon as possible.  Please do your part so we don’t have to go to water rationing in the future.  Thank you.

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Ventura Voter Info 2013

The General Election 2013 in Ventura County takes place Nov 5th. Find out where to vote and even if you are registered to vote on Election Day.American citizens help shape how our country is run by electing officials we believe represent our best interests in the government.  On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, registered Ventura County voters will be casting their ballots in the General Election to fill positions on three different school districts and several special district seats.  If you are uncertain about where to vote, polling hours, sample ballots, voter registration deadlines and other Ventura voter info 2013, you’ll find it below.

Ventura County Votes

The positions being voted on next Tuesday are for:

  • Las Virgenes Unified School District Governing Board Members (3 seats)
  • Oceanview Elementary School District Governing Board Members (3 seats)
  • San Buenaventura City Council Members (4 seats)
  • Saticoy Sanitary District Directors (3 positions)
  • Ventura River County Water District Directors (1 short term, 2 full term)
  • Ventura Unified School District Governing Board Members (3 seats)

Ventura County Voter Registration

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleIn order to participate in the November 5th General Election, eligible Ventura voters must have been registered by October 21st.  To find out if you are officially registered to vote in Ventura County, you can do a Voter Eligibility Search online.  If you’ve missed the registration deadline, we strongly urge you to go ahead and register anyway so that you are ready to go for the next election.  For registration information, please visit the California Online Voter Registration website.

Ventura County Polling Places

Polls will be open around Ventura County on Election Day from 7am to 8pm.  The first results will be released as soon as polls close on November 5th.  However, the last day to officially certify the election results isn’t until November 25th to account for mail-in ballots and overseas ballots (from active military, citizens living abroad, etc).  This is to insure that every Ventura citizen’s vote is counted.  To find out where your polling place is, you can search online using your home address here.

Ventura General Election Helpful Tips

All registered Ventura County voters were sent a sample ballot booklet in the mail.  This booklet explains the different positions being voted on as well as a description of ballot measures and bills up for consideration, where applicable.  To help make the voting process go smoothly and in a timely manner, all Ventura County voters are encouraged to read their booklet, make notes on their voting decisions for each item on the ballot and bring their sample ballot with them to their polling place.  You are allowed to bring your sample ballot into the voting booth with you.

We hope this Ventura voter info 2013 has helped you with the voting process.  Remember to take a moment out of your day on November 5th to get out your vote.  Your voice won’t be heard if you don’t cast your ballot.

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Polling Places in Ventura County

Don't know where to vote in Ventura County? Find out here as well as get a brief rundown of the measures and props to be voted on November 6, 2012.The big day is almost here.  Next Tuesday is Election Day.  If you haven’t already mailed in your ballot or visited the Ventura County Elections Division to cast your vote early, every Ventura County resident who is a legal, registered voter needs to turn up at their appointed polling place to cast their ballot.  If you don’t know where your polling place in Ventura County is, visit the Ventura County Recorder’s Office website to find out.

In addition to the presidential election, Ventura County residents will be voting on a variety of other positions, ballots and measures.  These include:

  • Measure L – Thousand Oaks City Council Term Limits
  • Measure M – Proposed Santa Paula USD
  • Measure N – Simi Valley Managed Growth Plan
  • Measure O – City of Moorpark Low-Rent Housing Development
  • Measure P – Ocean View School District Bond Proposition
  • Measure QVentura USD Parcel Tax
  • Measure ROxnard School District Bond Proposition
  • Measure S – Somis Union School District Bond Proposition
  • Measure THueneme Elementary School District Bond Proposition
  • Prop 28 – Term Limit Reform for Senate/Assembly
  • Prop 29 – Cigarette Tax Increase for Cancer Research
  • Prop 30 – Tax Increase for Education
  • Prop 31 – Two Year Cycle for State Budget
  • Prop 32 – Ban contributions from corporate and unions to state and local campaigns
  • Prop 33 – Basing car insurance rates on history of insurance coverage
  • Prop 34 – Ending the Death Penalty
  • Prop 35 – Increasing penalties for human trafficking and sex slavery
  • Prop 36 – Modifying the “Three Strikes Law” so that the third felony must be for a serious or violent crime before imposing a life sentence
  • Prop 37 – Requires mandatory labeling of any genetically engineered food
  • Prop 38 – State income tax increase to be earmarked strictly for education
  • Prop 39 – Multi-state business income tax increase
  • Prop 40 – Referendum to nullify the California State Senate’s redistricting plan

All responsible voters should research the candidates, measures and propositions thoroughly before casting their vote this Tuesday.  You are always welcome to bring notes with you when you cast your ballot.  This makes it quicker for you and the next person in line.  No matter what your political affiliation is, the most important thing is to find your polling place in Ventura County and VOTE! You can’t be heard if you don’t raise your voice.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Fire Department in the Pink

The Ventura Fire Dept supports breast cancer awareness by promoting the sales pink T-shirts for the Ribbons of Life Foundation in Ventura now.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Chances are you or someone you know has had to deal with this disease at one time or another.  The good news is that advances in treatment through years of research means a diagnosis is not always a death sentence.  Early detection is key for both women and men.  To support and promote breast cancer awareness, the Ventura Fire Department is in the pink and wants you to be, too.

Since October 6th, members of the Ventura Fire Department have switched from their regular gear to pink uniform shirts to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  After tomorrow (October 19th), they switch back to their regular uniforms.  But you can show your support for breast cancer awareness by buying a special pink T-shirt at one of the many participating Ventura businesses.  Shirts will not be available for sale at the fire station, but they do have a list of local businesses that will have them available for purchase if you are interested.  Shirts are just $17 each.  But breast cancer survivors can pick them up for $13.  All proceeds benefit the Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation is a grassroots organization that was founded by members of the Ventura County community to help promote women’s health and disseminate valuable information related to breast cancer.  They were established in 2008.  Their efforts have helped many breast cancer fighters, survivors and their families through their trials and tribulations with the disease.

Help the Ventura Ribbons of Life Foundation raise money for breast cancer awareness in Ventura. Buy a pink T-shirt now!

Help the Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation as well as show your support for breast cancer awareness, research and treatment by buying a special pink T-shirt today.  The Ventura Fire Department is in the pink. You can think pink, too!

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Family Festival

Ventura Family Festival in the ParkNow in its ninth year, the Ventura Family Festival in the Park takes place from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Barranca Vista Imagination Center (7050 Ralston St). This free all-day event is fun for the whole family.  There will be face painting, fine food, train rides, community information booths, arts and crafts, science projects and live entertainment.

The day begins with a Kids Swap Meet from 9am to 1pm.  This is a “by kids/for kids” swap meet (under 18 years old).  While new items, food and products that are part of a business are not allowed to be sold here, kids can bring their slightly used clothing, bikes, toys, books, games, etc to sell to earn some extra cash.  Churches and community youth groups also use this as an opportunity to raise money for special events, trips and camps while other kids raise money for specific charity organizations, such as children’s cancer hospitals, MS or disaster relief.  It only costs $15 to rent a 10’x10′ space.  Click here to download the application.  The deadline to apply for a rental space is April 30, 2012.

All Ventura Family Festival in the Park attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs as well as a nice picnic to the event so they can spend all day there in comfort.  You definitely don’t want to miss out on the Gypsies in a Trunk’s performance of “The Adventures of Peter Pan” that will mark the end of the day’s fun at 4pm.  This professional troupe will be performing for free to the public at many Ventura Parks throughout the summer.  Have some fun, spend a day with the family in the beautiful Southern California sunshine and create a lasting memory at the Ventura Family Festival in the Park on Saturday, May 12, 2012.  There’s nothing else like it here in Ventura County.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists