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Email Dave  at zman4re@aol.com
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Ventura Spark of Love Toy Drive 2013

Bring a twinkle to a young child's eye this Christmas. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Ventura Spark of Love Toy Drive 2013.We may not get snow here in Ventura County, but that doesn’t make Christmas any less magical.   There’s nothing as precious as watching a child’s face light up with joy as they unwrap their presents.  Unfortunately, not all children are able to feel the joy due to the financial constraints their families find themselves in.  You can help make a child’s Christmas special by donating to the Ventura Spark of Love Toy Drive 2013.  There’s still time left to participate!

What: Ventura Spark of Love Toy Drive 2013
Where: All Ventura County Fire Stations, Police/Fire Headquarters or Ventura City Hall
When: Now through December 24, 2013
Contact: (805) 339-4319

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleThe Ventura City Fire Department is working in conjunction with the police stations, other fire stations located within Ventura County and Ventura City Hall to bring life to the Ventura Spark of Love Toy Drive 2013.  They need your help, though.  All you need to do is drop off a new, unwrapped toy, book, game or sporting equipment suitable for boys and girls up to 12 years old at any Ventura County fire station, police or fire headquarters or the Ventura City Hall by the end of business on Christmas Eve.  Every single donation received will be distributed on Christmas to families in need throughout Ventura County.

Help make Christmas merry and bright for local children.  Donate a toy to the Ventura Spark of Love Toy Drive 2013.  You have five more shopping days til Christmas, so get crackin’!  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Yyear!

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2013 Ventura County Pet Adopt-a-Thon

Take home a puppy, kitty, cat, dog, bunny or reptile on July 28th at Camarillo Animal Shelter's 2013 Ventura County Pet Adopt-a-Thon event. Tons of food and activities, too!For many American households, animals have become a way of life.  Studies show that children who grow up with family pets tend to have higher self-esteem, develop better nurturing skills and have better social skills than their peers who do not.  Animals are not just pets.  They really do become members of the family.  At the 2013 Ventura County Pet Adopt-a-Thon, you can give a wayward animal a loving home.

What: 2013 Ventura County Pet Adopt-a-Thon
Where: Camarillo Animal Shelter (600 Aviation Way, Camarillo)
When: Sunday, July 28th 9am to 4pm
Admission: FREE (1/2 price adoptions)

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleCome to the Camarillo Animal Shelter on Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th, for the 2013 Ventura County Pet Adopt-a-Thon.  The shelter saw a huge increase in displaced animals over the 4th of July weekend.  Unfortunately, many of these animals have not been claimed by their owners.  In addition to cats, dogs, puppies and kitties, rabbits and reptiles will be ready for adoption as well.

All adoptions at the 2013 Ventura County Pet Adopt-a-Thon are half price.  Cats and dogs will be available for just $60 and bunnies can be taken home for just $50 each.  You can even bring your own dog or cat to the Adopt-a-Thon for a $6 rabies shot.  There will be a special on micro-chipping July 28th as well ($10 per animal).  Micro-chipping helps locate a lost pet much faster so they can get home safe and sound.

Adoption counselors will be on-site to answer any of your questions and show you the animals available for adoption.  Even if you aren’t ready to adopt right away, bring the family down to enjoy food, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, snow cones and more.  There will be a silent auction as well as search and rescue demonstrations from local Ventura County specialists.

At last year’s adoption event, more than 90 animals were adopted to loving Ventura County homes.  This year, the Camarillo Animal Shelter hopes to place at least 100 animals.  Please come to the 2013 Ventura County Pet Adopt-a-Thon on Sunday, July 28th from 9am to 4pm.  Whether you give a furry friend a home or not, your support is greatly appreciated.

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Ventura County Strawberry Festival 2013

The 30th Annual California Strawberry Festival takes place in Oxnard this weekend, May 18th & 19th.It’s that time of year, folks…strawberry time!  The 2013 Ventura County Strawberry Festival comes to Oxnard this weekend, May 18th and 19th.  For two days only, Southern Californians will be celebrating the succulent nectar of life that is the strawberry.

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleFrom 10am to 6:30pm this Saturday and Sunday, Strawberry Meadows of College Park (located at 3250 South Rose Ave. in Oxnard) will be filled with the sights and smells of strawberries.  Nosh on traditional strawberry dishes like strawberry pie, strawberry jam and chocolate covered strawberries.  But, save room for the strawberry pizza and strawberry nachos!  If you feel like you need a break from the juicy goodness, there will more than 50 food vendors of all kinds on the premises for the weekend.

Stop in for one of the cooking demonstrations by local Ventura County chefs.  Feel like a kid again on the carnival rides.  You’re sure to find something you absolutely “must have” at one of the 250+ arts and crafts booths.  There’s even some sweet strawberry beer!  Dance off the calories at the Berry Best Dance Contest.  Dress up your favorite hat for the Berry Best Hat Contest.  Even the wee ones can get in on the action with the Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest.  This year, there is a Berry Zipline and Navy Seals Underwater Dive Tank that you don’t want to miss!

General admission is just $12 per day.  Seniors (ages 62+) and active military members and their dependents (with valid ID) can get in for just $8 each.  Kids ages 5-12 are just $5 and all kids ages 4 and under can get in free.  Click here to purchase your tickets online.  The military discount is only valid at the gate.

Make it a point to attend the Ventura County Strawberry Festival this weekend.  It’s going to be a sweet time!

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Volunteer for Ventura Earth Day Cleanup

Join Volunteer Ventura! on Sat, April 20th for an Earth Day cleanup of one of Ventura's busiest beaches. All you need are work gloves, a plastic bucket and a willingness to get dirty.Residents of Ventura County know how lucky they are to be living in such an incredibly beautiful place as we do.  Our beaches are part of what makes Southern California the destination of choice for vacationers around the world.  We want to keep this natural beauty going for generations to come.  Volunteer Ventura! is asking for your help in joining them on Earth Day this year to clean up our beaches.

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleJoin fellow Ventura citizens at Surfer’s Knoll on Spinaker Dr Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9am to 11am.  All ages are welcome to participate.  However, any youngster under 12 years old must have their parent or legal guardian with them.  Social groups, church groups, community volunteers and individuals are welcome to join in.  While cleaning supplies will be provided by Volunteer Ventura!, participants are encouraged to wear work gloves to protect your hands and bring a plastic bucket from home to make collecting debris easier.

Luckily, we have so many people who appreciate our beaches.  Spaces for participants in this annual beach cleanup tend to fill up quickly.  Pre-registration is required.  Please register by visiting Volunteer Ventura’s Earth Day Cleanup on-line registration site here.

Volunteer Ventura! believes that together, we can make a difference.  Let’s band together and volunteer our time to clean up one of the busiest Ventura beaches on Earth Day.  Embrace the beauty that is living in Southern California!

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Celebrates Public Art Project

The City of Ventura celebrates the latest additions to its Public Art Project of transit art on Sat. Oct. 6, 2012 in downtown Ventura.The City of Ventura believes that a happy resident is a well-rounded resident.  Outdoor activities keep our bodies healthy.  But how do we keep our minds healthy as well?  The Ventura Public Arts Program that began over two decades ago was initially set up to incorporate art into public spaces.  That includes sculptures, murals, frescoes and more.  This Saturday, October 6th, the City of Ventura celebrates the latest offerings to the Public Works Project.

There are 14 new works of art that will be added to Ventura’s bus stops and bike racks, bringing the grand total of transit art to 19 bus shelters (murals) and 7 bike racks (sculptures) throughout the city.  Not only is this a way to enhance what residents and visitors see everyday, but it is meant to encourage everyone to utilize public transportation as much as possible.

The City of Ventura will welcome these new additions to the public transit artwork with a celebration from 10:45am to 12:45pm in downtown Ventura’s California Street Mini Park. There will be live music, refreshments, a few brief words from public officials (including Mayor Mike Tracy) and an introduction of the artists involved in the project.  The public is welcome to attend.  Free bus tokens and maps indicating where to find all public displays of transit art will be available to everyone.

Come to downtown Ventura this Saturday, October 6th, to celebrate the latest additions to the Ventura Public Art Project.  See the artists who created these beautiful pieces of artwork in person.  You may be surprised just how accessible public transit is.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura County Farmers Markets

Ventura County Farmers Markets offer everything from fresh fish and produce to arts, crafts, clothing and more every weekend.Shop local and think global!  A great way to reduce your carbon footprint, get the freshest in meats, produce and other goods as well as giving a boost to the local economy is by shopping at one of the Ventura County Farmer’s Markets.  We have three great markets right here in Ventura County to choose from every weekend.

Fishermen’s Market – Located at 1449 Spinnaker Dr in the Ventura Harbor, local fishermen offer the catch-of-the-day fresh off the boat every Saturday from 8am to 11am.  They will even fillet the fish for you so you can serve it up for dinner that evening.  Situated right next to Andrea’s Seafood Restaurant, the fish market will also give you great cooking tips and recipes.

Downtown Farmers’ Market – Located on the corner of Santa Clara and Palm Streets, the Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market is open from 8:30am to 12pm every Saturday.  In addition to fresh produce, the also have baked goods, flowers and live country music.  Unlike other local farmers’ markets, this Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market will not allow the sale of arts and crafts, wholesale merchandise or any commissioned sales.  All items sold must have been caught, raised, gathered, grown or otherwise produced directly by the vendor selling them.  Parking is free.

Ventura College Market Place – Located on the corner of Telegraph and Day Roads, this Ventura market place showcases over 300 vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to arts and crafts, fresh flowers, collectibles and clothing.  They are open from 8am to 3pm every Saturday and Sunday.  While admission to the market place is free, parking will cost $2 on Saturday and $4 on Sunday.

Keep your carbon footprint small and help the local Ventura economy by heading out to a Ventura County Farmers Market this weekend.  Whether it’s the freshest in local produce, fish caught that morning or a beautiful flower arrangement for your table, you are sure to find something at one of the area’s farmers’ markets.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Spend Labor Day at Ventura Harbor Village

Spend Labor Day at Ventura Harbor Village for live music, discounts on shopping, water taxi rides and great food. *Photo courtesy Ventura Harbor Village.It’s almost here.  The time we celebrate working by NOT working…Labor Day!  This weekend, September 1st & 2nd, spend Labor Day at Ventura Harbor Village in Ventura, CA.  That’s two days of family-friendly fun at the beach.

Besides whale watching, which is available at Ventura Harbor through mid-September, there will be plenty of sales going on throughout the weekend with special Labor Day discounts, live music from the Justin Claveria Jazz Trio on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and indie Rock from Fearmia on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm at the Village Carousel Stage.  Enjoy fine dining at any of the local Ventura restaurants.  The Andres Wine & Tapas Bar, in particular, will be offering live music on their patio overlooking the harbor all day and evening Saturday and Sunday.  Labor Day also marks the last chance to take a fun water taxi ride from Ventura Boat Rentals.  From 11am to 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday, you can board the Toot-Sea for a quick trip between the Ventura Harbor Village Center, the Marina Park Fishing Dock and Channel Islands National Park Visitor’s Center.  The cost is just $2 per person each way.

Spend the day in the water on a pedal boat, kayaking, paddle board or an electric boat and come in to the Village for an evening of fun.  Say good-bye to summer in style.  Spend Labor Day at Ventura Harbor Village.

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Ventura County Wine Trail Tours

Ventura County Wine Trail ToursCalifornia’s Napa Valley is known world-wide for their amazing wines.  But, did you know that there are fantastic wineries offering up beautiful vino right here in Southern California?  You can see for yourself by taking one of the Ventura County Wine Trail Tours available every Saturday and Sunday.

Departing from the Ventura Visitors Center (101 S California St) each weekend at 11am, wine connoisseurs will be whisked away to tour four local Ventura wineries.  A gourmet lunch is included on the tour.  You will be able to visit tasting rooms, meet the wine makers themselves, tour the wineries, take in the gorgeous scenery and, of course, sample some tempting wines.  On Saturdays, the tour will take you to Rancho Ventavo Cellars and Magnavino Cellars in Oxnard, Bella Victorian Vineyard in Camarillo and Old Creek Ranch Winery in Ventura.  Lunch will be provided at Bella Victorian Vineyard.  On Sundays, the tour takes you to Herzog Wine Cellars and Rancho Ventavo Cellars in Oxnard, Casa Barranca in Ojai and Vino V Wines in Ventura.  Lunch will be served at Rancho Ventavo Cellar’s La Dolce Vita Restaurant.  Tickets are $85 per person.

You must be at least 21 years old to sample or purchase any of the wines on the tour.  For more information and to make your reservation, please call (805) 648-2075.  Taste a bit of California by taking a Ventura County Wine Trail Tour any weekend of the year.  It’s such a nice, relaxing way to spend the day with your significant other.

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Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Quick and Easy Energy Savers

Reducing the energy you use in your Ventura County home helps save you money while reducing the strain on our planet’s resources.  Even small changes can make a big difference in the long run.  But where do you begin?  It’s simple with these quick and easy energy savers.

Get rid of your old incandescent lightbulbs.  Replacing a 60-watt incandescent bulb with a more energy-efficient CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulb can save 85 kWh per bulb per year.  Think about all the lightbulbs you use in your home.  That savings can add up quickly.  Some CFLs (like the Philips brand) can last up to 25 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb.  Also, LED lights are the most energy-efficient models of lighting you can find.

Another quick, easy and inexpensive way to save energy is by replacing the old showerheads in your Ventura County home with a real water-saving showerhead.  These are available at your local home improvement stores, discount stores (WalMart, K-Mart, etc) or specialty stores (such as Bed, Bath and Beyond).  A 1.6 gpm showerhead will save approximately 3500 gallons of water per year.

This tip is simple and doesn’t cost you a cent: UNPLUG.  Even when an electronic device is turned off, it is still drawing energy (5-10% of your Ventura home’s total energy consumption) while it is plugged into the wall. Coffee makers, toasters, blenders, TVs, DVD players, computers, monitors, etc, all use energy (even in energy-saving modes) while they are plugged into the wall.  Unplug the small appliances.  Use a power strip for your other electronics.  Power strips are not just great protection against a power surge, but they also double as an easy way to safely power off and on your electronic devices with a single button.

Saving energy in your Ventura County home doesn’t have to be difficult, time-consuming or even cost you anything to implement.  These quick and easy energy savers reduce your energy consumption, eliminate wasteful usage and increase the money you put in your wallet.  That’s good for the environment as well as your bottom line.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Originally posted on our Ventura County real estate blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2992353/quick-and-easy-energy-savers.

A Good Marketing Plan is Key to Selling Your Ventura Home

A Good Marketing Plan is Key to Selling Your Ventura HomeTrying to sell your Ventura County home?  In today’s economic climate, that may seem like a superhuman task.  But, it’s not.  A good marketing plan is key to selling your Ventura home.  With a little work and planning, you can have a successful home sale.

Over the years, The Z Team has cultivated a marketing plan that optimizes your Ventura home’s assets and gives you the most exposure.  The first step is to evaluate your home’s condition to determine if any repairs or adjustments (including home staging suggestions) need to be made so that your home makes the best first impression possible.  It is important for your home to put its best foot forward since the first few weeks are when a listing gets the most traffic.  Our recommendations are made specifically to help you get the most you can for your home.

Next, we run a Comparative Market Analysis report that lists other Ventura County homes in your neighborhood with similar amenities to your own home to get a realistic view of what you can expect to sell your home for.  Listing your home at an appropriate price can be a crucial piece of the home sale puzzle.  Overpriced homes tend to languish on the market longer and tend to sell for less money than if you had listed it competitively to begin with.  It’s hard to place a “real” value on our own homes since they hold so many cherished memories.  You will need to set your personal feelings aside, including how much you owe, how much you “think” it should be worth, how much money you have put into the house and so on in order to have a clear picture of what to expect your home to sell for.

After we have agreed on the sales price, your Ventura home will then be listed with the Ventura MLS and CARETS (the California MLS) so that it is seen by our network of real estate agents and brokers.  The MLS is the “go-to” for real estate professionals to find homes on the market.  After that, The Z Team will arrange the brokers caravan (which is the first time a broker will physically see your home and determine whether they want to recommend it to their clients or not).  We also take care of photographs, signs and ordering the lock box for your home.

Since studies show that most buyers turn to the internet first when looking for a Ventura home (even before they have contacted and/or hired a REALTOR® of their own), it is important to make sure your listing is posted online.  In addition to advertising your listing on our own website, we will get your listing syndicated to top real estate sites (such as Trulia, Zillow, Real Bird and more) as well as social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) so that your home gets the exposure necessary to bring in the buyers.

If a picture speaks a thousand words, you can imagine what a video says.  Your Real Bird listing can be made into a video that will then be posted on You Tube for even more exposure.  As special “Showcase” subscribers on Realtor.com, your Ventura home will be placed on more than 60 websites (including MSN.com, ReMax.com, The Wall Street Journal Online and Craigslist).

Finally, we still network with other Southern California agents via colorful email flyers.  When you hire The Z Team to represent your Ventura home sale, you can rest assured that we are committed to getting the job done.  A good marketing plan is key to selling your Ventura home.  Please contact us today so we can sit down with you and create a strategy to get your home sold as soon as possible.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Originally posted on our Ventura County real estate blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2564576/a-good-marketing-plan-is-key-to-selling-your-ventura-home.

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