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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 County Halloween 2014 Events

Kids can wear their costumes for more than one day when they attend just about any of these Ventura County Halloween 2014 events between now and the 31st. Photo Courtesy @Stendec - Dreamstime Stock Photos_2Halloween is just two weeks from tomorrow!  Have you already got your costume ready to go or are you still trying to figure out what to wear?  The Ventura County community won’t let you limit the fun to just one day.  There are several Ventura County Halloween 2014 events going on between now and October 31st that you can be a part of.

What: Reign of Terror Haunted House
When: October 17th & 18th 7pm to 11pm
Where: Janss Marketplace (above Gold’s Gym), 197 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks
Admission: $17 general admission, $25 for Express Line, $5 for kids (lights on)
Contact: Janss Marketplace (805) 495-4662

Venture through 70 rooms of frightening terror.  A mixture of (mostly) live actors and animatronics will keep you on your toes.  There will be a special “lights on” tour through this haunted house especially for the kids.  Any adult that accompanies a child on the “lights on” tour will get in absolutely free.

What: Halloween Oktoberfest
When: October 19 11am to 5:30pm
Where: The Collection Riverpark, 2751 Park View Ct, Oxnard
Cost: $10 for ages 13+, Kids under 13 are free
Contact: The Collection at Riverpark (805) 278-9500

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Oktoberfest doesn’t always have to be about beer.  Sure, there will be some fine handcrafted brews on hand for guests ages 21+ to purchase if the need arises.  However, with a zombie pumpkin garden and staff dressed up as zombies, there is much more going on.  Kids are welcome to show up in costume.

What: Halloween Carnival
When: October 24th 3pm to 5:30pm
Where: Malibu Bluff’s Park, 24250 PCH, Malibu
Admission: FREE, Game Tickets and Bounce House: $5
Contact: City of Malibu (310) 317-1364 or via email

Things start off with a costume parade at 3:30pm.  Try your luck at the ring toss, penny toss, treasure hunt or witch golf.  Halloween characters will be passing out candy to the little trick-or-treaters along the hiking trails.  If you bring three canned items, you will receive two free bounce house tickets.  Cheer Burger and La Dolce Vida food trucks will be on hand if you get hungry.  This is event is appropriate for kids ages 2-10.

What: Halloween Craft for Kids
When: October 28th 4pm to 5pm
Where: Platt Branch Library, 23600 Victory Blvd, Woodland Hills
Contact: Platt Branch Library (818) 340-9386

The library is more than musty old books.  Get creative with a fun Halloween craft especially designed for kids.  Any child wearing their Halloween costume is eligible for a prize.

What: Halloween Party
When: October 30th 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Where: Malibu Library, 23519 W Civic Center Way, Malibu
Contact: Malibu Library (310) 456-6438

You won’t want to miss this party.  Listen to spooky stories, create your very own glow-in-the-dark craft project and even make some ooey-gooey slime.  Eeeeeeeewwww!  Perfect for kids ages 4 and up.

What: Trunk or Treat
When: October 31st 6pm to 9pm
Where: Ventura First Assembly of God, 346 N Kimball Rd, Ventura
Cost: FREE
Contact: Ventura First Assembly of God (805) 647-2718

Trunk or Treat has become a popular alternative to taking your children around door-to-door, begging for treats on Halloween.  Ventura First Assembly of God will be hosting their Trunk or Treat event on Halloween night.  Candy isn’t the only treat to enjoy here, though.  There will be a barrel train, a bounce house, food, family-friendly games and even face painting.  Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t want to leave!

The entire Ventura County community is invited to share in any and all of the Ventura County Halloween 2014 events listed above.  You’ll be putting your costume to good use this year.  Happy Halloween!

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Ventura Family Festival in the Park 2013

The 10th Annual Ventura Family Festival in the Park & Kids Swap Meet takes place at Ventura's Barranca Vista Park on Sat, May 11, 2013. Sunny weather makes you want to head outside, especially here in Southern California.  The kids are probably getting antsy waiting for school to end and summer break to begin.  Take them to the 10th Annual Ventura Family Festival in the Park on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleBarranca Vista Park in Ventura is going to be full to the brim with tons of family-friendly fun.  From 9am to 1pm is the Kids Swap Meet, where kids bring their old toys, books, video games, etc. to sell to other kids.  From 12pm to 4pm is the official Ventura Family Festival in the Park, with local organizations introducing themselves to the community by showing off their entertainment skills.  Some of these include performances from the Ventura USD and Ojai Raptor Center as well as other musical, dance and theatrical performances by local artists of all ages.  There will also be informational booths set up around the park, hands-on activities and face painting available.  Of course, food vendors will be on hand to tempt your taste buds.

Gypsies in a Trunk begin their Fairytales in the Park season by concluding the day’s festivities at 4pm.  Their interpretation of The Little Mermaid is something your little ones won’t want to miss.  Admission to all of this is absolutely free of charge.  For more information, please contact Kathryn Dippong-Lawson at (805) 644-6542 or via email.

Get yourself and the kids out of the house.  Take them to the 10th Annual Ventura Family Festival in the Park on Saturday, May 11th.  It’s a day of fun for everyone!

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Ventura Earth Day Eco-Fest

The 6th Annual Ventura Earth Day Eco-Fest comes to Promenade Park in downtown Ventura on Sat, Apr 20, 2013 and it's FREE!Although Earth Day is officially Monday, April 22nd, Ventura will be celebrating it on Saturday, April 20th.  And they are inviting you to join in on the fun.  For it’s sixth year, the Ventura Earth Day Eco-Fest brings environmental awareness to the masses in a fun, creative way.  One visit and you’ll see why they’ve won awards for this celebration.

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleFrom 10am to 6pm, Promenade Park in downtown Ventura will be host a party for 6000+ people.  As part of the festivities, there will be live music, face painting, low waste food choices, green project exhibits, arts and crafts, games and scavenger hunts.  A free bike valet is available for those who arrive via pedal-power.  For just $1 per ticket, you can enter into the Eco-Fest raffle, with more than $6000 worth of goods and services up for grabs from local businesses in Ventura County The silent auction includes amazing items donated by local artists and organizations, including a customized surfboard, Channel Island trips, original artwork and more.  All profits from the entire day’s festivities will help fund programs for the Ventura Charter School for Arts and Global Education (VCS), a tuition-free public school for students in grades K-8.

Ventura Earth Day Eco-Fest is absolutely free to attend.  Learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint to help preserve this beautiful way of life we in Ventura County enjoy every day.  Promenade Park is THE place to be this Saturday, April 20th.  Bring the family, have a fun time and learn how to be more environmentally responsible all at the same time!

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Ventura Foodie Spring Break

Foodies can enjoy a Spring Break every weekend when they take a Downtown Ventura Tasting Tour, a walking tour of six Ventura restaurants, complete with wine tasting and dessert.Spring break for students in the Ventura Unified School District doesn’t take place until the first week of April.  But, “foodies” can enjoy Spring Break every weekend in Downtown Ventura.  That’s when Ventura residents and visitors can embark on a tasting tour of area restaurants.

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleEvery Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2:30pm, Ventura Food Tours conducts Downtown Ventura Tasting Tours.  On these tours, guests will visit six different restaurants and shops.  While they sample some of each establishment’s wares, they get to chat with the chefs and owners for a more intimate look at what is prepared for them, their backgrounds and how they came to be in this business.  You’ll even get a bit of a history lesson while you venture from place to place.

It IS a walking tour.  Make sure you dress for comfort.  The entire tour typically takes 3 to 3 1/2 hours to complete.  This is a great opportunity to try out something new or meet the people behind your favorite Downtown Ventura haunt.  Tickets are $59 per person (includes the cost of food, tax and tip at six different restaurants).  If you purchase two or more tickets at a time, the cost drops to $49 per person.  Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance.  You can purchase your tickets for the Downtown Ventura Tasting Tour online by clicking here.  Just make sure to mention any allergies you have when making your reservation so they can make sure you enjoy your tour to the fullest.

Those of us who live in Southern California are extremely fortunate to be exposed to all aspects of different cultures.  This includes art, music and, of course, food.  You don’t have to be in school to enjoy Spring Break.  Take a “foodie” Spring Break any weekend by enjoying a Downtown Ventura Tasting Tour.  Sign up today!

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

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.

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2012 Ventura County Fair

Ventura County Fair - The 2012 Ventura County Fair is going on now through August 12th. Food, fun, free concerts, a rodeo and fireworks every night!It’s here!  The country fair with ocean air is back.  The Ventura County Fair is going on now through August 12th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd).  There are arts, crafts, farm animals, a petting zoo, carnival rides, games and, of course, fair food!

The Ventura County Fair Parade takes place on Saturday, August 4th at 10am in downtown Ventura.  Free musical acts will be performing almost every evening of the fair.  Watch cowboys compete at the PRCA Rodeo on August 11th and 12th.  Fireworks end every evening of the fair as well.  All concerts and rodeo events are free with the purchase of your fair admission ticket.


  • Friday, August 3, 7:30pm – Bret Michaels
  • Saturday, August 4, 7:30pm – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • Sunday, August 5, 3pm – Lupillo Rivera, Banda Machos, Grupo Pesado
  • Monday, August 6, 7:30pm – Creed
  • Tuesday, August 7 – Frankie Avalon at 1pm and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 8, 7:30pm – Cobra Starship with This is She
  • Thursday, August 9, 7:30pm – Martina McBride
  • Friday, August 10, 7:30pm – Boyz II Men and En Vogue

Parking is extremely limited.  However, free shuttle buses are provided.  For a complete list of parking and shuttle availability, please visit the Ventura County Fairgrounds’ website here.  The fair is open from 11am to 11pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission is just $12 for adults (ages 13+), $9 for seniors (ages 62+) and kids (ages 6-12) and free to kids under 6.  Don’t miss out on any of the fun at the Ventura County Fair!


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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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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, your Ventura home will be placed on more than 60 websites (including,, 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.

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Five Quick Water-Saving Tips

Five Quick Water-Saving TipsLiving in the dry Southern California climate, we are all too aware of how important it is to save water whenever possible.  Ventura County is just one of the areas in Southern California that experiences drought-like conditions.  You can do your part to help conserve water by following these five quick water-saving tips:

Watering Your Lawn Don’t water during the hottest part of the day.  Turn your sprinklers on at the very beginning of the day or the very end of the day to retain the most moisture.  The Ventura County heat can quickly evaporate water, leaving your plants and lawn thirsty for more.  Automatic timers for your sprinklers will help you control both the length of time and the time of day your landscaping gets watered.

Drought-Resistant Plants – While not completely water-free, using drought-resistant plants helps minimize the amount of water needed to keep them healthy. Visit your local nursery or home improvement store’s garden center to find out what plants are best to plant and how to care for them.

Flower Beds – Cover your plain dirt flower bed with mulch.  Not only does it retain moisture at the base of the plants (where it is needed most), but it also looks prettier.  Consider using soaker hoses instead of sprinklers to water your flowers.  This also keeps water closer to the roots and uses much less water than a sprinkler does.

Sprinkler Systems – Just like interior plumbing leaks, you need to do a thorough inspection of your Ventura County home’s sprinkler system to look for possible leaks.  Don’t forget to check your garden hose (including nozzle), spigot and sprinkler timer.  Your timer will need to be reset when the weather changes to adapt for more or less precipitation as well as to make sure the sprinklers run properly.

Rain Barrels – Even in the hot summer weather, we can experience the occasional rain shower.  Rain barrels can be used to capture rain water any time during the year.  This water can then be used for your gardens, flower beds and potted plants.

Outdoor water use can be controlled by following these five quick water-saving tips.  Help do your part to conserve water at your Ventura County home throughout the year.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

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