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Outdoor Living Space Ideas That Buyers Like

Today’s Ventura homebuyer looks for a good home office space (among other things) inside a property. But they also appreciate a nice outdoor living area. After all, being stuck inside our homes for most of 2020 really showed us that we need as much space as possible. Thankfully, Southern California weather permits outdoor living pretty much year-round. If you want to appeal to buyers in the future, consider incorporating some of these outdoor living space ideas.

Before you put your Ventura County home on the market, think about sprucing up/creating an outdoor living space that appeals to today's buyers.

Outdoor Living Space Ideas

A Cozy Firepit

Search Ventura County homes for saleAs the evening cools off, people enjoy spending time around a roaring fire. Roasting marshmallows. Swapping stories. In general, spending time with each other outside of a viewing screen. In fact, people craved this so much last year that firepits sold out well before fall came in. Think about adding a firepit to your outdoor living space that includes comfy seating for several people around it. After all, things are starting to open up again. And when it does, you know that you will want to invite people over to entertain.

Install a Second Kitchen

Speaking of entertaining, a second kitchen is another outdoor living space idea to consider. A simple barbecue is fine. But for really entertaining, you need an entire kitchen. This should include a nice grill and (possibly) a smoker. Gas hookups, a refrigerator/freezer, and even a sink will make your Ventura home the envy of the neighborhood. Plus, it keeps your kitchen from heating up during those hot summer days.

Swimming Pool

Another part of outdoor living space in Southern California is a swimming pool. They do not have to be six or eight feet deep either. A nice lap pool still allows you to exercise or simply cool off when temperatures hit those high notes. And make sure there is plenty of shaded seating area around the pool, too.

Storage Shed

We all could use as much storage as possible. Keep clutter at bay by installing a storage shed. This gives you extra room to store away tools, lawnmowers, bicycles, and other yard implements out of sight. Buyers love to see additional storage already added to a property.

Water Features

Water features always feel inviting in an outdoor living space. They can be added onto a wall or included as a stand-alone feature. Kits to create your own unique water feature can be found at most home improvement stores or online.

Updated/Extra Lighting

An outdoor living space is meant to be enjoyed both day and night. Therefore, you need to make sure your lighting is up to par. Colored lights help set a mood. Garden lights add soft light throughout the backyard. Consider utilizing eco-friendly solar lights to help light up your walkways in the backyard as well.

Don’t Forget the Front Porch

Finally, do not forget about your front porch. It is also an outdoor living space. Spruce it up with padded seats, plants, and a lovely water feature. And always makes sure it is adequately lit at night.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Concerts in Your Car – April 2021

This global pandemic forced companies to make some changes in order to stay in business. For restaurants, it meant upping their “take out” game and moving some tables outside. For shops, it meant limiting the number of patrons allowed inside and requiring masks. Entertainment venues felt a huge hit, with most of them forced to shut their doors indefinitely. Live music all but disappeared. Well, we are very happy to announce that CBF Productions found a way to bring back live music again. They created Ventura Concerts in Your Car.

Live music comes back to Ventura County every Saturday in April 2021 with Ventura Concerts in Your Car at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

What: Ventura Concerts in Your Car 2021
Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds
When: Every Saturday in April 2021
Admission: Varies per event

Ventura Concerts in Your Car

Search Ventura County homes for saleYou know about drive-in movies, right? Well, starting next month, enjoy drive-in concerts courtesy of Ventura Concerts in Your Car. Live entertainment fills the concert stage every Saturday in April. Musical choices include everything from opera to reggae to EDM.

Ticket prices vary depending on which show you choose. And, instead of paying per seat, you pay per car (up to 4 people). Artists perform in a “theater-in-the-round” setting (a stage in the middle, rows radiating out from there). The closer to the stage, the pricier the tickets.

Entertainment Line-Up

  • Cottontail Hop: April 3rd, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm & 5 pm – Live Easter stage show. Purchase tickets here.
  • Don Pasquale: April 10th, 7:30 pm – Presented by Opera Santa Barbara. Purchase tickets here.
  • Ziggy Marley: April 17th, 5 pm to 8:30 pm – Ziggy performs a tribute to his father, Reggae legend Bob Marley. Purchase tickets here.
  • Hippie Sabotage: April 24th, 8:30 pm – LA-based EDM duo (and brothers) Kevin & Jeff Saurer. Purchase tickets here.

Bring lawn chairs and a comfy blanket with you. These can be set up right next to your vehicle if you wish. A minimum six foot social distance will be enforced in between vehicles, based on CDC guidelines. You must wear a mask if walking outside of your designated location. Stay safe and have fun!

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Mermaid Month 2021 at Harbor Village

March is Ventura Mermaid Month. Mermaids fill a special place in the hearts of those in Ventura Harbor Village. All month long, visitors enjoy a variety of fun mermaid-related activities as well as special discounts on merchandise and food. Of course, all businesses and activities follow COVID-19 guidelines to keep the public safe. So, no Mermaid Meet & Greet this year, unfortunately. But there are still plenty of other fun things to see, do, and shop for all month long.

While this year's Ventura Mermaid Month may look a little different than those in the past, organizers still promise lots of fun activities.

What: Ventura Mermaid Month 2021
Where: Ventura Harbor Village
When: All month long in March

Ventura Mermaid Month 2021

Scheduled Activities

Search Ventura County homes for saleVentura Boat Rentals recently released their newest swan boat “flock” out onto harbor waters…just in time for Mermaid Month. Rent yourself one of these fun little boats and paddle your way around the harbor. Keep an eye out for mermaids and mermen along the way. These boats only operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Schedule an appointment by calling (805) 642-7753 before all of the spots are taken.

Take a selfie at the special Mermaid Photo Booth set up by local artist Michelle Rogers. This lively backdrop will only be available in March, starting this Friday, the 5th. You can find it by the Barefoot Boutique.

For those of you who like to explore, try your luck at the Mermaid Scavenger Hunt. Starting on March 12th, visit VenturaHarborVillage.com to find your clues and to download your scavenger sheet. Decipher all of the clues by March 28th to complete your sheet. Then, turn your completed sheet into the Mermaid Gallery for a special mermaid prize.

Specials

Wild Local Seafood is hosting a contest for Mermaid Month. They challenge you to share your favorite recipes for homemade seafood dishes for a chance to win a $50 gift card at their store. Simply follow @VenturaHarbor and @wildlocalseafoodco on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter. Then, upload your recipe (add a photo for bonus points). Make sure to tag Ventura Harbor and Wild Local Seafood when you do so you don’t miss out on an entry. You also must tag two friends to qualify.

Several businesses offer fun discounts and special mermaid merchandise throughout March, too. When you visit The Greek, receive $5 off a seafood lunch entree when you purchase one at full price. Lost in Socks offers a 15% discount when you buy three pairs of socks any weekend in March. Receive a free swim bag when you purchase at least $50 in merchandise at Ventura Swimwear. Barefoot Boutique, Lemon & Lei, and the Treasure Cove all offer fun mermaid-inspired clothing, jewelry, and soaps.

Enjoy the outdoors this March. Visit the Harbor Village for Ventura Mermaid Month 2021.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Harbor Village Celebrates National Clam Chowder Day 2021

It feels like there is a holiday for just about anything. Did you celebrate National Cuddle Up Day (January 6th), Step in the Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day (January 11th), or Squirrel Appreciation Day (January 21st)? Yesterday was not only Valentine’s Day but also National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day. We hope at least some of you celebrated it even if you did not know it was happening. Well, February 25th happens to be National Clam Chowder Day. And Ventura Harbor Village wants to help you celebrate.

Celebrate National Clam Chowder Day 2021 on Feb 25th by picking up a cup or bowl at a local restaurant in the Ventura Harbor Village.

What: National Clam Chowder Day
Where: Ventura Harbor Village
When: Thursday, February 25th

National Clam Chowder Day at Ventura Harbor Village

Search Ventura County homes for saleThree great Village restaurants offer delicious options for how to celebrate Clam Chowder Day. The 805 Bar serves a scrumptious chowder with capers and bacon out on their patio. The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood restaurant offers a warm, inviting cup of clam chowder for just $3 when you order one of their amazing seafood entrees. And, of course, Brophy Bros Clam Bar offers some of the best and freshest clam chowder around. They serve it with an amazing slice of sourdough bread that pairs perfectly with this seafood delicacy. So make Ventura Harbor Village your destination of choice for lunch or dinner on February 25th.

Main Street Moves Continues Through 2022

Last year, local restaurants felt the pinch due to COVID-19 restrictions on interior dining. To help try to keep businesses afloat, the Ventura City Council came up with the idea of Main Street Moves. This essentially shut down a six-block area of downtown Ventura to vehicle traffic. It only allowed pedestrians and bicyclists to traverse the streets in between businesses. This allowed local businesses to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions while still accommodating their clientele by moving part of it out onto the sidewalks and street. Originally, the Council set it up as a temporary “fix”. But, it became so popular and successful that they decided to continue it on through to January 2022. Please support our small businesses by shopping and dining locally whenever possible.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura County Virtual Love Run 2021

The global pandemic affected millions of lives. Some businesses closed for good. Some people found themselves furloughed with nowhere to go. Even non-profit organizations scrambled to find donors because so many people (and businesses) struggled to get by. Many non-profits found themselves getting creative to find new, fun ways to raise money. For instance, the Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive provided an option that allowed people to build their own “can trees” to participate safely. Netfin Westlake Mazda wanted to raise money for Meals on Wheels with a fun run. But how do you do that during a pandemic? They came up with the Ventura County Virtual Love Run 2021.

Help Netfin Westlake Mazda raise money for Senior Concerns' Meals on Wheels by participating in the Ventura County Virtual Love Run 2021 taking place wherever you choose anytime during February.

What: Ventura County Virtual Love Run 2021
Where: Anywhere you choose
When: Until February 28th, 2021
Admission: $45

Ventura County Virtual Love Run 2021

How it Works

Search Ventura County homes for saleFirst, sign up for a race. They offer five different ones to choose from. Then, choose when and where you want to complete your race. Take photos to track your progress and upload them to all of your social media platforms using #LoveRun2021. After that, head back to the virtual run’s website to log in your time.

When you sign up for the Ventura County Virtual Love Race, you receive free access to the RunJoy app. This helps keep track of your race progress. It also allows you to invite all of your loved ones to cheer you on virtually while you run/walk your race. Yes, we said “run/walk”. Whether you run, walk or do a combination of both does not matter. Finishing your race is all that matters. Put whatever personal spin on it that you want to make it fun. Remember, all proceeds help Senior Concerns’ Meals on Wheels.

Types of Races Available

The five races include a California Water one mile, the Tuesday Tribe 5K (3.1 miles), Home Helpers 10K (6.2 miles), a 13.1-mile half-marathon, and the Doggy Dash. No matter which one of the races you choose, it costs $45 per person. However, your pooch pal only costs $15 for the Doggy Dash. With their entry fee, they receive a cute bandana for their efforts. Registration fees include a running shirt, reusable goody bag, RaceJoy app, and a medal for completing the run. Go to RunSignUp.com to choose your race and register today.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Tax Deductions for Selling Your Ventura Home

Yes, even during a pandemic, the Ventura County housing market flourished. If you happened to sell your property in 2020, you need to think about how this affects your taxes. Last year, the government delayed our usual tax deadline date until July. However (so far), it appears that this year returns to the normal April 15th deadline. But you can never start preparing too early. To help you out, the following is a list of tax deductions, write-offs, and exemptions you might want to keep in mind for tax day.

Did you sell your Ventura home in 2020? Then you might be eligible for some great tax deductions when you file in 2021.

Tax Deductions for Home Sellers

Selling Costs

Search Ventura County homes for saleYou probably had to come up with some money out of your own pocket/profits in order to sell your Ventura home. These included escrow fees, agent commissions, advertising costs, and possible legal fees. As long as you lived in your home for at least two of the past five years, you may deduct these costs on your taxes. Just make sure they were all associated with the sale of your Ventura home.

Improvements/Repairs

Again, only those improvements and repairs you completed to make your property more marketable will be considered for tax deductions. That includes anything from painting rooms all the way up to totally renovating your kitchen. However, only the costs associated with improving/repairing your property completed within 90 days of your closing date (when you sign your final paperwork and hand over the keys) may be considered for tax deductions.

Property Taxes and Mortgage Interest

When you owned your Ventura home, your mortgage interest and at least a portion (if not all) of your property taxes were allowed to be claimed as tax deductions. The same holds true when you sell. Anything you pay up until the date you sell your home may be used as a tax deduction. For property taxes, anything paid for the year up to $10,000 may be tax-deductible. For mortgage interest, you may deduct any interest paid up to $750,000 of your mortgage debt. However, if you took out your current mortgage before December 15th, 2017, you may deduct the interest paid up to $1,000,000 of your mortgage debt. You must itemize your taxes in order to claim the mortgage interest deduction. Discuss with your tax preparer before filing whether or not itemizing works in your best interest.

Capital Gains Tax Exemption

While technically not a “deduction”, the capital gains tax exemption still works in your favor on your taxes. The difference between what you paid for your Ventura home and what you sold it for is called “capital gains”. Uncle Sam considers this income. Therefore, it is eligible for income tax consideration. However, the law allows you to exclude up to $250,000 in profit for individuals ($500,000 if you are married and filing jointly) from this tax. What does that mean? If you paid $250,000 for your home a few years ago and sold it for $550,000 in 2020, only $50,000 of that is considered “income” for individuals. For married couples, none of it would be considered income. But you must have lived in the home for at least two of the last five years in order to qualify for this capital gains exemption.

Always discuss these tax deductions and exemptions with your tax preparer before filing your taxes. Tax laws change from year to year. They should be aware of all current laws in effect at the time of your filing. Good luck and happy filing.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Preparing for Your First Year of Homeownership

Being a first-time homeowner can be exciting…and a little scary. Anytime anything breaks, no more calling the landlord. You must fix it yourself. Plus, the expense comes out of your pocket. In your first year of homeownership, the learning curve can sometimes be steep. But you will get through it. Find out what to expect when you become a homeowner and how to prepare for it by reading below.

Being a new homeowner is exciting and a little scary. Find out what you can expect to experience during your first year of homeownership.

First Year of Homeownership Expectations

Something Will Break

Search Ventura County homes for saleIt is inevitable. Even owners of newly constructed Ventura homes find themselves fixing something during their first year. It might be something as simple as a doorknob or something more complicated like the air conditioner. The longer we live in a place, the more likely a repair or replacement comes up.

To prepare for your first year of homeownership and reduce your stress, create an emergency fund. Financial experts suggest your “rainy day fund” includes up to six months of mortgage payments, interest, insurance, and taxes. Even if you cannot afford that, start saving up what you can afford. Next, make sure you know where your water and gas shutoff valves are located in case of an emergency. Then, look for professionals you trust to handle electrical, plumbing, and other handyman issues that may reach beyond your skills. Finally, make sure you purchase a home warranty to cover unexpected repairs. Talk to your Ventura real estate agent to see if a home warranty can be included as part of the sale of the house. Even in a seller’s market, the seller might throw this in as a perk.

Hello Junk Mail

Once a bank approves you for a home loan, expect to see a lot of junk mail come your way during your first year of homeownership. While most of it tends to be junk, sometimes you find some pretty valuable deals for things like windows, roofing, landscaping, and flooring. Plus, expect to see refinance offers come pouring in. When you change your address with the post office, they also provide a welcome packet full of helpful information about your community and valuable coupons for moving supplies among other things.

Prepare to Spend Some Money

You just plunked down a nice chunk of change for a downpayment and closing costs on your new Ventura home. But the money train does not stop there. You will spend some money after you move in, too. You might need to buy a lawnmower, rake, and other landscaping implements. If you scuff up the paint or ding the walls during move-in, you will want to fix those when things settle. A good deal of the time, you tend to move from a small apartment to a larger home when you buy your first house. That means more square footage to heat and cool, raising your energy costs. (Perform an energy audit to reduce any extra costs.) With more room comes more furniture and other decorations, too. So, just be ready to dole out more cash once you start to actually live in your new home.

Expect to Boldly Go Where You Might Not Have Thought To Go Before

Finally, it is a good idea to clear out the air ducts and clothes dryer vents. The buildup of lint and debris in these two areas make it harder for their respective systems to work properly. And, unfortunately, people overlook these areas quite often. Plus, this buildup can be flammable, creating a potential fire hazard. While you are at it, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Otherwise, you might get woken up in the middle of the night with an annoyingly grating sound tearing at your eardrums. Because, for some reason, the batteries in these devices only seem to start dying at 2 AM.

Congratulations on the purchase of your very first Ventura home. Do not let these things stress you out. You can handle them, especially if you prepare ahead of time.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Refinancing Your Home: Calculating Your Costs

Interest rates hit historic lows in 2020. This helped spur on Ventura home buyers to purchase new properties even during these turbulent times. It also brought lenders out of the woodwork, enticing people to refinance their current home loans to take advantage of the lower rates. But before you sign on the dotted line, you need to know the cost of refinancing your Ventura home. Why? Because it might not be worth it.

If you are contemplating refinancing your Ventura home to a lower interest rate, you might want to consider the costs first.

Home Refinancing

How Much Will a Refi Cost?

Search Ventura County homes for saleWhile you forego agent fees on a home-refinance, it still comes with other fees that quickly add up. According to Lending Tree, a home refinance costs anywhere from 2% to 6% of your loan amount. For a $500,000 mortgage, that ranges anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000. That is nothing to sneeze at.

How Much Will a Refi Save?

That depends on the size of the loan. Let’s say you bought your Ventura home four years ago for $500,000. You pay 3.5% on your 30-year fixed-rate loan. With your excellent credit score, you qualify for the 2.5% that Wells Fargo currently reports. Your payment decreases from $2245 per month to $1816 per month when you refinance for another 30-year term (a savings of $430 per month). With closing costs estimated at $13,800 (based on 3% of the loan), you will not recoup the cost of refinancing for 33 months.

If you decide that you want to keep to the original 30-year timeline and just refinance for 26 years, you save $237 per month. That draws your recuperation period out even longer. But you do not add any time to the life of your loan.

Is it Worth it?

That depends on how long you plan on living in your Ventura home. If you want to live in your current home for another five years, the cost may be worth it. However, if you think you might put your property on the market in the next year or two, a refi might not be your best choice. Discuss all options (pros and cons) with your lender before determining whether or not a refinance is right for you.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive 2020

Millions of people around the world have been affected by COVID-19 this year. With California entering another shutdown, millions more will find it difficult to put food on the table. And that is in addition to the millions struggling before this most recent shutdown. If possible, please consider donating to the Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive 2020. Help your neighbors get through the rest of this holiday season without going hungry.

Help our struggling neighbors get through this holiday season by donating to Food Shares Ventura County's Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive 2020.

What: Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive 2020
Where: Ventura Harbor Village
When: Saturday, December 19th
Contact: Jennifer, Caldwell, Food Share Ventura County (805) 983-7100 or via email

Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive 2020

Search Ventura County homes for saleThe Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive takes place around Ventura County until Christmas Eve. This surely brightens children’s Christmas mornings with toys to unwrap. But so many families struggle with food insecurity normally. COVID-19 only exacerbated the problem. So to ensure that these families also eat this holiday season, Food Share Ventura County hosts their annual Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive this month.

How to Participate

The traditional way of participating in the past was to bring canned food items Ventura Harbor Village. This year, however, things have changed. In keeping with CDC guidelines, canned food drop-off has been suspended. Instead, Food Shares offers three options to choose from: buy and build, sponsor a tree, or build your own.

Buy & Build – Donate $650 and Food Share provides the canned goods and building materials needed for you to create your own CAN tree at home or at your business. These materials can either be picked up or delivered to you. It is a wonderful way to show your support as well as raise awareness for others in the Ventura community.

Sponsor a Tree – For a $750 donation, volunteers at Food Share build a tree with your family or company name on it. The tree becomes part of the public showcase featuring other trees on December 19th in Ventura Harbor Village.

Build Your Own – Finally, get your friends, family, and neighbors involved. Solicit canned food donations from them to build your very own Ventura CAN Tree. Each tree requires anywhere from 600 to 800 15 oz. cans to complete. Take a photo and email it to Jennifer Caldwell at Food Shares.

After the event, either drop off your cans at the Ventura Food Share offices or contact Food Share to schedule a pickup. Happy holidays from our family to yours.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura County Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive 2020

We are now firmly in the holiday season. Thanksgiving takes place in just 10 days. In 24 days (December 10th), Hanukkah starts. Then, just 38 shopping days until Christmas. Finally, we get to say “goodbye” to 2020 in 45 days from today. Yay! This global pandemic hit so many people hard. You can help turn this crazy year around by donating to the Ventura County Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive 2020.

Donate a new unwrapped toy to the Ventura County Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive 2020 at any participating location by Dec 24th to help a local child in need celebrate the season.

What: Ventura County Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive 2020
Where: Participating Locations Around Ventura County
When: Now through December 24th

Ventura County Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive 2020

Search Ventura County homes for saleThe season of giving feels even more meaningful this year. Local fire departments teamed up with ABC 7 and Toys for Tots to bring toys to struggling families in Ventura County for the holidays. But they need your help to make this happen. If you’d like to assist them in their efforts, please feel free to drop off a new, unwrapped toy, book, gift card, and/or sports equipment to either Ventura City Fire Headquarters (1412 Dowell Dr) or drop them in a designated bin at any one of more than 45 locations around Ventura County. This year, none of our Ventura fire stations accept donations due to COVID concerns.

How to Give

As we stated above, the first way to donate is to drop off your gift in a bin at a participating Ventura County location. Or visit the Ventura County Firefighters website here to make a tax-deductible donation online. This Saturday (November 22nd), grab the family and head to Peirano’s (204 E Main St) between 5 pm and 8 pm for a tasty spaghetti dinner. A portion of the proceeds (10%) goes to Toys for Tots. Seats fill up pretty quickly. Reservations are recommended. Call Peirano’s at (805) 628-9028 or email them to make your reservation today. Finally, if you own a business, you can request a donation bin to set up in your business. Simply contact Crystal Stratton to make a request.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

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