May 8, 2008

Egrets, Herons and Trout, Oh My!

Tanks at the Fillmore Fish HatcheryLast Saturday I was previewing Fillmore homes for a buyer and passed the Fillmore Fish Hatchery sign along Highway 126 and decided to stop by for a visit.  I’ve been there before and it’s kind of a interesting place to walk around.  The signs Large Rainbow Troutoutside the hatchery fill us in on the details.  The hatchery was dedicated in 1932 and is one of 21 hatcheries managed and operated by the California Department of Fish and Game. 

The Fillmore Hatchery produces approximately

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Posted in Local Interest
May 8, 2008

Ventura Real Estate Seller Surprised by Supplemental Property Tax Bill…

Woman holding a supplemental tax bill…Nearly Two Years after Sale!

The best escrow is a closed escrow. Job well done…satisfied clients…all is well and it’s time to focus on the next one. Sometimes, though, like a zombie from a B-movie, a closed escrow will not die requiring some extra attention to put things right.

This particular example starts with a panicked phone call last month from Mrs. X, who just received a notice that she’d had a lien recorded against her by the Ventura County Tax Collector for the home she sold in April 2006. It was for

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Posted in Taxes
April 25, 2008

Fisherman’s Wharf in Oxnard…A Lost Treasure

Fisherman's Wharf at SunriseSomewhere, far, far way…on a parallel Earth there will be a huge celebration next month in a parallel Oxnard.  This parallel (and more enlightened) Oxnard will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the grand opening of Fisherman’s Wharf to the public back in May of 1978.  There they cherished (or at least performed basic maintenance) on their Fisherman’s Wharf and it is still a favorite hangout for locals and visitors alike. Wood Rot in buildings at Fisherman's Wharf in OxnardSadly, in our universe

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Posted in Local Interest
March 23, 2008

Joe Virnig’s Photography Featured at State Capitol

Ventura County Capitol DisplayVentura County Officials Unveil Updated Display Case in the State Capitol-Strolling down the hall in the first floor of the State Capitol in Sacramento, one will notice hundreds of curious visitors gazing at glass cases lining the walls. For Capitol veterans who stroll down these halls everyday, this is just another day in the State Capitol, but for other Californians, it is the excitement at seeing their home county on display. The display cases lining the walls contain an exhibit of each California county, depicting the best of what each has to offer. However, some displays are out of date and haven’t been updated for many years. They don’t accurately reflect the beauty of their respective counties.

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Posted in Local Interest
March 18, 2008

Home Staging...Is it worth it?

The first time I listened to someone give a presentation on the benefits of home staging my eyes rolled so far back in my head I saw the Realtor sitting behind me. I mean really, the furniture and decorations don’t come with the house—so who cares? And some of the claims for home staging seemed pretty over the top too, such as the assertion that staged homes sell for 3-10% over the list price. Of course back then it was a red hot seller’s market and fixers could make the same claim. But times have changed, and the market’s changed along with it. I can’t promise that staging your home will get you more than your asking price, but it will give you an edge in getting the most money in the least amount of time.

Home Staging ExampleProperly done,

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Posted in Home Improvement