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August Ventura County Real Estate Market Update

August Ventura County Real Estate Market Update

August Ventura County Real Estate Market Update

August sure was an interesting month for home sales in Ventura County. There’s a pandemic, but you wouldn’t know it by Southern California’s home prices that are at record levels. Home buying has surged as the interest rates have plunged, with an average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage now below 3% with some borrowers.

Here is August’s market recap of Ventura County:

With 333 properties on the market, August’s inventory was pretty low compared to last year, but it’s not surprising because that’s consistent with previous months due to the COVID 19 pandemic still going strong.

We have 19 more properties in the pipeline, which is great because agents are using the “coming soon” features which gives home buyers the opportunity to view properties online before they come on the market.

There were 264 properties that went into escrow.

411 sold in the month of August. Last year at this time there were 382 sold homes, which is interesting because even though there is less inventory this year, there were more sales due to homes not sitting on the market. Most properties that are listed are sold within 24 – 48 hours with multiple offers.

Pool homes are in demand right now since families aren’t going on vacations, they’re relying more on the fun to be had in their own backyards. These homes are a great fit for a lot of families so you will get more of a premium now than you would have a year ago. Regardless if your home has a pool or not, because of the lack of inventory and low interest rates, now is a great time to be selling if you’re thinking of doing so.

Overall, the August Ventura County Real Estate Market Update shows that the market is strong and we foresee it staying that way. If you’re looking to sell your home, there’s no better time than now!

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Living in Wildwood

Living in Wildwood

At the northern end of Thousand Oaks nestled in the Arroyo Conejo Open Space surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, you’ll find the quiet neighborhood of Wildwood. This is a well-established community that continues to attract interest from buyers looking in the Thousand Oaks area. Spanning 17 miles, Wildwood features cozy homes ranging from condos, attached and single-family homes that are high value, which makes it a great area for a variety of home buyers. The homes in Wildwood represent a wide range of time periods and styles.

Here are some of Wildwood home stats you’ll find helpful in your search:

1,162 – 3,831 sq ft
3 – 5 bedrooms
Estimate of around 500 homes
$575,000 – $1M

The Wildwood community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy, but a local favorite is the Wildwood Regional Park which features waterfall, hiking/walking trails, and picturesque views. Among the 14 hiking trails is a path to the 70 foot cascading waterfall at Paradise Falls. People of all ages frequent Wildwood Park for a variety of outdoor activities such as nature hikes, biking, horseback riding, summer day camps, and interpretive programs. In addition to its diverse multi-use trail system across ridge lines and into lush valleys, Wildwood Park is rich in historic and archaeological resources, unusual geologic formations, and is home to a wide range of plant and animal life. With two waterfalls, scenic volcanic outcroppings, miles of shared-use for all levels of trail users, several pleasant picnic areas, and abundant open space, it’s not hard to see why locals love this area.

Living in Wildwood, you’ll be privy to some great schools and that is proven by the districts consistent #1 rating as best place to teach, best teachers, best district for athletes and overall, the best district in Ventura County. Conejo Valley School District is one of California’s top rated districts, ranking in at #11 out of 478, it’s easy to see why so many families choose this area to call their home.

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Living in Oakbrook

Living in Oakbrook

Tucked away in the northern part of Thousand Oaks is the neighborhood of Oakbrook. With an estimate of 300+ homes, Oakbrook’s neighborhood features an average of 3 – 5 bedroom homes anywhere from 1,063 to 2,096 square feet. It is an established area in a great school district with homes built around the 1970s, thus making it an ideal and affordable area for first time home buyers because a lot of the homes need a little TLC. This gives buyers a great opportunity to put their own touches on updates.

Oakbrook is conveniently located to nearby Oakbrook Plaza, giving you access to top rated restaurants like Fusion Grill, Cisco’s or Jinky’s, grocery stores like Gelson’s Market and Vons, coffee shops and more; all within walking distance! With Oakbrook’s close proximity to the 23 freeway, it allows for an easy commute for work or around town. There are tons of nearby amenities to enjoy like:
To Do:
Underwood Family Farms: The farm features designated picking areas and lots of other entertainment options, including guided farm tours and time for kids to interact with some of its cuddly animal residents.
Gardens of the World- features nearly five acres of cultivated gardens.
Civics Art Plaza- Civic Arts Plaza is one of the area’s most renowned performing arts centers. The facility hosts a wide range of annual events that run the gamut from symphony orchestra performances and traditional dance to exhibits of fine art and live folk music.
Chumash Museum- The Chumash Indian Center in Thousand Oaks is spread across more than 400 acres within Oakbrook Regional Park. In addition to its expansive grounds, natural areas, and archaeological sites, the facility includes a large museum featuring an impressive array of Native American artifacts, like tools, housewares, weapons, and clothes.
In short, living in Oakbrook is a great opportunity for first time or seasoned buyers alike who want to own a home in the beautiful Conejo Valley. With all it has to offer, it’s not hard to see why so many families gravitate to Oakbrook and call it their home.

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Living in Lang Ranch

What It’s Like Living in Lang Ranch

If you’re looking for a sense of community, top notch schools and a plethora of outdoor activities, Lang Ranch boasts all of these and more. Here are a few of the perks of living in this beautiful neighborhood:

Parks- Whether you’re an avid hiker, biker or just want to enjoy a loop around the park, you can’t go wrong with the local parks & trails Lang Ranch has to offer. Sapwi Trail Community Park has something everyone in your family will enjoy. With its terraced picnic areas, playground, skateboard park, disc golf course, pump track and more, there are also 6.7 miles of trails to explore. You can easily make a day of it when visiting this local park. If it’s a hike you’re after, look no further than Woodridge Loop Trail. With its breathtakingly sprawling hillsides, it’s a moderate 4 mile round trip hike with a view from the top you won’t want to miss!

Shops- With Oakbrook Plaza just around the corner, Westlake Promenade just down the way or The Oaks Mall for some serious shopping, there are plenty of options Lang Ranch offers for any of your shopping needs.

Schools- Ranking at #3 in Ventura County for best elementary school (among the other highly rated local schools), your children are sure to get the best education, which is half of the reason you choose a house in a certain area, right?

Restaurants- You’ll be hard pressed to choose a restaurant since there are plenty of top rated local eateries to pick from. No matter what you decide, you won’t want to pass up the fresh fish at Pacific Fresh Seafood Grill, Fusion Grill for some eclectic Italian, French and Asian cuisine, P & L Burgers for some of the tastiest burgers, or the best breakfast in town at Jinky’s.

When living in Lang Ranch, you’ll not only be able to take advantage of all of the great amenities this neighborhood has to offer, but be assured that it’s the type of community you’ll want to live for years to come.

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Living in Lake Sherwood

Lake Sherwood is an exclusive, gated community in the Conejo Valley. Behind the main gates of the Sherwood Country Club that surrounds it are elegant mansions and estates, as well as lifestyle amenities such as lakes, a golf club – that hosted Tiger Woods’ annual tournament for many years – as well as sprawling hills and a pristine lake. Let’s take a look at this elegant neighborhood where the residents appreciate the finer things in life.
About the Community
This popular lakeside community is located near the scenic Santa Monica Mountains so residents are always surrounded by breathtaking views of nature. This prime location is also what makes the weather in the area comfortable year round. During the spring and summer, residents are able to sit out on their decks and enjoy the refreshing breeze that comes off the mountains. The current population of Lake Sherwood is around 1,500 making it one of the smaller communities in the area. This relatively small size is what contributes to a strong sense of community among the residents. Finally, Lake Sherwood is a guard-gated neighborhood supplying its residents with both privacy and security.
Houses in Lake Sherwood
Lake Sherwood is a community filled with multi-million dollar mansions and estates which are well maintained by its residents and its HOA. These homes feature multi-car garages, private driveways, one acre premier lots, impeccably manicured lawns, etc. Many also feature large balconies & 2 expansive walk-in closets to name a few amenities. Beyond the main gates are homes that are more affordable yet every bit as desirable. They also feature multi-car garages and private driveways.
Schools in Lake Sherwood
Lake Sherwood falls within the Conejo Valley Unified School District and its schools are one of the main reasons living here is so desirable. Many of the schools surrounding the community are A-rated. Children are allowed to attend Westlake Elementary, Colina Middle, and Westlake Elementary School. Westlake Elementary has even been the recipient of the California Distinguished School Award.
Entertainment and Shopping in Lake Sherwood
Residents of Lake Sherwood have available to them a vast array of dining and entertainment venues which they share with the neighboring communities of Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks. For example, Zin Bistro Americana, is a nearby fine dining establishment that is well known for its exotic desserts and drinks such as their world famous black truffle latte.
As a Westlake Village realtor, I can help you increase your chances of selling your home under your terms – especially during these times of COVID. If you are looking to purchase my team and I are happy to show buyers some the finest Lake Sherwood homes for sale.

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When is the Best Time of Year to Sell Your Home?

When is the best time to sell your home? If you own a home in one of the many Thousand Oaks neighborhoods you may have wondered this question several times. According to conventional wisdom, summer is the best time of year to sell a house. According to ATTOM Data Solution’s analysis of 28 million single-family home and condo sales over the past eight years, summer is the ideal season and May is the perfect month to sell your home. However, the answer is a little more complicated than it would appear to be on the surface. We’ve laid out the different factors you should consider when deciding when to sell your home. Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to land on a time frame that can help you achieve your goals.
Summer vs. Winter
As we’ve stated, summer is traditionally seen at the best time of year to sell a home. The reasons many people find this to be the case is so that they can take advantage of warm weather and they can purchase a home while school is in recess. Moreover, many people choose this as the optimum time to sell their home because foot traffic is bound to be heavier. In other words, potential buyers are more likely to want to venture out to view homes when the weather is pleasant. For this reason, spring is also a popular time to sell a home. In contrast, the winter months are seen as a less than ideal time to sell a home. People are less likely to want to go home hunting in the cold. Additionally, families will often have to disrupt their children’s schooling when they move during the fall or winter. Nevertheless, there are some people who are relocating for their businesses and often do so in December and January.
Additional Factors that go into Deciding when to Sell a House
• Whether or not it’s a seller market: If there are more home buyers than there are sellers than this can help sellers. Such a market can occur any time of the year.
• Whether or not you are ready to sell: Sellers must be ready to make the transition from an emotional and financial standpoint.
• Mortgage interest rates are low: When mortgage rates are exceptionally low, prospective homebuyers find this to be an ideal time to buy a house.
Typically, sellers list their homes in the spring and summer in order to take advantage of good weather. However, other factors can go into the decision of when to sell a house and how successful someone may be doing so. As a Ventura County Realtor, I can help you with my knowledge of the market and exclusive neighborhoods including: Lynn Ranch, Lynnmere Estates, Conejo Oaks, Lang Ranch, Oakbrook and many others. I can point you in the direction of Thousand Oaks homes for sale and can help you achieve your goals if you are a seller as well.

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6 Summer Projects to Increase Your Home’s Value

Want to finally tackle that home to-do list that has been sitting around your home for some time? As a Simi Valley Realtor I can testify that Summer is the perfect time to get to it. Not only will it feel great to check things off your “to-do list” at the same time so can also add value to your home by making it more attractive to potential buyers. Here are some fun projects you can tackle this summer.
• Get your yard in shape: You can make your lawn look amazing without being a master gardener. Start by clearing away leaves and other debris. Next mow it, pull weeds and dead leaves and shrubs. You will be amazed at how these little things will add value to your home and increase its curb appeal. If you really want to sculpt your yard into a thing to be envied, you may also wish to visit a nursery to purchase flowers, plants, young trees etc. The time, money and energy you invest in getting your yard into shape will pay huge dividends when it comes time to put your home on the market.
• Repair and refresh any walkways: Cracks in concrete, loose bricks or chipped stones are small things that can make your home look cheap. They can also create a safety hazard for your family and others who visit your property. Consider pulling weeds from the cracks in your cement, sealing those cracks, power washing walkways, etc. You should also try re-paving your driveway if it is in disrepair.
• Add or upgrade outdoor lighting: Ample outdoor lighting not only makes your home look better, it also helps instill in potential buyers a sense of security. If you have a deck or patio, string lights can make it more inviting and help you better enjoy those gorgeous summer nights at home!
• Paint the exterior: The best time to paint the exterior of your home is in the summer. You’d be amazed at how much a little paint job can add value to your home and how much fun you can have doing it.
• Repaint the interior: If it has been a while since you painted the interior of your home, it is probably time to consider a new paint job. You may even wish to change the entire color scheme.
• Renovate (or update) the bathroom/kitchen: Let’s not neglect the inside of your home. Clean, attractive kitchens and bathrooms are also huge magnets when it comes to selling a home. You can go for a major, professional renovation or you can go small by buying a new vanity, adding a low-flush toilet, re-tiling surfaces, replacing faucets and shower heads, etc.
These are a just a few summer projects you can undertake in order to beautify and increase the value of your home. There are many other things you can do plus apps that can help you envision the final outcome of your efforts. As a local Simi Valley realtor it is my experience that people who take great care of their home get a much better price when it is time to sell. Contact me if you are interested in seeing the value of your Simi Valley home for sale.


Spotlight on the Verona Neighborhood in Moorpark, CA

The Verona neighborhood is located in Moorpark, California. It mostly features expansive homes that are competitively priced. Most of the homes here were homes were built from 1990 – 1996 and most have from 4 –5 bedrooms ranging in size from 2386 – 4083 square feet. As such, the homes in the Verona neighborhood are relatively new and the surrounding community well established and low in crime. What makes other features make the Verona so attractive? Let’s take a look at some reasons why so many growing families have chosen to make this community their home.


Amenities are not only nice to have in neighborhood and make it more comfortable; it also boosts a home’s value. Here are some amenities that most home in the Verona have.

• Large lots, many have ample space for a pool if one is not already built-in.
• Stunning views of the surrounding county and communities.
• Reasonable HOA fees that cover front landscape and community pool maintenance.
• All floor plans have indoor laundry.
• Community Pool!
• Excellent schools, friendly neighborhoods with parks and recreational opportunities.


The Verona neighborhood lies within the Moorpark School District. The schools here are among some of the top rated institutions in the area. A partial list of Verona/Moorpark schools is provided below:
Arroyo West K-5, public
Chaparral Middle School 6-8, public
Moorpark High School 9-12, public

More Verona Facts

The Verona neighborhood is located directly across the street from Moorpark High School. This is very convenient for students to be able to walk to school to avoid the hassles of a high school parking lot! The Verona neighborhood is also very close to the local shopping center including Vons and Lemmo’s! Lemmo’s is a local, family-owned restaurant that you will certainly want to try and you can simply stroll over! The tightknit community vibe that exists in the Verona neighborhood is truly something amazing and something that any young family will appreciate.
You can search many homes for sale in this community online. However, the bottom line is that shopping for a home online is not necessarily a bad thing but you should always supplement it with an in person viewing with a qualified agent. The Verona neighborhood in Moorpark, CA is an ideal community with above average schools and amenities. As a Moorpark realtor with many Moorpark homes for sale, I can help you in your search for the perfect home by giving you information that you cannot otherwise obtain with a brief search through the online home aggregating sites.

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Market Snapshot

If you have been thinking of buying or selling your home prior to COVID19 you have likely been closely watching the market. Good news is that Real Estate is still considered an essential business and in some regards the market is absolutely thriving! Our team has put every necessary precaution in place to help you both buy and sell successfully during this time of social distancing. Below is a brief recap of how the market is currently looking.

Homes under $700,000: If you are looking at selling your home in Ventura County and you plan to list under $700,000 you can expect your home to sell quickly. Homes in this price range are selling very quickly and most with multiple offers. If you plan to buy within this price range you can need to place aggressive offers and quickly as the inventory is still low.

Homes between $700,000 – $1,000,000: Homes within this price range have stabilized. While inventory is still low there are still many families buying and selling within this budget. However, unlike homes under $700,000 you are less likely to see bidding wars and can expect a slightly longer time on market.

Homes over $1 million: If you are planning on buying a Ventura County home in the price range of over $1 million you may have the upper hand. Conversely, if you are looking at selling your Ventura County home over $1 million you may not receive the value that you had been once hoping for. The high-end market seems to be taking the greatest hit during these uncertain times.

If you would like a more specific consultation regarding your home and your unique set of circumstances our team would be happy to schedule a time to chat. We realize that every home and every family is unique and we want to make sure we guide you in the proper direction based on your goals and circumstances. If we can help you buy or sell your Ventura County home please do not hesitate to reach out 805-990-7580.

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Virtual Tours

During these unforeseen times Real Estate, much like every other business, has been forced to adjust to align with social distancing regulations. However, these circumstances should not prevent you from selling your home, investing in a new home, or purchasing your dream home. It does mean that we need to take extra precautions in order to ensure the safety of your family and everyone else involved. Luckily, there are still many ways including Virtual Tours, our team can help you adjust to these new regulations.

  • Phone Apps such as Zillow and Redfin. In this digital age, most people are very familiar with searching for properties digitally. These apps are still functioning with accurate and up-to-date information. This is one of the most efficient ways for you to inform yourself of available listings in real time.
  • Digital Tours. Some homes have recorded video of the property that you can watch from the privacy of your own home. Other homes have digital walk-throughs available. Either option is great for giving you a more interactive tour than viewing still photos.
  • Facetime. We are able to Facetime available properties for you so that you can ask questions as we tour the property and take your time to make sure you feel comfortable.
  • While we realize this can be a difficult adjustment as we all figure out a “new normal” these precautions allow us to best serve you in the immediate future. We want to remind all of our clients that we are available day or night to address any concerns you may have during this time and we understand you may be facing additional worries. We are informing ourselves daily of the ever changing guidelines and making sure we are taking every precaution necessary to help keep everyone safe. If we can assist you with a virtual tour please feel free to reach out to us at any time 805-990-7580.