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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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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.


Ventura County’s Housing Market: The Spring 2020 Outlook

Spring has sprung and it is usually a prime time for people seeking to buy a new home. However, we live in strange and uncertain times. The housing market in California is being impacted by economic uncertainty which has been worsened by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the California Association of Realtors (CAR), this uncertainty is behind what may be a 2.5% rise in the price of new homes in Ventura County. This trend, according to the CAR, is likely to continue through the spring and for the foreseeable future. However, the news here is not all bad. If you are a seller, then this could mean that you may be able to make a profit from selling your home. (The Catch-22 here is that you may have to market to relatively fewer buyers.)
Other Developments in the 2020 Spring California Housing Market
• San Jose, Calif., will continue to be a tough housing market. With only four homes for sale per 1,000 households, Ventura County and indeed San Francisco will both remain challenging territories for realtors and for people who wish to sell their home.
• Low housing supply in Ventura County is expected to carry over from the last decade and last through the spring of 2020.
• Rental list price is expected to rise for Ventura County to nearly 2.8K. (Source Zillow).
• Millennials will still dominate the market. Just as in other parts of the country, Millennials will continue to be the largest part of the home buying market in Ventura County. This will be aided by their relative comfort with searching for a home via virtual Internet tours and their ease with using mobile technologies to scan for homes. This is good news as they were expected to dominate market regardless of COVID-19 and is one of the many positive indicators that the market will survive these uncertain times with stability.
At the end of the day, both buyers and sellers will need to rely on experts to help them navigate these difficult times in the real estate market in Ventura County and in the nation as a whole. Real estate experts such as my team can help homebuyers and sellers in their ability to research and collect data that effects the decision to either buy or sell a home. My Ventura County real estate team can help you decide what is best for you in the near and long-term. We have Ventura County homes for sale that suit a variety of needs.


5 Signs You’ve Found the Right Realtor

Whether you are in the market for your first or fifteenth home, finding the right realtor is a huge key to locating and settling into exactly the place you want. The right realtor can make the entire home buying process – from making negotiations, communicating with the others involved – much easier. So how will you know when you’ve chosen the right realtor to guide you through the all too-real journey of buying a home? Read on to discover how you can tell if the realtor you have chosen will be a help or a hindrance to your home buying efforts.
Agents, Brokers, and Realtors: What’s the Difference?
Real Estate Agent – An agent is a real estate professional who has earned a license to help people buy sell or invest in homes. They must pass their state’s real estate licensing exam before they are able to help the public. Once done, they must align themselves with a real estate brokerage
Broker – This is a real estate agent or realtor who represents sellers or buyers of real estate property. They often work under a licensed broker to represent clients. Additionally, a broker must pass a specific exam to earn certification.
Realtor – A realtor is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of REALTORS®
Signs You’ve Found the Perfect Real Estate Agent
• The agent you’ve chosen is knowledgeable: This is the primary value that an agent can bring to homebuyers and sellers. They should be familiar with all areas of real estate and be familiar with the market in which you are home shopping.
• Your real estate agent is responsive, available, and communicative: The agent you’ve chosen must be someone who will return your calls and answer any questions you may have. A great agent understands the importance of keeping in contact with his/her client as delays can cause deadlines to be missed, etc.
• They are persistent: A good agent not only knows that real estate is full of setbacks and delays but he or she must also know how to persist in getting the results their clients desire.
• You like being around them: When you engage a real estate agent you are also starting a relationship that may last for some time. Therefore, be sure that you can get along with the person you have chosen to do business with.
• They’re honest with you: Honesty is the best policy when it comes to real estate agent/client interactions. A good real estate agent should be able to give you the harsh truth that what you’re looking for is not available if necessary.
Screening Questions to Ask Real Estate Agents
So how do you find the right agent? One way is to ask questions – plenty of questions, such as:
• How many years have you been in the business?
• Is your real estate license in good standing?
• How many other clients are you working with?
• Have you ever recommended that a buyer not buy a property? Why?
Whether you’re looking for Moorpark homes for sale or searching in some other area of Ventura County, hiring the wrong real estate agent can be disastrous. That is why you should take as much care as possible in choosing the right partner in your search for a home. As the number one Century 21 Small Teams Realtor Nationwide, our team can help you find the home of your dreams and we will strive to make the process as seamless as possible.


Tips for Visiting Open Houses: Rules Everyone Should Follow

Whether you are a window shopper or a serious potential buyer, open houses present the perfect opportunity to browse the inside of a home that may one day be yours. Moreover, it is the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse at the neighborhood and neighbors who may someday make up the community around you. Finally, they are the perfect chance to gain valuable information on the very practical aspects of purchasing a particular home. So, how do you get the most out of this opportunity? Here is some information about open houses and the etiquette involved in attending one.
What is an Open House?
An open house is an event where potential buyers can tour a home that is on the market. The benefits of these occasions are several: First, potential home buyers don’t have to make a schedule to attend an open house. Second, it gives home shoppers an opportunity to “scout out” the competition. Finally, it gives potential home owners valuable data on a home that appeals to them.
How to Find Open Houses
As already stated earlier, open homes do not have to be scheduled. This makes them very convenient but sometimes tricky to find. However, there are four ways to know when a house is available for viewing:
• Ask your agent
• Use listing websites
• Use social media
• Simply drive around a neighborhood until you find one that appeals to you.

How to Attend an Open House
Once you’ve found a house that appeals to you, here’s what you should do once you decide to look further into what may be your new home one day.
• Kindly wipe your feet before walking in: Remember that you are entering into someone else’s home.
• Register your name when you walk in: This is necessary for the realtor so that he/she can have your contact information and for security purposes.
• Ask questions: Now is the time to speak up so that there are no misunderstandings should you decide to make an offer. Ask probing questions such as – When does the seller want to move? Are there any issues? Have there been any renovations or recent repairs made to the home? What are the HOA restrictions? What are the average utility costs?
• Get in and out efficiently: Be mindful of others who may be there. Open houses are not an invitation to loiter or wander about aimlessly. Also, watch your children if you have them with you.
• Take notes and record a video if you are permitted to do so: You may need to do this if you attend several open houses in a short span of time. This can also be ideal if you are traveling from out of town to help jog your memory later.
My final piece of advice is to try to have fun. Researching houses does not have to be as stressful as some people make it out to be. This is particularly true if you engage the right agent to help you. You can view many Moorpark homes for sale by my team, Tina Hare and Associates, one of the best Moorpark realtors and the number one Century 21 Agent Nationwide for Small Teams!