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A berry special time of year…

It's Strawberry Season!  I was at Costco this weekend and picked up a flat of Strawberries for just $5.49.  I love that the label says Ventura County Berry Farms! I drive by strawberry fields on a regular basis when I am out showing houses.  I always wonder where those berries end up? Do they make it to New York? Do they go to Ohio? Or do some stay local?  I was so happy to see Costco of all places selling local berries. Want to know something cool about Strawberries?  Strawberry season begins in October by planting transplants that have been grown in nurseries near the Oregon Border. The plants have already entered into a dormant phase with the cold, frost filled nights at the high elevation nurseries up north. The strawberry plants are dug up out of the ground roots and all, washed and trimmed, placed in boxes and rushed down to Southern California. These transplanted starts are hand planted, one by one.  The plant then experiences the warmer ground and air tempera

Why choose a Real Estate Professional?

Real estate has its ups and downs, and current trends.  Every few years it becomes popular for sellers to list their property themselves versus through a licensed agent.  This type of property is called For Sale By Owner, FSBO (fizzbo). Why FSBO? Selling a property yourself may seem economical.  By selling the property yourself, you avoid commissions on the sale of the property.  However, there is so much more to selling a property than just putting up a "for sale" sign. If you are thinking of FSBO consider many of the duties an agent typically handles for you: evaluating the local market and comparable home values suggesting an appropriate listing price advising you on how best to present your home, including providing referrals to painters, repair persons, and more helping coordinate preparation of disclosure and other needed forms and documents creating advertising materials and arranging for photographs (interior and exterior, hopefully done by a professional)

Its 5 o’clock somewhere…

Made it through another busy week. Time to kick back, relax, and start the weekend off with a cold one.  Here are three local breweries that can help get your weekend off to a good start.  Many of these beers are sold locally so look for them the next time you're out.  Also, stop by their tasting rooms to try their latest brews. Firestone Walker Brewing Company Located in Paso Robles this local brewery has a unique style of brewing.  With background in wine making, this brewery ages beer in old whiskey barrels from Kentucky.  They also have dedicated one of their beers 805 to the local region.  You can find this beer at many restaurants and bars. Surf Brewing Surf Brewery, located minutes from Surfer’s Point in beautiful Ventura, is riding the wave of California’s vibrant beer history and tradition of making craft beers. Founded by home brewers and surfers with a passion for beer and a commitment to create only the finest brews using the highest quality ingredients. N

5 Fun Things to do with Kids in Ventura County

Moms, Dads, Grandparents- Need something new to do with the kids? Want to get out of the house and enjoy this beautiful spring weather? Ventura County is full of things to do, and many are kid friendly. Here are 5 kid friendly ideas: The Seaside Steamer- Train Rides Location: Park View Court, The Collection, Oxnard (exit Oxnard Blvd, off the 101 Freeway) The Seaside Steamer is a fun little train for the little ones to ride. The trackless trains offers rides around The Collection for $3 per rider. The train is open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday and from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sundays. A train ride is a great activity to add after shopping at Target or after catching a movie at the Century Theaters. Underwood Family Farms- Pick- Your-Own-Produce Location: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark , CA 93021 5696 Los Angeles Avenue, Somis, CA 93066 We’ve all heard of their famous Harvest Fest, but Underwood Family Farms has many fun things to do in the spring and

5 things to know about the Ventura County Sheriffs Office

Our local police department is always working for you.  But are you taking advantage of all they offer?  Here are 5 things you may or may not know about our local sheriff"s office: Reverse 911- By registering your phone number (home or cell) or email address the VCS (Ventura County Sheriffs) can alert residents to imminent threats or local emergencies.  They also have a way to push community events seperate of emergencies if you wish to receive those also. There is no cost to use this service, although if you register your cell phone standard messaging rates will apply.  Click HERE to read more information on the program and register your information. Citizen"s Academy- Are you interested in learning more about the sheriff"s office and what they do on a regular basis? The Sheriff"s Citizen Academy is a twelve-week course designed to give citizens an overview of the police department’s function and operational procedures. This is a "behind the scenes" tour of what t