2015 Halloween Pumpkin Patches

Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 4075 Telegraph Road in Ventura (adjacent to Ventura College) with hours from 10am to 9pm in October (starting Oct 2nd). In addition to pumpkins, they offer free games and prizes for the kids. Visit bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/pumpkin-patch.html or call 805.218.0282. Boccali Ranch Pumpkin Patch located at 3277 Ojai-Santa Paula […]

Big Banks Tighten Requirements for FHA Loans

JPMorgan Chase may be the second-largest mortgage lender in the nation, but when it comes to government-backed, low down-payment Federal Housing Administration loans, it’s not even in the top 100. Onerous regulations and the constant threat of litigation have all but stalled originations of these loans, which were originally designed to help first-time homebuyers with […]

New-Home Sales at Highest Level Since 2008

Sales of newly built single-family homes increased nearly 6 percent in August, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 552,000 units, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. That is the best monthly figure in new-home sales since February 2008. However, the number does still remain far off from the 706,000 unit-pace that is considered the 30-year […]

Add Some Romance to the Master Bedroom, Survey Says

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey It’s time to add more romance into your designs. One-third of home owners say they’re renovating their master bedrooms to create a more romantic or intimate space, according to the 2015 U.S. Houzz Bedroom Trends survey of more than 1,500 home owners. What does that entail? Contemporary finishes, soft neutral color […]

My most requested holiday recipe: Pumpkin Delight

Note: All ingredients come from Trader Joe’s.  Recipe is courtesy of Lisa Scott and T.J. Tramonto, Cooking with Trader Joe’s class, with some modifications performed by me. Pumpkin Delight Ingredients: 1 container pumpkin biscotti (these are on sale NOW and go quickly.  I’ve already bought two!)1 cube butter, melted (about 1/2 cup melted butter) 1 […]

How to Spot a Bad HOA

How to Spot a Bad HOA Your buyers can avoid their own homeowner association horror story by keeping an eye out for these items during the search. September 2015 | By Jill Schweitzer What’s the difference between a good, mediocre, and downright bad homeowner association? It’s not entirely a matter of opinion. There are specific […]

7 Reasons to use a Realtor when selling your home

1. REALTORS® Know How to Navigate the Process – A REALTOR® is the manager of your home buying process. Nicole explains that you and your REALTOR® will begin with extensive discussions to head off any road blocks later on. Your REALTOR® is aware of your concerns, needs and priorities. They are there from the beginning […]

6 Tips for Planning Ahead for an Eye-Popping Spring Bulb Garden

Contributed by Longfield Gardens Fall is the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, crocus and alliums. Before ordering your bulbs, here are a few tips to guarantee great results come spring. 1. Pick a color theme. Interior designers often work with a color palette – a selection of colors chosen to give […]

Move Over Man Caves, the ‘She-Shed’ Is Gaining Popularity

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Men have their man caves, but how about a space just for females? Welcome, the “she shed.” These backyard retreats are becoming the latest buzzword in interior design — emerging as the perfectly carved out haven for the woman of the household who seeks a quiet place of her […]