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Tue Aug 5, 2014
Bonnie Sterling answered:
Hi Caitlin, Rent to own is a tricky proposition. Usually this is a lease with option to buy. Some of the issues are establishing the value for the agreement. Would you expect the value to be at todays market rate or at the rate when you are ready to actually switch to the purchase. Do you have money to put down at the start of the lease to support your serious interest? Do you have extra money to pay per month towards a "down payment", say the rents are $1800 a month for that home, do you have an extra $500 per month to be paying to create the down payment? Who will hold the down payment? The seller/landlord or the escrow company, which makes it in accessible to the seller? Are you willing to forfeit the money if your life changes, because the seller has tied up the property with you based on your intent.

Not to sound negative about this but there are so many different facets to the lease option that it rarely works out on paper...for someone.

I am a Realtor, so, I get paid to sell homes, but I like to thing beyond that. I am someone who helps people see past the initial interest and look at the big picture. So, part of that, for some people sometimes, is not to own a property, during a period of their lives or maybe ever. Homeownership is a something that we think about as being really important and there is probably a time for your to own a home, you might not just be quite ready yet.

Let me know if I or another member of my team can assist you with getting settled now and making a plan about housing for your future.
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Wed Aug 6, 2014
Travis Jones answered:
Hi Andrea! Ventura is a great place to live and raise a family. Ventura is a great place to raise a family, a Mediterranean climate, on the beach and mountain views what's not to like. Boating, Surfing, hiking biking to name a few fun things to do. We're an hour from LA and close to Sana Barbara. Come visit and I can show you guys around town. ... more
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Sun Nov 14, 2010
Barry Shapiro answered:
Hi James,
I just returned from showing 5+ acres in Bardsdale, near Fillmore. Here's some possibly suitable parcels, all (12) listed under $200K:
100,000 Ojai Rd 51 0 Santa Paula, 199,000 480 Monte Vista Dr 51 0 Santa Paula, 125,000 3615 N Santa Paula Ojai Rd 51 0 Santa Paula, 179,000 View Dr 51 0 View, 175,000 Greenwood 52 0 Ojai Oaks, 195,000 1101 Saticoy St 52 0 Richmond-Cohn, 108,000 421 Main St 55 0 Downtown, 129,000 461 Foothill Dr 55 0 Fillmore Heights, 159,000 Squaw Flat Rd 55 0 Fillmore, 125,000 Oat Mountain 55 0 Fillmore, 175,000 Camulos 57 0 Piru, 95,000 Piru Canyon Rd 57 0 Piru
I hope this helps to answer your questions. There are a lot of issues that come up with vacant land, such as water access, utilities, grading, surveying, permits, land use, etc... Good luck!
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Tue Oct 26, 2010
Heidi Golff answered:
Hello Julie,

I am quite excited for you; moving to Ventura County and embarking on a business adventure are a dream-come-true for anyone! I would like to send you a beautiful relocation package I put together that gives you information on the diverse cities that make up Ventura County. If you email me, I'll be glad to send it to you. There are important, informative, and fun links to each city that will help you make up your mind. Only you know exactly what is important to your family, I glean certain facts from your letter which make me think that Somis or Camarillo would be perfect for you. On the other hand, Ojai can also give you what you seek. Then there is Moorpark, too. Some of what comes into play here is climate. I live in Ventura which is coastal. Recently we had a heat wave. It was 86 in Ventura and 106 in Simi Valley and Ojai. Unless you enjoy extreme heat, I think Camarillo would be perfect for your family. You can still get a significant amount of land with a large house there as well as enjoy excellent schools. Somis is adjacent to Camarillo and is more rural, (but is sophisticated, too). The beach communities are not exactly known for offering acreage with large homes. I am a certified luxury marketing specialist representing estate and finer homes in Ventura County. Please visit my site and give me the pleasure of emailing my relocation package to you. I can email properties to you that you will enjoy looking at. This adventure of yours sounds wonderful. I would love the opportunity to share in the excitement by home shopping with you! ... more
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Fri Jan 22, 2016
Bonnie Sterling answered:
Hi Caroline, Well you say that you are a home buyer in Simi Valley. Simi is great. "Best" in this case is so personal of a choice. I have lived in Ventura County since middle school. I grew up in Thousand Oaks, which I love for some reasons. Moved to Simi because housing was more affordable here and the quality of life is really good. Have family that lives in Newbury Park and Camarillo too. They are equally happy. Good friends rave about living in Moorpark and my husband volunteers with the Ventura County Search and Rescue out of Fillmore. Spend many free weekends and summer days in my RV at Faria Beach (in Ventura down by the Rincon). I'd have to say Faria beach is my favorite spot of anywhere I have ever been. So, I often wonder how I could make it my home.

Personally, I looked at moving to Ventura and Santa Paula several years ago but stuck with Simi because of affordability. I had a really tough time with what a median home price bought you just 6 or 7 years ago. Of course a local Realtor would be the best resource for you but as a homeowner, I just wanted more for my money than a small home on a small lot, which many homes in Ventura at the median price range offered. If your question is where to purchase in the City of Ventura it's a tough choice. I'd definetely look at schools. I would probably stay away from the areas along the Ojai Fwy corridor. They are the most affordable but the schools didnt seem that great (I had two nieces that attended the local elementary and middle school there). I think this is considered East Ventura, it's all the area located behind the Vons on Main. The best thing you can do is work with a Realtor who knows the area, and drive around neighborhoods some too. I once had a couple that came to Simi, drove around and told me they loved Indian Hills. They bought in another neighborhood because it was a little less expensive. Within less than two years they sold that home and bought in Indian Hills. People know what feels right to them. Good Luck with your house hunting and if for some reason you decide to stay local. Contact me for assistance.
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Thu May 22, 2008
Diantha Shaffer answered:
My partner Aleks and I would welcome the opportunity to interview with you for the position of selling your home. We both have 'smart phones' which allow us to stay in nearly constant touch with clients, other agents, and prospective buyers. Our marketing plans are unique and designed to create maximum exposure for your listing and attract the largest possible pool of buyers and their agents. We communicate via text messaging, email and telephone and make sure our clients are pleased. We have a long list of happy past clients (many of whom are repeat clients too) and even represent out of area brokers and their families. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

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