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Farm Talk with Paul Ward – Liquid Gold

In today’s episode of Farm Talk, Paul discusses liquid gold (or water, as it’s known in California).  Farm properties in California are all about water – not just the availability of water, but also the cost of water.

Here in Southern California, summer is the arid time of year and farming is completely reliant on transporting water long distances.  So, how we value farm properties is largely based on the cost of water.  Neighboring properties can have drastically different water costs.  One property could be low and yet the property across the street could be twice, three times, or even four times as expensive!

So when people are looking for farms, one of the primary questions is “What is the source of water?”.  If it is county water, it can be significantly more expensive than well water.

Paul explains in detail how the water costs vary, and he breaks it down so that it is very easy to understand things like “acre feet”, and what the water cost of each acre of your farm may be per year.  Water can become so expensive on some properties that it makes certain properties better for equestrian use, rather than farming.

This is a very interesting episode full of excellent information.  Tune in to learn more!

About Paul:

For the past 17+ years I have specialized in selling country estates and ranches throughout Ventura County CA. This niche stems from my childhood, working long summer days on my grandparent’s citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, just east of Ventura.

I love these types of properties, and it is my desire to help families, individuals and investors from all walks of life achieve their dream of owning a ranch or country estate.

The Paul Ward Home & Ranch Selling Team is committed to the specific needs of every client we serve.

We understand that trust is built over time, not instantly.

Providing our clients with the tools they need to make an informed and conscientious decision is an integral component of our mission.  We act as trusted advisors while you, the client, are the ultimate decision-maker.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

Also visit: https://somisrealestate.com , http://vclifestyles.com , and http://homeandranchsellingteam.com

Farm Talk with Paul Ward – The benefits of using pods.

WELCOME to another addition of FARM TALK with Paul Ward.

Today, Paul tells us about a ’Moving Day secret’ which he actually used during his last family move. It made the moving process “So much easier…” he said.

The idea of using portable Pods, that specific moving companies have available, can make life a lot easier. Lets say you want to paint or remodel your new place before moving in with your furniture. The moving company will take your furniture and move it into the pods while the painting or remodel work is being done, and store it for you.

Another benefit of using pods is the fact that by keeping the furniture in a pod, there’s less chance of items being broken or damaged, due to it being handled no more than twice. It is a much safer way to store your furniture or items until you are ready for them.

 Listen here and save some time and $$ on your next move.

About Paul:

For the past 17+ years I have specialized in selling country estates and ranches throughout Ventura County CA. This niche stems from my childhood, working long summer days on my grandparent’s citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, just east of Ventura.

I love these types of properties, and it is my desire to help families, individuals and investors from all walks of life achieve their dream of owning a ranch or country estate.

The Paul Ward Home & Ranch Selling Team is committed to the specific needs of every client we serve.

We understand that trust is built over time, not instantly.

Providing our clients with the tools they need to make an informed and conscientious decision is an integral component of our mission.  We act as trusted advisors while you, the client, are the ultimate decision-maker.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

Also visit: https://somisrealestate.com , http://vclifestyles.com , and http://homeandranchsellingteam.com

Farm Talk With Paul Ward: Virtual Staging vs. Traditional Staging – Cost-Effective, Professional, Beautiful!

Welcome to another edition of Farm Talk! Today Paul talks about staging – both traditional and virtual staging, a newer option.

If you have a house to sell and your furniture is a bit dated or it is an empty house you have two options to attract more buyers:

1 – You can go the traditional way and stage your house with professional stagers who will bring in nicer furniture that will match the style of your home.  Traditional staging is pricey but very effective.

2 – Virtual staging:  When viewed online, the rooms look amazing-often you can’t tell it is virtual! Of course, in reality, the furniture does not exist so when the people physically arrive at your property, there is no furniture. Virtual staging will get people to your house and give them an idea of how furniture will look there.

Paul has staged houses both ways. He has literally spent thousands with traditional staging and virtually staged houses for two hundred dollars!

Listen to Farm Talk and find out important details and helpful tips. Present your house in the most attractive way and do it cost-effectively!

About Paul:

For the past 17+ years I have specialized in selling country estates and ranches throughout Ventura County CA. This niche stems from my childhood, working long summer days on my grandparent’s citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, just east of Ventura.

I love these types of properties, and it is my desire to help families, individuals and investors from all walks of life achieve their dream of owning a ranch or country estate.

The Paul Ward Home & Ranch Selling Team is committed to the specific needs of every client we serve. We understand that trust is built over time, not instantly.

Providing our clients with the tools they need to make an informed and conscientious decision is an integral component of our mission.  We act as trusted advisors while you, the client, are the ultimate decision-maker.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

Also visit: https://somisrealestate.com , http://vclifestyles.com , and http://homeandranchsellingteam.com

 

Farm Talk With Paul Ward: An Add-On Scholarship For Ventura County 4H Students!

Today we revisit Paul’s scholarship plan for 4-H Students.  He tells us about all the great plans he has for Farm Talk, and let’s us know what fun shows he has in store.  Whether he’s interviewing people in the farming industry, folks who take care of a few acres, or farmer’s market participants, there are lots of great shows ahead.

On this week’s show, Paul talks about a scholarship he has started, involving the agriculture industry. For several years Paul has received correspondence from local middle school and high school students that are involved in 4-H.  Paul makes what is called an “add-on contribution” towards their college fund.  Add-on contributions are a great way to support the 4-H participants, and help offset the cost of raising the animal.

If you’re a 4-H student, or know a 4-H student, who would be interested an add-on scholarship, contact Paul at (805) 479-5004 to learn!

About Paul:

For the past 17+ years I have specialized in selling country estates and ranches throughout Ventura County CA. This niche stems from my childhood, working long summer days on my grandparent’s citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, just east of Ventura.

I love these types of properties, and it is my desire to help families, individuals and investors from all walks of life achieve their dream of owning a ranch or country estate.

The Paul Ward Home & Ranch Selling Team is committed to the specific needs of every client we serve. We understand that trust is built over time, not instantly.

Providing our clients with the tools they need to make an informed and conscientious decision is an integral component of our mission.  We act as trusted advisors while you, the client, are the ultimate decision-maker.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

Also visit: https://somisrealestate.com , http://vclifestyles.com , and http://homeandranchsellingteam.com

 

Farm Talk With Paul Ward: The Reasons Why Paul Loves His Job!

Why does Paul like his career in real estate? It’s because he meets fascinating people nearly every day.

Paul tells a story about selling a custom, very expensive property for an unusual man whose asking price was well below value because he had a different set of values! The house had given him 15 good years, he was moving out of state, and he wanted to sell it quickly.

Paul gets to meet people from all over the world – His two biggest sales have been to clients who didn’t speak English.

You can tell that Paul loves his job – Today you can hear the wind rushing through the trees in the video. You feel like you are out in the country with him!

Watch Farm Talk With Paul Ward for more details and intriguing stories.

You may contact Paul and his team at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

About Paul:

For the past 17+ years I have specialized in selling country estates and ranches throughout Ventura County CA. This niche stems from my childhood, working long summer days on my grandparent’s citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, just east of Ventura.

I love these types of properties, and it is my desire to help families, individuals and investors from all walks of life achieve their dream of owning a ranch or country estate.

The Paul Ward Home & Ranch Selling Team is committed to the specific needs of every client we serve. We understand that trust is built over time, not instantly.

Providing our clients with the tools they need to make an informed and conscientious decision is an integral component of our mission.  We act as trusted advisors while you, the client, are the ultimate decision-maker.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

Also visit: https://somisrealestate.com , http://vclifestyles.com , and http://homeandranchsellingteam.com

 

Farm Talk With Paul Ward: All About Equestrian Properties, Ventura County!

In today’s Farm Talk, Paul shares insightful information about equestrian properties.  Whether you have a horse or are planning to get one or more, Ventura County has a lot of great equestrian properties to choose from!

There are a lot of equestrian communities in Ventura County and they cater to different disciplines. Santa Rosa Valley is well-known for its trail system where you can ride for miles.

Somis has many equestrian properties but does not have a trail system. People in Somis enjoy arena riding, Dressage, hunter/jumper, cutting horse, and western.

What property will work for your particular discipline? Paul knows Ventura County and the equestrian property niche!  Feel free to reach out to him with any questions!

You may contact Paul and his team at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

About Paul:

For the past 17+ years I have specialized in selling country estates and ranches throughout Ventura County CA. This niche stems from my childhood, working long summer days on my grandparent’s citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, just east of Ventura.

I love these types of properties, and it is my desire to help families, individuals and investors from all walks of life achieve their dream of owning a ranch or country estate.

The Paul Ward Home & Ranch Selling Team is committed to the specific needs of every client we serve. We understand that trust is built over time, not instantly.

Providing our clients with the tools they need to make an informed and conscientious decision is an integral component of our mission.  We act as trusted advisors while you, the client, are the ultimate decision-maker.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

Also visit: https://somisrealestate.com , http://vclifestyles.com , and http://homeandranchsellingteam.com

 

Farm Talk With Paul Ward: Driving Without A Seat Belt – A Cautionary Tale

Welcome to another edition of Farm Talk!

Growing up on his Grandparents’ avocado and orange ranch in Ventura County was “a magical time” for Paul.  During the summer, he and his brother would travel with his grandfather from his house to work at the ranch.

They would sit in the back of his El Camino pickup truck with two big happy dogs, Jack and Jill. It was an idyllic time – as Paul describes it – larger than life.

It was the 70’s – the laws were different – they didn’t use seat belts.

Fast forward to two months ago – Paul met a neighbor while selling a ranch property.

Then recently, he found out that this woman had an accident on a country road and died because she wasn’t wearing a seat belt. She had been driving an ATV Quad with roll-bars on her own property. Her grown daughter and two friends were in the vehicle.

When the ATV’s tires got stuck, the vehicle rolled, and the neighbor fell out and died. Her passengers were wearing seat belts. They survived.

Paul still fondly remembers the rides to his grandfather’s ranch – and realizes, (with a greater awareness) how lucky he and his family are. He cautions us to be aware and to wear our seat belts even when driving on open country roads.

Listen to Paul’s Farm Talk for more details about the art and practicalities of living and thriving in a rural area!

Paul welcomes you to text or email with any comments.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

About Paul:

For the past 17+ years I have specialized in selling country estates and ranches throughout Ventura County CA. This niche stems from my childhood, working long summer days on my grandparent’s citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, just east of Ventura.

I love these types of properties, and it is my desire to help families, individuals and investors from all walks of life achieve their dream of owning a ranch or country estate.

The Paul Ward Home & Ranch Selling Team is committed to the specific needs of every client we serve. We understand that trust is built over time, not instantly.

Providing our clients with the tools they need to make an informed and conscientious decision is an integral component of our mission.  We act as trusted advisors while you, the client, are the ultimate decision-maker.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

Also visit: https://somisrealestate.com , http://vclifestyles.com , and http://homeandranchsellingteam.com

 

Farm Talk With Paul Ward: Your Dream Home ~ What To Consider When Planning to Build On Vacant Land

In today’s Farm Talk show, Paul Ward shares valuable facts and on what to consider when planning to build your dream home on vacant land.

He tells a story of a woman, a land owner, who came to him with a problem – she had bought a parcel out in the country four years earlier but had never built on it.

They found, after reviewing the comparable sales in the neighborhood, that she had paid too much for the land and would probably take a loss on the property.

Paul helps people analyze the pros and cons and crunch the numbers on buying property.

 What To Consider When Buying Vacant Land:

  • Land costs money and building costs money. Add that together and the cost may exceed other houses in the neighborhood.
  • What is the cost per sq foot? It varies on the materials used. (It could range from $300 to $600.) Multiply that number by the number of square feet you are building.
  • Permits cost money – you need a permit for everything you do.
  • Utilities – how far is your parcel from a city or county road? If you are way out in the backwoods, water, electricity, natural gas, or propane needs to be routed to the house.
  • There may be sewage issues. Properties out in county don’t have sewage – you will need a septic tank.
  • Earthquake requirements – you might need caissons.
  • Fire access: You will need a 20 foot wide driveway. Fire engines also need a large turn around.
  • You need a water source – a 5,000 gal tank or a swimming pool.

Building a house on vacant land could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars before you even put up a wall!

It may be good to do a cost comparison between building and buying a fixer upper out in the country. Depending on how long you plan to be in your house, you may be upside down when the house is first completed.

Listen to Paul’s show for more important details that will save you work and save you money when planning to build your dream home!

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

About Paul:

For the past 17+ years I have specialized in selling country estates and ranches throughout Ventura County CA. This niche stems from my childhood, working long summer days on my grandparent’s citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, just east of Ventura.

I love these types of properties, and it is my desire to help families, individuals and investors from all walks of life achieve their dream of owning a ranch or country estate.

The Paul Ward Home & Ranch Selling Team is committed to the specific needs of every client we serve. We understand that trust is built over time, not instantly.

Providing our clients with the tools they need to make an informed and conscientious decision is an integral component of our mission.  We act as trusted advisors while you, the client, are the ultimate decision-maker.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

Also visit: https://somisrealestate.com , http://vclifestyles.com , and http://homeandranchsellingteam.com

 

Farm Talk With Paul Ward – Ventura County 4H Scholarships

Paul Ward

Paul Ward introduces his new show – Farm Talk!

Paul tells us about all the great plans he has for Farm Talk, and let’s us know what fun shows he has in store.  Whether he’s interviewing people in the farming industry, folks who take care of a few acres, or farmer’s market participants, there are lots of great shows ahead.

On this week’s show, Paul talks about a scholarship he has started, involving the agriculture industry. For several years Paul has received correspondence from local middle school and high school students that are involved in 4-H.  Paul makes what is called an “add-on contribution” towards their college fund.  Add-on contributions are a great way to support the 4-H participants, and help offset the cost of raising the animal.

If you’re a 4-H student, or know a 4-H student, who would be interested an add-on scholarship, contact Paul at (805) 479-5004 to learn!

About Paul:

For the past 17+ years I have specialized in selling country estates and ranches throughout Ventura County CA. This niche stems from my childhood, working long summer days on my grandparent’s citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, just east of Ventura.

I love these types of properties, and it is my desire to help families, individuals and investors from all walks of life achieve their dream of owning a ranch or country estate.

The Paul Ward Home & Ranch Selling Team is committed to the specific needs of every client we serve. We understand that trust is built over time, not instantly.

Providing our clients with the tools they need to make an informed and conscientious decision is an integral component of our mission.  We act as trusted advisors while you, the client, are the ultimate decision-maker.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

Also visit: https://somisrealestate.com , http://vclifestyles.com , and http://homeandranchsellingteam.com

 

Farm Talk With Paul Ward – From Politics to Antiques to a Real Estate Career – Introducing Paul!

 

We are so excited to welcome Farm Talk with Paul Ward.

Paul is interviewed by Dr. Bunny and we are posting it as an introduction to Paul.  Paul’s show will be posted every Saturday so stay tuned for a fun, interesting, and informative new show!

Farm Talk with Paul Ward hopes to educate the watching and listening audience about a broad cross-section of agricultural and farm related issues, with a little bit of real estate sprinkled in.

Many of our interview participants live and work in Ventura County, CA but we sometimes talk with people in other parts of this great country.

Listen in to Paul’s interview today and find out how he went from politics to antiquing to a career in real estate!  Find out how, in a moment of indecision, he received a crystal clear message from beyond that changed his life and set him on his path.  It’s a fascinating tale – don’t miss it!

About Paul Ward:

For the past 17+ years I have specialized in selling country estates and ranches throughout Ventura County CA. This niche stems from my childhood, working long summer days on my grandparent’s citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, just east of Ventura.

I love these types of properties, and it is my desire to help families, individuals and investors from all walks of life achieve their dream of owning a ranch or country estate.

The Paul Ward Home & Ranch Selling Team is committed to the specific needs of every client we serve. We understand that trust is built over time, not instantly.

Providing our clients with the tools they need to make an informed and conscientious decision is an integral component of our mission.  We act as trusted advisors while you, the client, are the ultimate decision-maker.

You can contact us at (805) 479-5004 or e-mail: Paul@homeandranchsellingteam.com

Also visit: https://somisrealestate.com , http://vclifestyles.com , and http://homeandranchsellingteam.com

Dr. Bunny

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