A darker shade of blue

A darker shade of blue

By Misty Hall

If you’ve driven through town recently, you might have noticed something different at the corner of Country Club Drive and East Ojai Avenue. The Coldwell Banker sign — a fixture there for the last quarter-century — has been replaced with new sign, reading LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Tonya Peralta

Tonya Peralta

By Misty Hall

Tonya Peralta’s family has deep roots in the Ojai Valley. Her great-grandparents moved here in the early 1900s. Her grandfather worked as a ranch hand before starting a construction company in the 1950s, and her grandmother worked in the soda shop downtown. Her great-aunt and uncle owned a welding shop downtown — interestingly, in the building that sits right next door to Tonya’s new real estate office.

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Patty Waltcher

Patty Waltcher

By Misty Hall

Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, 
“Intuition is the whisper of the soul; 
intuition is the guiding word in our life.” That might seem an odd line to quote in a real estate magazine. But for Patty Waltcher, real estate and intuition go hand-in-hand. “When a buyer is looking for a home, they should listen to the home and property, and what it reflects back to them,” the Realtor said. “It’s not just about the home, or the grounds, it’s about the whole container, and how it speaks to them. Listen to yourself deeply. Listen to your own intuition.” As someone who has studied Buddhism and meditation for much of her life, Waltcher finds a connection between her practice and her business.

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Nora Davis

Nora Davis

By Misty Hall

Real estate is truly a family affair for Nora Davis. Growing up, her mother was a real estate agent, and her parents owned rental properties. Today, she regularly works with her husband, daughter, and son in various aspects of the business.

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Lauren and Cassandra VanKeulen

Lauren and Cassandra VanKeulen

By Misty Hall

Until this issue, we’ve always featured just one Realtor at a time. But the VanKeulens merit a change in that template. Coworkers, co-homeowners, best buds, and sisters, Lauren and Cassandra recently learned they share something new: the 2018 Realtor of the Year award. Never before has the Ojai Valley Board of Realtors (OVBR) granted the honor to more than one agent at a time. But at their annual Installation Luncheon on January 10, the group decided that this year, two were better than one.

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