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Top Tips for Buying & Selling Your Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Ready to buy or sell your Ventura home this summer? Whether you are new to the market or have been here before, it is important to be prepared. You want to stand apart from your competition and make sure your real estate goals are met. Let us help you get ready for buying or selling this summer with these 5 Buyers Tips and 5 Sellers Tips to set you up for the most real estate success!

 

5 Buyers Tips

1. Set your needs and wants before doing anything else. This will help you narrow your search and know exactly what you are looking for in a new home.

2. Set a budget. Look at your finances and determine what you can realistically afford. Similar to knowing what you are looking for in your new home, this will help you define your search to just those homes that fit within your budget.

3. Get your preapproval. Having your finances in order before you meet with sellers shows that you are serious about buying. Use this Loan Analysis Tool to find loans that you could qualify for.

4. Once you are ready to search, find a top realtor to work with. This will help you throughout the entire process. When buying in Ventura, Blake Mashburn is the best of the best. We have helped buyers for 26+ years! Our knowledge and experience will make sure you find yourself in your dream home by fall!

5. Stay in contact with your realtor. Once you have established the relationship with your agent, it is important to keep open communication. Whether you prefer it over phone or email, this will help you stay informed throughout the entire buying process.
 

5 Sellers Tips

1. Your first step is to find out Your Home's Value. This will allow you to price it correctly. Listing your home at the wrong price can put you at a disadvantage starting out so make sure it is a reasonable price that will help your home sell for top dollar and quickly.

2. Just like buyers, sellers should work with an Experienced Agent. Sellers that work with realtors, as opposed to those that list on their own, end up having more success with selling.

3. Since buyers depend on the internet when beginning their search, having a strong online presence is imperative to garner interest in your home. Make sure your photos, videos, and descriptions are top quality and have your home stand apart from the other ones on the market.

4. You might be moving but investing some more money in your current home can actually make you more money. Talk to your realtor about what improvements can give you the highest return on investment and make those changes before you sell.

5. Do not give up. There is competition out there so if your home sits for several weeks do not worry. There are a lot of buyers out there and your realtor can help you reevaluate your selling strategy.
 

 

Enjoy home buying and home selling success this summer by following these tips. Search our Ventura Homes for Sale to get started today. Give our experienced team a call at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/ for all your buying and/or selling needs!

 

Giddy On Up To Ventura’s Surf Rodeo!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Yeehaw!!! It’s time for the 12th annual Surf Rodeo & Surf Music Festival!!! This favorite summertime community event is returning to beautiful Pierpont Beach on Saturday, June 13th, and Sunday, June 14th, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Do not miss out on any of the fun!

Spend the weekend dancing away to the 30 bands. Ride the waves or watch the Surf Contest. Show off your skills in the “Wimbledon” of Cornhole Tournaments. Check out exciting Rodeo Competitions like barrel racing and greased pig paddle races! Dine on delicious food from your favorite local vendors and cool down with an ice cold beer from the Beer/Wine Gardens. Swing by the Street Fair to find unique items from around 70+ vendors. Take a turn on the mechanical bull, try the beach activities, swing by the Kids Corral….and so much more! Find the full schedule
HERE!! This festival is fun for all ages!
 

Live Music Lineup

Saturday, June 13th

Sunday, June 14th

Chappy Stage

Chang Stage

Chappy Stage

Chang Stage

Music E.T. Sound

Brian & Rowena

Shiragirl

Music E.T. Sound

Art City Monsters

Music E.T. Sound

Rising Son

Brian & Rowena

Hy Brasil

Jumpstart

Shakey Feelin

Socialeyes

Kings Revenge

Bad Leaf

B-side Players

Honey Owl

Dani Stacy

Sik Sik Sicks

Rob Leines

Hannah Jobus

Bikini Cowgirl & Cowboy

Zepp Heads

Highway Starr

Stoneflys

James Kaye

Jackass

Zach Deputy

Paige Peel

Raging Arb and the Redheads

Sitting on Stacy

Yachtley Crew

Noble Grizwald

Radkey

Sir, Please

Hep Cat

Aaron Pax Taylor

The Expendables

Cydeways

 

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Ticket Information
Day Pass: $40 per person
Weekend Pass: $55 per person
Children 10 and under are FREE!

Purchase tickets in advance HERE to avoid the lines! Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

    
The Surf Rodeo & Surf Music Festival is just one of the incredible community events taking place throughout the year Ventura! These fantastic events are just one of the many reasons why Ventura is such an incredible place to live! Search Ventura Homes For Sale to join in on all the fun! Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit his Website to find your dream home today!


Image Credit: Surf Rodeo & Surf Music Festival 

 

What To Expect From Your Home Inspection

by The Blake Mashburn Group

You found a home in Ventura that seems absolutely perfect! It ticks all of your boxes and is visually beautiful. Although the home might seem perfect in every way, it is important to remember that beauty is only skin deep. It is time to do your due diligence as a home buyer and ask an expert to look at the home. A Home Inspector is a professional who will check for any structural or mechanical issues with the home. They are there to protect your investment by disclosing unseen issues that in turn will help you decide whether it is a sound purchase or one you need to walk away from. Whether the home inspection reveals positives or negatives in the home, it is important to always remember that knowledge is power and is important when making as large of a financial decision as purchasing a home. Not sure what to expect during the process? The Blake Mashburn Group is here to help.

 

Pre-Inspection

The very first step of the process is hiring a home inspector. It is important to do several interviews in order to find the best professional for the job. Ask us for a list of recommended inspectors in the area to make this part of the process easier for you. When you meet with the potential inspectors, find out information about their backgrounds and particular areas of expertise. It is very helpful to review some of their past inspection reports in order to see whose offers the most details and provides informed recommendations for improvements.

 

Home Inspection

The inspector will now do what he/she does best and walk through the home to check for any issues. This should take several hours. All physical structural elements will be examined as well as electrical and mechanical systems. It is always recommended that you come during the home inspection. Although you will get a report, being onsite allows you to ask questions as issues come up. Always keep in mind that while the home inspection is meant to uncover any major underlying issues of the home it is not a total x-ray. There is always still potential that there could be something wrong with the house that you are unaware of until after you move in. Most of these issues should be minimal, especially when you are working with a highly qualified inspector, but it is best to be prepared to have to spend some time and/or money fixing things within the home after your move in day.

 

After the inspection.

Once the inspection is complete, the inspector will provide you with the report. Review it thoroughly and discuss the findings with your realtor. This is the moment when you can decide whether the home was really as perfect as it seemed, if renegotiations need to occur, or if it is in your best interest to simply walk away.

 

Check out our other Home Buying Tips! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/ so that I can help you find your dream home in Ventura today!

Celebrate Independence Day in Ventura!!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Independence Day is almost here! It is time to show off our patriotic pride and celebrate everything we love about our great nation! Luckily for all of us, there is no better place to spend the 4th of July than in beautiful Ventura! Fill your Thursday with family fun and holiday spirit at these incredible community events!

 

PUSHEM PULLEM PARADE & 4TH OF JULY STREET FAIR

    Head on down to beautiful downtown Ventura for the 44th annual street fair! This year’s theme is “We have liftoff!” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo space program. This FREE street fair has so much for the whole family to enjoy! Start your day with your little ones by participating in the Pushem Pullem Parade. Help your child decorate their bicycle or little read wagon, get dressed up, and meet at Cemetery Park at 9:00 am to strut your stuff down Main Street. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun and all participants will receive a commemorative button (while supplies last).

    Then from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, stroll down Main Street (between Chestnut Street & Mission Park) to find incredible handmade arts and crafts created by the 200+ participating vendors. Dine on delicious food from your favorite local businesses and organizations. Swing by the Kids Zone for fun inflatables and to check out a Ventura Fire Department fire engine. Dance the day away to incredible live music. And, so much more!

   Live Entertainment Schedule

   California Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Colette Lovejoy Band

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Bring Me the Hits

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Rhythm 805

   Oak Street

11:00 am – 11:30 am | Barranca Vista Dancers

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Channel Aire Chorus

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Rubicon Theater

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Got Rhythm

   Palm Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Johnny & The Love Handles

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Jukebox Rockers

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Vendo 81

   Mission Park

11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Leif Engeswick

 

2019 VENTURA FIREWORKS & FAMILY PICNIC

   Celebrate our nation’s independence at this 25th annual community event. Come on down to the Ventura College Athletic Fields (4667 Telegraph Road) at 5:00 pm for an evening filled with patriotic fun. Enjoy delicious food, fantastic live music by Soul Infusion, fun games and children’s activities, and so much more. Bring a blanket to find the perfect spot for the fireworks display at 9:00 pm. Tickets bought at the gate cost $8 per adult, $6 per child (ages 4 to 12 years). Children 3 and under are free! All proceeds from this great 4th of July tradition support charitable organizations within our own community.

 

ELECTRIC BOAT PARADE & FIREWORKS BY THE SEA

   Head on down to Channel Islands Harbor for some seaside patriotic fun all day long. Find the perfect spot along Harbor Boulevard (between Albacore Way & Cabezone Circle) to watch the 4th of July Children’s Parade at 10:30 am. After the parade, head to Marine Emporium Landing for some family fun activities from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. There will be a great crafters market, delicious food booths, a rock-climbing wall, inflatable fun zone, and so much more.

Do not miss the 4th annual Electric Boat Parade at 4:30 pm. This spectacular event features 50 patriotic-themed electric boats in the harbor. Finish the day’s celebration with one of Ventura county’s most beautiful fireworks displays over the water at 9:00 pm.

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone in Ventura County a Happy & Safe 4th of July!! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for more fantastic community events throughout the year!

 

 

Image Credits: City of Ventura and Channel Islands Harbor

 

5 Factors To Help You Pick A Ventura Neighborhood!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

While the house may be the thing, it isn't the only thing to consider during your home search. Location is everything! You want to find the perfect neighborhood to call home. Luckily for you, Ventura is filled with those! With Pierpont Beach, Ventura Heights, Ventura Keys, and so many more, homebuyers can find a particular neighborhood to fit their every needs. With so many great neighborhoods, though, how can you ever narrow it down?

 

Here are 5 factors to consider when choosing your perfect Ventura neighborhood!

 

1. Property Taxes

Property taxes are an additional expense that you need to consider and budget for. Check the listing information to learn the taxes for a specific home.

2. Property Value

Home values are important for your immediate needs as well as into the future. Be sure to learn the comps for similar properties in the neighborhood to make sure the home you are interested in is priced correctly.

3. Safety and Crime

Safety is a top priority. You want to make sure that your home and your family are safe. Learn more about the crime levels in particular neighborhoods by checking third-party websites like City-Data and CrimeReports. You want to check for the neighborhood you will be living in as well as those immediately surrounding it. Determine what level of crime you feel comfortable with based on the information you gather.

4. Topography and Geography

Desirable geographic features, such as waterfront or hillside properties, will likely cost you more. Consider whether these outside features are a priority for you. In California, it is also very important to be aware of danger-prone areas and insurance needs when scouting neighborhoods.

5. School Zones

Strong schools in the neighborhood are an obvious necessity if you have or are planning on having kids. However, they are beneficial to all home owners as they increase property values throughout the neighborhood. Nearby parks and community centers can also add value.

 

Want to learn more about a particular Ventura neighborhood or interested in Buying a home? Give The Blake Mashburn Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

A Handy Guide To Moving!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

You Bought a new home in Ventura! Congrats! Before you can begin life in your new home though, you need to pack up the life you had in your old one! Packing and moving is always stressful and unpredictable. But, planning ahead of time can truly help eliminate some of the anxiety during the process! Make your move more manageable by using our Moving Day Cheat Sheet!

 

A FEW WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

  1. The best movers are going to book up fast so allow yourself plenty of time to schedule a mover. Find the best ones by asking friends and looking at online reviews.

  2. Unless you prefer to handle the clean up yourself, schedule a cleaning service to come to your current home the day after you move out.

  3. Transfer all utilities or schedule the disconnect of utilities (if moving to a different city). Schedule the installation of your cable and internet for the day after you are scheduled to move into your new home so it is ready to go.

  4. Get rid of items that you truly do not need. Hold a garage sale or post items online. Do donation runs with unwanted clothing, toys, and furniture.

  5. Stock up on boxes, tapes, bubble wrap, and all other packing essentials. Ask friends for boxes and swing by local stores that might be looking to get some off of their hands for free.

  6. Start packing non-essential items, such as books or winter clothing. Spread out the packing over the weeks leading up to your move date so you are not overwhelmed at the end.

 

THE DAY BEFORE YOU MOVE

  1. Label all boxes and furniture with the room in the new home that they should be placed into.

  2. Go shopping for nutritious, easy to eat snacks and bottled water for yourself and your movers.

  3. Get some cash out of your bank account so you have money to tip the movers tomorrow.

  4. Bring your pet over to a friend or family member the night before you move to reduce stress for your furry friend and keep them out of the way during moving day.

  5. Put together an overnight bag that has those necessities you will need the first night in your new home. This will keep you from having to rummage through boxes to find toiletries, medicine, and clothing.

 

THE DAY OF THE MOVE

  1. Wake up with plenty of time before the movers arrive in order to make final preparations.

  2. Take important documents, jewelry, and other small valuables and place them in your car. You should transfer these items yourself to ensure their safety.

  3. Discard of or pack up final items, such as food or toiletries.

  4. Give your home a thorough walk through at the end to make sure that you get everything out of drawers, cabinets, and any else it could be hiding.

  5. Watch the movers as they work to make sure they handle your items with care.

  6. Go through your new home before the movers arrive to label rooms that might not be obvious what they are, such as bedrooms. This will help the movers place your labeled boxes in the correct rooms.

  7. Take a moment to breathe when the movers leave and get some much deserved rest before you tackle unpacking!


Find your dream home today! Search Ventura Homes For Sale! Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit his Website to get started!

Price Your Ventura Home To Sell With Comparable Sales!

by The Blake Mashburn Group


Pricing your home can be one of the trickiest aspects of selling. Not sure what your Ventura is worth? A good place to start is with comparable sales. Comparable sales (known shorthand as comps) refer to homes that are similar to yours. Looking at similar homes within your neighborhood that have recently sold will help give you a good estimate of your home's estimated value. Check out these helpful tips to price your own home based on comparable sales!

 

Close By: Find homes that are as close to you as possible. But, just because they are close, doesn't mean that you can always price them the same. Find homes in your subdivision, neighborhood, school districts, and similar streets for the best comparisons.

 

Style Similarities: Look for those homes that match yours in architectural style, construction material, square footage, design features, amounts of bedrooms and bathrooms, and acreage.

 

Upgrades and amenities: If you have upgraded your Ventura home or if it is filled with amenities, search for homes that have the same upgrades and amenities.

 

Recently Sold: Since housing prices invariably change over time, it is important that you find homes that sold recently sold. Never use a comparable sale that is over 90 days old since its value no longer reflects the current market.

 

Insider Knowledge: No one has more insider knowledge of comparable homes and neighborhoods than an Experienced Real Estate Agent. Your realtor will be able to accurately assess the differences between your home and others on the market, will have more details on comparable homes throughout Ventura, and are experts when it comes to pricing homes to sell.

 

Find out what your Ventura home is worth to start pricing to sell! Follow us on Facebook for other home selling tips and tricks! Search for the perfect home in Ventura!

Add Living Space Outside To Your Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The spectacular weather year-round in the Ventura area allows home owners to utilize outdoor areas as additional living space for their families! Turn you outdoor living spaces into beautiful, cozy retreats that you and your family can enjoy this summer and throughout the year. Whether your home has a porch, patio, loggia, terrace, or backyard, you can create a beautiful space by following these decorating tips! 

 

Decide what you want to utilize the space for. Do you want an additional sitting area for your family gather? Or, maybe you want to be able to host dinner parties during the cooler fall nights? You can turn outdoor areas into a living room complete with fireplace, television, and couches or a dining room with a long table and ample seating. The possibilities for your Ventura home are truly endless!

 

Get comfortable furniture. Your family will inevitability be spending a lot of time in this outdoor space. The furniture outdoors should be just as comfortable as that inside your house. Consider getting functional cozy pieces, such as porter's chairs, chaise lounges, sectional sofas, daybeds, etc. All of these are available for outdoor use. Choose furniture with dark wood or metal frames to fit no matter the time of year. Choose cushions in neutral colors that can easily transition from season to season

 

Add some ambiance. Lighting and heating add instant coziness to any space. Consider what source of lighting you want to use in the space so that it is functional well into the night. Chandeliers and hanging lanterns can add a touch of elegance or a rustic feel depending on the decor you are going for. Add a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to the space. It can become the perfect spot for your family to gather before bed and the perfect spot for romance once the children have gone to sleep.

 

Focus on the details. The space's accents are the perfect and easiest way to transition the space from season to season. Use blues and greens during this summer season. Then, add pops of color that reflect the fall's fiery hues, such as reds and oranges. Put some throw blankets out that you can wrap yourself up in when it gets chillier at night. Place a lovely outdoor rug down to keep your toes comfy.

 

 

For more great tips for homeowners, check out our Website and follow us on Facebook!  

 

Celebrate Dad in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Father's Day is here! Show your dad how much you appreciate everything he does for you by giving him a Father's Day experience he will never forget. There are so many unique ways for you to spend the holiday this weekend! Here are our top choices to celebrate your dad in Ventura County!

 

Father's Day Golf

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: All day

Location: Buenaventura Golf Course (5882 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura)

Hit the green with dad at this award winning golf course. For only $79, your dad’s green fee, cart fee, sleeve of golf balls, and lunch with a drink will be covered! Reserve your tee time HERE!

 

Father's Day Brunch Buffet

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Discovery Ventura (1888 East Thompson Boulevard, Ventura)

Fill your bellies with a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet, complete with omelette station, carving station, oysters, children’s fare, and so much more! There will also be a bloody mary bar and bottomless mimosas. Reserve your family a spot online HERE!

 

Dad’s Day Out Train

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: 11:00 am & 3:00 pm

Location: Foster Park (438 Casitas Vista Road, Ventura)

Take a 2.5 hour train ride through the beautiful Heritage Valley as you enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch. Book online HERE!

 

From Tree to the Sea: Father's Day Wooden Boat Show and Classic Cars

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Channel Islands Maritime Museum (3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard)

Check out spectacular classic wooden boats and cars on display at this 3rd annual show. There will also be a variety of family-friendly, maritime activities to enjoy.

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes all the dads in the Ventura County a very Happy Father’s Day!

Feel Refreshed At The 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Ventura County's longest running wine festival returns this Sunday, June 9th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm! Head to scenic Lake Casitas Recreation Area (11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura) for the 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival!!!

 

This favorite annual festival allows you to try the most delectable wines and libations you have ever tasted! Enjoy over 250 different selections of wine from 60 award-winning Wineries! Not a wine drinker? Your favorite Breweries will also be offering a wide variety of craft beers and microbrews at the event.

 

While the main feature of this festival is the beverages, there are plenty of other reasons you why you do not want to miss this event. Dance to fantastic live music from Area 51. Relax on a scenic lake cruise aboard the Rotary Boat. Explore the Art & Craft Vendors to find unique items for yourself and your home. Win an incredible prize in the silent auction. Dine on delicious cuisine from your favorite local Dining Vendors. Soak up the summer time sun and incredible scenery with your family and friends.


 

Ticket Information

  • General Admission (Early Bird Pre-Sale) | $60 per person

  • GA Non-Drink Admission (Day Of) | $25 per person

  • VIP Admission | $130 per person

  • VIP Non-Drink Admission | $75 per person

  • Parking Pass | $10 per car

  • Children 12 & Under are FREE with paid adult.

  • Purchase tickets in advance HERE.

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The 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival is just one of the many fun community events occurring in beautiful Ojai throughout the year. If you are interested in Buying your dream home in this vibrant, close-knit community, search our Homes for Sale. Give ​​Blake Mashburn a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.   


Image Credit: Ojai Wine Festival

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