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Get In The Festive Spirit At The Holiday Parade Of Lights!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Get in the holiday spirit this weekend at Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Drive Ventura) as they celebrates with their 42nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks!!!!

 

This year's theme is all about the 70's! Have a groovy time watching the colorful boats fill the harbor! With exciting carnival rides, fun holiday activities, great gift shopping, delicious dining, and sparkling lights, there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy during the festivities this weekend. Parking and event are free!

 

Friday, December 14th

4:00 pm – Kids Rides & Ferris Wheel

6:00 pm – Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit The Village

6:30 pm – Boat Parade

8:00 pm – Fireworks Display

Saturday, December 15th

12:00 pm – Kids Rides & Ferris Wheel

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm – Winter Wonderland & Holiday Market Place

Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus | Live Reindeer | Dickens Carolers| Toy Soldier Band | Faux Snowfall | Holiday Shopping | Sweets & Treats | Kids Crafts

5:15 pm – 70's Dance Party W/ DJ Darla Bea

6:30 pm – Boat Parade

8:00 pm – Fireworks Display

 

*Note: Schedules for both days are weather permitting*

 

 

 

Image Credit: Ventura Harbor Village

How To Get A Great Deal On Your Dream Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

There are always opportunities for buyers to score great deals on their new homes. You just need to know what to look for. Although offering below asking price can be risky, it also can pay off! It's a matter of being smart about it. Working with your realtor can help you craft a winning offer that will not be insulting to the sellers and still save you some money. If you are looking into Buying your dream home in Ventura, watch out for these 5 signs that it might be the right time for a low offer.

 

1. The Home is Obviously Overpriced.

Some homes are just plain expensive and worth every penny. Other homes are listed high but inaccurately. This often occurs because sellers have an emotional attachment to their home and think it is worth more than it truly is. Ask your realtor for comps in the neighborhood. If the home is clearly overpriced, it might be easier to come in with a lower, more appropriate offer.

 

2. The Seller is Ready to Move.

Maybe the seller is moving out of the area for a new job or perhaps their financial situation no longer allows them to afford the home. In these and other cases, the seller will be anxious to unload their property as quickly as possible. Do some detective work with your realtor to find out the motivation for selling. If it is clear that the seller is ready to go, they will be more receptive to a low offer in order to speed the process along.

 

3. The Home is On and Off the Market.

A home was on the market, then pulled off, and now is back again. The seller is likely starting to get annoyed with the whole process and is ready to get it done with once and for all. This is a great time to offer below listing price.

 

4. You are Open.

If you are flexible on your home wish list and/or are willing to make renovations on any home you buy, then the most important factor for you should be price. Being open to a variety of homes allows you the opportunity to offer low whenever you want until you finally score that incredible deal.

 

5. The Home is Out of Date.

You walked into a home and feel like you just stepped back in time several decades. This will scare off many buyers, particularly those that are looking for move in ready. The seller is likely have some difficulty selling. If you are willing to put in some work once you move in, consider an offer below asking price.

 

Score an incredible deal on a new home by looking for these 5 signs. Check out our current Homes for Sale throughout western Ventura County to start the process. Give the Blake Mashburn Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

What To Expect Throughout The Home Inspection Process!

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!

Why The Holidays Are The Perfect Time To Sell!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Don't take your home off the market or wait any longer to list it! Although your thoughts are filled with holiday preparations, you should hold your course to sell your Ventura home! Here are the reasons Why The Holidays Are The Perfect Time To Sell!

 

1. Make Adjustments!

If your home has been on the market for a while, you are likely tempted to take a break. But, don’t take your listing down. Instead, utilize this slower market time to make adjustments to your selling strategy. Talk to your realtor about changing the listing price or find out if there are any minor improvements you can make to your home that buyers are looking for.

2. Listing Moves Up!

Other homeowners will take a break from selling during the holiday season, reducing the inventory of homes on the market. With less competition, your listing will move up. As buyers search for properties, it is more likely that they will find your home during this time of year!

3. Closing Is Easier This Time Of Year!

When the housing market is busy in the spring, lenders are also experiencing a higher volume of work. This means that the lending process moves slower. When lenders have less work in December, they can help buyers get loans processed and approved faster. As a seller, this means that closing is much easier during the holiday season.

4. Staging Is Taken Care Of!

The holiday season means your Ventura home is filled with smells of homebaked goods and beautifully decorated with festive decor. This built in ambiance creates the sort of homey feel that you always want to have when you stage your home. It will fill buyers with feeling of nostalgia was they view your property. Just ensure that you don’t get carried away. Keep personal items to a minimum so buyers can envision themselves in the home. Also, keep the decorations simple as to not distract from the features of your home.

5. Buyers Are Serious!

Unlike other times of the year when some people are only casually looking for potential homes, buyers that are looking during the holiday season are serious about buying. They are actively looking because they still haven’t found the perfect property or they are in need to move as soon as possible. Use their determination to buy to your advantage! You have the negotiating power during this time of year since inventory is lower.

6. Families Look During Breaks!

School breaks, such as the one around the holiday season, are a time when buyers with children actively look for homes. They want to find something that they can settle into before school resumes. Showcase all the family friendly elements of your property to attract these buyers.

 

Convinced That The Holiday Season Is The Perfect Time To Sell Your Ventura Home? Give Blake Mashburn a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.


Information Source: Realtor.com®

Outsmart These Common Home Buying Myths!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

You are ready to by your first home in the Ventura area. Congrats! Purchasing your new home can be an exciting and daunting process! While there is plenty of real estate advice out there on financing, the process, steps to take, and more, we know that there is a lot of information that steers first time home buyers in the wrong direction. Never fear! We are here to tell you the truth about several common myths that you might hear and get you ready to begin your journey towards your new home!

 

Myth #1 | It begins with the search.

Fact | You've made the decision purchase your first home. You know your lists of must haves in your new home. It's time to start scrolling the internet for your dream home, right?! Wrong! Although you can begin an initial search for homes to see what is currently available, you should not have the mindset that this is the first step in the home buying process. Your very first step should be getting your finances in order. Make sure your credit is in good shape and get pre-approved for a mortgage. There are two major reasons why you want to take these steps first: (1) you can determine a realistic budget and search for homes that fit within your appropriate range and (2) you will stand out to sellers since you have proof that you are financially ready to purchase a new home.

 

Myth #2 | Bad credit means you have to wait.

Fact | It is undoubtedly true that having bad credit will make it more difficult for you to purchase your new home right at this moment. However, you do not have to wait. There are financing options, such as FHA loans, that might still be available to you. Just be sure to do thorough research about all the options you have available so that you make the best choice for your current and future financial situation.

 

Myth #3 | You will save money with a 30-year mortgage.

Fact | A 30-year mortgage does give you more time to pay back the loan, which seems like a way for many first time home buyers to save money. However, if you break it down you discover that you are actually paying more. It takes you twice the time to pay back the same amount you would have borrowed with a 15-year mortgage. That doubling of years means a dramatic increase in the amount of interest payments you are making. Check out our helpful Finance Information for more on the types of loans available. We are not saying that you should not choose a 30-year loan. You just need to do plenty of research to determine what will best fit your lifestyle.

 

Myth #4 | The only cost you pay upfront is the down payment.

Fact | You have enough money saved and set aside for the down payment. That's great! BUT, what about added costs for credit reports, closing costs, home inspections, insurance, and anything else that could unexpectedly pop up. Make sure that you have additional money set aside for these added costs that are almost always part of the home buying process.

 

Myth #5 | You must pay 20% for your down payment.

Fact | A 20% down payment keeps you from having to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). It does not mean that you must pay 20%. See if you are eligible for loans with a 5% or 10% down payment if you are willing to pay monthly fees for PMI. You may also qualify for FHA loans or other down payment assistance options.

 

Myth #6 | You do not really need a home inspection.

Fact | You should NEVER skip the home inspection. Doing so puts you at risk of buying a home with a lot of underlying, hidden issues. This will turn your new "dream" home into a money and time pit. Avoid any of this by having a thorough home inspection done before you negotiate a deal for the home.

 

Myth #7 | Since you can move eventually, your must haves should focus on just your immediate situation.

Fact | You never know how long you will stay in a home. It is best to find a home that can still fit you as you and your family continue to grow and move forward. Think about your immediate needs and your needs 10, 20, or even 30 years from now. Regardless of what actually ends up happening, this gives you the option to avoid or delay moving in the future and can also help you choose a home that will have greater resale value if you do not to sell someday.

 

Myth #8 | You will lose the home if you do not offer the asking price.

Fact | It is true that sellers are hoping to get the most amount of money for their home. However, offering a price lower than asking does not mean that sellers will automatically deny your offer. Sellers are often open to negotiating with buyers that show their finances are in order. If you have awesome credit, are pre-approved for a loan, and/or have your down payment ready to go, you show that you are a serious buyer and that the process can begin immediately. This is often enough to make sellers willing to come down on the price.

 

Myth #9 | A realtor is unnecessary these days.

Fact | An Experienced Realtor by your side during the home buying process is an invaluable resource. Sure, the internet can help you easily search for houses or do some own research on your own but it can never replace all that a realtor does. Especially when it comes to first time home buyers, it is important to work with a realtor who understands the local market, has many years experience negotiating, knows exactly what to look for in a home, and so much more. Having that real estate ally will help alleviate a lot of stress for you during the process.

 


Now that you know the facts, you are ready to BUY your dream home in Ventura County! Give The Blake Mashburn Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/ so we can help make your dreams a reality!

Get in the Holiday Spirit at the Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The holiday social event of the year is finally here! Head to beautiful downtown Ventura this Saturday, December 1st, for Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair!! Join family, friends, and neighbors for some festive holiday cheer!

 

Start your weekend with the Holiday Street Fair from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street in Ventura will be filled with unique vendors and incredible live entertainment. Find great holiday gifts from artisans, crafters, and local businesses. Dine on delicious treats from the plethora of food vendors. Marvel at spectacular holiday lighting and enjoy a magical snow fall from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm. The Holiday Street Fair is FREE and open to the public!

 

Stick around for the ‚ÄčVentura Winter Wine Walk from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm! This favorite annual event features the most delicious wine and beer being served at 70+ Tasting Locations. Tickets for this event are $55 per person (21+ years old) and can be purchased HERE! HURRY before they are all sold out!

 

Live Entertainment

Upstream | 3:45 pm | Main Stage (California & Main Streets)

Dax | 5:10 pm | Main Stage (California & Main Streets)

Adelaide | 6:45 pm | Main Stage (California & Main Streets)

DJ Cue | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Santa’s VIP Lounge

DJ Bnske | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Glow Tree

The Bomb with Victor Vega | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Museum


 

The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone a very merry time this Saturday in Ventura!


Image Credit: Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau

Ace the Open House With These Questions!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

As a buyer, open houses are an essential source of information. They allow you to get a closer look at homes you are interested in and see if they are truly a good fit for you and your family. Get the most out of this process by coming prepared and taking notes during the open house. Here are important questions to ask the listing agent in order for you to benefit the most from the open house!

 

  1. Has there been any offers? The listing agent cannot tell you what has been offered but they can let you know that offers exist. This information can help you decide on how quickly you need to move on this house.
  2. What is the seller's timeline? Knowing when the seller wants to move can help you determine your offer. If they need to move quickly, they are more likely open to negotiate a price below the listing. In addition, by finding out their ideal closing date, you can strengthen your offer by proposing a settlement date that fits their timeline.
  3. Is there any price flexibility? Although you might not get an answer to this question every time, you never know when you might get told "yes".
  4. How long has the house been listed? Although online listings provide this information, it can be helpful to ask the listing agent because they can provide more explanation as to why the home is still on the market.
  5. Any price changes? Similar to days on the market, asking the listing agent for explanations of pricing changes can provide more context.
  6. What recent repairs or renovations have been completed? Find out about higher priced items, such as appliances, HVAC systems, and the roof. It is helpful to know what has already been done to the home and what could be potential costs for you in the future.
  7. How much are average utilities? Utilities are an additional housing expense every month that you should consider when buying a home. Find out the average costs throughout the year in order to know whether or not it fits within your overall budget.

 

It is important to remember that as you ask these questions, you should always be courteous and friendly with the listing agent. If you end up loving the home, you could enter into negotiations with this person shortly. The open house allows you the opportunity to make a great first impression!



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Set Your Kid (And Yourself) Up For Success By Living Near A Top School!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Looking to buy your dream Ventura County home? With size, design features, amenities, outdoor living spaces, and more, there are plenty of factors to consider as you begin your search.

 

If you have children, however, one of the most important factors is location near a highly ranked school. There are several benefits to buying a home near a top rated school. #1 it provides your child access to the best education around. #2 it increases the value of your home. That's a win for the whole family!

 

Start your search in one of these excellent local school districts:

Fillmore Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Ojai Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Oxnard Union High School District | Homes for Sale

Pleasant Valley School District | Homes for Sale

Ventura Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Once you know the school district, you can begin to narrow your search down to find the best schools within it. This is where your school work and research comes in! Use independent websites such as GreatSchools.org, Niche.com, and U.S. News & World Report to find unbiased rankings and data. Check out school websites to find out about awards and recognitions. Ask the schools you are interested in if you can visit. This is the best way for you to find out if it is the right fit for your child. Find out about the facilities, learn about class sizes and extracurricular offerings, meet teachers and administrators, and more.

Found the school you want your child to attend? Now, The Blake Mashburn Group can help you find your dream home within that school's boundaries. Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Prepping Your Ventura Home for Thanksgiving Guests!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Hosting the big feast Thanksgiving feast? No worries! Get your Ventura home ready for all your family and friends. Follow these simple tips to prep your home for the holiday and keep your guests happy and comfortable this Thanksgiving!
 

 

1. Declutter!

With more people in your house than usual, you are going to want to take advantage of all the space that you can. Go through and remove unnecessary clutter. Put these items in a closest or storage space until after the holidays. Make sure to clear off counters and tabletops.

2. Focus on the foyer!

The foyer is going to be your guests first impression of your home. Create a welcoming space for them to enter. Protect your floors from the increased food traffic with a rug. Add a seat so guests can easily remove their shoes. Create areas for guests to place their outdoor items that are out of the way but still easily accessible.

3. Get your kitchen ready!

Your kitchen is going to be seeing a lot of action on Thursday. Make sure that you have plenty of space to work and can easily access all of the tools you need. To create extra room, move your coffee machine into another common room so your guests can still gather and enjoy their cup of joe in the morning. Keep some seating available in your kitchen so guests can visit with you as you prepare the day's feast.

4. Keep your bathrooms stocked!

Stock up on toilet paper, toiletries, and towels for your guests. Create storage areas for these items out in the open with shelves or baskets so your guests can easily find these items when needed.

5. Create comfy sleeping arrangements!

Make sure that your guests can get a good night's sleep by providing ample blankets and pillows. Consider adding a ceiling fan to your guest bedroom so your guest can directly adjust the temperature of the room at night.

6. Keep it well lit!

Your guests do not know your home like you do so walking around in the dark could be a hazard. Add nightlights to hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms so guests can easily navigate their way. Also, ensure the exterior of your house is well lit for when guests arrive or depart throughout their stay.

 

The Blake Mashburn Group extends a sincere THANK YOU to all of our clients and wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

 

Make Your Home Stand Out Online!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Almost all home searches today begin online. That means sellers need to make sure that their listing grabs the attention of these viewers. The best way to do that is through the photographs of your home. Make them look as professional as possible in order to get buyers excited to view your home. Here are some easy photography tips to help make your Ventura home pop out from the computer screen.

 

Equipment: Using the best equipment will set you up for success. Although smartphones have better cameras than ever, they still cannot compare with the real deal. Use a DSLR camera for your photographs. Also, make sure you use a tripod to eliminate the chance for blurry photos due to camera shake as well as to help keep your photos straight.

 

Lighting: Lighting is the most important element in photography. Exterior shots of your home should always have the sun shining directly on the front of it to eliminate shadows. Indoor shots should be well lit by keeping all interior lights on and window shades open.

 

Framing: Capture the size and layout of your home through framing. Use angles to your advantage to make rooms appear larger. Do not shoot from behind large furniture that can cause the space to look cramped. A good rule of thumb is to include three walls within the photo. This creates depth and provides balance to the photo.

Content: Make sure to capture everything that a buyer needs to see in order to want to view your home. Highlight the best architectural and design features inside the home. Make sure that interior shots also show what is outside of the home through the open windows. For exterior shots, make sure that the yard and landscaping is easily seen in the images of the home.

 

If you are ready to sell your home, give the Blake Mashburn Group  a call today at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

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