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When to Offer Below Asking Price

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Spring time might be a sellers market but have no fear! There are still 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 The Home is Out of Date.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/.

Get Sweet at the California Strawberry Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group


 

Do not miss the 35th Anniversary California Strawberry Festival this weekend in beautiful Oxnard! Head to the Strawberry Meadows of College Park (3250 South Rose Avenue) on Saturday, May 19th, and Sunday, May 20th, from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm for the most deliciously sweet festival in California. Fill your bellies with the most incredible strawberry concoctions you could possibly imagine: chocolate dipped strawberries, deep-fried strawberries, strawberry nachos, strawberry popcorn, strawberry pizza, strawberry chimichangas, strawberry tamales, berry kabobs, strawberry shortcake, strawberry funnel cake, strawberry beer, margaritas, smoothies, and more!

 

 

The food might be the highlight but that is not all! There is so much to do at the California Strawberry Festival! Attend fun cooking classes and demonstrations at the Strawberry Promenade, enter one of the numerous exciting Contests, and find unique items for sale from the 200+ Artisans & Crafters. Bring the little ones over to the Strawberryland for Kids for carnival rides, inflatables, face painting, and more!

 

Enjoy spectacular live musical performances all weekend long on 3 stages! From rock to Latin to blues, there will be something to get you dancing at the California Strawberry Festival. Click on the links below for the full lineups for each stage.

 

Ticket Information

Adults: $12

Seniors (ages 62+) & Active Military with ID: $8

Children (ages 5 12): $5

Children (ages 4 and under): FREE

Purchase tickets HERE!!!

 

 

Image Credit: California Strawberry Festival

 

Photography Tips for Your Online Listing

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 pop out from the computer screen.



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/.

Celebrate Mom in Ventura!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate the most special woman in your life this Sunday.......your Mom!! Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 13th! Want to make sure it is a day that she will never forget? There are so many options available in Ventura! Whether you want to treat her to a special meal or find something unique to do, you and your mom will certainly have a great time this weekend. Here are our recommendations for ways to celebrate Mother's Day in Ventura!

 

Mom's Night Out

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: San BuenaVentura State Beach | 901 San Pedro Street

Cost: Click HERE for prices and to register

Get active this Mother’s Day with mom for the 8th Annual Mom’s Day Run. Run, jog, or walk in the 5K or 10K races. There will be live music by Emily B and delicious food at the finish line. All proceeds from this event benefit The VHL Alliance, which helps fund cancer research and services.

 

Mom's Day Run

Date: Friday, May 11th

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Downtown Ventura

Start the celebration early at this special themed Ventura Late Night. Enjoy shopping the sidewalk sale...women get exclusive deals! Have fun dancing away to the live music throughout the evening.

 

Mother's Day Brunch Buffet

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Discovery Ventura | 1888 East Thompson Boulevard

Cost: $24.95 per adult | $12.95 per child

Treat your mom to one of Ventura’s most popular holiday brunches. With an omelet bar, carving station, kids selections, and more, there is something that everyone in the family will enjoy.

 

Mother's Day Brunch

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: The Cave Restaurant & Ventura Wine Company | 4435 McGrath Street, Suite 301

Come to this very special holiday brunch in the cave. Enjoy a menu specially crafted for the day by Executive Chef Alex Montoya.

 

Mother's Day Seaside

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Ventura Harbor Village | 1583 Spinnaker Drive

Take mom out for a shopping trip by the sea and dine at one of the 16+ delicious restaurants. Enjoy live ukulele music throughout the afternoon by Kenny Walters.

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all from The Blake Mashburn Group!

 

Stock Up at Ventura County Farmers Markets!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The beautiful climate and landscape in Ventura County provides us with incredible produce and locally grown goods. There are amazing farmers markets in our communities throughout the year. Find a wide variety of items from fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meat and dairy, handmade crafts, and so much more. Put healthy, delicious food on your kitchen table and help promote economic development throughout Ventura County by shopping local at these great farmers markets!

Wednesdays

Midtown Ventura

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot (3301 North Main Street, Ventura)

 

Thursdays

Downtown Oxnard Farmers Market

When: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Where: 471 South B Street, Oxnard

 

Saturdays

Downtown Ventura

When: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: 2220 Ventura Boulevard, Old Town Camarillo

Ventura College Foundation Marketplace

When: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Ventura College (4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura)

Camarillo Certified Farmers Market

When: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Corner of Palm and Santa Clara Streets, Ventura

 

Sundays

Ventura College Foundation Marketplace

When: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Ventura College (4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura)

Ojai Certified Farmers' Market

When: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 300 East Matilija Street, Ojai

Channel Islands Certified Farmers' Market

When: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: 3350 South Harbor Boulevard, Oxnard


Incredible local farmers markets are one of the many reasons that Ventura County is a great place to live. If you are interested in Buying your dream home in one of these communities, search our Homes for Sale. Give ​​The Blake Mashburn Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.  

Why Work With A Realtor?

by The Blake Mashburn Group


 

If you are interested in Buying or Selling your home, work with the top realtor in Ventura! Give the Blake Mashburn Group a call today at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Know What To Expect During 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!

Tips for Buying and Selling Success this Spring!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Spring is the best time to buy or sell your Ventura home! Whether you are new to the market or have been here before, it is important to be prepared. With the higher levels of competition on both sides, you want to stand apart and make sure your real estate goals are met. Let us help you get ready for buying or selling this season with these 5 Buyers Tips for Spring and 5 Sellers Tips for Spring to have the most success this season!

 

5 Buyers Tips for Spring

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, the Blake Mashburn Group is the best. We have helped buyers for 26+ years. Our knowledge and experience will make sure you find yourself in your dream home this spring.

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 for Spring

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 a lot of 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 spring by following these tips. We hope this blog gave you a some helpful tips for buying and selling this spring! Search our Ventura Homes for Sale to get started today. Give our experienced team a call today at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

 

Celebrate Earth Day in Ventura CA!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

There is no denying it...and why would we. One of the greatest things about living in Ventura is the breathtaking natural setting. With miles of beaches along the majestic Pacific Ocean, stunning hills and valleys, and lush green spaces, home owners in Ventura love having the most beautiful "backyard" around. They also know the importance of conserving and protecting this natural setting for themselves and future generations to come. Come celebrate Ventura's natural beauty at the award-winning Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest!!! Enjoy family-friendly, eco-fun and entertainment on Saturday, April 21st, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Plaza Park (651 East Thompson Boulevard).

 

Join 6,000+ community members for this vibrant event. Check out the 100+ exhibits, including the Green Auto Expo, for great educational and informational material. Win fantastic prizes during the Earth Day Raffle and Silent Auction. Dine on a variety of delicious, healthy, and sustainable menu items from The Grilled Cheese Truck, It’s In the Sauce, Rice Balls of Fire, Kona Ice, The Deli Doctor, and Belly BombZ. Get centered during the free yoga classes (bring your own mat). Enjoy incredible live music and dance performances, as well as demonstrations, throughout the day. Your children will love exploring the educational exhibits, creating recycled art, participating in a scavenger hunt, playing fun games, and so much more! There truly is something for everyone in the family.

 

Yoga Zone Schedule

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am | Chelsea w/ Grass Roots Yoga

  • 11:15 am – 11:45 am | Tiffany Puhy-Jenkins

  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Erin w/ Soul Fire Yoga

  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Yoga Jones

  • 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm | Stephanie w/ Ravens Wing

  • 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Nicole w/ Temple Pilates

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Entertainment Schedule

Main Stage

  • 10:00 am – 10:45 am | Pacific Sound

  • 10:45 am – 11:15 am | Kealoha

  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm | Grace Fellows

  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Billy Clower

  • 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm | Anchor and Bear

  • 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm | VCS Music Program

  • 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm | Sea at Last

  • 2:30 pm – 2:50 pm | Tae Kwan Do Plus

  • 2:55 pm – 3:15 pm | Super Nova Dance Academy

  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Jade Hendrix

Gazebo Stage

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Be green and ride your bike to the Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest! There will be a free Bike Valet and ample secure bicycle parking locations.

 

 

The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone in Ventura County a very Happy Earth Day!

 

Image Credit: Ventura's Earth Day

 

Stop Renting! Start Buying!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

It's time to stop renting and start buying! Renting pays someone else's mortgage. Why not investment that money in yourself! While Buying is a major step, it isn't as far out of reach as you might expect. In fact, it saves you money! According to Zillow Researchrenters nationwide spend 28.9% of their income on median housing costs whereas home owners only spend 15.7% of their income on median housing costs. Here are more reasons to buy in Ventura this spring!

In addition to these broad financial benefits, we can offer you some more data. Homeowners have a net worth 44x greater than renters, according to the Federal Reserve. AND, buying home immediately helps you gain equity. shows that a homeowner’s net worth is 44 times greater than a renter. Research from Pulsenomics shows that home values should appreciate by 3.35% per year and by 24.34% cumulatively over the next five years.

 

So now is the time to BUY instead of rent! Work with the Blake Mashburn Group to help get you into your first home today! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs within Check out the Homes for Sale throughout Western Ventura County to find your perfect property! Give our experienced Team a call today at 805-856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

 

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BLAKE MASHBURN
Century 21 Fine Homes & Estates, Troop Real Estate
1190 S. Victoria Avenue, Suite #100
Ventura CA 93003
Office: 805-856-9350
Cell: 805-368-0202
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