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Let A Realtor Lead You To Buying And Selling Success!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Enjoy Buying or Selling your home by working with a realtor! Although you might be tempted to navigate the housing market on your own, there are numerous reasons why working with a realtor is beneficial to you. Check out these top reasons why you should work with a realtor (especially the top realtor in Ventura!!) when buying or selling your home!

 

Experience & Knowledge: With all of the years of experience and education, realtors have a deep understanding of every aspect of the real estate market.

Information Filter: Instead of having to weed out the information that you actually need, realtors can do that for you. They will only show you houses that fit within your needs and budget.

Local Expert: Realtors are experts in their communities. From knowing neighborhoods to understanding the market specifics of their location, realtors provide an invaluable resource.

Guide: Realtors always lead with guidance. They will always keep your best interests at heart and provide suggestions as you move throughout the buying or selling process.

Networker: Realtors have a vast network of professionals that work in related fields. They can provide recommendations of service providers that will help assist you with any of your real estate needs.

Negotiator: Negotiation is a major part of buying a house and realtors are incredibly well versed in this area. Unlike a buyer or seller who has more of an emotional connection to the homes, a realtor stays professional throughout the negotiation process.

Time & Hassle Saver: There are a lot of technical aspects....and paperwork....that go into real estate deals. Avoid missing any important details by working with a realtor who knows exactly what to look for. They will also be there to answer any and every question you might have throughout the process.

 

If you are interested in Buying or Selling your home and working with the best realtor in Ventura County, give Blake Mashburn a call today at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

California Strawberry Festival This Weekend!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Fill your bowl with the most deliciously sweet strawberries this weekend at the 36th Anniversary California Strawberry Festival! Head to the Strawberry Meadows of College Park (3250 South Rose Avenue) in beautiful Oxnard on Saturday, May 18th, and Sunday, May 19th, from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm for the most tastiest festival in California.

 

 

You will find Eats & Treats you never could have imagined......and all that honor the delectable strawberry! But the food is not all! There is so much to do at the California Strawberry Festival! Participate in exciting Contests, such as the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest! Discover unique handmade items for sale from the 200+ Artists and Crafters! Bring the little ones over to the Strawberryland for Kids for carnival rides, inflatables, face painting, and more! Watch live musical performances on the 3 different stages! Be sure to swing by Stage 3 throughout the fest to see fantastic performances from Camarillo's Rock City Studios' Build-A-Band program's student musicians.

 

    
Festival Stage Schedule

Saturday, May 18th

Sunday, May 19th

10:00 am - 10:30 am

DJ Spencer Fischer

10:00 am - 11:15 am

DJ Spencer Fischer

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Togen Diako

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Oscar Rivera y Amigos

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Conner Cherland

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Celebrity Chef Junior Maria Dakis

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Celebrity Chef Julia San Bartolome

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Strawberry Smackdown

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Berry Blast Off

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Peter Blackwelder

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Road Brothers

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

B&V

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Angelo Arce

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Phil Medina and Friends Comedy Hour

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Phil Medina and Friends Comedy Hour

   

 

    
Dr. Kato Stage Schedule

Saturday, May 18th

Sunday, May 19th

10:00 am - 11:00 am

DJ Travis Holcombe

10:00 am - 11:00 am

DJ Travis Holcombe

11:00 am - 11:40 am

Big Mike & The Reckonin

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Shaky Feelin'

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Professional Americans

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Smith the Band

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Ocho Ojos

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

One Drop Redemption

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Past Action Heroes

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Metalachi

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

L.A.vation

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Uptown Funk


 

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!!!

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone a deliciously good time at the 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for more fantastic community events throughout the year!  

 

Image Credit: California Strawberry Festival

Increase Your Net Worth By 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 Research, renters nationwide spend 27.7% of their income on median housing costs whereas home owners only spend 17.5% of their income on median housing costs.

 

Need more convincing to buy a home in Ventura this spring? There are many financial benefits to owning a home. Home ownership is a form of Forced Savings, ensuring that you have more money at your disposal in the future. You start building Equity as soon as you purchase your new home. Home values appreciate making it a fantastic Practical Investment. It can make you eligible for Tax Savings every year. Your Monthly Housing Costs are Locked In making budgeting and saving easier for you and your family. It is Cheaper Than Renting and keeps money in your pocket. Finally, it increases your own Net Worth. In fact, past research has shown that homeowners have a higher net worth than renters.


So now truly is the time to BUY instead of rent! Work with Blake Mashburn to help get you into your first home today! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs. 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/.

 

Family Fun At Fillmore's May Festival!!!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate everything you love about living in Fillmore during the 107th Annual May Festival!!!! Head on down to Central Park (250 Central Avenue) on Thursday, May 9th through Sunday, May 12th for 4 days of fun with your family, friends, neighbors!

 

 

There is something for everyone at this favorite community event! Watch incredible live entertainment on the Main Stage. Dine on your favorite food from local vendors. Refresh yourself with a cool beverage in the beer garden. Find unique, handmade goods at the craft fair. Take the little ones to the "kiddie" area. Play exciting games and take a spin on the carnival rides. And, SO MUCH MORE!!!

 

Festival Hours

Thursday, May 9th - 5:00 to 11:00 pm

Friday, May 10th - 5:00 to 11:00 pm

Saturday, May 11th - 12:00 to 11:00 pm

**Parade at 10:00 am on Central Avenue from 2nd Street to Main Street**

Sunday, May 12th - 12:00 to 9:00 pm

 

Admission & Carnival Prices

Thursday - $1 Everyone!

Friday & Saturday - $5 Adults | $3 Kids (ages 5-11) | $3 Seniors + Military w/ ID

Sunday - $3 Everyone!

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$35 - Wristbands

$20 - 24 Ticket Ride Sheet


 

Live Entertainment Schedule

Thursday, May 9th

  • 6:15 - 7:00 pm | Mariachi Los Rayos de Fillmore High School
  • 7:15 - 9:15 pm | DJ Rage

Friday, May 10th

  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Daniel Torres and the Piru River Band
  • 7:30 - 10:45 pm | Adelaide

Saturday, May 11th

  • 12:15 - 12:45 pm | FMS Symphonic Band
  • 1:00 - 1:30 pm | Perce’s Kenpo Karate Demo
  • 2:30 - 6:30 pm | The Daves
  • 7:00 - 10:45 pm | Juano & Friends

Sunday, May 12th

  • 1:00 - 4:00 pm | Banda Santa Elena
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm | Mariachi Aguilas De Oxnard
  • 6:00 - 8:30 pm | Instone


 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone a fun and safe time at this year's Fillmore May Festival! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for more fantastic community events throughout the year!  



Image Credit: Fillmore Chamber of Commerce

Add Home Maintenance To Your Home Buying Budget!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

As you sit down to budget for buying a new Ventura home, there are several costs to consider. These include the down payment, the closing costs, moving expenses, and the monthly mortgage payments, insurance, and taxes. However, there is something else to add to that budget....home maintenance.

 

 

Even if you are buying a newer home with no immediate repair needs, there are 5 maintenance tasks that you should always take care of upon moving in and therefore should prepare for the costs.

 

  1. Change Locks - Practically anyone could have a key to your new home without you knowing it. Protect your family and your belongings by changing the locks on every exterior door of the home.

  2. Trim Trees - Make sure the trees, especially any older ones, are in good health and not too close to the home itself. Have the trees trimmed and inspected by a professional.

  3. Maintain HVAC - A damaged or failing HVAC system can be very expensive to fix. Stay ahead of any potential issues by having the system maintained right when you move in.

  4. Add Fire Extinguisher - It is important to always have at least one fire extinguisher in your home. Purchase one for the kitchen when you move in.

  5. Clean Chimney - If your new Ventura home has a fireplace, make sure you have it professionally cleaned out since you cannot know for certain when the last time it was cleaned was.

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In addition to these 5 home maintenance costs, you should also budget for appliances, furniture, paint, and any other home repairs/updates you need to make. Knowing these costs as you go into purchasing the home will help you stay within your financial means.

 

 

After you have been living in your home for a while, however, the budgeting should not stop. You should always keep aside some money to help you cover any unexpected repairs and emergencies that could arise at any time. In order to help you afford these costs, it is a good idea to set aside 1% of your home's purchase price every year for repairs. Just remember that the money you are putting into your home is just building equity for you and your family so it is worth it.

 


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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 12th! 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 Sunday. Here are our recommendations for ways to celebrate Mother's Day in Ventura!

 

 

Honor that time honored tradition of Mother's Day brunch at one of these fantastic local spots:

 

Discovery Ventura | 1888 East Thompson Boulevard

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: $34.95 per adult | $15.95 per child

Reservations: (805) 856-2695

 

Poinsettia Pavilion | 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: $55 per adult | $35 per child (ages 3-10)

Reservations: Online HERE

 

Cafe Fiore | 66 California Street

Time: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Cost: $42 per adult | $15 per child (ages 10 & under) | $32 per senior (ages 62 & over)

Reservations: (805) 653-1266

 

Treat mom to a special day with one of these fun activities:

Mom's Day Run

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: San BuenaVentura State Beach | 901 San Pedro Street

Cost: $35 per person - 5K | $40 per person - 10K | Register HERE

Get active this Mother’s Day with mom for the 9th 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.

 

Mother's Day Seaside

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Ventura Harbor Village | 1583 Spinnaker Drive

Cost: FREE!

Listen Castillo Trio at the Promenade Stage before treating mom to a shopping spree at her favorite stores and/or a tasty treat at a lovely waterfront restaurant.

 

Denise Carter's Mother Day Show

Time: 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6)

Location: Ventura Harbor Comedy Club | 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 205

Cost: $15 per person | Purchase tickets HERE

Make mom laugh the evening away with Ventura County’s favorite female comedian.

 

 

The Blake Mashburn Group wishes all the mothers in Ventura a very happy Mother’s Day!

 

Beautiful Spring Flowers For Instant Curb Appeal!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Are you ready to Sell your Ventura home this spring? Help your home stand apart from the competition by adding some spring cheer to your curb appeal. Make buyers want to stop to "smell the flowers" with some beautiful spring plants. Here are the top plants we recommend to update your curb appeal for spring home selling.

 

Catmint

Height: 10 to 48 inches

Width: 12 to 24 inches

Facts: Purple-Blue Blossoms; Drought Tolerant; Thrives in Hot Weather & Well-Drained Soil.

 

Laurel 'Otto Luyken'

Height: 3 feet

Width: 6 feet

Facts: Leafy Plant; Produces Small Black Fruit in Summer; Needs Extra Care during 1st Growing Season.

 

Carissa Holly

Height: 3 to 4 feet

Width: 4 to 6 feet

Facts: Good for Compact Spaces; White Blossoms in Spring; Drought Resistance; Only Requires Watering 1x a Week.

 

Encore Azalea

Height: 3 to 5 feet

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Facts: Needs Full Sun & Slightly Acidic Soil; Blooms 2x (Spring & Late Summer/Early Fall); Variety of Colors Available.

 

Hydrangea

Height: 3 to 5 feet

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Facts: Fragrant Blossoms; Thick Foliage.

 

Rhododendron

Height: 3 to 10 feet

Width: 3 to 6 feet

Facts: Woody Plant; Can Thrive in Partial Sun.

 

Knockout Rose

Height: 4 feet

Width: 3 feet

Facts: Blooms Year-Round; Cousin of the Rose; Disease Resistant.

 

Heavenly Bamboo

Height: 4 to 5 feet

Width: 3 feet

Fact: Produces Bright Berries; Needs Full or Partial Sun; Requires Pruning.

 

Harland Dwarf Boxwood

Height: 4 to 6 feet

Width: 4 to 6 feet

Facts: Evergreen color; Miniature Tree-shaped; Needs Full or Partial Sun & Moist Soil; Disease Resistant.

 

 

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Decorate Your Ventura Home To Sell!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Little decorating updates can go a long way when you are trying to sell your Ventura home. It is important to find ways to make your home stand out from the competition and attract the broadest array of potential buyers. Sell your home for top dollar and quickly with these Top Design Tips.

 

Stay True To Your Home's Roots: Do not worry about making everything in the house brand new. In fact, you should showcase the home's traditional elements as it makes it unique from other homes on the market.

Freshen It Up: A new coat of paint is the easiest and cheapest way to freshen up your home. Use neutral colors to appeal to the broadest range of buyers.

Make It Spacious: It is important that rooms always feel large regardless of their actual square footage. Create the perception of space by placing furniture in the space that allows it to feel larger.

Be Green: Adding energy efficient features to your home will attract home buyers not only because it is eco-friendly but will also help them cut costs on energy bills.

Invest In The Kitchen: The one room you should definitely put some money into is the kitchen. It is the central hub of any home. You will see a return on your investment on even minor improvements, such as updated hardware and lighting.

Same Goes For The Bathroom: The other room that will give you a good ROI is the bathroom. Replace light fixtures and update the vanity to give the space an updated look.

Make Space For Master Bedroom Closets: Buyers want storage and luxury and there are few better features than a walk in closet for the master bedroom to achieve that. It will add value to your home and attract more buyers.

Add More Storage: Don't stop at just the bedroom closet. Add storage anywhere you can, such as under the stairs.

Organize: It is important to declutter your home. While you can do it on your own, it can be beneficial to hire a pro. They will help you get rid of the stuff you really do not need and make your home feel larger.

Make A Great First Impression: Update your curb appeal so buyers want to see what else your home has to offer. Clean and add fresh paint to the exterior of your home. Give your lawn and garden some TLC so it is looking its very best.

 

Work with Blake Mashburn to Sell your Ventura home today! Give us a call at (805) 856-9350 or visit http://www.blakemashburn.com/!


 

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Top Grades Earned for Ventura Unified School District!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

With the school year is winding down, final report cards are getting filled. While we wait to find out how our students did this past year, it is also important to know how the district educating them stacks up! Educational review and ranking website Niche recently released their list of the 2019 Best School Districts in California! The site examined 481 public school districts throughout the state. They looked at key metrics, such as quality of teachers, extracurriculars offered, test scores, and other areas that help insure a quality education for K-12 students. From millions of Niche user reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education, grades were provided for each of the public school districts.

 

So did Ventura Unified School District make the grade? It came in the top 15% of its class -- ranking 71st in the state! Ventura Unified School District received an A- for its Overall Niche Grade!! It got 3 A's for Teachers, College Prep, and Diversity. 2 A-'s were earned for Sports and Health & Safety. It received a B+ for its Administration. And, B's for Academics and Clubs & Activities. Congrats on these great marks!

 

This excellent public school district operates 29 schools and serves 16,891 students within the greater Ventura, CA area.

 

Top ranked school districts not only guarantee that your children are getting the best possible education but also help increase your home’s value! Search our Current Homes for Sale in Ventura Unified School District today!

 

If you are interested in Buying a home within this great school district, Blake Mashburn is here to help! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Celebrate Earth Day In Beautiful Ventura!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

 

Earth Day is on Monday, April 22nd! With its incredible natural setting, the community of Ventura takes great pride in its environment. Our residents recognize the importance of celebrating and protecting our beaches, waterways, green spaces, and all the gifts Mother Earth has put in our very own backyard. Be a part of the celebration during the award-winning Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest!!! Enjoy family-friendly, eco-fun and entertainment on Saturday, April 27th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Plaza Park (651 East Thompson Boulevard).

 

Join 5,000+ neighbors and friends as we celebrate Earth Day. Check out the 80+ eco-exhibits, including the Green Auto Expo, for great informational material and interesting demonstrations. Watch incredible live entertainment by Jade Hendrix, Sea at Last, Anchor and Bear, Shelby Figueroa & the Vine Artist Collective, Grace Fellows, and Pacific Sound (exact schedule TBD). Stretch it out and relax during a free BYOM yoga class. Enter to win amazing prizes during the Earth Day Raffle and Silent Auction. Bring your children to the kids’ activity areas for recycled crafts, fun games, exciting scavenger hunts, and much more! Dine on delicious treats from your favorite food vendors, including The Grilled Cheese Truck, It’s In the Sauce, Rice Balls of Fire, Kona Ice, The Deli Doctor, and Belly BombZ.

 

 

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.


 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone in Ventura County a very Happy Earth Day! If you are interested in Buying your dream home in one of our eco-friendly communities, give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.  



Image Credit: Ventura's Earth Day

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Ventura CA 93003
Office: 805-856-9350
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