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Find the Perfect Ventura Neighborhood For You!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The house itself isn't the only thing to consider when searching for your dream home. Location is everything! You want to find the perfect neighborhood to call home. 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. Not sure where to start looking?

 

Consider these factors when choosing your perfect 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 price 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 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 based on the information you gather.

4. Topography and Geography

Desirable geographic features, such as waterfront or hillside, will likely cost you more. Consider whether these features are a priority for you. Also, 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. 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/.



Reference: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Delight Your Ears at the 24th Annual Ventura Music Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group


 

The city of Ventura will be filled with beautiful, melodious music during the 24th annual Ventura Music Festival!!! This incredible festival brings world class musicians and performers to multiple venues across our area. Enjoy 9 incredible live performances in a variety of genres, including classical, jazz, and popular. Do not miss this fantastic cultural event!


Complete Schedule

Thursday, July 12th

  • John Jorgenson Quintet | “Gypsy Jazz”
  • Time - 7:30 pm
  • Location - Olivas Adobe Historical Park (4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura)

Friday, July 13th

  • Tea Trumpets | Festival Brass Quintet
  • Time - 3:00 pm
  • Location - Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn (550 Sanjon Road, Ventura)

Friday, July 13th

  • Twanguero | “Rockabilly Mambo”
  • Time - 8:00 pm
  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Saturday, July 14th

  • Pink Martini | “Little Orchestra”
  • Time - 8:00 pm
  • Location - Oxnard Performing Arts Center (800 Hobson Way, Oxnard)

Sunday, July 15th

  • Trio Céleste | Chamber Music
  • Time - 3:00 pm
  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)
  • “What’s the Score?” Pre-Concert Talk by Nuvi Mehta at 2:15 pm  

Wednesday, July 18th

  • Jarabe Mexicano | Lively Latin American Songbook
  • Time - 5:00 pm
  • Location - San Buenaventura Mission Park (200 Block of East Main Street, Ventura)
  • FREE Public Concert

Friday, July 20th  

  • Akropolis | “High Speed” Reeds
  • Time - 8:00 pm
  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Saturday, July 21st

  • Perla Batalla | Songstress
  • Time - 8:00 pm
  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Sunday, July 22nd

  • Malashock Dance | “Together in the Fires of Delight”  
  • Time - 3:00 pm
  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

 

Purchase tickets to each of these performances HERE!


 

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Image Credit: Ventura Music Festival

Top Reasons to Stage Your Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Congratulations!! You made the big decision to sell your home! It's now time to make sure that your home is looking its very best before it hits the market. Help your home stand apart from the competition through staging! Many home sellers wonder if there are really benefits to staging. The proof is in the numbers! Create the best first impression by staging your home!

 

1. Home buyers can better visualize themselves in the home through staging. Be sure to declutter and remove personal items that can be distracting.

2. 39% of real estate agents representing sellers said that staged homes moved off the market faster.

3. Online viewers look at staged homes 40% more.

4. The value of homes increased 1% to 5% more after being staged, in general. Some sellers enjoyed increased values of 6% to 10%!

5. While you should clean your entire house and make sure that all of it looks its very best, the most important rooms to stage are the kitchen, dining room, living room, and master bedroom.

 

 

Consider hiring a professional stager for your home as they know the best ways to maximize your space and accentuate its best features. For more staging and Sellers Tips, Contact the Blake Mashburn Group.


Reference: National Association of REALTORS®

Ride the Wave to Ventura's Surf Rodeo Music & Surf Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

One of your favorite Ventura County summertime events is right around the corner…..the Surf Rodeo Music & Surf Festival!! Celebrate everything you love about living in this beautiful community on Saturday, June 14th, and Sunday, June 15th, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily in Pierpont Beach.

 

Enjoy a weekend of dancing to the 24+ bands. Catch the waves or watch them ride during the Surf Contest; held at 7:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday (must have Surf Rodeo ticket to be a spectator). Participate in the “Wimbledon” of Cornhole Tournaments; held at 10:00 am daily. Check out the exciting Rodeo Competitions. 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 100 vendors. Take a turn on the mechanical bull, try the beach activities, swing by the Kids Corral….and so much more! This festival is fun for all ages!

 

Live Music Lineup

Saturday, July 14th

Sunday, July 15th

Fishbone

Shwayze

Long Beach Dub Allstars

Joyce Manor

Beebs And Her Money Makers

Yachtly Crew

Raging Arb And The Redheads

The Untouchables

The Upbeat

Highway Starr

Kyle Smith

Shaky Feelin’

Rising Sun

Tropa Magica

Ego Sunshine

The Love Dimension

Zep Heads

James Kaye

Rob Riccardo

TV Broken 3rd Eye Open

Dano Forte

Danielle Stacy

SRA

The Inside Break

*More bands will be added to the lineup and a schedule of times for each performance will be released closer to the date!

 

 

Ticket Information

  • Day Pass: $37 per person

  • Weekend Pass: $45 per person

  • Children 10 and under are FREE!

  • Purchase tickets in advance HERE for great savings! Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

 

 

 

The Blake Mashburn Group hopes everyone in Ventura County has a rockin’ good time at the 11th Annual Surf Rodeo Music & Surf Festival!

 

 

Image Credit: Surf Rodeo Music & Surf Festival

Changing Your Address When You Move!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

You’ve closed on your new home in Ventura and all your possessions are packed! You are all set to move to your new address. Although it might feel like all your work is done, there is one final (and important) step to take….and it’s one that can be easily overlooked in the chaos of moving. This step is notifying others of your change of address! Avoid any potential hassles and missteps by changing your address at least a week ahead of your move with these organizations, agencies, providers, and individuals.

 

1. Post Office

This is the one that most people remember when they move….but just in case here is USPS Website where you can submit your official change of address.

 

2. Utilities

Avoid still paying the utilities bill for your old home when you move. Make sure you notify all of your utilities providers, including electric, gas, cable, and internet, before you move so that you can start service in the new home on your very first day there.

 

3. Cellphone

Since cell phone companies determine the tax rate on your bill based on your primary residence, it is required that you update your billing address any time you move.

 

4. Your Bank, Credit Card Providers, Etc.

Even if you handle the majority of banking and finances online, you want to notify all of these institutions and providers of your address change to avoid sensitive, personal information to be sent to your old address.

 

5. DMV

The state of California requires you to notify the DMV of your change of address within 10 days of moving. This allows them to update your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and vehicle title. Find out all the information you need to change your address on the DMV Website.

 

6. IRS

Don’t wait to update your information with the IRS until tax season comes around because it will just delay your refund. Change your address with the IRS while it is fresh on your mind. Find out how to update it on the IRS Website.

 

7. Government Programs

This won’t affect all moving homeowners but if you receive benefits from any government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare, or Medicare, make sure you update your information with them to keep your benefits active and avoid private information from getting in the wrong hands.

 

8. Voter Registration

If you’re a registered voter (and you should be!), make sure you update your address so that you can vote in all upcoming elections.

 

9. Your Work

It’s likely that your coworkers are aware of your move but make sure that the human resources department is too! They will need to update your information for payroll and benefits.

 

10. Your Insurance Providers

In order to file a claim with your health, car, life, dental, and homeowners insurance, your new address must be listed on your policy.

 

11. Your Medical Providers

You don’t want to potentially fall behind on paying medical bills by having them sent to your old house. Make sure you let your doctor, dentist, and any other health providers know about your move.

 

12. Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions

If you still receive a paper copy of the newspaper or your favorite magazine, make sure you let them know of your new address so you never miss an edition/issue.

 

13. Online Shopping

We all do a large portion of our shopping online and with those sites that we use frequently, such as Amazon, it can be easy to purchase something and forget to look over your shipping address. Update your information know while it is on your mind so you receive all of your packages.

 

14. Friends and Family

This final one is another gimme but do not forget to provide your friends and family with your new address so that they can keep sending you those birthday and holiday cards every year!


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Celebrate Freedom in Ventura!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Show off your patriotic pride this Independence Day in Ventura! Wednesday, July 4th, will be filled with family, fun celebrations for the holiday! Celebrate our nation's independence and the freedoms that we enjoy every day as citizens of the United States! Spend the whole day celebrating with family and friends with delicious food, live entertainment, patriotic fun, fireworks, and so much more! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your July 4th in Ventura!

 

 

Ventura's 4th of July Street Fair 2017

When: Wednesday, July 4th | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Ventura's Downtown Cultural District

Cost: FREE!

Be "Ventura Strong" at the 43rd Annual Street Fair in Ventura. There is so much to enjoy at this fantastic community event. Explore unique, handmade arts and crafts created by more than 200 artists. Dine on delicious food made by local organizations and businesses. Take the kids to the Kid Zone at Mission Park (Main & Figueroa Streets) for rides, inflatables, and a Ventura Fire Department fire engine. Decorate your bicycle or red wagon in patriotic glory and participate in the Pushem Pullem Parade at 9:30 am down Main Street. All participants will receive a free commemorative button. Dance the day away to fantastic live entertainment.

Entertainment Schedule!

Oak Street Stage

  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am | Barranca Vista Dancers

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am | Rubicon Theater

  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | Channelaire Chorus

  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Channel Islands Harmony Chorus

  • 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm | 805 Rhythm

Palm Street Stage

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Love Handles

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm | Got Rhythm

  • 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Vendo

Mission Stage

  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Leif Engeswick

California Street Stage

  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | Mighty Cash Cats

  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Footworks Youth Ballet

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Raised on Vinyl

 

2017 Ventura Fireworks Show & Family Picnic

When: Wednesday, July 4th | 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Ventura College (4667 Telegraph Road)

Purchase Tickets HERE!

Celebrate country, community, and family at the 24th Annual Ventura 4th of July Fireworks Show & Family Picnic. Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks and cart vendors or pack your own picnic! Swing over to the Kids Zone for bounce houses, inflatables, and games. There will also be live music, a DJ, robotics demonstration, giveaways, and more throughout the evening. Do not miss the spectacular fireworks show at 9:00 pm. This custom show will feature over 3,000 fireworks effects choreographed to music!

 



The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone in Ventura a very Happy & Safe 4th of July!  

Getting the Facts Straight on These 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!

How to Time Selling and Buying Your Ventura Home

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The timing of Selling and Buying your home is imperative when you enter the real estate market. You want to be fully prepared as you work to sell your current home and buy a new one. It is important to fully understand your finances as well as your personal needs throughout the process. Here are 7 of the most common timing options for selling and buying your home.

 

1. Selling Before Buying | This is the most common scenario. By selling your home first, you are helping ensure that you have the finances in place to purchase a new home. It helps you avoid the mess of dealing with two mortgages at once.

 

2. Buying Before Selling | This is the most convenient scenario. It gives you the option of updating your old home to improve its value for sale and/or making improvements to your new home before moving in. It eliminates the stress of having to move immediately. However, the major downfall of this option is that you will be paying two mortgages at once. Make sure you can truly afford to do this before choosing this option.

 

3. Buying & Selling Concurrently | This is a popular option. Timing really is everything for this option. You hope that you are able to sell your current home in order to give you the finances to afford the next one. However, it also puts a lot of the control out of your hands and into the hands of a buyer of your current home and the seller of the new home. Work closely with your realtor to help you sell your home in a timely manner and successfully purchase your new home.

 

4. Selling on Contingency | When selling your home, you can put a contingency clause on your listing that you will sell once you find "suitable housing". This can hinder the sale of your home though since many buyers want to be able to move in as soon as the deal is done. Make sure you only use this option when you have exhausted all others.

 

5. Buying On Contingency | Similar to the previous option, this allows the buyer to add a clause that states that they will purchase the new home once their current home sells. This will only work if you find a seller that is willing to wait for you.

 

6. Right of First Refusal | Instead of using a home sale contingency, you can use a Right of First Refusal (ROFR). This allows the buyer to step in front of any other buyers that might make an offer on the home. You must show the seller that your finances are in order. Please note, many sellers will not agree to this option since it limits the offers they could receive on their home.

 

7. Renting | The final option is to rent out your current home instead of selling. You will be able to cover your current mortgage while you look for a new home. Make sure that you find a reliable tenant if you decide to rent out your home.

 

Figure out the perfect timing option for you by working with your Experienced Realtor as you buy and sell your home. Give Blake Mashburn a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Landscape Your Ventura Home to Increase Its Value!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Landscaping is one of the best home improvements you can make to increase it's value. It can increase its value by 5 to 11%! The best part is that it is also an easy improvement to make! Here are some great landscaping tips for you to increase the property value of your Ventura home!

 

1. Landscape to Complement The Style of Your Home

You want to make sure that landscape design compliments your home. What is the architectural style of your home? If it is more modern or industrial, add lots of greenery that contours to the lines of your home. For older style homes, think of designs that will blend well and give more of a country feel.

 

2. Create a Strategy

Always start off with a plan. This will ensure that you have the best landscaping design for your home. You don't want to do too little or too much. Do not clutter too many plants in a particular area. Make sure to have lots of diversity in your plants to make it interesting but still uniform.

 

3. Think of the Seasons

We do not experience much seasonal change in southern California but there are plants that thrive best at different times of the year. Keep your landscape looking its best every time of year and match it to the seasons. Bright florals are great for spring, lovely beds are perfect for summer, autumnal colors add a feeling of fall, and evergreens can put you in the holiday spirit for winter.

 

4. Add Trees

A couple of trees can actually increase the sale price of your home. They help add some welcome shade for you and your home, improve the air quality in your area, and are a great relaxing spot in your yard.

 

5. Create an Edge

Always have edging along your garden beds, sidewalks, and driveway. This along with a well maintained lawn help showcase the care you take in your home. It is also easy to maintain by keeping weeds at bay.

 

Of all improvements to boost home value, landscape is one that will get you the largest return on your investment.  Just make sure that you design your landscape with a plan, and don’t let that design become so complex that the mere thought of all the maintenance chases away your buyers.

 

Enjoy a great return on investment by landscaping your Ventura yard today. For more great home owners tips, visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

 

Silly Home Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Although not overly complicated, there is a lot that goes into the process of buying a house. Throughout this process, buyers, especially if it is their first time, can sometimes make silly mistakes. Although these mistakes might seem minor they can keep a buyer from being able to purchase their home....and nobody wants that! We are here to help if you are looking to buy your dream home in the Ventura area. Here are the commonly made silly home buying mistakes and ways for you to avoid them.

 

Mistake: Delaying Financing

How to Avoid: The first step in your home buying process should be meeting with a mortgage lender to find out what financing options are available to you. This will allow you to set your budget.

Mistake: Using an Unreliable/Fake Lender

How to Avoid: Ask your realtor for recommendations of mortgage lenders. Also do some of your own research so you understand the basics of a mortgage and can identify a fraud.

Mistake: You get Pre-Qualified and not Pre-Approved

How to Avoid: When it all comes down to it, pre-qualified means nothing. You need to actually get pre-approval in order to show that your financing is ready for purchasing a home.

Mistake: Searching Outside Your Budget

How to Avoid: With pre-approval, you know exactly the financing available to you through your mortgage lender. Stick within this budget and only look for houses that fit within it.

Mistake: Offering Too Low

How to Avoid: If it is a sellers market, which is currently is, you cannot provide a seller with a lowball offer because they will simply go with a different buyer.

Mistake: You Go on a Shopping Spree during Escrow

How to Avoid: Although you have pre-approval, your finances are not 100% secure. In fact, your lender will double check your finances right before closing to make sure you still qualify. If you have suddenly opened new credit accounts or purchased a big ticket item, such as a car, appliances, etc, it could change your debt to income ratio and affect your loan qualification. Just avoid buying anything big until after you have closed on your new home.

Mistake: Not Having the Money to Cover Closing Costs

How to Avoid: Work closing costs into your budget from the very beginning. Get an estimate from your mortgage lender of closing costs before you put in your offer on the house so that you have the necessary funds.

 

Now that you know how to avoid these common buyers mistakes, 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!

 

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