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Ventura County Farm Day!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Along with beautiful coast lines, stunning mountain ranges, and thriving towns and cities, Ventura County is filled with spectacular, bountiful agricultural land. Celebrate our area's farming heritage during the 6th annual Ventura County Farm Day!!! On Saturday, November 3rd, enjoy FREE admission to 20+ local farms. Explore the stunning countryside between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Learn more about the workings of these active farms, try fresh and local products, get up close with animals, and so much more. Plus, the weekend is filled with other fun events and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Come discover a side to Ventura County that you rarely get to see for this fantastic annual event!

 

 

FARM DAY LOCATIONS

CAMARILLO

FILLMORE

MOORPARK

OJAI

OXNARD

PIRU

SANTA PAULA

SATICOY

SOMIS

 

KICKOFF BARBEQUE

 

Enjoy fun times and great food at the Ventura County Farm Day Kickoff Barbecue! Fill your bellies, play games, listen to live music, and so much more!  

  • Date: Friday, November 2nd

  • Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Location: Oxnard Historic Farm Park (1251 Gottfried Place, Oxnard)

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Image Credit: SEEAG

Don't Be Tricked By These Home Buying Mistakes!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Although not a tricky process, 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 avoidable 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!

 

Should I Stage My Home? YES!

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®

Halloween Events in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Halloween is almost here! Get ready for ghoulish frights and fun! Before trick or treating on October 31st in your Ventura County community, get in the spirit of the season at a fantastic Halloween event throughout our area! Happy Halloween from The Blake Mashburn Group!

 

Harvest Moon Spooktacular

Date: Saturday, October 27th

Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Mission Park and 200 Block of Main Street

With a haunted house, pumpkin pie eating contest, kids zone, games, live music, food, and more, there is something for everyone at this great event. Participate in the costume contest and enjoy trick or treating at downtown businesses with pumpkin signs in their window.

 

Kids Seaside Trick or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 27th

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura)

Worried you won't get your fill of candy? Come trick or treating at the Harbor Village. Be sure to stick around at 3:00 pm as "zombies" gather to participate in a world record breaking dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

 

BOO-Fest in Old Town

Date: Saturday, October 27th

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Old Town Camarillo

Dress in your scariest or finest Halloween costume, grab your candy bag, and collect delicious treats in Old Town Camarillo.

 

Halloween Haunt in the Park

Date: Saturday, October 27th

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Plaza Park (500 South C Street, Oxnard)

Join The Oxnard Downtown Improvement District for this family friendly event. The fun includes vendor booths, arts and crafts, bounce houses, trick or treating, costume contest, Halloween movie clips, and so much more.

 

Trick or Treat at The Collection at Riverpark

Date: Tuesday, October 30th

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: The Collection at Riverpark (2751 Parkview Court, Oxnard)

Start trick or treating early at The Collection at Riverpark. Visit participating merchants and collect some delicious goodies. Complete the passport of merchants to be entered to win an incredible grand prize. At the end of the event, please sell back some of your candy to send to the troops overseas!

 

Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration

Date: Sunday, November 4th

Time: 10 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Multiple - See below

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at 4 Santa Paula museums, including the California Oil Museum (1001 East Main Street), the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum (926 Railroad Avenue), the Santa Paula Art Museum (117 North 10th Street), and Santa Paula Cemetery (380 Cemetary Road). Each location will feature the great traditions of the holiday, including storytelling, craft making, food, music, Aztec and folklorico dancing, and more. Wear your Dia de los Muertos attire and stop by each location for some unique, festive fun.

 

Top Reasons to Work With a Realtor!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Enjoy Buying or Selling 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!


 

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/.

Buy Today To Save!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The interest rate you lock in when you secure your mortgage has a direct impact on the monthly payments you will be making. That means any increase in rates will increase the amount coming out of your wallet. Keep more money in your pocket by locking in a lower interest rate before the end of the year!

 

Interest rate predictions show that prospective home buyers should not delay! Check out data below which shows the actual rates from 2018 and the projected interest rate increases in 2019.

 

 

Along with these interest rate hikes, home prices are also expected to rise. According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index, home prices nationwide appreciated 6.2% over the course of the current year and are predicted to rise 5.1% between now and next year. If both of these housing predictions come true, home buyers will be paying significantly more every month. Why risk it? Save money and buy today!

 

If you are ready to lock in a lower interest rate, check out our current Homes for Sale in beautiful Ventura County! Give the Blake Mashburn Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Understanding the 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!

Score Your Dream Home Below Asking Price!

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/.

ArtWalk Ventura 2018!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of our favorite artsy community event…..ArtWalk Ventura!! Head to historic Downtown and the Westside Cultural District in beautiful Ventura on Saturday, October 6th (11:00 am - 6:00 pm) and Sunday, October, 7th (12:00 pm - 5:00 pm) for a fun, self guided tour of the best art this city has to offer! Check out the incredible works of art by 700+ talented artists on display at dozens galleries, studios, and pop-up venues. Do not miss this fantastic art event!

 

Participating Venues

Art City Gallery & Studios | 197 Dubbers Street

Bell Arts Factory | 432 North Ventura Avenue

Fox Fine Jewelry | 560 East Main Street

Latitudes Fine Art Gallery | 401 East Main Street

Mainstreet Architects | 422 East Main Street

Museum of Ventura County | 100 East Main Street

NAMBA Performing Arts Space | 47 South Oak Street

VC Art Market | 185 East Santa Clara Street

Vita Art Center | 28 West Main Street

PODS® Galleries

**2018 MAP**

 

“Taste Your Way Through ArtWalk” during the Bowl Hop! Purchase a beautiful, locally handcrafted bowl from the Bowl Hop and receive a $25 punch card that allows you to sample food from 33 participating Ventura restaurants! Not only will you have the opportunity to taste some truly delicious food by buying a bowl but you will also be helping the community! All proceeds benefits Ventura's Family Reconnection Program. Bowls are available while supplies last. They can be purchased in advance at Spice-Topia (576 East Main Street) or this weekend at the Bowl Hop table located at the corner of Main and South California Streets.

 

Image Credit: ArtWalk Ventura  

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