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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/.

 

Amazing Curb Appeal Plants to Help Sell Your Ventura Home!

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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A Weekend of Music in Ventura!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Enjoy a weekend full of music in beautiful Ventura! Head to Discovery Ventura (1888 East Thompson Boulevard, Ventura) on Saturday and Sunday for not one but TWO incredible music festivals! Whether you want to chill out to some reggae or sing along to some classic rock, there is a band for you to enjoy. Both events are open to all ages!

 

Backyard Bash

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time: 11:30 am - 7:00 pm (Backyard Bash) | 7:00 pm - 1:00 am (After Party)

Cost: $35 General Admission | $45 General Admission + After Party | $85 VIP

Purchase tickets HERE!

Entertainment Lineup

West Beach Main Stage

Bashment Stage

  • 1:00 PM | RITAL MOVEMENT
  • 2:00 PM | AFTER THE SMOKE
  • 3:00 PM | DIEGO’S UMBRELLA
  • 4:30 PM | KROOKED TREEZ

After Party

 

TRIBOO Music Festival

Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Time: 11:30 am - 8:00 pm (Music Festival) | 8:00 pm - 1:00 am (After Party)

Cost: $25 General Admission | $35 General Admission + After Party | $75 VIP

Purchase tickets HERE!

Entertainment Lineup

Main Stage

Indoor Stage

  • 1:45 PM | SGT PEPPER (A Tribute to the Beatles)
  • 3:30 PM | HOLLYWOOD STONES (A Tribute to the Rolling Stones)
  • 5:15 PM | HIGH VOLTAGE (A Tribute to ACDC)

After Party

 

Both of these events will be held indoors and outdoors at Discovery Ventura. Parking is not available on site. Please utilize the free shuttle from 125 Hartman Drive. The shuttle will run throughout the day and drop off and pick up right in front of the festival gates.

 

Images Credit: Discovery Ventura

Warning Signs to Look For During Your Home Search!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The old adage "Beauty is only skin deep" should always be in the back of your mind when you Buy! You may think that you found your dream home, but there is a chance that you could be blinded by decor and design features that are masking hidden issues. Be a smart consumer and learn what to warning signs to look out for as you begin your home search in Ventura! Looking for these warning signs from the very start will help insure that the home you fall in love with is truly as wonderful as it seems.

 

 

Electrical Issues - Avoid fire hazards by checking for exposed wires, hot outlets, burn markings, and other indications of faulty electrical systems.

Plumbing Issues - No one wants to deal with water issues in a new home so check for leaks, drainage problems, poor water pressure, and stains.

Mold Issues - Mold poses a health risk to you and your family. Use your nose to check for a musty smell and look for peeling paint or rotted wood.

Workmanship Issues - If it is clear that the home has had repairs or renovations completed, check to see the workmanship done. Although it might look nice, cheap materials or mishandling of items could cause you to have to pay to repair the repairs.

Pest Issues - A new homeowner does not want any unwelcome guests. Check for damaged wood that could indicate carpenter ants or termites. Also, look for any openings that could allow easy access for mice and other small critters.

Foundation Issues - Make sure the structure of the home is strong. Foundation issues can mean incredibly costly repairs in the future. Look for crooked floors and doorways within the home. As you walk outside, check for cracks in the driveway and walls and be on the lookout for trees planted close to the home that could have large roots growing near the foundation. While you can't climb up on the roof to make sure you won't be surprised by any future leaks, you can check for signs that the roof is damaged. Look to see how wear and tear has been dealt with. You want to see if there are any damaged and missing shingles.

Roof Issues - Avoid raindrops falling on your head by checking the roof. Look for damage signs such as missing or mismatched shingles.

 

 

The Blake Mashburn Group  is here to help you find the perfect home in Ventura. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

 

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