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Ventura County's "Best Food & Drink Festival" is Back!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Come to the "Best Food & Drink Festival" of Ventura County......the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival!!! Now in its 25th year, this fest is the premier food and wine event for the county. Head to California State University - Channel Islands (One University Drive) in beautiful Camarillo this Sunday, June 3rd, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, for an afternoon of tasty delights! With delicious food, refreshing wine, cold beer, and incredible live entertainment, this is one annual event you do not want to miss! Not only will you have a great time but you will be helping support a worthy cause! All proceeds from this event benefit the work of Casa Pacifica Angels, which helps at-risk youth through Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

 

Yummie Culinary Competition

Be sure to check out the Yummie Culinary Competition! This action-packed cooking showdown features chefs from Ventura County's top restaurants. See whose food is the best on flavor, presentation, innovation, and quality as they are judges by a panel of celebrity chefs, food columnists, and other culinary experts.

 

Main Stage Entertainment

Dance the afternoon away to fantastic live performances by Benise’s Band of Gypsies and

Wes Quave Live. Ventura County's favorite DJ Bruce Barrios will be emceeing.

 

Ticket Information

General Admission: $150 per person | $175 per person (after June 1st)

Includes: All-Inclusive Wine, Food, Beer, & Beverages | Festival Bag, Tray, & Glass | Live Entertainment | Complimentary Parking

Purchase tickets HERE!

*Please note, VIP admission tickets are sold out*

 

How to Host A Successful Open House!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Help Sell your Ventura home for top dollar and quickly by hosting the best open houses around! Open houses are a great way for buyers to see the home in person and ask any questions that they might have. They play a major factor in whether or not a buyer wants to pursue a particular home. Have buyers scrambling to buy your home! Follow these tips for hosting a successful open house!

 

1. Make it Welcoming - Although it might not seem like much, welcoming touches as simple as a nice doormat on your front porch can set a positive tone for the entire open house. By creating a welcoming atmosphere from the very start, you are showing buyers that you take pride in your home and it is well maintained.

 

2. Clear off Counters - Make sure your home looks like it has ample counter space in the kitchen and bathrooms by clearing them off of clutter. Keep appliances to a minimum on the kitchen counters and put personal hygiene items in drawers or cabinets within the bathrooms.

 

3. Keep it Generic - You want the buyer to envision themselves within the home so it is best to remove any personal items that can be distracting to potential buyers. Consider stowing away photos, children's art work, and other familial items during the open house.

 

4. Set the Table - Add some class to your home by adding nice place settings to your dining room table. This will also help the buyer envision hosting their own dinner parties within the space.

 

5. Make it Homey - Offering a tasty homemade treat or refreshing drink as soon as a buyer comes to the open house can instantly create a feeling of home. Add some freshly picked flowers or light a mildly scented candle to add some homey elements.

 

6. Don’t Hang Out - Buyers are more likely to feel awkward during an open house if the home owner is there. They might feel uncomfortable looking throughout the home or asking questions of their agent while you are there. Consider only being in the home for a brief moment or not at all when you have an open house scheduled.

 

A successful open house can be key to selling your Ventura home!  If you are ready to sell, the Blake Mashburn Group is here to help you every step of the way! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

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/.  

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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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