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Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Labor Day Weekend is Here! This long holiday weekend is traditionally filled with family gatherings, cook outs, outdoor recreation, and more. Looking for something unique to fill your time this weekend? We have found a fun event for you and your family to check out each day! Explore the best Ventura County has to offer at these incredible community events taking place this Labor Day Weekend!

 

16th Annual Ventura Nationals

Date: Saturday, September 1st

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Ventura Fairgrounds (10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura)

Cost: $15 General Admission | FREE Children 12 & Under | $10 Active Military

Check out the most incredible hot rods, kustoms, and motorcycles at this incredible annual show! You will find some of the best automobiles and bikes in the entire country, from antiques and classics to modern kustom builds. Do not miss the fun Pedal Car Contest as they cruise their way through the fairgrounds for the 5th year. Enter for your chance to win a Buick Riviera and more! Enjoy great live music by Gamblers Mark, Blazing Haley, Hard Six, Abby Girl & the Real Deal, and Lance Lipinsky & the Lovers. Tickets are available for purchase at the fairgrounds (Cash Only).

 

Aloha Beach Festival

Dates: Saturday, September 1st, & Sunday, September 2nd

Time: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Location: Promenade Park (Harbor Boulevard, Ventura)

Cost: FREE Admission!

For the 13th year, pretend you are celebrating Labor Day in Hawaii without ever having to leave Ventura! This fun community festival brings the Hawaiian islands to our beach with great live music, delicious food, canine frisbee, and so much more. Check out the full entertainment and activities schedule HERE!

 

13th Annual Santa Paula Labor Day Parade

Date: Monday, September 3rd

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Main Street (Between 7th & 10th Streets), Santa Paula

Cost: FREE Admission!

Find the best spot along the parade route and enjoy the best Labor Day parade in the area! This year’s theme is “Honor the Labor Force”. Check out all the great floats, musical groups, and more.

 

A Tribute to Tom Petty

Date:  Monday, September 3rd

Time: 5:00 pm

Location:  Conejo Community Park (1175 Hendrix Avenue, Thousand Oaks)

Cost:  Free Admission!

Grab your blanket and find the perfect spot in the park to enjoy a great concert by The PettyBreakers. Refreshments will be available or pack a picnic!


 

The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!

 

An Easy Guide to Closing!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

You found your dream home and the seller accepted your offer! You are now in the home stretch to getting handed the keys to your new home. There are a few more final and essential steps that need to be made. Here is an easy guide to closing so that you are prepared in the last days of your home buying process!

 

#1 Square Away Contingencies

Make sure that any contingencies (i.e. home inspection, appraisal, and financing) are met before the final transaction. This allows you to walk away if any issues arise.

 

#2 Clear the Title

Your mortgage lender will check for anyone that claims title to the home and see if there are any liens attached to the property. Make sure to buy title insurance so that you can protect yourself from any legal claims as the ownership transfers to you.

 

#3 Get Approval of Your Final Mortgage

Even if you got pre-approved for the loan, your mortgage lender must now verify that you accurately represented yourself by going through the underwriting process. As long as you with truthful about your finances and made no large purchases during closing that will affect your credit score, you should make it through this step like a breeze.

 

#4 Check Your Closing Disclosure

Review your closing disclosure against the loan estimate you received when you first got pre-approval. Check out the mortgage payments, interest rate, loan terms, and closing costs to make sure that everything matches.

 

#5 Do One Last Walk-through

Do a final walk-through in the last 24 hours before closing. This allows you to make sure that the previous owner has truly moved out and that the home is in the condition that you agreed upon. Most sales contracts allow buyers to do a walk-through of the house before closing, within 24 hurs. Make sure the previous owner has vacated unless you’ve allowed a rent-back arrangement.And double check that the home is in the condition agreed upon in the contract

 

Get your hands ready to sign a lot of paperwork, complete these 5 steps, and your dream Ventura home is yours!

 

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Create the Perfect Outdoor Oasis for Your Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The spectacular weather year-round in the Ventura area allows home owners to utilize outdoor areas as additional living space for their families! Turn you outdoor living spaces into beautiful, cozy retreats that you and your family can enjoy throughout the year. Whether your home has a porch, patio, loggia, terrace, or backyard, you can create a beautiful space by following these decorating tips! 

 

Decide what you want to utilize the space for. Do you want an additional sitting area for your family gather? Or, maybe you want to be able to host dinner parties during the cooler fall nights? You can turn outdoor areas into a living room complete with fireplace, television, and couches or a dining room with a long table and ample seating. The possibilities for your Ventura home are truly endless!

 

Get comfortable furniture. Your family will inevitability be spending a lot of time in this outdoor space. The furniture outdoors should be just as comfortable as that inside your house. Consider getting functional cozy pieces, such as porter's chairs, chaise lounges, sectional sofas, daybeds, etc. All of these are available for outdoor use. Choose furniture with dark wood or metal frames to fit the overall feel of the season. Choose cushions in neutral colors that can easily transition from season to season

 

Add some ambiance. Lighting and heating add instant coziness to any space. Consider what source of lighting you want to use in the space so that it is functional well into the night. Chandeliers and hanging lanterns can add a touch of elegance or a rustic feel depending on the decor you are going for. Add a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to the space. It can become the perfect spot for your family to gather before bed and the perfect spot for romance once the children have gone to sleep.

 

Focus on the details. The space's accents are the perfect and easiest way to transition the space from season to season. As we head into fall, add pops of color that reflect the season's fiery hues, such as reds and oranges. Put some throw blankets out that you can wrap yourself up in when it gets chillier at night. Place a lovely outdoor rug down to keep your toes comfy.

 

 

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5 Essential Steps to Getting a Mortgage

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Obtaining a mortgage is a process and one that is often more involved than many home buyers are expecting. Do not be surprised when you get a mortgage by being prepared for everything that is to come. Here are the 5 essential steps to getting a mortgage.

1. Pre-Approval

Getting pre-approval for a mortgage (meaning the lender is committed to giving you a loan up to a certain amount) can greatly increase your chances of the seller accepting your offer. It shows the seller that you are serious and can actually afford their home. In order to get pre-approved you will need to provide your lender with Pay Stubs, Federal Tax Returns, W-2 Forms, Statement of Assets, Residential History, and Proof of Funds.

2. Home Appraisal

Your lender will complete an appraisal of the home to determine its value. This step is necessary in order for them to check the home's value against the loan amount. As long as the home is appraised at or above what you offered, you are good to go. Unfortunately, this step in the process gets complicated if the home is appraised for less. A lender will not give you more money than what the home is valued at. If this happens, you can try to negotiate with the seller, appeal the appraisal, request a second appraisal, or (in many cases) walk away from this particular deal.

3. Maintain Credit Score

It is very important that you do not have any changes to your credit score while you go through the mortgage process. Your score gets checked at the beginning and very end and most stay consistent. Avoid jeopardizing the final approval of your loan by not opening new credit accounts, not closing old ones, and making all of your payments on time.

4. Closing Disclosure Review

When you first applied for your loan, you received a Loan Estimate (LE). Just before closing, you will receive the Closing Disclosure (CD). It is very important that you review the CD off of the LE to check for any errors. The CD outlines everything that you will pay in fees at settlement. Since errors can often occur in these documents be sure to carefully check your Name's Spelling, Loan Term, Loan Type, Interest Rate, Cash to Close, Closing Costs, Loan Amount, Total Monthly Payment, and Estimated Taxes and Insurance.

5. Underwriting

The final step is the underwriting process. This is when you lender verifies that all of the information you provided is true and accurate. The easiest (and only) way to get through this step smoothly is to be truthful in your application. Be sure to maintain your job status, credit score, and pay off your debts on time and this step will be a total breeze!

 

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Celebrate the Natural Beauty of Ventura at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate the natural beauty of Ventura at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival!! This 9th annual festival showcases inspirational and educational films related to our natural environment. Enjoy these incredible, award-winning short films with a stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Bring a blanket, find the perfect spot on the grassy lawn, and relax under the stars during this fantastic event!

 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will take place this Saturday, August 18th, at the Ventura County Credit Union (2575 Vista Del Mar Drive #100). The gates to the event will open at 5:00 pm with fun lawn games, family friendly activities, live music from Bill Jones & J. Peter Boles and Mid Life Crisis. Films will begin at 8:00 pm.

 

Film Line Up

Water Take One: Ventura Land Trust

Imagination: Tom Wallisch

Brothers of Climbing

Blind Sushi

Dragging 235 lbs. Uphill Both Ways

Where the Wild Things Play

Lost in Light

The Nature of Maps

Love of Place

Grandad

A Letter to Congress

 

Dine on delicious food from your favorite local trucks, including Deer Xing, It's in the Sauce, Mr. Softee, Scratch, SoCalComfort, Steamy Bun Truck, and Sweet Arleen's. Sip on refreshing beer and wine from New Belgium Brewing, Rincon Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Topa Topa, Castoro Cellars, and San Antonio Winery.

 

General Admission is $25 per person and child admission is $5 per child (ages 12 and under). Purchase tickets HERE!

 

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Image Credits: Ventura Land Trust

Ventura County Heads Back to School!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The first school bells of the year are about to start ringing throughout Ventura County! It's time to head back to school! The excellent public school districts in our area will all be returning to school at different dates over the next few weeks; to make sure you have your young scholars ready to go with their backpacks packed, here is a list of the first days of school for all local districts!

Santa Paula Unified School District | 201 South Steckel, Santa Paula

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 15th

2018 - 2019 District Calendar

 

Fillmore Unified School District | 627 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore

First Day of School: Thursday, August 16th

2018 - 2019 District Calendar

 

Oxnard School District | 1501 South A Street, Oxnard

First Day of School: Thursday, August 16th

2018 - 2019 District Calendar

 

Ojai Unified School District | 414 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 22nd

2018 - 2019 District Calendar

 

Ventura Unified School District | 255 West Stanley Avenue, Ventura

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 22nd

2018 - 2019 District Calendar

 

Hueneme Elementary School District | 205 North Ventura Road, Port Hueneme

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 28th

2018 - 2019 District Calendar

 

Oxnard Union High School District | 309 South K Street, Oxnard

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 28th

2018 - 2019 District Calendar

 

Pleasant Valley School District | 600 Temple Avenue, Camarillo

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 29th

2018 - 2019 District Calendar

 


The Blake Mashburn Group wishes a successful and fun 2018 - 2019 school year to all students in Ventura County!!!

If you are interested in BUYING a home in one of these excellent school districts, give us a call today or visit our Website!   

Head On Down to the Ventura County Fair!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate everything you love about living in beautiful Ventura County by partaking in that great summertime tradition.....the Ventura County Fair!!! Head to the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 West Harbor Boulevard) now through Sunday, August 12th, for days of family fun and excitement! The 143rd annual fair promises to be better than ever! Enjoy carnival games, exciting rides and attractions, incredible live entertainment, interesting vendors and exhibitions, and SO much more every day from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Admission to the fair costs $12 for adults and $9 for children and seniors (65+). Take advantage of discounted ticket prices on Special Admission Days. Purchase your fair tickets HERE! Do not miss out on the “County Fair with Ocean Air”!!

 

Grandstand Entertainment Schedule

Monday, August 6th

  • 7:30 pm | Sublime with Rome

Tuesday, August 7th

  • 1:00 pm | The 5th Dimension
  • 7:30 pm | Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Wednesday, August 8th

  • 7:30 pm | Boyz II Men

Thursday, August 9th

  • 7:30 pm | Hunter Hayes

Friday, August 10th

  • 7:30 pm | Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Saturday, August 11th

  • 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm | Professional Cowboy Rodeo

Sunday, August 12th

  • 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm | Professional Cowboy Rodeo

 

Check out all the fun happenings: 2018 Ventura County Fair Daily Schedule of Events!!!

 

The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone a happy & fun time at this year’s Ventura County Fair!


Image Credit: Ventura County Fairgrounds

Community amenities to evaluate when choosing a place to live

by The Blake Mashburn Group

A home purchase is a big decision that affects everyone.  Before you begin to look, figure out what amenities are most important to you and your family in the neighborhood of your choice?

  1. Schools- Whether or not you have children the schools in your neighborhood are of great importance.  Great schools add value to your home as well as a solid educational foundation for your children
  2. Conveniences- Are there a number of grocery store options close by?  Is your bank close? How about playgrounds for the kids?  Where are your doctors located? All these things play into the likeability of the location of your home.
  3. Dining and entertainment- While this may not be on the top of your list, your hobbies, dining preferences and entertainment options and the distance from your home will be important.
  4. What amenities does the home itself offer?  Big backyard, outdoor pool, extended patio or deck for outdoor living space?
  5. If it is a relatively new neighborhood, what was it built upon?  Some areas have been built over wetland and filled.  This could cause unsettling in your home resulting in cracked foundations and walls.

Before you begin your home search, partner with a real estate agent that is an expert in the area and has lived or worked there for a good number of years.  Their experience and knowledge could be a lifesaver for you and can save hours of viewings in areas that don’t meet your needs.

Need more information about our area?  Contact us today.  We’ll help you find the perfect home in the best neighborhood to suit all your needs.

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