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Top Tips for Buying & Selling Your Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Ready to buy or sell your Ventura home this summer? Whether you are new to the market or have been here before, it is important to be prepared. You want to stand apart from your competition and make sure your real estate goals are met. Let us help you get ready for buying or selling this summer with these 5 Buyers Tips and 5 Sellers Tips to set you up for the most real estate success!

 

5 Buyers Tips

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, Blake Mashburn is the best of the best. We have helped buyers for 26+ years! Our knowledge and experience will make sure you find yourself in your dream home by fall!

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

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 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 summer by following these tips. Search our Ventura Homes for Sale to get started today. Give our experienced team a call at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/ for all your buying and/or selling needs!

 

A Handy Guide To Moving!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

You Bought a new home in Ventura! Congrats! Before you can begin life in your new home though, you need to pack up the life you had in your old one! Packing and moving is always stressful and unpredictable. But, planning ahead of time can truly help eliminate some of the anxiety during the process! Make your move more manageable by using our Moving Day Cheat Sheet!

 

A FEW WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

  1. The best movers are going to book up fast so allow yourself plenty of time to schedule a mover. Find the best ones by asking friends and looking at online reviews.

  2. Unless you prefer to handle the clean up yourself, schedule a cleaning service to come to your current home the day after you move out.

  3. Transfer all utilities or schedule the disconnect of utilities (if moving to a different city). Schedule the installation of your cable and internet for the day after you are scheduled to move into your new home so it is ready to go.

  4. Get rid of items that you truly do not need. Hold a garage sale or post items online. Do donation runs with unwanted clothing, toys, and furniture.

  5. Stock up on boxes, tapes, bubble wrap, and all other packing essentials. Ask friends for boxes and swing by local stores that might be looking to get some off of their hands for free.

  6. Start packing non-essential items, such as books or winter clothing. Spread out the packing over the weeks leading up to your move date so you are not overwhelmed at the end.

 

THE DAY BEFORE YOU MOVE

  1. Label all boxes and furniture with the room in the new home that they should be placed into.

  2. Go shopping for nutritious, easy to eat snacks and bottled water for yourself and your movers.

  3. Get some cash out of your bank account so you have money to tip the movers tomorrow.

  4. Bring your pet over to a friend or family member the night before you move to reduce stress for your furry friend and keep them out of the way during moving day.

  5. Put together an overnight bag that has those necessities you will need the first night in your new home. This will keep you from having to rummage through boxes to find toiletries, medicine, and clothing.

 

THE DAY OF THE MOVE

  1. Wake up with plenty of time before the movers arrive in order to make final preparations.

  2. Take important documents, jewelry, and other small valuables and place them in your car. You should transfer these items yourself to ensure their safety.

  3. Discard of or pack up final items, such as food or toiletries.

  4. Give your home a thorough walk through at the end to make sure that you get everything out of drawers, cabinets, and any else it could be hiding.

  5. Watch the movers as they work to make sure they handle your items with care.

  6. Go through your new home before the movers arrive to label rooms that might not be obvious what they are, such as bedrooms. This will help the movers place your labeled boxes in the correct rooms.

  7. Take a moment to breathe when the movers leave and get some much deserved rest before you tackle unpacking!


Find your dream home today! Search Ventura Homes For Sale! Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit his Website to get started!

How To Find The Perfect School District For Your Child!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Looking to buy your dream Ventura County home? With size, design features, amenities, outdoor living spaces, and more, there are plenty of factors to consider as you begin your search.

 

If you have children, however, one of the most important factors is location near a highly ranked school. There are several benefits to buying a home near a top rated school. #1 it provides your child access to the best education around. #2 it increases the value of your home. That's a win for the whole family!

 

Now that the 2018-2019 school year has come to a close, it is the perfect time to evaluate what district you want your child to attend so that you can relocate before this upcoming fall.

 

Start your search in one of these excellent local school districts:

Fillmore Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Ojai Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Oxnard Union High School District | Homes for Sale

Pleasant Valley School District | Homes for Sale

Ventura Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Once you know the school district, you can begin to narrow your search down to find the best schools within it. This is where your school work and research comes in! Use independent websites such as GreatSchools.org, Niche.com, and U.S. News & World Report, to find unbiased rankings and data. Check out school websites to find out about awards and recognitions. Ask the schools you are interested in if you can visit. This is the best way for you to find out if it is the right fit for your child. Find out about the facilities, learn about class sizes and extracurricular offerings, meet teachers and administrators, and more.

Found the school you want your child to attend? Now, Blake Mashburn can help you find your dream home within that school's boundaries. Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Have A Delicously Good Time At The Casa Pacific Wine, Food & Brew Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Do not miss the "Best Food & Drink Festival" of Ventura County......the Casa Pacifica Wine, Food & Brew Festival!!! Now in its 26th 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 2nd, 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 skip out on! Check out the full list of 2019 Exhibitors HERE!

 

 

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 Centers for Children & Families, which helps vulnerable youth and families in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties overcome life’s hardest challenges.

 

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 very best in flavor, presentation, innovation, and quality as they are judged 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 N'Demand. Ventura County's favorite DJ Bruce Barrios will be emceeing.

 

Ticket Information

General Admission: $150 per person

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

Purchase tickets HERE!

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone a deliciously good time at the 26th Annual Casa Pacifica Wine, Food & Brew Festival! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for more fantastic community events throughout the year!  

 

 

Image Credit: CASA PACIFICA

 

 

Memorial Day Events in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

 

The long Memorial Day Weekend is filled with fun family activities as you kick off the unofficial start of summer. While you enjoy the weekend festivities, it is also important to remember the reason we celebrate Memorial Day......to Honor and remember our nation's heroes for their enduring sacrifice for our freedom.

 

Below are some great Memorial Day events taking place throughout Ventura County!

 

 

Third Annual Memorial Day Celebration

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Location: Port Hueneme City Hall (250 North Ventura Road, Port Hueneme)

Join the City of Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, Sea Cadet Corp Ben Moreell Battalion, Navy League, and Hueneme High NROTC for their 2019 Memorial Day Celebration. The ceremony will feature keynote speaker Captain Dave McAlister, Commander Naval Construction Group ONE, the Pacific Fleet Seabees.

 

Memorial Day Services

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Ivy Lawn Memorial Park (5400 Valentine Road, Ventura)

The Memorial Day Services will include the National Anthem, an invocation, honor guard rifle salute, Gold Coast Pipe Band, pledge of allegiance, an address by Captain Jeff Chism from Naval Base Ventura County), and a flyover.

 

54th Annual “Lest We Forget” Memorial Day Service

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Conejo Mountain (2052 Howard Road, Camarillo)

This year’s service will include a keynote address by City of Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell, music by the Camarillo Community Band and Gold Coast Pipe Band, the American Legion Riders, the display of a Vietnam War Era “Huey” 205 Bell Helicopter, a white dove release, and much more.

 

 

Blake Mashburn extends a sincere THANK YOU to all veterans and active service members! We wish everyone a Happy & Safe Memorial Day!  

Increase Your Net Worth By 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 Research, renters nationwide spend 27.7% of their income on median housing costs whereas home owners only spend 17.5% of their income on median housing costs.

 

Need more convincing to buy a home in Ventura this spring? There are many financial benefits to owning a home. Home ownership is a form of Forced Savings, ensuring that you have more money at your disposal in the future. You start building Equity as soon as you purchase your new home. Home values appreciate making it a fantastic Practical Investment. It can make you eligible for Tax Savings every year. Your Monthly Housing Costs are Locked In making budgeting and saving easier for you and your family. It is Cheaper Than Renting and keeps money in your pocket. Finally, it increases your own Net Worth. In fact, past research has shown that homeowners have a higher net worth than renters.


So now truly is the time to BUY instead of rent! Work with Blake Mashburn to help get you into your first home today! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs. 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/.

 

Eggscellent Ventura County Events To Celebrate Easter!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Easter is right around the corner! You can start getting in the holiday spirit thanks to fantastic community events taking place throughout greater Ventura County! The whole family will have an EGGscellent time at these festive events!

 

 

Photos with the Bunny

Dates: Friday, April 12th - Saturday, April 20th

Times: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Weekdays) | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (Saturday) | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: The Collection at RiverPark (2751 Park View Court, Oxnard)

Cost: Varies based on desired photo size and quantity

Dress in your Sunday best and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny himself!

 

Flashlight Egg Hunt & Hike

Date: Friday, April 12th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Conejo Creek Playfield South (1300 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks)

Cost: $3 admission | $2 egg hunt hike

Grab your flashlight and your basket and check out this unique egg hunt experience! For added fun, participate in the hike to find more eggs along the trail. There will be a Glow Zone, crafts, and bounce houses for additional entertainment!

 

Fillmore's Egg Hunt & Chalk Art Festival

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Two Rivers Park (River Street, Fillmore)

Cost: FREE!

Hop on over to Fillmore for a fantastic egg hunt and opportunity to have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. You can also leave your artistic mark by creating some chalk artwork on the sidewalk.

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Arroyo Vista Community Park (4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark)

Cost: $5 for general admission | $10 all access (includes unlimited attractions, crafts, & games)

Enjoy a fun filled day at this annual event. Participate in the egg hunt, play carnival games, make arts & crafts, pet some animals, jump in a bounce house, and so much more!

 

Easter EGGstravaganza & Spring Craft Fair

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Community Center Park (1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo)

Cost: FREE!

Help find the 20,000 eggs hidden throughout the park! The eggs are filled with tasty candy and fun toys. Along with the egg hunts, this family friendly event features a petting zoo, games, entertainment, and visits with the Easter Bunny. There is also a fantastic craft fair taking place, where you can find unique items for your home and family.

 

Easter Lunch Train

Date: Sunday, April 21st

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Fillmore & Western Railway Co. (364 Main Street, Fillmore)

Cost: $50 per adult | $29 per youth (ages 4-12) | $25 per child (2-3)

All aboard this scenic ride on Easter Sunday. Enjoy a delicious lunch as you view the spectacular scenery of Heritage Valley. The Easter Bunny will also be a passenger, handing out treats to everyone on the train! Purchase tickets HERE!  


Blake Mashburn wishes you and your family a very HAPPY EASTER! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for other holiday and community events throughout the year!  

Enjoy Selling Success By Listing in April!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Home sellers are always looking for the secret to selling success! Although the housing market is unpredictable, there are some trends that always seem to hold fast; one being that spring is the hottest time to sell. But, here is even better intel! The best time to list your Ventura is right NOW!

 

The data team at Realtor.Com set out to find the best time to list your home and, when the results came in, April made it out on top. Their research found that although competition gets heavy during the spring season, it is still relatively low at the beginning of April. In fact, there is 5% less competition from other sellers. As a result, homes are viewed online 14% more. And, this translates to homes being sold quickly and at higher prices! On average, homes are sold 6 days faster and for 6% higher prices! Finally, as an added bonus, price reductions occur 1% less compared to other times of the year. Here's how all the months stacked up when the data was gathered:

 

 

 

It truly is the perfect time to sell your home. Aside from less competition from sellers, you will enjoy eager buyers! Interest rates are at the lowest they have been in months -- below 4.5%! In addition, the majority of buyers on the market are hoping to be in their new home by summer time. Your Ventura home will more likely sell quickly and for top dollar if you list this month!


Work with Blake Mashburn to Sell your Ventura home today! Give us a call at (805) 856-9350 or visit http://www.blakemashburn.com/!

Safest Cities in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

 

 

Not only is Ventura County stunningly beautiful, it is also incredibly safe!

 

Three Ventura County communities were ranked within the state's top 50 safest cities by home security and safety website SafeWise. To determine their 2019 rankings, SafeHome gathered data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the U.S. Census. The communities of Moorpark (#25), Thousand Oaks (28), Simi Valley (40), and Camarillo (24) were all recognized for their dedication and success at keeping their residents safe. Not only were these communities top ranked within the state, but all have lower average crime rates than the majority of cities around the United States!

 

#25 MOORPARK

  • Population: 36,813

  • Median Income: $102,145

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 1.30

  • Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 9.02

#28 THOUSAND OAKS

  • Population: 129,240

  • Median Income: $103,793

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 1.33

  • Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 13.05

#40 SIMI VALLEY

  • Population: 126,635

  • Median Income: $93,516

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 1.45

  • Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 14.40

#47 CAMARILLO

  • Population: 67,714

  • Median Income: $92,780

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 1.58

  • Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 16.04

 

If you are interested in Buying your dream home in beautiful and safe Ventura County, give Blake Mashburn a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.  

 

 

Image Credit: SafeWise

 
 

Front Porch Decorating Tips To Attract Buyers!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

As the main welcoming center into your house, your front porch is a great way to attract buyers. If you are looking to sell your Ventura area home (or are just looking for a fresh facelift to your homestead), update it's curb appeal by creating a cozy, outdoor living space. Give it a good cleaning and utilize these design elements for the perfect front porch!

 

 

1. A Spot To Sit

Create a great gathering spot on your front porch with some comfortable seating. Place two chairs together or add a porch swing for an outdoor living space.

2. A Small Table

Now that you have a great spot to sit, you need somewhere convenient to rest a book or a refreshing beverage. Add an outdoor coffee table or side table to your seating area.

3. A Welcome Mat

A doormat isn't just a spot to wipe your feet before entering. It is also a great design accessory for your front porch.

4. Color Palette

Consider the color of your home's trim or the front door and coordinate the colors you use on your front porch. Maintain the same color palette for any outdoor accents you use, including for your seating, doormat, and plants.

5. Potted Plants

Bring the greenery of your landscape up onto your front porch with potted plants. Use perennials, succulents, or other hearty green plants that will last all year round.

6. Seasonal Plants

A great way to update your front porch based on the time of year is with seasonal plants. Thanks to the temperate California weather, you can switch it up all four seasons. Add a vase of plants to your table or place window boxes around the porch.

7. Draw The Eye

A beautiful way to draw potential buyer's eyes to your front porch is through the landscaping. Add colorful plants leading toward your front door. As an added bonus, this creates an even more pleasant environment for those sitting on the front porch.

8. Keep It Well-Lit

Create a welcoming area with lighting. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 3 light sources placed around the front porch. Make sure that your house numbers are always well-lit so your home is easy to locate no matter the time of day.

9. Cool It Down

The California sun can be too much in the summer. Instead of avoiding your front porch, there are some awesome features you can add to cool it down and make it look great! Consider adding an outdoor ceiling fan for a nice breeze. Fade-resistant outdoor curtains are also the perfect solution to block the sun and create some privacy.


 

Work with Blake Mashburn for all your Selling needs! Give us a call at (805) 856-9350 or visit http://www.blakemashburn.com/ to get started today!

 

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