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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!

Celebrate Dad in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Father's Day is here! Show your dad how much you appreciate everything he does for you by giving him a Father's Day experience he will never forget. There are so many unique ways for you to spend the holiday this weekend! Here are our top choices to celebrate your dad in Ventura County!

 

Father's Day Golf

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: All day

Location: Buenaventura Golf Course (5882 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura)

Hit the green with dad at this award winning golf course. For only $79, your dad’s green fee, cart fee, sleeve of golf balls, and lunch with a drink will be covered! Reserve your tee time HERE!

 

Father's Day Brunch Buffet

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Discovery Ventura (1888 East Thompson Boulevard, Ventura)

Fill your bellies with a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet, complete with omelette station, carving station, oysters, children’s fare, and so much more! There will also be a bloody mary bar and bottomless mimosas. Reserve your family a spot online HERE!

 

Dad’s Day Out Train

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: 11:00 am & 3:00 pm

Location: Foster Park (438 Casitas Vista Road, Ventura)

Take a 2.5 hour train ride through the beautiful Heritage Valley as you enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch. Book online HERE!

 

From Tree to the Sea: Father's Day Wooden Boat Show and Classic Cars

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Channel Islands Maritime Museum (3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard)

Check out spectacular classic wooden boats and cars on display at this 3rd annual show. There will also be a variety of family-friendly, maritime activities to enjoy.

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes all the dads in the Ventura County a very Happy Father’s Day!

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/.

California Strawberry Festival This Weekend!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Fill your bowl with the most deliciously sweet strawberries this weekend at the 36th Anniversary California Strawberry Festival! Head to the Strawberry Meadows of College Park (3250 South Rose Avenue) in beautiful Oxnard on Saturday, May 18th, and Sunday, May 19th, from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm for the most tastiest festival in California.

 

 

You will find Eats & Treats you never could have imagined......and all that honor the delectable strawberry! But the food is not all! There is so much to do at the California Strawberry Festival! Participate in exciting Contests, such as the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest! Discover unique handmade items for sale from the 200+ Artists and Crafters! Bring the little ones over to the Strawberryland for Kids for carnival rides, inflatables, face painting, and more! Watch live musical performances on the 3 different stages! Be sure to swing by Stage 3 throughout the fest to see fantastic performances from Camarillo's Rock City Studios' Build-A-Band program's student musicians.

 

    
Festival Stage Schedule

Saturday, May 18th

Sunday, May 19th

10:00 am - 10:30 am

DJ Spencer Fischer

10:00 am - 11:15 am

DJ Spencer Fischer

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Togen Diako

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Oscar Rivera y Amigos

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Conner Cherland

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Celebrity Chef Junior Maria Dakis

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Celebrity Chef Julia San Bartolome

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Strawberry Smackdown

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Berry Blast Off

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Peter Blackwelder

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Road Brothers

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

B&V

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Angelo Arce

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Phil Medina and Friends Comedy Hour

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Phil Medina and Friends Comedy Hour

   

 

    
Dr. Kato Stage Schedule

Saturday, May 18th

Sunday, May 19th

10:00 am - 11:00 am

DJ Travis Holcombe

10:00 am - 11:00 am

DJ Travis Holcombe

11:00 am - 11:40 am

Big Mike & The Reckonin

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Shaky Feelin'

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Professional Americans

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Smith the Band

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Ocho Ojos

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

One Drop Redemption

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Past Action Heroes

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Metalachi

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

L.A.vation

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Uptown Funk


 

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!!!

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone a deliciously good time at the 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for more fantastic community events throughout the year!  

 

Image Credit: California Strawberry Festival

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/.

 

Beautiful Spring Flowers For Instant Curb Appeal!

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.

 

 

Follow us on Facebook and visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/ for other great home improvement tips!

 

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/!

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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