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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!

 

Giddy On Up To Ventura’s Surf Rodeo!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Yeehaw!!! It’s time for the 12th annual Surf Rodeo & Surf Music Festival!!! This favorite summertime community event is returning to beautiful Pierpont Beach on Saturday, June 13th, and Sunday, June 14th, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Do not miss out on any of the fun!

Spend the weekend dancing away to the 30 bands. Ride the waves or watch the Surf Contest. Show off your skills in the “Wimbledon” of Cornhole Tournaments. Check out exciting Rodeo Competitions like barrel racing and greased pig paddle races! Dine on delicious food from your favorite local vendors and cool down with an ice cold beer from the Beer/Wine Gardens. Swing by the Street Fair to find unique items from around 70+ vendors. Take a turn on the mechanical bull, try the beach activities, swing by the Kids Corral….and so much more! Find the full schedule
HERE!! This festival is fun for all ages!
 

Live Music Lineup

Saturday, June 13th

Sunday, June 14th

Chappy Stage

Chang Stage

Chappy Stage

Chang Stage

Music E.T. Sound

Brian & Rowena

Shiragirl

Music E.T. Sound

Art City Monsters

Music E.T. Sound

Rising Son

Brian & Rowena

Hy Brasil

Jumpstart

Shakey Feelin

Socialeyes

Kings Revenge

Bad Leaf

B-side Players

Honey Owl

Dani Stacy

Sik Sik Sicks

Rob Leines

Hannah Jobus

Bikini Cowgirl & Cowboy

Zepp Heads

Highway Starr

Stoneflys

James Kaye

Jackass

Zach Deputy

Paige Peel

Raging Arb and the Redheads

Sitting on Stacy

Yachtley Crew

Noble Grizwald

Radkey

Sir, Please

Hep Cat

Aaron Pax Taylor

The Expendables

Cydeways

 

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Ticket Information
Day Pass: $40 per person
Weekend Pass: $55 per person
Children 10 and under are FREE!

Purchase tickets in advance HERE to avoid the lines! Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

    
The Surf Rodeo & Surf Music Festival is just one of the incredible community events taking place throughout the year Ventura! These fantastic events are just one of the many reasons why Ventura is such an incredible place to live! Search Ventura Homes For Sale to join in on all the fun! Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit his Website to find your dream home today!


Image Credit: Surf Rodeo & Surf Music Festival 

 

What To Expect From 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!

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!

Add Living Space Outside To 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 this summer and 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 no matter the time of year. 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. Use blues and greens during this summer season. Then, add pops of color that reflect the fall'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.

 

 

For more great tips for homeowners, check out our Website and follow us on Facebook!  

 

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!

Feel Refreshed At The 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Ventura County's longest running wine festival returns this Sunday, June 9th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm! Head to scenic Lake Casitas Recreation Area (11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura) for the 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival!!!

 

This favorite annual festival allows you to try the most delectable wines and libations you have ever tasted! Enjoy over 250 different selections of wine from 60 award-winning Wineries! Not a wine drinker? Your favorite Breweries will also be offering a wide variety of craft beers and microbrews at the event.

 

While the main feature of this festival is the beverages, there are plenty of other reasons you why you do not want to miss this event. Dance to fantastic live music from Area 51. Relax on a scenic lake cruise aboard the Rotary Boat. Explore the Art & Craft Vendors to find unique items for yourself and your home. Win an incredible prize in the silent auction. Dine on delicious cuisine from your favorite local Dining Vendors. Soak up the summer time sun and incredible scenery with your family and friends.


 

Ticket Information

  • General Admission (Early Bird Pre-Sale) | $60 per person

  • GA Non-Drink Admission (Day Of) | $25 per person

  • VIP Admission | $130 per person

  • VIP Non-Drink Admission | $75 per person

  • Parking Pass | $10 per car

  • Children 12 & Under are FREE with paid adult.

  • Purchase tickets in advance HERE.

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The 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival is just one of the many fun community events occurring in beautiful Ojai throughout the year. If you are interested in Buying your dream home in this vibrant, close-knit community, search our Homes for Sale. Give ​​Blake Mashburn a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.   


Image Credit: Ojai Wine Festival

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

 

 

Searching Tips To Find Your Dream Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Whenever there is low inventory in the housing market, the search for a new home can seem like a daunting task. But, don't get discouraged if you are ready to Buy your dream Ventura home. There are several steps that you can take to help take some of the stress out of the home search. These steps will help you narrow your focus and lead you to the home of your dreams in no time!

 

1. Get Pre-Approval!

Before you begin your search, you should get pre-approval for a mortgage. Besides making you a more competitive buyer in the market, it will also allow you to understand your budget. This way you can search for homes that fit within the amount you have been pre-approved for.

 

2. Must Haves Vs. Wish List!

It is important to stay focused during your home search. The best way to do that is to prioritize what you features you really need for your new home. Make a list of must haves, should haves, and wish list features.

 

3. Find Neighborhood!

The neighborhood is just as important as the house, and each neighborhood has its own distinctive characteristics. Check out the neighborhood for its school district, amenities, and commute before you start looking for individual houses within it.

 

4. Choose A House Style!

Think about what style of home will best fit your family's needs based on the must have list you made previously. Then, look at homes that fit that style. This will help you narrow your search and be more likely to have you looking at homes that will be a good fit.

 

5. Keep Notes!

In order to remember what feature liked of each individual home, you should take notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property. Another helpful thing to do is take photographs of the things you like and don't like so you accurately recall what the home was like.

 

 

Find your dream home today! Search Ventura Homes For Sale! Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit his website (http://www.blakemashburn.com/) to get started!

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!  

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