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Test Your Ventura Home During Radon Action Month!

by The Blake Mashburn Group


Keep your family healthy and safe by testing your Ventura home during National Radon Action Month!

 

The California Department of Public Health's Indoor Radon Program provides even more information and resources (including a list of certified radon mitigation professionals) to help homeowners in our area. During the month of January, they are offering California residents FREE Radon Test Kits through Alpha Energy. Order yours today by calling 1 (800) 324-5928 (option 6) or online HERE.

 

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Top Reasons To Work With A Realtor This Year!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Enjoy Buying or Selling by working with a realtor! Although you might be tempted to navigate the housing market on your own, there are numerous reasons why working with a realtor is beneficial to you. Check out these top reasons why you should work with a realtor....especially the top realtor in Ventura...in 2019!

 

Experience & Knowledge: With all of the years of experience and education, realtors have a deep understanding of every aspect of the real estate market.

Information Filter: Instead of having to weed out the information that you actually need, realtors can do that for you. They will only show you houses that fit within your needs and budget.

Local Expert: Realtors are experts in their communities. From knowing neighborhoods to understanding the market specifics of their location, realtors provide an invaluable resource.

Guide: Realtors always lead with guidance. They will always keep your best interests at heart and provide suggestions as you move throughout the buying or selling process.

Networker: Realtors have a vast network of professionals that work in related fields. They can provide recommendations of service providers that will help assist you with any of your real estate needs.

Negotiator: Negotiation is a major part of buying a house and realtors are incredibly well versed in this area. Unlike a buyer or seller who has more of an emotional connection to the homes, a realtor stays professional throughout the negotiation process.

Time & Hassle Saver: There are a lot of technical aspects....and paperwork....that go into real estate deals. Avoid missing any important details by working with a realtor who knows exactly what to look for. They will also be there to answer any and every question you might have throughout the process.

 

If you are interested in Buying or Selling your home and working with the best realtor in Ventura County, give the Blake Mashburn Group a call today at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

How To Find The Perfect Neighborhood For You!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The house itself isn't the only thing to consider when searching for your dream home. Location is everything! You want to find the perfect neighborhood to call home. Ventura is filled with those! With Pierpont Beach, Ventura Heights, Ventura Keys, and so many more, homebuyers can find a particular neighborhood to fit their every needs. Not sure where to start looking?

 

Consider these factors when choosing your perfect neighborhood!

 

1. Property Taxes

Property taxes are an additional expense that you need to consider and budget for. Check the listing information to learn the taxes for a specific home.

2. Property Value

Home values are important for your immediate needs as well as into the future. Be sure to learn the comps for similar properties in the neighborhood to make sure the home you are interested in is price correctly.

3. Safety and Crime

Safety is a top priority. You want to make sure that your home and your family are safe. Learn more about the crime levels in particular neighborhoods by checking websites like City-Data and CrimeReports. You want to check for the neighborhood you will be living in as well as those immediately surrounding it. Determine what level of crime you feel comfortable based on the information you gather.

4. Topography and Geography

Desirable geographic features, such as waterfront or hillside, will likely cost you more. Consider whether these features are a priority for you. Also, be aware of danger-prone areas and insurance needs when scouting neighborhoods.

5. School Zones

Strong schools in the neighborhood are an obvious necessity if you have or are planning on having kids. However, they are beneficial to all home owners as they increase property values throughout the neighborhood. Parks and community centers can also add value.

 

Want to learn more about a particular Ventura neighborhood or interested in Buying a home? Give The Blake Mashburn Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Helping You Close In 2019!

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 hours. 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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Enjoy Buying and Selling Success In The New Year!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Start the new year off fresh by buying or selling your Ventura home! 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 in 2019 with these 5 Buyers and 5 Sellers to set you up for the most success!

 

5 Buyers Tips for The New Year

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, the Blake Mashburn Group is the best. We have helped buyers for 26+ years. Our knowledge and experience will make sure you find yourself in your dream home this 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 for the New Year

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 year 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/.

 

New Year's Eve Celebrations In Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

2018 is coming to an end! Celebrate all the new beginnings that 2019 will bring throughout Ventura County! Whether you are looking for a night of laughter or live music, you will find the perfect way to end the year with family and friends. Ring in the New Year at one of these incredible New Year's Eve Celebrations!

 

Ventura Improv Company New Year's Eve Fundraiser and Gala

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm | Doors Open at 7:00 pm

Location: Rubicon Theatre Company (1006 East Main Street, Ventura)

Cost: $40 per adult | $20 per child (ages 15 & under)

Purchase tickets HERE!

 

New Year's Eve Cocktails & Comedy

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Doors Open at 6:30 pm

Location: AMC DINE-IN Thousand Oaks 14 (166 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks)

Cost: $25 per person (includes popcorn)

Purchase tickets HERE!

 

West Coast New Year's Eve with Fritz Coleman and Lenny Schmidt

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 10:15 pm | Doors Open at 9:00 pm

Location: Ventura Harbor Comedy Club (1559 Spinnaker Drive Suite 205, Ventura)

Cost: $68 per person (Dinner & Show) | $30 per person (General Admission)

Purchase tickets HERE!

 

New Year's Eve 2019

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 1:30 am

Location: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach (450 East Harbor Boulevard, Ventura)

Cost: $199 per person (Dinner & Party) | $100 per person (Party Only)

Purchase tickets HERE!

 

New Year's Eve Dinner Train

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 12:30 am | Boards at 7:30 pm

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

Cost: $110 per person

Purchase tickets HERE!

 

NYE 2019 featuring The Crystal Method

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

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

Cost: $30 per person (General Admission) | $75 per person (VIP)

Purchase tickets HERE!

 

Magical New Year's Eve Party

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 7:00 pm - 12:30 am

Location: Palm Garden Hotel & Spa (495 North Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks)

Cost: $150 per person

Call (805) 716-4335 to reserve!

 

New Year's Eve "Under The Tuscan Moon"

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 1:30 am

Location: The Greek Ventura (1583 Spinnaker Drive Suite 101, Ventura)

Cost: $89.95 per person

Call (805) 650-5350 to reserve!

 

 

The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe New Year’s Eve in Ventura County!

Make Sure Santa (And Everyone Else) Knows When You Move!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

You’ve closed on your new home in Ventura and all your possessions are packed! You are all set to move to your new address. Although it might feel like all your work is done, there is one final (and important) step to take….and it’s one that can be easily overlooked in the chaos of moving. This step is notifying others of your change of address! Avoid any potential hassles and missteps by changing your address at least a week ahead of your move with these organizations, agencies, providers, and individuals.

 

1. Post Office

This is the one that most people remember when they move….but just in case here is USPS Website where you can submit your official change of address.

 

2. Utilities

Avoid still paying the utilities bill for your old home when you move. Make sure you notify all of your utilities providers, including electric, gas, cable, and internet, before you move so that you can start service in the new home on your very first day there.

 

3. Cellphone

Since cell phone companies determine the tax rate on your bill based on your primary residence, it is required that you update your billing address any time you move.

 

4. Your Bank, Credit Card Providers, Etc.

Even if you handle the majority of banking and finances online, you want to notify all of these institutions and providers of your address change to avoid sensitive, personal information to be sent to your old address.

 

5. DMV

The state of California requires you to notify the DMV of your change of address within 10 days of moving. This allows them to update your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and vehicle title. Find out all the information you need to change your address on the DMV Website.

 

6. IRS

Don’t wait to update your information with the IRS until tax season comes around because it will just delay your refund. Change your address with the IRS while it is fresh on your mind. Find out how to update it on the IRS Website.

 

7. Government Programs

This won’t affect all moving homeowners but if you receive benefits from any government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare, or Medicare, make sure you update your information with them to keep your benefits active and avoid private information from getting in the wrong hands.

 

8. Voter Registration

If you’re a registered voter (and you should be!), make sure you update your address so that you can vote in all upcoming elections.

 

9. Your Work

It’s likely that your coworkers are aware of your move but make sure that the human resources department is too! They will need to update your information for payroll and benefits.

 

10. Your Insurance Providers

In order to file a claim with your health, car, life, dental, and homeowners insurance, your new address must be listed on your policy.

 

11. Your Medical Providers

You don’t want to potentially fall behind on paying medical bills by having them sent to your old house. Make sure you let your doctor, dentist, and any other health providers know about your move.

 

12. Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions

If you still receive a paper copy of the newspaper or your favorite magazine, make sure you let them know of your new address so you never miss an edition/issue.

 

13. Online Shopping

We all do a large portion of our shopping online and with those sites that we use frequently, such as Amazon, it can be easy to purchase something and forget to look over your shipping address. Update your information know while it is on your mind so you receive all of your packages.

 

14. Friends and Family

This final one is another gimme but do not forget to provide your friends and family with your new address so that they can keep sending you those birthday and holiday cards every year!


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Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The holidays should be a joyous time for every member of your family.....even the furry ones! For our pets, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can be stressful. On top of this, there are many new things around the house that can be dangerous for our curious friends. Keep your pet happy and safe this holiday season by following these easy tips!

 

  • Help your cat stay away from the tree by using natural based deterrents along the bottom branches and the try skirt.
  • Do the same for poinsettias, which are incredibly toxic to all pets. To ensure any potential hazard, use silk ones for decorating instead.
  • Keep your ornaments and your tree safe by avoiding ornaments made out of edible materials.
  • Holiday decor means many new cables that can be intriguing to chew on. Keep them hidden from plants or use a natural deterrent on them.
  • Enjoy the ambiance of candles without the fire hazard by using flameless candles.
  • Make sure all alcohol is out of reach of your pets.
  • As much as you want to treat them during the feast, avoid giving table scrapes. Many holiday foods are toxic for pets and/or contain items that a hazardous if swallowed, such as animal bones or corn cobs.
  • Ensure that someone has an eye on your pet at all times when entertaining at your home. This makes sure they don't get outside by accident or get into something they shouldn't be.
  • If it is hard to designate a person to watch your animal and/or if your animal gets anxious at large gatherings, create a quiet, private space within your home where you can keep them. Just give them lots of treats and toys to entertain themselves with and check on them throughout the night.


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Get In The Festive Spirit At The Holiday Parade Of Lights!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Get in the holiday spirit this weekend at Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Drive Ventura) as they celebrates with their 42nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks!!!!

 

This year's theme is all about the 70's! Have a groovy time watching the colorful boats fill the harbor! With exciting carnival rides, fun holiday activities, great gift shopping, delicious dining, and sparkling lights, there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy during the festivities this weekend. Parking and event are free!

 

Friday, December 14th

4:00 pm – Kids Rides & Ferris Wheel

6:00 pm – Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit The Village

6:30 pm – Boat Parade

8:00 pm – Fireworks Display

Saturday, December 15th

12:00 pm – Kids Rides & Ferris Wheel

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm – Winter Wonderland & Holiday Market Place

Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus | Live Reindeer | Dickens Carolers| Toy Soldier Band | Faux Snowfall | Holiday Shopping | Sweets & Treats | Kids Crafts

5:15 pm – 70's Dance Party W/ DJ Darla Bea

6:30 pm – Boat Parade

8:00 pm – Fireworks Display

 

*Note: Schedules for both days are weather permitting*

 

 

 

Image Credit: Ventura Harbor Village

How To Get A Great Deal On Your Dream Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

There are always 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/.

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