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Top Reasons to Work With a Realtor!

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!


 

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

Buy Today To Save!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The interest rate you lock in when you secure your mortgage has a direct impact on the monthly payments you will be making. That means any increase in rates will increase the amount coming out of your wallet. Keep more money in your pocket by locking in a lower interest rate before the end of the year!

 

Interest rate predictions show that prospective home buyers should not delay! Check out data below which shows the actual rates from 2018 and the projected interest rate increases in 2019.

 

 

Along with these interest rate hikes, home prices are also expected to rise. According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index, home prices nationwide appreciated 6.2% over the course of the current year and are predicted to rise 5.1% between now and next year. If both of these housing predictions come true, home buyers will be paying significantly more every month. Why risk it? Save money and buy today!

 

If you are ready to lock in a lower interest rate, check out our current Homes for Sale in beautiful Ventura County! Give the Blake Mashburn Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Understanding the 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!

Score Your Dream Home Below Asking Price!

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/.

ArtWalk Ventura 2018!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of our favorite artsy community event…..ArtWalk Ventura!! Head to historic Downtown and the Westside Cultural District in beautiful Ventura on Saturday, October 6th (11:00 am - 6:00 pm) and Sunday, October, 7th (12:00 pm - 5:00 pm) for a fun, self guided tour of the best art this city has to offer! Check out the incredible works of art by 700+ talented artists on display at dozens galleries, studios, and pop-up venues. Do not miss this fantastic art event!

 

Participating Venues

Art City Gallery & Studios´╗┐ | 197 Dubbers Street

Bell Arts Factory | 432 North Ventura Avenue

Fox Fine Jewelry | 560 East Main Street

Latitudes Fine Art Gallery | 401 East Main Street

Mainstreet Architects | 422 East Main Street

Museum of Ventura County | 100 East Main Street

NAMBA Performing Arts Space | 47 South Oak Street

VC Art Market | 185 East Santa Clara Street

Vita Art Center | 28 West Main Street

PODS® Galleries

**2018 MAP**

 

“Taste Your Way Through ArtWalk” during the Bowl Hop! Purchase a beautiful, locally handcrafted bowl from the Bowl Hop and receive a $25 punch card that allows you to sample food from 33 participating Ventura restaurants! Not only will you have the opportunity to taste some truly delicious food by buying a bowl but you will also be helping the community! All proceeds benefits Ventura's Family Reconnection Program. Bowls are available while supplies last. They can be purchased in advance at Spice-Topia (576 East Main Street) or this weekend at the Bowl Hop table located at the corner of Main and South California Streets.

 

Image Credit: ArtWalk Ventura  

Enjoy Selling Success By Hosting A Great Open House!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Help Sell your Ventura home for top dollar and quickly by hosting the best open houses around! Open houses are a great way for buyers to see the home in person and ask any questions that they might have. They play a major factor in whether or not a buyer wants to pursue a particular home. Have buyers scrambling to buy your home! Follow these tips for hosting a successful open house!

 

1. Make it Welcoming - Although it might not seem like much, welcoming touches as simple as a nice doormat on your front porch can set a positive tone for the entire open house. By creating a welcoming atmosphere from the very start, you are showing buyers that you take pride in your home and it is well maintained.

 

2. Clear off Counters - Make sure your home looks like it has ample counter space in the kitchen and bathrooms by clearing them off of clutter. Keep appliances to a minimum on the kitchen counters and put personal hygiene items in drawers or cabinets within the bathrooms.

 

3. Keep it Generic - You want the buyer to envision themselves within the home so it is best to remove any personal items that can be distracting to potential buyers. Consider stowing away photos, children's art work, and other familial items during the open house.

 

4. Set the Table - Add some class to your home by adding nice place settings to your dining room table. This will also help the buyer envision hosting their own dinner parties within the space.

 

5. Make it Homey - Offering a tasty homemade treat or refreshing drink as soon as a buyer comes to the open house can instantly create a feeling of home. Add some freshly picked flowers or light a mildly scented candle to add some homey elements.

 

6. Don’t Hang Out - Buyers are more likely to feel awkward during an open house if the home owner is there. They might feel uncomfortable looking throughout the home or asking questions of their agent while you are there. Consider only being in the home for a brief moment or not at all when you have an open house scheduled.

 

A successful open house can be key to selling your Ventura home!  If you are ready to sell, the Blake Mashburn Group is here to help you every step of the way! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Tips for Buying and Selling Success this Fall!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Fall is a great time to buy or sell 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 this season with these 5 Buyers Tips for Fall and 5 Sellers Tips for Fall to set you up for the most success!

 

5 Buyers Tips for Fall

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 Fall

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 fall 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/.

 

Fantastic Music Festivals This Saturday in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

This Saturday, September 22nd, is the official last day of summer! Come celebrate the season with some incredible live music throughout beautiful Ventura County. There are 2 fantastic music festivals planned for this weekend that you do not want to miss!

 

First Annual Folk Festival | Santa Paula

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Agriculture Museum (926 Railroad Avenue)

Cost: FREE Admission!

 

Come check out the inaugural Folk Festival being held in the gardens of the AG Museum in charming Santa Paula. This new event will feature all area musicians performing their original works of American folk music. While you listen to the music, enjoy delicious food from Cowboy John’s Smoken BBQ Food Trailer and adult beverages from the bar.

 

Performers

 

 

Bowlful of Blues | Ojai

Time: 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Libbey Bowl (307 East Ojai Avenue)

Cost: $40 General Admission (in advance - Purchase Tickets HERE!) | $45 General Admission (at door) | $20 Youth Admission (ages 7-15) | FREE for children 6 & under

 

Head over to stunning Ojai for the 25th annual Bowlful of Blues. This favorite community event celebrates American roots music with award winning performers from across the country. Find the perfect spot on the lawn to enjoy the music while you dine on mouthwatering food from Rondia's Kitchen and sip on refreshing beverages from Ojai Valley Brewery and The Ojai Vineyard.

 

Music Lineup


 

Image Credit: Ojai Arts Commission

 

Keep A Look Out For These Warning Signs When Buying!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The old adage "Beauty is only skin deep" should always be in the back of your mind when you Buy! You may think that you found your dream home, but there is a chance that you could be blinded by decor and design features that are masking hidden issues. Be a smart consumer and learn what to warning signs to look out for as you begin your home search in Ventura! Looking for these warning signs from the very start will help insure that the home you fall in love with is truly as wonderful as it seems.

 

 

Electrical Issues - Avoid fire hazards by checking for exposed wires, hot outlets, burn markings, and other indications of faulty electrical systems.

Plumbing Issues - No one wants to deal with water issues in a new home so check for leaks, drainage problems, poor water pressure, and stains.

Mold Issues - Mold poses a health risk to you and your family. Use your nose to check for a musty smell and look for peeling paint or rotted wood.

Workmanship Issues - If it is clear that the home has had repairs or renovations completed, check to see the workmanship done. Although it might look nice, cheap materials or mishandling of items could cause you to have to pay to repair the repairs.

Pest Issues - A new homeowner does not want any unwelcome guests. Check for damaged wood that could indicate carpenter ants or termites. Also, look for any openings that could allow easy access for mice and other small critters.

Foundation Issues - Make sure the structure of the home is strong. Foundation issues can mean incredibly costly repairs in the future. Look for crooked floors and doorways within the home. As you walk outside, check for cracks in the driveway and walls and be on the lookout for trees planted close to the home that could have large roots growing near the foundation. While you can't climb up on the roof to make sure you won't be surprised by any future leaks, you can check for signs that the roof is damaged. Look to see how wear and tear has been dealt with. You want to see if there are any damaged and missing shingles.

Roof Issues - Avoid raindrops falling on your head by checking the roof. Look for damage signs such as missing or mismatched shingles.

 

 

The Blake Mashburn Group  is here to help you find the perfect home in Ventura. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

 

Reasons to Sell This Fall!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

With the kids are back in school and the holiday season is a few months away, many people do not think that Fall is the best time to sell your Ventura home. Despite these factors, there are many reasons why this season might be the perfect time for you to sell. Don't miss out on a great opportunity by checking out these top reasons to sell this fall!

 

1. High Demand from Buyers

With slower growth in new construction and lower inventory in general on the market, fall tends to see higher demand from buyers. Use this high demand to sell your home quickly and for top dollar before the end of the year.

 

2. There is Less Competition

Because school has started and the holidays are right around the corner, many sellers are more inclined to wait to list their home until the spring. That means less competition. The limited choices for home buyers will make it easier for them to find your home listing and help you stand out in the smaller crowd!

 

3. It Will Be Quicker

Buyers in the fall market tend to be more determined to find and move into a place as quickly as possible, particularly with the holiday season fast approaching. Enjoy less days on the market by listing this fall as opposed to waiting until next year.

 

4. Take Advantage of Higher Sale Prices

Sale prices of homes are quite high across the board which means it is a good time to take advantage. Although there are always changes in the market, prices are predicted to drop over the next two years, so enjoy a higher return on your investment while you know you can!

 

5. The Time is Right For You & Your Family

No matter what the reason behind it, only you know when the best time to sell your home is. If you know that time is right now, than this season is the perfect time to sell!

 

For more Sellers Tips, Contact the Blake Mashburn Group today!

 

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