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Tips To Get Your Ventura Home Ready For Thanksgiving!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Hosting the family for the Thanksgiving feast? No worries! Get your Ventura home ready for all your holiday guests. Follow these simple tips to prep your home for the holiday and keep your guests happy and comfortable this Thanksgiving!
 

 

1. Declutter!

With more people in your house than usual, you are going to want to take advantage of all the space that you can. Go through and remove unnecessary clutter. Put these items in a closest or storage space until after the holidays. Make sure to clear off counters and tabletops.

2. Focus on the foyer!

The foyer is going to be your guests first impression of your home. Create a welcoming space for them to enter. Protect your floors from the increased food traffic with a rug. Add a seat so guests can easily remove their shoes. Create areas for guests to place their outdoor items that are out of the way but still easily accessible.

3. Get your kitchen ready!

Your kitchen is going to be seeing a lot of action on Thursday. Make sure that you have plenty of space to work and can easily access all of the tools you need. To create extra room, move your coffee machine into another common room so your guests can still gather and enjoy their cup of joe in the morning. Keep some seating available in your kitchen so guests can visit with you as you prepare the day's feast.

4. Keep your bathrooms stocked!

Stock up on toilet paper, toiletries, and towels for your guests. Create storage areas for these items out in the open with shelves or baskets so your guests can easily find these items when needed.

5. Create comfy sleeping arrangements!

Make sure that your guests can get a good night's sleep by providing ample blankets and pillows. Consider adding a ceiling fan to your guest bedroom so your guest can directly adjust the temperature of the room at night.

6. Keep it well lit!

Your guests do not know your home like you do so walking around in the dark could be a hazard. Add nightlights to hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms so guests can easily navigate their way. Also, ensure the exterior of your house is well lit for when guests arrive or depart throughout their stay.

 

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Discover Something Beautiful At The Ojai Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Kick off the holiday season in beautiful Ojai, California at the 23rd Annual Ojai Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace! Explore four stunning Ojai Valley homes on Saturday, November 16th, and Sunday, November 17th. Each home has been matched with talented local florists and gardeners that have created marvelous displays that match the architectural features of the homes. The tour hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily This favorite annual event benefits the Ojai Music Festival and its Bravo! Education and Community Program, which offers free music programs to community members and students.

 

2019 Holiday Homes

  • The Wall House
  • Tuscan Ranch
  • Foothill Farm
  • El Sombrero

This self-guided tour allows you to visit the homes in any order. Visitors are able to drive to The Wall House, Tuscan Ranch, and Foothill Farm. The El Sombrero home can be accessed via the free shuttle service. The shuttle will pick up from Monica Ros School (793 McNell Road). Please note, the last shuttle will depart at 3:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Advance tour tickets cost $40 per person. They can be purchased by calling (805) 646-2053, online HERE, or in person at one of the following locations:

  • Attitude Adjustment | 1129 Maricopa Highway, Ojai

  • Flora Gardens | 245 Old Baldwin Road, Ojai

  • Rains Department Store | 218 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai

  • Fox Fine Jewelers | 560 East Main Street, Ventura

Tickets can be picked up from the Will Call Box Office will be located in Libbey Park. Day of tickets, which will cost $45 per person, will also be available at the Marketplace and each of the homes.

 

When you are not exploring the homes, be sure to swing by the Holiday Marketplace in Libbey Park. This great event features 40+ artisans and vendors selling a variety of home, lifestyle, and fashion goods. Cross off everything on your holiday shopping list and find unique items for yourself and Ojai home. Admission to the Marketplace is FREE! A portion of all sales also benefit the Ojai Music Festival and its Bravo! program. The Marketplace will be open 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Saturday and 10:00 am to 4:30 pm on Sunday.

 

2019 Marketplace Vendors

Jewelry: Cindy Kalmenson, Little Muse, Patricia Cuenot, Ramina Rechard Pearls, and Shari Milner Designs

Home Décor and Gifts: Art Mina, Bazaar Boutique, Bliss Art Designs, Bohemian Bowls, Firestick Pottery, Heritage Succulents, Hostess Gifts to Go, Istanbul Art Design, Laura Stitches, Lavender Blue, Little City Designs, Metal Mountain, Once Upon a Storybook, Sweet Mello, Susan Bruce, and Terry Sharp 

Edibles: Julie’s Cookies and Gourmet Blends

Clothing and Wearable Art: Alpaca by Karim, Art Couture Dominique, Dale Michele, Gerie’s Fashion Closet, Leslie Marcus, Limelight Boutique, Louise’s Hats, Tiny Tot Threads, and Your Needs Company

Bath and Body: Fiamma Naturals, From the Heart of Ojai, and Ojai Dirt Candy

Find your own spectacular home in Ojai! Search Ojai CA Homes for Sale. Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit our website at https://www.blakemashburn.com/ today.



Image Credit: Ojai Music Festival

Celebrate Our Veterans Throughout Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The veterans of our armed forces have done so much to protect and promote our freedoms at home and around the world. It is time to honor all the men and women of our military on VETERANS DAY! The holiday is on Monday, November 11th. Come to one of the many community events being held throughout Ventura County to celebrate this important day.

 

Veteran's Day Concert

Date: Sunday, November 10th

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Ventura County Concert Band (5200 Valentine Road, Ventura)

Come enjoy your favorite patriotic tunes at this FREE Veteran’s Day tribute concert. 

 

Fourth Annual Veterans Day Celebration 

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

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

The theme of this celebration is “Honoring America’s Military: Past, Present and Future”. Join the City of Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, Navy League, Oxnard Harbor District, Sea Cadet Corp Ben Moreell Battalion, and VFW Post 3935 at this fantastic annual event.

 

Veteran's Day Celebration

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 pm

Location: Downtown Plaza Park (500 South C Court, Oxnard)

Find the perfect spot along the parade route for the annual Veterans Parade. Afterwards, head to Plaza Park for a flag raising ceremony at 11:00 am.

 

Veterans Day Commemoration

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum (40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley)

Make a trip out to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for this spectacular Veterans Day event. Honor all branches of the military as you explore a military vehicle display, a civil war encampment, and the great exhibits at the museum. The official program will begin at 11:00 am and will include live music, an honor guard, and a speech by Naval Captain Dan Pedersen. The program is FREE. Please register in advance HERE. Please note, there is a fee to enter the museum for any non-military members and veterans (with valid ID). 

 

Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Santa Paula Veterans Park (Downtown Santa Paula)

Join the Santa Paula Veterans, Mercer-Prieto VFW Post 2043, and Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 56 at this annual event. Patriotic music, including the Star-Spangled Banner, will be performed by the Santa Paula High School Band. 

 

Veterans Day Ceremony

Date: Monday, November 11th 2019 

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Ventura County Veterans Memorial (6001 Telephone Road, Ventura)

Come to the Ventura County Veterans Memorial as we honor all of our local veterans and their families. All of the branches of the military will be celebrated and the event will feature several great speeches.

 

Elk's Lodge Veterans' Day Spaghetti Dinner

Date: Monday, November 11th

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Oxnard Elk’s Lounge (801 South A Street, Oxnard)

Cost: FREE for Veterans, Spouses, & Kids (10 and under) | $6 for public

Enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner along with great prize drawings and giveaways, Live KADY Veteran Interviews, fun games of Bingo, and more!

 

Blake Mashburn THANKS all of the veterans within Ventura County and throughout this entire great nation for their years of service protecting us and our freedoms.

Explore Our Agricultural Backyard During Ventura County Farm Day!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Do not miss the 7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day!!! "Explore. Learn. Taste" this Saturday, November 9th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm throughout Ventura County. Explore 15+ farms, ranches, and agricultural organizations in our area with great family friendly activities and tours. Celebrate the beautiful countryside right outside our backdoors and learn more about where our local food comes from. Click on the links below to learn more about activities offered at each location and plan out your day!

 

2019 Farm Day Locations

Agromin | 6859 Arnold Drive, Oxnard

AGQ Laboratory | 2451 Eastman Avenue Suite 1, Oxnard

Alpacas at Windy Hill | 7660 Bradley Road, Somis

Earthtrine Farm | 1091 Cuyama Road, Ojai

Good Farms | 1980 South Rice Avenue, Oxnard

UC Hansen Agricultural Research & Extension Center | 287 South Briggs Road, Santa Paula

Houweling's Tomatoes | 645 West Laguna Road, Camarillo

Laguna Farms | 203 Wood Road, Oxnard

Limoneira | 12390 West Telegraph Road, Santa Paula

Ojai Olive Oil | 1811 Ladera Road, Ojai

Oxnard Farm Park | 251 Gottfried Place, Oxnard

***Official Farm Day BBQ Lunch Location (Cowboy John's Smoking BBQ)***

Petty Ranch | 11971 Darling Road, Saticoy

***Farm Day Hub Location***

Come to the SEEAG's Farm Lab at Petty Ranch for fun activities, helpful information, and

special exhibitors including Rincon-Vitova Insectaries and Chivas Skin Care.

Rancho Camulos Museum | 5164 East Telegraph Road, Piru

McGrath Family Farm & The Abundant Table | 1012 West Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo

Ventura County AG Museum | 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula

 

**Downloadable Farm Day Map**

 

 

Get the celebrations started early with the Wine Farm-To-Table Dinner! Come enjoy a delicious chef prepared pig roast dinner, incredible wine flight, and fun live music on Thursday, November 7th, at 5:00 pm. This great event is taking place at Topa Mountain Winery (821 West Ojai Avenue, Ojai). General Admission Tickets cost $95 (plus fees) per person). VIP Tickets cost $125 (plus fees) per person and include early entry at 4:00 pm and reserved seating. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

 

 

 

The incredible farms throughout Ventura County are one of the many assets that make this area a great place to live. If you are interested in Buying your dream home in one of our communities, search our Homes for Sale. Give ​​Blake Mashburn a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.  

 

 

Image Credit: Ventura County Farm Day

Productive Real Estate Tasks To Complete As We "Fall Back"

by The Blake Mashburn Group

 

It's time to "Fall Back"! Do not forget to reset your clocks for the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, November 3rd. While this ultimately means shorter days, this weekend it means an extra hour to get things done! Many people use it as a change to catch up on some sleep or get some additional exercise. While we agree that those things are great, we think it is most productive to use that extra time to tackle your home Buying and Selling tasks! Here are our real estate recommendations on how to spend your additional hour this weekend!

 

1. Create your housing needs and wants checklist. Determine a realistic budget. Use these perimeters to begin your Home Search Online.

 

2. Use a Loan Analysis Tool to find loans that you could qualify for. Begin gathering the necessary documents (ie pay stubs, tax returns, bank statements) that you will need for your mortgage application.

 

3. Reach out to realtors to find the right one for you. Working with an Experienced Realtor will help you throughout the entire buying and selling process. You will save yourself time, money, and stress by teaming up with a professional.

 

4. Find out Your Home's Value. This will allow you to price your current home correctly. Listing your home at the wrong price can put you at a disadvantage starting out so make sure it is a reasonable, accurate price that will help your home sell for top dollar and quickly.

 

5. Think about improvements/upgrades you can make that will increase the value of your home. Start doing some research on costs and what your return on investment could be. Once you think of potential projects, talk to your realtor to see if they make sense for your home.

 

6. Start getting your home in top selling shape by completing some of those simple home maintenance tasks you have been putting off, such as deep cleaning the floors or organizing storage spaces.

 

 

 

Enjoy home buying and home selling success by using your extra time this weekend wisely. 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!

Set Aside A Home Maintenance Budget!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

As you sit down to budget for buying a new Ventura home, there are several costs to consider. These include the down payment, the closing costs, moving expenses, and the monthly mortgage payments, insurance, and taxes. However, there is something else to add to that budget....home maintenance.

 

 

Even if you are buying a newer home with no immediate repair needs, there are 5 maintenance tasks that you should always take care of upon moving in and therefore should prepare for the costs.

 

  1. Change Locks - Practically anyone could have a key to your new home without you knowing it. Protect your family and your belongings by changing the locks on every exterior door of the home.

  2. Trim Trees - Make sure the trees, especially any older ones, are in good health and not too close to the home itself. Have the trees trimmed and inspected by a professional.

  3. Maintain HVAC - A damaged or failing HVAC system can be very expensive to fix. Stay ahead of any potential issues by having the system maintained right when you move in.

  4. Add Fire Extinguisher - It is important to always have at least one fire extinguisher in your home. Purchase one for the kitchen when you move in.

  5. Clean Chimney - If your new Ventura home has a fireplace, make sure you have it professionally cleaned out since you cannot know for certain when the last time it was cleaned was.

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In addition to these 5 home maintenance costs, you should also budget for appliances, furniture, paint, and any other home repairs/updates you need to make. Knowing these costs as you go into purchasing the home will help you stay within your financial means.

 

 

After you have been living in your home for a while, however, the budgeting should not stop. You should always keep aside some money to help you cover any unexpected repairs and emergencies that could arise at any time. In order to help you afford these costs, it is a good idea to set aside 1% of your home's purchase price every year for repairs. Just remember that the money you are putting into your home is just building equity for you and your family so it is worth it.

 


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Top Reasons To Hire A Realtor For Your Buying & Selling Needs!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Enjoy Buying or Selling your home 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!!) when buying or selling your home!

 

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 Blake Mashburn a call today at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Halloween Festivities In Ventura!

by The Blake Mashburn Group


Halloween is right around the corner! Get in the spooky spirit before October 31st with fantastic Halloween themed events in Ventura! There is fun to be had by all ages all weekend long throughout our great community!

 

Spooktacular: A Halloween Variety Show!

Date: Friday, October 25th

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Namba Performing Arts Space (47 South Oak Street)

Cost: $15 per person

Unity Theatre Collective returns to Namba with              “Spooktacular: A Halloween Variety Show!”Join the Unity Theatre Collective for a fantastic variety show featuring local comedians, actors, and musicians! Come dressed in your best costume to be entered in the costume contest. This is a family friendly event!

Haunted Housing Run/Walk

Date: Saturday, October 26th

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Ventura State Beach (901 San Pedro Street) 

Cost: $40 per 5K participant | $50 per 10K participant | FREE Kids Dash

Work off all the Halloween treats during this fun oceanfront run! Choose from the 5K or 10K and enter the little ones in the Kids Dash! Along with the races, there will be inflatables, photo booth, face painting, food, and more! All proceeds from this event benefit the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura's Scholarship Program.

 

HOWL-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest 2019

Date: Saturday, October 26th

Time: 10:30 am - Noon

Location: Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Drive)

Cost: FREE!

Your furry friend can get in on the fun too! Dress your dog in their best costume to win great prizes! Be sure to register in advance and arrive at 10:30 am for check in. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and all pets will receive a treat!

 

Mummy Pumpkins!!!

Date: Saturday, October 26th

Time: Noon - 10:00 pm

Location: Seaward Brewing (1920 Goodyear Avenue, Suite D)

Cost: $8 per pumpkin

Sip on some delicious brews (or non-alcoholic beverage) and decorate your very own unique pumpkin! It will be a fun crafting event for all ages!

 

Kids Seaside Trick or Treat 2019

Date: Saturday, October 26th

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Drive)

Cost: FREE!

Spend the afternoon trick or treating at the stores of Ventura Harbor with your family. There will be loads of family fun!

 

All Ages Halloween Costume Contest & Downtown Trick-or-Treating

Date: Saturday, October 26th

Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Main Street Mini Park (Between Oak & Palm)

Cost: FREE!

Don your costume and gather even more Halloween treats throughout Downtown Ventura.

 

Haunted HalloWINE Costume Ball

Date: Saturday, October 26th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Ventura City Hall (501 Poli Street)

Cost: $40 per person

Enjoy an adult celebration of Halloween! Sip on delicious wine, dine on fantastic food, and dance the night away to live music! There will be prizes for the best costumes for individuals, couples, and groups!

 

Halloween Party at The Greek

Date: Saturday, October 26th

Time: 9:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Drive)

Cost: Call (805) 650-5350

Head to The Greek Greek Mediterranean Steak and Seafood restaurant for a full night of dancing, food, and cocktails. Prizes will be awards to the scariest costume, most original costume, and best couple costume. Please note, this is an adult only event.

 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone in Ventura a very Happy Halloween! Follow us on Facebook and check out our Website for more fantastic community events taking place throughout the year!

Celebrate Ojai at Ojai Day!!!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate everything you love about Ojai at the 26th Annual Ojai Day!!! Come explore all the best art, culture, food, and entertainment that Ojai has to offer at this favorite community street festival. Enjoy unique vendors, incredible performances of music and dance, fun children's activities and games, cool classic cars, stunning Mandala street art, delicious food and beverages, and SO much more! All this is taking place this Saturday, October 19th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm throughout beautiful downtown Ojai. Do not miss out on any of the family friendly fun taking place at this year's Ojai Day!

 

Flying Embers Ojai's Own Stage

  • 9:00 am | Dave Cipriani

  • 11:00 am  | Kerri Climer Band

  • 12:00 pm | "Rockin' It Old School Seniors Choir"

  • 1:00 pm | Danny McGaw and The 33

  • 2:00 pm | The Turner Sisters

  • 3:00 pm | Smitty and Julija

  • 4:00 pm | Ojai Songwriters

Ojai Valley Youth Foundation Teen Stage

  • 10:05 am | Nordoff Dance

  • 10:20 am | Hadley Julca

  • 10:40 am| Lily Fields

  • 11:20 am | Shannon David

  • 12:00 pm | Quinn Davis

  • 12:25 pm | The Senate

  • 1:00 pm | Lucca Kun

  • 1:30 pm | Beckett McDowell

  • 2:00 pm | Besant Hill School

  • 3:00 pm | Kaylie Turner

  • 3:45 pm | Kyra Maal King

  • 4:00 pm | Johnny Bennett

  • 4:15 pm | Joy Mathebula

  • 4:30 pm | Maggie Sonenshine

  • 4:45 pm | John Geyer

 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone an amazing time celebrating everything that makes Ojai an incredible place to live! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for more fantastic community events throughout the year!  

 

Image Credit: Ojai Day

"Treat" Potential Buyers With A Beautiful Front Porch!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

In a couple weeks, your front porch will be welcoming trick or treaters to your door for a tasty Halloween snack. Outside of Halloween, you can "treat" potential buyers with the beauty of your front porch. 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 for your home!

 

 

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. Pumpkins and mums are a great addition for this time of year.

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. Brighten It Up

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 and ea. Instead of avoiding your front porch, there are some awesome features you can add to cool it down and make it look great on those hot days! 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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Ventura CA 93003
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