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Searching for your new home? Here are 7 things to ignore!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

You're pre-approved for your mortgage and are now beginning your home search.  Congratulations! Here are some 7 tips on things to ignore when viewing homes so you don't let the perfect home in the best location get away from you:

  1. Home Staging is done to highlight the best that a home has to offer. But you need to remember that it’s the homeowners and designers choices to utilize the pieces they’ve chosen.  Your ideas for a room might be totally different, so look past the design choices and envision your own furniture, colors and personal touches in the home instead!
  2. Carpeting!  Don't be turned off by a home that is filled with carpeting! Updating floors is an inexpensive update to a home you truly love.  Plus, many homes will have beautiful hardwood floors beneath the carpeting in that room. 
  3. Wallpaper.  This decorating gem has made a comeback over the past couple years, and in many cases, when done right, can really accentuate a room.  However, if the wallpaper isn’t your cup of tea, don’t sweat it!  A good steam and elbow grease will have this off in no time; giving you a blank canvas to create the atmosphere you’re looking for.
  4. Bright and bold paint colors.  Are you the type of individual who prefers a more neutral canvas for your walls?  It's a very easy change to make and refresh the home at the same time.  Keep in mind that paint colors are personal choices of any homeowner, not something that needs to stay in place once the home is purchased.
  5. Bathroom or Kitchen hardware and sink styles.  You walk into a home with your heart set on the new brass/black faucets and bowl sinks, but you find stainless steel and basins of yesteryear.  Again, this isn’t a big problem.  Swapping out faucet hardware and even upgrading your basins can be done very cost-effectively.
  6. Kitchen cabinet colors.  Individual opinions vary deeply when it comes to a dream kitchen.  If you’re looking at a home that has a great layout, island and lots of cabinets to suit your needs but they are in black and you’d like gray... not a big deal!  There are plenty of interior decorating services that can spray and paint your existing cabinets to the color you desire; without totally remodeling the entire kitchen.
  7. Landscape. Curb appeal is critical whether you’re buying or selling a home, but again, each person has their own tastes as to what looks beautiful.  If you’re seeing a yard that has lots of crazy bushes or too much maintenance, look at it as an opportunity to create your own backyard oasis.  Simply axing a home because the yard and garden isn’t to you liking can cost you a great home.

Better to concentrate on the home’s more important aspects;  How is the roof?  Electrical? HVAC? Foundation?  These are the non-negotiable parts of the home that need to be in great working order, or can cost you dearly.  Cosmetics are just the choice of the homeowner and can be tailored to your own likes and needs.

Where are the best schools in Ventura County?

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Did you know that home buyers rank top rated schools at the top of their amenity wish list?  This is because homes in neighborhoods with top-rated schools elevate the home values substantially!  Now, if you have children you're looking not only for the best home value but also the best educational experience for your child.  With the new school year right around the corner we wanted to share with you the top-rated Ventura County schools and homes available in each of them:

Mound Elementary School- With a solid A rating across the board, this wonderful elementary school boasts a 26:1 student/teacher ratio with 569 students in grades K-5.  Search all homes for sale in the Mound Elementary School area.

Loma Vista Elementary School- Again, an A rating for this terrific school featuring a 21:1 student/teacher ratio with 366 students in grades K-5. Search all homes for sale in Loma Vista Elementary School.

Poinsettia Elementary School- Another fantastic elementary school with a solid A rating.  Poinsettia offers a 23:1 student/teacher ratio with 507 students in grades K-5.  Search all homes for sale in Poinsettia Elementary School area.

Portola Elementary School- Last, but certainly not least for highly rated Ventura County Elementary Schools!  Solid A rating for academics, teachers, and diversity.  Offering a 26:1 student/teacher ratio with their 606 students in grades K-5.  Search all homes for sale in Portola Elementary School area.

Foothill Technology High School- With an A+ rating, this public magnet school offers it's 1,023 students a 28:1 student/teacher ratio for their students in grades 9-12.  Search all homes for sale in the Foothill Technology High School area.

El Camino High School- Featuring a solid A rating, this public alternative high school has 290 students in grades 9-12 with a student/teacher ratio of 67:1.  Search all homes for sale in the El Camino High School area.

Ventura High School- Rounding out the top-rated Ventura County high schools with an A-rating is Ventura High! With 2,162 students in grades 9-12, this school has a student/teacher ratio of 26:1.  Search all homes for sale in the Ventura High School area.

Would you like more information about our local schools?  Looking for a particular type of home in your desired school district?  Give Blake a call!

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Create a beautiful outdoor space with these 2018 gardening trends!

by The Blake Mashburn Group





Summer is truly in bloom, but you want a relaxing and beautiful outdoor space you can utilize all year-long.  This takes some initial planning, but can easily be implemented now.

Here are the things to consider:

1. Map out the area you're looking to update. You should know the size of the total space along with areas of sunlight and shade to maximize the exposure of your plants.

2. Choose native plants that will thrive throughout the seasons. Here are a few we'd recommend:

  • Matilija Poppy
  • Hoary California Fuchsia
  • Chalk Liveforever
  • Shaw's Agave
  • Desert Marshmallow
  • San Miguel Island Buckwheat

3. If you're looking to create a more Zen-like garden, make sure to include a water source like a pond, waterfall or stream.

4. Incorporate ornamental grasses for a peaceful, low maintenance look. These include:

  • Mondo Grass
  • Blue Fescue
  • Leatherleaf sedge
  • Succulents

5. Choose a bird bath, sculpture, yard art, and bench to complete the space.

Remember, you want your bench facing the sun for a Zen-garden.  You can also incorporate some comfy seating if you'd like and don't forget some dazzling lights for night-time fun.

Need more ideas for updating your Ventura County home?  Check out our website at

Delight Your Ears at the 24th Annual Ventura Music Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group


The city of Ventura will be filled with beautiful, melodious music during the 24th annual Ventura Music Festival!!! This incredible festival brings world class musicians and performers to multiple venues across our area. Enjoy 9 incredible live performances in a variety of genres, including classical, jazz, and popular. Do not miss this fantastic cultural event!

Complete Schedule

Thursday, July 12th

  • John Jorgenson Quintet | “Gypsy Jazz”
  • Time - 7:30 pm
  • Location - Olivas Adobe Historical Park (4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura)

Friday, July 13th

  • Tea Trumpets | Festival Brass Quintet
  • Time - 3:00 pm
  • Location - Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn (550 Sanjon Road, Ventura)

Friday, July 13th

  • Twanguero | “Rockabilly Mambo”
  • Time - 8:00 pm
  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Saturday, July 14th

  • Pink Martini | “Little Orchestra”
  • Time - 8:00 pm
  • Location - Oxnard Performing Arts Center (800 Hobson Way, Oxnard)

Sunday, July 15th

  • Trio Céleste | Chamber Music
  • Time - 3:00 pm
  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)
  • “What’s the Score?” Pre-Concert Talk by Nuvi Mehta at 2:15 pm  

Wednesday, July 18th

  • Jarabe Mexicano | Lively Latin American Songbook
  • Time - 5:00 pm
  • Location - San Buenaventura Mission Park (200 Block of East Main Street, Ventura)
  • FREE Public Concert

Friday, July 20th  

  • Akropolis | “High Speed” Reeds
  • Time - 8:00 pm
  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Saturday, July 21st

  • Perla Batalla | Songstress
  • Time - 8:00 pm
  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Sunday, July 22nd

  • Malashock Dance | “Together in the Fires of Delight”  
  • Time - 3:00 pm
  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)


Purchase tickets to each of these performances HERE!


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Image Credit: Ventura Music Festival

Ride the Wave to Ventura's Surf Rodeo Music & Surf Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

One of your favorite Ventura County summertime events is right around the corner…..the Surf Rodeo Music & Surf Festival!! Celebrate everything you love about living in this beautiful community on Saturday, June 14th, and Sunday, June 15th, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily in Pierpont Beach.


Enjoy a weekend of dancing to the 24+ bands. Catch the waves or watch them ride during the Surf Contest; held at 7:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday (must have Surf Rodeo ticket to be a spectator). Participate in the “Wimbledon” of Cornhole Tournaments; held at 10:00 am daily. Check out the exciting Rodeo Competitions. 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 100 vendors. Take a turn on the mechanical bull, try the beach activities, swing by the Kids Corral….and so much more! This festival is fun for all ages!


Live Music Lineup

Saturday, July 14th

Sunday, July 15th



Long Beach Dub Allstars

Joyce Manor

Beebs And Her Money Makers

Yachtly Crew

Raging Arb And The Redheads

The Untouchables

The Upbeat

Highway Starr

Kyle Smith

Shaky Feelin’

Rising Sun

Tropa Magica

Ego Sunshine

The Love Dimension

Zep Heads

James Kaye

Rob Riccardo

TV Broken 3rd Eye Open

Dano Forte

Danielle Stacy


The Inside Break

*More bands will be added to the lineup and a schedule of times for each performance will be released closer to the date!



Ticket Information

  • Day Pass: $37 per person

  • Weekend Pass: $45 per person

  • Children 10 and under are FREE!

  • Purchase tickets in advance HERE for great savings! Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.




The Blake Mashburn Group hopes everyone in Ventura County has a rockin’ good time at the 11th Annual Surf Rodeo Music & Surf Festival!



Image Credit: Surf Rodeo Music & Surf Festival

Protect your pets from the stress of the 4th of July Fireworks

by The Blake Mashburn Group


While the festivities of the 4th of July are upon us, we need to be mindful of the repercussions of the loud noises of fireworks to our pets.  Our pets have a

120-decibel pain threshold and fireworks are at 170 decibels; making for a very painful experience.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:



2. If possible, keep your pet in an interior room to limit the effects of the noise.

3. Turn on the TV or radio in the interior room to diffuse the noise outside.

4. Try to have one family member stay with your pets during this time.

5. Make sure the room you use for your pets doesn't have an escape route.  Many pets look to escape where they are to get away from the noise.  

6. If your pet was to escape your home, make sure they are chipped or have tags of identification on them at all times.

7. Are you hosting the Independence Day celebrations?  Make sure you have cleaned up all debris so your pets do not start chewing on them.  This can be poisonous to your pet.

Wishing you all a happy & safe 4th of July!

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