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Find Your Dream Home With These Important Open House Questions!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

As a buyer, open houses are an essential source of information. They allow you to get a closer look at homes you are interested in and see if they are truly a good fit for you and your family. Get the most out of this process by coming prepared and taking notes during the open house. Here are important questions to ask the listing agent in order for you to benefit the most from the open house!

 

  1. Has there been any offers? The listing agent cannot tell you what has been offered but they can let you know that offers exist. This information can help you decide on how quickly you need to move on this house.
  2. What is the seller's timeline? Knowing when the seller wants to move can help you determine your offer. If they need to move quickly, they are more likely open to negotiate a price below the listing. In addition, by finding out their ideal closing date, you can strengthen your offer by proposing a settlement date that fits their timeline.
  3. Is there any price flexibility? Although you might not get an answer to this question every time, you never know when you might get told "yes".
  4. How long has the house been listed? Although online listings provide this information, it can be helpful to ask the listing agent because they can provide more explanation as to why the home is still on the market.
  5. Any price changes? Similar to days on the market, asking the listing agent for explanations of pricing changes can provide more context.
  6. What recent repairs or renovations have been completed? Find out about higher priced items, such as appliances, HVAC systems, and the roof. It is helpful to know what has already been done to the home and what could be potential costs for you in the future.
  7. How much are average utilities? Utilities are an additional housing expense every month that you should consider when buying a home. Find out the average costs throughout the year in order to know whether or not it fits within your overall budget.

 

It is important to remember that as you ask these questions, you should always be courteous and friendly with the listing agent. If you end up loving the home, you could enter into negotiations with this person shortly. The open house allows you the opportunity to make a great first impression!



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Spice It Up at the Oxnard Salsa Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Spice up your weekend at the annual OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL!! On Saturday, July 27th, and Sunday, July 28th, all five of your senses will be delighted in Oxnard’s beautiful Plaza Park (5th & B Streets). There is something for everyone at this HOT summer festival! Whether you love your salsa sweet or spicy, you will find something to enjoy at the region’s largest salsa bar in the Salsa Tasting Tent. Treat your tastebuds to even more deliciousness with the festival’s plentiful International Cuisine. Find something unique to take home from the 100 Craft & Retail Vendors. Keep the little ones entertained in the exciting Kids Zone. AND, put on your dancing shoes for hours of live entertainment! The fun will endless from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily

 

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

Main Stage

Saturday, July 27th

Sunday, July 28th

Community Stage

Saturday, July 27th

  • 12:00 PM - Ritmo Latin Dance Team

  • 1:00 PM - Passion y Tumbao (Dance)

  • 2:00 PM - Dance Identity

  • 3:00 PM - Leela Belly Dance Productions

  • 4:00 PM - Garcia Dance Studio

  • 5:00 PM - TBA

  • 6:00 PM - Easy Dub

Sunday, July 28th

  • 12:00 PM - TBA

  • 1:00 PM - Michelle Ostrove Singer Showcase

  • 2:00 PM - NEMA Bellydance

  • 3:00 PM - Ritmo Latin Dance Team

  • 4:00 PM - Good Nothings (Rock n' Roll)

  • 5:00 PM - TBA

  • 6:00 PM - TBA

 

The best part of this fabulous community event……..admission is FREE!! That’s right! If you want to get even closer to the action, it is only $5 to enter the open seating area by the main stage! 

 

Never miss out on any of year round fun in Oxnard by purchasing your dream home in the area! Search Oxnard Homes for Sale! "Better Call Blake" at (805) 856-9350 to find the perfect abode for you and your family today!    


Image Credit: Oxnard Salsa Festival

Warning Signs To Watch For When Buying Your Home!

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 always a chance that you

could be blinded by decor and design features that are masking hidden issues. Be a smart consumer and learn what 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.

 

 

Blake Mashburn is here to help you discover your dream home in Ventura! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/ to get started!

 

Still Time To Enjoy The 25th Annual Ventura Music Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

It is your last chance to delight your ears at the 25th annual VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL!!! Spend this weekend in Ventura listening to some of the most incredible live music you have ever heard! There is a fantastic performer to see every day! This is one of the cultural events of the year that you do not want to miss!

 

Performance Schedule

Thursday, July 18th

  • INCENDIO | High Octane Latin Guitar

  • Time - 5:30 pm

  • Location - Mission Park (185 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura)

  • FREE Public Concert

Friday, July 19th  

  • JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO | Jazz

  • Time - 8:00 pm

  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Saturday, July 20th

  • RANKY TANKY | Gullah Culture

  • Time - 8:00 pm

  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Sunday, July 21st 

  • RASTRELLI CELLO QUARTET | From Brahms To The Beatles

  • 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

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

 

Wordsauce



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.

 

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Celebrate Independence Day in Ventura!!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Independence Day is almost here! It is time to show off our patriotic pride and celebrate everything we love about our great nation! Luckily for all of us, there is no better place to spend the 4th of July than in beautiful Ventura! Fill your Thursday with family fun and holiday spirit at these incredible community events!

 

PUSHEM PULLEM PARADE & 4TH OF JULY STREET FAIR

    Head on down to beautiful downtown Ventura for the 44th annual street fair! This year’s theme is “We have liftoff!” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo space program. This FREE street fair has so much for the whole family to enjoy! Start your day with your little ones by participating in the Pushem Pullem Parade. Help your child decorate their bicycle or little read wagon, get dressed up, and meet at Cemetery Park at 9:00 am to strut your stuff down Main Street. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun and all participants will receive a commemorative button (while supplies last).

    Then from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, stroll down Main Street (between Chestnut Street & Mission Park) to find incredible handmade arts and crafts created by the 200+ participating vendors. Dine on delicious food from your favorite local businesses and organizations. Swing by the Kids Zone for fun inflatables and to check out a Ventura Fire Department fire engine. Dance the day away to incredible live music. And, so much more!

   Live Entertainment Schedule

   California Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Colette Lovejoy Band

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Bring Me the Hits

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Rhythm 805

   Oak Street

11:00 am – 11:30 am | Barranca Vista Dancers

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Channel Aire Chorus

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Rubicon Theater

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Got Rhythm

   Palm Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Johnny & The Love Handles

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Jukebox Rockers

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Vendo 81

   Mission Park

11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Leif Engeswick

 

2019 VENTURA FIREWORKS & FAMILY PICNIC

   Celebrate our nation’s independence at this 25th annual community event. Come on down to the Ventura College Athletic Fields (4667 Telegraph Road) at 5:00 pm for an evening filled with patriotic fun. Enjoy delicious food, fantastic live music by Soul Infusion, fun games and children’s activities, and so much more. Bring a blanket to find the perfect spot for the fireworks display at 9:00 pm. Tickets bought at the gate cost $8 per adult, $6 per child (ages 4 to 12 years). Children 3 and under are free! All proceeds from this great 4th of July tradition support charitable organizations within our own community.

 

ELECTRIC BOAT PARADE & FIREWORKS BY THE SEA

   Head on down to Channel Islands Harbor for some seaside patriotic fun all day long. Find the perfect spot along Harbor Boulevard (between Albacore Way & Cabezone Circle) to watch the 4th of July Children’s Parade at 10:30 am. After the parade, head to Marine Emporium Landing for some family fun activities from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. There will be a great crafters market, delicious food booths, a rock-climbing wall, inflatable fun zone, and so much more.

Do not miss the 4th annual Electric Boat Parade at 4:30 pm. This spectacular event features 50 patriotic-themed electric boats in the harbor. Finish the day’s celebration with one of Ventura county’s most beautiful fireworks displays over the water at 9:00 pm.

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone in Ventura County a Happy & Safe 4th of July!! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for more fantastic community events throughout the year!

 

 

Image Credits: City of Ventura and Channel Islands Harbor

 

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