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Labor Day Weekend Events Throughout Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Labor Day Weekend is Here! This long holiday weekend is traditionally filled with family gatherings, cook outs, outdoor recreation, and more. Looking for something unique to fill your time this weekend? We have found a fun event for you and your family to check out each day! Explore the best Ventura County has to offer at these incredible community events taking place this Labor Day Weekend!


 

17th Annual Ventura Nationals

Date: Saturday, August 31st

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Ventura Fairgrounds (10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura)

Cost: $15 General Admission | FREE Children 12 & Under | $10 Active Military

Check out the most incredible hot rods, customs, motorcycles, low riders, and more at this incredible annual show! You will find some of the best automobiles and bikes in the entire country, from antiques and classics to modern custom builds. Do not miss the fun Pedal Car Contest as they cruise their way through the fairgrounds. Enter for your chance to win a 1959 El Camino. Enjoy great live music by Jesse Dayton, Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas, The Moontones, Eddie & The Scorpions, and The Rockin Henrys. And, so much more! Tickets are available for purchase at the fairgrounds (Cash Only).

 

15th Annual Santa Paula Labor Day Parade

Date: Monday, September 2nd

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Main Street, Santa Paula

Cost: FREE Admission!

Find the best spot along the parade route and enjoy the best Labor Day parade in the area! Check out all the great floats, musical groups, and more.

7th Annual Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair

Date: Monday, September 2nd

Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Agriculture Museum (926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula)

Cost: FREE Admission!

After the Santa Paula parade, head to the Agriculture Museum for an afternoon of old-fashioned family fun! Check out vintage tractors, enter the pie eating contest, bob for apples, play in the bounce house, make tractor crafts, and so much more!

38th Annual Malibu Chili Cook Cook-Off

Date: Friday, August 30th - Monday, September 2nd

Time: 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Fri), 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (Sat&Sun), 11:00 am - 8:00 pm (Mon)

Location: 23575 Civic Center Way, Malibu

Cost: $15 per day

Take a trip down to Malibu for this fun annual event featuring carnival rides, fair games, live entertainment, silent auction, vendors, food sales, and of course, the famous chili cook-off. Purchase tickets HERE!

Labor Day Concert in Thousand Oaks - The Police Experience

Date: Monday, September 2nd

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Conejo Community Park (1175 Hendrix Avenue, Thousand Oaks)

Cost: FREE!

Dance the evening away to one of the most authentic cover bands in the country, The Police Experience. Refreshments are available.

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!

Follow These Steps To Get A Mortgage!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Obtaining a mortgage is a process and one that is often more involved than many home buyers are expecting. Do not be surprised when you get a mortgage by being prepared for everything that is to come. Here are the 5 essential steps to getting a mortgage.

1. Pre-Approval

Getting pre-approval for a mortgage (meaning the lender is committed to giving you a loan up to a certain amount) can greatly increase your chances of the seller accepting your offer. It shows the seller that you are serious and can actually afford their home. In order to get pre-approved you will need to provide your lender with Pay Stubs, Federal Tax Returns, W-2 Forms, Statement of Assets, Residential History, and Proof of Funds.

2. Home Appraisal

Your lender will complete an appraisal of the home to determine its value. This step is necessary in order for them to check the home's value against the loan amount. As long as the home is appraised at or above what you offered, you are good to go. Unfortunately, this step in the process gets complicated if the home is appraised for less. A lender will not give you more money than what the home is valued at. If this happens, you can try to negotiate with the seller, appeal the appraisal, request a second appraisal, or (in many cases) walk away from this particular deal.

3. Maintain Credit Score

It is very important that you do not have any changes to your credit score while you go through the mortgage process. Your score gets checked at the beginning and very end and most stay consistent. Avoid jeopardizing the final approval of your loan by not opening new credit accounts, not closing old ones, and making all of your payments on time.

4. Closing Disclosure Review

When you first applied for your loan, you received a Loan Estimate (LE). Just before closing, you will receive the Closing Disclosure (CD). It is very important that you review the CD off of the LE to check for any errors. The CD outlines everything that you will pay in fees at settlement. Since errors can often occur in these documents be sure to carefully check your Name's Spelling, Loan Term, Loan Type, Interest Rate, Cash to Close, Closing Costs, Loan Amount, Total Monthly Payment, and Estimated Taxes and Insurance.

5. Underwriting

The final step is the underwriting process. This is when you lender verifies that all of the information you provided is true and accurate. The easiest (and only) way to get through this step smoothly is to be truthful in your application. Be sure to maintain your job status, credit score, and pay off your debts on time and this step will be a total breeze!

 

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Fill Your Ventura County Kitchen With Locally Grown Produce!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The beautiful climate and landscape in Ventura County provides us with incredible produce and locally grown goods. There are amazing farmers markets in our communities throughout the year. Find a wide variety of items from fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meat and dairy, handmade crafts, and so much more. Put healthy, delicious food on your kitchen table and help promote economic development throughout Ventura County by shopping local at these great farmers markets!

Wednesdays

Midtown Ventura

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot (3301 North Main Street, Ventura)

 

Thursdays

Downtown Oxnard Farmers Market

When: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Where: 471 South B Street, Oxnard

 

Saturdays

 

Camarillo Certified Farmers Market

 

When: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: 2220 Ventura Boulevard, Old Town Camarillo

Downtown Ventura

When: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Corner of Palm & Santa Clara Streets, Ventura

 

Sundays

Ojai Certified Farmers' Market

When: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 300 East Matilija Street, Ojai

Channel Islands Certified Farmers' Market

When: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: 3350 South Harbor Boulevard, Oxnard


Incredible local farmers markets are one of the many reasons that Ventura County is a great place to live. If you are interested in Buying your dream home in one of these communities, search our Homes for Sale. Give ​​Blake Mashburn a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.  

The 5 Steps of Closing!

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.

 

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 A Night Under The Stars At Ventura's Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate the natural beauty of Ventura at the WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL!! This 10th annual festival showcases inspirational and educational films related to our natural environment. Enjoy these incredible, award-winning short films with a stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Bring a blanket, find the perfect spot on the grassy lawn, and relax under the stars during this fantastic event!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will take place this Saturday, August 17th, at the Ventura County Credit Union (2575 Vista Del Mar Drive #100). The gates to the event will open at 5:00 pm with fun lawn games, family friendly activities, Live Music from The Guy Martin Band & Todd Hannigan & Sleeping Chief. Films will begin at 8:00 pm.

 

Film Line Up 

Cascada

Blue

Brotherhood of Skiing

Moonline

Great Old Broads for Wolves

Fire Followers

A New View of the Moon

Lost in Light

The Majestic Plastic Bag

Carpe Diem

Fire and Water

Climbing Out of Disaster

For the Love of Mary

Imagination: Tom Wallisch

 

Dine on delicious food from your favorite local trucks, including Crazy Greek, Farm & Flame, It's in the Sauce, Mr. Softee, SoCalComfort, Steamy Bun Truck, and We Bee Poppin. Sip on refreshing beer and wine from Leashless Brewing, Ojai Valley Brewery. Rincon Brewery, Topa Topa, Castoro Cellars, and San Antonio Winery.

General Admission is $35 per person and child admission is $5 per child (ages 12 and under). For the first year ever, VIP tickets are also available for $125 per person. Enjoy the ultimate VIP experience with FREE adult beverage, appetizers, and desserts from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the VIP Lounge and Courtyard, as well as access to indoor restrooms throughout the entire event! Purchase your Wild & Scenic Film Festival tickets HERE!

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Image Credits: Ventura Land Trust

Top Reasons To Stage Your Ventura Home To Sell!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Congratulations!! You made the big decision to sell your home! It's now time to make sure that your home is looking its very best before it hits the market. Help your home stand apart from the competition through staging! Many home sellers wonder if there are really benefits to staging. The proof is in the numbers! Create the best first impression by staging your home!

 

1. Home buyers can better visualize themselves in the home through staging. In fact, 83% of buyer's agents say their clients have an easier time seeing themselves living in the home when it is staged! Be sure to declutter and remove personal items that can be distracting.

 

2. 53% of real estate agents representing sellers said that staged homes moved off the market faster.

 

3. Online viewers look at staged homes 38% more.

 

4. The value of homes increased 1% to 5% more after being staged, in general. Some sellers enjoyed increased values of 6% to 10%!

 

5. While you should clean your entire house and make sure that all of it looks its very best, the most commonly staged rooms are the living room (93%), kitchen (84%), and master bedroom (78%).

 

 

Consider hiring a professional stager for your home as they know the best ways to maximize your space and accentuate its best features. Contact Blake Mashburn to enjoy selling success today!


Reference: National Association of REALTORS®

Ventura County Students Are Heading Back To School!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

It’s time to pack up those school supplies, pick out the first day’s outfit, and get your child ready to head BACK TO SCHOOL! That’s right! The first school bells of the year are about to start ringing throughout Ventura County! Check out the dates for the first days of school for all our local districts!

 

Santa Paula Unified School District | 201 South Steckel, Santa Paula

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

Fillmore Unified School District | 627 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore

First Day of School: Thursday, August 15th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar

 

Ojai Unified School District | 414 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

Oxnard School District | 1501 South A Street, Oxnard

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

Ventura Unified School District | 255 West Stanley Avenue, Ventura

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

Hueneme Elementary School District | 205 North Ventura Road, Port Hueneme

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 27th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar

 

Oxnard Union High School District | 309 South K Street, Oxnard

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 27th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

Pleasant Valley School District | 600 Temple Avenue, Camarillo

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 28th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes all Ventura County students a fun and successful 2019 - 2020 school year to all students in Ventura County!!!

If you are interested in BUYING your dream home in one of these excellent school districts, give Blake a call at (805) 856-9350 or visit his Website today!

Celebrate Ventura at the 144th Annual County Fair!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate everything you love about living in beautiful Ventura County by partaking in that great summertime tradition.....the Ventura County Fair!!! Head to the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 West Harbor Boulevard) now through Sunday, August 11th, for days of family fun and excitement! The 144th annual fair promises to be better than ever! Enjoy carnival games, exciting rides and attractions, incredible live entertainment, interesting vendors and exhibitions, and SO much more every day from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Admission to the fair costs $12 for adults and $9 for children and seniors (65+). Take advantage of discounted ticket prices on Special Admission Days. Purchase your fair tickets HERE! Do not miss out on the “County Fair with Ocean Air”!!

 

Grandstand Entertainment Schedule

Monday, August 5th

  • 7:30 pm | X Ambassadors

Tuesday, August 6th

  • 1:00 pm | Tommy James and the Shondells
  • 7:30 pm | Brothers Osborne

Wednesday, August 7th

  • 7:30 pm | Daughtry

Thursday, August 8th

  • 7:30 pm | George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Friday, August 9th

  • 7:30 pm | Collective Soul

Saturday, August 10th

  • 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm | P.R.C.A. Pro Rodeo

Sunday, August 11th

  • 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm | P.R.C.A. Pro Rodeo

 

Check out all the fun happenings and live entertainment: 2019 Ventura County Fair Daily Schedule of Events!!!

 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone a happy & fun time at this year’s Ventura County Fair!


Image Credit: Ventura County Fairgrounds

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Office: 805-856-9350
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