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Narrow The Search On To The Perfect Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

If you are ready to Buy a Ventura home, finding the perfect home for you and your family can seem like a daunting task. It can be as stressful as it is exciting. However, there are several steps that you can take to help take some of the stress out of the home search. These steps will help you narrow your focus and lead you to the home of your dreams in no time!

 

1. Get Pre-Approval!

Before you begin your search, you should get pre-approval for a mortgage. Besides making you a more competitive buyer in the market, it will also allow you to understand your budget. This way you can search for homes that fit within the amount you have been pre-approved for.

 

2. Must Haves Vs. Wish List!

It is important to stay focused during your home search. The best way to do that is to prioritize what you features you really need for your new home. Make a list of must haves, should haves, and wish list features.

 

3. Find A Neighborhood!

The neighborhood is just as important as the house, and each neighborhood has its own distinctive characteristics. Check out the neighborhood for its school district, amenities, and commute before you start looking for individual houses within it.

 

4. Pick A House Style!

Think about what style of home will best fit your family's needs based on the must have list you made previously. Then, look at homes that fit that style. This will help you narrow your search and be more likely to have you looking at homes that will be a good fit.

 

5. Keep Notes!

In order to remember what feature liked of each individual home, you should take notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property. Another helpful thing to do is take photographs of the things you like and don't like so you accurately recall what the home was like.

 

 

Find your dream home today! Search Ventura Homes For Sale! Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit his website (http://www.blakemashburn.com/) to get started!

Sell Your Home For Top Dollar With These Design Tips!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Little decorating updates can go a long way when you are trying to sell your Ventura home. It is important to find ways to make your home stand out from the competition and attract the broadest array of potential buyers. Sell your home for top dollar and quickly with these Top Design Tips.

 

Stay True To Your Home's Roots: Do not worry about making everything in the house brand new. In fact, you should showcase the home's traditional elements as it makes it unique from other homes on the market.

Freshen It Up: A new coat of paint is the easiest and cheapest way to freshen up your home. Use neutral colors to appeal to the broadest range of buyers.

Make It Spacious: It is important that rooms always feel large regardless of their actual square footage. Create the perception of space by placing furniture in the space that allows it to feel larger.

Be Green: Adding energy efficient features to your home will attract home buyers not only because it is eco-friendly but will also help them cut costs on energy bills.

Invest In The Kitchen: The one room you should definitely put some money into is the kitchen. It is the central hub of any home. You will see a return on your investment on even minor improvements, such as updated hardware and lighting.

Same Goes For The Bathroom: The other room that will give you a good ROI is the bathroom. Replace light fixtures and update the vanity to give the space an updated look.

Make Space For Master Bedroom Closets: Buyers want storage and luxury and there are few better features than a walk in closet for the master bedroom to achieve that. It will add value to your home and attract more buyers.

Add More Storage: Don't stop at just the bedroom closet. Add storage anywhere you can, such as under the stairs.

Organize: It is important to declutter your home. While you can do it on your own, it can be beneficial to hire a pro. They will help you get rid of the stuff you really do not need and make your home feel larger.

Make A Great First Impression: Update your curb appeal so buyers want to see what else your home has to offer. Clean and add fresh paint to the exterior of your home. Give your lawn and garden some TLC so it is looking its very best.

 

Work with Blake Mashburn to Sell your Ventura home today! Give us a call at (805) 856-9350 or visit http://www.blakemashburn.com/!


 

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Find Incredible Works Of Art At The 2019 Ventura ArtWalk!

by The Blake Mashburn Group


Celebrate the 26th anniversary of our favorite art filled community event…..ArtWalk Ventura!! On Saturday, September 28th  from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm enjoy a fun, self guided tour of the best art that Ventura has to offer! Check out the incredible works of art by 100+ 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

Buenaventura Art Association | 432 North Ventura Avenue

Davey Miller Gallery | 407 North Ventura Avenue

Fox Fine Jewelry | 560 East Main Street

John White Studio | 110 North Olive, Unit N

Latitudes Fine Art Gallery | 401 East Main Street

Museum of Ventura County | 100 East Main Street

Oak & Main | 419 East Main Street

Pacific Wonderland Inc | 651 North Ventura Avenue

VC Art Market | 185 East Santa Clara Street

Very Ventura | 540 East Main Street

Vita Art Center | 28 West Main Street

Working Artists Ventura | 175 South Ventura Avenue


 

**2019 Full Schedule **

 

Fill your dream home with the incredible works of art you discover this weekend at ArtWalk Ventura! Check out the current Homes for Sale throughout Western Ventura County to find your perfect property! Give our experienced team a call today at 805-856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.


Image Credit: ArtWalk Ventura 

Get Approval For Your Mortgage By Following These Financial Rules!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

You just put in a mortgage application for a new Ventura CA Home! Congrats! Although you might know without a shadow of a doubt that you will get approved, your financial diligence is not over! The lender will be tracking your assets throughout the process. Any changes can therefore have a negative impact on your qualification for the loan. Here are the main financial rules to follow while you are going through the mortgage application process!

 

1. Stay At The Same Bank: Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. To make sure that your lender can easily source and track your assets, you should keep the same bank account(s) that you listed on your application. Avoid closing your account or opening a new one at a different bank.

2. Keep All Credit Accounts Open: Closing credit accounts will change your credit history (which goes beyond payment history to look at length and depth of credit) as well as the ratio of your credit usage to the percentage of available credit. This will have a negative impact on your score.

3. Don't Open New Credit: Stay on track for approval and keep your interest rates lower by not opening any new lines of credit, including auto loans or additional credit cards.

4. Avoid Cash Deposits: It is important that your deposits are traceable and cash is not. Ask your lender the best way to document transactions before depositing cash into your bank account.

5. Maintain Your Job & Current Salary: Your annual income and its source are important factors in your application. Avoid any changes in your employment.

6. Do Not Purchase Other Large Items: This is one of the more common mistakes. Stay on track to qualify to avoid making any additional large purchases (ie automobiles, furniture, electronics, etc.) during this time.

7. Don’t Become A Co-Signer: Although you might not be the one making the payment, the payment will be counted against you if you co-sign on a loan. You might want to help out your friend or loved one but hold off doing so while you are looking to purchase a home.

 

 

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Do Your Part During California Coastal Cleanup Day!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

One of the best things about living in Ventura County is the stunning coastal areas and waterways! Help keep all of these beautiful, vital natural spaces clean during the 35th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. This Saturday, September 21st, volunteer and give back to your community. Help protect local wildlife and take care of our environment by removing debris from the beaches, creeks, lakes, and rivers throughout the county.

 

Sign up for a 3 hour shift (9:00 am to Noon) and enjoy time along the water while making an important difference. Last year, over 13,000 pounds of trash and recyclables was collected during the event! You really can help make a difference! Click HERE for the Volunteer Waiver Form.

 

Help keep Ventura County one of the best places to live by participating in the 35th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Find all the information about area cleanup sites below!

 

 

Coastal Sites

  • Emma Wood Group Camp 

  • Fairwind Yacht Club 

  • Marina Park

  • McGrath State Beach

  • Mugu Rock Beach

  • Ventura Promenade

  • Oil Piers

  • Ormond Beach Wetland (The Nature Conservancy)

  • Ormond Lagoon

  • Oxnard Beach Park

  • Port Hueneme Beach (East of Pier)

  • Port Hueneme Beach (West End at Hueneme Wharf Plaza)

  • Rincon Parkway

  • Sanjon

  • Silver Strand Beach

  • Ventura Harbor Beaches (Harbor Cove beach to Surfer’s Knoll)

  • Ventura Promenade

Inland Sites

  • Camarillo-Calleguas Creek

  • Camarillo-Mission Oaks Park Barranca

  • Camarillo-Beardsley Wash

  • Fillmore

  • Lake Casitas

  • Moorpark

  • Ojai

  • Santa Clara River Gateway

  • Simi Valley

  • Thousand Oaks/ Arroyo Conejo Creek

 

*Map and Directions of 2019 Ventura County Coastal Cleanup Day Sites*

 

Help do your part this weekend by keeping Ventura County a beautiful place to live for us all! Find your Dream Home in this stunning natural oasis! Give ​​Blake Mashburn a call today! 

 

 

Image Credit: California Coastal Commission

 

Discover A Masterpiece At The Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Ventura is about to get a lot more colorful! It's time for the 9th annual Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival!!! Head on down to the beautiful Ventura Harbor on Saturday, September 7th, and Sunday, September 8th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily to see some magnificent works of art!

 

Find incredible pieces of art for yourself and your Ventura home at the fine artisan marketplace. Fifty local artists will be displaying and selling their jewelry, paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery, glassware, and more!

 

Stroll along the harbor promenade for the most amazing display of "living" art. Forty five of Southern California's finest chalk artists will transform the sidewalks into vivid masterpieces for all to enjoy.

 

Admission and parking at this favorite community event are FREE!

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone a colorful good time at the Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival! Follow us on Facebook and check out our Website for more fantastic community events taking place throughout the year!

 

Image Credit: Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival

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!

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/.  

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®

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