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Tips to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh Longer in Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Now that spring is in full bloom the flowers along the coastside are too. Nothing brightens up a home more than fresh cut flowers beautifully arranged in your favorite vase. Follow the steps below and it will help keep those fresh flowers alive longer.

1. Stems

The first thing you want to do is to cut the bottom of the stems off so that the flowers now have fresh openings. Make sure you cut the stems while they are under water. If they are cut while open to the air it can cause the fresh opening in the stems to suck up air creating an air embolism in the stem. Cutting the stems at an angle you will open the stem up to as much water as possible.

2. Acid

Next, when putting the flowers into water you want the water to be slightly acidic. Acid in the water prevents callous formation from occurring. To add acidity to your water you can use two common household items such as lemon juice or vinegar. A tenth of your water volume in the vase should be acidic.

3. Sugar

Plants like humans need carbohydrates. When flowers are cut they are no longer able to make their own food efficiently as they normally would. Putting a few pinches of sugar for every 10oz of water will help keep your flowers alive a little longer.

4. Biocide

Lastly, it is not uncommon for harmful bacteria or fungi to try to feed on the flowers. To help prevent this from happening, add some biocide to the water. Only add enough biocide to kill the germs, but not the flowers. Bleach or rubbing alcohol can easily be added to achieve this. Only add a few drops, if you notice the water starting to become slightly murky add a few more drops of biocide.

Follow these steps and your fresh cut flowers will continue to brighten your home longer.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority. 

25th Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show to Take Place 4/26 in Half Moon Bay

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, an extraordinary showcase of motorized vehicles from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. A wide variety of more than 2,000 antique, vintage, classic, custom and exotic machines of all kinds will be on display for public viewing. You will not want to miss this event on Sunday, April 26th, at the Half Moon Bay Airport. The event is scheduled to run from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. There will be something for the whole family at this event.

A few headline attractions scheduled for the event include:

 

  • Flyovers by our nation’s most historic military aircraft, in memory of Eddie Andreini Sr., world-renown aerobatics pilot, who was also the founder of Dream Machines along with being a long standing pillar of the Half Moon Bay community.
  • A large unique display and parade of vintage police cars.
  • Peninsula Channel Commanders will be displaying remote-controlled drones along with aircraft aerobatics.
  • A wide array of children’s activities including, a Zip-line, bungee jump, waterballerz, remote-controlled NASCAR racing, and much more.
  • A vast array of dragsters all honoring the former Half Moon Bay Drag Strip.
  • Rides in helicopters, bi-planes, and monster truck rides.
  • Side-by-side, single-wheel unimotorcycle drag racing.
  • Outstanding food and drink by Half Moon Bay Brewing Company's Classic Motor Head Ale along with  Bloody Mary's and Aviator cocktails from Half Moon Bay Distillery and varietals from Barterra Winery.
  • Live music by The Ray Charles Project featuring Tony Lindsay and Chris Cain, Wavelength: a Tribute to Van Morrison and the Andy Santana Band.

Admission for the event is $25 for adults (age 18-69), $15 for ages 11-17 and 70+, free for kids age 10 and under. A full list of entertainment for the event can be found here.

One thing we love about our coastal communities is that there’s always something new to explore. If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Should You Buy or Rent a Coastal Home? Here is What You Need to Know.

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

There have been many reports recently indicating that it is becoming increasingly popular for Millennials to rent versus buying a home.  Strict lending standards and increased student debt is some of the many reasons impacting their decision.  However, a recent NAR® study indicated that 8 out of 10 respondents still believe that buying a home in today’s economy is a good financial decision.

If you are contemplating what is in your best interest when it comes to buying or renting a coastside home here are a few things to keep in mind:

Do you have steady income? If you have a history of steady income and a good credit score, then buying a coastside home may be in your favor. Mortgage lenders are looking to see that you have the ability to repay your loan.

Other expenses? Owning your own home means there is no landlord to cover those unforeseen expenses that occur with homeownership, such as a broken faucet or a leaking roof. Determine if you have enough money left in your budget each month after paying your monthly mortgage payment, taxes, insurance, etc. for your home. If you do then home ownership may be right for you.

How long do you plan to own a home? Typically a home’s value appreciates over time and it’s common for owners to build equity from their home as time increases. With time, more of your monthly payment is going towards the principal of the loan versus interest. The longer you plan to stay in the home the better value you will find.

Is your rent increasing?  A recent study by Trulia showed that rents on average are increasing faster than home prices. The study showed that homeownership remains 38% cheaper than renting nationally.

When it comes to making a large financial decision such as buying a home there is a lot to consider. If you are weighing the pros and cons of buying a home and you have questions, feel free to give us a call.

If you are looking to sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL us a call clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

5 Toughest Stains Removal Guide for Coastal Residents

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Now that spring is here more coastal residents will be spending more time outdoors. Here are a few tips to help you beat those toughest stains that Spring throws your way.

Sweat

With the temperature raising, you may be perspiring more and along with that comes the dreaded “pit stain.”  Pre-treat the perspiration marks with a prewash stain remover. Next, wash the garment in your washer’s hottest setting recommended for the fabric.

Sunscreen

If sunscreen has resulted in a stain on your clothing, treat it by creating a mixture of dishwashing liquid and glycerin. Spot-treat the stain before laundering.  Glycerin can be found at any major drugstore. If this does not remove the stain consider adding a laundry-detergent booster to the wash and use the hottest water that is recommended for the fabric.

Grass

To treat those tough grass stains, pretreat your stained garment with OxiClean and allow it to soak overnight. The next morning scrub the stain with a scrub brush or an old toothbrush gently. Next, launder with an enzyme detergent, as the enzymes will help remove the protein from the stain.  

Ice Cream

There is nothing better than an ice cream cone on a warm Spring day.   If the ice cream begins to melt and lands on your clothes, quickly apply cool water to the spot to prevent your clothes from staining. If this does not help remove the stain, pretreat your clothing by soaking it in a detergent that is made with enzymes for a minimum of 30 minutes.  Then after soaking launder as normal.

Ketchup

A quick, fast fix to try when ketchup lands on your clothes is to immediately  dab the stain with water and try to remove it.  If that did not remove the stain pretreat the stain using liquid laundry detergent.   Place in your washing machine and add bleach if it is safe for the fabric.

If you are looking to sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

 

A Personal Journey Through The Loss Of A Pet

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

A dog can truly be a “man’s best friend” and they make any Coastal home feel complete. A pet quickly becomes a member of the family and when they pass their loss can impact your family in many ways. A friend of ours recently lost their dog, Rupert, and they shared their experience with Michael and myself. We are passing their story on to you as we are sure many of you too may be able to relate.  The loss of their beloved Rupert comes after they lost their other dog, Rosie, less than a year ago. They continue to find great joy in spending time with their dog, Racer, who also misses his friends Rupert and Rosie. Thank you Nell for sharing your story with us.

From the time that Rupert entered our lives from a box outside of Safeway until he took his last breath in my arms yesterday evening, he was a Teddy Bear with a mission.

He took his role very seriously making sure his family was okay at all times, no matter what it took and no matter how sick he felt.  He was a serious boy and yet he was always ready to cuddle.  No one cuddles better than Rupert.  We called him our living Teddy Bear.

What started out as being finicky about his food ended up being an aggressive cancer that caused him to lose weight, have balance issues, be unable to walk any significant distance, and have difficulty breathing.  Although we had hoped for weeks with Rupert, the rate of his degradation changed that to days. As the cancer progressed and made him more and more uncomfortable, the possible date of his last day kept moving closer.


We used our last days with Rupert to get his bucket list all checked off.  He ate his favorite foods and spent time outdoors, which he loved.  Early Saturday morning he had a bad breathing episode that passed for a bit and then occurred again for a shorter time.  He had grown progressively more uncomfortable and evenings to early morning were the worst times.  Usually once the family was up and breakfast was eaten he would have good energy.  Saturday morning was different.  After the bad breathing episode, he got sick to his stomach and had no energy.  It was clear it was time and we called the place that would come to our home to help Rupert pass.  They agreed to come that evening.

We gave Rupert his favorite breakfast and got things ready for a picnic on the beach.  It was going to be too hot for him to sit there without shade so we changed the plans and found a nice shady tree to sit under in Balboa Park.  We had a nice day together as a family and he walked a small bit.  He got a salami and mortadella snack, which he thought was quite cool.  For dinner he ate steak and he had no problems getting all that eaten up.  That was followed with a fortune cookie, which he was glad to get a whole cookie.  His fortune said he would receive a pleasant surprise that day.  We're sure seeing Rosie again would be a pleasant surprise for him.

As we waited for the Vet to arrive Rupert was real still.  When the vet arrived Racer spent a little time getting to know him and then went to his bed by the sofa and sat there throughout the process.  We placed Rupert in my arms as we both sat with him on the sofa.  The Vet was very nice and respectful to Rupert.  He gave Rupert a strong sedative and once that had taken full effect he gave him the final dose of an even stronger sedative and with that Rupert took his last breath.  The Vet then listened to his heart until it stopped and let us know he was gone.  We laid him down on a blue blanket the Vet had brought for Rupert.  When we did that, Racer came over, sniffed on him and then went back to his bed.  Racer stayed in his bed as the Vet wrapped Rupert in the blue blanket and took him away.

Racer looked very sad and did not move.  He seems fine today.  We are mourning the loss of our little Rupert and appreciate all the support you have given us through this.

Rupert, you will always be loved and always missed.  Rest in peace little man, rest in peace.

If you have recently lost a pet visit here to learn 10 coping tips on dealing with the loss of a pet. If you are looking for a new home for your family and pet, The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

4 Tips for Your Coastal Home Flower Boxes

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Flower boxes can enhance the outside of any coastal home.  Install your boxes under your windows or hang them from the rails of your deck. Here are three tips on keeping your flower boxes looking their best on your Coastal home.

Soil

The number one thing we have found when it comes to flower boxes is that the correct soil is everything when it comes to future growth and health of the plants.  Potting soil has nutrients and water storing pellets.

Sunny Windows

If your flower box is on a window that has direct sunlight at least six hours a day, then it is best to plant colorful flowers. To keep them alive and healthy, add a water-soluble fertilizer to the box every few weeks.  Remove any spent blooms to allow your plants to flower even more. Flowers in boxes with direct sunlight need to be watered daily.

Shaded Windows

If your flower bed is on a window that spends a majority of the daylight hours in the shade, then look for plants that thrive in the shade. You can find plants with very colorful leaves such as the Dark Star, Dappled Apple, and Dark Heart plants. Add a combination of shade loving plants to your box to give it the most visual appeal. In the California summer heat you will need to water them daily. During the rest of the year, check the soil every few days and if it is dry to an inch below the surface then water them.

Short on Time

If you love the idea of a flower box, but do not have the time to maintain it, then succulents are ideal.  These hardy plants will not dry out as their leaves are designed with a built-in water supply. When choosing which succulents to plant, choose a variety that has similar sunlight and moisture needs. These will need to be watered fairly infrequently. However, be sure to check the soil for dampness at least every two weeks.  If the soil is dry then water them.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903. 

Job Growth Increases Along the Coastside-Higher Interest Rates May be Near- What This Means For You

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The recent employment numbers show that in the month of February employers added 295,000 jobs across the nation, with growth seen among all sectors and regions.   The unemployment rate dropped to %5.5, the last time we saw a percentage this low was May 2008.  As job growth increases along the coastside and the rest of the country, the Federal Reserve will at some point begin increasing interest rates.

For 12 straight months there have been at least 200,000 jobs added across the United States. The last time we saw such a sustained pace of hiring was from the years 1994-1995.  With the U.S. economy slowly recovering there are many economists predicting that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates sometime in 2015.

Rising rates in 2015 can impact you in many ways:

Residential Housing:

It will become more costly to borrow money to purchase a coastal home if rates increase.  In the past we have seen as interest rates go up housing prices slowly decrease.

Durable Goods

Your purchases of goods bought on credit, such as boats, cars, RV’s, etc., will also increase as interest rates rise. The cost of financing these types of items will cost more.

Exchange Rates

When interest rates go up as a result of tightening monetary policy the value of the America dollar in comparison to other countries tends to rise.  As a result, American exporters are impacted negatively and those importing profit.

With the threat of higher interest rates expected this year, now is the time to buy. Why not take advantage of the best rates possible by looking for your new perfect coastal home nowContact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Garden Tools Every Coastside Homeowner Needs Before Spring

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We have officially sprung our clocks forward, and spring will be here before we know it. As the spring weather heads our way the thought of the upcoming gardening season is on the minds of many coastside residents. If you are looking for some new plants for your garden this year we suggest you try anniesannuals. They have very healthy plants and we personally love the Fuschias. Here is a list of the best garden tools that every gardener should have

Hand Trowel

Every gardener should have a hand trowel. Look for one that is rust-resistant and that can get into tight spots.  Those made with a curved-wood handle are comfortable to use and allow you to spend time in the garden all day.

Work Gloves

If you are not a fan of putting your bare hands in the dirt, then consider purchasing a pair of work gloves. Look for ones that are light weight and made of a breathable material so that your hands do not sweat.  Make sure that they are not so bulky that you are unable to grasp those pesky weeds that sprout in the most inconvenient places.

Watering Can

A watering can is a must have, not that a bucket of water won’t do the trick, but a watering can just makes pouring easier.  When buying a watering can look for one that has a wide spout to easily cover your ground plants and a narrow spout for those plants you have in pots.

Pruner

If you purchase a good ergonomic pruner it should last you forever. A stainless steel clipper with rubber bumpers to help absorb shock is ideal.

Cultivator

A three-tined classic cultivator is a great tool to add to any gardener’s collection. You want one that is long enough to reach under your shrubs, so that turning soil, and mixing in fertilizer is easy.

Spade

No garden tool collection is complete without a spade. Spades can be heavy. Look for one that is built well with a stainless-steel blade yet light enough for you to easily handle.  A spade is good to use for uprooting, edging, and making holes.

While digging in your garden this year keep your eye open for California’s new official state frog, the Red Legged frog.  It is a threatened species and protected in the 1,600,000 acres of protected habitat throughout the state.

If you are aiming to buy or sell a coastside home this spring, we would love to assist you. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Are you ready to buy a home in San Mateo? Take this readiness quiz and find out!

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Homeownership is a big commitment. Are you considering buying a new home in San Mateo County?  If so, below are some questions to consider and answer to see if you are ready for such a commitment.

How long do you plan to stay? Can you live in your San Mateo home for three to five years?  Purchasing a home comes with transaction costs, such as loan processing fees, home inspections and much more.   Not only are there upfront costs involved, there is also a lot of effort that can go into moving into a new home. If you know that you will be transferring jobs in the next three to five years, which may result in you selling your home, you could end up taking a loss.  

Are you a handyman?  Some homeowners enjoy remodeling and updating their home.  There are times when every home needs the simple fix-ups and ongoing maintenance.  If you are not up for these projects it will require hiring a contractor which you will need to oversee.  Are you up for what it takes to maintain a home?  If so a new home in San Mateo County will be perfect for you.

Are you financially ready? To obtain a mortgage in today’s market you need good credit. Do you know your credit score?  You can order a free credit report yearly from www.annualcreditreport.com.  Check the report for accuracy and be sure to report any errors to all three credit reporting agencies. If you are not paying cash for a home you will need a home mortgage loan that will require a down payment (20% is the standard) and closing costs. Are you financially ready for these costs?

Do you know local real estate?  Simply searching online for a new home in San Mateo is not enough.  It is ideal to know what other homes in your desired neighborhood have sold for. Hiring an experienced Realtor, such as our team, can help you navigate the process of placing a competitive offer on your new home.

Can you compromise? If this is your first time buying a home you may have a hard time finding a home that has every feature you are looking for. Being flexible when searching for a home will help ease the home buying process.

After reading all the questions do you feel like you are ready to buy your dream home in San Mateo County? The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

Composting Basics for Coastside Residents

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

25% of food is thrown out in the average American household, which could easily be turned into compost.  Composting is a great addition to the soil of any garden or yard.  It will benefit your garden by improving the soil and helping to prevent plant diseases.  The process of composting is mixing yard and household organic waste in a container that provides it with conditions that allow for decomposition.

To start composting, you first should choose the right container.  Look for a container made of wood, metal or plastic that can accommodate up to 80 gallons.  Next, place the container in a shady area of your coastside home yard. Here are a few suggestions to add to your compost pile: fruit peels, eggshells, left over vegetables, coffee grounds, and paper filters. You do not want to compost any meat, dairy, cooking oil or fish as they will draw unwanted animals and insects.

The majority of your compost should be made up of dry organic matter such as old newspapers, leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and even your old paper plates. The best results of composting come from a three-to-one ratio of dry organic matter to wet.  You can check the moisture level of the compost by grabbing a handful and checking to see that it has the consistency of a wrung-out sponge. If you find that your compost is too dry then let some rain water in to even out the moisture levels.  If you notice your compost is putting off a bad smell add more dry items to it.

It can take from a few months to a year for your compost to be ready.  You want your compost to look and smell similar to that of dark soil.  Once your compost is ready place it on your lawn or garden.

 If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

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