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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.

Get Out and Explore Half Moon Bay

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Get out and explore Half Moon Bay this month. Half Moon Bay is the perfect place to call home and a welcoming place for any visitor.  A popular activity during this time of year is gray whale watching.  The annual migration of these whales is a magnificent sight to not be missed.  From December through May, these beautiful whales migrate from their summer feeding grounds near Alaska to Baja California.  Between 15,000 out of the believed to be 17,500 population of gray whales will make their journey down the coastline. Their migration path comes very close to the coastline and it is the perfect opportunity to spot them.  Oceanic Society provides 3-hour gray whale watching trips out of Half Moon Bay on Saturday and SundaysLearn more here.

Another popular pastime in Half Moon Bay is kayaking.  For those that do not own their own kayaks, there are rental opportunities available, along with stand up paddleboards, and classes to learn the skill. Find more information here. Kayaking throughout Pillar Point Harbor and the Pacific Ocean near Half Moon Bay provides individuals the opportunity to see many forms of wildlife from seals and birds to other marine life.

There are plenty of places to get out and hike near Half Moon Bay. One of the most popular places to visit is Mavericks Cliffs Trail which provides an easy walk among the cliffs that overlook Mavericks surf spot, which is famous for its surf competitions.  For the more adventurous hiker, continue on the harbor towards the rock pier where you may have the opportunity to spot the gray whales as they migrate. Visit here for a list of great places to hike or bicycle in the Half Moon Bay area.

Pillar Point Harbor is a unique place to visit. It provides search and rescue services to all boaters. It is also a great place to buy fresh fish from the boats.  You can learn more about Pillar Point Harbor here.

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.

Housing Inventory Remains Decreased in San Mateo While Baby Boomers Stay in Their Homes Longer

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The number of inventory homes available for San Mateo County home buyers continues to remain low. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, recently stated that, “Total inventory fell in December for the first time in 16 months, resulting in fewer choices for buyers and a modest uptick in price growth in markets throughout the country,” he said. “With interest rates at lows not seen since early 2013, the strength in existing-sales in upcoming months will largely depend on the willingness of current homeowners to realize their equity gains from the past couple years and trade up.”

In San Mateo County for the month of December the median home price was $980,000, and the unsold inventory index was at 1.1, according to recent data from the California Association of Realtors. The median home sale price across the state of California was $439,000 in December. There were 25 new single-family housing permits granted.

Recent data shows that baby boomers are choosing to stay in their homes longer than any other generation and 78% of those say that they are likely to sell their home, but 54% are worried that they have not saved enough money to retire comfortably. When it comes to future plans only 4.7% of home owners in this generation plan to downsize.

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.

 

Best Work Outs for Coastside Residents in 2015

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The New Year is here, and as we embrace 2015 many of us have new resolutions that are underway.  When it comes to new resolutions, for many it is to get fit or maintain a healthy lifestyle. That sometimes can be a challenge.

Here are some of the local gyms:

Fit Studios

www.fithmb.com

Peak Performance Pilates

www.peakperformancepilates.com

Curves

www.halfmoonbaycurves.com

Snap Fitness

www.snapfitness.com

Empowered Fitness

www.empoweredfit.com

Studio 4 Pilates

www.studio4pilates.com

If you are getting burned out doing the same old workout, then it is a good thing that you are a coastside resident.  Here on the coastside, there are a wide variety of exciting ways to get in shape.

 

Hiking

A new year can crowd the gym. Avoid the crowds by taking a hike outside. The California Coastal Trail System opened a new trail segment recently in Half Moon Bay which is a perfect place to enjoy hiking.

Rock-Climbing

Another great workout is rock-climbing.  It provides a full body workout and there is nothing like the sense of accomplishment you feel once you reach the top. There are many places in San Mateo County that offers indoor rock-climbing if you are not ready to try it outdoors.

Boot Camp

Consider boosting your workout this year by enlisting in a boot camp. These have been around for years and continue to be a popular choice. California offers plenty of great natural terrain that makes it the perfect place for boot camp classes.

Spinning

Spinning is increasing in popularity. More and more studios are offering the program.  The quick-paced class with blaring techno music is a great way to change up your usual routine.

Outside

Living on the coastside provides residents with an abundance of ways to get fit outdoors.  There is no need to pay for gym memberships or travel expenses. Simply get out and start exercising by walking or running in your area.  Devil’s Slide Coast trail is a great place to visit and you can learn more here.

If you are aiming to buy a coastside home in 2015 bear in mind that analysts are predicting mortgage rates to increase throughout 2015. Why not take advantage of the best rates possible by looking for your new perfect coastal home now? 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.

Valentine’s Day in Half Moon Bay & Pacifica Restaurant & Dining Specials

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. With love in the air, Half Moon Bay and Pacifica restaurants are busy preparing menus that will surely steal your heart.

Reservations are filling up quickly in the area – so you should waste no time and start making plans now. Many local restaurants provide you the availability of scheduling a reservation directly online.

Below is a list of some coastal restaurants you may want to consider for your special night.

Pasta Moon

315 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

(650) 726-5125

Visit their site here.

It’s Italia

Half Moon Bay Inn, 401 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

(650) 726-4444

Visit their site here.

La Costenara

8150 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA 94037

(650) 728-1600

Visit their site here.

Sam's Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Highway North, Half Moon Bay, CA

(650) 712-0245

Visit their site here.

Mezza Luna

9 Prospect Way, Half Moon Bay, CA

(650) 728-8108

Visit their site here.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

(650) 728-2739

Visit their site here.

Cetrella

845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

(650) 726-4090

Visit their site here.

Navio at the Ritz Carlton

1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA

(650) 712-704

Visit their site here.

Miramar Beach Restaurant

131 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

(650) 726-9053

Visit their site here.

Cafe Gibralter

425 Avenue Alhambra, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

(650) 560-9039

Visit their site here.

Puerto 27

525 Crespi Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044

(650) 733-7343

Visit their site here.

Moonraker

105 Rockaway Beach Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044

(650) 557-7025

Visit their site here.

Nick’s

100 Rockaway Beach Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044

(650) 359-3900

Visit their site here.

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. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903

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The Rain Team
CA# 01169588 | CA# 01125976 | CA# 01908304
248 Main Street, Suite 200
Half Moon Bay CA 94019
Office: 650-712-0411
Direct: 650-888-6903
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Kathy and Michael Rain of Coldwell Banker provides real estate services in the San Mateo County, California area including the surrounding communities: El Granda, Half Moon Bay, Montara, Moss Beach, Pacifica and San Mateo.  Search for homes in San Mateo County. We list and sell residential real estate, investment properties, vacant land, lots for sale in the
San Mateo County, California area.

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