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Quick Fixes For The Most Common Household Accidents And Flaws

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

During our day to day lives, our homes can take a beating and begin to show some wear. Stains in the carpet, your toddler's artwork on the walls, scratches in the hardwood, and drains that don’t empty as quickly as they used to, may be just a few things you ‘re combating. These may be things you have learned to live with, but when the day comes that you are expecting visitors or showing your home to sell, these things may be something you want to fix. Here are a few quick fixes for some of the most common household accidents and flaws.

Carpet Stains

To properly tackle stains in your carpet, it helps to know what caused them.  If you have stains resulting from red wine, Kool-Aid, or cranberry juice tackle it with a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water and place in a spray bottle. Apply liberally and let sit for five minutes. Blot away with a clean towel. Follow it with a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water solution and rinse thoroughly.  If you find that you have gum in your carpet, remove by first freezing it. Place a Ziploc bag of ice on it and once it is solid scrape it off, with a no longer used credit card or similar plastic card.

Wall Stains

Stains on the walls can come in many forms such as crayon, permanent marker, pen, or just dirty hand prints. To remove crayon from a wall sprinkle some baking soda on a moist cloth and simply rub gently. Gently is the key word, as the mixture is abrasive and you don’t want to do further damage. To handle permanent marker stains reach for hairspray or sunscreen to help remove it. Spray on a cloth and dab the stain to remove. Don’t leave it on the stain for an extended period of time. To remove pen or marker stains from the walls of your home spray shaving cream that foams. Let sit for approximately ten minutes and then wipe clean.

Wood Scratches

Hardwood is beautiful in a home but can easily become scratched. From a scrape to a small gauge it can be fixed by a walnut.  Begin rubbing the scratch with the inside of a walnut back and forth along the length of the blemish until the color returns to the wood. This same can be done to wood furniture scratches as well.

Slow Draining and Clogged Sinks

If your sinks are draining slow or become clogged don’t reach for Drano first. Instead, pour boiling hot water down your drain followed by ½ cup of baking soda, and then chase it with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup very hot water.  If you have a drain plug place it over the drain and allow it to set for 10 minutes while the reaction occurs. After 10 minutes, pour another pot of boiling hot water down the drain.

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.


46th Annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

For the 46th consecutive year, Half Moon Bay is happy to announce the return of the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, this Saturday and Sunday.  Known as the “World Pumpkin Capital,” you are in for a festival like no other along Main Street.  As in years past, there will be display of enormous carved pumpkins (think Volkswagen-size), 4 stages of smashing entertainment for all ages, live music, homemade crafts and foods, haunted house, and giant pumpkin photos. Perhaps you could pick up a few pointers from expert pumpkin carver, Farmer Mike, who celebrates his 30th year at the festival carving pumpkins from  300-pounds to larger than 1,500-pounds each.  Also view the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture, which measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high, and weighs nearly 10,000 pounds, by artist Peter Hazel.

Throughout the festival take time to stroll through all the booths down Main Street where you will find everything pumpkin from fudge to pie available for purchase.  For the kids, stop by the “Kiddie Land,” where you can make your own pumpkin scented playdough and run, jump, and bounce in the waterballerz.  Children will also enjoy the fun zip-line and the super inflatables located in Stone Pine Center.

The festival opens Saturday and Sunday morning with a pancake breakfast at Mac Dutra Park at 7:00AM. The rest of Saturday’s events officially begin at 9:00AM. Dress in your favorite costume and head to the costume contest at 10:00AM and be sure to not miss the Great Pumpkin Parade at noon.  A crowd favorite is the pie eating contest that begins at 2:00PM for those under the age of 11 and at 2:15pm for those over the age of 12 at the Bank of America Lot.

Sunday after the pancake breakfast, take part in the Pumpkin Run/Walk on Coastside Trail. There will also be a second pie eating contest with the same time schedule as Saturday.

This year’s festival will also feature outstanding exhibits that feature Organic, Natural, Healthy, and Eco-Friendly products.  Stop by and enjoy free samples while learning first-hand how they can help you live a healthier and greener lifestyle.

If you are looking to do some home improvement projects, don’t miss the various product displays on site.

There will be plenty of food available at the food court along with entertainment and wine booths at the event.

Sports fanatics don’t have to worry about missing their favorite game this weekend.  Head to the Comcast Take 5 Lounge and enjoy your favorite game on the giant LED screen.  While there enjoy the famous Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale or a selection of the other fine craft brews provided by the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

Bring the entire family, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.  Best of all, admission is FREE. There is so much to do, plan on making a day of the event as to not miss out on something. Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume and keep an eye out for Gourdy, the mischievous event mascot.

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For more information regarding this event download the FREE Pumpkin Festival mobile app. If you plan to cycle to the event, bicycle parking will be available at the Bike Works parking lot with a suggested donation of $5 per bicycle. All proceeds will go towards The Heal Project.

Solar Energy Myths

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

As a responsible coastside resident, we are sure you do your part to help make our environment a better place.  Residents today are more knowledgeable about the impact we have on our environment than ever before.  However, there are a few myths you may have heard about when it comes to solar energy and we are here to share the truth.

There won’t be solar power on cloudy days.

You may be under the impression that on a day when it’s not sunny your solar panels will not work.  The good news is that solar panels absorb all kinds of light from UV, direct sunlight, and infrared rays which are still able to reach panels on those cloudy days.  The panels then store energy in battery cells for use in the future. This is why your house can still have power on a cloudy day.

They only work when it’s warm

Don’t fall for the myth that solar panels work their best only when it’s warm. In fact, they thrive in cooler weather as they function by trapping light and not heat.  Along the coast we don’t have to worry about snow, but we do have occasional rain.  Rain is also beneficial to your system as it helps to clean out the system.

They are a lot of maintenance

You may be under the impression that owning solar panels require a lot of maintenance.  In the past, they were known to break which required multiple visits from trained professionals. However, today’s systems don’t have moving parts and are very dependable.  You should have them routinely inspected to keep them in good working order. If for some reason they would fail to work, you will find it is usually covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

They are costly

A decade ago, installing solar panels on your coastside home could have broken the bank.  Today however, prices continue to drop each year.  On top of reduced costs, there are many rebates available to homeowners from both the federal government and state. 

After installing solar panels you can expect to save substantially on your energy bill.  Many homeowners see a savings up to 15% annually.  Not only will it save you on your energy bill, it will also increase the value of your home.

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.

How To Purge Your Closet Successfully This Fall

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It can be difficult to get rid of things that we have spent our hard earned money on.   That may be why so many of us have overflowing closets and wardrobes full of clothes that we no longer wear, or in some cases even fit.  Here are a few tips on how to successfully purge your closet this fall.

First, start sorting your clothes into piles of ones that you wear versus those that you haven’t wore in the last year.  Just go with your gut and don’t overthink it.  Next, go through each piece  in the pile you haven’t worn in a year, and ask yourself does it make you feel good?  Is this a piece that complements you well? If not, it’s time to get rid of it.

Not sure if you are ready to part with a piece. Is it something you will wear again? Is it a piece you have worn in the last six months? Many times we find ourselves buying a dress for a special occasion only to never wear it again. However, if you paired it with a nice cardigan would it be something you could wear to work? Think it through and if it’s something that may work in the future, and it makes you feel good hold on to it. If you are just holding on to it in hopes that you will wear it again once you lose weight, or get invited to a fancy party, it’s time to part with it.

Another way to determine if it’s time to get rid of a piece of clothing is to inspect it thoroughly. If it shows signs of aging, has fading, or is no longer flattering it’s time to let it go.  Clothing that is high maintenance such as requiring hand washing or dry cleaning should be purged if they have not been worn in the last year.

Things of sentimental value should be held on to. You may not wear that old varsity-letter jacket, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be purged.  If a piece of clothing has sentimental value to you hold on to it. There is nothing worse than getting rid of something of sentimental value only to regret it later.

Once you are done choosing which pieces of clothes you will keep and toss, sort them into two piles, one for those that need to be thrown out and one to donate.

Now that your closet is free of clothing that you don’t wear, you have plenty of space to welcome in the new fall fashions.

Rockaway Beach cleanup is this Saturday, October 1st, starting at 9:00am.  Meet at the north parking lot in the corner by the Best Western hotel.  Bags and gloves will be provided, but please bring your own bucket. More details about the event can be found here.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon BayEl GranadaMoss Beach, Montara, and PacificaYour complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.


Pacific Coast Fog Fest

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The 31st Annual Pacific Coast Fog Fest is set for this weekend September 24th & 25th. Come celebrate the sun, sand, and surf that defines life on the coast while celebrating our marvelous coastal climate. There will be three stages to enjoy live music and entertainment. Enjoy shopping from local artisans with over 200 arts and craft booths. The event kicks off at 10 am on Saturday with the Discover Pacifica Parade and Marching Band Competition. Sunday morning is the Fog Jog, followed by the Family Fun Fest in the afternoon.

New this year, view a replica of a Jaguar hearse, the popular car from the classic movie Harold & Maude. As many will recall, Pacifica was the location of the last scene at Mori Point. Returning this year is live sand sculpting, amusement rides, and photo contest.

For those wishing to cycle to the event, there will be free secure bicycle parking at the south end of Palmetto Ave. A shuttle service, as well as parking, will be available at Oceana High School.

Proceeds from the event will support local community groups. For more information about this event visit here.

Also happening this weekend is the Coastside Garage Sale. The annual garage sale is set to start at 9 am and run till 2 pm.  Nearly 100 families participated in the event last year. For a list of those participating be sure to check the Half Moon Bay Review.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home this fall, 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.

Half Moon Bay Fish and Fleet Festival

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team



9-18-16   11am-5pm

  Pillar Point Harbor 



Celebrate the local commercial fishing fleet and enjoy local certifiably sustainable seafood, beer, music and crafts!  The local commercial fishing fleet works hard all year to harvest beautiful local seafood. Come and meet the fleet and eat some amazing seafood from local food vendors. Enjoy local crafts, craft beer and music while hanging out with old friends and new. 

These 9 Free Smartphone Apps Will Simplify Your Life

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Smartphones provide you with so much more than just the ability to talk, text, take pictures, and play on social media.  There are tons of apps available out there right now, and there are some that will not only amplify your life but simplify it as well.  The best part is many of them are free. 

Here are a few free apps that are sure to make your life easier.

1.Glympse- This app provides you the ability to share your location with others you know.  Don’t worry you won’t be tracked.   The app allows you a share your location for a specific duration of time.  This comes in handy when you are with the family and you split up. This app is free, but there are additional premium features you can pay to upgrade to.  This app syncs all your calendars and organizers into one place. It works easily with many popular sites such as Dropbox and Gmail. Keep on task with this app that not only reminds you where you need to be, but also what’s on your list to pick up while you are out.

3.Yummly- Not sure what to make for dinner and you’re struggling to come up with what to make with what you have on hand? This app is for you! Enter those random ingredients laying around and the app will suggest recipes after scouring many popular sites.  The app is able to tailor recipes based on your comfortability with cooking, any diet restrictions you may have, and various other parameters you can set.

4.VSCO- Turn those photos you are capturing with your smartphone into a masterpiece. This app will have you looking like a professional photographer.  Not only is it easy to use the end results are priceless.

5.Flipboard- Get the latest news that you want to read right at the palm of your hand. This app pulls news from hundreds of sources and provides you with real-time updates in your own personal magazine style view.

6.Digit- Having a hard time-saving money? This app may help. Once you link your checking account with the app through their tight security and encryption technology that is similar to banks, it will analyze your income and track your spending patterns.  Once the app analyzes your spending and income it will slowly move money from your checking to your savings.  If for any reason the app causes you to have an overdraft it will cover the fees.

7.BuyVia- No need to go online and do a bunch of research or drive store-to-store to see if you are getting the best deal. With this app all you need to do is scan the bar code and it will tell you what that item is selling for at other major retailers such as Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

8.SavingStar- No coupon clipping needed. Earn cash back on items you buy at the grocery store. After downloading the app, link your store loyalty card and select the offers you want to use and then purchase those qualifying items.  If the store does not have a loyalty card simply upload a copy of your receipt.  Once you have received at least $5 in savings you can redeem it for a gift card to a major retailer or have it transferred to your bank account.

Contact us via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903 with any of your real estate needs or questions.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon BayEl GranadaMoss Beach, Montara, and PacificaYour complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.




Fall Is An Ideal Time To Buy A Home With Market Conditions Improving

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you are serious about ‚Äčbuying a coastside home, then this fall is the perfect time to make it happen.  Market conditions have been improving, and as a result, many economists are predicting that the Federal Reserve will once again hike rates. Federal Reserve Chairwoman, Janet Yellen, recently said that she would support the idea of two rate hikes before year end at a speech she gave at Jackson Hole’s annual gathering of financial power brokers.

Here are a few additional reasons why autumn is the ideal time to buy a home.

Sellers Are Ready

Sellers are serious and ready to sell their home.  Those listing their home before the holidays are ready to sell and are not just listing their home to feel out the market. Motivated sellers are ready to negotiate and be flexible.


Inventory has been low in recent months compared to the number of buyers in the market and during the fall buying season we typically see a slowdown in listings.  Many buyers with kids want to move before the start of school and those buyers have left the market. Less competition out there makes now the ideal time to buy.

Tax Breaks

Buying before the end of the year provides you with a tax advantage, such as deductions for mortgage interest and property tax.

Market Conditions

Mortgage interest rates continue to be low, but as we have mentioned market conditions are improving and we can expect to see the Federal Reserve increase rates by the year end. The Federal Reserve does not directly set mortgage interest rates, but they do influence rates.

Lending Standards

Mortgage lenders are showing increasing signs of relaxing their standards.  The past few years the focus has been on those homeowners looking to refinance their current mortgage. The focus is now shifting to providing mortgages to buyers. We are seeing lenders slowing loosening their previous high lending standards where debt, credit, and income levels are concerned.  Don’t stay out of the housing market for fear you won’t be able to obtain a loan. Meet with multiple lending specialists and you may be surprised to learn that buying a home is not that far out of your reach.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home this fall, 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.

Plant These Fall Garden Vegetables Now

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It may still be officially summer, but now is the time to start planting fall garden vegetables.  Here are a few vegetables you should be planting now for a strong fall harvest.

  1. Arugula - One of the best things about Arugula is it grows fast with an average 40 days from planting to harvest.  When planting do not place with other crops from the cabbage family.
  2. Lettuce - Plant lettuce now but keep it in the shade and away from the hotter afternoon sun.  On average it takes from 45 to 60 days to harvest.
  3. Beets – These are a root crop that thrives when planted now. Keep it watered well and expect them to be ready to harvest within an average of 60 days. Keep an eye on how tall the greens are and don’t let them get longer than 6 inches before harvesting.
  4. Radishes - Plant at least 4 weeks prior to harvest and make sure the soil is fertile.
  5. Broccoli - Plant in full sun and in moist fertile soil, adding up to 4 inches compost to the area.
  6.  Cauliflower - This cool-season crop is a favorite among many and the coast is the perfect environment to grow it.  Rich soil with plenty of water and nutrients are important for a strong crop.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer, but prepare for fall.  Happy gardening!

If you are looking to buy or 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.



Coastside Weekend Events

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The month of August is quickly coming to a close, the kids are back to school in many areas and others will be heading back any day. However, there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy and a lot of things are happening along the coast. Here is a brief round of local events this weekend.

Big! The Musical

Friday night the Coastal Repertory Theater in Half Moon Bay will feature the endearing story of Big! in its musical adaptation from the 1998 Tom Hanks film. For more information on this must see performance visit here.

Mary Poppins - Pacifica Spindrift Players Theater

The classic Disney film comes to life with “Mary Poppins” Broadway adaptations at the Pacifica Spindrift Players Theater.  This family friendly performance is sure to impress. For show times and more information, visit here.

Yoga and Self Healing with Wah!

Start your Saturday off with some a yoga class with Wah.  All levels welcome and more information about the class can be found here.

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

Celebrating its 35th year the annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto will feature more than 300 artisans.  A variety of art will be on display such as paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photographs, and unique sculptures.  The event will also have musical entertainment, a Kid’s Art Studio, and a wide variety of gourmet foods and beverages.  More information about the Festival of the Arts can be found here.

San Mateo Japanese Garden 50th Anniversary

The Japanese Garden in San Mateo celebrates its 50th anniversary. The event is free and open to the public. Come enjoy the Japanese Garden, Central Park Japanese Garden Ceremony, the Japanese Taiko Drum performance, speeches from local dignitaries and representatives from our sister city Toyonaka. A Dinner Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available for the dinner here.

Wildlife of America - A Photo Exhibition

Pasta Moon Ristorante & Bar will host an exhibition by Jeremy Fratkin who has spent over 15 years exploring the world.  His latest exhibit titled “ Wildlife of America” will be on display through September.  Details on the exhibition can be found here.

San Mateo’s Firefighter’s Chili Cook-Off

Chili and cold beer while listening to live music means you are in for a good time at this year’s San Mateo’s Firefighter’s Chili Cook-Off.  Saturday from 11-5 at San Mateo’s Central Park you can taste homemade chili by firefighters from each station. More information is available here.

Big Bad Barn Dance and BBQ

Kick up your heels for a good cause and head to the historic Folger Stable in Wunderlich Park for an old-fashioned Barn Dance. The event is being hosted by Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks. This charity event will help support programs and projects in the parks.  The event will have catered BBQ, craft beer and wine, live band and caller, and prizes.  More information can be found here.

High Water Blues

Unwind at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Saturday evening to the tunes of High Water Blues.  You can expect a lot of energy and soul along with a good time. More information can be found here.

For a full list of events happening along the coast this weekend visit here.

If you are looking to buy or 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.

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