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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

Housing to Be More Affordable For Coastside Buyers in 2015

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Earlier this month President Barack Obama announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the government backer of home loans, will make moves to lower the annual insurance premiums from 1.35 percent to 0.85 percent. This move comes after the rates were increased sharply during the most recent financial downfall and they have not been lowered until now, even though we have steadily seen the housing market improving.

The decrease in insurance premiums will make housing more affordable in San Mateo County and across the country.  The new reduced insurance premiums are expected to save the first-time homebuyer on average $900 a year on insurance, according to the White House.   Existing coastside homeowners who refinance their FHA mortgage will also be eligible for the new lower insurance premium rates.

At this time the new lower rates are expected to assist over 800,000 homeowners on their mortgage. The White House is also anticipating 250,000 new home buyers will save with the new lower rates over the next three years.

“This action will make home ownership more affordable for over two million Americans in the next three years," said Julián Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary. "Since 2009, the Obama administration has taken bold steps to reduce risks in the mortgage market and to protect consumers. These efforts have made it possible to take this prudent measure while also ensuring FHA remains on a positive financial trajectory. By bringing our premiums down, we're helping folks lift themselves up so they can open new doors of opportunity and strengthen their financial futures."

The FHA loan has been the only low down payment product available for quite some time, requiring only 3.5 percent down. However, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently announced they too will be offering a new 3 percent down payment loan that would also require private mortgage insurance.

If you are looking to buy your new home in 2015 contact us. 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.

Coastside Home Sales Expected to Rise in 2015

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

As the economy grows stronger and we see more solid job growth the sale of homes in San Mateo County and across the nation are expected to rise in 2015   As we begin the new year, housing inventory in the Bay Area continues to drop, which is to be expected during this normal seasonal slowdown after the holidays.

Buyers are ready but inventory is scarce.  In San Mateo County last month the number of single-family homes listed was just 227 that is a decrease of 50 percent compared to this same period of time last year. Now more than ever is the time to sell your coastside home.

Nationwide existing-home sales are expected to increase by 7 percent as a result of our strengthening economy and decrease in unemployment according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, at NAR believes that as we continue to see more growth in the labor market, and as home prices continue to rise at the rate we have recently seen, we will continue to see home sales increase in 2015.

"Home prices have risen for the past three years cumulatively about 25 percent, which boosts confidence in the market and traditionally gives current homeowners the ability to use their equity buildup as a down payment towards their next home purchase," says Yun. "Furthermore, first-time buyers are expected to slowly return as the economy improves and new mortgage products are made available in the marketplace with low down payments and private mortgage insurance."

If buying or selling a home is your plan in 2015 then contact us. 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. 

Bay Area Housing Inventory Continues to Drop as New Year Begins

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Happy New Year! As 2015 gets underway, the Bay Area housing market continues to see a precipitous drop in homes for sale. 

Some of this decline is to be expected given the normal seasonal slowdown over the holidays and into January. Tradition has sellers thinking about listing after the Super Bowl. But nonetheless, the scarce inventory we're seeing around the Bay is amazingly low by historical standards.

Just a few samples of the dearth of listings at the end of June:

• There were just 614 single-family homes on the market in all of Santa Clara County in December! That's down about 40% from a year ago, when we thought things were really tight. And bear in mind that even a "seller's market" normally has about 2,000 listings in the South Bay, so we're looking at just a third of that.

• San Mateo County had just 227 SFH listed as of last month, down more than 50 percent from a year ago. Just three years ago, inventory in that county was nearly six times what it is today.

• In Alameda and Contra Costa counties combined, for example, there are 1,778 listings in December, down nearly 60 percent from this summer, which was already a very limited inventory.

• And in San Francisco, our Lombard manager reports just 75 single-family homes on the market at last check!

Those sellers who defied the trend and listed their homes over the holidays were rewarded with multiple offers in most cases. 

Only time will tell if this historically low level of homes for sale continues through the early weeks of the new year. But my guess is that as we work our way through the winter season we'll gradually start to see an increase in listings as astute homeowners with equity in their properties decide to capitalize on this hot seller's market.

Buy a Coastside Home in 2015 by Increasing Your Credit Score This Way

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If buying a new coastside home is your goal for 2015 then you may need to boost your credit score. Your credit score can impact many areas of your life from getting a mortgage, to obtaining a new job.  When setting your goals for the New Year it may be smart to add increasing your credit score to the list.  

Credit Reports

Before you can start the process of boosting your credit score, you first need to know what your score is.  Start by checking what your credit score is from all three credit reporting agencies. By federal law you’re allowed to get a free report once a year.  Your credit score comes from the info that is in these reports that is why it is necessary to make sure there are no errors on them.  If something is not accurate contact the credit agency to dispute it.

Payments

One of the easiest ways to boost your credit score is to make timely payments of your monthly bills.  If you tend to forget to pay your bills on time try setting up a reminder for yourself. Also check to see if your bank has bill pay.

Decrease Debt

If your debt-to-credit ratio is high (higher than 20% to 25%), then you need to make some changes. One of the biggest factors in your credit score is this number. The smaller the percentage of your debt-to-credit ratio is the better. Take a look at your monthly budget and try to find a place where you can cut spending and allocate that money towards paying down your debt.

Credit Cards

Do you have a long list of credit cards? You may think it wise to cancel all of them in hopes of boosting your credit score, but don’t. Do not cancel a card that you have had for a long period of time as it could negatively impact your credit score.

Credit Limits

The three credit reporting agencies will look at what your credit card spending limit is.  Contact your credit card company and request that they increase your limit. Having a higher limit can decrease your debt usage ratio. If you get a higher credit limit do not take that as a sign to start spending more as this will not increase your credit score.

Additional More In-depth Tips from Credit.com

Tips for Improving Your Credit: Your Amount of Debt

How Can You Ensure Earning the Maximum Points Available out of the Amount of Debt Category?

· Keep your revolving balances as low as possible. The lower your balances the lower your utilization percentage will be.

· Don’t let your creditors close your unused credit cards for you. If you have credit cards that you do not use the credit card companies will eventually close them. They are losing money on you each month that you don’t use your card and eventually they’ll have had enough. Use your card once or twice every few months for dinner or some other low dollar item and pay it off once the bill comes.

· Don’t worry about paying all your credit cards down to zero. You don’t need to have 0% utilization in order to maximize your credit scores. Most people don’t have the means to simply write a check and pay off all of their credit card balances. For this category it’s not necessary to do so. Endeavor to pay them down so your utilization percentage is as low as possible and you’ll be fine.

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If you are planning to buy or sell a home in 2015 we would love to help. 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.

Coastside Homeowners Encouraged To Use Licensed Contractors For Home Repairs

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If your Coastside home suffered property damage as a result of the storms we experienced a few weeks ago, the California state board is encouraging you to use licensed contractors in the repair work process. Many Half Moon Bay residents are facing the reality of needing home repairs as a result of those storms, and unfortunately there are a few not so legit contractors that would try to take advantage of this situation.

The Contractors State License Board recommends that any construction job that is estimated to cost more than $500 with combined labor and material costs should only be performed by a state-licensed contractor.

Contractors licensed with the California Business and Professions Code are required to be bonded and to carry workers’ compensation coverage for all their employees.  If you experienced damaged trees to your home and now require tree-trimming work done on any tree 15 feet or taller the tree-trimmer must be licensed through the state of California. Always double check that anyone doing work on your home property is properly licensed.

Contractors working on your home that are bonded and insured are more likely to complete the job properly and at a reasonable price.

If you need help finding a licensed contractor in our area visit www.cslb.ca.gov or visit checkthelicensefirst.com.

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.

How to Protect Your Coastside Home from Future Heavy Rain

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Earlier this month the coast experienced historic rainfall amounts. In Half Moon Bay alone there was 2.11 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. That number marks the second highest ever recorded rainfall for December, 11th.  The Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nevada started tracking rainfall amounts in 1939. Half Moon Bay’s highest ever recorded rainfall in a 24-hour period was 5.33 inches. 

Was your coastside home ready to handle this heavy rainfall? For the future, here are some tips to ensure your home is ready to stand up against substantial rain storms.

  • Check your gutters and make sure they are clear of all leaves and debris. If your gutters are clogged rainwater will pool. If you have an older roof you may experience leaking from this pooling as the rainwater finds its way into your coastside home.
  • Keep any large trees that are around your home trimmed. Look for any dead or damaged branches that may break off and fall on your home during a storm.
  • It is not a bad idea to have your roof inspected. If debris from your roof is found in your gutters, the integrity of your roof needs to be addressed.
  • If your home has a pond/water feature, clean any filters or lower the water level so it does not overflow when heavy rain is expected
  • Loose items outside your home such as patio furniture, trash cans, and flower pots should be secured. This will prevent them from being tossed around during storms resulting in damage to your home.

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. 

How to Buy a Green Home in San Mateo County

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you are looking to buy a green home in San Mateo County you may be overwhelmed with the entire lingo that comes with buying an environmentally-friendly home. Do not be discourage. Here are a few tips to help you through the process.

LEED

Leed is a common term you may have come across in your hunt for that perfect Green San Mateo home, but what does it really mean? LEED, which was created by the US Green Building Council, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This term is one of the most popular and widely known green standard across the nation.  The LEED system is point based and each home is assigned a level of LEED Certified from Silver, Gold, or Platinum.  

The points are based on the use of sustainable material, the construction process, waste management, energy-saving strategies used, and building maintenance.

Below is a list of a few items that points are based on in a single-family home.

Energy-efficient boilers

Photovoltaic arrays

Graywater treatment systems

Low-flush toilets

Cork and bamboo flooring

Low-VOC (volatile organic compound) or no-VOC paints and carpets

Water-efficient landscaping

LED lights

The more items in your home that are high-performance, and contain energy-saving materials the more points overall your home will earn.

Passivhaus

Passivhaus (which is also written as Passive House) is a house design that focuses on energy efficiency. Using this home design you can drop your energy consumption by up to 90 percent. A well-insulated home with no air leaks along with the highest R-values possible throughout the home are just some of the features this type of design contains. Passivhaus design has been very popular in Europe for decades, but is now becoming more popular throughout the United States.

Net Zero Energy

Net Zero Energy is quickly becoming a sought after certification among builders. It is more focused on green building standards than LEED.  It focuses to reduce energy consumption, which as a result drops carbon emissions. It is a brilliant idea considering that here in America 37 percent of our electricity production comes from our homes.  A Net Zero home produces only the energy it needs to use, if there is a surplus you can always sell it back to the grid.

When it comes to finding a green home in the San Mateo region we would be more than delighted to help. 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 Keep Unwanted Critters Out of Your San Mateo Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Head over to Pillar Point Harbor this weekend December 13th, to watch boat owners light up the docks with the Lighted Boat Festival. Enjoy the holiday decorations, visit with Santa, and listen to live music.

As the winter season quickly approaches multiple rodents and bugs will begin looking for a way to stay warm.  There are steps you can take to keep those unwanted critters out of your San Mateo home.

  1. You want to keep your trees trimmed so that there is no overhang above your roof. When the wind blows the last thing you want are those branches landing on your roof.   Trees that overhang your home are also the prefect way for a squirrel to get on to your roof. They are notorious for finding their way in through chimney vents.

 

  1. From inside your home, look to see if there is light visible coming through the cracks in your doors and windows. If you feel air movement along door frames or your window sills you may need to add some fresh caulk or weather stripping. This will stop those unwanted critters from entering and it will also lower your energy costs at the same time. Do not seal your home so securely that it is not allowed to breathe. It is necessary to have vents in your home, especially in the kitchen.

 

  1. Look for any holes that may be in your walls as a result of the insulation of your dishwasher or washing machine. Mice and other pests can fit through these small holes.

 

  1. Walk around the perimeter of your home and inspect it.  Keep in mind that a mouse is able to fit through a hole no bigger than a dime.

 

Do your best not to attract critters into your home by leaving food sit out, or by letting your trash pile up inside your home. Keep your outside garbage cans away from the house and with a lid firmly on top.

If you are aiming to buy a coastside home in the New Year, 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.

5 Green Christmas Decoration Tips for Your San Mateo Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The holiday season is now in full swing in San Mateo.  If you and your family are looking for something festive to do this upcoming weekend do not miss the Night of Lights Friday December 5th in Half Moon Bay. Also, the  4th Annual Rockaway Tree Lighting in Pacifica. The event will run Sunday, December 7th, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.  The full event schedule can be found here.

If your plans are to decorate your San Mateo home for the holidays. I have a few tips for green Christmas decorations.

  1. Christmas Tree - For many, the main decoration of the holidays is a Christmas tree.  Avoid artificial trees as they are petroleum-based and full of chemicals.  In fact, they may even include lead.  Instead, choose a potted evergreen to bring indoors to decorate. After the holidays you can place it outside or plant it in your yard.  If you enjoy cutting down your own tree, then look for an organically grown farm. You will spare you family the harmful pesticides that are sprayed on conventional trees.  Once the season is over use your tree to mulch into compost.

 

  1. Wrapping Paper - The amount of waste a typical American home creates increases each year.  Nationwide garbage increases by one million tons from Thanksgiving thru New Year’s.  When choosing gift wrap look for wrapping paper and ribbons that are made of 100 percent recycled waste.  If you want something more personal consider making your own wrapping paper out of old posters, maps, sheet music, newspapers or even towels.

 

  1. Christmas Cards - The amount of greeting cards, stamps, and envelope trash could fill the ocean. In today’s digital age consider sending an email greeting.  If you want to send traditional cards try making your own. This is a great holiday project to do with your kids.  If there is no time to create your own , then look for those cards that are made with soy-based inks, recycled material, and are recyclable.

 

  1. Candles  - Candles are very popular during the holidays.  If you choose to use candles this season look for those make out of soy and beeswax.  Candles created this way are not made with petroleum-based paraffin which you find in conventional candles.  Check to make sure that the candle wicks do not contain lead. You will be able to tell if lead is in the wick if you see a thin lead wire inside.

 

  1. Christmas Lights - Incandescent light bulbs, which are popular Christmas lights, use a lot of energy and tend to be hot enough to cause a fire.  LED lights are the way to go this season as they use just 10 percent of the energy of the older lights. LED lights also run cooler and are less likely to cause a fire. 

Head over to Pillar Point Harbor this weekend December 13th, to watch boat owners light up the docks with the Lighted Boat Festival. Enjoy the holiday decorations, visit with Santa, and listen to live music.

If you have decided it’s your time to buy a coastside home, our goal is to guide you through the process from the beginning to the purchase of your new home and beyond. 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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Office: 650-712-0411
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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
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