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Upcoming Events Along The Coast

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Summer is just around the corner and there is a lot happening along the coast.  Here is just a short list of a few upcoming events you may want to take advantage of.

YCamp at Half Moon Bay!

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside and Half Moon Bay Recreation, the YMCA is proud to offer a fun, safe and energizing summer camp at the Ted Adcock Community Center. Click here for the YCamp Half Moon Bay registration.

Swim Lessons

Now is the perfect time for your child to learn to swim. Swim lessons are open for ages 3-12 at the Half Moon Bay High School. Swim lessons will be held:

Mondays-Fridays
11:00am-11:30am, 11:35am-12:05pm,
12:10pm-12:40pm, 12:45pm-1:15pm

Session 1: June 20-July 1 (fee: $150)
Session 2: July 5-15 (fee: $135)
Session 3: July 18-29 (fee: $150)
Session 4: August 1-12 (fee: $150)

Register by June 5th at: recreation@bgcoastsside.org -(650) 726-8297 or visit

www.halfmoonbayrecreation.org

FREE Rec Swim

June 20 - August 12
Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays from 1:30 -3 pm.

Location:
Half Moon Bay High School
1 Lewis Foster Drive, Half Moon Bay

9th Annual Taste Of The Coast Benefit For Senior Coastsiders

It’s that time once again for the Annual Taste of the Coast.  This fest returns to the coast on May 22 from  5pm to 8pm at the Coastside Adult Community Center in Half Moon Bay.  To buy tickets and learn more about the event visit here.

Coastside Disaster Preparedness Weekend

Attend the Hassett Hardware first-ever Disaster Preparedness Weekend to learn more and be prepared in the instance there is an emergency along the coast.  Volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team will be on hand. The event will take place from 8am till noon on the weekends of May 21st and 22nd and on May 29th and 30th.

California Roots Music and Arts Festival

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the Monterey Music Festival featuring 45 bands on 3 stages.  The event will take place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. More details can be found here.

7th Annual Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade Carnival & Music Festival

Celebrate Memorial Day by attending the Memorial Day Parade Carnival & Music Festival in Hillsborough. The San Mateo County Horseman’s Association Color Guard will once again be part of the parade which starts at 10:30am on Monday, May 30th. More details about the event can be found here.

Carnaval San Francisco

Celebrate Memorial Day in the Mission District at this year’s Memorial Day weekend event Carnaval San Francisco.  This festival celebrates the Latin American and Caribbean arts and traditions.   The event will take place May 28th and May 29th.  Be sure not to miss the Grand Parade on Sunday at 9:30am.  Learn more about the event here.

Enjoy this wonderful month and the Memorial Day weekend events.  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 Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority. 

 

How To Save On Your Coastside Home’s Electric Bill

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Is your monthly electric bill continuing to creep up each month even when you are consciously making an effort to turn off lights and unplug appliances?  Here are some tips to save you money on your coastside home’s electric bill.

  1. Energy Hogs - Start by identifying those things in your home that are sucking energy that you may not be aware of.  If your home has appliances that have a continuous display, or electronics in your home that are able to be operated via remote control or have an external power supply, they will continue to hog energy even when they are not on.  What that means is that even if your TV is off it is still sucking energy.   Purchase a smart power strip to plug in your devices and this will ensure that the power is truly shut off to the device.

  2. Usage Times - When there is less demand on the power grid the energy rates are lower in many areas. This is the time you want to optimize usage. With the help of a power monitor you can easily figure out the exact amount of energy your home is using throughout the day and use this information to make changes.  For instance, it may be beneficial to wait till later in the evening to do that load of laundry.

  3. Laundry - The average home owner does 4 loads of laundry or more a week.  To save energy, wash your clothes in cold water as much as possible and hang them on the line to dry.

  4. Appliance Appropriate For Cooking - If you have a small meal that needs to be cooked or heated up, consider skipping the oven and using a toaster oven to save electricity.

  5. Motion Activated - If you find that you are habitually forgetting to turn off or unplug hair styling appliances before you leave the house then a motion-activated outlet is perfect for you. These outlet adapters will turn off your device when it picks up that no one is in the room.

  6. LED Bulbs - To save money on energy, invest a little and buy LED light bulbs. An LED light bulb costs slightly more but outlasts an incandescent bulb by years.  Not only will it last longer it will use less energy.

  7. Water Heater - Your home’s water heater is responsible for up to 15 percent of your home’s energy consumption according to U.S. Department of Energy.  Save money by lowering the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees.

These are just a few of the many ways you can save energy and money in your coastside home. If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home this spring, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. If you are contemplating selling your home find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. 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 Ingenious Ideas For Your Coastside Home’s Small Yard

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If your home along the coast has a small yard it can be problematic at times when it comes to landscaping.   When it comes to finding a landscape solution for your petite yard here are a few ideas.

  1. Stepping Stones - Create a path using stepping stones nestled neatly through a flower bed in your front yard. Have the path of stepping stones lead to a set destination such as a birdbath, a nice chair, or even small tree.

  2. Overflowing Blooming Flowers - Consider planting a copious row of hydrangeas or aromatic roses along the street in front of your home. The addition of a small white picket fence not only provides support for the blooming flowers to drape over it also provides great curb appeal.

  3. Front Patio - If space is limited in your tiny yard a solution that is easy to upkeep is creating a front patio by using large irregular shaped stones.  Add some color around the stones by planting a few small planting beds or by placing a few potted plants along the stones.

  4. Green Square - Flagstone pavers are common in many small urban front yards, but using these pavers to create a square filled with greenery can make a small yard feel lively. Inside the square plant trees and shrubs by their height with smaller plants in the front and the larger in the back.  

  5. Planter Boxes -   Place raised planter boxes full of vibrant plants along the street in front of your home.  If you are looking for a low maintenance option plant grasses and other low-maintenance type plants. Raised planter boxes also are a great addition along the front of your home if you don’t want to have them along the curb.

These are just a few of the many options available to you if your coastside home’s yard is small.  Your home only gets one chance to make a great first impression so make it count.

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. If you are contemplating selling your home find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. 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.

 

Design Tips For Adding Color To Your Coastside Home This Spring

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Don’t be afraid to add some color to your Coastside home this spring. When it comes to adding color follow the 60-30-10 rule. When you begin decorating a room in your home make 60% of  the  room the dominant color, 30% the secondary color, and 10% the accent color.

Following this rule the human eye tends to see the overall theme with the 60% color, the 30% color you chose that allows for visual interest, and the 10% accent color that is perfect for adding just that little bit of pop that every room needs.

Choosing a color scheme for a room can be difficult. If you are having difficulty choosing a color scheme for your room use a color wheel to help. With the help of the color wheel narrow down your choices to two specific color schemes. This will provide you with a great starting place.

To find complementing colors look across the wheel from the color of your choice and you will find the color that complements it such as blue complements yellow and red complements green. Using a complementing color scheme approach provides your room with precise color separations.

Another method besides a complementing color scheme is that of the analogous color scheme. With this method you choose the color next to your primary color on the color wheel. Rooms following this color method tend to be more casual and peaceful.

No matter which color method you choose to decorate your coastside home, add in the color black as it will enhance the space. Accent the room with a black lamp shade, picture frame or even a black box and the overall space will have a new feel.

You will find that a certain color may elicit a certain emotion within you.  For some the color blue may represent the air and sea, whereas red may lead to the idea of fire. Use your emotional response to color more than your intellectual response.

Take the time this spring to let your coastal home truly represent who you are by adding a pop of color that represents you.

BONUS: Our last great tip is to add plant and flowering shrub colors to match the 10-30% colors you use inside your home. This is especially effective when you have large windows and sliding doors. These colors move your eyes from inside the house to the outside, thus expanding the feel of the size of your rooms. 

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home this spring, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. If you are contemplating selling your home find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. 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.

The Guide To Downsizing Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It may sneak up on you out of the blue one day - you feel like your home is just too big to fit your current needs.  Maybe your kids have left the nest and their rooms are empty or maybe the idea of tackling a large yard is something your body just isn’t up to doing anymore.  If you find yourself thinking these things then it is time to downsize your coastside home.

Choosing to downsize your home is a big decision and you should carefully consider the pros and cons. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if now is the right time for you to downsize your coastside home.

  1. Will it save me money?  Choosing to sell your long time family home to move into a smaller one does not always mean you will be saving money.  If the new home you buy is in an area that is more expensive and with higher taxes your monthly bills could go up. Prior to choosing to downsize, determine if your goal is to save more money each month and figure your potential savings by using this downsizing tool.

  2. Is now the right time?  Your home may feel too big today, but is it really the right time to move?  If you find yourself coming up with more reasons you should stay then move it may not be the right time for you.  However, downsizing in a comparable housing market will save you money and the sooner you choose to do it the sooner you will see the financial benefits.  Make the move while your body is in better physical shape and you are able to withstand both the physical and emotional stresses that come with moving.

  3. What type of home am I looking for?  If you are nearing retirement and that is the main focus of your move, keep in mind how far the new home is from family and friends and how friendly the floor plan will be as you age.  A home in a community with a homeowners association that maintains the outdoors for you may be to your benefit.

  4. Do I have too much stuff?  If you have lived in your current home for some time then you more than likely have accumulated quite a bit of stuff. When it comes to downsizing all of the things you have accumulated over the years may not fit in your new home.  Now would be the perfect time to start going through your things and selling or donating items that are no longer wanted or needed. When moving day comes you will be ready.

Choosing to leave the place you have called home for a new smaller home is not a decision to be taken lightly. If you feel it may be time to make the move and are curious as to what your current home is worth, contact us. We would be honored to meet with you and provide you with a comparative market analysis of your current home and answer any questions you may have about downsizing and the current real estate market.

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.

 

The Benefits Of Raised Bed Gardening At Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you are interested in growing your own food and your coastside home does not offer the perfect yard space, then I highly suggest you consider raised bed gardening.  Don’t let the idea of it overwhelm you. There are kits readily available to purchase to make the task easier.

The benefits of utilizing raised bed gardening:

Drainage:  One of the top benefits of raised bed gardening is that your garden can maintain better water levels. The raised bed allows excess water to drain faster, which is great if your soil is too moist, and it prevents the plant’s roots from rotting. However, if your soil is too dry the water could drain too quickly. To maximize your water usage use small spaced raised garden beds.

Soil: Having a raised bed garden allows you the control over the quality of the soil. Don’t hesitate to bring in new soil and be sure to incorporate an organic mixture to strengthen your growing condition.  

Time:  Raised bed gardens tend to warm fast during the day compared to the surrounding soil of your yard. This allows your plants to bloom earlier. The same applies to the fall; your plants will live longer.

Pests: Depending on what type of raised bed method you choose to use, this gardening method typically provides for better pest control.  However, if you’re using logs to build up your garden bed be prepared to battle insects and all different kinds of critters.  A raised bed that is off the ground (many ready to make garden kits are) means you are more than likely going to have less pests.

Versatility:  No matter how much yard space your coastside home has, a raised garden bed is doable - making it very versatile. If you are short on space consider starting with container gardening or even vertical gardening.

Seeds: When it comes to raised bed gardening you only need to use the amount of seeds that you actually need. Whereas traditional gardens typically require you to plant more seeds in hope that at least a few will grow.

Growing your own plants and herbs can be very rewarding and relaxing. Enjoy your time outdoors.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home this spring, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. If you are contemplating selling your home find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. 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.

 

Allergy-proof Your Coastside Home By Avoiding These Cleaning Mistakes

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

April showers may bring May flowers, but along with the blooming environment around us comes allergies. If you want to allergy-proof your coastside home avoid these cleaning mistakes.

  1. Not cleaning in the right order - While cleaning your home, don’t ignore the things above you. We tend to start cleaning at our eye level, but this is a big mistake. Your ceiling fan can quickly become covered in a fine coat of dust and when you clean it off the dust particles spread throughout your home. This means if you had previously cleaned below it, you will have to clean again.  Start your cleaning by looking up and dusting what is above you before cleaning the rest of the room.

  2. Vacuum mistakes - Many vacuums come with numerous attachments that many owners never use.  To properly clean and remove all the dust from your home’s floor, break out those attachments. These are great for getting in between your wall and refrigerator and other tight places. They are also a great tool for cleaning off the dust that accumulates along the baseboards of your home.

  3. Mattress - When it comes to cleaning, many people forget about their mattress.  Your mattress can be home to millions of dust mites which can cause your allergies to flare up.  A green way to clean your mattress is by sprinkling it with baking soda. Allow it to sit for an hour and then vacuum it up.

  4. Commercial Cleaners - There are many abrasive cleaners on the market full of chemicals that may cause you to have respiratory problems after using.  Try making your own less harmful cleaners with natural items that you may have in your own home.  Click here for a list of ways to make your own cleaning products.

  5. Clutter - Spring cleaning is a waste of time if you don’t declutter your home first.  When cleaning, it’s only natural that many of us develop the habit of cleaning around all the clutter. However, by avoiding it you are leaving dust in your home.  Prior to cleaning pick up items left out, clean off spaces, and thoroughly remove dust everywhere.

Now is the time to start your spring cleaning.  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.

 

Money Saving Strategies Every Coastside Resident Should Take Advantage Of Each Month

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

​If you are looking to stretch your monthly budget further and save money at the same time here are a few strategies you should adopt.

Utilities

Monthly utility bills can be a big expense for every coastside homeowner.  Reducing the amount of water and electricity you use each month can save you money.  Little things can help you reduce your usage, such as closing doors to spaces that do not need to be heated or cooled – like your closet.  Turning off lights when you leave a room can also save you money each month on your utility bills.

Upgrades

A few inexpensive home upgrades that you can do yourself could you save you money.  If your coastside home does not have a ceiling fan in your main rooms, then install them. This can reduce your air conditioning usage and reduce your monthly costs.  After your ceiling fans are installed try reversing their direction in the cooler months to help your space heat more efficiently. Another inexpensive upgrade is to replace your home’s light switches with dimmer switches.

Landscaping

Your home’s curb appeal should make a considerable first impression. Hiring a lawn company to maintain your lawn can be costly. If time allows do it yourself.  Set up a rainwater barrel and begin collecting rain water and use this to water your lawn. Not only are you helping the environment you are saving money as well.

Lists

It is easy to walk into a store to buy one thing and leave the store with a cart full of other items. Retailers are notorious for enticing us to buy more.  Prior to shopping make a list of what you need and stick to it when you go shopping. You will be surprised how much this can save you.

These are just a few ways you can start saving more money each month.  Small things can quickly add up.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home this spring, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. If you are contemplating selling your home find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. 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.

 

Good Coastside Neighbors Have These Top Traits

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

No matter where you live along the coast there are small changes you can do that will impact your local community and being a good neighbor is one of them.   Here are a few of the top traits you can follow to be the best neighbor and strengthen your community.

  1. Relationships - Take the time to meet your neighbors and build a cordial relationship with them.  Good neighbors result in friendlier and safer communities while at the same time improving your own quality of life.

  2. Be active - Be active and do your part in helping to make your coastside community look its best by keeping your spaces clean and well maintained.  Don’t let your yard work fall behind.  Volunteer in local beach clean up days.

  3. Pay it forward - Do something nice for a neighbor and it will hopefully lead to them paying it forward to other neighbors.  Consider helping a neighbor with their yard work or letting them borrow one of your pieces of lawn equipment.

  4. Be Courteous - From time to time we all have people over to our coastside home to celebrate an occasion. The more people, the louder the noise can be. Be courteous when having guests over and don’t let the party get too loud and out of hand.  Consider inviting your neighbors to your get together as well.

  5. Respect - Be respectful of your neighbor’s property. If you have children, let them know your property’s boundary lines and ask them to respect the neighbors by not going into their space uninvited.

  6. Appreciation - Good costal neighbors take the time to appreciate all the coast offers each day. Take the time to stop and smell the roses and take in all the natural beauty that we are surrounded with by living along the coast.  It’s easy to be appreciative when we are surrounded by so much beauty.  Do your part to protect our natural beauty by helping to keep it clean.

Little acts of kindness throughout your community can build positive energy and encourage others to be good neighbors as well, making it a happier place to live.  Welcome new neighbors as they move in and greet others with a wave and friendly hello. You may have to step outside your comfort zone but the end result will be worth it.

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 BayEl GranadaMoss Beach, Montara, and PacificaYour complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

 

Round Up of Easter Coastside Events Not To Be Missed

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Easter is just around the corner which means there is plenty to do along the coastside. Just one of the wonderful benefits living along the coast provides.  We have compiled a list of local events not to be missed. There is something for everyone!

Half Moon Bay

Easter Egg Hunt- March 26th, 11:00a.m

Bring the family out to meet the Easter bunny and enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt at Cunha middle School Soccer Complex.  Kids age 1-10 arrive early and bring your Easter basket. For more details about the event call 650-712-9710.

Pacifica

Spring Egg Hunt- March 25th, 4:00p.m and March 26th, 10:00am.

Head to Fairmont Park and bring your infant to 10 year olds to enjoy our annual Spring Egg Hunt on the 25th or Frontierland Park, Humbolt Court on the 26th.  Feel free to attend one or both events.  For more information visit here.

San Mateo

Eggstravaganza- March 26th, 9a.m.

Head to San Mateo for the city’s Eggstravaganza. The pancake breakfast starts promptly at 9 a.m., followed by an egg hunt. Children ages 1-3 can have fun exploring in Peter Rabbit’s Playground, while children 4-9 enjoy multiple egg hunts that are scheduled throughout the day.  More information about the event and times for the hunt can be found here.

San Francisco

7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs - March 19th, noon

Bring the family and your furry friend to Golden Gate Park for our 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs which will benefit the Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. While there, enjoy food from local vendors.  The Easter Bunny will also be stopping by. More information available here.

5th Annual Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast at the YMCA- March 26th, 8:30am

Start off Easter weekend at the 5th Annual Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast at the YMCA located at Camp Arroyo.  The event costs $20 per family which will cover breakfast. The egg hunt is free for kids nine and under. For more information visit here.

Alameda South Shore Center’s Easter Festival –March 26th, 1:30p.m.

Enjoy all spring has to offer with the Almeda South Shore Center’s Easter Festival where the family can meet the Easter Bunny and the kids can have fun in the bounce house.  Face painters will be on site. Also enjoy the glitter tattoos.  The event will take place in Neptune Court near Daiso at South Shore Center.  Find more information here.

Union Street Spring Celebration - March 27th, 10a.m.

This family-friendly event is held annually on Easter and is free to the public. Enjoy numerous kids activities (including rides), play games, tackle the climbing walk, petting zoo, pony rides, and much more while being entertained by local musicians. A parade will take place at 2 p.m.  Wear your Easter bonnet for our Easter Bonnet Competition. For more details on the event visit here.

If you are looking to celebrate Easter brunch at a top-rated restaurant, then here is a list of the top 10 Easter brunch restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area 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.

 
 

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