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Median Home Prices in California Reach Highest Levels Last Seen in 2007

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Home sales may have slipped slowed in August after two solid months of increases, but median home prices soared. The latest report released by the California Association of Realtors (CAR) showed that median home prices increased to the highest number we have seen since 2007.

Median home sale prices in California increased by 3.3 percent over July from a median price of $464,750 to $480,280 in August.  Year-over-year home prices rose by 8.9 percent up from $441,010 in August of last year.  This marked the 30th consecutive month of median home prices increasing.

Single family residential median home prices in San Mateo County from January 03, 2014 to October 12, 2014 were $995,000, and the average sales price was $1,162,675. They spent on average 27 days on the market, and the total dollar volume of listings totaled $3,993,789,157. There were also a total of 3,345 sold listings during this period of time.

For the Coastal Cities of Pacifica, Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada and Half Moon Bay from January 03, 2014 to October 12, 2014 there were a total of 473 sales with an average price of $854,491, and median price of $751,000. On average these home spent a total of 42 days on the market.

“With more homeowners in a position to list their homes for sale following rising home prices, housing supply is improving across all price ranges as would-be sellers may be seeing this as an opportunity to list their homes for sale,” said CAR President Kevin Brown.

“While lower-than-expected interest rates are allowing more room for home prices to grow, the appreciation is also creating a housing affordability challenge for prospective home buyers and hindering them from taking advantage of the low rates.”

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.

Distressed Market in California Improves; Pending Home Sales Retreat

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Rising home prices in California have contributed to a reduction in the number of distressed homes for sale, but housing affordability has slowed pending homes sales for the fifth straight month according to the August 2014 home sales report by the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.).

In August, twenty-two of the 41 reporting counties in the state had a month-to-month decrease in distressed sales properties. San Mateo County was among one of the 19 counties on the report that recorded only single-digit distressed sales in August. In San Mateo County in August there was a total of 1% of single-family distressed sales, down from 2% in July and 3% in August of last year. This is great news for the housing market in San Mateo. The number of short sales across the state fell to 4.6% in August, reaching the lowest levels we have seen since February 2008. In comparison, in August 2013 distressed sales made up 10.2% of transactions. REO sales also fell in August to 4%, down slightly from 4.1% in July.

Pending home sales fell across the state In August compared to July with the Pending Home Sales Index falling 4.5% based on the number of signed contracts. The year-over-year decrease recorded was in line with the six-month average which was -8.9% between February 2014 and July 2014.

Throughout the state there was an increase in the number of active listings across all types of properties.  The Unsold Inventory Index of equity sales increased slightly from 3.9 months in July to 4.1 months in August.

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.

San Mateo County Residents Now Offered Rainwater Barrel Use Rebates

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

In an effort to encourage San Mateo County residents to conserve drinking water and to use other sources for landscaping residents will soon be eligible for up to a $100 rebate for choosing to install and use rainwater barrels. Earlier this month the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County Board of Directors (C/CAG) decided to give up to $25,000 to the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency in an effort to develop this pilot project.  These funds were already allotted as part of the budget for the countywide storm water program. Details of the program are still being worked out but it is anticipated that they will be available sometime in October.

“It’s just another one of our efforts to get the message out and now we also have the drought,” Executive Director Sandy Wong said.

The C/CAG will be offering up $50 rebates per rainwater barrel, and the water supply agencies that are participating in this program will match that dollar for dollar for a total of $100 or the cost of the barrel if it is less.  Most rain barrels cost on average $100, the rebates will essentially make them free to San Mateo County residents.

Residential properties in the county are eligible for up to two rain barrel rebates, and commercial properties are eligible for up to four rebates.  Purchase of the barrels must occur between now and June 30, 2015, and they must be maintained for three years after receiving the rebate.  Those receiving the rebate will be responsible for installing the barrels themselves with guidelines provided as part of the rebate application process. You will be required to show proof of purchase along with a photo after installation. The program is slated to run thru June 30, 2015 and at that time they will decide whether it should be extended.

Now is 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.

San Mateo County Named Among One of the Best Counties in California

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Residents of San Mateo County take delight in the golden beauty the Northern California Coast has to offer. So, it comes as no surprise that a recent report from the real-estate site Movoto  that it was named the number two best county in California.

The term “best” can of course be very subjective, but there was a method that Movoto used to determine their rankings. The top counties in the state were determined using the 2010 Census data on unemployment rankings, the average commute time (the lower the better), percent of families below the poverty line, median household income, median home price, median rent, and high school graduation rate (the higher the number the better for all of these areas). 

San Mateo County is full of natural beauty, beaches, hiking trails, lighthouses, and wonderful architecture, these aesthetic items, mixed with the third lowest unemployment rate in the state, third in median household income and median home prices, low poverty statistics, and a high H.S. graduation rate, San Mateo easily reached the number 2 ranking making it the perfect place to live.

San Mateo County is also home to Half Moon Bay , which was recognized by Coastal Living as one of America’s happiest seaside towns.  This wonderful city is nestled between forested hills and some of the most gorgeous coastline in California.  Half Moon Bay began as a rural agriculture area and it continues to stay true to its roots.  Residents in the area are proud of their agriculture and floriculture center where you can find roadside stands selling locally grown fruit, vegetables, and herbs.

Here is the full list of the top counties in California:

  1. Marin County
  2. San Mateo County
  3. Santa Clara County
  4. San Luis Obispo County
  5. Ventura County
  6. Placer County
  7. Napa County (tie)
  8. Orange County (tie)
  9. Santa Barbara County
  10. San Francisco County

Come see for yourself what San Mateo County has to offer. Join in the celebration of the sun, sand and surf that defines life on the coast at Fog Fest in Pacifica this weekend September 27th and 28th. The event kicks off Saturday morning at 10am with the ever popular Discover Pacifica Parade and Marching Band Competition.  Admission to Fog Fest is free.

If you are looking to live in one of the top counties in the state then 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.

Keeping our Coastal Friends Safe with Email Safety

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Recently one of our email addresses was compromised by a scammer who targeted Realtors and obtained our email signature to send out email spam for phishing. In today’s age, where email and websites are a mainstream way of doing business for many businesses, we think it’s important for all of us to become “Email Smart.”

Determining Real vs Spam
Email spam is unsolicited bulk mail, or junk mail. Some spam can include links, which may contain malware or lead you to phishing websites. Phishing is an attempt to acquire sensitive information about you, your company, and even financial information. Just some of this information may be usernames, passwords, credit card information among other information which can help them in the pursuit to gain even more information about you.

How to Spot a Phishing Email
When you do get an email, there are some basic tips on spotting whether they are real or just phishing:

  • The message contains poor spelling and grammar. Most companies have an extensive review process for emails before they are sent to customers or potential customers. Typically bad grammar and typos are giveaways they are not legitimate. And if they are, you don’t want to do business with a company displaying such unprofessionalism.
  • Never, ever under any circumstances send money based on an email. Even our friends accounts are susceptible to hacking and could have been compromised by a scammer. When in doubt, pick up the phone and call!
  • No reputable company will ask you for personal information such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers or bank information via email.
  • We’re all professionals. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • If you receive an email claiming you won a contest or goods, beware! If it’s not something you know you entered or were expecting, it’s probably a scam.
  • Scammers are getting smarter all the time. If you get a business email that seems legit but is asking you for unrealistic requests or even one detail is out of place, question whether it is legitimately from that company.
  • If you receive an email from someone claiming to be a part of a government agency; IRS, FBI, local law enforcement, etc. do not take the bait. Typically our government does not use email as the first point of contact and trust us, if they are trying to get a hold of you they will do it in a more direct manner.
  • If you receive an email from a business associate or friend, check the contact information in the email and/or signature line. If something is suspicious, call them – do not email them back.
  • Follow your gut! If something just doesn’t look or feel right, ignore it!

We may not be able to stop all scammers, all the time. However, with some understanding of what to look for and to remember always to be cognizant of the emails you are opening, you can cut down on the chances of being scammed or phished.

We always try to look out for the best interests of our clients, friends and family. 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.

Local Community Garden in Pacifica Honors 9/11

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

As we approach 9/11 this week and remember all the tragedy that was bestowed on our country that day, take a moment and visit Pacifica and the Rockaway Beach walk.

Our community in Pacifica has lovingly created and continuously tends to a garden to help us remember and honor those that lost their lives on 9/11/2001. This garden, along the Rockaway Beach walk, brings life and hope to all that visit with its flowers, plants, birdbaths, hummingbird feeders, and a beautiful large red/white/blue plaque with the names of the victims.

There will be a vigil held on 9/11/14 at 7pm, please join us. It’s close to the commemorative flag near the north parking lot. The south parking lot is at Rockaway Beach and you can walk the trail north for approximately a ½ mile.

If you cannot join us for the vigil, you can always visit this coastal gem any time. If you would like any further information, please contact us via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

Don’t Miss Pacifica’s Fog Fest and Pre-Party!

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It’s a few weeks away yet but it’s such a cool event ​​(both the pre-party & actual event), we want to make sure you put in on your calendar now so as not to miss … The Pacific Coast Fog Fest on September 27-28! This annual event traditionally falls on the last full weekend of September. Why you may ask? Because historically, the weather is unbeatable this time of year!

If you aren’t familiar with The Pacific Coast Fog Fest, it was created in 1986 to promote Pacifica and to celebrate our fantastic coast. This weekend event attracts visitors, celebrates our community and raises funds for the “Gift for Pacifica Fund” and other local community groups. We as a community strive to lessen our environmental footprint by moving toward zero waste.

This year the Fog Fest kicks off Saturday morning at 10am with the Discover Pacifica Parade and Marching Band Competition. If you haven’t heard our local marching bands, you’re missing out! Then stay and enjoy all the festivities including over 150 Arts & Crafts booths with one-of-a-kind art from locally and nationally known artisans, try some tasty food at the food and beverage booths, dance or sing-along to the musical entertainment, partake in the Family Fun Fest and all the other activities.

There’s 3 main stages for all the musical talent featured at this year’s Fog Fest. You can view the entire line-up to help plan your day and not miss your favorite local performers. If you have kids (or are just a big kid yourself), why not bring the whole family to the Fall Family Fun Fest on Sunday September 28. There’s a wide variety of games and activities to promote healthy family play and a sense of community.

Admission to The Pacific Coast Fog Fest (including the Fall Family Fun Fest) is always FREE. The fun starts at 10am and runs until 6pm along Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica.

Pre-Party Fandango: If you want to start the celebration early, join the fun at their Pre-Party Fandango a whole week early, on Saturday September 20, 2014 from 7pm – midnight at the Pacifica Moose Lodge. Come together with friends to enjoy great food, raffles, live music and costumed attire to relive the days of early historic times of Pacifica.

Join in the costume contest where 3 prizes will be awarded for anything depicting the early days of the coast; Spanish, Bootleggers, Cowboy, Farmer, Railroad Train Conductor – use your imagination!

This is an “over 21” event and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 after. Visit their website to view all the places you can buy tickets for the fun.

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.

*Photo courtesy of Fog Fest Facebook page

Earthquake Safety for Your Coastal Home and Family

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Unfortunately, this is typically a topic that comes up after the fact, but all of us in California are vulnerable to earthquakes. We were just reminded of that with the recent earthquake in the Napa area. We hope that all the residents affected are safe and only suffered minimal damage if any to their homes and property.

There are many things you can do to prepare your Coastal home in case of an earthquake. It’s also important for your family to be prepared with an earthquake preparedness plan, to review the proper safety procedures periodically and make sure young children understand.

This plan includes the following:

  • Make a safe designated meeting spot in the house where, if possible, the family can meet. This should be a place that is protected by sturdy furniture or interior structural walls.
  • Keep a stock of non-perishable foods, at least 3 gallons of water for each member of your family (including pets), an up-to-date first aid kit, a working battery-operated radio and flashlights with extra batteries, blankets and tools. You may also want to invest in some dust masks and goggles.
  • Know how to turn off your gas and water mains.
  • Be aware of placing trophies and other heavy items on high shelves or mounted to walls. Keep breakables in cabinets that can be locked.
  • Anchor tall furniture to the walls such as entertainment centers, dressers and bookshelves. (Not a bad idea if you have a small child that may climb, to keep furniture from toppling on them).
  • Designate a particular fireproof, locked cabinet to hold all flammable and combustible products like spray paints, gasoline, and other products. Never keep them near a heat-producing appliance.

No one can predict exactly when a quake will hit so be aware of your surroundings and if shaking does begin, take cover until you’re sure it’s safe and stay away from windows if possible.

To get your earthquake emergency kits ready, you can get them locally or online at Earth Shakes in Burlingame, Essential Packs, or even available most times at your local Costco Store.

We hope that it never happens but it’s important to make sure your home is as prepared as your family in the event of an earthquake. 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.

*Photo Courtesy of Earth Shakes

Bay Area Labor Day Festivities to Help End Summer

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It’s that time again! It’s time to wind down summer with some Labor Day fun around the Bay Area. One thing we love about living in our coastal community is the close proximity to many neighboring cities, cultures and community events.

Kings Mountain Art Fair
This fair has been ranked one of the Top Three Fine Art Fairs in California. It’s an annual event held every Labor Day weekend to benefit the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and other community activities.

There will be over 130 juried artists, mountain folk art by local artists, and even a dedicated space where kids can make their own art including spin, string, straw, and glitter art, along with other activities. Parents can relax at the Parent’s Retreat overlooking Kiddie Hollow.

Good food is never a concern at King’s Mountain Art Fair. Breakfast is served starting at 8am and lunch until 4:30pm. All meals are prepared by local community volunteers including our volunteer fire rescue team.

Come help Kings Mountain Fair celebrate 50 years of art and ambience this year, August 30 – September 1. It is open 10am – 5pm and fair admission and parking are free. For more information, visit their website! The event is held at 13889 Skyline Boulevard in Woodside.

The Last Blast of Summer
Millbrae celebrates their 44th Annual Art &Wine Festival August 30-31, from 10am – 5pm. This is two days of mardi gras-style fun that is held On Broadway (one block west of El Camino Real), between Victoria Ave. and Meadow Glen, downtown Millbrae.

There’s two days of sensational live music with a blockbuster of headliners including: Foreverland, Mustache Harbor, Reckless in Vegas, Extra Large, The Pulsators, Sol, Loudin’ Cleer, John Clarke, Guy Palazzolo and HeartStrings Music.

Enjoy perusing thru gorgeous handcrafted art and crafts made by 250 of America’s top artists and craftmakers. Find original work in sculpture, paintings, photography, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, leather, wood, mixed media and more at every price point.

If food is more your forte, the fair’s artisan-produced specialty food will not disappoint. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample and purchase these incredible edibles as well as chat with the actual producer. Be sure to check out the assortment of world-class brews, a microbrew tasting tent, as well as wine tasting with Bonterra Vineyards and their award-winning wine made from 100% organically grown grapes.

Other festivities include home and garden exhibits, the “Classically Cool Car Show”, kids playland, and more! Admission is free so check out their event website for more information!

On your way home, top off the afternoon at one of our open houses! 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.

Great Ways to Use Coffee Grounds Around Your Coastal Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We’re always thinking of ways to reduce, reuse or recycle in our coastal communities. Next time you make that morning pot (or two) of coffee, remember those grounds can also boost other things besides your mood. Here are some great ideas for using your coffee grounds!

Fertilize your Garden
Keep a countertop-size compost bin next to your sink and use for collecting used coffee grounds to add to your garden. Believe it or not, those grounds are full of nutrients for your acidic-loving plants. A few of the things you can fertilize are rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, and camellias.

However, it doesn’t stop with the flower beds, you can help to grow those fruits and vegetables nice and strong as well!  Put coffee grounds around the base of those acidic-loving trees such as apples and pears or mix in the soil for your strawberries and blueberries. You may already have some of these acid-loving vegetables in your garden: potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, beans and peas. Drip grounds are the richest in nitrogen so why not try starting tomorrow to help give your garden a final boost before fall.

Enhance your Carrot Harvest
Why wait until your carrots start coming up to take care of them? Next season, mix the seeds with fresh-ground coffee before sowing. It will add nutrients to the soil directly, make the tiny seeds easier to sow, and the aroma may repel root maggots and other pests giving your carrots the best environment to thrive.

Keep Unwanted Cats Out
Cats are notorious for taking advantage of the loose dirt in a garden to use for digging or even as a litter box. If this is a potential problem in your yard, mix those grounds with orange peels to deter any cats from frequenting your garden.

Use as a Deodorizer
The garden isn’t the only place coffee grounds are useful. If you have a smell to your freezer, fill a bowl or container with fresh coffee grounds and place them in the freezer overnight. You can even keep a container in there and replace regularly to keep your freezer odors away.

Tame Your Fireplace Dust
A great way to clean out the ashes in your fireplace is to sprinkle them with wet coffee grounds. It tames the dust making it easier to remove and doesn’t pollute the room with ash and dust.

If all our neighbors lived by the way of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” our coastal communities will reap the benefits. If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

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

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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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