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Respect the Benefits of Our Smallest Coastal Residents

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Happenings on the Coast ~ The nonprofit Coastside Land Trust has inherited a piece of history with the Purissima Property. Watch the local papers as they will be inviting the public to join them in restoring the old Purissima site back to a usable natural resource.

 


 

Taking care of our coastside lands are invaluable not only for our environment but helping our future generations to enjoy a bit of our history and coastal landscapes. Just as important, is learning to take care of your land on your property and learning to live hand-in-hand with our local wildlife.

Having wildlife in your coastal home garden doesn’t have to be catastrophic. It’s all in how you look at the benefits of sharing land with those little creatures. Those that have a bad reputation can actually be a good helper in your garden.

Birds may do a number on your berries but have you thought about all the insects invading your garden and eating your leaves, which the birds prey on and control for you? Snakes actually keep down the population of gophers and mice. Moles, while seemingly getting a bad rap, keep your lawn free of grubs. 

Still not sold on wildlife in your yard? How about the gophers, deer, raccoons and skunks that keep our brains active by coming up with creative and effective ways to outsmart them.

Here are just a few pointers on some of the most common annoyances that may be taking up residence in your garden:

Moles
Although many people go to great lengths to rid them from their lawns, they really can be beneficial to some extent. Moles can eat up to 600 grubs a night, keeping the population under control. Their tunnels, as long as they don’t get out of control, can help to aerate your lawn.

Gophers
These little guys are all over the Bay Area including our coastal communities. They live in established territories, making them easy to eradicate at least temporarily. However, once you get rid of some others will come to occupy the tunnels. Owls are a natural predator to help at least control the population. If poisons and traps are not your style,  a natural way to help rid yourself of these critters is to protect your plants by using stainless steel planting baskets, putting stainless steel gopher wire beneath raised beds, and using flashing to create protective collars. Gophers are not climbers by nature so this will help to protect your garden.

Skunks
Unless you have a dog, skunks aren't really as bad as they seem to your garden. They eat mice and gophers and even dig up and destroy yellow jacket nests. A simple fence around your garden is usually sufficient to keep them out since they aren’t climbers.

Raccoons
These cute, but mischievous, critters can wreak havoc around your home and garden. There are short-term solutions for frightening them away but raccoons will quickly get used to the noise, lights and even scarecrows. Cleaning up around the area and removing any wood piles, overgrown shrubbery or other debris will help keep them from building a den. Make sure to keep their favorite treat, cat food, inside and sealed or you may just find a raccoon inside the house as a dinner guest!

They do have their benefits in that they love snails – even without garlic. However, if raccoons have become a big problem, you may want to look into a low-charge electric fencing to keep them at bay.

It’s very important to put gardening and wildlife into perspective and try to respect both while taking care of your property and the areas surrounding it. We love having nature and wildlife right out our back door all the while still enjoying the short distance to the city.

Together, we can all preserve what makes our coastal communities “home” for generations to come. 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.

Finding Coastside Homes with Good Bones

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you’re looking for a new Coastside home, no doubt you’ve heard the phrase, “good bones.”  But do you really understand what that means? We all have our wish-lists of what we’re looking for in a home but when we get down to the nitty-gritty, do you really know what “good bones” means and can you recognize it when you see it?

“Good bones” means the home has a solid build, but, of course, needs some work to make it your own. It typically encompasses certain things that every buyer is searching for. Here are those things that you should be looking for in your pursuit for the perfect coastal home.

Look for a solid roof and foundation. What’s above your head and under your feet are the most important parts of the house. These are the fundamental structures of the home and the most expensive to repair or replace.

Good quality building materials. The materials used to build older homes are typically higher quality than what you’ll find in brand new construction these days. Look for solid walls and beyond the cosmetic of what can easily be changed.

Coherent design both inside and out. The structure of the home should be simple and clean with a clear hierarchy. If any additions have been made to the house, they should be consistent with the original structure so that it flows and looks uninterrupted.

Natural light. Rooms with great natural lighting will have windows on at least two sides to help flood the room with natural sunlight. It’s not hard in our coastal communities to find rooms with large windows to show off our beautiful views.

Rooms should be a decent size. Of course, once you buy a home you can tear down walls and change spaces, but as you walk into a home, the rooms should not be too big or too tiny. Ceilings should be high without being too high to give the feel of the area being cold or cavernous.  Ceiling height may not be able to be changed without compromising the architectural integrity of the home.

Nice flow between public and private areas. It’s important to have both public and private areas in the home. Your perfect balance will, of course, differ from that of other families but a home with “good bones” will offer some flexibility in its layout to help to preserve both types of spaces.

Architectural details are a plus. If you find a home containing great details that have been nicely preserved such as exposed beams, stained glass, original crowning or hardwood, it’s a great find and shows that the home has been well taken care of.

Look for a cohesive flow throughout the entire lot. Homes aren’t just what you see once you come through the front door. It’s important that the whole property works and the transitions between inside and out are smooth from the time you step onto the curb, into the home and out into the backyard living area.

We have extensive experience in all coastal communities and know which homes have “good bones.” 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.

Basic Repairs to Keep Your Coastside Home in Shape

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

As the market moves in a positive direction, inventory continues to increase and more couples are looking to become homeowners. It’s important to make your Coastside home as attractive as possible. This means all those little repairs you can knock out in a weekend but have been putting off. It’s time to buckle down and do them before putting your home on the market.

We found a great article on MSN Real Estate that outlines 10 basic repairs that will help to prepare your house for a buyer’s inspection. We listed a few below and the rest can be found on, “10 must-do repairs before selling.

Clear and Caulk Gutters
Now is the time to give your gutters some needed attention. In fact, with our climate, it’s best to check the rain gutters quarterly. Clean the debris that has accumulated in your gutters so that water has a clear path out and away from the home. Make sure to check for leaks, cracks and any other damages to repair. Re-caulk the gutter end caps so that leaking down the side of your home is avoided.

Queue Up Your Entrance
The entrance into your home is one of the first impressions for buyers. Buyers will notice signs of neglect with sagging screen doors and poorly maintained porches.

Make sure everything at the entrance is in good working order. If the screen door has seen better days, it’s best to install a new one or replace the screen part. Check for any missing or corroded hinge screws and make sure the screen closes properly on its own.

A fresh coat of paint on the front door with newly installed handles and locks goes a long way towards making a great first impression. Unsure what color to paint your front door? The front door need not match the exterior colors of your house and trim, only look good alongside them. Take a drive through the neighborhood to get an idea of what looks pleasing to you.

Freshly potted flowers and a nicely swept porch make potential buyers want to enter and see the rest of the home. Curb appeal is your first impression to show the buyer that you value taking care of your home and it has been given love inside and out.

Repair Holes and Freshen Paint
Repairing all the nail holes throughout the house and giving all the tired walls a fresh coat of neutral color paint will bring new life into your Coastside house. Not only will it make the home look newer, it will make it look cleaner and brighter as well. These are things buyers notice immediately and will appreciate as it’s one less thing for them to do upon moving in.

Renew those Baseboards
Scratched and beat-up baseboards can detract buyers from seeing all the good things your home has to offer. The first step is cleaning all the smudges and dust from those baseboards. Then you can fill in any dents and deep gouges with spackle. Finally, painting all the baseboards throughout the home with an eggshell finish can really go a long way in making the home look crisp and clean.

Reseal the toilet
Checking the seals on your toilets can help to prevent leaking and mold and also can save on energy costs. Buyer’s walking into your home don’t want to hear a toilet running or see moisture around the floor of your bathroom. This repair is an easy-fix that is inexpensive. All the parts can be found at your local home improvement store and can be done quickly.

Bring New Life to Cabinets
Not looking to completely replace those worn out cabinets? You can quickly improve the look of your cabinets with an application of products that are made to even-out the surface color and blend scratches. If you want to take it a step further, new knobs and handles can help to give the allusion that your cabinets are newer and will give the rooms a modern, updated look.

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.

Peninsula & Bay Area Independence Day Fun

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

There’s no shortage of great events on the Peninsula and throughout the Bay Area. Starting with pancake breakfasts, to parades, great concerts, to a chili cook-off and ending the night with firework shows, this year will not disappoint!

Below are just a few events to help get your Independence Day planning started:

Half Moon Bay: 4th of July 2014 Parade – July 4, 2014. Parade starts at 12pm on Main St in Half Moon Bay, CA. No fireworks this year, according to the Half Moon Bay Review.

Pacifica: 4th of July 2014 Celebration – July 4, 2014 at Frontierland Park. Crafts, games, music, and more from 10am-4pm. Rocket Run 5-Mile run at the Pacifica Community Center from 8:45-10am.

Redwood City: Independence Day Parade & Festival – July 4, 2014. Fire Department Benefit Pancake Breakfast 7:30-10:30am at the Redwood City Fire Department. Parade starts at 10am in downtown Redwood City. Car show at 9am. Festival from 9am-5pm features food, arts, crafts, entertainment, and a kids’ area. Fireworks launched from the Port of Redwood City at approx. 9:30pm.

Foster City: Fourth of July 2014 Celebration – July 4, 2014, 8am-9:30pm at Leo Ryan Park. Pancake breakfast at 8am at Island United Church, Meadow, Shell Blvd. Family and Dog Parade at 11:05am at the Rec Center, Shell Blvd. Lions Club Barbecue 11:30am-9pm at Leo Ryan Park. Live music and games start at noon. Fireworks at 9:30pm over the Lagoon at Leo Ryan Park.

Menlo Park: 4th of July 2014 Parade and Celebration – July 4, 2014, 11:45am-2:30pm. Parade starts at 1:45pm and runs down Santa Cruz Ave to Burgess Park. Music, games, food, and more till 2:30pm at Burgess Park, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA. A $7 wristband required for some activities, which you can get at the event.

Palo Alto: 2014 Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off – July 4, 2014. 12-5pm at Mitchell Park, 600 E Meadow Dr. Chili tasting starts at 1:30pm. Live music, line dancing, children’s activities, and food. Taste an array of red-hot chili delicacies prepared by teams of chefs battling for the chili championship.

San Francisco: Fourth of July Celebration at The PIER – July 4, 2014. 9:30pm at Pier 39. PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with fun for the whole family featuring musical entertainment, activities, and fireworks. The City of San Francisco will treat spectators to an elaborate fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay at approximately 9:30p.m.

Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre – July 4, 2014. Annual concert and fireworks spectacular celebrating American Journeys! Epic music leads up to fireworks accompanied by the orchestra.

We hope you have a fun & safe Independence Day no matter how you decide to celebrate! 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.

2014 Kitchen Trends for Your Coastside Kitchen

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Renovating your coastal kitchen can be full of decisions, new design ideas, vibrant colors and modern materials. However, if you are planning on selling your home in the next few years, it may be best to keep the design choices fairly neutral and current with what’s “in” for this year.

What’s “in” for 2014? According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s latest style report, the verdict for 2014 kitchens is: simple, clean and minimal. The association polled 420 designers about what homeowners want this year and the booming results were a contemporary space with simple style, neutral colors and clean lines with minimal ornamentation. Useful features that blend within the functionality of the kitchen, such as pullout and touch-activated faucets, topped the list.

Here’s a brief summary of top picks in kitchen design this year. If you are renovating or updating your kitchen, you may want to incorporate some of these features that home buyers will be looking for:

Flooring: Wood floors remain the top choice in kitchen flooring.

Color scheme: While the dominant kitchen colors last year were whites and off-whites, nearly 75% of designers polled said that gray will dominate this year’s color choice.

Cabinets: Expect darker woods to grow in popularity this year, taking over the white cabinet era. Glass doors will continue their popularity.

Countertops: Granite still remains a popular and practical choice but expect to see quartz beginning to outpace granite. As quartz gains in popularity, complimenting it with glass backsplashes will be a kitchen favorite.

Sinks: Stainless steel is always a tried and true favorite but growing in popularity in 2014 is composite granite, made from a mix of granite stone dust plus acrylic resins. Another innovation in the sink department will be pull-out faucets and touch-activated faucets replacing the old standards.

Appliances: Everyone always has space-saving in mind and with that trend, designers expect to see more microwave drawers in 2014.

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.

** Pictured here is the second-place winner in the large-kitchen category by Claire Reimann of Jason Good Custom Cabinet. (Joshua Lawrence/National Kitchen and Bath Association)

Coastside Home for Multi-Generational Families

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We found a very interesting article in The Residential Specialist, an industry newsletter, reporting the newest trend of more and more multi-generational families living together either for economic needs, elderly parents moving in to have the care and support of family members, or college graduates moving back in due to the down economy.

This led us to thinking what a great opportunity we have available in 181 6th St. This property allows the creation of a legal 2nd unit on the main level; perfect for adult children or grandparents needing the extra care of family instead of paying the high cost of assisted living and being taken care of by strangers.

It’s an interesting read on the facts, the stats, and the benefits of multi-generational living. Read the whole article for yourself.

Family Reunion
By: Daniel Rome Levine

For Manuel Vargas, CRS, space can get a little tight in his office during client meetings. That’s because Vargas, a broker associate with Keller Williams Realty Landmark in Queens, N.Y., specializes in working with families in which multiple generations are looking to live together under one roof.

Vargas recently helped three generations of one family, 15 people in all, who pooled their savings and paid $950,000 for a house in which the parents, their three married sons and their son’s children could all live together. The home was specially designed for such families and was divided into four separate units, each ranging in size from 700 to 1,100 square feet.

The family bought the home using a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan. They pooled their resources equally in order to come up with a 5 percent down payment, or $47,500, and the balance was covered by the loan. Vargas says, in general, up to five people can co-sign on an FHA loan, which makes it possible to secure a loan even though each individual alone may not earn enough to qualify for a loan.

“This is a huge trend right now,” says Vargas. Indeed, the number of multigenerational families living together is on the rise in New York and across the country — up over 30 percent to 5.1 million households between 2000 and 2010, according to the U.S Census Bureau.

A 2010 Pew Research Center study found a record 49 million Americans, or 16.1 percent of the total U.S. population, living in households that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation.

If you have any questions, would like to see our great property suited to a 2nd unit on the main level, or you’re ready to buy a coastside home and want to explore the other great properties in the area, contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903. Our goal is to guide you through the process from the beginning to the purchase of your new home and beyond.

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.

 

Start at the Studs to Remodel Coastside Bathroom

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

When deciding to renovate your Coastside home bathroom, there is a difference between remodeling to increase the value of your home and a quick-staging remodel if you're planning on selling your coastal home in the short-term.  

Most experts agree if you are preparing your home to sell, it’s worth the work to add a fresh coat of paint, update tile or grout, add a new vanity,  and update lighting & accessories to look great on the surface to buyers.

However, if you aren’t planning on selling soon, you need to consider how to protect your bathroom from its greatest enemies: moisture, mildew and mold.

Renovating on a deeper level like this will cost more upfront but will give you years of stress-free living in your home while increasing the value when it’s time to sell. To protect your bathroom from major repair down the road, start your renovation at the studs. Upgrade your walls, ceilings and subfloors to ensure your new bathroom will stand up to the dreaded mold and mildew that comes from continuous water and steam.

The bathroom is the most remodeled room in a home and we’ve shared some advice below to help in the planning and design stage.

Budget & Plan

  • Create a budget so you know how much you can comfortably spend before you begin. The average cost of a bathroom remodel is about $16,000 but plan for some unseen costs within the budget.
  • If you plan on hiring a contractor, get multiple estimates from reputable local contractors. Referrals from friends can be a valuable asset.
  • Shop on your own, with a contractor or interior designer to select building materials, fixtures and appliances.
  • Make sure to choose top-quality mold and moisture-resistant drywall in the bathroom to provide years of protection. Your contractor can give you recommendations. Make sure to not skimp on the quality of these.

Research Design Ideas

Spend some time deciding your style and what you want in the bathroom. Popular upgrades include decorative tile or stone and multiple showerheads or steam enclosures to give your bathroom “spa appeal.” Look at your bathroom space and be realistic with what will functionally and comfortably work in the space.

Be Prepared & Choose Quality

  • Prepare, both mentally and physically, for the demolition phase to tear out the tub, sink, tile, walls and flooring - whether a contractor is doing the remodel or you are.
  • If you are doing the work, be cautious of pipes, air ducts and electrical wiring behind the walls, ceilings and under floors.
  • Make sure caulking and grout is mildew-resistant to discourage discoloration.
  • Paint walls with mildew-resistant primer and paint to help cut down on future maintenance.
  • If you don’t currently have one, add an exhaust fan for additional moisture control.

If it’s staging that you need done before listing your home for sale, Kathy Rain is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) with a unique gift of design. She will help you put the "best face" on your home. Kathy offers you a competitive edge in real estate and has experience in staging many homes on the coastside.

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 us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Taste of Pacifica Promises to Delight

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Whether you’re a new homeowner in our coastal communities, have lived here for years, or just checking out our towns, local events are a great way to get to know the community. This Saturday, June 7th from 12:30 pm to 3 pm, the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 12th Annual “Taste of Pacifica” at the legendary Nick’s Restaurant.

If you’ve haven’t been yet, the “Taste of Pacifica” features 20 local restaurants offering samples of great culinary cuisine from their menus, a variety of wines and live music. It’s a great way to get a sampling of the delicious food that’s offered locally.

Participating restaurants include: Nick's Seashore Restaurant, Ash's Vallemar Station, Surf Spot Restaurant, La Playa Taqueria, Kani Kosen, Oceana Market, Mazzetti's Bakery, The Point Pizza & Pasta, Tam's Cuisine of China, Gorilla BBQ, Colombo's Deli, Moonraker Restaurant, Guerrero's Taqueria, Pacific Java Café, Sun Valley Fine Foods, Beach Monkey Café, A Grape in the Fog, and Rock 'n Rob's.

Besides the tasty food, smooth wine, live music and good company, there will also be a silent auction featuring dining & gift baskets, getaways, and tickets to attractions. Proceeds will benefit the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center in supporting strategic marketing efforts to promote Pacifica as a tourist destination.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, call the Chamber of Commerce office at (650) 355-4122 or visit http://www.pacificachamber.com.

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.

Half Moon Bay Partners to Save Surfer’s Beach

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you live in any of our coastal communities you may be aware of the crumpling coastline at Surfer’s Beach. In the near future, Coastside residents and visitors will be able to more safely enjoy Surfer Beach, a popular surf spot for both locals and visitors.

San Mateo County and Half Moon Bay have announced a partnership to shore up the seaside bluffs and to help create a safer passage from state Highway 1 down to the beach. The funds will be jointly provided by the County and the City.

On May 6, Half Moon Bay officials agreed to contribute $100,000 for the project while county officials will contribute $300,000 - matching Half Moon Bay’s contribution in addition to a $200,000 allocation from the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill settlement.

The project will include the construction of a retaining wall to protect the Pacific Coast Highway embankment and the building of a stairway to connect the paved coastal trail to Surfer’s Beach. The total cost of the design and preliminary engineering work will amount to about $400,000.

Supervisor Don Horsely announced, “We have an agreement that the county will contribute $300,000 to the project and Half Moon Bay will contribute $100,000 for the environmental review and design."

Caltrans will pay for and oversee the design work, and the California Coastal Commission will also contribute $15,000 to make improvements to the nearby coastal trail, Horsley added.

The scope of this project is a 400-foot-long segment of the coastline that will be supported with sloped sheet pilings anchored with riprap rock which is used to armor shorelines against erosion and to absorb the force of incoming water.

Once an environmental review is completed during the design process, the location for the retaining wall rock slope protection, paved coastal trail and staircase will be determined to maximum longevity.

Horsley is optimistic about the improvements to the beach area under the proposal in partnership with several agencies including Half Moon Bay, which owns the land.

"The county, specifically my office together with our Planning Department and county parks, have taken the lead by agreement with the city of Half Moon Bay," Horsley said. "The Half Moon Bay City Council and City Manager Stuart Schillinger have been integral partners in the project."

If you’d like to read all the details of this project, it can be found in a great article in The San Francisco Examiner. The project was initiated after our involved residents and concerned business owners aired concerns last year that Highway 1 was threatened by constant erosion at Surfer's Beach.

If you are looking to buy a new Coastside 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.

Photo Courtesy of “We Are Adventure.us”

Coastside Housing Market Shows Great Improvement in April

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) recently reported that California’s housing market is showing continuous signs of improvement. April performed higher than expectation with both median home price and home sales increasing month over month; with our Coastside communities at great levels.

C.A.R. President Kevin Brown is optimistic about the market saying, “The better than normal surge in sales activities in April is encouraging and could be an indication that we will see further improvement in the housing market in the next few months.” 

The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home rose 3.2 percent in April compared to the previous month. San Mateo County’s median home price rose 13 percent, positioning it among the largest increases in Northern California.

“Looking forward, it is likely that we will see a more moderate level of price increase throughout the rest of the year and further improvements in sales in the spring home buying season,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist, Leslie Appleton-Young. “Increasing home prices, relatively higher interest rates, and tight lending standards, however, will continue to present challenges to home buyers who are facing affordability issues.  Primary home buyers may no longer have to compete with investors in 2014, but instead they need to worry about increased borrowing costs.”

With the increasing home prices, now is a great time to find your Coastside home. Especially since mortgage rates remained relatively flat in April, with the 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate averaging well below 4.5%.

Sellers are also seeing a drop in the amount of time their property is on market. The median number of days to sell a single-family home fell to 33.8 days in April compared to 35 days in March. Good news for sellers looking to sell their home this summer.

While out this Memorial Day weekend enjoying our local activities and relaxing at the beach, why not come visit one of our Open Houses on Sunday? Let us show you some great properties in our coastal communities.

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 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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