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Half Moon Bay Opens New Trail Segment

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Earlier this month a large number of coastsiders attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony recognizing the new addition of the California Coastal Trail System (CCT).  The path is 1/3-mile long and begins at the south end of the Seymour Bridge in Half Moon Bay.  Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists can enjoy the beautiful view atop local bluffs on this new stretch of path. The CCT is a large network of trails that extend along the 1200-mile coastline of California. 

The project was completed at a cost of more than $500,000, which was funded by California Coastal Conservancy grants, San Mateo County, Coastside Land Trust, and Peninsula Open Space Trust.  The new path addition was created to allow a formal trail that sits back away from the bluffs in an effort to help fight erosion and provide more safety to those utilizing it.  In years past there were many informal trails that had been carved into the bluffs by local traffic which resulted in channelization that collected water. This water eventually spilled across the bluffs and resulted in erosion.  There are also plans for plants to be added along the path that will help with absorbing rain water and erosion.

Interpretive signs have been installed along points of the trail that allow visitors to learn about regional wildlife.

We hope to see you on the trail. 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. 

Electric Car Stations May Soon Be Headed To Half Moon Bay

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Owning an electric car is growing in popularity in Half Moon Bay and as a result two electric-car charging stations may soon be placed in front of City Hall downtown. As plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and battery electric vehicle ownership grows in popularity there is an increasing need for more public access to charging stations.  Most vehicles can be recharged by a domestic wall socket, but a charging station will provide more flexibility to local residents and visitors.

There is currently a notice in place in front of the parking space on Kelly Avenue which would suggest that the city may be placing the charging stations near the intersection with Main Street. Community Development Director Dante Hall will be holding a public meeting on December 4th, at 1:30 p.m. to review the new equipment.

The arrival of the electric-vehicle charging station originated with city leaders who made use of sales tax revenues from the Measure J.  It is estimated that the equipment will come at a $50,000 cost to the city, but officials are trying to think forward and are confident that the charging stations will draw more visitors to the area.

In real estate  news , Americans are once again feeling more positive about the housing market across the nation, as reported by the recent Fannie Mae October 2014 National Housing Survey. This is wonderful news for those that may be considering selling a home in the San Mateo region. Read more of the findings of the survey here.

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.

Houseplants Every San Mateo Home Should Have to Help Breathe Fresh Air

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Did you know that the air you breathe inside your San Mateo home may be heavy with many harmful chemicals? Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCSs, are emitted from your carpet, paints, cosmetics, air fresheners, and many other common household items. The good news is that there are many common house plants that you could have that will help absorb the VOCs in the air.  Thanks to NASA experiments conducted in the early 1980s we now know the benefits that a common houseplant can have for their owners. Studies have shown that people who have plants and are near them often are less likely to suffer from fatigue, headaches, and sore throats.

Here is the list of top house plants that help provide you with a breath of fresh air:

Purple Heart Plant (Tadescantia paillda)

Asparagus Fern (Asparagus densiflorus)

Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternate)

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum  ‘Mauna Loa’)

Variegated Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurenti’)

Red-edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)

Florist’s Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Enjoy the San Mateo Harvest Festival this weekend November 14-16 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. The event will offer non-stop holiday shopping, entertainment, and fun for the whole family. More event details can be found 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. 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.

Dungeness Crab Sport Fishing Opens this Saturday for San Mateo County

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

San Mateo County residents who are a fan of Dungeness crab may begin casting their pots this coming Saturday November 8th for sport, and commercial fisherman may begin on November 15th.  The docks of Pillar Point Harbor, located in Half Moon Bay, tend to be a popular place for locals to try their hand at the sport. The season will run thru June 30th.

2014 marks the 100th season that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have gathered landing data for the crab. In years past the season has yielded large numbers of Dungeness.  State Fish and Wildlife experts are expecting a more than average season. The Dungeness tend to be found in the cooler northern and central California waters near sandy or sand-mud bottoms at depths of less than 300 feet.

Last year a Dungeness crab trap limit was put into place, which outlines a seven-tiered process where commercial fisherman may purchase permits that allow them to fish with a range of 175 to 500 pots.  The size of the catch is also limited to the different fishing permits offered - sport, commercial and charter or party boat.  If you are a sport or recreational fisherman you may catch and keep up to 10 crabs per day that measure at least 5 ¾ inches.  Fish and Wildlife is highly encouraging fisherman to keep an eye on their traps because if they were to be lost it can result in the killing of crabs.

The crabs are wonderful for cooking and are known to have a slightly sweeter flavor than that of the snow and king crabs.

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.

The Latest San Mateo County Market Update

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Green Home Cleaning Tips for Your San Mateo Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Maintaining a clean home can be a daunting task, and it can seem like there is more to clean than there is time in a day. If you want to clean your San Mateo home the green way then there are four fantastic cleaners you can use: salt, vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.

Glass and Mirror Cleaning Tips - Throw out those toxic ammonia-based window cleaners you have in your home. You can easily clean your windows with four tablespoons of lemon juice placed into a half a gallon of water. If you do not have lemon juice on hand witch hazel and rubbing alcohol are also great alternatives.

Furniture Polish - Furniture polish is routinely made with petroleum distillates and solvents, both of these chemicals are hazardous. A green way to polish your furniture is to mix two parts of olive oil with one part of lemon juice. Place the mixture on a soft cloth and apply.

Metal - For brass, copper, stainless steel, and chrome finishes throughout your home do not use the traditional metal cleaners that usually contain ammonia. A greener method would be to make a paste with equal parts flour, vinegar, and salt. Rub the paste on and wipe off with clean cloth. Undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle is another good cleaning option for copper finishes.

Fireplace - If your fireplace has developed soot or smoke smudges on the exterior you can quickly remove it by making a paste with cream of tartar and water. If you are worried about the inside of your fireplace occasionally toss some salt in your next fire. The salt will help breakdown some of the soot.

Paint Fumes - If you have recently tackled an indoor painting project and the smell is lingering there is a solution. Place dishes of vinegar around the room so that it will help absorb the smell. Change the vinegar out daily.

Vinyl - If you need to clean vinyl simply take lemon juice straight and place it on a cloth and rub into the stained area. Your vinyl will be sparkling before you know it.

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.

Why Fall May be a Good Time to Sell Your Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The Bay Area housing market has been strong this year. There have been stories of crowded open houses, multiple offers on some listings, and even bidding wars on specific properties that push prices skyward. Now that fall has arrived, some homeowners may believe that they have missed their window of opportunity to sell and that they should wait until next spring. Don’t be fooled; this may actually be a very good time to sell your home.

A combination of continued demand from serious buyers, a lack of available inventory in many of our markets, ongoing relocations into the Bay Area, and a warm, cozy feeling from homes over the holidays all add up as good reasons for why autumn may be a better time to list a home than most people realize. Consider all of the following:

  • Continued demand from buyers. As anyone who’s followed the news this year knows, there have been more buyers than sellers for homes in the Bay Area. While the number of potential buyers at open houses may have dropped off in recent weeks—which is traditionally expected during the fall—there is still far more “traffic” than we usually see at this time of year.
  • “Serious buyers” in the market now. During the fall months, there tend to be fewer “lookers” than in the spring and summer, and more serious buyers. These are often people who must buy for specific reasons, such as employment relocation. As a result, they are more likely to act quickly when they find the right property.
  • A lack of available inventory. The number of listings has been relatively low all year compared to historical averages. The shortage of available inventory has helped to push prices higher in some areas. It is expected that this time of year there will be even fewer homes than the months preceding it, and that can mean less competition and more potential buyer attention for your listing.
  • Great natural “staging” this time of year. There’s a certain warm feeling that comes with being in a home during the holidays. Homes just feel friendlier and cozier with holiday decorations, the fireplace glowing in the living room, and special cookies baking in the oven. These holiday touches can help “stage” a home, giving it the very best possible look and feel to sell. Buyers who walk into a home during the holidays may have an easier time envisioning their family at happy gatherings there, too.

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the fall, there are a few things you should be doing. Start with improving your “curb appeal.” Clean up flowerbeds and rake any leaves on the lawn. Make sure weeds are pulled and shrubs are pruned. In the backyard, put away any summer items like pool toys. In general, keep things clean and neat.

Embrace the holiday season and use appropriate decor. Keep decorations in tune with the holiday that’s approaching. Doing so can help potential buyers see themselves and their families enjoying the same holidays in your home. But be careful not to overdo it.

It’s also important to price your home properly. Your REALTOR® can help you determine the appropriate price – based upon recent comparable home sales in your area and the anticipated inventory of available homes. Pricing your home correctly can increase the chances of getting a good offer faster.

Finally, it’s more important than ever to work with an experienced real estate professional. Look for an agent that has a solid track record in your community and can provide you with good advice on how best to prepare and market your home during the fall season.

While fall is not traditionally seen as the best time to sell a home, as explained above, there are a lot of advantages to listing your home now – especially at a time when others might shy away from selling. With a few simple steps, you just may find that selling your home this fall may be the best move you’ll ever make.

What San Mateo County residents need to know about the flu

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Many think flu season is just around the corner, but the flu is getting an early start here in San Mateo County this year.  The best way to protect you and your family from getting the flu is to get vaccinated.  Contrary to what you may believe it is not too early to get vaccinated.  Getting the flu shot now will help ensure you are protected throughout the whole flu season.

Those most at risk are older adults, young adults, pregnant women, children, and those individuals who have underlying health conditions. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone older than six months of age get vaccinated.

Keep in mind it takes two full weeks after your vaccine to be completely protected from the flu.  Once you receive your vaccine it should last you a full year, so it very important to get a new one each year.

The flu vaccines are available at:

  • Local pharmacies
  • Your doctor’s office
  • Free local clinics

Flu Symptoms:

  • High fever
  • Bad cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Protecting Yourself

The best way to be protected from the flu is by obtaining a yearly vaccination.  On top of being vaccinated there are plenty of everyday precautions you can take to avoid spreading of the flu. Be sure to cover your nose and mouth when you cough. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand cleaner. Always avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. Do not go around others who are sick.

In other San Mateo County news, the 41st annual Pumpkin Festival was another great success. Be sure not to miss the San Mateo Harvest Festival at the San Mateo Events Center November 14th -16th. Be prepared for a weekend of non-stop holiday shopping, packed with entertainment for the whole family.

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.

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.

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