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Upcoming Peninsula & Bay Area Independence Day Events to Not Be Missed

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Independence Day is quickly approaching and there is no shortage of events on the Peninsula and throughout the Bay area.  You are sure to find something that will be a perfect fit for you and your family. Below are just a few events to help you with the planning on your upcoming Independence Day:

Half Moon Bay: 4th of July Parade- July 4, 2015. This yearly event begins with the parade at 12pm on historic Main St. and finishes on Mill St. Unfortunately due to a lack fund there will be no fireworks this year.

Pacifica: 4th of July Celebration at Frontierland Park- July 4, 2015. Join in the fun at Fronteirland Park from 10am-4pm. It will be a fun filled day with games, crafts, music and more. Once again the Rocket Run 5-Mile run at the Pacifica Community Center will begin at 8:45 am.

Foster City:  4th July Celebration- July 4, 2015, 9am-9:45pm. Foster City and the Lions Club will be hosting an exciting all-day event full of activities at Leo Ryan Park. Don’t miss the food, games, entertainment, dog and family parade, and the grand fireworks display.

Menlo Park: 4th of July Parade & Celebration- July 4, 2015, 11:45am. The largest special event of the year begins with the parade at 11:45 am at the Wells Fargo parking lot on Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street. Wear your patriotic clothing and decorate your bicycles or wagons to participate in this family fun-filled parade.  Directly following the parade, the celebration will be held at Burgess Park till 2:30pm.  Enjoy activities such as bounce houses, giant slides, crafts, games, rock walls, laser tag and face painting. A $7 wristband is required for select activities and can be purchased at the event.

Palo Alto: 2015 Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off- July 4, 2015. 12-5pm at Mitchell Park, 600 E Meadow Dr.  Come join in for live music, line dancing, children’s activities, and a wide variety of food. Chili tasting for the 34th Annual Chili Cook-Off begins at 1:30pm.

San Francisco: 4th of July at The Pier- July 4, 2015. 12-9:30pm. Pier 39 Independence Day celebration has something for the whole family. Celebrate your Findependence with Shark Week! Shark-filled activities for the whole family begin at noon at Pier 39. Take a picture in the official Shark Week photo booth and keep your eyes open throughout the day for many more shark activities and prizes. At 9:30pm the City of San Francisco is sure delight the whole crowd with their spectacular fireworks display over San Francisco Bay.

Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheater- July 4, 2015. The San Francisco Symphony’s annual Fourth of July concert at Shoreline Amphitheater returns this year and will celebrate American family music. The Sound of Music will be honored. Director of Summer Concerts Edwin Outwater conducts the Orchestra in an evening that finishes with a spectacular fireworks show.

Have a safe and fun Independence Day no matter how you choose 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 also offer a FREE 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.

Easy Water Conservation Tips for Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It’s no secret and by now everyone has heard that California is undergoing a drought. As a coastside homeowner there are some easy things you can do to help conserve water and maybe even save you money along the way.

1. Toilets- The average household in America will use 260 gallons of water every day according to a recent report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Toilets are the biggest source of water usage in your coastside home. Many times they are a source of wasted water from leaks and inefficiency due to age. Installing a new high-efficacy, low-flow toilet has the ability to save you up to $2,000 on your water bill throughout its life.

2. Faucets- The faucets in your home account for more than 15% of indoor water use according to the EPA. If your faucets are older consider replacing them, If that is not in your budget, replacing the aerator is an inexpensive fix that will reduce water usage.

3. Shower- 17% of water use inside your household can be attributed to showering according to EPA statistics.  High-efficiency shower fixtures are very affordable and can be found at any large hardware store. Simply installing these can save you 25-60% in water usage.

4. Personal Hygiene- Do you leave the water running while you brush your teeth?  If so, it is time to break this habit. This is a quick and easy way to reduce the water usage in your home.

5. Appliances- The New Energy Star rated washers use 35-50% less water than older machines per load. If you have an older machine and are in the market to buy a new one, purchasing an Energy Star rated one would be beneficial.  Beyond your washing machine, your dishwasher is another large source of water usage in your home.  To help conserve water always use your machines with a full load.

San Mateo County offers many environmental rebates and incentives. Visit here to see if you would qualify for any while making upgrades to conserve water usage. Coastside Water District residents visit here for your residential rebate opportunities.  Montara Water and Sanitary District residents may also qualify for rebates for upgrading to water efficient appliances. Learn more by visiting here.  North Coast County Water District residents are also eligible for rebate programs and you can learn more by visiting here.

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.

Add a Fire Pit to Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Gathering around a fire pit is a great way to bring friends and family together. No longer do you have to wait to go camping to enjoy it. Add your own outdoor fire pit feature to your coastside home, and enjoy sipping wine with friends or roasting smores with the kids. These outdoor features have come a long way in recent years, and now come in a variety of styles from whimsical, traditional, to modern.

If you enjoy entertaining and the stars, then adding an outdoor fire pit to your home this summer is the way to go. Your outdoor fire pit is also a great option when it comes to adventurous cooking. Try making kabobs over the open fire and you will love the flavor it adds. 

Add value to your coastside home, and make your home stand apart from others by adding an outdoor space that is inviting by simply adding an outdoor fire pit.

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.

Move up loans without selling first, April Housing Trend

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The numbers are in and the real estate market in San Mateo County had a strong month in April, and we should be receiving numbers for May any day now. The median home price in April increased over 29.6% from this same period of time a year ago to a median price of $1,297,500.  The median and average home price in April hit an all-time high. The number of active listings rose slightly in April over March by 7.4%, but the number of active listings was down 39.0% compared to this time last year.

If you are thinking of selling your coastside home now would be the time as the statistics continue to show an increase in demand. Homes are selling quickly and in many cases they have been selling over asking price. On average a home in San Mateo County was on the market for 22 days.

If you are considering selling your home and purchasing a coastside home, below is some great information from Andy Block, Mortgage and Personal Finance Advisor, at Opes Advisors.

Opes Advisors now has a cross-collateral loan option for buyers who want to make a non-contingent offer and minimize the amount of cash needed to close. Equity in their existing home helps provide the purchase funds without needing to sell.

Cross-collateralization is effective with adequate equity in the currently owned residence.

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.

Must Have Herbs for Your Coastside Home Garden

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Spice up your summer recipes and reduce your grocery budget by growing herbs in your coastside home garden. Here are few herbs that are ideal for every garden.

Basil

Basil is an easy to grow herb that is perfect for a gardener of any level.  It is popular in many summer dishes. At the end of the season freeze it so you can use it all year long.

Sage

Sage is the perfect herb to fill in the corner of planters. This herb requires little watering once it has been established, and it will continue to produce throughout the duration of the season.  Once it is harvested you can dry the leaves and store them to extend your usage time.

Thyme

Thyme is an herb that is common in many recipes, and may be one of the easiest to grow. You can plant this in a pot or use it as ground cover. It needs a good deal of sun and little water.

Oregano

Oregano is another easy to grow herb. All it needs is sunlight and the ability to drain water easily.  You will need to harvest its leaves when you see flower buds forming.

Mint

Mint is the ideal herb to grow in a pot in your kitchen. It is ideal for using in dressings, salads, and drinks. It will thrive with exposure to sun and partial shade. It will need to be watered regularly.

These are just a few of the many herbs that will grow easily in your garden. Let us help you find the perfect home to garden 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 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.

 

Tips To Help You Say Goodbye to Your Old Coastside Home and Hello to Your New One

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It is not uncommon to build an attachment to a home that you have lived in for many years.  A lot of life has happened there and many memories were made.  When you sell your coastside home and move into a new one it may not feel like home right away. No matter if you are choosing to downsize or purchase a larger home, here are some tips to help you with the transition to your new home.

Say Goodbye

It is hard to leave a place where so many life events occurred. Take photos of your home before you begin the packing process. If you have children make sure they are in the pictures. Create a photo album that will serve to help you work through any emotions that may occur as a result from leaving your old place behind.

Make a Statement

If you have ever found an item left behind from a previous owner in the attic, then you know the excitement that can come from an item from a different time. Leave your own piece of history for a future homeowner to find. Go the classic route with a time capsule or something simple such as a written note from your child left in a small box, and place it in an attic or at the top of a closet.

Going Away Party

Say goodbye in style by throwing a party to say goodbye to your home and hello to new things to come. This is a great way to say goodbye to the friends you have made in the neighborhood.

Say Hello

When you arrive in your new home it can be hard for the whole family when nothing resembles what you are used to. Start with a good cleaning from top to bottom. If the weather is nice, open all the windows as you move your new items in.

Welcome Friends

Welcome friends to your new home with a house-warming party. This will bring a little bit of life to your new home and help you begin making memories there.

Make Your Mark

Make your mark on your new home by painting, hanging new curtains, and hanging some pictures on the walls.

It can be hard to say goodbye to a home you loved, but with a new home comes new memories. 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.

Memorial Day usually marks the kickoff to summer for many Coastside residents. Before you fire up the grill this coming holiday weekend here are a few tips to help spruce up your lawn and garden.

  1. First start by raking up any leaves that may have found their way into your yard or garden. Once removed these are perfect for your compost pile.
  2. Pull any weeds that have sprung up and apply some weed preventer on your yard and garden.
  3. Has the mulch you placed in your yard last year disappeared? Now is the perfect time to replenish it.
  4. Fertilize your lawn with a good quality fertilizer. This will help your lawn achieve the most green.
  5. Accessorize your lawn with containers of beautiful plants or flowers.
  6. Purchase and plant a wide array of annual flowers that love the heat. These flowers will bloom all summer long and add a beautiful touch to any lawn or garden.
  7. Clean your patio furniture and accessorize with some new colorful throw pillows that are warm and inviting, and make for the perfect place to spend time with friends and family.

The number of available homes on the market in San Mateo County continues to be low. As a result, homes are selling quickly and for a higher price. There is no better time than now to sell your coastside home.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. 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. 

3 Things Every Coastside Resident Needs To Know to Wash Dry-Clean Only Clothes At Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

There is nothing more frustrating than buying a new article of clothing only to get home and discover its “Dry Clean-Only.” The director of the laundry and dry-cleaning consultant LTC & DTC, Richard Neale, recently mentioned that many times manufacturers will put these labels in garments as a precaution. Whether are not the label was actually needed now becomes the guesswork of the consumer. There is some risk involved when it comes to washing your dry-clean only clothes at home, but it can be done.

If you have a favorite article of clothing that you do not want to risk being ruined, I would suggest following the manufacturer's label. Here are a few tips you can use to wash your dry-clean only clothes at home.

Read. Read. Read. - Start by reading the label and looking for any pictures that may be on it as these are important indicators on how the garment is to be washed. Also, look to see what fabric your garment is made from. It is easy to damage suede, leather, taffeta, velvet, rayon, or anything with fur. If you have an oil based stain on your garment, then this should be taken in for cleaning by a professional. This leaves garments made with cotton, linen, silk, wool, and polyester to be cleaned at home.

Test First - A spot test before washing your garment will help give you peace of mind. Start by taking a small amount of water and a dab of the detergent you plan to use and place it on a cotton swab. Next, dab it on the garment in a place that is not easily visible. If the dye from the fabric stains the cotton swab this item needs to be professionally dry-cleaned.

Time to Wash - Your washing technique will depend on the type of fabric. Linen, cotton, and polyester are safe to put in your washing machine. However, silk, wool, and delicate fabrics should be washed by hand. If using your washing machine use the cold water setting, a mild detergent, and the gentlest cycle your washing machine provides. Remove from the machine as soon as the cycle ends and lay on an open flat space to dry.

Wash by Hand - Place your garment in a tub or basin of cold water and add a mild detergent. Using your hands, dip your garments in and out of the water. Once you feel that it is clean, empty the sudsy water and replace with new cold water. Once there is no more soap on the garment, place it on a clean towel to dry.

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 us 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 Last-Minute Gardening Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and if you still haven’t purchased a gift you are not alone. Many coastside residents are still searching for that perfect Mother’s Day gift. Here are 5 gift ideas for the mom who loves to garden.

  1. Garden Shears- This is a tool that every gardener needs.  They provide you with a clean cut when cutting the plant stems and they also easily come apart for cleaning.
  2. Bypass Pruner- This tool makes the job easier. It is used to trim branches and to trim those plants with tough stems. They range in price from $15 to $30 and make for the perfect gift.
  3. Gloves- Has your mom’s gardening glove seen better days? Purchase her a new pair. You can never have too many. When shopping look for ones that are waterproof.
  4. Kneeling Pads- Gardening can be hard on the knees.  A kneeling pad will help provide your mom’s knees with comfortable support and protection. 
  5. Seeds- Consider buying your dear mom a new terra cotta pot and pick up some new seed packets.  You can also add new garden tools and top it off with a big bow.

With Mother’s Day drawing near we hope that everyone enjoys the special day and that you will help make your Mom’s day bloom. 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. 

Tips to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh Longer in Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Now that spring is in full bloom the flowers along the coastside are too. Nothing brightens up a home more than fresh cut flowers beautifully arranged in your favorite vase. Follow the steps below and it will help keep those fresh flowers alive longer.

1. Stems

The first thing you want to do is to cut the bottom of the stems off so that the flowers now have fresh openings. Make sure you cut the stems while they are under water. If they are cut while open to the air it can cause the fresh opening in the stems to suck up air creating an air embolism in the stem. Cutting the stems at an angle you will open the stem up to as much water as possible.

2. Acid

Next, when putting the flowers into water you want the water to be slightly acidic. Acid in the water prevents callous formation from occurring. To add acidity to your water you can use two common household items such as lemon juice or vinegar. A tenth of your water volume in the vase should be acidic.

3. Sugar

Plants like humans need carbohydrates. When flowers are cut they are no longer able to make their own food efficiently as they normally would. Putting a few pinches of sugar for every 10oz of water will help keep your flowers alive a little longer.

4. Biocide

Lastly, it is not uncommon for harmful bacteria or fungi to try to feed on the flowers. To help prevent this from happening, add some biocide to the water. Only add enough biocide to kill the germs, but not the flowers. Bleach or rubbing alcohol can easily be added to achieve this. Only add a few drops, if you notice the water starting to become slightly murky add a few more drops of biocide.

Follow these steps and your fresh cut flowers will continue to brighten your home longer.

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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