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Bay Area Labor Day Round Up of Events

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It is hard to believe it’s that time again. Time to start winding down summer by enjoying Labor Day events around the Bay area.  One of the wonderful things about living in our coastal community is being in such close proximity to neighboring communities and being able to enjoy a wide variety of events.  Below is a list of upcoming events to take in this Labor Day weekend.

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival- “Last Blast of Summer”

This marks the 45th year for the festival and it will take place Sept. 5-6th. The event will consist of two packed days full of live music, handcrafted works from over 250 artists from across the nation, artisan specialty food and drinks, a microbrew tasting tent, the Classically Cool Car Show, and much more.  This event is fun for the whole family and best of all it's FREE. Learn more here.

Kings Mountain Art Fair                

Ranked one of the Top Three Fine Art Fairs in California, this annual event is held on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7th) to benefit the local Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and Kings Mountain Elementary School.  The event is staffed by local volunteers and is located on the forested grounds of the Kings Mountain Community and Firehouse.  

The fair will have numerous artists’ works, a dedicated space for kids to make their own art, and an abundance of great food. Admission and parking for this annual event is FREE. Learn more here.

Belmont Greek Festival

Enjoy delicious Greek meals and desserts while enjoying music and dancing at the Belmont Greek Festival. The event will take place from Sept. 5-7th and will include children’s entertainer Andy Z, a mythology play, bouncy houses for children, and games.  To learn more about this event visit here.

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.

10th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival Logo Design Contest Happening Now

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Fall is right around the corner and the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival has already begun its contest for the 10th annual logo design for the 2016 festival.  This festival is held every October right here in the World Pumpkin Capital, Half Moon Bay.

The yearly contest has been known to attract entries from across the country.  The design winner will receive a $1000 and will have the honor of having their design logo featured across all the promotional material.

Shirley Kellicutt, member of the Coastal Arts League and chair of the contest committee said, “Now in its tenth year, the logo design contest has clearly become established as a popular Pumpkin Festival tradition. The winning design is a big deal – it sets the tone and identity for the festival as it’s the centerpiece of everything we do design-wise. We’re delighted and fascinated by the submissions every year and encourage visitors to drop by Pasta Moon Restaurant’s Music Box Gallery during the month of October to view the entries and vote on the People’s Choice Award. The interest and enthusiasm is always inspiring.”

Anyone is eligible to enter the contest. In addition to the 1st place prize, there will also be a 2nd place prize in the amount of $500, and $250 for 3rd place.  Entries must be submitted by September 10, 2015. All entries will be able to be viewed during Pumpkin Festival Weekend (October 17-18).  Additional details and submission guidelines can be found here.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Scottish Highland Gathering & Games. The event will be full of Scottish contests, demonstrations, entertainment for the whole family, music, food, and drinks.  Find more details about the event here.

The Italian Family Festa will also be taking place this weekend in San Jose. Admission is free and you will get to enjoy of some of Italy’s finest. Wine, grape-stomping, arts and crafts and activities for the whole family. Learn more about this free event here.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. 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. 

$1.5 Million Restoration Coming to Pedro Point Headlands

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The plan for a continuous network of trails that will extend from Pacifica State Beach, Devil’s Slide, and the San Mateo coast is gaining ground. Pedro Point Headlands is one of the most scenic spots along the Peninsula, and it is set to undergo a $1.5 million restoration as part of the trail expansion.

Pedro Point Headlands is located in the southern boundary of Pacifica, and the restoration will include planting of native vegetation in the 246-acre area that once was one abundant, but destroyed by motorcycles nearly twenty years ago when the headlands were leased to a motorcycle club. As a result the trails top soil is rutted making it prone to erosion.  The restoration will be a wonderful complement to the Devil’s Slide trail that recently opened.

The work is made possible as a result of a $1.1 million trust received this year from the California Department of Parks and Recreation.  The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will also be appointing $350,000 towards new trails. Once the project is complete the headlands will be transitioned from the county to park status.

Construction is slated to begin in 2016 and is expected to take two years.  In the meantime, Pacifica is set to build a pathway from Pacifica State Beach up to the headlands.

If you have decided it’s your time to buy a coastside home, our goal is to guide you through the process from the beginning to the purchase of your new home and beyond. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon BayEl GranadaMoss Beach,Montara, and PacificaYour complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Coastside Weekend Round Up of Events

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Get out and enjoy San Mateo County this weekend. Here is a list of local events happening this upcoming weekend.

Saturday, August 15th:

Linda Mar Beach Clean Up - Meet at the south end of Linda Mar Beach parking lot in Pacifica to help with cleaning up the beach from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and enjoy some free subs in appreciation of your help.

Car Seat Safety - The San Mateo County Human Service Agency located at 2500 Middlefield Road in Redwood City will be performing car seat safety checks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with passing on information on what you need to know to protect your children and grandchildren while in your vehicle.

Senior Showcase - Having your blood pressure checked and getting to talk to a pharmacist are just few things happening during this event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 800 Middle Avenue., Menlo Park. This free event will also be full of giveaways and refreshments.

Burlingame On The Avenue - Join in the fun of this festival as hundreds of artisans display their one-of-a kind hand-crafted wares. Enjoy delicious foods and live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame.

Jesus Christ Superstar - The Coastal Repertory Theater at 1167 Main St. in Half Moon Bay will be presenting this production at 8 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit coastalrep.com.

                                                                             

Sunday, August 16th:

Burlingame On The Avenue - Join in the fun of this festival as hundreds of artisans display their one-of-a kind hand-crafted wares. Enjoy delicious foods and live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame.

Shakespeare in the Park - Enjoy a free production  of “Romeo and Juliet” at Sequoia High School located at 1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City at 4 p.m.

Jesus Christ Superstar - The Coastal Repertory Theater at 1167 Main St. in Half Moon Bay will be presenting this production at 2 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit coastalrep.com

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. 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. 

Vacation Home Sales Soar to Record High: Is Now the Right Time for You to Get a Second Home?

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

As you enjoy your annual summer vacation in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe or perhaps the scenic Coastside, it's only natural to start thinking about owning your own vacation home so the holiday never has to end. If you've been kicking around the idea of buying a second home, you're not alone.

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, vacation home sales have been soaring in recent years as the housing market has rebounded and the stock market continues to be strong. NAR’s 2015 statistical analysis estimates that sales of vacation properties in the U.S. jumped to a record 1.13 million in 2014, the most vacation homes sold in any year since NAR began keeping track of this segment of the market in 2003.

According to NAR's 2015 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, sales of vacation properties spiked 57% last year compared to 2013. In fact, sales in 2014 were nearly double the number of the previous two years combined.

NAR says that the average vacation homebuyer had a median household income of $94,380. Vacation homebuyers acquired properties that were a median distance of 200 miles away from their primary residence. Four out of 10 buyers bought a vacation home in a beach area while 19% purchased in the country and 17% purchased in the mountains.

So is now the right time for you to buy a coastside vacation home of your own? Here are a few things to consider if you are in the market:

  • Choose your location carefully. Most vacation homebuyers should choose a location that offers the greatest number of amenities and benefits that fit with their interests, whether it’s a beach resort or a place to play golf. If you want your friends and family to enjoy it with you, you may want to choose a place that is conveniently located for all of the people you want to use that home. As wonderful as Hawaii might be, jumping on a plane for five hours may be a physical or financial challenge for some people. That's perhaps one reason why buyers in NAR's® vacation home survey bought a property that was a median distance of 200 miles from their main home.
  • Visit the destination multiple times before buying. Before purchasing in any particular area, you may want to consider staying in local accommodations or possibly renting a home in your preferred area at various times of the year and hopefully for extended periods of time so as to get a better sense of the locale. You should make sure that you won't get bored with the location of your second home. Some people buy a vacation property with the ultimate intent of using it as their retirement home. Thus, it is important to think about how the location will fit into your short and long term plans. Consult with your financial planner as to the best means of achieving those goals.
  • Be realistic about costs and how often you will use the second home. Just like a primary residence, there are far more costs to owning a coastside vacation home than the down payment and the mortgage. Property taxes, local assessment districts, homeowners’ association fees and costs, maintenance costs and utilities can add up quickly. It is also important to factor in how often you are likely to use the home as compared to the cost of ownership.
  • Buying with an eye to renting. NAR® statistics show that approximately one out of every four vacation homebuyers plan to rent out their properties at least occasionally, but there are potential drawbacks to renting to strangers There are no assurances that vacation homes can be successfully rented and some jurisdictions (as well as some common interest developments) limit the ability of homeowners to rent their properties to others on either a short term or long term basis. It is best to do your homework and consult with your legal, tax and insurance advisors before buying any property that you may want to use for any type of rental purposes.
  • Get help from a professional REALTOR®. With mortgage interest rates still historically low and the housing market bouncing back, this may be a good time to buy a coastside vacation home. But finding the right property at the right price that meets your needs can be a challenge. It's important to work with an experienced real estate professional who understands the particular market you're considering, as well as vacation home purchases in general. With the assistance of a knowledgeable REALTOR®, we know you'll be able to find that special coastside vacation home that you and your family can enjoy for many years to come. Let us know if we can help!

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.

4 Everyday Natural Ingredients to Clean Your Coastside Home the Ecofriendly Way

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Everyday cleaning products can produce harsh fumes that not only smell bad, but are also toxic for our environment. If you are trying to sell your coastside home the last thing potential buyers want to encounter is a strong smell that they may be sensitive to (a big culprit is industrial-grade bleach).

A few common household ingredients can make the perfect cleaners for your home.

  1. Vinegar - White vinegar is the perfect eco-friendly cleaner. You can create an all-purpose cleaner by filling a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar. Use more vinegar than water for the tougher jobs. Vinegar is also great to use on other things throughout your home. Spray undiluted on your cutting board, let sit, and rinse later with water. It makes for a great deodorizer for your dishwasher.  Add 1 cup to your rinse cycle and it will help reduce any smell.  It also cleans your dishwasher.  If you notice a foul smell coming from your garbage disposal, freeze vinegar in ice cubs and run through your disposal. This will not only clean it but help deodorize at the same time. Vinegar is also great for cleaning carpets that are dirt stained. Mix a 1-to-10 ratio of vinegar and water and place in your steam cleaner.
  2. Citrus -  The acid in citrus works similar to that of vinegar.  The power of a lemon is stronger than you can imagine.  Cut a lemon in half and use the surface to clean soap scum and rust. After rubbing the lemon on the area, let rest for a few minutes, and then finish the job by scrubbing with a scouring pad.  To create an all-purpose cleaner using citrus, place vinegar in a jar and add citrus peels to fill half the jar, let set in a dark place for a few weeks, then strain and pour into a spray bottle. This makes a pleasant smelling, yet strong cleaner. Do not use straight citrus on marble or granite.
  3. Baking Soda -  This common everyday household item is better known as sodium bicarbonate, and is just the ingredient needed for those jobs that need a little scrubbing abrasion behind them.  Use baking soda to shine your silver by making a solution of 3 parts baking soda to one part water, scour the surface, and rinse with warm water. Baking soda is also handy when it comes to cleaning a clogged drain.  Pour some down your clogged drain, follow it by pouring twice the amount of vinegar, allow it to sit for a few minutes, and then chase it down with a large pot of boiling water.  If the future artist in your home has chosen to decorate your walls with crayons, a little baking soda on a sponge will gently remove it from your walls. If your carpet is stained as a result of blood or vomiting reach for your hydrogen peroxide. Blot the stain with water then follow with mixtures of equal parts of baking soda, water, and hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Salt -  If your coastside home has carpet, it is inevitable that at some time it will get a stain.  If the stain is a result of fruit juice or red wine pour salt on it and allow it to dry. Once it has dried simply vacuum it up and the stain will be gone.

We hope that this provided you with a few tips to help tackle those hard to clean projects in your coastside home the natural way. If you have decided it’s your time to buy a coastside home, our goal is to guide you through the process from the beginning to the purchase of your new home and beyond. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon BayEl GranadaMoss Beach,Montara, and PacificaYour complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Formal Dining Rooms Still Popular In Coastside Homes

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

There has been a growing trend among homeowners in the past years to do away with dining rooms and repurpose the space for other needs, such as media rooms or home offices. While this may seem to be growing in popularity many coastside homeowners, and others across the country, are choosing to not follow the trend.

Homeowners who host small gatherings that are geared towards enjoying great food and wine and playing games are finding that no other room besides the dining room can compare.

The dining room in your coastside home can be used for so much more than a sit down dinner. There is no reason why your dining room should be used only for formal dining. It is a great space to come together with friends and family, enjoy a glass of wine, play games and enjoy each other’s company.

Many dining rooms come with a great view and provide for a tranquil place to enjoy your morning coffee. It is also the perfect space to utilize during the holidays when entertaining family and friends.

When it comes to decorating your dining room, less truly is more. Purchase a focal art piece and ensure that the room has plenty of lighting. Your dining room is a great desk space. Use a nearby drawer, cabinet or closet to put away and organize your office items to clear the table.  Especially if you can enjoy a view from the dining table.

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 Clean the Hardwood Floor of Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Installing hardwood floors inside your home versus carpet can add immediate value to your coastside home.  Surveys have shown that over 50 percent of home buyers are willing to pay a higher price if the home does have hardwood floors.

Here is how the hardwood floor in your coastside home should be cleaned so that it shows its best and your value invested in it is maintained.

To determine how your hardwood floors should be cleaned you first need to know how they were finished. The most popular finish used is urethanes or polyurethanes.  If you have a home built prior to 1970 with its original wood flooring, it more than likely has been finished with wax, shellac or varnish, and will need to be cleaned differently.

To keep your wood floors clean start by simply removing your shoes before entering your home. This will not only reduce the amount of dirt on your floors, but also diminish the number of scratches on your floor.

Never use a wet mop on any of your hardwood floors, as the water can result in your finish dulling.  Also, never use cleaning products that are intended for floors that are ceramic or vinyl.

For hardwood floors that are coated with urethanes or polyurethanes, start by vacuuming them at least weekly with an attachment that is specifically designed for hardwood floors .  In between vacuuming use a broom that has synthetic fiber ends. To mop the floors use a specified wood floor cleaner or simply use a mix of a drop of dishwashing soap in water.  With a well wrung out mop or cloth, clean in the direction of the grain of the wood.  If your cloth or mop is dripping water this is a good indicator that you have not wrung it out enough. Dry the floor immediately if any water is visible after mopping.

For waxed floors popular before 1970, clean by sweeping with a broom with soft-bristles and vacuuming t least weekly. There is no need for water to be used on a floor that has been waxed, not even damp-mopping is recommended. It is ideal to buff and wax this type of hardwood flooring at least once to twice a year.

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.

How to Know When It’s Time to Buy or Sell Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The decision to sell your coastiside home is just as big as the decision to buy a new coastside home.

Here are a few tips to let you know it may be time to sell your home:

  • Do you find yourself searching new real estate listings online more than you used to? It may be time to sell your home and move up to your new coastside home if you find yourself searching real estate than you have in the past.
  • Has your family situation changed? Have you recently added on to your family, have you become empty nesters? It may be time to look for real estate along the coast that better suits your needs.

Here are a few tips to let you know it may be time to buy a new home:

  • You find yourself ready to commit to the responsibilities of owning on a home that you do not encounter when it comes to renting
  • If you have went over your budget lately and noticed that it is now more affordable to buy a home then rent in San Mateo County then now is the time to buy.
  • Interest rates are low, but it is unknown if they will increase later in the year.  In fact, many economists were predicting rates to rise in September, but are now uncertain as a result of the instability we are seeing in the global financial markets and the softening of the US Labor market. Now with the US economy becoming more unpredictable, no one is sure where interest rates will go in September. Purchasing a home when rates are low will save you a lot of money in the long run. Even a fraction of a percentage point can impact your savings over a 30 year period of time.

If buying or selling a home in San Mateo County is in your plans in 2015 then contact us. 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. 

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.

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