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Recap On The New Tax Law For Home Owners

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

There are changes homeowners should be aware of with the new tax law effective as of 1/1/2018.  Below is the summary of the changes that may be useful information for you to know. 

The recommended protocol still is having your clients talk to their tax professional for more information regarding their taxes.

  1. The state and local tax deduction now has a cap.

The state and local tax deduction, or SALT, remains in place for those who itemize their taxes -- but now there's a $10,000 cap. Previously, filers could deduct an unlimited amount for state and local property taxes, plus income or sales taxes.

  1. The mortgage interest deduction has been lowered.

Current homeowners are in the clear. But from now on, anyone buying a new home will only be able to deduct the first $750,000 of their mortgage debt. That's down from $1 million. This is likely to affect people looking for homes in more expensive coastal regions.

  1. Home sellers who turn a profit keep their tax break.

Homeowners who sell their house for a gain will still be able to exclude up to $500,000 (or $250,000 for single filers) from capital gains, so long as they're selling their primary home and have lived there for two of the past five years.

  1. The deduction for moving expenses is also gone ...

There may be some exceptions for members of the military. But most people will no longer be able to deduct the cost of their U-Haul when they move for work.

  1. As is the tax preparation deduction ...

Before tax reform passed, people could deduct the cost of having their taxes prepared by a professional, or the money they spent on tax prep software. That break has been eliminated.

 

The 9 Hottest Interior Design And Decor Trends You'll See In 2018

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team
By: Holly Amaya

When it comes to home design and decor, we'll be the first to tell you to stick with what you love, no matter what the pros say. But if you can't escape that sinking feeling each time you walk through your front door that your decor is looking a little tired, well, don't despair. We've got you covered! We've already talked about the design trends you should ditch in the coming year. Now let's take a look at some of the hot new designs you might want to use for 2018 to give your home a fresh lease on life.

 

From splashy color palettes to bright yellow sofas and mixed metal everything, our stable of designers and tastemakers have given us the ultimate insiders' scoop on what'll be hot in 2018. And trust us: It'll be a gorgeous year. Here's what to watch:

1. Bold colors
Designers haven't yet had their fill of spaces decked out in deep, bold shades; this decor trend is appearing on our hot list for the second year in a row.

“As much as I love an all-white interior, rich jewel tones are making their way onto our walls and moldings in a big way—think ‘English library,’ but with peacock teal, black, or rich burnt orange colors,” says Oregon-based interior designer Arlene Lord.

The proof is in the paint: Sherwin-Williams' 2018 Color of the Year (Oceanside SW 6496) is an intense shade of blue-green, while Pantone recently announced the rich and regal Ultra Violet will reign supreme in the coming year.

Lord recommends pairing these jewel tones with bold, dustier shades to create a lush, layered look. (We like PPG’s Black Flame, an indigo-hued black that’s great for modern interiors; Glidden’s Deep Onyx, a classic no-fuss shade; and Olympic’s Black Magic.)

"Dipping a room in a dramatic shade like midnight navy, eggplant, or charcoal is a fun way to embrace a deep, rich color, and the result is deliciously inviting,” says Elissa Morgante, co-principal of Morgante Wilson Architects in Illinois.

Ready to really commit? Go all-in on this trend with dark or black trim.

“Outlining the room or windows in dark trim helps punctuate and call attention to unique features,” she says.

2. Mixed metallic
A few years back, mixing metals was a total no-no. But experts now agree that today’s homeowners want more than simple one or two copper or brass fixtures—they like seeing the stuff throughout a room or house.

“Buyers really love to see modern, eclectic choices such as a hammered copper light fixture above the kitchen island paired with sleek chrome faucets and cabinet hardware,” says Ken Fixler of Barnett Homes in Chicago.

To warm up the industrial feel of some metals, pair them with a natural stone like marble or limestone, and look for unexpected finishes like matte black, satin brass, black nickel, and unlacquered brass. Amp up the visual interest another notch by layering your metals across a variety of locations, from faucets to hardware to lighting and furniture.

3. Gen Z yellow
As usual, Beyoncé was way ahead of the curve on this one, smashing car windows and security cameras in an unforgettable yellow Cavalli dress in her epic video for "Lemonade." And as designers, fashionistas, and millennials will all tell you, the hue that's being dubbed "Gen Z yellow" is the one to watch.

Karen Wolf, of Karen B Wolf Interiors, calls it "positive, confident, vibrant, and enthusiastic."

"We have not seen this color emerge for quite some time," Wolf adds. "It feels fresh, happy, and young."

Designer Sarah Hullinger agrees, predicting the color will continue to be huge well into 2018.

“It’ll certainly make an impression, whether a bright ‘minion’ color or a burnt shade resembling curry or turmeric,” she says.

If you can't quite warm up to the idea of, say, a bright yellow sectional, test the waters with an accent chair or painted side table.

4. Quartz
In the kitchen, sleek quartz is taking the place of the ubiquitous granite and hard-to-clean marble.

“Quartz products are appealing to the ease of living that we all crave, and the surfaces are much more modern, clean, and versatile,” Lord says.

5. Light, textured wood floors
“Red-toned woods are fading in popularity, along with tropical exotic species” like Brazilian cherry or walnut, says Armstrong Flooring design manager Sara Babinski.

Instead, flooring trends are moving toward lighter color palettes in domestic American woods such as maple, pine, or hickory, she says.

Why? Light-hued woods—including natural tones and blond and whitewashed woods—brighten interior spaces and hide imperfections more easily, making them a great choice for families and households with pets. For extra credit, choose a distressed or wire-brushed wood, which offers vintage appeal with a less aggressive look than a scraped floor, and choose 5-inch-wide planks, which create a sense of openness and interior space.

If you decide to stick with dark flooring, designers recommend that you pair it with light walls and white trim for contrast.

6. Natural materials
“In interior design we're seeing a strong push toward eco-consciousness—looking toward items that are made of sustainable materials and have a natural feel to them,” says Ana Zuravliova, an interior designer at Roman Blinds Direct. “People care about the production, the history, and the story of their furniture more than they ever have before.”

While the sustainability element is a plus, the visual airiness of the materials is indicative of a move toward more minimalist interiors, says designer Erin Powell, virtual staging coordinator at 3-D rendering company roOmy.

"The less-is-more approach will continue—[think] lacy hammocks and daybeds and wicker and rattan furniture with a more modern edge," she says.

7. Concrete in unexpected places
Tired of basic granite in your kitchen and bath? Ditch it in favor of cool concrete—and then take your design up a notch by extending the material elsewhere in your house.

“From fireplaces to bath tubs, concrete is no longer the countertop alternative,” says designer Ana Cummings. “I’m seeing entire walls in concrete panels that look fantastic juxtaposed next to antiques or contemporary furnishings.”

8. Black fixtures Black fixtures will take the place of brass as the new hot home hardware, predicts Ryan Brown of Brown Design Group in Southern California. The first reason is easy: Black pretty much goes with everything. The second? Black fixtures—especially in matte finishes—are much easier to clean (and don't need to be cleaned as often) than lighter, polished metals.

“They look great in modern applications as well as transitional homes,” Brown says. “And the best part is, no water spots to clean off.”

9. Larger tiles
For years, white subway tile has been the go-to choice in many a modern (or renovated) bathroom and kitchen. But designer Karen Asprea of Whitehall Interiors notes a recent shift toward larger-format tile (and even slab-size sheets of porcelain).

"This shift is not only aesthetic but one of function, as larger tile has less grout and is both easier to install and maintain," Asprea says.

But if you're not on board with big, don't fret—designers agree the subway tile trend has life left in it.

“Clients want a really clean look for their homes and that doesn’t appear to be a trend that’s going away,” says Katie Jaydan, senior designer with White Crane Construction, a residential remodeling company in Minneapolis.

To mix things up a little and add visual interest, consider swapping out tired old cabinetry hardware with mixed metals (oh, hi, Tip No. 2) for a look that's oh-so-2018. (In a good way.)

 

San Mateo County Area Market Report

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Here is your latest Area Report, analyzing data as it affects a specific market area. The Market Summary below offers a look at sales activity for the prior month and year, along with current and past year-to-date statistics. The graphs cover several different aspects of the real estate market. Not how some of the graphs break out trends by price increments.  Please contact us if you would like more information your current market.


Coastside Area Report

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team
Here is the latest Area Report, analyzing data as it affects a specific market area. The Market Summary below offers a look at sales activity for the prior month and year, along with current and past year-to-date statistics. The graphs cover several different aspects of the real estate market. Note how some of the graphs break out trends by price increments. Please contact us if you would like more information on your current market.


 

See the full report here.

City of San Mateo Launches New Pay By Phone In Parking Lots

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you plan on going to San Mateo to do any shopping you should know that changes have come to the parking lots downtown. The city of San Mateo added a new feature this month that is designed to make parking in downtown more convenient. With the launch of PayByPhone, drivers can pay via the app easily by just a few steps on their phone.  The pilot launch of this app in San Mateo is at the Worker’s Resource Center Parking lot and the Kinko’s park lot.

PayByPhone is currently a parking payment leader in the United States and has partnerships with parking venues across all of North America.  Nearby Redwood City and San Francisco already utilize this app.

With PayByPhone being available in these two lots, free parking has come to an end. As of the 1st of this month, the city of San Mateo has started charging $.25 an hour and your only method of paying is via the PayByPhone app or by calling an 800 number.  All funds collected from parking downtown will be reinvested into helping to keep the city of San Mateo’s downtown area clean and appealing.

To create your account with PayByPhone, visit their website at paybyphone.com or call their toll-free number at (866) 234-7275. The goal is to have PayByPhone available in all downtown lots by the end of the 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 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.

 

Enjoy The San Mateo County Fair This Week

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you are looking to get out and enjoy San Mateo this week, head over to the San Mateo County Fair. The fair will run through June 19th and with this annual event there is something for everyone.  Enjoy live music, a wide variety of activities, agriculture, food, fine arts, and talents from local artisans.

Live Music:

Every day at the fair there is a FREE summer concert series with legendary concerts you won’t want to miss. For a list of all the concerts and their times visit here.

Activities:

As per tradition, the fair will host a wide range of carnival rides that are sure to provide hours of fun for both young and old.  Pig races will also be making a return this year. New to the San Mateo County Fair is the Life Size Mousetrap Game.  The game is very similar to the childhood favorite game Mouse Trap created by Hasbro.  With over 25 tons of cranes and equipment, viewers can enjoy this marvel in engineering as they watch a large bowling ball make its way through the trap – not to trap a rodent as they may have done as a kid - but instead to watch a large ancient bank safe land on a car.

Dining:

There is nothing quite like the mix of culinary options you can find at the fair.  Enjoy mouthwatering BBQ, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, and the ever popular fried Oreos. If you are looking for something different than the traditional fair foods, there is a wide variety of healthy food options available as each stand must include one healthy food choice item.

For more information about the fair visit the events website here. San Mateo has a lot to offer and this is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy it.

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.

 

The Top Germ Ridden Places In Your Coastside Home And How To Tackle Them

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We all know germs are everywhere but many times we don’t think about all the places in our home that are harboring them.  Beyond causing illness, germs can also cause allergies to trigger. Below is a list of the most common germ ridden places in your coastside home and what you can do to get rid of them.

According to The Public Health and Safety Organization NSF, who tested 30 of the most common items in a home, the number one items to be ridden with germs by more than 75% was that of dish sponges and rags.  To kill those unwanted bugs, heat your sponges in the microwave daily for two minutes and discard after two weeks of use.

The second place in the home with the most germs is that of the kitchen sink.  The NSF study showed that 27% of sinks they tested had mold and yeast and 45% had coliform growing. Prevent germs by disinfecting not only the bottom but the sides of your sink as well at least once a week, but ideally twice a week.  The sink drains should be sanitized monthly.

The third most germ ridden place in the homes surveyed was the toothbrush holder. 64% of toothbrush holders were growing mold and yeast, 27% had coliform and 14% had staph.  The last thing you need is a toothbrush going into your mouth after it has been in contact with a germ infested holder.  Clean the holder weekly with hot soapy water.

Coming in fourth was pet bowls. They were found to have 45% mold and yeast growing and 18% had coliform.  Keep your pet healthy by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting your pet’s bowl at least once a week.

The fifth most germ ridden place in the home may come as a surprise and a place you never considered - the reservoir of your coffee machine. 50% of machines tested had mold and yeast and 9% had coliform. To keep them clean use 4 cups of vinegar that is not diluted and allow it to sit for 30 minutes in the machine before running it. Rinse with fresh water until the aroma from the vinegar is gone.  This should be done monthly.

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. If you are contemplating selling your home, find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. 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.

 

14th Annual Taste Of Pacifica June 4th!

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It’s that time of year again where festivals and events along the coast can be found nearly every weekend. This upcoming weekend is one of our favorites- Taste Of Pacifica. In its 14th year, this fun wonderful event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on June 4th at Surf Spot Restaurant.  

If you’ve haven’t been yet, the “Taste of Pacifica” features 17 local restaurants offering samples of great culinary cuisine from their menus, a variety of wines , live music, and silent auction. It’s a great way to get a sampling of the delicious food that’s offered locally.

Tickets for the event are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, but they do tend to sell out fast.  To purchase your ticket to the “Taste of Pacifica” visit www.pacificachamber.com or call (650) 355-4122. Proceeds from this event will go to the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center as they continue to promote Pacifica as a premier tourist destination.

Participating Restaurants Include:

The Surf Spot

A Grape in the Fog

Beach Monkey Organic Café

The Devil’s Slide Taproom

Pacifica Farmer’s Market

Guerrero’s Taqueria 2

Kenny’s Café

Lugi’s Italian Restaurant

Moonraker Restaurant

Nick’s Restaurant

Oceana Market

Pacific Java Café

Paisano’s Trattoria & Pizzeria

Salada Beach Café

Sun Valley Fine Foods

Tam’s Chinese Cuisine

The French Patisserie

Pacifica Jack Cheese by the Pacifica Historical Society

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 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.

 

Out And About On Along The Coast

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

As we head into this three day weekend spend some time enjoying all that there is to offer along the coastside.

The gray whale swims over 10,000 miles a year during their migration providing for great watching opportunities along the coast.  During the spring these whales and their calves migrate back north for the summer.  Consider doing some whale watching this holiday weekend.  The Ocean Society has posted some beautiful pictures of some of these magnificent creatures spotted last week in the Harbor here. Full and half day boat tours are available almost every weekend and more details can be found here.

Head to Hillsborough for their 7th Annual Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade Carnival & Music Festival on Monday, May 30th. Details of the event can be found here.

Relax this weekend while enjoying a two-hour sunset cruise at sunset around the bay.  The cruise will take you past many of San Francisco’s famous landmarks while you enjoy an appetizer buffet and cocktail. Tickets and more information can be found here.

Taco Festival of Innovation is Saturday, May 28th starting at noon in San Jose. The festival is in its 5th year. Enjoy over 30 of the best taco trucks from the Bay Area as they serve their best rendition of a taco. For more information about the event, visit here.

Also on sale now for your kids in Pacifica - for $40 they can take advantage of unlimited rides from June 1st to August 31 all throughout San Mateo County with the SamTrans’ Summer Youth Pass available now and it can be purchased here.

Inherit the Wind directed by Barbara Williams begins May 20th and will run through June 5th by the Pacifica Spindrift Players. Set in the 1920’s, this play features a Tennessee school teacher put on trial for violating the Butler Act.  More details about the show can be found here.

Here is a list of some other half-price ticketed events to take advantage of this weekend.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. 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. If you are contemplating selling your home find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. 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.

 
 

Upcoming Events Along The Coast

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Summer is just around the corner and there is a lot happening along the coast.  Here is just a short list of a few upcoming events you may want to take advantage of.

YCamp at Half Moon Bay!

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside and Half Moon Bay Recreation, the YMCA is proud to offer a fun, safe and energizing summer camp at the Ted Adcock Community Center. Click here for the YCamp Half Moon Bay registration.

Swim Lessons

Now is the perfect time for your child to learn to swim. Swim lessons are open for ages 3-12 at the Half Moon Bay High School. Swim lessons will be held:

Mondays-Fridays
11:00am-11:30am, 11:35am-12:05pm,
12:10pm-12:40pm, 12:45pm-1:15pm

Session 1: June 20-July 1 (fee: $150)
Session 2: July 5-15 (fee: $135)
Session 3: July 18-29 (fee: $150)
Session 4: August 1-12 (fee: $150)

Register by June 5th at: recreation@bgcoastsside.org -(650) 726-8297 or visit

www.halfmoonbayrecreation.org

FREE Rec Swim

June 20 - August 12
Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays from 1:30 -3 pm.

Location:
Half Moon Bay High School
1 Lewis Foster Drive, Half Moon Bay

9th Annual Taste Of The Coast Benefit For Senior Coastsiders

It’s that time once again for the Annual Taste of the Coast.  This fest returns to the coast on May 22 from  5pm to 8pm at the Coastside Adult Community Center in Half Moon Bay.  To buy tickets and learn more about the event visit here.

Coastside Disaster Preparedness Weekend

Attend the Hassett Hardware first-ever Disaster Preparedness Weekend to learn more and be prepared in the instance there is an emergency along the coast.  Volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team will be on hand. The event will take place from 8am till noon on the weekends of May 21st and 22nd and on May 29th and 30th.

California Roots Music and Arts Festival

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the Monterey Music Festival featuring 45 bands on 3 stages.  The event will take place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. More details can be found here.

7th Annual Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade Carnival & Music Festival

Celebrate Memorial Day by attending the Memorial Day Parade Carnival & Music Festival in Hillsborough. The San Mateo County Horseman’s Association Color Guard will once again be part of the parade which starts at 10:30am on Monday, May 30th. More details about the event can be found here.

Carnaval San Francisco

Celebrate Memorial Day in the Mission District at this year’s Memorial Day weekend event Carnaval San Francisco.  This festival celebrates the Latin American and Caribbean arts and traditions.   The event will take place May 28th and May 29th.  Be sure not to miss the Grand Parade on Sunday at 9:30am.  Learn more about the event here.

Enjoy this wonderful month and the Memorial Day weekend events.  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. 

 

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