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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.

San Mateo County Residents Now Offered Rainwater Barrel Use Rebates

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

In an effort to encourage San Mateo County residents to conserve drinking water and to use other sources for landscaping residents will soon be eligible for up to a $100 rebate for choosing to install and use rainwater barrels. Earlier this month the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County Board of Directors (C/CAG) decided to give up to $25,000 to the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency in an effort to develop this pilot project.  These funds were already allotted as part of the budget for the countywide storm water program. Details of the program are still being worked out but it is anticipated that they will be available sometime in October.

“It’s just another one of our efforts to get the message out and now we also have the drought,” Executive Director Sandy Wong said.

The C/CAG will be offering up $50 rebates per rainwater barrel, and the water supply agencies that are participating in this program will match that dollar for dollar for a total of $100 or the cost of the barrel if it is less.  Most rain barrels cost on average $100, the rebates will essentially make them free to San Mateo County residents.

Residential properties in the county are eligible for up to two rain barrel rebates, and commercial properties are eligible for up to four rebates.  Purchase of the barrels must occur between now and June 30, 2015, and they must be maintained for three years after receiving the rebate.  Those receiving the rebate will be responsible for installing the barrels themselves with guidelines provided as part of the rebate application process. You will be required to show proof of purchase along with a photo after installation. The program is slated to run thru June 30, 2015 and at that time they will decide whether it should be extended.

Now is 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.

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