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How To Maintain A Chemical-Free Garden

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

A garden that is healthy is the number one best defense against pesky weeds and menacing pests. There are an abundance of products on the market today to help your garden stay healthy by decreasing pests and weeds, but many of these products contact chemicals that could be toxic.  The good news is there are natural alternatives available that are affordable and will do the job just as well.

Oil Spray -  An oil spray pesticide that is combined of 1 cup of white mineral oil or vegetable oil mixed with ¼ cup of liquid dish soap makes a great  pesticide concentrate. Then use 1 tablespoon of the mixture combined with 4 cups of water to apply to the plants with a spray bottle. This diluted mixture should be applied to your garden liberally. Pay special attention to the backside of the leaves of your plants as this is where many pests tend to hide and lay their eggs.  The concentrate you make should be stored in an air tight jar and will keep for three months.

Peppermint - Peppermint oil is a wonderful natural alternative to keep pests at bay, particularly mice, rabbits, flies, lice, moths, aphids, ants, and caterpillars.  Create a minty solution by first filling a spray bottle with warm water and then add 1 tablespoon of pure peppermint oil. Next, shake vigorously so that the oil is evenly distrusted throughout the mixture and then lightly mist your garden plants.

Garlic - Garlic is a powerful tool in keeping away rodents, deer, raccoons, dogs, cats, rabbits, and even bears.  To create a garlic pepper spray pesticide begin by combining ½ cup of red chili peppers, 12 cloves of garlic, and 2 cups of water in a blender. Once blended strain the mixture, and add 1 cup of cooking oil. Allow the mixture to sit for two days then using a spray bottle apply to your garden.

Vinegar - Vinegar is a household product that is very versatile. Vinegar is great for making a natural weed killer. Take one gallon of vinegar and combine with 1 ounce of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle and apply it to the weeds in your garden.  This should be done on a sunny day with little to no wind to prevent it from blowing onto your plants as it will kill the plants. Use with caution.

Gardening season is right around the corner and the coast provides the perfect climate for gardening.

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.

 

Avoid These Common Gardening Mistakes

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to start thinking about your coastside home’s garden. If you find the idea of gardening intimidating, don’t be scared away. It’s easier than you think and anyone can do it. There are a few common mistakes that many people make when it comes to gardening but with a little knowledge you can easily avoid these common gardening mistakes.

Soil - A common mistake is not using good quality soil. Soil is the foundation of every prosperous garden. Prior to planting take the time to prepare the soil in your garden by turning it, adding nutrients, and removing any weeds.

Watering - Over or under watering is another common gardening mistake.   The right amount of water is fundamental to having a successful garden.  Over watering can cause your garden to suffer from fungus and rot, while if you underwater your plants will be deprived of nutrients and will not thrive.  You will find that many plants will flourish by first allowing the soil to dry prior to deep watering. This will help promote strong healthy root growth.

Mulch - The benefits of adding mulch to a garden are numerous. Take the time to add mulching to your garden and you will keep your plant’s roots cooler as the temperature rises in the months to come. It also allow your plants to retain more moisture and, as a bonus, mulch helps prevent the amount of weeds you will need to pull.

Know Your Plants - Many gardeners fail to read the detailed information tag that comes with the plant when it’s purchased.  These informational tags let buyers know what type of area is best needed for optimal growth.  While shopping for plants for your garden this spring pay close attention to their informational tags and when planting follow those tips.  These tags will let you know important things, such as how often you should water the plant and how much sun it needs a day to thrive.

Living along the coast provides the perfect climate to have a wonderful garden. We hope that these tips help your garden thrive this year. 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.

Romantic Movies for Valentine's Day on the Coastside

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

With Valentine’s Day just a couple of days away, we at The Rain Team thought we would put together a list of our favorite romantic movies to snuggle up and watch.

 

To Catch A Thief

Notorious

Somewhere In Time

The Lake House

6 Days and 7 Nights

Working girl

Monster In-Law

Click

You’ve Got Mail

Mr. Destiny

Continental Divide

Wedding Crashers

The Notebook

Love Actually

Just Go With It

Meet Joe Black

Overboard

Forget Paris

The Holiday

Groundhog Day

When Harry Met Sally

African Queen

It Happened One Night

Four Weddings And A Funeral

Dirty Dancing

Bringing Up Baby

Ghost

His Girl Friday

An Affair To Remember

50 First Dates

The Awful Truth

Tin Cup

Adam’s Rib

 

If you are planning on going out to dinner to celebrate the occassion, make sure to check out the specials at La Costanera’s and Pasta Moon. La Costanera has put together a delicious Valentine’s Day menu, and Pasta Moon will be serving special dishes to showcase ingredients from local farms. They will also be giving away a $25 gift card to a lucky customer who likes and shares certain posts from their Facebook page. We hope you have a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day!

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.

Coastside Buyers: Don’t Break These Real Estate Laws

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you are in the market to buy a home along the coast and you are not a lawyer, then you may have no idea that there are hundreds of real estate laws on the books. Here are a few commonly broken real estate laws that buyers make.  You may have accidentally broken one of these yourself and not even realized it.

Asking your Realtor the wrong questions

An experienced Realtor is there to work for you and you should feel comfortable asking them the ins and outs of the real estate process. While a good agent is one who is experienced in the area in which you are looking to move, there are a few questions they cannot answer. Real estate laws on the books prevent your agent from discussing things such as the economic makeup of a neighborhood, where the nearest religious facility is, or specific information about the school district.  This law came about as a way to prevent homebuyer discrimination.

Violating the First Amendment

The first amendment provides us with the right to privacy. It can be tempting when visiting an open house to bring out your cell phone to take pictures to capture the space or to remember which home is which after seeing so many. However, when going through those photos you notice the seller happened to be in the home and is in the picture. While it is highly unlikely that the seller will know you took their picture or be concerned about it enough to pursue legal action, it is a good idea to delete it as photographing an individual in their home without their permission is against the law.

Unsupervised Showings

You have found your dream home along the coast and you have placed a contract on it. Things are moving along as planned. You become aware that the soon to be previous homeowners have already moved out and the home is sitting empty ready for you to move in after closing.  However, that does not mean you can just stop by and start planning where you will put the furniture when moving day comes. Doing so would mean you are trespassing.  Until all the paperwork is officially signed and the keys are in your hands, do not access the home without your Realtor or without permission.

Committing Forgery

If you have purchased property before you know that it comes with an enormous amount of paperwork. With your busy schedule it may be hard for both you and your significant other to find time to both sit down together and sign all the documents. No matter how tempting it may be to speed things along by signing their signature for them, resist the urge. You may have thought it was okay since you had their verbal permission to sign for them, but it’s not okay. Unless you are the power of attorney for whom you are purchasing the property with, it is illegal to sign for them. Not only is it committing fraud to do so, it is also a felony.

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.

 

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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 San Mateo County, California area.

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