Real Estate Information Archive

Blog

Displaying blog entries 1-4 of 4

4 Tips for Your Coastal Home Flower Boxes

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Flower boxes can enhance the outside of any coastal home.  Install your boxes under your windows or hang them from the rails of your deck. Here are three tips on keeping your flower boxes looking their best on your Coastal home.

Soil

The number one thing we have found when it comes to flower boxes is that the correct soil is everything when it comes to future growth and health of the plants.  Potting soil has nutrients and water storing pellets.

Sunny Windows

If your flower box is on a window that has direct sunlight at least six hours a day, then it is best to plant colorful flowers. To keep them alive and healthy, add a water-soluble fertilizer to the box every few weeks.  Remove any spent blooms to allow your plants to flower even more. Flowers in boxes with direct sunlight need to be watered daily.

Shaded Windows

If your flower bed is on a window that spends a majority of the daylight hours in the shade, then look for plants that thrive in the shade. You can find plants with very colorful leaves such as the Dark Star, Dappled Apple, and Dark Heart plants. Add a combination of shade loving plants to your box to give it the most visual appeal. In the California summer heat you will need to water them daily. During the rest of the year, check the soil every few days and if it is dry to an inch below the surface then water them.

Short on Time

If you love the idea of a flower box, but do not have the time to maintain it, then succulents are ideal.  These hardy plants will not dry out as their leaves are designed with a built-in water supply. When choosing which succulents to plant, choose a variety that has similar sunlight and moisture needs. These will need to be watered fairly infrequently. However, be sure to check the soil for dampness at least every two weeks.  If the soil is dry then water them.

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. 

Job Growth Increases Along the Coastside-Higher Interest Rates May be Near- What This Means For You

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The recent employment numbers show that in the month of February employers added 295,000 jobs across the nation, with growth seen among all sectors and regions.   The unemployment rate dropped to %5.5, the last time we saw a percentage this low was May 2008.  As job growth increases along the coastside and the rest of the country, the Federal Reserve will at some point begin increasing interest rates.

For 12 straight months there have been at least 200,000 jobs added across the United States. The last time we saw such a sustained pace of hiring was from the years 1994-1995.  With the U.S. economy slowly recovering there are many economists predicting that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates sometime in 2015.

Rising rates in 2015 can impact you in many ways:

Residential Housing:

It will become more costly to borrow money to purchase a coastal home if rates increase.  In the past we have seen as interest rates go up housing prices slowly decrease.

Durable Goods

Your purchases of goods bought on credit, such as boats, cars, RV’s, etc., will also increase as interest rates rise. The cost of financing these types of items will cost more.

Exchange Rates

When interest rates go up as a result of tightening monetary policy the value of the America dollar in comparison to other countries tends to rise.  As a result, American exporters are impacted negatively and those importing profit.

With the threat of higher interest rates expected this year, now is the time to buy. Why not take advantage of the best rates possible by looking for your new perfect coastal home nowContact 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.

Garden Tools Every Coastside Homeowner Needs Before Spring

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We have officially sprung our clocks forward, and spring will be here before we know it. As the spring weather heads our way the thought of the upcoming gardening season is on the minds of many coastside residents. If you are looking for some new plants for your garden this year we suggest you try anniesannuals. They have very healthy plants and we personally love the Fuschias. Here is a list of the best garden tools that every gardener should have

Hand Trowel

Every gardener should have a hand trowel. Look for one that is rust-resistant and that can get into tight spots.  Those made with a curved-wood handle are comfortable to use and allow you to spend time in the garden all day.

Work Gloves

If you are not a fan of putting your bare hands in the dirt, then consider purchasing a pair of work gloves. Look for ones that are light weight and made of a breathable material so that your hands do not sweat.  Make sure that they are not so bulky that you are unable to grasp those pesky weeds that sprout in the most inconvenient places.

Watering Can

A watering can is a must have, not that a bucket of water won’t do the trick, but a watering can just makes pouring easier.  When buying a watering can look for one that has a wide spout to easily cover your ground plants and a narrow spout for those plants you have in pots.

Pruner

If you purchase a good ergonomic pruner it should last you forever. A stainless steel clipper with rubber bumpers to help absorb shock is ideal.

Cultivator

A three-tined classic cultivator is a great tool to add to any gardener’s collection. You want one that is long enough to reach under your shrubs, so that turning soil, and mixing in fertilizer is easy.

Spade

No garden tool collection is complete without a spade. Spades can be heavy. Look for one that is built well with a stainless-steel blade yet light enough for you to easily handle.  A spade is good to use for uprooting, edging, and making holes.

While digging in your garden this year keep your eye open for California’s new official state frog, the Red Legged frog.  It is a threatened species and protected in the 1,600,000 acres of protected habitat throughout the state.

If you are aiming to buy or sell a coastside home this spring, we would love to assist you. 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.

Are you ready to buy a home in San Mateo? Take this readiness quiz and find out!

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Homeownership is a big commitment. Are you considering buying a new home in San Mateo County?  If so, below are some questions to consider and answer to see if you are ready for such a commitment.

How long do you plan to stay? Can you live in your San Mateo home for three to five years?  Purchasing a home comes with transaction costs, such as loan processing fees, home inspections and much more.   Not only are there upfront costs involved, there is also a lot of effort that can go into moving into a new home. If you know that you will be transferring jobs in the next three to five years, which may result in you selling your home, you could end up taking a loss.  

Are you a handyman?  Some homeowners enjoy remodeling and updating their home.  There are times when every home needs the simple fix-ups and ongoing maintenance.  If you are not up for these projects it will require hiring a contractor which you will need to oversee.  Are you up for what it takes to maintain a home?  If so a new home in San Mateo County will be perfect for you.

Are you financially ready? To obtain a mortgage in today’s market you need good credit. Do you know your credit score?  You can order a free credit report yearly from www.annualcreditreport.com.  Check the report for accuracy and be sure to report any errors to all three credit reporting agencies. If you are not paying cash for a home you will need a home mortgage loan that will require a down payment (20% is the standard) and closing costs. Are you financially ready for these costs?

Do you know local real estate?  Simply searching online for a new home in San Mateo is not enough.  It is ideal to know what other homes in your desired neighborhood have sold for. Hiring an experienced Realtor, such as our team, can help you navigate the process of placing a competitive offer on your new home.

Can you compromise? If this is your first time buying a home you may have a hard time finding a home that has every feature you are looking for. Being flexible when searching for a home will help ease the home buying process.

After reading all the questions do you feel like you are ready to buy your dream home in San Mateo County? 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.

Displaying blog entries 1-4 of 4

Syndication

Categories

Archives

Contact Information

Photo of The Rain Team Real Estate
The Rain Team
CA# 01169588 | CA# 01125976 | CA# 01908304
248 Main Street, Suite 200
Half Moon Bay CA 94019
Michael: 650-888-6361
Kathy: 650-888-6903
Fax: 866-396-0207

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.

Licensed in the State of California

Kathy Rain - CA BRE# 01169588 | Michael Rain - CA BRE# 01125976 | Coldwell Banker - CA BRE# 01908304  

Email: therainteam@coastal-realestate.com
Cell Phone: (650) 888-6903 * Direct Phone: (650) 712-0411
San Mateo County Real Estate and Homes for Sale

Equal Housing Opportunity