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Respect the Benefits of Our Smallest Coastal Residents

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Happenings on the Coast ~ The nonprofit Coastside Land Trust has inherited a piece of history with the Purissima Property. Watch the local papers as they will be inviting the public to join them in restoring the old Purissima site back to a usable natural resource.

 


 

Taking care of our coastside lands are invaluable not only for our environment but helping our future generations to enjoy a bit of our history and coastal landscapes. Just as important, is learning to take care of your land on your property and learning to live hand-in-hand with our local wildlife.

Having wildlife in your coastal home garden doesn’t have to be catastrophic. It’s all in how you look at the benefits of sharing land with those little creatures. Those that have a bad reputation can actually be a good helper in your garden.

Birds may do a number on your berries but have you thought about all the insects invading your garden and eating your leaves, which the birds prey on and control for you? Snakes actually keep down the population of gophers and mice. Moles, while seemingly getting a bad rap, keep your lawn free of grubs. 

Still not sold on wildlife in your yard? How about the gophers, deer, raccoons and skunks that keep our brains active by coming up with creative and effective ways to outsmart them.

Here are just a few pointers on some of the most common annoyances that may be taking up residence in your garden:

Moles
Although many people go to great lengths to rid them from their lawns, they really can be beneficial to some extent. Moles can eat up to 600 grubs a night, keeping the population under control. Their tunnels, as long as they don’t get out of control, can help to aerate your lawn.

Gophers
These little guys are all over the Bay Area including our coastal communities. They live in established territories, making them easy to eradicate at least temporarily. However, once you get rid of some others will come to occupy the tunnels. Owls are a natural predator to help at least control the population. If poisons and traps are not your style,  a natural way to help rid yourself of these critters is to protect your plants by using stainless steel planting baskets, putting stainless steel gopher wire beneath raised beds, and using flashing to create protective collars. Gophers are not climbers by nature so this will help to protect your garden.

Skunks
Unless you have a dog, skunks aren't really as bad as they seem to your garden. They eat mice and gophers and even dig up and destroy yellow jacket nests. A simple fence around your garden is usually sufficient to keep them out since they aren’t climbers.

Raccoons
These cute, but mischievous, critters can wreak havoc around your home and garden. There are short-term solutions for frightening them away but raccoons will quickly get used to the noise, lights and even scarecrows. Cleaning up around the area and removing any wood piles, overgrown shrubbery or other debris will help keep them from building a den. Make sure to keep their favorite treat, cat food, inside and sealed or you may just find a raccoon inside the house as a dinner guest!

They do have their benefits in that they love snails – even without garlic. However, if raccoons have become a big problem, you may want to look into a low-charge electric fencing to keep them at bay.

It’s very important to put gardening and wildlife into perspective and try to respect both while taking care of your property and the areas surrounding it. We love having nature and wildlife right out our back door all the while still enjoying the short distance to the city.

Together, we can all preserve what makes our coastal communities “home” for generations to come. 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.

Finding Coastside Homes with Good Bones

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you’re looking for a new Coastside home, no doubt you’ve heard the phrase, “good bones.”  But do you really understand what that means? We all have our wish-lists of what we’re looking for in a home but when we get down to the nitty-gritty, do you really know what “good bones” means and can you recognize it when you see it?

“Good bones” means the home has a solid build, but, of course, needs some work to make it your own. It typically encompasses certain things that every buyer is searching for. Here are those things that you should be looking for in your pursuit for the perfect coastal home.

Look for a solid roof and foundation. What’s above your head and under your feet are the most important parts of the house. These are the fundamental structures of the home and the most expensive to repair or replace.

Good quality building materials. The materials used to build older homes are typically higher quality than what you’ll find in brand new construction these days. Look for solid walls and beyond the cosmetic of what can easily be changed.

Coherent design both inside and out. The structure of the home should be simple and clean with a clear hierarchy. If any additions have been made to the house, they should be consistent with the original structure so that it flows and looks uninterrupted.

Natural light. Rooms with great natural lighting will have windows on at least two sides to help flood the room with natural sunlight. It’s not hard in our coastal communities to find rooms with large windows to show off our beautiful views.

Rooms should be a decent size. Of course, once you buy a home you can tear down walls and change spaces, but as you walk into a home, the rooms should not be too big or too tiny. Ceilings should be high without being too high to give the feel of the area being cold or cavernous.  Ceiling height may not be able to be changed without compromising the architectural integrity of the home.

Nice flow between public and private areas. It’s important to have both public and private areas in the home. Your perfect balance will, of course, differ from that of other families but a home with “good bones” will offer some flexibility in its layout to help to preserve both types of spaces.

Architectural details are a plus. If you find a home containing great details that have been nicely preserved such as exposed beams, stained glass, original crowning or hardwood, it’s a great find and shows that the home has been well taken care of.

Look for a cohesive flow throughout the entire lot. Homes aren’t just what you see once you come through the front door. It’s important that the whole property works and the transitions between inside and out are smooth from the time you step onto the curb, into the home and out into the backyard living area.

We have extensive experience in all coastal communities and know which homes have “good bones.” 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.

Basic Repairs to Keep Your Coastside Home in Shape

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

As the market moves in a positive direction, inventory continues to increase and more couples are looking to become homeowners. It’s important to make your Coastside home as attractive as possible. This means all those little repairs you can knock out in a weekend but have been putting off. It’s time to buckle down and do them before putting your home on the market.

We found a great article on MSN Real Estate that outlines 10 basic repairs that will help to prepare your house for a buyer’s inspection. We listed a few below and the rest can be found on, “10 must-do repairs before selling.

Clear and Caulk Gutters
Now is the time to give your gutters some needed attention. In fact, with our climate, it’s best to check the rain gutters quarterly. Clean the debris that has accumulated in your gutters so that water has a clear path out and away from the home. Make sure to check for leaks, cracks and any other damages to repair. Re-caulk the gutter end caps so that leaking down the side of your home is avoided.

Queue Up Your Entrance
The entrance into your home is one of the first impressions for buyers. Buyers will notice signs of neglect with sagging screen doors and poorly maintained porches.

Make sure everything at the entrance is in good working order. If the screen door has seen better days, it’s best to install a new one or replace the screen part. Check for any missing or corroded hinge screws and make sure the screen closes properly on its own.

A fresh coat of paint on the front door with newly installed handles and locks goes a long way towards making a great first impression. Unsure what color to paint your front door? The front door need not match the exterior colors of your house and trim, only look good alongside them. Take a drive through the neighborhood to get an idea of what looks pleasing to you.

Freshly potted flowers and a nicely swept porch make potential buyers want to enter and see the rest of the home. Curb appeal is your first impression to show the buyer that you value taking care of your home and it has been given love inside and out.

Repair Holes and Freshen Paint
Repairing all the nail holes throughout the house and giving all the tired walls a fresh coat of neutral color paint will bring new life into your Coastside house. Not only will it make the home look newer, it will make it look cleaner and brighter as well. These are things buyers notice immediately and will appreciate as it’s one less thing for them to do upon moving in.

Renew those Baseboards
Scratched and beat-up baseboards can detract buyers from seeing all the good things your home has to offer. The first step is cleaning all the smudges and dust from those baseboards. Then you can fill in any dents and deep gouges with spackle. Finally, painting all the baseboards throughout the home with an eggshell finish can really go a long way in making the home look crisp and clean.

Reseal the toilet
Checking the seals on your toilets can help to prevent leaking and mold and also can save on energy costs. Buyer’s walking into your home don’t want to hear a toilet running or see moisture around the floor of your bathroom. This repair is an easy-fix that is inexpensive. All the parts can be found at your local home improvement store and can be done quickly.

Bring New Life to Cabinets
Not looking to completely replace those worn out cabinets? You can quickly improve the look of your cabinets with an application of products that are made to even-out the surface color and blend scratches. If you want to take it a step further, new knobs and handles can help to give the allusion that your cabinets are newer and will give the rooms a modern, updated look.

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.

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.

Peninsula & Bay Area Independence Day Fun

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

There’s no shortage of great events on the Peninsula and throughout the Bay Area. Starting with pancake breakfasts, to parades, great concerts, to a chili cook-off and ending the night with firework shows, this year will not disappoint!

Below are just a few events to help get your Independence Day planning started:

Half Moon Bay: 4th of July 2014 Parade – July 4, 2014. Parade starts at 12pm on Main St in Half Moon Bay, CA. No fireworks this year, according to the Half Moon Bay Review.

Pacifica: 4th of July 2014 Celebration – July 4, 2014 at Frontierland Park. Crafts, games, music, and more from 10am-4pm. Rocket Run 5-Mile run at the Pacifica Community Center from 8:45-10am.

Redwood City: Independence Day Parade & Festival – July 4, 2014. Fire Department Benefit Pancake Breakfast 7:30-10:30am at the Redwood City Fire Department. Parade starts at 10am in downtown Redwood City. Car show at 9am. Festival from 9am-5pm features food, arts, crafts, entertainment, and a kids’ area. Fireworks launched from the Port of Redwood City at approx. 9:30pm.

Foster City: Fourth of July 2014 Celebration – July 4, 2014, 8am-9:30pm at Leo Ryan Park. Pancake breakfast at 8am at Island United Church, Meadow, Shell Blvd. Family and Dog Parade at 11:05am at the Rec Center, Shell Blvd. Lions Club Barbecue 11:30am-9pm at Leo Ryan Park. Live music and games start at noon. Fireworks at 9:30pm over the Lagoon at Leo Ryan Park.

Menlo Park: 4th of July 2014 Parade and Celebration – July 4, 2014, 11:45am-2:30pm. Parade starts at 1:45pm and runs down Santa Cruz Ave to Burgess Park. Music, games, food, and more till 2:30pm at Burgess Park, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA. A $7 wristband required for some activities, which you can get at the event.

Palo Alto: 2014 Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off – July 4, 2014. 12-5pm at Mitchell Park, 600 E Meadow Dr. Chili tasting starts at 1:30pm. Live music, line dancing, children’s activities, and food. Taste an array of red-hot chili delicacies prepared by teams of chefs battling for the chili championship.

San Francisco: Fourth of July Celebration at The PIER – July 4, 2014. 9:30pm at Pier 39. PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with fun for the whole family featuring musical entertainment, activities, and fireworks. The City of San Francisco will treat spectators to an elaborate fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay at approximately 9:30p.m.

Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre – July 4, 2014. Annual concert and fireworks spectacular celebrating American Journeys! Epic music leads up to fireworks accompanied by the orchestra.

We hope you have a fun & safe Independence Day no matter how you decide 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 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.

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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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