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10th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival Logo Design Contest Happening Now

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Fall is right around the corner and the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival has already begun its contest for the 10th annual logo design for the 2016 festival.  This festival is held every October right here in the World Pumpkin Capital, Half Moon Bay.

The yearly contest has been known to attract entries from across the country.  The design winner will receive a $1000 and will have the honor of having their design logo featured across all the promotional material.

Shirley Kellicutt, member of the Coastal Arts League and chair of the contest committee said, “Now in its tenth year, the logo design contest has clearly become established as a popular Pumpkin Festival tradition. The winning design is a big deal – it sets the tone and identity for the festival as it’s the centerpiece of everything we do design-wise. We’re delighted and fascinated by the submissions every year and encourage visitors to drop by Pasta Moon Restaurant’s Music Box Gallery during the month of October to view the entries and vote on the People’s Choice Award. The interest and enthusiasm is always inspiring.”

Anyone is eligible to enter the contest. In addition to the 1st place prize, there will also be a 2nd place prize in the amount of $500, and $250 for 3rd place.  Entries must be submitted by September 10, 2015. All entries will be able to be viewed during Pumpkin Festival Weekend (October 17-18).  Additional details and submission guidelines can be found here.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Scottish Highland Gathering & Games. The event will be full of Scottish contests, demonstrations, entertainment for the whole family, music, food, and drinks.  Find more details about the event here.

The Italian Family Festa will also be taking place this weekend in San Jose. Admission is free and you will get to enjoy of some of Italy’s finest. Wine, grape-stomping, arts and crafts and activities for the whole family. Learn more about this free event here.

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. 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 us 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. 

$1.5 Million Restoration Coming to Pedro Point Headlands

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The plan for a continuous network of trails that will extend from Pacifica State Beach, Devil’s Slide, and the San Mateo coast is gaining ground. Pedro Point Headlands is one of the most scenic spots along the Peninsula, and it is set to undergo a $1.5 million restoration as part of the trail expansion.

Pedro Point Headlands is located in the southern boundary of Pacifica, and the restoration will include planting of native vegetation in the 246-acre area that once was one abundant, but destroyed by motorcycles nearly twenty years ago when the headlands were leased to a motorcycle club. As a result the trails top soil is rutted making it prone to erosion.  The restoration will be a wonderful complement to the Devil’s Slide trail that recently opened.

The work is made possible as a result of a $1.1 million trust received this year from the California Department of Parks and Recreation.  The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will also be appointing $350,000 towards new trails. Once the project is complete the headlands will be transitioned from the county to park status.

Construction is slated to begin in 2016 and is expected to take two years.  In the meantime, Pacifica is set to build a pathway from Pacifica State Beach up to the headlands.

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.

Coastside Weekend Round Up of Events

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Get out and enjoy San Mateo County this weekend. Here is a list of local events happening this upcoming weekend.

Saturday, August 15th:

Linda Mar Beach Clean Up - Meet at the south end of Linda Mar Beach parking lot in Pacifica to help with cleaning up the beach from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and enjoy some free subs in appreciation of your help.

Car Seat Safety - The San Mateo County Human Service Agency located at 2500 Middlefield Road in Redwood City will be performing car seat safety checks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with passing on information on what you need to know to protect your children and grandchildren while in your vehicle.

Senior Showcase - Having your blood pressure checked and getting to talk to a pharmacist are just few things happening during this event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 800 Middle Avenue., Menlo Park. This free event will also be full of giveaways and refreshments.

Burlingame On The Avenue - Join in the fun of this festival as hundreds of artisans display their one-of-a kind hand-crafted wares. Enjoy delicious foods and live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame.

Jesus Christ Superstar - The Coastal Repertory Theater at 1167 Main St. in Half Moon Bay will be presenting this production at 8 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit coastalrep.com.

                                                                             

Sunday, August 16th:

Burlingame On The Avenue - Join in the fun of this festival as hundreds of artisans display their one-of-a kind hand-crafted wares. Enjoy delicious foods and live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame.

Shakespeare in the Park - Enjoy a free production  of “Romeo and Juliet” at Sequoia High School located at 1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City at 4 p.m.

Jesus Christ Superstar - The Coastal Repertory Theater at 1167 Main St. in Half Moon Bay will be presenting this production at 2 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit coastalrep.com

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. 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 us 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. 

Vacation Home Sales Soar to Record High: Is Now the Right Time for You to Get a Second Home?

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

As you enjoy your annual summer vacation in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe or perhaps the scenic Coastside, it's only natural to start thinking about owning your own vacation home so the holiday never has to end. If you've been kicking around the idea of buying a second home, you're not alone.

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, vacation home sales have been soaring in recent years as the housing market has rebounded and the stock market continues to be strong. NAR’s 2015 statistical analysis estimates that sales of vacation properties in the U.S. jumped to a record 1.13 million in 2014, the most vacation homes sold in any year since NAR began keeping track of this segment of the market in 2003.

According to NAR's 2015 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, sales of vacation properties spiked 57% last year compared to 2013. In fact, sales in 2014 were nearly double the number of the previous two years combined.

NAR says that the average vacation homebuyer had a median household income of $94,380. Vacation homebuyers acquired properties that were a median distance of 200 miles away from their primary residence. Four out of 10 buyers bought a vacation home in a beach area while 19% purchased in the country and 17% purchased in the mountains.

So is now the right time for you to buy a coastside vacation home of your own? Here are a few things to consider if you are in the market:

  • Choose your location carefully. Most vacation homebuyers should choose a location that offers the greatest number of amenities and benefits that fit with their interests, whether it’s a beach resort or a place to play golf. If you want your friends and family to enjoy it with you, you may want to choose a place that is conveniently located for all of the people you want to use that home. As wonderful as Hawaii might be, jumping on a plane for five hours may be a physical or financial challenge for some people. That's perhaps one reason why buyers in NAR's® vacation home survey bought a property that was a median distance of 200 miles from their main home.
  • Visit the destination multiple times before buying. Before purchasing in any particular area, you may want to consider staying in local accommodations or possibly renting a home in your preferred area at various times of the year and hopefully for extended periods of time so as to get a better sense of the locale. You should make sure that you won't get bored with the location of your second home. Some people buy a vacation property with the ultimate intent of using it as their retirement home. Thus, it is important to think about how the location will fit into your short and long term plans. Consult with your financial planner as to the best means of achieving those goals.
  • Be realistic about costs and how often you will use the second home. Just like a primary residence, there are far more costs to owning a coastside vacation home than the down payment and the mortgage. Property taxes, local assessment districts, homeowners’ association fees and costs, maintenance costs and utilities can add up quickly. It is also important to factor in how often you are likely to use the home as compared to the cost of ownership.
  • Buying with an eye to renting. NAR® statistics show that approximately one out of every four vacation homebuyers plan to rent out their properties at least occasionally, but there are potential drawbacks to renting to strangers There are no assurances that vacation homes can be successfully rented and some jurisdictions (as well as some common interest developments) limit the ability of homeowners to rent their properties to others on either a short term or long term basis. It is best to do your homework and consult with your legal, tax and insurance advisors before buying any property that you may want to use for any type of rental purposes.
  • Get help from a professional REALTOR®. With mortgage interest rates still historically low and the housing market bouncing back, this may be a good time to buy a coastside vacation home. But finding the right property at the right price that meets your needs can be a challenge. It's important to work with an experienced real estate professional who understands the particular market you're considering, as well as vacation home purchases in general. With the assistance of a knowledgeable REALTOR®, we know you'll be able to find that special coastside vacation home that you and your family can enjoy for many years to come. Let us know if we can help!

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.

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