Testimonials

Testimonials

Client feedback is so important to understanding the benefit of our efforts that we thought we would share some highlights of what people are saying about us with you! It is the only way to truly assess the relevance and importance of our experience and knowledge.

We interviewed several real estate agents, and chose Kathy Rain for 2 reasons: (1) her (and her husband Michael's) expertise in coastal real estate, and (2) Kathy and Michael's honesty, integrity, and warm personalities. Specifically, Kathy was the only agent we interviewed who informed us about a law that had passed a few years ago that pertains to coastal properties with well water. No other agent even mentioned this new law to us. When you hire Kathy, you get two for the price of one because you also get the benefit of Michael's expertise. Michael was right on the money when he recommended a listing price for our home. They call themselves "The Rain Team." We call them "The Rain Makers!!"

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From the moment we first met Kathy and Michael we knew they were the realtors for us. They divide the process into their strengths - Kathy with the physical appearance and Michael with all the paperwork. They helped guide us in staging the house, improving curb appeal, scheduling workers to do the painting, woodwork, and even getting a bridge built! They would stay up late to make sure the buyers agent was completing all of his documents on time (or at least trying to) and keeping us informed all along the way. Even after our sale was completed (in 10 days and above asking) they have continued to be there for us as we negotiate the ins and outs of home buying in another state. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to my closest friends and family.

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When we first met Kathy and Michael Rain all we knew about the area was that we liked going to the beach there. We quickly benefited from their expertise on the Half Moon Bay area, real estate contracts, and negotiation. They made sure of that. The Rain Team runs a client focused and highly ethical business, which was very important to us. It became very clear they care about their clients. They helped us think through our purchase and because of them we found a home that met all our needs and wants. They navigated us through some unique circumstances and we knew we were in good hands. They even gave us some good ideas for the renovations. Fast forward 15 years and who were we going to call to sell our home, The Rain Team. Kathy is amazing at helping stage a home for sale, which is key to finding a buyer. When you engage Michael and Kathy you are getting the best of the best. No one runs an open house like Michael. In a blink of an eye they got our house in contract. Their service did not stop there. They represented us throughout the ongoing negotiations expertly and we closed on time. I would recommend Michael and Kathy Rain to everyone with great confidence. Buying and selling a home is a business transaction and also an emotional experience. Throughout the process we felt like the buying and selling transactions were being carefully and expertly managed and we were being guided through the process with our interest front and center. We got our asking price and the only sad thing is that we moved out of the area. I've bought and sold many homes and have never had Realtors like Michael and Kathy Rain. Our suggestion is check them out before even thinking about using another agent. Professionals like The Rain Team need to be rewarded so they can keep helping people like us find a good home and sell a home when life moves you on to the next adventure.

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Michael and Kathy are exceptional agents! As first-time home buyers, we were looking for agents who would be patient, help us to understand the ins and outs of home buying, and have our best interest in mind throughout. Michael and Kathy did all of those things, and worked tirelessly to help us find not just any suitable home, but the "right" home for us. After almost one year of working with them (and through many emotional highs and lows of trying to buy a home in this market), we have found a home that we love, and are so incredibly grateful for their continued support and knowledge throughout, every step of the way. Michael & Kathy - Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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I can't recommend Kathy & Michael Rain highly enough. They have a commanding knowledge of the coastal real estate from Half Moon Bay to Pacifica, down to knowing the pros and cons of seemingly every street in every coastal community in this region. I particularly appreciated their advice in steering us away from certain areas and certain homes with knowledge that only a very experienced realtor would have. We came to be convinced that they had our best interests at heart, and so we came to rely heavily on their advice. Now, I've dealt with a number of realtors in the past, and when the deal is inked they disappear. But with Kathy and Michael I feel like they are now extended family, and I'm really pleased that we'll be living only a few miles apart and will get to see each other. Living on the coast is a dream come true for us, and if I had to do it over again I would do it exactly the same, as long as it was with them!

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It was a pleasure working with Kathy & Michael as they really go the extra mile for their clients. I would highly recommend working with them if you need to buy or sell a home.

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Best Agents ever. They work very hard and understand the local market from top to bottom. Kathy and Michael were able to get us multiple offers above asking price in less than 2 weeks in part due to Kathy's expertise in staging. Michael's strict attention to the contracts and inspections proved to be another part of the successful transaction. Their attention to detail is unsurpassed. The communications between us and with Kathy and Michael was prompt, clear and concise. You will not work with better agents.

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About 1.5 years ago we started seriously looking into buying our first house and got in touch with Michael and Kathy. Throughout the process, Michael and Kathy have patiently guided us forward, from checking out properties, making a first offer, and finally closing the deal. We could not have asked for more! They are a fantastic team and combine a very friendly and open interaction with an extremely high level of professionalism.

As first-time buyers, and real-estate noobs, we really appreciated their willingness to take the time to go over things and explain the various steps in the process. They have helped every step of the way, from interpreting technical reports, to making a realistic offer and negotiating through. We have always felt we were in excellent hands. Most importantly perhaps, they have helped make this journey into a great experience! Thank you Michael and Kathy! Greatly recommended!

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Michael and Kathy have lived in the area they represent for many years. They have deep local knowledge through experience.

My home sold promptly for a significant price above asking. The market assisted in this outcome but without their negotiation skills, I would have settled for over 30K less.

I did not have to question ever whether all documents were completed and their authenticity. I was confident in their process to identify and complete all documents according to California Real Estate Law.

Overall, I give Michael and Kathy a very high recommendation with regard to their expertise, service and negotiation skills. Very professional, yet caring husband and wife team.

It's hard to put our gratitude for Michael and Kathy into words for helping us purchase our first home. We put an offer on a short sale, which turned out to be one of the most complicated processes we've encountered. We had a unique situation to deal with - me being pregnant and going on maternity leave midway through the whole process. But Kathy kept us apprised of each step along the way so we never felt in the dark. She was so responsive to all our queries and concerns.

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Working with the Rain's, you quickly learn how resourceful and knowledgeable they are - the professionalism, expertise and passion displayed by Michael and Kathy during the whole process was impressive and admirable. In speaking with other friends who have gone through the house-hunting/purchasing process, it is clear that The Rain Team stands out among the very best. If you are looking to buy a home along the coast and want someone to walk you through the process with ease, you will not be disappointed with The Rain Team! Our new home is beautiful and as we settle in with our new baby girl, we cannot help but feel immense gratitude for Michael and Kathy's dedication to us in helping us purchase this lovely property.

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Kathy and Michael were amazing every step of the way. Being first time home buyers, my wife and I were somewhat intimidated by the process. Kathy and Michael stepped in and took care of everything and made the process extremely smooth. They even worked with us to complete a 3 week close with very tight deadlines. I highly recommend going with them if you are considering a home on the coast.

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It's hard to put our gratitude for Michael and Kathy into words for helping us purchase our first home. We put an offer on a short sale, which turned out to be one of the most complicated processes we've encountered. We had a unique situation to deal with - me being pregnant and going on maternity leave midway through the whole process. But Kathy kept us apprised of each step along the way so we never felt in the dark. She was so responsive to all our queries and concerns.

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Our new home is beautiful and as we settle in with our new baby girl, we cannot help but feel immense gratitude for Michael and Kathy's dedication to us in helping us purchase this lovely property.

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Last Spring, my husband and I put our home up for sale in the hopes to purchase our dream home. The decision to do this was sudden and maybe a little crazy given the economic climate, but we knew that this was our chance to take a leap. We are writing to share with you that we were able to take this leap with confidence, only with the help of Michael and Kathy Rain. Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is the reason we are living in our beautiful new home and we would like to acknowledge and commend them for their ceaseless efforts to make it all happen.

Michael and Kathy sold my husband his first house and he was so happy with this first experience with the Rains that when I saw my dream house for sale, there was no question as to who would represent us in the sale of our house. Selling a home, as you know, can be extremely stressful; selling your home during an economic recession magnifies that stress ten-fold. Fortunately, Michael and Kathy made this extraordinarily taxing process seemingly painless for my husband and me.

Kathy and Michael were always available to us. We were so grateful for their dedication to their job. They worked tirelessly with such enthusiasm, delight and optimism. All of our questions were answered promptly and when we began to feel overwhelmed, they calmly reassured us. The paperwork was effortless thanks to Michael and Kathy’s extensive knowledge and understanding of the material.

We were extremely pleased with the service that Michael and Kathy provided during such a stressful, yet exciting time. What a rare opportunity to work with such devoted, consummate professionals. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for Michael and Kathy for selling our house and getting us into our dream home.

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I still have to pinch myself sometimes to remember I’m not dreaming. Yes, it’s really true, I remind myself. The Rain Team sold my house in a very short period of time and at a terrific price. A huge burden has been lifted off me. I can finally get on with my life, with money to do things I wasn’t able to do before.

I look back now and remember that it was only a few short months ago – before signing on with you – that I had pretty much despaired of my house ever selling. I had a realtor, and the property had been listed since September 2008. But there weren’t any buyers in sight. In fact there weren’t many people that were even interested. Oh, there was a website and there had been a couple of open houses. But they didn’t draw much attention. I can still hear the words of the previous realtor: “You have to remember that your house just isn’t very attractive from the outside.” Great. If the person who was supposed to be selling my house wasn’t impressed with it, how were they ever going to convince someone else to buy it?

I was really discouraged. To make things worse, the house was at the end of a cul-de-sac and there was no through-traffic to see the For-Sale sign. People told me I would have to just be patient, wait a year or more. But I didn’t have the luxury of being able to wait. I needed to sell the house soon.

I was very despondent that late Saturday afternoon when I leafed through the Half Moon Bay yellow pages real estate section. Your ad for The Rain Team caught my eye and I decided to call. Little did I dream that things were about to change for me…

The first time I met the two of you I was immediately impressed by your sincerity, honesty and the enthusiasm you showed about selling the house. It was obvious that you wanted the best for me and were going to work very hard to see that I got it. Finally, there was someone in my corner. I signed on with The Rain Team and I am now proud to say it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Kathy, you understood I was on a tight budget. And yet working within the constraints of that budget you had small changes made to the outside of the house that immediately and dramatically increased curb appeal, in a very big way. I didn’t have the funds for staging, but using a few items of your own, you brought color and personality and dramatically improved the interior. When I saw your beautiful photos on the website you created for me, I couldn’t believe my eyes. When I compare the previous realtor’s website pictures with the gorgeous ones you took, the only way I can explain the difference is – it was like comparing a DMV license photo with a portrait by a professional glamor photographer.

Michael, I cannot begin to thank you for the tireless effort, energy and enthusiasm you put into selling the house. You handled everything for me, from talking to contractors and repairmen and attorneys, to taking the time to explain all the papers I was signing (I learned so much it was like a seminar!) to overseeing the most basic hands-on work. I will never forget the windy day that you were coming down with a cold, and there you were, standing on an 8-foot ladder cleaning the gazebo windows because a prospective buyer was coming to look at the house! You did innovative things that other realtors in the area do not, like setting up the “Talking House” program, enabling interested parties to park in the driveway and tune in their car radio and hear you tell them about the home. Whenever some kind of glitch would come up you were there, handling things graciously and with a sense of humor. And it really helped that you could make me laugh about things when going through the stress of selling a home!

Michael and Katy, you were always available. Whenever I called you would get back within minutes. You let me know it was OK to call anytime. It’s such a good feeling to know that finally someone is on your side. And, you were always quietly confident that the house would sell and in a reasonable time. You were so right. Your hard work and innovative marketing generated a lot of interest. A steady stream of people started coming – surprising in this economic climate. And then – The Perfect Buyer. In only a couple of short months. It is a dream come home for me. 

You know, I see a lot of ads on TV and in the newspaper for hundreds of different realtors. I’m so happy and proudly to say, I made exactly the right choice, I couldn’t have picked anyone better than Michael and Kathy Rain and I’m so glad I did.

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Kathy was my lead realtor. We hit it off immediately. She didn't waste my time - really listened to what I was trying to find. And I did! Closed escrow on a great place in a beautiful area. Michael had incredible knowledge about the structure and inspection phases. I highly recommend Kathy and Mike!

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We have worked with Kathy & Michael both as buyers, and as sellers, and we could not be more impressed and happy with both experiences. They are knowledgeable, pragmatic, motivating, and have the absolute utmost integrity. As first time buyers we were well educated about the buying process and contract terms, and communicated with and supported at every step. Years later, as sellers, we had the same experience and it was a pleasure to once again work with them. There is no question in my mind that if we purchase again in the area, we will call Kathy & Michael!

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We worked with Kathy and Michael both on the sale of our previous home, and the purchase of our new home. They were extremely knowledgeable about the market, helpful in getting through all the process issues, and very good at covering the legal issues. Because we bought the new home before we sold the old, there were some extra questions we had, and they handled those very well.

They were also very helpful in connecting us with very high quality people to do inspections and evaluations, and put us in touch with a very good mortgage banker (Opes), who provided an excellent loan package.

I highly recommend Michael and Kathy whether you are buying, or selling a house on the San Mateo coast.

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We were selling our home in a tough market for sellers,despite this we sold the house fairly quickly and we think that the reason is that Mike and Kathy show their clients properties in open houses every weekend.Lots of work for them but hugely beneficial for a seller.I had total confidence in their advice throughout.I would recommend them unreservedly.

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Both Kathy and her partner/husband, Michael are very knowledgeable on the local real estate market. They are responsive and know how do get the deal done. They provided very good negotiating advice as well.

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I listed a house with Michael and Kathy Rain in what can only be described as a difficult market. They provided expert advice...and I followed it. I had an offer in less than 30 hours and closed in less than 30 days!

Michael and Kathy are professional, knowledgeable -- particularly about the San Mateo coast -- and are generally wonderful to work with. They worked very hard to understand my needs and what was important to me in the sale of my house. Their assistance with all the paperwork -- from disclosures to being there for the signatures on closing documents -- was exemplary.

I would definitely recommend them to potential buyers or sellers on the San Mateo Coast.

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Kathy and Michael showed great integrity, wherewithal, and support in helping us sell our home in one of the most difficult real estate markets. Most impressive was their thoroughness in handling paperwork and documentation, and their ability to work remotely as we had already moved to a distant area while our house was still on the market. Kathy was especially instrumental in helping us stage our home, and had lent several of their own articles to enhance the decor. Unfortunately, despite the turnkey quality of our home, it did take over half a year to find a buyer, but this was largely due to market conditions. The Rains did their best to maintain an upbeat, positive attitude throughout, esp. with the numerous open houses that they held.

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Kathy and Michael were amazing every step of the way. Being first time home buyers, my wife and I were somewhat intimidated by the process. Kathy and Michael stepped in and took care of everything and made the process extremely smooth. They even worked with us to complete a 3 week close with very tight deadlines. I highly recommend going with them if you are considering a home on the coast.

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It's hard to put our gratitude for Michael and Kathy into words for helping us purchase our first home. We put an offer on a short sale, which turned out to be one of the most complicated processes we've encountered. We had a unique situation to deal with - me being pregnant and going on maternity leave midway through the whole process. But Kathy kept us apprised of each step along the way so we never felt in the dark. She was so responsive to all our queries and concerns. Working with the Rain's, you quickly learn how resourceful and knowledgeable they are - the professionalism, expertise and passion displayed by Michael and Kathy during the whole process was impressive and admirable. In speaking with other friends who have gone through the house-hunting/purchasing process, it is clear that The Rain Team stands out among the very best. If you are looking to buy a home along the coast and want someone to walk you through the process with ease, you will not be disappointed with The Rain Team! Our new home is beautiful and as we settle in with our new baby girl, we cannot help but feel immense gratitude for Michael and Kathy's dedication to us in helping us purchase this lovely property

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Michael and Kathy are definitely experts in their field. They understand the market. They are able to look at a property and assess its needs, value, and potential. They are patient and hard working. They have worked with me to make sure that any property shown perfectly meets my needs and exceeds my expectations.

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Dear Kathy and Michael,

Many, many years ago [twelve? thirteen? of, a long time now], you two helped me and my then-husband purchase our first house [on Pullman Avenue in Half Moon Bay]. You were ridiculously patient, very understanding, and went out of your way to make sure that we felt well-represented, even though your office was also representing the seller. You took a convoluted, very overwhelming process and made it manageable, while somehow never making us feel like the green newbies that we were.

Fast forward many years...a lot of water under the bridge in my life, much sadness, some gladness; I got a new life going, recently got married [the name change is still in process :^) ], and we closed on a house in Saratoga in June. That experience has been a less-than-stellar one [it's a long story, but as an example, when discussing the issues with getting the sellers out, we recently had our realtor tell us that he "would be a bull-dog for us if he wasn't representing the seller as well", and that "real estate contracts weren't black and white", so we shouldn't expect the deadlines to be solid]...in the middle of this situation, I keep remembering my amazing experience with the two of you.

I know that receiving a message like this so many years later is rather odd, but I wanted to let you know that you two made a very lasting impression on me back then...you continue to be the standard to which I hold not just real estate agents, but professionals in general. This is only the second time I've purchased a house, so I am now truly seeing just how lucky I was to stumble upon you two as my first agents. While I am learning much from this current situation [I will likely never again use the same agent who is representing the sellers, for instance, and I will be especially wary if I found out the agent is a personal buddy of the seller], I am definitely realizing how fortunate I was not to have to learn those lessons with you...the whole process with you was seamless and as painless as buying a home can be, and I never doubted that you were working hard to represent me as strongly as you could.

So thank you from a buyer whose hand you held more than a decade ago...professionals like you are rare, and I was fortunate to have worked with you.

All the best --

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My husband and I recently sold our house in the East Bay and were very serious about finding an ocean-view home on the San Mateo Coast. Kathy and Michael Rain came highly recommended and we couldn't have been more pleased with our experience with them! Besides being highly responsive, reliable and personable, they truly know the coastal market. They are true insiders. We saw houses before they were coming to market, they knew all the particulars of the climate and its effect on homes, and when we were with them everyone in the area seemed to know them. Because of Kathy and Michael, we were able to find our new home in very short order. We recommend them without hesitation! And, we've found two new friends on the coast.

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Michael and Kathy were 100% on it from day one! I really liked their strategy for selling my condo which sold within two weeks of going on the market. Their recommendation to get my own inspections and disclose the reports up front was very smart. Will be using them when I buy my next place.

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It was a pleasure to work with the Rain team. Kathy and Michael are high-energy, fun people. But what you really need to know is that they have the whole package: years of local knowledge and experience, great contacts in the industry, good backup from their broker. I have worked with the Rain team on both sides of real estate transactions. In each case, Kathy and Michael were professional, courteous, realistic, results-oriented, and creative in working out solutions to those minor glitches that are an inevitable part of such a complex transaction. If you are selling your place, the Rains will get you top-dollar. If you are purchasing, they will make sure you get want you want for a price that is fair.

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My experience with Kathy & Michael Rain has been fabulous! My real estate transaction was very tricky and difficult, but they managed to help close the deal in record time! I really thought I would not be able to close on my new home, but they made it happen. Absolutely awesome agents! The very special thing about these two people is that they are not only real estate agents, but incredible human beings who are passionate about their profession and truly care about their clients best interests, which I find to be rare in the real estate world. Another rare quality is that they both worked so diligently hard on completing the transaction for me and my family, which can be seen with the excellent follow through on every detailed item that fell in their path. They shared with us an incredible amount of knowledge about the area and real estate that made us feel prepared and well informed as first time homebuyers. We felt comfortable and taken care of in our first home buying experience. I highly recommend Kathy & Michael Rain to all my family, friends, and coworkers, and would definitely use them again!

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The Rains were strongly recommended to me, by a friend who is a realtor, when I inherited a distressed rental property. They were insightful in helping me sort out the alternative paths for preparing the property for sale; the vendors that they brought in for renovation were highly competent, reasonably priced, customer-oriented, and met a very tight timeline. Michael Rain is very knowledgeable about assessing the structural/physical condition of homes, and was invaluable in helping me navigate the intimidating legal disclosures process; Kathy has an excellent grasp of the local market conditions and was terrific at marketing the property. They paid attention to details and made sure nothing slipped through the cracks. They are warm, enthusiastic, energetic, competent, and well-connected within the community. The listing & selling process went far more smoothly and quickly than I had thought possible.

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I can't say enough wonderful things about Michael and Kathy Rain. This was our first home purchase and they gently walked us through the process. Their knowledge of about homes and home purchases is pretty impressive. There wasn't a question that I asked, and there were a lot of questions, that they couldn't answer. It was very comforting to know we were being well taken care of.

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My husband and i had been looking for a home for over 6 months and had come close to just giving up when we were fortunate enough to find Kathy and Michael. They know the area inside and out and were able to make the home buying process a pleasure from writing the offer all the way through inspection and closing.

There are so many details that need to be taken care of by a professional and we could not have asked for a better team to help up through the entire process.

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After one full year of disappointment and despair, my wife and I were very ready to give up on trying to buy a home in the San Francisco area. We had worked with 9 different agents, looked at and bid on dozens and dozens of homes only to get beat to the offer or outbid every time. Kathy and Michael Rain displayed amazing patience with us first time buyers while showing us home after home perfectly selected to meet our criteria. They taught us the highlights to look for as well as the concerns with each home to watch out for and finally, after the full year of hardship, they helped us land our dream home! While they have been nothing but professional, Kathy and Michael made it feel more like we were going through an accommodating and warm process with friends in place of a cold and highly competitive business transaction. Indeed, we now consider them friends after how well they treated us!

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Michael and Kathy represented us in the purchase of a unit at the Shelter Creek complex in San Bruno in May 2013. They were professional and diligent, very responsive, and very thorough in following through on every item / issue that came up. They were also genuinely concerned for our welfare during this process, and made some good / helpful suggestions to guide our decision-making, including their recommendation of Shelter Creek for us, vs. other possible condo complexes. Kathy and Michael negotiated effectively with the seller, and worked hard to ensure a smooth and timely purchase.

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This is my 6th transaction with Kathy and Michael Rain - buys and sell transactions. As always they are responsive, professional, innovative, problem solvers, and very thorough. They ensure that my rights and needs are protected and addressed. They work with me and the opposite party to ensure that the deal is done smoothly and everyone walks away with what they need. Their knowledge of the coast side is unsurpassed. In all their years on the coast side, it is most probable that they have been in nearly every property on the coast and know its pros and cons. They listen!!!! They act to fulfill my agenda, keep me informed timely, and give me information for me to make decisions. Service of the highest and best quality.

Contact Information

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The Rain Team
CA# 01169588 | CA# 01125976 | CA# 01908304
248 Main Street, Suite 200
Half Moon Bay CA 94019
Office: 650-712-0411
Direct: 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 | Caldwell Banker - CA BRE# 01908304
Cell Phone: (650) 888-6903 * Direct Phone: (650) 712-0411 

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