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Wobbling Ceiling Fans are not Normal

by Samia S. Morgan

Though a little wobble is typical for ceiling fans, significant wobble can be dangerous. Begin by checking for the source of the wobble. In many cases, wobble happens when a fan has been hung from a regular ceiling electrical box instead of an electrical box that’s rated for fans. Because of its weight and constant movement, a fan exerts far more force on the electrical box than does a light. if a fan works its way loose, it could come crashing down.

1) Unscrew and lower the bracket housing at the ceiling. Check the electrical box for a label that designates it as a fan-rated box. Also check to see how it’s fastened. U-bolts or lag screws should connect the metal box to a bracket or solid wood block in the attic.

2) If the fan hangs from the wrong type of box or is clearly under-supported, call a fan-installation specialist, an electrician, or a home handyperson to solve the problem.

3) If you can’t determine the type of support from below, you may have to climb into the attic and check, but before you do, follow steps 4 through 7 to see if these easier steps solve the problem.

4) Wiggle the support bracket. If it isn’t firm, tighten it.

5) If your fan hangs from a drop rod, as most do, be sure the ball joint at the top of the drop rod is properly engaged with the fan support bracket.

6) Check and, if necessary, tighten all bolts and screws.

7) Measure to see if the blade tips hang an even distance from the ceiling. If they don’t, one or more of the blades may be bent or warped. Report this to the manufacturer; most offer replacements.

Connecting Businesses to Communities

by Samia S. Morgan

Over the past few months we have focused on what the media is reporting and taking the economy issues very seriously which has affected our outlook.  Now is the time to take control of our personal and business issues and start plan of recovery of our own. 

A good way to begin refocusing on how to improve our business is through networking.  The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce offers just that.  The Business Referral Network (BRN) represents a broad-based coalition of businesses throughout the San Mateo area. The BRN Mission is to enhance our businesses by building strong relationships through weekly communication and the exchange of leads, referrals, and contact information.

The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the BRN group. Their objectives serve to complement the additional services and programs of the Chamber. BRN provides a forum for cohesive and dynamic interaction among business professionals focused on networking opportunities that result in prospective customers for your business.

For more information on joining the group, please contact the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce at 650-401-2440. We do limit ourselves to one member per category. The Chamber currently has a waiting list to form additional groups.

Visit the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce Monthly Calendar to visit the next meeting to see if this is a a group that can offer you what you need to create a better network for you and your business.

 

A Growing Trend - Home Staging

by Samia S. Morgan

It's not much of a secret anymore, but home staging is a growing trend that can expedite the sale of your home and attract potential buyers.

To prepare, or "stage" your home it is a good idea to start with your front yard. This is where first impressions are formed. Ideally you want your yard to be tidy and well groomed.

Some things you can do to spruce up your yard could be:

  • A thorough wash of the siding or fresh stain
  • Lawns, shrubs and tress should be trimmed
  • Flower beds and pots should be weed free

Once you have created an inviting and clean front yard, potential buyers will want to enter the home for a closer look. There are a few basic home staging techniques that you can follow for the interior of your home that may help seal the deal.

  • All rooms and hallways should be clutter free
  • Try to rid your home of any strong odors that may turn off potential buyers (i.e. pet odors, cigarette smells, or strong candle scents)
  • Keep you "personal" knick knacks, collections and family photos to a bare minimum
  • You may have some smaller rooms in your home. To have these rooms appear bigger, try removing some of the unnecessary or extra furniture

First impressions can make or break the sale of your home, so don't miss out. A little clean up can go a long way.

Determining the Value of Your Home

by Samia S. Morgan
In today's real estate market every homeowner is asking the same question - What is the value of my home?  Samia Morgan of Samia Realty Group says that this is probably the number 1 question a homeowner will ask.  Most homeowners are not sure how to determine the value is this unsettling real estate market, so Samia if offering every homeowner in the San Mateo real estate market a complimentary comparative market analysis of their home.  If you live outside the San Mateo area Samia can refer you to an agent in your market who will be happy to prepare a CMA on your home. 

Samia offers the following information on how your homes price is determined and the factors involved.

Being informed and know what your home will sell for today will should be the first step in preparing to sell your home.  A home is worth what someone will pay for it. Everything else is an estimate of value. To determine a property's value, most people turn to either an appraisal or a comparative market analysis.

An appraisal is a certified appraiser's estimate amenities, energy efficiency, the quality of the of the value of a home at a given point in time. To make their determination, appraisers consider square footage, construction quality, design, floor plan, neighborhood and availability of transportation, shopping and schools. Appraisers also take lot size, topography, view and landscaping into account.

The list price is the price tag put on a house in a real estate listing; it usually is only an estimate of what the seller would like to get for the property. The sales price is the amount a property actually sells for. It may be the same as the listing price, or higher or lower, depending on how accurately the property was originally priced and on market conditions.

A seller may need to adjust the listing price if there have been no offers within the first few months of the property's listing period.

The appraisal value is a certified appraiser's estimate of the worth of a property, and is based on comparable sales, the condition of the property and numerous other factors. Lenders require appraisals as part of the loan application process; fees range from $200 to $300. Appraisers use several factors when estimating value including historical records, property performance, condition of the home and indices that forecast future value.

Market value is what price the house will bring at a given point in time. A comparative market analysis is an informal estimate of market value, based on sales of comparable properties, performed by a real estate agent or broker. Because brokers and agents are not state-certified appraisers, they may not perform appraisals in most states. Instead, they estimate the value of a property using a CMA.

You can do your own cost comparison by looking up recent sales of comparable properties in public records. These records are available at local recorder's or assessor's offices, through private companies or on the Internet. Neither of these services produce official appraisals. They also don't factor in market nuances or other issues a certified appraiser or real estate professional might in assessing the value of your home.

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