Smart home tech is not just for luxury renters

Renters in 30,000 existing apartments are about to get an array of new smart-home features, including Amazon Echo Dots, installed for free thanks to a new partnership between a major landlord and a tech startup.

‘Alexa, get me seller leads’

HomeyPoints’ founders wanted to bridge old and new by connecting homeowners with an agent through Amazon Alexa voice technology and their voice app, Home Agent.

The smart-home showdown is on

KB Home is rolling out a new smart-home model powered by Google technology in response to the Amazon-powered design recently debuted by Lennar.

Alexa can now provide buyers with listing info immediately

AgentNEO, a voice-activated internet software product for real estate agents, has released an update that will allow Amazon’s Echo device to share listing information with buyer’s agents and their clients.

Smart Homes: The Way of the Future or a Risk to Homeowners?

Glitches of early iterations aside, AI-based technology has come a long way, and has an increasingly active presence in the lives of homeowners who are looking for convenience and savings in a pushed-for-time era. From adaptive thermostats that automatically gauge energy usage and alter temperatures for optimal savings, to smart home speakers that use sophisticated […]

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Voice Activated: Do You Talk to Your Tech?

How many of us are talking to our tech on a regular basis? Ken Olmstead at the Pew Research Center recently highlighted the fact that nearly half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they use voice-controlled assistants and applications to interact with smartphones and other devices. Just over half (55 percent) say “a major reason” […]

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Voiceter Pro says voice-activated real estate search is here to stay

Amazon has found yet another way to connect with the real estate industry — or rather, talk to it. And Voiceter Pro, an app developer for Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, is helping perpetuate the conversation.

These new devices are helping Amazon’s Alexa control your home

Resembling a suburbanite-friendly version of HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey” (but lacking the homicidal tendencies), the new Switch+ is marketed as a lighting control appliance, but also plays music and helps with general lifestyle needs and task…

Philips debuts first outdoor Hue smart lights

Lights that turn on from the command of your phone — or your voice — are the next big thing in the growing world of home automation …

How to make new real estate agents feel welcome on your team

You invest a lot of time, money and energy into recruiting new real estate agents to your team. Of course, you want them to feel confident in their choice, before and after they sign-on with you …