Is Amazon Embarking on Home Insurance?

July 16 is Prime Day, and this year’s deals feature double discounts on Alexa-enabled smart home devices, including Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, Amazon reports. As the marketplace giant gets more and more involved in the lives of homeowners, could consumers start to see offshoots into other home-related services? Amazon-run home insurance could be […]

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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.

How Lennar turned itself into a major tech investor

Lennar is a builder, known for breaking ground on new construction throughout the country. But in the past six months, the 64-year-old company has co-led a $325 million tech startup funding round, debuted exhibition smart homes in partnership with Amaz…

Amazon wants its new Fire TV Cube to be the brain of your smart home

Alexa, turn on the TV. The newest version of Amazon’s Fire TV Cube now comes with a speaker and an Alexa voice assistant, allowing users to turn on a TV with their voice.

Amazon reportedly weighs entrance into home insurance biz

Amazon could be getting into the home insurance business, according to a news story published today in The Information.

How Amazon’s HQ2 finalists rank based on housing market

Raleigh, North Carolina, leads the pack of Amazon HQ2 finalists when ranked by housing market health and quality of life, but Washington, D.C., and its suburbs shouldn’t give up hope just yet.

Amazon Experience Centers Look to Transform Smart-Home Shopping

Amazon is making moves yet again. As a way to market its smart-home business segment without having to invest in conventional store locations, the online marketplace giant has partnered with Lennar Corporation to provide connectivity demos of Alexa-enabled products—everything from video doorbells and smart shades to lighting and scheduled deliveries—within the homebuilder’s model homes, calling these […]

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CRM LionDesk roars into voice-activated internet with skills for Amazon Echo

Popular real estate CRM LionDesk has launched a skill for Amazon’s voice-activated-internet appliance, Echo. Customers of the CRM will soon be able to ask Alexa to share their top three tasks and appointments for the day. It will soon be able to share …

Seattle imposes $275 ‘head tax’ to combat homelessness

Real estate agents and brokers are not tossing their hats in the air this week with the news that the city of Seattle is adding a tax to large businesses of $275 per full-time worker per year to help combat homelessness, which is a big problem in the city.

Alexa-powered smart homes coming from Amazon and Lennar

Amazon announced that it’s launching a series of nationwide Alexa–equipped model homes in partnership with Lennar home builder.