A ‘smart home’ refresh: The 411 on home automation trends

Home automation has caused a fundamental shift in how homes are sold, and it has become a deciding factor for many buyers. Here’s how real estate agents can make the most of the “smart home” they are listing.

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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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.

Nest unveils video doorbell, Yale smart lock, and temperature sensor

Falling in step with the growing market for smart home appliances, Nest has launched a new video doorbell, smart lock, and temperature sensor …

Automation and Customization: Renter Wishes

Apartment dwellers’ preferences are shifting…toward what owners want, new research shows. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), an apartment industry organization, convenience, personalization and smart home technology are high on renters’ wish lists. In the NMHC’s 2018 Consumer Housing Insights Survey, 92 percent of respondents believe convenience and ease are important in a […]

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OfferPad expands to Charlotte metro area

OfferPad, an iBuyer program that lets buyers hail agents like Uber, announced the opening of a new office in Charlotte, North Carolina …

Amazon wants the keys to your home

Amazon Key invites you to install a smart lock on your home that delivery people can use to unlock and drop off packages inside, when you’re not there. …

Are robot dogs the next big thing in home automation?

A report says electronics giant Sony is planning to unveil a new robotic dog that can control home appliances at a media event next month.  …

Driving the Smart Home Surge

More homeowners are adopting automation, according to a recent survey by CEDIA, a trade association, and HomeAdvisor, relying on professionals in a “smart home surge.” Seventy-five percent of the professionals surveyed, in fact, say they have received more smart home inquiries in recent months, and requests for maintenance once per month or more. “This report […]

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7 Gadgets From ‘The Jetsons’ That Have Become a Reality

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