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.

Compass reinvents the real estate sign for the smartphone era

Compass has unveiled a potentially groundbreaking new customizable sign that its agents can control from their smartphone at Inman Connect San Francisco.

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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This startup is trying to bring the smart kitchen to your home

Innit, a California-based startup that connects kitchen appliances to a virtual cloud, launched earlier this year.

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.

Lennar chair and Zillow CEO talk predictions for near-future homes

In 15 years, built-in home Wi-Fi — no need for a separate router — and speaking door locks could be as common in a typical house as the refrigerator.

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…

The New American Home has it all: Beauty and smarts

The emergence and adaptation of artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of smart home technology has in recent years blurred the line between “traditional” homes and “smart” homes, but the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 35th Annual New …

New Amazon Echo app connects agents with leads and books showings

Agent Neo is a new voice-activated real estate information app (for use with Amazon Echo) that helps homebuyers and sellers find agents and book showings …

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.  …