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Jeremy Hillpot

Key Tips on How to Combat Rental Fraud and Create Legitimate Vacation Property Listings

The home and vacation rental property industries are fraught with con artists and scammers. One of the most common cases of rental fraud happens when scammers copy photos and descriptions of real properties, post them online and demand an upfront deposit from the victim. After getting the money, the scammers disappear.  Cases like this are constantly making their way into…

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How to Prepare Your Home for Travel With Smart Technology

No matter how secure your neighborhood feels, leaving your home alone while you’re traveling may come with a touch of anxiety. After all, the most recent FBI statistics on property crime reveal the following: More than 7 million property crime offenses happened in the United States in 2018. The rate of property crime was almost 2,200 per 100,000 inhabitants in…

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Is Recession Coming in 2020? Is Your Vacation Rental Property Safe?

Economic recessions come and go—every 4.7 years by some estimates—and that means we’re overdue for a financial meltdown, as this quote from a January 2020 Forbes article indicates: “While it remains unclear whether a recession will indeed occur and, if so, how significantly economic conditions will deteriorate, businesses are preparing for a potential downturn in the next 12 months,” [the consulting firm Grant…

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What Makes a Smart Home “Smart”? The Answer Is Automation

Managing a single property requires a great deal of time and attention to detail. You need to watch for leaky faucets, pipe-freezing temperatures, HVAC maintenance issues and a whole lot more. Moreover, if you spot a problem, it requires even more time to meet repair people at your home. A smart home system can relieve many of these burdens, but…

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How to Prevent Water Leak Damage with a Smart Water Valve Meter

Hurricanes and overflowing rivers are not the biggest flooding threats to your home. The most common causes of water damage come from the inside. Broken pipes and leaking appliances cause 14,000 water damage emergencies throughout the United States every year. On average, these emergencies cost the property owner $7,000 each in repairs. If a water damage emergency happens at your home, apartment—or a rental…

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4 Tips and Tricks to Save on Your HVAC Expenses This Winter

The post-Halloween candy feast is over, and, not only might your girth have increased, but the cost of heating your home is about to increase, too. With winter coming on, you’ll want to save on HVAC expenses, especially over the holidays.  Take advantage of these tips to dramatically reduce your heating costs as the temperature plummets. Whether you have a…

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What You Should Be Paying Attention to When Choosing Smart Property Technology for Vacation and Rental Properties

Whether you’re a small-time vacation home manager or a 1,000-unit rental property company, choosing the right smart home technology can make your life—or your daily business operations—infinitely easier. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider all the smart property tech you invest in before making a commitment. Here are several questions to ask when shopping for a property automation home…

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Benefits of Controlling Your HVAC System

If you want to save money on your energy bill, there’s a sure-fire way to do it—take a cold, hard look at the efficiency of the HVAC system. A detailed analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed that—on average—just over half (51%) of residential America’s electricity bill is spent on heating and cooling. When you consider that the…

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