Smart Home Security
Security
June 19, 2018

Smart Home Security Devices You Can Trust

It’s tempting to choose clever or high-performing equipment for smart home security, but trust and reliability are essential. When your home is unattended, and even more so when it’s occupied by people you care about, you want the features, networking and monitoring to be exactly what you expected. A quality home security system has also become a selling point for…
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Featured
June 15, 2018

Cool Smart Home Gadgets Dad Will Love

Father’s Day this year has a special treat for dad: lots of smart home gadgets that answer and obey him. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and similar features are waiting in smart wireless speakers, sound bars, televisions and even light bulbs and smoke detectors. How They Work Voice-based virtual assistants use multiple microphones and audio processing to hear your voice throughout…
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Smart Home Control
June 4, 2018

What Can You Do with a Smart Thermostat?

Smart thermostats have seen rapid adoption rates across the globe in the last few years, with many homes and businesses replacing viable traditional thermostats with higher-tech models. What's causing so many people to shell out money on an improvement that isn't preceded by a broken component? Perhaps it's the fact that you can do so much more with a smart…
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Smart Home Devices
Home Automation
May 28, 2018

Best Smart Home Devices of 2018

Forbes magazine is among the many authoritative sources calling 2017 the year that the smart home went mainstream. A quick search for “smart home” at any major hardware chain’s website confirms the magazine’s prediction for 2018 — the hardware store and electronics store are crossing over. Smart Devices: Innovative, but also Practical Smart light bulbs, networked door locks and intelligent…
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Amazon Alexa
Internet of Things
May 21, 2018

Smart Home Devices that Work with Amazon Alexa

Just as the universal remote simplifies home theater equipment, Amazon Alexa voice control brings smart home devices together — and there’s no need to find the remote. For those who are discovering how diverse smart home technology is, knowing that Amazon Alexa is ready to take their commands will cause a sigh of relief. Introducing the Echo The Amazon Echo,…
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Home Automation Hub
Home Automation
May 7, 2018

What is a Home Automation Hub?

A home automation hub can be a critical component in any house equipped with smart technology. It’s what connects multiple smart technologies in a residence so they can be controlled by a single interface. With the right setup, a hub can also allow communication between applicable devices, which is important for home or business owners who want to move beyond…
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Smart Home Automation Ideas
Home Automation
May 1, 2018

Smart Home Automation Ideas

From 2013 through 2025, the home automation market is expected to grow by more than 350 percent, which isn't surprising given the many benefits the Internet of Things can bring to residential properties. Property managers who want to boost bottom lines, impress tenants or vacation guests and master word-of-mouth marketing may want to invest in smart home automation. Here are…
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What are tenants looking for?
Commercial Property Automation
April 24, 2018

Renter Wishes: What are Tenants Looking For?

Understanding what tenants look for in potential rental properties — and implementing those changes in your property — can make a huge difference in your bottom line. Property managers and landlords who know what tenants want profit by increased rents and decreased downtime with properties that are easier to match with renters. Here’s a look at some common renter wishes.…
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Increase Property Value
Food for thought
April 15, 2018

Tips and Tricks for Increasing Your Property Value

Whether you’re a seasoned property manager or considering dipping your toe into the short-term rental market, your property is the most important factor in your success. Here are some ways to increase — and protect — your home’s value. Make a Great First Impression The Association for Psychological Science says that the first 7 seconds of meeting someone new is…
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National Apartment Housing Month
Featured
April 5, 2018

What is National Apartment Housing Month?

April showers might mean May flowers, but it also means it’s National Apartment Housing Month. In previous years, this event was celebrated with just a single day on April 6, but for 2018, the National Apartment Association is dedicating the entire month of April to multi-family housing and the residents who live there. Apartment Housing Is Worth the Celebration While…
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