Home Automation
February 9, 2019

4 Little Known Ways You Can Use Smart Technology in Your Home

If you close your eyes for a millisecond in this digital age, you’ll wake up like a technological Rip Van Winkle. Your friends will feel like futuristic foreigners, and your home will be a relic of the past. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to get you up to speed. Here’s a refresher course on four of the latest—and less commonly…
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Food for thought
February 9, 2019

What Does It Mean for a Home to Be “Smart”?

The term “smart technology” conjures images of The Jetsons. We think of George Jetson flying to work in the morning with his robot nanny Rosie. But that’s not what it means to be “smart” when you’re a piece of technology. If you replace the term “smart” with “connected,” you’ll get closer to the truth. Smart technology involves: (1) a computer;…
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Home Automation
February 9, 2019

Tips for Cutting Winter Energy Consumption

Are your fingers going numb from the cold while checking your phone in your living room? Can you see your breath while eating cornflakes in the morning? If you turned off the heat because of a ridiculously high electric bill, you’re paying more than you should be. It’s time to optimize your energy consumption with some winter energy-saving tips. The…
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Vacation rental safety keys
Vacation RentalVacation Rental 2.0Vacation Rental Security
January 11, 2019

The “Key” to Vacation Rental Safety? Give Keys to Everyone

Yes, that headline might seem crazy. But that is what many VRMs are doing, albeit unintentionally. Let me explain how this is happening. Tech and PMS Systems Are Great for Guests and Property Owners With the explosion of private accommodations in recent years, comfort, convenience and safety are now part of guests’ standard expectation. Technology, such as modern PMS systems…
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Smart home security
SecuritySelf-Monitored Security
January 4, 2019

Smart Home Network Safety: WiFi vs. Cellular

The Smart Home has certainly reached the mainstream. According to data compiled by consumer research firm Metova, 90 percent of U.S. consumers now own some form of smart home device. However, 58 percent of people who own a connected device are concerned about how it may impact their privacy. Indeed, security risks abound, as more devices mean more data and…
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Property technology
Food for thought
January 1, 2019

2019 Residential Property Management #PropTech Predictions

2018 is officially wrapped up, and from a property automation standpoint, it was an exciting year! With home automation technology now in 33 percent of U.S. households, it’s clear that demand for this technology continues to rapidly grow. Consumers are finding increasing value in the safety, savings and convenience provided by home automation. From the rental property owner and operator…
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Man installs self monitored security camera
SecuritySelf-Monitored Security
December 20, 2018

Why You Should Consider Video Cameras and Self-Monitored Home Security

Imagine coming home to discover a broken window and your house an absolute wreck. A thief has taken everything of value and the rest is in ruins. Even more disturbing, however, is the psychological effect of not knowing who did it and wondering if they’ll return. An internet-connected home surveillance system with self-monitoring could prevent a situation like this from…
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Smart Home Communication Standards
Smart Home Control
December 15, 2018

Smart Home Communication Standards: Z-wave vs. Zigbee vs. Bluetooth vs. WiFi

If you’re shopping for your first smart home device, you need to start evaluating communications standards. You might have read about Zigbee versus Z-Wave, Z-Wave versus Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi compared to Bluetooth. You might have read about smart home interference issues, or security and privacy concerns. Here’s a list of the pros and cons to help you start your search…
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How internet of things impacts insurance premiums
Internet of Things
December 9, 2018

How Do Internet of Things Devices Impact Your Insurance Premiums?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the world we live in and insurance is no exception. Insurance companies are already partnering with IoT manufacturers, despite lagging behind other industries such as retail, automotive, transport, electronics, banking and telecom with regard to IoT adoption. Some examples: Liberty Mutual teamed up with Google Nest to deploy smart smoke detectors.  Erie Insurance…
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how to find an apartment
Featured
November 26, 2018

How to Find An Apartment You’ll Love

Whether you're looking for your first apartment or your next one, finding a good fit takes a bit of research and planning. But that prep work will pay off in the long run when you move into a place where you feel at home. In this apartment guide are tips and resources to help you find a great match for…
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