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3 Trends From CES You Need To Know

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) has dazzled audiences with the latest technological breakthroughs for over 50 years. It’s the place where leading-edge tech is introduced to a discerning audience, and 2019 was one of the most exciting years to date, with over 4,400 exhibitors and 182,000 attendees from 160 countries. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s January…

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2019 Residential Property Management #PropTech Predictions

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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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Why it Pays to Be a Long-term Renter

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When people choose to rent a home, it’s often considered a temporary choice. Traditionally, renters aim to save money on their living space and eventually buy a home, if possible. However, today, the trends in housing are changing, and some renters are choosing to rent a home full-time or long-term, rather than as a short-term solution. Studies show that there…

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The Biggest Pain Points for Property Managers

Heather Hardy is a digital marketing professional that specializes in the real estate and property management industry.  She is also a licensed real estate professional in the state of Michigan. Effective property management requires organization, delegation, and knowledge of the current rental market. With an anticipated boost in the rental industry over the next few years, these are some of the most…

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Factors to Consider When Buying a Hub

Buying a hub

This piece is part two of an article originally published on LinkedIn. Read part one here and see the full article here.   At one level, choosing a hub is about the method that different devices use to communicate to one another and to the internet. But choosing a hub is also about the communication enhancements (i.e. apps, dashboards, and voice…

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To Hub or Not to Hub?

To hub or not to hub?

This piece is part one of an article originally published on LinkedIn. See the full article here.  I started out against hubs. They just seemed like an unnecessary cost and complication as part of home automation setup. But, just as broadband internet needed WiFi routers to help permeate internet access through our households, I now see hubs as a critical component…

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The Real Cost of Mechanical Keys

Mechanical keys can create several burdens and severe risks for property managers. Between losing, breaking, or misplacing them temporarily, the issues that can arise from the usage of mechanical keys are many, which can mean they’re not as cost-efficient as one might think. A Costly Burden On average, it costs $1 to $4 to copy a key—not bad, right? However,…

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