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Are the ‘Burbs’ Making a Comeback? Why Multifamily Housing is Expanding in Suburban Areas

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Things may look a little different than they did at its peak in the ’80s, but suburban life is making a strong comeback. Families are consolidating while seeking the lower prices and ease of suburbia. Cohabitating is trending away from urban housing prices on a large scale — and it’s not just among post-college career builders. The 2020 pandemic created…

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Smart Home Technology Isn’t Just for Homeowners: 3 Ways it Benefits Your Renters

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Smart home technology trends are becoming so common that no one bats an eyelash when they hear you call out, “Alexa, turn off the kitchen lights!” or “Alexa, play some Frank Sinatra!” However, when it comes to fully-integrated smart homes with all the bells and whistles — like a smart thermostat, smart locks, smart shades, smart lighting, and smart security…

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Is It Time to Invest in a Build-to-Rent Single-Family Home?

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With more people working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commuting to work isn’t a primary concern anymore. As a result, the 9-to-5 tribe is free to live wherever they want. This has sparked a growing demand for affordable single-family homes — especially those in less-densely-populated suburban areas. However, some real estate investors believe that the migration to single-family…

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What Are Long-Term Rental Residents Looking for in 2021?

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Who could have predicted the challenges of 2020? COVID-19 wreaked havoc on our bodies, minds, wallets and even our living circumstances. Some Americans took the leap to purchase their first homes because they wanted more space for living and working during the lockdowns. Others had to move in with friends or family members because they lost their jobs and could…

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Touchless Entry/Access: Why Renters and Landlords Both Want This Feature

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has placed front and center the absolute and urgent necessity of proper sanitation to ensure public health safety. What used to be the inconsequential practice of pushing doors to enter a property, especially one with a lot of foot traffic, has become a serious health risk.  Finding a solution to this problem has become an unprecedented…

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Winter Pandemic: Properly Preparing Your Vacation and Rental Properties For the Season

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At the beginning of every winter season, homeowners, RV road warriors, and property managers go through the winterizing process. This year, the winterizing process has a new item on the checklist: sanitizing for coronavirus.  Going through the deep cleaning process and adjusting winter habits isn’t just because it’s the year of the pandemic. Flu season begins in November and lasts…

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Single-Access Convenience with PointCentral App and ButterflyMX’s Seamless Mobile Integration

Multi-tenant properties, such as condominiums and apartment buildings, typically use an intercom system to allow residents to communicate with and grant building entry to non-residents.  Most intercom systems are still separate from smart home systems – with which many rental residential properties are now equipped. This inefficiency means residents have to use different access controls to use the intercom and…

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Connected Retro – PointCentral’s Retrofit Solution for Telephone-Based Intercoms

The right smart home system is expertly designed to make essential home functions, such as home access, security, thermostat control, and lighting control, fully automated, and more efficient. Home life becomes more convenient, secure, and operational costs are minimized when you choose the right smart home systems.  While home automation is supposed to make life easier, installing a smart home…

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3 Things You Should Know Before Switching to a Smart Thermostat

Who wouldn’t want to buy a smart thermostat when it could help you save between 9-16% on heating your home this winter? With that level of savings, the thermostat pays for itself no time, and then it starts putting money in your pocket. It just makes economic sense to install one of these devices in your home. While the ENERGY…

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How Smart Home Tech Is Shaping the Future of Real Estate Showings

COVID-19 pandemic conditions and social distancing recommendations make real estate showings challenging. How are you supposed to show a property to a would-be renter or buyer without physically meeting them? Moreover, if you’re looking for a new home, how can you expect to shop around without interacting with multiple property managers or real estate agents? The answers to these questions…

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