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Property Automation

PMS Partner Spotlight: A conversation with Barefoot executive Claiborne Yarbrough

We’re proud of our integration with leading property management systems. Our partners use the PointCentral offering to provide a fully integrated solution powering an integrated smart home experience. We spoke with Claiborne Yarbrough, Director of Sales and Marketing at Barefoot, to find out more about Barefoot’s technology solution, how the integration with PointCentral is helping her clients, and her thoughts…

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Going green: How smart home tech is driving sustainability in the short-term rental market

‘Sustainability’ is not just the catchword of the decade for the hospitality industry. Arguably, it has become the sector’s absolute, singular truth. And vacation rentals are not immune to this imperative of creating a quality, green consumer experience.  This explains why short-term rental businesses have been quick to adopt smart home automation. By boosting efficiencies in scheduling and maintenance, smart…

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6 Unique Apartment Amenities That Are Quickly Becoming Mainstays

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As multifamily homes and multipurpose apartment complexes continue to claim space in urban and suburban cities, developers are getting creative with amenities. The number of these properties is increasing, and so are renters’ expectations and standards when choosing where to live. More and more, residents are happy to pay for convenience and will choose their new home accordingly. If you’re…

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The benefits of property automation for ambitious smaller-scale property managers

The benefits of property automation in the short-term rental industry are well documented: operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness, asset protection, high standards of service delivery, the list goes on… The upshot of which is delighted guests and happy owners. Property automation – traditionally the reserve of the big guys But, up until now, property automation tools have largely been seen to be…

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Lower Your Winter Heating Costs With Smart Thermostats

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Which was louder over the holiday season, the jingle of Santa’s sleigh bells or the sound of you collecting loose change to pay for your winter heating bills? The cold weather was still as freezing as ever this February, and by now, you’ve probably seen how those sub-zero temperatures are pushing your energy bills into a zone that’s difficult –…

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How Technology Is Improving the Efficiency of the Multifamily Housing Businesses

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Success in the multifamily home real estate industry hinges upon your ability to achieve optimum occupancy levels, reduce loss, make your operations more cost-effective. To achieve these goals, marketing and operations are two of the most critical areas where your business needs to excel – and it’s in these areas where tech-forward property businesses win a significant leg up on…

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5 Smart Home and IoT Trends to Watch for in 2021

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The pace of smart home and IoT (Internet of Things) adoption will increase in 2021 and beyond. In fact, ABI Research projects that smart home expenditures will rise by 24.4% CAGR by 2026 to reach a whopping $317.6 billion — representing a 5% increase from previous forecasts. This increase in smart home technology adoption is largely related to the coronavirus,…

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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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