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Security Starts at Your Front Door: Why Smart Locks are a Smart Investment

Smart locks are more than just a keyless entry point. They offer additional security and peace of mind many people aren’t necessarily aware of until they take a good hard look at home security.  In fact, smart locks and keys are often considered after home security cameras and sensors, even though smart locks are less expensive and easier for homeowners…

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Curb-to-Couch: A Revolutionary Access Control System for Large-Scale Property Managers

Among the many tasks that occupy a property manager’s day, there’s one responsibility that stands out above the others: Access Control. If your facility uses physical keys, someone needs to manage the process of cutting new keys and retooling locks every time a resident loses a key, vacates a unit, or suffers a break-in. Keycards and key fobs are a…

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Digital Keys: Managing Access to Single-Family Residences in the New Normal

The coronavirus pandemic has forced property owners and managers to face a new reality — one where contact is limited. Keeping residents, third-party vendors, and staff members safe will be of the utmost importance in the coming months and beyond.   While some single-family operators are beginning to adopt connected locks, many still rely on lockboxes to grant access to unoccupied…

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How to Increase the Value of Your Rental with Smart Home Automation

There’s no question that people’s values change over time, and as a consequence, the things they value in their rentals change as well. For today’s rental properties, it’s not enough to be clean, well-photographed and well-reviewed. You must also find a way to differentiate your property so that renters know that it provides an experience and sense of escapism that…

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Make Your Vacation Rental Ready for Summer 2020

The entire country is taking a timeout from real life to follow the hunkering-down, stay-at-home orders, as the government tries to limit the spread of Coronavirus. As a result, traditional spring break vacations have been postponed or canceled. But once this pandemic has passed, many people will be eager to celebrate with a vacation.  That means that real property investors…

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Sick Building Syndrome: What Is It and How Can IoT Help?

When we think of air pollution, we imagine hazards such as a coal-burning factory emitting thick, black smoke, an old jalopy with too much engine exhaust, or a layer of cough-inducing smog hanging over a city skyline. We don’t think about the air quality in our homes and offices. Nevertheless, the condition of the air inside the buildings where we…

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Seamless Access Control In A Multifamily Multi-Door Community

Multifamily buildings have a lot of locked doors. There’s a door to enter the building, doors to the apartments and many more in between. There’s a door for the exercise room, the laundry room, the storage room, the community patio level, the pool, and more. And there are a variety of people who need access to some or all of…

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Social Distancing with Smart Tech

Our vocabulary is changing rapidly in these days of coronavirus. Suddenly, the words on everyone’s lips are shelter-in-place, hunkering-down, social distancing and hand sanitizer. It’s a new world out there, and we don’t have any choice but to cope. While people handle this pressure differently, everyone is trying to avoid transmission of the virus by avoiding person-to-person contact. Smart home…

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How to Prepare Your Home for Travel With Smart Technology

No matter how secure your neighborhood feels, leaving your home alone while you’re traveling may come with a touch of anxiety. After all, the most recent FBI statistics on property crime reveal the following: More than 7 million property crime offenses happened in the United States in 2018. The rate of property crime was almost 2,200 per 100,000 inhabitants in…

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How Smart Property Managers Are Saving Energy This Winter

The beautiful fall leaves have vanished for most of the country, a sure sign that winter is fast approaching. Unfortunately, with it comes an increase in energy usage and higher costs. For property managers responsible for hundreds or even thousands of properties, small savings in energy per property can have a major impact on the bottom line. Here are some…

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