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Smart Home Automation: A Luxury or Standard for Rental Properties?

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When looking around your home or hotel room, what can you identify as a technology that was initially considered a luxury when it first hit the direct-to-consumer market? How many of those items have long been a minimum expectation at any rental property? Television? Landline telephone? A toilet and electric lighting, if you go back far enough. Technology is still…

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Why Smart Home Tech is a Necessity for the Gen-Z Renter

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Safety and security, convenience, transparency, cost savings, and environmental sustainability – there are plenty of reasons to integrate smart technology into a rental property.  For the Gen-Z renter, technology integration in all areas of life is almost inextricably linked to their value system. Gen Z already represents 40% of consumers. They are just now graduating from college, which means they…

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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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New Smart Lock Options Available From PointCentral: Which Smart Lock Is Right for Your Needs?

PointCentral continues to expand its smart lock options so property managers can choose what works best for their properties. The latest addition to the PointCentral smart lock family is the Yale Assure Lock for Andersen Patio and Entry Doors. Through PointCentral’s smart lock integration, the Yale Assure Series allows you to remotely add and remove unique access codes for users,…

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How to Utilize Smart Home Tech To Solve Common Property Management Challenges

Smart home technology may seem like a luxury right now. Still, it’s quickly becoming standard practice for those who are concerned with safety, lowering costs, and managing multiple properties with ease.  A tech-savvy approach to rental differentiation, whether in a single-family home, a multi-unit residential property, or intelligent commercial buildings, can offer that “wow” factor to prospects. However, sooner than…

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Smart Apartments vs. Smart Homes: Key Differences Homeowners and Renters Should Know

Innovation and automation are everywhere. PropTech is one of those areas where technology offers significant value to both property managers and tenants by facilitating communication, boosting security, increasing property utility efficiency, and reducing operating costs. Smart apartments and smart homes, however, are managed differently. Each property has different needs, and technology will be used in different ways. Take a look…

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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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