Smart Home Technology in Real Estate

Real Estate

One of my specialties is Smart Home Technology.

Does your home have some "Smart" features?
When buying a home, what should you look for? When selling a home what information do you need to provide and how does Smart technology play into your pre-sale staging?

In May I completed initial training through Coldwell Banker on Smart Home Technology. Combining this specific training with my extensive microwave/electrical engineering experience, I can help homeowners determine the level of home "intelligence" that is right for them.

This is a rapidly developing facet of real estate. New products are being introduced daily with unique capabilities and controller interfaces that can keep even professionals on their toes trying to keep up.

"Smart" keyless entry and security systems, thermostats and HVAC systems, fire/carbon monoxide detectors and safety systems, lighting, appliances, entertainment, and plant sensors and irrigation systems are all at the forefront of network-connected products. (I've noticed that the companies seem to like to use simple names such as NEST, RING, ROOST, WEMO, ALBA, HUE, ECHO,  LIFX, and MYQ which are only a handful of the available products and systems.)

Professionals are scrambling to define what constitutes a Smart Home. Coldwell Banker and CNET have created a clear designation for real estate. In order to be categorized as a Smart Home, the property must have a smart security feature that either controls access or monitors the property OR a smart temperature feature, in addition to a reliable Internet connection. It must also include at least two additional features listed above.

Welcome to the new world of smart home ownership!