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11 Gadgets Making Homes Even Smarter
Your clients will turn to you for information on the latest smart-home devices, so here are a few you should know about now.
January 31, 2018
If your clients wanted to make their homes smarter, would you know how to guide them? You’d better have a few suggestions, as 42 percent of consumers say they want their real estate agent to know how staging a property with smart-home products could affect the sale, according to a recent Coldwell Banker survey unveiled at CES 2018.
First, you should know which smart features are most in demand. According to Coldwell Banker’s survey, buyers are more interested in products that perform a practical function in the home rather than those that are purely for entertainment. Buyers say they prefer a home to already have the following devices installed:
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- Smart thermostat: 77 percent
- Smart fire detector: 75 percent
- Smart carbon monoxide detector: 70 percent
- Smart camera: 66 percent
- Smart lock: 63 percent
- Smart lighting system: 63 percent
The latest evolution in smart-home tech is centered around voice control, which enables users to perform tasks by simply speaking commands, such as “turn on the lights.” Companies such as Kohler, Samsung, and LG prominently featured voice-control devices at CES 2018. Kohler Konnect, for example, lets users operate bathroom features, such as the showerhead and toilet, with Amazon’s Alexa. You could tell the mirror to display weather and traffic updates, or command the toilet to open the lid or play your favorite music.
LG and Samsung’s SmartThings platform showed how voice-control products can be used to operate a home’s appliances. Samsung and third-party connected devices can even display a video feed of who’s at the front door on a television screen or refrigerator door. Here are the buzzworthy products that debuted at CES 2018.