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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 11/4/2020


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Energy Efficiency

As home buyers become younger and younger, energy-efficient structures become more popular. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the most sought-after green features in a home include:

  • Energy-Star rated windows and appliances.
  • Toilets that conserve water.
  • Tankless water heaters.
  • Solar panels.
  • Extra insulation.
  • Triple-paned glass in windows and doors. 

Home buyers in 2020 want an efficient home that boasts big creature comforts, combined with a small monthly utility bill.

Sustainability

Hand-in-hand with energy efficiency comes sustainability. Recycled building materials such as reclaimed wood and recycled steel are gaining ground as viable alternatives to traditional building materials. The use of pre-cast concrete and bamboo is increasing as well. But homebuyers who really want to flaunt their devotion to sustainable products this year may be able to choose sheep's wool or straw bales as home insulation. Houses made of earth may even begin to crop up in places where they weren't previously welcome. 

Technology

It's a digital world in which we live in 2020. That's why young home buyers want more tech features in the homes they're considering living in for the next three-to-five years. CNET includes the following devices in their list of top home tech:

  • Smart speakers.
  • Smart displays.
  • Mesh routers.
  • Smart plugs.
  • Smart light bulbs.
  • Smart thermostats.
  • Video doorbells.
  • Home security systems.

These devices not only protect your home from intruders and show you who's at your door from across the country, they do the little things, too. They can read you a recipe so you're free to keep your hands in the bowl. They can ensure you have seamless WIFI connection all through the house and have your rooms warmed up and waiting for you when you get home from work in the evenings. Today's tech is all about hands-free convenience at the simple command of a voice, and today's home buyers are crazy for it. 

Wide-Open Spaces

Open-concept areas are still big this year, but in 2020, they're expanding to include the great outdoors. Homes that offer a seamless transition from indoors to an upgraded, outdoor living space are in demand. Walls of sliding, glass doors that simply fold away to remove the barrier between a kitchen and an outdoor deck are prime real estate. 

Other top trends in home design this year include industrial living spaces and rooms that boast high-contrast decor. The majority of home buyers going forward are expected to be some of the youngest, most professional that the market has ever seen. Younger buyers means more adventurous floor plans and garages capable of housing multiple cars. In short, 2020 is shaping up to be a real estate agent's dream. 






 





Posted by Pamela Bailey on 10/2/2019

Homes have advanced significantly with the introduction of different tech innovations. A lot of things have been put in place to ensure people live as comfortable as possible. Some chores can be annoying and time-consuming at the same time - not everyone enjoys mowing the lawn or mopping the whole house.

Smart home gadgets are now widely available to make it easier for people to go about their normal activities. Whether you're looking to dive into the world of smart home gadgets for the first time, or you want to spice up your luxury living inventory by including the best devices, this post will be helpful. This article will highlight the best must-have smart home gadgets you should get.

Amazon Echo

Amazon has taken a significant lead in the smart home appliances market with its investment in artificial intelligence. Amazon Echo is an intelligent speaker that doesn't only play whatever you want it to, and whenever, it also takes voice commands from you. It's able to do this because it was built with Amazon's Alexa to identify voice-based commands. You can connect the Echo to other smart products in your home. 

Robotic lawn mower

While gadgets to offer a centralized system to control all your house chores, many automation technologies, like the robotic lawn mower, have gained massive acceptance. With this, you can sit back while the fancy gadget takes care of your garden and lawn.

Smart mirror personal assistant

This is for those who have always wanted to get all the updates they need to start the day while they adjust their shirt in front of the mirror. The smart mirror is packed with a facial recognition technology which turns it on when you stand in its front, and it notifies you of the weather, traffic, emails, etc.

Smart thermostat

Do you battle with extreme weather or your HVAC system usurps a lot of energy? The intelligent thermostat should be the go-to gadget. This device allows you to control the temperature of a room or your entire home with a simple tap from your smartphone.You don't have to worry if your temperature will drop when you're away on vacation. The smart thermostat reports the temperature and adjusts it to be just right.

Smart doorbell

The beauty of smart home gadgets is they don't have to be really expensive to provide you the necessary function. Smart doorbells come with hidden cameras, and a dual audio system to enable you to speak to your visitors and hear their response. They also have motion sensors to detect movements within your perimeter.

Talk to your real estate agent about whether or not smart gadgets like these will increase the value of your home.





Posted by Pamela Bailey on 4/12/2017

Smart home technology is an innovative trend in residential home construction. Innovative advances in technology are forever changing the way we live our lives and build our homes. Smart home technologies once available only in the most luxurious of homes and requiring specialized expertise to design, install, program, and set up, can now be found at all price levels of new home construction. Is the growing rate of burglaries and home invasions a concern? Do you want to be able to anonymously look in on the nanny or see what your teenagers are up to when you are away? Homeowners, due to growing security concerns, are embracing the many new or enhanced safety and security features that smart home automation systems can achieve. Busy professionals are expressing safety and security concerns for aging parents and young children. Smart home technology can relieve concerns with state-of-the-art remote monitoring equipment and technologies. Energy efficiency is another motivating factor behind the increase in smart home technology. The home construction industry is embracing the energy efficiency trend and incorporating home automation systems to meet the ever-growing demand for energy efficiency and reduction of home heating and cooling bills. Convenience and ease of operation drive the technology marketplace with new gizmos and gadgets appearing weekly. Did you fail to turn down the air conditioning when you left for work? No worries. With a touch of an app, you can turn up the heat, turn down the temperature, arm the alarm system, start the slow cooker, water the lawn, or turn on exterior lighting. From a laptop, tablet or smartphone, today’s homeowners can control security systems, lighting, HVAC, entertainment equipment and so much more. The latest innovations in smart home technology can include tank less water heaters, geothermal features, and solar power. Green innovations include the use of recycled materials, advanced framing techniques, tree conservation, and infill projects. When “smart home” owners closely monitor energy and water consumption, they save money. Green Is Good Builders and home buyers are realizing that today’s green technology can give a return on investment must faster than in the past; the concern of additional upfront costs overshadowed by long-term savings from efficiency. Imagine! With a smart home, you are only limited by your imagination. If there is a function in your home that operates electronically, your electrician or technology consultant, working with your builder, can incorporate it into your smart home design. Not only does incorporating green building materials and techniques save money, but it also results in better quality construction practices that result in structures that often hold their value better. We all want to do our part to protect the planet. Green building techniques and technologies make homeowners feel good about minimizing their impact on the environment.