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5 Ways To Build A Family-Friendly Smart Home

Wouldn’t life be easier if all the unused lights in your house could go off automatically when your family's not using them? Or if the front door of your house alerts you every time someone’s outside? Or if you could tell the power supply to go off automatically after your kids have watched TV for half an hour?

Sounds magical, right?

But for millions of smart homes around the world, that's just another day.

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Jon Cagan
Here's Why You Should Have Smart Home Automation Systems Installed Professionally

Home automation systems have been inching slowly into the mainstream. New do-it-yourself (DIY) focused systems are easily available in the marketplace. However, consumers are faced with the decision on whether to undertake the setup of a home automation system themselves or to hire a professional to have it integrated. While one certainly saves money by handling the task themselves, don’t let the cost of a professional home automation systems installation sway your decision.

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Jon Cagan
Z-Wave: What It Is And What It Means For Your Smart Home

If you’re not a total techie, the world of smart home technology can sometimes be a little intimidating to navigate. We’re here to break it down for you:

What is Z-Wave?

Z-Wave is a wireless protocol that focuses on connectivity within the smart home. It uses low-energy radio waves to let smart devices communicate with one another. (For a comparison, think that the Z-Wave connectivity range is bigger than that of Bluetooth, but smaller than that of Wi-Fi.)

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Jon Cagan
Four Quick Ways Smart Home Tech Can Help Sell Your House Faster

If you're planning on putting your home on the market anytime soon, it's probably a good idea to smarten it up a bit before your realtor starts showing it.

According to a joint survey conducted by Coldwell Banker CNET, 81 percent of potential homeowners who already own smart devices would be more likely to purchase a home with smart home tech preinstalled. That's pretty significant when you consider that 45 percent of Americans already own smart home devices or plan to soon.

The bottom line? If you're planning on putting your home on the market anytime soon, it's probably a good idea to smarten it up a bit before your realtor starts showing it.

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Jon Cagan
Buying and Selling a High-Tech Home By Sarah Pike

What are the experts saying about the market for smart homes?

Investing in a smartphone is a no-brainer for most people, but what is the market like for smart homes?

Forty-five percent of Americans “either own smart home technology or plan to invest in it in 2016,” according to Coldwell Banker’s 2016 Smart Home Marketplace Survey.

With nearly half of Americans enamored with home automation, there’s no doubt a market exists for high-tech homes.

In the months and years ahead, tech-minded house hunters will find more and more smart home options on the market. Likewise, smart home sellers can take comfort in knowing there’s a large pool of house hunters interested in home automation....

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Jon Cagan