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Retirees Preferring Dog Parks Over Golf

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 16, 2018 - 12:00am

Golf and pickle ball courts may be less of a lure for retirees. Instead, they prefer a dog park nearby.

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Voice Activated: Do You Talk to Your Tech?

RisMedia Consumer Advice - May 15, 2018 - 3:58pm

How many of us are talking to our tech on a regular basis?

Ken Olmstead at the Pew Research Center recently highlighted the fact that nearly half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they use voice-controlled assistants and applications to interact with smartphones and other devices.

Just over half (55 percent) say “a major reason” they use voice assistants is to permit hands-free interaction with devices.

The Pew study affirmed that voice assistant technology is being widely used to remotely control connected systems, including “smart home” lighting and heating devices. In fact, more than a quarter (26 percent) surveyed use voice assistants to connect remotely to those apps and devices.

So where are the newest voice control technologies being integrated in 2018?

Kohler, the global designer of kitchen and bath products, has introduced Konnect. This new platform allows consumers to conveniently personalize their experience with a growing number of the company’s products through voice control.

Claiming to have delivered the first voice-activated product line for the kitchen and bath, Konnect offers support through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit.

Say the word and adjust the company’s lighted mirror, order up a soak with their voice-activated bathtub faucet, pick your spritz with their voice-command shower systems—and, yes, even apply a number of controls to the toilet!

Kristen Hicks at SeniorAdvisor.com says voice-activation improvements like these are helping countless homeowners age in place, by turning lights on and off, keeping grocery and to-do lists, reminding folks to take meds, changing interior temperature settings, using voice-activated technology to be sure doors are locked, and, most importantly, calling for help in an emergency. Hicks says while many home alert systems require reaching a phone or a button, a voice command can be issued without having to move.

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Use Blog Comments to Boost Your Web Traffic

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am

One of the most overlooked and underrated ways to promote your blog or website is within the comment section of other websites and blogs, notes a...

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The Strategic Move Behind a $1 List Price

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am

For years, a real estate professional in Edmond, Okla., had told his sellers that even if they priced their home for just a dollar, the market...

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Old Dog Finds New Home in Coldwell Banker Ad

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am

The real estate brand champions both the work of its agents and the joy of adopting shelter pets in its latest advertisement.

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Startup Turns Buyer Bids Into All-Cash Offers

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am

In a competitive market, some buyers are increasingly losing out to people closing deals with all cash. A startup wants to level that playing...

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Negotiating Home Fixtures: Who Gets What?

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am

Make sure buyers don’t fall in love with a specific item in the house only find out the seller is taking it with them.

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The Recession’s Lingering Impact on Buyers

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am

The recovery has rolled on for more than eight years and builders say a new breed of home shopper has emerged.

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Homeownership Is Becoming Much Pricier

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Rapid home price gains in the first quarter, mixed with higher mortgage rates, are basically eliminating any meaningful gains home buyers may be...

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Best Tip to First-Time Buyers: Act Fast

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Those who are serious about buying can’t afford to linger.

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Buyers Turn to Crowdfunding to Afford a Home

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 14, 2018 - 12:00am

More aspiring home buyers are increasingly turning to crowdfunding to drum up money for a down payment. 

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Top College Towns for New Grads to Call Home

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Some college grads are choosing to stay put in the town where they attended school. Find out the places that offer the best prospects for...

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Which Adult Children Move Home the Most?

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 14, 2018 - 12:00am

More millennials are living with their parents, but the trend is more prevalent among certain races, new research finds.

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Affordable Housing Crunch Prompts Lotteries

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 14, 2018 - 12:00am

The inventory crunch is prominent in San Francisco: 95 apartment units were to be offered at affordable prices recently, which prompted a frenzy...

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Single Women Outbuy Men in Homeownership

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 11, 2018 - 12:00am

The rate is more than double the rate of single males who are also purchasing homes and condos.

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Mortgage Rates Barely Stirred This Week

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 11, 2018 - 12:00am

Following a series of rises in April, mortgage rates are taking a pause so far this month.

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Rising Incomes Provide More Buyer Relief

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 11, 2018 - 12:00am

The increases gave a boost to housing affordability in the first quarter of this year while also helping to offset recent upticks in mortgage...

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The Nation’s Busiest Builders, Ranked

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 11, 2018 - 12:00am

Many homebuilders are reporting hundreds—and even thousands—of closings in 2017, much more than the year prior.

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The Housing Shortage Is Hitting Luxury Too

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 11, 2018 - 12:00am

Several high-end areas are now seeing prices skyrocket from the limited quantity of homes for sale.

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Treat Clients Like You’d Treat Your Mom

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 10, 2018 - 12:00am

This Mother’s Day, consider adopting the mother gauge when it comes to interacting with clients by asking yourself, “Would you do that...

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