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Pros and Cons of Bypassing an Appraisal

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 20, 2018 - 12:00am

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced last year special rules for when a property does not need a traditional in-person appraisal, but so far, few...

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Despite Higher Prices, Home Flippers Find Opportunities

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 20, 2018 - 12:00am

There may be few options for investors among distressed properties, but that’s not holding them back.

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The Link Between Real Estate, Life Expectancy

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 20, 2018 - 12:00am

Developers, architects, and city planners were challenged at a recent meeting of the Urban Land Institute to help build healthier communities and...

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Will Exurbs and Suburbs Merge?

NAR Daily Real Estate News - May 20, 2018 - 12:00am

Home buyers looking to escape city living can find similar neighborhood attributes in the areas outside major metros.

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Amazon Experience Centers Look to Transform Smart-Home Shopping

RisMedia Consumer Advice - May 19, 2018 - 12:01am

Amazon is making moves yet again. As a way to market its smart-home business segment without having to invest in conventional store locations, the online marketplace giant has partnered with Lennar Corporation to provide connectivity demos of Alexa-enabled products—everything from video doorbells and smart shades to lighting and scheduled deliveries—within the homebuilder’s model homes, calling these showrooms Amazon Experience Centers.

“Amazon’s ability to bring a home to life with Alexa smart-home experiences, entertainment and services—coupled with their obsession with customer experience—is a natural extension of our Everything’s Included approach to home-building,” said David Kaiserman, president of Lennar Ventures, in statement. “We picked Amazon because of our shared commitment to customers, their Amazon experts across the country, and their ability to connect customers with thousands of service providers through Amazon Home Services.”

These Centers are already open to the public in certain Lennar communities, including in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Within these model homes, prospective buyers can test-control thermostats, lights, shades, locks, televisions and more using Amazon’s trademark smart speaker, Echo, and Alexa AI.

“We wanted customers to experience a real home environment that showcases the convenience of the Alexa smart-home experience, great entertainment available with Prime and Home Services,” said Nish Lathia, general manager of Amazon Services, in a statement. “We are excited to extend our relationship with Lennar with the launch of Amazon Experience Centers. As one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, Lennar offers the potential to enable this experience within easy driving distance of millions of customers.”

Along with its smart speaker offerings, Amazon is also promoting Prime and Home Services, creating an intelligent home environment that is being touted as a money- and time-saver. For example, with Amazon’s Dash series, homeowners would be able to simply press a button to reorder any essentials, such as household items, favorite snack foods, pet supplies and more.

No doubt Lennar will see increased traffic to its model homes because of the partnership, but is this just Amazon’s next step in a larger campaign to fully entrench itself in the real estate industry? Its recent progressions pointing to—yes—talks of a robot give a glimpse into Amazon’s planned future for AI-run households.

Liz Dominguez is RISMedia’s associate content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at ldominguez@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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CFPB Chief: ‘Not Trying to Burn the Building Down’

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

At the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, NAR members gained insights into financial consumer protection, net neutrality...

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Did Buyers Just Miss Their Final Chance for Low Rates?

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

Homebuyer demand has managed to mostly shake off the effects of higher rates so far this year, but will the latest round of hikes make buyers...

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Report: Abandoned Homes Still a Drag in Some Cities

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

Vacancies have grown more widespread in former industrial epicenters and the nation’s “legacy” cities, according to a new report...

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What Makes Homeowners Tackle a Remodel

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

A new survey reveals why homeowners are sprucing up their home. Their reasons are starting to change.

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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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