Does Amazon Key Make Real Estate Less Secure?

Amazon recently announced a new service, Amazon Key, that allows delivery drivers to unlock your door and enter your home to drop off a package. The usefulness of this concept is clear to many homeowners. Package theft is a serious concern, and those who dwell in urban areas are at high risk of coming home expecting a box to find it mysteriously vanished. But is it a good idea to give delivery workers access to your property?

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Are Realtor Lockboxes Secure?

Realtor lockboxes are a staple in the real estate industry. These coded boxes give agents, photographers, inspectors, appraisers, and others access to a home’s keys by typing in a few numbers. But are Realtor lockboxes safe? Let’s take a look at the security provided by Realtor lockboxes and some exciting, recent developments that make them even more secure. Continue reading

Building the Perfect Home Network for Any Sized Home

 

Home internet is an important part of connecting our digital lives. While some areas still struggle with high speed internet options, most Americans can easily find a broadband connection at home. While your internet service provider (ISP) provides their own router to connect you to their service, they’re typically not that good, especially for WiFi. If you have trouble getting a good WiFi signal or internet connection at home, follow these steps to build an amazing home network that includes the latest smart home goodies. Continue reading

10 Top Real Estate Social Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram

Real estate offers one of the most visually stimulating experiences in the world, so it is no surprise that real estate agents across the globe have taken to Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media platforms to share the images they see as they help clients buy and sell homes. Some accounts stand out from the crowd due to their interesting, beautiful, or educational posts. Here are some favorites you should consider following. Continue reading

9 Home Upgrades that are Cheaper Than You Think

If you are a new home buyer and are looking to buy a new construction home, these are the steps you will need to take to get the most of your money's worth.

Whether you are moving into a new home or just want to liven up one you’ve been living in for a while, you have unlimited options to upgrade and customize your home when you own it. From the bathrooms and kitchen to the garage and yard, your home can become an even better place for you and your family to enjoy every day. And, better yet, you can likely do it on a budget. Here are nine budget home upgrades to get you started. Continue reading

Tesla Rooftop Solar Coming Soon to a House Near You

Roofing is not an exciting aspect of real estate to most people, but that may change with new developments from Tesla. Tesla is most known for its electric sports cars, but the company, led by entrepreneurial visionary Elon Musk, is trying to completely change how power grids works around the world. At the center of it is a giant battery and new roofing tiles that may show up shortly on your neighbor’s roof! Continue reading

Chicago Homeowner Sues Zillow Over Poor Estimate


A particular home shows up on popular real estate website Zillow with a Zestimate of $551,252, a fair estimate of the value by some measures. But the owner doesn’t think Zillow is even in the right ballpark, as the home last sold for $626,000. Unfortunately for Zillow, the owner of that home is a lawyer, and she decided to sue Zillow over its valuation of her suburban Chicago home. Continue reading

Talk to Your Home with These Smart Home Accessories

Smart home accessories are all the rage in 2016, and the Internet of Things will continue to grow in 2017 and beyond. As more parts of our homes can be connected to our phones and voices, it can be tough to keep up with all you can do. These smart home accessories are top-of-the-line options to get yourself started. Continue reading

The 3 Best Cloud-Based Landlord Apps

Landlords and other property investors have many options when it comes to cloud based landlord apps. In fact, there are dozens of landlord apps to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites you can consider if you are looking to start or improve your property management with the use of modern property management apps. Continue reading