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By Steve Palmer From smartphones to smart TVs, everyday devices are becoming more and more sophisticated and autonomous. The devices being integrated into our homes allow the house to respond automatically to the environment, preset schedules and even spoken commands. Today, systems like Amazon Echo and Google Home provide a central base for automating almost any...

By Sage Singleton Many people know home automation provides benefits to humans. With connected devices such as smart thermostats, cameras, locks and light bulbs, people can now live in more comfort, safety, security and cost savings. But for the humans with furry or feathered friends, questions inevitably arise about home automation and pet safety. Will the smart...

By Sean Keeley Here’s a fun exercise. Pick a major city and start sorting the available home listings on the market by price, starting with the most expensive. Then, go one-by-one down the list, perusing the photos in each listing. See how long it takes for Harrison Ford to show up. No, the Hollywood A-lister isn’t hiding in luxury real estate listings like some...

From robots to voice assistants, this year is set to see a boom in smart home products. Earlier this month, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 concluded a record year with more than 1,000 speakers and close to 200,000 attendants over the course of four days. Held in Las Vegas, CES is one of the largest tech shows in the world, and, at this year's event, smart...

By Erin Davis Your bedroom should be the coziest place in your home—a personal getaway where you can relax, re-energize and be yourself. There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day to a luxurious, comfortable space. We can expect some great bedroom design trends in 2018. With so many exciting, new ideas available, it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate...

By Hannah Whittenly If owning a home by the ocean is your ultimate dream, today’s real estate market makes it much easier to make that dream a reality. However, with so many beautiful beaches to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where that dream home should be. Here are four beautiful—and affordable—options to help you narrow down your search. Corpus...

By Kara Masterson If the mountains are one of your favorite places to visit on vacation, you may consider purchasing a cabin there for yourself. Whether you use it as a second home for vacations only, a rental property that you will also use occasionally, or your new home outside the city, you must think carefully before committing to your first cabin purchase. Cabins...

The year is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean your business should slow down. This is the perfect time to ramp up for the coming year. Use the next week to look back on 2017, learn from mistakes and successes, and put together a plan for 2018. Keeping what works and getting rid of what doesn't will ensure that you are even more successful in the year to come. Analyze...

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By Megan Wild The New Year has arrived, and if you’re looking for a house, you might be down to the wire. Should you go all in and purchase now or wait until the spring? There are multiple things to consider before purchasing a house; location, square footage and style are just three of the many factors. Whether or not to buy a home during the winter or wait...