Hot Home Trend: Bringing Back the Brass

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

We’ve seen brass fixtures gradually coming back over the last few years, and the trend is only getting bigger.

Golden brass tones can warm up some of your décor. However, after being inundated with silver finishes–like chrome and stainless steel–over the last few years, some still consider brass as looking dated. You certainly don’t have to go all 1980s and brass the entire house in fixtures to make a statement. Using brass in a few places as an accent is actually more on trend.

Mixing metals is on trend. Mixing together chrome, nickel, brass, and bronze fixtures and décor is being incorporated into several home styles too, from contemporary to traditional. Brass is being added into more kitchens, from brass pendant lights over a kitchen island, brass faucets, or even brass pulls to dress up the kitchen cabinets.

Should you consider mixing in a few brass pieces into your staging? Check out some of these examples from designers at Houzz.

      

Analysis: The Price of a Property Ripe for Summer

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With more activities, daylight, outdoor parties and vacations, summer is a precious time of year. Do you have amenities at home that make the most of the season?

According to new realtor.com® research, features that scream “summer” can earn homeowners more profit. An outdoor shower, for example, is at a 97 percent price-per-square foot (PPSF) premium—exceedingly high, because most are on properties on the water—while a barbecue grill, associated with summertime, is at 26 percent, and a pool and/or spa is at 25 percent.

“Buyers love special features that enable them to get the most out of the summer months, and are willing to pay more for a home that has them, according to our analysis,” says Javier Vivas, director of Economic Research at realtor.com.

MORE: Is ‘Green’ at a Premium? Depends Where You Purchase

However, location matters. According to the analysis, Massachusetts, Hawaii and New Jersey contain the most listings with outdoor showers, but New York, New Jersey and South Carolina have the highest premiums for them, at 256 percent, 164 percent and 140 percent, respectively. When it comes to BBQs, Arizona, California and Utah have the most listings with them, but only Arizona and California have the highest premiums (33 percent and 23 percent, respectively). Arizona and California are also contenders for the most listings with pools, but New York has the highest premium for one, at 224 percent.

When marketing a property primed for summer, the description is key, the research shows. In Michigan—where bitter winters and lake life meet—descriptions on listings mentioning “summer days” or “summer fun” command a 36 percent premium.

For more information, please visit www.realtor.com.

Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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Analysis: The Price of a Property Ripe for Summer

DeVita_Suzanne_60x60

With more activities, daylight, outdoor parties and vacations, summer is a precious time of year. Do you have amenities at home that make the most of the season?

According to new realtor.com® research, features that scream “summer” can earn homeowners more profit. An outdoor shower, for example, is at a 97 percent price-per-square foot (PPSF) premium—exceedingly high, because most are on properties on the water—while a barbecue grill, associated with summertime, is at 26 percent, and a pool and/or spa is at 25 percent.

“Buyers love special features that enable them to get the most out of the summer months, and are willing to pay more for a home that has them, according to our analysis,” says Javier Vivas, director of Economic Research at realtor.com.

MORE: Is ‘Green’ at a Premium? Depends Where You Purchase

However, location matters. According to the analysis, Massachusetts, Hawaii and New Jersey contain the most listings with outdoor showers, but New York, New Jersey and South Carolina have the highest premiums for them, at 256 percent, 164 percent and 140 percent, respectively. When it comes to BBQs, Arizona, California and Utah have the most listings with them, but only Arizona and California have the highest premiums (33 percent and 23 percent, respectively). Arizona and California are also contenders for the most listings with pools, but New York has the highest premium for one, at 224 percent.

When marketing a property primed for summer, the description is key, the research shows. In Michigan—where bitter winters and lake life meet—descriptions on listings mentioning “summer days” or “summer fun” command a 36 percent premium.

For more information, please visit www.realtor.com.

Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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Analysis: The Price of a Property Ripe for Summer

DeVita_Suzanne_60x60

With more activities, daylight, outdoor parties and vacations, summer is a precious time of year. Do you have amenities at home that make the most of the season?

According to new realtor.com® research, features that scream “summer” can earn homeowners more profit. An outdoor shower, for example, is at a 97 percent price-per-square foot (PPSF) premium—exceedingly high, because most are on properties on the water—while a barbecue grill, associated with summertime, is at 26 percent, and a pool and/or spa is at 25 percent.

“Buyers love special features that enable them to get the most out of the summer months, and are willing to pay more for a home that has them, according to our analysis,” says Javier Vivas, director of Economic Research at realtor.com.

MORE: Is ‘Green’ at a Premium? Depends Where You Purchase

However, location matters. According to the analysis, Massachusetts, Hawaii and New Jersey contain the most listings with outdoor showers, but New York, New Jersey and South Carolina have the highest premiums for them, at 256 percent, 164 percent and 140 percent, respectively. When it comes to BBQs, Arizona, California and Utah have the most listings with them, but only Arizona and California have the highest premiums (33 percent and 23 percent, respectively). Arizona and California are also contenders for the most listings with pools, but New York has the highest premium for one, at 224 percent.

When marketing a property primed for summer, the description is key, the research shows. In Michigan—where bitter winters and lake life meet—descriptions on listings mentioning “summer days” or “summer fun” command a 36 percent premium.

For more information, please visit www.realtor.com.

Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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$106,000 :: 45710 TILCH, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,700 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/24/18, Last Updated: 06/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 365728
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Status: Sold

GREAT HOME IN A GREAT AREA. TOTALLY UPDATED,HAS CENTRAL AIR, LARGE LOT. HURRY – A HOMELIKE THIS WON’T LAST LONG.

Listed with RE/MAX First


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$106,000 :: 45710 TILCH, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,700 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/24/18, Last Updated: 06/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 365728
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Status: Sold

GREAT HOME IN A GREAT AREA. TOTALLY UPDATED,HAS CENTRAL AIR, LARGE LOT. HURRY – A HOMELIKE THIS WON’T LAST LONG.

Listed with RE/MAX First


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$106,000 :: 45710 TILCH, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,700 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/24/18, Last Updated: 06/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 365728
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Status: Sold

GREAT HOME IN A GREAT AREA. TOTALLY UPDATED,HAS CENTRAL AIR, LARGE LOT. HURRY – A HOMELIKE THIS WON’T LAST LONG.

Listed with RE/MAX First


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$399,900 :: 21658 FORT WORTH, MACOMB Township MI, 48044

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4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,900 sq ft
Lot Size: 18,730 sq ft
Added: 06/05/18, Last Updated: 06/23/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 58031349691
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: LONE STAR ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/23/2018 by 2%
Status: Active

Open Saturday 6/23 12-2. Better than new, 2014 built Colonial in fantastic Macomb Township neighborhood north of 22 Mile and West off Card. Classic yet contemporary, this floor plan combines beauty and function! You enter from 3-car garage into a mudroom with a command center that helps keep a busy family organized. Upstairs, the laundry room is convenient, spacious and includes a walk-in closet! Tasteful kitchen has mahogany cabinets, granite counters, glass backsplash & a huge pantry! The kitchen also includes Frigidaire appliances, a kitchen island/bar and has enough room for a very large table. Outside, there is a two-tiered stamped concrete patio that spans the entire width of the home. Last but not least, this home is on a premium lot with a wooded area behind the house and an easement on the west side that will never be built on.

Listed with Real Living Kee Realty-Clinton Twp


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$399,900 :: 21658 FORT WORTH, MACOMB Township MI, 48044

Property Photo

4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,900 sq ft
Lot Size: 18,730 sq ft
Added: 06/05/18, Last Updated: 06/23/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 58031349691
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: LONE STAR ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/23/2018 by 2%
Status: Active

Open Saturday 6/23 12-2. Better than new, 2014 built Colonial in fantastic Macomb Township neighborhood north of 22 Mile and West off Card. Classic yet contemporary, this floor plan combines beauty and function! You enter from 3-car garage into a mudroom with a command center that helps keep a busy family organized. Upstairs, the laundry room is convenient, spacious and includes a walk-in closet! Tasteful kitchen has mahogany cabinets, granite counters, glass backsplash & a huge pantry! The kitchen also includes Frigidaire appliances, a kitchen island/bar and has enough room for a very large table. Outside, there is a two-tiered stamped concrete patio that spans the entire width of the home. Last but not least, this home is on a premium lot with a wooded area behind the house and an easement on the west side that will never be built on.

Listed with Real Living Kee Realty-Clinton Twp


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$399,900 :: 21658 FORT WORTH, MACOMB Township MI, 48044

Property Photo

4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,900 sq ft
Lot Size: 18,730 sq ft
Added: 06/05/18, Last Updated: 06/23/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 58031349691
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: LONE STAR ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/23/2018 by 2%
Status: Active

Open Saturday 6/23 12-2. Better than new, 2014 built Colonial in fantastic Macomb Township neighborhood north of 22 Mile and West off Card. Classic yet contemporary, this floor plan combines beauty and function! You enter from 3-car garage into a mudroom with a command center that helps keep a busy family organized. Upstairs, the laundry room is convenient, spacious and includes a walk-in closet! Tasteful kitchen has mahogany cabinets, granite counters, glass backsplash & a huge pantry! The kitchen also includes Frigidaire appliances, a kitchen island/bar and has enough room for a very large table. Outside, there is a two-tiered stamped concrete patio that spans the entire width of the home. Last but not least, this home is on a premium lot with a wooded area behind the house and an easement on the west side that will never be built on.

Listed with Real Living Kee Realty-Clinton Twp


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

Smart Homes: The Way of the Future or a Risk to Homeowners?

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Glitches of early iterations aside, AI-based technology has come a long way, and has an increasingly active presence in the lives of homeowners who are looking for convenience and savings in a pushed-for-time era. From adaptive thermostats that automatically gauge energy usage and alter temperatures for optimal savings, to smart home speakers that use sophisticated artificial intelligence to provide services and information in real-time, a smart homeowner can now cross off a variety of menial tasks from their daily to-do list without doing more than speaking a phrase out loud or clicking a button on their mobile device.

What is the true cost of this convenience? Some gadget adopters are reporting invasion of privacy, security risks, and more. For those who have not yet invested in smart home technology, these factors are largely holding them back; in fact, it is the second-biggest reason for hesitation for 17 percent of non-users, behind price (42 percent), according to a recently released report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), “Smart Home, Seamless Life: Unlocking a Culture of Convenience.” In addition, 56 percent of surveyed individuals stated they would choose encryption to protect their data when creating their own smart home.

What are these misuses of technology that could lead to privacy or security risks? These are a few of the reported instances thus far:

  1. Gadgets May Be Susceptible to Hacking
    Last August, Wired published a story about a British security researcher for MWR Labs, Mark Barnes, who was able to install malware on an Amazon Echo device, turning it into a surveillance device that silently streamed audio to his own server. While newer models cannot be jailbroken this way, Amazon has not released any software to fix the issue with older units.

For the typical owner, this may not seem like a significant violation; however, this could lead to another type of home theft in which fraudsters break into homes looking to steal identifying information via smart home gadgets, leaving little to no evidence of their break-in behind. While Barnes installed code for the specific purpose of audio streaming, he clarified that the installation of malware could serve other uses, such as stealing access to a homeowner’s Amazon account, installing ransomware or attacking parts of the network.

  1. Smart Technology Could Lead to Location-Based Tracking
    Earlier this month, security investigator Brian Krebs reported on a privacy vulnerability for both Google Home and Chromecast—found by Craig Young, a researcher with security firm Tripwire—that leaks accurate location information about its users.

According to Young, attackers can use these Google devices to send a link (which could be anything from a tweet to an advertisement) to the connected user; if the link is clicked and the page left opened for about a minute, the attacker is able to obtain a location.

“The difference between this and a basic IP geolocation is the level of precision,” Young said in the article. “For example, if I geo-locate my IP address right now, I get a location that is roughly two miles from my current location at work. For my home internet connection, the IP geo-location is only accurate to about three miles. With my attack demo, however, I’ve been consistently getting locations within about 10 meters [32 feet] of the device.”

Google initially told Young they would not be fixing the problem; however, after going to the press about the issue, Young reports that Google will be releasing an update in mid-July to address the privacy leak for both devices.

  1. Glitches Could Lead to Invasion of Privacy
    According to local news stations in Portland, Ore., a resident (reportedly named Danielle) received a disturbing phone call from one of her husband’s employers telling her to shut off her smart home devices. After using Amazon devices throughout her home to control temperature, lighting and security, Danielle was made aware that a private conversation was accidentally recorded by Amazon’s artificial intelligence system, Alexa, and was sent to a number on the family’s contact list.

Amazon has since reported that the Echo speaker picked up words in Danielle’s background conversations that it interpreted as “wake words” for recording and sending audio to a contact; however, an article published by website The Information last July states that Amazon was considering obtaining recorded conversations and sending transcripts to developers so they can build more responsive software, making it unclear if these devices automatically record audio without waiting for “wake words.”

These Vulnerabilities Could Impact Real Estate
Smart homes are increasing across the country. According to Statista, a statistics website, the estimated value of the North American smart home market will be $27 billion by 2021.

Of course, the vulnerabilities that have cropped up for some users could have an impact on the selling process. For example, some sellers have already begun using their security systems as a way to listen in on prospective buyers or watch them as they visit the listed home, regardless of whether local laws prohibit these recording practices.

Additionally, if homeowners have devices such as Google Home or Amazon Echo, but do not have security cameras, how can they be sure that visiting buyers are not accessing sensitive information through these speakers? While agents always play a role in adding a measure of security by being present during showings, fraudulent activity that is internet-based only, such as obtaining online data through links, will be difficult to identify.

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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Smart Homes: The Way of the Future or a Risk to Homeowners?

Dominguez_Liz_60x60_4c

Glitches of early iterations aside, AI-based technology has come a long way, and has an increasingly active presence in the lives of homeowners who are looking for convenience and savings in a pushed-for-time era. From adaptive thermostats that automatically gauge energy usage and alter temperatures for optimal savings, to smart home speakers that use sophisticated artificial intelligence to provide services and information in real-time, a smart homeowner can now cross off a variety of menial tasks from their daily to-do list without doing more than speaking a phrase out loud or clicking a button on their mobile device.

What is the true cost of this convenience? Some gadget adopters are reporting invasion of privacy, security risks, and more. For those who have not yet invested in smart home technology, these factors are largely holding them back; in fact, it is the second-biggest reason for hesitation for 17 percent of non-users, behind price (42 percent), according to a recently released report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), “Smart Home, Seamless Life: Unlocking a Culture of Convenience.” In addition, 56 percent of surveyed individuals stated they would choose encryption to protect their data when creating their own smart home.

What are these misuses of technology that could lead to privacy or security risks? These are a few of the reported instances thus far:

  1. Gadgets May Be Susceptible to Hacking
    Last August, Wired published a story about a British security researcher for MWR Labs, Mark Barnes, who was able to install malware on an Amazon Echo device, turning it into a surveillance device that silently streamed audio to his own server. While newer models cannot be jailbroken this way, Amazon has not released any software to fix the issue with older units.

For the typical owner, this may not seem like a significant violation; however, this could lead to another type of home theft in which fraudsters break into homes looking to steal identifying information via smart home gadgets, leaving little to no evidence of their break-in behind. While Barnes installed code for the specific purpose of audio streaming, he clarified that the installation of malware could serve other uses, such as stealing access to a homeowner’s Amazon account, installing ransomware or attacking parts of the network.

  1. Smart Technology Could Lead to Location-Based Tracking
    Earlier this month, security investigator Brian Krebs reported on a privacy vulnerability for both Google Home and Chromecast—found by Craig Young, a researcher with security firm Tripwire—that leaks accurate location information about its users.

According to Young, attackers can use these Google devices to send a link (which could be anything from a tweet to an advertisement) to the connected user; if the link is clicked and the page left opened for about a minute, the attacker is able to obtain a location.

“The difference between this and a basic IP geolocation is the level of precision,” Young said in the article. “For example, if I geo-locate my IP address right now, I get a location that is roughly two miles from my current location at work. For my home internet connection, the IP geo-location is only accurate to about three miles. With my attack demo, however, I’ve been consistently getting locations within about 10 meters [32 feet] of the device.”

Google initially told Young they would not be fixing the problem; however, after going to the press about the issue, Young reports that Google will be releasing an update in mid-July to address the privacy leak for both devices.

  1. Glitches Could Lead to Invasion of Privacy
    According to local news stations in Portland, Ore., a resident (reportedly named Danielle) received a disturbing phone call from one of her husband’s employers telling her to shut off her smart home devices. After using Amazon devices throughout her home to control temperature, lighting and security, Danielle was made aware that a private conversation was accidentally recorded by Amazon’s artificial intelligence system, Alexa, and was sent to a number on the family’s contact list.

Amazon has since reported that the Echo speaker picked up words in Danielle’s background conversations that it interpreted as “wake words” for recording and sending audio to a contact; however, an article published by website The Information last July states that Amazon was considering obtaining recorded conversations and sending transcripts to developers so they can build more responsive software, making it unclear if these devices automatically record audio without waiting for “wake words.”

These Vulnerabilities Could Impact Real Estate
Smart homes are increasing across the country. According to Statista, a statistics website, the estimated value of the North American smart home market will be $27 billion by 2021.

Of course, the vulnerabilities that have cropped up for some users could have an impact on the selling process. For example, some sellers have already begun using their security systems as a way to listen in on prospective buyers or watch them as they visit the listed home, regardless of whether local laws prohibit these recording practices.

Additionally, if homeowners have devices such as Google Home or Amazon Echo, but do not have security cameras, how can they be sure that visiting buyers are not accessing sensitive information through these speakers? While agents always play a role in adding a measure of security by being present during showings, fraudulent activity that is internet-based only, such as obtaining online data through links, will be difficult to identify.

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.

The post Smart Homes: The Way of the Future or a Risk to Homeowners? appeared first on RISMedia.

      

Smart Homes: The Way of the Future or a Risk to Homeowners?

Dominguez_Liz_60x60_4c

Glitches of early iterations aside, AI-based technology has come a long way, and has an increasingly active presence in the lives of homeowners who are looking for convenience and savings in a pushed-for-time era. From adaptive thermostats that automatically gauge energy usage and alter temperatures for optimal savings, to smart home speakers that use sophisticated artificial intelligence to provide services and information in real-time, a smart homeowner can now cross off a variety of menial tasks from their daily to-do list without doing more than speaking a phrase out loud or clicking a button on their mobile device.

What is the true cost of this convenience? Some gadget adopters are reporting invasion of privacy, security risks, and more. For those who have not yet invested in smart home technology, these factors are largely holding them back; in fact, it is the second-biggest reason for hesitation for 17 percent of non-users, behind price (42 percent), according to a recently released report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), “Smart Home, Seamless Life: Unlocking a Culture of Convenience.” In addition, 56 percent of surveyed individuals stated they would choose encryption to protect their data when creating their own smart home.

What are these misuses of technology that could lead to privacy or security risks? These are a few of the reported instances thus far:

  1. Gadgets May Be Susceptible to Hacking
    Last August, Wired published a story about a British security researcher for MWR Labs, Mark Barnes, who was able to install malware on an Amazon Echo device, turning it into a surveillance device that silently streamed audio to his own server. While newer models cannot be jailbroken this way, Amazon has not released any software to fix the issue with older units.

For the typical owner, this may not seem like a significant violation; however, this could lead to another type of home theft in which fraudsters break into homes looking to steal identifying information via smart home gadgets, leaving little to no evidence of their break-in behind. While Barnes installed code for the specific purpose of audio streaming, he clarified that the installation of malware could serve other uses, such as stealing access to a homeowner’s Amazon account, installing ransomware or attacking parts of the network.

  1. Smart Technology Could Lead to Location-Based Tracking
    Earlier this month, security investigator Brian Krebs reported on a privacy vulnerability for both Google Home and Chromecast—found by Craig Young, a researcher with security firm Tripwire—that leaks accurate location information about its users.

According to Young, attackers can use these Google devices to send a link (which could be anything from a tweet to an advertisement) to the connected user; if the link is clicked and the page left opened for about a minute, the attacker is able to obtain a location.

“The difference between this and a basic IP geolocation is the level of precision,” Young said in the article. “For example, if I geo-locate my IP address right now, I get a location that is roughly two miles from my current location at work. For my home internet connection, the IP geo-location is only accurate to about three miles. With my attack demo, however, I’ve been consistently getting locations within about 10 meters [32 feet] of the device.”

Google initially told Young they would not be fixing the problem; however, after going to the press about the issue, Young reports that Google will be releasing an update in mid-July to address the privacy leak for both devices.

  1. Glitches Could Lead to Invasion of Privacy
    According to local news stations in Portland, Ore., a resident (reportedly named Danielle) received a disturbing phone call from one of her husband’s employers telling her to shut off her smart home devices. After using Amazon devices throughout her home to control temperature, lighting and security, Danielle was made aware that a private conversation was accidentally recorded by Amazon’s artificial intelligence system, Alexa, and was sent to a number on the family’s contact list.

Amazon has since reported that the Echo speaker picked up words in Danielle’s background conversations that it interpreted as “wake words” for recording and sending audio to a contact; however, an article published by website The Information last July states that Amazon was considering obtaining recorded conversations and sending transcripts to developers so they can build more responsive software, making it unclear if these devices automatically record audio without waiting for “wake words.”

These Vulnerabilities Could Impact Real Estate
Smart homes are increasing across the country. According to Statista, a statistics website, the estimated value of the North American smart home market will be $27 billion by 2021.

Of course, the vulnerabilities that have cropped up for some users could have an impact on the selling process. For example, some sellers have already begun using their security systems as a way to listen in on prospective buyers or watch them as they visit the listed home, regardless of whether local laws prohibit these recording practices.

Additionally, if homeowners have devices such as Google Home or Amazon Echo, but do not have security cameras, how can they be sure that visiting buyers are not accessing sensitive information through these speakers? While agents always play a role in adding a measure of security by being present during showings, fraudulent activity that is internet-based only, such as obtaining online data through links, will be difficult to identify.

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.

The post Smart Homes: The Way of the Future or a Risk to Homeowners? appeared first on RISMedia.

      

$210,000 :: 49470 CARD RD, MACOMB Township MI, 48044

Property Photo

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,805 sq ft
Lot Size: 37,897 sq ft
Added: 06/22/18, Last Updated: 06/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 58031351620
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: MACOMB TWP
Status: Active

Historic & Charming on almost an acre of land. Large great room with skylights and door wall leading out to the deck. Large foyer, the master bedroom upstairs with a full bath. 2 bedrooms on the entry level with another full bath. Attached garage, shed. Parklike backyard.

Listed with Real Estate One Inc -SCS


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$210,000 :: 49470 CARD RD, MACOMB Township MI, 48044

Property Photo

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,805 sq ft
Lot Size: 37,897 sq ft
Added: 06/22/18, Last Updated: 06/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 58031351620
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: MACOMB TWP
Status: Active

Historic & Charming on almost an acre of land. Large great room with skylights and door wall leading out to the deck. Large foyer, the master bedroom upstairs with a full bath. 2 bedrooms on the entry level with another full bath. Attached garage, shed. Parklike backyard.

Listed with Real Estate One Inc -SCS


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$210,000 :: 49470 CARD RD, MACOMB Township MI, 48044

Property Photo

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,805 sq ft
Lot Size: 37,897 sq ft
Added: 06/22/18, Last Updated: 06/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 58031351620
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: MACOMB TWP
Status: Active

Historic & Charming on almost an acre of land. Large great room with skylights and door wall leading out to the deck. Large foyer, the master bedroom upstairs with a full bath. 2 bedrooms on the entry level with another full bath. Attached garage, shed. Parklike backyard.

Listed with Real Estate One Inc -SCS


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$210,000 :: 49470 CARD RD, MACOMB Township MI, 48044

Property Photo

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,805 sq ft
Lot Size: 37,897 sq ft
Added: 06/22/18, Last Updated: 06/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 58031351620
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: MACOMB TWP
Status: Active

Historic & Charming on almost an acre of land. Large great room with skylights and door wall leading out to the deck. Large foyer, the master bedroom upstairs with a full bath. 2 bedrooms on the entry level with another full bath. Attached garage, shed. Parklike backyard.

Listed with Real Estate One Inc -SCS


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$285,000 :: 46155 LOVELAND DR, Macomb MI, 48044-3191

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,868 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 06/21/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21464715
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE VILLAGE
Status: Active

Beautifully maintained colonial with three full baths! Birght and airy eat-in kitchen with granite counters. Large master bedroom with walk in closets. First floor laundry. Additional room off kitchen perfect for office or playroom. Fenced yard with large shed. All appliances stay. Chippewa Valley Schools.

Listed with Sine & Monaghan Realtors Real Living LLC GPF


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$285,000 :: 46155 LOVELAND DR, Macomb MI, 48044-3191

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,868 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 06/21/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21464715
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE VILLAGE
Status: Active

Beautifully maintained colonial with three full baths! Birght and airy eat-in kitchen with granite counters. Large master bedroom with walk in closets. First floor laundry. Additional room off kitchen perfect for office or playroom. Fenced yard with large shed. All appliances stay. Chippewa Valley Schools.

Listed with Sine & Monaghan Realtors Real Living LLC GPF


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$285,000 :: 46155 LOVELAND DR, Macomb MI, 48044-3191

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,868 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 06/21/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21464715
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE VILLAGE
Status: Active

Beautifully maintained colonial with three full baths! Birght and airy eat-in kitchen with granite counters. Large master bedroom with walk in closets. First floor laundry. Additional room off kitchen perfect for office or playroom. Fenced yard with large shed. All appliances stay. Chippewa Valley Schools.

Listed with Sine & Monaghan Realtors Real Living LLC GPF


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$135,000 :: 52364 STONERIDGE, Macomb MI, 48042-3557

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,016 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 05/14/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 21448055
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: TERRACES AT COBBLESTONE
Status: Sold

Beautiful, open 2 bedroom 2 full bath condo with oversized 1 car attached garage and storage space. Large master suite with full bath. Kitchen with ample contertop space, backsplash, upgraded cabinets, and dining area overlooking a huge great room with vaulted ceiling, cozy fireplace and large balcony with great views. Private laundry room with ample storage space. Monthly association fee includes water and grounds maintenance. Terrific location in northwestern Macomb Township. Move in ready and highly affordable!

Listed with Johnstone & Johnstone


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$135,000 :: 52364 STONERIDGE, Macomb MI, 48042-3557

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,016 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 05/14/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 21448055
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: TERRACES AT COBBLESTONE
Status: Sold

Beautiful, open 2 bedroom 2 full bath condo with oversized 1 car attached garage and storage space. Large master suite with full bath. Kitchen with ample contertop space, backsplash, upgraded cabinets, and dining area overlooking a huge great room with vaulted ceiling, cozy fireplace and large balcony with great views. Private laundry room with ample storage space. Monthly association fee includes water and grounds maintenance. Terrific location in northwestern Macomb Township. Move in ready and highly affordable!

Listed with Johnstone & Johnstone


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$135,000 :: 52364 STONERIDGE, Macomb MI, 48042-3557

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,016 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 05/14/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 21448055
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: TERRACES AT COBBLESTONE
Status: Sold

Beautiful, open 2 bedroom 2 full bath condo with oversized 1 car attached garage and storage space. Large master suite with full bath. Kitchen with ample contertop space, backsplash, upgraded cabinets, and dining area overlooking a huge great room with vaulted ceiling, cozy fireplace and large balcony with great views. Private laundry room with ample storage space. Monthly association fee includes water and grounds maintenance. Terrific location in northwestern Macomb Township. Move in ready and highly affordable!

Listed with Johnstone & Johnstone


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$220,000 :: 47830 FREEDOM VALLEY, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,400 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/21/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 706030
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: FREEDOM VALLEY
Status: Sold

Listed with Century 21 Town & Country-Clinton


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$220,000 :: 47830 FREEDOM VALLEY, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,400 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/21/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 706030
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: FREEDOM VALLEY
Status: Sold

Listed with Century 21 Town & Country-Clinton


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$220,000 :: 47830 FREEDOM VALLEY, Update MI, 48044

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,400 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/21/18, Last Updated: 06/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 706030
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: FREEDOM VALLEY
Status: Sold

Listed with Century 21 Town & Country-Clinton


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$341,445 :: 49453 APPALOOSA Drive, Macomb Township MI, 48042

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4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,486 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218056340
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: LEGACY FARMS SUB
Status: Active

Lombardo Homes proudly presents The Elwood; a 4 bed, 2.5 bath home. This home includes: 36″/42″ upper staggered kitchen cabinets, granite in the kitchen, hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen, nook and powder room, 9′ ceilings on the first floor, elegant gas fireplace with a marble surround and much, much, MORE! Build w confidence as we have been building homes since 1961 & offer a 10 year structural & a 10 year basement waterproofing warranty. Our team is dedicated to helping you through each step of the building process.

Virtual Tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=RsfE75izWEb

Listed with Lombardo Realty


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$341,445 :: 49453 APPALOOSA Drive, Macomb Township MI, 48042

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4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,486 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218056340
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: LEGACY FARMS SUB
Status: Active

Lombardo Homes proudly presents The Elwood; a 4 bed, 2.5 bath home. This home includes: 36″/42″ upper staggered kitchen cabinets, granite in the kitchen, hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen, nook and powder room, 9′ ceilings on the first floor, elegant gas fireplace with a marble surround and much, much, MORE! Build w confidence as we have been building homes since 1961 & offer a 10 year structural & a 10 year basement waterproofing warranty. Our team is dedicated to helping you through each step of the building process.

Virtual Tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=RsfE75izWEb

Listed with Lombardo Realty


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$341,445 :: 49453 APPALOOSA Drive, Macomb Township MI, 48042

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4 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 2,486 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218056340
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: LEGACY FARMS SUB
Status: Active

Lombardo Homes proudly presents The Elwood; a 4 bed, 2.5 bath home. This home includes: 36″/42″ upper staggered kitchen cabinets, granite in the kitchen, hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen, nook and powder room, 9′ ceilings on the first floor, elegant gas fireplace with a marble surround and much, much, MORE! Build w confidence as we have been building homes since 1961 & offer a 10 year structural & a 10 year basement waterproofing warranty. Our team is dedicated to helping you through each step of the building process.

Virtual Tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=RsfE75izWEb

Listed with Lombardo Realty


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Homes with Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets and Black Front Doors Can Sell Up to $6,000 More than Expected

For-sale listings with neutral wall colors accented by dark pops of color sell for more money, according to Zillow analysis; homes with red or brown wall colors can sell for less than expected