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Posted on March 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm
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Get Smart! Cash in on Smart Home Rebates!

Homeowners and renters now have numerous opportunities to receive significant discounts on the most popular Smart Home products. In some cases, these products are virtually free.

 

Homeowners and renters now have numerous opportunities to receive significant discounts on the most popular Smart Home products.   In some cases, these products are virtually free.

Do your research as local utilities, law enforcement organizations and national insurance companies are increasingly partnering with Smart Home vendors to help residents further improve security, lower utility costs and increase convenience.

The most popular Smart Home devices on the market now address the issues of heating and cooling (smart thermostats) home security (smart locks, smart alarm systems or cameras), and safety (smart fire/carbon monoxide detectors).

Smart Thermostat Rebates from Local Utilities

Utility companies such as AEP Ohio, ComEd, Nicor Gas, PPL Electric Utilities, Tucson Electric Power and Washington Gas now are offering rebates on a number of smart thermostats.

For example, The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) is offering $100 rebates on qualifying ecobee, Nest and Honeywell smart thermostats purchased through March 31, 2017.  These products retail for up to $249.  DCSEU estimates a yearly energy cost savings of between 7%-10% when you replace your thermostat with a new programmable one.

To see if such offers are available in your community, visit www.ecobee.com/rebates and https://nest.com/energy-partners

Discounts on Home Security

Check to see if your local law enforcement agency is offering discounts on home security.  For example, the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department has joined forces with Smart Home security company Ring to offer up to a $500 rebate per residence on outdoor Ring Video Doorbells and Stick Up Cams that are installed on the exterior of a home.  Both products retail for $200.

Ring has already worked with cities across the US to launch similar programs. Last year, Ring partnered with the LAPD and gave away Ring Video Doorbells to residents in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Wilshire Park. Over the next six months, that community saw a 55% reduction in burglaries.

Discounts from Insurance Companies

National insurance companies increasing are offering insurers free or discounted Smart Home devices along with discounts on home insurance policies.  Why?  According to recent research findings from NTT DATA, 64% of U.S. homeowners insurance customers would be willing to change insurance companies to get policy discounts for using smart home devices, including smart thermostats and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.

Here are a number of available options:

  • American Family Insurance – new and existing homeowners insurance policyholders receive a $30 discount on Ring video doorbells and could qualify for a 5% insurance discount
  • Liberty Mutual – switch to Liberty Mutual home insurance and receive discounts on your insurance along with a $99 Wi-Fi connected Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm or a $100 August Smart Lock.
  • State Farm – when you purchase a Canary All-in-One Security Device, you get a $20 Visa gift card and save $20 on a Canary Annual membership, in addition to receiving home insurance discounts.

Before you purchase your new smart home devices, do your research and potentially save a few hundred dollars.  But hurry, as some rebate programs are ending soon.

 

Source: CB Blu Matter/Sharon Lee


Posted on March 20, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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Power of Pets


Posted on March 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm
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It’s Good to Be a Seller: Sales See Highest Profits Since 2007

It’s a good time to be a seller.

Home sellers in 2016 saw the highest profits since 2007, averaging a 21 percent gain, or $38,206, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Sales Report. Sellers in San Jose and San Francisco, Calif. saw the highest gain, at 69 percent, as well as those in Santa Rosa, Calif., at 52 percent, Los Angeles, Calif., at 49 percent, and Seattle, Wash., at 48 percent.

Forty-four percent of housing markets reached all-time price peaks in 2016, according to the report, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas ($230,571), Houston, Texas ($214,795) and Atlanta, Ga. ($181,000). The median home price in 2016 was $218,175, a 6.8 percent increase from 2015 and a 45 percent increase from the 2011 low. The highest median home prices were in New York County ($1.4 million), San Francisco County ($1.175 million) and San Mateo County ($1.075 million).

The share of distressed sales—bank-owned (REO) sales, foreclosure auction sales (“sheriff’s” or “trustee’s”) and short sales—in 2016 tumbled to 16.2 percent from 18.8 percent in 2015, a nine-year low. Atlantic City, N.J. saw the most distressed sales at 43.8 percent, followed by Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Md.-W.Va. at 33.2 percent and Rockford, Ill. at 29.2 percent. More foreclosure auctions were sold to third-party buyers in 2016, comprising 28.5 percent of all completed auctions.

“The housing market hit several important milestones in 2016, with distressed sales at a nine-year low and home prices at a 10-year high, just barely below the pre-recession peak in 2006,” says Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. “This was all good news for home sellers, who realized their biggest average profits since purchase nationwide in 2016. Even distressed property sellers are benefitting from this hot seller’s market, with a record-high share of homes at foreclosure auction being purchased by third-party buyers, rather than reverting back to the foreclosing bank.”

Source: Rismedia

 


Posted on February 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm
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