Property not selling? Smart home it up!

Tech on house pets (read about it in our last story today) might be new, but tech in our homes is not. In fact, it’s the new normal. John Burns Real Estate Consultants sent out an email titled: Smart Home Tech Quickly Becoming Standard in New Homes.

The authors are Wayne Yamano, Principal, and Steve Basten, Senior Manager, and they say just three years ago smart home technology was considered a quirky add-on that didn’t provide much more value to the home sale (our interpretation, here). Today, new home buyers expect properties to employ some form of smart home tech, be it temperature control, security, high-speed Wi-Fi, apps that tell us when our pet’s mood changes [Note: we added the last one, and if you’re wondering what that’s all about, make sure to read our last story today.].

“Our last survey of new home shoppers showed that younger buyers are far more likely to expect smart home features included. A whopping 73% of all young single buyers without kids expected to control their thermostat remotely from their phone, compared to 60% of all shoppers,” Yamano and Basten write. Further, smart home sellers should use this during the staging phase. So for all those who work with Real Estate Agents, consider adding Smart Home upgrades to those properties you just can’t seem to move.

Congratulations Nationwide Mortgage on being a Great Place To Work

One thing that never gets picked up in the trade press is when mortgage companies are doing the right thing by their people. Take, for example, independent mortgage lender Nationwide Mortgage Bankers, just received the Great Place To Work certification.

GPTW is an anonymous survey that gets conducted among your employees. Is the employer involved? Absolutely, but the answers are honest and the results can’t be tampered with. Employees grade their employer on levels of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. This survey has a margin of error of only 5% or less.

Nationwide Mortgage Bankers Founder & Chairman of the Board, Richard Steinberg, said in a statement: “This is a very prestigious honor and puts us alongside some of the biggest companies in America. This achievement would not be possible without all of the hard work from each and every one of our talented staff.”

In just eight years of business, Nationwide Mortgage Bankers has received acclaim, landing on multiple lists. The most recent was a 51st place rank on Inc. 5000’s Fastest-Growing Companies in the U.S. NMB offers traditional fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages, VA loans and FHA mortgages, as well as first responder loans to buyers who are actively working in the line of duty.

How’s your pet feeling? New pet tech will tell you.

Who loves the NEXT pet pics in the Up NEXT e-newsletter? We all do! But how do our pets feel about having their picture taken? Well, a new startup in Japan may hold the answer for us.

The company, called Inupathy, debuted a new, and very fancy, harness for dogs that changes color according to the pet’s mood. The padded harness measures heart rate through the thickest of fur and a LED display changes colors according to variations in the heartbeat. This is no joke, chonkers and borkers!

According to the Daily Mail article on the harness, which has pics, a blue light indicates a relaxed state, and a red light shows excitement. Focus or concentration on an item like a treat, is indicated by white light. General happiness triggers a rainbow-colored display on the harness.

This new merger of tech and house (pets) is riiiight down the NEXT ally. We are all rainbows about it. So enough talk! Inupathy, shut up and take our money!

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