Technology

Why I Didn’t Friend Mark Wahlberg on Facebook

“Mark Wahlberg” sent me a Facebook friend request today! Yes me! Isn’t that completely and totally dreamy?!? I clicked on the request and THERE WAS HIS PICTURE!!! The thing was, he didn’t seem to have any friends–like you’d think a big celebrity would, and aside from his picture and bio, there were no other posts–celebrities usually post a lot–they have people for that–which made...

Fla. MLS offers true lifestyle cost

One of Florida's largest MLSs, My Florida Regional MLS, rolled out a new real estate search website that offers buyers an estimate of their full monthly costs after a purchase. To do so, the True Lifestyle Cost (TLC) combines buyers' financial information with a listing's historical utility costs, commuting time, property taxes, insurance rates and estimated mortgage. The True Lifestyle Cost calculator...

In 10 years, today’s “smart home” may seem stupid

Attendees at the 2017 International Builders' Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, both held in Orlando, Fla. last week, talked about home trends that are starting to impact today's homebuyers. Modernity in moderation It turns out designers, home builders and consumers have different ideas of the meaning and salability of the term "modern," and the industry is trying to bridge that gap. Seth...

Why do buyers want smart homes? Safety and comfort

Scripps Networks Interactive surveyed 700 U.S. homeowners of all ages to find out why they'd invest in smart home technology. For most, tech updates were appealing if they provided additional safety and comfort. Overall, consumers are interested in improving their homes and quality of life through the addition of technology, citing safety, comfort, efficiency, value and convenience as desired results....

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