Let’s Talk Do Smart Homes Sell Faster? Survey Says…

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A_DSC0166s technology has become increasingly common in people’s daily lives, it’s of no surprise that home buyers are beginning to expect it to show up in houses they are interested in purchasing. A recent survey of more than 500 Coldwell Banker real estate agents found that the majority of respondents, about two-thirds, said that they had seen an increase in the number of buyers interested in home technology features compared to two to five years ago.

Although nearly half of those surveyed said that Millennials were interested in smart home features, it is actually members of Generation X that showed the most interest according 57 percent of respondents. Sellers appear to be noting the desire of buyers for homes with technology features, and 60 percent of realtors surveyed indicated that they saw a rise in the number of listings featuring smart technology compared to between two and five years ago.

Along with noting the increasing interest of home buyers in being able to control systems in their home with a mobile device, sellers may also be adding these features to listings because it can make a home sell faster. About a third stated that homes with smart technology sell more quickly than those without it.

Thanks to developments in technology and reduction in the cost of installing it, homes of all price points may have smart home features. The survey indicates that people are most desirous of smart home technologies that provide safety and temperature control capabilities, followed by lighting, entertainment and smart appliances.

Let’s Talk Recycling

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Let’s Talk Recycling!

Those who know me know I get excited about many experiences that most people would not find amusing. I uncover small molecules of joy and bewilderment in the ordinary and unexpected that keeps me young and in a state of gratitude. Recycling is now one of them!

Lurking in a dark corner of the garage lays unwanted, unfriendly earthen Household Hazardous Waste growing dust and taking up space. What to do with the plethora of items that we cannot simply throw into our regular trash?

First a definition:

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant. The health and safety of our community is endangered when these products are discarded in household garbage, sinks or storm drains. The amount of products from a single home may seem insignificant. However, when millions of homes across Los Angeles County use similar products, the combined effect becomes a major problem.

Some communities have special environmental collection events, or locations that collect and safely destroy these toxic troublemakers.

Recently I had the good fortune to experience my own little environmentally friendly, eco-centric recycling moment, and I was stunned at how easy and efficient it was.

Located at the Hyperion Treatment Plant near El Segundo, being a good citizen of the earth and giving Mother Nature the respect she deserves couldn’t have been easier.

You drive up to a security gate and are guided to the collection location – all the while staying in your car. Men in white moon suits greet you. You pop the trunk and they collect everything, with a smile. It truly could not be any easier. I enjoyed the futuristic element of the guys in their protective amour. It took less than 6 minutes and I was done, feeling very proud of myself. You will too! Just Do It as #Nike so aptly urges.

And spread the word. It’s free.

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Let’s Talk Argentina and Beyond

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All things Good image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image imageOn the move but still connected to you!

Having just returned from two weeks in Argentina. I wanted to share some beautiful imagery of this most incredible landscape.

Buenos Aires was a thrilling adventure. The city is packed with history, architecture, and its people are warm, welcoming, jocular and charming.

Tango – that’s a whole world into itself!

Patagonia is a vast and exquisite landscape experience entirely into itself.

We explored the vineyards of Mendoza, it’s incredible compelling wine industry and then lakes further South in Villa Angostura.

The mesmerizing Andes we’re covered with ash as well and snow and made a formidable and lasting impression emblazoned in my hearts anamnesis.

Next up I’m off to Las Vegas for my annual Remax convention where over 5000 of the best Remax agents in the world meet to network, and hone their real estate tools to be the best that the industry has to offer.

As always I am fully contactable and I am at your disposal if you need me via email and text and phone.

I remain passionate about property, and serving your Real Estate needs.

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Alison Clay-Duboff, BRE # 01786922
+1 310.200.3037
RE/MAX Estate Properties Manhattan Beach

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Let’s Talk First Love, First Kiss, First HOME

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Love affair with my first time buyers, they are SO cute

Originally posted on Alison's Property Hot List:

Do you  remember the feeling of tingly excitement mixed with  anticipation and a dash of spicy fear of your first kiss, or falling in love for the first time?  There’s nothing quite like it, and once experienced, it can never be replicated.

Buying your first home can’t really be compared to your first kiss or your first love however buying your first home is usually equally emotional, exciting and dizzying.

It’s an extraordinary adventure and one that I never tire of sharing with my first time buyer clients.

There is something so poignant, sweet and endearing watching my first time buyers sit in my office with their notes, their lists of questions and their trepidation laced enthusiasm.

Upon my experienced shoulders  the first time buyer places a gigantic dose of trust. As I  guide them to the  right investment that matches their goals, both financial and lifestyle,  I must conjure…

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Let’s Talk 2015 with a Culinary Tear

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If you love food, read on…..

Originally posted on Alison's Property Hot List:

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We finally made it to ‪#‎maisonakira‬  We’ve been trying to get there for some time but living in the South Bay and various life incidents kept us away.

We decided to go for our 12 year wedding anniversary and boo hoo, I have to say I was disappointed.

I had the tasting menu and the message of Chef Akira is a good one, but the execution was lacking. The food presentation was sloppy, seemingly hurried and tired…..I was so looking forward to being wowed but this did not happen.
I have been spoiled by the world’s greatest chefs, but still I know how to appreciate simply good, well constructed food with creativity. Sad to say, it’s a pass here in Pasadena….The meat dishes were tastey and the Soufflé was a nice way to finish but the inbetween was, well for lack of a better word, tepidly sad and worn out.

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Let’s Talk 2015 with a Culinary Tear

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We finally made it to ‪#‎maisonakira‬  We’ve been trying to get there for some time but living in the South Bay and various life incidents kept us away.

We decided to go for our 12 year wedding anniversary and boo hoo, I have to say I was disappointed.

I had the tasting menu and the message of Chef Akira is a good one, but the execution was lacking. The food presentation was sloppy, seemingly hurried and tired…..I was so looking forward to being wowed but this did not happen.
I have been spoiled by the world’s greatest chefs, but still I know how to appreciate simply good, well constructed food with creativity. Sad to say, it’s a pass here in Pasadena….The meat dishes were tastey and the Soufflé was a nice way to finish but the inbetween was, well for lack of a better word, tepidly sad and worn out.

Our waiter was lovely, understood that the table’s bread was God awful. Their supplier was no longer supplying for some reason. I would rather have had little radiches instead.

the Oyster flan was “nice”, but the amuse bouche was dried up on the edges  was not amusing nor for the eyes or tastebuds.

I think they’ve got the right idea but someone needs to shake the place up. Wake up the quality control quard who is asleep at the helm.

Let’s Talk Stress and the Real Meaning of the Holidays

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Let’s Talk Stress and the Real Meaning of the Holidays

Most of us live in a fast passed world crammed with deadlines, responsibilities, burdens and worries, and then comes the Holidays.

Holidays. What does it mean to you? Whatever and however you celebrate or whatever are your beliefs, isn’t in this a time of year, (for those so fortunate) for family, feasting and giving to others?
So why does the media insist on reinforcing the notion that the Holidays are nothing but a stressed filled rush to the finish line? At what point did Black Friday become more important than Uncle Fred across town, alone and needing a poorly but lovingly hand knitted muffler and a visit? When did toys and deals supersede the pure joy of BEING with family, cooking together, laughing together, and playing traditional family games together?
I want to boycott this idea of the stressful holidays. I want to inspire a collective deep Yoga breath to let in the positive and exhale out the negative. If little Johnny doesn’t get every item from his long list of entitled wishes, so be it! Give him an hour of exclusive time and read to him. Dust off that old Scrabble box and work on his brain power – together.

I understand the desire to have the perfect tree, the impeccable dinner table, everyone’s favorite dish. I know you want to do it ALL on your own but step back. Let little Johnny and his sister make a pie – with guidance of course, if it’s ugly WHO CARES! If all the ingredients are correct, it’s got to turn out, well, at least edible.
Family, some you love, and some you tolerate. Take a moment while grandma rattles on and when you catch yourself rolling your eyes, ask yourself, what have I learned from this elderly person? What part of me have I gained from her life experience? Is she suffering from embarrassment because she can’t remember your fourth grade teacher’s name? Move on! Give her some more egg nog and a hug.

STOP the madness. STOP the greed. Unleash the stress to the atmosphere.
Teach your children the value of giving to others. Teach your family to give as a unit. Teach your children how wonderful it feels to give away a prized gift to someone who doesn’t have a Mom or a Dad…. Help them to realize what they’ve got that can’t be bought at Best Buy.
Try not to fall prey to pressure, usually self induced, over the holidays. Let go of a little angst. It’s good for you.

Here’s a plan that may help. It’s easy.
Look inward. Give outward.
Merry, Merry, Jolly, Jolly, and Ho Ho Ho.Bell Ringing.

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