The following post is a guest contribution from Angel Piontek, associate broker and vice president of marketing at Coldwell Banker Elite.
Looking back at my CES experience this year, I’m left in awe by the amount of technology that’s available and the number of people that are working on new ways to innovate every single day. Some of these devices are practical and useful; others don’t really resonate with me and leave me wondering what spurred the creation of the device. Earlier this month, I wrote about the smart home must-haves that you should consider using as marketing tools to sell your home: the smart door lock, smart video doorbell and smart thermostat. I chose those devices because of the benefits that they provide, as well as their growing popularity. There’s a limited amount of time to engage a buyer when they’re viewing properties; the devices have immediate recognizable benefits and function.
Let’s start with the smart lock. One of the innovations I saw at CES was a product called Altro; a new smart door lock with a motion sensor and camera with two-way talk. This product has essentially eliminated the need for both a smart lock and smart doorbell camera. Priced at $350, it’s more expensive than most smart door locks, but less expensive if you’re thinking about investing in both a smart doorbell and smart lock.
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