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Home Is Where the Smart Is in Dallas

June 23rd, 2016 | by Michelle
2300 Wolf Street #18A 75201, Uptown Dallas, Lisa Besserer, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-fireplace

The home at 2300 Wolf Street #18A offers technologically advanced ELAN home automation. Listed by Lisa Besserer and Bryan Crawford. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Last year’s biggest home design trend continues to reign supreme in 2016 as buyers look to technology to reduce upkeep and increase the comfort and convenience of everyday living.

According to the Consumer Technology Association, sales of smart-home devices in the U.S. will grow 21 percent in 2016, generating $1.2 billion in revenue.

So, adding smart technology to your home can boost resale value as well.

In Texas, the growing interest in “smart” homes is attributed to the significant increase in new home construction. And now, reports show an overwhelming number of current homeowners who would consider installing smart-home technology that appeals to future buyers.

Whether you’re building or renovating, here are some top smart-home services to consider:

Smart-security systems are at the top of homeowners’ wish lists. After all, you can’t always keep an eye on things at home… unless you have Wi-Fi-enabled security cameras.

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Smart thermostats were made popular by Nest in 2011. The allure is pretty simple: The devices learn about your temperature preferences to automatically adjust the temperature just the way you like it.

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Smart lighting might seem unnecessary – until you use it. Philips Hue allows you to not only switch the LED bulbs on and off via smartphone, but also select the color and brightness; saving energy.

For luxury homes with smart features throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

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