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Nearly One-Third of Sellers Admit Using Spy Cams During Showings

Three in 10 home sellers say they’ve used a hidden camera during an open house or showing at their home, according to a new LendingTree study of more than 2,000 consumers.The most common reason, cited by nearly half of those who provided reasons, is to understand what home buyers do and don’t like about the homes. Thirty-six percent of those respondents said they wanted to use the camera to gather information that could be useful during negot

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Smaller Cities Lead in 5G Network Coverage

The super-fast connection speeds of 5G have been touted as a potential game-changer for the future of real estate. Network carriers are rushing to roll out 5G in a bigger way across the U.S. this year. So where can consumers capture some of these faster speeds now?Smaller metro areas—not the big cities—are actually dominating with 5G, according to a new analysis from WhistleOut, a comparison resource for consumer technology. For exa

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Solar Panels Boost Home Value by 56%, Study Shows

Homes with solar panels tend to list 56% above the average home price, according to a new analysis from Porch.com, a home improvement resource. Solar paneled homes tend to cost an average of $680,000—about 48% more than the average home in a given area, the study shows.Solar homes tend to be more attractive in certain markets. For example, solar-powered homes tend to come at the highest premium in Pensacola, Fla., in which they tend to be three

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Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate in 2021

Remote work and mobility are expected to have the most significant impact on real estate over the next year, according to The Counselors of Real Estate’s list. The group identified current and emerging issues expected to have an influence over real estate in the 2021-2022 cycle. Remote work and mobility and its influence over commercial buildings globally was named as the top issue, followed by technology and ESG (Environment, Social, and Gover

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Tech Companies want to Make Holograms Part of Routine Office Life

Companies from Google to WeWork want to help employers cut down on Zoom fatigue with a new approach to communications: holograms for the workplace.Alphabet Inc.’s Google in May revealed Project Starline, an effort to create a video-chat system with screens that give participants three-dimensional depth.WeWork last month announced a partnership with ARHT Media Inc., a hologram technology company, to bring holograms to 100 WeWork bui

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REALTORS: Top Opened Email Subject Lines

Consumers’ email inboxes are constantly being flooded with messages. How do you make yours stand out? Use effective subject lines that make them take notice.A recent consumer survey from ActivePipe, an email marketing firm, found the following subject lines generate the most opens on emails that are sent from real estate professionals:“Just Sold in Your Area”“Real Estate Market Snapshot for Your Area”“Have You Been Wondering What Your

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10 Metros with the Fastest, Slowest Internet Speeds

More Americans are now reliant on fast internet as remote work and school and tech-enabled personal connections grew during the COVID-19 pandemic. House hunters even say fast internet and cell service are crucial as they shop for homes, new surveys show.Where you live may have a stake in just how fast your internet speed is. A new study from HighSpeedInternet.com analyzed and ranked the average internet speeds of the top 100 largest met

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5G Network Availability Becomes Major Selling Point for Homes

Super-fast 5G connection speeds could become a future selling point for homes. Eighty-seven percent of consumers say that a home with access to fifth-generation cellular internet speeds and networks makes the property more valuable, according to a new survey of 1,000 U.S. adults commissioned by Verizon. What’s more, 62% of real estate agents believe that the next year or two will bring more opportunities to advertise home access to a 5G network

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Homes with Pools are Selling at a Premium

Homes with pools have become the target of buyer envy since the pandemic began. Pool additions are soaring, and more house hunters say they want one in their backyard, according to HomeLight’s “Top Agent Insights for Spring 2021” report.Prior to the pandemic, many buyers were shunning properties with pools, which present maintenance issues and potential liability. The average pool can cost between $3,000 and $5,000 per year to maintain, acc

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Homeowners Turn to Smart-Home Tech in Pandemic

One in four Americans purchased a smart-home device in 2020, according to a new survey from SafeWise, a firm that offers safety solutions and resources for the home. The majority of those surveyed say they are spending more time using home tech and are increasing their home tech spending and report using smart-home technology at least once a day.SafeWise surveyed 1,000 Americans to ask them about their home technology spending habits and how they

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