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smart homes

Millennials and Gen Xers want products that are easy to use, convenient and make life easier.

the perfect tool to offer homebuyers looking to break into the
smart-home segment.
Builders can easily integrate smart-home products by incorporating sleek in-wall units that create uniformity, and tie a home together visually and through a corresponding app to offer additional
convenience to the homeowner. In-wall solutions aren't only for
new homes. The best smart home products can be retrofitted in
older homes by simply replacing existing light switches and wall
outlets with smart in-wall products.

A SMART PARTNER

Several prominent builders, including Meritage Homes®, Lennar®
and KB Home, have already embraced smart-home technology. KB
Home recently unveiled an entire HomeKit™-enabled community in San Jose, Calif. Earlier this year, Meritage announced a suite
of Wi-Fi-enabled home automation solutions called M.Connected
Home™ to be included in newly constructed homes.
"As automation continues to advance and becomes more affordable, Meritage Homes is innovating to meet growing demands and
allow buyers to stay connected to their homes," says C.R. Herro,
vice president of environmental affairs for Meritage.
In June, Lennar announced new home designs featuring integrated home automation and voice control with Amazon Alexa.
David Kaiserman, president of Lennar Ventures, said customers
can now "see firsthand how simple, powerful and affordable a
smart home can be."
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For builders, partnering with a smart home brand can provide
additional benefits, including consistency in the product a builder
is looking to integrate. Partnerships provide an opportunity for
builders to become familiar with a company's line of products and
staff.The installation of smart-home technology is already straightforward, but working with the same company over time makes the
process even smoother.
There are several brands that offer smart-home solutions, so
how do you choose which company to work with? There are a few
things you should never compromise on when choosing a smarthome provider.
Besides offering the latest in connected technology, the right
provider must offer high-quality products that are built to last. The
provider must also be an innovator and influencer working to improve current technology and roll out transformational products
that are both flexible and reliable. After builders install connected
technology in a home, they shouldn't have to worry about it again.
The right company will also offer ongoing support for the builders
and buyers.

MAKING LIFE EASIER

Smart home products must be simple for the end consumer, which
research suggests is increasingly the millennial age group. Millennials make up 66 percent of first-time homebuyers and 34 percent
of homebuyers overall. Due to stagnating wages and a sharp increase in student loan debt, millennial homebuyers have little cash


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