Home Automation – The High Tech House Movement

I am very particular with the referral partners I work with. Sending my clients to an electrician who will educate, understand, and go the extra mile for my clients is so important.  Kevin Jackson from Yellow Jacket Energy Services has proven himself to be one of the best electricians I have had the privilege to work with over the last 9 years. Here is Kevin letting us all know the amazing benefits of home automation, and the packages that Yellow Jacket Energy Services offers.

 

Until recently, home automation seemed like something from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Now, there are amazing developments in technology which allow us to be able to control interconnecting features of our home from anywhere in the world.

 

Having a home automation system installed and making your home “smarter” has so many benefits!

 

  • Save Money – Having a home automation system can save you money with your utility costs for years to come!
    • Set your lights to turn off or dim automatically to save energy usage
    • Have your outdoor lights turn on when motion is detected, instead of leaving them on all day or night
    • Set your furnace and air conditioning to use less energy
    • Avoid monthly fees for security features, and monitor them yourself with your system

 

  • Feel Secure – Installing an HA system can mean more security for your biggest purchase, lessening stress and worry about your home and your safety.
    • Set sensors and alarms for the whole house, or for rooms of your choice
    • Get notified instantly if any doors or windows are opened if they aren’t supposed to be
    • Program sirens and strobes to go off if your home is invaded
    • Lock and unlock your doors from anywhere, and set reminders to lock your doors remotely
    • Get an HD video alert if someone is on your doorstep. You can even scare off a potential thief with two-way voice communication from anywhere.
    • Monitor specific cabinets so your children don’t get into something hazardous
    • While you are on vacation, make your home look like it’s being lived in
    • Set a temperature sensor for when you are on vacation and get notified if your temperature is too low or high.
    • Detect water leaks in your home and be notified before your basement starts to flood
    • Set your system to notify you about smoke and carbon monoxide, which allows you to call for help instantly.

 

  • Increase Your Home’s Value
    • A smart home is cutting edge and will make your property more prominent in the market, will increase interest, and add value to your home.

 

  • User friendliness – The home automation package can be used right from your smartphone and tablet!

 

  • Up your comfort! Set routines such as “good morning” or “movie night”, and set your devices to do exactly what you want during those routines

 

Yellowjacket Energy Services has a great home automation package for sellers who want to increase their home’s value. This package includes:

  • Main control hub (brains of the operation)
  • Voice activated controller (install in common area to show clients you can talk to your house and have it control lights, play music, turn up heat, etc.)
  • Dimming smart switches and 5 on/off smart switches (pick areas of house best shown with automation and voice control.  Also, set as a “vacation routine” to make house lived in, even if it is vacant)
  • Moisture sensors
  • Water shutoff valve (if any of the 3 above moisture sensors detect a leak, it will automatically close the water main and prevent house from flooding)
  • Indoor motion sensors (set up to show clients lights can turn on/off as you walk into rooms without touching anything)
  • Smart Thermostat (control by smartphone or voice activation)

 

Each package can be customized with options from many devices, sequences, and alarms, and the price to supply, install and program everything above is $2,995 + GST, which also includes an electrical permit and inspection report.  Yellowjacket Energy Services also offers financing on Home Automation packages based on a 120 month term, but can be paid off at any time without a penalty. If you are listing your home and want to include this package, you can pay $30/month while your home is on the market, then pay the balance when the property sells.

 

Find more information on Yellowjacket’s home automation packages and services here 

 

Want to connect with Kevin? Keep in touch with Kevin and Yellow Jacket Energy Services!

Visit their website here

Email at contactus@yellowjacketenergy.ca

Call at 1-855-955-2285

 

Still have questions about home automation, and how it can help you sell your property? Let’s chat!

Buy or Sell a Home the Easy Way!

Providing a smooth and stress free experience for my clients when buying or selling their homes has always been a priority for me. Over the past nine years I have come up with proven systems to help my clients buy and sell real estate. I wanted to make these systems even more convenient for my clients and thought “how great would it be to have all my systems in one place on our cell phones?”. Flash forward a year later and here we are!

I’m so excited to announce that I have created my very own mobile application to help service my clients!

The Nichola Elise Coffee to Keys Mobile App will simplify the home buying or selling experience. Be confident in your real estate decisions by accessing all the information you need in one place. A personalized, easy-to-use, one-stop mobile information depot in your pocket.

Be informed, keep yourself on track, and enjoy! Buy or sell a home the easy way with the Nichola Elise Real Estate App!

 

What can the app do?

  • Use customized task lists for your transaction –helping you keep on track and know exactly what comes next!
  • Use the calendar to track appointments, showings, and coffee dates – even my most organized clients will love having the extra details taken care of.
  • Find exactly where your showings are and how long it will take to get there with Google Maps and pins
  • Allow you to view your listing feedback –sellers listen up – all your showing feedback will be listed here along with date and time of all showings to help adjust our sales strategies if needed. Collaborative data all in one spot!
  • Rank, add photos and comment on your favorite listings, helping to manage your options
  • View and retrieve PDF copies of all signed documents in one spot for easy download and emailing
  • Easily calculate costs within the app using our Mortgage Calculator
  • Search MLS within the app 
  • And even the ability to determine your homes market value!

 

Buying or selling a home made easy. Everything you need. In one place.

Stay tuned for the launch of HomEASY – the same great app, but fully customizable for other agents – so their clients can enjoy the convenience of the application that’s personally branded for each individual agent.

Edmonton Housing Forecast For 2017

“2016 turned out to be a stable year, and we aren’t forecasting anything dramatic for 2017”

 

Earlier this month, the Realtors Association of Edmonton hosted the 2017 Housing Forecast for our city. It was jam-packed with great information on what we can expect from the real estate market this year, and I am happy to give you the highlights of the presentation.

 

Of course, we can’t forecast the future without taking a look at 2016 first! 2016 and 2015 were quite similar: over all, the prices stayed strong, there was a lot of inventory, but there was a dip in sales. Here’s a quick breakdown of what the market looked like last year:

  • Single family home sales were down 5.4% from 2015
  • Condo unit sales were down 14% from 2015
  • Duplex/Row house sales went up 8.3% from 2015
  • All residential sales were down 6.7% from 2015

 

As we look at sales within Edmonton, a few “hotspot” neighbourhoods had the most sales in 2016. For single-family homes, Summerside, Windermere, and The Hamptons were the most popular in sales. The communities with the highest sales in condo units were Oliver, Downtown Edmonton, and Rutherford. When it comes to duplexes and row houses, the neighbourhoods with the most sales in 2016 are Walker, Chappelle Area, and The Hamptons.

 

Selling a home took a bit longer in 2016, as we saw an overall increase in days on market for all property categories. Single family homes averaged about 52 days on market in 2016, condominium units averaged 63 days on market, and duplex and row house properties averaged 62 days on the market. Although days on market have increased from 2015, the average has remained stable since 2008.

 

We also saw some great new inventory in 2016. The top three communities with the most single family listings last year were Summerside, Windermere, and The Hamptons, which does make sense since they had the highest single family sales in 2016. The top three communities with the most condo listings were Oliver, Downtown Edmonton, and Rutherford – again, the areas with the most condo sales in 2016. Lastly, the communities that listed the most duplex and row house properties were the Chappelle Area, Laurel, and Walker.

 

Now, looking onward to 2017!

 

The good news is that major banks are expecting GDP growth in Alberta, but it won’t take place right away. Because employment rates will take a bit to catch up, we will not see this change in the housing market until mid to late 2017. As well, lower rental rates and higher vacancy rates will keep buyers who are already on the fence at bay just a bit longer until growth takes place. The increase in mortgage rates are thought to be quite minimal, so impacts on the market in this way will be minor.

 

Looking at the sales forecast for 2017, the predictions are that overall residential sales will decrease 1.3% in 2017. For single-family homes, it is expected that there will be a decline of 1.7% in sales over 2017. With economical growth expected in the second half of the year, a dip in single-family sales is only predicted for the first half of the year. Last year there was strength in the price of $325,000 – $425,000 with multiple offer situations happening, and this expected to continue in 2017.

 

The number of condo sales this year are expected to increase 0.2%, as there was a rise in inventory in the condo market last year, and this will make condo prices more competitive for 2017. Because condos are generally more affordable, it is expected that more buyers will purchase condo properties instead of single-family homes in 2017. And although duplex and row house sales increased in 2016, we are looking at an expected decrease of 1% in sales for this year.

 

Looking at inventory for 2017, it is forecasted that single-family homes will see a small increase of 0.5% in their inventory. Condos are expected to also see an increase of 1.1%, and duplexes and row houses will see a 0.5% decrease of inventory in 2017.

 

Residential prices are also expected to drop in 2017, with an average overall price drop of 1.3%. Single-family homes are expected to drop 2.2% in average price, as it is predicted that less higher priced properties (over $500,000) will sell this year. Although there is so much great inventory in condo units, the prices are also expecting a decrease of 3.8% this year. Duplex and row house sales however, are expecting a price increase of 0.5% in 2017.

 

Now that you’ve worked through all of this information, here’s a quick summary of what the market is going to look like in 2017!

 

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