25 Smart Home Technologies that Matter Most to Home Buyers

Nearly 60 percent of the real estate agents polled said they are seeing more smart home features in listing descriptions than they did two to five years ago.

Everyone is talking about the connected home. Smart home technology is becoming the new norm and now according to a survey of more than 500 Coldwell Banker sale associates it’s taking off in real estate as well. Nearly 60 percent of sales associates surveyed said they are seeing more smart home features in listing descriptions than they did two to five years ago, and one in three sales associates noted that properties with smart home features and technologies sell faster than homes without them.

The relevance of the smart home was also apparent at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas earlier this year. Members of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate marketing team attended CES. The team couldn’t walk more than a few feet without encountering a new piece of smart home technology. From security systems with advanced motion sensors to innovative systems that allow for lighting control from mobile devices, the connected home was ubiquitous.

Inspired by CES, Coldwell Banker compiled a list of the top 25 smart home products and technologies that matter most to buyers, based on the Coldwell Banker survey and CES favorites. The list is grouped into seven categories: security, temperature, safety, lighting, entertainment, appliances and overall connectivity.

Check them out below, and follow along all week as we continue to highlight smart home technology on the Blue Matter blog and through social media with #smarthomeweek.

Smart Security

1. Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock – With Kevo the smartphone is now the key. Home sellers can allow their realtors, or anyone else such as a neighbor or a housecleaner, to have access to specified doors for a designated time. Eventually when the new buyer moves in all they have to do is download the app and they’re ready to go.

2. iSmartAlarm –Meet one of the DIY smart home security leaders, with no monthly fees and no contracts. This easy-to-install wireless DIY system is great for apartments or small homes. The iSmartAlarm system is almost infinitely expandable via door and window motion sensors, smart switches, and iCamera and iCamera KEEP models with streaming video and video storage. Packages start at $199.

3. Oplink Connected– Oplink Connected is great for a slightly larger home, and provides a premier service for a low monthly fee. The DIY alarm package includes door and window sensors as well as video cameras which are controlled through its mobile app. 

4. SAGE Security & Home Automation– Coming soon — SAGE allows for management of the entire connected home through mobile devices and televisions. The television-centric SAGE system enables consumers to check on children in another room via a video feed, see who rang the doorbell or lower the room temperature — all from the comfort of the TV room couch.

Smart Temperature 

5. Nest Learning Thermostat – Tell a buyer that the home has a Nest thermostat and their ears will perk-up. The Nest Learning Thermostat absorbs its owner’s daily routine and adjusts the temperature accordingly. The Nest thermostat can be controlled through a phone, its built-in sensors detect an empty home allowing Nest to set itself to an energy-efficient temperature. Oh, and it also saves customers about 10 – 12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills per year — a huge win.

6. Honeywell Lyric Thermostat – Honeywell is known for temperature control and their new smart thermostat, the Lyric, is a solid entry into the smart home market. The most talked about advantages of Lyric are its geofencing feature and humidity sensor for more accurate comfort, control and savings. All of these qualities are definitely pluses for families.

7. Canary – This sleek-looking product is mostly about security, but it made this smart temperature list for its ability to monitor air quality, temperature and humidity. It’s cool enough to make an impression with potential buyers, at only $249. The Canary system is available in white, black or silver.

8. Big Ass Fans’ Haiku with SenseME – The world’s most advanced ceiling fan knows exactly when to speed up and when to slow down. Not to mention, it is a gorgeous and luxurious addition to any room. Starting at $1,045 it’s a better fit for luxury homes, but it will certainly set any listing apart.

Smart Safety

9. Iris Safe & Secure Kit – With Iris, Lowe’s is making it simple for just about anyone to make their home smarter. Feel more confident that families, homes and pets are safe and secure with the DIY, self-monitored home security system. Receive notifications directly to a smartphone, tablet or computer whenever an alarm event is triggered.

10. First Alert Onelink – This suite of smart home safety products is fresh to the market. Included in this offering (and available for presale on Amazon.com) are a Wi-Fi combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm as well as a watch, both of which send phone notifications if something is amiss. The First Alert Onlink safety products, including the already available Wi-Fi thermostat, will be compatible with Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem.

11. Nest Protect – This smart home device is a smoke and carbon monoxide smart alarm that speaks in a human voice, telling the user if there’s smoke or CO, which room it’s in, and if there is immediate danger. Definitely comforting for families!

12. Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight – This genius little nightlight keeps track of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and home climate. If something’s not right, it sends immediate phone notifications.

Smart Lighting

13. Sengled Pulse Smart Bulb – This combination light and speaker had everyone buzzing at CES 2015. Simply twist the bulb into an existing light socket, download the app and connect to the Pulse bulbs. The Sengled Pulse Smart Bulb can stream music and control lighting at the same time.

14. Lutron Caséta Wireless – This connected home solution allows for lights, battery-powered shades and temperature to be controlled from a mobile device. An easy DIY solution that’s affordable, these products are less than $150. For example, hit “morning,” lights will turn onto a certain level, shades will rise and room temperature is adjusted to the desired level.

15. Philips Hue – Philips Hue delivers more than 16 million colors and all shades of white light to personalize lighting to suit any occasion, mood or moment. With more than 230 apps, Philips Hue can sync lights to music, or even simulate a sunrise effect. Bulbs and lamps are now all controllable via the Hue app or MyHue portal.

16. Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set – With this simple starter set, turn lights off-and-on from anywhere, create schedules and dim to create the perfect ambiance. The set includes the WeMo link, which allows users to connect up to 50 WeMo Smart bulbs. Can’t get enough of Belkin WeMo products? Get tricked out with complete Belkin home automation.

Smart Appliances

17.LG Studio Collection – LG Studio, LG’s premium line of kitchen appliances, seamlessly blends best-in-class innovation with an uncompromising approach to design. Its full suite of appliances — including refrigerators, cooktops, ranges, ovens and microwaves — delivers integrated and timeless styling, embodying LG’s finest expression of aesthetics and performance.

18. Whirlpool Smart Duet Washer and Dryer – Whirlpool has made it easy to control every load at anytime from anywhere. The Smart Front Washer and Dryer now work with the Nest Learning Technology, helping to keep clothes fresh if the cycle ends while the user is away.

19. LG Mega-Capacity French-Door Refrigerator – LG’s Mega Capacity Refrigerator boasts incredibly impressive size. As the largest in its class, families have room for even the biggest shopping expeditions with space to spare! It also includes the Slim Spaceplus Ice System and the Smart Cooling Plus System, which help keep food fresher, longer. The LG Mega-Capacity Refrigerator includes a 10-year limited warranty.

20. GE ChillHub This first-of-its-kind smart refrigerator has two USB hubs, WiFi and an open-source IOS-compatible app that integrates with the refrigerator by allowing access to sensor data and control of fridge components. The first ChillHub accessory, Milky Weigh, will even tell you how much milk you have left!

Smart Entertainment

21. N’FINITY PRO HDX Dual Zone Wine Cellars – The N’FINITY PRO is the most advanced wine cellar on the market. Equipped with an energy saving cooling system, telescopic shelving and dual zone cooling, these smart wine cellars will take care of all wine storage needs in the most cost efficient way!

22. Vizio 60″ P-Series Smart TV –This Ultra HD TV is crystal clear and lets users stream popular apps and favorite shows in UHD quality and use UHD playback from next generation cable and satellite receivers, Blu-ray players and more.

23. TCL Roku TV – The TCL Roku TV was released in August 2014 and quickly became a favorite because of its price and comprehensive smart TV features, such as its selection of more than 2,000 streaming channels, easy-to-use interface and simple remote. Recently, Roku announced plans to support 4K UHD streaming in future Roku TV models.

24. DishWorld TV App – The DishWorld app allows viewers to stream live TV on any smart phone, computer or tablet. The app can be used on Roku, Slingbox, Samsung Smart TV, Apple, Windows or Google Play devices.

Connected Home Platform

25. Iris Smart Kit: With so many ways to make a home smart, it can be a lot to digest and manage. Thankfully Lowe’s is making it easy with a single app to manage a Smart Home. Iris offers three starter kits and basic or premium service plans.

Lindsay is the the Director of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017 & 2018, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and rwelcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016.

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  1. mbowlersr
    March 12, 2015

    Great list Lindsay. Entertainment connections with those smart phones is exciting.

    • Lindsay Listanski
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks Mike!

  2. Stefanie Hahn
    March 12, 2015

    I love this list! Thanks for sharing Lindsay.

    • Lindsay Listanski
      September 24, 2015

      My pleasure. Glad you found it useful!

  3. Jonathan Lerner
    March 20, 2015

    Always love interesting readings but a little too much of a promo piece for CB

  4. Dustin Brohm
    April 10, 2015

    This is a great article, Lindsay! As a Realtor in the Salt Lake area who is just starting to learn about all the amazing new smart home technology, this is a great crash course. I can’t wait to learn what Apple has up their sleeve with their HomeKit. Perhaps a way to connect all your devices together and control with Siri? One can hope

    • Lindsay Listanski
      September 24, 2015

      So glad you enjoyed it Dustin. I think a home operating system is in the near future but our smart phones will definitely play an integral role.

  5. Housefax
    June 4, 2015

    Very nice round up, thanks. Would be interesting to know if people are adding smart home technology to older homes, or if it’s mostly showing up in new builds.

    • Lindsay Listanski
      September 24, 2015

      I think it is a mix of both.

  6. Steve Muenstermann
    June 24, 2015

    This is some real cool stuff. I like the mixed selection.

    However there is some really amazing stuff that brings the home to a whole new life and even at a higher level of smart. It is built in many different pricing ranges as well with a number of top world class “SmartHome” vendors.

    This stuff is a great starter package. But for the home of tomorrow the sizzle has already been built and is growing. I have always been on the side of vendor neutrality. So I am very cautious as to not shoot names out. But if you look you will find some amazingly powerful stuff that can; make your home highly efficient through temperature and lighting control, allow awesome security and surveillance, lower your home insurance through security, eliminate cable for the the most part and provide power through the massively growing HDTV signals and streaming internet ($123+/m on average in USA), protect you biggest asset being your home from flooding, pipe breaks, manage all home entertainment, and give you a channel to monitor your loved ones, and home from anywhere in the world. (As I did from Finland, Germany, and London on a recent trip.)

    And you can do all of this through one device of your specific comfort.

  7. Alyson Berger
    August 16, 2015

    It is really cool to see all these smart home equipment and devices. Good thing is that finally there are new standards that will make them talk to each other. Otherwise one would need 10 different systems in the house. Hopefully one of the standards will dominate and become the new VHS over Betamax. Z-wave and Zigbee are the ones fighting for domination.

  8. Sean Lopez
    September 11, 2015

    The Kevo Smart Locks are a game changer for me. Have them on all my rentals now. So much easier than keys and lock boxes.

    Thanks for the list Lindsay!

    • Lindsay Listanski
      September 24, 2015

      So glad you enjoyed it Sean! Kevo is very cool.

  9. Michelle Serafini
    November 17, 2015

    Great information! I am always looking for more information on technology for homes to share with our clients. Thanks!

  10. Will Adair
    January 5, 2016

    DIY is not as DIY or as simple as we are led to believe.
    Emerging product and Smart Home technology is wonderful but just because it has an app doesn’t mean it’s easy or truly DIY.
    How many consumers actually have the know how to set up a WiFi network or change a light switch, thermostat or install a camera,
    program them and make them all work together.
    The answer is not many….
    All I’m saying is Home Owners should consult and hire a Security professional or a Smart Home Integration Company if they want there home to actually work and be a Smart Home.

  11. Home Automation
    January 29, 2016

    There are so many cool products here, but unfortunately, some of them still not working properly. I hope in a year or two we will have so many amazing products for smart homes, that we will need to decide which ones to pick 🙂

  12. Jen Michaels
    February 15, 2016

    This is a great list Lindsay, Thanks for sharing. Used Canary personally, great security device for condos and studio apartments.

    • Lindsay Listanski
      February 17, 2016

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks Jen.

  13. Ilyne
    March 1, 2016

    Doing some research for work and your article popped up. Thanks for summing it all up nicely. Any updates from this year’s CES?

  14. akıllı ev sistemleri
    June 29, 2016

    Thank was a very good explanation of the smart home

  15. perry
    December 7, 2016

    I think iSmartSafe home security system has much better features than most of home security systems in the current market. I especially like double connection feature with WiFi and Cellular

  16. Debbie Webb
    March 20, 2017

    Loved this, Lindsay!! You really hit the high points from my view.

    • Lindsay Listanski
      March 22, 2017

      So glad you enjoyed it Debbie!

  17. Patrick Kane
    January 12, 2018

    Great article Lindsay and very timely. I am preparing our annual kickoff agenda and you made it to the top spot. Thanks for all you do. You have helped my business tremendously by all of your articles, videos, etc.


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