Smart Home Tech We’re Thankful For

The holiday season gives us plenty of reasons to reflect on the people and things we cherish the most, including our favorite smart home gadgets.

Every November, we reflect on the people and things we’re most grateful for – and our smart home gadgets and gizmos are no exception. Here are some of the smart home products we’d like to extend our thanks to!

Nest Thermostat

Nest Thermo

We’ve all been there – we wake up to chilly weather and keep the heat on throughout the day to keep the house warm, but around midday the sun peeks out and you realize your house may not need the furnace running! With the Nest thermostat you can turn your heating and cooling on or off, or even adjust it, remotely via your phone.

Lutron Caseta Wireless

Lutron Smart Lighting Dimmer Kit - In-Wall

How many times have you ever been warm and cozy in bed, only to realize you have to get up to turn off the lights? The Lutron Caseta Wireless system eliminates this problem by allowing us to control our lights with our phones. Plus, it also can dim your lights to create a different ambiance in the same room. Your living room could go from a softly lit dining room to a bright party room all from your phone.

August Locks

August Smart Lock

Uh oh – you went out for a quick errand and upon your return realized you’ve forgotten your keys. Or maybe you were running late for work and forgot to lock your door in the rush. With August Locks, you can lock or unlock your door wirelessly with a mobile app, but don’t fret – your traditional keys will still work, too.

Halo Smoke Alarm


Sometimes, the unthinkable happens – natural disasters such as fire, tornadoes or hurricanes can endanger your safety at home. Halo is also the first alarm capable of alerting users to impending natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados, and wild fires based on your location preferences.

Amazon Echo


Amazon Echo is this year’s smart home darling – and who wouldn’t love the little voice inside named Alexa? She can turn on your smart appliances and devices, order items from Amazon and maybe even make you feel a little less lonely when you have someone to speak to at home!

For these reasons – and many more – we’re thankful for these smart home devices, many of which can be found in our Smart Home Staging Kit. Thinking of making a smart holiday purchase? Stay tuned for our upcoming Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide.

Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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