Renovation can be a sound strategy for smart investors

Renovation can increase the value of your property investments

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Getting ahead in real estate investments is not just about buying properties – the most strategic move for you may be to improve the value of a property you already own, even your home. If you are happy where you are, renovation can be a sound financial strategy. When you renovate your own home, you win twice – once when you enjoy the benefits of a better home, and once again when you sell the home.

When it comes to resale value, however, not all renovations are created equal.

Let’s look at an example. Suppose you live in a landed property and fancy a hot tub on your back deck, and decide to invest $10,000 or so. Will that add $10,000 to the value of your home? Likely not. The truth is, not everybody

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Smart Home Appliances Market Is Reaching A Value Worth $92.72 Billion By 2027 | Grand View Research, Inc – Press Release

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According to report published by Grand View Research, the global smart home appliances market size was valued at USD 32.30 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.1% from 2020 to 2027.

The global smart home appliances market worth USD 92.72 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 14.1%, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Growing urbanization and demand for electrical appliances is likely to propel a huge demand in the upcoming years. In addition, increase in competition for manufacture of production of innovative home appliances is expected to play a pivotal role in shaping the market growth in the forthcoming years.

The demand for smart home appliances such as smart air purifiers, smart lights, smart washing machines, and others is likely to enhance the market growth. Rise

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Nest Audio review: Google’s new smart speaker is an improvement in every way

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Google’s new Nest Audio costs $100 and replaces the company’s original Google Home smart speaker.


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Google’s very first smart speaker, the Google Home, appeared in 2016 as the answer to Amazon’s brand-new Echo device. Since then, the two companies have released countless smart devices, acquired startups and expanded their voice assistants to create the platforms millions of people use today. 

The Google Home was overdue for an upgrade, and it comes in the form of the new Nest Audio. This $100 (£90, AU$149) smart speaker sits squarely in the middle of the Nest Mini and Home Max, providing a midrange speaker that is no more or less smarter than you’d expect. Sound is improved over the old Home speaker, and the design is updated, yet familiar, in keeping with the newer, fabric-wrapped design of Google’s other Nest speakers. A handful of new features make this sensibly

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Best smart home devices of 2020 that aren’t made by Amazon or Google

Google and Amazon dominate the smart home industry. Beyond Amazon’s expanding lineup of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring and Blinkand Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected devices from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub

Our current list of best smart home devices features 12 products; seven of them are Amazon or Google devices — or devices made by Amazon- or Google-owned (or funded) companies. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’re all solid gadgets and we heartily recommend them. As much as Google and Amazon (the latter especially) deserve credit for bringing some much needed organization to the smart home category via

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Nest Audio: Google’s newest smart speaker is replacing the original Google Home

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The Nest Audio costs $100.


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The Nest Audio smart speaker, widely leaked and even spotted last week in stores, was announced Wednesday at the company’s Launch Night In event. It’s the successor to the Google Home smart speaker, the very first speaker the search giant launched in 2016.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we learned today:

  • Priced at $100 (£90, AU$149)
  • Five colors: Chalk, charcoal, sand, sky and sage
  • Designed with 70% sustainable materials
  • 19mm tweeter for high frequency coverage and clear vocals
  • 75mm midwoofer for better bass

Google says the Nest Audio is 75% louder with a 50% stronger bass than the original Google Home. 


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When it comes to features, the Nest Audio keeps up with all the latest Google updates like real-time, multiroom audio, voice calling with Google Duo and

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Amazon’s new hardware gives its smart home devices a digital leg up with a flying camera and more

The Echo line of devices has got a major revamp, making the largely cylindrical design move towards a spherical one



Amazon has kept its annual date of launching new gizmos and it did in plenty, though only a handful would be available in India. Two of the most interesting developments involve a cloud-based gaming service subscription called Luna and the other is a home camera drone while the vertical Echo smart speakers will now sport a spherical shape and its innards have been given a digital boost.

“Our homes have become our offices, our classrooms, movie theatres and more. We believe that our homes are made better by technology—technology that you don’t have to learn and works well for everybody, whenever and wherever you are,” said David Limp, Amazon’s head of devices and services, during a virtual event.

Though cloud gaming is a good addition in the pandemic situation but

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The Best Smart Home Devices of 2020

If you’ve already connected the various devices and fixtures around your home — perhaps it’s something you’ve paid more attention to now that many of us are spending more time at home — you’ll know there are many different ways to approach the problem. You might just need one device to address a particular issue, like a smart plug to put a lamp on a regular schedule. You might also already have an Amazon Alexa- or Google Assistant-powered smart speaker, or even Siri and Apple’s HomeKit smart home service, and now you’re thinking about how to build on what you already own.

I tend to think of the voice assistants as the starting point for building a do-it-yourself smart home. They offer a convenient way for family members or roommates to interact with the various devices without worrying about who has what access in a given app. Many, but

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Ring launches its 2020 smart home security device lineup

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Ring, one of the leading brands in smart home security systems, is expanding its roster of security solutions to cover not just your home, but your mailboxes and cars as well. 

The California-based company has announced a slew of new security cameras, alarms, and sensors. These include the Ring Always Home Cam, an indoor drone camera created to watch over every room in your home; the Ring Car Alarm, designed to detect car break-ins, bumps, and even tows; and Ring Mailbox Sensor, which alerts you whenever your mailbox has been opened.

These new products are in line with Ring’s mission to “make neighborhoods safer.” And, they couldn’t have come at a better time, with mail theft on the rise and car theft or break-ins becoming more common. 

Rounding off this host of new

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Five Smart Kitchen Appliances For Massachusetts Homeowners

Smart home devices are simplifying the way Massachusetts homeowners accomplish many tasks. But these devices aren’t just useful for controlling thermostats and turning on exterior lights when you’re not home. It’s time to bring smart technology into the kitchen to bring more convenience to your life.

There are many exciting and new appliances on the market to help get you organized and keep your kitchen running smoothly. Here are five appliances that can help you work smarter in the kitchen:

1. Interactive Refrigerators

Manufacturers such as Samsung have developed a smart refrigerator that’s interactive for the entire family. Not only will you be able to keep food cool at just the right temperature, you can keep track of expiry dates. You can also use the LCD screen on the outside of the fridge as a family calendar and message center and to watch the latest episode of your favorite television

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Washington Homeowners: Guide To Buying Smart Kitchen Appliances

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Read this guide and find out how technology can make your Washington state home smarter and more efficient. A good place to start is in your kitchen. There are many exciting and new appliances on the market to help get you organized and keep your kitchen running smoothly. Here are five appliances that can help you work smarter in the kitchen:

1. Interactive Refrigerators

Manufacturers such as Samsung have developed a smart refrigerator that’s interactive for the entire family. Not only will you be able to keep food cool at just the right temperature, you can keep track of expiry dates. You can also use the LCD screen on the outside of the fridge as a family calendar and message

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