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Having Fun With Home Technology

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Ah, technology—you can love it or hate it, but it’s here to stay. In fact, it has infiltrated pretty much all aspects of life now, and as it reaches into every corner of our world, it also provides us with some pretty neat tools to make our homes and our lives more comfortable and more fun.

Take the Nest, for example. Google loves this little home thermostat so much, it bought the company for $3.2 billion. The Nest Learning Thermostat is not only attractive, it’s smart—it can learn your preferences, and your daily schedule, and adjust the temperature in your home accordingly. “It keeps you comfortable and saves energy,” according to the website, which saves you money too. In addition, Nest makes a combination smoke detector and CO alarm that talks to you when it needs a new battery instead of just shrieking wildly at 3 o’clock in the morning. Now that is innovation.

On the entertainment front, Chromecast made a big splash over the holiday season. It was a bestseller in the Computers and Accessories category on Amazon (beating Apple TV and the Roku handily). For about $35, this little plugin device can stream nearly any content from the web straight to your TV. No more hunching over your laptop to bingewatch “Orange Is the New Black” or the latest YouTube sensation: simply stream it to your HDTV and enjoy it in comfort.

If you’re in the mood to splurge and you are looking for a way to declutter your home, the new ScanSnap Evernote Edition wireless scanner can take every loose piece of paper you have lying around—from receipts to photos—and scan, sense, and sort them into your Evernote app. Clear off the desk, empty the kitchen junk drawer, and find your stored info quickly and easy through Evernote.

There’s no time like the present to embrace technology and all it can do to make your life easier and more comfortable (and maybe even save you some money too). Who knows what the next wave of home enhancements will bring? We can’t be sure, but it’s a safe bet that Wi-Fi enabled sprinklers, smart fridges, and wireless home security will be available to everyone soon!


Author: Ryan Riggins (RA)

Ryan started building his businesses at the age of 18, and he hasn't stopped since. He is a successful Real Estate Agent and Investor. He not only has rehabbed properties, but also holds properties as rentals. Ryan has made money by building his real estate investment business, learning on his own, and finding mentors willing to share their knowledge with him. Ryan is a true Entrepreneur. When Ryan Riggins found himself making a change to Real Estate in 2006, he looked back to his first open house at the age of seven with his Mentor/Broker and father John Riggins. In 2006 Ryan was living in Ohio, he realized it was time for a change. He packed up and moved to Port Lavaca, Texas. He literally rolled into town on his last tank of gas, and lived in a old burger joint, and knew he needed to come up with money to pay his Mortgage. Ryan teamed up with his father and started rehabbing Mobile Homes. Ryan kept working until he had put systems in place for all phases of the business. He has a system for finding properties, to finding contractors for remodeling Flipping and Renting. Ryan continues to works as a Realtor with his father John Riggins as his broker and Rehabbing homes, doing about 4 deals a month. This is his passion. He loves the adrenalin rush, and yes Rehabbing can be a little stressful. In fact, Ryan says: "You've got to have ice water running through your veins." In the course of Rehabbing, Ryan manages to beautify his properties, and the surrounding neighborhoods one step at a time. Ryan enjoys helping others Build Wealth through Real Estate. Whether it be the first time home buyer or the experienced investor or helping distressed home owners sell to avoid Foreclosure. To Ryan its all about building life long friendships.

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