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The Best Devices for Smart Condos

Technology has improved leaps and bounds over just the last decade, and now you can use technology to make your home work for you. With gadgets like automated light systems, thermostats that can cool off your condo before you get home, and intuitive control systems, your devices are now connected to the internet. This means that they can communicate with you, send you information, and take your commands. If you’re looking for tech that will turn your condo into a “smart home,” we’ve rounded up a few of the most useful and creative gadgets out on the market.


Amazon Echo

179.99 on Amazon

“Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).”


Click & Grow Indoor Smart Fresh Herb Garden Kit

59.95 on Amazon

“The Click & Grow Smart Garden takes the unpredictability out of indoor gardening, so you get more fresh herbs, fruits or flowers with zero effort. Using a Smart Garden is simple. Just insert the plant capsules, fill the water tank, and plug it in. Then, relax! Our specially developed Smart Soil and built-in sensors make sure plants get the optimal configuration of water, oxygen, and nutrients so your plants thrive with zero effort. This innovative technology will help your plants grow faster and more nutritious. No pesticides, plant hormones, or any other harmful substances.”


Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm

$114.30 on Amazon

“Nest Protect has been redesigned from the inside out. It has an industrial-grade smoke sensor, can be hushed from your phone, tests itself automatically, and lasts up to 10 years. And just like the original Nest Protect, it also tells you what’s wrong and can even alert your phone.”


Petnet SmartFeeder

$119.99 on Amazon

“We believe the best nutrition for your pet is personalized. Petnet will help you make intelligent decisions when it comes to your pet’s food — bringing you joy while keeping your pets healthy and happy. The SmartFeeder will help you manage feeding times, portion sizes, proper ingredients, and have your pet’s food delivered right to your doorstep.”


Neato Botvac 

$624.30 on Amazon

“Fully-featured, Botvac Connected is the smartest, most powerful, versatile solution for automatically clean floors, everyday. With dual cleaning modes and a wide cleaning path, Botvac Connected efficiently cleans room-to-room, recharges automatically and resumes cleaning until the entire floor is clean. Works on all floor types. Use the Neato app to clean your floors anytime, from anywhere. Great for homes with pets and allergies.

Also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant so you can voice control your robot.”


 

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Top 8 Blogs for Condo Owners

Whether you’re ready to finance, decorate, or even sell your condo, it’s conducive to have plenty of information at your fingertips. There are plenty of great blogs out there to help you find the information you need now, or could use in the future, when it comes to the complexity of owning your own condo. We rounded up a few of our favorites for you to look through or save for future reference.

Top 8 Blogs for Condo Owners

1.  Condo Association

A blog that deals with an array of different condo-living issues, especially financial related tips. Plenty of information on lending, insurance, and general condo-living information.

2. Condo Owner

Condo Owner is a blog geared towards resort condominiums, but there’s information for all condos available. Just a few of the issues Condo Owner touches on are banking, buying and selling, insurance, legality, and maintenance.

3. Condo & HOA Smart 

Provides important information against scams and risks for those looking to buy homes in condominium and homeowners associations. They have essential information for condo buyers, real estate agents, and board members.

4. Condo Law Guru

A blog run by an attorney, Beth Grimm, who is very familiar with condo and HOA legal issues. She breaks down the laws in layman’s terms and helps those who need information regarding condominium associations. As a result, Beth Grimm has already covered a plethora of issues you might run into or want to know more about.

5. Houzz

Perfect for finding decorating ideas for your condo! They feature photos of inspirational living spaces with a product directory, so you know which items to buy to replicate your favorite look. Most of all, they have a quite a collection of condo eye-candy.

6. CondoBlog

A great resource for city guides, tips, advice, market trends, and much more. They offer a lot of unique information about condo-living news.

7. My First Condo

Has a ton of information for first-time condo owners. Find resources for getting started, buying your first condo, mortgage, renovating, and co-ops, and more.

8. Evercondo Blog

A community blog that includes “tips, interviews, and trending topics on the ins and outs of condo living and management.” Find information about all sorts of issues like budgets, avoiding issues, property management.