The Tech Savvy Home

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

 

 

 
I have lived in my current home since 1983.  I love this place, even though it was built in 1963 - before "Internet" was a real word in our vocabulary.  In fact, we didn't even have cable TV in the Greater Sacramento area in 1963. 

I don't plan on moving, but I do sometimes envy the newer homes, which have more attractive technology access built into them.

However, over the years I've managed to have work done to accommodate most technology needs for today's world.

Homebuyers should be reminded to consider service capacity for the latest technology and entertainment requirements of any home they are considering for purchase.

Realtor Magazine Online provides the following points to explore:

(1)  Are there enough jacks in every room for cable TV and high-speed Internet hookups?

(2)  Are there enough telephone extensions or jacks?

(3)  Is the home pre-wired for a home theater or multi-room audio and video?

(4)  Does the home have a local area network for linking computers?

(5)  Does the home already have wiring for DSL or other high-speed Internet connection?

(6)  Does the home have multi-zoning heating and cooling controls with programmable thermostats?

(7)  Does the home have multi-room lighting controls, window-covering controls, or other home automation features?

(8)  Is the home wired with multi-purpose in-wall wiring that allows for reconfigurations to update services as technology changes?

Visit the Consumer Electronics Association (www.ce.org/techhomerating) for a complete Tech Home TM Rating Checklist.

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Harry F. D'Elia
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Homes do need to be updated to cater to the tech buyer of today. Many people work out of their own home. Great points

Sep 26, 2010 03:49 AM #1
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Harry - What amazes me, is that updating tech accomodation continues to be an issue, as new technology becomes unveiled.  I can remember first being wired for cable.  Then extra phone jacks, and an extra phone line.  Eventually, we I got DSL, I went back to just one line, when we received DSL.  Then it was to wireless modems.  All sorts of things.  However, is all the electric cords lurking near my feet at the wall of my computer desk, that bugs me most.  There are cords to printer/fax/scanner, a laptop (being charged), my desktop, monitors, and modem.  I pretty much have everything in one place. . .Thank goodness for that!

Sep 26, 2010 04:11 AM #2
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Andrea Swiedler
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Myrl, what a great post! My poor house is not ready for anything, but I manage. I am always drooling when I see the things built in to newer homes.

Sep 26, 2010 06:22 AM #3
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Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
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Myrl ... Out yesterday showing a great craftsman built in 1915.  An unfortunate REO - but it was obvious the former owners were moving it into the 21st century .... it seems better equipped than my office.  However ... it didn't seem to matter that the kitchen was still lost in the 20's!  BUT you could have held a Tech convention in the living room, dining room, sunporch and parlor ....  all encased in leaded glass and beveled windows!

Sep 26, 2010 10:06 AM #4
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Toni Weidman
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Hi Myrl, I think people sometimes forget that the charming "older" home they seemed to fall in love with may not be up-to-date technically. Lots of good hints, thanks.

Sep 26, 2010 12:05 PM #5
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Hi Myrl, This is a good list of questions buyers can consider before purchasing a home. As you mentioned these are many of the benefits of getting a newer home.

Sep 26, 2010 12:50 PM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Andrea - My house is just barely managing to hold its own.  I have a large covered patio, which is more wired than my house is.

Sep 26, 2010 01:45 PM #7
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Jack - Kitchens are another area of a home, which many find important when it comes to having efficiency and technology built in.

Sep 26, 2010 01:47 PM #8
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Toni - The older home can have its trade-offs, if electrical and technology access updating hasn't occurred.  However, I've been in modified older homes which were more efficient than some newer houses. 

Sep 26, 2010 01:53 PM #9
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Sandy - The patina of classic older homes has its own benefits.  But buyers should consider asking the technology access questions.

Sep 26, 2010 01:56 PM #10
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Kathy Clulow
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Myrl - we certainly are a 'plugged in' society today how often do you go into a home and see a multitude of power bars or wall plugs with multiplier plugs plugged into them. ..... the days of a duplex receptacle are gone as they do not meet today's 'plugged in' requirements.

Sep 26, 2010 04:38 PM #11
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Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
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Hey Myrl  ...In 1963 we had an in-home intercom system ......transistorized even!!! With AM And FM radio.  We thought that was Starship Enterprise at the time. lol

Sep 26, 2010 04:53 PM #12
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Kathy - I have come close to further updating my wiring - especially in the computer room.  Yet, somehow I have this vision things are going to soon change again, and completely revolutionize how we receive power. 

By the way, have you checked out the Bloom Box? There was a 60 Minutes segment on this new technology, which EBay, Google, and others are using already.  Here's a link to more information on it: 

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/18/60minutes/main6221135.shtml?tag=currentVideoInfo;segmentTitle

Sep 27, 2010 01:31 AM #13
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Trey - I sold an older home a couple years ago which still had a fully functional intercom system like the one you mention.  The young buyers were a tad confused by it, but loved it.  The house was retro - complete with turquoise kitchen appliances.

Sep 27, 2010 01:32 AM #14
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Steve Merson 512 412 1621
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX
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Hi Myrl,

Well, I think I have the same pile of electric cords lurking at my feet as you have. Technology seems to move so fast these days it 's hard to keep up. I remember my first mobile phone. It was the size of a small building and I certainly couldn't slip it into a pocket. LOL

Steve

Sep 27, 2010 02:54 AM #15
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Steve - My first cell phone looked very similar to the one below. It had a handle at the top, and I'd carry it around, with the cord dangling down.  It would fit inside my briefcase however. 

 

Sep 27, 2010 03:36 AM #16
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Hi Myrl, You have a very cute house and it has some interesting wiring going on. All seriousness aside, you must have taken the photo with your point and shoot camera., LMAO But I think you could use a sidewalk and a bit more landscaping. Who takes care of all that grass though?

 

 

Sep 27, 2010 03:22 PM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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William - Well thank you, Kind Sir!  I have a small herd of sheep which keep the grass clipped short.  They also provide me wool, that I spin in winter while the apple-berry pies are baking!  As for the wiring, I agree it's a bit antiquated.  I plan on fixing it once Bloom Box technology is at full production for single family homes, and the price becomes affordable. . .LOL

Sep 27, 2010 03:35 PM #18
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I thought you might get a kick with my sense of humor. My first thoughts were, Now isn't that a really cute house, I could sell that. Then I realized it was yours and I wasn't going to get the listing anyway, lol. I thought it was cute ( like a doll house) , don't you know. Shows my age I fear, LOL.

Sep 27, 2010 04:40 PM #19
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This is great! There are so many things to consider now when looking at a home that we did not need even ten years ago!!!

Sep 28, 2010 12:26 PM #20
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