“IoT” and the Future of Long Island, NY Home Automation

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Core Real Estate Advisors, Inc.


Home automation is going mainstream.

There: I said it. We all knew it would happen, but some of us hoped it would happen later. The prospect of our house being smarter than we are has been out there since as far back as when the first Terminator movie hit VHS (or was it Beta? Or Betamax?)…

Anyway, the “Smart House” idea has always had such a science-fictiony patina, it allowed many Nassau and Suffolk County homeowners the valiant hope that the whole thing might be delayed—at least until there was a flying car parked in every garage. Now it looks like our hopes are soon to be dashed. At least, that seemed to be the news coming out of Spain last week.

According to reports from last week’s Mobile World Congress assembled in Barcelona, “the IoT was pervasive.” If you haven’t heard what “the IoT” is, maybe you’d better sit down—

The IoT is short for “the Internet of Things.” It’s a logical development. For home automation to go mainstream, every smart part of it has to communicate, one way or another, with everything else. Home Wi-Fi plus the web opens many possibilities. “M2M” devices are ones that use a wireless network…well, you get the idea. When your Smart Refrigerator needs to tell you it is about to run out of 1% milk, it has to let your Smartphone know, right? Or else message your car’s digital console. Or else tell the Smart Grocery Store to send a drone over…Since all those are Things, and the best way to transfer information is through the Internet…voila! The Internet of Things.

More news from Barcelona will follow, but first I hasten to mention that there are lots of current useful innovations for Long Island homeowners; innovations that are smart—but not so smart that anyone needs to feel threatened. For instance, heating and cooling are perfect for IOT. The ability to control your energy-eating heating and cooling devices via your smartphone can already save a lot on utility bills. Older automated systems relied on painstaking day-by-day (and even hour-by-hour) programming, yet still didn’t account for changes in schedule. With a phone-triggered remote command system, you can work late at the office yet easily delay home heating or cooling until just before you get home.

Web-enabled home security systems make possible inexpensive remote monitoring by professionals—or even clever innovations like the one that rings your phone when someone approaches the front door, or lets you answer a doorbell ring from your phone. It can sound like you’re on the intercom inside the house. Would-be burglars hate that one (even more than the automated Rottweiler barking setups) …

But back to the news from Barcelona, with exhibitors’ demo devices embodying the latest ideas for what we will be needing when the IoT really gets going. Smart tape measures to beam measurements to your phone; wearable trackers that eavesdrop on your children (a “smart bracelet for children”); “Petfit” for overweight dogs (it keeps track of your pet’s steps, but, unfortunately, is not water resistant yet); Samsung’s internet fridge (with a 21” screen that displays—well, a shopping list) …

Actually, when you wade into the details, maybe the IoT isn’t quite ready to overwhelm our Nassau and Suffolk County castles, at least not just yet. Home automation may still be limited to truly useful innovations for a while—those that are smart, but not too smart—the kind that add clear value to a home when it’s time to sell. When that future occasion arises, I hope you (or the refrigerator) will remember to call your local Core Real Estate Advisor!   

Office: (844) 211-5053 Email: info@corelisted.com Website: www.corelisted.com


Anthony Manzolillo is the Principal Broker for Core Real Estate Advisors, Inc. Core has agents specializing in both Residential and Commercial properties. Anthony Manzolillo started his career in real estate working for a private equity firm. In his role as the Director of Acquisitions, Anthony (Tony) has been involved in acquiring over 50 multi-family properties worth over 300MM. He has been the lead agent for helping lenders such as Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Country Wide, Litton Loans, Green-Tree, and Compass Bank dispose of hundreds of distressed properties. Tony’s most recent accomplishment is working as a consultant for NY Rising and GOSR, whereby he was directly involved in the acquisition of over 600 homes substantially damaged by Hurricane Sandy.


For more information, or if you would like to speak with a Core Real Estate Advisor you may call (844) 211-5053 or send an email to info@corelisted.com. You may also visit our website at www.corelisted.com


Comments (20)

Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Oh no!  I'm still trying to adjust to my phone being smarter than I am!  And welcome to ActiveRain - we'll have you addicted in no time!

Mar 05, 2016 01:22 AM
Core Real Estate Advisors, Inc.

Healthy addictions are welcome! Thanks Patricia!

Mar 05, 2016 11:26 AM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

Welcome to activerain, while you are here be sure to check out the Q and A sections and see if you have answers to some of the questions that other members are asking:  Activerain Q & A

Mar 05, 2016 01:50 AM
Core Real Estate Advisors, Inc.

Thanks Robert!

Mar 05, 2016 11:26 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Welcome to Activea Rain and congrat on a great first blog post, Your business ha a lot to offer.

Mar 05, 2016 04:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Best wishes for great success with your ActiveRain blogs and your networking with members of this community.

You may wish to use your blog settings to create an automatic signature for your blogs. You readers want to see your contact information.

Mar 05, 2016 05:22 AM
Core Real Estate Advisors, Inc.

Thanks Roy!

Mar 05, 2016 11:24 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Welcome to Activerain and congratulations on your first blog. I just hope we won't be overtaken by computers in our future. The way I see it, I already can't live without my smartphone...I would be lost.

Mar 05, 2016 06:28 AM
Core Real Estate Advisors, Inc.

We are in agreement there! I can't remember what it was like without being plugged in every second. It's both addicting and scary. 

Mar 05, 2016 11:25 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Welcome to the world of Active Rain blogging.  It is an extremely valuable platform to connect with other agents and potential clients.  I recommend you check out the "Resources" section and click on "Getting Started".

Mar 05, 2016 11:39 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome to ActiveRain! I'm not sure I'm a fan of the idea of home automation. I'd feel as though it's just another way for someone to mess with things - imagine a hacker turning your refrigerator off for fun. Naaah. Then we'll need better security for our internet appliances.

That being said, I'm sure there will be a lot of people who will embrace this technology.

Mar 05, 2016 08:44 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Core Real Estate Advisors, Inc. I'll be the first to say that it totally intimidates me!!!! not even a doubt about that....bu so didn't working on blog posts online and NOW I'm online everyday, all day!!!

Mar 05, 2016 09:33 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

and welcome to ActiveRain....it's a great place to learn, share, market and network...and I hope you enjoy and benefit from all of it....

Mar 05, 2016 09:34 PM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Our phones are now so smart, can houses be far behind?  LOL I can see many advantages to integrating technology into our homes -- it's exciting!

Meanwhile, welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first blog.  There's a lot of learn here, and nice people to get to know.  You will find it an invaluable resource. 

Mar 05, 2016 10:07 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Welcome to Active Rain!  As REALTORS® who have been here for more than 9 years, it's well worth it!


Mar 05, 2016 10:16 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

welcome to Activerain, there is a ton of good information here to read and a great community of real estate related industry professionals to meet and network with.

Mar 06, 2016 06:27 AM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

also, congratulations on writing your first blog post here.  Feel free to come visit my blog and leave me a comment too, or just say hello and follow me.  Always good to meet new people here.

Mar 06, 2016 06:30 AM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Core - The amount of automation in homes today is amazing to me.

Mar 06, 2016 03:28 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Corey - Welcome to the ActiveRain community, and congratulations on your first post here.

Mar 06, 2016 03:28 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Please know that the ambassadors, those of us with the orange badges, are here  to help if you have questions as you get started in the Rain or even later on.

Mar 06, 2016 03:28 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Amazing the technology that we have, I was happy when I could see my security cameras and fitbit on my phone, and now I may be able to tell if I am out of milk...

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.

Mar 06, 2016 03:29 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We are seeing many homeowners embracing technology in their home from top to bottom.   Great first post on a topic that will be more and more popular!  Welcome to ActiveRain!  

Mar 06, 2016 10:04 PM
Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage
Empire Network Realty INC. - Orlando, FL
The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours!

Welcome to the world of Activerain, may your blogging  create a whole new chapter in your Real Estate Career.

Mar 07, 2016 12:10 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on this really informative post!  Great information for your clients (and us!).  I look forward to reading more.

Mar 07, 2016 10:26 PM