The Future of Home Design: 4 Dominating Trends to Watch

the-future-image-20034177Digitized manufacturing is emerging as a leader in home design trends. It’s becoming easier to customize homes with a variety of textures and colors thanks to sustainable materials like glass and new manufacturing technologies. In fact, 3-D manufacturing, or the third industrial revolution, is changing how homes are being built.

As the path to sustainable housing and technology widens, the home market is also embracing automated technologies and wellness initiatives. From automation security to energy management, the home design of the future is both practical and efficient. Here’s a look at four trends dominating the market:

Geofencing is becoming a popular method to help protect and monitor your home. The technology creates a virtual perimeter around your home that connects to your smartphone. For example, if your kids come home from school, their smartphones will set off a trigger and send you an alert to your phone so you know they made it safely. You also could use a geofence to monitor if they leave the house. If your kids venture into a prohibited area or out of a safety zone, you could receive another alert on your smartphone.

Another way to monitor your home’s activity is with the Kevo Smart Lock and a wearable device, like the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. Simply touch the lock with your device and your door will open. In addition, you can set up your Kevo Smart Lock to send an alert to your Gear S2 about who is coming and going out of your home.

Healthy Living Environment
There also is an increased demand for healthy building materials and furnishings due to more awareness on how your home can make you sick. The Orlando Sentinel reported on a smart home model in Lake Nona that focuses on healthy living and wellness. The home features cork floors, air filtration and water purification systems, vitamin C shower, variable lighting to optimize your circadian rhythm and pedestal desks.

Indoor gardening also has come into sharper focus in recent years. Elle Decor, with the help of futurist Barrie Barton, claims that by 2025 homes will be filled with vegetable planters and indoor gardens.

Energy Efficiency and Docking Stations
Energy efficiency and electrical docking stations are some other trends that are on the rise. But it’s not just for your smartphone—docking stations for cars are also building momentum.

For energy management solutions, Belkin’s WeMo Insight Switch connects all of your electronics and appliances to your Wi-Fi network. Plug in your gadgets and appliances into the smart switch and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. Then you can monitor your usage from your Apple or Android devices, create schedules to turn appliances on and off and adjust your lighting while you’re on vacation.

Connected Smart Homes
Smart home technology is all the rage, but the devices often operate independently of each other. For example, a smart refrigerator may tell you that you’re out of milk, but it doesn’t necessarily talk to your oven and dishwasher to get everything ready to go for dinner. A rising trend that attempts to solve this problem is a connected and automated home that lets all of your devices talk to each other and run themselves.

ZigBee working toward global standards-based wireless solutions to help connect your smarthome technology and the Internet of Things. While Bluetooth technology doesn’t work with every device, ZigBee is designed to offer a lower-cost alternative to a personal wireless network. While ZigBee won’t interfere with your wireless signal and devices, it can help your smart technology connect and talk to each other.

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Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

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Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate