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A Quick Review of Smart Home Technology

Today, the smart home has become (almost) plug-and-play. That's a revolutionary development that real estate agents and brokers need to understand. Before Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, a smart home was almost always hard-wired. Features were built into the home during new construction. A single standard never emerged. It was arguably a fad that had all but faded into a very small market niche.

All of that has changed. Both the Amazon and Google devices, which are powered by the Internet and controlled by voice commands, have given birth to some bona fide affordable smart home systems. It is now possible for essentially all of America's homes to become "smart." Let's take a quick look of the two dominant devices at the center of this home tech revolution.

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