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Lake Tahoe real estate: Will 2016 be the year of the smart home?

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Remote home control system on a digital tablet or phone.

The year 2020 has long been a benchmark for when the "smart home" will finally be mainstream, but according to the results of a survey released by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, the original Silicon Valley real estate start-up founded in 1906, that time may come sooner than we thought.

Coldwell Banker is one of the major sponsors of the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show, which took place last week in Las Vegas. Smart home technology was one of the hottest topics at the show.

The Coldwell Banker Smart Home Marketplace Survey, which polled more than 4,000 Americans in advance of CES, found that almost half (45 percent) of all Americans either own smart home technology or plan to invest in it in 2016.

The survey also showed that it's not just the tech-savvy who are on board with the smart home. Of people who either have smart home technology or plan to buy it in 2016, more than one in three say they don't consider themselves early adopters of technology.

The Smart Home Marketplace Survey also found that more than half of homeowners (54 percent) would purchase or install smart home products if they were selling their home and knew that doing so would make it sell faster. Of that group, 65 percent would pay $1,500 or more.

"When you consider that nearly 5 million existing homes sell in the United States over a year period, this amounts to a tremendous market for smart home manufacturers," said Kris Vogt, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. "As the nation's largest real estate brokerage, Coldwell Banker is a natural conduit between these manufacturers and home buyers and sellers. Conducting this research was one of the first of many steps toward achieving this goal."

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Coldwell Banker's survey results could help guide those smart home product decisions. Some of the other key findings survey are:

Entertainment is the entryway for smart home technology:

The most popular type of smart home technology that people already own is smart entertainment, such as smart TVs and speaker systems (44 percent of people with smart home technology).

The next most popular types of smart home technology that people currently have installed in their home include smart security (31 percent) and smart temperature (30 percent).

Most Americans think a home can be considered "smart" if it has smart security, temperature, lighting and safety:

When asked about what needs to be in a home for it to be considered "smart," the top choices were security (e.g., locks and alarm systems – 63 percent), temperature (e.g., thermostats and fans – 63 percent), lighting (e.g., light bulbs and lighting systems – 58 percent) and safety (e.g., fire / carbon monoxide detectors and nightlights – 56 percent).

More than three-quarters (76 percent) of Americans think that having just one category of smart technology in your home isn't enough for it to be considered smart.

Smart home technology is no longer just for the young and affluent:

Older generations are adopting certain types of smart home technology faster than younger ones. For instance, 40 percent of those over 65 who own smart home products currently have smart temperature products, compared to only 25 percent of Millennials (ages 18 to 34).

The percentages of Americans with a household income of between $50k and $75k and that of those with between $75k and $100k who have smart home technology are nearly identical: 25 percent versus 26 percent.

Buying smart home products is in one word — addicting:

Seventy (70) percent of people with smart home technology said buying their first smart home product made them more likely to buy another one. 

Visit bit.ly/1W0GQFU to see full survey results. Search for smart homes for sale at http://www.coldwellbanker.com/smarthome.

This article was submitted by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, which is considered the largest residential real estate brokerage in Northern California and serves the markets from Monterey to Tahoe-Truckee. Visit ColdwellBankerHomes.com to learn more.