The ABC’s of Buying a Home

The ABC’s of Buying a Home

The spring real estate market is about to hit its seasonal high. If you will be buying a home this spring, whether for the first-time or not, it’s helpful to identify a few real estate basics that every buyer should know.

With the spring real estate market about to hit its seasonal high, buyers and sellers will be flocking onto the scene. If you will be buying a home this spring, whether for the first-time or not, it’s helpful to identify a few real estate basics that every buyer should know.

A: Appraisal

A statement that indicates the official value of a property.

B: Bridge Loan

A short-term interim loan that is made to a buyer to purchase a new home before they have sold their current home and can use the equity towards the new purchase.

C: Closing Costs

Costs paid over and above the selling price of a property — this includes legal and administrative fees to finalize a home purchase and can typically run several thousand dollars when buying a home.

D: Debt to Income Ratio

Used by lenders and is calculated by determining an individual’s total debt compared to total income.

E: Equity

In real estate terms, equity is the difference between the total value of a property and the amount left owed on the mortgage.

F: Fixture

Something movable that is physically attached to a home, such as a light fixture or wall shelf. Unless specifically excluded from a contract, a fixture is deemed to remain with the house upon sale.

G: Government Loan

A government run program that provides purchasing assistance for first-time and other qualified buyers to assist in entering the real estate market.

H: Home Inspection

One of the most important aspects of the home buying or selling process, a home inspection is a visual accounting of a home’s current condition, which is completed before the sale of a home is finalized.

I: Insurance

A must-have item for purchasers, the cost of home insurance and required coverage should be obtained by all buyers prior to purchasing a home.

J: Joint Tenancy

The ownership of a property held joint by two or more individuals to whom ownership passes upon the death of one of the parties.

K: Knob and Tube

A rudimentary system of electrical wiring, used up to the 1950s and consists of tubes held in place by porcelain knobs. A home containing knob and tube may have difficulty securing home insurance and is a consideration for potential buyers to have replaced.

L: Liens and Encumbrances

A lien is a form of security which can be held for the payment of debt. Encumbrances are other restrictions on the property including setbacks, and right-of-ways that can complicate the sale process.

M: Mortgage

A loan to cover the purchase of a home, usually amortized over several decades.

N: Non-Load Bearing Wall

When considering a home for renovation, a non-load bearing wall is one that doesn’t support the structure of a home, thus can be removed.

O: Offer

The legal contract to purchase or sell a home.

P: Property Tax

A mandatory fee paid yearly to a local government body for basic services such as garbage and street lighting.

R: Real Estate Agent

A highly skilled real estate professional who assists buyers and sellers during the sale process.

S: Survey

A map showing the official boundaries of a property.

T: Title Search

An administrative search to ensure that no liens or other encumbrances exist on a property.

U: Utilities

Fees paid for services such as water, sewer, electricity, and gas, which are part of a home’s annual operating costs.

V: Vendor

The seller of a home.

W: Walk-Through

A private, agent-guided tour of a property for sale.

Y: Yard

The physical space surrounding a house that requires upkeep and maintenance.

Z: Zoning

The regulation that determines the use of buildings and other areas, such as residential, commercial, or agricultural.

(Note: The letters Q and X were purposefully omitted.)

To learn more about how Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty can help you buy or sell a home, please call one of our two offices:

Ukiah Office: (707) 462-5400
169 Mason St. Ste 300, Ukiah, CA 95482

Willits Office: (707) 459-5389
1460 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490

Make sure you visit our website:
www.mendocinocountyproperties.com

March 11, 2016Permalink

How to Choose the Best Type of Mortgage for You

How to Choose the Best Type of Mortgage for You

In the second post in a three-part series about deciphering mortgages, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Market Specialist Les Christie explains how to pick a mortgage rate and term that suits your financial needs.

Choosing the right mortgage rate can be difficult. There are many different options, and what’s the best choice for one person may not be for another. When borrowers begin the mortgage process, they first need to develop an understanding of mortgage rates. Then, the challenge becomes identifying what type of mortgage meets their individual needs. Here are two questions every home buyer should ask themselves when choosing a mortgage rate:

  1. Do I want a fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)?

Borrowers have a choice of two types of loans, fixed rate or adjustable. In short, fixed rates mean the monthly payments never change. ARMs offer fixed rate terms for, usually, five or seven years followed by rates that can change once a year after that.

Fixed versus adjustable

“I’m a big fan of fixed rate mortgages,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.com, a leading mortgage loan information site. “For home buyers, it’s the best gauge of affordability. If you can’t afford a home with interest rates at below 4%, you can’t afford a home.”

ARMs are cheaper initially: At recent interest rates, the monthly payment for an ARM would save about $60 a month on a 30-year fixed with a $200,000 principal. But for many borrowers, that may not be enough savings to offset the uncertainty of potential adjustments.

For others, however, adjustable rate loans can make sense, according to Keith Gumbinger of HSH.com, a mortgage information provider. “ARMs work well with short-term forms of ownership,” he said. “If you think you’ll be there only five or six years, ARMs will save you money.”

Other candidates for ARMs are households whose incomes are likely to rise, such as a one-income household with a partner who plans to return to the work force in a couple of years. They could opt for a more affordable payment during the lean times, knowing that, when their costs rise, they’ll be in a better financial position to afford the higher payments.

  1. If I have a fixed rate mortgage, should I choose a 30-year or 15-year?

The shorter the term of the fixed rate mortgage, the lower the interest rate, but the higher the monthly payments. On a $200,000 loan, a 15-year fixed at current rates will cost about $1,376 a month, $460 more than the payments on a 30-year mortgage.

Of course, the loan will be paid off in half the time, saving borrowers more than $80,000 in interest over the full course of the mortgage.

According to McBride, borrowers should opt for 15-years only when they can afford to do so without harming their other financial goals.

“Handcuffing yourself to higher monthly payments is bad if it prevents you from investing in tax-advantaged retirement accounts or if you’re unable to set aside enough cash in an emergency fund,” he said.

If you can’t max out your 401(k) payments because your mortgage payments are too steep, you’ll end up costing yourself a lot of money in the long run.

But if you’re convinced that you have enough income and savings, then go for the 15-year. You may be the first one on your block to be mortgage-free.

In our third and last installment of this series, we’ll look at other money-saving tips and tricks that could help you shave down the cost of your mortgage or even get ahead on a few payments. Stay tuned!

To learn more about how Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty can help you buy or sell a home, please call one of our two offices:

Ukiah Office: (707) 462-5400
169 Mason St. Ste 300, Ukiah, CA 95482

Willits Office: (707) 459-5389
1460 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490

Make sure you visit our website:
www.mendocinocountyproperties.com

March 11, 2016Permalink

4 Reasons Why 2016 Will Be a Strong Year for Buyers (and Sellers)

According to industry experts, 2016 will be marked not only by steady improvement for both prices and sales, but home buying will continue to be affordable in most areas, and housing finance costs will remain very low.

Here are four reasons why the year should be a good one for home buyers – as well as sellers.

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1. 2016 promises to be a good one for the economy, according to Doug Duncan, chief economist for Fannie Mae.

“We ended 2015 with a positive jobs report, an annual record-high for auto sales, and the housing market poised to be the strongest since 2007,” Duncan said.

That does not mean an out-of-control housing boom, however.

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2. Sales increases will be modest, due somewhat to local shortages of homes for sale as builders struggle to catch up with burgeoning demand.

“Inventory will open up, but not enough to offset sales growth,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors. According to Yun, supply problems are especially acute in coastal markets such as California, where development is restricted.

“It’s all up to the local authorities,” he said. “They have to recognize the shortages. The only way to make these communities sustainable for the middle class is to build more homes.”

Yun predicts a rise of approximately 5% in the national median home price in 2016. That would outpace income gains, and buyers will have to designate a slightly higher percentage of their incomes for housing expenses.

Keith Gumbinger, vice president at HSH.com, a mortgage information provider, said the Fed could raise its benchmark rate three or four times in 2016, if the economy doesn’t deteriorate. Higher mortgage costs are also coming, but the increases will be manageable.

“We’re likely to see gently firming interest rates,” he said.

3. Lenders are also gradually easing underwriting standards.

According to Duncan, this will enable more home buyers to find loans. “That will offset the interest rate increases,” he said.

Duncan’s predictions for mortgage rate gains are lower than almost anyone else’s. Most industry observers, including Yun, expect interest rates to end the year close to 5%. Duncan’s take is under 4.2%.

As markets strengthen, sellers who have been waiting years for their local markets to come back may be more inclined to put their homes up for sale. That should help build inventories and lead to a more balanced market overall. But for the market to continue to move ahead, the national economy will have to keep up its progress. Duncan estimates the unemployment rate will fall further through 2016, to 4.8%.

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4. Younger buyers are likely to enter the market and this will fuel new construction.

“We may see some upward movement in first-time home buyers because job creation is continuing,” he said. “Some of the Millennial generation that has been living with their parents or roommates will start to buy.”

That’s good for the home construction industry, which is still operating at about half-speed. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, fewer than a million new homes were built in 2015, compared with nearly 2 million during 2005.

“We expect home sales and residential construction to pick up in the middle of the year when the unemployment rate should fall back to pre-recession levels,” said Andres Carbacho-Burgos, a senior economist and housing market analyst with Moody’s Analytics. “Wages will start climbing when that happens, and when income growth starts to exceed price gains, it will be a tipping point for housing.”

He added that in the nation’s heartland, where there was not huge price correction during the bust because prices stayed reasonable all through the boom years, construction can pick up quickly to match demand. Again, it’s the coastal markets — California, New York Metro, Washington, Boston — where lack of land for development and a tight regulatory environment will make it tougher for home builders to gear up quickly.

All of this, combined with an economic recovery that has been less than robust, means that the housing market will probably stay at a “steady-eddie” pace through the year – unless the economy picks up considerably.

To learn more about how Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty can help you buy or sell a home, please call one of our two offices:

Ukiah Office: (707) 462-5400
169 Mason St. Ste 300, Ukiah, CA 95482

Willits Office: (707) 459-5389
1460 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490

Make sure you visit our website:
www.mendocinocountyproperties.com

February 12, 2016Permalink

7 Best and Worst Home Renovations in 2016

The-Best-Worst-1A renovation project should not only add immediate value to your home, but also ensure that your return on investment (ROI) is attainable (should you decide to eventually sell). If you’re looking for a high-impact project to tackle this year, be sure to check the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report before breaking ground. To ensure that your shoo-in project won’t leave your budget hurting, here are some of the best (and worst) home investments on this year’s list:

Some of the Best:

#1 Adding Attic Insulation – 116.9%

The addition of attic insulation is the #1 improvement recommended by the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report. With an estimated cost of around $33 a bag, installing fiberglass insulation will increase your home’s value by $1,450. Additional insulation also aids in the utility efficiency of your home — cutting down on energy costs.

#2 Using Stone Veneers – 92.9%

Your home’s aesthetics are very important when considering the overall value of your property. Installing manufactured stone veneers (which cost an estimated $7,500) can potentially increase your home’s value by $7,000. If you have any stone left over, consider using the extras to accent your fireplace or bathtub walls.

#3 Replacing a Door – 91.5% (garage), 91.1% (entry door)

Replacing your current garage door with a steel alternative will offer peace of mind and an additional bump in the overall value of your home. If you decide to upgrade your garage door, make sure to add new steel tracks and a motorized opener to avoid jams. Replacing your home’s entry doors with a steel alternative will cost between $500 and $1,230 per door. But, expect a high ROI should you decide to sell.

#4 Minor Kitchen Remodel – 83.1%

While a complete kitchen overhaul will only retain 64.9% of your investment, there are a few minor updates that will increase your kitchen’s resale value (without a hefty price tag). Replacing cabinet hardware, installing energy-efficient appliances and upgrading your sink are simple, DIY-able ways to get more out of what you put into your kitchen.

Some of the Worst:

#1 Adding a Bathroom – 56.2%

Despite being one of the most popular rooms in your home, a bathroom addition isn’t always the best investment. A midrange bathroom add-on will cost around $40,000 (expect that price to double for upscale additions). Regardless of your total investment, bathroom additions only reclaim (on average) 56% of their original budget.

#2 Adding a Backup Generator – 59.4%

While having power might seem invaluable during a blackout, backup generators usually cost around $3,100 to install. On average, only 60% of your total expense will be added to your home’s resale price.

#3 Installing New Decking – 64.4% (composite), 75% (wood)

Although the idea of evenings outdoors might be enticing, deck additions are not a make-or-break feature for most buyers. Expect composite decking to return about 65% of its installation cost, while wood decking recoups an average of 75% of its fitting expense.

Conclusion

As it turns out, renovations aren’t always the answer. Unless a gigantic investment is required to bring your home up to code, it pays to think twice before dumping a chunk of cash into an improvement.

To learn more about how Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty can help you buy or sell a home, please call one of our two offices:

Ukiah Office: (707) 462-5400
169 Mason St. Ste 300, Ukiah, CA 95482

Willits Office: (707) 459-5389
1460 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490

Make sure you visit our website:
www.mendocinocountyproperties.com

February 12, 2016Permalink

Find Out What Happens, When it Happens, with Mivatek

Mivatek’s smart home and health care systems help you protect protect your home and the people you love within them.

Smart home products aren’t just limited to lighting, temperature control and security – they can help with your loved ones’ health too.

Mivatek introduced a suite of products called “Home8” at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show that do just that, keep your home and the people in them safe and healthy. Their smart health care and smart home packages provide a wide variety of anxiety reducing services that cover everything from home environment monitoring, to security, on over to medication adherence.

Home should be a space where we have peace of mind, and Mivatek’s core mission plays right into that, as they strive to provide peace of mind through technology. One of their hero products that received a great deal of buzz at CES was their automatic medication dispenser.

“One of the great things about our medication dispenser is it has 28 cartridges for up to 4 weeks of medication. You can program it up to 6 times a day and it gives an audible beep when it’s time for somebody to take their medication. There are other products like that on the market right now, but really what makes ours special is the fact that if you miss your medication, a text message goes out to an authorized list (caregivers, family members, neighbors, etc.).

– Tony Lee, Mivatek

Their smart care ecosystem gets smarter the more products you add to it. For instance, their twist hd cam gives you a 360 degree field of view along with two way audio. This is a wonderful compliment to the medication dispenser, as you can monitor where your loved one is, remind them to take their medicine and even directly call 911 if they look to be in distress. This could no doubt potentially cut down on the time it would take to get critical help to a loved one in distress.

To learn more about how Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty can help you buy or sell a home, please call one of our two offices:

Ukiah Office: (707) 462-5400
169 Mason St. Ste 300, Ukiah, CA 95482

Willits Office: (707) 459-5389
1460 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490

Make sure you visit our website:
www.mendocinocountyproperties.com

January 30, 2016Permalink

What You Need to Know about December Housing Numbers

HOUSING-NUMBERSHighlights from the latest housing report from the National Association of Realtors

Increasing consumer confidence and stable housing affordability contributed to a surge in home buying last month. Sales jumped 14.7% compared with November, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). But the biggest factor in the gain was due to the impact of new mortgage disclosure rules that pushed sales from November into December. Sales were up only 7.7% from a year earlier.

Overall, sales bounced back from an artificially depressed level, according to Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.

“While the carryover of November’s delayed transactions into December contributed greatly to the sharp increase, the overall pace taken together indicates sales these last two months maintained the healthy level of activity seen in most of 2015,” he said.

New homes are not being built quickly enough in the nation’s hottest markets to keep up with demand. Housing starts did rise 11% during 2015, according to the Commerce Department, but still trail boom year construction figures by about half. And the pace of new construction slowed recently — housing starts actually dipped late in 2015 — so shortages of homes for sale will likely persist.

As demand has outpaced supply, demand has driven up prices. Luckily, continued low financing costs have helped keep homes affordable. The Fed’s mid-December rate hike has had little impact on mortgage rates. As a matter of fact, the interest rate on a 30-year loan barely budged, hovering around 4% in December, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly rate report. They have even fallen off again in the first two weeks of 2016.

There had been some consumer fears that mortgage rates would spike on the heels of the Fed rate increase and some buyers may have pushed their purchases forward to save on financing costs, according to Yun. But mortgage rates tend to mirror long-term bond yields, said Keith Gumbinger of HSH.com, a mortgage information company, and bond yields remain very low — under 2.3% for most of December.

“There’s tremendous global demand for Treasuries right now,” said Gumbinger.

The national median home price hit $224,100 in December, up 7.6% compared with 12 months earlier.

Regionally, home sales in the Northeast grew about 8.7% compared with November and were up 11.9% from 12 months earlier. It’s the second most expensive area of the country with a median sales price of $255,700.

Sales rose 14.6% month-over-month in the South and are 4.6% higher than a year ago. Homes sold there at a median of $196,100.

Midwestern sales jumped 10.9%, at a median of $171,000, in December. Sales were up 9.9% from a year ago.

In the pricey West, where the median home sold for $321,100, sales spiked a whopping 23.2%. Compared with a year earlier, closings were up 8.9%.

To learn more about how Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty can help you buy or sell a home, please call one of our two offices:

Ukiah Office: (707) 462-5400
169 Mason St. Ste 300, Ukiah, CA 95482

Willits Office: (707) 459-5389
1460 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490

Make sure you visit our website:
www.mendocinocountyproperties.com

January 30, 2016Permalink

Selling Your Home this Spring? 7 Tips to Help You Prepare

While it still may be chilly outside, the weather isn’t the only thing that’s about to warm up. The spring selling season is right around the corner, and we’ve got seven things you can do now to prepare for selling your home once spring arrives.

While it still may be chilly outside, the weather isn’t the only thing that’s about to warm up. The spring selling season is right around the corner, and if you’re selling your home, that means competition. The good news is, you can get a head start on preparing your home now, so it’s ready to go once the first signs of spring appear. Here are seven simple tips you can do now, to help get your home market-ready.

1. Give a Thorough Clean

Think spring cleaning territory when deciding what level of clean your home requires for sale. Everything from scrubbing baseboards to dusting fan blades and clearing cobwebs from storage areas should be covered as you scrub-down your home. If the task feels overwhelming, simply go room by room until it’s done.

If you have carpet, and it’s in reasonably good shape, a thorough cleaning with a professional carpet cleaner will improve the look and the odor in your home. If carpets are worn and threadbare, consider a reasonable replacement, such as a good quality laminate. Cracked tiles should be replaced now, if it’s in your budget, for maximum effect.

Carpet cleaner giving a deep clean to carpets

Image Source: Flickr/Laura D’Alessandro

2. Do a Minor Update

It’s no secret that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. A quick update to a kitchen can make a huge impact simply by cleaning painting or replacing tired hardware and fixtures. If your kitchen lacks a backsplash, this is the perfect time to add one for maximum appeal.

3. Clean the Windows

Even if it’s too cold to tackle the job from the outside, you can get half the job done now. Scrub the interior side of all windows and don’t forget the window sills, tracks of sliding doors, and the surrounding trim. Buyers will notice the attention to detail once your home is on the market.

4. Paint

Choose the spaces that have the boldest color and tone them down to a neutral palette. The goal should be for buyers to see your home as a blank canvas for their own belongings. Focus on high traffic areas next, and finally, repairing any flaking paint in damp areas such as basements or bathrooms is a must.

Image of a row of paint swatches in a store

Image Source: Flickr/Dean Hochman

5. Pack Early

While you don’t need to pack up everything you own, strategically boxing up personal items that will depersonalize your space is a good idea. Family mementos all serve to remind buyers that this is your space, and you want them to picture it as theirs. Storage space is another big item on a buyer’s list, so consider packing up any out of season clothing and tucking them away to make closets seem larger.

6. Purpose Every Room

Every room should have a clear purpose, so buyers can see how versatile your space is. This may mean removing furniture from a crowded space and moving it somewhere else in your home to create defined living areas. Look for opportunities to create functional spaces like an office area or reading nook, and if you have too much furniture, consider putting it in storage. Less furniture will create an open feeling throughout your home.

A cozy home reading nook, staged for real estate

Image Source: Flickr/Michael Pardo

7. Go Outside

While it is too early to landscape, paint, or deal with the exterior areas of the home, curb appeal is essential to getting buyers to even walk through the door. Assessing your home now, from the garden spaces to the roof and front entry, will let you make a list of quick and easy items you can tackle as soon as the weather warms up, which will make selling your home a breeze.

To learn more about how Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty can help you buy or sell a home, please call one of our two offices:

Ukiah Office: (707) 462-5400
169 Mason St. Ste 300, Ukiah, CA 95482

Willits Office: (707) 459-5389
1460 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490

Make sure you visit our website:
www.mendocinocountyproperties.com

January 15, 2016Permalink

The Coolest Samsung Smart Home Products at CES

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the single largest tech event of the year.  This is the time when every major tech company announces what’s new and what’s hot.  As an owner of a few Samsung products, I visited their booth to check out some of their newest products for 2016.  Here are my top five Samsung announcements that will also serve as my official Christmas list.

New SUHD TVs

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If there was ever a product I could see in my home, it is one of Samsung’s new TVs.  As you walk around CES and are continuously bombarded with visually stunning materials, I was immediately drawn to the Samsung SUHD TVs.  You may be asking what “SUHD” stands for and you wouldn’t be alone.  The “UHD” is the official industry term for Ultra High Definition (also known as 4K), but the “S” is the real mystery.  According to Samsung it doesn’t represent one specific word, but is part of the branding for their flagship products.

According to Samsung, their 2016 SUHD TVs offer unparalleled picture quality with Quantum dot display, the world’s first bezel-less curved design which is beautiful from every angle and the smartest user experience that makes it easy for consumers to access all their entertainment content in one place. In addition, the full 2016 SUHD TV lineup contains an Internet of Things (IoT) hub technology, allowing the TV itself to act as the controller for the entire smart home.

This new line of TVs is expected to be available in March.

Family Hub Refrigerator

CES Fridge

As a five member household, our refrigerator is the most widely used appliance in our home.  Continuously restocking it also puts a ton of miles on my car as we drive to the market to pick up a missing recipe ingredients.

The Samsung Family Hub fridge isn’t just for keeping things cool.  With an enormous touchscreen on one of the doors, you’ll find a grocery ordering app so you will never forget to pick up the eggs again!  Not sure if you need milk?  Don’t worry because thanks to several cameras inside the refrigerator and a really cool app, you can take a look while at the store.  This smart refrigerator will also allow you to control your lights, home temp, and other connected gadgets while grabbing a late night snack.

This smart fridge is expected to retail around $5,000.

Activewash Washing Machines

Samsung Fridge

You may find it hard to believe that a washing machine would make it on the coolest tech list, but have you seen Samsung’s Activewash washing machines?  With five cubic feet of capacity, this machine can cut down the number of trips to the laundry room.  If you are like many of us and don’t have a sink in your laundry room, don’t worry because these washing machines come with their own sinks.  Now, you can wash those delicate items or scrub tough stains all from the same room avoiding mess and saving time.

These washing machines will run about $1,100.

Robot Vacuums

Samsung Robot

If you had your very own robot what would you have it do?  Vacuum of course!  Samsung’s POWERbot has some really cool features like having the ability to direct the little bot to a specific room or spot with a handheld remote.

Samsung claims its cleaning prowess is unprecedented in a robot vacuum. The Digital Inverter Motor features a level of suction up to 60 times more powerful than conventional robot vacuums for removal of dirt.  Hard wood and laminate surfaces are a breeze for the VR9000 and an extra-wide rectangular brush bar that is four inches wider than standard robot vacuums eliminates the need for side brushes while covering more ground in a single pass.  CycloneForce technology creates a centrifugal force that routes particles into a separate inner chamber, minimizing clogging in order to maintain its powerful suction.  Once cleaning is complete, or the battery is low, the POWERbot will guide itself back to the docking station for recharging.

You can pick up your own robot for about $1,000.

Samsung Welt

Samsung Welt

Not a great name but an amazing idea.

Look on most people’s wrists and you will probably see some sort of fitness band.  I love mine, but is there an opportunity to make them blend in with your formal wear?  Samsung believes so.  In a blog post, Samsung said “WELT is a smart wearable healthcare belt that looks like a normal belt, thus offering consumers a more discreet way of using smart sensor technology to monitor their health.” If you are looking for more functionality, “WELT is capable of recording the user’s waist size, eating habits and the number of steps taken, as well as time spent sitting down. It then sends this data to a specially-designed app for analysis, and the production of a range of personalized healthcare and weight management plans.”

The WELT is still in development and not currently available for retail.

For more smart home tech launched at CES this year, check out ces.coldwellbanker.com.

* Images provided by Samsung.com

To learn more about how Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty can help you buy or sell a home, please call one of our two offices:

Ukiah Office: (707) 462-5400
169 Mason St. Ste 300, Ukiah, CA 95482

Willits Office: (707) 459-5389
1460 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490

Make sure you visit our website:
www.mendocinocountyproperties.com

January 15, 2016Permalink