Coldwell Banker Real Estate Survey Finds Nearly Half of Americans Will Have Smart Home Technology by the End of 2016

Coldwell Banker Releases Data in Advance of CES 2016 Smart Home Marketplace

MADISON, N.J. (Jan. 4, 2016) - 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 today by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the original Silicon Valley real estate start-up founded in 1906, that time may come sooner than we thought.

The Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Marketplace Survey, which polled more than 4,000 Americans in advance of CES 2016, 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 (36 percent) 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. "Close to five million existing homes were sold in the United States in 2014, which represents a huge white space for smart home manufacturers," said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "We are aiming to be the conduit between these manufacturers and home buyers and sellers, and conducting this research was one of the first of many steps toward achieving this goal."

Selling Smarter: Real Estate and The Smart Home

Coldwell Banker Real Estate is co-sponsoring the Smart Home Marketplace at CES 2016 in Las Vegas from Jan. 6-9, 2016. This marks the first time that a real estate company is sponsoring the Marketplace, which has nearly doubled in size since 2015.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate is also hosting a CES conference, titled "Selling Smarter: Real Estate and The Smart Home," on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific. The conference will feature representatives from the Coldwell Banker brand as well as Nest, Lutron and August, who will discuss how "smart" is the next big trend in real estate and what that means for smart home technology manufacturers.

Additional Smart Home Marketplace Survey Findings

Entertainment is the entry-way 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.

The full survey results can be found here.

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This survey was conducted online within the United States between October 22-26, 2015 by Harris Poll on behalf of the Coldwell Banker brand via its Quick Query omnibus product. The survey was conducted among 4,065 adults (ages 18 and over) among whom 1,009 own at least one smart home product. For the purposes of the survey, "smart home technology/products" were defined as products or tools that aid in controlling a home's functions such as lighting, temperature, security, safety, and entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or with a separate automatic system within the home itself. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with non=response, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and -adjustments. Therefore, the words "margin of error" are avoided as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in our surveys. The data has been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage services. Coldwell Banker Real Estate is the oldest national real estate brand and franchisor in the United States, and today has a global network of approximately 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 44 countries and territories with more than 88,000 affiliated sales professionals. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand with an iPad app, the first to augment its website for smart phones, the first to create a iPhone application with international listings and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. The Coldwell Banker System is a leader in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program delivering exceptional experiences for all consumers served.


OREGON - Ken Becket ~ Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Press Release
By Allison Sledge

Portland, Oregon REALTOR® Ken Becket Earns Military Relocation Professional Certification

Member of USAA For Over 45 Years

"I really appreciate working with Military families – not just the Military member, but also their extended families who are eligible for USAA or the Navy Federal Credit Union."
— Ken Becket

PORTLAND, OREGON, USA, September 22, 2014 / -- Ken Becket is a Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker SEAL in Portland, Oregon. He obtained his MRP Certification in March of 2014. “Coldwell Banker SEAL recruited me to work exclusively with their Military market” says Ken, “so having a Military Relocation Professional Certification was a logical step for me.”

Ken was born in Honolulu, Hawaii just three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He grew up in Hawaii as a ‘Military Brat’ of a Naval Officer. Ken had his first exposure to Military life on a personal level as the high school he attended had mandatory ROTC for all male students.

After high school graduation, Ken moved to Oregon to pursue undergraduate studies, majoring in chemistry at Pacific University located in Forest Grove close to Portland. “I was always interested in the physical sciences – physics, biology and chemistry” recalls Ken.

After 2 years at Pacific, Ken moved back to Honolulu to continue his studies at the University of Hawaii. He supported himself by working part-time at a camera store in Waikiki and then managed a branch located on the island of Kauai. Two years later he returned to Oregon, married his college sweetheart, and joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1968. He went through Officer Candidate School (OCS) graduating in 1969. His 13 years of service allowed him to attain the rank of captain.

At the time he was self-employed for 15 years as a salesman where he sold class rings, caps & gowns and yearbooks to high schools and colleges in the Pacific Northwest. He then went on to establish an equipment lease finance brokerage with his wife Beverly, which served a national market.

Ken went into Real Estate when a declining economic cycle became a challenge for profitable equipment leasing. He had always been interested in Real Estate and obtained his Oregon Real Estate Broker license in 2003. Ken says, “Real Estate represented the opportunity for me to utilize many of the skills I cultivated from my diverse background. I learned the necessary techniques of time management and the art of being an independent contractor early on.”

Ken began his Real Estate career with Prudential, an internationally recognized company. He was immediately hired into the Relocation division as the Marketing and Operations Manager in the Portland area. After 2 years in this position, Ken became a full-time Relocation Broker for Prudential serving such clients as Nike, Adidas, Genentech, Intel and Federal Government Agencies.

“Having lived in the Portland area for as long as I have, I truly enjoy sharing some of the delightful and unique aspects of living here. The water is pure, the air is clean and the schools are great. This is a wonderful place to raise a family” says Ken. “All of my children and grandchildren live here.”

In fact, in 2013 Portland, Oregon was voted one of the most livable cities in the United States, and Money Magazine determined that Portland was the best place to live in the country, citing the city’s roaring high-tech economy, small school classes, and strong job market, in addition to a high quality of life that includes short commutes, pedestrian-friendly shop-lined streets, and “loads of culture.”

In 2014 Ken was offered an opportunity to handle Military Relocation for Coldwell Banker SEAL and he has truly enjoyed relocating Military families.

Although Oregon has no active Military installations, many high-tech industries are actively seeking out and hiring those who have served in the Military. “I’ve been a member of USAA for over 45 years” says Ken, “and I really appreciate working with Military families – not just the Military member, but also their extended families who are eligible for USAA or the Navy Federal Credit Union. I’m working almost exclusively with Military Relocation now.”
Ken Becket currently serves the greater Portland and surrounding area counties of Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Columbia and Yamhill. Some of the cities included in this area are Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Sherwood, Newberg, Gresham, Troutdale and Sandy.

Aside from being a Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Ken is also a Designated Relocation Specialist (DRS).
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WASHINGTON - Jacalyn "Jacki" Mayo ~ Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I was really excited about the opportunity to become a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) because it opened up more avenues of information for me to help my Military clients."
— Jacki Mayo

ANACORTES, WASHINGTON, USA, May 14, 2015 / -- Jacki Mayo first learned about the National Association of Realtor’s Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification while taking classes to become a VA Military Real Estate Specialist (VAMRES©). 

She says, “I was really excited about the opportunity to become an MRP because it opened up more avenues of information for me to help my Military clients.”

Living 13 years in Hawaii around the Military helped her to have an understanding of some of the challenges Military families face. She says, “I think that the Military life is a hard life because it requires tremendous sacrifice and a lot of moving across the country and around the world. I feel good about making the process as smooth and effortless as I can for my Military clients.”

While in Hawaii, Jacki obtained her Real Estate license. She began in a difficult, declining market due to the Japanese investors selling properties, but managed to soar to “Rookie of the Year” in 1989. “I loved the beaches and the diversity of cultures. It was a very beautiful experience.”

With two young children, Jacki began to look for better educational opportunities, mainland living, and more diverse seasonal changes which led her to the beautiful area around Leavenworth, Washington in 1992.

Moving in Real Estate is akin to starting all over. The first 3 to 5 years require many hours and little money, but being a strong self-starter, Jacki was off and running in no time at all and became a top producer of a 23 agent office for multiple years, until family pulled her to the Midwest.

Jacki settled in the rural outskirts of Madison, Wisconsin, purchased 9 acres and built a custom home. “We were our own contractors with my husband being in the trades. I was involved with the entire process, which added a new dimension to my knowledge on home building and lot purchasing. A valuable education I couldn’t have obtained any other way.”

While in Wisconsin her children graduated from high school and her daughter Anya, joined the Military and was deployed to Iraq shortly after training. She returned, after traveling all over Iraq for over a year, alive and in one piece and settled in Washington State near her brother James. He had gone off to culinary school after graduation and opened a small unique and very successful restaurant in Anacortes, Washington.

With her family now living in Washington, what else was Jacki to do but to join them? “It’s such a beautiful State, the majestic Cascade Mountains, the snow capped Olympic peninsula and the golden wheat fields of Eastern Washington. Now I’m in the best place ever - Fidalgo, Whidbey, the San Juan Islands, and don’t forget the little island of Guemes! It’s fun to sell Real Estate in such a healthy place to live – which is also filled with great outdoor activities and recreation.” says Jacki.

Moving the many times her life has required, and surviving as a successful Realtor for over 26 years, she has proven to be a self-starter with a lot of perseverance. She says, “Real Estate creates financial and family stability. In a healthy economy – with a gradual increasing stable market – Real Estate is a very good investment. It will always have its ups and downs but in the long run it has shown consistent growth. I want to guide my clients to make wise decisions in their Real Estate investments.”

As luck would have it, Coldwell Banker Bain had an opening for a Certified Mover’s Advantage agent, and Jacki was the only qualified candidate for the position. This opened doors to Military referrals from USAA and Navy Federal, which motivated her to obtain her Military Relocation Professional, VA Military Relocation Real Estate Specialist, and Certified Residential Specialist designations.

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station (NAS) is the primary Military base that Jacki services and covers a wide geographic radius around this base. Jacki says, “This is such an exciting time to be a REALTOR® with an MRP Certification! The NAS is expanding and moving a whole new fleet to Oak Harbor. Rents will go up, a mortgage is a fixed cost that won’t change and with interest rates so low, many times rents will be higher. Later on when they PCS to another location, they can either rent or sell their home, and I will be here for them when that time comes. It makes sense because being a homeowner gives you much more stability than anything else, a better quality of life and an opportunity to gain equity.”

Indeed, Jacki’s number one priority is to understand the needs of her clients, due to the fact that buying a house is such a personal purchase. She constantly educates herself to learn more about different nationalities, same-sex couples, religious beliefs and more, with her “At Home With Diversity” designation. “Everyone has their own needs, unique situations, and housing requirements. The more I educate myself, I can better understand, be more sensitive to these needs and better serve my clients” explains Jacki.

Moreover, Jacki is adamant about learning all the knowledge she can in her chosen profession. “It’s a challenge to keep up with all of the new technological changes.” She says, “It’s amazing how the Real Estate industry has changed in my 26 years of experience, as well as the Real Estate structure. But with all the change in the industry, my focus has remained consistent… The process of finding a home and securing a purchase for my clients is all about them, their wants, their needs and what their goals are. My job is to guide them through it all to the best of my ability.”

To find out more about Jacki Mayo, please visit these websites:

Media Contact:
Jacki Mayo
Coldwell Banker Bain
(360) 419-6797
[email protected]

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CALIFORNIAPhillip "Wayne" Hindmon Beale Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I respect everyone who has been in the service because most people may never understand the lifelong ramifications of what serving our country entails."
Phillip “Wayne” Hindmon

ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA, USA, November 11, 2015 / -- Phillip “Wayne” Hindmon is a Real Estate agent at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Roseville, California. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology with a dual major in Management.

Wayne was born at Fort Leonard Wood, which is a United States Army installation located in the Missouri Ozarks. 

Wayne is the 8th son in a family of 9 kids. He has 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Wayne’s father, Wilford Hindmon, was in the Army and his parents divorced when he was just 10 years old. His mother remarried Army Sergeant Major Raymond Gillespie and the family moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas before transferring to Texas, then overseas to Germany where they spent 6 years.

Raymond then had orders to report to Colorado Springs, Colorado, then to Texas and back to Germany for 3 years before relocating to Taipei, Taiwan for 3 years when Wayne was a teenager. He says, “I loved Taiwan. The education was by far the best education I’d ever had and it was an American school. I met my first girlfriend there whose family was also in the Military. Taiwan was a great place to grow up and the experience was incredibly valuable to my career. Being in that environment, in that culture seriously changed my life. It taught me the value of communication because you don’t have to know the language of another country in order to communicate.”

The family transferred to The Presidio of San Francisco which is a former Army installation in California. Wayne worked on the Base for the Army Base Exchange. It was there that he met his wife, Caryol, whose father was also stationed there, and they got married on the Base. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Marin and Wayne worked for Hewlett-Packard for 10 years doing semi-conductor manufacturing.

In his 13 year marriage to Caryol, they had 3 beautiful girls; Michelle, Eva and Nicole whom he affectionately calls his “3 men” because there were no boys in the house. After their divorce, Wayne went to work for J.D. Uniphase for 12 years. He later remarried his wife Maria, who was from the Phillipines and after 3 years he was able to bring her 3 sons to the United States and they moved to Roseville, California.

Wayne says, “I had an epiphany where I realized that I didn’t want to be in a job where I was being laid off every 10 years due to the jobs being transferred offshore, so I decided to get into Real Estate. It seemed like a lot of fun and I would be able to manage my own time. I knew Realtors who were in the business and it seemed like I’d be good at it and enjoy it.”

Much to his dismay, Wayne’s first year in Real Estate was not as good as he thought it would be. He wasn’t making any money and lost his house to foreclosure and he couldn’t get unemployment because he was an independent contractor. But, he had to go on because he had a family to support. He was forced to file bankruptcy. He says, “It was actually one of the best things that has ever happened to me. The banks wouldn’t let me do a short-sale and bankruptcy was the only way out. I knew there was money to be made in Real Estate and this gave me financial freedom because I had no financial obligations at that point. Eventually I became very successful and have been the top producer in my company for the past 9 years.”

Wayne is in the Honor Society at Coldwell Banker, holding a Diamond Designation, which translates into over 4 million dollars in sales. He is also Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Certified and a member of the Master’s Club, Zip Realty president’s Club and the Century Club.

Wayne has a deep affinity for the Military. Having grown up in a Military family, he also has 2 brothers also served our country.

Wayne found out about the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification through the California Association of Realtors. “I wanted to get this certification out of respect for the Military and my family members who dedicated themselves to service. You don’t have to serve in the Military to serve the Military. My brothers are now paying the price – physically and emotionally – because of all that they went through. I respect everyone who has been in the service because most people may never understand the lifelong ramifications of what serving our country entails.”

The closest Military installation to Wayne is Beale Air Force Base. The host unit at Beale is the 9th Reconnaissance Wing (9 RW) assigned to the Air Combat Command and part of Twelfth Air Force. The 9 RW collects intelligence essential for Presidential and Congressional decisions critical to the national defense. To accomplish this mission, the wing is equipped with the nation's fleet of U-2 Dragon Lady, RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, and the MC-12 Liberty reconnaissance aircraft and associated support equipment. The wing also maintains a high state of readiness in its combat support and combat service support forces for potential deployment.

Wayne’s mother and stepfather retired to Yokota, Japan where his mother died. They both now reside in Arlington National Cemetery, which is a renowned United States Military cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. His father is buried at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery near Las Vegas.

For more information about Phillip “Wayne” Hindmon, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Wayne Hindmon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
(916) 230-6556
[email protected]

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GEORGIA - Jacquelyn HutchisonDobbins Air Reserve Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification Is For Real Estate Professionals Who Want To Work With Current And Former Military Service Members

"I always had a soft place in my heart for Military families. Having spent my life in a Military family, I truly understood the gifts, as well as the sacrifices, that all Military members experience."
Jacquelyn Hutchison

, GEORGIA, USA, January 31, 2015 / -- Jacquelyn Hutchison grew up traveling the world as the child of a WWW II Air Force Navigator who worked on flight crews.

Her father was stationed at Hellenikon Air Base in Athens, Greece, where he met and married her mother. Shortly thereafter the family was transferred back to the United States to Alabama and her dad became a quality control expert working on jet engines. “My father was a dyed-in-the-wool Military man” says Jacquelyn “He didn’t get out of the service until they made him get out!”

Jacquelyn spent her high school years in Izmir, Turkey, before returning to the U.S. where she graduated from Troy University in Alabama with a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Science. She then began her internship at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Montgomery. “My mother always taught me to be independent and to rely only on myself” she recalls, “and the world was my oyster. When I got my degree, I could work anywhere in the world and move anywhere, anytime I wanted to.”

Because of that, Jacquelyn was able to secure a job as a laboratory analyst in Kauai, Hawaii where she resided for several years doing lab work for the hospital and all the physicians on the Island.

When her beloved grandmother became seriously ill, Jacquelyn decided to return to the mainland to be with her - this time to Georgia, where her family lived. She then became employed at SmithKline Bioscience Lab in Atlanta, later becoming the Ethics and Compliance Officer for the Sales and Marketing Division of Quest Diagnostics, a multi-billion dollar international healthcare company.

Jacquelyn never dreamed of settling down and getting married until she met her future husband, Roger. “It was love at first sight for both of us” she muses, “He was an extremely successful businessman as a General Contractor in the construction industry and he was a cowboy from Texas! My sister said ‘this isn’t a marriage, this is a merger!’ I was a city girl and he was a country boy. He introduced me to things I would never have imagined, like fly-fishing, and summer in the mountains. I absolutely loved it!”

Jacquelyn had always been interested in Real Estate. She often went to open houses with her family as a child. So, in 2011, when her job was downsized, she immediately went to Real Estate School, got her license, walked into her local Coldwell Banker office and said: “Here I am!” She’s been there ever since.

In 2013, she received an e-mail notifying her that a course was being offered for the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. She was beyond thrilled. “I always had a soft place in my heart for all Military families” she says, “Having spent my entire life in a Military family, I truly understood the gifts, as well as the sacrifices, that all Military members experience. When the opportunity came for me to earn my MRP Certification, I jumped at the chance. I sincerely wanted to be able to offer this informative knowledge to my clients and I wanted them to come to me as their Agent because I know, first hand, what it takes to be in the Military. The seeds were planted by growing up in a Military family and I am able to relate to them on all levels.”

Jacquelyn also knows the importance of having a place to call home. As a teenager living overseas, she was always excited to come back home. “When you’re a part of the Military family, you not only represent the Military, but also the United States of America. It’s almost like having to be onstage when you’re away, so I was always comfortable coming back home where I could just relax. At the same time, I was very grateful to have all of the wonderful opportunities that being in a Military family provided and I was always very proud of my dad because it was his job to make sure that all the jet engines were in absolute perfect shape in order to successfully go on important missions. Their lives and missions depended on it. His greatest achievement was that he never lost an airplane, and I think that is quite honorable.”

For more information about Jacquelyn Hutchison, please visit these websites:

Media Contact:
Jacquelyn Hutchison
Coldwell Banker Atlanta
(404) 308-1114
[email protected]

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