Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)

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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
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As long as it comes with an on/off switch or a power plug.

Personally I think it is just a sales gimmick.

May 10, 2018 02:36 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I love mine - it's in my kitchen and I use it as a timer, to check the weather, listen to music and the best thing - add grocery items to my shopping list. The items show up on my phone so I can see my list when I'm shopping!

That said, I don't think Alexa adds as much value to a new home as a buyer would wind up paying. It would be far cheaper (I'm sure) for them just to buy one through Amazon!

May 10, 2018 08:58 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I doubt many buyers will consider this an upgrade

May 10, 2018 02:49 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I remember back when in home intercoms were the big thing. Alexa to shall pass Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES 

May 10, 2018 02:35 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Not sure why this new feature is Big Brother any more than dual pane windows as a standard feature could be considered Big Brother. I think it is a builder sensing that buyers will appreciate what many homeowners and renters are already adding to their living spaces. 

May 10, 2018 02:16 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It would not make me rush out and buy that home. I don't need that stuff or Big Brother.  And I sure wouldn't want to pay extra for a home with a feature I don't want or need. More of a gimmick. Better they offer it as an option for those who care.

May 11, 2018 04:59 AM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I know some people will love it, but it's not for me.

May 10, 2018 09:00 PM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I think it will be similar to a pool. You are going to attract some and repel others. To each their own, but I am not interested in having these devices in my property. 

May 10, 2018 08:22 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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I think many buyers will love this. You can always disconnect it.

May 10, 2018 08:18 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I love my OK Google in our Kitchen- "OK Google, what's the weather like today?", "OK Google, set a Timer for 15 minutes, "OK Google, play Dinner Music"... probably my favorite tech item in the house. 

May 10, 2018 08:15 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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Both, a great feature, and a bit of big brother potential.

May 10, 2018 07:16 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I would not want it!

May 10, 2018 05:36 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Another lame gimmick offer idea to insult buyers intelligence. reminds me of the " Open an account at our bank, and get a FREE toaster."

May 10, 2018 05:26 PM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

They are cheap enough that I'm not sure it will make much difference. I do agree, I want the OFF function 99% of the time.  I know some people who would refuse it or buy elsewhere. 

May 10, 2018 04:46 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Lots of people like it so why not? It's kind of like making every room 'in stereo'.

May 10, 2018 04:25 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sounds ike a marketing ploy. One builder by me provides a Ring video doorbell as a standard feature.

May 10, 2018 04:19 PM
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Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

I wouldn't use but maybe we should ask the millenialls...

May 10, 2018 04:16 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I have already seen "Alexa" in a resale 2-story house (2+K), because it was added as an up-grade.  First time I have seen it, so far, though definitely not new construction Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES .

May 10, 2018 04:12 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I don't know how much of a draw that will be in marketing a new home....

May 10, 2018 03:44 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Silvia, 

I saw that article on Reuters News Feed.  It is great for Amazon who is partnering with the builder...It is a marketing ploy to bring buyers.  A

May 10, 2018 03:42 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

No one has to use it. Cut the cord or unplug it. 

It seems that builder is targeting people that would pay out the nose for that feature.  We know the X-factor in price when a builder adds "bonus" features. 

May 10, 2018 03:36 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Big Brother

May 10, 2018 03:25 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

At some point AI will take over the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXxrmussq4E

May 11, 2018 04:48 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Big brother already knows about us than one thinks.  One more, will not make a difference.

May 11, 2018 02:47 AM
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Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

I personally would not care for it but there are many buyers that might see it as a nice feature. It will be interesting to see. 

May 11, 2018 02:41 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I have complete trust and faith in Alexa due to the correct prediction of the winner for Super Bowl LII. Go Eagles! I cannot say the same about the NAR.

May 11, 2018 01:57 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Big Brother

May 10, 2018 09:20 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Interesting.

May 10, 2018 06:16 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sign of the times.

May 10, 2018 05:53 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Wi-fi, cable, security cameras and smart appliances and products are here to stay incorporating them into cars, homes and office nearly mandatory

May 10, 2018 04:30 PM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
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May 10, 2018 02:34 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I saw that and actually thought I probably wouldn't buy that house with that feature. I have no interest in those devices. -Kasey

May 10, 2018 02:30 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Yes, I saw that. Alexa can definitely simplify life. For example, we use her to set our thermostat remotely from wherever we are, she plays music on demand, answers questions, supplies weather forecasts, news and so on. It's a little creepy that she does listen all the time, collecting whatever info, no doubt, so a bit of the Big Brother thing is there. Sometimes she pipes in unprovoked; really weird.

May 11, 2018 11:53 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

Smart Builder thinking outside the box.  It is great for the home buyer since they have the choice to activate or not and can use it as a selling point for the next owner.

May 11, 2018 11:51 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Seeing she listens to everything you  say, i would not want a whole house Alexa or anything similar in my home

May 11, 2018 06:33 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Just a marketing gimmick.  No one has to use Alexa.

May 11, 2018 05:38 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not a fan and for me it might be a turn off!

May 11, 2018 05:36 AM
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

It is just an advertisement marking ploy, but for the $100 to put in it does not do much, not a smart home or anything worth while.

May 11, 2018 05:20 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 nailed this one!

May 11, 2018 05:07 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you.

May 11, 2018 04:03 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think if people wanted one, they would have already bought them.   Just a marketing technique to get potential buyers in.

May 14, 2018 06:18 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I would reject this technology. 

May 13, 2018 08:36 AM
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Jeff Perlis Prime Properties
Prime Properties - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Experience Your Own Transformation!

Great feature. 

May 12, 2018 12:32 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES - one more sales trick? One can buy this relatively at lower cost as compared to what builders would charge, I believe.

May 11, 2018 08:45 PM
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Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

Though it may be convenient, I don't like the thought of it always listening for me to say "OK Google" or "Alexa". I'll just set the timer, add the groceries to the list in my phone, turn on the music, etc. 

If I could unplug it, it wouldn't keep me from buying a house I loved, but it wouldn't make me run out and buy it either.

May 11, 2018 09:00 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

I read about it Silvia... pretty interesting....

May 11, 2018 07:25 AM