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Home Smart

As a follow up to our “Smart Home” article that appeared in the Four Points Newspaper, here are a few products a DIY homeowner can consider for home automation projects. Many of these products have received positive reviews and allow multiple options to consider when you want to install new home technology yourself. 

WeMo Switch by Belkin – we find this toggle light switch to be sleek and attractive and this highly rated product has recently introduced a new and improved application. The app is free and the switches run about $49.99.  Sleek Toggle Switch, Gene Arant Team, Austin Texas Real Estate

Some of its cooler features include sunrise/sunset mode, away mode settings and a more customizable program to control particular lights at various times. ...

Smart Living

“Gadgets” have never been too interesting to me. A remote control, whether universal or not, isn’t something that falls on my radar. As long as it turns the TV on and off, I’m satisfied. Yet, the introduction of smart home technology has captured my attention. It is now easier and more affordable to run our household in an efficient, stylish and yes…fun way.

With a slide or swipe of your Smart phone, you can now instantly link to your smart home. With the barrage of competing programs and apps, it is much easier for consumers to install DIY technology.

First, determine the scope and budget of your project. Do you wish to begin with one project such as programming your doors or lights, or do you want to integrate your entire home? By answering these questions, you narrow down which application best suits your needs. 

My favorite smart home addition is the Nest.  It is a sleekly designed thermostat that learns the behaviors of...

Steiner Ranch 4th of July Parade

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Fourth of July Celebration! The week began when we teamed up with the Vandegrift Viper Cross Country Team to deliver over 3,000 flags to every doorstep in Steiner Ranch. It was wonderful to drive around Steiner and see so many homes placing their “stars and stripes” in their front yard. To end the week with a “bang,” we were honored to spend the fourth of July with our many neighbors.  The Steiner Ranch community continues to grow every year as does its annual events. This is the ninth year we have participated in the Fourth of July Celebration and every year, we see more children with decorated “wheels” – strollers, wagons, scooters and bikes – enjoying the parade. This year was no exception.  Led by the lights and sirens of the Lake Travis Fire Truck, all the children looked patriotic in their red, white and blue with streamers, balloons and flags flying!


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