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Defining the Smart Home | La Jolla

Serafini Buettner Group with Coldwell Banker Previews International recently represented a buyer on one of the smart homes in La Jolla, California which gave us an inspiration to talk more about new homes in La Jolla. Smart homes have been a niche phenomenon for years. Remote control of entertainment systems, lights, and heating used to be limited to luxury apartments and hotels. However, we are currently at the inflection point where smart homes are so attractive to the wider public that they are becoming a mass market phenomenon. The worldwide demand for smart home systems is expected to more than double in next 5 years.

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What is a smart home? Ten years ago, the concept of a smart home conjured up images of the Jetsons. Even five years ago the smart home was only for the luxury homeowner. But today, with hundreds of connected home products on the shelves and new innovations hitting the market daily, it begs the question – what is a smart home, really?

That’s why Coldwell Banker and CNET, the world’s largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews, collaborated to create the first-ever smart home definition to help real estate sales associates, as well as home buyers and sellers, accurately pinpoint and describe a smart home.

So is your home smart enough to be at the top of its class? Check out the full smart home definition below and see for yourself!

“Smart home: A home that is equipped with network-connected products (aka “smart products,” connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or similar protocols) for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself.”

In order to be categorized as a smart home, the property must have a smart security feature that either controls access or monitors the property or a smart temperature feature, as well as two  others from a varied list, in addition to a reliable Internet connection. The definition is outlined below:


Must Have At Least Three 

*One of the categories must be security or temperature




We already know that over the past couple of years, demand has increased significantly for smart homes and new homes in the real estate market. This standardized definition gives us an opportunity to pinpoint exactly what constitutes a smart home for buyers and sellers, so that they can make informed decisions.

Michelle Serafini

Is a principal at Serafini Buettner Group at Coldwell Banker Previews International. Michelle Serafini is one of the top-producing realtors in La Jolla and 8 years in a row voted among best realtors in customer satisfaction by San Diego Magazine. Michelle’s name is synonymous with La Jolla and San Diego coastal real estate, where her well-established reputation and unmatched market knowledge have made her a front runner in La Jolla residential real estate sales.

Her clients appreciate her personal service and attention to detail. Michelle’s expansive network, unparalleled client service, and proven marketing strategies have made her an elite member of Coldwell Banker® brand’s International President’s Elite, which represents the top 2% of sales associates internationally. She continues to be one of the top producing agent in the La Jolla Coldwell Banker office, is a Certified Previews® Luxury Property Specialist with Coldwell Banker-La Jolla, and one of the few Certified International Property Specialists in the world.

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