Smart-home products are poised to become a $60 billion global industry, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets. Yet consumers need spend only a few hundred dollars on each item to make their lives more automated.
Most of the homes not-for-profit NEAR develops in the area are priced below market and sold to lower-income buyers. But it has constructed a handful of houses aimed at market-rate buyers, demonstrating the faith it and other builders have in the neighborhood.
Locally, the number of homes flipped in 2015 jumped 9 percent from the previous year. Nationally, 2015 marked the first annual increase in the percentage of homes flipped following four straight years of decreases