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September
22

North Canton, Ohio – DEHOFF REALTORS® recently welcomed Michael Macchio to its team of real estate professionals.  Macchio comes to DEHOFF from a successful real estate career in New York City for the past 5 years.  He offers clients personal and friendly service with a straight-forward approach; the cornerstone of his business.  Clients describe his calm and friendly demeanor like working with a close friend.

 

"My success as a REALTOR® has been built on the importance of individual relationships, and I'll continue to form personal connections with my clients in the greater Stark County area," says Macchio.  "I promise my clients exceptional service while listening to their needs and fulfilling their requests, all the while keeping open positive and direct lines of communication," he continues.

 

Macchio earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida.  In his spare time he coaches little league baseball, and enjoys coaching, hiking, traveling and exercising.

 

Choose a REALTOR® who offers personal and friendly service with a straight-forward approach, and contact Macchio at 330-269-9617 or mmacchio@dehoff.com and GET MOVING!

 

DEHOFF REALTORS® has been serving the real estate needs of the greater Akron-Canton region for over 50 years.  DEHOFF REALTORS® is founded on the principals of uncompromising ethics and a dedication to serving each client, customer, employee and sales professional with high quality, ethical service that exceeds expectations.  DEHOFF REALTORS® full-time real estate professionals have received numerous awards both nationally and locally.  The DEHOFF REALTORS® corporate office is located at 821 South Main Street in North Canton.  To contact a real estate professional, call 330-499-8153.

September
22

North Canton, Ohio – DEHOFF REALTORS® announced today the addition of Melissa Millmier to its team of real estate professionals.  She brings over 8 years of experience in the communications and client services industry, and specializes in client services, marketing communications, client representation, account/sales management, lead generation and new business development.

 

"I am dedicated to working hard for my clients," emphasizes Millmier.  "I am always available and willing to go above and beyond for them," she continues.    

 

Millmier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Akron, and received her Real Estate Certification from Hondros College of Business.  She is originally from the Akron/Fairlawn area, and currently resides in Green with her husband, Tim, and family pets.  She is passionate about animals and animal welfare activities, and enjoys cooking, exercise, traveling and spending time with her family.

 

Choose a REALTOR® who goes above and beyond for you, and contact Millmier at 330-858-2033 or mmillmier@dehoff.com.

 

DEHOFF REALTORS® has been serving the real estate needs of the greater Akron-Canton region for over 50 years.  DEHOFF REALTORS® is founded on the principals of uncompromising ethics and a dedication to serving each client, customer, employee and sales professional with high quality, ethical service that exceeds expectations.  DEHOFF REALTORS® full-time real estate professionals have received numerous awards both nationally and locally.  The DEHOFF REALTORS® corporate office is located at 821 South Main Street in North Canton.  To contact a real estate professional, call 330-499-8153.

September
14

8 Smart Home Technology Trends that Can Save You Money

 

The 'smart home' is the new 'internet of things', or objects that can serve you better by communicating with each other or directly with you through apps on your smart phone. In the ideal version of the wired future, all of our appliances and gadgets talk to each other seamlessly.

 

What could living in a smart home look like? Picture something like this:

 

The lights in your bedroom slowly illuminate to quietly awaken you in the morning, replacing the typical blaring alarm. The aroma of fresh brewing coffee drifts in and stirs your senses. Once the lights are all the way up, the heating system kicks on, just in time to warm up your room so you're not shocked once you crawl out from underneath the duvet.


When you step into the shower, it turns on automatically and remembers your preferred temperature and water pressure. And it will shut off right when you're finished as it knows how long you take to bathe.

 

Once you've driven out of your garage, your home alarm system arms itself. And it will only unlock automatically when it "sees" and recognizes someone else from your family approaching through programmed in biometrics.

 

Do smart homes really work this way right now? Not exactly…while you may find some of these smart features in certain homes, we haven't reached the point where every feature intuitively knows what you want and when you wanted. However, each year we're getting closer and closer toward that shiny, idealized 'Jetson' future.

 

Here are some trends that we see for smart homes, many of which may also help you save money:

 

Smart Thermostats

 

Programmable thermostats that are synchronized with the clock have been around for decades. However, they're often difficult to set and aren't necessarily efficient; they simply turn on or off as programmed, whether or not you are there.

 

With the newer models, smart thermostats can be programmed to adjust the temperature when they sense you are present. And once you leave, they can kick back to standby mode so that you're saving energy and money. Nest does all of this, and it also allows you to check your usage from your cell phone so that you can adjust the temperature remotely and save even more.

 

Smart Smoke Detectors

 

Having a working, effective smoke detector saves lives. But unfortunately, many of us still have those battery-run smoke detectors that make that annoying, piercing beep when their batteries are running low on power. And instead of replacing batteries right away, it's often easier to pull them out and disable the detector (while risking our lives).

 

Many of the new smart smoke detectors, like the Birdi, monitor smoke, carbon dioxide, as well as air quality. With this new sensor technology, they know the difference between a real fire and burnt toast.

 

Smart Sprinkler Control

 

Weather in our area is predictably unpredictable. Often, especially during the summer months, we fall into a severe drought. But then we might have one season that brings extreme amounts of rain, like we did this past spring.

 

A smart sprinkler controller like Rachio Iro can not only help save you lots of money on your water bill but also help protect our precious resources.

 

Programmable by computer or smart phone, it can automatically adjust how often you water your lawn based on the season and the weather forecasts. You can also remotely adjust the settings through a mobile app.

 

Smart Solar Panels

 

You can put the sun to work for you by using solar technology to power your home. It's green and renewable, and can save you money over the long term. A recent study conducted by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center determined that Austin customers who invested in a solar system saved an average of $66 per month during the first year that they owned the system.

With smart solar panels, you can program the technology to monitor their performance and even turn them off in case of a weather emergency or fire.

 

Smart Home Security Systems

 

Home monitoring has become much more sophisticated in recent years. With the old-style security systems, you had to call in contractors to wire your home with monitoring sensors.

 

With new smart technology, you can simply place a few smart devices in your home to monitor movement and sense whether doors and windows are closed or opened. Some systems include audio and video monitoring, as well as sirens to scare off intruders. You get real-time feedback on security breaches through an app. And, because you're alerted as soon as the system senses an intruder, it's more likely that they will be caught.

 

Canary is one popular all-in-one audio-video security system, complete with sirens and night vision.

 

Smart Locks

 

Go beyond the standard key locks, which can often be compromised by burglars. The new smart lock systems give you more control over those who can gain access to your home.

 

Some systems, like the Kwikset Kevo, include encrypted virtual keys that you can program for access for a limited amount of time—for example, allowing guests over for a weekend, or cleaning service in during a specific window of time.

 

Other door locking systems include biometric technology. The Ola smart lock allows you to program your lock to recognize your family member's fingerprints. Other systems use facial recognition to greet you and unlock your door.

 

The new August smart lock integrates with Apple's technology so you can ask Siri to open your door for you.

 

Smart lighting systems and light bulbs

A well-lit home feels warm and welcoming, and good lighting can instantly increase the value of your home.

 

However, annual lighting costs can account for up to 12% of your overall electric bill, or over $200 per year according to Energy Star. You can easily reduce this expense simply by using smart lighting technology to add efficiency.

 

The Philips Hue wifi-enabled lights make it easy to add to your home without installing specialized equipment. Smart lighting dimmers and sensors can give you more control over how much energy you use and allow you to turn them on and off through your smart phone.

 

New smart light bulbs can give you control over the warmth or coolness levels of your lighting. With the Lifx LED light bulbs, for example, you can program your light bulbs to turn on or off when you want, to slowly wake you up with increasing illumination, or to change from daytime work lighting to entertainment-friendly shades for parties.

 

Smart Appliances

 

Programmable slow cookers and coffee makers are the quaint, old-fashioned versions of these home conveniences. Newer, smart appliances give you more control over how your food is kept and prepared, and make it easier for you to complete pesky household chores.

 

  • Newer coffee makers, like the Smarter coffee machine, let you 'order' your coffee exactly to your liking, adjusting everything from bean grind to temperature to strength to time that it's ready to drink.
  • Smart refrigeration technology can help you store your food at just the right temperature, adjusting the thermostat during peak usage times. For example, the LG THINQ fridge can alert you via smart phone app if a door is accidentally left open.
  • Smart ovens can ensure that your food is cooked to the right level of done-ness, and alert you when your meal is ready to eat. June, a new counter oven invented by former Google, Apple, Go-Pro and Path employees will give you even more control—it will contain cameras, thermometers, and other technology to 'learn' what you like to eat and make menu suggestions.
  • Smart washers and dryers have customizable controls so that you can safely wash any type of fabric. Some units include controls to increase drying time to save energy. And soon, connected appliances from GE, Oster, Samsung, and other makers, will be able to re-order soap and fabric softener directly from Amazon, so you won't even have to think about running to the store at the last minute.

 

Have you tested any of these technologies in your home? Did we miss any of your favorite home technologies? Let us know in the comments!

September
1

DEHOFF REALTORS® recently added Donna Allen to its team of real estate professionals.  Allen has been a licensed REALTOR® for 10 years.  She is a Certified Professional Property Stager Realtor Consultant, and has been awarded the Performance Management Network Designation by the Women's Council of REALTORS® (WCR).  She specializes in working with first-time home buyers, seniors, and buyers and sellers looking to upsize or downsize.  She currently serves as the Communications Vice-Chair of the Stark County Board of REALTORS®, and has been a member of several of the organization's committees, including the Strategic Planning Committee, Professional Services Committee, and the Realtors Political Action Committee.

 

In addition, Allen is actively involved with WCR at the local, state and national levels.  She formerly served as the Stark County Local Chapter President, has chaired numerous committees and received the Local Chapter "Member of the Year" Award in 2012.  She is the current Secretary for the Ohio State Chapter of WCR, having formerly served as the Governor in 2015, and Chair of the Historian and Hospitality Committee.

 

"I launched my career in real estate because of my desire to help buyers and sellers realize their real estate dreams and plans," says Allen.  "I love my career!" she continues.

 

Allen is a native of Stark County, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Malone University, and an Associates of Science degree from Kent State University.  Her volunteer efforts keep her actively engaged in the local community.  She has been a volunteer with several organizations and clubs, including Adopt A Highway, Mercy Medical Center, fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy, Gleaner Life Insurance Society, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade, and the Jackson-Belden Balloon Classic.  She enjoys cooking, reading, playing cards, and having her home filled with family and friends. 

 

Choose a REALTOR® who will help you realize your real estate goals, and contact Allen at 330-232-1149 or dallen@dehoff.com to GET MOVING today!

 

DEHOFF REALTORS® has been serving the real estate needs of the greater Akron-Canton region for over 50 years.  DEHOFF REALTORS® is founded on the principals of uncompromising ethics and a dedication to serving each client, customer, employee and sales professional with high quality, ethical service that exceeds expectations.  DEHOFF REALTORS® full-time real estate professionals have received numerous awards both nationally and locally.  The DEHOFF REALTORS® corporate office is located at 821 South Main Street in North Canton.  To contact a real estate professional, call 330-499-8153.

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