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Smart Houses: Less Fictitious Than You Might Think

Ever hear of a smart house? If you have not, a smart house is basically a house that is controlled by either manual or autonomous systems, allowing for sophisticated and detailed control of the buildings functions. In other words it’s just a house that can do a lot of the things you see in science fiction movies, but what if I told you that some of that stuff is not actually fictitious? In fact a lot of what you see is actually pretty easy to purchase, and obviously really cool. However along with totally awesome, usually comes with an outrageous price tag, this detailed is observed, but it’s not as common as you might think. Below are some items that can really add some 21st century to your home.

First I’d like to talk about autonomous systems.  Autonomous systems are simply systems that can act on their own accord. In a smart home, most of what you would have would autonomous such monitoring your plants, and watering them as needed. Perhaps it would be to track your cat’s movements and feed them accordingly. Maybe it’s vacuuming your home for you, or a fridge that cleans itself. You can find these items for sale all over the internet, and in home improvement stores, but what has got to be my favorite is self-opening blinds or shades. Sure it’s simple, but my dream is to go to sleep in total darkness, but to be woken up by the sun and presented with an incredible view. You might say, “well just leave the blinds open”, but what if I don’t want to be woken up at 6am, what if I want to control what time I wake up? Even something as simple as this is not only available, but it’s not ridiculously expensive either. Effortless control of the little things in life are really what makes a smart house, a smart house.

Then, there are manual systems. These are systems that are controlled by you. Such as light switches or appliances. I could go on and on about manual systems, but I’ll just mention a few. With technology now, you can do everything from a light switch, to your faucets, even closing a window right from your phone, and inexpensively. Most home improvement stores carry plenty of items that you can control with your phone. Like an oven, paired with a smart thermometer that turns off the oven and sends you an alert on your phone when the food is done. Awesome right? How about a fridge that not only logs your food items and sends you alerts when you’re running low on them, but a fridge that knows what’s in it and can tell you what recipes you can make with what’s in your fridge? Incredible, but incredibly expensive.

Whether you’re looking to update to a smarter home, or find one to buy, National Realty Group will do it’s best to help you find the home that’s almost as clever as you.


About National Realty Group

National Realty Group was founded in October 1991 by Jeff Maas. It started as a two man office but soon grew to a medium sized office. One of the original agents formed a new home development company soon after. Steven Walker Homes is now a large national home builder. Southfork Mortgage Company Corp. was founded in April 1990 by the owner of a large home builder. Jeff Maas stepped in as its Broker in September 1993. With the help of Jeff Evens, Jeff Maas was able to expand the company. In July 1994, the owner of Southfork retired and Jeff Maas and Jeff Evens purchased the company. They continued the growth and soon built it into a multi-million dollar corporation. National Realty Group remained separate until Jeff Maas sold it to Southfork Mortgage in 1996. This allowed the owners to expand National Realty Group while allowing its agents to provide mortgage services to their clients. In 1996, a branch office of Southfork and NRG was opened in San Bernardino. It was later moved to Redlands in the most well-known office in the city. In 1998, they opened an office in Temecula in the Temecula Valley Bank office. The offices were expanded and closed 45 million in real estate and loan transactions in 1998. In 1999, Jeff Maas purchased the company from Jeff Evens becoming sole owner and broker. Shortly after the name was changed to National One Mortgage Corp. The company outgrew its 3000 square foot office in Riversideand moved to a building of approximately 6000 square feet. The growth continued at a spectacular rate. The company grew to over 40 agents within one year. The expansion continued with the addition of 2800 square feet and later adding more space for a combined total of nearly 13,000 square feet. At our peak we had over 125 agents and 12 employees in the Riverside office alone. During the summer of 2003, we opened an office in Temecula at the corner of Rancho California and Margarita. This office was soon bursting at the seams with 42 agents and 3 full time employees. Due to the increased demand for our unique programs, by the public and real estate agents, offices were opened in Corona and Ontario in early 2005. The year saw more amazing growth with offices opening in Moreno Valley, Hemet, Las Vegas and Norco. Rancho Cucamonga and Phoenix opened the first part of 2006. A Murrieta office opened summer of 2007. The economy has not been kind to many real estate and mortgage companies. We have remained strong and successful. Our business model of a One-Stop Shop provides the exact service and convenience the Home-Buying public desires and needs.


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