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The Here, Now and Future of Smart Homes

Intrigued about a smart home? Do you want your new custom Florida home to be equipped with the latest remote-controlled, digital and electronic capabilities?

Smart homes are one of the hottest trends in the home-building industry, but like any trend, they come with many options, cautions and positives. The technology for smart homes evolves constantly, which means opting for one can be daunting.
What a smart home is
You probably know the term “smart phone,” right? Sometimes it may feel like all-purpose magic at your fingertips — a computer, search engine, camera, games, live streaming video — rather than a mere phone.

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Have Info, Will Buy: Millennials’ Influence on Homebuilding Industry

Over the last 100-plus years, each generation of U.S. home buyers has exhibited specific preferences and behaviors when buying and selling their homes. Millennials — generally thought of as folks who reached early adulthood in the early 2000s — are no different.

Like Baby Boomers and Generation X-ers before them, Millennials are shaped by the cultural, economic and political trends of their era. But, what are their tendencies when they enter the housing market?

We’ll give you a big hint: they’re not let’s-drive-around-and-see-what-we-see types. To them, serendipity happens only after extensive research.

Are these ironclad traits? Of course not; we’re all different […]

Things You Can Do in Today’s Smart Homes

So you’ve decided to go all-in with a new custom smart home, and you want to automate it like the alternate reality of your favorite science-fiction novel. Just think — inanimate objects will spring into action at the sound of your voice while a robot pours your morning coffee.

We wish, but it’s not quite yet so. Until science fiction truly becomes reality, you’ll have to continue to clean out your closets yourself. But here’s the takeaway: today’s home automation is muchfurther along than you might realize.

Depending how smart you’d like your new custom home to be, you can cue […]

What Millennials Seek in a Home Buying Experience, Part II

In Part I of our series on what Millennials seek in a home-buying experience, we discussed some non-interpersonal aspects of how this generation tends to pursue their daily lives and business.

If you need a reminder, Millennials are the youngest major generation in the U.S. They achieved early adulthood in the 2000s, and generally are in their 20s and 30s as we speak.

They’re also the largest sector of U.S., home buyers — 34 percent, according to a recent National Association of Realtors survey — so it’s wise for Millennial home buyers and homebuilding and real-estate pros to understand each other.

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Test Your Smart Home IQ: What You Should Know

Let’s talk about smart homes. Having one can make everyday life just a little — or a lot — easier and more efficient, especially for busy homeowners. Confirming via a mobile-phone app that indeed, you turned off the iron, can be a sweet thing as you rush to the airport.

But some of you might ask what makes a smart home, “smart?” Good question. We at ICI Homes will walk you through some basics.
Smart homes can work for everyone
You don’t have to be a super-busy career person to appreciate how a smart home can streamline your daily routine. Parents struggling […]

Millennials are Moving In

The Millennials are moving into the category of homeowners. In the past few years buying a home has been on a hiatus for many people of all ages. Now, as the housing market doors are open for business, Generation Y sees an opportunity knocking.

What Makes a House a Home?

“What makes a house a home?” Is it waving to the neighbors when you come home from work? Is it enjoying the view from your porch during your morning coffee? Is it having a spacious master bedroom closet?

Energy Efficiency
A study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders shows the number one thing buyers want is an environmentally friendly, energy efficient home. For the Parade of Homes talking EQ FACTOR boxes were installed throughout our showcase home to inform guests of the energy-wise features built into the home. Each ICI home is inspected, measured and given a certified HERS […]

Florida is on FIRE!

Florida is a great place to call home and more people seem to be coming to the same conclusion! Here at ICI Homes, we have noted a definite uptick in both traffic and sales this year. Here is more evidence that the Florida homebuilding business is solidly on the way back up.

Is it Really the Time to Buy? Part 4 of 4

In Florida we’re seeing that buying a home is about 60% cheaper than renting. This is saving you well over $750 a month. You also may not realize how much of your income is going towards rent. To put it lightly, it’s at least half of your income. This is just one reason why the time to buy is NOW!

Is it Really the Time to Buy? Part 3 of 4

We are seeing many signs that point to a market recovery. Another sign of a housing market upturn are record breaking low mortgage rates, that are starting to rise. Read part 3 of our 4 part series that showcase the reasons why the time to buy is now.