Real Estate with Anessa Cohen

Years ago, “smart” technology for the homeowner consisted of a battery-powered garage opener, which was considered a luxury item, or maybe an in-ground sprinkler with a timer programmed so the homeowner wouldn’t have to remember to turn on the sprinkler himself.

I remember when I bought my first house and put in wall-sleeve air-conditioning units as opposed to window units. At that time, adding air-conditioning sleeves to your house so that you never needed to remove the units for the winter or so that your windows were free of air conditioners and would just be there for sunshine and fresh air was considered a technological advance.

A few years later, everyone wanted to get rid of those air-conditioning sleeves and replace them with central air-conditioning, which had become easier to install. This was considered a luxury item!

Today we have graduated to all kinds of new technology—smart technology—just as we upgraded from the old clunky cellphones to the sleeker smartphones featuring cameras, internet, and everything else that you never knew you needed. Smart technology has evolved to serve as an important part of all conveniences now being installed in small and big ways in home use.

It is common today to install home automation for convenience as well as safety. You can connect automated mechanisms installed in the home to coordinating apps on your smartphone that allow you access features while not even in the house.

These features are varied but can be as simple as controlling the lights at home even if one is overseas!

You want to unlock a door so someone can get in the house but you are away on vacation? Easy! Just go to the app on your phone and open the door. You want to check the security perimeter of the house to make sure everything is OK? No problem! Just open the app that checks the cameras already installed as another gadget in your smart home automation and you can see everything going on even while you are far away. You are returning home soon but want the air-conditioning on before you get there so you don’t have to wait until you get home for it to start cooling your house? Yup, another app on your phone.

Home automation can be used to give homeowners peace of mind as well as convenience in so many situations, and there are countless options available.

But all this just goes to show you that as soon as you get used to an item you thought was the latest in ultra-luxury and convenience, something new will come along to make you and that item feel part of the Stone Age.

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and a licensed N.Y.S. loan officer (FM Home Loans) with over 20 years of experience offering full-service residential, commercial, and management real-estate services as well as mortgage services. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to


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