Amazon Alexa users are one step closer to finding the home of their dreams with the Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa. By prompting Amazon’s voice assistant with “Alexa, Ask Coldwell Banker for the Home of the Week,” users will hear a one-minute description of a featured Coldwell Banker listing and can be connected to their local Coldwell Banker office.
In January, a Coldwell Banker consumer survey found that 72 percent of Americans with smart home products want voice control, which prompted development of the Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa and the addition of the Echo Dot to the Smart Home Staging Kit. The kit, available at smarthomestaging.com, is a curated slate of smart home products that meet the Coldwell Banker / CNET Smart Home definition. The kit easily and affordably turns any home into a smart home through smart lighting, smart temperature controls as well as smart security locks and cameras. The Echo Dot joins products from August, Lutron and Nest in the kit. Now homeowners and agents showing smart homes can control the house’s core functions through simple voice commands.
“As the real estate leader in smart home Coldwell Banker is focusing on what’s resonating with our network and consumers, voice control. By developing our first Alexa Skill, Coldwell Banker is deepening the connection between consumers and our agent network,” said David Marine, senior vice president marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.
“We’re always looking to bring Alexa to customers in new ways, and we think having Echo Dot in the Smart Home Staging Kit will provide a delightful experience for home buyers and real estate agents. With the introduction of the Echo Dot to the Coldwell Banker network, even more customers can experience the convenience and ease of Alexa,” said Daniel Rausch, vice president for Amazon Smart Home.
The Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa is an extension of the Coldwell Banker Home of the Week video series. The Home of the Week series currently profiles one active Coldwell Banker listing per week in a video that takes viewers on a tour of a breathtaking home. The first Home of the Week listing featured on the Skill is 1006 Laurel Way in Beverly Hills, listed for $34.9 million by Jade Mills, global luxury ambassador and estates director for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Beverly Hills, CA.
The Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa provides an interactive narration of the same Home of the Week listing and provide users with more information on the listing. Users also receive contact information for their nearest Coldwell Banker office via the Alexa app. The Home of the Week Skill is listed under the Business & Finance category.
Coldwell Banker recently surveyed nearly 1,000 Coldwell Banker real estate professionals to gauge their opinions on smart home technology and learn more about home buyer demand for smart home technology. Seventy-nine (79) percent of respondents report that home buyers are interested in smart home technology, underscoring growing demand for voice controlled assistants and other smart home devices.