Smart Home Assistants

With important assets of our life like phones, laptops or cars, our homes have been getting smarter too! Now you no longer must worry about getting up to switch off your lights or change the volume of your music player. It can now be achieved with simple commands to your smart home assistants. But with Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant, how do you pick one that is best suited for your home? Lucky for you, we have tested each product and here is our review!

Amazon’s Alexa

If you are looking to get started with a smart home quickly, Alexa is your best bet! It is the easiest of the three to set up – all you need to do is plug it in and you are good to go. With over 10,000 skills and several third-party capabilities to choose from, this is one of the most widely supported smart hub. The Alexa is the lowest priced of the three, so it is great for first time smart home assistant users.

 

Though it comes with a plethora of benefits, the biggest drawback is that you cannot use a smartphone to operate it. Instead, you need to directly talk into the speaker itself, which can sometimes be annoying. The quality of the speaker is average and sometimes, there is a lag in response.

Google’s Assistant

This smart home assistant is supported by the newer versions of Android. Google Assistant has the best use of artificial intelligence among the three as it is supported by Google search. Therefore, you are more likely to get an accurate response to your questions.

 

However, there are only a limited number of products that use Google Assistant. The only way to summon it is to say ‘OK Google’ every time, and it can get a little tedious. The audio quality is only average, and sometimes it can have trouble responding.

 

Apple’s Siri

With the emphasis on privacy and data protection, Apple has ensured that the information transferred between all devices is encrypted and secure. Among the three, this is the easiest to set up on your mobile and is also the most responsive.

 

 

But like all things Apple, you need an iPhone or an iMac to operate it, which makes its usage very restrictive. Also, the stringent security features mean the accessories take longer to hit the market, which means your choices are very limited.

 

 

Which of these smart home assistants do you think is the best? Let us know in the comments below!

Retiring in Style

They say that old age is like a second childhood. And as we know all too well, every child needs to spend quality time with peers. The continued migration of graduates and increasing nuclearization of families, has resulted in a growing number of elderly folk living alone.

For them, gated communities are a godsend. Safe pathways for an evening stroll and easy access to hospitals and pharmacies, are just a few reasons why a gated community is an ideal choice for post-retirement life.

Lifestyle

Most gated communities are insulated from the humdrum of city traffic and offer peace and tranquility to residents. They are also usually located close to essentials like pharmacies, stores, or ATMs, leading to a hassle-free day-to-day living. In addition to a peaceful and holistic life, gated communities also have top-level security features for the safety of residents. Most compounds come with 24-hour security surveillance and smart home devices, making it is a secure option for the elderly.

Fitness and activities

With a pool, an in-house gym and a bouquet of amenities, it is ideal for the elderly, especially if they prefer an evening stroll or a quiet swim. The recreational hall usually has classes like yoga, knitting or painting to give residents a break from monotony. With proximity to neighbours, residents can look to each other for motivation, or for help reaching their physical or intellectual goals.

Socializing

The Home Owners Association (HOA) makes it a point to conduct regular programs to bring residents together, giving them an opportunity to interact with people of all age groups. There are also several group activities like bhajans, creative writing workshops, or arts and crafts, to bring like-minded residents together. This fosters a sense of community and gives residents an opportunity to create a family of their own.

On the occasion of World Senior Citizen Day we would like to celebrate the wisdom and achievements of the elderly. Book an appointment to check out our senior citizen friendly gated communities today!

Luxury in the small things

The little things in life are not little; they are the cornerstone to create the life we live. These are a few things you can do to add a luxury to your life without breaking the bank.

Staycation

Take off from work and get some much-needed downtime with a staycation of your own! Nothing says R&R like a hammock, especially if you hang it outdoors and settle down with a good book, or plough through the stack of trashy magazines you have accumulated. Pleasant weather can make eating outside seem like a luxury. Why not use this opportunity to reconnect with nature and dine al fresco every night?

The best part about a vacation is not having to wake up to an alarm. Invest a little on linen and create a warm and cozy bed to settle in, and go on your next Netflix marathon. Continue the serenity with a spa-like bathroom at home. Luckily, we have a few luxury ideas you can recreate at home. Destress to the sounds of babbling water with a relaxing fountain at home. Don’t want to buy one? Here is how you can create your own!

Connect with a loved one

In the fast pace of routine, you may not always have the time to regularly check-in with your loved ones! Take an opportunity to slow down and connect with them, and we mean the good ol’ fashioned way before technology invaded our social circles. Settle in for a good gossip session and catch up with your friends and family on everything that has been happening in your lives.

Strengthening your bond with a loved one is a deeply gratifying experience and is known to be the antidote to physical or emotional pain. Studies conducted by The Mayo Clinic say a simple bonding session reduce stress, improve your self-worth and help you cope with trauma.

Redecorate your home

While we don’t suggest you revamp your house altogether, there are small changes you can make to enhance it. Start by bringing fresh flowers home every day. Not only are they mood elevators and natural room fresheners, arranging them is a great de-stressing activity. Add potpourri in the bathroom or use air diffusers to keep your home smelling great throughout the day.

A neutral colour palette for your bedding can make it seem like you are waking up in a hotel room every day! An added bonus is that even if you don’t make your bed in the morning, it will look fresh.

Let us know what your idea of luxury is in the comments below!

 

Why you should invest in real estate when you are young

When you are fresh out of college and working your first job, buying a home may not be on your list of priorities. However, our experts predict that this is the perfect time to start planning for the big purchase. Here are a few reasons why it is a good idea to invest in real estate when you are young.

Forced savings

If you find yourself spending a lot of money on frivolous things, investing in real estate is a great way to inculcate some financial discipline. It will force you to save – a habit that will hold you in good stead in years to come. It also goes a long way in creating assets and building a more stable future.

Creativity

When you are living in a rented home, you are at the mercy of your landlord. However, owning a home gives you the freedom to unleash your creativity and create a space that is Pinterest worthy! The best part – you can mix it up to keep up with the ever-changing décor trends. If you are adventurous, score a fixer-upper for a bargain and transform the space over time.

Guaranteed return on investment

With a plethora of investment opportunities at your disposal, real estate has been proven to be the most stable. A property value appreciates over time, and a sound real estate investment is insulated to market irregularities. A way to be smart about your investment is to buy a property in an up and coming neighborhood, and after a few years, the property will be worth much more than what you paid for.

No responsibilities

Most youngsters refrain from investing in real estate as they think they are too young for a big financial commitment. However, as you grow older, your responsibilities increase.  A sound investment before you start a family of your own in ideal as you don’t have to worry about other financial commitments.

For more information, check out our upcoming properties and schedule a free visit today!