Gen Blue 2015 - Set the Trend & Get Ahead of the Competition

Coldwell Banker is leading the industry into the smart home revolution. As seen at the REAL Trends Gathering of Eagles, a Gen Blue EXCLUSIVE!

Join top executives from the smartest companies in the smart home world to see just how much this trend can impact your business.

Then go tell your sellers! . . . LEARN MORE>> 

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for Gen Blue 2015


C.A.R. Inaugural Homeowner Survey Findings

Even with rising home prices over the past few years, many homeowners who have considered selling are deciding not to because they are caught in an affordability squeeze that is compounded by a lack of inventory, according to findings from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2015 Survey of California Homeowners” . . . READ MORE>>


NAR Safety Webinar Summit Coming September 9th

September is REALTOR® Safety Month. This year, there will be four webinars presented by five noted safety experts. Register now to reserve your place and learn valuable tips to keep you safe in your job.  

CLICK HERE to learn more about the topics and presenters.



Survey Says: Americans Ready for the Smart Home

Our homes have been hailed as the next thing in our lives to be transformed by smart technology. But is the "smart home" really catching on, or are consumers embracing the "smart-ish" home?

Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET, the world's largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews, partnered on a joint-consumer survey to examine consumer trends relating to the adoption of smart home technology.

For PDF copy: View full survey results

Who Has Smart Home Technology?
More than 1 in 4 U.S. adults (28 percent) have smart home products in their home.
  • Among Millennials (ages 18 to 34), almost half (47 percent) have smart home products in their home.
  • Parents with child(ren) under 18 living at home are almost twice as likely to have smart home products vs. those with no child(ren) under 18 living at home (42 percent of those with child(ren) under 18 living at home vs. 23 percent of those with no child(ren) under 18 living at home).
  • By region, the Midwest appears to lag behind the rest of the country in terms of adoption of smart home products. Across the rest of the U.S., 30 percent have smart home products in their home while among those in the Midwest, this incidence is 22 percent.

How Are People Controlling Their Smart Home Products?

The smartphone truly is the remote control for your smart home.
  • 76 percent of those with smart home products at home are controlling one or more of those products with a mobile device.
  • And 40 percent of those controlling one or more smart home products with a mobile device are actually controlling two or more products via that device.
Can Smart Homes Save You Time?
Is it true that having smart home products in your home saves you time? According to the survey data, it is. 
  • 57 percent of Americans who have smart home items say that these products save them time and at an average of almost 30 minutes per day.
  • Although 43 percent of those who have smart home products see no time savings and still spend the same amount of time doing tasks.
  • Those under 45 years of age are more likely to agree that smart home technology is saving them time. Among those ages 18 to 44, 65 percent say it saves time (an average of 31 minutes a day). Among those ages 45 and older, 38 percent say smart home technology saves time (an average of 25 minutes a day). 
But Can They Save You Money?
This technology can save you time, but can it save you money too?
  • 45 percent of Americans who have smart home items say that these products save them money and at an average of $98.30 per month. That's a savings of over $1,100 a year!
  • 55 percent of Americans who have smart home items say their smart home product(s) does / do not save them money.
  • Among Americans ages 18 to 44 who have smart home items, 50 percent say smart home items save them money vs. 33 percent of those 45 and older.
How Are Smart Homes Benefitting Americans?
Smart home technology saves Americans time and money. But what are some other benefits of these products? 
  • More than nine in ten (91 percent) of those who have smart home products would recommend smart home technology.
  • 87 percent of those who have smart home products say it makes their life easier.
  • Four in five (81 percent) of those who have smart home products would be more likely to buy a home if smart technology was already installed.
  • And 72 percent of those who have smart home products say smart home product(s) provide them with peace of mind when it comes to home security.
Younger adults are dramatically more attuned to smart home technology and the associated benefits.
Parents of Child(ren) Under 18 at Home and Smart Technology
  • Parents with child(ren) under 18 at home who have smart home products are significantly more likely to say that such products are saving them money: 59 percent of parents with child(ren) under 18 at home vs. only 36 percent of individuals without child(ren) under 18 living at home.
  • Parents with child(ren) under 18 living at home are significantly more likely to have made their home "smart" when they moved in, and significantly more likely to agree that smart home products provide peace of mind when it comes to home security. Specifically:

    • 68 percent of parents who own smart home products and have child(ren) under 18 at home agreed that they made their home "smart" when they moved in vs. 50 percent of individuals who own smart home products without child(ren) under 18 living at home.
    • 78 percent of parents who own smart home products and have child(ren) under 18 at home say that having those products provides peace of mind, significantly higher than the 68 percent agreeing with the statement among those individuals who own smart home products without child(ren) under 18 living at home.
  • Among all survey respondents, if they were buying a home today, 59 percent of parents with child(ren) under 18 at home say that they would be willing to pay more for a home with smart home technology installed. This incidence is significantly higher than the 47 percent individuals without child(ren) under 18 living at home.
What Room do People Use Smart Home Technology in the Most?
When Americans who own a smart home product were asked which rooms benefits from smart home products, over half (52 percent) cited the living room followed by the bedroom (45 percent), family/rec room (35 percent), kitchen (30 percent) and dining room (21 percent).
What Would Make You Purchase a Smart Home Product?
For Americans who don't already have smart home technology, there are several factors to consider when deciding what to purchase.
  • 44 percent say they would consider purchasing a smart home product if the technology were less expensive,
  • And 42 percent would consider purchasing a smart home product if it would save them at least $500 yearly on their utility bills and household expenses.
How Much Would Americans Spend on this Technology?
Americans are watching their energy bills and always looking for ways to improve efficiency.
  • Via a one-time purchase, Americans would spend the most on technology that controls heating/cooling efficiency/temperature ($99 on average).
  • Younger adults are more willing to spend considerably more for smart home devices. For example, those under 45 years of age would spend an average of $144 for heating/cooling efficiency/temperature control vs. and average of $59 among those ages 45 and older. A device that could turn the oven on remotely and pre-heat it? Those under age 45 would spend $62 for such a device, as compared to only $9 among those ages 45 and over.
Full Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States between June 18-19, 2015 by Harris Poll on behalf of the Coldwell Banker brand and CNET via its Quick Query omni­bus product. The survey was conducted among 4,043 adults (aged 18 and over) among whom 1,141 own at least one smart home product. For the purposes of the survey, "smart home technology/products" were defined as products or tools that aid in controlling a home's functions such as lighting, temperature, security, safety, and entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or with a separate automatic system within the home itself. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.
All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, the words "margin of error" are avoided as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.
Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in our surveys. The data has been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.


Goodbye - Hello combines and the web sites of 17 Coldwell Banker companies from across the country into ONE powerhouse, mega-site that will continue to position Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as the undisputed leader in technology and innovation.


We’re making it easier to access the latest listings and neighborhood data, plus offering the opportunity to connect with a respected real estate expert in your local market—right from your mobile phone, tablet or desktop.


What You Need To Know

CLICK HERE to Download the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Flyer


When Does This Go Live?

On Monday, July 27th, 2015 will become


What Do I Need To Do?

You will not need to take any action. The website will forward to automatically. That means you can continue to use any collateral that has on it (email and website addresses).  


What Happened to my Website on

Earlier this year we rolled out our inTouch Platform and provided all of our associates with brand new modern websites. In doing this we are forwarding all of your existing Branded Websites to your inTouch website.


Will I still have a profile on

Your profile on will be migrated over to the new site. Once the new site goes live, a button on the NRT Gateway for “ Admin” will provide access for you to edit your profile at any time. All of the existing functionality from enhancing your listings, edit your profile, add open houses, featured properties will remain.


Who do I contact if I find any problems, bugs, or other issues with

During the first week following the launch, please report any such issue directly to your branch marketing coordinator. They will make certain the issue is reported and attended to in a timely manner.

Please do not contact the NRT Help Desk during the launch week to report issues with the new website.


C.A.R. June 2015 Sales and Price Report

California home sales reach highest level in two years, experience first double-digit increase since May 2012, C.A.R. reports.

Sales of existing, single-family homes in June reached the highest level in two years and experienced the first double-digit increase since May 2012, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) has announced. Home sales in the state have risen year over year for five straight months . . .




IMPORTANT NOTICE: CAMoves Agent Branded Websites to be Discontinued July 15th


The Agent Branded Websites, which were replaced earlier this year by the new CB inTouch websites, will be discontinued as of July 15, 2015. 

Now is the time to activate your CB inTouch personal website if you have not done so already. CLICK HERE to download the inTouch "Quick Start" Guide for activation instructions.

If you currently market your CAMoves branded site address (ex:, you can have this address forwarded to your new inTouch website. Once your inTouch account is activated, simply type your new inTouch address (url) into the "Personal web site" field under Agent Information in your CAMoves profile (NRT Gateway > Admin). The forwarding will take affect on July 15th.  CLICK HERE for a video that will walk you through the steps.

If you need assistance, please contact your branch Marketing Coordinator.

Please note: If  you have purchased a domain name (ie:, and currently have the domain forwarded to your CAMoves branded site, you will need to contact the company where you registered the domain name (ie: GoDaddy) and have them update your forwarding to your inTouch website. You can also accomplish this by logging into your GoDaddy (or other registrar) account manager and update your web forwarding.  


REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” - Coldwell Banker Leads the Pack!

Each year, The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends honor an elite group of the highest-performing professionals in our industry. On behalf of Coldwell Banker Real Estate and NRT, it is our privilege to recognize your place in the illustrious ranks of “The Thousand.”
Here in Southern California, we’re proud to have 38 teams and individuals recognized in this year’s The Thousand (many ranking in multiple categories).
Through your ingenuity, hard work and dedication to delivering exceptional experiences, you have established yourself as a leader within the Coldwell Banker Real Estate and NRT networks.   We are extremely proud of your accomplishments, and our association highly valued.   
Once again, congratulations on having earned your place within this list of nationally ranked and talented professionals.

Military Service Survey of Independent Sales Associates

In support of our Company’s commitment to support veterans and those individuals who currently serve in the military, we are interested in learning the number of independent real estate agents currently affiliated with the company who are or have been members of the military. 

The below link will take you to a very brief survey.  Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and highly appreciated.
We appreciate your active participation.   Please respond to this survey no later than July 10th.

Gen Blue 2015 Lip Sync Battle

This year at Gen Blue, we want to see YOU on stage! We are hosting the first ever Gen Blue Lip Sync Battle on stage at the Chicago Theatre during opening night.

Send us your submission video (up to 90 seconds long and only one person on camera) doing your best Lip Sync performance for a chance to be part of the Top 10. Then the network will vote for the Top 3 contestants who will perform live at Gen Blue!
Remember to Register for Gen Blue to see the Lip Sync Battle LIVE!



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