Americans Are Ready for the Smart Home

More than 1 in 4 americans own smart home devices; nearly half of millennials are already adopting the technology.

The smart home is here to stay. A survey of U.S. adults by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the original Silicon Valley real estate start-up founded in 1906, and CNET, the world’s largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews, found that Americans are already embracing the smart home with 28 percent owning at least one smart home product and almost half of Millennials (ages 18 to 34) adopting the technology.

“Smart home technology is catching on because it is literally changing the way we live in our homes,” said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “Not only is it shifting the financial perception of the home, but it’s also transforming our emotional connection to our homes. We have entered a transformative era. We believe that in three to five years, home buyers will expect smart home technology—it will become the new norm.”

Blankenship pointed to the fact that of those surveyed currently using smart home technology, 81 percent said they would be more likely to buy a home if smart technology, such as connected lighting, thermostats, remote-access security and smart locks, was already installed. For Americans who currently don’t own smart home products, this provides an opportunity to make the move and adopt the technology. The trend will only grow as millennials start to represent a larger share of homeowners.

The Coldwell Banker/CNET survey of approximately 4,000 Americans analyzed trends and insights related to smart home technology.

Smart Homes Save Money, Time and Provide Peace of Mind

Americans are adopting and strongly valuing smart home technology. In fact, 91 percent of those who currently own smart home products would recommend the technology. Other findings include:

  • 87 percent say the technology makes their lives easier.
  • More than half (57 percent) of Americans who own smart home products say the technology saves them time and at an average of almost 30 minutes per day.
  • The technology is saving owners of smart home products money. Forty-five (45) percent of Americans say that, on average, their smart home technology saves them over $1,100 a year.
  • 72 percent say smart home products provide them with peace of mind when it comes to home security.

Parents Twice as Likely to Adopt Smart Technology

  • Parents with children under age 18 are almost twice as likely to have smart home products (42 percent of those with children vs. 23 percent of those with no children).
    Parents were also more likely to have made their home “smart” when they moved in (68 percent of those with children vs. 50 percent of those with no children).
  • Security is top of mind for those with kids. Seventy-eight (78) percent of parents say that smart home products provide peace of mind, while only 68 percent of those without children agreed with the statement.
  • Among all respondents, 59 percent of parents said they’d be willing to pay more for a home with smart home technology installed. This is significantly higher than the 47 percent of those without children.

Other Key Survey Findings

  • The smartphone is the remote control for your smart home. Seventy-six (76) percent of those with smart home products control them with a mobile device.
  • The living room is the “smartest.” When asked which rooms benefit from smart home technology, over half (51 percent) cited the living room, followed by the bedroom (45 percent), family / rec room (35 percent), kitchen (30 percent) and dining room (21 percent).
  • Cost and savings are key to smart home purchasing decisions. Of those who do not have smart home products, 44 percent said they would consider purchasing the technology if it cost less, while 42 percent said they would consider purchasing if it would save them at least $500 yearly on utility bills and household expenses.

“From the living room to the yard, consumers are embracing smart home technology,” said Lindsey Turrentine, editor-in-chief of “This market will continue to develop as the technology becomes even more mainstream. Our survey highlights the fact that this innovation has made its way into homes faster than many expected, and that once a homeowner tries a connected device, that person is ready to experiment with more smart products.”

“Today’s buyers are expecting smart home technology. It’s no longer just an add-in,” said Erika Hansen, sales associate affiliated with Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, Realtors in Des Moines, IA. “I’m seeing first-hand how homebuyers are requesting and favoring homes with smart features, such as automated lighting and temperature control. Smart home technology is also influencing the home selling process. In addition to de-cluttering a home, sellers are upgrading to smart home technology to attract modern buyers. Consumers are truly seeing the convenience and benefits of these products, understanding how smart home technology makes the home more comfortable, convenient and energy-efficient.”

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The full survey results can be found here.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate is the oldest national real estate brand and franchisor in the United States, and today has a global network of approximately 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 43 countries and territories with more than 88,000 affiliated sales professionals. CNET is the world’s #1 tech media brand, and offers the best advice for living with technology and covers every aspect of consumer technology, from personal and automotive tech to home and smart appliance tech.