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Smart Living!

By Dill Ward, January 14, 2021

“Alexa! Play that funky music”

The early 2000’s will be the effective birth of all things “Smart-home” and many of these devices have shown us the possibility of compounding the 5 minutes of time searching through mountainous music collections back, while others have restored that 20 second trip from bed to light-switch, and back to bed again.

As real estate agents we often find ourselves learning quickly what smart-home features are taking the market by storm, and in this we have found some feelings of appreciation, and some of concern. The smart home features that we love include:

Smart Music Players

We now walk into many rooms, and ask for music on demand, almost like having every musician you’ve ever heard follow you around the house tirelessly waiting for your requests. Surely the days of looking for the right CD folder or hoping that the cassette tape is intact or brushing the grooves of your record have all but passed (there is something quite wonderfully nostalgic about maintaining these collections). Thanks to technology we often can walk into a room, ask for the music and enjoy… calling out for just the right mood-music makes open-house experiences fun.

Smart Lights

Wirelessly controlled or scheduled outlets, lightbulbs, fixtures, and Christmas lights can make entering and leaving a smart home feel like a breeze. Smart Lights can be a bit of a financial commitment, try smart plugs as a starting point for hard to reach lamps before diving into replacing every specialized bulb. If you get the fixtures upgraded, then movie nights get so much more fun when you get all snuggled up and dim the overheads from your phone.

Smart Doors

Deadbolts, Doorknobs, and Garage Doors on wireless remote are now able to be operated from the internet. Need to go out of town but your cousin is finally able to return the power-sprayer he borrowed two weeks ago? “Leave it in the garage Cousin Larry.” The best part is feeling lighter in the pockets from needing to carry fewer keys. Keep the batteries charged, and you can check that the door is locked from the comfort of your toasty bed.

Smart Home concerns we’ve encountered mostly come from needing to have confidential conversations in homes where audio/video recording is present, or the times when early iterations weren’t as user friendly (doors being difficult to open because of access codes being wrong or needing the enter key pressed before and after the code).

Overall, we’re enjoying the new possibilities of time saved, security provided, and mood selected.

-Nicholas Nascimento

Dill Ward

Principal Broker | OR


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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