4 New Smart Gadgets to Improve Your Home

by Zarine, REALTOR® 12/22/2019

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The available smart home technology has blossomed over the past few years, but many homeowners are still skeptical of whether the gadgets are actually worth the price tag. If you're still on the fence, remember that not all products were built merely to show off to the neighbors. Learn more about four quality options that are worth the investment. 

Moisture Detectors 

Water can come from nearly anywhere in the home, and the end results can be catastrophic. From condensation to leaking pipes, just one puddle can lead to anything from structural damage to mold. A smart moisture detector will alert you if there's more humidity in the air than usual — before it turns into a major repair bill. Considering mold can form in some relatively invisible places in the home, this investment can literally be a lifesaver. 

Smoke Alarms 

A smart smoke alarm was designed to detect real threats and give you direct updates and alerts, whether you're at home or not. They were made to detect the difference between an omelet gone wrong and uncontrollable smoke, giving homeowners fewer false alarms that weaken the residents' sense of urgency. Some home insurance companies will give homeowners a discount on their policy simply for having this gadget in their homes. If something is detected, you'll know immediately either via the alarm or through a smart phone alert. 

Sprinkler Systems 

A sprinkler system can waste plenty of water if owners aren't careful. A smart sprinkler system will detect just how dry the ground is before determining how much water to give it. It will even take into account the upcoming forecasts, so you don't have to remember to turn off the sprinklers right before a rainstorm. When California state is desperately in need of good water conservation tactics, this upgrade can do more than save your utility bills. 

Temperature Sensors 

A smart temperature sensor will help homeowners control the amount of energy they use. If certain parts of the home are rarely occupied, there's no need to heat or cool them to the same extent as the main bedrooms. These gadgets will not only adjust the energy output based on the family's patterns, they can even track an owner's location and ready the home's temperature upon return. This kind of precision has been known to save homeowners hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. 

Smart technology was developed to give homeowner tangible benefits. And while there are few miracle cures out there, property owners might be surprised at just how practical these gadgets can be for their bottom lines. 

About the Author

Zarine, REALTOR®

With over two decades of real estate industry experience, Zarine focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area marketplace. From single family homes, condos, townhouses to multi-family residences. She works extensively with investors to upgrade, remodel sell residential and commercial properties. She has consistently been in the top 5 agents out of over 300 agents in the Company.

Zarine has been a Bay Area resident since 1977. She has been active in real estate since 1988. In addition to helping buyers and sellers find their dream home, Zarine and her husband Neville started investing in Real Estate in the Bay Area since 1978. They own and maintain several rental properties and also regularly purchase, fix, and sell homes. They have a team of contractors, landscapers, and tradespeople that they can recommend. They built our own home from scratch and worked closely with the architect in the vision and design. Together, they are involved in every aspect of real estate and live it daily.

Having traveled extensively around the world, Zarine is able to accommodate each of her clients’ unique needs, and prides herself on being a strong listener and communicator. Zarine’ s communication skills are an integral part of her success in real estate. She meets clients from all walks of life and dedicates herself to understanding each of their needs and goals. Zarine and Neville love what they do and have won several awards over the years. They are dedicated and have been with J.F.Finnegan brokers since 1995. In turn their clients are loyal as 95% of their business is from referrals. Real estate is more than just a profession to them; it is their hobby and passion.


Originally from Bombay, Zarine and Neville go back to India to visit family. They have travelled extensively around the world and love their annual escape to Maui. Zarine enjoys cooking, entertaining, gardening, reading, movies, and life! They have two daughters who live in San Francisco and their joy in their life are their three grandchildren.


  • 2016 Emerald Elite #2 in the whole Company
  • 2015 Emerald Elite # 3 in the whole Company
  • 2014 Platinum Award #5 in the Company
  • 2013 Emerald Elite #1 Team in the Company
  • 2012 Platinum Award #1 Team in the Company
  • 2011 Platinum Award #1 Team in the Company
  • 2010 Masters Award #1 Team in the Company
  • Consistently Among the top 3 individual agents of over 300 agents at BHG
  • Chairman's Circle (Consistent Winners 2001, 2002, 2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009)
  • Winners of SAMCAR “SAMMY AWARDS”
  • San Mateo Association of Realtors (SAMCAR),California Association of Realtors (CAR), National Association of Realtors (NAR) San Jose Apartment Owners Association
  • Fine Homes Specialists, E Certified, Bankers Preferred Mortgage, CARTUS Relocation Certified