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New home sales: 'Really good news'

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Sales of newly constructed single-family homes spiked 11% in June to an annualized rate of 384,000 homes, according to a report released Monday.

The gain over May was much greater than expected. A consensus of housing industry analysts had forecast seasonally adjusted sales of 352,000, according to Breifing.com.

However, sales are still 21% below the levels of a year ago, when new homes sold in June at an annualized rate of 488,000, according to the report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Four years ago, during the height of the housing boom, the sales rate for June was 1,374,000, nearly three-and-a-half times higher than last month.

Still, the report was very positive, according to Peter Morici, an economics professor at the University of Maryland who had forecast June sales to be at the 350,000 level. "That is really good news. Considering what's going on in existing home sales, with all the foreclosure activity sending down home prices, for new homes to jump like that is a good indicator that the economy is bottoming out."
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Vacation Home Monitoring & Remote Control

Vacation Home Monitoring & Automation Systems

Monitors & Controls For Your Vacation Home
New technology allows for more than just security. You can view and control your vacation home from a distance. You can set the thermostat to stay cool while your away, and raise the temperature right through your web browser or telephone so it'll be warm and toasty when you arrive. You can check the weather at your vacation home. You can monitor for plumbing leaks, low temperatures, security and much more. The largest selection of home automation and monitoring systems and devices can be found at SmartHome.

Check out the system below, designed to save energy. The Energy Saver package focuses on providing additional relay based products and a thermostat interface. By managing the time your lights and HVAC units are running you can significantly decrease the amount of money you spend on utilities. Also included are dimmable and On/Off switches, plug-in modules and keypads that give you the ability to customize the ramp rate, brightness level of dimmable lights and set timers for any individual or group of lights and appliances.

For complete control, SmartLinc - INSTEON Central Controller allows any web-enabled mobile device to control or create timers for INSTEON devices or scenes from inside your home, in the backyard, at work, in the car or on vacation halfway around the world! To take advantage of this new technology, Smarthome is throwing in a free iPod Touch, putting a remote control touch screen in the palm of your hands.




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Many controls and sensors use X10 communication that feed back to the control panel. SmartHomes provides a powerful system that you can add onto, controlling everything from sensors and remote cameras, to your surround sound home theater, all from your armchair, or even from the web. A lot of the major security companies will also provide similar options, install it for you, and provide certain fire, police and emergency monitoring for a monthly payment.

The major difference is the larger companies will require a contract for a specific period of time, and provide central monitoring and lines to police, fire and emergency. Generally, when the contract term is completed, you'll also own the equipment. When you buy your own system, you pay up front. But you can customize as you like, buy a system with access through the internet or a cellular phone, and do a lot more than just home monitoring with it. You can actually automate your home.

If you're handy and somewhat savvy with technical gadgets, try Smart Home's monitoring system below. Wireless components are available for easy installations. This system is also a web server, so you can monitor everything in your vacation home from anywhere in the world using a web browser.

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Home Monitoring Systems

HomeVision™ - Interactive Intelligent Home Control
Monitor and control thermostats, air conditioning, security, temperature and much more right on your televisions set. This powerful system also contains a built-in web server that will allow you to monitor and control your home through any web browser, from anywhere in the world. Two-way X10 communication controls and monitors lights, appliances, thermostats, security systems, etc.

  • SMARTHOME IS the largest Home Automation company IN THE WORLD!
  • Smarthome sells over 5,000 home automation & X10 products in the following categories:

Cool Gadgets

Cool Gadgets For Your Vacation Home

  • Lighting/X10
  • Security & Cameras
  • Home Entertainment
  • Wires, Cables & Jacks
  • Phones
  • Temp Controls & Sensors
  • Computer Interfaces
  • Pets
  • Gadgets & "smart" products
  • Training materials
  • Smarthome has been in business for over 12 years
  • Smarthome has three main selling channels: Catalog ¿ we mail out over 2.5 million per year; Website (Retail & Dealer) - our retail website gets over 5 million page views per month; Retail Factory Store (here in Irvine, California) ¿ this is the first home automation retail store of it's kind!
  • Smarthome recently announced a new ground-breaking technology that will revolutionize the home automation industry; it's called "Insteon" (find out more about Insteon at www.insteon.com)
  • Smarthome launches 30-40 NEW PRODUCTS every week!





Video & Audio Monitoring Systems

You don't need x10 communication for these video monitoring systems, perfect for your vacation home. Many of these systems are web ready, so you can monitor your vacation home over the internet from hundreds of miles away. You can even see what the weather's like, or determine if someone's been in your vacation home without your knowledge or consent. Many of these systems will hold 40 days or more of constant video.

As an added bonus, you can film the wildlife around your vacation home, or set a camera towards a certain view that you always enjoy when you're relaxing at your vacation home on the lake, at the ocean, in the mountains or out in the wilderness (as long as you have an internet connection at your second home).

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If you're looking for safety around your vacation home, these Safety Products can help to protect you and your family, as well as guests and renters.
 
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