8 of the most iconic homes from 80s Film and TV

Which iconic 80s home is your favorite?

In celebrating #throwbackthursdays today and every day (who doesn’t love a good throwback?) we’ve collected some of our all-time-favorite iconic homes from films and TV of the 80s.

Jules’ Apartment in ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’

Who could forget the Jules’ iconic apartment from St. Elmo’s Fire? Jules, played by Demi Moore, had quite the eclectic taste in decor – from the bubblegum pink walls to the neon-accented Billy Idol mural.

Josh Baskin’s Apartment in ‘Big’

After Josh gets his wish to “be big” granted by Zoltar, he realizes that while being an adult might seem cool, it’s not always all it’s cracked up to be. Determined to get his childhood back, Josh follows Zoltair to Manhattan, where he gets a job at MacMillan Toys that pays him enough to rent an absolutely gorgeous (if not pretty empty) SoHo loft apartment. After Josh fills it with epic toys and games, the space truly is an 80s kid’s dream home.

Don Barrett’s Apartment in ‘Ghostbusters’

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters, and whoever can find us an apartment with a view like that! This seminal 80s classic features seriously fun ghost-fighting adventures and interior design that makes it one of our favorites!

‘The Wonder Years’ Home

Though it’s never quite made clear where The Wonder Years takes place, it was shot entirely in Southern California. This particular home struck producers as the kind of house that could be found in 1960s Anytown, USA, making it the perfect spot for the nostalgic series.

The ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ home

When this memorable horror movie staple went on sale, the public’s response was a resounding “thank you, next”. While the exterior of this lovely home looks pleasant enough, fans of the 1984 film know all to well not to judge this home by its siding. Though the home is no longer for sale, it clocks in at a cool $2,297,669 market value.

Brad & Stacey’s House in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’

Filmed throughout the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High became one of the most iconic films of the early 80s. The 1982 film, based off writer Cameron Crowe’s 1981 book of the same title, explored a school year in the lives of Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner (Brian Backer), as well as their older friends. Stacy’s house, one of the main shooting locations for the film, can be found in the West Hills.

Ferris Bueller’s Home from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

The tricks Ferris pulled to get out of – and stay out of – both school and trouble are some of the most exciting in film history. A high schooler’s dream day, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off features Ferris, played by a young Matthew Brodrick, finding ever creative ways to make what would otherwise be a regular school day into one of the most memorable.

The ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ Home

There’s nothing like a little holiday decor to get us in the spirit of the season. That being said, this absolute… beacon of Christmas spirit might just be a little too much. Is it epic and memorable? Yes. Will it run your electric bill up like nobody’s business? Probably.

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3 Things to Think About When Choosing a Smart Home

3 Important Things to Consider

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In 2019, technology is moving faster than ever. According to an IHS study, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow from 26 billion to 75 billion devices between 2019 and 2025. The smart home market is on a tear! As property managers, vacation rental owners, and real estate developers, how do you choose the smart home company that is going to serve you and your renters best? How do you know what the best business decision is?

A few important topics and questions to contemplate when choosing an enterprise smart home company to support your renters:

  • Technology
  • Client Services
  • Company History

1. Technology

How does the company develop its technology? Do they take a copy-and-paste software approach? Or do they develop their own software?

When a company builds and fully controls its technology, the end user – AKA, the property manager or renter – has a better experience. The tools and built-in features are fed to the company from client needs directly, giving you a more bespoke user experience.

Rently Keyless (shameless plug, here) is dedicated to continuously improving our proprietary, patented technology. We solicit and welcome regular feedback from our clients. Who knows better about what property managers and renters need from their technology than property managers and renters? Makes sense to us too!

2. Client Services

Can you get around the clock support for your smart system? Are you just a ticket number? Does the company care about helping your business?

You should always want to feel like you are the center of attention when you have an urgent issue, need ongoing training, or want to vent about a pain point. As business owners, you have a set of skills and understanding of what will make your business operate at peak operational efficiency. The support that you need to best serve your clientele requires a simple but often hard to find resource: a caring listener, not just a salesperson or general assistance. People that care about your business will help you make it better.

Rently Keyless (another plug – we really believe in what we do) does this by treating your business like it’s our business – because it is. We believe that when your business grows, so does ours. We take a personal, consultative approach to help you select the best mix of products and services. We don’t want to sell you as a business, we want to serve you as a business. There is a real big difference between the two.

“When customers share their story, they’re not just sharing pain points. They’re actually teaching you how to make your product, service, and business better.”

Kristin Smaby, “Being Human is Good Business”

3. Company History and Reputation

How long has the company been offering its products and services? Do they answer to their customers or their stakeholders? Does the company make their own tools, or simply buy and label them as their own?

There isn’t inherently anything wrong with receiving investor money for your venture, but here is why it is important to note: when tech companies take funding from investors, they may lose the flexibility to innovate and pivot as they see fit. It’s like turning on the radio, and all the big record company music sounds the same. Self-funded artists can continually elevate their sound and grow their audience more organically. Independence means they can directly give the listener a unique tailored experience.

When you are investing resources into a smart home solution you want to know that they work for you, the client, directly. After all, your success and the success of that business should be mutually beneficial.

The time that a company like Rently Keyless (last plug, promise) has put into developing a firm foundation is paying dividends. Rently and our sister division, Rently Keyless, have spent nearly ten years creating a company based on providing long-lasting solution-based products and services, client-centric around-the-clock support, and continuing innovation to stay ahead of the rapidly changing technology landscape.

The Rently brand has been in business for nearly a decade, creating patented, proprietary technology. We answer to you, the client, and are here to fully support, consult, and help you grow. Before you decide on your enterprise smart home solution, ask that company where they have been, and where they are going.

Rently will be here for the next decade and on. Will they?

Contact The Writer:
Branndon Brown
(323) 458-6378
branndon@rently.com

5 Organization Tips To Make Your 2019 Stress-Free

Get Spring Cleaning Started Early!

The first month of the new year has just about come and gone. Resolutions have been made (and broken), folks are still detoxing from the craziness of the holidays, and everyone is looking to find ways to make their 2019 as stress-free as possible. And when it comes to stress-free, why not start at home?

That’s why we’ve put together five of our favorite top organization tips to help you get the new year started right!

Start small

When it comes to organization, it’s easy to get stumped just thinking about the sheer amount that you have to do. Even if you’ve got a small space, you’ve got to account for the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, your bedroom – and all of the nooks and crannies in each of those rooms, too! Before you panic, don’t worry. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and in the same vein, you don’t have to tackle all of your organizational needs at once. In fact, starting small is a great way for you to figure out what your organizational style is!

For that reason, think about tackling junk drawers and small closets first so as not to get overwhelmed. Before heading to your big walk-in closet or your chest-of-drawers, think about those do-anything organizational spots in your house. This might mean anything from starting with under-the-bed storage to organizing the front closet. Wherever you decide to start, make sure that you’re taking your time – and that you don’t get overwhelmed!

Recognize what does (and doesn’t) bring you joy

As organizational queen Marie Kondo asks, “Does it bring you joy?” This is the kind of question that we could easily apply to any aspect of our lives but is particularly important when it comes to identifying what items we really need in our homes.

When Marie Kondo asks those she’s helping in her new TV show or through her bestselling book about what brings them joy, she’s referring to whether or not the items that we’ve chosen to keep around our homes actually make us happy. Sure, they might look nice, but when was the last time those gilded bookends were actually used? And when’s the last time you even thought about them?

Kondo’s “Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” asks viewers and readers (and followers of all kinds) to, if their belongings don’t bring them joy, quite literally thank each item… and get rid of it.

While it might be easier said than done to narrow down what exactly it is that makes you joy, Kondo’s rule of thumb makes a great place to start when it comes to the process of decluttering any spaces in the home.

Cluttered kitchen cabinets? Hang those pots and pans.

Hanging your pots and pans in the kitchen is actually a two-fold win. Think about it: not only do you open up cabinet space for more snacks/spices/dishtowels, but you get some instant decoration. A thoughtfully placed pan alongside a cabinet or hung tastefully on the wall will add a touch of class to any kitchen setup, whether spacious or not.

Of course, pots and pans aren’t the only kitchen items that can be reorganized with a little attention to vertical space. Spatulas, strainers, pot holders, and more can make elegant and effective storage.

Sort by color to bring inspiration to your organizational efforts

Who doesn’t love a good pop of color? It’s thought that organizing by color is not only a great way to bring a little creativity to the home, but also to quickly and efficiently identify your belongings. Papers to file away? Put ‘em in the red bin. Holiday decorations that have somehow still managed to sit out? Throw ‘em in the blue bin. And so on, and so forth.

The great thing about organizing-by-color is that it gives you a little more autonomy in the process. Choose your favorite colors and get to work! By the time you’re done, you’ll be looking for more things to sort away into your colorful bins.

Keep your daily routine at the forefront of your organization

Of course, none of the above is useful if, well, you don’t put it into practice. That’s why our last time – and perhaps one of the most important – is to keep your daily routine in mind while going about your organizational efforts. Think about what you do when you come home after a long day. Maybe you throw your keys and workbag down, drop your coat on the couch, and slide your shoes off. How can you make that process more organized? Anything from setting up a coat stand and key hooks to simply putting aside space specifically for shoes can help you keep your space clutter-free.

This applies to just about every routine that you may have. Whether getting ready in the morning or meal planning for the week, the way that you operate in your space (and of course, the way you use the things in your home) is of the utmost importance to consider. Remember: don’t just organize because you think you should. Organize your space for YOU – because it’ll end up making your life a little less stressful, and therefore easier to live.

Want more top organization, decor, and home lifestyle tips? Feel free to check out the rest of the Rently blog!

The Internet Of Things Keeps Smart Home Smart

IoT and Smart Home: The Power of Connectivity

What is the first thing you think about when you hear the phrase “Smart Home”?

Maybe it’s the ability to lock and unlock your doors or windows from your phone. Maybe it’s having full control of the thermostat in a certain area of the house. Even still, maybe it’s being able to ask a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to turn on the lights in the bedroom before you get there.

Whatever your image of a smart home may be, there’s one thing that remains constant – the need for your smart appliances to be connected to one another and to the internet via a little something called the Internet of Things.

What is the Internet of Things?

Put simply, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the idea of connecting all things to the internet. While this definition is broad, IoT For All’s Calum McClelland notes that connecting “things” to the internet – from cell phones to smartwatches – has already had incredible benefits in our society and everyday lives. The idea of IoT, he continues, suggests that these benefits can extend to quite literally everything.

McClelland writes that “When something is connected to the internet, that means that it can send information or receive information, or both.” This particular ability is, at a base level, what makes an appliance or technology “smart”.

IoT at CES 2019

Because tech and internet connectivity go hand-in-hand, the Internet of Things had quite the presence at CES 2019. In addition to smart home solutions, everything depends on the Internet of Things to, well, work.

Along with the advent of 5G, the Smart Cities section of CES was guided by the IoT, painting a picture of the connected cities of the future. According to CES Daily, smart cities with this kind of connectivity will have sensors in places such as water and waste systems, buildings, and roads: “Connected technologies will include smart energy meters, automated street lighting, parking assistance apps, and sensors to make cities safer, smarter, and more accessible.”

Of course, Smart Cities weren’t the only exhibits that relied on the IoT for necessary connectivity. CES 2019’s Vehicle Technology Marketplace showcased the latest in self-driving, connected cars that bring interactivity to the driving experience. Exhibitors like Allstate, Dassault Systemes, and Mobileye showcased just how important the combination of tech, connectivity, and vehicle automation will be as we explore the future of automotive and transportation.

IoT and Smart Home

At CES 2019, hundreds of Smart Home exhibitors focused on the easy, accessible connectivity that can be brought to a home in order to make it “smart”. This includes everything from smart blinds to lighting, smart locks to smart kitchens appliances. From this year’s show, it’s clear that the Smart Home of the future is one that brings this connectivity to every aspect of the home.

As greater numbers of consumers adopt smart home technology, the reliance of smart home on the IoT will only grow. In fact, Katherine Lazarevich of IoT For All writes that “some of the best solutions in IoT will come to life in smart homes.” It’s thought that the number of connected products will triple by 2025, reaching nearly 75 billion devices across the world.

So what does this mean for Smart Home companies? For Rently Keyless, it means an incredible opportunity to bring connected solutions that will benefit both individuals and communities.

The Rently Keyless Smart Solution

The Rently Keyless proprietary Tri-Band Hub ensures that users have three times the connection – and three times the security. Should Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection be unavailable, the Keyless system connects through a cellular connection.

The central core of the Keyless system, the Tri-Band hub technology includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet connection for superior and optimal industry uptime. Unlike many smart home companies, the Keyless Tri-Band Hub has been engineered from the ground up to ensure that users are getting the very best in smart home tech.

Of course, the Keyless smart home solution is scalable. Support for Z-Wave, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi protocols alow Rently Keyless to securely incorporate over 1800 smart home devices.

Want to learn more about Rently and Keyless? Feel free to check out the rest of our blog!

Sources: IoT For All, CES Daily, All About Circuits

Ready For The Future of Smart Home?

The Future Of Smart Home Starts Now

While CES 2019 explored several themes – transportation, digital health, AR and VR experiences, and many more – one of the most prominent was that of the Smart Home. As smart homes get “smarter”, companies are looking at ways to efficiently and successfully expand automation in the home. On top of this, many have begun the conversation about the human element that can help make smart home tech more accessible for the average consumer.

From smart locks to smart fridges, the Smart Home of the future is one that sees smart appliances aiding users in every area of the home. Over 250 exhibitors, including EZVIZ, Kohler, Ring, and Interlogix presented several products that strive to expand upon this image.

The Power of Voice Assistance

Voice powered assistants – and the smart home tech that integrates with them – had quite the presence at this year’s show. Amazon Echo and Google Assistant displays were clearly in nearly every Smart Home booth setup, with companies displaying the ways in which their technology works with both. In fact, integration with these particular smart assistants is a key feature for smart home tech companies. As noted by CES daily, “Smart home device makers no longer have to worry as much if their product will work with every other smart home gadget. As long as it can be integrated with Alexa or Google Assistant, that’s all you need.”

Key players in the Smart Home industry, such as Rently Keyless, are focusing on the ability of their systems to use these Amazon and Google products to help control lighting, thermostat, and sensor controls.

Everything (and) The Kitchen Sink

Kitchen appliances had a particularly large presence at CES this year, with appliance makers working to figure out new and improved ways to bring smart tech into a consumer’s everyday life. Products such as Alexa-integrated microwaves and smart fridges were poised to be the stars of this year’s show, painting a picture of how automation like this may soon be even more prominent in everyday life.

The bathroom is another home space in which appliance makers are targeting for smart home tech. Smart mirrors, faucets, and lighting are just a few of the appliances that were shown off throughout CES, inviting visitors to get an in-person feel for what it would be like to have a smart, automated bathroom in their homes.

The Reach Of Smart Home

According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it’s thought that by 2020 there will be nearly 30 billion connected devices. At this point, a smart home will generate 50 GB of data daily.

The CTA describes three trends to watch for when it comes to the spread of Smart Home tech in the next few years. Simplification, comfort and security, and energy management are key when it comes to the future of smart systems.

Meet Rently Keyless

Rently Keyless, the smart solution division of Rently, encompasses these key elements. The Keyless system works to take the confusion out of smart home management, focusing on a user-friendly platform that’s easy to integrate with aforementioned voice assistants from Amazon and Google. The proprietary Tri-Band Hub technology ensures that users don’t have to worry about their systems going offline. Should Wi-Fi or Ethernet connectivity be unavailable, the Tri-Band hub connects via a cellular connection.

Of course, the Keyless system also offers a variety of appliances that are designed to help bring automation and accessibility to homes. Keyless entry locks, smart thermostats, sensors, and lighting automation help ensure a simple, secure, energy efficient home.

Keyless system integrations include such names as Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, Ecobee, Escapia, Yale, and more.

Want to learn more about Rently and Keyless? Feel free to check out more of our blog!

Sources: CES Daily, Consumer Technology Association

Smart Homes, Self-Driving Cars, AI and More: A Rently Review of CES

Highlights from CES 2019

CES: a veritable wonderland of all things up-and-coming in the world of electronics and tech. It rivals theme parks and small cities. Rently, the multifaceted real estate solutions company, had the opportunity to see first-hand what exciting things there are to come this year in the world of tech.

And let us tell you – there are a lot of exciting things to come.

Smart Cities, IoT, and The Future of Mobility

When it comes to CES, there’s a whole lot of ground to cover. The journey started off at the Westgate, where we received badges and maps detailing just how many exhibitors there were to see (over 4,400!). We began in the Smart Cities section, marveling at what could very soon be the future of ride-sharing transportation. Now, we’re not just talking about companies like Lyft and Uber – we’re talking about everything from smart metro systems to an expansion on the ever-popular scooter and bike sharing services that have been cropping up in major cities. Companies are gearing up to define what it truly means to be “mobile” in today’s world, while others still are focusing on how we can use green energy to get there.

Walking through the Smart Cities section invited us to think about how each and every one of us plays a critical role in the day-to-day structure and operations of our major cities and towns – and asked us to question how we can use technology to improve those structures. According to CES Daily, the tech elements necessary for smart cities include network infrastructure in the form of 5G and IoT, data sharing platforms, building sensors, and systems designed specifically to manage data collection.

This section of CES therefore also included the IoT Infrastructure Pavilion, which housed everything from 3D cameras to CBD gummy dispensers, sensors to magnetic flashlights – and demonstrated how each of these things can be supported by IoT. The Internet of Things Infrastructure also gave an exciting sneak peek into what could be the future of digital and AI assistance, with companies creating virtual receptionists with digital “personas”. Wireless tech designed to enhance the spread of information was the name of the game here, though, with many booths featuring enhanced wireless technology.

Vehicle Technology and Autonomy

The next section was for automotive and transportation technology. The vehicle technology display included some of the latest in concept cars and vehicles that keep riders and drivers connected throughout their days. This year, the vehicles exhibited surpassed many stand-alone car shows, featuring over 160 exhibitors across a massive 290,000 net square feet. As expected, smart self-driving cars were at the center of many of the vehicles displayed. Booths demonstrated what the next several years of driving could look like as research and development into self-driving policy continues.

Automakers such as Audi, Honda, Kia, and Nissan displayed concepts for what these connected cars might look and perform like. Other vehicle-related booths focused on the increasing importance of clean energy, while others still showcased how AI and virtual assistance will soon be integrated into the future of the automotive industry.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Robotics and AI presented another huge portion of the show. Located in South Hall 2, the section presented several incredible booths with some seriously cool tech that promises to change the way that business – and everyday life – is done. Many exhibitors displayed AI camera tech that was able to accurately display each attendee’s age, gender, and emotion based on facial expression. These cameras could also track each person’s location within and around the hall, a technology that clearly could have a major impact on several consumer-facing industries.

One perfect example of this was a booth that had been set up as a faux storefront that demonstrated how customers could be tracked as they were doing their shopping. It was a seriously incredible way to see just how useful this tech could be, and to get a snapshot of what the shop of the future might look like. Clearly, this kind of tech sees us moving away from the CCTV cameras of the past; here come the days of efficient and effective customer profiling from the moment they walk in the door to the moment they leave. Of course, security isn’t the only function of innovations like this. With the incorporation of AR and VR tech, it’s becoming possible for consumers to “try before they buy” – with everything from furniture to makeup.

Drones, too, were a massive part of this section, with many up-and-coming companies showcasing the newest in drone camera tech that promises to take us to new heights – and new depths, as well.

The Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Marketplace featured over 60 exhibitors, including businesses like Omron, Segway, Panasonic, Amazon, and more. Companies showed just how easily machines can not only fit into but can improve our everyday life – from home, to school, to work and back.

Health And Wellness Marketplace

Over 100 companies showed just how the tech of the future can and will support the health of consumers. Many exhibitors showed just how technology can encourage patients to better track and support their personal health. From AI to digital therapy, it’s clear that the future of health and medicine is intertwined with the future of tech.

Companies such as 3M, Humetrix, Philips, and SleepScore Labs presented smart health solutions that strive to not only monitor health but to support better quality of life. In addition to the Health and Wellness Marketplace, the Sleep Tech Marketplace and Wearables Marketplace showcased ways that sleep and wearable tech can play a huge role in the improved health of individuals and communities.

Smart Homes of Tomorrow

Smart home was another huge theme at this year’s show, with several companies revealing their interconnected smart systems that strive to take home automation to the next level, from smart keyless locks and voice-controlled home assistants to smart appliances and garden irrigation. The future of the interconnected home was certainly one of the most exciting things at this year’s show, with booths that showed off just how a smart system would work in fake housing set-ups that allowed visitors to quite literally experience walking through a smart home.

Integration of various smart devices was also a huge part of the smart home software that was seen throughout CES. The ability to work with devices such as the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant was a key selling point for many companies, showcasing the ability to more accurately and efficiency tie together devices.

Smart home tech, such as that of the Rently Keyless access solutions, is very clearly becoming a staple not only in the tech world but in everyday life.

Eureka Park Startups

The Eureka Park section of CES was undoubtedly one of our favorites. Organized by geographic location, the Eureka Park startups presented early-stage entrepreneurs eager to show their products and services to the world. This year, entrepreneurs came from over 30 countries, including Canada, Switzerland, Taiwan, India, South Korea, and more. Many companies exhibiting at Eureka Park saw the opportunity as a potential breakthrough, with the show providing valuable connections for entrepreneurs looking to share their solutions with the world.

The booths presenting at Eureka Park ran the gamut, industry-wise; everything from 5G to digital health was represented. According to CES Daily, companies that have participated in the Eureka Park portion of the show have raised over $1.5 billion in funding since 2012.

Audio and Visual Innovators

Some of the most eye- (and ear-) catching exhibits were from that of the audio and visual industries, with booths showcasing the newest in 8K screen technology and high-quality sound playback. Notable exhibitors included Samsung, which built an entire mini-city inside the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as LG, Westinghouse, Kodak, Sony, and Polaroid, among others.

Home entertainment systems featuring new display technologies like rollable OLED and micro-LED gained lots of attention during the show; the first roll-up TV, a 65-inch LG OLED television, debuted during the week, and 8K TVs were a central feature this year.

Of course, these are only a few of the incredible sections found at CES. As veterans of the show will tell you, it’s difficult to see everything – but the sheer size of the show is one of the things that we loved the most. The energy at CES was one of hope and innovation. Every section and exhibitory that we had the chance to visit echoed these sentiments fully. As a society, we’re fast approaching a future where automation is key, and technology works with us to make life simpler and more efficient – from personal health to smart appliances.

As a company that values creativity, innovation, and simplicity, exploring CES was very important for Rently. The future of tech goes hand-in-hand with the future of Real Estate – and with that, the future of self-showing and smart home technologies that bring full automation within reach.

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