1. Smart home device
Despite marketing advantages, better tenant satisfaction, and increased profits, the value proposition for most smart home devices has only recently become more compelling as the price point for these devices has come down considerably.
In fact, demand for smart home devices is growing so fast that experts have coined the term IoRE – or internet of real estate – to describe the booming market in smart home devices. The smart home device market has doubled in size from about $44 billion to $91 billion over recent years and is expected to hit $158 billion by 2024, according to data from Precise Security.
While tenants are likely to value smart lights and virtual personal assistants (VPAs), installing smart home products in your rental property can also be an easy and cost-effective way to protect your property. The acronym “SMART” comes from “Self-monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.” Some insurance companies, like SES Risk Solutions, value this increased real-time awareness and may even offer a premium discount for landlords that have invested in installing such devices.
What to look for in a smart home device
Evaluate the specific needs of your property and investment strategy when considering smart home technology options. The two we have found to provide the most value are:
Flood or moisture detectors: Renters may not place a high degree of value on these devices, but for a small price, moisture sensors can potentially save landlords considerable money through water damage prevention. Easy to install and affordable, these detectors can alert you to problems like slow leaks that may otherwise go unnoticed before they turn into major issues. They can also quickly inform you of big problems like burst pipes that could do major damage quickly.
Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors: Smart smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors take safety a step further than traditional models. Rather than just sounding an alarm, these smart versions can also alert you and/or your renters if there’s a problem via an app.
2. Robust renter’s insurance requirement
Another effective risk management strategy for real estate investors is to offset their risk by requiring their residents to procure coverage that would protect their rental property from tenant-induced damage (accidental or otherwise).
Many investors/property managers require their residents to show proof of renter’s insurance to fulfill the lease requirements. However, nearly one-third of renter’s insurance policies are cancelled by the tenant mid-lease.
To combat this challenge, we encourage investors and property managers to require that the resident list them on the policy as an “interested party” so that they are notified in the event of a lapse in coverage.
About SES Risk Solutions
SES Risk Solutions is a leading provider of insurance services for large portfolios of real estate. SES currently services over 50,000 properties for fiduciaries, owners, and managers through master policies on a nationwide basis. SES has a 30-year history of offering competitive and comprehensive insurance products complemented by unparalleled service and technology platforms for properties (residential, commercial, farm, and land) held in trust by financial institutions.
In early 2014, SES expanded its product offerings and tailored its technology platform to address the evolving insurance needs of Real Estate Investors (residential; one to four units) in the REO to Rental Market.
Equity Trust has teamed up with SES to design a customized insurance program for clients who own real estate in their Equity Trust account. Clients can visit myEQUITY to get more information.
About Shaun Shenouda
Shaun Shenouda is Chief Operating Officer, Programs Executive of SES Risk Solutions. He joined SES in 2014 as SVP of Operations and Technology, where he is primarily focused on delivering customer value through innovation and service excellence. Shaun has 20 years of experience offering master-policy Property & Casualty insurance, service, and technology to financial institutions. Prior to joining SES, Shaun held the position of Senior Vice President of Integrated Solutions and Analytics at QBE, where he was focused on business transformation, customer experience optimization, and M&A integration initiatives. Shaun has a degree in Management Information Systems and received his MBA from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.
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