Thanksgiving 2018 is in the Books

Thanksgiving 2018 is in the books, so all eyes are on either Christmas or the New Year.  I’ve got my eye on Christmas, so we will stick with that.  A popular Christmas item again this year is the gift of a voice-controlled device.  I know you have seen the ads and in my neck of the woods I have even heard of an electric company giving them away if you switch to their company.  So major players in this technology are currently Amazon and Google.  Apple has a dog in this race, but I haven’t seen much on their products.  I received my first Amazon Echo Dot as a Christmas gift myself two years ago and the things you can do with this device has increased every year.

Here’s the basics on how this device works.  If you already have a device or don’t want the basics,


I will be talking about the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot since that’s the one I own.  You download the Amazon Alexa app on your phone or iPad.  Your Echo Dot is not mobile so think of where you might use it the most and plug it into a plug.  Yes, it will work in the same plug that powers your television, your hairdryer or whatever.  You will sync your phone to the echo dot and your echo dot to your internet.  You will need that pesky internet password or passkey.  Getting the internet to connect is the most difficult part in the set up.  I have set up five of these devices so if you need help, give me a shout.

Instead of apps like your phone, the Amazon Alexa devices have SKILLS.  Developers, like myself, create the skills for users.  To turn on a skill you open the Amazon Alexa app on your iPhone, go to skills, find the one you want to turn on and hit enable.  Skills can be found in twenty-two categories:

Yes, there is a lot you can do, and it all starts with the wake-up word: “Alexa” and then you ask her a question or tell her what you want her to do.  Don’t like the wake-up word, you can change it in your settings on your phone.  You can ask Alexa what time it is, what the weather is, who won the football game, what the news is and so much more.  With the help of an additional device you can have the Echo dot turn on the lights or connect to the speakers of your television.  You can also use the echo dot as an intercom and talk from room to room OR remotely like a phone.

So much you can do, but here is my big announcement I have created not one, not two but THREE Amazon Alexa Skills for real estate.

Real Estate with Scott Culberson

Selling Homes in The Woodlands, Texas

Real Estate Snapshot Lake Windcrest Magnolia, TX

It is so easy to get started.

STEP 1: Go to the skill section, search for one of these skills

STEP 2: click ENABLE.

STEP 3: say out loud “Alexa play my Flash Briefing?” or “Alexa what’s in the news?”

You will then hear a brief introduction and then the skill will play.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts on my Amazon Alexa skills.  Separate from the amazing world of Amazon Alexa is my podcast on ITUNES called Real Estate with Scott Culberson.  This is a free podcast and you do not need an Amazon Alexa device to listen.  Go to ITUNES, click podcast, search, find, click, download.  Super easy.  That’s all for now.  I’m Scott Culberson, broker associate, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene.  I am here to help you and your yours to Live Life to the Fullest.


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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you get a chance check out my Thanksgiving 2018 video on Youtube.  In this video I taste test Hershey’s candy cane chocolate bar.  It was yummy, white chocolate with bits of cane cane.  Could this be your newest Thanksgiving tradition?

Speaking of traditions if you are looking to sell you home and you are going into the holiday season you are probably thinking “UH OH WHAT HAVE WE DONE!”

My professional opinion on this is….Celebrate YOUR Holiday, with a few small adjustments.

Lets start outside and work our way in.  Lights, lights, and more lights, if you Clark Griswold your home you definately need to take it down a notch this year.  Lights are good and very festive, but lets make sure that it doesn’t look like we are trying to hurt or burn down a perfectly good home.  Wreath on the front door, garland on the  mailbox, and columns, even a blow up santa all very festive.  As we move inside it comes down to “staging a home for sale 101.”  Nothing smaller than your fist, three items per counter top, and minimal furniture.  So if your holiday decorations don’t fall in line with these rules…this year you need to be celerating a little bit differently.  Tree, yes, fake or real…your choice.  Keep in mind you may need to remove furniture in order for the tree to fit this year, we still want good solid walkways for our potential buyers.  Remember to keep to the rule of a depersonalized home.  This means no photo holiday cards, ornaments or other holiday decorations with photos or names.  Last but not least if you have any holiday joke decorations this is not the year to display them.  Inside jokes only confuse buyer(s).  The buyer(s) will leave your home trying to figure out what that decoration has to do with Christmas instead of thinking about how they can make your home THEIR home.

Don’t forget to set up a showing block with the showing service.  Some buyer(s) may not celebrate the same holidays you do or they maybe they are more focused on buying a house and relocating than celebrating the season.

Selling a home is LIFE ABNORMAL so during the holiday season keep to YOUR traditision, with a few minor adjustments



Happy Thanksgiving and….

Live LIfe to the Fullest,




Click here to view Taste Test Video

I am a Broker Associate at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate GARY GREENE, and I have decided to take a break from Real Estate to share my thoughts on the new HERSHEY’S GOLD candy bar. (Check out the YouTube video) Try it yourself and chime in with your thoughts. No, I am not paid by #Hershey’s, I just have a HUGE sweet tooth. I am on the look out for the White Chocolate #Twix in The Woodlands/North Houston area, DM me if you have spotted them in a store.


Live Life to the Fullest,