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Appliances, Jobs and the Amazon HQ Buzz

Amazon HQ Buzz
October 2018

As apartment communities strive to match the breakneck pace of technology and remain on the cutting-edge of smart-home amenities, they now have more to consider. Just in time for the holidays, Amazon released at least eight hardware devices on Sept. 21. That reportedly includes a voice-activated microwave oven, perhaps the most compelling of the bunch. Others include an amplifier, receiver and subwoofer, which could work in tandem and provide competition for Sonos.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hasn’t tipped his hand as to where the tech giant’s second headquarters (HQ2) will land but he did allow a timeline when meeting with business leaders in Washington, D.C., in September.

“We will announce the decision before the end of the year,” Bezos said at the city’s Economic Club, noting that tremendous progress has been made. HQ2’s destination has been a popular story in tech, economic and real estate circles during the past several months, as no fewer than 20 cities have been cited as potential destinations along the way. The headquarters location will surely have an impact on occupancy rates, rents and that area’s overall economy. The new location could bring an estimated 50,000 “high-paying” jobs, according to Business Insider.