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Selling your home? You’ll need a good broadband connection

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A good location is still top priority for homebuyers, but they now expect fast broadband and mobile connections too.

The most desirable properties are still those located in good neighbourhoods, with low crime rates, near local shops and GP or dentist surgeries.

But house-hunters are placing more value on superfast broadband, clear mobile phone signals, satellite TV and transport connections than proximity to pubs, schools and recreation facilities.

A survey by GoCompare Insurance found 66% of homebuyers prioritised a good area or neighbourhood, while 43% said a good, reliable broadband connection was top priority.  Just 14% were most concerned about being near a good school and a further 14% wanted to be near a good pub.

GoCompare’s Ben Wilson, said: “Location will always be a key factor for homebuyers.  After all, while you can improve a property – you can’t move it.

“But it is too simple these days to say that it is the only consideration. Homeowners also expect to be connected in a way that wasn’t envisaged even 10 years ago.  They will want to know about the transport infrastructure and communications as much as the schools, shops and amenities.”

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