New research suggests the internet and broadband coverage have become even more important to buyers and tenants.
The study – involving 228 housing professionals and 2,000 homeowners or renters – shows that 86 per cent of the public claim having a decent connection in their property is important and 64 per said they would be put off by a home with slow Wi-Fi.
Overall 54 per cent are ‘more likely’ to purchase a property with a good connection.
Amongst property professionals 60 per cent of respondents rate ‘reliable, fast, fibre connectivity’ as critical and equivalent to being the fourth utility.
A further 32 per cent defined it as ‘a key attractor’ for buyers and renters.
A quarter of the public say they work from home on a regular basis and therefore rely on broadband.
Almost half – 47 per cent – want a decent broadband connection to keep in touch with their friends and family, and four in 10 use it for streaming TV shows and films.
Agents “dread” buyers’ questions on value, asking prices and nearby new development according to a survey.
Some 50 agents and over 1,500 owners who had purchased in the past three years were questioned by interiors firm Hillarys over their dealings with estate agents.
The questions the agents apparently dreaded most were:
– How much money has the property lost in value over the last X years? – 54%;
– Are there currently any plans for the local area that could affect us as homeowners? – 42%;
– What is the lowest price the sellers are willing to go? – 33%;
– Is the seller part of a chain and how motivated are they to sell? – 21%;
– Has anyone died in the property? – 18%
The agents also revealed some of the most unusual questions they’d been asked by prospective buyers during viewings included ‘do the pets/plants come with the house?’, ‘is there any chance that the home is haunted?’ and ‘would I be allowed to paint the house exterior?’