A decent broadband connection is a must among the majority of house-hunters, taking precedence over parking and access to local amenities.
Research by consumerchoices.co.uk found that a good broadband connection is a major consideration, with one in five checking out broadband speeds prior to viewing a home.
The study of over 1,500 homebuyers also found that one in ten house-hunters have turned down a property based on its internet connection.
Dominic Baliszewski of broadbandchoices.co.uk, said: "When it comes to buying a property it seems that it's more a case of broadband, broadband, broadband than location, location, location."
"Broadband has become something that people are not prepared to live without, so it's little wonder it's now such a major factor for homebuyers, much like running water or a central heating system.
"It's very easy to check broadband speeds in a specific area so we'd urge potential home buyers to do this rather than be left disappointed."
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