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Both buyers and renters consider a good broadband connection a priority when they are choosing a new home.

According to research by Knight Frank, 61.4 per cent of people rate reliable internet connectivity and a phone signal very important when moving house.

Oliver Knight, an Associate at Knight Frank Research, described the results as "unsurprising".

"Technology improvements including fast, reliable internet have meant that working from home is a viable option for many, potentially cutting down on both commuting time and costs," he said.

"This is likely to be particularly relevant for buyers in more rural property markets.”

A similar trend was identified in a study of renters by LivingCom, which saw 96 per cent of respondents say they are frustrated if internet services are below par at their new home.

The survey also revealed that more than three-quarters would rather rent a property that has internet services pre-installed.

This suggests that poor connectivity could impact negatively on the value of rental accommodation, as well as make it more difficult for landlords to attract or retain tenants.

Paul Eaton, Commercial Manager at LivingCom, commented: “77 per cent of young professionals own three or more internet-ready devices, so connectivity is key for these millennial movers, and with three in four of this market lacking the funds to buy their own property, the private rental sector should be ensuring high-speed Wi-Fi and internet-based services are delivered as an essential amenity as soon as possible."

He added that more than eight in ten 25 to 30-year-olds have to wait more than a week to be connected in their new homes.

This, he said, means it is clear that high-speed internet connectivity should become an essential part of property development and a priority for landlords. 

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