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Reliable mobile signal first priority for young home buyers

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reliable mobile phone signal is the number one priority for young home buyers, ahead of worries about crime levels, transport links and schools, according to new research.

Just under half of 18-35 year-olds said having a good mobile signal was their most important consideration when considering whether to buy a new home, compared to 26 per cent of those aged 55 and over.

Strong signal ranked more highly among young buyers than the council tax band the property fell into, and hospital access. Consequently, schools ranked as the lowest concern when considering a property.

Nearly half of the 2,076 adults questioned by a mobile analytics firm said they would reconsider renting or buying a house if they knew the mobile coverage would be poor, while 87 per cent said unreliable phone service was their biggest home pet peeve.

Around 40 per cent admitted they'd considered switching networks over poor signal in their current home.