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Mobile Signal A Top Priority for Young Home Buyers

Tue 05 Aug, 2014 // Firstnumber Team
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New research by mobile analytics experts RootMetrics has revealed the top priority for young home buyers: good mobile signal.

It's the most important factor in buying a new home for nearly half of all 18-35 year olds questioned, but this figure drops to just 25% for those aged over 55. The survey, which questioned 2,076 adults, found that good mobile signal is a higher priority for young people than the transport links near their new home, the council tax band it'd fall into, and crime levels in the area. Just 21% of young people considered crime statistics to be the most important factor in purchasing a home, and even less said transport links (18%). Just 17% of under 35s put the area's schools at the top of their wish list for a new home.

Additionally, 49% of all respondents said that they would reconsider buying or renting a home if they discovered it had poor mobile signal, and around 40% also said they'd consider switching mobile networks if they had poor coverage in their current home.

“Checking your mobile signal should become a routine action in every property you view, “ remarked David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents on the findings, “as a lack of phone signal could cause you a lot of hassle in the long run once you are living there.”

The results are unsurprising, really, when you consider how important mobile phones are in our day-to-day lives. So many people rely on their mobiles for work, social media and keeping in touch with friends and family, so it's no wonder good mobile signal is such a high priority. Remember, you can keep in touch for even less with cheap calls to a huge number of countries, with firstnumber. And if you're having trouble with your mobile signal, or looking to buy a new home, check out RootMetric's CoverageMap.

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