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Lifestyles are ever-changing and along with that, the list of amenities that a home buyer looks for in a house has changed as well. Today’s home buyers like open-concept homes. They want homes that are comfortable for entertaining. Homes with gourmet kitchens that have double ovens, center islands, quartz counters and more.

But one amenity that has become a “must-have” in homes today is high-speed internet access. Long gone are the days where a dial-up or low-speed DSL connection is adequate for today’s lifestyle. The quality, speed, and cost of internet service has become a deal-breaker for many buyers.

With more and more people working from home, streaming their television instead of over the air programming, or gaming in a multi-user environment, the need for high quality, high-speed internet is a must. In addition, the increase in popularity of in-home Wi-Fi networks that support everything from email for the family, wireless printing, home security, and video surveillance systems, Wi-Fi thermostats, smart refrigerators, more and more capacity is needed.

As little as ten years ago homeowners would be satisfied with a 1.4mbs DSL line. But today demand for 10, 20, 50 even 100mbs is common.

Here in the Phoenix metro area, homes in established areas may be served by one or more internet service providers. Typically, homebuyers may have the option to use the landline telco or cable TV provider. But not all areas have access to cable and DSL may be limited. For some properties, especially in outlying areas, other options such as point-to-point microwave or satellite may be the best option.

The cost can be a factor as well. Bundled packages that include cable TV, basic telephone and internet access can easily exceed $100 a month. When you add premium features like subscription services, hardware leases, and maintenance packages, the bill could approach $200.

It is no wonder that today one of the first questions home buyers ask is “Who is the internet provider?” It is right up there with electric, water, and natural gas. Sometimes it is more important.





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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 I have cable TV provider for Internet service.... the bundle is $200/month....

Sep 02, 2019 03:49 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joseph. Internet service and the speed available is often the first question in downtown Chicago. Enjoy your day!

Sep 02, 2019 05:53 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - it's interesting to see how priorities change.  Internet effectivness wasn't even a discusssion a few years ago.  Now it's required.  A definite must-have and we need answers NOW.  

Sep 02, 2019 06:21 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hi Joseph - it is indeed a question we all get asked often. There is quite a difference in cost between service providers. We recently made a change and upgraded all we had to even better and saved a bundle of cash every month. Most clients do want at least 1 home office if not two. Changing landscape of society.

Sep 02, 2019 10:43 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joseph- I'm showing my age but I can remember years ago we were concerned about where the phone jacks were!!! And then it was cable connections. Look where we are now!!

Sep 03, 2019 06:53 PM #5
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Joseph,

It is indeed an important piece of information,with so may people working from home for a couple of days, or having a home office.

Sep 04, 2019 09:33 AM #6
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-507-7510

Joseph, internet speed is so important.  Some companies require that their work-from-home employees subscribe to specified internet speeds.  Download and upload speeds affect employee productivity and output.

Sep 07, 2019 04:45 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                           Thank you Joseph!

Sep 07, 2019 07:14 PM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joseph. I do remember those phone jack days. Internet is important but the house matters more.

Sep 08, 2019 05:20 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Same question here, too, Joseph. The problem is that while we have more "competition" than in the past, we still have areas with just one option.

Sep 08, 2019 06:11 AM #10
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Good point, some relatives have just bought in western North Carolina.  Tough to get a clear signal on cell phone or internet.  Enough to make or break a deal for working folks who are online all day!

Sep 08, 2019 08:59 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joseph Domino 480-390-6011,

Great post! I am glad Kathy Streib featured it.  I do remember looking for phone jacks in every room. Then came landlines that had satellite phones. My home had phone jacks in each bathroom! I came from SoCal where high-speed internet was the norm to DIAL-UP in Sedona. Yikes!  Fortunately, that didn't last long and now we have 1000 Mbps.  I have Suddenlink Altice for everything and can say that, we have no disruptions. 

Because of the possible spotty cell service etc. in red rock country, I have to be up on all the utility companies throughout our area.  This is now part of being an "expert".

Sep 08, 2019 09:12 AM #12
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. In Austin this is one of the first questions we are asked as so many work from home and depend on high speed Inherent. It is a must have! So many people have cameras and stream..they could care less about a land line!

Sep 08, 2019 09:33 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - today a smart home is required for younger buyers and Internet band width is very important.

Sep 08, 2019 01:15 PM #14
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY),, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Oh my. The last few weeks we have been struggling with internet service. We're in a rental home and wifi is included but it's slow. It's a lot more frustrating than I could have imagined.

I need speed!

Sep 08, 2019 02:17 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

You are so right, Joseph...things HAVE changed, and having great Internet capability is on the list for many consumers. And we are seeing more wondering about Smart Home technology, too!


Sep 08, 2019 03:30 PM #16
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

So right. Just went through that with a client who bought a house in Pebble Beach. And part of my service was to wait there for AT&T to show up to make the connection/bring the box, make sure the TVs worked.

Sep 08, 2019 06:34 PM #17
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week!  

Sep 09, 2019 05:04 AM #18
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

You are so right about the need for reliable internet/cell service.  It can be challenging in more remote locations.

Sep 11, 2019 12:14 AM #19
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