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In Rush to Buy Cottages, New Buyers are Forgetting About Internet Quality, Cell Service

According to real estate agent survey insights published this week by Royal LePage, 33.1 percent of respondents said that checking the quality of a property’s cell phone reception and internet connection is the number-one consideration first-time recreational property purchasers tend to take for granted or forget about.

Between June 15th and June 18th, the online Royal LePage First-time Recreational Purchase Survey polled 277 Royal LePage real estate advisors from across the country to learn more about the homebuying experience in recreational markets. The survey ranked the top 10 factors that recreational property buyers tend to gloss over.

About a third of agents said that ensuring the quality of cell phone reception and internet both in and around the property was a top factor that first-time recreational property purchasers frequently overlooked.

“Most people buy a cottage because they want a place to escape from their busy lives; somewhere peaceful and serene. While privacy is important, you want to make sure you’re not in an area so remote that you can’t make a phone call in an emergency,” said Pauline Aunger, a real estate broker with Royal LePage Advantage Real Estate in Smiths Falls, Ontario, in the report.

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