Internet speeds may increasingly affect property values

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Can the speed of a home's Internet connection affect its value? At least in Britain, the answer appears to be "yes." That's according to an online survey conducted by, an Internet-technology information website serving the United Kingdom. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they would turn down an otherwise ideal home if its broadband speed was too slow, while close to a quarter said they'd negotiate a lower price on the home. Only 5 percent said they weren't concerned with a home's broadband performance. The results of the survey, which received 2,119 responses, likely exaggerate the influence of Internet speeds on homebuyers' thinking and property values. It was administered only to readers, a group that probably cares much more about broadband speed than people who don't read a website devoted to covering Internet technology. Nonetheless, the study highlights a property characteristic that may impact a home's ...