To me, an Active Rain addict, I know it is really important. I'm sure to most of you it is also, but do you ask this question when you go to look at homes for yourself or your clients? I realize that I'm addicted, and every Friday night at 7:30 at the local meeting hall, I try to address the problem.
Me: Hi, my name is Todd and I'm an Active Rain addict.
Everyone else: HI TODD!
You see, I didn't really think of this as a real estate question until recently when I've had two offers, by two different people, that were on beautiful homes, be withdrawn when they asked the question about the availability of high speed internet and they were told that it isn't available there.
Here in Oregon, we have a lot of farm country, and once you get outside our urban growth boundary, high speed internet and cable television become scarce. So the only options you have are either dial-up or satellite and that is only high speed one way. If you have never had satellite internet you still need dial up to upload files and send information to the internet. Just in case you are wondering, or don't remember what it is like, imagine hitting send on your comments and it takes 5 minutes before it is done. That is satellite internet, downloads are lightning quick, but the upload speeds are real slow!
So ask yourself this, if you know internet is important to your clients, do you take the extra step to ask about high speed internet or do you wait for them? If you want clients for life, I suggest you ask for them!