I believe your search is correct. One of my clients, who is an engineer himself and lives next to the power lines in an expensive home in Fremont Mission schools area. His explanation made a lot of sense to me. The high magnetic field cables/wires that are out there has less impact than the once that are under ground. Perhaps we donâ€™t even know and they could be very well be only 10 feet away from the back yard fence line under ground.
The issue is, people donâ€™t like to live by those towers. Some people donâ€™t mind living there, but the resale value would be less due to the look and peopleâ€™s conceptions. Those homes next to high power lines are less in demand and not desired.
You may get a home cheaper next to the power lines. With the same token, you will get lower price too
when you sell it and you may have difficult time selling it. But, if it fits my budget, schools and other criteria I wouldnâ€™t hesitate buying a home next to power lines.
Good luck to you,
Because of the doubt surrounding these sinerios, future buyers as you have, will continue to question this decision. You can plan on it being a factor and influncing the both the value and marketability of the home.
There are no proven medical issues, but there is a large group out there that strongly advocate against high tension power lines (on the weekends they are not at UFO conferences â€¦).
However, there can be a couple of real factors that give people cause for concern:
(1) They can hum â€“ it can be a bit distracting.
(2) There is the concept that they are bad, so many people will not buy next to power lines even though there is no certain proof there are any issues. This can have the effect of lowering your salability and possibly decrease the price.
(3) Many people think they are very unsightly and therefore will not buy a home next to power lines.
Other than that, there is nothing wrong with them â€¦
From an investment perspective, that dual-argument will take a percentage of possible buyers out of the picture, reducing the demand for the home.
In my personal opinion, I would avoid buying next to power lines (especially if you are close enough to hear them "crackle") as I believe, even placing any potential health issues aside, there is a general negative aesthetic association with power lines.
Bottom line: its a personal choice as there may be compensating factors such a school attendance area you want, etc.
There are no real substantive studies by unbiased and independent sources providing guidance either way. In general it would really depend on how far from the transmission lines you are, what you planned to do in the home, etc., etc. Leaving any potential health issues aside you would also need to consider other situations as well. For example the potential electromagnetic interference (EMI) they can present to radio frequency (RF) devices as well as other electronics in the home. Unless you are a Ham Radio Operator, experiment with various RF devices or even use them in the home it is generally not a problem. Most homes I have seen with high power transmission lines were far enough away from them to present little problem. Although I have seen one home that was amazingly close and it surprised me they allowed it to be built there.
You have an obvious concern and should direct it to a specialist who deals with measuring the effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) as well as their effects. There are those out there that do specialize in this. Here is the WEB site for one such person http://www.scantech7.com/. They are located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area but can direct you to others in your area as well as other resources to read up on the subject.
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