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Roy, Both Buyer and Seller in Frisco, TX

Power Lines close to the house

Asked by Roy, Frisco, TX Fri Apr 2, 2010

Hi, I have found a home I wish to buy. The single major factor stopping me from buying it, is the presence of power lines behind the house. How much of a bad thing is it to have power lines very close to your home? thanks fo ryour inputs.

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Dallas Real Estate market is great now to buy, you may even get tax credit if you are a first time homebuyer so if you are not comfortable with the home's location I am sure you can find another one that fits your lifestyle.
Good Luck, if you are not working with a Realtor, I will be happy to help you, feel free to contact me or search up to date online Dallas MLS listings http://www.dallashomelist.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 4, 2010
It's a bad thing. A very, very bad thing.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 27, 2016
Greetings Roy,

I have a blog post that helps to answer the question: "How close can power lines be to a house before it is a concern" or in other words, what role does distance play in EMF safety levels?


Best Regards,

Joel-Anthony Gray
B.S. Electrical Engineering / Specialization in Nanoscience Technology
B.S. Biomedical Engineering (pending)
A.S. Electronic Telecommunications

ScanTech Technical Consulting
"The Unusual Problem Specialists"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 22, 2016
Hi Roy,

The one things you can count on is that if you are questioning this purchase that anyone buying the home in the future(in the event you wish to sell) will question it as well....likely for the same reason(s). Basic real estate investment 101 will place great importance on considering the home's resale potential.

Since power lines often bring with them visibility and health reservations buyers of these offerings should always proceed with great caution.

Good luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 16, 2013
Greetings Everyone,

As a dedicated EMF inspector and testing professional (as well as an electrical engineering major) who has been performing powerline surveys for over a decade in the Dallas Fort Worth regions for hundreds of concerned homeowners and commercial clients

I have an alternative view to offer...

When I am called out on an inspection, I often find that the electrical wiring issues in the home create higher fields than the powerlines looming nearby and can be of a more immediate concern. (as they are invariably the result of electrical code not being followed)

Why is this?

Because of the nature of how a magnetic field propagates over a given distance which is dependent on factors such as amperage, feeder structure, geometry, phasing, balancing of the loads on the lines, etc. The result is that the field from a high voltage power line can vary over more than 2 orders of magnitude.

I have stood beneath large powerlines that measured as little as 2 mG (milliGauss) and others that were as high as 250 mG which illustrates that you can never tell by visual inspection.

While I don't deny the potential variation in real estate prices due to the presence of certain structures, it is better to get actual data than allow unchallenged perceptions to unduly influence a decision if the fields are comparable or possibly even lower than a home with no visible power lines. (but are buried or has wiring errors)

So in summation, if someone is concerned about the fields, they might want to look into getting an inspection regardless of whether there are visible powerlines or not.

Further questions about an EMF inspection are answered on my FAQ page here at


Joel-Anthony Gray
ScanTech Technical Consulting
"The Unusual Problem Specialist"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 16, 2013
AMF's and high voltage power lines ARE BAD!!! See http://www.brucej.me/Fact.1.pdf for one of hundreds of articles. "The following negative
health outcomes have
been conclusively linked
with EMF exposure in the
scholarly literature: a variety of cancers,
leukemia, tumor growth, skin growths,
abnormal cell activity, sleep and daily
rhythm disturbances, perception and
memory differences and impairment,
genetic defects, hormone regulation and
production, gland deficiencies, mental
and behavioral problems, immune
system deficiencies, nervous system
disorders, fetal development problems,
miscarriages, birth defects, and blood
and circulatory problems (Wagner
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2012
Good question, and always a conversation that comes up with buyers. It's a major negative in our area. The reason is two-fold:
1. Buyers tell agents it's a negative to them.
2. Agents perpetuate the negative feedback to other buyers.

If you get a super deal and it puts you in a neighborhood that you otherwise could not have afforded, that location may not bother you. But, my experience all over DFW near power lines has been that buyers find it a major negative, agents find it a major negative, and the homes take longer to sell and don't get as high a return as the interior homes of the neighborhood. There are some great homes in the MLS for North Texas right now that aren't selling because they're getting feedback from showings that the buyers don't want to live near the power lines. It may be the only negative comment the buyer can share. The house may be perfect in every other way. But, they aren't going to buy it. The price of the home has to overcome the negative objection.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 5, 2010
Hi Rita:

The EPA says: "Despite more than two decades of research to determine whether elevated EMF exposure, principally to magnetic fields, is related to an increased risk of childhood leukemia, there is still no definitive answer. The general scientific consensus is that, thus far, the evidence available is weak and is not sufficient to establish a definitive cause-effect relationship." This quote is from a page at: http://www.epa.gov/radtown/power-lines.html

However, CNN reported a British study that suggests a possible link between nearby power lines and leukemia. http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/06/03/power.cancer/index.html

"But the researchers said they had not been able to show that the power lines were the cause of the increased risk and admitted there was possibility their findings could be due to chance."

In other words, it appears the jury is still out on this issue. Sorry there does not appear to be a better answer.

Ron Rovtar
Ecobroker Certified
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 4, 2010
Hi Rita,

It's a matter of preference of the buyer. I have had buyers who don't mind the power lines and some that do. If you are planning to resale this home in the future, you do have to weigh the pros and cons of purchasing this home with the power line views.

I hope this helps!

Make it a Blessed Day!

Tamika Turner, New Homes Specialist
Hendrickson Realty Group
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 4, 2010
A home backing to power lines or a busy street or anything else that's a negative will lower the value of the home compared to similar homes in the neighborhood that are not near the powerlines. This is usually a wash.... (You buy the home for less money and you sell it later for less money.) If you like the home, and the sellers have reduced the list price to account for the powerlines, I'd say go for it. Just keep in mind that, when you are ready to sell in the future, the home will take longer to sell than average and it will sell for less than other similar homes that do not have that little problem.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 3, 2010

Simply stated, if you are having reservations because of this feature, you can consider that most others will be affected similarly. It will most likely impact both your resale value and ability to sell the home as well.

Given the opportunity to avoid cell towers, railroads, industrial areas, busy traffic areas, airports, power lines etc. buyers can take a small measure to protect their investment.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 3, 2010
There are several areas in Plano where the powerlines aren't active. If these are indeed in use, then if it bothers you enough to ask, it will bother your next buyer. Obviously there are many many people that live near them, someone was asking another question about the powerlines "humming". Heck I wouldn't live near them let alone have a symphony.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 2, 2010
Hi Rita, yes, power lines will impact future marketability - I always advise my buyers that anything that is causing them pause will have the same effect on future buyers. As Lynn has pointed out, properties with negatives like proximity to power lines generally area discounted to account for the negative.

And so yes, expect it to negatively affect price and time to sell when you sell.

Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 2, 2010
In many instances YES it can have a negative impact on future resale of the home. Most instances these homes are discounted due to that fact. HOWEVER areas of Dallas does matter if on busy street or power lines home will sale.

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 2, 2010
Hi Rita, I can't think of any better way of explaining it than Dan's answer. Please avoid those homes if possible - please. I don't even take my clients to show any home close to power lines, Telecomm towers, busy street on the back or side, proximity to cemeteries, junkyards, or dump yards. If you have any further questions , Call me at (469)734-6114 or visit http://www.EsKayREALTY.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 2, 2010
The power lines are a strong negative. A lot of people will not buy because of them. Some think they cause cancer or other health problems. Some have said they can lead to shorter life for your appliances. Some even say you can feel the static electricity when under them.

If you ever want to sell it will mean you are losing potential buyers. As you are now nervous about buying so will it be tomorrow with other buyers. It is best not to buy a house with built in objections. Those big power lines, cell phone towers, busy streets, proximity to cemeteries, junkyards, and the town dump all hurt you.

Unless you are getting an absolutely fantastic deal look for something else. If you are getting a fantastic deal realize you may have to offer a very similar deal to sell it later on.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 2, 2010
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