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Sweety81, Home Buyer in New Jersey

Wooden utility pole near corner of house a concern to buy house?

Asked by Sweety81, New Jersey Sat Jan 31, 2009

We liked a new construction independent house in piscataway on 5th street, close to South Washington Ave. It is a corner house. One concern is that it as an electric wooden pole in front of house at the corner past the side walk. Will it be a problem if we buy house. We looked at the near by areas they have very close by wooden electric poles.

Some of my friends in chicago told me that they are very particular
about electric pole and wont go for it. Others say that you might get cancer
if your close by. In some sites on internet I read that high voltage pole will
be dangerous not wooden pole. I am confused and don't know if resale of houses with wooden electric pole will be a concern

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Dear Sweety81,

The area you mentioned is booming because it can walk to http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=S+W… Dunellen Train Station http://dunellentrain.blogspot.com/ and so closed to nice Arbor Intermediate School of 4 to 5 with student Orchestra whose conductor Ms. Lee is top 5 violinist in NJ.

The wooden utility pole is not harmful, in fact, Piscataway township will remove them in the future. The major of township is very ambitious to make the whole town green with wonderful views. and as you know Piscataway just ranked #23 of Top 100 Best Places to Live in America by CNN Money Magazine http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008/snapshot… and the area is also selected by Forbes magazine The Most Livable Metro-Area Suburbs http://www.forbes.com/2007/10/11/property-homes-suburbs-forb… in Greater New York City area.

I would not be too concern about the wooden pole, but it could be your "great excuse" to negotiate the price with seller, and later after they are removed and all lines go underground, when you sell, you know you can sell more ... and you can go to Township meeting later to urge your area to be worked on first.

Piscataway township is very responsive. e.g. Birch Glen Ter area used to be hundreds of potholes, and after a few Piscataway High School students call the public works, now it is repaved and brand new. Piscataway even buy its own road paving vehicles this year, and you will see lots of change in the Spring to come this year ...
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I don't know which community you are talking about, but the power lines in the photo you provide are called "secondary consumer" lines. The high power lines that is often in debate are "high" voltage lines like in the picture in this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_power_transmission
Web Reference: http://GregoryBain.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 31, 2009
Hi there sweety81, I'm writing to comment on your follow up question regarding "one off" new construction vs a home in a community of similar homes. Generally speaking I find that buyers prefer to be in a community of similar homes. The one positive of a "one off" is that it provides the opportunity to have a brand new home in a state where there is little land left for new communities of homes.

It really boils down to what matters most to you. If having a new home is most important, then your choices may be somewhat limited - and will likely include primarily "one offs" In this case, I recommend that you look for similar improvements in the area to give you confidence that you will not be alone. If you are satisfied with "new-er" then you have many communities to choose from.

Community setting vs one-off, most often buyers prefer the former.

Good luck and....

Best,
Jeannie Feenick
Search and connect at http://www.feenick.com
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
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Is it better to buy house in community or not? Single family houses in community or not. What are Pros and Cons
of single family house not in community
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 31, 2009
The concern over electromagnetic fields emitted by power lines has long been a topic of conversation for the real estate industry. New studies and conflicting reports are being published every year. The public's knowledge, perception, and interpretation of this data has a profound effect of the value of properties in proximity to power lines. This page will help guide you through the basics of the EMF controversy.
http://www.realtor.org/library/library/fg506
This site has links to many sites and studies.

In general, this is what the consensus is:
Power lines do not increase the risk of cancer.
Power lines decrease the value of property.

However, when you buy the home, you should expect pay less than a comparable home without power lines and your subsequent sale will be similarity less. Check with your city/county to see if there is any plan to underground the lines in the future.

When selling in a sellers market, problems such as power lines, road noise, bad floor plans, neighborhood and other location problems have much less impact than they do in a buyers market.

High voltage transmission lines generally have more price effect on value than the local service lines.

Dennis Smith, Taylor Place Real Estate
dennis@SanDiegoHomes4u.com
760-436-0087
View all available San Diego area homes for sale at http://www.sandiegohomes4u.com/MLS_Search.htm
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