Magnus, Home Buyer in New Jersey

high tension lines over homes issues??

Asked by Magnus, New Jersey Tue Dec 4, 2007

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Heather Elsb…, , 30064
Wed Dec 12, 2007
As stated below, I don't think it has ultimately been proven that EMF causes health issues, BUT....I actually found myself researching this issue several years back, as I was drawn to a brand new home that was built right under power lines. The price was great, the home was beautiful, but for some reason I just didn't feel comfortable with the power lines, so... I went out and purchased an Electro-Magnetic Frequency Meter (under $30) and tested around the home. As soon as I turned it on after getting out of the car, the scale went off the charts....we ultimately decided against the home.

Again, I don't know if it's dangerous or not to live in such an environment, but you have to decide if it's worth the risk of the unknown....? Then there is always the issue of Re-sale value???
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Justin Kilis…, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Thu Dec 6, 2007
Are you looking to buy a home with high tension lines over the home? If so please do your research online and also look into buying a EMF meter from amazon.com to test the outputs. Like Marc mentioned below, you will have to consider a home's value to be less becasue of the high tension lines. Just like a home being on a busy street, it decreases it's marketability.
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Marc Paolella, Agent, Succasunna, NJ
Tue Dec 4, 2007
Hi Magnus,

While the data on health effects is inconclusive, the public definitely perceives power lines as a problem. They also just look bad. Homes under power lines sell at 10-20% less than homes without this problem. They also take longer to sell. I would look elsewhere since a home is such a big investment.
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Rafi Footerm…, Agent, Edison, NJ
Wed Dec 12, 2007
Here are some links with information to read. 2 state that it's not a problem, 1 states it is. The bottom line is there is no definitive answer as it is hard to prove either case (dangerous vs safe).

http://www.greenfacts.org/en/power-lines/

http://www.inspect-ny.com/emf/EnviroScare.htm

http://www.powerlinefacts.com/FAQ.htm

Feel free to contact me for more information.

Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections
732-906-4100
NJ Home Inspection Lic. #076900
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Robert, Home Buyer,
Fri Dec 21, 2007
Check out nice and expensive towns like Montville or Tewksbury, and you may wonder why people buy multi million dollar house under high tension lines? In fact, your cell phone may impact you more than high tension lines, and that is proven.

On the other hand, high tension tower or lines may not look nice, so you either want to make sure there are tall trees to block the view or you shall plant some. Also, it is the reverse of the square of the distance, and whether it is perpendicular also count, so it really not much to worry, but it is up to your feeling.

In hot market, any real estate will move, but in slow market, people making all kinds of excuse to "slash the price". So, it still depends on if you are buyer or seller at the right market...
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