any problem if staying under big electric poll house?

Asked by Ranganath_82, San Jose, CA Wed Feb 20, 2013

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Gloria Ashdo…, Agent, San Jose, CA
Thu Feb 21, 2013
You can call PG&E up and ask them what the EMF (electro magnetic field) reading is. Differs during the day so pick a peak time. Charles is right though, unfortunately it will affect the re-sell value but I'm presuming you're getting the house at a discounted price right now because of the power lines.
Gloria Ashdown
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Thu Feb 21, 2013
In addition to the what the agents here have provided, FHA loans have a restriction on a house located within the "fall-line" of a power tower.

The other consideration is sometimes electronic devices are affected by the EMF (Electronic Magnetic Field).
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Matt Tenczar, Agent, San Jose, CA
Fri May 24, 2013
The question about power lines and how they affect humans is unresolved the biggest problem you will have is the fact that the resale value of the home will be less because of them
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Steve Mun, Agent, Campbell, CA
Mon Mar 4, 2013

The bottom line is whether there is actual impact by EMF living under a "big electric poll" can be debated. The best way to resolve it is to get EMF reading to see if it will be harmful to humans.

However, what is not debatable is that the "market" will believe that a house suffering such conditions to be less desirable than those that do not. You are obviously asking because they must be offering a "deal" which makes the property appealing to you.

But keep this in mind. If you got in cheap, when you are ready to sell, you will most likely have to give a large discount as well to sell it, if the condition has not changed. With this condition in place, the buyer pool for that property will be much smaller. So the question becomes: do you want to buy a house that is easy to sell or buy a house cheap that will be harder to sell later.

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John Sacktig, Agent, New Jersey, NJ
Thu Feb 21, 2013
I would think that before you purchase a home, you should be involved in a little more due diligence on the subject then just asking a question here on Trulia. I get that the house is probably cheap.. and there is an obvious reason.

There is a whole host of information on the web in today’s world about this subject, you just need to make the right decision for you and your family! Good Luck!

But I guess they did not really affect this guy...
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charles butt…, Agent, san jose, CA
Wed Feb 20, 2013
Thank you, Ranganath for your question:

I understand your question to be if there are problems living under electric power lines.

There have been claims that the electric field surrounding power lines can be harmful, however it appears that the electric fields surrounding power lines are not harmful.

However power lines do have a negative effect on the fair market value of a property, because many people do not want to buy homes near power lines.

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
American Realty
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