Should I be concerned about buying a house that backs up to the High Voltage Power Lines? Health or Resale ?

Asked by Deborah, Oakland, CA Mon Mar 23, 2009

I found a house that I just love, it is on 5 acres. The neighbors property has two of the High Voltage Power lines on the back part of their property. The property I am considering does not but the power lines cross above the back pastures. The esthetics are the real issue for me, but I would love to hear other's opinions about resale , health concerns, perceptions etc. I have done a ton of searches on the potential health affects but its seems pretty minimal.

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Sue Archer R…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Mon Mar 23, 2009
Thumbs up to Jim. We answered this question before. There's no scientific evidence that says one way or the other if it creates a health hazard. Some people hear a buzzing sound.

The high voltage power lines probably will detract some buyers but so will other features. Others won't care. That's what I found on a listing I had in Folsom and it was only .20 acres.

Jim had the best response on this.
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Jim Walker, Agent, Carmichael, CA
Mon Mar 23, 2009
There are already hundreds of answers posted in response to similar questions... Type "power lines" into the enter keyword or name box, make sure that the city state and zip are blank so that you can see all answers.

My opinion: It is a big drag on resale, the esthetics are unpleasing to most, and even without evidence of health effects, people are afraid anyway. On the other hand, if the price is dramatically lower than the same place would be otherwise.. AND you love the house, AND you love the rest of the acreage.
Hey It IS FIVE acres. ... It is not like the lines cross directly over the house. Back pasture? Imagine what you would pay for the house if it were on only 3 acres. If it is a good deal with half the acreage, and you realize you will have to pass your savings on to any potential buyer when you eventually resell, then consider it.
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April Tavares, , Saratoga, CA
Mon Mar 23, 2009
Hi Deborah,

Just as you are questioning the decision, others will as well and this will effect your resale by limiting the number of potential buyers.

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