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Sat May 18, 2013
Richard Shapiro answered:
Plenty of information out there to sway you either way. The issue with resale would only be limited to an individual buyers mind and opinion. In his regard you should think how long do you plan on being in the home. if its short term then perhaps there is another location less controversial.

The easements that allow the towers and wire to be there would override any individual or town's cry to bury or move them.
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Wed Nov 16, 2011
Steven Ornellas answered:

There are plenty of reports and studies on this subject. I'm not sure a conclusion to this question has been reached. I have run into this question on more than one occasion. For an opinion I turned to a friend who is an electrical engineer who wrote the following:

"In general, the power of the EM field rolls off with the square of the distance from the source. I think that I read somewhere that 300 feet is the region of concern. However, 60 Hz is very low frequency, and I really don’t think there is much merit to the health concern. Also, if you are within a foot of a power cord in your home or office, or even a wall with power running in it, you’ll be exposed to the same field strength (you have to be close though)."

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Wed Jun 26, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
Believe it or not, this question has been raised for more than 50 years; ever since they started building subdivisions near high voltage lines. I think it first happened in Southern California for your information.

The lastest word I've heard, is that no one can tell! Nothing definitive! No concensus! Nobody agrees!

I would bet that if it was dangerous, there would all kinds of proof and law suits.

You'll have to go with your gut on this.

Good luck and may God bless
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Wed Jul 27, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
Review comps with your agent, recently sold similar properties in the immediate area; see what the data suggests and go from there. Keep in mind that what the property sold for in 04, has no bearing in today's market. ... more
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Sun Feb 3, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
This is a delicate and dangerous question to answer. It has been asked and even litigated for more than 50 years.
I have read articles about Lawsuits, and Clinical studies about birth defects and cancer. I don't think there is a definitive answer out there.
We are required to disclose high voltage lines on the property.
But the ultimate decision is yours.
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Sat Apr 16, 2011
Andy Onushco answered:
There are a number of regulatory authorities that have authority over placing structures like docks and piers in waterways. It could require permits from the state, USEPA, US Army corps of engineers, your county, and possibly a homeowners organization. I would beqin the inquiry at the county level. Fines and penalties for doing it without permission can be substantial, so be careful and get it in writing.

Depending on the type of property you have, towers might have a negative impact on your property. Whether it is a nice home site or agricultural property where the towers will limit the possibility of pivot irrigation, there could be impacts. However, if it is a planned line that doesn't exist yet, you could get a cash settlement for agreeing to place the towers on your property.

The county likely will have flood maps that show the likelihood of flooding in any specific area. I'm not sure if they will have documentation of any past floods.

Good Luck!
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Mon Mar 28, 2011
Don Tepper answered:
Usually, high power lines near a property will reduce its value. Lines running through a property almost certainly will. Further, in addition to reducing the value, those lines will make the property less desirable. So some people who might have bought the property now won't even consider it, regardless of price.

It's impossible to say whether the property you're looking at is already priced to reflect the power lines. Maybe yes, maybe no. Your Realtor can tell you. But if you buy it, you have to make sure you're getting a good value. And you have to recognize that it probably will be more difficult to sell when you want to sell it.

Finally, it's likely that the power company has an easement where the power lines run. Easements, too, can reduce the value of the property. Your Realtor can explain that in more detail.

Hope that helps.
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Wed Mar 23, 2011
Jennifer Blackwell answered:
Hi Matt:

Asking price doesn't always indicate what homes are selling for or should sell for, so you must look at the current sales, active listings and recent closed sales. If you email me the actual address of the property, I can give you an sales assessment of the neighborhood. You can reach me at or (405)625-1576.

Jennifer Henning
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Thu Sep 12, 2013
Adrian Huntington answered:
Most people do not like seeing, or being near power lines. Yes people buy these homes, but these homes generally sell for less. In the big picture you must think resale. When the market is competitive again, it will be hard to sell that house, versus houses that don't have nearby power lines. ... more
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Wed Jan 19, 2011
Sidney Dikeman answered:
It's a wonderful neighborhood in the Walton school district! There are currently four houses for sale in there ranging from $399-475k. I would be happy to show them to you if you do not have a buyer's agent (and you should - it costs you nothing)! Sidney Dikeman, Keller Williams Atlanta North, 770-316-2552. ... more
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Thu Aug 12, 2010
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Fri Jun 18, 2010
The Roskelly Team answered:
Ebi that is going to be a personal decision. What about the high voltage lines scares you? It can affect re-sale but location and condition are going to be big determining factors as well. Do your research on-line then follow your heart! ... more
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Sat Jun 5, 2010
Vickie Nagy answered:
Hello Anu,

As for currently available new construction (never lived in), it is the Mosaic collection that is nearby. Mosaic consists of Atheana, Florentine, Belmaison and Abbington. However, the power lines do continue in both directions, affecting existing construcion and presumably new construction when they build in that direction.

Vickie Nagy
Keller Williams, CA DRE #01363932
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Thu Jun 3, 2010
Don Tepper answered:
Unfortunately, there's no clear answer to that. Most of the research that's been done doesn't show any health hazards and certainly a lot of people are willing to live near high power lines.

On the other hand, there are a lot of things that originally were thought safe that later proved not to be.

What is well-established is that homes underneath or at least within view of high power lines tend to be more difficult to sell--and sell for less--than comparable homes not under those power lines. A certain percentage of the population just won't even consider such properties, so you're selling to a smaller pool of potential buyers. And because there's less demand, prices tend to be lower.

That means that if you do buy that house, make sure you're getting it at a nice discount. And recognize that, when you sell, it'll likely be more difficult to sell than a house not near those wires.

Hope that helps.
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Sun May 16, 2010
Don Tepper answered:
There's no simple answer to that. There have been a lot of questions and answers posted here on buying near power lines. Usually, they deal with how much of a discount to expect.

Regarding distance, the real determinant is how visible the power lines are. For a lot of people, if they can't see them (or hear them--they do hum), then they don't perceive a risk or problem. But if you can see them--and they're close by--that's a factor that definitely affects the value of the property as well as whether people will even consider buying it.

Hope that helps.
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Thu May 27, 2010
Kristopher Furrow answered:
Hello Mei,
As a possible buyer of this home it would be a good idea to visit the house during different times of the day to see/listen if the varying traffic volume or increased train traffic has a serious impact on your ability to enjoy the home.

As far a resale value it may be impacted slightly, but remember all of your new neighbors home values will be impacted equally. The value will depend greatly on how the development as a whole performs over time as future buyers and appraisers are not going to be able to compare only homes adjacent to Front Runner or those that have views of High Voltage power lines.

I have sold numerous homes in the Kaysville/Layton/Clearfield area and the power lines has only been a small issue.

Good luck in you home search & thank you for you using Trulia.

Kristopher Furrow - Associate Broker

Member – 2010 Young Professionals Council
Salt Lake Board of Realtors

Windermere Real Estate - UTAH
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Fri May 12, 2017
Dan Chase answered:
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.
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Sun Jul 24, 2016
Dan Chase answered:
That is the wrong question. The real question is what impact do those have.

many people believe (right or wrong) that the high power lines cause cancer or other health risks. They find the lines to be an ugly eyesore. Many people refuse to buy a house near those lines. They see them and never bother to look at the house. They just do a u-turn in the driveway and leave.

It will lower both resale value and how many people would consider buying that house. It could translate into a long time trying to sell later on.

Some people even claim that electrical appliances have shorter lives near those wires.

Safe or not, true or not does not matter. Perception drives the market. It is better to find a property without built in objections if you ever want to sell it later. Cell phone towers, high power lines, cemeteries, railroad tracks, busy roads, near highways are all problems a house can have. Corner lots are also less desirable and price lower.
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Wed Mar 10, 2010
Dan Tabit answered:
To answer your question succinctly, they are lower.
Power lines are a controversial issue. There are claims made and refuted regarding possible health effects of living near electromagnetic fields. As an agent, I'm not qualified to speak to the science of the subject, but I am qualified to speak to the impact on home and property values.
If you do your own research on the health issues and decide to buy there, you should get a great deal relative to properties that are not near power lines. Just remember, when the time comes to sell the property you will likely have to pass this great deal on to the next buyer and expect a significantly longer time on the market as there are fewer buyers willing to take on any perceived risk.
I hope this was helpful.
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Sun Jun 12, 2016
Julie Brittain answered:

I, myself, would not ever purchase a home that backs up to power lines no matter how close they are. You are questioning, so why wouldn't any other Buyer? I'm always thinking resale.

Julie Brittain
JEZEBEL Magazine “Realtor of Distinction” 2006 & 2009
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#1 Team 2004 - 2005, #1 Individual Agent 2001 – 2003
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