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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Some homes already provide a report, or the buyer can get one from the power company. Most buyers are more concerned about the esthetics, and thus the value issue down the road. Do these homes sell? Yep. Is value impacted? Yep

Nov 05, 2016 11:39 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes, if you spend too much time too close to them. Some doctors have suggested keeping 150' away and you don't need to worry. Appraisers don't usually use power line views in valuations around here. Buyers just have to evaluate and decide.

Nov 05, 2016 08:06 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have been in homes under power lines that I would not let my worst enemy buy...

Nov 05, 2016 04:32 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I do think there is some truth to it and see some buyers care and some don't. When I step outside and hear the sizzle and popping from the lines it concerns me and I wouldn't want to live that close to it.

Nov 05, 2016 02:13 PM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Unless I'm buying the house, what I believe is not as important as what my buyers believe.

Nov 05, 2016 12:48 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Yes - Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMF's). Definitely have a conversation about power lines - may impact children's health - leukemia. Even if it's nothing that is absolutely proven, why would a parent take the risk? Also unattractive.

Nov 05, 2016 12:28 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I agree with you about the resale value - In addition, the Soviets had a study that said it was a problem but the Department of Energy says it isn't. I worked at DOE and I never wanted to risk the possibility of childhood lukemia.  

Nov 05, 2016 11:57 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


 Resale issues.

Nov 05, 2016 11:54 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

It is pretty clear by now that high tension electrical lines can cause health issues. Who would risk that let alone have to look at them? 

The regular powerlines to the houses no problem.

Nov 05, 2016 09:22 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Absolutely, and the earth is round too.

I show them the studies on this.


Nov 05, 2016 03:23 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I think there is a good chance. I would not like to live near lines.

Nov 05, 2016 01:22 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

It's not certain one way or another, and whether or not my client cares about the high powers lines, when it's time to sell, the next bunch of buyers out there might care enough to pass on the house or offer a lower price than for a power-line free back area.

Nov 05, 2016 12:04 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Fred Griffin nailed this one!

Nov 05, 2016 11:29 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I do . Many RELO companies will not allow (if they want a guarntee against loss) to buy near one !

Nov 05, 2016 10:59 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

In the end the buyer has to decide. I encourage their own due diligence

Nov 05, 2016 10:14 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I believe the jury is out on the health issue. But I have a client who lived next to power lines and had breast cancer and four of her neighbors were diagnosed with breast cancer the same year--the one unifying factor was the proximity to the power lines. That being said, even if a client doesn't care much, it does pose a resale issue and I always remind them of that.

Nov 05, 2016 09:06 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

High power lines are an eyesore, and they do bother me but I don't doubt the science that it is not a health hazard.

Nov 05, 2016 12:53 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It's up to the buyers to decide if they want to live by power lines. I do believe they are a health concern. 

Nov 05, 2016 12:10 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

There are many answers to this question and who knows who is right.

But to protect myself, I have the buyers sign an affidavit saying they know of the powerlines and the possible issue with them

Nov 05, 2016 12:10 PM
Kris Swierz
Agency One - Seattle, WA
Because Everyone Loves Real Estate

In the Seattle area it definitely brings the price down.  I always tell the buyers that they need to research this on their own that way it takes the liability off of me.  

Nov 25, 2016 04:05 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

I wouldn't want to be near a power grid.  I would disclose it and talk to the buyer about it.  In the end, it would be their call.  

Nov 09, 2016 04:17 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I include - if they are concerned to check the EPA site.  They definitely impact resale value.

Nov 07, 2016 08:49 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I make sure they do see them and let them form their own opinion.

Nov 06, 2016 10:14 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I tell them that it will likely effect the resale value of the home and that it may have impacts on a person's health, but I let the buyer makes the decision.  Buyer can do his own study about powerlines and hire a professional to give an opinion.   

Nov 06, 2016 05:12 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I tell them to look up information and do due diligence.

Nov 06, 2016 03:03 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Health issue? No.  It impacts the asthetics and resale value.

Nov 06, 2016 03:03 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm with Jeff Dowler on this one.

Nov 06, 2016 02:56 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

No I don't but I did have client a few years back who wouldn't move into her new house because of them.  

Nov 06, 2016 02:14 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tony Lewis Jeff Dowler has this one.

Nov 06, 2016 02:01 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I make sure the buyer SEES those power lines.

It is their choice whether to buy or pass.

Many BUY because they know they will have no rear fence neighbors.
A few theoretical mutations are better than the certainty of gawking neighbors..some may think.

Nov 06, 2016 01:28 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I am with Jeff Dowler on this one.  Personally, those homes are not for me.

Nov 06, 2016 12:59 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

What Jeff Dowler said.  While I personally would not live near them purely for aesthetic (and potential health) reasons, there are people who do not care and who are apparently unconcerned about future resale.  And that is how I explain it to buyers

Nov 05, 2016 11:49 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't know, but it's a serious concern for the value of the property.  I just tell them that it's there and that it may be a concern for some.

Nov 05, 2016 11:14 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


There are reports available, and it is best to have one for all parties to review.  There are dissenting opinions on the effects of the power lines.  A

Nov 05, 2016 11:13 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It probably takes poer lines 150 years to harm or kill making it moot

Nov 05, 2016 11:12 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Some feel strongly, some do not! Resale can be an issue!

Nov 05, 2016 10:55 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I explain that it may not be a health issue, there's no conclusive data, but they can and do impact the resale value because emotion buys and rationale justifies.

Nov 05, 2016 10:54 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I'm not personally aware of the impacts although I am familiar with the rumors so I do recommend they research for themselves

Nov 05, 2016 10:50 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I would not want to purchase a home underneath them for health and resale concerns.

Nov 05, 2016 10:36 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Some people do believe it is a concern especially with kids. I let the buyers know & there will always be a negative in their own back yard. 

My parents house was close to them near a walking path & they are creepy during slight misting & other weather conditions where they buzz.

Nov 05, 2016 10:23 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Agreed. RF has a limited range, yet far be it for me to be the expert regarding this detrimental health issue. Now regarding an effect on the home value; that's fairly easy and we do point it out.

Nov 05, 2016 10:15 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It is what prospective home buyers believe that counts. Power lines can definitely be a negative factor.

Nov 05, 2016 10:13 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Most people are aware -- some believe, others don't but I discuss the resale aspect.   

Nov 05, 2016 10:05 PM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Well, have you ever stood under one on a hot summer day and listen to them pop? I tend to stay away and tell my clients as well.

Nov 05, 2016 09:33 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no, I've sold subdivisions bordered by high tension wires.... there is data on electo magnetic fields from the utility companies.... we've had resales from those subdivisions and they sell well....

Nov 05, 2016 09:19 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I don't mention it unless I actually notice it as being a problem.

Nov 05, 2016 07:22 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Tony Lewis - the simple solution is - EMF test. Show the results that there is no impact of high voltage power lines in the home.

Nov 05, 2016 02:32 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I disclosure everything in writing( even such obvious things as huge power lines), it is up to them to make the decision. 

Nov 05, 2016 02:07 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe


show me the health data with a control.... 

Nov 05, 2016 01:19 PM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

If a customer wants to buy a house, sell it to them

Nov 05, 2016 12:21 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

As Jeff Dowler said, the power companies will provide a report but, they still do impact the aesthetics and value nonetheless!

Nov 05, 2016 11:48 AM