Power Lines?

posted 2 weeks ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Helper bee

It will very likely affect the resale value. I grew up on a large farm with power lines nearby and it was a common concern among potential buyers . No idea about the health concerns but I did very much wonder about that on occasion. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

slomotion :  It probably doesn’t cause cancer but I definitely rejected houses that were right next to a power tower. I’m vaguely paranoid too. Plus don’t they buzz? Not sure.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

Studies have shown that electromagnetic fields have no link to cancer. The Draper study, which postulated that people living in close proximity to emfs had a higher rate of leukemia type cancers. The study has basically been shown to be very flawed. So file power lines cause cancer under the vaccines cause autism heading.

And of course the price of real estate near power lines is less expensive, to buy and to sell.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

YES. The ones near my house buzzed— especially after rainfall. Daisy_Mae :  

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Great to know. Thank you!! sunburn :  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

We passed on a house that had power lines right behind it because I never wanted to wonder whether or not there were health risks.  I work in health care and see enough as it is.

So for my peace of mind we bought elsewhere.  There will always be another house.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

slomotion :  The house we looked at was literally right in front of the power lines, which made me uneasy.  I personally would be OK a few blocks away.  I didn’t want to look out my kitchen window and have the lines staring me back in the face, which is why we passed.  Sounds like it makes you a bit apprehensive too.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’d never live any where close to them

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
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slomotion :  

Even if there was conclusive proof today that living near power lines was entirely safe, they would be stigmatized for a long time to come.  This stigma holds values down.  We can debate the reasonableness from now till the cows come home.  It’s just a real estate fact.

Even if resale is not important to you right now, it may be later.  Or, you may want to tap your home’s equity some day for updates and remodeling.  Or emergency cash.

After thirteen years of both buying and selling, I give it a hard no.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

They defiintely affect resale value, and they ruin the view depending on where they are located.

My ex sold his house that had them not too far past the back fence. The real estate agent edited them out of the photos!

Post # 15
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Newbee

I wouldn’t do it. We debated living near one of these things too and after doing some research felt like there’s just not enough research that had been done on the risk factors and it wasn’t worth it, especially with a baby. I knew I’d be paranoid every day that our baby was getting poisoned by that thing.

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