Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker (Ward County Notary Services)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Well, I've never had a client say they wanted to live close to power lines.  

I can't say I've lost a sale due to them because I don't consider a sale "lost" if a purchase agreement hasn't been initiated.    

Nov 14, 2015 08:52 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

So far, I have not yet had tht happen, but it will probably be in my future.

Nov 14, 2015 09:56 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Powerlines are something I point out to my Buyers.  None of them have even considered moving close to them.

Nov 14, 2015 09:49 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Yes I've worked with people who did not want to live near the lines due to the same reasons.  I personally don't want to live by them either. 

Nov 14, 2015 10:06 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I haven't lost a sale over it, but then again, I won't show properties like this, as I've never had anyone seriously consider them. Even if there are no health dangers, there will be a resale issue down the line and if I have a client interested in such a property, it's my responsibility to alert them to the fact that they could face a resale issue. That usually shuts it down right there.

Nov 14, 2015 09:36 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Sad.  I worked for the Department of Energy and held public hearings on high voltage transmission lines- there is a general unease with many people over them - I wouldn't sell someone a home near a line because I might have to resell it later. They aren't easy to sell. 

Nov 14, 2015 09:21 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have not lost a sale but when i show buyers homes they never buy if there is a power line.

Nov 14, 2015 08:34 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

We don't have that here but when I was looking at property in Palm Springs CA a few years back EVERYONE was pointing out wires!

Nov 14, 2015 08:27 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes and it is a personal choice I respect!

Nov 14, 2015 08:21 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes. Some buyers are afraid of transmission lines / EMF's and alos worried about reselling.

Nov 14, 2015 07:26 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Bob. So far I have not. I usually don't buy any properties to flip that are close to power lines. I did buy one house last year that lines were nearby, but they didn't slowdown the sale.

Nov 14, 2015 05:17 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I showed a house that was so bad that the florescent bulbs in the garage were aglow. You could hear the 60hrz hum throughout the house

Nov 14, 2015 02:44 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob "RealMan" Timm - I had one lost for even minor reasons than this - cell!

Cell tower, emitting EMF!

Nov 14, 2015 02:03 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Bob - I usually point that out to my clients, and if they are not interested due to the power lines, then that was never the right home for them. So, I never really lost a sale, but an offer was not written due to power lines.

Nov 14, 2015 01:53 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

No, I have made buyers aware of power lines and had some decide not to even look at that particular property -- but then they bought another so I did not lose a sale.

Nov 14, 2015 01:40 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

No, but I've decided against showing a few that backed up to power lines.  Nasty view.

Nov 14, 2015 01:02 PM
Sandra Graves
Keller Williams Realty - Folsom, CA

This has never happened. But if it did, I would understand because I don't think I would ever live close to power lines.  

Nov 14, 2015 11:51 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes and I really could not argue for or against it as I do not know if I would want to live near power lines Bob.

Nov 14, 2015 11:42 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I haven't had this happen, but I do know people that are concerned about this. 

Nov 14, 2015 11:21 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I had a listing with big power lines behind it. It was a country property that was fairly priced and cute as a button. Buyers like it but hated the power lines. I couldn't blame them because you could hear the sizzle out on the back deck. An older couple with no children bought it and were happy as clams.

Nov 14, 2015 10:33 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, yes, yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 14, 2015 10:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have had many buyers like a home, but the power lines were the reason they did not write.

Nov 14, 2015 09:21 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I happen to be familiar with this subject.  There have been numerous studies done on the subject.  We had one about a mile from our home in Los Angeles.  We included the study on that particular plant that had been done at the neighborhood request, when we sold our home.  In that area, no adverse effects were evident and this was a neigborhood where most people stayed.  We were there  for  18  years, and the house closest to the plant had been there for two generations.  A

Nov 14, 2015 08:53 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Didn't lose the sale; the buyer just refused to write on that particular home.

Nov 15, 2015 01:14 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Nov 15, 2015 12:06 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Bob Crane I had a listing once that had high tension power lines going through the middle of the property. Zoning severely restricted what could be done with the property. Someone purchased it as an investment.

Nov 14, 2015 10:56 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

One sale was lost because of the power lines being right over an in ground pool with no permits!

Nov 14, 2015 10:21 PM
Toronto, ON

No.  Some clients / customers don't want to live too close so we simply look further away.  It's no different than them not wanting to live too close to other types of infrastructure such as highways, busy roads, backing onto schools and more.

Nov 14, 2015 10:21 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Sunday morning Bob. It is strange what some people think about power lines.

Nov 14, 2015 06:36 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


We do not have a lot of power lines, but some areas have them or FWs that are very close. I always tell them in advance, so they know exactly where we are going, since some people refuse to see a house if they know about power-lines or nearby freeways. 

Nov 14, 2015 03:59 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No but I was just discussing this with some friends in Indiana.  Mandi Null Larry Johnston and Evelyn Johnston 

Nov 14, 2015 11:55 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

I have never had a potential listing where that was a problem but I do educate buyers about them and they rarely buy if that is the case.

Nov 14, 2015 09:48 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

It is something I'd consider too.

Jul 05, 2019 08:28 PM
Mandi Null
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN

I live in a neighborhood where the power lines run through the middle of the street in one section. There is a power tower on the easement line of two homes. One of which was owned by someone I know. They tried to sell that home for years and never could. The banks wouldn't loan on the property because they said the tower was a hazard for potentially falling. And anyone else who thought about buying the home decided it was a bad idea because of the EMF's. The owners finally decided to let it foreclose because they couldn't make double mortgage payments anymore and there was no buyer in sight. The owner has cancer (in remission) but it has never been discussed whether they believe it has anything to do with the tower or power lines. Until Bob Crane came to visit in Indiana, I never thought twice about the lines. Now that my interest is peaked, I may do some research for future reference. 

Nov 15, 2015 10:07 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Yes, I have had some potential buyers over the years not want a property because of power lines too near.

Nov 15, 2015 10:04 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Haven't had any issues with power lines here, but there's a pig farm in North Las Vegas that buyers are careful not to be downwind of!

Nov 15, 2015 07:51 AM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Only once and they high power ones that ran across the property.

Nov 15, 2015 04:33 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

In my neighborhood we have all above ground power lines.  If you like the area, you have to live with it or pay a small fortune to have them put underground.  I have seen buyers not want to buy in an area for that reason, or cell phone towers.

Nov 15, 2015 04:27 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I've had subdivisions listed that bordered high tension could get a perm by walking in the backyard.... had a 31 lot subdivision with home that were fully exposed and every one of them sold.... and we've had many resales in there, too....

Nov 15, 2015 02:41 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I will be looking for them next time I move John McCormack .

Nov 14, 2015 11:44 PM