This is the first in a series of blog posts that delves into frequently asked questions from those buying real estate in Kitchener Waterloo. Today, we'll look at the hot button question: "Should I buy a home backing on hydro lines"?
In a word, no. As a Kitchener Waterloo Realtor and blogger, I don't profess to be an expert in the ongoing debate around the issue of Electro Magnetic Fields and the health effects on those living nearby. However, I'll use an anecdote to show how it can play out in the home buying process.
A few years back, I was working with a professional couple with 2 young boys relocating to Kitchener Waterloo from Vancouver. After touring a number of places, we came across a wonderful home in Upper Beechwood. It met all the buyers criteria including being close to an elementary school. However, it backed onto hydro transmission lines. As we drove out of the area, we noticed Mary Johnston Public School was built right beside the hydro corridor. The buyer wanted to do some research before deciding to proceed.
We met the next day and they shared their findings with me. They didn't discover anything definitive but decided against buying the home. As a parent, the husband's words still resonate with me : "I couldn't forgive myself if anything happened to the boys". We continued our search, found the buyer an exceptional home and they're happily living there to this day.
When hired as a buyers agent, I do my utmost to make sure the home being purchased will have strong resale value. The buyer is not typically thinking that far ahead but this career-minded Century 21 Realtor is. Anything that could act as a stigma is best avoided and I would put hydro transmission lines in that category.
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