The concern over electromagnetic fields emitted by power lines has long been a topic of conversation for the real estate industry.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require the member's nar.realtor login.

Electric and Magnetic Fields Explained

Electric & Magnetic Fields (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, May 14, 2020)

Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs) (Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Jan. 6, 2020)

Electric and Magnetic Fields from Power Lines (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

Power Lines, Electrical Devices, and Extremely Low Frequency Radiation (American Cancer Society, Apr. 18, 2017)

What are Electromagnetic Fields? (World Health Organization)

Power Lines and Property Values

Midway Residents Push Back Against ‘Obscene’ Transmission Line (The Salt Lake Tribune, Feb. 10, 2020)

Power Lines versus Property Values (Fox 5 Atlanta, Nov. 5, 2019)

High-Voltage Transmission Lines and Residential Property Values in New England: What Has Been Learned (Appraisal Journal, Oct. 11, 2019) E

Group of Penrose Residents Don’t Want Power Lines in Their Backyard (Canon City Daily Record, Apr. 15, 2019)

South Jordan Residents Worried About Proposed Power Lines, High Voltage Risks (KSL TV, Mar. 12, 2019)

Bills Filed to Protect Homeowners Near Transmission Projects (The Houston Chronicle, Mar. 12, 2019)

Study: Lots Near Power Lines Lose Nearly Half Their Value (REALTOR® Magazine, Aug. 22, 2018)

Power Lines: Health Hazard Or Media Hype?

Does Living Under a High-Power Line Cause Cancer? Studies Have Found No Hard Link (Tallahassee Democrat, Apr. 18, 2019)

Electromagnetic Fields and Cancer (National Cancer Institute, Jan. 3, 2019)

Proximity to Overhead Power Lines and Childhood Leukemia: An International Pooled-Analysis (British Journal of Cancer, May. 29, 2018)

eBooks & Other Resources

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through NAR Library & Archives. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call the Library at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Death and Disclosure: Legal Strategies for Dealing with Stigmatized Properties (Richfield, OH: October Research Corporation, 2007) HD 1341 R22d

Cell Towers: Wireless Convenience? Or Environmental Hazard? (Markham, Ont.: Safe Goods/New Century Publishing, 2001) HE 9713 B45

EMF and the Eighth Deadly Sin: The Literature on Property Value Impacts from Proximity to High-Voltage Transmission Lines Since 1994 (Storrs, CT: Real Estate Counseling Group of Connecticut, March 1996) SF-1998-043

Cartographies of Danger: Mapping Hazards in America (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1997) GB 5014 M66

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