● Any house that backs up to a railroad — the whistle will keep you awake all hours.
● Any house that is in the “fall zone” of a cell tower or other tall antenna — who wants a big pole falling through the roof.
● Any house that is located directly on an extremely busy street — how can you play kickball when you are constantly dodging cars?
● Any house located near a sewer treatment plant — the odor is enough to curl your toes.
● Any house located near or (heaven forbid) under high- voltage power lines. Not having any technical ability, I always assumed it was the “hum” of alternating current that caused the problem, but apparently I was wrong.
Forget the fact that you can stand under these lines holding a florescent light bulb and it will light up on its own at night. (I’m not kidding.)
By the way, this study was funded by Northeast Utilities, parent of Connecticut Power & Light, the utility proposing “significant expansion of the 345-kV transmission grid over the next decade.”
John Adams is a broker and investor. He answers real estate questions on radio station WGKA (920am) every Saturday at noon. For more real estate information or to make a comment, visit www.money99.com.