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FHA Power Line Issue

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BrianWilkeson

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Subject: 203k rehab for a foreclosure

Location: corner lot. Accross the street (front) form the house is a guard rail and downward sloping hill to river (street is approximately 40-50' higher than river - no flood issues). Across the street to the left of the home is a steel power tower that looks to be about 100' tall. The closest edge of the base of the tower is about 58' from the left side of the house.

Issue: This tower is the only one in the immediate neighborhood. The lines on one side of the tower connect to a regular sized telephone pole. The lines on the other side of the tower span the river to the next town over. Would these be considered regular neighborhood feed lines? There is no substation in this little neighborhood. It is pretty isolated by the river, a hillside, and undeveloped wooded area. This could possibly be the main feed to the neighborhood.

I looked at an overhead photo and there is a small substation on the other side of the river about a half mile back.

Are these power lines an issue? Or is the tower itself an issue and the power lines don't matter at this point?
 

Riick

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http://www.HUD.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/ref/sfh1-18f.cfm


[FONT=Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The appraiser must indicate whether the dwelling or related property improvements is located within the easement serving a high-voltage transmission line, radio/TV transmission tower, cell phone tower, microwave relay dish or tower, or satellite dish (radio, TV cable, etc).
1) If the dwelling or related property improvement is located within such an easement, the DE Underwriter must obtain a letter from the owner or operator of the tower indicating that the dwelling and its related property improvements are not located within the tower’s (engineered) fall distance in order to waive this requirement.

2)
If the dwelling and related property improvements are located outside the easement, the property is considered eligible and no further action is necessary. The appraiser, however, is instructed to note and comment on the effect on marketability resulting from the proximity to such site hazards and nuisances.
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Mike Boyd

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If the base of the tower in only 58' from the house or related improvement and if the tower is 100' tall, it would appear to be in the "fall zone." It is highly unlikely that any improvements are within the easement.

You mention that a wood "telephone" pole is adjacent to the tower. You need to determine if there are electric lines on this "telephone" pole. Which line is crossing the river? The steel tower line or the wood telephone pole line? Are there any transformers on either of those lines? If no transformers are visible, it is likely a transmission line that will feed a substation. It is not likely that you will find transformers on a steel framed tower....but could be on a single steel pole. If you posted a photo I could give you better answers.
 

BrianWilkeson

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