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How Does the Proximity to a Cell Tower Impact Home Values?

Valbridge Property Advisors conducts market studies to determine the impact of wireless communication towers on property values in four metropolitan U.S. cities

Valbridge Property Advisors recently completed market studies in Boston, Dallas, Phoenix, and Raleigh, to determine the impact of the presence of wireless communications towers on residential property values.

 

THE PROCESS 

The studies were conducted in multiple sub-areas of each city, which were then compiled to produce measurable results. Home sale values demonstrated no measurable difference for those homes within a 0.25-mile radius sphere of influence of the cell tower and those homes in a 0.50-1.0 mile radius outside of the cell tower sphere of influence. In many of the sub-areas, home prices increased nominally. No measurable difference is defined as a less than 1% difference; nominal difference is defined as 1-3%.

To prepare the sub-area studies, the center points of each sub-area’s primarily single-family residential areas or specific subdivisions were identified by latitude and longitude. Single-family residential sales with both a qualified buyer and a qualified seller from the first quarter 2015 through first quarter 2018 were located and verified to assess the transactions.


THE RESULTS ARE IN
 

BOSTON

The Boston study revealed 10 of 22 pairings of home sales with higher sale prices within the 0.25- mile sphere of influence, 11 of 22 pairings with lower home prices, and one pairing indicating no difference. The data indicates cell towers do not have a negative impact on property values within a .25-mile radius of cell towers. Overall, the measurable difference is less than 1% in both the increasing and decreasing home price indications.

DALLAS

In Dallas, for homes in the .25 to 1.00-mile radius, there was no measurable difference. Out of 33 paired sales in five sub-areas, 20 pairings indicated higher values for those sales within the 0.25- mile sphere of influence, while 12 pairings indicated lower values and one indicated no difference. Overall, Dallas shows no measurable difference. The data indicates cell towers do not have a negative impact on property values within a .25-mile radius of cell towers.

PHOENIX

There were 37 paired sales in the Phoenix market, and 20 of the pairings indicated increased home prices within the 0.25% sphere of influence while seventeen of the 37 pairings indicated decreased home prices. Four of the five sub-areas studied had no measurable difference and one sub-area had a nominal difference.

RALEIGH

In Raleigh, fourteen of 22 pairings indicated higher home prices within the 0.25-mile sphere of influence while eight of 22 indicated slightly decreased home prices. Overall, the average and median prices increased in four of the five sub-area and one sub-area indicated no measurable difference. The data indicates cell towers do not have a negative impact on property values within a .25-mile radius of cell towers. Overall, the measurable difference is less than 1% in both the increasing and decreasing home price indications.


DIG DEEPER
 

To request a copy of the study findings, visit Valbridge.com.