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The impact of proximity to cell phone towers on residential property values

The impact of proximity to cell phone towers on residential property values Purpose – This paper aims to determine if proximity to cell phone towers influences house prices with a focus on isolating the impact of tower aesthetics on nearby property values. Design/methodology/approach – Sales transaction data from the Auckland Region during 2005‐2007 were analysed using a series of hedonic models testing various proximity specifications across two populations of cell towers: residential‐only and global (all towers). Findings – The study could not establish a relationship between cell towers and house prices with the exception of armed monopole towers located in residential areas due to such towers' acute visual disamenity. Practical implications – The study's findings can be directly applied to residential valuation practice and can assist government regulators and telecommunication companies in siting new cell towers. Originality/value – This research provides three distinct methodological improvements: unconventional geocoding that improves spatial accuracy, separate analysis of towers in residential areas that enhances internal validity and inclusion of tower mast data to isolate the impact of tower aesthetics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis Emerald Publishing

The impact of proximity to cell phone towers on residential property values

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1753-8270
DOI
10.1108/17538271111153022
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to determine if proximity to cell phone towers influences house prices with a focus on isolating the impact of tower aesthetics on nearby property values. Design/methodology/approach – Sales transaction data from the Auckland Region during 2005‐2007 were analysed using a series of hedonic models testing various proximity specifications across two populations of cell towers: residential‐only and global (all towers). Findings – The study could not establish a relationship between cell towers and house prices with the exception of armed monopole towers located in residential areas due to such towers' acute visual disamenity. Practical implications – The study's findings can be directly applied to residential valuation practice and can assist government regulators and telecommunication companies in siting new cell towers. Originality/value – This research provides three distinct methodological improvements: unconventional geocoding that improves spatial accuracy, separate analysis of towers in residential areas that enhances internal validity and inclusion of tower mast data to isolate the impact of tower aesthetics.

Journal

International Journal of Housing Markets and AnalysisEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 9, 2011

Keywords: Residential house prices; Cell towers; Electromagnetic radio frequency; Housing markets; Environmental stigma; Hedonic pricing model; Mobile communication systems; New Zealand

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