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Discussion in 'Where to Buy' started by htopg, 21st Sep, 2015.

  1. htopg

    htopg Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    I admit that I am a bit paranoid.
    When I buy properties, I steer away from
    1. main road (air pollution to harm your lung, noise to harm your ear)
    2. near airport (noise to harm your ear, accident might destroy the house)
    3. train line (noise to harm your ear, the shakes caused by train might harm the foundation of the house)
    4. near river/storm water (flood?)
    5. near tall trees (fall down and destroy the house?)
    6. near bush (bush fire?)
    7. in T-junction (car might run into living directly and the TV become a 3D-TV)
    8. near high power lines (leukaemia?)
    9. near mobile tower (cancer?)
    10. near power substation (leukaemia? fire hazard?)
    11. near telephone exchange (cancer? fire hazard?)

    I am interested in a house that is within 100 metres of a Telstra telephone exchange.
    It is marked as telecommunication equipment on Google Map.
    While I like the fact that I can achieve 24Mbs ADSL2+ speed, I also concern that it has bad affect on health. What is your opinion?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. MsAli

    MsAli Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Nothing wrong in being specific. And no point buying something that won't satisfy and hence keep you unhappy. Though don't care about ADSL.....

    In fact @monalisa and I avoid all that you've listed. Opening up to main road house purchase in the future as long as it's well located and poised for zoning and development
     
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  3. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    Telephone exchange should be fine.
    I hope you do not have wifi in the house - will negate all the action you take.

    The Y-man
     
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  4. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    @htopg and @MsAli

    You're lucky you're not in Melbourne - you'd have to avoid streets with trams too :D

    The Y-man
     
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  5. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Most of the things on your list sound reasonable.

    Telephone exchanges pose no risk imo. I'd try and get as close as possible because I enjoy fast internet :p
     
  6. Gingin

    Gingin Well-Known Member

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    I grew up on a main road , in the nearest suburb possible to the airport, down the road from a telephone exchange. Throw in a few tanneries , other heavy industry and trucks.

    I bought 2 in the area. Now with gentrification worth over three M . I also bought a unit in the IW on an extremely busy main road 5 years ago and sold for 60% more.

    Aside from having two heads I'm ok from the experiance.
     
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  7. Natedog

    Natedog Well-Known Member

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    You can check out twice as many deals at the same time! Very efficient, no wonder you've done well
     
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  8. Lenny

    Lenny Well-Known Member

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    All of your requirements are fairly standard things I would imagine most people would try and stay clear of, although you may want to read about line attenuation for your ADSL requirements. 100m to an exchange will limit you massively and I think you could go much, much further away (~1km) without much of a drop in speed. Check this out:
    http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/dslam_speeds
     
  9. hammer

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    Property is something you keep for ages....so the chances of something going wrong are pretty good.

    Say for example you're in a 1 in a 100 year flood zone...Stay there for a year and the chances of anything getting wet are bugger all.
    Hold the property for 50 years and the chances of getting flooded at some point increase greatly.

    Time is the key here and with that in mind I think your paranoid approach is quite sensible as it Minimizes risk over the longer term.
     
  10. Kael

    Kael Well-Known Member

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    Once when I was looking at houses to rent with friends, we narrowed down our search to a specific area solely because we wanted FAST internet. Believe it or not, there is a pool of tenants out there like that ;) With a growing reliance on technology and the Internet for work and business, I'd see the proximity to the Telstra exchange as a plus.

    I definitely agree with everything else you've mentioned though.
     
  11. htopg

    htopg Well-Known Member

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    I am interested in a house that just happened to be within 100 metres of a Telstra telephone exchange.
    "Within 100 metres of a Telstra telephone exchange" is not my criteria :)
     
  12. JacM

    JacM VIC Buyer's Agent Business Member

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    As to whether it's a health risk is something that will remain unproven for many years.

    From a financing perspective, it's giant phone/electricity towers that are outside for all to see that are problematic (perhaps it could fall down on the house or cause a big fire). Lenders become fussy about financing property too close to these, and can either decline to finance or reduce the LVR accordingly.
     
  13. htopg

    htopg Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion.

    12. near tram line (noise)

    plus
    13. near beach (tsunami?)
    14. near cliff (landslide?)
    15. near cemetery (noise from constant party at night?)
    16. near rifle club (get shot accidentally?)
     
  14. HUGH72

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    I agree with all of those except number 11,
    Forget the telephone exchange, there is much debate about wifi in the house as well.
    Nothing wrong with being careful, but I don't think being within 100 metres of a telephone exchange is a problem other than whether it detracts from the aesthetics of the property.
     
  15. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    Don't start that rifle range thing again..........

    The Y-man
     
  16. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    13 and 14 (sea cliffs) are an interesting one- especially with rising sea levels......

    But on a more immediate practical basis - metal corrodes a lot more quickly near the sea (especially near surf where there is a lot of spray)

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  17. htopg

    htopg Well-Known Member

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    :p Oh... That's right.
     
  18. htopg

    htopg Well-Known Member

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    Sure, I will connect PCs, laptops, TV boxes, game consoles with LAN cables.
    I am struggling finding LAN adapters for my iPhones/iPads. Any thoughts?
     
  19. SeafordSunshine

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    Dear HTOPG,
    AM Radio, might tell you if the telephone exchange is giving you 'bad vibes ' does it go 'off 'station? Then you are right about the problems.
    I hope this helps
     
  20. JacM

    JacM VIC Buyer's Agent Business Member

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    Try searching under the term "ethernet adaptor ipad" in google.