Q: Why would diseased trees on the property be of concern?

A: Depending on the age and size of the tree, and its accessibility, the cost to remove a tree may be a costly expense for a homeowner. Many of the diseases affecting trees can spread easily. Just because an affected tree has been removed, doesn’t mean the risk for other trees to become affected goes away. Knowing that the property has had a history of diseased trees is a material fact, and must be disclosed to any potential buyer. Many municipalities will inspect and test trees to combat the spread of disease. In most cases, if a tree is found to be diseased, the city will give the homeowner a date to have the tree removed, at the homeowner’s expense.

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The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.  

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