Disclosing trace amounts of asbestos in ceilings

Seller wants to be upfront but not scare away potential buyers

DEAR BARRY: My mother’s house was tested for asbestos and it has less than 1 percent asbestos fiber in the popcorn ceiling. The house is for sale, and the disclosure form has a question about asbestos. Is her house in the range where we need to disclose this? If so, is she required to remove the ceiling texture? If she doesn’t remove it, will this scare away buyers? –Michelle

DEAR MICHELLE: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, material that is more than 1 percent asbestos fiber is designated as asbestos-containing building material (ACBM) and is subject to special handling and disposal if the material is being removed.