Beware environmental risks in these ‘dirty dozen’ markets

Homebuyers considering a purchase in some areas of the country may want to add environmental risks to their long list of financial considerations, as more than a third of homes in the United States are at risk for manmade environmental hazards, spoiling air quality as well as home prices, according to RealtyTrac’s second annual Manmade Environmental Hazards Housing Risk Report.

The report, released today, offers data on home price and appreciation trends in almost 8,000 ZIP codes. According to the report, 25 million homes are located in ZIP codes that are at high risk for manmade environmental hazards such as air quality, superfund sites, polluters, brownfields and former drug labs.

The median sales price of homes in high-risk ZIP codes for manmade environmental hazards was $251,10…