According to the Pacific Northwest Research Station, a tree in the front yard of a home raises that home's price, on average, $7,130. If the total increases for the neighborhood property value are tallied, the average is $12,828. Trees also make houses more sale-able, decreasing time on the market by around 2 days, on average.
The Arbor Day Foundation lists similar benefits. In one survey, 83% of realtors believed "mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate impact’ on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%".
Other surveys have found that mature trees can increase property values by up to 20%.
All of these studies of course cite mature, healthy trees. No one wants to buy a house with a half dead Silver Maple or a split Bradford Pear. So, if you are moving into a home without any front yard trees, you want to carefully consider what tree you plant, and the method in which you plant it.
First, regarding tree selection, our choice for most of the eastern half of the country would be a northern Red Oak.
|Northern Red Oak Range (From USGS)|