I agree 110% w/bc. AT the same time, personally, I don't know of one municipality that 'allows' a homeowner to remove friable asbestos. (This is the airborne-type asbestos that becomes airborne by, basically, 'touching' it.) THe reasons are along the same lines that bc described. In short, it's a hazard to you AND those around you. The dust will linger and be a problem if it's NOT properly removed. That's why 1) there are professionals that do this, 2) they're trained and certified, 3) it costs a bunch, and 4) they know how to properly DISPOSE of the hazard.
Seller Disclosure, as bc mentions, is becomming more and more popular these days. Many states have this as a requirement of law. Many more are following right behind. Get the pro to do the removal AND keep the paperwork. When you go to sell the home, make sure you hand it to the Realtor so they know the asbestos was professinally removed.