Most likely the removal of your fireplace would only be validated if the cost of repair exceeded to cost to replace.
Erik J. Weisskopf, ABR,CDPE,CRS,GRI
To us, we see them in the same set of features as a hot tub.
Some like them, some do not, and if they are faulty, you will need to either credit money after a home inspection,
or do costly repairs.
I do agree that in some older homes - like the bungalows in North Arlington, the living room can be built with the FP as a centerpiece. So, you need to consider that.
It would depend on the condition of the FP and how it adds to the look and feel.