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Asked on: 6/28/06, 2:40 pm

Fraudulent seller property disclosure?

Bought a house this January - seller disclosed she knew of prior leaks/seapage and/or damage due to water. Explanation she wrote was ''spots from old leaks.'' Because she had it re-roofed in 2004, we were told by our real estate agent that this had taken care of the ''spots'' we saw. Heavy rains caused water leaks from the same exact ''spots'' in ceiling - many places. Called the same roofing contractor - he said he told her the new roof wasn't going to stop the leaks - the missing pieces of siding was the cause. The neighbor also said he told her several times that the leaks she knew about were NOT caused by faulty roofing job, but by the missing siding. Called home inspector - said he would NOT have been able to tell this unless there were extremely heavy rains similar to the ones in Ohio just last week. Is this fraud, and do I have a possible suit against seller?

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