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Homeowners sue over missing square footage

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More homeowners have sued builder JTS Communities of Sacramento, Calif., alleging that the square footage of their homes is smaller than the sales brochure indicated -- as many as 168 feet smaller, to be exact. This case, filed as a class action, is the third suit filed against JTS over the difference between the square footage advertised in the company's marketing materials and the actual square footage of buyers' homes. JTS has acknowledged there were discrepancies of up to 168 square feet involving just under 200 homes built between 1998 and 2004. But the company contends that it has not intentionally misled anyone, that no one has been harmed financially and that all home buyers signed sales contracts stating the square footage advertised in marketing material was an estimate. According to JTS general counsel Ian Craig, "We acknowledge there's a difference between the plans filed with the building department and the brochure. But the measured square footages of the homes are in m...