DEAR BARRY: Our son just made an offer on a home. The sellers and their agent say the house was "built to code," but they won’t say whether the addition was built with a permit. Our son’s home inspector reported that the addition is not secured to the foundation. How would you assess this situation? –Tim

DEAR TIM: Your son should proceed with caution. He does not appear to be dealing with trustworthy people. The home inspector’s findings bear this out, but even before the home inspection, red flags were waving.

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