DEAR BARRY: As a Realtor, I am a big fan of your column, but I’m concerned about some advice you gave in a recent article. A couple was planning to sell their home and wanted advice about disclosure. The home was a "lemon" when they bought it, and they’d undergone great trouble and expense to have all the problems corrected.

You recommended that they provide "excessive disclosure," with which I heartily agree. However, your last paragraph states, "If you think some defects may have been missed when the repairs were done, simply state that the work was thoroughly done, to the best of your understanding."

Am I reading this incorrectly? If they think there are still defects, stating that the work was thoroughly done doesn’t ring true, does it? –Susan

DEAR SUSAN: Your point is greatly appreciated because you’ve drawn attention to a subtle ambiguity that had escaped my attention. In the article, the buyers had purchased a "lemon." After years of litigation against the builder, all known defects were corrected.

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