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Cable installer's attic discovery raises red flags

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DEAR BARRY: We recently purchased a condo. When the TV cable man was here, he went into the attic and said that there was charring and fire damage on some of the beams. It appears that there was a fire in the building, but this was not disclosed by the sellers. We paid cash for the property, so there may not have been a home inspection. What should we do about this? –Gregory

DEAR GREGORY: There are three issues here: 1) the matter of seller disclosure; 2) the question of whether there was an inspection; and 3) the extent of the fire damage.