DEAR BARRY: We bought a home in Virginia but did not actually see it during the escrow because we are serving in the military. The house was listed as 2,300 square feet, with four bedrooms and a "lake view."

During the escrow, we learned that the house is only 2,000 square feet; one of the bedrooms was added to the building without a permit; and the "lake" is actually a retention pond because of drainage problems in the area.

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