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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Records can avert home-buy disaster
By Denise L. Scott

Buyer beware.

It's a well-known warning for house-hunters making sure the roof doesn't leak and termites haven't hollowed out the walls.

A truly informed decision, however, requires digging much deeper than inspecting the structure of the house.

Are there plans to bring water and sewer service — and costly assessments — to the neighborhood?

Is the undisturbed mini-forest outside the bedroom window zoned to become a mini-mart?

Will airplanes rattle the windows or a road extension cut through the backyard?

It's all public information available through various government agencies. A good place for local homebuyers to start is Lee County's Web site.

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