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State Has Better Answer

March 22, 1998

In the Feb. 22 Real Estate Q&A column, a home buyer asked if his Realtor might have any liability when he estimated that the house needed $10,000 in repairs when it turned out to be more than $20,000 ("Confirm Realtor's Estimate of Repairs").

Robert Bruss said that there is a fine line between opinion and facts, and that it would be difficult proving damages.

This might be true if the writer hadn't also noted that the Realtor was experienced in fixing up run-down houses. Bruss should have suggested that the writer contact the California Department of Real Estate.

DWIGHT CATES

Ventura

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