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certain degree of wealth and status, though the residences there are not ostentatious. It seems the Gordons, during the moving-in process, filled the garage with dozens of boxes, many of which contained an old and rare-book collection they had been adding to for many years. The first weekend after they had moved in, before they finished unpacking, there was a rainstorm. Colorado is known for its summer “gully washers,” rain storms that may last for only half an hour to an hour but dump tremendous amounts of rain and literally “wash out” the gullies, curbs and drainage systems. This was a true gully washer. The Gordons never anticipated what would happen during that storm. It rained inside the garage, destroying a significant amount of their rare-book collection along with lots of other household items. The Gordons were away at the time, so the situation progressed unimpeded. The Gordons were devastated when they returned home. Of course they had a professional home inspection when they were under contract to purchase the home, and the inspector did not indicate the presence of any roof leaks. They contacted their agent, who had recommended the home inspector, and asked for assistance. She contacted the sellers’ agent, who professed no knowledge, then purportedly contacted the sellers, who also claimed innocence. The Gordons, in their extreme frustration, hired an attorney, who contacted Ken to conduct a thorough investigation. The resulting lawsuit named several people: the sellers, the sellers’ agent, the home inspector, the buyers’ agent, and the two brokers, and here is why each was culpable.

The Sellers Ken’s investigation revealed that the sellers had experienced roof leaks as a matter of course for several years. 20

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