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House hunters, be wary: 7 seemingly small flaws may point to a money pit

House hunters, be wary: 7 seemingly small flaws may point to a money pit

Annemarie Kill and her husband John Duffy spent thousands of dollars trying to repair their Oak Park home's wood-burning fireplace before abandoning the effort and installing a gas fireplace. In a former home, they'd been hit with thousands of dollars of unexpected repairs. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS)