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By Michelle Conlin and Brian Grow
NAPLES, FLA. -- Robert and Julie Davidson fell hard for the gleaming new house at the Valencia Golf and Country Club in Naples, Fla. They loved the way the palm-fringed, Spanish-style home backed up to the fifth-hole fairway. And they were taken with the three-bedroom's high ceilings and open plan. Plus the neighborhood -- with its power-washed driveways, blooming hibiscus and guarded gatehouse -- seemed all "dressed up."
But when the Davidsons paid $255,385 in 2011 for the house on Birdie Drive, they didn't know that they had, in essence, bought only from the ground up, and that their homebuilder, D.R. Horton, had kept everything underneath.
"Wait a second, wait a second," Robert Davidson said after a...
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