About Edith Lank

Edith Lank

Edith Lank

For every year since 1976, Edith Lank has sent thousands of readers individual answers to their real estate questions -- "mostly via e-mail these days -- and I never yet got in trouble for giving poor advice."

"I write," she says, "not about the big picture but about the small -- whatever concerns the individual home buyer, seller, small investor, tenant or landlord. And I answer every letter."

Her real estate column  has won awards for journalistic excellence and consumer education from the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the Real Estate Educators Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association, various Bar Associations and the National Association of Realtors. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Minnesota Public Radio, Public Radio International, has hosted her own television and radio shows and is heard weekly on public radio at WXXI-FM.

Edith has taught real estate at the college level for 15 years, and her work has been published in Modern Maturity, The New Yorker, McCall's, Realtor News and Real Estate Professional. Her eight books include the best-selling New York real estate licensing textbook, now in its eighth edition, a New Jersey pre-license text in its fourth edition, consumer-oriented "The Home buyers Kit" and "The Homesellers Kit " and a book on Jane Austen.

Edith is a past director of the National Association of Real Estate Editors and also of the Real Estate Educators Association. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, listed in "Who's Who" and a licensed scuba diver.


All-Cash Precautions Jul 15, 2018

Dear Edith: I am going to buy my first home for all cash with money from a recent inheritance. Anything special I should watch out for? — N. R. Answer: All cash means a prompt, trouble-free sale, which — depending on the state of your loc... Read More


Title Insurance or Opinion Jul 08, 2018

Dear Edith: What do you think of title insurance versus title opinion? I own half of 200 acres of property with a house, and I am buying the other half with cash. I have an abstract of title that goes back to 1861. My family has owned it since the 19... Read More


Suggesting an Agent Jul 01, 2018

Dear Edith: One other piece of advice to a widow leaving a house to multiple children, especially if they live outside her immediate area, is to choose a real estate agent in advance. If the family members are from out of town, they might not be able... Read More