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.

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Change the Locks Nov 12, 2017

Dear Edith: When you wrote about real estate closings, one of the things you did not mention was to change the locks, or have the lock cylinders changed, so that the old keys no longer work. We trust that the old owners would not have kept any keys, ... Read More

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Grandchild Buying Nov 05, 2017

Dear Edith: My father-in-law is moving from his home of 60 years to assisted living. One of his grandchildren wants to buy the house, possibly in a cash deal. What is the best way to set a fair market value? Are we naive to think we can make the tran... Read More

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Quiet Enjoyment Oct 29, 2017

Dear Edith: Recently, a man with a toddler moved into the apartment next door to me, and since then, I haven't had any peace. I've tried to be understanding, but the plain fact is I don't want to live next door to this noisy kid and I was here first.... Read More