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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Tenant Has Right to Sublease Apr 22, 2018

Ms. Lank: My husband and I are currently in an apartment but have been looking for a house for months now. Our lease is up on June 30. A few days ago, our landlord sent a letter stating that we need to let him know whether or not we are going to resi... Read More

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Discount Commissions Apr 15, 2018

Ms. Lank: I am going to take your advice and interview some agents about selling my house. How likely is it that they will negotiate how much they will charge in commission? Are the rates set by law, or can I bargain? — L. W. Answer: In any giv... Read More

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Closing Value Apr 08, 2018

Hi, Edith: I read an article in which a writer suggested a method of estimating the value of one's home by analyzing "closing values." You responded by saying in part that there's nothing more accurate than recent "comparable" sales. My question to y... Read More