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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Price to Offer Jan 14, 2018

Ms. Lank: We need advice fast. We've found the house we want. What can we do to feel out the seller before we sign anything? Is it usual to start low and bargain back and forth? Does an offer have to be written? — askedith.com Answer: First off... Read More

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Worried About Zillow Jan 07, 2018

Dear Edith: I have a question about appraisals and home values. Our house is appraised for tax purposes at a lower value than the house next door, which has greater square footage. The houses were built on same-sized lots about 20 years ago. But our ... Read More

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Finding the Bargains Dec 31, 2017

Dear Edith: We are just starting out, and we can afford to buy a home if we can find a bargain. But we don't want to make a mistake and end up with problems. We'd appreciate any advice. — R. J. Answer: Yes, perfectly good bargain houses are out... Read More