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.


Like a Car Sep 16, 2018

Dear Ms. Lank: My cousins bought their timeshare from a place called RCI. They are allowed to trade the timeshare for another one in any place where RCI has timeshares, including Hawaii. There is a $175 fee to trade. They are very happy with their ti... Read More


Negotiating Advice Sep 09, 2018

Ms. Lank: When we received a full-price offer on our home, it included a percentage reduction to assist with closing costs. Is the percentage negotiable? Because clearly we can't negotiate the purchase price offer. — C.S. Answer: Your buyers ar... Read More


What's Fiduciary? Sep 02, 2018

Dear Edith: I heard recently that financial advisors must now be fiduciaries, and that real estate agents have always been. Exactly what does that mean? — J. M. Answer: State laws can vary in this matter, but usually the real estate agent has a... Read More