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The Many Decisions When You Inherit a Home Sep. 17, 2019

The Real Estate Expert

Inheriting a home comes with many responsibilities and important decisions. If you are notified that... Read More

How to Sell Sep. 15, 2019

House Calls

Dear Edith: My wife and I are approaching our 80s and thinking about selling our cottage. It is on t... Read More

What to Look for Sep. 01, 2019

House Calls

Dear Ms. Lank: We just put our home on the market without a broker. We'll take any offers we receive... Read More

Belt and Suspenders Aug. 18, 2019

House Calls

Ms. Lank: What does it mean when a property shows up in the multiple listing system as a new listing... Read More

A Short Listing Is Not the Way to Motivate your Agent Aug. 17, 2019

The Real Estate Expert

There is nothing wrong about being savvy and having an escape strategy for if you find that the real... Read More

Understand the Difference Between Decorating and Staging Aug. 04, 2019

House Calls

A few weeks ago, a reader wrote in with what she called a rant — an account of the "grief" she... Read More

Absentee Real Estate Investment Jul. 28, 2019

House Calls

Dear Ms. Lank: My son is interested in renting out his home, as he received a job offer in another s... Read More

Leave During Open House Jul. 14, 2019

House Calls

Dear Mrs. Lank: Our Realtor listed our house two weeks ago and now she is planning to have an open h... Read More

Answering a Purchase Offer: Yes, No or Maybe Jul. 07, 2019

House Calls

Ms. Lank: If you could answer me today that would be helpful. We are selling our home ourselves, and... Read More

Selling Out of State Jun. 30, 2019

House Calls

Ms. Lank: I recently read one of your columns in the paper. R and M.T. wrote that they inherited a p... Read More

Bank Gets Appraisal May. 26, 2019

House Calls

Dear Edith: When we applied for a mortgage, the bank charged us for an appraisal. They said it was s... Read More

House Worth Less Mar. 31, 2019

House Calls

Dear Edith: My in-laws are going to a nursing home. My wife and I will be selling their house to fun... Read More

Payment in Arrears Jan. 13, 2019

House Calls

Dear Ms. Lank: This past November, I made my normal mortgage payment. Then, in the middle of that mo... Read More

Condo-Selling Specialist Dec. 30, 2018

House Calls

Dear Ms. Lank: Although I've bought and sold several homes, I always feel like I don't know what I'm... Read More

Answer From a Looky-Loo Nov. 18, 2018

House Calls

Ms. Lank: Recently, someone wrote that one shouldn't attend an open house for decor ideas or just to... Read More

Like a Car Sep. 16, 2018

House Calls

Dear Ms. Lank: My cousins bought their timeshare from a place called RCI. They are allowed to trade ... Read More

Earnest Money May. 27, 2018

House Calls

Ms. Lank: We are looking to buy our first home, and we have a good agent, but I thought I would doub... Read More

Pricing to Sell Mar. 04, 2018

House Calls

Dear Edith: When we get ready to sell our home, should we pay for a professional appraiser or just r... Read More

How Much to Offer Feb. 05, 2017

House Calls

Dear Mrs. Lank: We have been house hunting for several months, and we are ready to write up an offer... Read More

Inheriting a House and Land Dec. 18, 2016

House Calls

Ms. Lank: It seems I will soon come into ownership (via my mother's passing) of a property that is d... Read More