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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 About Tipping? Aug. 25, 2019

House Calls

Dear Edith: We are buying our first house, and we're both so pleased with the extra help our real es... 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

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

No Broker Involved Jun. 16, 2019

House Calls

Ms. Lank: I have a family member who would like to buy my senior parents' home in a closed sale (wit... Read More

Oral Vs. Written Commitment Jun. 02, 2019

House Calls

Dear Edith: I have applied for a mortgage loan to buy a house. I have been told by the loan counselo... Read More

No Broker Needed Apr. 07, 2019

House Calls

We are looking to purchase a new primary residence and would like to sell our current home to our so... 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

Lost With Golf Club Oct. 28, 2018

House Calls

Hello, Edith: I want you to know that this letter has nothing to do with tax problems. Edith, I don'... Read More

Home Seller Tax Break Oct. 14, 2018

House Calls

Ms. Lank: Please explain the IRS requirements regarding one-time $250,000 tax exemption when the eld... Read More

Choosing a Broker Oct. 07, 2018

House Calls

Dear Ms. Lank: I am taking your advice to interview three agents before picking one to sell my home.... Read More

Big Gains and a New Broker Sep. 26, 2018

Taking Stock

Dear Mr. Berko: We bought 1,000 shares of Torchmark at $14, and after two splits, we've got 2,250 sh... Read More

Visiting Open Houses Aug. 26, 2018

House Calls

Dear Edith: My significant other and I very much enjoy visiting houses to see what the owners have d... Read More

New Look at Newell Mar. 07, 2018

Taking Stock

Dear Mr. Berko: What happened to Newell? I bought 500 shares at $43 in September of 2017. My broker ... 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

Starting in Real Estate Jul. 09, 2017

House Calls

Dear Edith: Is it possible to start a real estate career part-time? I have a good office job, but me... Read More

Shady Broker's Ponytail May. 14, 2017

House Calls

Ms. Lank: I read your article about a couple trying to sell their house. Here's what happened to us.... 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