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The Job of a Real Estate Agent Sep. 22, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

If you had seen the question "What does a real estate agent do?" 20 years ago, you might have respon... Read More

July 11, 2020 Jul. 11, 2020

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: The time has come for my husband and me to downsize. It has been 10 years since we've so... Read More

The Little Things You May Not Be Thinking of When Interviewing a Realtor Apr. 21, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

When the market is hot and buyers are a dime a dozen, it may not be so important that sellers choose... Read More

Red Flags in Your Home Inspections Mar. 10, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

Whether it's a $300,000 condo or a $4,000,000 home, stuff happens. If you're buying a piece of real ... Read More

It's the Net Dollars in Your Pocket That Matter Feb. 25, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

Imagine you are interviewing an outstanding criminal defense attorney and the first question you hav... Read More

Ways to Manage Stress When Selling your House Jan. 21, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

Before we discuss the remedies, let's discuss what emotional stress is all about. Stress is a reacti... Read More

8 Common Mistakes When Selling Direct to a Developer Dec. 10, 2019

The Real Estate Expert

1. Your neighbor next door or across the street sold to a developer 18 months ago. You call your nei... Read More

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