Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

House Calls: Lease Survives the Sale

Dear Ms. Lank: In 1999, I signed a lease and put down an $800 security deposit. I continued to renew it and in 2011 I signed a six-year lease, which clearly states "the tenant has deposited the sum of $800 prepaid with the landlord for the ...

House Calls: How It Came Out

A few weeks ago I heard from a woman who was concerned about the ownership of her husband's house after his earlier divorce. I told her that deeds were filed in her county's public records, and although I didn't know where she was located, she ...

House Calls: FSBO Question

Dear Edith: We would like to sell our house FSBO (For Sale By Owner). However, we predict that we will be bothered by "just curious" lookers. Is there any way we can request that the "lookers" present us with a document from the bank that they are...

House Calls: How to Buy a Home

Dear Ms. Lank: After 14 years renting, am determined to own a home. My lease ends next July. What do you recommend I do first? Please outline the steps I need to take. My rent is almost as much as a mortgage payment. -- R. M.

Answer: Your first ...

House Calls: Buyers Determine Value

Dear Ms. Lank: Our solitary elderly recently widowed sister can't sell her house, which is adjacent to a neat golf course. Hers and other houses are just not selling even though the area is well-maintained.

A well-known realtor was retained. Very...

House Calls: All Cash As-Is

Dear Edith: I had rental property for 25 years, but I'm getting tired of it. With a rental house just now vacant and needing some fix up, I want to unload it.

When I Google "sell house" I get 25,800 numbers that will buy immediately for cash. Can...