Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

House Calls: Solving the Junk Pile

Dear Ms. Lank: This is in response to "E" who wrote in to the column a few weeks ago. He had neighbors with yard debris that was making it hard to sell his home.

We had a similar situation, where our immediate neighbor had a junk pile of scrap ...

House Calls: Couldn't Stop Foreclosure

Dear Mrs. Lank: My son recently had his house foreclosed and sold at auction. He had been unable to make payments due to physical disability, but just in time, he received a Social Security disability award including back payments in a lump sum. ...

House Calls: In-Laws Have 'Lifetime Right'

Dear Edith: My husband and his parents inherited his aunt's home when she passed away in 2002. We have lived in this house for 11 years. We have always paid the taxes since the deed was transferred over to my husband, but his parents have a "...

House Calls: One Size Doesn't Fit All

Dear Edith: In a recent column, you said: "A reverse mortgage can be an excellent plan for some elderly homeowners." Can you tell me the circumstances under which it would be an excellent plan? Hubby and I are in our early 60s and have no kids. ...

House Calls: Choosing an Agent

Dear Edith: I've read your column for years -- now it's my turn to ask for guidance. I will be putting my house on the market in the near future (I hope). As selling events go, it should be pretty basic. I bought it 23 years ago, it is completely ...

House Calls: Spring Starts Early In Real Estate

Dear Edith: My husband's company has transferred him to Chicago. We decided I will stay here until the children are out of school in June. Is there any use in putting our house on the market this early? Can we tell buyers that we won't be moving ...