Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

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...

House Calls: Mortgagor or Mortgagee

Dear Mrs. Lank: We've just bought our first house, and we got a mortgage on it. My husband and I have a disagreement maybe you can settle for us. He says we're now mortgagees and I say the right word is mortgagors. Do they mean different things? -...

House Calls: About Recording Deed

Dear Edith: In your response to W.V., who asked about deeds, you didn't mention the importance of recording the deed, once it is executed. Not only will this protect the buyer's interest, but also if the deed is not recorded, the seller will still...

House Calls: Who Owns the House

Dear Ms. Lank: My sister, who I hadn't seen in years, died recently in North Dakota. The neighbor that phoned me said the house was vacant when she died. I don't know if she still owned it. How can I find out without making a trip to North Dakota?...