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Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

House Calls: Upset with the Deal

Dear Edith: One my neighbors is quite elderly and he and his wife (who has Alzheimer's disease) moved across the country to live near relatives. He listed his move-in condition house with another neighbor at about $20,000 below market value. An ...

House Calls: Don't Gang Up On Mother

Dear Ms. Lank: I am one of five siblings, and we are all over 50. Four of us are married and have families, while one brother who is single lives with Mom. My mom is a widow, 82 years old, and she owns her home, but over the years it has come into...

House Calls: Family Disagreement

Dear Edith: We own a Cape Cod-style home built in 1990. Throughout the first floor there is dark stained woodwork and chair rail molding. The upstairs trim and molding is all painted off-white.

I would like to paint all the downstairs doors and ...

House Calls: Help With Buying First Home

Dear Ms. Lank: My husband and I are hoping to buy our first home next year. By that time, we should have a savings of $25,000 to $30,000 to put down. Neither of us has had great credit in the past, although we have both been careful for the past ...

House Calls: Who Pays for the Sewer

Dear Edith: I am considering the purchase of a small house. The house is not on a septic system but could hook up at a cost of $3,750. However there is also a sewer bond of $4,000 that is billed over the next 10 years at $400 per year in the tax ...

House Calls: Two Years' Ownership and Occupancy

Dear Ms. Lank: I understand that I must live in my house at least two years to avoid the tax on my profit. It will be two years on August 9, 2014 that I closed on my home.

So would it be reasonable to advertise and possibly sell the house in July...