Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

House Calls: Is a Sign Required?

Dear Edith: Our daughter is getting married late in September and we'll be empty nesters. We'd like to sell our big house soon and get into some senior housing before winter. The problem is, we will be having lots of relatives here. It would cause...

House Calls: Tenant Proposes a Deal

Dear Edith: I own a townhouse, which I am still paying a mortgage on. I lease the home with a monthly rent that covers the mortgage, insurance, taxes and repairs, with little to no profit. The current tenant is interested in doing a rent-to-own ...

House Calls: When In Doubt, Disclose

Dear Edith: Ten years ago, I legally added a 600-square-foot addition to my suburban home. I obtained all the necessary permits. However, we failed the final inspection due to some loose outlet wall plates. It only took me a few seconds to tighten...

House Calls: Stepfather's Mortgage

Dear Edith: My stepfather took out a reverse mortgage loan last year for $130,000. His home is probably worth $250,000 and has long been paid off. He is 91 years old, and I know the reverse mortgage will let him keep the house and die at home. ...

House Calls: Selling Furnished

Dear Edith: I am 70 years old and am getting ready to sell my house up north. I already own a condo unit in Florida. I am not at all a handyman and not interested in putting out any sum of money to fix up and/or clean up my house so that it will ...

House Calls: Buying Brother's Share

Dear Ms. Lank, My mother passed away December 2013. I am the executor of the estate. She owned her house outright. I want to buy my brother's share (there are only two of us), and he is agreeable. I have already secured two appraisals.

Can I ...