Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

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?...

House Calls: Several Reasons to Write

Dear Ms. Lank: I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits (I never see anyone asking how you are when I read your column). Now the reasons I am writing you are several.

One: how do you find out the title of a home? Or if someone owns...

House Calls: Seller Please Leave

Dear Mrs. Lank: My realtor wants me to be absent from the house whenever she brings a client. Is it OK to stay in a room such as the den or computer room? This room could be shown first, the door closed, and they could explore the house together. ...