Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

House Calls: Single or Duplex

Dear Edith: We live in a house that was originally a big family home. It was made into a duplex before we bought it, and it's legal for a two-family.

My husband is retiring, and we will be moving to a condo in Florida. Some friends advise us to ...

House Calls: Mortgage in Retirement

Dear Mrs. Lank: My wife and I are in our 70s. We want to buy a small home just for the two of us, but we don't want to break into our retirement investments to do it. Is it possible to get a mortgage at our age? I think we have good credit, never ...

House Calls: Hassle of a Lawyer

Dear Edith: I'm going to buy a half-finished cottage on a lake. The place is free and clear with no strings attached. I'm paying all cash so there shouldn't be any complications.

Can I get the abstract and deed from the present owner, go to the ...

House Calls: Not Over Till It's Over

Dear Edith: We accepted an offer on our house two weeks ago, but the "for sale" sign is still up in our front yard. Is this ethical? Why hasn't it been removed? -- K. S.

Answer: In the sale of real estate, it ain't over till it's over. There's ...

House Calls: Listing 'As Is'

Dear Ms. Lank: When a house is listed "as is, seller guarantees nothing" what does that really mean? Does it legally release the seller from all liability? Also, is it a good way to get a quick sale?

My house, well and septic system are all in ...

House Calls: Buying Next Home First

Dear Edith: I plan on retiring in the next couple of years and will move to another state. I want to find a house there and buy it now while I still have an income and not just my pension. I figure I can get a better interest rate, and I could be ...