Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

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 ...