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 ...