Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

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 ...