Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

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 ...