Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

House Calls: Seller Made Concessions

Dear Ms. Lank: I sold my house by contributing to the buyer's down payment for a mortgage. I realized that the next would-be buyer might not be able to get a mortgage to buy the house even though the price had been dropped. So rather than drop the...

House Calls: Is a Sign Required?

Dear Edith: Our daughter is getting married late in September and we'll be empty nesters. We'd like to sell our big house soon and get into some senior housing before winter. The problem is, we will be having lots of relatives here. It would cause...

House Calls: Tenant Proposes a Deal

Dear Edith: I own a townhouse, which I am still paying a mortgage on. I lease the home with a monthly rent that covers the mortgage, insurance, taxes and repairs, with little to no profit. The current tenant is interested in doing a rent-to-own ...