Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

House Calls: What About Websites

Dear Ms. Lank: How reliable are websites such as Zillow and others that list an estimated value of my home? I purchased my home in 2013, which was new construction for $185,000. It was assessed at $186,000. On websites, they say my home is worth ...

House Calls: Capital Gains Questions

Dear Edith: I have written to you before, so now for the rest of the story. I finally sold my rental home to my long-time tenant of 18 years in April. How I can limit my capital gains tax? How is it figured? If I have to pay, what is the ...

House Calls: The Contract Has Grown

Dear Edith: We plan to sell our home in 2015 to move to a retirement community. I have a good agent we will use. She gave us a sample sales contract to look over -- many, many pages compared to when we bought the home in 1998.

Friends of ours are...