Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

House Calls: Who Owns the House

Dear Ms. Lank: My sister, who I hadn't seen in years, died recently in North Dakota. The neighbor that phoned me said the house was vacant when she died. I don't know if she still owned it. How can I find out without making a trip to North Dakota?...

House Calls: Several Reasons to Write

Dear Ms. Lank: I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits (I never see anyone asking how you are when I read your column). Now the reasons I am writing you are several.

One: how do you find out the title of a home? Or if someone owns...

House Calls: Seller Please Leave

Dear Mrs. Lank: My realtor wants me to be absent from the house whenever she brings a client. Is it OK to stay in a room such as the den or computer room? This room could be shown first, the door closed, and they could explore the house together. ...