House Calls: Office or Bedroom
Dear Edith: I'm enclosing two pictures. The first photo is the closet in our entryway. The second photo shows how the back of the closet is a wall shared with a 12-by-15-foot room that we use as a home office.
We're thinking about putting a door on the backside of the closet so it could be accessed from the office. We're thinking that this little project would make our home marketable as a four-bedroom instead of a three-bedroom. There are not a lot of four- bedroom homes in our town.
We would be curious to know your opinion. -- J. and A.
Answer: I don't see anything wrong with your project. You might even partition the closet so part would still do for visitor's coats while the rest could hold private bedroom stuff or, for now, office supplies.
Some buyers, of course, would still prefer the arrangement you have now. More and more people are using home offices these days. But once you have that closet, you could advertise that your home has "three bedrooms plus office, den or fourth bedroom."
Dear Edith: I'm writing about a situation that involves a land contract. (I imagine you are already saying, "Oh, no!")
Fiends of mine bought a building on a land contract and are making monthly payments. They did not have a lawyer's help -- just family advice.
Things went along pretty well for a while. Then the mortgage on the building was foreclosed. They didn't even know there was a mortgage. Then it got worse: The seller had filed for bankruptcy, and the bankruptcy court considered the land contract an asset and ordered my friends to continue making those payments. It's a real mess.
So I am writing to encourage you to advise your many readers to never, never, ever get into a land contract as a buyer. -- R. S.