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House Calls: How to Discriminate


Hi, Edith: I was a newspaper copy editor for nearly 20 years, and I faithfully edited your column for my paper. But even after all those years of reading your column each week, I need a little help. I own a duplex, and I live in one side and ...

House Calls: Prepay Mortgage or Not


Ms. Lank: My husband and I are debating whether or not we should pay more toward our principal. We currently have an adjustable-rate 10-year loan (it'll be eight more years before it can go up) with a 3.25 percent interest rate. He's retired, and ...

House Calls: Agent Dilemma


Dear Edith: We plan to sell our house in the spring. We interviewed three Realtors and told one we plan to sign with her at the end of the month. In the meantime, we notified our neighborhood and have shown the house to two parties. In our mail ...

House Calls: How to Start in Real Estate


Dear Ms. Lank: Since assisting my sister with the sale of her house, I find the idea of selling homes and preparing homes for sale interesting. I contacted the state and got a list of locations with classes on real estate sales and broker ...

House Calls: Lake House Inherited


Dear Edith: Six siblings inherited a lake house in 1986. It has been enjoyed by all families for years. However, now there is a need for extensive improvements. No one wants to put the money into it, but no one wants to see it go for taxes. Four ...

House Calls: Cheaper Than Suing


This past week, lots of readers were commenting on each other's problems. Here's the simplest suggestion that came in for those unhappy condo owners: Hi Edith: I read your column regarding the folks suffering from secondhand smoke from the condo ...

House Calls: Voice From the Past


Hi Edith: We were having a discussion about the definition of "abstract of title." I pulled out your book "Modern Real Estate Practice in New York" for the answer. End of discussion! Thanks for your continued advice to sellers who think their ...

House Calls: How to Sell


Dear Edith: My wife and I are approaching our 80s and thinking about selling our cottage. It is on the water at the Eastern end of Lake Ontario. In 1992, we bought and cleared the lot. We had a shell put up. Over the years, we made improvements to...

House Calls: Dropping Escrow


Dear Edith: You discussed escrow in a recent column, but you didn't say whether I could talk my bank into letting me get out of it. Do you have any advice? -- P. I. Answer: If you were to not keep up with your fire insurance premiums and the ...

House Calls: Worried About Transfer on Death


Dear Edith: When my parents died, my brother and I inherited their house. I live in it now. I'm 70 years old, and I have reasons for needing the house to only be in my name. My brother says I can just take his name off the deed and write him in a ...