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House Calls: House Doll-Up


Ms. Lank: We need advice about fixing up the house for sale without spending much money. We are limited. What really matters? -- A. Answer: Some brokers feel the condition of a house can make a difference of as much as 10 percent in the eventual ...

House Calls: Getting a Mortgage


Ms. Lank: We found the house we want to buy without using an agent, but we aren't sure how to get a mortgage. Any advice is welcome. -- P. I. Answer: If you have an account with a local bank, that's the place to start. It'll refer you to the ...

House Calls: Signing Purchase Contract


Dear Edith: This is the first time we've bought a house, and our agent says when we find the right one, she'll draw up the contract and we'll sign it right there. My father always advised I should never sign a contract until a lawyer has looked it...

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 ...

House Calls: Investment Property


Ms. Lank: My wife is all fired up about the real estate people we see on TV. Do you have an opinion about investing in the courses they offer? They offer a free session at a motel here. Any advice about investing in real estate will be welcome. -...

House Calls: Price to Offer


Ms. Lank: We need advice fast. We've found the house we want. What can we do to feel out the seller before we sign anything? Is it usual to start low and bargain back and forth? Does an offer have to be written? -- Answer: First off,...

House Calls: Worried About Zillow


Dear Edith: I have a question about appraisals and home values. Our house is appraised for tax purposes at a lower value than the house next door, which has greater square footage. The houses were built on same-sized lots about 20 years ago. But ...

House Calls: Finding the Bargains


Dear Edith: We are just starting out, and we can afford to buy a home if we can find a bargain. But we don't want to make a mistake and end up with problems. We'd appreciate any advice. -- R. J. Answer: Yes, perfectly good bargain houses are out ...

House Calls: Judgment Problem


Edith: Five siblings have a contract to sell their father's house that they inherited. One has a judgment against him. The broker says the house can't close without that judgment being paid off. None of the others want to pay the judgment, because...

House Calls: Consult a CPA


I try to hold the "see a lawyer" response down to once a week, but this week's response to keep down could probably be "consult a CPA." Trust Beneficiary Dear Mrs. Lank: My mother-in-law sold her house in 2016. The house was built in 1955...