About Your Home

Dear Monty column: Is raising the price $5,000 for buyer closing cost illegal?

I recently sold a home, and the buyer didn’t have enough money for closing costs. They asked me to sign papers that raised the purchase price $5,000. I want to know because the buyer got $1,000 of my hard-earned money. On the day of the closing, I hadn’t cleaned everything, so I told his lawyer I needed another day to finish up. They agreed, but I thought it was midnight the next day, and it was noontime. I made a mistake, so legally, they can do that. I want to recoup my money the same way they took it from me.

Dear Monty column: Timing your real estate transaction

Our home has been on the market for one month. We started at $698,500 and reduced it to $685,000 after two weeks. The house is 3,564 square feet in a desirable older neighborhood. We’ve had two showings and much positive feedback. The only negative is that we have no backyard. Our agent now is recommending we lower the price again. We are not in a hurry to move as we have no other place in mind. Do we lower the price or take it off the market and relist it when we are ready?

How to get rid of that moldy smell in your home

“What’s that horrible moldy smell in my bathroom? Eek!” Yes, I confess: I am terrified of mold. Sometimes I fear that having written so much about mold, mildew and fungus, I imagine them lurking everywhere. However, this was no fantasy—that “unwashed socks” odor was very real. Now I had to track down the cause … and get rid of it.

Dear Monty: 10 facts to help you find the best mortgage loan

How can I find the best mortgage loan? Monty’s Answer: I answered this question several years ago, but it bears repeating. Comparing the cost of mortgage loans is a challenge for most mortgage shoppers. Do this before you look for your home. The most helpful lender may also have the best preapproval letter. Here are 10 facts to help you find the right loan.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass