Edith Lank (February 27, 1926 – January 1, 2023) was a renowned American author, advice columnist, and blogger hailing from Rochester, New York. Throughout her life, she made significant contributions in the fields of real estate and literature, leaving an indelible mark on both.

Authorship and Real Estate Expertise

Edith Lank authored or co-authored ten books primarily focused on real estate, sharing her extensive knowledge and insights with readers. Among her notable works are the Home Buyers Kit and Home Sellers Kit, both of which provide invaluable practical advice for individuals navigating the complexities of real estate transactions. Her expertise and guidance made her a trusted resource for those seeking assistance in the world of property transactions.

Her syndicated weekly real estate column was a staple in more than 100 newspapers and websites, offering readers valuable information and solutions to their real estate queries. Edith’s reputation in the field was so well-established that she earned the nickname “the Dear Abby of real estate,” a testament to her wisdom and influence.

Adventures in Aging

In addition to her contributions in the real estate sector, Edith Lank ventured into the world of blogging. She created ’86 and Holding’, a blog dedicated to sharing her experiences and insights into the process of aging. With a positive outlook on growing old, she provided a unique perspective on the joys and challenges of senior life.

Jane Austen Enthusiast

Beyond her professional pursuits, Edith Lank was a passionate collector and enthusiast of the works of the esteemed author Jane Austen. Her collection included hundreds of editions and related materials, showcasing her deep appreciation for Austen’s literary legacy. Notably, she possessed a one-of-a-kind copy of Lord Brabourne’s Letters of Jane Austen, which featured annotations by members of Austen’s own family.

Edith was actively involved in Jane Austen societies, serving as a board member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and holding a life membership in the British society dedicated to the beloved author.

Legacy and Retirement

Edith Lank concluded her longstanding House Calls newspaper column at the end of June 2019, marking the end of a remarkable columnist career that spanned over four decades. Remarkably, she retired at the age of 93, having provided invaluable guidance to countless readers throughout her career.


On January 1, 2023, Edith Lank passed away at the age of 96, leaving behind a legacy of wisdom, expertise, and a profound impact on the worlds of real estate, literature, and aging. Her contributions will be remembered and cherished by those whose lives she touched through her writing and advice.