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Pay attention to the stories you tell. The more you focus on the negative, whether your failings or the failings of others, the greater likelihood you’ll see yourself and others in a negative light. Whether looking for a job, wanting to keep the one you have, or reaching for the next one, ch…

Employees need feedback. Good employees want it. Effective feedback is timely and developmental, letting employees know what’s working and why, and what can work better. It lets them know how they impact their co-workers, bosses, clients and customers, and how to improve that impact.

Dear Edith: My partner and I are looking to buy a house. The broker we contacted showed us several houses. She recently wanted my partner to sign an exclusive contract with her to show us any other houses. No matter what type of house we buy, and whether we were to buy it through an agent or…

Dear Edith: I’m studying for my real estate license, and last week, we discussed mortgages. I still can’t get “mortgagor” and “mortgagee” straight in my mind. I told our professor that I’d email you to see whether you could help. By the way, we sometimes talk about your column in class.

A few weeks ago, a reader wrote in with what she called a rant — an account of the “grief” she and her husband felt after their real estate broker staged their longtime home to put it on the market. She couldn’t believe buyers would rather see a house in which she and her husband were “impri…

Dear Mrs. Lank: Our Realtor listed our house two weeks ago and now she is planning to have an open house next weekend. She has asked us to leave the house and go somewhere for those three hours. She says it will work better. We’re not sure, is this usual? — F.I.

Dear Ms. Lank: I recently read one of your columns in the paper. R and M.T. wrote that they inherited a property in a different state and wanted to sell it. They were being bothered with correspondences from people they thought wanted to buy the property. I think they would be amazed at how …

Dear Edith: What do you think of an older person buying a house or a condo? I’ll be 70 this year. I am single, and I have excellent credit. I’ve been looking for an apartment, and landlords seem to really jack up the prices, at lease this time of year. I pay $1,100 a month, so I think I can …

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