Selling Mom’s house to pay health costs

Weighing options in forced sale

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DEAR BERNICE: I appreciate your helping people like me who are like babes in the woods when it comes to real estate stuff. My mom died recently in an out-of-state nursing home. I am the executor of her estate. Mom had no money and neither do I, but her house is paid for. That's a good thing because I am recently unemployed. The house sits on three-fourths of an acre that was originally two separate lots. The roof has major leaks, one of which caused a 2-foot-by-4-foot hole in the ceiling. Possums have taken up residence in the attic. They stare at me with impunity. Raccoons are now living under the house. I use bug spray to keep them from moving into the main house. The house, which needs paint inside and out, has original electrical wiring from the 1950s and three of the sinks are not working. Part of the front porch needs replacing. That would have to be repaired before I could move out my Mom's grand piano, provided the movers could get through the clutter. Medi-Cal is...