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On the Town: The old saying is true: honesty is the best policy

Brian Williams, former managing editor and anchor for NBC Nightly News, has been given a six-month suspension without pay. Williams, according to many sources, exaggerated on some ...

The Real McCoy: Contingency twist on buyers

Dear Kari: My husband and I have lived in our home for over 20 years. We have made several improvements to create everything we both desired. Now that our daughter is attending an ...

The Real McCoy: Snap Decisions

Dear Kari, My boyfriend and I have only been looking for two weekends and found a house that looks perfect! We want to buy it, but are reluctant to make an offer without looking a ...

Olga on Investments: Retirement plans for small businesses

Retirement plans for small businesses serve many different purposes. From a business level, the contributions into a retirement plan can be tax deductible for the company. The cont ...

From Where I Sit: How is it going? State it, politicians

‘Tis the season to drop in and see what condition our condition is in. Once all of the fanfare of Christmas and New Year’s dies down, politicians weigh in with how we&r ...

On the Town: What were those coaches thinking?

There are several items on my mind I’d like to throw out this week. First, the unbelievable play-calling by the Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX. I don’t mean to keep beati ...

The Real McCoy: Supplemental bill surprises buyers after closing escrow

Dear Kari,  I bought a home over six months ago. A few weeks after I bought my home, I received a Supplemental Real Property Tax bill just like my agent told me and I paid it ...

From Where I Sit: Looking to the sky, and to God, for an end to ongoing drought

The monthly snow survey for January shows that California is only at 25 percent of normal. January’s final rain figure was 0.01 percent of an inch. It is official – th ...

On the Town: Letters from our readers

Several weeks ago I ran a contest offering free tickets to the Northern California Home and Landscape Expo. Rather than just pull names out of a hat, I thought it would be appropri ...

The Real McCoy: Buyer defaulted, is it right to keep deposit money?

Dear Kari, My wife and I listed our home and finally after four months received a good offer. After the acceptance of the offer the buyers requested us to do all kinds of repairs. ...