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What to do with a water thief

Here’s a doozy for you. This past weekend, as I was house-bound and recuperating from a cold, I heard an unusual commotion outside. Curious as to what was going on I ambled o ...

Who should keep the house after divorce?

Dear Kari,   My brother is going through a divorce and I was wondering if you would advise him on whether or not he should keep his home or should he sell it. My brother and ...

That one time I met Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher with the New York Yankees, died about a month or so ago. But before he totally fades into the sunset, I’d like to share a quaint story wi ...

I'll have a blue World Series

It’s that time of year for high school football teams that are 7-0 (yay Folsom!).  As I write this, they are playing and losing to Rocklin.  We’ll see how tha ...

Best-kept secrets for staging your home revealed

Dear Kari, My husband and I are going to be selling our home, this is our first time working with the selling process. The move is due to  a  job  transfer. We are ...

Reader-requested contest

Someone, who shall remain nameless, sent in an email asking why I haven’t run any contests lately. Well, first of all, I just returned from a two-month leave of absence. And, ...

Here comes the unpredictable future

Hotober temperatures prolong the California summer.  I saw where southern California experienced showers and, coupled with the dry ground, mudslides and flooding. There&rsqu ...

What is the real cost of co-signing a mortgage?

Dear Kari, I am in my golden years along with being a happy newlywed.  My daughter and son-in-law have asked me to co-sign on a loan so they can buy their first home.  ...

New TRID loan rules take over the real estate industry

Dear Kari: I finally called our lender back to let him know that my Fiancé and I are finally ready to be home owners.  He said that since we waited so long we will ha ...

Those oldies are goodies

Nos·tal·gia -a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. (Google) Please read the fol ...

We're waiting for our All-Wet Guest

OK, we’re waiting.  We have been told you are coming, so we have gotten ready for your arrival.  Where are you?  Please don’t show up too late. I know yo ...

What Oct. 12 really means to me

On the Town is back! After a three-month hiatus, due to scheduled surgery, the column has resumed and will be running in your paper weekly to amuse, educate and at times maybe even ...

From Where I Sit: The devolution of a movement

It is interesting to observe the rise, duration and fall of groups, nations and other movements over the years. Organizations, like the individuals who belong to them, have a fairl ...

The Real McCoy: Is buying points right for you?

Dear Kari, I have started the process of purchasing my first home. I am now at the point where the lender wants to know if I would like to pay points on my home loan or not? Since ...

From Where I Sit: Let’s stop the rude interruptions

I have an irritating habit, probably attributable to being raised on the east coast, of sometimes getting excited and interrupting whoever is on the other end of the conversation. ...