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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. ...

Olga on Investments: IRA owners limited to one rollover per year

Beginning in 2015, individuals who have an IRA account are limited to one rollover out of their accounts per 12-month period. This new law applies only to roll-overs from one IRA a ...

From Where I Sit: Write your way to clarity

Someone whose opinion I trust recently said that my recent columns have been sort of depressing. Although from my angle it is called “reality,” they had a point. So her ...

On the Town: Down by Monterey Bay

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in Monterey this past weekend. I could write quite a bit about the wonderful time we had, but, I’m sure everyone doesn&rsquo ...

The Real McCoy: Tough decision after new disclosure

Dear Kari, My wife and I have bought several homes and are not new to the buying process, but we find ourselves with a problem that we have not experienced before. We are ready to ...

On the Town: Thank goodness for On Demand, DVR and Netflix

We all know that football is played within a span of 60 minutes. Yes, I know, there are time outs, out of bounds, halftime and commercials that stretch the game to over three hour ...

Olga on Investments: Strategies to deal with debt

Paying off debt is a concern for many people. For some, debt may be preventing them from saving for goals like retirement. For others, debt is eating up the cash that they need in ...

From Where I Sit: Is there such a thing as a ‘safe’ neighborhood?

They’re out there. The bad guys are out there. Takers, losers, thieves and cheats, yes, even killers. Often when some awful story unfolds in the news about some heinous act, ...

The Real McCoy: Should a seller counter a low offer?

Dear Kari, I listed my home with my Realtor and after a few days I received a good news call from him telling me I have two offers on my home. My mindset was filled with excitemen ...