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Pricing makes the difference in home sales

Question: Dear Kari, I have had my home listed for sale with my agent for two months with no offers as of yet. My agent says it is the price and wants to reduce it sooner than la ...

Blessings by the bird feeder

It’s not that I hate squirrels. They are fun to watch, scampering about. My problem comes when I want to feed the birds. We have had a basic feeder hanging on the tree out f ...

How much home can I afford?

Question:  Dear Kari, My son just got married and now he and his wife would like to buy a home. He asked me how he will know how much house they can afford. Theref ...

Folsom Historic District in 2019

As I begin to write this article each month, I try to find something that will stand as a theme for the 500 words I am entrusted with for this column. This particular month, as we ...

A New Year, a new calendar

It all started with a calendar, not even a store-bought one. Back in the day, a business would give away a basic wall calendar with their name on it. It was nothing fancy, no frill ...

The possible impact of co-signing

Question: Dear Kari, My daughter and son-in-law have asked me to co-sign on a loan so they can buy their first home. The way it was described to me makes the process sound s ...

And now, happy normal year

Once again, Merry Christmas! Did you get what you wanted? Did you give what you wanted? Are your decorations still up? Looking back on past diaries, I came across 2010. That must ...

An inside look at the Inspector General situation

In August, the County Board of Supervisors were thrust into the local media spotlight after Sheriff Scott Jones lost faith in the Inspector General (an independent contractor retai ...

Growing together to support all students' success

As we close out 2018 and prepare for the holidays ahead, I want to acknowledge and thank our staff, families and community partners for your tireless efforts to support our student ...

Low offer, what should a seller do?

Question: Dear Kari, My Realtor helped me list my home over two months ago. I have had several showings, but not one offer. I have been fairly depressed as one could imagine ...

Folsom’s a generous community

Folsom has been awarded the 2018 Paving the Way Award for outstanding economic development results by the Sacramento Economic Council. This amazing honor is the result of diligent ...

The old man with the white beard is here

I didn’t have enough room for the complete title. It reads in full, “the jolly old fat man with the white beard.” And just like that, Christmas 2018 arrives, and ...

Does a seller have to make repairs?

Question: Dear Kari, I am selling my home and my real estate agent just handed me a thick stack of papers that I need to fill out regarding my home. He referred to ...

Where is he that is born king of the Jews?

Merry (early) Christmas! The story of Jesus’ birth is found in only two chapters of the Bible – Matthew 1 and 2 and Luke 1 and 2. In Matthew 1, the story picks up wher ...

Holiday season in Folsom

My husband Jay and I recently attended the Folsom Historic District Tree Lighting ceremony in the heart of Folsom, something we’ve done together since our children were very ...