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The Real McCoy: Staging tips to win the sale

Dear Kari, My husband and I are going to be selling our home and we are concerned with all the horror stories we hear from our friends and family. We were wondering if there are i ...

Olga on Investments: Ins and outs of pension plans

For many years, pensions were the main source of retirement income besides Social Security. Yet pensions are becoming more and more scarce in the corporate world. Since many teache ...

The Real McCoy: Should you take a risk on that fixer-upper?

Dear Kari, My wife and I have been trying to buy a home. We both have good jobs and we do not have that much extra time to fix up a home. We were clear with our real estate agent ...

From Where I Sit: ‘It’s not my fault,’ and all too common phrase

I try to do the right thing, but I do not always take the high road and shoulder the blame, even when the situation may be my fault. I’m not a sociopath or anything like that ...

On the Town: Highlighting active and healthy living for local families

I received this release the other day from the folks at Fairytale Town. I know it’s not a local venue, but after I read it I knew I had to share it with you. After all, I am ...

The Real McCoy: Why would a Realtor try to sell an overpriced listing?

Dear Kari, My husband and I wanted to sell our house and buy a one-level home. We interviewed three different Realtors and two of the Realtors had similar price suggestions, yet t ...

Olga on Investments: Understand S&P, Dow and Nasdaq

Oftentimes we look at financial websites and see the S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ. Most people know that they are related to how the market is doing, but what do they represent? Wh ...

On the Town: What happened to Auburn Dam?

If you have a story you’d like to share, know of a new business opening up in town, would like to honor someone, enjoyed a great meal, found a special offer or just heard som ...

From Where I Sit: Look around, history is being made now

Last week I wrote about the goings-on in the swath of middle-eastern countries that currently takes up continuous American headlines. And although I’ve had time to think abou ...

The Real McCoy: Avoid lawsuits when selling

Dear Kari, My husband and I are in the midst of selling our home and our agent gave us a ridiculously huge stack of disclosure forms to fill out on our home. We have alw ...