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The Real McCoy: The mystery underwriter

Dear Kari, I am in the process of trying to buy a home. I met with my lender who requested a mountain of paperwork. After bringing it all in and making sure it was all up to ...

City Scene: Congratulations, Folsom graduates

Folsom is abuzz this time of year with graduations, end-of-school year celebrations, final Little League games and the anticipation of a long-awaited summer. Seeing local students ...

On the Town: Planes, panes and automobiles

Has this ever happened to you? You’re already behind schedule, the plane is full to capacity, you pull away from the terminal, you’re waiting your turn to take off and ...

From Where I Sit: The daily danger of driving

You never know, do you? We don’t give it a second thought. We get up, get in our car and get going. It rarely if ever occurs to us that we may be heading towards our death. ...

The Real McCoy: Are lowball offers even worth countering?

Dear Kari, I listed my home with my agent and after just a few weeks I received a good news call from her telling me I have two offers on my home. My mindset was filled with excit ...

On the Town: The true meaning of Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day. To many, Memorial Day signifies a day off from work, a day at the lake, picnics, parades, barbecuing and parties. I believe many fail to realize th ...

The Real McCoy: Understanding contingency benefits

Dear Kari,   I have desired purchasing a home for the last 10 years. Although I have had the means, my reservations were overwhelming. Now I find myself geared up to tak ...

Olga on Investments: How to lower college costs

You can lower the cost of college in a number of ways. The deciding factors in achieving your cost goals may be limited only by your flexibility. The primary way to lower the cost ...

Time to Talk: Don’t fall in the parent trap

Q: The relationship between my teenage son and his dad is quickly deteriorating. My husband feels constantly disrespected and is morphing into a bigger disciplinarian. My son is pu ...

From Where I Sit: It’s true, music never dies Tom

In these times an old guy like me thinks it marvelous to have music options such as IHeartRadio or Pandora. Last week the Pandora shuffle played “What Becomes of the Broken H ...

On the Town: Over and over again

This item may sound off the wall, but I found it very interesting and I’d like to share it with you. Have you ever had a song, jingle or some other melodic intrusion get stu ...

The Real McCoy: Top tips for selling a condo

Dear Kari, I am going to be selling my condo and I would appreciate any advice you may offer me. Answer: I am glad you asked that question because there are certain significant ...

Olga on Investments: Important topics to discuss with family before it’s too late

Passing away is not on many people’s list of favorite discussion topics. Since people find the subject uncomfortable, it often goes undiscussed and pushed aside until it&rsqu ...

Chamber Connection: Future Folsom’s so bright you’ve got to wear shades

A primary goal of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce is preparing local businesses for the future. On Thursday at the annual Future Folsom event, we have an incredible lineup of speake ...

On the Town: How did Mother’s Day come about?

Every year at this time I like to devote the column to Mother’s Day. And since Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day, I’d like to share some history on the origins of th ...