Kari McCoy

That next home: Fixer-upper or money pit?

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 ...

The Real McCoy: Don’t get stung by hidden closing costs

Dear Kari, My significant other and I have been saving for three years for a down payment to buy a home and we have finally reached our goal. I was at church talking with my frien ...

The Real McCoy: Make or break the deal with an appraisal

Dear Kari, My husband and I just sold our home to a lovely couple with two young children. All the inspections have been accepted favorably, now we are at the point of our home be ...

The Real McCoy: Is a real estate broker better than a Realtor?

Dear Kari, My husband and I are going to be selling our home and I wanted to use my girlfriend who is a Realtor, but my husband says we have to use his cousin because he is a real ...

Roof Cert Saves the Deal

Dear Kari, My wife and I were finally able to sell our home after four months on the market. Now the buyers are telling us they want a whole new roof. I knew that fancy home inspe ...

The Real McCoy: New loan guidelines shock buyers

Dear Kari, I got qualified for a loan four months ago and I finally found a home on which I’d like to make an offer. I contacted my lender and he said now I can’t qual ...

The Real McCoy: How much house can I afford?

Dear Kari: My son is 30 and he has been married for a couple years now and my husband and I think it is time for them to move out of our home and buy a little place of their own. ...

The Real McCoy: Save some green with a 1031 tax exchange

Dear Kari, My friend owns a second property and has been bragging how she saved a bunch of money with this process she refers to as a 1031 tax exchange. How can I take advantage o ...

The Real McCoy: How does escrow really work?

Dear Kari; The last time I bought a home I was so confused all the way through the process, especially regarding escrow. This time I would like to be more informed. Could you plea ...

The Real McCoy: What is property co-ownership?

Dear Kari, My husband and I were having dinner at our closest friend’s home and the topic of homeownership was discussed. All of us have dreamt of having a home, with a yard ...