Kari McCoy

Realtor refuses to work with us without a contract

Dear Kari, My husband and I were referred to a real estate agent from my brother.  My brother has bought and sold many homes with this person and speaks very highly of him. ...

Is a dual agency right for me?

Question:    When I listed my home with my realtor I made it crystal clear the I did not want to work with dual agency period. Now I have a full price offer on my home ...

Who should keep the house after divorce?

Dear Kari,   My brother is going through a divorce and I was wondering if you would advise him on whether or not he should keep his home or should he sell it. My brother and ...

Best-kept secrets for staging your home revealed

Dear Kari, My husband and I are going to be selling our home, this is our first time working with the selling process. The move is due to  a  job  transfer. We are ...

What is the real cost of co-signing a mortgage?

Dear Kari, I am in my golden years along with being a happy newlywed.  My daughter and son-in-law have asked me to co-sign on a loan so they can buy their first home.  ...

New TRID loan rules take over the real estate industry

Dear Kari: I finally called our lender back to let him know that my Fiancé and I are finally ready to be home owners.  He said that since we waited so long we will ha ...

The Real McCoy: Don’t fall for lending pitfalls

Dear Kari: My wife and I are first-time homebuyers. We did everything our lender told us to do including jumping through hoops. Toward the end of the process we went to the title ...

The Real McCoy: Sometimes, you have to reduce to win

Dear Kari, My wife and I are in a sticky situation. We have been trying to sell our home for the last three months and have had no offers yet. Our agent says it is the price and w ...

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. ...