SandwichINK Real Estate Information - Page 7 of 57 - Real Estate Info and News for Boomers, Seniors, and Other Multigenerational Caregivers

My prayer for the United States - leaders and all - to follow Jesus - the LIGHT of the world - on this patriotic holiday and beyondTis the season! No, it's not time for jingle bells. It's time for a Patriotic Holiday full of FIREWORKS and patriotic music FUN. Which I enjoy, as do my grandkids. But the granddogs aren't so fond of them and even my senior mom occasionally gets a bit nervous if there are very loud ones near by. So I just keep reminding her it's almost Independence Day and if it were to really bother her, I'd have her keep music or her TV on more often. So far, it's been fairly quiet but I suspect this week it will get a bit noisier each day. How about you?

And, as far as taking her out to see any fireworks, she hasn't wanted to do that for years. She and my dad used to live in Hawaii (The climate was great for his Parkinson's Disease so he could keep walking and active all year. It was a real blessing!). They enjoyed fireworks over the water many times during their stay there. But once they were back on the mainland, she was just not that keen. She has very VERY good hearing and the snap crackle and pop get to her.

When the grandkids are in town, I often enjoy watching fireworks with them and that's a real treat. But when they are off visiting friends or family, I usually just watch a few on TV or YouTube while working on real estate projects and then call it a night. If you're in the same situation, or perhaps caregiving is keeping you close to home, here is a grand 30 minute video for both of us as well as our senior parents. I bet even my mom will like it – no noise – just lots of grand patriotic music  by U.S. Military Bands. 

Weren't those lovely! And didn't you enjoy the rousing patriotic music. That's actually my favorite part of any patriotic holiday. It's so stirring! A delightful time for a delightful week. Have a blessed and beautiful and SAFE holiday – in OR out of the Sandwich Generation. 🙂 

P.S. Want to listen to even more patriotic music during this holiday week – some with and some without fireworks? Cick here to find my patriotic music playlist at YouTube. 🙂 

Fun for boomer and senior grandparents in OR out of the Sandwich Generation at the Grand Social


SandwichINK Real Estate Information - Page 7 of 57 - Real Estate Info and News for Boomers, Seniors, and Other Multigenerational Caregivers

Summer is here and the flowers as well as the real estate market are definitely sprouting. At least, it is at my Keller Williams office. This seems like a grand time to bring you up-to-date on how the market is doing in regards to home availability and sales for those of us caring for elderly parents.

Here's a chart to show how the market is doing here for all regular real estate transactions – homes sold vs homes bought over the past year, through May, 2014.

Regular transaction market trends via Kaye Swain REALTOR

This chart shows the number of homes specifically designated "disabled access" bought and sold over the past year, through May, 2014.

Disabled access real estate market trends via Kaye Swain

Here's a chart that reflects the number of single story homes bought and sold over the past year.

single story homes real estate transactions via Kaye Swain

And this chart is for the number of two story homes with 1 3/4 bathrooms (hopefully indicating a bedroom and bathroom with shower or tub downstairs – though not always). And again, that is for the past year ending May 2014.

2 story homes sold via Kaye Swain

As you can see, there are plenty of homes for buyers to pick from – which is especially nice when you are looking for specific needs such as accessibility options for disabled loved ones, single story only or a bedroom and bathroom on the main floor, etc. like so many of us involved in caregiving need. Not to mention specifics to help with multigenerational needs. It can be a bit daunting to search for your specific needs online. But a REALTOR with access to the full MLS has many more ways to search and it becomes much easier. 

It appears to be a bit more challenging for homeowners who want to sell your home. Trust me, there are plenty of homes selling in my Keller Williams office! But it really pays to have your home looking extra sharp, decluttered, depersonalized, etc. I have several Pinterest boards with ideas for home staging, preparing to sell your house, and more with great tips, resources and info to help you as you prepare to sell your home. Just click here.

I hope your summer has started out well with no summer allergies or colds and lots of lovely flowers and water vistas. We are blessed with both here and it always puts a smile on my face. And if you're ready to jump into buying or selling your home in this area or beyond, do give me a call. I'd love to help you with your real estate needs – either locally or by finding you a REALTOR experienced in helping fellow boomers and seniors with their real estate and caregiving needs – Call Kaye – 657-229-5293 or

P.S. One of the lovely flowers in our neighborhood to put a smile on YOUR face. 🙂 

These hydrangeas remind me of the ones I had in Roseville California