investment properties

As always, Twitter has some great resources for those of us in the Sandwich Generation who are involved in property investing: Here’s a handy site – a mailbox finder. It can help you find a mailbox to drop the mail off in an area you are unfamiliar with – where an aging relative lives, where you are planning to relocate to, etc. This looks like a good site for apartment hunting if you are relocating to be closer to aging parents. Speaking of apartment hunting as well as house hunting, here are some great hi-tech tips from LifeHacker. Oh my – if your aging parent's home is standing vacant, keep a close watch on it! Here’s some good real estate news! The 10 strongest U.S. housing markets – Handy to know if you are looking for a good place to relocate to.

US new home sales up sharply. That’s good news, too, though I’m not sure all are seeing it in their locales. My family isn’t, on either coast. How about you?  Per @HousingReporter

If you or your aging parent is trying to sell a home fast by owner, please be sure to take extra precautions and be alert at all times. This article relates the sad tale of a fake real estate agent who got into a house under false pretenses. So far, it doesn’t look like he did anything, but then again… Helpful pointers on how to grandchild-proof your home from one of my favorite real estate Twitter resources –  @blogboy. This verse is PERFECT for those dealing with real estate – in any manner!  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Some great reminders and tips for our aging parents, college-bound older kids, and even ourselves about rental property insurance! Thanks to @MonroeOnABudget One last bit of housekeeping. I am adding this site to Technorati, who would like me to add this intriguing bit of code to my site. So just for you, Technorati, because we do appreciate you VERY much. 6WAMP6SAP4UF That’s it for now, y’all. Have a great week! 🙂

Some interesting, fun, and encouraging real estate info for the Sandwich Generation from Twitter this week!

  1. @HousingReporter reports good news about our ability to sell a home fast: July home sales improve in Pinellas County (Tampa Bay, Florida); Ottawa home sales have jumped 11.5%, and Baltimore-area home sales have risen in July as well! Hooray! Now if we can just spur on California and other sluggish areas!
  2. Are you or an aging parent once again house buyers? Or perhaps looking at investment properties? Here’s a good article on mortgage rate locks and how to avoid problems with them –
  3. @Nerdnews found an intriguing article at LifeHacker. The Trap Door Desk would be a great way to help conserve space if quarters are getting tight after aging parents and/or grandkids have moved in to your house, and room additions are not a viable option.
  4. For all you Sandwich Generation business owners, Paul Chaney has another book, The Digital Handshake: Seven Proven Strategies to Grow Your Business Using Social Media, coming out and you can download the 8th chapter on Social Media for free. It deals with social networks and is titled Social Networks Strengthen Your Social Graph. It looks like this book, coming out soon, is as interesting and useful as his book, Realty Blogging: Build Your Brand and Out-Smart Your Competition, which I have underlined like you wouldn’t believe!
  5. This is a duplicate tweet from SandwichINK because I felt it was vital to both sites. 🙂 Alzheimer's Caregiving: Home Safety Per @mike_gamble
  6. Last, but definitely not least, How to Grow Your Own Living House. This is TOO COOL!!! Not sure my adult kids would want to do this, but wouldn’t the grandkids love it! 🙂

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