I think one of the best ways to increase wealth and add versatility to any financial portfolio is with real estate. In my experience, one of the simplest real estate investments to manage and understand is the single family rental; town homes fall under this description as well.
Buying your first home when you are already "adulting" can be daunting especially when children are involved. Unlike the 20 something buyer who has few obligations, you must consider not only the immediate needs of your partner and/or children and pets but also your future needs as well.
End of Summer buying!