Real Estate Made Simple

Whether you are learning for the first time or being refreshed on the basics, you will be entertained and impressed with what our smart office helper has to say!

Timing The Market

Nobody really knows if real estate prices are going up or down. Even the world's smartest economists are often wrong when deciding whether you should buy, sell or hold. You need to take into consideration with your own unique situation including the market in general. At the Mike Dunfee Group we will be happy to help you come up with the plan that is right for you.

The 4P’s to a Successful Home Sale

Every home seller should know the four P’s essential to success in selling their home: Pricing, Promotion, Presentation and Professional Representation. If you have all four covered, you’ll do great.

Estimating California Property Tax

In California, property taxes are estimated at an annual rate 1.25% of the properties’ assessed value. This is either included with your mortgage payment or you can make two semiannual payments directly to the county tax assessor.

Tenant Relations

If you own rental property, you are a landlord. That means you are in the business of providing housing. Your tenants are your customers. How do you treat your customers? Most people are better off hiring a professional management company to do it right.

Fast Money in Real Estate?

If you're trying to make a fast buck in real estate, there's a good chance you'll get burned. Investing for the long term is a much safer bet, play the long game, that's where the real money is made.

Your First Real Estate Investment

The first real estate investment most people should make is the home they live in. Then look at rental property. Your home is an investment with a huge impact on your quality of life. Plus, you get tax benefits and a hedge against inflation.

Understanding Tax Implications

Understand the tax implications when deciding to sell or lease your rental property. Sometimes it is OK to pay the taxes. That means you made money. So please talk to your tax professional and then contact the Mike Dunfee Group to help you come up with the best strategy to fit your needs.

On Keeping Your Rent Competitive

When leasing out a property keep your rent competitive. That way you will get the best tenants to choose from. You will also increase cash flow by decreasing your vacancy time.

On Home Inspections

When you are buying a home be sure to have a professional home inspection. Even if you are buying “as-is”, it’s still good to have an organized list documenting the condition of your new home!

Every Home Is Valuable

There's no such thing as an inexpensive home. Even the most affordable home costs a lot. Smart buyers have an experienced agent to guide them. Contact the Mike Dunfee Group to make sure you're getting the right advice.

Smart To Hire A Manager

Rental real estate can be a great investment. However, it can be more involved than owning a mutual fund. Smart investors hire a professional property manager.

Buying Your First Home

Before you start looking at homes to buy you should get pre-approved by a lender, that way you'll know what you can spend and what your payments will be. Then, you can look for a real estate agent that you can trust.

The Best Endorsement

For all your real estate needs, there's nobody better than the Mike Dunfee Group. He's my daddy!