Newsletter - February 2018
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Local Corner

Hotel Cheval
#1 Small Hotel in the US by TripAdvisor 

"I have always enjoyed the Pony Bar with its horse shoe shaped bar" Ron Johnson

TripAdvisor has recognized 8,095 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide. This year, the awards celebrate hotel winners in 10 categories.
“This year’s Travelers’ Choice awards for Hotels recognize thousands of exceptional accommodations that received the highest marks for overall experience, including service, amenities and value, from travelers worldwide,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications. “The global TripAdvisor community informed this list of winners that will inspire and help travelers find the hotel that’s right for them as they plan and book their next amazing trip.”

Source: Paso Robles Daily News
Local Vineyard Listings

Live Your Dream. Become a part of the dream, not just experiencing. Let others enjoy your dream.

Ron Johnson - Specialized Winery Evaluations Training

Sourced from: California Regional MLS
Paso Robles Wineries:
Find out what varietals are produced by the  Paso Robles Wineries, as well as learn a little about each varietal or blend style. Use this list along with your  Wine Tasting Map to help plan your tasting tour in the Paso Robles Wine Country.

Paso Robles Breweries:
Use this  Brewery List and Map to visit this areas growing Beer Industry.

Paso Robles Spirit Producers:
Check out the  Paso Robles Distillery Trail to add to your wine tours.
Quick Real Estate Facts

Available North County
Single Family Residential:
Search: Buying | Selling

Sourced from: California Regional MLS
North County Yearly Snapshot:

Let's Take a Current Inventory for Single Family Residences:

  • Days On Market: 59
  • Sold Median Price: $546,272
  • Number of Properties on the Market: 269
  • Number of Properties Sold: 91

Sourced from: California Regional MLS
If you are:
Buying | Selling | Investing | Need Consultation
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Owner, Broker, REALTOR®

Ron Johnson

What's in the News

These Real Estate Trends Will Be Game-Changers in 2018

Cicely Wedgeworth  | Nov 29, 2017

From housing inventory to price appreciation to generational and regional shifts, these are the top trends that will shape, and reshape , real estate markets in 2018.

1: Supply finally catching up with demand.
Bullish construction is the engine that’s turning this ship around, bringing new homes to the market and creating opportunity for people to trade up into new homes. But those itching to buy a starter home may have to be patient for a while longer.
As the market eases, home prices are expected to slow to 3.2% growth year over year nationally. But again, it’s the higher-priced homes that will be appreciating less. And even slower appreciation still means that prices will continue to rise.

2: Millennials starting to come into their own.
Sorry, all of that student loan debt isn’t just going to disappear—but there are some bright spots on the horizon for these millions of Americans.
And as the largest generation in U.S. history reaches that sweet spot in their 20s to 30s when they're settling down and starting families, they're particularly motivated to buy. Millennials could make up 43% of home buyers taking out a mortgage by the end of 2018, up from an estimated 40% in 2017.
They probably shouldn't wait too long to buy, either—mortgage rates are expected to reach 5% by the end of 2018.

3: Southern homes selling like crazy.
When it comes to home sales growth, bet on  Southern cities  to beat the national average in 2018.
The South has been luring corporations and individuals to its balmy cities with its low costs of real estate, and living in general. As soon as there are more homes to sell, these places will be selling strong.

4: Tax reform (maybe)
The Republican Party’s proposed changes to the tax system could change everything —but with both the House and Senate versions in limbo, the jury is still out on this one. If a version of tax reform does pass with the current provisions affecting real estate, Hale says she would expect to see fewer home sales and declining home prices. However, it would be the upper price tiers that would likely be affected the most, especially in California.

Local Real Estate Viewpoint

By: Ron Johnson
"Local Viewpoint of 2018 Game Changers" Ron Johnson

Supply finally catching up with Demand The local inventory continues to shrink, and unlike the national viewpoint there's isn't a lot of additional supply becoming available locally. There has not been a major subdivision built in over 10 years. There are 3 major projects which have been in planning stages for years, but none of these will help the supply problem in 2018.

Millennials starting to come into their own
Millennials are are not a large segment of the local market. The national number of 43% doesn't translate to the local market.

Southern Home selling like Crazy
The housing market in the Southeast is hot now. Although not mentioned in the 2018 Game Changers article, Nashville is one of the hottest markets in the country. Of course it's median price is less than half the local median price.

Tax Reform
The final Tax Reform passed wasn't as onerous on real estate as some of the early proposals, but the impact on higher priced homes is still an unknown.

Proposed California Game Changer
The biggest "Game Changer" that will impact the California market is a proposed Ballot measure sponsored by the California Association of REALTORS. The proposal would allow home owners in California to transfer their tax basis anywhere in the state. Currently the tax basis can be transferred in the same county for older home owners with limitations. The should allow people who are retired in place with larger homes than they need to move to locations and homes that fit their current lifestyles and not be penalized on taxes.

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Wine FAQs

Whether a vineyard is your hobby or a potentially money making investment, it’s essential to start off on the right track.

Prepare for Successful Grape Growth
  • Learn - On the job training is the best way to learn.
  • Purpose - Produce grapes that will be sold, or to make your own wine.
  • Local Climate - Know the average temperatures, number of growing days in the season, frost and freeze days, and precipitation (rainfall).
  • Variatal - Ideally warm summers, mild winters, no late freezes, and few chances for spring frost. Temperatures above 60ºF at night and above 70ºF during the day, very little shade.
  • Test the soil. Best at pH between 5.5 and 6.5 and no higher than 7, and good drainage
Planting Your Vineyard
  • Determine the right number of vines.Use the equation 5X/20 = desired gallons of wine. “X” represents the number of vines.
  • Lay out your vineyard. Minimum 6 feet between vineyard rows and 3 feet between plants.
  • Dig the holes. Six to eight inches in diameter, four to six inches deep.
  • Set up a trellis and training systems.
Running a Successful Vineyard
  • Create a business plan. How much capital you’ll need and when you will produce a profit.
  • Have a plan to sell your product. Make connections and strategize early.
  • Complete your regulatory forms. You’ll need to go through licensing, sales, and tax applications required. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau handles these regulations in the US.

Cooking Corner

Happy Valentine's Day

French Silk Chocolate Pie

This pie is delicious. I have been making it for over 25 years. Garnish each slice with whipped topping and chopped walnuts if you like. Recipe, Whip Cream in a Jar

Sweet 'n' Hot Glazed Salmon

Try this one! This recipe is by far the best complement for salmon. Not only is this recipe delicious, it has the added bonus of being an very healthy dish. Great for dinner parties, paired with rice pilaf, green beans, and salad. Recipe
Month Event Highlights
To know your communities, visit:

Paso Robles:
February 3 - Art After Dark
1130 Pine - 6pm

February 11 - Valentine Movie - Main Street Association
Park Cinemas - 7pm

February 16-18 - Cal Poly Bonanza Jr. Livestock Show
Fairgrounds - 8am

February 24-26 - Home & Gourmet Expo
Fairgrounds - 10am to 5pm


February 10 - Sweet Heart Stroll
Downtown Atascadero - 1am to 4pm

February 25 - Wedding Faire
Pavilion on the Lake - 3:30pm tp 6:30pm
California and Beyond
California Real Estate Facts:
  • Median Home Price
  • California - $549,560

  • Highest Median Home Price
  • San Mateo - $1,500,000

  • Lowest Median Home Price
  • Lassen - $175,000
Sourced from: California Association of REALTORS

Contact me for a Free Evaluation for your Real Estate Needs.
Ron Johnson
REALTORS® Reported Strong Buyer Traffic but Weak Supply in Many States in November 2017

Posted in  Economist Commentaries , by  Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton, Research Economist on January 17, 2018
Buyer conditions in many states were “stable” to “very strong”, except in North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Louisiana, and West Virginia.

Nationally, the  REALTORS® Buyer Traffic Index  (62) indicates that buyer demand is stronger compared to conditions in the same month last year.

A strong buyer’s market has bolstered home prices. Many states which have “strong” buyer traffic, such as Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, North Carolina, and New Mexico are facing “weak” seller traffic conditions.

Ron Johnson
Owner, Broker, REALTOR®
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Realty Expressions
Paso Robles, California

REALTOR® of the Year, Paso Robles AOR 2015
Vice Chairman, Central Coast Regional MLS 2014
President, Paso Robles AOR 2013
State Director, Paso Robles AOR 2011-2013
Local Director, Paso Robles AOR 2010
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