Newsletter - September 2017
Be Aware and Stay Current - Protect Your Greatest Investment - Your Home
Local Corner

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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

North County
Single Family Residential:
Sourced from: California Regional MLS
California Real Estate Facts:
  • Median Home Price
  • California - $549,000

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

  • Lowest Median Home Price
  • Tulare - $219,950
Sourced from: California Regional MLS

Contact me for a Free Evaluation for your Real Estate Needs.
Ron Johnson
Month Event Highlights
To know your communities, visit:

Paso Robles:

September 1 - Classic Car Cruise Night
Spring Street - 6-8pm

September 2 - City Park Classic Car Show
City Park - 9am to 4pm

September 16 - Arte De Tiza
Downtown City Park - 8am

September 16 - Taste of Downtown
Downtown City Park - 11am to 4pm


September 9th and 10th - Dog Splash Days
Templeton Community Pool

September 30th - Templeton Oktoberfest
Templeton Park - 1pm to 5pm


September 30th - 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament
Sunken Gardens - 10am to 6pm
Local Article

Modified Loans Re-defaulting at Faster Rates

Loans that have been modified since 2014 are re-defaulting at faster rates than those that were modified in prior years, according to a new report.
Seventy-five percent of the loans that re-defaulted did so within the first two years after receiving a loan modification, according to analysis of Fannie Mae loan data.

“Relative to prior years, recent trends indicate more modifications made to borrowers that have prior failed loan modifications, lower payment reductions, and lower credit scores,” says Samuel So, Fitch Ratings director.

Fitch analyzed about 700,000 loans, with cumulative unpaid principal balances of $135 billion, that had been permanently modified between 2010 and 2015.

Fitch’s study found that loans modified more recently had lower average FICO scores and a higher number of prior modifications, which appeared to be related to higher redefault risk.
In 2009, the average FICO score was 655 and only 1 percent of loans had multiple modifications. By 2015, the average FICO score was 592, and 34 percent of the loans had multiple modifications, the Fitch Ratings study showed.

Source: Recently Modified Loans Redefault at a Faster Pace ,” National Mortgage News (Feb. 9, 2017)
Local Real Estate Viewpoint

By: Ron Johnson
"Modified Loans; are they good, but may not always be what they seem." Ron Johnson

There are many homeowners who were able to get "Loan Modifications" after the housing recession which started 10 years ago. When those people received those Loan Modifications at the time they probably thought they were a gift from "God" or the Government.

That lower monthly payment was heaven sent at the time, but at what cost? Most people just know they had a lower monthly payment, with no real consideration of how they got it. The how may impact them when they are ready to sell their home.

First, many people were promised forgiveness for a portion of the principle they owed, but I'm aware of some cases where in actuality the reduced principle was recorded as a second loan on the property which must be paid.

Second, others just had their monthly payments reduced. This was done by either converting their loans to a longer term (say 50 years) or deferring interest to principle. A longer term loan just slows the rate of payoff, but for those situations of deferred interest, the principle can increase significantly. So that home that was purchased in 2007 for $500,000 loan, in 2010 a loan modification to lower the payments may now have a principle balance of $550,000.

Property values, in general have recovered from the recession, but not enough to cover that additional principle balance forcing many unsuspecting people into a Short Sale situation.

e-mail: Ron Johnson
Cooking Corner

Happy Labor Day

Beer Margarita

Yes, this is not a typo. Be adventurous and brave, just try it. You can experiment with some of your favorite beers. Recipe

Barbecued Burgers and Sauce

This is the juiciest hamburger and best sauce I have had in a long time. Simple, is always best. Top with home grown tomatoes and lettuce, don't forget the American Cheese. Now you are talking. Recipe

American Potato Salad

Just a good old fashioned, down home potato salad recipe that brings back memories of picnics in the park and family gatherings. Slice some of those home grown tomatoes as a topping. Recipe
Wine FAQs

It's Wine Harvest Season

How do grape growers know when to harvest?

The best wine growers are so familiar with the taste of ripeness that they can walk down a row tasting grapes and know intuitively when to pick. However, there is a fair amount of science to back this up. Just so you know, timing the harvest is the  single most important decision a grower or winemaker makes each year.

  • Sweetness Level - Wine grapes are much sweeter than table grapes. This is an important distinction because the sweetness level determines the resulting alcohol level.
  • Physiological Ripeness - Physiological ripeness means the other parts of the grape (the seeds, skin and stems) are also ripe. The seeds will taste less bitter and change color from green to yellowish.
  • Ever want to work the Harvest, need a source for grapes or equipment. Check out this website: Winebusiness

Source: Wine Folly
California News

Current Economic Confidence Index 

U.S. Economic Confidence Continues to Rise in August

Americans' economic perceptions have been mostly positive throughout 2017. This is a fundamental change from 2008 through most of 2016, when pessimism prevailed.

Current Conditions Component Registers Nine-Year High

Americans' economic expectations turned positive last week for the first time since April, with the outlook component rising four points to +3. This reflects 48% of Americans saying the economy is "getting better" and 45% saying it is "getting worse."

Bottom Line

After stagnating for much of the summer, Americans' confidence in the economy has been rising throughout August, including a three-point increase last week. Confidence is now the strongest it has been since early March and, more generally, is at one of its highest points in the past nine years.

Overall satisfaction with the state of the economy, meanwhile, may be one reason that Americans' perceptions of several major business and industry sectors have risen to  14-year highs.

Source: Gallup Daily, by Andrew Dugan

Innovative Water Source

These Solar Panels Generate Drinking Water From the Air

I'm on the rooftop of a building in Santa Monica on an overcast day, checking out solar panels from a company called Zero Mass Water. These are not just your typical energy creating panels - they are busy pulling water out of the air.

"It turns out there is more water in the air than all the fresh water in the planet," explains Zero Mass Water CEO Cody Friesen.

Zero Mass Water has managed to create a green source of water and their panels are now available to homeowners in California and Arizona, although the company says they will work anywhere in the world.

Although their current price is prohibitively expensive for many homeowners, they practically pay for themselves in about 4 years if you're currently buying bottled water. It also just feels neat knowing that you're going green and creating your own water supply, seemingly from thin air.

Ron Johnson
Owner, Broker, REALTOR®
BRE# 01356629

Realty Expressions
Paso Robles, California

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