Paso Robles Area Real Estate

How to clean your home in 10 minutes a day

I am a working mother of two.  I will admit, my house is not perfect.  I struggle with time management in addition to getting enough sleep and exercise.  However, my goal this year is to be better, be more efficient at work, be better at home, spend more time with the kids, keep the house a little cleaner, and get some of those home improvement projects done (you know, the ones that have been on my to do list for a few years!).   But HOW!?!?

I started listening to audio books to get inspired and maybe pick up a few tips.

The first book I listened to was “The lift changing magic of tidying up”, by Marie Kondo.  I learned that it is okay to get rid of things you don’t have a connection to (if you don’t need it and it doesn’t have sentimental value, get rid of it).  Pretty simple, Marie’s method seems a little extreme but it makes sense and was a big help in de-cluttering some spaces.  I still have more to go, but it was a great start.

The second books is the one making a bigger impact and helping me get my house into shape.  “Simply Clean, the proven method for keeping your home organized, clean and beautiful in just 10 minutes a day”, by Becky Rapinchuk.  Oh. My. Gosh!  She goes step by step into every detail, gives schedules and check lists and even gives you recipes to make your own cleaners.

I am on week 2 of the 28 day challenge.  I can honestly say, my home is much cleaner.    During the week I am still struggling with the 10 minutes every day.  One of the major changes I chose to implement immediately was doing laundry everyday (well, more like every other day) so it does not build up to one day.  Who wants to do laundry all day on their day off?  Wash, fold and put away one load a day (or every other day if that works for you) and save your day off for things you like to do!

Becky’s weeks are 6 days leaving one day for “catch up”.  Her check lists even allow for de-cluttering of drawers, cabinets and closets.  How great is that?! Once the 28 day challenge is done your house is deep cleaned and easy to maintain from there. The best part to the hole package is, if you aren’t done when your timer goes off you can chose to leave the task until another day, or finish based on your schedule.  The book is written to be flexible and give you the power to manipulate it into your own life.  The key is to do a little every day so it’s not overwhelming.

If you are thinking about buying your first home, or selling your home in the near future, she has a whole chapter about getting your house and garage organized and de-cluttered. The book even addresses maintaining the clean home for showings.

Any of you who follow my blog or social media know that I generally keep things real estate related but I felt that this topic was something that everyone can benefit from if you choose to take it a step further that reading this blog post.

Please feel free to share, like or comment below.  Please excuse any grammatical errors since I am not a writer or a perfectionist and I certainly did not get enough sleep last night.

Sneak Peek- Paso Robles Horse Property

This property will hit the market next week, but here is a sneak peek of the virtual tour.  12+/- acres, 1800+/- square foot 3 bedroom 2 bathroom log cabin, older second home (currently occupied by the caretaker), apartment above the barn, fenced and cross fenced for pastures, all located just minutes to Paso Robles and within riding distance to the Huero Huero River for trail riding.  It does not get any better than this for $1,100,000.  Call or text Wade Taylor 805-550-1078 or Alicia DiGrazia 805-838-3373 for a tour!!

1350 Penman Springs Virtual Tour

Sold 326 Wild Mustard Paso Robles

We closed a week ahead of schedule on this adorable home with a view! Thank you to everyone who made it happen! Buyers get to move in over the weekend and the sellers are snug in their new home (also purchased through us a few months ago). Thank you to Kings Mortgage and Placer Title for everything you did to make it happen!

North SLO County Real Estate

This is a look back on North County Real Estate in 2017 and some thoughts on the coming year. It’s a privilege to live and work in such a dynamic community.

Unit Sales for in town homes topped 900 properties for the second year in a row. The average sale price of residential single family homes in North County was $457,000 which reflects a 6% increase over 2016. This aforementioned market is by far the strongest market in our Community. We still have low historical inventory and new home construction is only starting to stir.  Consistent demand coupled with lower supply is where we are heading in 2018.

Homes on acreage really jumped in price to an average sale price of $742,000 which reflects a strong 12% year over year increase. These properties had been lagging a bit but pricing is catching up. Atascadero and Templeton homes on acreage led the way. Million dollar homes also got some traction in 2017. The number of million dollar sales jumped up to 54 units over 38 in 2016. There is still a year and a half of inventory in this category but we went forward. Million dollar homes are still selling for well below replacement value.

Our rental market is still strong with little vacancy. However, there are close to 200 apartment units coming on in 2018. Also, we are beginning to see more infill residential construction throughout North County. If lending conditions remain favorable, we should see a significant increase in new construction in 2019.

The Wine Industry continues to drive a hospitality and entertainment industry that is actively accelerating. We have new hotels under construction and new restaurants. Paso Robles is the focal point of all this economic activity. Wine grape prices are solid and producing vineyard prices are firm. Even though millennials are a quarter of the population these youngsters consume 42% of the U.S. wine! So we have that going for us which is nice!

Commercial Real Estate has been consistent. Retail is a little spotty with internet sales being strong. Financial industries, like banks, are growing. Office space is stable. Industrial is still driven by user demand but the Wine Industry is providing demand for storage, crush, etc. Multi-family sells quickly if it’s priced right.

Talk of the bubble has been replaced by the Tax Reform situation. Lord Zillow was quoted as saying in California homes could back up 4% in pricing later this year and go back double digit in 2019. Here is what we think in regards to North County. If the Tax Reform spurs GDP then Real Estate is good. If the Tax Reform kills growth, then Real Estate suffers.

We have lived for eight years with little growth and Real Estate driven by cheap interest rates. Now the Government is trying to replace a transfer of wealth economy into a growth economy. So let’s see what happens. Whatever happens we will compete. We do not live in fear, no one can predict the outcome.

North County is thriving for many reasons. We have a wealth of natural beauty and ideal weather. Our local government helps our Community compete and grow. We have wonderful Community Leadership and citizen participation. Individuals have invested large sums of money into our Ag and Hospitality industries. We have a wonderful new Regional Airport and strong economic activity in our Medical Community. The Napa Wine Industry started in 1966 with Robert Mondavi. I believe our modern day Paso Wine Industry began in 1979 with Eberle, Stan Hoffman, Sauret , Tom Martin, Hopes, Dusi, and Herman among others. We have a long way to go.


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Sold!! 20+/- acres in Atascadero

This beautiful 20+/- acre property located between Morro Bay and Atascadero. This was a unique proeprty with a convenient location and private feel!

Congratulations to the buyer and seller! I can wait to see what the buyer does with the property!

Generational Financial Priorities

It’s very interesting to see how different generations spend or save their money.


326 Wild Mustard, Paso Robles

Do you enjoy the outdoors, yet don’t have the time to manage a big yard?  Have we got the home for you!  Located in a quaint community, low HOA, (complete with community swimming pool) and featuring wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Come take a look.  The seller recently replaced the roof, air conditioner, water heater… so you just have to move in and bring your decorating touches with you.  The house has an open concept floor plan with a custom island in the kitchen for added seating!

Priced at $399,000.

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We’ve Moved!

Good Morning!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season (if you celebrate).  Blog posts have been a little slow, but the reason is… Wade Taylor and I, joined by a few other agents, move our office this week!  Our new address is 730 Park Street, Paso Robles.  We as still part of RE/MAX Parkside.  Please feel free to come by and say Hi!

In the coming months we will have a big announcement regarding our appraisal business as well!  For those of you who didn’t know. Wade and I have two jobs, we sell real estate and appraise real estate!  So, if you are doing some estate planning and need an appraisal, please give us a call.

Wade Taylor 805-550-1078,

Alicia DiGrazia 805-835-3373,

Goodbye income tax deductions

Have you heard the news?