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On November 24th, construction of a new asphalt overlay will begin on Aliso Creek Road from El Toro to Eastwing.  For more information, please call 949-425-2530.



The Fifth Annual Ironworkers Toy Run will he held at 10am tomorrow at 17495 Hurly Street in the City of Industry and ends at 2:30pm at Cook’s Corner. For More information, please call 310-505-8510.



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Toys for Tots will be accepting gift donations (unwrapped, valued at $10 or more) at the Mercantile West shops and Oak Knoll, Avendale or Covenant Hills Clubhouses.



This weekend is the kickoff for the Sawdust Festival’s Annual Winterfest.  The festival continues through December 14th.  For more information, visit



On Monday, December 29th, the city has planned a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm.  To register and or for pricing, call 949-707-2692.



George Butts will be performing at Crown Steakhouse at 8pm on December 12th as part of a special evening the restaurant is putting on.  For more information, please call 949-273-6006.



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On December 13th, the city has coordinated a senior excursion to see “The Nutcracker” ballet.  For more information, please contact 949-461-3445.



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Come visit the Great Pumpkin at the Mission San Juan. The pumpkin is 425 pounds and will be on display until Thanksgiving. 


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Senator Ackerman Awards Michael Caruso with Legislature Resolution


Senator Dick Ackerman was a guest presenter at an Orange County Realtor Association event where he awarded Michael Caruso with a California Legislature Resolution to recognize the work Michael performed while serving as 2007 President for the Association of Realtors. 

The Orange County Association of Realtors is the 16th largest Realtor Association in the USA.  Michael Caruso served during a very challenging year for the industry.  He remained focused and intent on member services and community involvement.  While serving, Michael initiated 3 new committees to assist in facilitating the needs of the membership.  One new committee is the “Media Relations Task Force” which is responsible for building a better bridge of communication between the Association and the media.  Another important committee is the “Emergency Preparedness Task Force” which is responsible for facilitating safety measures and emergency strategy during times of natural disaster or local emergencies.  The 3rd new committee is the “Past President’s Advisory” which is comprised from the previous sitting presidents within the past 10 years so as to offer guidance and counsel to the sitting president as well as develop success strategies for the Association of Realtors.

When asked about his service to the Orange County Association of Realtors Michael said “This is an experience I will cherish forever…and it is quite a huge undertaking and responsibility”.

Michael Caruso has been a real estate Broker owing his independent real estate office since 1994.  Prior to that he worked for very successful franchise offices in the Long Beach area.  He is committed to the real estate profession.  Michael Caruso can be reached at 949-753-7900 or through his web site at  Michael is an ardent community volunteer and also serves on the Executive Advisory Board at Cal State Fullerton.  Feel free to contact Michael at any time with your real estate questions.

Broker Fights to Replenish OC Food Bank














2nd_harvest_food_drive_00411Broker Michael Caruso has found a creative way to help rebuild the inventory at Orange County’s Second Harvest Food Bank.  Caruso has successfully created and now tested a method whereby he requests that agents bring a can of food when they come to view his listings that are featured on “Broker Tour” in various areas of the county.  Michael put this system into effect this week while serving lunch at his new listing located in San Juan Capistrano at 27492 Silver Creek and has gathered about $200 in financial contributions as well as filling a barrel with canned food and dry food items.  “A can of food for the charity is their ticket to get in in order to view my new listing, then I feed them lunch while they are there at the home”, Michael said.

Michael asked a representative from Second Harvest Food Bank to join him so as to launch this effort and help introduce the program.  Representative Lorina Smith was anxious to put forth an effort to increase attention to this important cause.  These items will no doubt be helpful as food bank inventories are hitting very low levels.  Due to the current economic conditions, the number of families in need has increased substantially while the number of donations has diminished.  The results of these two dynamics can be devastating. 

Caruso said “We have initiated some momentum here.  People have a better understanding of the challenge that faces us.  Some Realtors have now agreed to place donation barrels in their offices and Affiliates have joined the effort to help increase attention at their holiday functions”.

Michael Caruso has been the Broker/Owner of Orange County Real Estate Services since 1994 and prior to that he worked with several large franchise offices.  He is an ardent community volunteer and has served on numerous C.A.R. and N.A.R. Committees as well as having just served the Orange County Association of Realtors (16th largest in the USA) as their 2007 President.  He can be reached at 949-753-7900 or through his website:

“I hope we take this food drive campaign to new heights during the holiday season and throughout the New Year”, Michael said.   “This is a serious time in our lives and in history, and people need to think more about helping each other”.   2nd_harvest_food_drive_0061


Cold and Flu-Like Symptoms? Blame Toxins!

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Have you been suffering form sneezing, headaches and an upset stomach? While flu season is upon us, your body may be suffering the affects of immunotoxincants (toxic chemicals that weaken the immune system). 





Here are some ways to limit your exposure:


  • Use natural cleaners rather than common household cleaner, which are known to prevent the body from being able to effectively fight off germs and viruses.
  • Keep your home and office well ventilated by opening windows and doors when possible
  • Use untreated cotton or linen sheets. Most bedding is treated with formaldehyde, which can cause cold symptoms such as congestion.
  • Rather than using pesticides, select herbal repellants to treat areas where pests are present in and outside your home.


Many skeptics balk at the thought of abandoning the use of 409 and Ajax instead of choosing green products…Can one have a presentable home while using eco-friendly, “safe” products?  I say the answer is “Yes.”


What are your thoughts?


And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real; Estate Connection.


Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CBR CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

MCREG Goes Green!

Nowadays, going green is not only a trend, it’s a new way of life. By taking time to evaluate ways reduce your carbon footprint, we help make the world a better place for our future.


Here are some great ways to go green in your office:


  • Print on both sides of paper when possible
  • Recycle cans, bottles, paper
  • Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs which last ten times longer and use seventy-five percent less energy
  • Utilize auto-shut off features for all lights, air conditioning and electronic equipment
  •  Purchase air purifiers to clean office air
  • Donate or recycle old electronic equipment. For  a list of charities who accept such donations, visit



The Michael Caruso Real Estate Group is not only concerned with the environment, but we also are very interested in providing tips to help others adapt their offices as well.


Do you have any other ways that your office is being eco-friendly?


Your comments are welcome.


And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real; Estate Connection.


Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CBR CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

Artificial Reef to Produce Real Results

This week marked the official dedication of San Clemente’s artificial reef.  


The reef, which is composed of fifty modules (40 x 40 meters each) stretches from the San Clemente Pier to San Mateo Point and is located a little over one half mile off the coast.   The project is funded by Southern California Edison in an attempt to offset the affect San Onofre’s Nuclear Generating Station has had on the kelp habitats in the ocean.


After calculating construction, research and testing costs, over $40 million was required to complete the reef project, which is hoped to promote diverse population.   Southern California Edison has high hopes that the reef will produce 50 million fish annually.



Your comments are welcome.


And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real; Estate Connection.


Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CBR CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

Where Were You in 2003?

where_were_you_logo1Well, where has the time gone?  Seems it’s 2003 all over again except we’ve all aged 6 years. 

Recent reports from October sales and value analysis indicate real estate values have hit the mark they were at in 2003.  This week the stock market hit levels last seen in 2003.

So what are the key essential differences as we embark upon 2009 and important bench mark values are at 2003 levels?  Pretty simple.

1) There was momentum in 2003

2) There was optimism in 2003

When things seem at their worst, they probably are.  There is only one place to go and that is up!  Think upbeat.  Today, our President said…”This situation didn’t create itself overnight and it won’t be solved overnight”  The key is…it will be solved.  But people want immediate gratification, immediate cures, immediacy is a way in which we have been groomed during the past decade or so.

This is going to take a little more time.  But expect fiscal stimulus that will rock your world and get things back on a positive track.  It is important to stay on a personal positive track at the same time.

Your comments are welcome.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors