Politics & The Olympics


The President, the First Lady, the Mayor of Chicago and Oprah Winfrey want the 2016 Olympics to be in their hometown of Chicago, but The International Olympic Committee will be selecting the host city on Friday.  

Rio de Janeiro, Madrid & Tokyo are also up for bid for the site of the summer games.  Many people are excited as well as worried, about what effects this may have to the windy city.  Besides bringing in much revenue, some think it will also impact the city with unwelcome traffic, higher taxes and lead to more corruption, such as misuse of funds and insider dealings.

According to the Associated Press in a recent poll, 47 percent were in favor of the bid while 45 percent were against it — a drop from a 2-1 support the newspaper found in a February poll.  

Chicagoans, what is your feeling on this?? Stay Tuned for the decision this Friday!

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

 
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It all depends how you look at things


I hope you look at things with a positive attitude…

A Man pulled into a gas station on the outskirts of town. As he filled his tank he struck up a conversation with the attendant. “I’ve just accepted a job in town. I’ve never been to this part of the country. What are people like here?”

“What are people like where you came from?” the attendant asked.

“Not so nice,” the man replied. “In fact, they can be quite rude.”

The attendant shook his head. “Well, i”m sorry you’ll find the people in this town to be the same way.”

Just then another car pulled into the station. “Excuse me,” the driver called out. “I’m just moving to the area. Is it nice here?”

“Was it nice where you came from?” the attendant again inquired.

“Oh, yes! I came from a great place. The people were friendly, and I hated to leave.”

“Well, you’ll find the same to be true of this town.” The driver thanked him and pulled away.

The first man was rather irritated with the attendent’s conflicting reports. “So, what is this town really like?”

The attendant just shrugged his shoulders. “It’s all a matter of perception. You’ll find things to be just the way you think they are.” It all depends how you look at it…

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 Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900

Must Haves for Home Buyers…


These are some “must-haves” according to the State Farm Insurance Company newsletter…

The amenities topping the 2007 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences.

  • Energy Efficiency for New Homes topped the list at 65%.
  • Oversize Garages with space for two or more vehicles ranked at 57%.
  • Walk-In Closets was an important feature for 53% of buyers.
  • Other features that were very important in home buyers were, Hardwood Floors at 28% and Granite Countertops at 23%. 

Another trend that buyers are looking for is, bigger living spaces and fewer bedrooms. These features have changed since the 2004 survey.  What do you think?

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors  

(949) 753-7900

The secret to a long life!


A reporter asked a 104 year old man if he had any thoughts or advice on longevity.

The man answered, “I drink a big glass of water at bedtime, so in the morning I have to get up.”

Enjoy the Friday Funny! And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

(949) 753-7900

How many miles do you drive a week?


Real Estate requires us to log many miles in our own vehicles. With high fuel costs and the initiative to go green, we are always looking for strategies on how to reduce mileage. Every little bit can help make a difference. Here are some tips:

•Pre-plan your appointments. Combine showings if the properties are fairly close to one another.

 • Carpool to previews and open houses and work if possible.

•Walk or take public transit if your destination is close enough to your office and it isn’t too warm out. Your clients might have a better first impression of you if they see you are supporting the “green” imitative.

 •If you must drive to an appointment, schedule other tasks in the vicinity for the same day so you don’t have to make another trip.

 •Combine non-work errands into your commute to and from home to save individual trips.

•If you can get work done from home in the morning, leave work an hour later. You will beat the morning rush hour and technology allows us to work out-of-office. Maybe you can do your AR blogging.

•Pack a lunch so you won’t have to drive to lunch. Otherwise, go before or after peak times to avoid lines and traffic.

•Avoid driving through the bank. As you idle you use fuel.

 •Don’t speed. You will reduce wear and tear on your car and improve fuel efficiency.

•Check your tire pressure about once a month to ensure you’re getting the best performance and mileage out of your vehicle. Make sure to go to all your routine/scheduled maintenance visits at the mechanic

•Clean out your car. Extra “for sale” signs, boxes, and your golf bag can way down your vehicle and decrease fuel efficiency.

Compiled with help from American Home Shield.

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Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

(949) 753-7900

Race for a Cure in Orange County!


Have plans this Sunday? No? Well why not help find a cure for breast cancer.

This Sunday, September 27, 2009 the 18th annual “Race for a Cure” is being held in Fashion Island. This race is sponsored by our Orange County Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Center for the Cure.SGK_racelogo

Since its inception in 1982, Susan G. Komen has collected more than $1.3 billion toward Breast Cancer Research. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower individuals, and more!

Studies estimate that one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. Typically ignored, breast cancer affects about 2% of the male population.

Join over 30,000 participants and run or walk the 5K route around Fashion Island. 75% of funds raised will stay in Orange County to fund screening, treatment and education programs and the other 25% goes directly to the Komen Award and Research Grant Program to fund global grants to discover the cures.

For additional information contact Komen at www.komenoc.org or our Orange County Affiliate @ 714-957-9157

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors  

(949) 753-7900