Caruso’s Quote of the Day!


 

 

 

Life is like a game of cards.

The hand that is dealt you represents determinism;

the way you play it is free will

 

 

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

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Caruso’s OC Happenings~ North County


 

NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM 

LAST DAY THIS MONDAY! From April 16 to May 31, 2010, join Disney’s California Adventure for the 5th annual Food & Wine Festival. For 46 days, Disney’s California Adventure Park and select locations at the Disneyland Resort will host “The Art of Flavor,” one of the most anticipated events of spring! Enjoy cooking demonstrations, seminars and recipes that reflect the Golden State’s regional and culinary diversity. Many Festival favorites are returning, in addition to new events and activities including the all-new Festival Showplace!

BREA 

Nothing to report

BUENA PARK 

Registration for weekly summer camp begins June 28. The camps are for ages 7 to 14 and will run from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. For more information call 714-236-3860

CYPRESS

Nothing to report

FULLERTON 

Monday May 31st, Memorial Day come and join Fullerton in their 72nd annual Memorial Day Ceremony featuring a special salute to the U.S. Marine Corps. Guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command and commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.  Ceremony presented by the American Veterans Memorial Association starting at 10am. For more information call 714-871-2412

GARDEN GROVE 

Could you be the next Miss Garden Grove? The Miss Garden Grove Scholarship Organization is currently seeking contestants for the 2010-2011 Miss Garden Grove and Outstanding Teen Pageants. There will be an Orientation Meeting June 2, 2010 at 7:00pm at the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center, B Room. For more information call 714-342-6510

LA HABRA

Nothing to report

LA PALMA

June 11 Walker Jr. High School is planning a tea to celebrate parent volunteers. The tea takes place from 3:00-4:00 pm. Volunteers are invited to RSVP by June 4 to Janice Goldsberry at 714-220-4051 or email golds-berry_j@auhsd.us

PLACENTIA

Nothing to report

STANTON

Nothing to report

WESTMINSTER

Registration for cheerleading and basketball camps has begun. The camp runs from June 28-July 2 at Liberty Park. For more information call 714-895-2860

YORBA LINDA

Tomorrow Saturday May 29th, teens in grades 7th-12th are invited to join your friends in some friendly competition playing Super Smash Bros Brawl. Prizes will be awarded. They will start checking in participants at 10:00 a.m.

Sign-ups are recommended. For more information or to sign up please visit the Reference Desk or call 714-777-2873 ext. 6.

 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

For more information visit orangecountyregister.com

Caruso’s OC Happenings~ Central County


CENTRAL COUNTY

COSTA MESA

Bonjour! June 3-24 on Thursdays from 7-9pm come to the Costa Mesa Library to learn French in a fast-paced-introduction way. The fee is $59. For more information visit www.octickets.com or call 714-432-5072

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Nothing to report

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Swim lesson signups will be held at Golden West College from 8am-11am on June 12 and 19 on the pool deck. For more information visit www.gwcswim.com or call 714-895-8228

IRVINE

Monday May 31st, Memorial Day from 10-11:30am join the city of Irvine is holding a special Memorial Day ceremony at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, to commemorate the men and women who have given their lives in defense of our nation and the ideals we cherish. Join us in memorializing their noble sacrifice by honoring a family member or friend who has died in the line of duty by writing a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board at the event. Cards will also be available for well-wishers to send a message of appreciation and support to members of Irvine’s adopted Marine Battalion, the 2/11. For more information call 949-724-6606.

LOS ALAMITOS

Summer 2010 Guide will be available starting today. You can pick up your copy at the Community Center or you can also view it at www.ci.los-alamitos.ca.us

NEWPORT BEACH

Starting Saturday May 29th Newport Dunes is hosting a FREE concert series, with styles ranging from New Wave and Soul to Classic R&B to Tropic Rock. The series will kick off Saturday with Barry Rillera Group. All shows run from 6 to 8 p.m. Parking is $10.00.

ORANGE

Nothing to report

SANTA ANA

There will be a FREE Soccer expo this Saturday and Sunday at Centennial Regional Park. The expo will feature clinics and tournaments, resource booths and entertainment. Its runs from 9am-10pm. For more information you can visit www.supersoccerexpo.com

SEAL BEACH

Nothing to report

TUSTIN

Nothing to report

VILLA PARK

Sunday May 30 the Villa Park Family Picnic will be held from 11:30am-4:30pm at Irvine Lake. There will be a cupcake decorating contest. For more information please visit http://www.villa-park.org/familypicnic.html

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

 

For more information visit ocregister.com

Caruso’s OC Happenings~ South County


South County

ALISO VIEJO

Nothing to report

DANA POINT 

Saturday-Sunday May 29-30th from 9am-5:00pm at the Dana Point Harbor located between Harpoon Henry’s and the Jolly Roger there will be an Art Show and Sale exhibit out along the walkways adjacent to the boats. Stop by on Sunday and see the beautiful art work of Karen Joy Jackson a local OC artist whose photographs has won numerous awards.

LADERA RANCH

Nothing to report

LAGUNA BEACH

Sunday at Main Beach come for a FREE exhibition of original Arts and Crafts by local Laguna Beach artists. Variety of mediums displayed including ceramics, glass art, jewelry, paintings and much more.
LAGUNA HILLS

Noting to report

LAGUNA NIGUEL

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY FROM 11-4 AT 22 OLD RANCH ROAD; Receive a $100,000 spending spree when you buy this home EXCLUSIVELY with Michael Caruso; can be used for a new car, a luxurious vacation, a boat, jewelry, or even college tuition! See how home buying can be fun again?! Call Michael NOW @ 949-753-7900!

LAKE FOREST

Nothing to report

MISSION VIEJO

Nothing to report

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

Lotus 7 is offering classes for children this summer which combined play and yoga. The classes coast $5 and will be offered every Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30-4:30. For more information visit http://www.lotus7yoga.com  

SAN CLEMENTE

Monday May 31st, Memorial Day from 10:30am-12:00 join the City of San Clemente to remember our fallen soldiers of war. All public and local organizations are invited to participate in the wreath and floral presentation. The event is free and open to the public. The observance will be highlighted with patriotic songs by San Onofre Elementary School Children, Color Guards from Sons American Revolution in full uniform dress, and the San Clemente High School Orchestra. We are also pleased to feature bag pipers, taps buglers and singer Bill O’Neill who will lead us in traditional American Anthem and community sing along. For more information, call (949)361-8264.    

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

DON’T MISS OUT! From May 7th-July 2nd, 2010 our own local OC artist Karen Joy Jackson will have her work featured at The San Juan Capistrano Library. Displayed will be 8 matted and framed photographs of Paris and Provence in France. There is also an Architectural Walking Tour each Saturday morning.

 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

As seen in http://www.ocregister.com

So you signed up for Twitter…Now What??


So you just signed up for Twitter. But now what do you do? Heres some tips on how to find people to connect with and tweet with.

There are several tools out there for searching Twitter, including Twitter’s homepage itself, but I seem to have had the best success with four simple tools:

1- Twitter Local: this Adobe Air application runs tweets in real time based on the criteria you supply. You can follow area codes and when someone new shows up in the stream you follow them and say hello.

2- Local hashtag:  Every area has at least one hashtag in population. For example #lagunaniguel. But if it doesn’t then be a self starter and get one going! Follow everyone who tweets with that hashtag.

3- Tweetdeck search: A Twitter application is essential to your sanity if you are going to follow more than 100 people (which you should). There are many out there, but I am a Tweetdeck fan. The ability to have columns open for specific search terms, like your town name, is revolutionary to your Twitter experience.

4- Twitter Lists: You dont have to make your own, just follow several other people’s lists. Other people in my area have taken it upon themselves to create lists populated with local businesses and people. I follow these lists and add them as columns in Tweetdeck.

Ok so now your following locals, then what?

Now you are following all these new people in your local area…that is great, but what is next? Well, you will hear this all over the place, but next is ENGAGEMENT.

Engagement is NOT stuffing the fact that you are a real estate agent down each person’s throat and it is NOT send an auto DM (or any DM for that matter) to people that you haven’t even said hello to.

Engagement is sending them a tweet to say, “Hi, I started following you today and notice we live in the same town” or something equally friendly.

Talk as yourself, not as a real estate agent at least 80% of the time. Be yourself and use your real voice. The 20% of time spent on business tweets should be doled out carefully.

It is important to remember that clients and customers are screening you and to keep that front of mind when you are posting on twitter (or anywhere else for that matter). Everyone has a different idea of what their social media “voice” should be. For me, I try to be consistent in my personality online and offline.

Good luck and happy tweeting!

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

Caruso’s Tips for Choosing Your Agent


Finding a new home can be difficult. Finding someone to help you find the right home for you can be a difficult decision as well. So how do you know which agent to use? The choice can be hard, but here are some important questions to ask or just consider while choosing your potential agent.

1. Do they have references from past clients? Ask their past clients if they were pleased with the service the agent provided them. Did they communicate in a timely manner, and were they kind and courteous?

2. What does being an agent mean to them? By asking this question you’ll be able to see what their work ethic and business philosophy are. You want an agent that puts their priority on your happiness first, and their commission check second.

 3. How long have they been in real estate? This is not to say that someone new to the business would not be a great asset. However, depending on the nature of your transaction, you may feel more comfortable with an agent with a proven record of success.

4. How many homes did they sell last year? Just because an agent has been in the business for a while doesn’t mean they’ve been successful. You don’t want to have your home on the market for months, when a savvy agent could have it sold in weeks.

5. What designations and certifications do they hold? Beyond holding a real estate license, agents can opt to expand their education and skills. There are a multitude of courses and programs available. In general, these certifications mean a more specialized agent.

6. What is they’re marketing plan? In an ideal world a house would just sell itself, right? But the market swings back and forth on a constant pendulum between being in favor of sellers and then buyers. If you are selling a house in a buyers market, then you need a solid marketing plan to make your home stand apart. Open houses, email campaigns, web casts, and brochures are just a few of the items your agent may use.

7. Do they do dual agency? Dual agency is when the agent represents both the buyer and the seller. This is legal, as long as disclosed, but it may not be something you’re interested in signing up for. Be sure to ask.

8. What are their home sales stats? It is important to ask them how long it takes them on average to sell a home. And then ask what the area average is. They should know this information off the top of their head, or at least have the statistics readily available.

9. How do they communicate with their clients? There is nothing worse than not being able to get a hold of your agent, with questions, for updates, and for feedback. In today’s modern world of technology, there is no excuse for them not to stay in constant contact. There is email, texting, cell phones, and a myriad of other options. Ask what they use to stay in touch with their clients.

10. Do they have other connections? Meaning, will they be able to refer you to contractors, mortgage lenders, banks, landscapers, pool maintenance crews, and the like. This will be especially important if you are new to the area.

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