Caruso’s Green Tip of the Day!


Brew “certified” coffee.

A USDA Certified Organic label means it was grown using sustainable standards.

Not brewing at home?

 Take a travel cup to your favorite coffee spot;

they may fill it up at a discount.

And that’s your green tip of the day!

 

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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Home Construction


 

Recently I read that home construction increased last month and applications for building permits also grew. The gains were driven mainly by apartment and condominium construction, not the much larger single-family homes sector.

Construction of new homes and apartments rose 10.5% in August from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 598,000. That’s the highest level since April.

Pulling the figures up was a 32 % monthly increase in the condominium and apartment market, a small portion of the market. Single-family homes, which represented about 73% of the market in August, grew more than 4%.

Housing starts are up 25% from their bottom in April 2009. But they remain 74% below their peak in January 2006. Single-family housing starts are up 11% from their low point in January 2009, but down 78 % from their peak in January 2006.

Builders are struggling with weak demand for new homes caused by high unemployment and a glut of foreclosed homes on the market. They benefited in the spring from federal tax credits, but those expired in April.

Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics, has said the high number of vacant homes, mounting expectations of renewed price falls and economic constraints on households will continue to weigh on the industry. Adding that homebuilding activity remains at an astoundingly weak leveland that construction has to be more than double current levels for the market to be considered healthy.

Building permit applications, a sign of future activity, grew by nearly 2% to an annual rate of 569,000.

It’s been a tough summer. As September comes to a close, we’re seeing a little bit of pickup in traffic, but according to investors, that shouldn’t be cause to have a sigh of relief at this point.

Construction activity rose 34% in the West and was up 22% in the Midwest and 7% in the South. However, construction fell by 24% in the Northeast.

Most recently, the National Association of Home Builders said its monthly index of builders’ sentiment was unchanged in September at 13. The index has now been at the lowest level since March 2009 for two straight months.

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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

You’ve Come a Long Way Baby….


 

 

There have been some amazing advances since the first mobile phone was launched.   The modern handheld cell phone era began in 1973 when Motorola invented the first cellular portable telephone.  Martin Cooper a researcher and executive is considered to be the inventor of this mobile phone for use outside the home, office and in the car. The phone was the size of a brick and weighed more than 2 lbs.

The Mobile phone history is divided into Generations: First, Second, Third and so on.

First generation phones in the U.S – 1G.  Was launched in 1983 by Motorola.  The “brick” weighed 2 lbs and offered a half-hour of talk time after recharging and had a price tag of  $3,995. Consumers lined up in droves to buy the first cellular phone as soon as it hit the market.

Second generation phones – 2G.  Came out in the 1990’s. These phone systems differed from the previous generation in their use of digital transmission instead of analog transmission. They had an increased battery life and better coverage. Text messaging was introduced and the first download app. The “ring tone”, was available for the first time in 1998.

Third generation phones – 3G.  As the use of these phones became more widespread and people used cellular phones in their daily lives, it became clear that the demand for greater coverage and internet access was growing more rapidly.  Cellular phones became smaller and had more apps and capabilities.

The future generation phones – 4G.  These are faster with widespread availability and increased capabilities.  The mobile phone industry has changed since the early days and is only going to get bigger.  I wonder what the future holds for the next generation of phones and what technological devices we still haven’t yet discovered or launched.  I also wonder what the next thing will be that we can’t live without!!! Only, time will tell….

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 Saturday Shot!


 Happy Saturday Everyone!

As September comes to a close,

(already?!?!)

Remeber don’t just give up trying to do what you really want to do.

Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Have a Successful and Great Saturday!!!

 

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 OC Happenings~ North County


NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM

Tomorrow Saturday 25th from 9:00am-3:00pm is a FREE community health and fitness expo at Maxwell Park. The expo is hosted by the Illumination Foundation and will include medical and vision screenings and free eyeglasses to those in need. For more information you can call 714-529-6372.

BREA

Tomorrow September 25th is the Wellness Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Brea Community Center, (695 E. Madison Way). Admission is free. Begin your journey on a personal “quest” for enhanced health and well being at the Wellness Festival which showcases a variety of specialties, including medical screenings, cutting edge fitness trends, alternative and holistic medicine, aromatherapy, free massages, heart healthy food samples, the festival has something for everyone! For more information you can call 714-990-7740 or julies@cityofbrea.net.

BUENA PARK

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Halloween Haunt starts TODAY!

CYPRESS

Nothing to report

FULLERTON 

This weekend September 25th – 26th is the St. Juliana Fall Festival featuring food, concerts and games.  Admission is Free. The event takes place the 25th from 3-10pm and the 26th from 3-8pm. For more information you can call St. Juliana Church @ (714) 879-1965.

GARDEN GROVE 

Nothing to repot

LA HABRA

Nothing to report

LA PALMA

Coming up October 31st, HALLOWEEN, from 6:00-8:30pm the city will host a FREE Halloween Festival as an alternative to trick-or-treating. There will be a costume contest, carnival games, a haunted area and other activities. The festival will be at Central Park. For more information you can call 714-690-3350.

PLACENTIA

Applications are now being accepted from bands, vendors, crafters, car show and parade participants for the 46th annual Placentia Heritage Festival and Parade on Oct. 9th. The theme this year is “On the Road to Prosperity”. For more information you can visit ww.placentia.org

STANTON

Nothing to report

WESTMINSTER

Now through September 29th there will be a Mommy and Me class hosted every Wednesday. The classes will feature games, songs, stimulation, exercises and parent-child interaction. For more information you can call 714-903-1331.   

YORBA LINDA

Nothing to report

  

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

September 30th bring your blankets and beach chairs and enjoy an unforgettable evening under the stars as one of the most unique contemporary dance companies in the world returns to the center. Project Bandaloop, is truly taking dance to unheard of heights. The event starts at 8:00pm at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall. For more information you can call 714-556-2787

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Coming up October 8th is the annual Taste of Fountain Valley. The event features food samplings, casino games and opportunity drawling. The cost is $45 a person until September 15th, and $50 after. For more information you can call 714-843-3229 or visit www.fvef.org.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Cold Stone Creamery in the Stater Brothers shopping center is hosting the 9th annual Worlds Largest Ice Cream Social from 5-8pm TONIGHT! Cold Stone is serving samples of “Kate’s Creation” in honor of the event that supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information you can call 714-375-0859.

IRVINE

Calling all animal lovers!!! Saturday, September 25 is the 9th Annual Pet Trek fundraiser from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Woodbridge Community Park in Irvine. Grab your walking shoes and your canine companion! Sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet and Jack FM, the walkathon features three different routes for varying canine and owner fitness levels, pet related vendors, a silent auction, food booths, demonstrations, contests and prizes for top pledge earners. Registration is $35 per individual and $50 per family. Pre-register before September 10 to save $10 and receive an event T-shirt and raffle ticket. All walkers will receive a goody bag. Pledge forms are available online at irvineshelter.org. For additional event information, call 949-724-7740.

LOS ALAMITOS

Today from 2:30-8:00pm is Festivities at the Weaver Elementary carnival, which includes games, prizes, refreshments, a live band and a Tae Kwon Do demonstration. For more information you can call 562-799-4580.

NEWPORT BEACH

This weekend September 25-26th is the 22nd annual Quiksilver City of Newport Beach Surf Championships. The City of Newport Beach Surf Championships will take place at 54th or 56th Street, depending on where the waves are best. The event focuses on a commitment to local surfers, and hosts both groms and legends. Also included in the weekend’s activities are the “Quiksilver Echo Beach Challenge,” an invitational event pairing groms with top pros; and the “Expression Session” paying homage to the ’80’s era of surfing with prizes for “Best ’80’s Trick,” “Flashiest Wetsuit” and “Most Colorful Surfboard.” The weekend’s events will conclude with a private party at Blue Beet featuring projections of “Echo Beach,” a documentary on the famed surf spot by filmmakers Stefan Jeremias and Jeff Parker, followed by ’80’s cover band “Cover Me Badd and beats spun by LA DJ’s Trouble and Trifle.” For more information you can call 949-644-3151.

ORANGE

Nothing to report

SANTA ANA

Nothing to report

SEAL BEACH

Nothing to report

TUSTIN

Nothing to report

VILLA PARK

The Villa Park High School Choir Booster Club is hosting the 2010 Fall Boutique from 9am-2pm Saturday October 23rd at the High School. The boutique features hand-made crafts, original paintings, apparel, holiday décor and much more! For more information you can call 714-615-9573.

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

Coming up October 3 are Volleyball tryouts for girls ages 10-14 through Team Complete Athletics at St. Mary’s School. Tryouts for girls ages 15-18 start November 7. For more information you can visit www.tcvolleyball.com or call 949-721-6661.

DANA POINT 

Tomorrow September 25th is the costal beach cleanup. The cleanup will take place from 9:00am-12:00pm at 3 different beach spots- Doheny State Beach, Salt Creek Beach and Dana Point Marine Conservation Area (behind Ocean Institute).

LADERA RANCH

Nothing to report

LAGUNA BEACH

Nothing to report

LAGUNA HILLS

Nothing to report

LAGUNA NIGUEL

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday 9/25 at 5 Marsh Creek in the Ocean Ranch Community from 1:00-5:00pm. You don’t want to miss out on this BEAUTIFUL Custom Home Edition!

LAKE FOREST

Coming up September 29th is the El Toro Park Renovation Celebration starting at 2:30pm. Come and celebrate the re-opening of this park with a ribbon cutting ceremony, arts& crafts and refreshments. For more information you can call 949-461-3450.

MISSION VIEJO

October 2, 2010 from 9:00am-2:00pm the OCFA will host a Meet-The-Firefighters event at Fire Station 24 near Oso Parkway. For more information you can call 714-573-6200 or visit www.ocfa.org.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

Nothing to report

SAN CLEMENTE

“A Date with Nature” a free family event is coming up October 9 by the Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy and the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. It’ll be at RMV’s Amantes Camp. For reservations you can visit www.theconservancy.org or call 949-489-9778

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Coming up October 2nd is the San Juan Capistrano 10K Trail Run, Ridge Walk and Mountain Bicycle Poker Ride. The exciting event will include prizes for the winners and meal deals for all participants.  The fun-filled event takes place at the Las Ramblas trailhead at the east end of Camino Las Ramblas off the I-5.  The Saturday event kicks off with the 10K Trail Run, which is followed by a self-directed Ridge Walk in our local hills. The family fun event will end with the first-time Mountain Bicycle Poker Run. The 10K Run begins at 7:00 a.m.; the Ridge Walk trails open at 8:30 a.m. and the Mountain Bike Poker Ride starts at 11:00 a.m. All participants and volunteers will receive a 2-for-1 meal discount card at San Juan Hills Golf Club. The male and female winner of the 10K will each receive two free meals or two rounds of golf. The second and third place winners will win two free meals. Folks will also have the opportunity to win a bike from Buy My Bikes. For more information you can call John Caldwell at caldwells@cox.net or 949-310-5825.

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