Caruso’s Saturday Shot!


Happy Saturday Everyone!

 Wishing you a Happy Halloween. 

I hope you enjoy the one day a year where you can be anything you want without people pointing, staring, and laughing. 

Whether you plan to be a blood sucking vampire or a pretty pretty princess, embrace your new identity because come November 1st,

the fantasy comes to an end…at least for one more year.



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

Best regards,


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

Last Minute Costume Ideas from Caruso!


Most of us have been in the position where Halloween rolls around and we haven’t given any thought to the costume.  Then a friend or that special someone invites you to party and you don’t have anything to wear.  Here are some quick and easy ideas that will help solve that problem.

 •Draw the letter P around your eyes. What are you? “Black-Eyed-Peas”. Be careful to use safe ink!!!!

•Secure one couch cushion to the front of you and one to the back. What are you? The lost TV remote.

•Attach sugar-cubes (or candy) all over yourself.  You can even carry around bags of sugar. What are you? Sugar-Daddy or Sugar-Momma.

•Tape a quarter (or preferably enlarged photocopy of one) to your back. What are you? A quarter-back.

•Wrap yourself in some (or all) aluminum foil. What are you? A baked potato!

•Wear all white. Attach (or paint) yellow circle to your stomach. You become an egg. Add horns and a pitchfork and you are a deviled egg.

•Get an old box. Cut a hole for your head. Attach book, tissue box, and lamp. What are you? A “One Night Stand!”

•Got a Bridal gown and some sneakers? You can be a Runaway bride.

I hope these ideas will get you out of a costume jam.  Have a Happy Halloween!


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

Best regards,


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

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ North County



Saturday, October 30 is the Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade (Downtown Anaheim, at the Center Street Promenade). The Halloween Parade has been an Anaheim tradition since 1924, when baseball legend Babe Ruth was honored as the Grand Marshal of the celebration. The Fall Festival, organized by the Anaheim Fall Festival Committee, have activities planned from 11am-5pm, features game and food booths, live entertainment, craft fair, a children’s costume contest and trick-or-treating. Food and craft booths are available for a nominal fee. There will also be a pancake breakfast at 8:30 am. For more information you can call 714-999-3456


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Last Chance for the Pirate’s Halloween Spooktacular Dinner & Show (7600 Beach Blvd) Fridays at 9:30pm, Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 5pm. Celebrate at Treasure Bay’s Annual Masquerade Ball, but beware… As Legend has it, the ghostly pirate crew has only until the stroke of midnight on All Hallows Eve to break the curse and return to earth from their watery graves and seek revenge on the villagers of Treasure Bay. Available only on advertised show dates and time, Book Early this event will Sell Out! Call now for pricing and details. Discount’s available via pirate’s website and local area newspapers. On show dates the box office and pre-show area open 90 minutes prior to schedule show times. Buccaneer Bash Disco party immediately following the Halloween Shows. Drink and Dance into the Afterlife on Fridays and Saturdays in October.


Saturday, October 30 from 6-9pm is the City of Cypress Halloween Carnival (Cypress Community Center 5700 Orange Ave). There will be Food, Game Booths, Prizes, Entertainment, Costume Contests and Spook Alley. Admission is $3 and children under 1 year old are free. For more information you can call 714-229-6780


October 29 & 30 is the Haunted Garden at the Arboretum (Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road).Watch out for bats & bullfrogs, vampires & vermin, ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Follow Count Dracula and Friends of Frankenstein for a scary trip down garden paths into the deciduous forest and on to the Haunters’ Ball for refreshments and fun. The tours for this popular event begin at 6:30 PM both nights with the last scheduled tour leaving at 8:30 pm. Tour times both nights are planned from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. For the younger Halloween fans the Haunted Garden will feature a Children’s Party on Saturday, October 30th from 1:00- 3:00 PM, for children 3-5 years of age. For reservations and more information you can call 657.278.4002


October 31, Halloween, will be “Diner of the Dead” Haunted Maze from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The City of Garden Grove brings the abandoned Black Angus restaurant back to life – or death – this Halloween as the “Diner of the Dead,” a heart-pounding, horror-filled maze set inside the vacant, 10,000 square foot restaurant at 12900 Euclid Street. The maze opens every weekend from October 8 through 31. The horror starts at 7:00 p.m. and goes to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sundays. The maze will also be open on Thursdays, October 21 and 28 and on Wednesday, October 27. The midnight closing time is for Fridays and Saturdays only. The haunt is intended for teenage to adult audiences. Admission is $13 per person with photos available for an extra fee. Tickets will be available at the door or at Garden Grove City Hall. Bring in a “Diner of the Dead” flyer for a $3 discount. The “Diner of the Dead” is collaboration between Jeff Schiefelbein’s Imagination Design Studios and Abracadaver Productions. Imagination Design is known for the Silent Hill Haunt at Sinister Point in Brea and Abracadaver’s spooky sculptures have appeared in numerous films.
For more information call the City of Garden Grove’s Community Services Department at (714) 741-5200 or visit the City of Garden Grove website at


October 30, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm is the Mini Monsters Bash (Children’s Museum at La Habra, 301 South Euclid Street). Calling all little monsters for a Halloween bash featuring games, crafts, treats, dance party and costume parade! Little ones dressed in costume will receive 50% off Museum admission. Free to CMLH members and guests with paid admission. For more information you can call 905-9793


HALLOWEEN 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.


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Friday, October 29 from 4-8pm, join us (Stanton Civic Center, 7800 Katella Avenue) for some Halloween fun with a haunted evening of fun and games.  The event will include Games, Costume Contests, Entertainment, Non-Profit Food Booths (nominal charge) and an all ages haunted Maze. This event is FREE.


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

Best regards.                

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI           

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








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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County



Tomorrow October 30 the city will be holding a car wash to benefit its adopted Marine battalion from 10am-3pm. The car wash will be held at the City Hall parking lot (77 Fair Drive). Suggested donation is $20.


Coming up November 5-6 is the O.C. Chocolate Festival (Fountain Valley Sports Park & Recreation Center,16400 Brookhurst St.). Enjoy chocolates, wine tasting and holiday gift shopping! Exhibitors and caterers will feature sumptuous chocolates, exquisite wines and fabulous gift ideas for your enjoyment. Also enjoy live music, chocolate fashion show, and an array of raffle items to bid on to help raise funds for the Fountain Valley Community Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. GENERAL ADMISSION tickets are $25 presale ($35 after Oct. 30, 2010).  General Admission includes eight chocolate samplings, three wine tasting (for those 21 years and older) and free entertainment. Additional sampling tickets will be available at the event.  We have 1,750 General Admission tickets total. VIP PARTY tickets are $45 presale ($55 after Oct. 30, if any are still available).  Mr. America is scheduled to be a guest celebrity at the VIP Party.  We have 250 VIP tickets total. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more.  Please call our office to arrange your group ticket package for either General Admission or VIP Party tickets. For more information you can call 714-847-7714 or email


October 31st, HALLOWEEN, at downtown Huntington Beach (301 Main Street) is the Main Street Halloween Celebration. This event is for children of all ages. The event features games, haunted house, petting zoom pony rides, activity booths, a bounce house, costume contest and more! Children 12 years and under can trick-or-treat along Main Street and enter into a costume contest. Also, feel free to dress up your do and bring them along, the event it pet friendly! The event takes place from 5-9pm.


Now through October 31st is Irvine Park Railroad’s (1 Irvine Park Road) 5th Annual Pumpkin Patch open weekdays10am – 5pm and weekends 10am – 6pm. Tickets are $4.00 each and 12 months and younger are FREE! Irvine Park Railroads Pumpkin Patch in Orange County is fun for the entire family! Come out and enjoy the many activities for kids of all ages. To celebrate the Halloween season, every child that brings a colored Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch coloring page to the train station will receive a FREE Irvine Park Railroad giveaway. Activities include; Train Rides, Hay Rides, Pumpkin Patch Photo Booth, Halloween Bounce House Jumper, Face Painting, Carnival Games, Great Food, Haunted House and MUCH MUCH MORE! For more information you can call 714-997-3968


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October 31, HALLOWEEN, The Five Crowns (3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar) Halloween celebration will feature a Murder Mystery Dinner complete with a special four-course prix-fixe menu created by Executive Chef Dennis Brask to be enjoyed while the drama of a new mystery unfolds.  The event starts at 7pm, is priced at $96 per person. For more information you can call 949-477-3070.


Tomorrow October 30th is Family Halloween Spooktacular from 2-4pm at Orange Public Library and History Center. All ages are welcome. The event includes a costume contest, crafts, face painting, games and prizes. The event is free. For more information you can call 714-288-2420.


BOO at the ZOO (Santa Ana Zoo 1801 E. Chestnut Ave) will be going on October, 22, 23, 24, 29, and 30 from5:30 – 8 pm. This Halloween family festival includes trick-or-treating, costumes, lights and decorations, nocturnal animal presentations, train & carrousel rides. For the older kids, they also offer “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills. This ghoulish attraction has a separate entrance, but is included with the price of admission. $12/person (only $6/Member) ages 2 & up children under 2 free. For more information you can call 714-953-8555


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Friday October 29th from 3-5:00pm will be the Halloween Howl (17522 Beneta Way)! The event is FREE for all ages. There will be costume contests, family costume contests, carnival games, bounce house, candy and prizes! For more information you can call 714-573-3326.


Tomorrow October 30th from 4:30-7:30pm is the 9th Annual Halloween Fest! The night before Halloween, the VP Towne Center suddenly becomes the happy haunting grounds for young ghosts, goblins, a few pirates, some skeletons, and lots of princesses who have escaped from their local castles. Plus, a mysterious green witch has appeared, year after year. Her cackle is so loud that it scares the bats out of the trees and right on to the Rotary grill. Seems this witch must be a good one, though, as she is always offering to help with judging of the costumes, dunking for apples with the kids or finding sweet treats for them. She has even been seen making sure that the grilled Batwurst is prepared to Ghoulia Child perfection for the Rotary Club Monster Munch. Does she live in a haunted house in our town? Or, has she just re-possessed one? All youngsters will have the opportunity to uniquely decorate their own pumpkins and enter them in the ANNUAL PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST. Come take a look at all these phenomenal works of creative expression! A highlight of HALLOWEENFEST is the continual parade on the VP stage of the interesting COSTUMES in search for the CONTEST winners. Close by there will be an opportunity to CREATE a HALLOWEEN CRAFT for only $1.00. No tricks will be necessary this evening as costumed youngsters will have the opportunity to VISIT LOCAL MERCHANTS for TREATS throughout the Towne Centre. For more substantial fare, several organizations and schools will be selling pizza, hot dogs, roasted corn, kettle corn, etc.

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

Best regards.    

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI            

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


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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ South County


South County


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Coming up November 5th is the 2nd Annual National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Hunger Bowl (Neighborhood Congregational Church 340 St. Ann’s Dr). Soup tastes and fixings, desserts and soft drinks donated by Laguna Beach restaurants. Art by Laguna Beach Homeless will be for sale. There will also be a Silent Auction featuring uniquely designed bowls donated by professional artists. The event benefits the Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition. Tickets are $45 each. For more information you can call 949-280-2885


October 30th from 10-11am you are invited to join us for a morning of hair-raising fun at the Laguna Hills Community Center! Our Ghostly Affair includes ghoulish snacks, exciting games, Halloween crafts, tons of prizes, and plenty of opportunities for great pictures – so don’t forget your camera! Dress up in your favorite costume and join the fun! For ages 6 and younger. The event is $8 for residents, $13 for non-residents. For more information you can visit or call 949-707-2680.


October 28-30th is the 10th annual Haunted Trails. What’s left of the world in the year 2050? Walk through “Niguel-O-Tropolis” where you will explore cities of the future! Small groups will be escorted by guides weaving through the back alleys of New York City, and experiencing the creatures in San Francisco’s China town, or walking through the subway maze that will take you into Central Park. Watch out for street people, gangs, and New Orleans zombies as you end your visit in the swamp graveyard. The event is held from 6:30-10:30pm and tickets are $10 a person. The urban horror of “Niguel-O- Tropolis” is “Very Scary” and not recommended for children under 8 years of age. Wear comfortable shoes to walk along the trail. For more information you can call 949-362-4351 ext 1.


Calling all Pet Lovers! Coming up November 11 is Family Pet Day Extravaganza at Pittsford Park (21701 Pittsford Dr)! The event is from 11am-3pm and is FREE. There will be information booths, vendors and entertainment for two and four-legged friends.  So put on your hat and bring your furry friends for an afternoon of family fun! For more information you can call 949-461-3450.


Tomorrow October 30 the public is invited to attend Hometown Halloween, a fun-filled community celebration that caters to all ages. The colorful event is from 4 to 8 p.m. on at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center (24932 Veterans Way). The event includes game booths, crafts and pony and hay rides. The Halloween celebration features tasty fare and the Wacky Whitchin’ Kitchen, a pint-sized haunted house. Trick-or-treating kicks off at 6 p.m. and lasts until the candy runs out. Kids decked out in their favorite costume will enjoy walking the red carpet during the costume parade hosted by Big Bird and Elmo. Masks are not allowed on anyone over the age of 12. For more information, call 949-768-0981 and press 3 for recreation.


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Coming up November 6th is a Tail of Two Cities “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs”
starting at 4:00 pm to be held at the beautiful Talega Golf Club. The event benefits the animals at the Pro-humane San Clemente – Dana Point Animal Shelter. Ticket price of $100.00 will include appetizers, dinner and 2 drinks with live music, silent auctions and prizes!


October 29-31 is the Haunted House of Illusions (Zax Studios 33155 Camino Capistrano, Suite B, San Juan Capistrano). Not your ordinary Haunted House, this Magic Show with a Haunted Twist will leaves the hairs on your neck standing up as you try to figure out, “How did they do that?” Tickets are $8 each and will be sold at Sponsoring Businesses throughout the Capistrano Valley. The recommended age range is 8 years old and up. The event is benefiting the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation. For more information you can call (949) 388-5802

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

Best regards.                   

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI         

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

Caruso’s Green Tip of the Day!

Save a Tree

Get off junk-mail lists- Register with the Direct Marketing Association’s DMAchoice mail preference service (, and you’ll see a significant reduction in mail after three months.

Permanently place a recycling box an arm’s length from your mail bin so you can toss any remaining junk mail pronto.

Pay bills online, or set up automatic check paying from your bank account. No envelopes, no postage – and no late fees, if you’re on an automatic plan.

And that’s your green tip of the day!


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

Best regards,


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

Do’s and Don’ts with Caruso!

It would be unrealistic to say that the real estate market is utterly rosy right now, but neither is it thorn-filled by any means. In fact, things are decidedly looking up: July got some good news, when the National Association of Realtors reported that pending home sales rose 5.2% from downwardly revised June levels, beating economists’ expectations. This is good news for both buyers and sellers.

While challenges still exist-for instance, getting the best price when selling, or securing financing when buying-there are some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities out there, and plenty of happy results can be had for both buyers and sellers. The key for both groups is to remain flexible, adaptable and diligent. To that end, here are some dos and don’ts that I have come across for today’s buyers and sellers:

For Sellers:

Be flexible. Often it’s the little things that push a buyer into the “yes” zone. If the buyer goes on and on about how much they love your icemaker, throw it in. If the closing has to be pushed ahead more than you expected, try to be as flexible as possible and pack the moving van a little quicker.

Clean up. One person’s prize doll collection is another person’s cluttered nightmare. Similarly, a living room filled with Beanie Babies could elicit a reaction of fear, rather than “Aw, how cute!” from a buyer. Put away any personal collections that not only cause clutter, but also make it hard for a buyer to see the home as his or hers, rather than yours.

Don’t be greedy. The market-not your emotions-dictates your home’s price. If comparables in the area, and several trusted real estate agents tell you your home is worth $400,000, you’re not fooling anyone by pricing it at $500,000-and you’re only doing yourself a disservice. Pricing it at market, even a little below, could generate a bidding war, and ultimately get you more money.

Don’t get personal. If you’re selling your house for a certain amount, and someone offers something much lower, don’t take this as a personal affront and refuse to counteroffer. Letting your emotions get in the way can potentially ruin the deal. What’s the harm in making a counteroffer?

Don’t procrastinate. In the current climate, you might be scared to try to sell your home, as you may have to face a lower selling price than you may have gotten before the recession. But remember, the house you buy might be even lower, commensurately. It’s all relative. So if you’re serious about selling, consider doing it now. Also, acting before the cold months come is a good idea, as the winter months are historically harder for home sales.

For Buyers:

Get a home inspection. It’s important to hire a trusted home inspector to check out the house’s potential issues and problems. Don’t skip a home inspection because you’re afraid of what you might hear-many issues sound more serious than they actually are, and can be fixed easily. And if something deal-breakingly serious is turned up, as disappointing as that is, it can save years of heartache and financial outlay. Better to walk away from a clunker.

List your place before you look for another. If you’re truly serious about looking for a home, list your place first. In the current economy, banks want to make sales as uncomplicated as possible-and contingency sales, which can be very complicated, are often rejected.

Talk before you act. Don’t ever start a home search without a firm budget not only in mind, but literally written down. Mutually agree with yourself-or with your partner, if you’re buying with someone else-long before you start seriously searching. Going out of that zone because of a place you just “gotta have,” or are emotional about, could put you in dire financial straits later. You don’t want to buy a house that isn’t affordable for you, and then be worried about paying for dinner and a movie on Saturday night.

Don’t be a design snob.
If someone’s enormous bathroom has wallpaper border containing frolicking kittens and pastel flowers, or a wall that’s a nuclear shade of green, we understand this can send you into style shock. But stand fast and ignore bad décor. Instead, try to envision the space raw. Besides, you can always redecorate once the home is yours.

Don’t make a silly offer. There’s nothing wrong with making an offer below asking price-it’s no secret that today, many homes are selling for under the asking price. But going 40% below the asking price may anger the seller. Some sellers, especially more emotional ones, won’t even bother counter offering an outrageously low offer. Feel free to make a deal-just don’t make an offer so low that you’ll be kicked off the table.

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

Best regards,


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