Caruso’s Pawfect Holiday Gift!


 

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair!

 

This Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at The Irvine Animal Care Center ( 6443 Oak Canyon Rd) will be the Annual Holiday Adoption Pet Fair! There will be over 500 dogs, cats, & rabbits available for adoption! There are also a lot of purebreds, puppies & kittens as well. Plus pet vendors, food & a silent auction to benefit homeless animals. Please consider adding a homeless animal to your family this holiday season. Or maybe someone who is having a tough year could use some goodness in their life. Having a pet is happiness unlike any other. I promise you, you won’t regret it! For more information on the event or to donate you can call 949-724-7740.

 

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Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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

 

Caruso’s Challenge!


 

The end of 2011 is near. Are you ready for next year? What you have done recently to improve your business for the upcoming year?

I sometimes wonder what people who read various blog posts, do with the information.  What do you do with it?  Is there one piece of great information you’ve come across lately that you’ve acted on?

My guess is your answer would be no, and why not?  Based on discussions I have with real estate professionals in the past, it seems that most good ideas are too much trouble.  I am so use to hearing; “Sure, it sounds like a good idea, but I just don’t have time to try it.”

So, Here’s the Challenge!

Don’t make yourself feel informed by taking in a lot of information from the resources available to you, and then do nothing.

Try this;

  1. When you read about real estate marketing ideas, make a list of the ones that sound reasonable.  Don’t make a big task out of this.  Open a Word document while you’re making your online rounds.  Then, just copy the URL for the page containing the intriguing idea and paste it into the Word document.
  2. At the end of the month, review and prioritize that list in the Word document.
  3. PICK OUT ONE THING THAT YOU WILL TRY THE FOLLOWING MONTH!
  4. During the following month, actually try the idea out.
  5. Review the results you got from the trial.
    1. If you think you need more insight, keep that idea in motion.
    2. If you think it’s really a dud, forget it.
    3. If you think there is potential, aggressively integrate the idea into your routine.

 

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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

 

Caruso’s Thanksgiving Poem!


TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING,
BUT I JUST COULDN’T SLEEP.
I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS,
I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP.
 
THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED –
THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE,
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION
WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.
TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION,
THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR,
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.
GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.
 
I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
‘TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.
I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY,
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES….
HAPPY EATING TO ALL – PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.
 
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES ‘N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 

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Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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

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Caruso Says Oil & Water Don’t Mix…


Help keep holiday grease out of the sewer system. Pouring cooking grease down the drain is the number one cause of sewage spills because it can clog your sewer line and damage the District’s sewer system and wastewater pumping stations.

 

With all of the extra cooking that comes with the holidays, we usually see an increase in the number problems within the sewer system. As you prepare those turkeys, hams and roasts, here are a few tips to keep excess holiday cooking grease out of the pipes:

 

*Never pour grease down the drain, toilet or garbage disposal

*Pour cooking grease into a can and refrigerate or freeze until solid, then dispose of it in a trash can

*Always wipe excess grease from pots, pans, dishes and utensils with a paper towel before washing

 

These simple steps will help keep excess holiday cooking grease out of the pipes and help prevent sewage spills.

 

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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

 

Caruso Never Sleeps ~ Change in Seasons means Change in…


Fall is now officially in full swing and that means its time to adjust the way we use water. Most plants go dormant in fall and winter and require far less water than in spring and summer when they are active. So even as warm weather continues, now is the time to save water and money by reducing your irrigation.

 

The months of October, November and December are when Southern California typically waste most water. That is because plants require roughly 70 percent less water during this period, but many mistake the seemingly summertime weather as a call to continue their summertime watering schedules. Over watering is common in fall not just because of the warm weather, but also because many plants will look wilted or brown as they enter their dormancy. But beware; dormant plants should not be over watered.

 

Adjusting your water use with the seasons is a great way to ensure you stay within the personalized water budget for your property. Before watering your lawn or plants this fall, dig a hold two to three inches deep and check for moisture. If the soil is damp, turn off your sprinklers or put away your hose. Continue to check every few days until you find dry soil. Frequently checking soil will help you reset your sprinkler schedule. As the rains start the frequency should be changed again as Mother Nature will be doing the bulk of the watering for you. You can also replace your standard sprinkler timer with a smart timer that automatically adjusts your watering schedule with changing weather conditions.

 

 

 

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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

 

Home Office vs Work Office


Many people, especially Americans have a fine and rather gray line between what they consider to be work in the office and time spent at home. Now-a-days so many people are using their home phones, computers and many other things interchangeably for both their personal and office lives.

One of the biggest problems is many individuals work out of the home. They are constantly trying to switch between when the work day is done and when it is time to relax for a few hours before bedtime. Here are some steps you can take, especially if you are one of those individuals who have their office and home in the same location!

1) Draw a line between work and play on your computer. If you can afford it, purchase and use a different computer for work than for the family. When the family computer starts to be used as the work computer, things may get deleted, you may not be able to find everything you are looking for, or the family business and downloads may cause a glitch in your work system.

2) Try and specify up the hours you plan to work. Unless it’s an extremely important call, let the office line ring after around 5 or 6 p.m. Of course this is easier said than done, but if you make it a point to your clients and fellow employees that your day ends at a certain time; they will be more inclined to return calls before you are “out of the office.”

3) If possible, have your office in your home be just the office. That way you can set up your supply center, your work center and perhaps a file or two. When the room is cluttered with other items such as laundry and guest beds, it may be hard to keep your work life in order, especially if you have family members constantly coming in and out of the room.

There are probably many other suggestions, but these are just a few pointers to help keep you on the right track. With technology advancing and less people working 9-5 in an actual building, it’s easy to mix up our private lives with our work related lives. So every once in a while stop and check yourself to make sure you are in line. It will make your families and clients / employees very appreciative.

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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

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Caruso’s Holiday Safety Tips!


 

Fall has arrived and the holidays are approaching quickly. Throughout all the credit card usage, gifts, internet shopping and vacations, many people become susceptible to being victims of crime. Taking preventing measures will help lead you through the holiday season without jeopardizing your home and financial security.

 

Shopping will increase within the next few months as we prepare for gifts, dinner and festivities. Many people try and do all of their shopping in one day, and may spend hours in the same location. Please remember to always lock your vehicle and never leave any items in plain sight. If you will be doing a lot of shopping in one day, keep all of your bags with you until you are ready to drive home. Vehicle burglaries occur during this season because many people return to their vehicles to drop off the gifts they have purchased and go back into the store for more shopping, leaving their vehicles and gifts unattended. Do not give a burglar an opportunity to break in to your vehicle. When returning to your vehicle, carry your keys in your hand and be aware of your surroundings.

 

Many Christmas trees are decorated beautifully and showcased in the front window of a home. It is widely known that where this is a Christmas tree, there will be presents underneath it. Try not to display your presents under the tree until you are ready to celebrate the holiday. Close your blinds while you are away from home and reinforce all of your window and sliding doors with additional locks. If you will be going on vacation, try to make your house look “lived in”. Have a trusted neighbor pick up your newspaper and mail everyday. Place timers on different lamps, television and radios throughout the house at different days & ties to give the illusion of an occupied home. Also, take advantage of the free vacation checks offered by your local Police Service.

 

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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