Your March Home Checklist


March can be unpredictable when it comes to the weather, but no matter what Mother Nature is doing outside your window, it’s natural to crave a fresh start this time of year.

  1. Plant a tree. Spring and fall are the best times to plant trees because wet weather and cooler temperatures make it easier for root systems to get established. Be sure to check with your local nursery to determine which species will do best in your microclimate.
  2. Inspect your home’s exterior. Once winter storms have passed, carefully inspect the exterior of your home for damage.
  3. Simplify the table. Cupboards feeling overstuffed? Simplify your life by paring back on dishes and glassware, letting go of mismatched and chipped pieces and sets you no longer love or use often.
  4. Spring-clean the kitchen. Clean small appliances; wipe grease and grime from the range hood, backsplash and light fixtures; clean grout; and vacuum hard-to-reach places (like under the stove) using an attachment.
  5. Clean slipcovers and soft furnishings. Smaller slipcovers and washable rugs can be laundered at home; drop off larger pieces with professionals.
  6. Get ready for tax time. Getting your ducks in a row this month will make things a lot less stressful. Sort through paperwork, update your files and gather all important documents in one place so you’re ready to go.
  7. Treat yourself to spring blooms. Spring flowers such as daffodils are plentiful and inexpensive this month, so keep an eye out for bargains.
  8. Make a garden plan. There’s still time to get your garden growing! Sketch out a plan and jot down ideas for this year’s plantings, as well as any ideas you have for changes to the hardscape, like putting in a new path or fence. Start some seeds indoors, or pick up seedlings at your local nursery.
  9. Clean up patio furniture. Outdoor furniture can get really grimy over the winter, so be sure to give everything a good scrubbing before you start using it for the season. Launder washable outdoor cushion covers, and replace worn-out pieces if needed.
  10. Tune up lawn and garden tools. Sharp tools get the job done. Take your lawn mower and clippers in for a sharpening and tune up before you begin work in your garden.

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Stunning Ocean Ranch Property: Open House Schedule


Stunning views & outdoor entertaining! 4 BR/4.5 BA Nearly 4,200 sqft. Ocean View & Pool.

$2,188,000

Neighborhood: Ocean Ranch in Laguna Niguel

Address: 36 Newcastle, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

  • Thursday (March 2): 10 A.M.- 1 P.M.
  • Saturday (March 4): 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Sunday (March 5): 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.

Check out photos prior to the open house below! See you there.

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Trending First Time Home Buyers….WHO ARE THEY?


While the overall number of first-time homebuyers continues to decline, one segment of the population is bucking the trend. Young people ranging in age from their late teens to mid-30s, known as millennials, are the largest and fastest growing group of homebuyers, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Instead of converted industrial spaces and hip coffee shops in city centers, these young people are opting instead for older single-family homes with manicured lawns and soccer leagues in the suburbs.

The median age of millennials, 30, is the driving force behind this trend. “This is typically the time in life where one settles down to marry and raise a family,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. And these buyers are choosing the suburbs over the city, he adds, because of a shortage of condos in urban centers fitting their entry-level price range. “Affordability pressures make buying in the city extremely difficult for most young households,” he says. “Even if an urban setting is where they’d like to buy their first home, the need for more space at an affordable price is for the most part pushing their search further out.”

Source: Council of Residential Specialists

Michael Caruso is a long time member of the Council of Residential Specialists, designation CRS

mcaruso@surterreproperties.com

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Stats are in for 2016- Homes Sold in Dana Point, Laguna Beach & Laguna Niguel


Dana Point – Homes Sold:
$0-1M = 346 homes sold
$1M- 3M = 142 homes sold
$3M+ = 45 homes sold
Highest Priced Sale: $19,997,500
Lowest Priced Sale: $186,000

Laguna Beach – Homes Sold:
$0-1M = 45 homes sold
$1M- 3M = 256 homes sold
$3M+ = 73 homes sold
Highest Priced Sale: $45,000,000
Lowest Priced Sale: $261,600

Laguna Niguel – Homes Sold:
$0-1M = 879 homes sold
$1M- 3M = 209 homes sold
$3M+ = 8 homes sold
Highest Priced Sale: $6,295,000
Lowest Priced Sale: $235,000

Are you interested in finding out the 2016 stats for your city? We have homes available throughout OC, for everyone and at every price. Call 949-545-2080 or email us at mcaruso@surterreproperties.com with questions.

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Tips on Holding a Safe Open House


 

NAR has designated September as Realtor Safety Month. There’s no time like the present for some safety tips.

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Most of us will hold an open house at one time or another, so it’s a good idea to follow some safety guidelines so we don’t become a victim of crime.

Open houses are a great way to meet new buyers and expose your listing to the public, but they can be a target for criminals.

Here are 10 Tips for Holding a Safe Open house:

1. If possible, have at lease one other person working with you at the open house.

2. Check the strength, signal and the battery life of your cell phone before the open house.

3. Upon entering the house, check all rooms and select several “escape ” routes.

4. Make sure that escape routes through the back door do not prohibit your escape from the back yard. Make sure there are no high fences or locked gates.

5. Have all open house visitors sign in. Ask for full name, address, phone number and email.

6. When showing a house, try to walk behind them or along side of them.

7. Avoid getting cornered or trapped in small rooms, etc. Do not let a visitor distract you while someone else is in the house.

8. Inform a neighbor of the open house and make sure your office, family or friend are aware of your open house and check in with them frequently.

9. Tell the owners not to leave any drugs, jewelry or valuables out.

10. At the end of an open house, check all the rooms and yard before leaving. Close all windows and lock all doors. Be aware of your surroundings and be careful getting into your car.

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Surterre Properties

Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 495-8600

A Patriotic Light Display Honors Our Soldiers ~ A Memorial Day Tribute!


A beautiful tribute in honor of our troops, veterans and fallen soldiers.

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A family honors our 1.3 million fallen soldiers with this amazing patriotic light display – it’s a must see!

God Bless our soldiers and our country!

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Now providing “Short Sale Services”

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Platinum Marketing Plan

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

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Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker Associate ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

Surterre Properties

Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 495-8600

The Truth About Social Media Sites


Why is Social Media Important?

  • Great way to Network and increase our trustworthiness, goodwill and credibility.
  • Social media can help generate leads, track clients, sales and distribution, as well as improve productivity.
  • Print media is largely losing its appeal, and people are now looking to a different direction to promote their business and improve their business prospects.
  • Social media sites make you more visible to the client, and can relate to them on a personal level.
  • Social media allows you to create meaningful and personal relationships with clients and potential customers.
  • Generate powerful traffic to your website.
  • Cost effective way to announce new properties or services.
  • Meet new people across the globe.
  • No mass email or promotional marketing to sort out and read in your email inbox.

 Facts and Figures

  •  The top social networking websites is divided into three categories: General purpose, special interest social networks with a specific theme, and international sites.
  • 79% of companies use Social Media
  • 65% of Adults online use social media for personal and professional use.
  • Users that follow brands or businesses has increased by 106% and are more likely to continue usage and recommend to others.
  • 23% of facebook users check their account 8 or more times daily. Average of total users is  4 – 5 times daily.
  • Fastest growing segment in social media are 45-55 years old.
  • Facebook , Twitter and Linkedin has the biggest subscribed members and the greatest impact on consumers and businesses.
  • It has been estimated that in 2012, social media revenues will reach 17 billion dollars globally with the majority coming from advertising.
  • In 2013, the idea that social media is a soft, networking tool will slowly give way to its acceptance as a serious business tool.

 Will you jump on the bandwagon in 2013? There really is no other option…

 We Are Now Accepting Qualified Listings

Now providing “Short Sale Services”

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Marketing Plan 

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

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Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 495-8600