Caruso’s Friday Funny & Quote


Ho! Ho! Ho!  Even Santa played…

 

The only real mistake is the one from which…we learn nothing. ~ John Powell

 So… this year,  I’ll try to do my Christmas shopping early instead of waiting till last minute!

 

Happy Friday, Everyone!

 

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Now providing “Short Sale Services”

Call Today for More Info on Our 

Marketing Plan 

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) 495-8600  

 

 

 
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Caruso’s Green Thoughts ~ How do Plants Return After a Fire?


California has its dry spells and wild fires are a result.

 Did you ever wonder how plants return to an area that was burned out in a wild fire?

 Chaparral plants have actually adapted to infrequent fires. Some even require fire to re-sprout. The “yellow rock rose” seeds need 250 degrees of heat for 5+ minutes to germinate. You can only get that kind of heat from a fire! Some other species use chemicals leached from charred wood and smoke to stimulate seed growth.

 1 – 2 years after a fire: annuals flood a just scorched area.

3+ years after a fire: shrubs re-seed and re-sprout, but take a long time to grow.

 Mother Nature has her mysteries…

 And…Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Broker

Michael Caruso 949-495-8600 www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Spooky and creepy Halloween decorations don’t help to sell homes…


Not everyone coming to your home is a trick or treater…some may be Potential Buyers!

With Halloween less than 30 days a way it seems that many homes are getting decorated for the holiday.  However, if your home is on the market, the less you decorate the better. Less is more.

Follow these simple rules for decorating and you can still have a Happy Halloween and get your home Sold!

  • Do not decorate the exterior of your home with spider webs strung from tree to tree or draped over shrubs.  No scary witches, ghouls or bats hanging from the front porch. No signs pointing to the haunted house or dungeon.  Most importantly, do not build a cemetery in your front yard! No tombstones, crypts or skeletons should cover any part of your yard.  Keep it happy not creepy.  Many buyers can’t seem to look past the decorations, and if the decorations make their kids cry, they won’t stay long enough to see the home.

 

  • Less is more.  Limit yourself to just one room if you must decorate and keep it simple and happy.

 

  • If you have an annual haunted house or birthday party planned, perhaps you should decorate a few days before and Hold all showings until after Halloween. Lastly, makes sure you put all decorations away and clean up the yard the following day.  Your home should be timeless and have wonderful curb appeal.

 

Make the home look happy and inviting and it just may sell on, October 31st!   

We Are Now Accepting Qualified Listings

 Now providing “Short Sale Services”

Call Today for More Info on Our Fall into Fall Marketing Plan

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

What Would You Rather Have?


 

Sellers offering incentives to buyers has become somewhat common nowadays due to the economy, but does it really work? And if so, which idea works the best?  Right now buyers are looking for an absolute steal or they are looking for a fairly priced home that has all of the nice finishing touches. 

The most common incentive is to offer to pay closing costs.  Other popular incentives are things like paint, carpet, landscaping or appliance allowances. 

However, do incentives that are unique grab a buyer’s attention and make them want to find out more?  For example, maybe the seller has a time share in Hawaii or owns a cabin in the snow and can offer buyers an all expenses paid vacation for a week.  Or the seller owns season tickets to a sports team that are really difficult to get, or has an all exclusive spa treatment weekend the seller can offer potential buyers. Would that persuade you more to focus on that particular home because there is a incentive involved?

How about though, if the seller just lowered their price? Forget all the fancy incentives and details, just lower the price?  Fairly priced and nice finishing touches…isn’t that attractive too?

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

The Way I See It with Caruso!


 

 

Four out of 5 people who make New Year’s resolutions eventually break them and one third won’t even make it to the end of January.

 

In a time of daily distractions and constant demands, we often neglect what we know is most important, settling for resolutions rather than results when it come to creating the healthy lifestyle we desire and deserve.

 

So why do we keep making ourselves the same promises over and over – and risk ending up disappointed and discouraged?

 

It’s simple, really: Resolutions require only words. Results take action.

 

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

 

Think Big, Shop Small ~ Spread the Word…


 

 Let’s start a movement…

SHOP SMALL STORES

As a local independent broker, I know how hard it is to compete with larger companies, but you can make it with good customer skills, marketing and word of mouth. Repeat customers and referrals is what keeps me in business. So let’s raise awareness of the importance of patronizing small businesses. 

Shop Small Stores is a buy-local campaign which promotes strengthening local economies through the support of local independent retailers. Buy gifts in small stores, eat meals at small restaurants.

As we do the rest of our holiday shopping and entertaining, let’s think first of small independent companies. Shop at your local toy or book store (if one still exists). Stop at your local home grown coffee shop or café and pick up a gift certificate. This will bring back business to the small business at a later time.

Small Business Saturday was a success to many towns and retailers that participated. However, we need to keep the movement going. Let’s all continue the movement by shopping in our local independent stores every weekend.  Let’s get the local economy rolling… 

Think Big, Shop Small.  Spread the word…

 Don’t forget to reduce, reuse and recycle!

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