Modernism Week in Palm Springs


A member of the Caruso team attended Modernism Week last Wednesday, February 22nd in Palm Springs. The fun, bright atmosphere of the lobby set the tone for the laid-back, mid-day start of the tour. From the lobby, guests were pointed towards a large white tent where architect Lance O’Donnell was presenting. While sipping on chilled blackberry & sage iced tea, the audience listened to Lance’s reasoning for elements in 4 different homes; placing an artist’s studio in specific area to catch natural lighting, environmental aspects that came into play, adding a car port next to a kitchen so the owners could unload groceries, etc.

After the lecture, the guests were shuttled to the nearby neighborhood where these unique, midcentury modern homes resided in. All of the homes were mostly white with sharp angels and slanted wood ceilings for warmth. They all had pools with views of the surrounding mountains. The final home hosted a bread, cheese and wine reception- the huge glass doors were tucked in allowing for flawless indoor-outdoor entertaining. Check out the images below to see snippets of Lance O’Donnell’s modern home collection.

 

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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

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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

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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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Desiderata – An Inspirational Poem


 

 

Motivational Monday Quote ~ Be Happy

 

 

Desiderata

 — written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s —

 

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

 

Being Likeable Can Help You Get More Clients


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Likeability is a subjective term. Who’s likeable and how important is it?

According to Best selling author and psychologist, Richard Wiseman, in his book “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot”, 30 years of research says it doesn’t always come down to qualifications, experience, education or a host of other criteria. Often times. it comes down to likeability.

Likeability has also been linked to the success of presidential candidates in a presidential race (as predicted in Gallup poll). Likeable people are reported to be far less likely to get a divorce, or be sued by malpractice. Likeable people are easier to work with and trusted more.

So instead of cutting your commission or adding even more designations behind your name to get business, you may want to try being irresistibly personable to help win over more clients. However, don’t go too far, or people are also less likely to trust you if you come off as “too perfect”.

Here are nine easy things you can practice to become more likeable:

1. Be known for your Positive attitude

2. Be passionate about what you’re doing

3. Have a good sense of humor

4. Assume the best in people, especially in front of others

5. Be complimentary, but not over the top

6. Listen more than you talk. Here’s how: Hear it, Acknowledge it, Add something of Value

7. Be known for your adaptability

8. Be polite. Have good manners, good grooming and good language

9. Be humble

And what would you think the 10th thing would be?

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Keep your Pets Safe and Cool in the Summertime


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Five Ways to Keep Pets Cool
Water play, shade and tasty treats…

In the heat of the summer, you may be cranking up the air-conditioning to stay comfortable, but don’t forget about your four-legged pals — especially if they’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Consider these five fun and easy ways to keep them cool and happy.

H2O and treats

It may sound obvious, but your dog and other pets need access to plenty of fresh, cold water. On a really hot day, you might toss a few ice cubes in the bowl to keep the water even colder. There are also ice cream treats designed specifically for dogs, or you can find recipes online to make your own. Here’s one clever idea — fill an ice cube tray with chicken broth or beef broth and then toss your dog a “pop” once the individual squares are frozen.

Water play

Many dogs love to get wet, whether they are splashing in a stream, swimming in a lake or jumping into a kiddie pool in your backyard. You can also set up a sprinkler for them to run through.

Check out new products

There are always new products on the market to keep pets cool in the heat, such as cooling bandanas and collars, pet beds that can be filled with cool water, and a collapsible water dish that you can carry anywhere — from a hike to a car ride. Keep in mind that if you’re driving with your dog, do not leave him waiting in the car for you, even if you crack the windows. His body temperature can rise quickly in a hot car and prove fatal.

Limit activity in the middle of the day

If you’re heading out for a walk or involving your pet in other outdoor activities, make sure to plan your excursion during cooler parts of the day (morning and early evening). The middle of the day is usually the hottest, and too much activity during this time can lead to an overheated pet. Pay attention to your pet’s cues and seek the advice of a vet if she is exhibiting any health problems.

Provide shade

If your pet stays outdoors, make sure he has a shady place to retreat when the heat becomes too intense. If you don’t have any natural shade in your yard, consider getting a beach umbrella or invest in a doghouse.

With a little bit of thought and preparation, you can prevent your pets from suffering in the summer sun. And they’ll love you all the more for it.

This article is presented by M.Benz of Laguna Niguel, California

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