Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County


CENTRAL COUNTY

 

COSTA MESA

Coming up November 17 – 18, 2011 is Disney’s most acclaimed and beloved film on stage! Arts & Learning Conservatory presents: ‘Beauty & the Beast.  General Seating: $10, VIP: $15 & Family 4-Pack: $35. For more information you can call (714) 728-7100.  

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Nothing to report

HUNTINGTON BEACH

SUNDAY, November 6th is the annual Surf City Derby. The Huntington Beach Distance Derby has a new race course and a new name. The “new” Surf City Beach Derby 10 Miler AND a NEW 10K event will run on Pacific Coast Highway! Or Challenge your sand legs on the zany new 5K Beach Obstacle Course! Get Your Zany On and get dressed for the Costume Contest.

IRVINE

NOW OPEN the Ice Rink at the Spectrum! Enjoy outdoor skating rink at the Irvine Spectrum. Located right next to the Giant Wheel Court, adjacent to Nordstrom and Macy’s. For more information you can call 949-456-6937.

LOS ALAMITOS

Nothing to report

NEWPORT BEACH

Coming up Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 10 am – 11:30 am is the Grandkids Hike. Join ‘Inside the Outdoors’ for a morning with nature designed especially for toddlers and their grandparents! Touch the trees, smell the sages, watch and listen for wildlife. Everyone will use all of their senses to explore nature. Cost: $5 per person/ $25 per family* Advance registration required. For more information you can call (714) 708-3885.

ORANGE

December 2-4, 9-11, & 15-23, is the 15th Annual Christmas Train to Meet Santa Claus. Take an enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet and have your picture taken with Santa Claus. In addition to riding the Irvine Park Railroad, activities include story time with Mrs. Claus, Christmas cookie decorating, a Santa Claus moon bounce, Christmas coloring corner, carnival games, picture stands and more. Hot food and snacks are available for purchase. The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $8.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free. Prices for activities vary. For directions, costs and additional information or to purchase tickets, visit us online at www.irvineparkrailroad.com or you can call (714) 997-3968.

SANTA ANA

TOMORROWSaturday November 5, 2011 is the Discovery Science Center Presents: Pumpkin Launch 2011.Discovery Science Center and California State University, Fullerton, are teaming up to offer a day of hands-on science fun! The day of family-friendly activities will be hosted at Fullerton’s Titan Stadium. Free activities will include: carved-pumpkin contests (bring your own carved pumpkin), catapult contest, music & entertainment. The event is located at California State University Fullerton’s Titan Field.

SEAL BEACH

Mark your calendars for the Annual Holiday Parade coming up December 2, 2011 from 7 – 10 pm. This is the 33rd Annual Christmas Parade of Seal Beach is along Main Street. There are bands representing schools from Marina, Ocean View, Los Alamitos and more. Boy Scouts and Girls Scout Troops from all over the area will be represented. The parade begins promptly at 7:00 pm along Main Street starting at Ocean Avenue and proceeding to PCH. Do some Christmas shopping and have cocktails and/or dinner before and after the parade. For more information you can call 562-799-0179.

TUSTIN

Sunday November 6, 2011 is the Dinosaur Dash! Run for Education! A fund-raiser for the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, this year you can run and ride for education! The Dinosaur Dash features 4 events: 5k and 10k timed races for all ages, a 2k non-timed “Fun Run” and the non-timed 50k bike tour. After the race, there will be entertainment, a Food Court and Expo with games, activities and more. There’s fun for the whole family. For more information you can call 714-832-3060.

VILLA PARK

Sunday, December 11, 2011 is the Great Inland Boat Parade and Holiday Celebration! This fun filled event consists of a parade of Christmas decorated land yachts (anything from a small boat pulled by a car to a horse wagon!) followed by the annual tree lighting ceremony. The parade will begins at Villa Park High School at 18042 Taft Ave., ending about 6:30 p.m. in the Villa Park Shopping Center on Santiago Boulevard, where holiday festivities will continue. For more information you can call 714-998-1500.

 

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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 OC Happenings ~ North County


 

NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM

NOW through October 30th is the annual Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. This event features Ompapah Bands from Germany, Authentic German Food & Drink, Folk Dancers, and German Items for Sale. This is a fun event for the whole family with Train Rides, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and entertainment. No admission charges the first weekend this year! For more information you can call 714-563-4166.

BREA

Nothing to report

 

BUENA PARK

Everyweek NOW through October 30th, 2011 is the Knotts Berry Farm ‘Snoopy’s Costume Party’! Pirate, witch, cowboy, angel? It’s that time of year to decide who you want to be. Knott’s invites you to dress to the nines in your Halloween finery and come to “Snoopy’s Costume Party” in Camp Spooky. This daytime, non-scare celebration, of cheer rather than fear, is the social event of the season with shows, activities and of course, trick-or-treating all geared for kids ages 3-11. Snoopy’s Costume Party runs weekends October 1-30 and is included with regular park admission. Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park operating hours are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.
CYPRESS

It’s almost that time of the year again! Coming up on Halloween, October 31st is the annual City of Cypress Halloween Carnival from 6-9pm! This event includes Food, Game Booths, Prizes, Entertainment, Costume Contests and Spook Alley. Admission- $3, children under 1 year old are free. Professional pictures will be available for $10 (cash only). For more information you can call 714-229-6780.

FULLERTON

Coming up Saturday, October 29, 2011 is the annual Memory Walk (Cal State  Fullerton).The Memory Walk is part of a national movement to help those battling Alzheimer’s and related memory loss disorders. As one of the largest Memory Walks in the country, it features a 2-mile walk, Kidz Zone, Doggie Dugout, Remembrance Garden, Food Vendors, Festival Area with over 50 exhibitors, live entertainment and more! For details, contact Shannon Kincaid at (949) 757-3708.

GARDEN GROVE

Nothing to report.

LA HABRA

Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 9 – 4 is the Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo (Joint Forces Training Base).A great mix of civilian and military helicopters and aircraft, plus a custom car show featuring classics, muscle cars and more than 300 varieties plus a vendor fair with more than 100 exhibitors selling food and car or aircraft related items. This family event also has games, a kid’s corner and live entertainment.

LA PALMA

Coming up November 12th, is the Annual La Palma Days! This annual tradition event has been celebrated in our community for over 25 years, encouraging residents, business partners and friends to celebrate La Palma’s community spirit. The event features Miss La Palma Pageant, Parade & Band Review, Activities, Entertainment, and Cultural & Historical Activities & International Food & Product Vendors. For more information you can call 714-690-3350.

PLACENTIA

TOMORROW, October 15, 2011 is the annual The Heritage Festival and Parade (Tri-City Park, 2301 N. Kraemer Blvd.). Since 1965, this celebration of the city’s heritage includes a parade and fair booths. The festivities begin with the Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m. followed by the parade and band review at 9:30 a.m. The festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and will feature many exciting activities for the entire family including the annual car show, a crafts fair, food booths, kid’s games and more. For more information you can call (714) 524-8535.

STANTON

Nothing to report

WESTMINSTER

Coming up soon is the annual Simon Kidgits Club Spooktacular Halloween! The Simon Kidgits Club invites all of you little ghouls and goblins to come have a spooktacular good time and enjoy loads of frightfully fun Halloween themed activities and treats! Wear your cool costume and enjoy a safe place to haunt this Halloween. The event is located at the Westminster Mall. For more information you can call 714-898-2558.

YORBA LINDA

Nothing to report

 

 

*As seen in orangecountyregister.com & orangecounty.net

 

 

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’s End of the Summer Housing Market Update!


 

Since we have come to an end of the summer I thought I would provideyou with an end of the summer real estate sales and inventory report. Specifics include Orange County and a look at how we compare to the National trends.

August 2011 Real Estate search results are in and Orange County, CA was the #16 most searched market in the country during August 2011. This is based on data released recently by Realtor.com, which is the #1 homes for sale Real Estate search web site.

The median list prices for homes in Orange County, CA hit $449,000 in August 2011, a -6.44% decrease from one year ago this month, and -0.22% decrease from July 2011.  The national median list price in August 2011 was $189,900, a 0.48% increase compared to August 2010.  The median decrease is a result of more homes selling in the lower price bands.

The active “for sale” inventory of homes in Orange County, CA in August 2011 leveled out at 15,828, a -12.10% decrease compared to August 2010.  The National inventory counts for August 2011 were 2,267,327, a -19.00% decrease as compared to a year ago.  

The median age of inventory in Orange County, CA in August was 87 days, a 1.16% increase compared to July 2011.  Nationally, the median age of inventory was 103 days, a 6.19% increase to July.

 

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’s Buyer Questionnaire


Owning your very own home can be great, when you’re ready. Truth be told, not everyone can or should own a home – even with the many benefits of homeownership.  I have put together a short list of questions that can help you, as a buyer, sort out whether owning makes sense for your personal situation.

1.) Do you want to own a home?

2.) Can you find a home to buy that you like?

3.) Can you find a home to buy that’s located where you want to live?

4.) Can you find a home that you can afford to buy – and own?

5.) Can you qualify for a mortgage or pay cash to purchase a home?

6.) Does the cost of owning a home compared with renting make sense to you?

7.)  Is you job or other source of income secure?

8.) Do you have a financial cushion in case you suffer a serious or prolonged loss of income?

9.) Do you expect to remain in the same community for at least several years?

10.) Do you expect to live in the same home for at least several years?

If you answered yes to these questions, you’re a good candidate to own a home, now call Michael Caruso and let’s get you that home!

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’s OC Happenings ~ North County


 

NORTH COUNTY

 

 

ANAHEIM

NOW through August 14th is the annual Harvest Crusade. In 1990, a small group of people set out to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to southern Californians in a non-traditional, non-church environment. Located at the Angel Stadium for more information you can call (714) 638-0981.

BREA

Nothing to report

 

BUENA PARK

Mark your calendars for Silverado Days (William Peak Park
7225 El Dorado Drive) this October 14-16. This event is held each October. This community festival includes games, crafts, contests, rides, food and fun for the whole family. Featured contests include World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship, Custom Car Show, a pie-eating contest, hog calling, baby contest, dog show, petting zoo, chili cook-off and much more!!
CYPRESS

Nothing to report

FULLERTON

Coming up Saturday, October 29, 2011 is the annual Memory Walk (Cal State  Fullerton).The Memory Walk is part of a national movement to help those battling Alzheimer’s and related memory loss disorders. As one of the largest Memory Walks in the country, it features a 2-mile walk, Kidz Zone, Doggie Dugout, Remembrance Garden, Food Vendors, Festival Area with over 50 exhibitors, live entertainment and more! For details, contact Shannon Kincaid at (949) 757-3708.

GARDEN GROVE

Still a few more concerts left if you haven’t been to one yet! Coming up August 11 – Abbey Road, Beatles Tribute & the last concert will be August 18 – Nyght Ryder, 80’s & 90’s. Concertgoers can enjoy the sights and sounds of evening concerts in the park brought to you by the Garden Grove Community Foundation. No EZ-Ups or golf carts, please. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. DATES & TIMES: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to find out other upcoming bands you can call (714) 741-5280.

LA HABRA

Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 9 – 4 is the Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo (Joint Forces Training Base).A great mix of civilian and military helicopters and aircraft, plus a custom car show featuring classics, muscle cars and more than 300 varieties plus a vendor fair with more than 100 exhibitors selling food and car or aircraft related items. This family event also has games, a kid’s corner and live entertainment.

LA PALMA

Nothing to report

PLACENTIA

Saturday, October 15, 2011 is the annual The Heritage Festival and Parade (Tri-City Park, 2301 N. Kraemer Blvd.). Since 1965, this celebration of the city’s heritage includes a parade and fair booths. The festivities begin with the Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m. followed by the parade and band review at 9:30 a.m. The festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and will feature many exciting activities for the entire family including the annual car show, a crafts fair, food booths, kid’s games and more. For more information you can call (714) 524-8535.

STANTON

Nothing to report

WESTMINSTER

Coming up at the end of summer Saturday, Aug 20 2:00p at The Rose Center Theater is the Ms. Senior California Pageant!  Eighteen Ms. Senior California preliminary finalists from San Francisco to San Diego will compete for the title of Ms. Senior California 2011.

YORBA LINDA

September 17 – 18, 2011 is the Dozynki Harvest Festival. This event is celebrating Polish culture with food, music dancing and exhibits. The event will be held at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center. For more information you can call 714-996-8161.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*As seen in orangecountyregister.com & orangecounty.net

 

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

 

Got My Electric Car…But What About Charging It?!?


Electric cars should have a place to charge up in the city of Laguna Beach by the end of the summer. The city council recently voted to negotiate an agreement with ChargePoint America, a program from electric vehicle infrastructure company Coloumb Technologies. The program uses federal money to buy charging stations for cities and individuals and build a network for drivers of the increasingly popular vehicles.

Electric Vehicles will soon be common on American Roads. The two charging stations will be installed at the south end of the parking lot at Laguna Canyon Road and Forest Avenue, taking over two parking spots. The council agreed to continue to charge drivers to park at the spots and limit their parking time to three hours, to coincide with other spaces in the downtown area. City official estimate the current parking revenue from the two spots to be around $3,000 a year.

While ChargePoint will pay for the two charging stations, the city must pay for installation and a fee to be part of the company’s network. The council dedicated $21,500 to the project from the Parking Revenue Fund. Drivers will have to pay for the electricity they use, likely about $1.12 per hour of charging.

Connection to ChargePoint’s network will allow drivers to use mobile devices or the Internet to find charging stations in their area and see if they’re in use. A fully charged battery will take drivers about 100 miles, and new electric cars take between three and seven hours to charge. The stations will also have a lower-voltage hookup for golf carts and motorcycles.

Will you get an Electric Car?

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

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

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

To read more about Electric Car Stations you can visit www.ocregister.com

New Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements


What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)? CO is formed from the incomplete burning of any flame-fueled device including ranges, ovens, clothes dryers, furnaces, fireplaces, grills, space heaters, vehicles, and water heaters. CO can be dangerous – when inhaled, it passes from the lungs into the hemoglobin molecules of red blood cells. The result is that the body becomes oxygen-starved which can lead to tissue damage and death.

CO is tasteless, odorless, and invisible gas. Low levels of CO poisoning can cause shortness of breath, mild headaches, nausea, and fainting. CO poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United Sates according to the American Medical Association.

Per California Senate Bill 183, beginning July 1, 2011, all existing single family homes must have carbon monoxide alarms. All other types of residences (apartments, condominiums, etc) will need CO alarms beginning January 1, 2013. The law does not designate local fire departments as enforcing agencies.

The new requirements apply if ANY of the following are present within a home:

  • Attached garage
  • Natural gas or propane furnace and/or natural gas range and/or oven
  • Gas or wood-burning fireplace.

For existing homes, the CO alarms may be battery powered. At a minimum, CO alarms are required:

  • Outside of each sleeping area or bedroom
  • On each level of the home

 

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