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.

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How A Homeowner Can Sabotage Their Own Appraisal…


 

For decades there has always been a difference of opinion with  homeowners and an appraiser when they need that critical number to match the refinance package that is underway with their lender.

The appraiser value opinion is only 1 opinion…but guess what, it’s the opinion that counts with your lender.

Here are some ways you can sabotage yourself:

1) Leaving the home untidy. Having an un-kept exterior or interior can cause an appraiser to decrease the value somewhat. Reminder owners – curb appeal is also important for an appraisal. Overgrown bushes or an un-kept home exterior could prompt an appraiser to take as much as 3 percent off the value, according to a CNN Money article.

2) Having incomplete remodeling projects. Don’t keep a remodeling project unfinished prior to an appraisal. If it’s a must, make sure you include details of the complete project and when it is to be finished to the appraiser.

3) Failing to list improvements or upgrades made to the home. Compile a list of upgrades and home improvements made to the home and provide it to the appraiser. While some items, like a new roof, may not help raise the appraised value, other items might.  Source: Realty Times

So needless to say, all the complaining in the world to your lender won’t overcome the self sabotage…take care of projects, clean up and focus on the homes overall presentation before starting your refinance package. Treat the home like you were getting it ready to go up for sale. Lots of preparation, repairs and primping is worth all the effort. Because, when the time comes for that appraisal value analysis…you’ll be glad you did! 

 

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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ South County


 

 

South County

 

ALISO VIEJO

Coming up Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 6–8pm is the annual Family Fun Carnival Night for JDRF. Join us at the Club for our second annual Family Fun Carnival Night benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding research to cure type1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime. The night will include carnival games, prizes, cotton candy, face painting and much more! Don’t miss out on this fun-filled event for the entire family, and help us educate and find a cure!  Members and Non-Members: $10 minimum donation per person. Children will receive a pair of JDRF shoelaces and t-shirt and unlimited carnival booth visit. For more information or to register, please call (949) 330-5560.

DANA POINT

TOMORROW April 14, 2012 from 8am-3 pm is the Doheny Wood. This show is free to woodie owners and spectators. The state beach does have a park entry fee. Over 150 classic wooden cars, surf wagons will be on display. NO event entry fee for Doheny Wood 2012 and no charge for spectators. There is a State Park entry fee of $15. For more information you can call 714 968-9798.

LAGUNA HILLS

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LADERA RANCH

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LAGUNA BEACH

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LAGUNA NIGUEL

Teen movie night for tonight April, 13, 2012 has been CANCELLED.

LAKE FOREST

Coming up Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is the annual Rancho Days Fiesta! Celebrating the history of Saddleback Valley, there are children’s activities include piñatas, free crafts projects and a chance to make your own pottery. Help churn and taste homemade ice cream and butter, sample fresh tortillas and warm bread from the horno oven. Dip candles and grind corn while learning about the early days of Orange County. Event Fee: $4 for adults, $3 for children (ages 2 and under free) Parking Fee: Free. For more information you can call 949-923-2230.

MISSION VIEJO

Coming up May 5-6, 2012 starting at noon is the Annual Street Painting – Arts Alive Festival. Artist from all over transform and capture amazing beauty of art using pastel chalk as the medium to blend onto asphalt as their canvases. With each artist’s techniques and their enthusiasm for the love of art you can truly experience the metamorphosis around you. For more information you can call 949-470-8440.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

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SAN CLEMENTE

TOMORROW April 14, 2012 from 8am – 3pm is the Annual ‘Gardenfest’,
Hosted by the San Clemente Garden Club. Admission is FREE! Families are welcome.

This year’s highlights include annual Plant Sale and Garden Flea Market, exhibits demonstrating sustainable practices for your garden, garden related opportunities in our community, Open to the Public ‘funky container’ and ‘floral design’ contests, Junior Gardeners butterfly exhibit and plant sale, Question & Answer tablewith gardening celebrities and San Clemente Artists demonstrating live.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Coming up Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm is the annual Mariachi Festival. The festival will include entertainment “Battle of the Mariachis” and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes. This event is free with paid admission to the mission. For more information you can call (949) 234-1321.

 
*As seen in orangecounty.net & ocregister.com

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Caruso’s *EASTER* OC Happenings ~ North County


 

 

NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM

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BREA

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BUENA PARK

TOMORROW Saturday, April 7, 2012 starting at 8:00am is the annual Spring Eggstravaganza! Breakfast starts at 8:00am & the Program begins at 9:00am. Come be a part of the “Egg-citement” this spring at Buena Park’s very special Spring Eggstravaganza! Activities include stage entertainment, children’s crafts, field games, a petting zoo, moon bounces, visits with the Spring Bunny, and of course, the candy scramble for children 12 years of age and younger. Come early for a special Pancake Breakfast starting at 8:00 am sponsored by the Buena Park Noon Lions.

CYPRESS

TOMORROW Saturday, April 7, 2012 starting at 10:30am is the annual Spring Egg Hunt & Flash Light Egg Hunt! The egg hunt is for ages 11 and under ONLY, and that begins at 10:30am. There will be crafts, activities, food, egg hunt with toy and candy filled eggs, visits with the Easter Bunny (Please, don’t forget your camera!). Don’t be late, this event starts at 10:30 SHARP! The event takes place at Oak Knoll Park (5700 Orange Avenue). AND starting at 8:00pm is the Teen Egg Hunt for ages 13-18. Be sure to bring a flashlight and basket for an egg hunt in the dark! This event is held at Arnold/Cypress Park (8611 Watson Street (meet at Cypress Park bldg)). For more information you can call the City of Cypress – (714) 229-6780.

FULLERTON

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GARDEN GROVE

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LA HABRA

TOMORROW beginning at 6:30am is the annual Spring Family Eggstravaganza! This event includes a pancake Breakfast, games, bounce houses, crafts. Here is the schedule of events 6:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Game booths, inflatable jumpers, arts and crafts, a mini health fair, and visits with the Easter Bunny will begin. 10:00 a.m. Egg Hunt begins. The event takes place at El Centro-Lions Park. For more information you can call (562) 905-9700.

LA PALMA

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PLACENTIA

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STANTON

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WESTMINSTER

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YORBA LINDA

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*As seen in orangecountyregister.com & orangecounty.net

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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ South County


 

 

South County

 

ALISO VIEJO

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DANA POINT

It’s never too early to start planning for Valentine’s Day. Coming up February 14, 2012 from 4:00-6:00pmtry this unique and romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! You’ll sail aboard the 95′ Dana Pride at sunset as we search for whales, dolphin and other marine life set against the beautiful Orange County coastline. Chocolates and Valentine’s Day treats are included as well as a complimentary glass of champagne for guests 21 and over! Enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail from our cash bar as well! Be sure to make reservations at one of Dana Point Harbor’s many romantic restaurants for after the cruise and you’ll have an unforgettable evening! For reservations or more information you can call 949-496-5794.

LAGUNA HILLS

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LADERA RANCH

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LAGUNA BEACH

Coming up February 14, 2012 is the Annual Valentine’s Winemaker’s Dinner! Enjoy fine epicurean creations paired with artisan boutique wines while listening to live music. More details to come! For more information you can call 949.715.9463.

LAGUNA NIGUEL

Coming up Monday, January 16 is the annual Teen Tubing Trip to Big Bear Snow Play!  Let’s go snow tubing at Big Bear Snow Play! We will drive up in a school bus for some fun tubing! Pack a lunch. Limited snacks are available for purchase at the resort. You must register by 5pm on Jan 11. The event will be from 8:00am-3:00pm. The cost is $40/ Register online or in the Parks and Recreation Office at the Crown Valley Community Park.

LAKE FOREST

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MISSION VIEJO

January 21, 2012 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Mission Viejo Civic Center Parking Lot at 200 Civic Center is the electronics recycling event where residents and businesses will have the opportunity to properly dispose of old electronics, including computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, copiers, VCRs, fax machines, cell phones, printers, scanners, hard drives, stereo equipment, cables and cords, shredders, microwaves, and more. The City of Mission Viejo and the Friends of the Library are teaming up with All Green Electronics Recycling to host this E-Waste Recycle Drive. As a community service, All Green Electronics Recycling will make a donation to the Friends of the Library based upon the amount of materials recycled. Information about All Green Electronics Recycling is available at www.allgreenrecycling.com. For more information about the electronics recycling event, call 800/780-0347.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

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SAN CLEMENTE

Plan ahead! Coming up Saturday March 17, 2012 is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance from 5-10pm.  Irish is the theme. Tis’ the 45th annual community St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance sponsored by the Exchange Club in partnership with the City of San Clemente to benefit local charities. Corned beef and cabbage with all the trimmings served from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Ticket donation includes a door prize raffle ticket. Green beer and a full service bar at extra cost. For more information, visit exchangeclubsc.org

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

January 14, 2012 is the annual Fiesta Association Hairiest Man Contest from 1-4pm. One of the wackiest contests the Fiesta Association holds. You must come to the sign-ups with a “Smooth Puss” (clean shaven) and ready to be photographed for the “Most Wanted” poster. You then have 8 weeks to grow a beard or moustache that will be judged at the Fiesta Grande March 17th beginning at 6:30 pm, existing beards and moustaches are also welcome. There is a $5.00 entry fee which goes to support the Swallow’s Day Parade. For more information you can call 949-493-1976.

 

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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

 

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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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.

 

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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         (949) 753-7900