New Custom Home Listing in Laguna Niguel


 

Beautiful European Style Custom Home in Guard Gated Ocean Ranch, in Laguna Niguel, California

61 POPPY HILLS ROAD ~  Offered at $3,195,000

 

Front Elevation
Front Elevation
 

Dramatic Staircase and Foyer
Dramatic Staircase and Foyer
Formal Living Room
Formal Living Room
Formal Dining Room
Formal Dining Room
Gourmet Kitchen
Gourmet Kitchen
Great Room and Bar
Great Room and Bar
Otis Elevator
Otis Elevator
Yard with Pool & Spa
Yard with Pool & Spa
Library and Office
Library and Office
Private Gym
Private Gym

Caruso’s Saturday Shot ~ When Life Gives You Lemons…


When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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…

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Marketing Plan 

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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

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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Now providing “Short Sale Services”

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 Marketing Plan 

 

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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

     

 

 

 

New Listing ~ The San Clemente Gym is now for sale!


San Clemente Gym For Sale

San Clemente Gym – a Business Opportunity.  Own your own business and stay in shape! 

123 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA

 

The San Clemente Gym is a landmark in the city for over 30 years.

 The Gym is approximately 3,000 sqft with Mens and Ladies shower rooms &

locker area. The gym is being sold fully equipped as an all purpose

fitness center. The equipment spans a wide range of fitness training

and there is a boxing work- out room as well as specialty classes.

Private Training is also available from knowledgeable and dedicated

Trainers. Rent for this location is $4,000 per month rolling on a

month to month basis. The membership count is strong and San

Clemente has very loyal local cliente. Call Michael Caruso at

949-495-8600 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

 

Prime Location

30+ Year History

Loyal Clientele

Mens Locker Room

Ladies Locker Room

Easy Parking

Fully Equipped

Boxing Area

Kick- boxing Area

Friendly Staff

Private Training

Treadmill Machines

Elyptical Machines

Cycling Machines

Bar Bells

Free Weights

Zumba Classes

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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

     

 

New Ocean View Listing in Guard Gated Ocean Ranch!


NEW LISTING!

12 Brownsbury Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Gorgeous and Popular floor plan with 1st and 2nd Floor Ocean Views. Main floor Office or Den, 3 upstairs Bedrooms and a Bonus Room that very easily converts to 4th bedroom if needed. Master Suite is generous with remodeled bathroom and walk-in cedar closets. Kitchen remodel w/Full Granite Finish, Center island, Sub-Zero & Dacor. Family Room has impressive B-I Ent Ctr w/Theater Speakers. Yard is smartly designed with beautiful Pebble-Tec Spa and peaceful Fountain serves as focal point from Formal Living & Dining Rooms. Maple hardwood entryway, Limestone floors in Kitchen & Formal areas. High quality carpet in Family Room and Bedrooms. Bathrooms remodeled w/Stone Sinktops & Showers. Ocean Ranch is a 24 Hour Guard Gated Community a half mile to 2 golf courses and 2 tennis clubs, minutes to award winning public & private schools, 1.5 miles to clean sandy beaches and Marina. Shopping and Dining nearby at Ocean Ranch Village.

http://www.postlets.com/repb/8435691

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 Fall Marketing Plan 

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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

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ South County


 

 

South County

 

ALISO VIEJO

Coming up Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 6:30 – 8 pm is Take This, Not That – Get the Most out of Your Dietary Supplements. So many dietary supplements to choose from: Vitamins, Essential Fats, Fat Burners, Protein Powders and Detox Formulas. What should you take? What brands are best? Are there any risks? There are as many questions as there are supplements. Get the answers to your questions on safe and effective use of dietary supplements. Join Nutrition Coach, Chuck Rudolph, for this eye opening free seminar. Also, enjoy samples of RCS recommended products. Members and Non-Members: FREE. For more information or to register, please stop by the Club Desk or call (949)330-5560

DANA POINT

Coming up 4th of July from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm is the annual All American BBQ Buffet. Some of the menu items include summer salads, grilled burgers, bbq chicken, ribs, gourmet macaroni and cheese, assorted desserts. Open seating, first come, first served. Live Entertainment by “Keston & the Rhythm Killers”. Harbor Fireworks start at 9:00. Adults: $85.00 Children ages 6-12: $35.00 Complimentary for children 5 and under. Price includes: tax, gratuity and valet parking. For Reservations please call 949-487-7516 or the Concierge at 949-487-7577. ALSO Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm is the annual 4th of July Fireworks Cruises. Enjoy a unique evening of fun on the water, complete with a live Fireworks demonstration sponsored by the city of Dana Point! Enjoy one of the best fireworks displays on the coast. Regular Cruise: $29 Adults $19 Kids 3-12 Dinner Cruise: $79 Adults, $39 Kids 5-12, 4 and under are FREE! Make reservations online or call (949) 496-5794. ALSO come for the annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza Fireworks at 9 pm. Start out early in the morning if you’re planning an Independence Day celebration at Doheny State Beach as this is the busiest day of the year! Doheny’s day-use opens at 6:00 am. The fireworks show off the barge outside of the harbor begins at 9:00 pm. Doheny closes a 10:00 pm. Remember, no fireworks are allowed! For additional information, call (949) 496-6172

LAGUNA HILLS

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LADERA RANCH

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LAGUNA BEACH

Starting June 29 through September 2, 2012 is the annual & very popular Sawdust Festival! This outdoor arts and crafts festival is great for the whole family. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere. For more information you can call 949-494-3030.

LAGUNA NIGUEL

Coming up July 4, 2012 are the annual 4th of July Celebration
Fireworks at 9 pm. For more information you can call 949-425-5100.

LAKE FOREST

Coming up July 4th is the Fourth of July Parade Independence Day Celebration Day of Events including 4th of July 5K Run/Walk – Race starts at 7:30 am Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 7 – 10 am Located in front of the El Toro High School gym on Toledo Way Price $5.00 per person. Fourth of July Parade Starts at 10:00 am Parade starts at the intersection of Toledo Way and Ridge Route and will travel along Lake Forest Boulevard turn on Serrano Rd, ending at Dayton Rd. For more information you can call 949-461-3450.

MISSION VIEJO

Coming up Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from 12-9pm is The Mission Viejo Annual Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular. Held yearly on Olympiad Road and in the area adjoining Lake Mission Viejo, this Faire provides a classic Fourth of July celebration for the city of Mission Viejo. Rides and games enhance an exciting carnival atmosphere for all ages. Local clubs and organizations set up booths for food, drink, crafts, gifts and games. Free entertainment includes music, dance and comedy for the enjoyment of children and adults alike, with performers drawn from local talent as well as professionals from outside the area. As would be expected for a Fourth of July Faire; the event climaxes at dusk in a spectacular fireworks display. For more information you can call 949-830-7066.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

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SAN CLEMENTE

TODAY San Clemente is celebrating 35 years of “The Greatest Show on Surf!” on the San Clemente Pier. Waterman & Waterwoman Competitions, 5K Beach run, Surf & Bodysurf Contests, Fishing Derby, Woody Car Exhibit, Ocean Art Show, Children’s Events and much, much more!
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

June 30-July 1, 2012 is the annual Relay for Life. This is a fun and inspirational 24-hour event, bringing together a community to raise funds for cancer research. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is the largest cancer-fighting event in the nation, raising nearly hundreds of millions of dollars last year alone! It’s a time and place where people come to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against a disease that touches too many lives.

 
*As seen in orangecounty.net & ocregister.com

 

We Are Now Accepting Qualified Listings

Now providing “Short Sale Services”

Call Today for More Info on Our Summer Lovin’ 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

 

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County


 

CENTRAL COUNTY

 

COSTA MESA

TOMORROW June 9 & 10is the annual BBQ Cookoff and Family Festival. This event is benefitting Kristie’s Foundation, a non-profit that provides assistance, support and cherished moments to critically ill children and their families. Delicious BBQ – Classic Car Show (Saturday) – rib eating contest – beer & wine tasting – Great Kids Zone with activities & entertainment- Live Main Stage music & entertainment.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

NOW-10, 2012 is the annual Summerfest. This 4-day celebration will include carnival rides, food and beverage booths, game booths, local entertainment, exhibitors, non-profit organizations, live music, beer/wine garden, Battle of the Bands on Sunday, Live Sports Tent, the Fountain Valley Classic Car & Truck Show, and the Dog Day Afternoon event.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Coming up Saturday, June 16, 2012 is Chili at the Beach from 11 am – 6 pm. Chili Cook-Off as well as a Salsa Tasting Contest (New this year!) There will also be Dads Toys (Choppers  – Trikes), 2 stages of live music and plenty of Kids’ Activities. Benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. For more information you can call (714) 536-8300. AND June 24, 2012 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm is Pups N Pinot. An afternoon of wine and food tasting, live entertainment, silent & live auction, “Pooch Pageant” at the Newland House. Raising money for A Leg Up Rescue and Waggin’ Trails – rescuing dogs (and other animals) from certain death in our shelters or bad living situations ensuring they get placed in a forever home. $35 pre-sale, $40 at the door. VIP $45, $50 at the door – vip begins at 1pm.

IRVINE

Coming up June 22-24, 2012 is the annual A Taste of Greece! This is a fun-filled Festival for the whole family! Pastries, dancing, full-Scale carnival, boutique & delicious Greek food including a wine taverna. There will also be cooking demonstrations, Greek folk dancing lessons, church tours and opportunity drawings Admission $3.00 Children under 10 FREE.

LOS ALAMITOS

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NEWPORT BEACH

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ORANGE

Coming up Saturday & Sunday, June 16 & 17 2012 is the Annual Irish Fair and Music Festival from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Great American Irish Fair and Music Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the Western United States. The Fair highlights 16 entertainment areas featuring the very best in the music, song, dance and sport of the Irish, along with over 100 Irish, Scottish and English import shops and arts and crafts vendors along with sheepherding shows, Irish horse shows, Irish dog shows and one of the largest Irish Step Dancing competitions in California. ALSO coming up Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 8 – 9:30 p.m. is Nature at Night – Dusk to Dark. Join inside the Outdoors on the first official Saturday evening of summer! Experience nature as the evening fades from twilight to starlight. With a Naturalist as your guide, discover night life out on the trail. Cost: $5 per person/ $25 per family. Advance registration required. For more information you can call (714) 708-3885.

SANTA ANA

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SEAL BEACH

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TUSTIN

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VILLA PARK

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We Are Now Accepting Qualified Listings

Now providing “Short Sale Services”

Call Today for More Info on Our Summer Lovin’ 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) 753-7900

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ South County


 

 

South County

 

ALISO VIEJO

Nothing to report

DANA POINT

Nothing to report

LAGUNA HILLS

Nothing to report

LADERA RANCH

Nothing to report

LAGUNA BEACH

Starting June 29 through September 2, 2012 is the annual & very popular Sawdust Festival! This outdoor arts and crafts festival is great for the whole family. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere. For more information you can call 949-494-3030.

LAGUNA NIGUEL

TOMORROW OPEN HOUSE – SATURDAY JUNE 9, 2012 FROM 1-5pm. Beautiful Ocean View home in the Prestigious Ocean Ranch Community! Come on by 22 Emerald Glen, Laguna Niguel & see all this home has to offer!

LAKE FOREST

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MISSION VIEJO

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RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

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SAN CLEMENTE

TOMORROW Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 10am-4pm is the annual San Clemente Garden Club 2012 Garden Tour. The San Clemente Garden Club presents the 2012 Garden Tour of unique coastal gardeners. Enjoy a self-guided tour of several private coastal gardens including the student vegetable, flower and butterfly gardens at Concordia Elementary School. The selected gardens will showcase varied garden styles, horticulture, hard cape and garden entertaining area ideas for every tour guest. Ticket order forms are available at online. For information please contact Mary Mohr at (949) 498-2818
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Coming up June 30-July 1, 2012 is the annual Relay for Life. A fun and inspirational 24-hour event that brings together a community to raise funds for cancer research. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the largest cancer-fighting event in the nation, raising nearly hundreds of millions of dollars last year alone! It’s a time and place where people come to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against a disease that touches too many lives.

 
*As seen in orangecounty.net & ocregister.com

 

We Are Now Accepting Qualified Listings

Now providing “Short Sale Services”

Call Today for More Info on Our Summer Lovin’ 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

 

Caruso’s *NORTH* County OC Happenings


 

 

 

NORTH COUNTY

 

 

ANAHEIM

Coming up Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. is Get Outdoors! OC at Yorba Regional Park & Tyke Hike.Happier, Healthier, Smarter…Join us for outdoor activities geared to inspire your family to spend time outside. Easy Naturalist led hikes, nature crafts, and more! Each Get Outdoors event is at a different location with various games and activities depending on the park. Feel free to drop in for all or part of this free event. A special Tyke Hike will be offered at this event. Cost: Free (This program is generously sponsored by a grant.) For more information you can call (714) 708-3885.

BREA

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BUENA PARK

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CYPRESS

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FULLERTON

 Nothing to report

GARDEN GROVE

NOW May 25-28, 2012 is the annual Strawberry Festival! The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city’s strawberry-growing history. Free admission! For more information you can call 714-638-0981.
LA HABRA

Coming up June 8-10, 2012 is the annual La Habra Valley Fair! This fair celebrates the success of the youth in our community while giving them a place to showcase that work, as well as learning through competition. High quality hormone free meat will be showcased and available to bid on. Livestock shows – including pigs, sheep, goats, steers and dairy run from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. There will also be a dog show, car show, youth exhibits and Chili cook-off.

LA PALMA

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PLACENTIA

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STANTON

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WESTMINSTER

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YORBA LINDA

Coming up Sunday June 3, 2012 from 11-5 is Celebration of the Arts. A very unique fine arts & music festival featuring nearly 100 exhibitors, including almost every type of visual and performing art that you can imagine. What makes it unique is that it very family friendly, offering free activities for all ages, sharing the creativity & talent of our community. This event is NOT a carnival, craft fair, beerfest, or fundraiser, but truly a day where talent & creativity is shared and inspired! There will be Continuous entertainment on 5 stages & a variety of delicious food is available for lunch, including teriyaki chicken bowls, funnel cakes, Italian sausage sandwiches, pasta bar, hamburgers, & tacos. This is a free event, free parking. The event takes place in three locations; Yorba Linda Community Center, Thomas Lasorda Jr. Memorial Field House, and Hurless Barton Park. For more information you can call 714-996-1960.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*As seen in orangecountyregister.com & orangecounty.net

 

We Are Now Accepting Qualified Listings

Now providing “Short Sale Services”

Call Today for More Info on Our Summer Lovin’ 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