The Voice of Orange County...Michael A. Caruso's Blog

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2010 

Still don't have plans for New Year's Eve? Here's what's happening around Orange County...Cheers! Happy New Year! Noon Year's Eve - Discovery Science Center: Why should adults have all the fun on New Year's Eve? Kids, put on your party shoes and walk the red carpet on the day of December 31. www....
12/30/2010
Taking a look back at the past decade, did housing help fuel your personal wealth? Did it help you in a good way or a bad way? The California Association of Realtors reported California's median home price was $248,250 in 2000 and was $304,220 in October 20210. Sure, the median home price peaked ...
12/30/2010
Say goodbye to suburban tract homes and hello to the future of housing. With the population rising and increased energy and fuel costs, new housing projects will become denser and environmentally friendly. 80% of Orange County's current housing was built between 1950 and 1990 - a time when we wer...
12/29/2010
Many couples are flooding to get married on the easy-to-remember date 1/1/11 (January 1, 2011) In response, the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department is opening for special hours on Saturday, January 1, 2011. The marriage office will be open for civil wedding ceremonies from 10 a.m. to 1:11 p.m...
12/28/2010
In a report by Remodeling magazine, the mid-range entry door replacement brought the highest payback at an average of 102.1% This easy remodeling project can really make an impact on a buyer's first impression, which we all know really does matter when selling your home. Entry Door Replacement Av...
12/27/2010
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas weekend with your family and friends! We were blessed to have all 3 kids home for the holidays. Let's make this a productive week to end 2010! Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year from the Caruso Family. Nicolette-19, Phillip-20, Andrea 23   And T...
12/27/2010
Help your clients save! Qualified homeowners will get a rebate with the new California REALTOR®'s Energy Audit Program (R.E.A.P.), a new program that provides rebates of up to $250 on Home Energy Rating System (HERS) home energy audits conducted by certified HERS raters. This program is offered b...
12/23/2010
According to RealtyTrac®, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, the November 2010 report showed that foreclosure filings dropped 21% from the previous month and 14% from 2009. November foreclosures dropped to the lowest level in 2 years (sine November 2008)!! Auctions and def...
12/22/2010
The holidays are a time for giving, so why not give back to Mother Nature this year by going green? Going green doesn't mean you have to give up turkey and Christmas trees, but you can find eco-friendly alternatives to many holiday essentials that may just save you some green. Use Recyclable Gif...
12/21/2010
Since we haven't seen the sun in almost a week, I thought I would cheer everyone in California up with a nice photo of the beach taken just over a week ago! Can you guess where this is? Stay dry and drive safe! And Thank You for Making Me Your Orange County Real Estate Specialist! Best Regards, M...
12/21/2010