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

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Real Estate Agent - Surterre Properties
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2008 

One of my clients was preparing for his move out 2 weeks ago.   As we headed toward the close of escrow, he ordered a "dumpster" to be put in front of his home so he could give the 'heave ho' to a lot of stuff...Among the stuff was an old computer monitor and tower that was too slow and no longer...
02/26/2008
In Orange County we have several cities with the guts to again allow slogo's like "In God We Trust" around city hall.  Remember when that (on all coins and paper money) was never controversial?  Now, that and more is controversial, so I thought you might like to see a history of Church and State ...
02/26/2008
Now I have a new reason to be proud as a 'small business', owning my Independent Brokerage for 14 years.  California small businesses continued to add jobs and increase the average paycheck in January according to the largest Internet payroll service, SurePayroll.  I'm proud and happy to be a 'Sm...
02/26/2008
Well...the fight is on!The old John Wayne enthusiasts are in a huff because the County of Orange has proposed that our airport (currently named John Wayne Airport) should have the words Orange County in it, rather than John Wayne.Hello?  This is one of the coolest looking and fastest flowing litt...
02/26/2008
Federal criminal prosecutors are stepping it up!  The US Attorney's Office and Justice Department are very interested in Wall Street...and it's not to buy stocks!These offices, with bases in Manhattan have notified the SEC that they want more information about Merrill Lynch.  This move comes as t...
02/26/2008
Some people say they see some good looking and well dressed young kids 'begging for spare change' outside restaurants and coffee shops, in and around shopping malls and around various towns.  These kids don't seem to be poor, homeless or in need of anything other than a want for a cup of java fro...
02/26/2008
How does a recession come?  Is there any warning?  Should we all watch CNBC for a hint?Well, it didn't take long for this recession to hit.  And there wasn't too much banter about it.  This recession didn't come with a whimper...it came with a bang!  It came swiftly after subtle hints and fears a...
02/25/2008
I've been waiting to hear it..."Play Ball"...that familiar sound announcing the start of a baseball game.  I'm not so sure it will sound exciting for professional baseball this year, with all the controversy surrounding the use of performance enhancing drugs.But...Little League Baseball is back a...
02/25/2008
Let's imaging that everyone in California decided to go on a diet...We would have to lose 360 million pounds just to get back to where we were 10 years ago.  That's right...we're eating and eating in California.  In the last decade we've gained 360 million pounds!Did you know...the leading cause ...
02/25/2008
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released year end data for Southern California that shows the cost of living in a home (housing inflation) rose 5.1% in 2007.  Sad to see another cost going up in a deflating economic environment.  Believe it or not...this is a good news story because the number is ...
02/25/2008
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