Broker of Record- The Agency, CA
After more than three decades as a top-producing real estate agent and two decades running his own successful real estate brokerage, Michael Caruso has embarked upon a new chapter in his legacy career as the Broker of Record for The Agency in California and Managing Partner of The Agency in Orange County, where he is named in the top 5% of Agency agents.
Fast approaching $1 Billion in closed real estate sales, Michael has earned a reputation as one of Orange County’s foremost brokers. Working alongside his son, Phillip, and daughter, Andrea, Michael specializes in pairing families and individuals with exceptional homes that meet their lifestyle criteria for luxury coastal real estate. An Orange County resident for the past 30+ years, Michael draws upon his extensive local knowledge, comprehensive understanding of construction design and talent for tracking the latest design trends to serve as a trusted advocate for a wide-ranging clientele.
Michael began his real estate career in development and property management in Florida. After moving to California in 1976, he joined forces with several coastal real estate firms and quickly ranked among the top 100 agents worldwide for sales and service. He then founded and operated his own independent real estate firm in Orange County for nearly 20 years, with hundreds of millions in personal closed sales. Recognized for his unique, customer-centric approach, Michael has successfully represented buyers and sellers from Santa Monica and the Hollywood Hills to Orange County and San Diego. His unrelenting focus, easygoing nature and penchant for overcoming each challenge that comes his way have always been the foundation of his success.
A Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Michael has served the real estate industry as President of the Orange County Association of Realtors and is an ardent community volunteer. He devotes his time and resources to local and distant building projects with Habitat for Humanity and is an ambassador for ocean clean up with 4Ocean. When he’s not serving his clients or at the office, he enjoys early morning tennis matches, high intensity boot camp workouts, kayaking, and paddle boarding in the Dana Point and Newport Beach harbors as well as local fishing.
A second-generation Broker, Phillip Caruso grew up in a family immersed in the world of real estate, learning the intricacies of the business from his father, Michael Caruso, who owned and operated his own successful boutique brokerage for over eighteen years.
Having established himself among the area’s most promising agents, Phillip brings his creativity, integrity and keen eye for design & development to The Agency.
Representing luxury coastal real estate across Orange County, including Monarch Beach, Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, and Newport Beach, Phillip specializes in pairing families, individuals, and investors with exceptional homes. Honest, committed and optimistic by nature, he is considered one of Orange County’s youngest rising stars in the luxury real estate market. With nearly $350 million in personal career sales, Phillip was named MVP of The Agency Orange County in 2019 and 2020, and among the Top 500 Agent teams in California by the WSJ.
A licensed Real Estate Broker, Phillip followed his passion for architecture, design and development. Phillip established himself as an investment analyst at a local commercial real estate firm while underwriting and marketing a multitude of apartment buildings. Along with representing buyers and sellers, Phillip began his residential career working with investors to rehabilitate properties along the Orange County coast. Highly skilled at identifying and underwriting value-add projects, Phillip often represents developers and clients in the purchase and sale of a home, advising on design and build from inception to completion.
A local of Newport Beach, Phillip is passionate about coastal preservation and enjoys working with Surfrider Foundation, as well as Habitat for Humanity and Give Back Homes. When he’s not serving his clients in real estate, he cherishes time with his family, his wife Michelle, daughter Natalia and labradoodle Kaiya. Phillip enjoys the outdoors, golfing, surfing, and playing acoustic guitar. Phillip is a graduate of The University of Arizona holds a BA in Regional Development and Business.
Director of Operations | Agent
Born and raised in Southern California, Andrea grew up immersed in the world of real estate from her father, Michael Caruso. With a strong focus on family Andrea jumped at the opportunity to join her family’s team at The Agency, representing luxury coastal real estate across Orange County, including Monarch Beach, Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Newport Coast and Newport Beach.
Andrea Caruso brings over sixteen years of real estate experience as a successful agent and is also a licensed real estate broker in Colorado where she is active with The Agency’s Aspen office. Andrea has intimate knowledge of the fast-growing state from her prior residence in Denver and knows the Breckenridge and Vail areas as well. Her experience crosses into commercial real estate with over one million square feet of transactions for her Newport and Denver commercial clients. Prior to joining the Southern California Caruso Team at The Agency, she underwrote for and represented both regional and international investment firms and tenants while working at Jones Lang LaSalle.
Combining analytic and creative skills, Andrea leverages her previous experience in marketing and commercial real estate within each property she works on. Focusing on storytelling, creative design, and unique branding opportunities, she is steadfast in bringing the highest level of service, authenticity, and care to the Caruso Team’s clients.
Andrea graduated Summa Cum Laude from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business marketing and a minor in communications. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying the beach, attending concerts, playing tennis, or hosting dinner for family and friends.