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.
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 wife Cristina and son Phillip, 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, amounting to nearly $1 billion in sales.
Having established himself as one of the area’s most promising agents, Phillip attributes much of his success to his early industry exposure and intimate understanding of Orange County communities. Among those recent achievements was the private sale of a significant oceanfront residence in Laguna Beach.
Representing luxury coastal real estate across Orange County, including Dana Point, Laguna Beach 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 over $75 million in sales within the past few years, Phillip is on track to be named one of the top 30 Realtors under 30 in the nation.”
Phillip received his Brokers License immediately following his college graduation, quickly finding his passion for architecture, design and developing. Phillip established himself as an investment analyst at leading a 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 native of Laguna Niguel, Phillip is passionate about coastal preservation and enjoys working with Surfrider Foundation, as well as Habitat for Humanity and World Care. When he’s not serving his clients in real estate, he cherishes traveling with his wife, and quality time with his family and friends, golfing, surfing and playing guitar. Phillip holds his degree in Regional Development & Urban Sustainability from the University of Arizona.
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With more than two decades of real estate experience and a reputation as one of Laguna Niguel’s foremost real estate experts, Cristina Caruso brings her energy, tenacity and extensive industry knowledge to The Agency.
Working closely with her husband, real estate veteran Michael Caruso, and son Phillip, Cristina joins The Agency after 18 successful years with her family’s residential real estate brokerage in Orange County. Together with her husband, she has sold more homes in Ocean Ranch and Bear Brand than any company or agent and is fast approaching $1 Billion in closed sales.
Specializing in pairing families with homes that meet their lifestyle criteria for luxury coastal living, Cristina draws upon her extensive knowledge of local schools, recreational facilities, shopping destinations and transportation corridors to help find the right fit for each and every client. A longtime resident of Laguna Niguel and Dana Point, Cristina specializes in showing, selling and staging residential properties in Orange County, as well as Los Alamitos, Lakewood, Huntington Beach, and her hometown of Long Beach. Known for her honesty, creativity and sharp attention to detail, Cristina leverages her background in marketing and extensive local knowledge to serve a diverse and distinguished clientele with The Agency.
Fluent in Spanish, Cristina is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in marketing. When she’s not serving her clients in real estate, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, going to the movies and working out. She is active with Habitat for Humanity and her local church and youth groups.