The Caruso Real Estate Group, a distinguished name in the real estate industry, is family operated and established by Michael Caruso nearly three decades ago. The Caruso’s expanded upon their legacy in late 2012 in a major partnership with Surterre Properties, the leader for Luxury Real Estate Orange County. The Groups new association doesn’t change the “home town” approach they’ve developed, it compliments it. Prior to joining Surterre, the Caruso Group received unprecedented success among independent real estate firms, helping them move toward One Billion Dollars in closed sales.

Michael Caruso

Broker Associate, Executive Director

Michael Caruso’s legacy in real estate spans multiple decades, and began in Florida in real estate development and property management. After moving to California in 1976 Michael joined forces with several coastal real estate firms, where he was ranked among the top 100 agents worldwide for sales and service. Michael eventually founded, owned and operated his own independent real estate firm in Orange County. Through nearly 20 years of ownership, Michael amounted numerous achievements along with hundreds of millions in personal closed sales. After a major partnership, Michael is now aligned with The Agency working in a team environment with his wife Cristina and their son Phillip Caruso, who make up the Caruso Real Estate Group. The foundation of their success is Michael’s unrelenting insistence upon service focused on the client’s total satisfaction. Michael holds a plethora of professional designations, among them is “Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist” along with serving the real estate industry as past President of the Orange County Association of Realtors.

Phillip Caruso

Broker Associate, Sales Partner

With passion, creativity and a fresh take on the business of real estate, Phillip Caruso has been making his mark on the Orange County luxury market. A South Orange County native who grew up in a family devoted to helping buyers and sellers fulfill their real estate dreams for three decades. Phillip says, it’s advantageous to have the experience and support of our family team, I know my client’s every need will be met.” With numerous major high end sales, Phillip is also playing a major role in the group’s investment and residential development engagements.

A University of Arizona alumnus, Phillip received a BS degree in Regional Development with a minor in Business Management. After graduating, he trained as an investment analyst with a major multifamily commercial real estate company. In this position, Phillip assembled property portfolios to aid buyers with large future investments. Phillip soon went on to earn his broker’s license at the age of 23, making him one of the youngest brokers in California.

Cristina Caruso

Sales Partner, Se Habla Español

Cristina earned a California real estate license in 1994 and enjoys showing, selling and staging residential properties in Orange County, as well as, in the Long Beach area where she grew up and attended Millikan High, CSULB & FIDM where she graduated with a Marketing degree. Her work in Sales, Advertising and Design has helped her in the Real Estate business. Besides, residing and working in South Orange County, Cris knows the Los Alamitos, Lakewood & Huntington Beach areas, very well. Cris also works in an Administrative capacity, keeping the team on track. She is bi-lingual and can perform professional Spanish translation and communicate in Spanish with fluency. In addition, she is a Notary Public. Cristina’s versatility and language skills are perfect compliments to the Full Service professional environment offered to clients at The Caruso Real Estate Group.


Andrea Caruso

Commercial Real Estate Affiliate at Stream

Andrea has held a Real Estate License since 2006, specializing in business development and marketing. Ms. Caruso has a BS in Marketing from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU where she graduated with summa cum laude. Her creativity, nurturing spirit and keen intellect fit perfectly within the Full Service professional environment offered to clients at The Caruso Real Estate Group. Andrea also helps with marketing, and handles the public relations for the team.


Katie Fortier

Business Development Associate, Realtor

An enthusiastic and innovative approach to business, Katie has wasted little time navigating the real estate industry. Currently working as a Realtor and Business Develop Associate for the Caruso Group, Katie oversees a comprehensive range of business for her team. Prior to joining the Caruso Group, Katie worked at Fidelity National Title as an Assistant to the area RVP, and then eventually shifted gears to Wealth Management as a Director of Marketing.

Combining her knowledge in Finance, Title, and Marketing, Katie brings several vital strengths to her role. Katie also has immense skill in navigating the intricacies of content marketing media, and plays a major role in handling a wide variety of property campaigns for a local and global audience of buyers and sellers.

A kindred spirit, and result of her coastal environment, Katie flourished growing up in South Orange County. Katie attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating with a BA Degree in Communications in 2014. Katie enjoys staying active with tennis, cycle classes, and traveling. Katie loves spending time with friends and family, and of course, a little time at the beach.