In 2013, Michael Caruso embarked on a new chapter in his three decade-long career as an accomplished real estate broker by joining forces with Surterre Properties®.
Prior to this new partnership, Michael owned and operated his real estate company from 1994 to 2012, positioning himself as a sales leader in Orange County and beyond for luxury real estate, with over $300 million in total closed sales.
Michael first launched his real estate career at Century 21, then RE/MAX where he was consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Agents Worldwide for closed sales and service.
Dedicated to providing his clients with the utmost in experience, education and professionalism, Michael has acquired a plethora of real estate designations, including an ABRM (Accredited Buyer Representative Manager), CGP (Certified Green Professional), CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist), CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager) and CRS (Certified Residential Specialist). Michael has also been recognized for his excellence in the industry with a number of coveted real estate awards, from the Centurion Award to the Masters and Platinum Awards.
Specializing in pairing families with homes that meet their lifestyle criteria for luxury coastal real estate, Michael draws on his extensive knowledge of local schools, recreational facilities, shopping destinations and transportation corridors to find the right fit for his clients.
Michael’s commitment to offering a high standard of real estate service by blending technology with personal attention is perfectly aligned with Surterre Properties’ client-focused, technological approach. Surterre’s award-winning, full-service, in-house advertising and design studio is just one of many amenities Michael and his clients have access to as part of the firm. Michael also shares Surterre’s passion for preserving and protecting the environment – rendering this partnership a great team.
A past president of the Orange County Association of REALTORS®, Michael is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and the California Association of REALTORS®, among other groups.
Michael works with his wife Cris and son Phillip in a team environment as business partners. Cris has been licensed since 1994, and Phillip is a Broker Associate. Michael and Cris have three children total, and two dogs – both were rescued. They are passionate outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy sunny days at the beach swimming, snorkeling, fishing and paddleboarding, as well as snow skiing in the winter months. Michael also enjoys cooking and is a big fan of college football, as well as most professional sports. Michael and Cris love to travel the globe to learn about new cultures, new places and meet new people.