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How to Find the Best Realtor to Sell Your Fox River Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

Although it is possible to sell your home on your own, research has shown that sellers have the most success when they work with a realtor. Sellers should begin looking for a realtor six to eight weeks prior to listing their home. There are many realtors out there but you want to make sure that you work with the best of the best. An Experienced Realtor will provide you with the expertise and time needed to sell your home quickly and for top dollar. In order to find the best realtor for the job, you should ask them several questions. This will help you assess whether they are the right fit for you. Here are the top questions to ask potential realtors when you are ready to Sell your Fox River Valley home!

 

1. How many years experience do you have working as a realtor? Do you do it full time?

2. Have you sold homes within my neighborhood and how many in the past year?

3. What price range do the homes you sell typically fall within? What is the average sold-to-list price for the homes you have sold?

4. What fee do you charge for your work?

5. How will my home be marketed to sell?

6. Do you operate as a team with other realtors or will I be working exclusively with you? How available will you be throughout the process?

7. How long do the homes you sell typically stay on the market? What do you do to make homes sell quicker?

 

Asking these particular questions can help you find the best realtor for your home sale. Choose the agent that fully understands your goals and needs and has the experience and knowledge to best sell your home.


The Rullo Team has been recognized throughout the Fox River Valley and beyond for our selling success. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/. We cannot wait to work with you!

 


Great Fall Landscaping Trends for Your Fox River Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

Fall in the Fox Valley is a spectacular time of year! The beautiful colors of orange, red, yellow and more add much needed color to the cooler months. If you're looking to sell your home, or just add a little 'spice' to your landscape, check out these great Fall Landscaping Trends!


 

1. Modern Fireplace Features that incorporate Technology


 

2. Contemporary Groupings for Fall's favorite plants- Chrysanthemums, sunflowers, mums and the ambiance of the natural colors of the leaves on the trees!


 

3. Create areas for Entertaining with choice lighting- Pendant lights and hanging old fashioned light strands give your area great atmosphere appeal.


 

4. Utilize Natural Elements- Porcelain tiles, metal fixtures and a collage of floral pots, hanging lanterns and great outdoor organic rugs in the colors of the season.


 

For more homeowner & seller tips, visit our website: www.therulloteam.com

 

 

Find the Perfect Pumpkins in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Autumn in the Fox River Valley is our favorite time of year! The cool sunny days, the crisp air, stunning colors of leaves, cozy sweaters, and the buzz of energy as we head into the end of the year are all some of the best aspects of the season. One of our other favorite fall things…...PUMPKINS. Find the perfect pumpkin to decorate your Fox River Valley home or to create a delicious pumpkin pie at our area’s best Pumpkin Patches.

Windy Acres

Address: 37W446 Fabyan Parkway

Geneva, IL 60134

Phone: 630-232-6429

Fax: 630-232-6459

Website: Windy Acres

Email: windyacresfarmstand@gmail.com

 

Kuipers Family Farm

Address: 1N318 Watson Road

Maple Park, IL 60151

Phone: 815-827-5200

Fax: 815-827-4100

Website: Kuipers Family Farm

Norton's Produce

Address: 39W369 Illinois Highway 64

Saint Charles, IL 60175

Phone: 630-377-8118

Website: Norton's Produce

Email: info@nortonsproduce.com

 

Sonny Acres Farm

Address: 29W310 North Avenue

West Chicago, IL 60185

Phone: 630-231-3859

Website: Sonny Acres Farm

 

Abbey Farms

Address: 2855 Hart Road

Aurora IL, 60502

Phone: 630-966-7775

Website: Abbey Farms

 

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Look Closely For These Things When Inspecting A Home!

by The Rullo Team

Looking to Buy your dream Fox Valley home this Fall? As a buyer, it is important to understand a home’s condition and maintenance. Learn to look past the design and decor elements of the home and recognize the structural “bones” of the house. Doing this will help you avoid potentially costly repairs should you end up buying the home. Become a smart buyer and use every opportunity you can to carefully inspect the home that you are interested in buying. Look closely for these warning signs that may be indicative of the home’s structural problems.

 

 

  • Incomplete or Badly Done Repairs/Renovations - Check for workmanship issues or tasks that seem incomplete.
  • Electrical Issues - Check for lights that flicker when on, warm outlets, flash burn signs near sockets and exposed wires.
  • Plumbing Issues - Check for leaky faucets, low water pressure, poor drainage, water stains near bathroom fixtures or on walls, peeling paint, musty or foul smells, and visible mold. 
  • Foundation Issues - Look for cracks in walkways and the driveway, unlevel floors and doorways (often noticeable in doors have large gaps underneath or on top of them), and trees with large roots near the foundation of the house. 
  • Roof Issues - Look out for warped, missing, or cracked shingles, materials that do not match the rest of the roof, and any noticeable wear or tear that indicates damage. 
  • Pest Issues - Check for areas that small rodents or insects could easily enter the house and be on the lookout for any wood damage that could indicate an issue. 

 

 

Once you know what issues to look out for, you can discuss with the home inspector before you proceed with buying the home. Work with an Experienced Realtor to help you throughout the process. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/ to help you find the perfect home for you this season!

St. Charles Jazz Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

Another great community event is headed your way.....this time in beautiful downtown St. Charles! It's time for the 2018 St. Charles Jazz Weekend!! Enjoy 4 days of the best jazz performers from around the country, including Grammy Award winning saxophonis Frank Catalano. Check out the 33 jazz performances at 14 venues around the downtown area!

Thursday, September 6th

6:00 pm | Frank Catalano | The Filling Station Pub & Grill

6:00 pm | Jack Macklin Trio | The Wine Exchange

7:00 pm | Neal Alger Jazz Trio | Eden on the River

7:30 pm | A Salute to Nancy Wilson with the Angel Spiccia Quartet | Club Arcada

8:00 pm | Alex Murphy Trio feat. Daniel Ferris | Vero Voce Theater & School of Performing Arts

8:00 pm | Sam Wyatt & Erin McDougald | Vintage 53

8:30 pm | Tom Linsk | Rox City Grill

9:00 pm | Joel Baer | The House Pub

Friday, September 7th

6:00 pm | Jack Macklin & Alex Murphy Quartet | The Filling Station Pub & Grill

6:30 pm | Fantasy Master’s Smooth Jazz Group | The Wine Exchange

8:00 pm | Riley Elmore | Vintage 53

8:00 pm | Ruben Alvaréz Latin Jazz Ensemble | Eden on the River

8:30 pm | Re-Birth of Louis Armstrong feat. Dean Simms and the Hot Notes | Club Arcada

8:30 pm | Johnny Burnett | Rox City Grill

9:00 pm | Frank Catalano | The House Pub

Saturday, September 8th

1:30 pm | DePaul University Student Jazz Ensemble | 1st Street Plaza

3:00 pm | Dana Hall’s Spring | 1st Street Plaza

4:30 pm | Frank Catalano | 1st Street Plaza

6:00 pm | Joel Reams Jazz Group | The Filling Station Pub & Grill

6:30 pm | Alex Murphy Trio | The Wine Exchange

7:00 pm | Jack Macklin Trio | McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub

8:00 pm | Le Percolateur | Vintage 53

8:00 pm | Bill Boris Jazz Trio | Eden on the River

8:30 pm | Re-Birth of Louis Armstrong feat. Dean Simms and the Hot Notes | Club Arcada

8:30 pm | Peter Miletic | Rox City Grill

9:00 pm | Frank Catalano | The House Pub

Sunday, September 9th

9:00 am | Alex Murphy Trio | Baker Memorial Church

10:30 am | Kingdom of Groove | Baker Memorial Church

2:00 pm | Shout Section Big Band Jazz Ensemble | 1st Street Plaza

3:00 pm | Andy Schlinder | The Office

3:00 pm | An Evening of Random Acts | Mount St. Mary’s Park

4:30 pm | Sinatra Sunday with Dakota Trio | Club Arcada

5:30 pm | Frank Catalano | The Finery & Blacksmith Bar

6:00 pm | Jack Macklin | Francesca’s by the River

 

 

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a weekend of musical fun at the 2018 St. Charles Jazz Weekend!!

 

 

Image Credit: City of St. Charles

Fill Your Cup With Fun at the Festival of the Vine!

by The Rullo Team

Get ready to fill your cup at the Festival of the Vine!!!! Head to downtown Geneva on Friday, September 7th, through Sunday, September 9th, for this favorite festival of art, entertainment, food, and wine! Enjoy delicious wine, tasty food, and plenty of community fun. The highlights are truly the wine tasting and the samplings at the Flavor Fare. Do not miss the Special Wine Tasting & Culinary Events. But, there is so much more for the whole family! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your weekend at the 37th Annual Festival of the Vine in beautiful Geneva, Illinois!

 

Festival of the Vine Brochure

 

Music Lineup

Main Stage at the Flavor Fare (West State & North Fourth Streets)

Friday, September 7th

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Hitmen

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Paul, Jay and Tom Trio

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Majors Junction

Saturday, September 8th

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Bert’s Revenge

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Gregory Hyde

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Hiline Band

Sunday, September 9th

12:00  pm – 2:00 pm | The MacCartyns

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Drew Clausen

Concerts on the Green (Third & James Streets)

Friday, September 7th

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | The Thompson Duo

Saturday, September 8th

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Brian Allison

Sunday, September 9th

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Kelsey Roberts w/ Owen Szorc

Flavor Fare Information

Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (Friday & Saturday) | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sunday)

Cost: $1 per ticket | Wine Costs 5-16 Tickets per Glass

**Ticket sales end ½ hour prior to closing

Festival Wine List

Food Menu



The Rullo Team wishes everyone a weekend of food and fun at the Festival of the Vine!



Image Credit: Geneva Chamber of Commerce


 

2018 Taste of Batavia Block Party!

by The Rullo Team

 

Celebrate the long holiday weekend at the 2018 Taste of Batavia Block Party!!! Head to beautiful downtown Batavia on Sunday, September 2nd, from 4 pm to 9 pm, for an evening of delectable fun!

 

There is something for everyone at the Downtown Batavia Block Party & Taste of Batavia. Let loose with lawn games, hula hooping, and bags. Marvel at incredible vehicles during the Classic Car Show. Show off your culinary skills in the Pie Bake-Off. Dance the night away to incredible live music. Bring the kids to the large play area that will feature a ballons, bounce house, face painting, and more activites for the little ones.

 

AND, of course, dine on the best food that Batavia has to offer! Enjoy $3 food tastings or $6-9 large plate options from your favorite Batavia restaurants:

 

Live Music Schedule

4:00 pm | Evan Reid

4:30 pm | River City Revival

5:30 pm | Batavia Academy of Dance

6:00 pm | Dick Diamond & The Dusters

 

 

 

The Rullo Team hopes everyone in the Fox River Valley has a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!  

 

Image Credit: Batavia MainStreet

 

Selling your Fox River Valley home? Help drive your offer prices up and make your home stand apart from the competition by making your listing look more expensive! Add some elegant touches to help increase the apparent value of your home! Follow these simple tips and your home will be sold in no time!

1. Paint Color. Clean up the appearance of your home by applying a fresh coat of paint throughout. Choose a neutral color that will appeal to all buyers. Add elegance by selecting one with a slight sheen.

2. Declutter. Eccentuate the space within your home and highlight your home's best architectural features by removing all clutter and unnecessary items that could be distracting for buyers.

3. Kitchen Appliances. Higher end homes have kitchens with brightly colored or stainless steel appliance. Upgrade yours before selling.

4. Fixtures. Help bring your home into the modern era by replacing all outdated lighting and plumbing fixtures, as well as hardware.

5. Crown Molding. Add crown molding to the living and dining rooms for instant elegance.

6. Window Treatments. Let ample light in to make your home look big and bright. Update window treatments to solid colored blinds, drapes, or shades.

7. Garage Door. Your garage door takes up a lot of real estate on the outside of your home. Get a great return on investment by updating the door to own that looks more expensive. We recommend a wood door with carriage home details.

For more helpful tips or assistance in Selling your home, give The Rullo Team  a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/!

Reference: inman

How to Prep Your Garden for the Fall!

by The Rullo Team

As summer winds down, it is the perfect time to get your garden ready for the end of the year. Protect your Fox River Valley garden during the fall and winter for following these simple tasks!

 

Water

Your plants and trees will need lots of moisture in their roots to survive the colder months. Be sure to water them well over the next several months to ensure their survival.

Amend Your Soil

Till the soil and add compost to get the soil ready for next year.

Plant Fall Annuals

Keep your garden looking great well into fall by planting annuals that thrive in autumn, such as mums, kale, and pansies.

Add Shrubs and Evergreens

Plant shrubs and evergreens early in Fall to allow their roots to grow before the ground freezes.

Lower Your Lawn Mower

It is important to keep cutting your grass before the winter. Allow the soil to dry out quicker in the spring by keeping its cutting height low.

Clear Rose Beds

Remove fallen debris from roses from the bed since this foliage can cause diseases to thrive and will destroy your garden next year.

Divide Perennials

Rearrange your plants as you divide your perennials.

Remove Weeds

Make sure to take out all the weeds from your garden before you cannot get them out of the frozen ground.

Dig Up Annuals

Remove any dead annuals from your garden.

Save Summer Bulbs

If you loved some of your flowers from this year, dig up the bulbs and save them for next year.

Plant Bulbs

For bulbs that are hardy enough to survive the winter months, plant them at the beginning of fall so you will have beautiful blooms right away in spring.

Feed Your Lawn

Add important nutrients to your lawn so it remains healthy throughout the winter.

Rake & Mulch

Get rid of all fallen leaves from your yard and add mulch to your garden beds.

Protect Plants

Plants that cannot survive the colder temperatures should be protected. After the first freeze, place mulch or other protective coverings over them.

Force Bulbs Indoors

Plant some bulbs indoors so that they bloom early in the year and are ready to transfer to your garden as soon as the ground thaws.

Keep Container Plants Indoors

Make sure to remove pests and dead foliage from container plants and bring them indoors to protect them from the cold.

Empty Hoses and Other Watering Equipment

Be sure to remove all water from your hoses, irrigation systems, fountains, and other watering equipment before storing them in a dry place for the winter.

 

Continue to check The Rullo Team's website for more helpful home maintenance tips throughout the year!


 

Outsmart These Home Buying Myths!

by The Rullo Team

Buying a home is a major step! And, for first time home buyers, it can seem like a daunting task. There is plenty advice out there about what steps to take, the process, financing, and more….but unfortunately there are also a lot of misconceptions and misinformation. It is important to know all the facts before setting off on your journey to find your dream home. Here are 9 myths about home buying that we are happy to debunk for you!!

 

Myth 1: Looking for a House is Your First Step.

The initial search for the home is undoubtedly the fun part of the process. You know your list of desirables and you have the internet at your fingertips to help you find your dream home. BUT, there is a lot of information that you need know ahead of time before potentially getting your heart set on a home. Your first step should be to make sure that your credit is in top form AND get pre-approval for a mortgage. These steps will help you determine your budget and allow you to search for houses that are in an appropriate price range. Plus, pre-approval for a mortgage will help you during the process as it makes you more attractive to sellers.

 

Myth 2: Your Best Finance Option is a 30-Year Mortgage.

Many home buyers think that by selecting a 30-year mortgage they will automatically save money since they have a longer period of time to pay off the loan. Although monthly payments on a 30-year are lower than a 15-year mortgage, you will end up paying MORE in the end since you are borrowing the same amount of money for both BUT are borrowing for twice as long and at a higher interest rate with the 30-year option. Look into all loan options out there before making a decision. A 30-year fixed mortgage might be the best option for you or there might be another loan that makes more sense. Stay open and do plenty of research ahead of time to make an informed decision. Check out our helpful Finance Information for this step of the process.

 

Myth 3: Your Down Payment has to be 20%.

Although a 20% down payment allows you to avoid paying for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), it is not always the required amount from lenders. If you are willing to pay the monthly bill for PMI, you may be eligible for loans with a 5% or 10% down payment. Otherwise, there are also FHA loans and other down payment assistance options that you may qualify for.

 

Myth 4: The Down Payment is your Only Cost Upfront.

The down payment on the home will never be the only cost you have to pay up front. There are always added costs for credit reports, inspections, insurance, and more that home buyers need to account for. Additionally, the negotiated deal for the house could include you being responsible for the closing costs.

 

Myth 5: You are out of Luck if you have Bad Credit.

Having good to excellent credit definitely helps when it comes to buying a home. But, even if your credit is not great, you can still be eligible for some financing options. FHA loans can offer low down payments to buyers with bad credit. Be sure to do plenty of research ahead of time though regarding your loan options. Something that might look great at first, might not be great in the long run.

 

Myth 6: Home Inspections Aren’t Necessary.

A home inspection is ALWAYS a crucial step in the home buying process. Even if you are worried that you might lose out on the house to a buyer that waives the inspection, it is worth the risk. There is far more risk in buying the home as is without knowing any hidden issues with it. You will save a ton of money and time buy spending the money upfront to inspect the home.

 

Myth 7: You Must Offer the Asking Price.

You found your dream house and you don’t want to risk losing it…..so you have to offer the full asking price, right? Although there can be competition when putting an offer on a house, you do not need to offer the asking price. Sellers will often be willing to negotiate with buyers who have awesome credit, a pre-approved loan, and a ready down payment in order to ensure that the house gets sold as soon as possible. You also do not need to offer the full asking price if the home inspection you got exposed some issues with the house. You can negotiate a price based on what the inspection found.

 

Myth 8: You Don’t Need a Realtor.

It is important to work with an Experienced Realtor during your home buying process. Although the internet might make it appear like it is easy to buy a home on your own, there is a lot of valuable information that realtors know that can assist you. We understand the market, know exactly what to look for, have experience negotiating, and so much more. The experience will seem a lot less stressful having someone knowledgeable on your side along the way!

 

Myth 9: Choose A Home Based On Your Current Lifestyle Only.

It is important to recognize what you need in a home immediately as well as in the future. Whether you are planning on having children someday or not, buying a home in a neighborhood with good schools should be on your list of must haves. Research has shown that homes in such neighborhoods have higher resale value, so if you ever consider selling in the future you are setting yourself up for success. Also, consider other lifestyle needs that you might develop over time. If you plan on being in your home for the long haul, make sure that what you will want in 10, 20, or 30 years from now is available in the home and neighborhood that you selected. 

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