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Decorating your Fox River Home for the Holidays when trying to SELL!

by The Rullo Team

Staging is an important step anytime you list your home on the market. It helps potential buyers see the functionality of the home and visualize themselves in the space. During the holiday season, you can use festive decor to make your home more attractive to buyers. Follow these decorating tips for selling your Fox River Valley home this holiday season!



When decorating your home this holiday to sell, start with a good cleaning throughout your house. Next, stage your home as you normally would, regardless of the time of year. Go through your home and only keep the items and furniture that you need and that helps accentuate the space and your home’s features. You should store the clutter away and put personal items away during showings so buyers can picture themselves in the home.


Your home is already decorated so make sure your holiday decor complements your house. Look at the paint colors on the walls and use decor that accents it. Reds are perfect in rooms with neutral colors and silvers are good in rooms with soothing colors. Avoid over decorating! You shouldn’t put all of your decorations out this year. Only use those items that can draw attention to interesting features in your home. When you pick your tree, make sure that the one you pick is well suited for the size of the room. Decorate it using a cohesive color scheme or theme. Remember that people celebrate all different holidays this time of year. Try to avoid putting off some buyers by not displaying large religious decor during showings. Make your home warm and cozy when prospective buyers are over. Add some seasonal scents. You can also have a fire going in your fireplace if there is someone there to monitor it.


Now that the inside of your home is beautifully decorated, it’s time to focus on your home’s curb appeal. As with the interior, keep it simple outside. Keep large and overly colorful decorations away until you are in your new home next year. Focus on using simple string lights to accentuate the architecture of your home or landscaping. You can add attractive decor, such as evergreen garlands or wreaths, to your front porch to welcome people in.



If you are interested in Selling your home this December, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at


Resource: HGTV

Holiday Fun

by The Rullo Team




It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

And there is no shortage of exciting events to attend in the Fox Valley area! Our earlier post told you about the Holiday Homecoming event in St. Charles, but Batavia AND Geneva have some holiday fun planned as well.

Celebration of Lights Festival takes place on Sunday, November 27th from 4-7 at the Batavia Riverwalk located at 151 Island Avenue, Batavia and the admission is free!

Free hayrides (with food or $1 cash donation directly benefitting the Batavia Food Pantry), Holiday Craft Market, free roasted chestnuts, community sing-a-long and the arrival of SANTA! Mayor Schielke will light the ceremonial Christmas tree and much, much more!

For more information please go to


Geneva Christmas Walk

The festivities begin at the courthouse square on Friday, December 2nd at 6 pm with the arrival of Santa Lucia, Santa lighting the great tree and so much more! Don’t miss the Christmas Walk House Tour and a full weekend of events with something for everyone. This is Geneva at its finest!! You can also visit Santa on Friday evening and on Saturdays and Sundays visit Santa and take a complimentary carriage ride throughout the Christmas season.

For more complete schedule of events and House tour ticket information please go to


If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

St. Charles Holiday Homecoming!

by The Rullo Team

Fill your spirits with holiday cheer at our favorite St. Charles winter event…..the Holiday Homecoming. Head to downtown St. Charles Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th for the ultimate holiday celebration. The weekend is filled with tons of family-friendly activities. The best part… is all FREE! Enjoy carols, seasonal treats, and quality time with family and friends just in time for the holidays.

At 5:00 pm on Friday, November 25th watch the 1st Street Plaza become illuminated during the Lighting of Lights. Mayor Ray Rogina will flip the switch to make the plaza glow with festive spirit. Enjoy carols and a visit from Santa on this fun-filled evening.


The festivities continue all day on Saturday, November 26th. The Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street) is showing the holiday film favorite Elf at 10:00 am, with doors opening at 9:00 am. From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, swing by Santa’s House on 1st Street Plaza. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides downtown St. Charles between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The day ends with the Electric Christmas Parade at 5:30 pm. Watch this year’s Grand Marshals, Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg, lead the beautiful electric floats down Main Street during this unique holiday parade.



Event Details

Dates: Friday, November 25th, 2016 - Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Location: Downtown St. Charles

Cost: FREE Admission to ALL Events!

Holiday Extravaganza

by The Rullo Team


CASA Kane County will be holding their Inaugural Holiday Extravaganza

Two special events combined in one great evening will be held on the eve of the Annual Geneva Christmas Walk. The event featuring a Holiday Carnivale for Kids and Families AND the Holiday Glam & Couture Fashion Show, helps us celebrate for a cause.

Thursday, December 1st

Holiday Carnivale for Kids and Families

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

A magical evening with Santa and his Sleigh and our friends from Frozen!

Carolers with greet you as you enjoy gourmet candy stations, activities, hors d’oeuvres, premiere kid’s finger foods & desserts!

Holiday Glam & Couture Fashion Show

7:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Your holiday season will start in style with a couture fashion show featuring everyday, cocktail and evening attire!

Enjoy music and dancing provided by Vargo’s Dance as you watch the local models on the catwalk.

Hors d’oeuvres, food stations, wine & beer are included.


This event is for adults only, as space is limited.

Event is co-chaired by Shuki Moran of Exceptional Events & Jane Pabon Boutique

Beautiful venue decorated by DeMarco Designs Interior Holiday Decorating

Please RSVP by November 22

For more information go to

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court System.


If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.


Election Day Polling Places for the Fox River Valley

by The Rullo Team

Election Day, November 8th, is here! No matter which candidates you are voting for this year it is important to have your voice heard! It is one of the great freedoms that we get to enjoy in this country. There is still plenty of time to get to the polls today. All polls in Illinois will be open until 7:00 pm. As long as you are in line by that time, you will be allowed to vote. Make sure to bring a valid form of identification.


Looking for your local polling place? Here is a list of all polling places for the Fox Valley:



  • JB Nelson School (334 William Wood Lane)

  • Congregational Church of Batavia (21 South Batavia Avenue)

  • HC Storm School (305 North Van Nortwick Avenue)

  • Batavia VFW Overseas Post 1197 (645 South River Street)

  • Heritage Woods (1079 East Wilson Street)

  • Lincoln Inn Banquets (1345 South Batavia Avenue)

  • Grace McWayne Elementary School (3501 Hapner Way)

  • Jewel Middle School (1501 Waterford Road, North Aurora)

  • Cornerstone Community Baptist Church (307 Banbury Road, North Aurora)

  • Hoover Wood School (1640 Wagner Road)

  • Rotolo Middle School (1501 South Raddant Road)

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church (950 Hart Road)



  • Sunset Community Center (710 Western Avenue)

  • St. Charles Free Methodist Church (214 Walnut Street, St. Charles)

  • Geneva High School (416 McKinley Avenue)

  • The Crossings Clubhouse (2684 Stone Circle)

  • Western Avenue Elementary School (1500 Western Avenue)

  • Pepper Valley Clubhouse (2105 Pepper Valley Drive)

  • Fox Valley Presbyterian Church (227 Eastside Drive)

  • Batavia VFW Overseas Post 1197 (645 South River Street)

  • The Holmstad (700 West Fabyan Parkway, Batavia)

  • Chesapeake Commons (1490 Geneva Drive)

  • First Baptist Church of Geneva (West Cam, 3435 Keslinger Road)


St. Charles  

  • Pottawatomie Community Center (8 North Avenue)

  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church (1145 North 5th Avenue)

  • AMLI of St. Charles (100 Lakeside Drive)

  • St. Charles Public Library (1 South 6th Avenue)

  • St. Charles Free Methodist Church (214 Walnut Street)

  • Valley View Baptist Church (6N656 Route 25)

  • New Covenant Bible Church (4N780 Randall Road)

  • Oaks of St. Charles Clubhouse (87 White Oak Circle)

  • Kane County Branch Court Conference Center (530 South Randall Road)

  • Cumberland Green Club House (1798 Cumberland Green Drive)

  • Hosanna Lutheran Church (36W925 Red Gate Road)

  • Fox Valley Presbyterian Church (227 Eastside Drive, Geneva)

  • Thornwood Sports Core (850 East Thornwood Drive, South Elgin)

  • South Elgin Municipal Annex (1 West State Street, South Elgin)

To find your exact polling place, click HERE!


We look forward to seeing everyone in the Fox River Valley at the polls today! Happy Election Day!

The Best Small Cities in Illinois found in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

If small city living is for you, look no further than the communities of the Fox River Valley! With lower living costs, a tighter community feel, and a more laid-back living style, small cities are a great place to raise a family. Personal finance website Wallethub recently ranked 1,268 cities in the United States to find the best communities in terms quality of life and affordability. Their analysts looked at metrics regarding economic health, affordability, quality of life, safety, and education and health in cities with population sizes between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. After analyzing the results, they ranked the cities in the nation to find the best of the best. From that list, Reboot Illinois found the best 25 small cities in Illinois. When the results came in.....3 Fox River Valley communities made it to the top of the pack!!


Oswego was ranked #8 in Illinois! Oswego truly prides itself on maintaining its small town feel. With an incredible public school district, great recreational facilities, including one of the top ranked golf courses in the Chicago area, and fun annual community events, Oswego offers a great quality of life to its population. This city is also recognized for its affordable living.


St. Charles made it up to #9! This community offers all the amenities of a larger city but the feel of a small town. St. Charles has a stunning riverwalk along the Fox River and has beautiful historic homes and landmarks. There are great retail, dining, and entertainment options for residents to enjoy. On top of all these attributes, St. Charles also boasts some of the best public schools in all of Illinois.



Batavia was ranked #13 in the state! This town offers the best a small community has to offer with the amenities that you need. Batavia offers its residents 150 acres of beautiful park spaces, a thriving downtown, and a highly rated public school system. This affordable city is perfect for families.



If you are interested in living in some of the best small cities in Illinois, The Rullo Team is here to help you find your dream home. Give us a call today or visit our website at

A Season to be Thankful!

by The Rullo Team

A season to be thankful…

5 ways to give back this holiday season

There are so many ways to help others this season, or all year long! Now, who wouldn’t love to do that??

  1. Support our Troops: United Service Organizations offers a variety of drives for soldiers. You could also sponsor the cost of a phone call home, the local USO division can assist you with information. This year, Yankee Candle Company is selling Thankgiving-themed candles with part of the proceeds going to support the USO’s programs.
  2. Donate to a Food Bank: This would seem an obvious one, but did you know that not only can you donate food….but donate your time and money also? Food banks such as Northern Illinois Food Bank will accept help sorting food at their facility but if you are short on time, you can make a monetary donation. Whichever you choose, they are grateful for your help!
  3. Visit a Retirement home: Retirement homes and Memory care facilities often have residents who won’t see a family member during Thanksgiving. All you need to do is check the visiting hours and bring the gift of good conversation!
  4. Help the home-bound elderly:  Meals on Wheels delivers daily more than 1 million meals to the home-bound, and a large number of them are elderly. This organization is always looking for volunteers to continue their good works!
  5. Visit a hospital: Sadly, there are no holidays in a hospital. Call your local hospital and inquire as to how you can volunteer for the holiday. Offer to distribute food, bring small gifts to children or elderly, or maybe the best gift of all, just simply sitting and visiting with someone.

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

Are you Flying the W?

by The Rullo Team

After 71 years, the Chicago Cubs are headed back to the World Series! Within 40 miles of downtown Chicago, there are many people around the Fox Valley showing their support for our team! Will you be flying the W?

In their 145th season, the Chicago Cubs are returning to the championships! This storied season began on April 4, 2016 against the Los Angeles Angels and ended on October 2, 2016 against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs ended with the best record in Major League Baseball with a total of 103 wins! They won the National League Central title, winning by a total of 17.5 games. In the National League Championship Series, they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers after 6 games, securing their journey to the 2016 World Series.

The Chicago Cubs will be going head to head against the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Here is the pending schedule of games on FOX so you do not miss out on any of the action!


Game 1

Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

Game 2

Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

Game 3

Friday, October 28th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

Game 4

Saturday, October 29th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

Game 5*

Sunday, October 30th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

Game 6*

Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

Game 7*

Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

*Game played if necessary.


Congrats to the Chicago Cubs! Bring home the Commissioner’s Trophy!!

Eat Your Art Out in Geneva IL!

by The Rullo Team

Fill your bellies with delicious food and your eyes with beautiful art at one of Geneva’s great cultural events…..Eat Your Art Out! Head down to The Herrington Inn's Pump House on Saturday, November 5th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the ultimate art and food celebration. This annual gala fundraiser by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission pairs fine art with food and wine. Original art work by Len Bielefeldt, Karen Bordenave, Fatima Figueiredo, and Jan Schmuckal has inspired a delectable four course masterpiece dinner with wine pairings by Atwater’s Executive Chef. Along with spectacular food, enjoy live artistic performances, a fine silent auction, a salon style cocktail hour, a live auction hosted by Geneva’s mayor, and so much more. Your body and soul will be satisfyingly full after this night of fun! Tickets to this amazing annual event are limited so be sure to grab yours today!

Evening’s Schedule

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Cocktail Hour with cash bar and fine silent auction

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Dinner and Live Auction


Since 2006, the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission has been promoting cultural art experiences for the residents of Geneva. Made up of Geneva community members and business owners, the committee works to create a diverse and engaging art scene in the city. Annual events such as Eat Your Art Out help support the work of the commission.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: The Herrington Inn & Spa (15 South River Lane, Geneva)

Cost: $125 per person. Purchase Tickets HERE!


by The Rullo Team




As the temperature starts to dip pet owners should take a moment to prepare their pets for the colder months ahead. Here are a few things to remember to protect your pet:

General pet wellness: A visit to your Vet for a wellness exam is always a good idea, but remember certain conditions, like arthritis are made worse by the cold weather.

Knowing your pets limits: Just because our pets have a beautiful fur coat does not mean that they are unaffected by the cold weather! Coats and booties for dogs and short trips outside will help in the frigid temps.

Provide choices inside: Comfy dog and kitty beds away from drafty doors and windows will be provide a great place for a winter day snooze.

Watch their food intake: Contrary to popular belief a chubby pet is not a warmer pet! Factor in their reduced activity level when feeding and giving treats.

Avoid ice and salt: When cabin fever sets in a short dog walk is nice, but watch out for ice and salt on the sidewalk. Salt can irritate your pets paws and you should always wipe it off, but also so that your pet does not ingest the sometimes toxic salt crystals.

Common sense and a bit of planning will keep your pets happy till Spring!!

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