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It's Easter Egg Hunt Weekend in the Fox Valley!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

It's spring and Easter is only one week away! That can only mean one thing for the Fox Valley this weekend....Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Breakfasts!  Parents and Grandparents get ready for a weekend of fun with the kids (and teens) because we have your line-up for the Hunts and Breakfasts taking place in our wonderful communities:          

1. NEW! The Egg-Mazing Race! This one is for TEENS! Teams of pre-teens, ages 10-14, will solve a series of challenges scattered around Wheeler Park to complete The Egg-Mazing Race, and find a bunny hiding in the dark. The top ten teams will win a variety of prizes, including gift certificates to local restaurants. Then, wrap up the night with a good old-fashioned twilight egg hunt with various prizes and candy. Participants must bring a flashlight. The Egg-Mazing Race begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. and held is outside rain or shine.  Price: Free —$5 per resident / $8 per non-resident

2. Geneva Annual Easter Egg Hunt- Join the Geneva Park District as we hunt for over 5,000 eggs at our Annual Egg Hunt outside the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center. The free-to-the-public egg hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m., and features two age-specific areas—one for children 4 and under, and one for those 5 and up.

2. Geneva Bunny Breakfast! Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center 3507 Kaneville Road  Fuel up before or after our 10 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt at the Bunny Breakfast inside the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center. Breakfast includes yummy pancakes with the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget your camera for photographs. Sign up for before our egg hunt from 8:15-9:45 a.m. or after from 10:15-11:45 a.m. Cost is $5 per person ($8 nonresident).

                                        

3. Aurora Easter Egg Hunt-West Main Park 40W101 W. Main St All little bunnies are invited to hop on over for the annual Easter Egg Hunt! Be sure to see the Easter Bunny. Everyone should meet at the pavilion by 9:45 a.m.! Group leaders will divide children into age groups and take them to their separate hunt areas. At 10 a.m. the hunt will begin! Don't forget a basket to hold all those goodies

5. Doggie Easter Egg Hunt! Let you dog hunt for Easter Eggs! Join us at the Bark Park as your dog(s) hunts for Easter eggs that are filled with doggie treats. All dogs must be leashed during the event! Pre-registration is requested, but we will accept registration at the Bark Park gate starting at 11:30 am. Registration fee is $10 per dog. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Anderson Animal Shelter. Hunt will begin at 12 pm sharp

6. St Charles Easter Egg Hunt!  Sat March 28th at 10:00 am Pottawatomie Park  Parents & Children should arrive at the park at least 15 minutes early to receive instructions and take a spot. Bring your own baskets to collect the eggs. There is a limit of 10 eggs per child. Meet at Riverview Golf Entrance.

7. St Charles Breakfast with the Easter Bunny- Ready for a hopping-good time? Decorate and eat your own bunny-face breakfast pancake. Color bunny pictures. Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Dance the Bunny Hop! Register early, as space is limited. Ages 12 months or younger are free! Adult registration is required for children to participate.

We hope you have a hoppin' good time! If you know of other Hunts that we may have missed feel free to post them to our Facebook page!

It feels so good to be outdoors again, and the whole Fox Valley is bustling with new blooms, new construction and new beginnings of all kinds!  If you are looking to begin a new journey and a move to the Fox Valley area, give one of our expert agents on The Rullo Team a call.  We'd be happy to show you around our communities and help you find the home that suits your needs.

Home Upgrades That Aren't Worth The Money!

by The Rullo Team

After some conversations with your spouse, you've decided to make a few upgrades to your Fox Valley home.  It's a great idea, right?  After all, anytime you make ugrades to your home you're adding value that will come back to you when you choose to sell your home down the road.  WRONG. Not all upgrades are created equal!  Or better put, just because you upgrade doesn't mean you'll profit from it.

HERE ARE SOME UPGRADES THAT WON'T ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME:

 

  1. A Room Conversion- Any Buyer that visits your home is looking for certain standards in your home;  3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Garage.  You may not necessarily need that third bedroom, but that is coveted space to another buyer. If you change that room into something else, or knock down walls and make it into a Large Master Suite, you can actually de-value your home.  Same thing with a garage that you decide you don't need so you turn it into a stellar recording studio. Your potential buyers are more than likely not going to be interested in anything but a garage, and therefore your home may sit on the market and not sell.
  2. Over-Improvements- Always keep the base level of your home and the neighborhood in mind when you're upgrading.  If you live in an area of Split-Level Homes, don't build a Mega Mansion. If you're doing a Kitchen Remodel, get a glimpse of what is "normal" for the neighborhood and stay within the range. Don't put in marble countertops and high-end appliances if the neighborhood isn't supporting it...you won't get the value out of it when you sell your home.
  3. Adding a Pool- This is always an attractive option especially in the sprintime, but one that never pays off, especially in our climate. Here are the reasons:  Some people just hate pools, Families with small children worry about the dangers, maintenance is a hassle and costs are steep.
  4. Highly Custom/Personalized Designs-This one is fairly self-explanatory, just keep in mind that just because something seems like a GREAT idea to you, doesn't always mean it will be a great idea to someone else. Whether it's an over the top kitchen backsplash design, or a bad color choice for high end flooring in the living room these are the custom/personalized designs to stay away from.
  5. Adding Small Amounts of Additional Square Footage- Adding on an additional small family room, when you already have a living room and family room, isn't going to gain you anything on the Home Value front. Remodeling a sizeable basement area into livable space is one thing, but if you aren't going to gain a "sizeable" amount of space, then you need to rethink your strategy. Gaining only small amounts of square footage are often not worth the time or money, in their return, that they are worth.
  6. Lastly, Too much carpet!! Stop with adding carpet across the board in any home! Buyers love to see hardwood floors, ceramic and porcelain flooring. The days of wall to wall carpet are long. gone.

For more home improvment tips visit our website or facebook page. If you'd like to become a homeowner in the Fox Valley area please contact our team! You can also look at homes for sale in the area at this link: HOMES FOR SALE IN ST CHARLES IL  HOMES FOR SALE IN GENEVA IL   HOMES FOR SALE IN BATAVIA IL  You can also search for homes anywhere in Illinois right from our site!

We look forward to helping you with your home search.  TheRulloTeam.com

Remodel or Sell Your Fox Valley Home?

by The Rullo Team

The million dollar question, right? There are many reasons to remodel your Fox Valley area home; lifestyle, family changes, outdated. But if you've considered remodeling, you've more than likely entertained the idea of buying another home. As the Illinois Real Estate market has recovered, and Home Values have moved upward beautifully, the latter of your choices starts to look better and better.

All this makes the decision process much more of a challenge. However, the only choice is to evaluate each aspect so that you can make a clear cut decision that you can feel comfortable with. What do you really want and need?

1. Make a List- Go through your home, room by room, and write down everything into two categories: Pros (what you LOVE about your home) and Cons (where your home really falls shortof what you NEED or WANT NOW -not what you needed or wanted back when you bought it). We make that distinction because it's very easy to become nostalgic as you go through the home that has so many memories attached to it. You need to go through it without emotion and really decide what you want & need NOW, at the stage you are in your life. Think of space, floor plan issues, storage, Kitchen too small, bigger master suite, more bathrooms, too many bedrooms, etc.

2. Location- Is your current Fox Valley location sufficient?  If the answer is YES, then a big question is taken off the table. For many, location does come into play. Better or different Fox Valley suburb- St Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Elburn, etc) is desired. Moving closer to relatives, or being closer to work so you have a shorter commute time is highly desired.

3. Time VS Money- How long do you plan to be in your current home? If you plan to move in a few years to be closer to your kids, or decide that you're going to scale down so you can travel the states or world for a while, then it may make sense to move rather than get into a big remodeling project at this point in your life.  You should also consult with a reputable contractor to know exactly how much money this project is going to cost you. If the cost for materials, time and labor are too high you need to evaluate this against the cost for a new home. Many times when a homeowner puts the numbers up against each other...another home purchase actually comes out on top- all things considered. Do your homework here to make sure you are doing what is best for you.

4. Work with A Reputable Realtor- Check out your options! Contact a reputable Real Estate Team in the Fox Valley and see what is available in your price range before you commit to a big home remodeling project. Let them know exactly what you are looking for;  give them the same list that you will give to the contractor who will remodel your home so they can look for homes with the same amenities (or more) that you would be getting with your remodel.  This way you aren't giving up anything, in fact, most times you'll probably be gaining some things you weren't even considering. Talk with the agent about renovating VS buying in the Fox Valley Housing Market right now. He or She will have valuable advice for you (or should if they are an experienced Agent in the market). A top, experienced team in the market will be able to give you a present value of your home versus what it will be worth if you go through with your home renovation. In your decision process, this will be a major consideration. If all things were equal, it may make sense to sell the home.

5. Get an Appraisal- If you aren't comfortable with using a Realtor for this process, you can get an Appraisal done on your home. The appraiser can also look at any blueprints you may have for the remodel you are considering having done and give you an estimate of the value of the end project. You can also utilize the Remodel or Move website (www.remodelormove.com). This site has some great tools- Cost Estimators, Calculators, Design Idea's, etc.

6. Speak With Your Lender- With either of these options you will need to consult with your lender to see what you will be qualified to borrow or spend, unless you have the cash for the remodel. The lender will be a great source of knowledge and direction for your project. If you were planning a $75,000 remodel and find out you are only able to borrow $20,000...that changes the scope of the whole project. It is important you define what you want first, then meet with your lender to find out exactly what is available to you before you start the rest of the process.

Bottom line, you need to do what makes you happy. Today's real estate market offers AMAZING opportunities that haven't been available for several years. Do your homework and don't knock out any possibilities based on previous year's research. The Fox Valley Housing Market for 2015 is absolutely bustling! If you were thinking of buying a home for the first time, moving up to the home you've always wanted, or building your dream home...THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT!

The Rullo Team has lived, worked and been involved in the Fox Valley area for for many years. We love it and would be honored to help you find the home that is perfect for you, in the area that best meets your needs. Give us a call anytime or visit our website to view homes that are available. The Rullo Team  Homes For Sale in St Charles IL  Homes for Sale in Geneva IL

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The KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET Season Has Begun!

by The Rullo Team


KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET
2015 SHOW DATES
The Flea Market dates fall on the first Sunday of the month and the preceding Saturday.
Exception for 2015: April dates are the 11th & 12th because the first Sunday falls on Easter.
Show times: Sat noon–5, Sun 7-4.
SHOWS ARE NEVER CANCELLED due to sun, wind, rain, dust or snow!
Feb 28 & March 1st (Split weekend) - 1st 2015 spring show 
April 11th & 12th (2nd weekend because the 1st weekend is Easter)
May 2nd & 3rd
June 6th and 7th
July 4th and 5th (Our 47th Anniversary & Independence Day)
August 1st & 2nd
September 5 & 6th (Labor Day Weekend)
October 3 & 4th (Founder's Weekend)
Oct 31st & Nov 1st (Split weekend/ Halloween/ start to holiday season)
December 5th & 6th (Holiday Show)
*No January & February Shows; March 5th & 6th,2016 starts the next season*
Please visit the
Kane County Flea Market website for more information.

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

  

“MEET ME AT THE QUAD”

by The Rullo Team

Charlestown Mall to be relaunched as “The Quad of St. Charles”

The proposed plans for The Quad St. Charles include:
- Keeping the building as an enclosed shopping mall.
- Constructing new entrances to create street-facing front entrys into the mall building.
- Reconfiguring the interior and exterior areas around the former Sears store.
- Complete renovation of the interior, including the center court.
- Removing the food court wing of the mall.
- Creating new retail/commercial buildings around the mall, including outlot buildings along Main Street (Illinois Route 64).
- No changes to the detention basins or landscaping along the north property line of the mall.

Construction Timeline: Phase 1 of the project is underway. This initial phase includes relocation of mall ring road (eastern portion is now open; western portion should be completed early spring), site utility work (completed) and site grading to create lots for new freestanding buildings along Main Street. Next, planned to start in Spring 2015, is major exterior demolition and site work around the mall building itself. The anchor stores and theater will remain open during the duration of the construction.
The development team is active behind the scenes marketing the project to prospective retailers and beginning the process to secure tenant leases for a 2016 opening.

The website for The Quad St. Charles provides updated information from the developer, The Krausz Companies, Inc. Visit the City of St. Charles website to view the Site Plan and Concept Renderings and to keep updated on the work that is being done by the City Council and the Plan Commission. If you’d like more information on the project, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at (630) 377-4443.
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.

  

10 Tips To Get Your Fox Valley Home Ready To Sell!

by The Rullo Team

As we already reported, if you're thinking of selling your Fox Valley home this spring, don't wait on preparing it to be ready!

With Housing Inventories still at their lowest levels in recent years, it's driving up demand and setting the market up for a very competitive spring season. What that means to you is that the sooner you get your home on the market the LESS competition you have in getting YOUR HOME SOLD! With that said, preparing your home NOW is critical. Below are 10 Tips to help you get your home in tip top shape and on the market quickly:

FIRST IMPRESSION  Make your Front Door & Entry Way inviting. A splash of color in the form of potted plants on the porch, a beautiful wreath on the door, or a nice display in the foyer.  Each of these can and will say "Hello, welcome" to your potential buyers. Remember, you only get 1 chance to make a great first impression and it sets the tone for the viewing of the rest of the home.

MUST BE FRESH & CLEAN Your home must be "White Glove Clean", but it also must be free of all overpowering scents and smells. If you have pets, pay close attention to pet odor's. Also be sureto clean your refrigerator regularly.

KEEP IT NEUTRAL  You may be a colorful person or just great with color schemes in general. However, the potential buyer may NOT be good with color at all, therefore it is very important to stick with neutral paint color schemes. Avoid any extreme colors or themes anywhere in your home.

CLOSETS & STORAGE AREAS  It's very important not to overstuff storage areas of any kind. When this is done it gives the illusion that your home is not "big enough" or does not have ample storage space.  Make sure closets, drawers and storage area's are all Clutter-Free!

MAKE IT UNPERSONAL  All our homes are personalized...that's what make them our space! But when we are putting them on the market to sell it is important to take the "personalization" out of them. Why? So that your potential buyer can "visualize" the space as "their own space", and that is very hard to do with all YOUR personal belongings in there.

REPAIRS  Make all the small repairs around the home that need to be done. Replacing light bulbs, cracked faceplates, fix ripped screens, loose door handles, etc.

LESS IS DEFINITELY MORE  If possible, remove some of your furniture to make your rooms more spacious. This is where a great Staging Home Specialist can come into play! Contact our office for some referrals in this area.

DETAILS  Replacing things like outdated hardware on cabinets can give you a nice boost on the home sale as well as replacing outlet covers for a new update look. Small changes, paying attention to the smaller details, can pay-off in big ways!

CURB APPEAL  First impressions are VITAL! Make sure your lawn is maintained, pathways are manicured and you give a boost of color (especially when spring is still just starting to bloom!

SURPRISE!  You will most likely get unannounced, interested buyers from time to time when they see a For Sale Sign in your yard.  Make sure your home is Clean at all times for these Surprise Guests!

Set yourself up for the BEST success possible! Make sure your home is ready, you have the BEST Real Estate Team on your side, your house has the BEST pricing and you'll be set to have your home SOLD in the BEST time possible!

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

  

HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL SPRING?

by The Rullo Team

How many days until Spring?  Click on this link to get up-to-the-second updates!!

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

Route 38 Road Construction To Start This Spring

by The Rullo Team

Resurfacing work zone (approximate)

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be resurfacing Route 38 this spring, beginning at the western border of Kane County and ending at First Street in downtown Geneva. The project will start at soon as the weather allows (late March/early April) and is expected to conclude in June. Visit the City of Geneva website for information on lane closures, alternate route suggestions, work times, and additional construction activities that are planned for the project.

All are invited to attend a Route 38 construction meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 16 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 109 James Street. The Geneva’s Public Works Department staff and the IDOT contractor will provide a project overview and answer audience questions.

If you have additional questions about the construction, contact Brian Schiber, Geneva’s Assistant Director of Public Works, at 630-232-1501 or at bschiber@geneva.il.us.

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, IL St. Patricks Day Events

by The Rullo Team

St. Charles St. Patricks Day Events

Saturday, March 14th

10:00am St. Patrick's Dance Show at the Arcada Theatre
Start your St Patricks day fun early, at the beautiful
Arcada Theater. Talented, local dance studios will kick their heels up prior to the parade. These performances will bring fun for the whole family as the dancers get everyone in the spirit before the big parade.
11:30am Deck Out Your Lucky Dog
The
St. Charles Veterinary Clinic Presents "Deck Out Your Lucky Dog" (2 E. Main St., St. Charles) between 11:30am-1:30pm. Join the "Deck Out Your Lucky Dog" contest by bringing your dog decked out for the St. Patrick's celebration. Register at the tent in front of the Municipal Center.
2:00pm St. Patrick’s Parade
The St. Patrick's Parade on Main St./ Rt. 64 kicks off at 2:00 and features authentic Irish music, floats, Irish dancers, and alot more! Join us
Downtown St. Charles for all the fun!

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

  

Fox Valley IL- The Rullo Team Receives Top Real Estate Honors!

by The Rullo Team

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