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by The Rullo Team

Saturday, Sept. 20 (8AM - 3PM) and Sunday, Sept. 21, (9AM - 2PM)
Kane County Fairgrounds, Rte. 38 & Randall Rd.
(Entrance 1 block west of Randall Rd, on Rte. 38)

The Barn Sale is one of the largest rummage sales events in the area. 35 consecutive years of operation!  For information about the sale, visit the St. Peter Barn Sale website.  This is a wonderful project for clubs/service organizations and for those looking for community service hours; volunteers are needed to prepare for the sale (9/13-9/19) and during the sale dates (9/20-9/21). To volunteer, please send an email to or call the parish center at (630) 232-0124 ext. 310

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.

In Memory of 9/11

by The Rullo Team

It’s hard to believe 13 years have past since that tragic day. Once again, our thoughts and prayers turn to all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 13 years ago. But how can we participate to commemorate this anniversary and why is it so important 13 years later? When we choose to commemorate this anniversary, we’re playing an important role in memorializing those who lost their lives, honoring the first responders and remembering the unifying spirit that emerged afterward. Performing acts of kindness and service in our community, in memory of the victims, is one way we can participate on this day, so that the events, sacrifices and people are never forgotten. Things have never been quite the same in the United States of America, since that tragic day. So as you go through your day, remember the victims you know, those you don’t and that we still live in the land of the free and home of brave. So today, cherish your freedom, family and friends as you remember.

Chicago Bears Opening Game 2014

by The Rullo Team


Chicago Bears Opening Game 2014

Finally, NFL preseason football is over. Bad, generic football with too many whistles is a poor substitute while we wait for the real season to start. The regular season started Thursday for Seattle and Green Bay fans, and Bear fans loved the outcome. Now the regular season is here for us.  Almost.

The Bears open tomorrow against the Buffalo Bills. But if you just can’t stand the wait, here’s my top 10 list of things you can do to pass time until kick off.

  1. Watch college football, today. Some of these kids will be on our team soon enough.
  2. Watch the last preseason game again. (I know you recorded it.) WATCH the game this time. Cheer when we score. Throw stuff at the TV on bad plays and bad calls. Pretend it’s a real game.
  3. Imagine what it would be like to watch a real football game, with game plans, and players who can actually make a difference tomorrow.
  4. Laundry. According to mom, you can never have too much clean underwear.
  5. Decorate the house for tomorrow’s game. Get out the colored lights, decorations and jerseys.
  6. Pray that key players, critical to our playoff run, don’t decide to play a little pickup basketball this weekend and blow a knee or ankle.
  7. Celebrate that we live here and aren’t Texan or Viking fans.
  8. Bet friends on which second-stringers will become the next WWE Heavyweight Champion, after football.
  9. Tailgate. Tailgating isn’t just for game day anymore! Fire up a new grill & try a new drink recipe. Opening day starts tomorrow and gives you a license to have an epic party.
  10. Thank t

Kane County IL Events for September!

by The Rullo Team

It's hard to believe we're really saying good-bye to summer!  But September is already looking up with all these great events already on the calendar.  It's a surefire way to spice up your crazy BTS schedule! 

Classic Car Show

The Labor Day Classic Car Show is taking over Batavia! The collection will consist of cars and trucks from 1983 – 1989. There will be over 75 trophies awarded to a wonderful collection of American made cars. Enjoy a great selection of food, drinks and cars during your holiday. The show is located off Wilson Street between Rt. 25.




St. Charles Jazz Weekend

Enjoy four days of the BEST LIVE JAZZ MUSIC at ST CHARLES JAZZ WEEKEND! The weekend kicks off on September 12th and is the perfect way to relax after a long days work. The event will feature venues around St. Charles showcases art displays along the way. From live Jazz and studios to literature and art galleries, there will be a variety of programs that are sure to fit your needs. Great jazz, good food and fantastic art, friends and drink....we can't think of a better way to spend your weekend!


Sept 5 Festival of the Vine Geneva

Festival of the Vine Geneva                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Geneva’s Festival of the Vine provides plenty of good wine, food and fun for your whole family! Sample phenomenal wines from around the world along with mouth-watering specialties at their FlavorFare and buy great, unique gifts at the awesome Arts and Crafts fair. The 2014 Festival of the Vine is a great fall festival you won't want to miss!


35th Annual Scandinavian Day Festival Elgin

Enjoy a late summer day with traditional food, crafts, gifts and entertainment representing the five Nordic Cultures as they celebrate the 61st year of Vasa Park in SouthElgin. This is the 35th Annual Scandinavian Day Festival ....and each year it is about honoring the founders for their vision and preserving this beautiful Fox River Valey Venue. You'll want to sample this phenomenal food and traditions of the past  with family & friends.

Batavia House Walk

If you need some ideas for a project or a home renovation, check out the house walk in Batavia. An event favorite year after year, this will be a year you don't want to miss! The walk features five unique homes and a wonderful tea party at Water Street Studios. Also included in this year’s event is the former City Hall building. Tickets are $20 prior to the event day so be sure to get yours ahead of time.

Kaneland Foundation's Annual Golf Outing

Grab your clubs, a few friends and have some fun....while helping a worthwhile cause! The Kaneland Foundation supports the technology needs of kids in the classroom. Participating in this tournament allows you to be part of their technology success, so grab some friends and register today.  

Preparing Your Fox Valley Home for the Market

by The Rullo Team

It takes work to prepare your home for success on the market......but putting that work in now will yield greater rewards in the end! These tips will be your guide to help get you the best return on your investment, your home.

 Get an Inspection

Although your property may look up to par, it is beneficial to be aware of any potential problems that may come up later in the process. Every time a buyer walks through the door, they will be looking for the slightest reason to lower the price. The best way to eliminate this issue is to get an inspection on the front end. Home inspections usually range from $300 - $700, but will save you thousands in the end.

Repair What You Can.

After receiving your home inspection, it is time to tackle each problem one step at a time. Whether you revive your garden, replace an appliance or repair a broken screen... every improvement counts. A new line of caulk in the shower and a fresh coat of grout on the tiles can make your bathroom look brand new. If you are ready to take on your next project, head over to your local hardware store for a great selection of tools, paint, grout and just about anything else you may need. Just remember, the old 3:1 want to make sure that for every dollar you spend, you are getting at least in return.

 Get Estimates on What You Can’t Fix.

While making repairs to your Fox Valley home, keep in mind that the money spent on small repairs will always give you a positive return. However, there may be a few issues that stretch outside your budget, or the return on your investment may not be worth the dollars spent. In this case it is better to negotiate with your potential buyer than to lay out the larger sums of money at this time.

 Clean......and then clean again!

Imaging getting ready for a first date, trying on different outfits, and spending hours in front of the mirror. This is the same way you need to treat your home. Your potential buyer needs to fall in love at first site. Cleaning doesn't cost you any additional money, just your time...and it will pay off big. Your home needs a DEEP clean in every corner, nook and cranny. Appliances, counters, bathroom sink, tub, toilet, closets...everything! A home in pristine condition will ALWAYS garner a higher selling price point than one that is not.


Get Rid of the Clutter

It may be hard to clean the house with a pile of boxes, toys, your collections, etc taking up all the great space. In order to maximize your properties potential, you need to show off the beautiful square footage in every room. It starts with getting rid of the clutter, unused furniture and stacking up your moving boxes in the proper areas; including the garage, basement or even a storage unit.


Give your home a fresh look by changing the color scheme or redesigning altogether. You won’t believe how far a can of paint can really go until you see it for yourself. Give every room a new facial by tearing down that old school wallpaper and rolling on a shiny new color. When a buyer sees the fresh look and modern colors, it is sure to leave a positive impact, mainly in the form of an offer and in hard cold cash Smile.  If you need some help with an interior design make over, we have some of the best designers at our fingertips! 


Aside from checking every nook and cranny inside the home, a smart seller would spend a day working on the outside as well. When a buyer pulls into the drive, the first thing they notice is the welcoming look of the front of the home. Taking extra time to mow the lawn, trim the greenery, laying fresh mulch or planting colorful flowers appropriate for the season are cheap and easy ways to make your house stand out and greet your potential buyers with a warm and friendly welcome. If you are in St. Charles you can head on over to Wasco's Nursery and pick up gorgeous Fall flowers that will put a smile on any potential buyers face!

Bottom line...Don't leave money on the table. A little preparation goes a long way. Do the little things that will pay back in a big the form of an offer that you will find most acceptable.

For more Home Selling Tips check out our website or give us a call! We'll be happy to come to you and go through your home with you to make sure that every room is absolutely "SHOW TIME" ready, to bring you the best offer and timeliest sale available today.


by The Rullo Team

When you’re looking for a new home, finding a safe area to live is always at the top of everyone’s list. Check out the blog on the Moveto Real Estate website.  You’ll find that our own Geneva, IL ranked THIRD on their list of the safest locations in Illinois.  Visit the website to take an in-depth look at how Geneva earned its spot in the top 10!

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Welcome to the 2014 Geneva Concours d'Elegance

by The Rullo Team

What: Geneva Concours D'Elegance, The show, which features vintage, classic and luxury cars, is expected to display about 275 vehicles and draw 20,000 to 25,000 visitors to the city.When: Sunday August 24, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Where: Cars will be on display along Third Street from South Street to State Street and all side streets from Second to Fourth in Geneva
Admission: Free

For more information and all the details, visit the Geneva Concours d’Elegance website.

A 1955 LaSalle II Roadster concept car, owned by Joe Bortz, sits with its sister car, a sedan still being restored, at the intersection of Third and Fulton Streets at last year's Geneva Concours d'Elegance.

Image via: John Starks | Daily Herald Staff Photographer, 2013

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Starting the week of Aug. 11, one lane of traffic in each direction was opened on the new Route 38 bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks on the City’s east side. Northbound Kautz Road access from Route 38 will be closed to traffic until the new roadway configuration is completed, estimated to be early summer 2015. For the new detour route and more information on the project, visit the City of Geneva website.

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.

Festival of the Vine - September 5 - 7, 2014

by The Rullo Team

Savor the flavor of Geneva during Festival of the Vine, our autumn harvest celebration.  Sip wines from around the world and sample mouth-watering international specialties prepared by Geneva restaurateurs while you enjoy musical and dance entertainers on the Flavor Fare stage.  Additional festival events include an arts and crafts show, merchant wine offerings, flower market, sidewalk art, live demonstration stage, complimentary trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides plus great shopping in Geneva’s historic downtown.

ON THE STAGE  at the Flavor Fare, W. State & N. Fourth streets

Friday, September 5:

4-5 pm: Ask Your Folks, 6-7:30 pm: Snake Oil Barons, 8-9:30 pm: The Moods

Saturday, September 6

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Majors Junction,  8:00 - 10:00 pm: Hiline Band

Sunday, September 7

12:00 - 4:00 pm: The Blind Roosevelts

Geneva’s Festival of the Vine provides plenty of good wine, good food and good fun for the whole family!  For more information, call the Geneva Chamber of Commerce at 630-232-6060 or visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website for a complete list of times, activities and special in-store events.

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St Charles IL: 10 Home Improvements That Will Bring In Buyers

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