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Honor our nation's active military members and veterans this Memorial Day weekend! Although this long weekend has come to symbolize the unofficial beginning of summer, it is important that we remember the reason for the holiday! Be sure thank our nation’s brave veterans that served to keep us safe and protect the freedoms that we all hold so dear this Memorial Day. Honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces by attending these fantastic Memorial Day events being held throughout the Fox River Valley!


UMCG Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast

Date: Monday, May 28th

Time: 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: United Methodist Church of Geneva (211 Hamilton Street, Geneva)


Elgin Memorial Day Programs

Date: Monday, May 28th

Times: 8:45 am | 9:15 am | 9:45 am | 11:00 am

Location: Mount Hope Cemetery (1001 Villa Street) | Lakewood Memorial Park (30W730 US 20) | Elgin Veterans Memorial Park (274 North Grove Avenue) | Bluff City Cemetery (945 Bluff City Boulevard)


Geneva Memorial Day Parade & Cemetery Service

Date: Monday, May 28th

Time: 10:00 am

Locations: Parade - Downtown Geneva (3rd Street to West Side Cemetery) | Cemetery Service - West Side Cemetery


St. Charles Memorial Day Celebration

Date: Monday, May 28th

Time: 10:00 am

Locations: Parade - Downtown St. Charles (Main Street to Riverwalk Freedom Shrine) | Memorial Service - Riverwalk Freedom Shrine


Batavia Memorial Day Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 28th

Time: 10:00 am

Locations: Batavia VFW Overseas Post 1197 (645 South River Street)


Aurora Memorial Day Parade

Date: Monday, May 28th

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Downtown Aurora (Benton Street to River Street)

The Rullo Team extends a sincere THANK YOU to all United States veterans. We wish everyone in the Fox River Valley a Happy & Safe Memorial Day!


Simple Chores For Moving In to Your New Home!

by The Rullo Team

There is always a lot of information and advice about Buying a home. What the process entails, when to do it, what you need, etc. But, after you close on the home and have your boxes packed and ready to go, what should you do? There are actually a few simple chores that you should always do once you move into your new home. You just made a major investment and you want to make sure it is in tip-top shape as you start to make it your own.  

Change Locks: In all reality, when you purchase a new home, you truly have no idea who all has keys to it. As soon as you move in, change all of the locks. You can either re-key or buy entirely new lock sets.


Check for Leaks: Other a home inspection has been completed, you still want to verify that there aren't any plumbing issues. Check for any leaks throughout the home. You want to handle these right away because they could lead to costly damage in the future if left unchecked.


Remove Pests: Hopefully, this is not an issue that you run into but you want to make sure you do not have any unwelcome "roommates" in your home. If you find pests, consider hiring a professional in order to complete eradicate the issue from the onset and give you peace of mind.

Inspect the HVAC System: Living in the Fox Valley, we know that we need our AC in the summer and our heat in the winter. Make sure you know how to use the HVAC system and that it is working properly throughout the home.


Update Lighting: The lighting throughout the house might not be your preference. As you start to settle in, determine how you prefer the lighting in each room and make changes accordingly, whether with overhead lights or accent lights.

Know the Circuit Breaker: If the previous owner did not do so, label the fuses in the circuit breaker. Figure out which ones control which rooms and mark accordingly so you can easily turn the power back on when needed.


Understand the Main Water Valve: We can get stormy weather in the Fox River Valley. Between this and plumbing emergencies, it might be necessary to turn off the main water valve from time to time. Find out whether it is located inside or outside of the home and know how to turn it off for these situations.

Clean the Carpets: Have a completely fresh start in the home by deep cleaning the carpets. Rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional to handle. Although the carpets might appear clean, this will give you the peace of mind that your home is sparkly and new.



If you are looking to BUY, work with The Rullo Team to help you find your dream home in the Fox River Valley. Give our team a call today or visit our website at

Beautiful Bike Trails in the Fox River Valley

by The Rullo Team

May is National Bike Month! It is the perfect time to leave the car at home and explore your community on your bike. Biking helps protect the environment and promotes healthy living! The stunning natural environment of the Fox River Valley along with the bike-friendly cities make it the perfect place for cycling enthusiasts. There are hundreds of miles of bike trails for you to explore. So strap on that helmet, pump up those tires, and enjoy Bike Month in the Fox River Valley!


Fox River Trail



Bike along 30 miles of banks of the Fox River. This great trail provides access to some of your favorite Kane County natural spots and recreational facilities.


Great Western Trail

Get away from it all along this quiet, natural oasis. The trail is approximately 17 miles long. When it isn't used for biking in the summer, snowmobilers enjoy the route after heavy snowfalls.


Illinois Prairie Path

Enjoy 62 miles of biking trails through thousand-year-old prairie lands! Fun fact: the IPP was the country's first successful rail-to-trail conversion!


Virgil L. Gilman Trail

Explore wetlands and marvel at the local environment and wildlife on this beautiful 12-mile trail. It features a beautiful, historic truss bridge that crosses the Fox River.


Want to discover even more trails? There are many smaller ones located throughout the parks in our area. Click on the links below to explore all the trails just waiting for you to explore!

St. Charles Bike Trails Map

Geneva Bike Trails Map

Batavia Bike Trails Map   


The amazing recreational facilities found throughout the Fox River Valley are just one of the many reasons it is a great area to call home. Live in one of these beautiful bike friendly communities! If you are interested in buying your dream home in the area, give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at

Race to Healthy Living in Batavia!

by The Rullo Team



Farmer’s Market Season is almost here! Soon, communities throughout the Fox River Valley will be filled with delicious, locally good produce and homemade goods. Kick off this favorite summertime tradition by participating in Batavia MainStreet’s Race to Market 5K!


Registration is now open! The race takes place on Opening Day of the Batavia’s Outdoor Farmers Market on Saturday, June 2nd, at 7:30 am.


The Race to Market 5K will start at the Farmer’s Market, run along a certified Fox River Prairie Path course, and end downtown at the WellBatavia event. Registration for the race can be done online HERE! The cost is $30 per adult participant, $25 per student (ages 17 and under), and $25 per person for a family of 4 or more.


Once you have finished your 5K, stick around for the WellBatavia Festival occurring at North River Street. This event focuses on healthy living and features FREE fitness classes, an eco-marketplace, presentations, and so much more! The healthy fun will take place from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Enjoy all the fun and promote a healthy lifestyle for you and your family in Batavia next month! Be sure to register for Race to Market 5K today!  

Image Credit: Batavia MainStreet


Sell Your Home This May!

by The Rullo Team

When should you SELL your Fox River Valley? Sellers always want to know what time of year is the best in order to get them top dollar for your home. Although there is some element of unpredictability with the real estate market, time and time again the spring has been the best time for sellers!


To get an even more accurate timeline for sellers, ATTOM Data Solutions went beyond the seasons to discover what months are the best for home selling. ATTOM analyzed 14.7 million home sales that occurred between 2011 and 2017 to look at the average percent of homes sold above market price each month. When the results came in, MAY was the top performer!




May truly is the best time to sell your Fox River Valley home!


If you are ready to sell this month, work with the The Rullo Team to get top dollar for your home and sell it quickly! Give our experienced team a call today at (630) 513-1771 or visit our website at

Ask These Questions to Find Your Realtor!

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 We cannot wait to work with you!



Treat Mom this Mother's Day!

by The Rullo Team

Mother's Day is right around the corner. Make sure to give this extra special woman in your life an extra special day! Show her how much you appreciate all she does for you by taking her out for a delicious brunch at one of your favorite spots in the Fox River Valley. Check out our recommendations for fantastic Mother's Day brunches throughout our area. Be sure to make reservations today because spots will fill up fast!

Hotel Baker

  • Address: 100 West Main Street, St. Charles

  • Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

  • Cost: $55 per adult | $27 per child (ages 4-12) | FREE for children 3 & under

  • Reservations: (630) 584-2100


Wildwood Restaurant

  • Address: 477 South Third Street, Geneva

  • Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

  • Cost: $50 per adult | $25 per child (ages 5-11) | FREE for children under 5

  • Reservations: (630) 377-8325


Pheasant Run Resort

  • Address: 4050 East Main Street, St. Charles

  • Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

  • Cost: $42.95 per adult | $36.95 per senior (ages 65+) | $19.95 per child (ages 5-12) | FREE for children 4 & under

  • Reservations: (630) 584-6300


Lincoln Inn Banquets

  • Address: 1345 South Batavia Avenue, Batavia

  • Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Cost: $27.95 per adult | $14.95 per child (ages 5-11) | FREE for children under 5

  • Reservations: (630) 879-7147


Niche Restaurant

  • Address: 14 South Third Street, Geneva

  • Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Cost: $48 per adult | $24 per child (under 12)

  • Reservations: (630) 262-1000


The Oscar Swan Country Inn

  • Address: 1800 West State Street, Geneva

  • Time: 11:30 am OR 2:30 pm (2 seatings)

  • Cost: $49 per adult | $20 per child (under 8) | FREE for children under 2

  • Reservations: (630) 232-0173



The Rullo Team wishes all the Fox River Valley Moms a Very Happy Mother's Day!!!

Photography Tips for Your Online Listing!

by The Rullo Team

The first impression buyers get of your home is not at your front is online! Almost all buyers begin their home search online. That means that it is more important than ever to make sure that your home pops out from the screen. Hiring a professional photographer is always a surefire way to ensure that your home looks its very best in your online photos. However, if you are looking to save money, there are several ways that you can make the photos look like they were done by a pro. Help attract buyers to your Fox River Valley listing online by following these great photography tips!

Keep Your Photos Steady.

Nothing is more distracting than a crooked, blurry photo. Hands invariably shake so use a tripod to eliminate camera shake and keep the photo perfectly straight.

Avoid Using Your Smartphone.

Smartphones do have great cameras built into them, but they still do not compare to an actual camera. Use a DSLR camera for your home photography. DSLR camera's capture light better.


Let There Be Light.

Light is the most important element to make your photographs look their best. Use an external flash when shooting indoors. At the same time, make sure that all interior lights are turned on and keep the curtains open to let in natural light. When shooting exterior shoots, pay attention to the sun. Always shoot when the sun is facing directly onto your home to keep it bright and eliminate shadows.


Use a Deep Depth of Field.

A deep depth of field keeps everything in the fore-, middle, and background in focus and gives a better impression of your home. When indoors, this allows you to capture not only what is within the room but also the view of the outdoors from that room's windows. When outside, you want to have part of the yard included with the images of your home. (Extra tip: shoot the front exterior of your home from an elevated position in order to capture the landscaping within the image.) Do as the professionals do and utilize HDR imag

ing which allows you to layer multiple exposures.

Shoot Wide.

In order to convey the maximum amount of space within your home, shoot your images with a wide-angle lens.

Find the Best Angle.

Position yourself in a way to that allows you to capture the best image. You want spaces to appear large. Never shoot from behind furniture which will cause the room to appear cramped. Frame your photos so that three walls are captured within it. This creates space and adds balance to your photo.

Follow these steps for your online home listing. For more great Home Selling Tips, turn to the Rullo Team. If you are ready to list and sell your Fox River Valley home, give us a call today or visit our website at

Live With the "Best" in Geneva!

by The Rullo Team

There is one thing that people throughout Chicagoland know to be true…..Geneva, Illinois is a great place to live! In fact, according to West Suburban Living, Geneva is the top suburb that people would want to live other than their current hometown!


The magazine recently released their 2018 Best of the West, which ranks the many western suburbs and their amenities in 90 categories. The rankings are based on reader votes. Geneva has been named the most desirable town to live in more than any other community throughout the years of competition.


Readers honored the town of Geneva with many other distinctions. Several of the city’s stores, restaurants, and entertainment facilities were named the best in the area. Geneva is also known as a city of great community events and festivals. The annual Swedish Days Festival and Festival of the Vine were named amongst the western suburb’s best festivals. Readers surveyed also recognized the Geneva Art Fairs and Geneva French Market as some of their favorite spots to find arts and crafts and local produce and food, respectively. Other top rankings went to Geneva History Museum, Geneva Public Library District, and Island Park. All of these results make it clear, that Geneva truly has something to offer everyone!


Great local schools, beautiful recreational facilities, thriving downtown, and tight knit community feel are event more reasons why Geneva is the best of the best. Want to call this incredible community home? Check out the Current Homes for Sale in Geneva! Give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at


Set Your "Art on Fire" this Spring in Geneva!

by The Rullo Team



Showcase your artistic talent and help contribute to the charm and beauty of Geneva through “Art on Fire” Hydrant Design Contest! This awesome program allows local artists to paint the city’s fire hydrants. It is a great opportunity for residents to display their creativity and brings public art to the city!

This collaboration between the city and the Cultural Arts Commission, celebrates the artistic talents of our residents and helps beautify our community. Check out all of the painted hydrants from the past 5 years on this Interactive Map. Don’t worry; there are still plenty more to be painted!

“Art on Fire” is a free program that is open to everyone in the community. In order to participate, you must fill out the Application & Waiver Form and return to Geneva City Hall (22 South First Street) by 5:00 pm on May 11th. Participants can really allow their creativity to run wild as there is no specific theme. Artists are simply encouraged to incorporate the surrounding environment into the artistic design of the hydrant. The functionality and visibility of the hydrant cannot be compromised in any way. Painting will take place between May 1st and June 30th. There will be prizes awarded for the top 3 designs.

Grab your paintbrush and set your “Art on Fire” this spring in Geneva!

Image Credit: City of Geneva

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