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Sugar Grove Corn Boil is Right Around the Corner!

by The Rullo Team

Celebrate living in beautiful Sugar Grove during the 51st annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil! Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 26th, through Sunday, July 29th, for a weekend of family fun in Volunteer Park. There is something for everyone at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil! Enjoy Carnival Rides, Bingo, live entertainment, refreshments, car show......CORN (of course!).....and SO MUCH MORE!!!! 

 

Entertainment Schedule

Thursday, July 26th

5:30 pm | Sing (2016)

8:00 pm | Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Friday, July 27th

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm | The Duke Band

7:15 pm to 9:00 pm | Back Country Roads

9:05 pm to 9:30 pm | 1st Responders Tribute Presentation

9:30 pm to 11:00 pm | Maggie Speaks

Saturday, July 28th

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Weekend Crush

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm | The Redmonds

5:45 pm to 6:45 pm | Rockstar Rodeo

7:00 pm to 8:15 pm | Ali Morgan

8:30 pm to 11:00 pm | SEMPLE

9:15 pm | 1st Responders Tribute Presentation

9:30 pm | FIREWORKS

Sunday, July 29th

9:00 am to 3:00 pm | Car Show

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm | Ignescent

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm | Jonny Diaz

4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Anthem Lights

 

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a fun time celebrating with neighbors, family, and friends at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil!

 

Image Credit: Sugar Grove Corn Boil

 

8 Things to Consider if You are a Parent Buying a Home

by The Rullo Team

Room for a nursery? Check. Good school district? Check. Home buyers with kids (or who hope to have kids soon) know to look for properties with certain kid-friendly characteristics ... but do you know all the things you should check? Home buyers with kids have several things that they always keep in mind when they begin searching for a home. These include location within a great school district, room for your family to grow, and safety of the neighborhood. But, what about those things that are overlooked that could make a home less conducive for everyone in your family. If you are a parent and are in the market for a new home in the Fox River Valley, consider these 8 factors as you begin your search!


1. Open Floor Plan

If you have younger children, an open floor plan allows you to keep your kids in sight while you are taking care of other things, such as preparing dinner, in your home. Look for homes that have the family room, dining room, and kitchen open. Even as your kids get older and start using the basement or bonus room more, this open space will still be a perfect spot to gather together as a family throughout the day.

 

2. Placement of Bedrooms

Not only do you want to make sure your new home has enough bedrooms for everyone in your family, but you should also consider where those bedrooms are placed within the home. Decide whether you want to have all of the bedrooms located on the same floor so you can always hear what is happening in your children's bedrooms OR if you prefer the master bedroom on the first floor for some privacy.


3. Hot Items

Think about areas of the home that could get hot and potentially burn your children if touched. Radiators (though mostly found in older homes) can be hot to the touch. In addition, the glass over gas fireplaces can also become so hot that one could be burned if they accidently touch it. Make sure that you take necessary precautions if you have younger children in the home.


4. View of the Backyard

As important as it is to have a back yard for your children to play it, it is just as important to have an easy sightlight to that backyard from inside your home. This will allow you to keep an eye on your children as you do chores within the home.


5. Flat Yard

If your lot is too steep, it can make playing difficult and even dangerous for your children. Find a yard that is flat so your kids can safely play all that they want to.


6. Neighbors

Try to find out who the neighbors are in the area. Your children's safety should always be at the top of your mind when picking a new house.


7. Sidewalks

Even if you make sure not to move onto a street that has too much traffic, it can still be dangerous for kids to play and walk around outside if there aren't sidewalks in the area.


8. Walkability

Along with sidewalks, buyers with kids should pick out a home that is close to amenities. Make your life more convenient by moving to a spot that has parks, schools, restaurants, and stores within walking distance.



For more Home Buying Tips or to Search Homes for Sale in the Fox River Valley, give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/. We are happy to here to help you find a home that perfectly fits the needs of you and your children.

Mark Your Calendars for the Kane County Fair!

by The Rullo Team

Mark your calendars for the Fox River Valley’s top rated summer event…..the Kane County Fair and Festival!! Celebrate the fair’s 150th year on Wednesday, July 18th, through Sunday, July 22nd, at the Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Road, St. Charles). There is something for everyone on the Midway! Enjoy free music concerts daily at the Miller Lite Sound Stage. Dine on some classic festival food. Take a spin on some of the amusement rides or win prizes playing carnival games. Check out all of the amazing local vendors and exhibits. Children will love the Kiddy Land, magic shows, racing pigs, petting zoo, obstacle course, and much more! For additional excitement, head over to the Grandstand to watch several different special events! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time at the Kane County Fair and Festival!

Miller Lite Sound Stage Schedule

Thursday, July 19th

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st

Sunday, July 22nd

**All Miller Lite Sound Stage performances are FREE with fair admission!**

Grandstand Schedule   

Thursday, July 19th

  • 7:00 pm | Monster Truck Show

    • Admission: $10 per person

Friday, July 20th

  • 7:30 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Championship Barrel Racing

    • Admission: $14 per adult | $7 per child | FREE for ages under 5

Saturday, July 21st

  • 7:30 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Championship Barrel Racing

    • Admission: $14 per adult | $7 per child | FREE for ages under 5

Sunday, July 23rd

  • 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm | Smash Em Bash Em Demolition Derby

    • Admission: $10 per person

**Tickets for shows sold at Grandstand each night starting at 6:00 pm. Discounted tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows available at Ticketmaster.**

Hours of Operation

Wednesday | 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Thursday | 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Friday | 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Saturday | 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Sunday | 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

**Exhibit halls close 2 hours earlier than the Midway.**

Ticket Information

General Admission

  • Wednesday | FREE for all!

  • Thursday | $5 per person | FREE for Senior Citizens (ages 62+) and Military (with ID) until 5:00 pm

  • Friday - Sunday | $10 per adult | $5 per child (ages 3-12)

Season Tickets

  • $20 per person

**Purchase tickets in advance HERE!**

 


The Rullo Team wishes everyone an amazing time at the 2018 Kane County Fair!!


Get Blown Away to Batavia's Windmill City Festival!

by The Rullo Team

Mark your calendar for one of your favorite Fox Valley summertime festivals….the Windmill City Festival!! Head to the beautiful Riverwalk in Batavia from Friday, July 13th, through Sunday, July 15th, for a weekend full of family fun!  Enjoy exciting games and activities in the Fun Zone. Dine on delicious treats from your favorite local Food vendors. Find unique items at the 30 booths during the Craft & Vintage Market. Participate in or watch the numerous fun competitions. Dance away to incredible live music. And, SO MUCH MORE!!! There is something for everyone in your family to enjoy at this great annual festival. Check out the information below to make the most of your time at the fabulous Windmill City Festival!

 

Special Events and Entertainment Schedule

Friday, July 13th

Saturday, July 14th

Sunday, July 15th

 

Event Details

Dates: Friday, July 13th - Sunday, July 15th

Times: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) | 8:00 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday) | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Batavia Riverwalk

Cost: FREE Admission! | Unlimited Inflatables Passes - $15 per day



The Rullo Team hopes everyone has an incredible time at this year’s Windmill City Festival in Batavia!  


Image Credit: Windmill City Festival

 

Protect your Pets from the Stress of Fireworks!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

With the celebrations of the 4th of July tomorrow, it's important to protect your pets from the stress of the loud noises of Fireworks Displays that will fill the nighttime sky.  Pets are under stress from loud auditory sounds throughout their daily lives;  police cars, ambulances, firetrucks, construction and more.  However, firework displays are far greater than the 120-decibel pain threshold for pets...fireworks are in the 170-decibel range!  Below are some tips to help alleviate the stress and keep your pets safe:

1. DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET TO THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!

2. Keep them in a quieter, interior room to help shield from the noise.

3. Turn on the Television or Radio to add some everyday background noise that can interfere with the loud noises outside.

4. If at all possible, have a family member stay with your pets during this time.  Especially if you have a new pet!

5. Make sure the room you put them in does not have an easy escape route.  The number of pets that try to escape their situation during fireworks increases substantially on the 4th.

6. Check to be sure that your pet has identification tags or is chipped, in case they do escape the home.

7. If you've chosen to have fireworks at your own home, make sure you've cleaned up the debris as it will be toxic for pets...especially when being chewed on.

8. When returning from a fireworks display, try to be calm upon entering your home and keeping loud everyday home noises to a minimum.  

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a happy & safe Independence Day!

What to Know About Home Inspections

by The Rullo Team

Knowing what to expect every step of the way when buying a new home can help eliminate some of the stress from the process. One of the important steps during this process is the Home Inspection. This step occurs before the final closing on your home. A home inspection helps protect you and your investment by allowing you discover any potential issues with the home that might have been overlooked or undisclosed. You can then decide whether to renegotiate with the seller or, if the issues are too extreme, walk away from the home. Here are the important things to keep in mind when you are ready for a home inspection.

 


Make sure to hire a highly skilled home inspector. You want to make sure that you use someone that will complete a thorough review of the home. In order to find the best home inspector in the Fox River Valley, contact the Rullo Team for our recommendations. Once you have the names of recommended home inspectors, it is smart interview them to find the one best for you. Use this opportunity to find out about their training, expertise, and experience. You should also ask to see their past home inspection reports to make sure that they are highly detailed and offer recommendations for issues found.

 


Attend the home inspection, if possible. This will allow you to walk through the home with the inspector and find out about any issues immediately. It gives you the opportunity to fully discuss recommended fixes with a professional. The home inspector will review everything between the roof to the basement floor. Although the physical structure of the home and all major systems and appliances will be inspected, realize that there still could be some hidden issues that the inspector just is not equipped to reveal. By having a discussion with him during the process, you can ask questions and find out if there are additional things you should be on the lookout for should you decide to continue with purchasing the home.

 


For more Home Buying Tips or to Search Homes for Sale in the Fox River Valley, give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/. We are happy to help you every step of the way to find and purchase your dream home!

Independence Day Celebrations in the Fox Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Celebrate our nation’s independence in the beautiful Fox Valley! Independence Day is almost here! Show off your patriotic pride at one of the many family-fun community events planned throughout our area this Fourth of July!  

 

AURORA

Fourth of July Parade

When: Wednesday, July 4th | 10:00 am

Where: Downtown Aurora (Begins at Benton, Ends on River Street)

Cost: FREE!

Find the perfect spot along the route for this great annual parade.

Fourth of July Celebration

When: Wednesday, July 4th | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: McCullough Park (Illinois Avenue and Lake Street) & RiverEdge Park (360 North Broadway Avenue)

Cost: FREE!

Start at McCullough Park for some fun inflatables and music to get you dancing. Then, get in the patriotic spirit by listening American classics performed by the Aurora American Legion Band and the Fox Valley Orchestra at RiverEdge Park.  At 9:35 pm, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display.

ST. CHARLES

July 4th Celebration

When: Wednesday, July 4th | 6:00 pm

Where: Pottawatomie Park (8 North Avenue)

Cost: FREE!

Dance the evening away at a free concert by the band Shout Out as they perform a wide variety of favorite tunes. Bring a blanket down to Pottawatomie Park to take in the fireworks after the concert.

OSWEGO

Independence Day Fireworks

When: Wednesday, July 4th | 9:00 pm

Where: Prairie Point Community Park (4120 Plainfield Road)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy the fireworks show from your favorite spot in the park.

BATAVIA

4th of July Sky Concert

When: Wednesday, July 4th | 5:00 pm

Where: Engstrom Park (326 Millview Drive)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy Batavia’s spectacular annual “Sky Concert”! Dine on delicious food beginning at 5:00 pm. Dance to your favorite hits during a concert by Orange Star at 6:00 pm. The Batavia Community Band will be performing patriotic music and American classics at 8:15 pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.


 

The Rullo Team wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!


 

Have A Rockin' Summer in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Rock out your summer in the beautiful Fox River Valley! Grab your a blanket, pack a picnic, and bring your family to one of our area's spectacular community parks on evenings throughout the summer for some incredible live music! There are FREE concerts in the park all summer long! Check out the schedules below for all the best local concert series!

St. Charles | Summer Concerts

When: Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Where: Lincoln Park Gazebo (Main Street between 4th & 5th Streets)

Schedule


Batavia | River Rhapsody Concert Series

When: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Where: Batavia Riverwalk

Schedule


Geneva | RiverPark Summer Concert Series

When: Sundays at 6:00 pm

Where: RiverPark (North River Lane & Peyton Street)

Schedule


Geneva | Concerts in the Park

When: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Where: River Park (151 North River Lane)

Schedule


Image Credit: Park District

Swedish Days 2018!

by The Rullo Team

The FOX VALLEY’s favorite summertime festival is here…….the SWEDISH DAYS FESTIVAL!! Head to beautiful Geneva from Tuesday, June 19th, through Sunday, June 24th, for a week full of family fun!  With Kids Events, Food Booths, a carnival and games, music performances, cultural activities, and so much more, there truly is too much for us to try to tell you all the exciting things occurring all week long! Click here for the Complete Schedule so you do not miss out on any of the festival fun! And check out some helpful information below to make the most of your time at the fabulous 69th Annual Swedish Days Festival!

Live Entertainment!

Enjoy incredible live entertainment all week long from musicians, singers, dancers, cultural performers, and more. These incredibly talented individuals and groups are sure to put on a fantastic show. Performances take place at the Central Stage (Third Street between James & Campbell Streets) and Courthouse Lawn (100 South Third Street).

Tuesday, June 19th

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | The Thompson Duo | Courthouse Lawn

8:00 pm | The Four C Notes | Central Stage

Wednesday, June 20th

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Flip Flop Dave | Courthouse Lawn

5:30 pm | Swedish American Children’s Choir | Central Stage

6:30 pm | Geneva’s Got Talent Semi-Finals | Central Stage

8:00 pm | Rosie & The Rivets | Central Stage

Thursday, June 21st

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Danny O’Brien | Courthouse Lawn

7:30 pm | Libido Funk Circus | Central Stage

Friday, June 22nds

6:30 pm | South Shore Drill Team | Central Stage

7:30 pm | The Moods | Central Stage

Saturday, June 23rd

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Danny O’Brien | Courthouse Lawn

6:00 pm | Geneva’s Got Talent Finals | Central Stage

8:00 pm | Breakfast Club | Central Stage

Sweden Väst!

Explore all things Swedish on Saturday, June 23rd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, June 24th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm! There is a smorgasbord of fun on the corner of South Fourth & State Streets. Both days will be filled with activities, Konst (art), Nöje (entertainment), Mat (food), and Gåvor (gifts) for the whole family! Each day is filled with entertainment, art, gifts, food & activities for all.

Scheduled Activities

Saturday, June 23rd

10:15 am | Maypole

12:00 pm | Storyteller Paddy Lynn

1:00 pm | Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers

2:00 pm | Storyteller Paddy Lynn

3:00 pm | Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers

4:00 pm | Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago

Sunday, June 24th

10:30 am | Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers

 

Parade!

Celebrate another successful Swedish Days Festival at the main event for the week: the 69th Annual Swedish Days Parade. The parade kicks off at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 24th, in downtown Geneva. Click HERE for the parade map so that you can find the best spot to see all the fun!

The Rullo Team cannot wait to see you all at the Swedish Days Festival 2018 in Geneva!  

Image Credit: Swedish Days Festival

Avoid These Home Buyer Mistakes!

by The Rullo Team

Buying a new home can lead to a lot of excitement and anxiety. All of these emotions can lead to mistakes made by Buyers during the process. If you are on the market for your dream Fox River Valley home, avoid making these mistakes and enjoy buying success this season!

Waiting on Financing. Before you even begin the home search, you should get your financing in order. This allows you to know what you can actually afford and limit your search to just those properties that fit within your price range. You don't want to fall in love with a home just to find out there is no way you can make the financing work.

 

Not Researching Your Lender. Unfortunatel,y there are bad lenders out there that offer scams. Do your own research but also ask your real estate agent for recommendations. They will only let you know about credible mortgage providers.

 

Not Getting Pre-Approval. Some home buyers mistake pre-qualified for pre-approval. They are very different. Pre-approval requires you to go through the documentation process and actually gets you an agreement with the lender. The seller must see that you are pre-approved when you submit your offer.

 

Offering Too Low. We understand that you want to get the home for a great deal but you don't want to risk insulting the seller. Work with your realtor to figure out a fair and competitive price to offer.

 

Spending Too Much During Escrow. Even if you are pre-approved, the final part of the loan doesn't start until right before closing. At that time, your lender goes through your finances again to make sure that your finances are still in order. If you buy too many big ticket items or add additional lines of credit during this time, you could alter your debt to income ratio so much that you no longer qualify.

 

Not Having Your Closing Costs In Order. As you budget for the home, make sure to always keep enough for closing costs. You need to have enough cash to cover it otherwise the deal will fall through. Ask your lender what the estimated closing costs are so you can have it ready from the very beginning.

 

Get into your dream home today by avoiding these buyer mistakes. The Rullo Team is here to help you throughout the buying process. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

 

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