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The Top 10 Subdivisions in St. Charles IL!

by The Rullo Team

Where are the most luxurious suburbs in the Fox Valley? Not all of them are in St. Charles of course....but according to the Midwest Real Estate Data Exchange, there are a handful that are absolutely incredible, and with good reason! They are the following:

Simply looking at the chart above it's easy to see that the homes in these Top 10 St. Charles IL subdivisions SELL from a half a million to a million +, which is normally one of the factors in determining a luxury a home. But what else makes these areas such desirable places to live? A closer look reveals many of the same characteristics exist for each of the neighborhood communities; lower crime rates, great schools, and fabulous locations with equally fabulous nearby amenities.

To get a closer look at these communities and the homes being offered, we'd suggest you look at their respective pages on our website:

Persimmon Woods

Prairie Lakes

Crane Road Estates

Woods of the Fox Glen

Burr Hill 

Trail Ridge Estates

Royal Fox

Brookhaven

Majestic Oaks

Remember, these are only a smattering of what is offered in the amazing community that is St. Charles IL. Please feel free to peruse our website and all the other incredible neighborhoods that are home to the wonderful St. Charles area.

Staging Your Home to Sell this Spring in the Fox Valley!

by The Rullo Team

As we now progress from spring into summer can you guess what that means? It’s BUYING season! If you are looking to SELL its time to get your Fox Valley home ready with these great Staging Tips from the professionals at HGTV!


Open those curtains!! Instant brightness adds a lot to a showing. And if it is raining, make sure to turn on all of the lights.


Drop the dark bring out the bright colors!! Botanical colors and prints give rooms a cheerful feel. I know it was a LONG winter, so rejoice the spring weather and put away your furry winter blankets and replace with flower prints (Lavender, yellow, sage green and pale blue color are particularly nice!).


Candles are a must!! Enough said.


Clear your Counters!! Put away your toaster, coffee machine, and pretty much everything else except a nice bowl of fresh fruit. Buyers can be deterred by clutter.


Clean Clean Clean….and then clean a little more!! Get your scrub brush out because it is time to get your home looking squeaky clean. A home that sparkles and is decluttered portrays a home as airy and spacious.


And don’t forget to Clean your Floors and Walls!! A bucket of warm water with a few drops of mild soap and a sponge goes a long way and will clean off most wall marks and if you have some extra bad marks, grab a magic eraser cleaning pad.


Landscape!! Make the most of curb appeal! It might be time to invest in a landscaper, as a pristine yard goes a long way with potential buyers.


For more STAGING resources give us a call!

 



If you're interested in Buying, Selling or investing in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, or any of their surrounding communies and subdivisionss, give The Rullo Team a call or visit our website at: www.therulloteam.com

The always fun 4th Annual Fox Valley Food for Health Backyard Barbecue is this month! On May 20th, starting at 6pm, all are welcome to attend this wonderful event, with proceeds going to a very special organization in our community.

 

The Fox Valley Food For Health is a remarkable charity with a mission of helping Fox Valley families cope with health crises by preparing and delivering weekly meals. Volunteers giving back to their community within this organization include both adults and teens, and with the help of these selfless volunteers, The Fox Valley Food for Health in the past 4 years has delivered over 12,000 meals to families affected by disease.

 

If you are interested in supporting this local organization, buy your tickets now and head on over to the beautiful Mill Creek Golf Club located within Geneva’s award winning and largest new community, the Mill Creek Subdivision on May 20th! Not only will there be yummy food, but also a live auction and raffle prizes!

 

Event Details

Date: Friday, May 20th, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM — 11:00 PM

Location: Mill Creek Golf Club, 39W525 Herrington Dr., Geneva, IL 60134

Cost: $75/person (must be 21 and older)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

If you're interested in Buying, Selling or investing in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, or any of their surrounding communies and subdivisions, including Mill Creek, give The Rullo Team a call or visit our website at: www.therulloteam.com

CAMPTON HILLS....SAFEST CITY IN ILLINOIS 2016!

by The Rullo Team

The list of 100 safest cities in America were recently announced by SafeWise and six of them were located in Illinois….and at the top of those six, and #10 in the nation, was Campton Hills!! Click here to view the entire article.

Located West of Chicago, this wonderful and SAFE community of Campton Hills is known for its parks, historic farms, and for participating in programs that encourage people to spend time outdoors. “Leave No Child Inside” is an initiative by the Chicago WIlderness, which Campton Hills actively participates in, that encourages children to reconnect with nature.

With all of that time being spent outdoors and keeping an eye out for crime it is no surprise that Campton Hills made this list! To see all available homes for sale in West Chicago, please click here.

Congrats Campton Hills!

If you're interested in Buying, Selling or Investing in the community, give The Rullo Team a call or visit our website at:  www.therulloteam.com.


MOM & ME! Mother's Day in the Fox Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Mother's Day is one of the most important days of the year for all of us, and we want to give you an opportunity to show your Mom just how special she really is to you!

We have created a special "Mother's Day" board on our Pinterest & Facebook page just for this very special day, dedicated to MOMS! All you need to do is submit YOUR favorite photo of you and your Mom along with a short paragraph- no more than 250 words- about what makes your Mom so special. Then email it to us at: rullos@rullos.com

On Saturday, May 7th we will select 2 finalist, based on their submissions and award a Gift Card to each winner.  You can then use this with your Mothers toward brunch, golf, shopping or whatever the two of you would like to spend time doing together!

So get writing and find your best photo and make Mom the center of attention like she so greatly deserves!

Starting a business is both a challenging and rewarding experience for entrepreneurs! One of the first things to think about is WHERE to build your company? It is a common misconception that big cities are the best places to start a new business, but depending on the type of business you are planning to run, BIGGER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. Small cities offer some very unique advantages, such as lower overhead costs and deeper relationships with your customer base.

 

Reboot Illinois recently published an article about the Best Small Cities in Illinois to Start a Business, and to uncover this list, analysts studied factors such as cost of living, corporate taxes, office space availability, number of start ups, etc.. at more than 1,200 small cities across the United States. Can you guess who made the list? Our very own St. Charles--- #21!  

 

St. Charles is officially a perfect place to start a business, and also a wonderful place to live! Offering both charm and modern conveniences, St. Charles, IL a great place to buy a new home. Click here to see current available homes in the St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia communities.

 

Congrats St. Charles!


If you're interested in Buying, Selling or Investing in the Orlando area, give The Rullo Team a call or visit our website at: www.therulloteam.com

Camp Local in Kane County this Summer!

by The Rullo Team

Kane County Forest Preserve Campsites open May 1st!

Good news for all of you campers out there…. Kane County Local Forest Preserve camp sites open May 1st!

Have you ever had an itch to plan a last minute trip to the great outdoors to spend some time away from technology and the hustle bustle of life...oh and to enjoy some delicious s'mores by the campfire?  Don’t have the time to travel too far to do it? Your Kane County Forest Preserve has been working extra hard this year to ready your local camp sites for a wonderful season, and to encourage residents to “camp local.”

“You don’t have to drive far or spend a fortune to experience camping — it’s available right here in Kane County. Whether you’re interested in vehicle camping, tent camping or even camping with your horses, Forest Preserve District campgrounds have sites available to meet your needs.” -Kane County Forest Preserve Press Release

From May 1st - October 31st recreational camping will be available to you at two sites. Paul Wolff, located in the Burnidge Forest Preserve in Elgin, offers 104 total campsites and Big Rock, located in Southern Kane County within the Big Rock Forest Preserve, offers 109 campsites. Both locations give you various options for the type of campsite you would like, including improved sites (with electricity), primitive sites (no electricity), equestrian sites, and ADA accessible sites. (Both sites are first come first serve, so make sure to call (630) 444-1200 to check on availability)

Dust off those hiking shoes and start prepping your fishing gear, because it’s going to be a great summer for camping!

If you're interested in Buying, Selling or Investing in the Fox Valley communities, give The Rullo Team a call or visit our website at:  www.therulloteam.com.

It’s everyone’s favorite day of the year...TAX DAY!!!

Ehh, not so much….

For all of you stressing over this infamous day Marketwatch has some great advice. File an extension!! In an article posted by the news source, there are 7 excellent reasons why many people should consider an extension.

1.)   You have a balance due and need more time to save up money to cover it. Give yourself that extra 6 months.

2.)   Made charitable donations over $250 to one or more charities and don’t have the proper receipts (which must include the name of the charity, address, taxpayer ID number, and a statement that you did not receive any benefits or items of value for your donation) to submit with your taxes? The IRS is very strict on submitting the required documentation so an extension would give you an extra 6 months to get everything in order.

3.)   Have you recently moved homes? Or are you planning to move within the next few months? If yes, it benefits you to submit an extension because the IRS may need to follow up with you on your taxes and they send all correspondence to the address you have on file.

4.)   If you are waiting for K-1 forms from partnership entities, S-Corps, estates, or trusts you should file an extension.

5.)   Sometimes rushing through your personal or business bookkeeping can cause sloppy or incorrect taxes. Don’t rush and do it right. File an extension to give you that extra time.

6.)   Have a large balance this year? Making contributions to your 2015 retirement plan can help reduce that balance. File an extension if you would like to benefit from this. You have until October 15th to open or add to your retirement fund.

7.)   And finally…. You still have questions regarding your taxes that you have not had answered. Give yourself some time to get everything settled.

Best of luck this tax season!

Batavia: 3rd Happiest Town In Illinois

by The Rullo Team

Originally called the “Head of Big Woods”, Batavia was founded by farmers looking for good land.  Later settlers found employment helping these farms and other areas stay productive; mainly working in Windmill Factories.  Eventually the Batavia area came to be known as the Windmill capital of the world, having six windmill manufacturers at one time.

The area also provided great opportunities to quarry stone and timber, and due to it’s close proximity to the Fox, Batavia residents were able to utilize the water for power, which greatly increased their productivity.  This perfect combination led to the production of ice, lumber, flour, paper and stone, which were sold in the Chicago market. 

Though the days of Windmill Production are long gone, Batavia IL is still a fantastic place to live. Business week ranked it on the National list of the best 50 places to live in America for raising kids.  Just a couple years later, CNN Money’s Best Small Towns in the Nation ranked it #56 and even more recently, it was ranked in the Top 10.  Oh and it was also ranked the 3rd happiest town in Illinois by Credit Donkey.  It’s no wonder, so many people are moving here lately.  The perfect combination of city and small town, Batavia has something for everyone.  

Batavia Real Estate For Sale

$400,001 - $500,000

Over $500,000

Have Questions? Need more info? Give The Rullo Team a call 630.513.1771.  We'd be happy to help you into your Batavia Dream Home.  Not ready to make a call?  Then please use some of our FREE Buyers and Sellers Resources.  

The St. Charles Consumer EXPO!

by The Rullo Team

Tired of the cold and rainy weather? Going stir crazy in your house? You are in luck! Not only is it going to be a beautiful weekend, but there is also an exciting event happening in town---The third annual St. Charles Consumer Expo is being held this Saturday at the St. Charles Sportsplex!

The St. Charles Expo, hosted by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, is designed as a fun event for local business to showcase their products and services. A huge variety of vendors will be at this year’s Expo, including restaurants and resorts, dance and fitness studios, sports teams, medical practices, local news and radio, and many more! Click here to see a full list of participating vendors on the event’s Facebook page.

Along with meeting local businesses, Expo attendees will enjoy food samples provided by TASTE of Fox Valley, door prizes, raffle items, and endless amounts of entertainment for the kids such as a bounce house, face painting, arts & crafts, story time, Traveling World of Reptiles, and even a meet & greet with Elsa from Frozen!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday at the St. Charles Expo!

Event Details:

Location: St. Charles Sportsplex, 1400 Foundry Street

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Cost to Public: FREE!

For more information on upcoming events in the St. Charles community please visit our Facebook Page and Blog.

If you're interested in moving to the Fox Valley area, give The Rullo Team a call at 630-513-1771, or visit our website at: www.therulloteam.com

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