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Trick or Treating Times

by The Rullo Team


It's that time of year again, when little goblins and ghosts will be going door to door trick-or-treating. Children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between their City’s recommended Halloween hours:

  • St Charles recommends that you limit trick-or-treating to 3 to 7 pm on October 31
  • Geneva children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between the City’s recommended Halloween hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 31. **Families also are invited to two additional candy collection opportunities in Geneva. Participating downtown businesses will be offering free Halloween treats to children from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 29, and Geneva Commons will host trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 25.
  • Batavia’s suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31

To assure that all little superheroes, princesses and scary monsters

have a fun and safe Halloween experience this year, parents should take an active role in this process

by making sure their families follow these safety tips:


Young children should be accompanied by their parents or another responsible adult.

 If there is a chance children will be out after dark, at least one member of each group should carry a flashlight.

Teach and stress to children to watch for traffic. Walk only on sidewalks and cross the streets at intersections.
Bicycles and skateboards should be left at home.

Use stick-on reflective material generously.

Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.

Do not trick-or-treat at a house if there is no light on.

Ensure costumes fit and are worn in a manner that prevents tripping.

If children wear masks, make sure they can see clearly and their visibility is not obstructed.

Stay within familiar neighborhoods.
Carrying hard props such as swords and daggers should be substituted with soft foam rubber materials.



For more tips and guidelines on Halloween safety, please visit:

Geneva IL Yellow-Arrow Traffic Signals Coming Up!

by The Rullo Team

Yellow-Arrow Traffic Signals Coming to Randall Road in Geneva Oct. 15


You might expect delays on Randall Road in Geneva during the last weeks of October, but what you will get in the end are safer intersections for decades to come!

The Kane County Division of Transportation announced that workers will start removing and replacing traffic signal mast arms and equipment at three Randall Road intersections in Geneva, starting Oct. 15.

Upon completion of the work, new traffic signals will include a Flashing Yellow Left Turn Arrow, which has been proven to reduce collisions and increase safety at all locations where it has been implemented.

A flashing yellow arrow operates the same as a solid green ball for left turns. The difference is that the flashing yellow arrow better conveys to drivers the need to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians who may be crossing. For more information regarding the project and the Flashing Yellow Arrows Project, please visit Randall Road HSIP Project.

During construction Randall Road traffic will be allowed to flow north and south without stopping. Construction is expected to last three to four weeks.

Motorists will not be allowed to turn off of Randall Road onto the intersection side street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the day’s work is being done and should expect delays, increased travel times during the process, and are advised to consider alternate routes during the work.

 The intersections and timetable of the project are as follows:

  • ◦Randall Road and Glen Eagle Drive, beginning Monday, Oct. 15, 2015
  • ◦Randall Road and Christina Lane, beginning Oct. 20, 2015
  • ◦Randall Road and Fargo Boulevard, beginning Oct. 30, 2015

 Kane County is making these upgrades at 11 Randall Road intersections this year, part of a $1.7 million upgrade under the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program.

 For all Kane County traffic advisories, see KDOT Traffic Alerts.

 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.

Moving to St. Charles, Batavia or Geneva? Get a Free Relocation Package!

by alexandvickyrullo
Now that you’ve decided to move to the area near St. Charles, Batavia or Geneva, why not make that move a little easier with our free relocation package? Buying a home in the metro Chicago area is a significant decision and this relocation package will get the ball rolling in the right direction. The Rullo Team’s relocation package contains a listing of every home or property tailored to your criteria. When you arrive, you will be ready to start looking at the homes that fit your family’s needs, saving you time and frustration. The package also contains information on schools, conditions of the local market, neighborhood attractions and much more. This will help you narrow down your search even further. As the top realtors in St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia, IL, The Rullo Team prides itself on knowing every inch of the area. If you’re buying a home in metro Chicago, get started by completing a request for our relocation package for St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia, IL. The Rullo Team will send it out immediately and you can consider yourself one step closer to a successful move. 

Green Upgrade Ideas For Your Home That Save You Cash

by mbraddick

There are a variety of ways homeowners can upgrade their homes to save money and benefit the environment at the same time.  Many of these upgrades are available in homes for sale in St. Charles, IL and can make the properties very attractive to prospective buyers.

  • Composite decking Decking products made from a blend of waste wood and plastic benefit both the environment and a homeowner's investment. Since no new trees are cut down to create the deck there is minimal environmental impact.  Composite decking doesn't require the upkeep a traditional wood deck does such as sealing, staining, or replacing rotted boards.
  • Synthetic grass Especially beneficial in dry climates, synthetic grass is quickly becoming a landscaping option that eliminates the need for watering, fertilizers, and pesticides.  The environmental and financial impact of saving water and reducing chemicals is significant.
  • Solar panels Installing solar panels on your home may seem like a costly upfront investment but the benefits over time will save you money and reduce the amount of electricity you use. Homes retrofitted with solar panels also tend to sell for more than comparable homes that operate on traditional electrical sources.

Green upgrades aren't just trendy, they are making a difference for the environment and homeowners' pocketbooks. When perusing the market for homes for sale in St. Charles, IL take notice of properties that have undergone green upgrades. If you'd like to discuss any of these properties please contact one of our real estate professionals at the Rullo Team today at 888-457-8005. Image via: stock.xchng

Check Out Some of the Best Furniture Stores in Chicago

by mbraddick
You've just moved into your new house and suddenly your furniture just doesn't seem right.  The style may be wrong, the size may not fit the scale of the new rooms, or you need new pieces to fill a bigger space.  Don't worry, there's plenty of great furniture shoppingin the Chicago metro area.
-Room and Board This furniture store has a little bit of everything filling its three floors of retail space dedicated to classic designs updated for today.  They are committed to working with small furniture companies as their primary furniture suppliers.  80% of all furniture sold at Rom and Board is produced in the United states. 
- Jayson Home and Garden Serving both your interior and exterior furniture needs, this Clybourn corner store is inspirational.  Everywhere you turn you'll feel inspired to design, transform, and update your new home. You'll find unique, high quality furniture, accessories, and fixtures. 
- Affordable Portables Lifestyle Furniture If you're furnishing your new home on a budget this is the store for you.  This store specializes in ready to assemble pieces that are fashionable, durable, and affordable.  There is an extensive selection of futons, tables, bookshelves, chairs, and dressers.
Photo Courtesy of: tachyondecay on Flickr

Why Home Buyers Should Buy This Spring

by nicolesmith

Falling home prices and the lagging have made most buyers understandably nervous about taking the plunge and buying a  home. But, according to experts, the Chicago housing market is on its way to recovery, and this spring may be time to buy.

Why You Should Buy a Chicago Metro Home this Spring

Simply put, the economy is stronger, and that means banks are a little more willing to lend and mortgage rates are still reflective of historic lows. Be aware that the latest numbers showed that the housing market hasn't bottomed out. S&P/Case-Shiller's 20-City Composite Home Price Index fell 3.9 percent in the 12 months ending in December, and price declines escalated at the end of the year. However, the good news is there's really not much further to fall, according to senior U.S. economist Paul Dales of Capital Economics. Prices continued to drop at a slightly faster rate at the end of the year, but Dales says they won't be dropping much longer.

"There are compelling reasons to believe that the end of the housing crash is finally in sight," Dales says.

Now back at 2002 levels, housing prices are now below fair value, which is what is a justified market price relative to incomes and market demand. Analysts expect more houses to enter into the market this spring including a large number of bank-owned, or REO, properties that were being processed last year and can now enter the 2012 market. With these distressed properties adding to supply, home prices should remain low for buyers this season. The Rullo Team has vast  knowledge of real estate news and is delighted to provide valuable information on buying your first home and ways to save money when purchasing a house. Use our expertise to choose the right Chicago Metro home and community for you and your family. Call us today at 630-513-1771 for more information. Photo via

Christmas in Geneva Illinois

by alexandvickyrullo


2011 Annual Christmas Walk and House Tour

Bring in the season and take in some beautiful homes of Geneva. The Geneva House Tour will be Friday, December 2nd from 11am to 8pm, and Saturday December 3rd from 11am to 4pm. For $30 per person, make your way through 5 amazing Geneva homes which have been decked out for the holidays. Also included in the self guided tour is a decorating and entertaining ideas booklet and a traditional tea at  the Congregational Church in Geneva.

  The Traditional Geneva Christmas Walk begins December 2nd at 6pm. Santa Lucia and her attendants will arrive at 6pm by horse-drawn carriage and deliver Swedish cookies to everyone on the Courthouse Lawn as they sing Santa Lucia. Then, Santa will make his appearance to light the Great Tree and at 6:30pm, Santa will officially open his Gingerbread House for all those little ones who wish to see him. Enjoy the rest of the night dining in any of the Historic Geneva restaurants or walking the streets while sampling chestnuts being roasted on the street corners. There will be plenty of great shopping as well as horse-drawn carriage rides. You will get to enjoy the strolling carolers and  freshly made candy canes and hot cider. You won't want to miss it; your very own winter wonderland.

For more information on these great events, contact the Geneva Chamber at 630-232-6060, or visit their website at:


  Saturday, December 3rd, Take a trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express! You will see Santa, Mrs. Claus and even reindeer!!! That's not all, you will be able to make your very own toy with the elves in Santa's workshop too! There will be refreshments served as well. Make sure to make a reservation as space is limited. Trains will depart every 30 minutes, starting at 10:45am until 1:15pm,  from the Sunset Community Center in Geneva. You are welcome to stay at the North Pole, (Peck Farm in Geneva), as long as you want. When you are ready to return home, you can hop on the next available express back to Geneva. For Geneva residents, a family of two is $27. Each additional child is $11. Reservations can be made at the Geneva Park District at 630-232-4542.      

Have you ever received a phone call from Santa???

I can hardly imagine how exciting that would be. Now's your chance! Before December 2nd, register your child to receive their very own phone call from SANTA all the way from his workshop in the North Pole! Santa is very busy this time of year, but still has time to make your child's Christmas one they will never forget.  Santa will be making his phone calls on Tuesday, December 6th between 6pm and 7pm. There is no cost, so make sure to register before it's too late!!! Go to and fill out the online registration form. 





Come on over to celebrate the season at the Geneva Library.

Friday, December 10th from 6pm to 8pm, bring the family and enjoy a FREE night out. There will be music, singing, crafts, refreshments and much more! Please remember to bring a canned or boxed food item to donate.



The Rullo Team wishes you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season in Geneva, Illinois!

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