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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. 

Is There an Optimal Day to List Your Metro Chicago Home for Sale?

by alexandvickyrullo

Now that you are selling a home in metro Chicago, it's understandable that you would want to see your home listed as soon as possible.  However, the key to getting your home sold quickly is not getting the word out early, but rather listing your home at the optimal time. Agents across the area plan for the weekend on Thursday, so we believe that Thursday morning is the best time  to list your home on a multiple listing service (MLS). Your home will appear on the listing with 0 days on the market on Thursday, 1 day on Friday and only 2 days on the market when visitors arrive on Saturday, making it a more appealing destination for real estate agents and their clients. Listing a home on the MLS at the best time possible only works if the home itself is ready to be listed.  Before your home appears on any listing service, it should be thoroughly cleaned, repaired, staged and well-photographed. This will make it even more attractive to agents and buyers who are searching for homes to visit on the weekend. For more advice and help with staging and listing your home, contact The Rullo Team when you’re ready to sell near St. Charles, Geneva or Batavia.

Dancing with the Geneva Stars

by The Rullo Team

The fifth annual Dancing with the Geneva Stars will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Eaglebrook Country Club. Vote for your favorite couple and donate to a great cause; One Dollar counts as One Vote.  All proceeds benefit the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission & The Geneva Academic Foundation.

Competing for the 2013 title are: Justin and Katlyn Eggar, Dorothy Flanagan and Sam Hill, Adil and Kathy Jaffer, Mary and Kevin Keyzer, Elizabeth and Eric Ott, Lynn and Steve Saunders.

Open seating is $40 per guest which includes hors d’oeuvres, dessert and cash bar and an evening of great entertainment. The entire evening’s program is emceed by Mayor Kevin Burns. Visit the  webpage for more information, to purchase tickets, and to vote for your favorite couple.

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in our area, please contact a real estate professional with The Rullo Team.

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Home Selling Mistake: Pricing Too High

by alexandvickyrullo


The professionals on The Rullo Team know the path to success when selling a home in metro Chicago. We offer expertise gained through years of selling homes in the area, and we can help you avoid big mistakes before your home hits the market, like setting a home price too high. What’s the right price? Pricing your home right is essential to getting your home sold while also making sure you get its full worth out of the sale. When you set a price for your home that is too high, buyers become discouraged when they see your listing. You also risk putting your property in competition with homes that may be newer, larger or loaded with superior amenities. Doing this actually helps your competition. The buyers look at another home at the same price with a better list of features and jump your fence quickly. Enlisting the assistance of professional agents who know the market inside and out is the best way to determine the right price for your home. If you’re selling a home in metro Chicago, The Rullo Team’s collection of agents know the market and stand ready to help you get it sold fast.

Tips for Obtaining an Accurate Moving Quote

by alexandvickyrullo
 Hiring a mover is not something most of us do every day, and it’s difficult to know whether the quote you received is fair or a blatant rip-off. The Rullo Team wants every aspect of your move to go smoothly, and we recommend arming yourself with knowledge before searching for a moving company. If you’re planning on living in metro Chicago, follow these tips for hiring the right mover. Do your homework and then do it again Make sure the companies you work with are licensed and insured. Be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the company has received any complaints. Know the details The best way to get an accurate quote is to provide the mover with a detailed picture of the job. Know exactly how much needs to be moved and when. You can’t give enough details, so be as meticulous as possible. Compare quotes Some quotes will be higher than others, but that doesn't mean you should dismiss them out of hand. This could mean that one company has more experienced and better-compensated employees which will improve the quality of work. Also, understand exactly what the fee covers before you agree to anything. The Rullo Team understands the entire process of buying and selling homes in metro Chicago. If living in metro Chicago is in your future, contact us today.

Must-Have Features for Your Metro Chicago Home

by alexandvickyrullo

Buying a home in metro Chicago sparks a must-have list for most of the folks looking for a home. Right at the top of that list is the kitchen, which is one of the most-used areas of the home.  It's the place where you cook, gather the family, and congregate with friends, so you want to make sure your kitchen is a beautiful and functional part of your home. When you're searching for your dream home in metro Chicago, keep an eye out for these trending kitchen design features. Sleek Refaced Cabinets Simple and sleek new cabinet facing is currently very popular.  It gives kitchens a clean, modern design. Solid Counters Quartz composite is at the top of the list in 2013 due to its durability and low maintenance.  Many homeowners are also requesting concrete solid surface countertops for a custom look. Hardwood Floors Newly refinished hardwood floors show very well and of course they are a beautiful way to greet your guests.  Lighter wood stains are gaining popularity again.  Avoid kitchens with worn out linoleum floors unless you want to do a remodeling project after you move in. If you’re buying a home in metro Chicago, bring your list of must-haves and contact The Rullo Team to help you land the house of your dreams.

Heating Your Metro Chicago Luxury Home This Winter

by alexandvickyrullo
 Keep you home warm this winter


Living in metro Chicago inevitably means dealing with some bitterly cold winter days and nights. Rather than simply reaching to turn up the thermostat, you can save money by determining whether your home is energy-efficient. Keep the chill at bay, and make your luxury home a warm haven by following these tips.

Schedule a home energy assessment

This helps determine the effectiveness of your insulation, the location of any air leaks, and the general energy efficiency of your heating system. This assessment offers valuable insight into energy problems your home may have. Consult with your utility company, or your HVAC service company about having this done.

Sealing air leaks

Use weather stripping or caulking to block off air leaks around windows, doors and other areas that were noted by the energy assessment.

Adding insulation

Add or replace insulation. Chicago’s cold winters call for insulation with a high R-value. Proper insulation can make a tremendous difference in making your home comfortable.

Have your HVAC system checked

A professional should check your heating system at least once a year. If your furnace is old, consider upgrading it with a new, energy-efficient system that best fits your home’s design. Whichever heating system you choose, make sure it has the Energy Star logo. This means it meets government standards for efficiency. Systems that are more efficient mean a warmer home and reduced energy costs.

If you are interested in more information about luxury living in metro Chicago, please contact The Rullo Team.

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