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Makeover Your Metro Chicago Home Kitchen the Easy Way

by mbraddick

You may imagine that a complete kitchen transformation requires a significant renovation and a hefty investment. However, simple household paint and a little ingenuity can help you transform your kitchen when selling a home in metro Chicago. Never underestimate the power of a coat of paint to update a space. If you're unhappy with the look of your kitchen cabinets consider painting the doors and base cabinets a new color. Many homeowners choose a paint color that can be strongly contrasted with a new wall color; black cabinets against grey walls for a modern finish or white cabinets against light blue walls for a cottage feel. If you're hoping to upgrade the look of dated appliances you could put your DIY skills to work designing creative panels to cover the fronts. A beadboard panel for the dishwasher or magnetic panels for the refrigerator will help give the kitchen a brand new look . If you are considering selling a home in metro Chicago you certainly don't want to overlook the impact of the kitchen on prospective buyers. Many buyers say the appearance and quality of kitchen design is a major selling point when deciding on which home to buy. The real estate professionals with The Rullo Team can provide an expert opinion about how you can transform your home to attract prospective buyers. Contact one of our real estate experts today to learn more about selling your home.  Image via: Flickr

Everyday Costs Adding Up to Too Much for Metro Chicago?

by mbraddick

In the last decade the combined cost for housing and transportation has increased nearly 44%. These everyday costs have increased much faster than income putting a crunch on moderate income earners. Families with moderate incomes spend nearly 60% of overall income on just housing and transportation. The Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology released these results as part of larger study evaluating household costs in US metropolitan areas. The cities that exhibit the highest burden for moderate-income households were Miami, Florida, Riverside, California, Tampa, Florida, and Los Angeles, California. Their results found that a better balance between everyday costs and overall  income would boost the economy since earners would have more disposable income to spend. Are you interested in more information about the metro Chicago real estate market? The real estate professionals at The Rullo Team are experts on the local area and are ready to answer your questions. Call us today to learn more about the local market and home ownership. Image via: Freedigitalphotos

Mortgage Rates Still Holding at Lowest Rates Seen in Years

by mbraddick

Mortgage rates have been near or at all-time lows for months. Buyers have been using these record low rates as a great reason for buying a home in St. Charles, IL. After several weeks of rates on the rise the most recent report from federal mortgage backer Freddie Mac shows rates again on the decline. Details include:

  • The average rate for a conventional 30 year mortgage was 3.37%, down from the 3.36% rate a week prior. This is a decline of over half a point from the rate of 4.11% a year ago.
  • 15 year fixed loans fell even further to 2.66%, a 0.04% drop in just a week. This rate has dropped significantly from the 3.38% average rate a year ago.
  • Construction of single family homes rose to the highest rate since August 2008 with an annualized rate of 11%.
  • Homebuilder confidence is also on the rise with October displaying the sixth month in a row of gains.

If you are considering buying a home in St. Charles, IL you don't want to delay. Mortgage rates are again on the decline but may begin to rise at any point. It is a wise decision to take advantage of these all time low rates. Would you like more information about purchasing a home in St. Charles call one of the professionals with the Rullo Team? We are a group of dedicated real estate experts committed to the St. Charles area and the residents that call it home, so get in touch with us today! Image via: stock.xchng

A commitment to enjoyable arts programs and activities is definitely visible in all parts of St. Charles. That tradition and emphasis on art will surely continue on with the addition of a new ballet group starting soon here in the area.  The Fox Ballet Company is proud to serve the St. Charles area as a premier dance school committed to connecting aspiring dancers with professional level training. This unique method of training provides unparalleled access to instruction, inspiration, and performance. Instructional programs are available for any interested dancer ages three to adult. The Fox Ballet Company has scheduled a series of Grand Opening events at the Fox Theater. On November 3 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and November 4 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm please join dancers and instructors for an open house. You will also be able to enjoy a performance showcase, free master classes, and live entertainment. For more information on the Fox Ballet Company please visit the group's website or Facebook page. The Fox Ballet Company helps contribute to the many cultural things to do in metro Chicago. Residents know that there's always a fantastic performance to enjoy. If you'd like more information about living in the Chicago metro area please contact the real estate experts with the Rullo Team. We are committed to our local area and the residents that call it home. Image via: stock.xchng

Protecting Your Home From Risk of Tree Damage

by mbraddick

Mature trees are beautiful and add interest to your home's landscaping. They also hold potential for danger from falling limbs or a complete collapse that can harm your home. Consider the following tips to protect your house from tree damage:

  • Regular maintenance Trees need regular upkeep, just like automobiles and appliances. Schedule regular maintenance at least every five years. An arborist will inspect your trees and remove any loose branches or any limbs that are too close to your home.
  • Plant new trees New trees help both your home's aesthetic and promote soil health. Healthy soil will help maintain the health of all trees, preventing limb breakage and tree death.
  • Remove the right way If you have a tree that needs to be removed you should consider calling a professional. A tree can easily fall the wrong direction during removal, damaging your home or nearby utility lines.

Many homes for sale in St Charles, IL have beautiful landscaping full of mature trees. The real estate professionals with the Rullo Team can help you spot potentially dangerous trees as you look at homes. This information can be beneficial as you choose your next home and enter into contract negotiation.  Image via: stock.xchng

Halloween 2012 in Geneva, St. Charles and Batavia, Illinois

by alexandvickyrullo

Happy Halloween 2012! … Wednesday, October 31st Here is a list of all the fun activities for you witches, ghosts and goblins this year in Geneva, St. Charles and Batavia, Illinois. Geneva:  Suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 25 from 2-5pm – Little goblins and ghosts are invited to trick-or-treat at the participating shops and restaurants of downtown Geneva.  Look for stores with the trick-or-treat posters in their windows. Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, from 7-10pm, Peck Farm Haunted Hikes, which include a campfire and refreshments after you have hiked through the Peck Farm Park Prairie field of terror! Saturday, October 27 at 9:30am – Halloween Puppet Stories, hosted by The Little Traveler, told by Sandi Sylver and her puppets.  Breakfast included. Saturday, October 27 at 12:00pmA Pet Parade Costume Contest hosted by Niche Restaurant, meet in the parking lot behind the old Courthouse on Third Street.  The event benefits the Anderson Animal Shelter. Saturday, October 27 from 1-4pm - Peck Farm Halloween Hayday,  featuring a costume contest, pumpkin painting, live bats, hay rides, hikes, bounce house and more.  Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade that begins in the Peck Farm Park Courtyard at 3:45pm. Saturday. October 27 at 2,4,6 and 8 – Ghost Walk . The Geneva History is hosting the very popular guided walking tour of the haunted streets of Geneva. For more information, visit http://www.genevadowntown.org/geneva_illinois_banner_categories/history-center-hauntings/    Batavia:  Suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 7:30pm – Batavia Batfest – A family festival  with morning trick-or treating, a pumpkin roll hosted by Troop 6 Boy Scouts, BatArt and Games, Batfest Stories at the Batavia Public Library, an 11:45 Halloween Parade. In the early afternoon, Hayrides, Zombie Registration and Zombie Makeovers for the first 300 participating in the Zombie Walk . On the Main Stage, starting at 10am, there will be a DJ and dancing, performances by the Spirit Cheerleading Team,  and at 1:00, the Batavia Academy of Dance will teach the Monster Mash followed by a 1:30 costume contest.  Make sure you stop by the Albright Theatre for either the 2:30 or 7:30 show for the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the Haunted Quarry at 7:00pm. For more information, visit http://www.downtownbatavia.com/calendar-of-events  St. Charles:  Suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Halloween House Decorating Contest and Gallery of Goulish Homes Tour  Friday, October 19 – Preview Night, Saturday, October 20 – Judging Night, Wednesday,  October 31 – Tour ends at 9pm. Sponsored by the St. Charles park district, you can either participate in the Halloween House Decorating Contest  and make your house and yard the spookiest in St. Charles or just pack up the family in the car for a free evening out and take a self-guided Gallery of Goulish Homes Tour  to the dozens of displays that these St. Charles home haunters have created.  The contest entries will be included in the Tour. Award categories include: Best Rookie, Big Scare - Low Budget, Best Actors, Judges' Favorite, Best Special Effects, and Family Fun. For a complete lists of all the houses on the tour, to enter the contest, or to vote for your favorite, visit http://www.stcparks.org/, or contact Jeff Greenwald at 630-513-4335 or by e-mail at [email protected]. If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in metro Chicago please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

There are many events in metro Chicago for your little ghost and goblin, but few are as fun as the Spooky Zoo Spectacular. This annual event is held at the Lincoln Park Zoo and welcomes over 25,000 guests each year. The goal of the Spooky Zoo Spectacular is to provide children and families a free alternative to Halloween trick or treating that is fun, safe, and educational. The Spooky Zoo Spectacular is scheduled from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 20. Children are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes to get into the holiday spirit. Activities include crafts, trick or treating, live entertainment, and enjoying the zoo animals. To learn more about the Spooky Zoo Spectacular you can visit the Lincoln Park Zoo's website or Facebook page. These are also great ways to stay up to date on events that the zoo hosts all year long. The Chicago metropolitan area is a great place to raise kids and enjoy life as a family. The real estate experts with the Rullo Team understand the unique qualities Chicago offers its families. Contact us today to learn more about home ownership in the Chicago metro area.  Image via: stock.xchng

 

Home Sales in Metro Chicago Reach Five-Year High

by mbraddick

Real estate professionals and home sellers watched with excitement as July 2012 home sales reached a five year high in the metro Chicago real estate market. Sales were an astonishing 28.5% higher than sales in July 2011 signaling a possible end to the housing slump. Details of the August report from the Illinois Association of Realtors also include:

  • 9,240 homes were sold in the metro area in August. This is the highest level since July 2007 when 9,730 homes were sold. It marked a year to year increase from 7,188 in August of 2011.
  • Specifically for the City of Chicago, August 2012 sales rose 23.6% year to year. The median price was up 3.9% to $200,000.
  • Existing home sales for the State of Illinois increased 23.7% to 13,264.

This is all good news for both buyers and sellers in the metro Chicago real estate market. Increased demand, stabilizing prices, and a renewed consumer confidence all point toward a healthy real estate market. The overall state of the real estate market also affects builder confidence and promotes new growth. Builders began construction on 2.3% more homes in August 2012 than July. The Rullo Team is committed to the metro Chicago real estate market and those hoping to either buy or sell a home.  We are proud to serve the area and are available if you'd like more information about buying, selling, or the state of the local market.  Image via: stock.xchng

Lawn Maintenance Tips For Your St. Charles Home in the Fall

by mbraddick

It was a brutal summer for the Midwest. Record low rainfall and near record highs combined to do quite a number on lawns across Illinois. Now that fall is here it is the perfect time to turn your attention to your yard and give it some TLC. This fall, consider:

  • Dethatching your lawn Raking your lawn, or using a special dethatching tool, will help break up compacted soil and matted dead grass. This allows additional air to penetrate the soil.
  • Testing the soil pH testing kits are available at home improvement stores and can help you determine if need to reduce the soil's acidity (add lime) or alkalinity (add sulfur).
  • Keeping leaves raked Fallen leaves, if left on the ground, can smother your grass. Rain or dew will also collect in piles of leaves and promote mold growth which can spread to your grass. Additionally, leaves contribute to clogged storm drains when not properly removed from yards.

Are you interested in more information on homes for sale in St. Charles, IL? Our real estate professionals with the Rullo Team are ready to help you find the next home for your family. Image via: Flickr

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