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National Survey Shows Change in Times For Home Buying & Ownership

by mbraddick

The National Association of Realtors publishes a yearly report detailing the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of home buyers and sellers. This report surveys thousands of recent home buyers and sellers to gain more information about the housing market. The data from 2012 showed a significant change on two fronts; first-time homebuyers and the use of the Internet. If you are considering buying a home in metro Chicago you may be interested in some of the current information:

  • First-time homebuyers: First-time homebuyers made up 39% of sales in 2012. Although this is a rise of 2% over 2011 it is a significant decrease from 47% in 2009 and 50% in 2010. This market change can be attributed to the end of the federal tax policies that encouraged first time home buyers.
  • Internet use: In 2001 48% of home buyers found the home they ultimately purchased through their real estate agent and only 8% found it online. The 2012 survey discovered that 47% found their new home through the Internet at 33% found it through their agent. This data doesn't mean that 47% of buyers are working without an agent. Instead they are likely doing their own Internet research and forwarding on properties to their agent that they would like to see.

Are you interested in buying a home in metro Chicago? Contact the professionals with The Rullo Team to learn more about the local market trends, current market conditions, and the benefits of owning a home in the Chicago area.

 Chicago real estate is bouncing back, making the city a great place to buy a home

 As the national housing market continues to rebound there are local housing markets that seem to be leading the way toward a full recovery. The metro Chicago real estate market is one of the local areas that is displaying signs of both recovery and new growth. One key indicator is the home value trends compared to the cost of rent. Over the last year the Chicago metro real estate market experienced a 1.7% increase in home values and a 1.6% drop in rent prices. Data from October's housing report shows that the metro Chicago real estate market has even more good news to share:

  • More homes were sold in October than any other month since 2006.
  • 8,326 single family homes and condominiums were sold in October in the Chicago area. This is an 11.3% increase in the number of sales over September numbers. It is 44.1% higher than the same month a year ago.
  • The median sales price was $153,000, a 2.1% year to year increase.

If you are interested in buying a home in the Chicago area there is no better time than now. The market is strong and we are currently in a traditionally slower sales season. You will likely find a better deal than if you wait until the spring or summer months to buy. If you'd like more information on the local real estate market contact the professionals with The Rullo Team.  We are committed to serving the housing needs of the Chicago area.

Fewer Homes For Sale Listed in October

by mbraddick

The number of available homes nationally fell to its lowest level in more than five years in October. Available inventory dropped 17% from October 2011 and a whopping 34% from October 2010. Additionally, the number of new listings was less than 1.76 millions which is a 2.6% drop from September. Real estate experts are able to identify a variety of factors that contribute to the decline in available homes. Over the course of the last year investor demand rose followed by an increase in traditional buyers returning to the market. Banks have slowed the foreclosure process and many sellers have voluntarily removed their homes from the market. All of these have an impact on the real estate market and the available home inventory. Even if the inventory of available homes for sale in St. Charles, IL is declining the real estate professionals from The Rullo Team can help you find the perfect home for you and your family. Contact us today to learn more about available homes currently on the market or to find out more about the state of the local market.

Everyday Items You Need to Have After Buying a New Home

by mbraddick

When moving day finally arrives you may be surprised by the number of everyday items you need to purchase. You may take an inventory of your things and realize you need one more trash can, a new garden hose, or a fire extinguisher. If you are buying a home in metro Chicago make sure to consider this list of everyday itemsbefore you make the move:

  • Lawn and Garden Tools Every home with a yard likely needs a lawnmower, garden hose, and a small shovel and spade. Consider the seasonal needs of your yard and try to plan ahead so you aren't caught unprepared.
  • Basic Tools You may not consider the importance of basic household tools until you need a Phillips screwdriver and their isn't one in sight. Stock your home with a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, allen wrench, staple gun, tape measure, drill and bits, and several crescent wrenches.
  • Keys and Locks Your first priority should be to change your door locks or re-key the existing lock. You may also want to consider changing the key to any community mailbox and reprogramming the keypad to the garage.
  • Safety Items Make sure the batteries in all smoke detectors work and you have a fire extinguisher on site. If your home is equipped with an alarm system make sure it is activated and working.

Are you considering buying a home in metro Chicago? Contact the real estate professionals with The Rullo Team to learn more about the local real estate market. 

How to Stage Your Home to Sell During Fall in St. Charles

by mbraddick

The fall months are a great time for selling a home in St. Charles, IL.  In order to attract the most prospective buyers there are specific things you can do to put a fall spin on your home staging.

  • Curb appeal Curb appeal is especially important during the fall months as trees lose their leaves and flowering annuals have been removed. To boost curb appeal consider planting potted mums, adding a wreath to your door, and cleaning up the landscaping beds. Even if there aren't flowers or plants in the beds a cleanly mulched space will make the exterior of your home more attractive.
  • Lighting As the days get shorter there are things you can do to improve your home's lighting. Open the curtains and raise the blinds to maximize daytime sunlight. Also consider what your home looks like for an evening showing. Which lights should you turn on so your buyer gets a good glimpse of your home?
  • Make it cozy Fall scents, such as cinnamon apple or pumpkin spice, will make prospective buyers feel the warmth of the home. You can also stack wood in the fireplace to signal it is ready to go or add your favorite blanket to the arm of the couch.

Are you considering selling a home in St. Charles, IL?  The real estate professionals with The Rullo Team are available to answer any questions you may have. We are proud to serve the St. Charles area and look forward to speaking with you.

Arts & Crafts Fest at DuPage Coming Up Soon in St. Charles

by mbraddick

The Arts & Crafts Fest in DuPage is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping. This is one of the many events in St. Charles that celebrates the spirit of our community and promotes the local craftspeople and artisans. The Arts & Crafts Fest will be November 17 and November 18 at the Dupage Expo Center. Admission is just $2.00 per person and children under twelve are admitted free of charge. There are a wide variety of vendors scheduled to attend including those that specialize in photography, jewelry making, home decor, dolls, furniture, and stained glass. The Arts & Crafts Fest is proud that all of crafts sold are made in the USA. You can help support both your local economy and the small business artisans that create amazing works of art. The real estate professionals with The Rullo Team understand what makes St. Charles so unique. We are proud to serve the local community and the residents that call it home. Contact us today to learn more about the local real estate market. 

Holiday Shows in St. Charles, Illinois

by alexandvickyrullo

 Steel Beam Theater presents:


On the Main Stage

From November 17th through December 23rd,

Saturdays at 10:30am, 1pm, and 3pm

Sundays at 1pm

Also, Thursday Evenings at 7:30pm, Dec 13th & 20th



On the Children’s Stage

From November 17th-December 22nd

Saturdays 10:30am & 1pm

Sundays at 1pm, November 18th & 25th

Sundays at 11am & 1pm, December 2nd-23rd

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Steel Beam Theatre • 111 W. Main Street • St Charles • Ill. • 60174 Tel 630.587.8521 • Fax: 630.587.8556 • Email: [email protected]



Pheasant Run Resort presents:



The Mainstage Theater


Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm

Thursdays 8pm, November 15, December 6 & 20

Thursdays 2pm, November 29, December 6 & 13

Additional Saturday Shows at 4pm on December 1,8, & 15

Wednesday 8pm November 21st

*No performances on December 7, 14, 21*

Reserve your tickets today!  For more information, visit

Pheasant Run Resort 4051 East Main Street St. Charles, Illinois 60174  800-4-PHEASANT (800-474-3272) [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.

Celebrate the Christmas Season in the Fox Valley, Illinois

by alexandvickyrullo

The nights are getting colder, you’re hearing Christmas music on the radio, the stores are decorated and you are ready to start enjoying the season…  St. Charles Lighting of the Lights Friday, November 23, 5:00 – 9:00pm, 1st Street Plaza Officially kick-off the holidays in St. Charles with Mayor DeWitte.

  • 1-4pm FREE HorseDrawn Sleigh Rides on First St. Plaza
  • 2:00pm FREE Holiday Movie at the Arcada Theater – Home Alone
  • 5:00pm Lighting of the Lights on the 1st Street Plaza
  • 5:30pm Electric Christmas Parade – Main Street between 6th St and 4th Ave.
  • Special performance by the St. Charles East and North High Schools’ Chorales
  • Appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Saturday, 10:30am FREE Holiday Movie at the Arcada Theater – Polar Express

For more information, please visit or contact the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce at 630.443.3967. Batavia Celebration of Lights Sunday, November 25, 2012 5:30pm to 7:00pm Families will have the opportunity to start off the holiday season right by enjoying a variety of entertainment and activities from 5:30-7pm at the Batavia Riverwalk (100 N. Island  & Houston Sts.)

  • Community sing-a-long
  • Mayor Jeff Schielke greets Santa at 6:00
  • Lighting of the community Christmas Tree
  • Visit Santa’s Warming House at the Peg Bond Center for children up to age 10
  • Batavia High School Madrigal Choir performing carols
  • FREE tractor-pulled wagon rides with a food or $$ donation for the Batavia Food Pantry

For more information, please contact the Batavia Park District office at 630-879-5235 or view the schedule of events at  Geneva Christmas Walk and House Tour Friday and Saturday, December 7-8 Celebrate the beauty of the season with Geneva’s Annual Christmas Walk and House Tour. House Tour: Friday, December 7, 11am-8pm, and Saturday, December 8, 11am-4pm.

  • Five distinct homes decorated for the holidays
  • Traditional tea at the Congregational Church in Geneva
  • Keepsake decorating and entertaining booklet included
  • Cost - $30 per person

Christmas Walk: Saturday, December 7 at 6:00pm

  • Santa Lucia arrives in a horse-drawn carriage
  • Santa lights the Great Tree on the Courthouse Lawn and officially opens his gingerbread house at 6:30pm
  • Win a ride with Santa

For more information, contact the chamber office at 630.232.6060 or visit   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. Images via:,,


When choosing a mortgage product for refinancing an existing home or purchasing a new one, you should pay close attention to the variety of terms available to you. The most common conventional loans are either a 30 year or 15 year term. However, the recent low mortgage may make a wider variety of mortgage products available to you. If you opt for a 20 year or 15 year loan your monthly payment will be higher than if you chose a standard 30 year loan. Even with the higher monthly payment you will be paying less overall in interest which will reduce the lifetime cost of the loan. An additional benefit to shorter mortgage terms is that they are likely to come with a lower interest rate which will also decrease the amount the home will cost. With record low interest rates there's no reason to delaying buying a home in St. Charles, IL. The real estate experts with The Rullo Team are ready to answer any questions you may have about the buying process and local home ownership.  Call us today! Image via: Freedigitalphotos

Fall Lawn Care Tips

by alexandvickyrullo

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather and have a great looking yard in the spring!  Below are a couple of things you can do now before the snow flies. LAWN CARE: Contrary to popular opinion, fall is the best time of the year for lawn care. Fertilization, weed and thatch control, establishment of new lawns, and renovation of poor quality lawns should be done over the next few weeks. Now is the time to prepare so that you start next spring with a healthy lawn. 

  • Keep mowing until your lawn stops growing.  Don’t mow too short, if anything, leave it a little bit long.
  • Don’t starve your lawn. If you live in the northern U.S., fertilize one more time around Thanksgiving.
  • Kill broadleaf weeds like dandelions and ground ivy. Time your herbicide application around the first time there is frost in your area or when the temperature dips to at least 40°F overnight.

SPRING FLOWERING BULBS: “When fall in in the air, it’s time to put spring in the ground”.  Autumn is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs.  Bulb experts usually recommend planting bulbs when the nighttime temps drop into the low 50’s or 40’s for two weeks, although you can even plant in December as long as you can still dig. 

  • Choose a spot where the soil drains well.
  • Spring-flowering bulbs like sun, but you can plant them under trees that will still be bare when the flowers bloom. 
  • The rule of thumb is the planting hole should be about 3 times the length of the bulb; dig individual holes or a wider hole that can hold a number of bulbs. 
  • Plant them pointy side up

Sure, it’s delayed gratification, but the appearance of flowers and a beautiful lawn at the end of a bleak winter will be worth the wait.  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.

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