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Top New Year's Resolutions of 2015

by The Rullo Team

Happy New Year Fox Valley From The Rullo Team!

by The Rullo Team

With the New Year just around the corner, We want to say "THANK YOU" to all of our clients for making it another great year at The Rullo Team of ReMax Great American North! We love what we do and the town in which we live and work but..... getting to meet and work with clients like you is truly a blessing.

Each year as the New Year rolls in we are all faced with the thought of New Year's Resolutions. Sometimes we are psyched and have our lists ready to go, while other times we may be dreading the thought of them altogether. After reading through some great articles recently, I found it really comes down to this:

Resolutions should be made by us only if it is something that we truly want to change, learn or accomplish that will make us happier, healthier or have a positive impact on our lives. A resolution should never be made because someone in your life wants you to change something about yourself, or wants you to do something differently. The ONLY resolutions you make are the ones that impact you, and only you, on a POSITIVE level. Plain and simple.

Now the GREAT NEWS! When you make your resolutions, keeping this simple statement above in mind, your chances for success dramatically increase!! So let's get down to the nitty gritty!


  1. Think about what's most important to you, and then get very specific when you list out each resolution. Next to each give your reason for the resolution in detail.                      
  2. Remember, you're being realistic, so make sure you have no more than 3-4 resolutions and make sure they are things that are attainable with reasonable timeframes.
  3. What is your "Plan of Attack" and how will you track & monitor your progress?
  4. What is the PRIZE for achieving your goal? This is really important because you need to be rewarded for achieving this important resolution!


                                                 TOP RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

We all know that starting off the New Year is easy and exciting and we are ready to ROCK our resolutions! But once February rolls around our committment can sometimes start to wane, this is where your good habits need to take over and why having "good habits" is critical to the success of your resolutions.

Studies show that it's much easier to create "bad" habits than to cultivate good ones; we easily indulge in short-term pleasures like expensive cups of coffee and sugar-laden foods. The good news is, with frequent repetition, you can create new, constructive habits. Be patient with yourself, however; it can take several weeks for new habits to form. If you slip up for a day, just pick up where you left off. Don't give up! Build in "cheat" days for a diet plan, or an occasional shopping splurge for a savings plan, but ALWAYS go right back to your plan so you WILL reach your ultimate goal....your resolution.

I sincerely hope these tips help you reach your resolution goals during the New Year! And if buying or selling a home in the Fox Valley is among your goals for 2015, We'll be happy to help you! My team and I have the local market experience & knowledge to help you succeed and are here whenever you need us. 

 If you are new to the Fox Valley, We will be happy to be your guide and introduce you to our community! Whether you have questions about Fox Valley real estate or you would like more information about our Award Winning Schools or community, please feel welcome to contact us today!

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!



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Christmas Traditions in the Fox Valley

by The Rullo Team



It's true...we may tweak those traditions a bit, but for many families, Christmas Day tradtions are still very much in tact. Here are a list of the top traditions kept today:

  1. Going to Church as a family.
  2. Christmas Brunch
  3. Opening Gifts around the Christmas Tree
  4. Watching a Christmas Movie (It's A Wonderful Life ranks as the #1 Christmas Movie)                                                                                                                                  
  5. Sitting around in Matching P.J's all day.
  6. Christmas Dinner
  7. Going Bowling or other event as a family (extended family).
  8. Baking (making) Gingerbread House.

Do any of these traditions match with the ones that you and your loved ones keep on Christmas Day? Do they sound like ones you'd like to add? The bottom line is that Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends and those we hold dear and traditions are born out of the love we have for those individuals. Whatever traditions you do keep, make sure to hand them down the line to future generations and add to them the new ones that are created today.

From all of us here at The Rullo Team.....Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

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by The Rullo Team

Sunday, December 21 was the first day of the winter solstice.  On that day in Chicago, the sun came up at 7:15am and the sun set at 4:49pm, which means we had 9 hours and 34 minutes of daylight; less daylight than any other day during the year.

Even though the 21st is the shortest day of the year, it doesn’t mean that the latest sunrise and the earliest sunset occur on this day. In Chicago, the latest sunrise will occur on January 4th at 7:18am and the earliest sunset has already occurred on December 9th.  These dates change depending on your location, i.e.: how close you are to the equator or to the north/south poles. 

Really what this means is that Spring is just a few months away!

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.


by The Rullo Team

LeAnn Rimes: One Christmas
Thursday, December 18 2014 7:30PM

Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, Blue. The album's eponymous leadoff single, "Blue", became a Top 10 hit and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline's vocal style. When she released her sophomore studio effort in 1997, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, she moved towards country popmaterial, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade. Come check out her once in a lifetime Christmas show!

It's a Wonderful Life Film with special guest Karolyn Grimes
Friday, December 19 2015 7:00PM
Saturday, December 20 2015 11:00AM

Sunday, December 21 2015 1:00PM

Meet ZuZu from the movie! Meet and Greet, Autograph signing, Q&A, viewing of the biggest "It's a Wonderful Life" memorabilia showcase and a viewing of the film. Kids FREE! Adults only $12! ($6 for film only).

Robin Zander Band (Of Cheap Trick)
with special guests Voyage (Sat.), and 28 North (Sun.)

Sat-Sun, December 20 2014 8:00PM & December 21, 2014 7:00PM

Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander, returns to the Arcada with his own Rock 'N Roll band and Cheap Trick hits. Robin Zander is giving away an unreleased music download from the bands latest album.

Polar Express Film
Monday, December 22 2014 3:00PM & 7:00PM
ELF Film
Tuesday, December 23 2014 3:00PM & 7:00PM
The BoDeans
Saturday, December 27 2014 8:00PM

BoDeans is a rock band formed in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1985, the band recorded their critically acclaimed debut album, Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams. Early on, the BoDeans' sound was largely influenced by roots rock and heartland rock, but they began to move more into the genre of alternative rock, and then later reached the top 40 "mainstream rock" charts. In the mid-1990s, the band had two top 10 songs in the "Adult contemporary" charts. In recent years, the band has made a return to their roots rock origins while taking on new directions such as country and soul.

NYE Arcada Style
Wednesday, December 31 2014 8:00PM

A live musical and culinary experience celebrating 60s Rock, Motown and Ron's cooking! Two fabulous bands and a Dance Floor * Full Bar * Slow Roasted Prime Rib Sliders * Ron's Meatballs * Cold Jumbo Shrimp * Bruschetta Bar * Desserts * Favors and a bunch more delicious surprises!   Tickets $69 per person or $125 a couple!  Includes ticketing fees! SEATS ARE LIMITED!!!  Only 200 will be sold!

For more information on upcoming shows and events, visit the Arcada Theatre website.
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Santa Claus and the Magic Fox Valley Key

by The Rullo Team

"You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I'm telling you why.....Santa Claus is Coming to Town!"

Yes, that’s right!  The countdown to the arrival of Santa Claus is quickly winding down and that means one thing to us!  We MUST be on our BEST BEHAVIOR if Santa Claus is to shimmy down our chimney with his enormous red velvet bag of wonderful toys.

While you are decking the halls, and hanging the mistletoe, you may be wondering how Santa is going to be dropping off your presents if you're part of the 55% of homeowners without a fireplace.  With only 45% of homes in the U.S having a fireplace, according to the Hearth and Home, it looks like good ole' Mr. Santa Claus needs an alternative entry point into 55% of the homes on Christmas Eve this year!

No need to fret, The Rullo Team believes in the Magic of the Home & family, especially around the holidays! We knew Santa had to have a very special way of getting to all those good children in all the homes that didn't have the Fireplaces for him to come we asked his head Elf.  "How does Santa get into a home that doesn't have a chimney for him to get in?" 

He looked up at us with his snow, sparkling face, smiled and said.....that's easy!  Magic and his special Fox Valley key!

Santa’s Magic Key Poem   

Dear Santa, we have no chimney                                                                                                                                                 

as you can plainly see,

And I was terribly worried

that you would pass over me.

We hung this very special key

right by the door.

Then Mom told me to jump into bed;

and not to worry anymore.

Your magic will make this key fit,

to open our door.

So you can come in tonight

and tip-toe across the floor.

So you see, Santa has his special key he uses to get in wherever he can't get in a chimney, or if a chimney is a little too small from all the Christmas Cookies Santa has eaten at the houses he has already visited.  So little ones rest assured that Santa will always be able to bring you your presents wherever you may be.  Just remember to leave him some cookies and milk and maybe some carrots for the Reindeer too.

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Geneva & St. Charles School Districts Earn A Rating!

by The Rullo Team


Out of approximately 866 Public Districts in Illinois, the Geneva Community Unit School District and the St. Charles Community Unit School District have been rated 12th and 13th respectively as the Best School Districts in Illinois by Since 2002, Niche (formerly College Prowler) has been ranking towns, schools K-12, and colleges. Visit the website to see the numbers that have been compiled regarding the following categories - academics, administration & policies, educational outcomes and extracurriculars, food,  health & safety, resources & facilities, sports & fitness, student culture & diversity, and teachers  - for the Geneva and St. Charles school districts.
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by The Rullo Team

As you may recall, the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck was closed to add a third tier to the existing structure

Starting December 10th, a crane will be brought in to start installing the new third level pre-cast panels.  From the 10th to the 16th, flaggers will be present to manage traffic flow on Route 31. Also during this timeframe, eastbound South Street between Second Street and Route 31 will be closed to thru traffic. Second Street south of South Street also will be closed December 11th and 12th.

Panel installation, along with conduit work and painting should be completed within the next three weeks, weather permitting.

Overall, the project is still on schedule for most work to be completed by the end of January, which is when the city anticipates commuters might be allowed back into the parking deck. Ancillary work will continue into the spring.

For updates, visit the City of Geneva website
or call the City Administrator's Office at 630-262-8495.

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.

Preparing For A Fox Valley Snow Emergency

by The Rullo Team

We all want a White Christmas for the Fox Valley, but sometimes that fluffy white stuff comes in with sleet or in far more greater amounts than we were really looking to receive. Often times that weather creates an emergency situation in our community, both on our roads and for our homes. The best defense for this situation is to be prepared to cope with it, before it ever arrives. We have two checklists below, one for your home and one for your vehicle when traveling. Both are the basics you should have on hand in the event you are faced with a snow emergency in the Fox Valley area.


Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and basic supplies to last a minumum of four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist.

  • Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration (canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, energy bars, and the like)
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Cellular phone (read this article re: "Keep Cell Phone Charged During A Power Outage")
  • First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist)
  • One Week supply of prescription medicines
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
  • Battery-powered clock
  • Pet food and additional water for household pets


This is where things can get tricky and dangerous very quickly. Coping with ice and snow covered roads are extremely hazardous and conditions can change in and instant. So before you leave your home on a long Holiday Trip, give your cars a "Winter Preparedness" once over.

  • Check and replace older batteries
  • Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Check antifreeze and add if needed.
  • Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation

The list of items below should be KEPT IN YOUR VEHICLES at all times to help you handle winter road hazards:

  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
  • Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag's extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
  • Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
  • Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
  • Blanket
  • Gallon jug of drinking water

If you have to use these items at any time throughout the winter months, make sure you replace them as soon as possible after use.

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by The Rullo Team

December 5 & 6, 2014
Friday: 11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Selected homes are seasonally decorated for the holidays and visitors are welcome to enjoy a walk through to see the beautiful homes and to get decorating ideas. In addition to touring the homes, visitors to Geneva enjoy the opportunity to stroll and shop through the historic downtown area; enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, join carolers as they sing songs of the season, and visit with Santa in his Christmas House to share your gift wish-list.

Visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website or contact the Chamber Office at (630) 232-6060 for more information.

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