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Tips for Buying a Home in St Charles IL

by The Rullo Team

It's finally spring and you're ready to find the right St Charles IL area home for sale. We've put together some tips to help make your St Charles IL area home buying process go smoothly.

1. Find the Right Real Estate Professional. This is such an important step and will truly make the difference in the home you buy, your stress level and the money you ultimately spend.

2. Make sure you are Pre-Approved for a Mortgage. You've heard it said before, but it's true, you need to know how much you can afford. Unless you are buying in cash you'll need a financing source and you'll need to know how much they're willing to finance.


3. Create a 'Must Have" List. This is your list of non-negotiables and allows your agent to select only listings that meet this list, so that you're not looking at every home on the market and wasting your valuable time.

 4. Open yourself up to Suggestions. Share your must have list with your Real Estate Agent. They will be able to make suggestions that you may not have considered about the style or type of home/neighborhood you are considering and that could ultimately change your requirements or amenities list.

5. Make sure to check out the Neighborhood. Now that you've found your home, walk the neighborhood at different times of the day, and even at night. Talk to neighbors to find out about the people, what they like, dislike, recommendations etc. Make sure it would be a good fit for you and your family.

6. The Home Needs to be Inspected! You'll need to make sure that YOU walk through the home and do a total checklist of your own. But you aren't a professional inspector so make sure you hire one to go through the home, once that has been done make sure you follow through on all of their recommendations.

7. Submitting a Reasonable Offer. This is another reason why you need to work with a local Real Estate agent. Understanding the local housing market, the inventory of homes, home values and if a home may get multiple bids is all information that goes into the offer YOU will make.


8. Understand the Process & the Paperwork. Your agent should have gone through all of this with you in the beginning of your search, but don't hesitate to ask questions along the way. This can be an overwhelming process at times. Once you have found a home you will be advised to seek an Attorney to handle the legal aspects of the sale of the home.

9. Stick to Your Pre-determined Price. It's always tough to have your heart set on a home and lose it in a bidding war, but it is much worse to go above what you can afford! It is better to find a second home that you like "almost as much" as the first so that you have something to lean back on if the situation arises.


10. Don't expect the Sellers to make too many Improvements. Things like worn carpeting and countertops are figured into the sales price of the home upfront, so trying to get the homeowner to make more adjustments at the end can be difficult. Rely on your agent to know what is permissable and what isn't.

 For more St Charles IL home buying tips check out our website at We've lived and worked in the St. Charles IL  area for 20+ years and would be happy to give you a tour of our town and all the great homes for sale. Give us a call any time!

Fox Valley Home Selling Tips

by The Rullo Team

LaFox Road Bridge and Culvert Replacement

by The Rullo Team

Roadway construction on LaFox Road from Campton Hills Road to North Grand Monde Road will start on Monday, April 21, 2014, and is expected to last approximately 4 months.  Temporary traffic signals will be installed and LaFox Road will be reduced to one lane during the project.  Questions or concerns may be directed to Patrick VerHalen, at (630) 208-3138.

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by The Rullo Team



Spike, Tillman and The Rullo Team wish you a Happy Easter!

Remember...No chocolate for the furry friends!!


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Make Your Fox Valley Home "MOVE IN READY"

by The Rullo Team

We've all heard the old adage....."walk a mile in someone else's shoes", but how can that apply to getting your home ready for showing to potential Home Buyers? need to start thinking as a "Home Buyer" when you're getting your Fox Valley Home ready to put on the Housing Market, and not a Home Seller. Here are a few tips to help you out before welcoming Buyers into your home:                                                                                                  

1. Have a Friend Pre-Listing Party. Yes, that's right, invite a few of your trusted friends over, crack open a bottle of wine and go room to room with a notepad. Have them objectively look at each room and give suggestions as to what they would change, or would be a red flag, if they were to look at your home as a potential buyer.

2. Next, Consult a Great Real Estate Agent! Run your list of fixes- the one you made with your friends-  by your Real Estate Agent, and find out which ones are worth the fix for the money, or not. He or She will also go over your Homes Value and develop a personalized marketing plan with you.

3. De-Clutter! I know, we've said this over and over again. But it bears repeating because it really is so important. Let's take a closet as an example: Taking 1/2 of your clothing off of a closet rack and shelves then neatly reorganizing it, will make a closet look larger.  Another area....extra furniture.  Usually shoved into corners of the room, extra furniture needs to be put into a storage unit and a room should be staged to take advantage of the rooms space, size and special nuances.

4. Think Neutral. Now, I'm like everyone else, I love pops of color throughout the home and I think the home feels a lot warmer and cozier with color. But if you're putting your home on the market, you need to go neutral. It is hard for a potential buyer to envision themselves in a home that has "you" written all over it. Neutral colors  a blank canvas which gives your potential buyer the feeling that they can create their own oasis of a home.

5. Clean out your garage. We are all guilty of using the garage for storage, but trust me, your buyer wants to know that their vehicles are going to be able to fit in the garage. So get the storage boxes and seasonal tools and equipment out and clean it up, leaving space for only the vehicles.

6. Make sure Hardwood Floors are gleaming! People in general love hardwood floors, but nothing is worse than reading in a listing that a home has hardwood floors and then getting to the home and finding dull, lifeless and scratched hardwood that "time and money are needed" to refinish!  A simple soapy wash followed by a rejuvenating floor polish will do wonders to make your floors look like new....and only cost around $50!

7. Restore your natural stone, tile and grout. If your bathrooms and kitchen tiles have lost their luster you may want to look into getting them refreshed. Professional restoration services are available in most cities and are relatively cheap compared to a complete renovation, and can make your kitchens and bathrooms look brand new. And since the kitchen and bath are two of the most important rooms in a home....I'd say that's money well spent!

Local home improvement stores have trained personnel and classes available to train you in techniques to restore what you have in your homes today versus having to do total renovations. Utilize their expertise to help make your preparations for selling your home go smoothly.  For more selling tips see our website at



by The Rullo Team

The KANE COUNTY COUGARS open a six-game homestand TODAY, APRIL 8! The 2014 season will be the 2nd year of the Cougars' affiliation with the Chicago Cubs. For a preview of all the scheduled activities planned for the April 8-13 Homestand, or to order tickets, visit the Kane County Cougars website, or call (630) 232-8811.

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by The Rullo Team

Date:   April 12, 2014

Location: Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva

Time:   11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Bring the entire family out to Peck Farm Park to celebrate Earth Day!  This free, family-friendly event features a green market with local merchants, rain barrels & compost bins for sale, bicycle tune-ups, FREE paper-shredding, electronic recycling, chalk art, activities for children & more! Educate your children about the importance of protecting Mother Earth, and find out just how fun it can be! Plus, bring old bicycles, parts, sewing machines, and wheelchairs for donation to Working Bikes. Please contact Jay Womack at [email protected] or call the Geneva Park District at 630.232.4542 for more information.

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.

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