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Curb Appeal - Exterior Home Staging

by The Rullo Team

  Whether they drive by or have an appointment, your potential buyer’s first impression may make or break the deal.  What is the first thing they see when they get out of the car?  Is it your beautiful front door with the colorful wreath?  Or is it the broken bench in the corner next to the overgrown shrubs? 

Get a pen and paper and walk across the street; turn around and face your house.  Look for the positive and the negatives, and make your lists.  Are there some colorful unused pots in your garage waiting to be filled with plants?  Does your sister have an outdoor table and chairs you can borrow for the front porch?  Are there toys everywhere? Do you need to weed or trim those overgrown bushes that are blocking the view of your house? For great exterior home staging ideas, visit www.homestaginghints.com

Make sure everything is clean and in good repair. Pressure wash the siding, professionally clean the windows, rake dead leaves, replace light bulbs, brighten up your house numbers… For an excellent checklist, go to http://www.saratoga.com/neil-bindelglass/home-staging/outside.cfm

Happy House Selling!

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.

 

FRESH PRODUCE!

by The Rullo Team

Fresh, locally grown produce will soon be available at farmers markets throughout the Fox Valley and Tri-Cities area.

Aurora's Farmers Market Downtown: Aurora Transportation Center, 233 N. Broadway Ave. (Rt. 25). Open every Saturday morning, June 1 through October 19. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the opportunity to discover unique handcrafts, homemade breads and pastries, specialty meats, artisan cheeses, and beautiful flowers.  Spend some time savoring the sweetness of locally-made baked goods, snacking on fresh popcorn, or tasting delicious hot donuts! Knife sharpening, food demonstrations and weekly entertainment.  Visit the special events tab at http://www.aurora-il.org/

Batavia Farmers Market: South Water Street between Wilson and First Streets, Batavia: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 8 through Oct. 19. Fresh produce, baked goods, artisan products, plants, honey and related farm products from area farmers and businesses. Call (630) 761-3528 or visit downtownbatavia.com.

Geneva French Market: Geneva Metra Station, South and Fourth Streets, Geneva: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, June 2 through November 10, rain or shine .  Features farm fresh produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, jewelry, handcrafted items and more.  http://www.genevadowntown.org/calendar/events

Geneva Green Market Days: 75 N. River Lane, Geneva: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, June 6 to Oct. 31. Locally grown, minimally processed (or organic) fresh vegetables, cheese and frozen beef. They also have freshly-cut flowers. Chef demos and a "kids' corner" are featured at the market as well. From November thru May we go indoors and become the Geneva Community Winters Market Call (847) 501-0430 or visit genevagreenmarket.org

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Harvest Market: 200 N. Grove Ave., off Kimball Street in downtown Elgin: 9 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, June through October. It features local vendors selling mostly locally grown and produced foods, as well as education on good sustainable practices for healthy living and adding a weekly component of arts and artisans. visit http://www.elginharvestmarket.com

Heritage Prairie Farm: 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn, Farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. Featured are organic produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, French pastries and crepes, natural pet treats, blueberries, flowers, soaps, mustards and spreads, coffee and tea, cupcakes and pies and more. heritageprairiefarm.com.

St. Charles Farmers Market: Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, from June 7 through October.  It offers fresh-from-Kane-County produce, fruit, cheese, eggs, beef and goat meat, poultry products, fruit and flowers from Michigan Orchards as well as fresh flowers, garden plants, honey, produce and foodstuffs from Illinois growers. The market also offers an array of gourmet food products, fresh-baked bread, garden and landscaping products, jewelry, arts and crafts. Shoppers also can purchase breakfast and lunch items, coffee and beverages at the market. Gourmet food items are available from a number of vendors and at the Baker Church food tent. The market is a part of the church's community outreach and also helps generate funds and increased awareness of the church's overseas mission program. Call (630) 584-6680 or visit bakermemorialchurch.org.

For even more Farmers Markets in and outside the Fox Valley Area, visit www.agr.state.il.us/agrihappenings/farmers.phpIf you are interested in information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team. 

Take a Walk Through the Outdoors

by The Rullo Team

The summer weather is approaching along with the need for fresh summer air.  The tri-cities area is a great place to really experience nature at its finest.  There are many of beautiful and fun nature preserves that many people might not even know exist, and they are a great place to explore during these summer months.

Some specific preserves that I have visited and really enjoyed, are listed below, but if you want to expand your horizon further, there is a full list available at http://www.kaneforest.com/findPreserve.aspx

LeRoy Oaks (St. Charles)  Bike and Nature Trails; Fishing; Hiking; Historic Sites; Horseback Riding; Nature Preserves; Picnic Areas; Shelters 

Johnson's Mound  (Blackberry Township)  Hiking; Nature Preserves; Picnic Areas; Shelters; Winter Activities 

Arthur Andersen  (St. Charles)  Bike and Nature Trails; Hiking 

Fabyan  (Geneva)  Bike and Nature Trails; Boat/Canoe Launch; Fishing; Hiking; Historic Sites; Picnic Areas; Shelters; Winter Activities 

Tekakwitha Woods  (St. Charles)  Bike and Nature Trails; Fishing; Hiking; Historic Sites; Picnic Areas 

Glenwood Park (Batavia) Bike and Nature Trails; Fishing; Picnic Areas; Shelters; Snowmobiling; Winter Activities

Oakhurst (Aurora) Bike and Nature Trails; Boat/Canoe Launch; Fishing; Hiking; Historic Sites; Nature Preserves; Picnic Areas; Shelters; Winter Activities

 

If you are interested in information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team. 

The Fox Valley Area is a great place to be this summer!

by The Rullo Team

                                                        

If you are interested in enjoying the outdoors and participating in a variety of fun, exciting and interesting activities, you are in luck! There are a number of different festivals scheduled this summer that will be a ton of fun.

 *Pride of the Fox Riverfest, June 7th-9th (St. Charles)

http://www.prideofthefox.org/

*Swedish Days, June 18th- June 23rd (Geneva)

http://www.genevachamber.com/swedishdays.html

*Geneva Arts Fair, July 27-28 (Geneva)

http://www.genevachamber.com/artfair.html#gallery

*Elburn Days, August 16th-18th (Elburn)

http://www.elburnlions.com/elburn-days

*Festival of the Vine, September 6th-8th (Geneva)

http://www.genevachamber.com/festivalofthevine.html

Whether you already live here or you are just visiting, the Fox Valley is a great place to be! If you are interested in information about the benefits of home ownership in this area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team. 

Film Fun

by The Rullo Team

Five Must See Movies This Summer

  1. Great Gatsby- The F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel comes to the big screen for the second time in big ways.  From Robert Redford to Leonardo DiCaprio, many things keep true to the originals (aka handsome lead roles), yet as the time progresses, so do the special effects and the glamour.  This film is said to be great.
  2. Man of Steel- Superhero movies seem to be all the rage lately.  There have been movies about almost every single one over the past few years, well almost every one.  Where was the movie about superman?  Well, now you have it.  Set to come out on June 14th, Superman has a lot of competition with the rest of the super hero movies.  Let’s see if this one can live up to the hero hype.
  3. Despicable Me 2- Even if you are not still a kid on the outside, the kid on the inside will still get enjoyment out of the sequel to the hilarious animated film about a villain who turns good with the help of his new children.  It is a very cute movie so don’t feel bad when you enjoy this film a little more than an adult actually should!
  4. The Lone Ranger- If you are a fan of Disney movies and Johnny Depp, you are in luck.  The story is told from Depp’s (Tonto’s) point of view so you’re going to get a lot of Johnny and who doesn’t want that?!
  5. This Is The End- This comedy has many of the classic comedians we see in movies nowadays such as Paul Rudd, Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and the list goes on and on, even Emma Watson is in it!  The catch to all these actors is that they are all playing themselves!

If you are interested in 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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4 Home Design Trends for 2013

by The Rullo Team

Expect to see more bold greens and rustic decor in 2013.

Here are some of the major home design trends you can expect to see in 2013 – some of these may surprise you!

Multigenerational housing is hotter than ever.
Expect to see more… Mother-in-Law suites, finished apartments over garages, separate entrances/exits for bedrooms, finished basements with bathrooms and kitchens.

Earthy textures are here to stay.
Expect to see more…wicker baskets, natural stone, ceramic pottery, boldly textured wood pieces, natural shell.

Go green!
Expect to see more…emerald kitchen ware, emerald accent walls, emerald frames, emerald yard art.

Antiques can bring new life to a dull, dreary home.
Expect to see more…antique farm/barn piece, antique hardware or machine parts, antique organizers.

For more information, visit www.afrmortgage.com/blog/4-home-decorating-trends-for-2013

If you are interested in information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team. 

Home Staging - Adding The Small Details...

by The Rullo Team

Staging is what you do after you've cleaned, decluttered, painted, made minor repairs; it's all about dressing the house for sale. It's about adding the small details: the lipstick, mascara and a single strand of pearls.

Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all; it makes home buyers want to buy it. Professional stagers are highly skilled artists.  They know how to arrange furniture in appealing groupings, how to display knickknacks, and what items should be added to shelving and mantels to draw attention. 

Stagers will bring into a home items like mirrors, plants, pillows, rugs and much more.  They will make kitchens sparkle and bathrooms look open and airy like a spa.  Outdoor areas also get attention by adding flowers and bright colors. To learn more about professional stagers' tricks and secrets, visit the www.homebuying.about.com website and click on the home staging link.

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

by The Rullo Team

A few ideas for Mother's Day....

Arcada Theatre,Saint Charles, The Mother’s Day Comedy Cabaret, Sunday, May 12, 2013, 5pm. "COMEDY ONLY A MOTHER CAN LOVE" From the Southern Fried Chicks tour.‚Äč $20 per ticket includes a glass of prosecco and strawberries for Mom, small plate appetizers and desserts for purchase and one of the funniest nights of her life! For information, visit: www.oshows.com

Hotel Baker, St. Charles, Mother's Day Brunch, Sunday, May 12, 2013, 9am-3pm. Wonderful spread of gourmet creations, appetizing starters, sinful desserts and much more! Limited seating-Reserve early. Call (630) 584-2100. For additional information, please visit www.hotelbaker.com

Townhouse Books, St. Charles, Mother's Day Brunch, Sunday, May 12, 2013. A special Mother's Day Brunch where mom gets a beautiful long-stemmed rose, a complimentary mimosa and a special 10% off in the bookstore.  Visit:  www.townhousebooks.com for more details.

The Herrington Inn, and Atwater’s in Geneva, Mother’s Day Brunch May 12th, 2013. Offering an extensive brunch buffet in The Pumphouse ballroom; seatings are available from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm; reservations are required. A limited holiday menu in Atwater’s for a more intimate setting will also be offered.  Reservations are required on Mother’s Day in Atwater’s.  For more information, visit: www.herringtoninn.com/dining/special-events/All

All Chocolate Kitchen, Geneva, CONTEST!!!, DEADLINE MAY 8th!! Featuring “The Mother of All Foodies” Contest on Mother’s Day, contestants share their favorite chocolate dessert recipe for a chance to bake with Chef Roby himself. To participate, contestants should send their best chocolate dessert recipe and a letter on why their mom is the sweetest to [email protected] by Wednesday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m. For details, visit: www.allchocolatekitchen.com

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