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4th of July Events in the Fox Valley!

by The Rullo Team


The Fourth of July is almost here! There are exciting family-friendly events going on this holiday throughout the Fox Valley that we wanted to share with you! Head on down to one of our great communities for some live entertainment, kids activities, delicious food, and, of course, spectacular fireworks displays!


Fourth of July Parade

When: Monday, July 4th | 10:00 am

Where: Downtown Aurora

Cost: FREE!

Watch patriotic floats and bands perform as the parade makes its way through beautiful downtown Aurora.


Aurora’s Fourth of July Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th | 6:15 – 10:00 pm

Where: RiverEdge Park

Cost: FREE!

Get in the patriotic spirit by listening American classics performed by the Aurora American Legion Band and the Fox Valley Orchestra. Afterward, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display.



4th of July Concert and Fireworks

When: Monday, July 4th | 6:00 pm

Where: Pottawatomie Park (8 North Ave.)

Cost: FREE!

Dance the evening away at a free concert by the band Shout Out as they perform a wide variety of favorite tunes. Bring a blanket down to Pottawatomie Park to take in the fireworks after the concert.



Independence Day Fireworks

When: Monday, July 4th | 9:00 pm

Where: Prairie Point Community Park (4120 Plainfield Road)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy the fireworks show from your favorite spot in the park.



4th of July Sky Concert

When: Monday, July 4th

Where: Engstrom Park

Cost: FREE!

Marvel at Batavia’s celebrated Sky Concert, themed this year as “Flag and Country” to celebrate our flag’s 100th anniversary. Before the display, listen to performances by cover band We’re Not and the Batavia Community Band.

Celebrate America’s 240th birthday at one of these amazing events in the Fox River Valley!

The Rullo Team wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

It's the Swedish Days Festival in Geneva IL!

by The Rullo Team

It’s time for one of our favorite FOX VALLEY  festivals all year….the Swedish Days Festival in GENEVA ! The 67th annual festival began yesterday and will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Enjoy days of fun, food, entertainment, and activities for the whole family!

Head on down to Third Street and the surrounding downtown area in Geneva to partake in the festivities. Dine on delicious food from a multitude of vendors. There is something offered for all taste buds, including more traditional Swedish food like meatballs! For those 21 and over, swing by the craft beer tent to try brews from great local breweries.

There are plenty of activities offered throughout the festival to keep everyone entertained! Listen to live music daily. The kids will never be bored with the multitude of activities planned for them, including a daily carnival, the quad power jump, an arts and crafts station, and much more. Participate in the inaugural Swedish Days 5K Lopp on Saturday, June 25th. Race and registration information can be found here. Watch the Swedish Days Parade on Sunday, June 26th, at 1:00 pm as it makes it way downtown Geneva. And, of course, swing by the festival favorite attraction, the Sweden Väst, this weekend to partake in all things traditionally Swedish!

We can’t wait to see you downtown Geneva at the 67th Annual Swedish Days Festival!

Get your Full Schedule of Events right here!

6 Successful Tips for Fox Valley Home Buyers in a Seller's Market!

by The Rullo Team

Buying a new house is an exciting and important time! There is no better place to call home than the FOX VALLEY! House hunting in a seller's market, though, adds more factors for you to consider during the process. Although the market might not be favoring buyers at the moment, there are many things that you can use to your advantage to help you buy your dream home! Look through the current HOME LISTINGS so we can help you begin this exciting journey, and follow these 6 useful tips for buyers in a seller's market.

WORK WITH AN EXPERIENCED AGENT. Eliminate some of the time and stress that comes with house hunting by working with an experienced real estate agent. Team Rullo Real Estate is here to help you find your dream home! Let us know exactly what you are looking for. We understand the Fox Valley housing market, now what is available, and negotiate the best deal for your new home! Read ABOUT US to learn about our experience and our commitment to you!

BE PREAPPROVED BY A LENDER. Get preapproval for a loan from a reputable lender that you can present to the seller. This shows that you are serious about buying the home and makes the seller feel more comfortable knowing that your finances are in order. If you already know that you can afford the home and have a high credit score, get this part of the process out of the way when you initially start your house hunting process. It can help you stand apart from the other buyers. For help with the kinds of loans that are available for you, check out our FINANCE INFORMATION

BE DECISIVE IN MAKING AN OFFER. Buying a home is a major decision so being thoughtful about the home you make an offer on is imperative. But don’t get bogged down in over analyzing. Before you begin the house hunting process, be sure to know exactly what you are looking for in your dream home…price, location, and type. When you find a home that checks all of the factors you have previously determined, make an offer! You don’t want to miss out on your dream home due to overthinking.

MAKE YOUR BEST OFFER. Start with a strong opening offer. You should know the maximum that you are willing to pay. Although we all want to get the best deal possible, in a seller’s market competition is high. If you come in with too low of an opening offer, you could miss out on your dream home. Be aware of what other houses are on the market and the pricing of the homes in the area. This will help you determine what is an appropriate amount to negotiate for the house you want. Have a strong opening offer that you are comfortable with AND that will be acceptable to the seller.

PREPARE FOR A BIDDING WAR. Bidding wars inevitably cause stress for buyers. The fear of missing out on your dream home is understandable. However, competition in a seller’s market is high. Know what you are willing to pay and search for houses below your max budget. This will help you avoid spending more than you are comfortable with should you end up in a bidding war.

LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. You might not get the first home that you make an offer on. In a seller’s market, it is likely that you will have to make several offers on homes before finding the perfect one for you. Recognize what happened with the transactions that don’t work out and learn from them. Stay true to what you want and realize that there are other options in the Fox Valley that our team will be happy to help you find!

Source: TRULIA

Fox Valley Elementary School Teachers Rank Top in Illinois!

by The Rullo Team

Where your child will attend K-12 is an important factor in house hunting. Here in the FOX RIVER VALLEY we pride ourselves on our school districts. Our teachers are a major contributing factor to the strength of our schools. Niche K12, which provides local reviews of K-12 educational institutions, recently released their list of the top 100 elementary schools in Illinois with the best teachers, and we are happy to report that teachers in AURORA, GENEVA, SOUTH ELGIN, ST. CHARLES, and BATAVIA all made the grade!!

Niche K12 ranked Illinois elementary schools based on seven criteria….(1) Niche Academics grade, (2) Niche Teachers grade, (3) average teacher’s salary, (4) teacher absenteeism, (5) teacher salary index, (6) teachers in first or second year, and (7) student to teacher ratio. Each of these factors were weighted and a ranking was derived from the results.

Elementary schools throughout the Fox River Valley were in the top 100 schools in Illinois with the best teachers!! The cities of Aurora, Geneva, South Elgin, St. Charles, and Batavia are great places to raise a family, and our schools are foundational to our communities. We would like to recognize the elementary schools listed below for their dedication to teaching excellence. All of these schools are surrounded by excellent neighborhoods for any family to call home.


#2 White Eagle Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near White Eagle

#16 Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Gwendolyn Brooks.

#20 Reba O. Steck Elementary School--Current Home Listings near Reba O. Steck

#29 Nancy Young Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Nancy Young

#34 Georgetown Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Georgetown.

#37 Peter M. Gombert Elementary School--Current Home Listings near Peter M. Gombert

#40 McCarty Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near McCarty



#46 Western Avenue Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Western Avenue

#47 Williamsburg Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Williamsburg.

#57 Harrison Street Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Harrison Street.

#59 Heartland Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Heartland


South Elgin

#76 Corron Elementary School--  Current Home Listings near Corron.


St. Charles

#63 Fox Ridge School--  Current Home Listings near Fox Ridge.

#65 Wildrose Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Wildrose

# 74 Ferson Creek School-- Current Home Listings near Ferson Creek.

# 89 Munhall Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Munhall



#84 Grace McWayne Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Grace McWayne

#86 Hoover Wood Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Hoover Wood.

#100 H.C. Storm Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near H.C. Storm


Congrats to all of these highly ranked elementary schools! Thank you to the teachers for all that you do!!

The Spectacular Chicago Blues Festival 2016!

by The Rullo Team

Summertime in Chicago is always a treat but few festivals are as emblematic of the best the Windy City has to offer as is the Chicago Blues Festival. This annual event is the largest free blues festival in the world! The Chicago Blues Festival honors the rich musical tradition of blues goes back generations in the city. Celebrate this heritage and get down and dirty this weekend, June 10th through the 12th, at Grant Park at the 33rd Annual Festival!

This amazing event offers the best that blues music has to offer featuring the top musicians from around the world. Enjoy three full days of FREE entertainment from your favorite Blues greats as well as the best up and coming musicians. This year’s opening night on Friday will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Chicago’s Alligator Records. The night will feature several of the labels renowned musicians and be headlined by Grammy nominated Shemekia Copeland. After enjoying the tunes on Friday, be sure to come back on Saturday for Soul/R&B night! The festival will conclude on Sunday evening with a tribute to blues legend Otis Rush. Whether you love jazz, blues, funk, soul, or just a weekend of pure entertainment, the Chicago Blues Festival will surely be one of the highlights of your summer!

Come get your groove on with us all weekend at the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival!!

Event Details

Date: Friday, June 10th – Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Time: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm daily

Location: Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Cost: FREE!


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