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Sugar Grove IL Two of The Top 25 Golf Courses in Illinois!

by The Rullo Team

If it isn't clear yet, here's another reason why living in the Fox Valley is like a dream come true:

Two of Illinois Top Golf Courses are located right here in Sugar GroveIL!  Reboot Illinois just released a list of the Top 25 Golf Courses in Illinois for 2015/16, and ofcourse it came as no suprise to the golfersin the Fox Valley that we made the list.


#13  Black Sheep Golf Course

Not only is Black Sheep number 13 on Reboot's list, it has also been named one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in America...hows that for validation?!  A small group ofgolfers gathered in the fall og 1999 with the intention to build an outstanding golf course where serious golfers can play with the quick pace they're used to and enjoythe commaraderie of friends and members who play a similar game of golf, in a casual atmosphere and without all the pretention that come with some clubs of thiscalibre.  This artuflly designed course is a 27 hole facility, designed by former Professional Golfer David Esler, whose aim was to keep it classic, with inland links likeShinnecock Hills, Prairie Dunes and Sand Hills.  In addition to the three nines (each with a par 36) David included a world class practice facility complete with ashort game practice area and an enormous two acre putting green. The natural rolling prairie offers many elevation changes; no game is ever the same.   

Check Out Black Sheep's Golf Club Scorecard and Course Rating

 

#6 Rich Harvest Links

Crowds are not an issue here! Waiting between shots... unheard of!  Membership is limited, so you'll be playing golf with people like you!  Opening in 1999, RichHarvest Farms has been a premiere destination for golfers around the world.  It is a private members-only course and is home to the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois as well as Northern Illinois University Huskies Men's & Women's Golf Teams.  Rich Harvest has received many awards and honors, including; Worlds Top 1,000 GolfCourses and Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Gold Courses".  Golf Digest loves Rich Harvest, naming it the 5th Best New Golf Course in the United States in1999 and Gold Digest isn't the only fan!  Rich Harvest Links has hosted some of the best tournaments in the game!  

The next few years they'll host: 

2015 Western Amateur (August 3-8, 2015)*

 2015 Palmer Cup

2016 LPGA UL International Crown (July 19-24, 2016) 

2017 NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s National Championships (May 18-31, 2017)

If Sugar Grove IL sounds like the kind of town you'd like to live in, give us a call or visit our website to look at Homes that are available for Sale or follow this link:

Homes for Sale in Sugar Grove IL

You can also join our Exclusive Preferred Email Listing Alerts. This service allows you to set up your personal preferences so that when a home with your needs comes onto the market, you are notified FIRST! Beating out other house hunters, even agents in the area!  Of course, the best way to find the home that really meets your needs is to work with us directly....but if you'd rather look by yourself for a little while first, that is totally your perogative!

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Geneva Arts Fair

by The Rullo Team

 

July 25-26th, 2015 10 am – 5 pm,  100 S. Third Street,  Geneva, Illinois
Watch more than 145 artists draw, paint, sculpt, fire ceramics and create original works.  All art is available for sale! Click here for a roster of the artists. Come for the day or hang around Geneva for the whole weekend! For more information, visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website.
If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

Gary Sinise And The Lt. Dan Band At Rockin For The Troops

by The Rullo Team

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Due to Thunderstorms in the forecast, the Thurusday July 16th Live and Uncorked concert at Blackberry Farm has been postponed.  The band Libido Funk Circus has been rescheduled for Thursday August  20th so mark your calendars!


Gary Sinise isn't just an actor!  He's a musician!  Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will be performing this Saturday, July 18th at Cantigny Park (1S151 S Winfield Road, Wheaton) as part of the 10th Annual Rockin For The Troops Concert.  The concert raises money for the volunteer based, non-profit organization Operation Support Our Troops-America, whose mission is to:

"support the morale and well being of American Forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families, both while they are deployed in harm's way and after their return...committed to showing them that "We Have NOT Forgotten".

 

Don't let Lt. Dan Down!  The Lt. Dan Band takes the stage at 8:45 p.m.  The park opens at noon.  Tickets are $25 and are available online and at local Jewel-Osco stores.  Tickets and the full schedule of events are available at the Operation Support Our Troops Website.  So, come enjoy some high energy cover tunes with Gary Sinese as the Lt. Dan Band celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Rockin For The Troops!

LIVE IT UP! At the Kane County Fair.

The Kane County Fair will take place  July 15-19.  Tickets are 20$. Check out the Full Calendar of Events for the far.  For more information go to the Kane County Fair Website

 

 

Geneva IL One of the Best Suburbs To Live In Illinois

by The Rullo Team

For those living in the Fox Valley, it comes as no surprise that Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles all made Niche's 2015 list of Top 100 Suburbs to live in Illinois.  Niche ranks US suburbs based on livability; grading each for weather, safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation.  A high ranking then, indicates those particular suburbs offer a high quality of life to those living there.

 

GENEVA,IL 

A suburb of 21,607 residents has extremely high home values, with an average of $314,100.  The tight nit Geneva citizens pride themselves on their "small town" community, where the shopowners downtown know their clients by name and give a wave as you pass by.  Downtown itself is adorable, with many local businesses and resturaunts. The residents usually have high education levels and thus, income levels are usually quite high at an average household income of $92,126.  Another plus is that crime here seems almost non-existant.  Which all adds up to an A+ Grade for Geneva.  For more information on Homes for Sale in Geneva, give us a call or visit our website at this link: Geneva IL Homes for Sale 


BATAVIA

There are 25,943 residents in Batavia, IL.  Similar to Geneva, the home values here are high, averaging $278,000, with a poverty rate 50% lower than the national average.  The residents here love the local biking paths and access to the river, which provides many options for outdoor excercise.  There are alot more local-homegrown stores than chains, providing unique options for the residents living here and just the right ammount of big box stores to satisfy every desire.  Like the rest of the Fox Valley, crime really isn't an issue.  Niche gives Batavia an A rating.  For more information on Batavia & Homes for Sale, visit this link: Batavia IL Homes for Sale 

ST. CHARLES

Another A+ ranking from Niche.  The 33,227 residents enjoy high income levels, the median being $80,063 and extremely low unemployment levels at 3.3%.  The median home value is $279,600, around $100,000 more than the national average.  Like the rest of the Fox Valley, St. Charles loves it's local flavor and prefers the authentic local shops than big chain department stores, however residents can find both here. For more information, visit our St. Charles Community Page.

 

Here is the full list of Niche's Top Illinois Suburbs 2015.

Remember, if you find yourself looking for a home in the Fox Valley, our experts on  The Rullo Team are here to help! The housing market is the best it's been since 2007 and moving fast. So give us a call or visit our website. You may even want to sign up for our exclusive Email Alerts for new homes that come onto the market. Just follow this link: Preferred Email Listing Alerts

Getting your home ready for a walk through can be frustrating, especially when you're still living there, but keeping your home clean as you take all the necessary steps to sell your house is key; things like removing the personal items, staging, and ramping up your curb appeal.  Hiring a professional cleaning service isn't a bad idea, but those add up over time.  So, here are some tricks to help you clean your house in a hurry.  You'll be ready for a walkthrough at a moments notice!

Ok, so first start big and work your way to the smaller rooms, as these will be easier to do in a pinch.

1. Kitchen 15 minutes

  • Remove Clutter from all counter tops, cabinets and tables.
  • Clean Counters and Cabinets Wipe down counters and cabinets with all-purpose cleaner, speed up your process by brushing all crumbs and such on the floor (you'll sweep later).
  • Wipe Appliances Wipe down the fridge, dishwasher and cooktop areas as well as microwaves, toasters, etc.  
  • Load Dishes into your dishwasher.
  • Sweep and Mop Starting from the back and working your way to the front sweep those crumbs up and mop.  

2. Living and Dining Rooms 10 minutes

  • Clean Up The Clutter put anything that's out of place in boxes or drawers...if you put it in boxes, you're going to have to neatly hide the boxes somewhere.
  • Dust! Dust tables, fireplaces, mantels, window blinds and shades.  If any dust happens to fall on the floor, no worries, you will vaccuum at the end.  Don't forget to dust the ceiling fans and bookshelves... get yourself a long armed duster.  
  • Wash Your Glass Use glass cleaner to wipe down anything made of glass.
  • Vacume Ok, vacuum all the dust you just put on your floor and on to the next room. 

3. Bathrooms 10 minutes

  • Start With Sink and Tub wipe down the sink and shower/tub with a good all purpose cleaner.
  • Clean the Toilet Thoroughly scrub the bowl with a brush, finish by scrubbing the outer area with a rag.
  • Wipe Mirror with your glass cleaner.  Start from the top corner and work your way down in a circular motion, think karate kid, "wax on...".
  • Wash The Sink Scrub the spots around the sink and fixtures with a brush to free up the grime, then finish with a rag and cleaner.  
  • Wipe the Shower/Tub Use a damp rag to wipe the shower and tub, if there are any tough-grimey spots, use a hard cleaner and brush to remove it...but don't scrub too hard. 
  • Mop the Floor Use a mop to quickly clean the floor of your bathroom, starting at the far corner and then working your way back to the door.

4. Bedrooms 10 minutes

  • Remake the Beds Remove the linens and replace with fresh ones so they look clean and crispy.  Don't forget to tuck the sheets in at the corner, go for the 5 star hotel feel, neat and crisp!
  • Clear the Clutter Everything out of sight! Use drawers, baskets, the closet...you can organize more later.
  • Clean Furniture Wipe down furniture with a moist cloth or use a vacuum with hose attachment to suck up the dust.
  • Dust everything! tables, furniture, lamps, closets, shelves, ceiling fans, mirrors...everything.

Try these steps before your next showing, and be amazed at how quickly this can all be done.  If you are no longer living in the home or will be out of town you can hire a cleaning service, they will do these things for you for around $150, but remember this can really add up.  So, it depends on your budget.  

Remember, if you find yourself looking for a home in the Fox Valley, our experts on The Rullo Team are here to help! The housing market is the best it's been since 2007 and moving fast. So give us a call or visit our website. You may even want to sign up for our exclusive Email Alerts for new homes that come onto the market. Just follow this link: Preferred Email Listing Alerts

Illinois: 5th Best State To Make A Living

by The Rullo Team

Last year Illinois missed the Top 10 ranking of Best States To Make A Living, but it's made a huge come back this year!  

A new report by MoneyRates.com confirms that Illinois' position as a good place to earn a living grew a lot from 2014 to 2015, moving up many spaces since not making the Top Ten Last Year, to claim the number 5 spot in this year's ranking, which was based on: 

 

  1. Average Wages (data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  2. State Tax Rates (moneyrates.com analyzed state tax information collected by the research group Tax Foundation)
  3. Cost Of Living (data sourced from the Council For Community and Economic Research's Cost Of Living Index)
  4. Unemployment Rate (from UA bureau of Labor Statistics)
  5. Incidents of Workplace Illness/Injuries/Fatalities (data sourced from reports to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries)
No doubt, this is due to Illinois' high wages combined with a reasonable tax rate and cost of living.  Check out the infographic below to see what states beat us and what states are seriously lagging.  For the full report and a full ranking of states, visit Reboot Illinois.

 

 

*Graphic Obtained From Reboot Illinois

So, if you'd like to make the most of the state you live in or maybe you're planning a visit or moving here, either way, Keep checking back with us on our website blog and our Facebook Page as we keep posting Events, Festivals and all the great things taking place in St. CharlesGeneva and Batavia Illinois!

Remember, if you find yourself looking for a home in the Fox Valley, our experts on The Rullo Team are here to help! The housing market is the best it's been since 2007 and moving fast. So give us a call or visit our website. You may even want to sign up for our exclusive Email Alerts for new homes that come onto the market. Just follow this link: Preferred Email Listing Alerts

Geneva, St Charles & Batavia Illinois Top 10 Summer Activities

by The Rullo Team

There is never a shortage of fun summer activities in the Fox Valley and since we're at the height of summer, we've compiled a list of the Top 10 Summer Activities.  

 

Sculpture In The Park An absolutely must see experience for the whole family.  Every year the St. Charles Park District and the St. Charles Park Foundation collaborate to bring awareness to the arts and beautiful parks in downtown St. Charles.  This is achieved by essentially turning a park into an outdoor gallery of sorts, where numerous sculptors exhibit a unique piece of work.  It is free to all, just go to the park.  It is currently located at Mt. St. Mary Park, on the west bank of the beautiful Fox River in downtown St. Charles on Route 31 and Prairie
St.

Concerts In The Park series We really do have beautiful parks here and we like to use them!  Hosted by the St. Charles Park District.  Bring your friends and family and a picnic to Lincoln Park and get ready to move and groove to a new band every week.  Local restaurants also offer picnic style snacks at reasonable rates. Check out the website for full summer schedule. 

St. Charle's Farmers Market Farmer's Markets are one of the best things about summer.  You get to meet the local farmers, buy fresh food and sample some gourmet treats from local artisans. Baker Memorial Church located at 307 Ceder Avenue, presents one of our favorite farmer's markets.  Fridays 7 a.m-1 p.m. 

Otter Cove Aquatic Park  If you like to splish splash in the summer sun then this promises to be a fun filled day for the family, complete with twisty turny water slides, and themed pools and water playgrounds, you're
bound to be pruned by the end of the day.  The park also offers swimming lessons. 


Paddlewheel Riverboats Cruises Hop aboard and realx while taking in the sights of St. Charles.  You'll float easy down the most beautiful parts of the Fox River. Leaving from Pattawatomie, you can spend the day in Historic St. Charles.  Where there is tons of fun family friendly activities.  They also offer private charters.  

 

Blackberry Farm is a living history museum and tons of fun for the whole family.  Pioneer life is re-created through educational demonstrations and hands-on learning.  Admission includes unlimited rides on the train, hay wagon, paddle boats, tractors, carousel and ponies.  

 

 

Phillips Park Zoo One of the best zoos in the area.  Awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2 years in a row from TripAdvisor.

 

SciTeach Hands On Museum Over 150 interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) exhibits.  A truly inspiring experience, encouraging education while taunting the imagination.  SciTech ignites a spark in young minds and encourages kids to explore the world around them.  Great for field trips, birthdays, scout programs, day camps, or just for a fun interactive day of science.

 

Chicago Premium Outlets Fashion for less.  Stock up on essentials.  This ever expanding outlet mall has some of the hottest fashions from your favorite stores and in August will be celebrating the opening of 50 new stores!

 

 

 

 

SportZone GO KARTS.  OUTDOOR MINI GOLF.  INDOOR GOLF. SOCCER.  This a certified fun complex! 

 

It's all about fun in the summertime in the Fox Valley!  Keep checking back with us on our website blog and our Facebook Page as we keep posting Events, Festivals and all the great things taking place in St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia Illinois!

Remember, if you find yourself looking for a home in the Fox Valley, our experts on The Rullo Team are here to help! The housing market is the best it's been since 2007 and moving fast. So give us a call or visit our website. You may even want to sign up for our exclusive Email Alerts for new homes that come onto the market. Just follow this link: Preferred Email Listing Alerts

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