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Move to Saint Charles for Fantastic Schools

by alansche

This week, we came across an article on MSN Real Estate that discusses moving so you children can attend a better school district. Although the post says it is not the best thing to do in all cases, our town of Saint Charles provides some of the best schools in the metro Chicago area. If you are thinking about moving with children in the near future, Saint Charles needs to be on your short list. Great Schools gives Saint Charles schools an overall rating of nine out of ten, and several schools received a perfect ten from the renowned website. The Saint Charles Community Unit School District 303 is made up of 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. One parent said of St. Charles East High School, "It's not just a school at St. Charles East High School, it's a community that all pitches in to help each other." We invite you to read more about the wonderful public and private schools in our community, and we are confident that you will be more than eager to move to Saint Charles after doing so. If you plan to move with children in the near future and their education is a top priority for you, then living in Saint Charles is a no-brainer. Call The Rullo Team at 888-457-8005 for more information about moving to Saint Charles. You can also look at our current listings. Photo courtesy of City-Data

Find the Right Painter for your Exterior Investment

by alansche

Those of you looking to paint their Saint Charles home need to carefully consider who you hire for the job. An exterior paint job is one of the most crucial factors when it comes to selling your home, so you need to make sure it is done right in order to give you an edge when you enter the local real estate market. A great exterior paint job protects your home from the elements, helps defer costly repairs, adds curb appeal, and preserves your property's value. In order to get the most out of each area, you need hire a painter and painting company based on the following:

  • The Painter: Get referrals from friends, family, and neighbors that have hired a local painter in the past. After identifying a few individuals and companies, ask for written estimates and see how each one plans to prep the exterior of your home for the new paint.
  • The Paint: Look at examples from past clients to see what kind of paint you need for your home. Going with a top of the line paint will only cost a little bit more upfront, but it will save you money in the long-run.
  • The Tools: A spray gun in quick, but using brushes and rollers during the painting process will increase the lifespan of your exterior paint job.
  • The Warranty: Make sure that your painter and/or painting company is willing to fix any premature issues with the paint job at least for the next year or so.
  • The Maintenance: If you can arrange for the painter to touch up the coat once a year, you will save money in the long-run. Go ahead and schedule these appointments during the initial work days.

By following these guidelines, you are sure to get the best exterior paint job possible and protect one of your most important investments. For more Saint Charles and Metro Chicago real estate news and information, bookmark the Rullo Team blog. Photo courtesy of Stock.xchng

Buying is More Affordable than Renting in Metro Chicago

by alansche

According to a recent Trulia study, buying in Metro Chicago is more affordable than renting. The study, which was released this week, says that homeownership beats renting in 74 percent of America's 50 largest cities. Trulia made the comparison of buying-to-renting by evaluating the costs of owning and renting a two-bedroom apartment, condo, or townhouse. The site's fantastic visualization shows us how the comparision between renting and buying ranges across the biggest U.S. cities. What does this mean for buyers in Metro Chicago? There are some great deals to be found across Saint Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and other cities; and low mortgage rates prove that buying is cheaper than renting, especially with rental rates increasing every year. Give The Rullo Team a call at 888-457-8005 for more information about buying a home in Metro Chicago. We will show you the best deals and help you secure the best mortgage rate possible. Since summer is usually a time when renters renew their leases, now is the best time to start considering homeownership. Photo courtesy of Stock.xchng

Tips for a Stress-Free Move to Metro Chicago

by alansche

Relocating for a new job can be tough in today's economy. Not only do you need to find a new home, but you have to sell your old one as well. In order to successfully relocate to Metro Chicago, you will need to make use of all options offered by your new employer and make a decision on what to do with your old home. Even though the economy has been down over the past couple of years, job relocation remained steady from 2007 to 2009. This is most likely because people are more willing to move in order to find a good job these days. In order to help workers with their moves, companies are changing their relocation programs. USA Today reports that some companies are even paying the losses from a home sale in order to secure quality employees. Because of this, buyout programs from years past are no longer popular options. When you receive a job offer that requires relocation, you need to make your needs and wants known. Relocation benefits are now decided on a case-by-case basis, and companies will only be able to help you if they know what you need. When you move for your new job, renting your old home might be better than selling it. Again, fully consider your options before making a decision. For more tips on how to make your relocation to Metro Chicago easier and less stressful, visit Realty Times. Visit The Rullo Team's website for more information about moving to Metro Chicago, including Batavia, Geneva, and Saint Charles. Photo courtesy of The Rullo Team

Festival of the Vine in Geneva, Illinois

by alexandvickyrullo

You wont want to miss Geneva's Festival of the Vine! Downtown Geneva, Illinois September 9-11th, 2011 Be sure to come and enjoy one of Geneva's favorite festivities. There will be plenty of good wine, good food, and good fun for the whole family! There is so much to do! Why not treat yourself to a nice glass of wine? At the Festival of the Vine, you will be able to sample your choice of wine from around the world. Then while sipping your wine, you can enjoy one or all of the many activities there are to take in. You can stop by the flower market, arts & craft show, live demonstration stage, play in the Kid's Patch, sample the Fall Harvest Market and listen to the amazing live music! This year's live entertainment will be provided by The Blind Roosevelts, The Fundamentals, Maiden Voyage and The Hiline Band. What's a festival without great food? When you get hungry, you can fill your belly with the mouth-watering  international specialties prepaired by Geneva restauranteurs.  After an evening full of fun, pamper yourself with an overnight stay at one of Geneva's world-class accommodations, such as The Herrington Inn or the Oscar Swan. Whether you are stopping by to enjoy one glass of wine, or a whole night out, you won't want to miss Geneva's Festival of the Vine! For local real estate information, visit our website at

When is the Right Time to Buy a Home in Batavia?

by alansche

Today's real estate market is known to favor buyers. Mortgage rates have never been lower. And you are almost certain to find an incredible deal on a house. Do these factors mean it is a good time to buy a home to buy a home in Batavia for you? When determining if now is the right time to buy a home in Batavia, you need to take a close look at yourself and the prospect of home ownership. Just because there are incredible deals and rates on the market does not mean that you have or need to take advantage of them. Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions you will make in your life. You need to be a responsible borrower and homeowner in order to get the most out of this American Dream. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are contemplating buying a home in Batavia:

  • Do you have stable employment? Have there been recent lay-offs or firings?
  • Do you have an 8-month emergency fund in case you are laid off from or become too sick to work?
  • Can you afford the necessary taxes, insurance premiums, and maintenance associated with owning a home?
  • Are you planning to stay in your home for at least three to five years?

These are just a few of the many questions that you need to ask yourself if you are considering buying a home in Batavia. You need to buy a home for the right reasons, not just because of the expansive buyer's market. If you are looking to buy a home in Batavia, Saint Charles, or Geneva, call The Rullo Team at 888-457-8005. We will help you answer these questions, prepare for home ownership, and find the perfect home. Feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have! Photo courtesy of Stock.xchng

The Federal Trade Commission issued a statement two weeks ago informing previous Countrywide Financial borrowers that more than $108 million in excess charges would be refunded to over 450,000 individuals. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz stated, "We are proud to be getting every single dollar back to hundreds of thousands of struggling consumers who can least afford to lose the money." The first types of overcharges were linked to home maintenance, inspections, and other services that Countrywide provided to borrowers in default on their mortgages. The company used its subsidiaries to hire local vendors and significantly mark up the prices of the services. The other group of overcharges included claims and fees for borrowers that entered into Chapter 13 bankruptcy. These borrowers were not properly notified of the fees when they were incurred, so they are being given back the amount of those undisclosed fees. The refunds will cover those homeowners that were in default between January 1, 2005 and July 1, 2008. Those with questions about the Countrywide Financial refund program should call redress administrator Gilardi & Co. at 1-888-230-3196. You can also visit the Federal Trade Commission's Settlement with Countrywide page. For more real estate news and information for the metro Chicago and surrounding areas, bookmark The Rullo Team blog or visit our website. Photo courtesy of CNN Money

Elburn Days 2011

by alexandvickyrullo

Elburn Days 2011 August 19th - 21st Downtown Elburn & Lion's Park - 500 Filmore St, Elburn, IL. 60119 Elburn Days is the communities largest event. It is held annually the third full weekend of August. Lion's Park will have live music, carnival games, rides and TONS of food. Much more food than any one person will be able to sample, even if you stayed all weekend long! There will also be sidewalk sales, commercial expositions and a bunch of other activities hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. You and your family will have plenty of options to fill your day. Friday, the Elburn Days Parade steps off at 6pm from the intersectoin of Gates and Shannon Streets. It will travel east to Main Street (Route 47), then south along Main Street to South Street, where it turns west to end at Lion's Park. Make sure you get there early to get a good seat! For information on local real estate, visit our website at

Pending Home Sales up 2.4 Percent in June

by alansche

The National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index rose 2.4 percent from May to June based on the number of contracts signed. Even better, the index was up 19.8 percent from the same month last year. The optimistic numbers were unexpected to say the least; economists polled by Reuters predicted a two percent decrease in the index. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun acknowledged the rise in the Pending Home Sales Index, but he stated that the latest monthly reading shows that tight lending and economic uncertainty continues to hold the market back. In order to ensure a solid housing recovery, Yun supports lenders returning to more sound credit standards. This way, only properly-qualified home buyers can take out a mortgage, reducing the risk of a troubled market. If you would like to learn more about the Saint Charles and Geneva housing markets, give us a call at 888-457-8005. You can also visit The Rullo Team's website to view all of our current listings. Photo courtesy of Stock.xchng

Farmers Markets in Geneva and St. Charles, Illinois

by alexandvickyrullo

There is still time to visit and enjoy your local Farmers Market!



St. Charles, Illinois Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 4th Avenue and Main Street (rte 64). June to October, Fridays, weekly, 7am - 1pm Open air/seasonal Farmers Market featuring local Kane County Illinois Farmers as well as farm produce from Illinois and Michigan. This market carries certified organic and natural produce, fruit, meat, dairy (eggs & cheese), flowers, honey, nursery stock and more! It has something for everyone!


Geneva, Illinois

75 North River Lane

June to October, Thursdays, weekly, 7am to 1pm

The Geneva Green Market offers food that is locally grown and minimally processed products to chefs, foodies and people who really care about the quality of what they consume on a daily basis. The Geneva Green Market is held at 75 N. River Lane in Geneva, in the beautiful park along the west side of the Fox River. It is a community supported Farmers Market. All the farmers live within a 200 mile radius of Geneva, IL. They offer fresh vegetables, cheese and frozen beef. They also have freshly-cut flowers, chef demos and a "kid's corner".  


Be sure to enjoy these good eats before the season is over!

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