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St. Charles Scarecrow Festival Just Around the Corner

by mbraddick

The annual Scarecrow Festival has been one of the favorite events in St. Charles for over 25 years. Thousands of Illinois families will visit the festival October 5 - October 7 to make memories and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Over 150 hand crafted scarecrows are the feature of the festival and guests can't wait to see what local residents have created. The Scarecrow Festival is more than just scarecrows though. You can enjoy the live entertainment, food and drink, carnival, arts and crafts shows, the outdoor market, and much more. The event is free to the public and runs from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 9:00 am - 6:00 pm on Sunday. Downtown St. Charles is preparing to host this fantastic event and to welcome residents and guests to the festival. St. Charles is an amazing place to raise a family and to celebrate the spirit of community. If you'd like more information about living in St. Charles and the local real estate market contact us at the Rullo Team. We are proud to serve the St. Charles area and would love to talk to you soon. Image via: stock.xchng

Common Missteps That Sellers in St Charles Should Look Out For

by mbraddick

Selling a home in St. Charles, IL can be both exciting and nerve wracking. To that end, knowing common missteps to avoid will help ensure your sale is successful and the process is smooth;

  • Take your first buyer seriously Holding off on your first buyer hoping for a better offer can be dangerous to your sale. Even if the initial offer isn't what you want you have the opportunity to negotiate with the buyer to get as close to your asking prices as possible.
  • Depersonalize your home Of course you want your home to reflect your personal style. However, when you are selling your home you want it to appear as neutral as possible. Remove family photographs and personal mementos. Stage the home so it appears anyone could live there.
  • Price it right Choosing what price to list your house at can be difficult, but overpricing can be detrimental to a sale. If you overprice your home you are eliminating an entire group of buyers that will miss the house when it hits the market.

If you are looking for a home in the St. Charles area contact one of the real estate agents with the Rullo Team.  We are committed to those selling a home in St. Charles, IL and are ready to help you with your next real estate transaction.  Image via: Freedigitalphotos

 

Some of my four-legged friends are not as lucky as I am and they need your help.  There’s a great place that is dedicated to: (Deep breath…)

 “The compassionate and humane treatment of homeless companion animals through direct care, education and community outreach programs”.

(Whew! I think I deserve a treat for that one!)

 It’s the Anderson Animal Shelter, located close to us in South Elgin.

A special event is fast approaching.  The Shelter is holding its 27th annual Gala Dinner & Auction, called “A Night to Paws”.  Attendees are treated to a wonderful dinner, entertainment and a chance to bid on some spectacular auction items!  Hundreds of items are available to bid on during the evening.  Items like Vacation Resort Trips, Theater Packages, Sporting Event Tickets, and Spa Retreats will be offered, plus many, many other items, including gift baskets put together especially for your favorite four-legged friends like me! I wonder if I need a paddle number or can I just leave a paw print on the bid sheet? The Event Website has information on how to: purchase tickets or a table, become a sponsor, advertise in the Gala Program Guide, volunteer your time, or donate an item to the auction.  I’m thinking of donating a “Dinner with Spike” package - we could share some special homemade dog treats… Questions regarding the event can be directed to the Development Team at (847) 697-2880 ext. 25 or via email at [email protected]. If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in metro Chicago please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team. Image via: http://andersonanimalshelter.org/events/auction_and_dinner.html

 

THE OLD HOUSE NEW HOUSE® HOME SHOW, September 29-30

by alexandvickyrullo

 

The largest, most innovative and longest running home show in the Chicago area. Chicagoland's premier home show returns with 300 exciting exhibits featuring the latest in home improvements.  Since 1984, attendees have been experiencing fabulous displays, with innovative products, time-saving services, home style tips and trends, fresh ideas, expert advice and creative solutions.  This unique forum brings together hundreds of professionals and thousands of project-driven homeowners.

Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, 4051 E. Main St. (North Ave.), Saturday 10 – 6 and Sunday 10 – 5.

Enjoy inspiring workshops:

  • Healthy Home VNA Flu Shots – 10 am – 2 pm, Each Day
  • Beautiful Bathrooms – Noon, Saturday
  • 10 Steps to a perfect Room - 1 pm, Each Day
  • Learn the Secrets to a Great Kitchen – 2 pm, Each Day
  • Meet Lou Manfredini, “Mr. Fix-It” – Noon, Sunday

Register to win a $1000 Home Show Gift Certificate.

Adults $7, Seniors, Children and Parking FREE

To Save $1 on Admission, and for additional information, visit www.kennedyproductions.com or call 630.515.1160.

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in metro Chicago please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team. Image via: kennedyproductions.com    

In an effort to balance affordable housing with new residential development in the St. Charles, IL real estate market, city officials are considered changing the affordable housing rules. There is an Illinois State law that requires 13% or more of a city's housing be designated as affordable. If the percentage dips below this threshold the state can alter the city's zoning ordinances to allow for more affordable housing. The City Commissioners are currently debating a sliding scale that would change building requirements. The scale would reduce the amount of housing deemed affordable in a building project or the amount the builder must pay instead of meeting the required threshold. The city has set a goal of 25% of total housing classified as affordable. The closer the city gets to this goal the more the requirements would be reduced. The City of St. Charles is committed to a real estate market where there is diversity in available housing. If you'd like more information about affordable housing options in St. Charles contact the real estate professionals with the Rullo Team. We are honored to serve the St. Charles area and would be proud to work as your agent. Image via: Freedigitalphotos

Bring a Fall Sense of Style to Your St. Charles Home

by mbraddick

Fall is upon us and there are many different ways you can use seasonal decorations in your home.

  • Entryway: A seasonal wreath is always a great way to accent your front door. Fall wreaths can be constructed out of colorful leaves, wheat, or dark orange berries. You could also plant Fall mums in outdoor planters or integrate seasonal decorations such as pumpkins and gourds into your outdoor spaces.
  • Tabletop Autumn inspired tablecloths, runners, and placements help create a backdrop for your seasonal decorations. You can use small pumpkins, gourds, seeds, or berries to create a seasonal centerpiece.  Apples in baskets, berries in candy dishes, or small ears of Indian corn all work together to tell Fall's story.
  • Lighting As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer the lighting of your house is even more important. You can use candles, secured in hollowed out pumpkins or apples, with seasonal scents to bring the feel of Fall indoors.

Many homes for sale in St. Charles, IL have been decorated or staged to reflect the fall season, and you'll definitely want to do the same.  If you'd like to view homes for sale please contact one of the real estate professionals with the Rullo Team this Fall. Image via: Flickr

Factors That Most Affect Your Credit Rating

by mbraddick

When you're trying to buy a home in metro Chicago, you know the importance of having a solid credit rating in order to secure a mortgage. If your credit rating is low lenders will likely charge a higher interest rate on the mortgage or require additional documentation on mortgage underwriting. There are several things that can most significantly affect your credit rating:

  • Overall Debt: Lenders calculate a debt-to-income ration for every borrower. This score indicates how much debt you currently carry compared to your income. A high amount of debt makes you a riskier borrower.
  • Payment History: A late payment on any bill can be just as detrimental as a missed payment. Credit agencies track your payment history and these late payments are reflected in your overall score.  
  • Length of Credit History: Your credit score is affected by the length of your credit history is. A longer credit history provides lenders with more information about the type of borrower you are.

Buying a home in metro Chicago requires forethought and advance planning, so taking the time to check your credit score, resolve any issues, and become pre-approved for a mortgage are all first steps to purchasing your next home. If you have any questions about lending requirements or ways to improve your credit score consider contacting the real estate professionals at the Rullo Team. We are experts in real estate and are ready to help you buy your next home. Image via: stock.xchng

Do Your Research When It Comes to Energy Efficient Home Appliances

by mbraddick

When you are considering homes for sale in metro Chicago it is important to take notice of the appliances' ages and efficiency levels. If you feel you need to invest in new appliances make sure you: Check the label Pay careful attention to the appliance's labels. Some appliances have earned the Energy Star label for being the most energy efficient in a category, making it easy for you to determine which has the highest efficiency rating. All new appliances are required to carry an EnergyGuide label that provides information on its average energy consumption and operating costs. Buy the right size Appliances come in many different sizes which can affect energy consumption. Make sure you are considering the right size, no smaller and no bigger, for your family's needs. For example, buying a small washing machine may be more energy efficient but if you end up doing smaller, more frequent loads you'll be using significantly more water. Look at the big picture Many homeowners expect to see instant, overnight savings once they've upgraded their appliances. You'll likely need to be patient as you wait for the energy savings to add up. Remember that you didn't just make a financial investment, you also invested in the environment. There are many homes for sale in metro Chicago with updated, energy efficient appliances.  If you'd like more information about purchasing your next home contact one of the real estate professionals with the Rullo Team. Call us today to learn about your next home!  Image via: stock.xchng

FLEA MARKETS AND CRAFT SALES IN THE FOX VALLEY

by alexandvickyrullo

There are many opportunities for you to find those hidden treasures and great deals in the next few weeks.   ST. PETER’S BARN SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. The Barn Sale is one of the largest rummage sales events in the area and is in its 35th consecutive year of operation.  Huge sale featuring antiques and collectibles, books, clothing, seasonal and home decor, furniture, tools, hardware, bicycles, china, glass and more. Breakfast at 7 a.m. then other food at 10 a.m. Free admission.  Visit www.stpeterchurch.com.   HOLMSTAD BAZARR: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Town Center at The Holmstad Covenant Retirement Community, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia. The 35th annual bazaar will feature a handmade quilt raffle. The event is planned and run entirely by the residents. Fourteen different shops will offer goods for sale. Visit www.theholmstad.org   ST. CHARLES AUTUMN ON THE FOX CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. The 26th annual show will be held in conjunction with the St. Charles Scarecrow Festival. All handmade items by 170 artisans. Features a variety of jewelry, metal art, stained glass, photography, primitive wood, as well as whimsical folk art, fall decor, iron sculpture, painted pumpkins and carved gourds, food products, baked goods, more. Contact Art of the Heartland Inc., (815) 772-3279 or [email protected] Visit www.artoftheheartlandinc.com.   KANE COUNTY FEA MARKET: 12 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.  Admission $5 adults, children 12/under free. Free Parking.  “The best in the Midwest”.  At the Kane County Flea Market, up to 1000 dealers fill the fairgrounds with new and used merchandise. The flea market offers both indoor and outdoor space, and encourages vendors to feature antiques and collectibles. Among their wares, expect to find: Antique and vintage furniture, Housewares and home décor, Vintage lamps and fixtures, Books and coins, Handmade arts and crafts, Comic books, toys, and games, Sports equipment, Clothing and jewelry, Handbags and accessories, Dishes and glassware. A country breakfast is served on Sunday. Visit www.kanecountyfleamarket.com for more information.   ST. CHARLES EPISCOPAL CHURCH ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW:  9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles. Seventh annual juried show features handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and Christmas holiday decorations, fashion items, baby items, children's clothes, and toys. Admission free, handicapped accessible. Information for exhibitors from [email protected] or www.stcharlesepiscopal.org, or (630) 584-2596.   BATAVIA MOTHER’S CLUB FOUNDATION AUTUMN ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Batavia High School, between Wilson and Main streets, Batavia, east of Randall Road. The Batavia Mothers' Club Foundation's 27th annual event showcases juried booths of crafters offering creative handmade items including paintings, drawings, pet accessories, jewelry, dolls and more. Email [email protected] or call (630) 748-1501.Proceeds go to organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for families in need in the community. If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in metro Chicago please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

Batavia House Walk and Tea, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. 11am-4pm.

by alexandvickyrullo

 Five unique Batavia homes are featured in this year’s 5th annual Batavia MainStreet House Walk.  Refreshments are provided at any time during the House Walk at the Tea hosted by Water Street Studios of Batavia.  Downtown Batavia shops and restaurants will also be offering specials for House Walk participants.  Tickets can be purchased for $18 ($20 day of walk) at the following locations: The Batavia MainStreet office, 4 ½ West Wilson Sue’s Family Hair, 139 S Batavia Ave K. Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Road Gibby’s Wine Den, 1772 S. Randall Road, Suite 220 Geneva  The Batavia MainStreet Program is a not-for-profit, community based organization devoted to enhancing downtown Batavia's identity as the heart of the community through dedicated volunteer efforts.  For more information, call Batavia MainStreet at (630) 761-3528 or visit www.downtownbatavia.com  If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in metro Chicago please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team. Image via: www.downtownbatavia.com

   

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