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Geneva's 70th Annual Swedish Days Festival is Here!

by The Rullo Team

For 70 years, the start of summer is marked by one of the most beloved community events in the Fox River Valley: the SWEDISH DAYS FESTIVAL!!! Head to beautiful Geneva from Tuesday, June 18th, through Sunday, June 23rd, for a full week of family fun!  There are Kids Events, Food Booths, a carnival and games, music performances, cultural activities, and SO MUCH MORE! Since we could never list everything happening in Geneva over the next six days, check out the Complete Schedule!

 

Live Entertainment!

Musicians, dancers, cultural performers, and more will be entertaining Swedish Fest goers all week long! You do not want to miss these incredible performances! Find live entertainment at the Central Stage (Third Street between James & Campbell Streets) and Courthouse Lawn (100 South Third Street).

Schedule

Wednesday, June 19th

1:00 pm | Cole Brandt | Courthouse Lawn

4:00 pm | Swedish American Children’s Choir | Central Stage

5:00 pm | Geneva Park District Youth Groups | Central Stage

6:30 pm | Geneva’s Got Talent Semi-Finals | Central Stage

Thursday, June 20th

1:00 pm | Kelsey & Owen | Courthouse Lawn

5:00 pm | Geneva’s Got Talent Finals | Central Stage

7:00 pm | Planet Groove | Central Stage

Friday, June 21st

5:00 pm | Dancing Queen | Central Stage

7:00 pm | Semple | Central Stage

Saturday, June 22nd

1:00 pm | Danny O’Brien | Courthouse Lawn

5:00 pm | Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band | Central Stage

7:00 pm | ARRA | Central Stage

 

Sweden Väst!

 At the heart of this festival is a celebration of our community's Swedish heritage. Explore a smorgasbord of traditions of Sweden on Saturday, June 22nd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, June 23rd, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the corner of South Fourth & State Streets. Find Konst (art), Nöje (entertainment), Mat (food), and Gåvor (gifts) for the whole family!

Schedule

Saturday, June 22nd

10:00 am | Maypole

10:15 am | Swedish American Children’s Choir

11:30 am | Kubb (Viking Lawn Game Demonstration)

12:00 pm | Swedish Days Stories

3:00 pm | Swedish Folk Music

4:00 pm | Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago

Sunday, June 23rd

11:00 am | Jaerv (Swedish Quintet)

12:00 pm | Chicago Spelmanslag (Folk Band)

Parade!

End the week of fun the 70th Annual Swedish Days Parade. The parade kicks off at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 23rd, in downtown Geneva. Click HERE for the parade map so that you can find the best spot to see all the fun!

 

The Rullo Team cannot wait to see you all at the Swedish Days Festival 2019 in Geneva! This amazing community event is just one of many that take place throughout the year in the  FOX VALLEY! Follow us on FACEBOOK and check out our WEBSITE so you never miss out on the fun taking place in our cities!



Image Credit: City of Geneva

Ignore these 7 aspects of a home you're viewing for purchase

by The Rullo Team

You’ve decided to purchase a home.  Whether this is your first home or last, don’t get spooked by decorating that doesn’t meet your taste.  Here are 7 things to ignore when viewing possible homes to purchase:

  1. Home Staging is done to highlight the best that a home has to offer. But you need to remember that it’s the homeowners and designers choices to utilize the pieces they’ve chosen.  Your ideas for a room might be totally different, so look past the design choices.
  2. Carpeting!  Too many people enter a home tour and get turned off immediately at the sign of carpet in the home.  This is short-sighted as many older homes have hardwoods under the carpet.  Even if this doesn’t hold true for the home you’re viewing, remember that this is an easy update to do in any room.
  3. Wallpaper.  This decorating gem has made a comeback over the past couple years, and in many cases, when done right, can really accentuate a room.  However, if the wallpaper isn’t your cup of tea, don’t sweat it!  A good steam and elbow grease will have this off in no time; giving you a blank canvas to create the atmosphere you’re looking for.
  4. Wild and bold paint colors.  You may be the person who likes their walls and doors more on the neutral side so you can decorate with pops of color elsewhere, but remember, there are plenty of artistic individuals who like to use these colors on the walls, staircases, ceilings and more.  Instead of opting out of the house for those reasons, look at it as an opportunity to create the room of YOUR dreams with just a little paint.
  5. Faucet and sink features in the bathroom or kitchen. You walk into a home with your heart set on the new brass/black faucets and bowl sinks, but you find stainless steel and basins of yesteryear.  Again, this isn’t a big problem.  Swapping out faucet hardware and even upgrading your basins can be done very cost-effectively.
  6. Kitchen cabinet colors.  Individual opinions vary deeply when it comes to a dream kitchen.  If you’re looking at a home that has a great layout, island and lots of cabinets to suit your needs but they are in black and you’d like gray, not a big deal!  There are plenty of interior decorating services that can spray and paint your existing cabinets to the color you desire; without totally remodeling the entire kitchen.
  7. Landscape. Curb appeal is critical whether you’re buying or selling a home, but again, each person has their own tastes as to what looks terrific.  If you’re seeing a yard that has lots of crazy bushes or too much maintenance, look at it as a chance to create your own backyard oasis.  Simply axing a home because the yard and garden aren’t to your liking can cost you a great home.

Better to concentrate on the home’s more important aspects;  How is the roof?  Electrical? HVAC? Foundation?  These are the non-negotiable parts of the home that need to be in great working order or can cost you dearly.  Cosmetics are just the choice of the homeowner and can be tailored to your own likes and needs.

Need more home buying help? Contact The Rullo Team or visit our website:  www.therulloteam.com

Geneva IL Home Sold in 19 Days!

by The Rullo Team

Did you know, on average, it takes 50 days to sell a home in Geneva IL?  Not for The Rullo Team!  The Rullo Team just SOLD 3438 WHEATLAND CIRCLE, GENEVA IL for TOP DOLLAR in ONLY 19 DAYS! How long has YOUR home been on the market?  

Here are some current Home Statistics for Geneva to consider when you're considering hiring a Real Estate Team:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who do you want to SELL YOUR HOME?  If selling your home in the LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME, for TOP DOLLAR, with MAXIMUM EXPOSURE, by a highly regarded and recognized name in Fox Valley Real Estate is what you're looking for...then give The Rullo Team a call today!

HOMES FOR SALE IN GENEVA IL

HOMES FOR SALE IN MILL CREEK, GENEVA IL

HOMES FOR SALE IN EAGLEBROOK, GENEVA IL

   

Why should the financial trends of 2015 be any harder or different today than previous years? Good question....it would certainly seem like we’ve seen worse. But then again, you wouldn’t be comparing apples to apples, because you couldn’t.  ALL the trends that exist today didn’t exist then......not even last year! So, let’s take a look:

 

IN: IMPULSE SPENDING

OUT: SAVING

I don’t think this one needs too much explaining, however we do need to understand the #1 reason why 2015 is so much stronger for impulse spending than the previous years. It begins with the addition of APPLE PAY gliding onto the scene, of an already “incredibly easy” to spend marketplace becomes a "genie in a bottle". It is now too easy for you to buy anything from the conveniece of your phone...not even your computer...that your bank account is never going to be the same. Unless we all put some self-restraint and budgets into place, saving money in general will be impossible and saving for your down payment and home maintenance will be a hurdle that many first time home buyers will never be able to jump.

IN: LUXURY HOME BUYERS

OUT: FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS? (Not so fast!)

With rent rising at an astronomical rate across the country and student loan debt at an all time high, saving for a down payment has been impossible for most first time buyers. In fact, first time home buyers are at the lowest level they have been in nearly 3 decades, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). What is driving the market? The more stable of the group....Luxury Home Buyers! With higher incomes, job security and more equity they are able to get the loans they want/need with the most desirable terms....even if they are the ones who probably need it the least. However, with rent rising at such a signficant pace many would be renters may look to buy a home which will force builders to focus on building more entry level homes versus the luxury homes that have taken focus over the past several years. Rents in most states have consistently moved upward making it MORE ADVANTAGEOUS to buy than keep renting and throwing away that high dollar amount monthly/annually. The next several months will tell the tale of First Time Home Buyers for 2015....but we definitely see more FIRST TIME BUYERS entering the Fox Valley housing market!

IN: FREELANCERS

OUT: TRADITIONAL EMPLOYEES

Confused or Amazed? For some of us ....both! But these numbers will astound you. At present, 34% or 53 Million Americans currently work as Fixed-term Contract Workers or Freelancers!! And more and more companies are looking to move in that direction. This makes it difficult for many individuals that are applying for mortgages, since many times this is NOT a stable income stream. What they will need to do is make sure to document ALL work and all corresponding payments from ALL sources so that it can be turned over to the mortgage companies to be verified at the time of verification. On the other hand, this has been a dream come true for a family that has chosen to have a parent stay home with children, to have the option to work from home, with flexible hours, and still produce a great second income. Or for the older person who may have retired from a career position but now has an option of doing a “hobby” type job from their home for extra income...on their own terms. So, is it good or bad? Really depends on whom you are talking with and what side they are on.

IN: LIVING IN PLACE

OUT: AGING IN PLACE

Baby Boomers are redefining what it means to grow old! They want to keep their homes, take in the arts, seek out new health and wellness activities and participate in all aspects of their family & friends lives....on their own terms. This means that there is a whole new need for HOME REMODELING. They want to keep the unique parts of their homes, but upgrade to include the safety and security features they need as they have grown older. Curbless Showers, Higher Toilets, and Grab Bars but still not give up the Gourmet Kitchens and Master Suites of today..... and don't forget the technology!

If you are looking to put your Fox Valley home on the market, you picked the PERFECT time! Competition is at it's lowest right now, but you must take advantage of this exclusive time frame. Give us a call today at 630-513-1771 or check out our website at THERULLOTEAM.COM.   You can also get a FREE HOME VALUATION by following this link:  FREE FOX VALLEY HOME VALUATION

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5 Tips for Selling Your Fox Valley Home in the Fall!

by The Rullo Team

 

Did you know that fall is the second busiest time for home sales? Fall is a popular time of year for many types of home buyers including first time home buyers, retirees, and those who are relocating because of a new job or transfer. These home buyers also want to take advantage of the low mortgage rates and they want to be moved in before the holidays. With fewer houses on the market, your house may even get more attention in the fall than other times of the year.

Set your home apart from the competition. Follow these 5 tips that work when selling a home in the fall:

1. Add Curb Appeal

A home sale begins with the buyer’s first view of the house from the outside, whether they are driving past the home or viewing it online. So it’s important to get the exterior of the home looking its best. You’re in your home every day so you may not see it objectively anymore. Ask a friend or neighbor to give you an honest opinion of the exterior of the home. Is the yard well maintained? Are the leaves picked up? Are there children’s toys or bicycles blocking the driveway? Make sure to clean gutters and downspouts. Pressure wash areas exposed to dust or mildew such as the siding, deck, patios, or driveway to really make them sparkle. Spruce up the lawn and plant seasonal flowers such as mums to add rich autumn hues that will make the home more inviting to buyers.

2. Set The Right Price

Home buyers comparison shop so they know when a home is priced correctly. What price you want for the house has nothing to do with what you’ll get for the house. As we’ve said in our blog about pricing a home to sell, the market determines the price. If your home is priced too high, buyers won’t even look at the property let alone make an offer. This time of year buyers are ready to make an offer quickly, all the more reason to price the home correctly the first time. Remember if you don’t price it correctly you could be holding on to the house through the winter.

3. Increase the Web Appeal

They say web appeal is the new curb appeal, so present your home in the best possible light to get the attention of serious buyers. Home buyers start their home search online, so their first impression of your home will come from viewing the pictures in the listing. Make sure you have plenty of photos of the home. Not just the exterior and rooms, but include any unique features your home may have such as walk-in closets, built-in bookcases, or unique landscaping—anything that will make your home stand out from other homes. When a home buyer looks at pictures of your home, their first impression is made from the pictures in the listing, which is why it’s so important to clear clutter, de-personalize, add ambient lighting, and make the rooms appear larger so buyers will want to see it in person. Don’t forget to update your listing photos now to showcase how the home looks in the fall when foliage in the background will make the home look warm and welcoming.

4. Make The Home Move-In Ready

Buyers want homes to be move-in ready, so take care of small improvements and repairs now. Buyers are a bit less interested in doing work in the fall than the spring. If the home needs new carpet, put it in. If rooms need a fresh paint job, get them painted. When buyers view your home they are already trying to imagine living there, they don’t want to think about the costs and time involved in replacing the carpets. The same goes for repairs. Replace damaged screens or dripping faucets, repair scratches on floors or cabinets, and replace broken tiles. Fixing problems now gives you a competitive advantage over other sellers not willing to take the time. Staging has become an important aspect of selling a home, so make it part of your selling strategy. Staging presents the best features of the home as well as the home’s potential. If you can’t afford to hire a professional, read our blog on 5 Staging Secrets Professionals Use to Sell Homes Fast, or consult the web or books on staging that offer simple inexpensive ways to stage your home to sell.

5. Keep it Cozy

With cooler weather in the late fall, home buyers naturally want to get cozy. You want home buyers to feel right at home when they view the house. Before showing your home, fill the home with pleasing aromas of the season by burning a cinnamon-scented candle or baking pumpkin cupcakes. And make sure it’s warm in your house, some sellers turn down the heat to save costs, but you don’t want buyers leaving early because they’re too cold. Remember that in the fall the days get shorter so when you have viewings in the afternoon make sure you have adequate lighting so the home looks bright and comfortable. Open all the blinds to let in as much natural light as possible. Emphasize comfort in your home with decorative fabrics, a satin table cloth, and plush towels.Accentuate your fireplace (if you have one) by arranging furniture to make it the focal point of the room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Are You Considered a St Charles or Fox Valley Home Seller?

by The Rullo Team

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