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Spring Gardening Tips!

by The Rullo Team

The first day of summer is right around the corner! Add stunning curb appeal to your Fox River Valley home and create a peaceful space filled with fresh produce and beautiful flowers for your whole family to enjoy. Get your green thumb ready to follow these top tips for gardening success!

1. Map It Out

Start your garden off with a plan. Figure out the layout of your garden in terms of what plants look best near each other, the distance between each of them, where the sunlight hits, and more. The more you can plan out ahead of time, the better your garden will end up!

2. Begin Indoors

Get your plants started inside. All you need to do is fill containers with potting mix, moisten with water, and carefully add your seeds. Make sure to place in a warm spot of your home that receives 12 to 16 hours of daylight. Once your plants have gotten larger, you can transfer outdoors.

3. Prepare Your Soil

Make sure your soil is ready. Purchase a soil kit from your local home improvement store to learn its type and pH level. This information will help you determine what modifications your soil needs in order to grow the healthiest plants.

4. Start Planting ASAP

With our cold winters in the Fox River Valley, you want to make sure that you time out your planting properly so you start early enough to truly enjoy the plant throughout the warmer parts of the year.

5. Prune

Help stimulate plant growth and improve the look of your garden by pruning shrubs and trees. Just ensure that you are only pruning those plants that have bloomed on new growth from this year. If you prune plants that are still on last year's growth, you could cause irreparable damage to the plant.

6. Mulch

Save time in the future by adding several inches of mulch around your garden. Mulch moderates soil temperatures, saves water, reduce weeds, and wards of disease. When spreading out the mulch, be sure to water the soil before and after in order to keep the mulch a couple of inches away from your stems. Check out this Guide to Mulch Buying from the Chicago Tribune for more helpful information.

 


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Celebrate Your Dad in the Fox Cities!

by The Rullo Team

This Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day! Time to celebrate the dad in your life. No matter what your dad loves to do, there is something for everyone happening this weekend around the FOX RIVER VALLEY. Here are 7 fun ideas for you to show your dad how much you appreciate all that he does!

 

1) FATHER'S DAY BBQ. Treat your dad to a delicious BBQ on Father’s Day at Blackberry Farms in Aurora. After enjoying your lunch, explore the farm or participate in the fishing derby!

2) ST. CHARLES PADDLEWHEEL RIVERBOATS. Take in the beautiful Fox River aboard a Mark Twain era paddlewheel riverboat with your dad. This 50 minute tour will introduce you to the local history of our area. Embark this Sunday, June 16th, on the 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00 pm cruises.

3) GOLF AT SETTLER'S HILL. Hit the links with dad at this favorite golf course in Batavia. This unique golf course nestled in a forest preserve showcases the natural beauty of our area. Enjoy quality time with dad outdoors as you work on your swing.

4) FISH ON THE FOX RIVER. Grab your fishing rods and your father and check out on of the many great fishing spots along the Fox River. Catch channel catfish and smallmouth bass as you and your dad enjoy the great outdoors.

5) SWIM AT SPLASH COUNTRY AND PHILLIPS PARK. Dad’s swim for free on Sunday at Splash Country Water Park and Phillips Park Aquatic Center when accompanied by one child. Beat the summer heat and have a day at the pool!

6) FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH AND DINNER. Take dad out for an upscale meal at Wildwood in Geneva (or his favorite spot in the Fox River Valley) on Father’s Day. Arrive between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm for an a la carte brunch featuring all of dad’s favorites. Or, come after 5:00 pm to enjoy dinner and check out the latest items on their menu.

7) ELGIN RIB FEST. Let dad indulge in some delicious ribs at the family friendly Elgin Rib Fest. Enjoy life music, carnival games, and delicious food all weekend, Friday through Sunday!    

 


A big thank you to the dads in our community for all that you do!


Stock Up At These Fox Valley Farmers Markets!

by The Rullo Team

This upcoming weekend marks the return of fantastic FARMERS MARKETS throughout the Fox Valley! You can find incredible local produce, from fruits and vegetables to meat and dairy to baked and handmade goods, in our local communities all weekend long during the summer! Stock up at these markets to put delicious, healthy food on your kitchen table and promote economic development in our area!

 

Wednesdays

Aurora Farmers Market - West

When: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: 2131 West Galena Boulevard in Aurora

 

Fridays

St. Charles Outdoor Farmers Market

When: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Baker Memorial United Methodist Church (307 Cedar Avenue, St. Charles)

Elgin Farmers Market

When: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: South Grove Avenue in Downtown Elgin

 

Saturdays

Batavia Farmers' Market

When: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: North River Street in Downtown Batavia

Aurora Farmers Market - Downtown

When: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: 65 Water Street in Downtown Aurora

Sugar Grove Farmers Market

When: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Village of Sugar Grove Municipal Center (10 Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove)

 

Sundays

Geneva French Market

When: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: South & 4th Street in Downtown Geneva

Oswego Country Market

When: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: North Main Street in Downtown Oswego

 



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Relocate To One Of The Fox Valley's Top School Districts!

by The Rullo Team


With the 2018-2019 school year recently completed, now is the perfect time to think about where you want your child to attend school next fall! The
Fox River Valley is home to some of the highest ranked school districts within the entire state! Set your child up for success with a quality education by relocating to one of the area's best districts!


 

There are so many excellent school districts in the Fox River Valley area to choose from!

Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 | Homes for Sale

Geneva Community Unit School District 304 | Homes for Sale

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 | Homes for Sale

Batavia Public School District 101 | Homes for Sale

Oswego Community Unit School District 308 | Homes for Sale

 


When it comes to what schools within these districts are the best of the best, you will need to do a little schoolwork on your own! There are several factors to consider when determining the quality of schools. Look beyond test scores. Although this information is helpful, it does not always provide the best indicator of a school's quality. Explore websites such as GreatSchools.org, Niche.com, and U.S. News & World Report for great unbiased data and rankings of local schools. Check out each school's individual website to learn about awards or recognitions received. Do not be afraid to reach out to the schools to ask further questions and request a site visit. Seeing the school in person and meeting with the staff can help you determine whether the school would be the right fit for your child.

 

 

Once you find the perfect school for your children, work with an experienced realtor to find your dream home within the school's boundaries. Give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/ to get started today!

Our Hats Off To The Class Of 2019!

by The Rullo Team

Schools out for summer across the Fox River Valley! Before all students head off for summer vacation, it is time to celebrate all of their academic achievements....especially the Class of 2019! These students are our best and brightest and have helped to strengthen the communities that we live in. Show your support for these incredible young people at these upcoming high school graduation ceremonies!


St. Charles East High School

Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, June 2nd | 11:30 am

Northern Illinois University Convocation Center | 1525 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb


St. Charles North High School

Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, June 2nd | 3:30 pm

Northern Illinois University Convocation Center | 1525 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb



We would also like to wish the very best to those who recently graduated from Batavia High School, Geneva Community High School, and ALL the other high schools located throughout our area!



Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on all of your achievements! The Rullo Team wishes you GOOD LUCK on all of your future endeavors!  



The school districts located throughout the Fox River Valley are some of the top ranked districts in the entire state! They are dedicated to academic excellence and provide ample opportunities for extra curricular activities. If you are interested in living within one of these amazing school districts, check out our current Homes for Sale. Give our experienced team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

 

Become A Home Buying Pro By Avoiding These Common Mistakes!

by The Rullo Team

Buying a new home can lead to a lot of excitement and anxiety. All of these emotions can lead to mistakes made by Buyers during the process. If you are on the market for your dream Fox River Valley home this summer, avoid making these mistakes and enjoy life in your new home in no time!

Waiting on Financing. Before you even begin the home search, you should get your financing in order. This allows you to know what you can actually afford and limit your search to just those properties that fit within your price range. You don't want to fall in love with a home just to find out there is no way you can make the financing work.


Not Researching Your Lender. Unfortunately, there are bad lenders out there that offer scams. Do your own research but also ask your real estate agent for recommendations. They will only let you know about credible mortgage providers.


Not Getting Pre-Approval. Some home buyers mistake pre-qualified for pre-approval. They are very different. Pre-approval requires you to go through the documentation process and actually gets you an agreement with the lender. The seller must see that you are pre-approved when you submit your offer.


Offering Too Low. We understand that you want to get the home for a great deal but you don't want to risk insulting the seller. Work with your realtor to figure out a fair and competitive price to offer.


Spending Too Much During Escrow. Even if you are pre-approved, the final part of the loan doesn't start until right before closing. At that time, your lender goes through your finances again to make sure that your finances are still in order. If you buy too many big ticket items or add additional lines of credit during this time, you could alter your debt to income ratio so much that you no longer qualify.


Not Having Your Closing Costs In Order. As you budget for the home, make sure to always keep enough for closing costs. You need to have enough cash to cover it otherwise the deal will fall through. Ask your lender what the estimated closing costs are so you can have it ready from the very beginning.


Move into your dream home by avoiding these buyer mistakes. The Rullo Team is here to help you throughout the buying process. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Fox Valley Memorial Day Events!

by The Rullo Team

Although Memorial Day weekend is filled with so much summertime fun, it is important that we remember the true reason for the long weekend. It is the time to Honor our nation's veterans and active military members! Spend some time this holoiday weekend to remember and give thanks for the sacrifices these brave soldiers have made in order to keep us safe and protect the freedoms that we as Americans hold so dear. Honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces by attending these fantastic Memorial Day events being held throughout the Fox Valley!

UMCG Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: United Methodist Church of Geneva (211 Hamilton Street, Geneva)

Cost: $7 per adult, $3 per child (ages 12 & under)

 

Elgin Memorial Day Programs

Date: Monday, May 27th

Times: 8:45 am | 9:15 am | 9:45 am | 11:00 am

Location: Mount Hope Cemetery (1001 Villa Street) | Lakewood Memorial Park (30W730 US 20) | Elgin Veterans Memorial Park (274 North Grove Avenue) | Bluff City Cemetery (945 Bluff City Boulevard)

*Click HERE for more information*

 

Batavia Memorial Day Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:00 am

Locations: Batavia VFW Overseas Post 1197 (645 South River Street)

 

Elburn Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:00 am

Locations: Parade - Downtown Elburn (Lions Park to Blackberry Township Cemetery) | Memorial Service - Blackberry Township Cemetery

 

Geneva Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Parade - Downtown Geneva (3rd Street to West Side Cemetery) | Cemetery Service - West Side Cemetery

 

St. Charles Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:00 am

Locations: Parade - Downtown St. Charles (6th & Main Streets to Riverwalk Freedom Shrine) | Memorial Service - Riverwalk Freedom Shrine

*Click HERE for more information*

 

Aurora Memorial Day Program & Parade

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Grand Marshall Meet & Greet - Art History Center (20 East Downer Place) | Program - GAR Memorial Hall (23 East Downer Place) | Parade - Downtown Aurora (Click HERE for route)

 



The Rullo Team extends the sincerest THANK YOU to all United States veterans. We wish everyone in the Fox River Valley a Happy & Safe Memorial Day!

 

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Find The Best Realtor To Sell Your Home!

by The Rullo Team

Although it is possible to sell your home on your own, research has shown that sellers have the most success when they work with a realtor. Sellers should begin looking for a realtor six to eight weeks prior to listing their home. There are many realtors out there but you want to make sure that you work with the best of the best. An Experienced Realtor will provide you with the expertise and time needed to sell your home quickly and for top dollar. In order to find the best realtor for the job, you should ask them several questions. This will help you assess whether they are the right fit for you. Here are the top questions to ask potential realtors when you are ready to Sell your Fox River Valley home!

 

1. How many years experience do you have working as a realtor? Do you do it full time?

2. Have you sold homes within my neighborhood and how many in the past year?

3. What price range do the homes you sell typically fall within? What is the average sold-to-list price for the homes you have sold?

4. What fee do you charge for your work?

5. How will my home be marketed to sell?

6. Do you operate as a team with other realtors or will I be working exclusively with you? How available will you be throughout the process?

7. How long do the homes you sell typically stay on the market? What do you do to make homes sell quicker?

 

Asking these particular questions can help you find the best realtor for your home sale. Choose the agent that fully understands your goals and needs and has the experience and knowledge to best sell your home.


The Rullo Team has been recognized throughout the Fox River Valley and beyond for our selling success. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/. We cannot wait to work with you!

 


Defining 5 Important Closing Terms

by The Rullo Team

If you are in the market for a new Fox River Valley home, we know that the buying process can seem a bit complicated. This is especially true when there are words being used that you don't know how to define! Become a home Buying pro by knowing the definition of 5 important closing terms. Use these simple definitions as a starting off point to understanding the home buying process!

 

1) Down Payment – The down payment requires you to put money up front in order to secure a home loan. In general, mortgage lenders require 3% to 20% of the home value.

 

2) Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) – If you make a down payment that is less than 20% of the price of the home, you will likely have to pay for private mortgage insurance. This insurance protects your lender in case you end up in foreclosure.

 

3) Annual Percentage Rate (APR) – The APR covers all the finances and credit costs you will incur from taking out a loan. These costs include the interest rate, broker fees, points, and other credit charges.

 

4) Closing Costs – Buyers and sellers both pay closing costs based on the agreement reached during price negotiations. These costs includes application fees, property fees, attorney charges, settlement documents, title examination, and title insurance.


5) Loan Estimate (LE) – The LE includes every detail of your loan agreement terms, including the estimated closing costs.



Let us help you close on your very own dream home! Check out our current Homes for Sale . Give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/ today!

Brighten Up Your Fox Valley Garden With These Native Plants!

by The Rullo Team

 

Spring is the perfect time in the FOX RIVER VALLEY to add instant curb appeal to your home with a lovely garden. The changing seasons in Illinois can pose a challenge when deciding what plants to choose for your landscaping. Look to plants that naturally grow in the region. These resilient botanicals will add beauty and interest to your yard for years to come. Here are the top native plants for Midwest gardens!


PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER

Name: Echinacea pallida

Where to plant: Place this coneflower in the full sun with well-drained soil.

Appearance: In mid-summer, this plant will bloom with pink flowers surrounding a dark red cone in the middle.

Other Helpful Information: The pale purple coneflower will spread throughout your garden as it self-seeds.


POPPY MALLOW

Name: Callirhoe involucrata

Where to plant: The poppy mallow is perfect for border areas in the full sun.

Appearance: Throughout the summer months, enjoy wine-red flowers on this groundcover plant.  

Other Helpful Information: This plant is very resilient as it can thrive in dry soil and resists pests.


COLUMBINE

Name: Aquilegia canadensis

Where to plant: This plant can grow in the sun or shade.

Appearance: Enjoy delicate red and yellow flowers.  

Other Helpful Information: The columbine will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden!


SWAMP MILKWEED

Name: Asclepias incarnata

Where to plant: The swamp milkweed can grow in moist or average soil but needs to be placed in plenty of sunlight.

Appearance: Clusters of pink flowers will appear in mid-summer on the 5 foot tall stems.

Other Helpful Information: Monarch butterflies love this beautiful plant.  


COMPASS PLANT

Name: Silphium laciniatum

Where to plant: This plant needs full sun.

Appearance: A giant of a plant, this flower grows up to 9 feet tall. It blooms with bright yellow, sunflower-like petals.  

Other Helpful Information: The compass plant is so called because it aligns itself from north to south in order to conserve water!  


BUTTERFLY WEED

Name: Asclepias tuberosa

Where to plant: This drought resistant prairie plant needs direct sunlight to grow.  

Appearance: During the summer, the plant blossoms with bright orange petals.   

Other Helpful Information: As its name suggests, butterflies love this plant.   


WILD ANEMONE

Name: Anemone canadensis

Where to plant: This perfect border plant needs organic-rich, moist soil.  

Appearance: Large white flowers will appear in your garden in the summer.   

Other Helpful Information: The wild anemone is perfect for filling up large spaces within your garden as it rapidly spreads on its own.   


SPIDERWORT

Name: Tradescantia sp

Where to plant: This versatile plant can grow in sun or shade but requires moist soil.

Appearance: This beauty will blossom in a variety of colors, depending on the strain of the plant, every spring with three-petaled flowers. 

Other Helpful Information: The spiderwort is a perennial.   


GOLDENROD

Name: Solidago sp

Where to plant: Place the goldenrod in full sun and well-drained soil.

Appearance: Your garden will continue to look lovely into the autumn months when the golden-yellow flowers appear.  




BLOODROOT

Name: Sanguinaria canadensis

Where to plant: This groundcover can grow in the shade.

Appearance: Daisy shaped flowers will cover the lower part of your garden with this delicate plant.

Other Helpful Information: The bloodroot will go dormant during the summer so make sure to plant it near summer blossoming plants to avoid blank spaces in your garden.


JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT

Name: Arisaema triphyllum

Where to plant: This plant is perfect for shady areas of your garden.

Appearance: Produces hooded green petals with red lines throughout the summer months and, in fall, red berries often appear.


CULVER'S ROOT

Name: Veronicastrum virginicum

Where to plant: This plant can thrive whether in sun or part shade but needs plenty of water.

Appearance: Culver’s Root grows up to 6 feet tall and produces white flowers.

Other Helpful Information: This plant is a magnet for butterflies to your garden.


BLUE SAGE  

Name: Salvia pitcheri

Where to plant: This plant needs full sun.

Appearance: Your garden will look beautiful with lovely sky blue flowers that blossom in early fall.

Other Helpful Information: Blue sage is a perennial.


PENSTEMON

Name: Penstemon digitalis 

Where to plant: Make sure to keep the soil around the penstemon moist.

Appearance: During the summer, white flowers will appear amongst the burgundy hued foliage of this plant.

Other Helpful Information: You can rely on this plant to return yearly.


LITTLE BLUESTEM

Name: Schizachyrium scoparium

Where to plant: This grass needs plenty of sun.

Appearance: A great plant throughout the year, the little bluestem adds color to your garden every season. During the fall and winter, the stems are a purple-bronze hue. As it starts to warm up outside, the foliage turns blue-green. 

 

Update your curb appeal with these native plants to Sell your Fox River Valley home for top dollar! Give The Rullo Team  a call at (630) 513-1771 or visit http://www.therulloteam.com/ today!

 

Source: Better Homes & Garden

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