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Keep Your Pet Warm And Safe This Winter Season!

by The Rullo Team

As temperatures continue to drop this winter in the Fox River Valley, it is important to think about your pets safety as well as your own.  Here are some tips to ensure your pet is safe and cozy during these cold temperatures:


1. Make sure they have had their check-up with the Veterinarian to identify any health issues that may need special attention during winter months.

2. Below zero temperatures can be very detrimental to your pet.  Many think that because they have added a winter coat or additional layer of fat that they can withstand long periods out in the cold.  This couldn't be farther from the truth.  Pets paws can freeze as well as damage to other body parts from extended time in the cold.

3. Like their human counterparts, pets like to be warm and cozy when they are sleeping.  Make sure to provide additional options during colder months.

4. Pets should remain inside at all times unless being walked.

5. Salt pellets can attach easily to your pet.  Make sure to wipe them down when they return to the house to ensure the pellets and deicers don't cause damage to their paws or coat.

6. Immediately clean-up any toxic matters that spill.  Antifreeze is a great example of this as your dog could have a fatal reaction.  Within your home, make sure medications and non-dog friendly foods are kept out of reach.

7. Many animals become lost during the winter.  Make sure your pet has a collar with name and contact info as well as a microchip.


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Top Reasons Why It Makes Sense To Sell During The Holidays!

by The Rullo Team

We understand the impulse of taking your home off the market until the beginning of the new year. But, December can actually be a great time to sell! Here are the top reasons why you should sell your Fox River Valley home during the holidays!

 

1. Enjoy Less Competition!

Other people in your area will undoubtedly take their homes off the market or delay listing their homes. This will reduce the inventory of homes and make it more likely that your home will rise to the top of the search lists. With less competition, you have better chances of your home being sold.


2. Your Home Looks And Smells Festive!

Staging is taken care of during the holidays with your warm fireplace, festive decor, and delicious smells of home-baked goods. This homey ambiance can create feelings of nostalgia within the buyer and urge them to make an offer. Just make sure you don't go overboard with decorations. You still want buyers to be able to imagine themselves within the home as well as show off the best features of your home without distracting clutter.


3. Serious Buyers Look During The Holidays!

Any buyers that are still looking during the holiday are ready to buy NOW! These buyers have either been looking for a while and have yet to find something we love or they have just entered the market and need to buy quickly. Either way take advantage of their desire to find a home as soon as possible.


4. Buyers With Children Are Utilizing the School Break!

There are prospective buyers that use the holiday season to find a home in order to get their children settled before school starts up again in January. These are more serious buyers that are actively lookin g to find a home as soon as possible.


5. Closing Is Faster!

The spring time is a busy time for lenders. That means that buyers have to wait longer to get their loans processed and approved. The slow down in the housing market in December makes the lending process move quicker which means closing can occur much faster!


6. Change Your Strategy To Sell!

Don't take your home off the market during the holidays even if it has been on the market for a while now. Instead, use this time to adjust your strategy. Is your asking price what it should be? Is there a different way you could stage your home? Are there things you could fix up?


 

If you are interested in Selling Your Home This Holiday Season, give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.



Information Source: Realtor.com®

Get Festive This Weekend In Downtown Geneva!

by The Rullo Team

Get in the holiday spirit this weekend in beautiful Geneva IL! There are fun, festive activities taking place every day downtown! Join your friends, family, and neighbors for a fa-la-la good time in our very own winter wonderland!


Kick off the Yuletide cheer on Friday, December 6th, with the CHRISTMAS WALK! Head to the courthouse square at 6:00 pm for the arrival of Saint Lucia, a visit from Santa, and the lighting of the tree. Stick around until 9:30 pm for all your favorite holiday traditions, including carol era, roasted chestnuts, and a live nativity! 


Throughout the weekend, be sure to swing by SANTA’S WORKSHOP! Santa will be visiting with the children of Geneva at the corner of South Third and James Streets. Tell him your wish list and have your photo taken. Santa will be available on Friday between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm and on both weekend days from Noon to 4:00 pm. His workshop will remain open on the weekends through Christmas Eve. 


Enjoy the sights and sounds of historic downtown Geneva on a classic CARRIAGE RIDE! Bundle up with your blanket and relax on your free ride starting from the corner of South Third and James Street. Rides are available Saturday and Sunday between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. They will be available every weekend during those times until December 22nd.


This is but a small taste of all the holiday fun taking place this weekend! Many of your favorite downtown businesses are hosting special events and activities for all to enjoy. So you don’t miss out on any of the fun, click HERE for the full schedule!

 

 

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a jolly good time this weekend in Geneva! For more great events throughout this holiday season, Follow Us On Facebook and  Check Out Our Website!

 


 

Image Credit: Geneva Chamber of Commerce 

Stage Your Home To Sell During The Holidays

by The Rullo Team

Staging is an important step anytime you list your home on the market. It helps potential buyers see the functionality of the home and visualize themselves in the space. During the holiday season, you can use festive decor to make your home more attractive to buyers. Follow these decorating tips for selling your Fox River Valley home this holiday season!

 

 

When decorating your home this holiday to sell, start with a good cleaning throughout your house. Next, stage your home as you normally would, regardless of the time of year. Go through your home and only keep the items and furniture that you need and that helps accentuate the space and your home’s features. You should store the clutter away and put personal items away during showings so buyers can picture themselves in the home.

 

Your home is already decorated so make sure your holiday decor complements your house. Look at the paint colors on the walls and use decor that accents it. Reds are perfect in rooms with neutral colors and silvers are good in rooms with soothing colors. Avoid over decorating! You shouldn’t put all of your decorations out this year. Only use those items that can draw attention to interesting features in your home. When you pick your tree, make sure that the one you pick is well suited for the size of the room. Decorate it using a cohesive color scheme or theme. Remember that people celebrate all different holidays this time of year. Try to avoid putting off some buyers by not displaying large religious decor during showings. Make your home warm and cozy when prospective buyers are over. Add some seasonal scents. You can also have a fire going in your fireplace if there is someone there to monitor it.

 

Now that the inside of your home is beautifully decorated, it’s time to focus on your home’s curb appeal. As with the interior, keep it simple outside. Keep large and overly colorful decorations away until you are in your new home next year. Focus on using simple string lights to accentuate the architecture of your home or landscaping. You can add attractive decor, such as evergreen garlands or wreaths, to your front porch to welcome people in.

 

 

If you are interested in Selling your home this holiday season, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

A Very Happy Thanksgiving From The Rullo Team!

by The Rullo Team

 

As all of us in the Fox River Valley get ready to gather around our tables for our Thanksgiving feast, it is important for us to count our blessings and give thanks for all that we have. There truly is so much to be thankful for.

 

Here at the Rullo Team we are most grateful for the wonderful clients that we were able to help this year and in the years past. Nothing brings us more joy than helping individuals and families in the Fox River Valley buy and sell their homes.  

 

We hope that all families in the Fox River Valley have a very happy Thanksgiving. We wish you and yours lots of delicious food and fun as you celebrate the holiday.

 

If you are new to the Fox River Valley during this holiday season, we would love to the opportunity to help you learn more about the area and assist you with any of your future real estate needs. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in the area, please contact The Rullo Team today so we can help you reach all of your real estate goals.

 

THANK YOU once again to all of you for making this such an amazing year! Happy Thanksgiving!

Get In The Festive Spirit At St. Charles’ Holiday Homecoming!

by The Rullo Team

Kick off the start of the holiday season at the Fox River Valley’s favorite festive celebration: Holiday Homecoming!!! Head to beautiful downtown St. Charles on Friday, November 29th and Saturday, November 30th for a jolly good time. This weekend will be filled with tons of family-friendly activities. The best part…..it is all FREE! Enjoy carols, seasonal treats, sleigh rides, and more with family, friends, and neighbors just in time for the holidays.


Friday, November 29th: Be there for the Lighting of the Lights! Our very own Mayor Ray Rogina will help light up 1st Street Plaza. As the plaza becomes illuminated in festive splendor, enjoy an appearance by Santa and holiday carols starting at 5:00 pm.

 

Saturday, November 30th: Enjoy a full day of holiday cheer in downtown St. Charles. Head to the Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street) for a special screening of the holiday classic Home Alone at 10:00 am, with doors opening at 9:00 am. Take a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride on 1st Street from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Tell Santa what you want for Christmas by visiting Santa’s House in the plaza between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Check out the spectacular Live Holiday Window Displays on Main and 1st Streets from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Finish the day by enjoying the always incredible Electric Christmas Parade on Main Street (between 6th Street & 4th Avenue), starting at 5:30 pm.



The Rullo Team wishes you a jolly good time at this year’s Holiday Homecoming in downtown St. Charles!

 


Image Credit: City of St. Charles

Timing Is Everything When Buying & Selling Your Fox River Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

Timing is everything when entering the real estate market. Trying to coordinate the Selling of your current home with Buying a new home can be incredibly stressful, both financially and emotionally. But, help is here! If you are looking to enter the Fox River Valley real estate market, here are 7 timing options for selling and buying your home.

 

The 1st timing option is Selling Then Buying. This is the most commonly used option due to the financial stability it offers. When you sell your home first, you avoid having two mortgages and have additional resources to use towards the cost of a new home.

 

The 2nd timing option is Buying Then Selling. This option offers the convenience of time. If you can afford having two mortgages at once, buying first and then selling allows you to make improvements to your new home before moving in and making updates/repairs to your old home before listing. Only choose this option if you can truly afford the costs of two homes at once.

 

The 3rd timing option is Buying & Selling At Same Time. This option is also commonly found in the real estate market. It makes sense to list your current home while searching for a new one but you are putting yourself at the mercy of others. Since the timing is completely dependent on buyers for your home and the seller of the home you want to buy it is very important that you work with a realtor during this time to help ensure timing success for you.

 

The 4th option is Selling on Contingency. You should only use this option when none of the other ones have worked for you. Selling on contingency means that there is a contingency clause on your current home that states you will sell it ONCE suitable housing has been found by you. This has the potential to turn buyers away since most want to move in as soon as possible.

 

The 5th option is Buying On Contingency. This option is the reverse of the previous one. It allows the buyer to add a contingency clause that they will purchase the new home once they sell theirs. Few sellers are willing to wait for buyers so this option is not commonly used.

 

The 6th option is Right of First Refusal. A Right of First Refusal (ROFR) allows a particular buyer to submit an offer before all other buyers. This option is only available to buyers that clearly have their finances, including preapproval for a mortgage, in order. Since the limited offers could mean less money for the seller, you will not see this timing option very often.

 

The 7th and final option is Renting. Instead of selling your current home, you always have the option to rent it out. This rental income will cover your current mortgage, freeing you up to buy a new home. Only select this option if you have a reliable tenant that you can trust.

 


 

Work with The Rullo Team to determine the right timing option. Give us a call today at (630) 513-1771 or visit our website at https://www.therulloteam.com/.

Factor These Maintenance Costs Into Your Home Buying Budget!

by The Rullo Team


There are some costs that homeowners know the budget for when buying their
Fox River Valley home. These include down payment, closing costs, and moving expenses. But, what about home maintenance? Just because the home inspection came up squeaky clean doesn’t mean that you don’t need to make any repairs or changes to the home.

 

In fact, the first year of ownership tends to be the most expensive, as you fill the home with new furniture and appliances, add personal touches, and complete those repairs that you find are needed. It can be hard to know exactly how much you need for home maintenance as you put together your budget for buying a new home.

 

Here are some immediate home maintenance costs that you should set aside money for:

 

  1. New Locks - You have no way of knowing who has a key to your new home. Be sure to install new locks on every exterior door.

  2. Fire Extinguisher - For the safety of you and your family, your home should have at least one fire extinguisher. If there isn’t one left at the property, purchase one for your kitchen.

  3. Chimney Sweep - It may have been years since the fireplace and chimney in your new home were properly cleaned. Before using it, be sure to hire a professional to come in and clean everything out of it.

  4. HVAC Maintenance - While the HVAC system might seem to be running properly, you can’t be certain when the last time it was maintained professionally. Have someone come inspect it and make any necessary repairs as soon as you move in to avoid pricey repairs in the future.

  5. Trimming Trees - The trees outside were not part of your home inspection and some could cause issues in the future, especially if they are older. Be sure to have the trees trims to avoid any potential damage to your home.

 

While these are the key maintenance areas to focus on upon moving in, you should not stop budgeting for home maintenance. Be sure to always keep some savings aside for issues that may arise with your home. A general rule of thumb is to budget for 1% of your home’s purchase cost every year for emergencies and repairs. Note, if your home is more than 10 years old, you might want to budget for more.


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How To Prep Your Fox River Valley Home For Thanksgiving!

by The Rullo Team

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! If you are hosting the big feast at your Fox River Valley  home, now is the perfect time to prepare so you feel less stress as the day draws nearer. Along with planning out your delicious menu, get your home ready so all your guests will be comfy and happy this holiday!


1. Keep It Bright!

You know your home like the back of your hand but your guests don't. Make sure that everyone can safely navigate throughout your home no matter what time of day it is. Check that all outdoor lights are working. Add nightlights to hallways and in bedrooms and bathrooms that guests will be using.

2. Clear The Space!

Remove all unnecessary clutter to accomodate more people in your house. Store these items out of the way in closests and the basement. Make sure you have ample space on counters and tables for all of your food prep.

3. Say Welcome!

Create an amazing first impression for guests as they enter your home by focusing on the foyer. Add some welcoming touches for a festive, homey feel. At the same time, keep it functional for your guests. With the colder weather, you will need ample space for guests to place their coats, shoes, and gear.

4. Get Your Kitchen Ready!

Your kitchen will be the central hub of your home next week so make sure that it is ready to go before the cooking starts. Have all essential items easily accessible. Make it possible for guests to keep you company as you cook by creating a comfortable hang spot for them in the kitchen.

5. Feels Like Home!

If guests are spending the night, make sure that they will be as comfortable as possible. Stock up on warm bedding for them to use. Even if they aren't sleeping over, have spots throughout your home where they can relax since we all get tired after the big feast!

6. Stock Up!

Make sure that all essential items are available in your home's bathroom to account for your additional guests. Stock up on toilet paper, towels, and toiletries for them to use. Keep these items in spots that are easy for guests to locate when they are needed.



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November's Fabulous Featured Fox Valley Homes!

by The Rullo Team

November is an excellent time of year to find and purchase your dream home!!

Take a look at these fantastic featured homes!

4N589 HIGH MEADOW ROAD, ST. CHARLES, IL $569,900

4 Bedrooms/ 3.5 Baths/ 3,995 SqFt

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Wonderfully updated home on a beautiful wooded lot in sought after neighborhood - renovated kitchen, baths, fixtures, hardware... Exceptional millwork... Elegant move-in decor!! You will love the granite kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances and the octagonal dinette that opens to a dramatic 2-story 4-season sunroom which leads to an expansive maintenance free pergola deck and brick paved patio with a granite kitchen which overlooks a truly spectacular private setting!! Master bedroom with a cozy fireplace, 2 walk-in closets, and a luxurious bath with Jacuzzi and body spray shower - huge bedrooms all with dual closets... Bedroom 3 opens to a 17x12 versatile bonus room! Sunken family room with impressive fireplace also opens to the lovely sunroom... Finished walk-out basement with bath, recessed wet bar, fireplace, playroom, and a rec room that opens to the private lower patio and the beautifully landscaped yard with stone outcroppings!!!

 

426 WOLCOTT LANE, BATAVIA, IL  $239,900.

3 Bedrooms/ 2.5 Baths/ 1,903 SqFt

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Lovely townhome in fabulous location close to Randall Road corridor w/shopping, dining & entertainment! Bright flowing floor plan w/great rm, stainless kitchen & spacious dining room w/transom glass door opening to upper deck backing to serene pond & mature trees. Vaulted foyer; 1st floor laundry, Multi-purpose 2nd floor loft; master w/walk-in closet & private bath; nice size bedrooms throughout; full English basement; 2-car attached garage. Newer: carpet, oven, dishwasher, hot water heater, sump pump... All on a beautiful premium lot offering privacy, lush landscaping & gorgeous pond vistas! Quick close possible - great value!

 

3074 RENARD LANE, ST. CHARLES, IL  $239,900.

3 Bedrooms/ 2.5 Baths/ 2,031 SqFt

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Totally renovated in 2015 this home stands above the rest and shows like a model home... New kitchen, baths... Updated flooring and fixtures!!! Totally renovated granite kitchen with island/breakfast bar, custom maple cabinetry with soft close drawers, and Stainless Steel appliances... Huge master bedroom suite - note size - with vaulted ceiling, sitting area, dual mirrored closets... Family room with fireplace... Convenient 2nd floor laundry... Garage with epoxy floor... And a fabulous open flexible floor plan that will suit any lifestyle!! Very convenient location close to the Randall Road shopping restaurant corridor, Otter Cove Aquatic Park, and bike path... Private lot with towering trees!!

 

Let us know which homes you'd like to see!

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