7 Steps to get your home ready for visitors

Your Checklist for Quick Houseguest Prep

houseguest prep checklist

Have only a little time before your guests are due to arrive? Check these seven must-dos off your list and you can be sure you haven’t forgotten something in the mad rush to get ready. And if you do find yourself with a bit of extra time, pick from a bonus checklist of nice extras to add to the guest bedroom and bath, to make your guests’ stay even sweeter.


Best Place to Sell a Home in Batavia IL

Thinking of selling your Braeburn home?  Now is the time…

time to sell

If you own a home in the Braeburn subdivision of Batavia, NOW is the time to sell!  Real estate trends in your neighborhood have never been more favorable and the chances of a quick, successful sale are high.

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How To Enjoy Conflict-Free Holiday Visits

Modern Manners for Conflict-Free Family Visits

Holiday Visits

Where are you supposed to have Grandma sleep when you don’t have a guest room? Who controls the thermostat? Who gets the first shower? And do you have to let your brother bring his dog? Having family come to stay can be both easier (you know what to expect) and harder (fighting is more familiar) than having friends as houseguests. Here’s how to handle these quandaries and more.


Home Sellers in Cambridge: Now Is The Time!

Conditions Are Ripe For A Home Sale in the Cambridge Subdivision of St Charles

home seller alert

If you own a home in the Cambridge subdivision of St Charles, NOW is the time to sell!  Real estate trends in your neighborhood have never been more favorable and the chances of a quick, successful sale are high. Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Garden For Winter

Before the snow starts to fall, this is what you should be doing in your garden.

Winter Gardening Tips

Crisp air, burnt orange leaves, pumpkin spice lattes – we are in the thick of autumn, which puts winter right around the corner. That means it’s time to put finish up your fall planting and start preparing your garden for the colder days ahead.


Real Estate in Woodland Hills, Batavia IL

Woodland Hills Housing Market Update

woodland hills real estate

Homeowners in the Woodland Hills subdivision of Batavia, Illinois have a lot to be happy about!  The opportunity for a successful home sale is highly likely right now as current housing statistics are very favorable. Continue reading

6 Real Estate Lessons from Stephen King

Real Estate Wisdom in the Unlikeliest of Places

Real Estate Lessons by Stephen King

Real estate wisdom can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Perhaps on the couch, on an unseasonably brisk autumn night, with the lights dimmed and a movie on TV. A scary movie, actually.

Yep, that’s right. Stephen King is our real estate spirit guide.

Don’t believe us? Here are six ways that classic fright flicks based on King’s novels helped teach us the do’s and don’ts of homeownership.


10 Things You Must Do Around The House This Fall

Get your home in shape before the real cold weather comes.

fall home chores

Autumn is a great time for football, hot apple cider — and preparing your home for the cold weather. While temperatures are still relatively warm and the ground is not yet covered with snow, take advantage of fall to complete some around-the-house projects. These 10 tasks don’t require a lot of time or money, so you can get them all done in a morning or less.


Don’t Be a Scaredy Cat About Selling Your Home

If It’s Time To Sell, You’ll Have to Face Your Fears

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Selling a home is one of the most challenging activities we undertake in life. It’s a huge transaction with financial, emotional and practical implications. Not unlike meeting with your CPA or going to the dentist, the thought of putting your home on the market may be enough to make you run for the hills.

If this is true for you, rest assured — you’re not alone. Here are five big fears many sellers face, and ways to cope with them.


Michael Jordan’s Plan to Sell His $15M Home

Slam Dunk or Foul?

Michael Jordan Home

Michael Jordan is no quitter, even when it comes to selling his home. So although the NBA legend’s mansion in Highland Park, IL, has been languishing on the market since 2012, he’s back with a bold—and, some say, risky—new game plan.

Jordan’s new home-selling strategy? A series of six Hollywood-style videos that show sweeping aerial views of the 56,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom, 15-bathroom estate along with a peek inside its massive entertaining area, full gym, and (of course) basketball court.


Stress-Free Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving Day Guide from Houzz

Stress-Free Thanksgiving Prep

Hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? With so many details to coordinate, guests to host and dishes to cook, having a plan will save headaches and pave the way for a beautiful feast you can really feel grateful for. This breakdown of just what to do and when, from the early preparations to Thanksgiving day, can help.


Things That Go Bump In The Night

No, It’s Not a Ghost… Probably

Things that go bump in the night

You’re just about to drift off to sleep, when suddenly there’s that strange thumping again. Your mind goes wild with the possibilities. Could it be wind? An animal trapped in the walls? Or perhaps a ghost?

Here’s a look at what you need to know in order to understand what you’re hearing—and how you might be able to quiet your house without having to call in the pros.


Change of Season, Change of Scenery

Fall Into Fabrics

Fall Fabrics

It’s natural for a change of season to make you crave a change of scenery. Satisfy your desire for a new look by swapping out your home’s fabric accents for fresh ones in rich autumnal tones. Bring harvest hues indoors with these pillows, throws and poufs from the Houzz Shop, and decorate for the season in style.


4 Tricks to Make a Tiny Bathroom Feel Huge

Design Tips For Tiny Bathrooms

Bathroom Design

Making a minuscule bathroom appear practical, tidy, and even a tad stylish is pretty darn impossible, right? Wrong! If you focus on clever storage solutions and go bold with color and accents, you can create a space that’s both functional and stylish without breaking the bank. Or the commode, as it were.

Here are clever design secrets to get the most out of your Lilliputian powder room.



5 Tips When Hiring A House Cleaner

house cleaner

Professional cleaning services are becoming increasingly popular for all of us, who simply can’t or don’t want to find time to clean our houses. This is no wonder, considering the fact that most of us spend years to find the ultimate work-life balance and extra help with home chores will always be more than welcome.

While hiring reliable house cleaners may not sound as the hardest thing you will have to accomplish in your life, there are certain tips and tricks that will allow you to always stay on the safe side. Here are the top 5 really simple tips to follow when hiring house cleaners.



Make Holiday Guests Feel Welcome

Sarah Richardson’s 6 Essentials for Making Guests Feel Welcome

Home Design

As the holidays draw near, we prepare to gather with friends and family.  Designer Sarah Richardson’s new book, At Home: Sarah Style, is a room-by-room guide to creating a cozy space. Here are her essentials for making guests feel welcome.



Over 35 Homes in Tri-Cities Open to Public This Weekend

Real Estate Open Houses in the Tri-Cities Plentiful This Weekend

Open Houses

Searching for a home in the Fox Valley?  Take a peek at over 35 homes in St Charles, Geneva and Batavia, Illinois scheduled to have a real estate open house this weekend! Continue reading

8 New Homes For Sale This Week in North Aurora

Here are the latest homes for sale in North Aurora IL

Latest Homes This WeekIf you’re looking to get the scoop on other home buyers out there, you need to keep your eye on the latest homes for sale.

Our team provides you with the most accurate and up-to-date information available!  We show you every home for sale, regardless of who has it listed.  And unlike the big real estate sites, our list comes directly from the Multiple Listing Service, the same database Realtors use, and is updated every 15 minutes!

So let’s take a look at the latest homes for sale in North Aurora, IL already… Continue reading

Townhome Living in Elburn, Illinois

Townhomes in Elburn ILElburn IL Townhomes for Sale

Townhouses offer home ownership without a lot of the hassle or worry of owning a detached home.  Most all Elburn townhomes provide exterior maintenance, lawn care and snow removal.  Some townhomes provide even more benefits making day-to-day life even easier. Continue reading

Geneva IL Housing Update

Real Estate Market Update for Geneva, Illinois

Real Estate UpdateOkay, we’re two-thirds of the way through the year.  Time to start grading the real estate market by looking at some housing stats.

Today we’re taking a look at the real estate market in Geneva, IL.

The data for this report was compiled from our local MLS on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015.

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Home Prices in Fox Mill Remain Steady

Fox Mill, St Charles Home Values

fox mill home pricesReal estate is a hyper-local industry.
You can read the Wall Street Journal, surf Realtor.com and Zillow, but when it comes to your family’s home, you need to trust a local professional.  National headlines sell papers, local knowledge helps you realize the truth.

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Enjoy Life in Batavia IL Condos

batavia il condosBatavia IL Condos For Sale

Condo’s offer home ownership without a lot of the hassle or worry of owning a detached home.  Most all condos for sale in Batavia provide exterior maintenance, lawn care and snow removal.  Some condos provide even more benefits making day-to-day life even easier. Continue reading

Fox Valley Real Estate Open Houses 8/29 & 8/30

Real Estate Open Houses in the Fox Valley This Weekend

Fox Valley Real Estate Open HousesThis is a live list of real estate open houses in St CharlesGeneva and Batavia Illinois this weekend.  There are currently over 40 homes that will be open.

  • View every open house regardless of real estate company.
  • Updated from our local MLS system every 15 minutes.
  • Click on the property to get open house times, directions and details.
  • Can’t attend one of these real estate open houses?  No problem, click on the property below to check it out online now.

If you’re researching real estate in St Charles, Geneva or Batavia IL this is a great way to get started.  Head on out to some of these real estate open houses and see what’s available.


Complete list of real estate open houses scheduled in the tri-cities of St Charles, Geneva and Batavia IL. Updated directly from our local MLS every 15 minutes.
10 Results
Open House: Nov 29, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
502 Charles Street, GENEVA, IL 60134
$799,000 (New)
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,900
Open House: Nov 29, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
30 Stirrup Cup Court, ST. CHARLES, IL 60174
Beds: 4
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 3,950
Open House: Dec 6, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3N772 Meadowridge Circle, ST. CHARLES, IL 60175
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 | 1
Sq. Ft.: N/A
Open House: Nov 29, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1240 Davey Drive, BATAVIA, IL 60510
Beds: 4
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,148
Open House: Nov 29, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
903 Oak Crest Lane, ST. CHARLES, IL 60175
$449,000 (New)
Beds: 2
Baths: 3 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,282
Open House: Dec 5, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4670 Grandfield Drive, ST. CHARLES, IL 60175
Beds: 4
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 2,981
Open House: Nov 30, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Beds: 4
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,000
Open House: Nov 29, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
630 Persimmon Drive, ST. CHARLES, IL 60174
Beds: 4
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 3,187
Open House: Nov 29, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
524 North Van Buren Street, BATAVIA, IL 60510
Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,469
Open House: Nov 29, 2015 1:00 AM - 4:00 PM
611 North Street, Geneva, IL 60134
Beds: 3
Baths: 1 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,015
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How Do St Charles Schools Stack Up? [INFOGRAPHIC]

schoolsSchool has officially begun here in St Charles, IL!

All across town parents have loaded up their shopping carts with school supplies, picked out that all important first day outfit (with the help of their kids no doubt) and sent their little ones out the door to begin another year of learning.

With almost 5,000 elementary school students enrolled in St Charles School District 303, we wanted to take a look at how these schools stack up and how our young ones are learning.

We’ve put together an interesting infographic detailing student enrollment by school, class size, ISAT scores as well as what percentage of households in each school are on the move. Continue reading

Things You Don’t Need To Hear From Your Listing Agent

Listing Agent

You’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to:

  • Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home)
  • Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset
  • Set the fee for the services required to liquidate that asset

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Homes For Sale in Royal Fox, St Charles

Homes For Sale in Royal Fox, St Charles

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Built on the east side of St Charles, Illinois during the 1990’s, Royal Fox offers single family living in a convenient location.  Nearby amenities include St Charles East High School, Royal Fox Country Club, the Pheasant Run Resort and more.

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OPEN HOUSE: 646 Robin Ridge, Elgin IL Sunday July 19th

OPEN HOUSE, July 19, Sunday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
646 Robin Ridge, Elgin, IL
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$ Click for current price
4 BATHROOMS (4 full)
3600 Square Feet

The family will fall in love with this exquisite ranch on a half-acre cul-de-sac lot.  A beautifully terraced front yard will soon burst forth in colorful blooms highlighting the stone paver walls and flagstone steps to front entry.  A large paver patio and cedar deck in the fenced rear yard are perfect for your outdoor entertaining.  Inside, gleaming Brazilian cherry hardwood floors and custom millwork add a touch of elegance.  Vaulted ceilings, skylights, gorgeous Schrock custom cabinets in the kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances are just some more of the features to make this such a great family home.  All bedrooms are on the main floor and there are two masters, one which makes a nice guest or in-law suite.  A full hall bath is also on the main floor and there’s even a convenient laundry chute.  The stairs from the foyer lead to a large rec room in the walk-out lower lever with brick fireplace and access to the garage.  A den with closet could be bedroom 5, if needed, and there is a good-sized laundry room and another full bath, not to mention all the great storage.  This lovely ranch is more than a house, it is your forever home!

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Open Houses in the Fox Valley This Weekend

Real Estate Open Houses in the Fox Valley

Open Houses

For the weekend of July 11th & 12th, 2015.

This is the most updated list of real estate open houses in St CharlesGeneva and Batavia Illinois.

  • View every open house regardless of real estate company.
  • Updated from our local MLS system every 15 minutes.
  • Click on the property to get open house times, directions and details.
  • Can’t attend one of these real estate open houses?  No problem, click on the property below to check it out online now.

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Latest Homes for Sale in St Charles

These St Charles IL Homes Just Listed

Latest Homes This WeekWith home prices on the rise, and interest rates on the uptick, home buyers are out in force and trying to find something fast.

Savvy home sellers know this and inventory is increasing.  We’ve even started to experience multiple offer situations.

If you’re looking to move, make sure you get a head start on finding the latest homes for sale! Continue reading

St Charles Homeowners: Now Is The Time To Sell

We’ve all heard of the law of supply and demand.  Rare things cost more, an overabundance causes prices to drop.

The St Charles housing market is still in that sweet spot where demand outweighs supply, making it a great time to sell!

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St Charles Housing Inventory Poised to Increase

This winter has seen robust home sales in St Charles, Illinois and surround areas.  The inventory of available homes for sale remain relatively high but buyers are plentiful.

March is typically a time when more home sellers decide to enter the market.  Inventory has fallen but buyers remain, this is good news if you’ve been thinking of selling! Continue reading

300 Ways to Beat the St Charles Cold Snap


What a week it’s been for cold temperatures here in St Charles.  Wind chills of 20 below, times of zero visibility and now snow…it all leaves us longing for springtime.

Well, we’ve come up with hundreds of ways you and yours can beat this winter weather. Continue reading

7 Signs the Real Estate Market is Back!

Real Estate Market

Despite the doom and gloom reported in the media, the signs are out there.  Step away from the national headlines and talk to your local real estate professional.  Real estate is back! Continue reading

Thinking of Buying a Home? There’s a Cost to Waiting…

Home prices are normalizing but appreciation and interest rates are projected to rise in 2015.

cost of waiting

This chart shows the cost of waiting if you were to buy a $500,000 home.  Waiting just 12 months would raise the price of the home and with projected rates you would be looking at paying almost $5,000 more per year. Continue reading

Tour Some Geneva IL Luxury Homes

As of this posting, there are 13 luxury homes for sale in Geneva, Illinois.  Luxury homes are defined as being priced at $700,000 and above.

Geneva IL Luxury HomesAs you can see by the map above, the majority of these homes are located close to the Fox River with a few on the outskirts of town. Continue reading

Foreclosures No Longer a Problem in Fox Valley Real Estate Market

Good news for home sellers in the Fox Valley, not so good news for home buyers.

distressed property salesAccording to recent figures from the National Association of Realtors, distressed property sales are down.  In fact, they’re dropping like a rock.  The chart above shows national figures.  How are things in our local market? Continue reading

Has your family outgrown your St Charles home?

growing familyDid the new year bring you a new bundle of joy?  Is your family outgrowing your current home?

Now is an excellent time to buy a home in St Charles and there are plenty to choose from.

If you’re looking for a little more space to help make your family more comfortable, why not move up while prices are favorable and interest rates are still low? Continue reading

Declining Home Sales? Dont’ Believe the Hype

Existing home sales dropped in November, just like they do every winter.  Don’t be fooled by headlines about a real estate slow down, or a collapsing market.  That’s just not true.

chicken little

The drop in sales this winter isn’t anywhere close to the drop last year.  In fact, this season is on track to be one of the best winters we’ve seen in a decade! Continue reading

Frustrated Your Home Still Hasn’t Sold?

The reason that your home didn’t sell is that the market thinks your home is overpriced.

Home Hasn't Sold

As an expert in real estate marketing, both online and offline, I would like to offer you a free review of how the following items could increase the market’s perception of the value of your home: Continue reading

Fox Valley Real Estate Starts Year Strong

The Fox Valley real estate market started 2015 strong with over one hundred new listings coming on the market!

fox valley real estate market

One sure sign of consumer confidence in our local real estate market is the number of sellers putting their home on the market this week.  Here’s a breakdown of activity by city; Continue reading

64 Homes Sold in St Charles Last Month! Did Yours?

There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale.  The only thing they might want to consider is… If it hasn’t sold yet, maybe it’s not priced properly.

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home Before Spring

The holiday season is behind us, time to focus on what exciting new experiences 2015 can bring! If you’re planning on becoming a homeowner, or moving up to the home of your dreams in 2015, here are four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting until spring.

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Real Estate Open Houses in the Tri-Cities

Open Houses in the Tri-Cities This Weekend

Open HousesUpdated every 15 minutes…

Are you a serious homebuyer looking for a home now that the holidays are over?  Well bundle up and see some of these open houses in the tri-cities.

Unlike ZillowTrulia and Realtor.com, this list is pulled directly from our local MLS by The Kombrink Lobrillo Team at RE/MAX Great American North and is updated every 15 minutes.  This is the most complete and up-to-date list of open houses in the tri-cities you can find.  If you have questions about any of these homes for sale, or would like to confirm the times, please contact us at (630) 488-3300. Continue reading

Homes For Sale in Renaux Manor, St Charles

Renaux Manor

Built on the west side of St Charles, Illinois through the late 90’s, Renaux Manor offers both single family living and townhouses in a convenient location.  Nearby amenities include disc golf, the neighborhood Renaux Manor Park and a water park as well. Continue reading

The Komrink Lobrillo Team’s Home Buyer Guide Winter 2014

Home Buyer Guide Winter 2014

Home Buyer GuideHave you been wondering if now is a good time to buy a home? The real estate market has surely had its ups and downs over the last few years. The Kombrink Lobrillo Team has put together an easy to read, insightful, eBook to help answer this question. Download your complimentary copy now and find out; Continue reading

The Kombrink Lobrillo Team’s Home Seller Guide Winter 2014

Home Seller Guide

Home Seller Guide Winter 2014Have you been wondering if now is a good time to sell your home? The real estate market has surely had its ups and downs over the last few years. The Kombrink Lobrillo Team has put together an easy to read, insightful, eBook to help answer this question. Download your complimentary copy now to find out; Continue reading

New York Times: Homeownership is Best Way To Build Wealth

The New York Times recently published an editorial entitled, Homeownership and Wealth Creation.” The housing market has made a strong recovery, not only in sales and prices, but also in the confidence of consumers and experts as an investment.

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Fox Valley Luxury Home Market Takes Off

luxury homes

Do Fox Valley luxury home buyers know something we don’t?

As we come to the end of 2014 it’s time to look at how the real estate market performed.  This gives us a good indicator of where things are headed.

For this article, we decided to take a look at the change in home sales year-over-year by price point.  While home sales in the Fox Valley were down overall by 4%, there are some price points that experienced a rise in sales. Continue reading

Top 10 Real Estate Markets in the Fox Valley

Top 10 Real Estate Markets in the Fox Valley

With the year quickly winding down, let’s look back and see how local real estate markets performed in the Fox Valley.

When we set out to write this post, the idea was just to rank cities in the Fox Valley by the number of closed sales.  We soon realized however, that doesn’t really provide much insight.  Of course the cities with the most sales would be those with higher populations and more amenities.  We would end up with a list of the tri-cities (St Charles, Geneva and Batavia) ranking at the top. Continue reading

7 Signs that Prove the Real Estate Market is Back!

Real Estate Market is BackDespite the gloom and doom reported in the media…the signs are out there. Step away from the headlines and talk to your local real estate professional. Real Estate is Back!

Over the last few years, existing home sales are up overall. Of course they fluctuate month-to-month and seasonally. New home construction is also on the rise.

Average home prices across the nation have stabilized along with expected appreciation. According to financial experts, not Realtors, the average home in the U.S. is expected to appreciate over 3% each year for the next 5 years. Continue reading