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About Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group

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  • Team Biography
    130 W. Park Ave
    Elmhurst
    IL 60126 US

     

    Competitive.

    This word not only describes the nature of both Maria and Tom, but also the history on which this dynamic team was built. 

    As two of the strongest real estate professionals in the Elmhurst area, Tom and Maria were continuously pushing to the top, breaking each others records and finding the other as their strongest competition.

    And so in 2009 they decided to join forces. They found that together, their combined 30+ years of experience would be unstoppable in this ever-changing market. Both Maria and Tom have a strong desire and commitment to finding the ideal match for buyers, sellers, and renters alike.

    This heartfelt pursuit is not just set on their feelings, but on a foundation of proven results. Since 2006 they have sold over 300 homes and over $150,000,000 in sales!  In 2011 they achieved the Top 5 of DuPage County Agents and Rank #1 in Elmhurst Market Share.  Each have won numerous awards, been at the top of their profession and have assisted many in achieving success.

    If you are looking for the most driven team of real estate professionals that will work efficiently and effectively for you – look no further!

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  • Maria Gracik
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    130 W. Park Ave
    Elmhurst
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.306.7882

    I am dedicated to the highest level of service for buyers and sellers. I have a keen insight with marketing techniques, home-finding abilities and knowledgeable contract negotiation skills. I am passionate about real estate and more of an expert than ever as my experience continues to grow.

    Working with the strength of the Gracik Makinney Group just about guarantees that, together, we’ll meet your goals. My driving interest is helping buyers and sellers connect, no matter which one you might be.

    Achievements:

    • Full time Realtor since 1997
    • Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Elmhurst Office Top Sales Associate
    • Vast knowledge of the New Construction Market and experience with transferee's
    • Earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation in January 2009. At that time only 1600 agents nationwide have this designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales
    • Elmhurst public schools Junior Achievement Volunteer
    • Consistent Multi Million Dollar Producer
    • Top 5% of Realtors Nationwide
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  • Thomas Makinney
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    130 W. Park Ave
    Elmhurst
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.567.5902

    “Our highest priorities are your highest priorities — ethics and honesty, skilled representation, expert negotiating, vast market knowledge, proven results — the Gracik Makinney Group makes the difference in reaching the closing table.”    
       Tom Makinney approaches real estate as a “connector” — connecting buyers to sellers, solutions to needs, reality to vision. With an inherent love of architecture and passion for people, connecting clients to their goals in home ownership brings new opportunity to each day.
      
    One will rarely hear Tom speak of his personal accomplishments without acknowledging his team. Why work with a team of realtors? One distinct advantage is that each team member has a unique sphere of influence. When combined, these spheres create a strong pool of valuable information for each client. Team support, broad-based marketing and transaction management, along with the team’s collective knowledge and experience, creates a worry-free, enjoyable real estate experience. For sellers, each team member knows the inventory and is available to show the property. For buyers, the blended market acumen of the team members can help the buyer make informed decisions when thinking about a property, a community or negotiating a sale. 

    • 2013 Top Ten DuPage County Team, Gracik Makinney Group*
    • Consistent multi-million dollar annual producers, over 1,000 closed transactions, Gracik Makinney Group
    • 2009, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation
    • 1996, BS Operations Management Information Systems, Northern Illinois University
    • Triathlete, hockey player, stand up paddle board enthusiast

    *Chicago Agent magazine, 1/1/13-11/30/13 sales volume

    Tom has lived in Elmhurst since the tender age of four, and now raises his own family in the community. A devoted husband and proud father to three beautiful young daughters, he knows first-hand the meaning of “home” and “roots.” Although Elmhurst appeals to a wide variety of buyer, including singles and empty nesters, its fine schools and amenities make it a huge draw for families.  

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  • Gina Brigham
    Buyer's Agent
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    130 W. Park Ave
    Elmhurst
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.240.5006

    “I know and love Elmhurst, and understand the difference between ‘purchasing an address’
    and ‘making a home’ here. I thoroughly enjoy educating clients on the many nuances of this
    special community — the schools and parks, services and businesses, not to mention the
    wonderful people who live here —  a place I’ve been proud to call ‘home’ for over 20 years.”

    Gina Brigham brings a unique perspective to Elmhurst real estate. A winning combination of years in the financial and mortgage industries, first-hand local market knowledge, dedication to community service and volunteerism, and being a longtime resident make her the right choice for anyone thinking of buying in Elmhurst.

    She brings an energy and enthusiasm to her work which helps alleviate the emotional stress common to moving, and after personally moving her own family four times within the first twelve years of living in town, Gina “gets” how important it is to have the right person in your corner to make the process as enjoyable and worry-free as possible.

     Balancing work, family and service is a priority for Gina Brigham. A very busy real estate career, not to mention active home life with her husband and three sons still finds room for giving back to her community and her sons’ schools at every opportunity.  

    Career Experience and Community Service

    • BS, Finance, Elmhurst College
    • Investment Advisor, LaSalle Bank
    • Mortgage Banker and Residential Loan Originator, Standard Bank and Chicago Bancorp
    • City of Elmhurst Commissioner, Board of Police and Fire Commissioners
    • City of Elmhurst Financial Task Force
    • Elmhurst School District 205 Facilities Task Force
    • Chairperson, York Student Enrichment Team (YSET)

    “One of the most exciting parts of my job is calling a client to tell them that their offer has been accepted and they’ll soon be new homeowners. It is personally and professionally rewarding to know that you’ve been part of such a momentous event in someone’s life, and that they trust you to see every detail through to its successful completion.”

    From financial analysis and market savvy to professional referrals and highest care,
    contact Gina Brigham for superior guidance on Elmhurst home buying!

     

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  • Mary Riva
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    130 W. Park Ave
    Elmhurst
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.880.7703

    Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is proud to welcome the esteemed Mary Riva to our group. A former beauty salon owner in Oak Park, Mary is a 30 year veteran of the real estate industry, and has been a top producer in the Elmhurst area for a majority of that time. Her experience extends throughout DuPage County, where she has sold all types and styles of new and resale homes.

    As a generation of family, friends, and clients can attest, it is Mary’s inherent determination and huge heart that have assisted her to become the consummate professional. We invite you to reconnect with Mary Riva, or meet her for the first time, and see for yourself why Gracik Makinney Group is overjoyed to have her part of our company. 

     

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  • Maureen McCoy
    Buyer's Agent
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    130 W. Park Ave
    Elmhurst
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.373.1683

    Maureen grew up in the Western suburbs of Chicago.  She has lived in Elmhurst with her husband and 4 children since 1999.  Her children have been involved in a myriad of activities and clubs over the years. They have also attended both public and private schools in Elmhurst and surrounding communities, including Hawthorne Elementary, Immaculate Conception Grade School, Fenwick High School, and York High School.  Because of this background, Maureen has a vast knowledge of Elmhurst and nearby areas.  

    Maureen graduated from Loras College with a B.A. in marketing.  She worked in Major Accounts at Xerox developing a strong customer service background and built research and analysis skills in the Financial Printing group at R.R. Donnelley.  A love of working with people in general has primed Maureen to excel in the world of real estate.  Being a part of someone's home purchase or sale is a privilege for Maureen.  Ensuring her clients have the most current market data is a top priority and she is dedicated to providing her customers the best possible service every step of the way.  

    Achievements:

    • Member of Illinois Association of Realtors

    • Member of Main Street Board of Realtors

    • Graduate of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Business Development Series

    • Elmhurst public schools PTA volunteer

    • Monthly volunteer with PADS (Dupage County Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

    • Member of the Solicitation Committee for the Immaculate Conception Grade School Annual Fundraiser

    • Elmhurst CB Office team coordinator for Ronald McDonald House Charity Truck Pull Fundraiser

    • Immaculate Conception Grade School Fine Arts Class volunteer

     

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  • Marie McCall
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    130 W. Park Ave
    Elmhurst
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.567.3797

    About Marie McCall

    “My pledge to you is outstanding service. My reputation equals integrity
    at its highest level. My goal is to simplify the real estate process and
    educate clients so they can make informed, successful decisions.”

    Marie McCall is passionate about real estate!  She prides herself on being a supportive, caring advocate with extensive experience in negotiation. A full-time REALTOR® since 1995, Marie’s husband, Dave originally encouraged her to obtain her license because of her natural love of people and strong desire to help others.  He had firsthand knowledge of her keen listening skills and ability to creatively problem solve.  Marie also utilized her previous  ten years of client service experience with a major automotive manufacturer to understand the critical importance of responsiveness and follow-through.

    Marie recently discovered firsthand what it means to relocate when her family packed their bags and sold their home of 27 years.  Selling is so much more than obtaining a buyer, and relocating adds layers of detail and consideration to a move. She quickly realized the important role she plays in helping her clients manage the often daunting real estate process, explaining every step along the way, as well as keeping expectations and emotions balanced.

    Loving Where You Live

    Marie is an expert on the Elmhurst and Oak Brook communities since she and her husband raised their two children there.  Marie was actively involved in District 205 schools, following her children as they progressed through the school system.  PTA, Junior Achievement, York Boosters, Woodside Estates Homeowner’s Association, and Oak Brook Civic Association are a few organizations to which Marie devoted many volunteer hours.  Ask Marie about her involvement in the “Friends of Elmhurst” organization that has assisted the many less fortunate families in the Back of the Yards inner city neighborhood.   Proud member of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Marie is pleased to serve as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, CCW member, and has been a 2nd grade Religious Education teacher for 10 years.

    Recognized for Service; Trusted for Results

    Marie’s desire to be Best In Class is what drove her to the Gracik Makinney Group–  teamwork that promises first class service and expert market knowledge.   Home values have changed much over the past few years; sometimes overnight! The Gracik Makinney Group combines 32+ years of experience to provide their clients up-to-the-minute market knowledge.

    Core Strengths

    Realistic market analysis, excellent negotiation skills, honesty, and integrity are most often cited as Marie’s key differentiators. She is a Certified Negotiation Consultant, Accredited Buyer Representative, multi-million dollar producer, and was awarded as one of the top 10% sales associates in 2012 and 2013. 

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  • Gina Morici
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    130 W. Park Ave
    Elmhurst
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 847.703.0906

    About Gina Morici

    “Real estate is a relationship driven business. In addition to providing
    professional guidance and service, I take great pride in my relationships
    with clients and continuing to assist with their needs beyond the closing table.”

    Gina’s passion for real estate begins with an inherent love of helping others achieve their goals. The foundation of her partnerships with clients includes mutual trust, consistent communication, and helping them make well-informed decisions. Gina is a member of the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group in Elmhurst, a Top 10 DuPage County Team*. Her vast market and community expertise extends beyond the Elmhurst, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and Burlington areas.    

    “I do not consider being successful in real estate a ‘numbers’ game. To me, this
    business is a ‘people’ game. My success comes from helping people make
    buying or selling their home a positive, enjoyable experience!”

    Prior to entering the real estate field, Gina ran her family’s St. Charles based manufacturing business for over a decade. Her leadership and talents built the marketing, sales and financial aspects of the company, and she applies a similar skill set to her work today. In life and in work, she believes that a high level of commitment always yields great results.

    In 1990, Gina received her BA in Public Relations and Marketing from Illinois State University. Today, she is an active member of the Elmhurst Junior Women's Club and River Forest Country Club. She also enjoys golf and spending quality outdoor time with her family.

    “Aristotle said, ‘Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.’
    Contact me if you want an agent who’s passionate about your success!”

    *Source: CDPE 2013 DuPage County Top 10 Agents

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  • Krista Waski
    Executive Assistant
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    130 W. Park Ave
    Elmhurst
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.267.7545

    Get to Know Krista Waski, Executive Assistant

    Q: Krista, how did you get started with the Gracik Makinney Group?

    A: Before they ever joined forces, my family had bought and sold houses in Elmhurst listed by Maria and Tom. We had all stayed in touch (definitely the norm with Tom and Maria!), and they contacted me a few years ago to become their assistant.   

    Q: What makes you guys different?   

    A: When clients work with us, they experience individuals with complementing strengths who work together to bring them buying and selling success. With a team of six, we’re able to give unbeatable support during the entire real estate process.  

    Q: If you could think of one word to describe the Gracik Makinney Group, what would it be?

    A: “Dynamic” is a word that fits us in many ways. We’re dynamic in terms of our high energy, dynamic in the way we make results happen for our clients, dynamic in how we lead the market trends. People who work with us sense that we are action-oriented, positive and forward-thinking.     

    Q: What do clients want and need in their real estate agents today?

    A: Buyers and sellers need agents who are proven and experienced, and want agents who keep their best interests a highest priority and make real estate an enjoyable experience. We keep things light but never lose focus on what we’re working to achieve.

    Q: Tell us about the Elmhurst community. What makes it attractive to potential buyers?

    A: All of us know Elmhurst extremely well. You don’t have to live here long to realize the beauty of the community, its excellent amenities, the importance of education and family. Two special areas, the Prairie Path and Eldridge Park, which connects to the Salt Creek Greenway Trail, are simply beautiful and not to be missed. Local haunts such as Flight 112, Zenwich, Chow, and Elijah’s Coffee are personal favorites, although I could name many more establishments in town that are just awesome!

    Q: What should we know about Krista Waski?

    A: I love what I do professionally, working behind the scenes for our team to help our agents do their best work for our clients. I also love my personal life. I’m not only a very proud hockey, baseball, dance and theatre mom to two amazing kids, I’m a two-time “tough mudder.” (Translation: I compete in 10-12 mile long military-style obstacle courses!) And so yes, I’m obviously into fitness. Running, cross training, yoga and spinning are tops on my weekly list. 

    Q: Final thoughts?

    A: Regarding real estate, choose the team that knows how to get the job done and make it fun. That’s us! Stop in and say “hello.” You’ll be treated like one of the team! 

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