Elmhurst real estate blog archive


Displaying blog entries 1-10 of 10

@properties receives 2016 Merrick Momentum Award

by Thomas Makinney


We’re proud of what we do here at @properties, and it’s always gratifying when others recognize the hard work and innovation that we bring to the real estate world.

So we are both humbled and honored to be the winner of the 2016 Merrick Momentum Award from the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center and 1871 Chicago. The award celebrates entrepreneurs and recognizes innovators in Chicago’s tech community. Other finalists included SpotHero, Uptake, Learnmetrics, Rise Interactive, and Caremerge.

The Merrick Momentum Award is bestowed annually to a local company that shows momentum and is on track to be one of the next great companies to emerge from Chicago. Past recipients of the award include Avant, kCura, Braintree, GrubHub, Eved, and SAVVO among others.

@properties was established in 2000 and is already the largest independent real estate brokerage firm in Illinois, and one of the top 12 residential brokers in the U.S. We are locally owned and independent, and offer award-winning sales and marketing, industry-leading technology, and experienced, innovative brokers.

The awards were presented on Oct. 6 at the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel in Chicago. Other honorees include Civis Analytics, which received the 2016 Merrick “Rising Star” Award; Comcast , which received the 2016 Corporate Champion Award; Impact Engine, which received the Chicagoness Award; and Jai Shekhawat, with the Entrepreneurial Champion Award.

To learn more about the award, visit the 1871 website. To learn more about our level of service and how we leverage our technology to guide you through the process of finding or selling a home, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com

Gracik/Makinney Named One of Best Real Estate Teams in U.S.

by Thomas Makinney

We’re taking a moment to do a little happy dance. Gracik/Makinney was just named one of the 2016 Best Real Estate Agent Teams in the country by REAL Trends.

The list ranks the most productive agents by state and metropolitan area, and represents the top 1% of all real estate professionals nationwide.

To be included on the list, a team must have closed 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume for the prior year. Only closed, residential transactions are considered, not commercial sales or leases/rentals.

"I'd like to thank our clients for making our success possible!" said Tom Makinney. "I think it's the way we guide our clients through the real estate process that keeps them coming back and referring us. Professionalism, knowledge, trust—an easier experience is what we're all about."

Rankings are compiled based on surveys from every national branded network, many state and local associations of Realtors®, multiple listing services, all applicants from past years’ rankings, and the 1,600 largest brokerage firms in the United States. Verification from an independent source is required for all submissions. In addition, REAL Trends senior staff reviews every submission for completeness and accuracy.

This is REAL Trends’ fourth year producing the ranking, which is sponsored by Zillow Group.

To see the complete list of rankings across the country, visit realtrends.com/rankings/americas-best. To find out what makes us so successful, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at gmregroup.com.

Gracik Makinney in Top 10 Realtors of DuPage County!

by Thomas Makinney

Gracik Makinney continues to rack up the recognition. Chicago Agent Magazine recently published its DuPage County Top 20 Agents of 2015, and we are thrilled to come in at #7! Our team of Tom Makinney, Maria Gracik, Marie McCall, and assistant Krista Waski sold more homes per agent than any other team in Elmhurst.

In 2015 our group listed more than 50 properties, and sold more than 40, for a total volume of over $45 million. 

We’re proud of our strong teamwork that works relentlessly to help clients sell or purchase their homes. We combine both our expertise and our resources to help buyers and sellers have a smooth and painless transaction. And our commitment to excellent customer service is evident by all the listings and purchases that we see to completion.

We know that buying and selling your home is one of the biggest decisions of your life and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com and find out why we’re such a winning team! 

@ Properties Breaks into Crain's "Fast Fifty of 2014"

by Thomas Makinney

Move over, Coldwell Banker!
@ Properties proves itself a force to be reckoned with as it breaks into Crain’s “Fast Fifty of 2014” list as the #2 brokerage in Illinois.

 How did we do it?
 In 2009 when most were scaling back on offices and advertising, @ Properties pushed forward with aggressive marketing and expansion.

Established in 2000 by real estate professionals 
Thaddeus Wong and Michael Golden, the firm has over 50,000 successful transactions under their belt with more than 1,200 licensed brokers.  While @ Properties is second to Coldwell Banker, they don’t wish to follow in the popular brokerage’s footsteps.  Refusing to franchise their brand or buy out rivals, @ Properties made their mark with their North Shore expansion and continues to flourish with more than 4 billion in sales and 15 offices.

Impressed yet? Of course, but there’s more!
In the US @ Properties ranks in the Top 25, while in the city of Chicago they are #1 in residential sales, and in Illinois they are proud to say they are the largest independent firm. 
Check out the full list of Fast Fifty of 2014 here.
We are proud to be a part of such a successful firm. To find out firsthand how @ Properties professionals will expertly handle your buying or selling needs, contact us at the Gracik Makinney Group at www.gmregroup.com or call us at 630-441-5570.

The Best is Here in Elmhurst!

by Thomas Makinney

There are 102 counties in Illinois, and Elmhurst’s own DuPage county has been ranked among the healthiest in the state. The ranking comes from a national study released recently from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. DuPage County ranked higher than the state average in all categories but one – the percentage of restaurants that are fast food-based. The state average is 50% for this category, and our average came out at 54%.

According to an RWJF press release, the study is intended to examine “25 factors that influence health, including rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, teen birth rates, access to physicians and dentists, rates of high school graduation and college attendance, access to healthy foods, levels of physical activity, and percentages of children living in single parent households.”

The study found that DuPage County has the lowest rate of premature death, the best health behaviors, and the best clinical care in the state. Other factors, however, such as morbidity rankings (25th of 102) and physical environment (64th of 102) brought the county’s overall score down to sixth place. On a positive note, DuPage finished ahead of all of its neighboring counties – Kendall (7th), Kane (12th), Will (25th), and Cook (78th).

As well as being a healthy place to live, DuPage County offers its residents some of the best real estate professionals, too. Coldwell Banker Elmhurst released its list of top sellers for February, and The Gracik Makinney Group was the highest producer with seven transactions totaling $4.1 million. Our parent organization, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, is part of the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company, NRT LLC, and serves Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin, and Southwest Michigan with 54 offices housing more than 3,400 sales associates.

All of us here at The Gracik Makinney Group are proud to call Elmhurst home, and we’d be happy to help make it your home, too. With personal dedication, community knowledge, and a wealth of industry experience, we’re ready to do our best to help you realize your real estate goals. Drop by the office today at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let’s get started.

Gracik Makinney Group Brings Five Star Service to Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

Thank you, Elmhurst! The Gracik Makinney group is proud to announce that we have been selected as a 2012 Five Star Real Estate Agent by Chicago magazine.

The Five Star Professional group partners each year with the magazine to determine the real estate agents in the area who provide exceptional service and overall satisfaction to customers and professional service to peers.

Those surveyed included local residents who bought a home costing more than $150,000 in the last year, subscribers to Chicago magazine, and 250 local mortgage and title companies.

Here’s how the magazine describes the award:

The Five Star Professional research team contacted clients, peers and industry experts and asked if they had experience working with a real estate agent. Those who participated in the research provided the name of a real estate agent and rated that individual according to criteria such as integrity, communication and customer service.

This is a very prestigious award, and we want to again thank everyone in the Elmhurst area who gave us the great recommendations that placed us among such an elite group of agents. All at Gracik Makinney Group take pride in offering exceptional service to everyone we deal with, always doing so with integrity and reliability.

Look for us in the October issue of Chicago magazine, and congratulations to all the other winners!

This award will only make us work harder to be the agent of choice for all your real estate needs. If you’re looking to buy or sell Elmhurst real estate or properties in the surrounding area, contact the Gracik Makinney Group, or call (630) 567-5902.

Gracik Makinney Group Cannot Be Thankful Enough!

by Thomas Makinney

Not only is Elmhurst, IL a great place to live, it’s also a great place to run a business. And no one appreciates this more than the Gracik Makinney Group.

The combination of our fantastic customers and our all-out commitment to excellence has brought us much success. It’s also helped us to be the proud recipient of the Koenig and Strey 2011 Platinum Production Award for sales excellence. 

This is the highest award presented to agents of Koenig and Strey, and it means that we put our customers first in all we do. Whether you’re buying or selling an Elmhurst, IL home, we at Gracik Makinney Group will make it a stress-free and successful experience. 

We love being a part of the Elmhurst community and hope to be here for years to come. Thank you again for helping us to be the best in serving you!

Choose an award-winning agency for your next real estate transaction. If you’re looking to buy or sell Elmhurst real estate or surrounding area, contact the Gracik Makinney Group, or call (630) 567-5902.

2011 – A Very Good Year at Gracik Makinney Group!

I would like to once again wish everyone in the Elmhurst area a very happy and healthy New Year.  The Gracik Makinney Group, as well as Koenig & Strey Elmhurst Office, are celebrating great success in 2011 and planning for the same in 2012.

As highlighted in Chicago Agent Magazine, two members of Koenig & Strey were ranked in the top five of DuPage County’s Top 20 Agents by total dollar volume closed. I’m proud to say that Gracik Makinney Group ranked fifth, and we would like to congratulate the other agents.

In addition to maintaining the lead in the Elmhurst Luxury Real Estate market, the Gracik Makinney Group and the Elmhurst office of Koenig & Strey also ranked #1 in the Elmhurst Market Share.

This level of achievement is no small accomplishment in these economic times.

Gracik Makinney Group’s success comes from the dedication, hard work, and commitment of our agents who give their all to help our great clients buy, sell and invest with confidence. And it also comes from the support of family and friends.

We give our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped make 2011 a remarkable year for Gracik Makinney Group. We look forward to the challenges and rewards of serving you in the year to come.

Come experience the confidence of working with a great company! If you’re looking for property in the Elmhurst and DuPage County area, call me, Tom Makinney, at our home office, (630) 567-5902, or check out my website.

Koenig & Strey The Elmhurst Office - #1 in Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney


Once again, Koenig & Strey The Elmhurst Office is #1 in the Elmhurst real estate market.  We are involved in as many or more real estate transactions as all other major companies in town combined.  If you look at the attached graph, where 2010 is shown in gray and 2011 in red, Koenig & Strey The Elmhurst Office not only lead the pack in 2011 but also increased our market share more than any other company. Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is proud to be a part of this continued success and would like to thank our many clients for making this possible.


Gracik Makinney, once part of Schiller Real Estate, is part of a winning agency at Koenig & Strey. The numbers do not lie; Koenig & Strey is the most retained real estate agency in Elmhurst…hands down. Koenig & Strey enjoys a 35% market share in Elmhurst which increased  from 25% market share at this time in 2010.

While market share and being the Elmhurst real estate leader may sound great, Gracik Makinney looks deeper. These numbers show that real estate buyers and sellers in Elmhurst trust Keoneig & Strey more than any other agency in the area. We pride ourselves on that trust and work tirelessly to earn the trust of our newest customers. Trust Gracik Makinney with your Elmhurst home…and see why we are part of the number 1 real estate agency in Elmhurst. 

Displaying blog entries 1-10 of 10