“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, because relationships are key at the Gracik Makinney Group. Individual success is team success. A staggering 75% of their business comes from referrals and repeat clients, a testament to the value placed on relationships.
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.
- 2015 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, 1/1/15-12/31/15 sales volume
“Over 90% of consumers begin their real estate search online, but that is only the beginning of what they need to ultimately find success. The Web is a wealth of inventory, but clients need help navigating the process. We streamline their efforts, provide customized service, and often know of inventory not yet on the market through our vast networks. Our knowledge of Elmhurst and its surrounding areas is invaluable when buying or selling here, and our personal support is second to none.”
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.
“Choosing an agent is not about us; it’s about you. Our accomplishments and ranking only mean something if your real estate goals are achieved. Let’s have fun achieving them!”
Clients are saying:
"Tom did a great job for us. Told us what we needed to hear and not what we wanted to hear on the sale of our house. When things got crazy on the home we bought, he was always available and stayed on top of everything to make it happen for us!"
"Tom was amazing, He listened to all of our requests and was very patient with us looking at homes. He has so much knowledge and experience that we never stopped finding out more and more about the home buying process. We will definitely recommend him to our friends."
"Tom handles himself in a very professional manner. Pleasure working with him."
"Tom’s exceptional knowledge of real estate is greatly appreciated. He walked us through the whole process and made the sale of our home go smooth. I would highly recommend Tom to anyone who is looking to sell their house."
"Tom was fantastic! He sold our home after we relocated out-of-state. He was our"