“Providing the highest level of service requires concrete experience, a foundation of proven results, and a heartfelt desire to ‘thrill’ your clients every time!”
With over 500 career closings and 18 years in real estate, Maria Gracik embodies experience. She has skillfully adapted to and thrived in every kind of housing market, proving that the best REALTOR®is not just a talented market forecaster, but one who puts client needs first.
Maria is committed to helping buyers and sellers connect, putting her keen insight, confidence, home-finding abilities and contract-negotiation skills to work in their best interest. Over three-quarters of her business comes from referrals, a testament to her ability to provide thoughtful and sound advice to her clients.
In 2009, Maria co-founded the Gracik Makinney Group with her accomplished partner, Tom Makinney, marrying the diverse talents of its members to service any client need in Elmhurst and the surrounding western suburbs. Together, their 30+ years of experience gives the group vast knowledge of the existing home and new construction markets, and experience with transferees as well. In 2015 they were ranked in the Top 7 of DuPage County Teams for production.
Also in 2009, Maria earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), and was one of only 1600 agents nationwide at the time to receive this designation for her extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. She is a consistent multi-million dollar producer.
“To me, success is when your clients are truly happy with one of the most important decisions of their life.”
Maria has lived in Elmhurst since 1990 and is married to a lifelong resident. Both of her sons attended Elmhurst schools, where Maria was actively involved in the school and sports programs, and serves as a Junior Achievement volunteer. She also participates in a variety of local fundraising activities. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.
Prior to her career in real estate, Maria worked in customer service management for a major airline and in executive travel services, where she sharpened her negotiation skills.
“Find out why loyal clients keep coming back, and send their friends and family to me!”
Clients are saying:
"Maria is the kind of realtor that you hope to have. She is pleasant to work with, eager to help and has remarkable knowledge of the housing inventory and neighborhoods. She provided insightful advice and brought to our attention considerations we never thought of. Maria was mindful of our reactions and comments during tours so that she could find us the perfect house--which she did! We couldn't be happier!"
"Maria was extremely helpful guiding my wife and I through the home buying process in Elmhurst. She was insightful, quick to respond to any questions we had and helped us get through tough negotiations to buy a great house for a great price. Really cannot recommend Maria highly enough. Was a pleasure!"
"Maria has helped us with three house transactions in Elmhurst over 5 years. We will always use her. She is professional , thorough, patient and understanding of our needs as both a buyer and a seller. Maria worked with my 86 year old mother and made her feel comfortable and confident in her decisions all along the buying process."
"Excellent experience throughout the entire process of purchasing my new home. I have been a client of Maria's on previous real estate transactions throughout the years as both a buyer & seller. She is highly educated about the market and works with a professional team."
"Maria is great! I trusted her judgement 100% and it paid off. The entire process was very smooth, both buying my new home and selling the old home. Thanks Maria!"