Tom Makinney Jr.

Tom Makinney Jr.

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George Kafka
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George Kafka is a Chicago native with over 20 years' experience in real estate. In addition to buying and selling, his background includes new construction, rehabbing, leasing and interior staging.

George is known for his integrity, professionalism, communication and sense of humor in what can be a high-stress time for clients. Utilizing cutting edge technology, creative marketing and a unique 3 step process, he tailors his approach to each client's situation ensuring a successful outcome. George received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and his MBA from North Park University. He resides in the western suburbs with his wife and their three children.

Elicia Jacobson
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A native of Northwest Indiana, Elicia has been a Chicago resident for the past 14 years. She has lived in several neighborhoods, including Lincoln Park and River North. She originally moved to Chicago for college, receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from DePaul University. Elicia and her husband enjoy traveling, exploring Chicago, and attending Bulls games. She also loves stopping into the Anti-Cruelty Society to visit with the animals looking for forever homes. They recently decided to make the move to the western suburbs, where they are putting the finishing touches on their newly built custom home in Elmhurst.

Elicia places value in honesty and integrity above all else. She decided to make a career in real estate because she was inspired by building her own home to finally pursue her dream of becoming a broker. The most exciting part of the buying or selling experience for Elicia is helping to paint a picture of how you can make a space your own and make it your home.

As a detail oriented person, she will be able to put her previous experience as an analyst at Aon  to use by making sure you are not only getting a home you love, but a smart investment for your future. A social creature at heart, she will be able to use her account management and customer service knowledge from Groupon  to balance every part involved in a real estate transaction. Most importantly, she will be able to use her negotiation skills from Morningstar to ensure you have accurate pricing for your home.

Whether you are buying or selling; Elicia is passionate about finding the right home for you, the ideal buyer for your home, or refer you to an expert anywhere in the U.S. or internationally.

Jill Giorno
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As an Elmhurst resident for 22 years, Jill Giorno brings a unique core of qualities and values to real estate. She has lived in the western suburbs since 1997, residing in Naperville and Oak Park before finally settling in Elmhurst. Prior to practicing real estate, Jill was a small business owner in Elmhurst for eight years, and was a school social worker in Oak Park for seven years.  She holds a Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago.  This comes in very handy when she's working with client's making one of the most important decisions in their life.

As a former small business owner and resident in Elmhurst, Jill brings a wide range of knowledge in Elmhurst and suburban real estate.  She truly understands the importance of positive client relationships, and her ability to earn and maintain trust, coupled with a knack to connect people new to the community, are qualities she is extremely proud of.

Jill and her husband, Wade, are proud to raise their family in Elmhurst and enjoy watching their children participate in many extracurricular activities. Her favorite pastimes include hockey and golf, anything involving fitness, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Jill is thrilled to be mentored by some of the best in the business and was extremely impressed by the extensive training @properties gives their agents.

Contact Jill when you are ready to make your move.

Krista Waski
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Get to Know Krista Waski, Operations Manager

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

A: Before we ever joined forces, I had bought and sold houses in Elmhurst listed by Tom. We had stayed in touch (definitely the norm with Tom), and he contacted me a few years ago to become his operations manager.  

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 five, we're able to give unbeatable support during the entire real estate process.  

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

A: Dynamic is a word that fits us in many ways. W'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 Livia, Zenwich, Red Arrow, and Brewpoint 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 soccer 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. Hockey, cross training, and biking 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!