Tom Makinney Jr.

Tom Makinney Jr.

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Testimonials

Overall 5 star rating out of 89 reviews



"Tom was fantastic! He is so knowledgeable about the city of Elmhurst and really helped us understand the different neighborhoods. With Tom's expertise we quickly found a house that fit all of our checklist items. We are so happy!"



"Tom Makinney sold our home in a very difficult market. He kept us updated at all times of changes in the market and had great suggestions to help enhance the sale of our home Tom is professional, friendly, and knowledgeable about real estate and his expertise is unsurpassed. We are grateful to Tom for all he has done for us from the time we signed with @Properties till the closing of our sale contract."



"Tom did an outstanding job selling our house! He negotiated a great deal and did it quickly and without any drama. Plus our house sold in just a couple of weeks! He knows the neighborhood and has tons of contacts that made the whole experience easier. We would recommend him in a second!"



""Our  experience with Tom was super. Tom is quite familiar with all of Elmhurst and particularly our street. He is always available to answer questions in person and by phone, text accurate information, and provide us prompt suggestions to address the home selling process. Moving out of a house after living there for 33 years raised a wide range of emotions for us, yet, Tom was patient and wise at helping us get through successfully. We know Tom genuinely cared.  Helping achieve a contract for sale within less than 30 days on the market was a true highlight. We highly recommend Tom to everyone planning to sell an Elmhurst home.""



"We had a great experience with Tom. He is very familiar with Elmhurst, took the time to answer all our questions along the way, provided feedback from every showing, and gave us prompt suggestions to address valid feedback. Selling a house is a very emotional process but Tom was excellent at helping us get through it. We felt Tom genuinely cared. I highly recommend Tom if you are looking to sell a house in Elmhurst."



"Tom is THE MAN. He is the most helpful, responsive, easy-to-deal-with realtor ever. Not only did he help us find our dream home, he helped us save ONE HUNDRED FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS on it!!! With his market research, he advised us on what to offer and how to offer it, and made our dreams come true!! We loved working with Tom and would 100% recommend him to anyone looking to purchase a home."



"Tom McKinney’s whole team of real estate professionals will never let you down. I’ve worked with them for years and it’s always top notch service. Their knowledge and experience in real estate is above and beyond so I feel safe buying or selling with them."



"Tom is a true professional. He has a true sense of what it takes to sell a home. His recommendations to the seller are thoughtful and clearly identified. If you follow his advice you will certainly have a much easier time selling a home. He provides comparative home information in the area in an effort to help the seller identify how their home can be valued."



"Tom was a pleasure to work with, especially since this was my first home purchase! I would highly recommend Tom and his team to anyone looking for clarity, timely responses and local knowledge. Thanks again for everything!

Eric"



"Tom sold our home in 2 days while listing it in an even shorter time frame. Accurate market knowledge and negotiation analysis. Always felt properly represented."



"highly recommended. Readily available and offers a great deal of time and knowledge to the process. He managed all the details and made the processes simpler for the sellers. He went above and beyond by giving the extra security of going to the future buyers home to assess its ability to sell before accepting the offer. Very professional."



"Tom and his company did a great job of listing and selling our home. The pictures were fantastic and everyone we dealt with was very professional. I would highly recommend Tom to anyone looking to list their home for sale.

Chris"



"We had the pleasure of working with Tom for our recent relocation from California to the Chicago area.

Our time to find a property and negotiate a deal was very limited, and due to the fact that I had just given birth to my fourth child the majority of our interactions with Tom had to be completed long-distance.

Tom was very helpful with our Real Estate buying experience, and in my opinion went above and beyond the "call of duty" for a real estate professional. Tom was willing to drive out of his way and take a video tour of the property that we were interested in purchasing, and then posted it online for us to watch.

Every step of the way with negotiating, home inspection, escrow, and the close of the real estate transaction Tom was there for us to answer any questions and provide us with guidance. He even gave up his personal time to meet a contractor on one occasion, as well as to meet a structural engineer to assess the property. He truly was our eyes and ears in our absence.

Although we closed escrow a few weeks ago, Tom has continued to be helpful to us as we get settled into our new home by making sure we have the necessary referrals for contractors. I've bought and sold a few properties over the years, and Tom has by far been the best Real Estate agent I have ever worked with. He's always pleasant, professional, responds promptly, and truly cares about his clients.

Whether you are buying or selling, I highly recommend Tom Makinney to assist you with your real estate needs."



"Tom sold the home to us (our first home) and sold the home once we were ready to move on. I was slightly nervous since it was a 2 bedroom home, and we listed it in late June. Through Toms help and expertise, the home went under contract within 3 days. Any repairs, he had affordable, prompt contractors to do the work. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to buy/sell in the Chicagoland area."



"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 tp buy a great house for a great price. Really cannot recommend Maria highly enough. Was a pleasure!"



"Maria helped with both my purchase and sale. She is truly professional and the best of the best! Maria took the time to help with all of my needs from the CMA to closing. If I could give her more stars I would!"



"Tom is a fantastic agent. He was super helpful in every step of the home selling any buying process. Tom helped us get our house sold fast and helped us get top value for it. I do not know how we would have gotten through the process without him. Tom made us feel informed and up to speed. His level of support and availability was awesome. I can't say enough good things about him. I would definitely recommend him and his team and will use him again in any real estate needs."



"Tom found us a home that was a pocket listing and made great recommendations during the home inspection to prevent us from buying a lemon. We loved working with Tom. He made the process incredibly easy and highly recommend him."



"Tom was fantastic! He sold our home after we relocated out-of-state. He was our “boots on the ground” handling many different issues that arose upon inspection. He sought out qualified workers to perform the jobs and went out of his way to ensure the work was completed as needed. Tom was very professional and persistent as we dealt with various obstacles during the transaction. His communication was excellent, always making sure we were kept abreast of any updates. It is such a huge relief to finally have sold our home, and we are truly grateful for everything Tom and his team at Gracik Makinney have done for us!"



"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 did a great job educating us on neighborhoods and home types. He was very patient and professional. Over the course of a few years we looked at 100+ homes until we found the perfect place and not once did we feel pressured or rushed to buy. We Highly recommend Tom for Elmhurst or the western suburbs."



"Tom lead us on a very successful and stress free home buying experience. As first time home buyers we were very appreciative of his approach and knowledge."



"Tom is excellent. He was instrumental in getting my house sold. He was available and responsive. He took charge of geting my house ready for listing as well as closing. He negotiated the best deal and helped me close the house by providing excellent vendors to get all the work done. The only reason my house sold was because of Tom's hard work and dedication. I highly recommend him."



"Tom is a great agent to work with; he has an easy going professional personality with a splash of humor. Tom is in tune to your real estate needs and he is always ready with a "plan B". Tom keeps you informed during the process and has your best interest at heart. He is straightforward and gives options on how to get the best results. He has represented myself and other members of my family through six properties, each ending with positive results. I would not hesitate to call Tom again for any future real eastate representation."



"Tom is truly a first class realtor and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a new home. Although this was my second time purchasing a home, it was my first time purchasing in this area. Tom's insight and foresight were invaluable. Based on the age of the home, Tom recommended that we perform a sewer scope. I took his recommendation and lo and behold, they found a 4 foot blockage in the sewer. Tom saved us thousands of dollars and a lot of frustration - the last thing you want is a backed up sewer when you move into a new home. He's also just genuinely a nice guy."



"Tom did a great job of guiding us with the sale of our home from the beginning to the very end. He was actually the one that helped us buy our house 9 years ago and I'm glad we went with him when it came time to sell. He helped us avoid a difficult buyer which would have resulted in more headache not to mention less money after the deal was done. With his help and knowledge of the Elmhurst market, we wound up selling our house for at least $100k more than what the Redfin broker wanted to list our house for. His expertise in this market really paid off for us. He was always on top of things, communicated regularly, and helped us with important decisions to make the sale happen. I thoroughly endorse Tom and would give him my highest rating."



"A1 Top Notch Professional Knows The Market! Tom Makinney has a great reputation and network. Tom showed me comps that were spot on and I was able to get an offer in 11 days and closed less than 60 days from listing! Highly recommend Tom he know his territory!"



"Tom did an excellent job for us. He provided great advice on how to prepare our home for sale which we followed to a tee. I believe this was very helpful for us in selling in less than 35 days!"



"Tom was very knowledgeable with the area and quick in responding to our communications via phone, email, and texts late at night. I trusted Tom's expert opinion and never doubted him. I was grateful to have him on my side of the negotiation table. I would definitely recommend Tom for any future real estate transactions to my friends and family. A++++"



"Tom helped our family buy a house in Glen Ellyn, IL. We looked at several properties in Elmhurst and Glen Ellyn. Tom was there each step of the way with solid advice and an experienced eye. He was instrumental helping us find the right house, strategically bid on it, and get us through a complicated closing.

I would recommend Tom to anyone."



"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!"



"This group was absolutely fantastic. This was my first home buying experience and they were there every step of the way and did not give up on me even when it took a while to find the perfect fit. Simply the best!"



"Tom helped us sell our home very quickly at the price we wanted. He was always available to answer questions, he's very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. We love Tom!"



"My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Tom Makinney on our new home search. With our first born on the way we required an expert to understand our needs and find the right house for us, in short order. Leaving the city after 10 years for suburban living was overwhelming to say the least but Tom really took the time to get to know us, understand our style, and demonstrated the expertise and professionalism of an industry leader. We are now a couple months in at our new home in Elmhurst and parents of a happy and healthy baby boy and could not be happier. Tom really did help make a house a home for us and we highly recommend him and his real estate group to any prospective clients."



"We could not have asked for more from Tom. As first time homebuyers, we had a lot of questions and definitely ran Tom through the ringer. He was incredibly patient and knowledgeable throughout the process and made everything as smooth as possible from our initial conversation to the closing table. We couldn't be happier with the new home. We highly recommend Tom Makinney"



"Tom was a true professional and my wife and I were very pleased with the whole process. The fact that we sold our home after the first open house didn't hurt. We'd recommend Tom to any prospective sellers or buyers."



"Tom was very knowledgeable with the area and quick in responding to our communications via phone, email, and texts late at night. I trusted Tom's expert opinion and never doubted him. I was grateful to have him on my side of the negotiation table. I would definitely recommend Tom for any future real estate transactions to my friends and family. A++++"



"Tom was very helpful in his opinion of staging the home for sale. Small changes made a huge difference! Tom was also very knowledgeable in the sale process as well as his team being able to answer any questions or be in contact with us and make sure we had the proper documentation throughout our transaction with him. Definite recommendation!"



"Tom helped us buy our house back in 2006 and then sell it in 2015 and he was great to work with on both transactions. He is an absolute expert in the Elmhurst market and helped us get as much as we could during the sale of our home. He was in constant communication with us through the whole process and provided some much appreciated guidance to make sure our home sold in a timely manner as well. We really appreciate his efforts and give him our highest recommendation."



"Super easy to work with. Tom listed our house, assisted with the staging, was there for open houses and showings and did a great job with follow up with both prospective buyers and us as sellers."



"Tom did great on my recent purchase. It was a unique situation for the seller and a first type of purchase for me. Tom handled both sides very well. I hope to do more with him in the future."



"Maria and Tom know Elmhurst inside and out. The team was patient and responsive in helping us find land for building (house to tear down). They did a great market analysis for the house we will sell after building new, so we can plan for the future. They helped us find a lender for a construction loan and were a wealth of information."



"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 great to work with. We had previously bought a house with Tom when we first moved to the area and this we chose to go back to Tom to sell our house. He was very responsive to our questions and did a great job marketing our house. I have already recommended Tom to people and will continue to to do so."



"Tom did a great job educating us on neighborhoods and home types. He was very patient and professional. Over the course of a few years we looked at 100+ homes until we found the perfect place and not once did we feel pressured or rushed to buy. We Highly recommend Tom for Elmhurst or the western suburbs."



"Tom is a fantastic agent. He was super helpful in every step of the home selling any buying process. Tom helped us get our house sold fast and helped us get top value for it. I do not know how we would have gotten through the process without him. Tom made us feel informed and up to speed. His level of support and availability was awesome. I can't say enough good things about him. I would definitely recommend him and his team and will use him again in any real estate needs."



"Excellent real estate broker - very knowledgeable, pragmatic, easy to work with, and responsive to issues as they arise in a timely and professional fashion. I highly recommend him without any reservation."



"Tom lead us on a very successful and stress free home buying experience. As first time home buyers we were very appreciative of his approach and knowledge."



"Tom found us a home that was a pocket listing. He knows the market very well and learned our taste very quickly. He was on top of everything from start to finish and made great recommendations during the home inspection. We loved working with Tom. He made the process incredibly easy, and we highly recommend him."



"We had the pleasure of working with Tom for our recent relocation from California to the Chicago area. Our time to find a property and negotiate a deal was very limited, and due to the fact that I had just given birth to my fourth child the majority of our interactions with Tom had to be completed long-distance. Tom was very helpful with our Real Estate buying experience, and in my opinion went above and beyond the "call of duty" for a real estate professional. Tom was willing to drive out of his way and take a video tour of the property that we were interested in purchasing, and then posted it online for us to watch. Every step of the way with negotiating, home inspection, escrow, and the close of the real estate transaction Tom was there for us to answer any questions and provide us with guidance. He even gave up his personal time to meet a contractor on one occasion, as well as to meet a structural engineer to assess the property. He truly was our eyes and ears in our absence. Although we closed escrow a few weeks ago, Tom has continued to be helpful to us as we get settled into our new home by making sure we have the necessary referrals for contractors. I've bought and sold a few properties over the years, and Tom has by far been the best Real Estate agent I have ever worked with. He's always pleasant, professional, responds promptly, and truly cares about his clients. Whether you are buying or selling, I highly recommend Tom Makinney to assist you with your real estate needs."



"Thank you John Salidas & Tom Makinney. Your positive input, knowledge & perseverance made everything so much easier for us...Best of luck & much success to you both & your team...."



"Tom Makinney was very professional and answered all of our questions and concerns. We recommend him to all of our friends and family."



"Tom was excellent and very hands on with the entire process. We really liked him personally being present at every step. We also did not expect such a nice photo book being produced by a professional photographer, which Tom was present for and made some excellent suggestions on staging. When looking for an agent to sell our home, Tom definitely had the best knowledge of the area sales."



"Tom was fantastic to work with and made the entire home search and process extremely easy. He came highly recommended by friends of ours (sold 3 homes to friends) and I can say we will recommend Tom to our connections going forward. My wife and I moved from downtown Chicago and didn't know a lot about Elmhurst and surrounding towns. Tom being a local resident in Elmhurst and top rated Realtor for @Properties made finding the perfect home possible. I highly recommend Tom and his team at @Properties."



"Tom is a great agent to work with; he has an easy going professional personality with a splash of humor. Tom is in tune to your real estate needs and he is always ready with a "plan B". Tom keeps you informed during the process and has your best interest at heart. He is straightforward and gives options on how to get the best results. He has represented myself and other members of my family through six properties, each ending with positive results. I would not hesitate to call Tom again for any future real eastate representation."



"Tom was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was professional at all times. He gave my husband and I honest feedback on houses we were considering with regards to pricing, layout, quality of the home and neighborhood. We never felt pressured by Tom during our months long search. Tom was great to work with and I would highly recommend working with him."



"Based on Tom's advice and spot-on pricing, we sold our home in two days at full asking price. We could not have asked for a better result or better customer service."



"Tom was a true professional and my wife and I were very pleased with the whole process. The fact that we sold our home after the first open house didn't hurt. We'd recommend Tom to any prospective sellers or buyers."



"Tom Makinney has been our agent now for the purchase of 3 homes and the sale of 2. Nothing but positive experiences every time. He is extremely knowledgeable, flexible, and reliable. We wouldn't keep coming back if he wasn't fantastic!"



"Tom is truly a first class realtor and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a new home. Although this was my second time purchasing a home, it was my first time purchasing in this area. Tom's insight and foresight were invaluable. Based on the age of the home, Tom recommended that we perform a sewer scope. I took his recommendation and lo and behold, they found a 4 foot blockage in the sewer. Tom saved us thousands of dollars and a lot of frustration - the last thing you want is a backed up sewer when you move into a new home. He's also just genuinely a nice guy."



"Tom is very easy to work with and takes the time to listen to your specific needs. Tom keeps you informed during the process and I believe he truly cares that you find the property you want. I trust his experience as a broker and would recommend his services. If you want a broker that gives his honest opinion and has your best interest, call Tom."



"Tom provided professional competent service and local expertise. Beyond that, he supported us with calm and positive guidance throughout the process. We are very satisfied with the overall experience of working with Tom and his team."



"Tom did a great job of guiding us with the sale of our home from the beginning to the very end. He was actually the one that helped us buy our house 9 years ago and I'm glad we went with him when it came time to sell. He helped us avoid a difficult buyer which would have resulted in more headache not to mention less money after the deal was done. With his help and knowledge of the Elmhurst market, we wound up selling our house for at least $100k more than what the Redfin broker wanted to list our house for. His expertise in this market really paid off for us. He was always on top of things, communicated regularly, and helped us with important decisions to make the sale happen. I thoroughly endorse Tom and would give him my highest rating."



"My relationship with Tom goes back to college. There was no question with whom I would trust as my listing agent, I would recommend Tom to anyone and I will do so when the opportunity arises itself. His experience in Oak Brook and Elmhurst is extremely valuable to his clients."



"Tom was great in showing us all the properties we were interested in as well as keeping us up to date with the local market. We felt very comfortable from our first meet and greet and now have our first home!"



"Tom Makinney has been our agent now for the purchase of 3 homes and the sale of 2. Nothing but positive experiences every time. He is extremely knowledgeable, flexible, and reliable. We wouldn't keep coming back if he wasn't fantastic!"



"Responsive and easy to work with. Looking forward to working with Tom in the future."



"Tom is truly a first class realtor and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a new home. Although this was my second time purchasing a home, it was my first time purchasing in this area. Tom's insight and foresight were invaluable. Based on the age of the home, Tom recommended that we perform a sewer scope. I took his recommendation and lo and behold, they found a 4 foot blockage in the sewer. Tom saved us thousands of dollars and a lot of frustration - the last thing you want is a backed up sewer when you move into a new home. He's also just genuinely a nice guy."



"Tom is very easy to work with and takes the time to listen to your specific needs. Tom keeps you informed during the process and I believe he truly cares that you find the property you want. I trust his experience as a broker and would recommend his services. If you want a broker that gives his honest opinion and has your best interest, call Tom."



"Tom is great. Easy to work with. He helped us sell a difficult property and made the process pretty smooth. From listing the house to sell, assisting with staging, having open houses and being available for prospective buyers - he was very accommodating. He also helped us find a new home - in one day. I would totally recommend Tom Makinney to anyone looking to sell or buy a home!"



"Tom did a great job of guiding us with the sale of our home from the beginning to the very end. He was actually the one that helped us buy our house 9 years ago and I'm glad we went with him when it came time to sell. He helped us avoid a difficult buyer which would have resulted in more headache not to mention less money after the deal was done. With his help and knowledge of the Elmhurst market, we wound up selling our house for at least $100k more than what the Redfin broker wanted to list our house for. His expertise in this market really paid off for us. He was always on top of things, communicated regularly, and helped us with important decisions to make the sale happen. I thoroughly endorse Tom and would give him my highest rating."



"My relationship with Tom goes back to college. There was no question with whom I would trust as my listing agent, I would recommend Tom to anyone and I will do so when the opportunity arises itself. His experience in Oak Brook and Elmhurst is extremely valuable to his clients."



"I highly recommend Tom. Our house was listed and sold within one weekend, and we received asking price! He is a true professional, and he was always available to answer all of our questions."



"A1 Top Notch Professional Knows The Market! Tom Makinney has a great reputation and network. Tom showed me comps that were spot on and I was able to get an offer in 11 days and closed less than 60 days from listing! Highly recommend Tom he know his territory!"



"Tom did an excellent job for us. He provided great advice on how to prepare our home for sale which we followed to a tee. I believe this was very helpful for us in selling in less than 35 days!"



"Tom was very knowledgeable with the area and quick in responding to our communications via phone, email, and texts late at night. I trusted Tom's expert opinion and never doubted him. I was grateful to have him on my side of the negotiation table. I would definitely recommend Tom for any future real estate transactions to my friends and family. A++++"



"I would absolutely recommend Tom and/or his office. Everyone we dealt with was great!!!! We felt so comfortable with Tom and would trust him again in a heartbeat if we ever needed to buy or sell our home."



"Tom did an excellent job for us. He seemed to have very strong knowledge of the Elmhurst market and was extremely helpful in positioning the home for sale. His pricing suggestions made sense and I feel he reacted properly to the market. He was always available to provide advice and guidance and answer questions.It really turned out to be a very smooth experience."



"Tom was a great broker and was very up-front without any surprises. I'd highly recommend Tom and would leverage him again on my next property search/sell."



"Tom's support through this process was fantastic. He absolutely took the time to understand my needs in terms of communication, engagement etc and as a result we had an exceptionally good working relationship."



"Tom has a unique combination of expertise in the real estate and residential construction industry. So, he is able to offer a complete point of view on any type of real estate transaction. He values customer service and goes above and beyond for his clients. He also has a great taste in bourbon!"



"My broker, Tom Makinney, far exceeded my expectations. He was always attentive to my questions, requests... all my needs. He's so knowledgeable, always providing me with the guidance I needed at just the right times. Tom anticipated my needs and was always able to answer questions. He responds quickly, made me feel confident in my decisions, and provided me step by step with all the necessary resources to facilitate the entire process. I could always tell Tom enjoys his work and goes about his work with a passion. I cannot speak highly enough about his overall customer service. I have, and will continue to, recommend Tom to everybody I know. Tom made me feel like every interaction was his pleasure which is so important to me. He's excellent!! Please tell Tom our family thanks him so much for making a very stressful time in our lives so much smoother than we anticipated."



"Top notch professionals and the service and knowledge they provided was exceptional."



"Tom was great! He was very easy to work with and genuinely had or best interest in mind. I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy a house in the area."



"Tom is incredibly personable and great to work with. He has helped multiple people in our family buy and sell homes and we look forward to continuing to work with Tom in years to come. Thank you Tom for all your support and for helping us purchase our first home in Lombard!"


"We cannot say enough about Maria Gracik and her entire team ! Very professional ! Would recommend Maria and Gina to everyone ."


"Tom is extremely knowledgeable of markets and was an incredible resource for us when walking through homes. His patience and willingness to put his clients first would be difficult to match with another realtor. Thanks again Tom!"