The Erica Cuneen Team

Erica Cuneen – Managing Broker

Since beginning her real estate career in 2001, Managing Broker Erica Cuneen has
been a top-producing agent and consistently sells at the multi-million dollar level. With
primary markets in Chicago, Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest, Erica has
experience with varied markets and a diverse group of clients. Above all, Erica
recognizes the timeless value of finding the ideal home and community for each of her
clients.

Exceptional service and the desire to exceed clients’ expectations is Erica’s hallmark.
Erica strives to ensure her clients find the home they want and invest in properties that
meet their business needs. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she can help you realize
the value of your property and handle transactions smoothly. As a former Peace Corps
volunteer, educator of deaf students in Ecuador, and bilingual (Spanish) educator in
Chicago public schools, Erica appreciates the value of community.

In today’s active market, sellers need to set themselves apart. As an environmentally
conscious professional, Erica is a certified EcoBroker. Her ability to highlight green
features puts sellers’ property at the forefront, and buyers benefit from the energy
savings and peace of mind.

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ERICA’S TESTIMONIALS

Erica helped us purchase our home in Oak Park and now that we are thinking about selling, she is the only realtor we even considered. She did a great job in 2010 and she has only gotten more experienced and knowledgeable since then. She is both a great neighbor and a great realtor.
-Carrie

Erica was fantastic and made my first home purchase smooth and easy! She recommended great people from a reputable home inspector to an amazing real estate lawyer and an amazing lender. The people she partnered with made this a zero-stress purchase.
-Cal

Erica was fantastic. She gave us honest feedback regarding what areas to focus on in Oak Park. She responded to our emails and calls immediately. She was very helpful in negotiating and recommended an attorney that really stood behind our requests. We would recommend her without question.

Erica sold my condo for higher than I expected. I was very happy with the ease and professionalism of her process. This gave me the confidence I needed at such a stressful time. There are a variety of tools that she uses to market which I think helped. We had an issue with the condo’s property  management company but she stayed positive and calm throughout. She is proactive and shows enthusiasm for her work. I highly recommend her!

We met Erica and her wonderful team at Beyond Properties when we found ourselves urgently looking for a home in Oak Park. Erica helped us through the process of buying a house that was in the middle of being rehabbed. She was professional, responsive, and really knows her stuff! We would absolutely recommend Erica as a real estate agent!
-Steph

We had a very difficult situation and Erica responded in a superior fashion to every situation. Her knowledge, responsiveness, helpfulness, and willingness to go beyond just finding you a house set her apart from any real estate person I have ever worked with. She is truly exceptional.
We had a very difficult situation and Erica responded in a superior fashion to every situation. Her knowledge, responsiveness, helpfulness, and willingness to go beyond just finding you a house set her apart from any real estate person I have ever worked with. She is truly exceptional.
-Don

There are A LOT of realtors in Oak Park and we’ve worked with many of them. I can say confidently that you can’t do better than Erica. She was incredibly responsive (which many realtors aren’t in my experience), knowledgeable about the market, and goes the extra mile.
-Stew

Erica did a great job showing us houses, negotiating for us and recommending contractors. She is very knowledgeable, easy to work with and nice. We highly recommend her!

I’ve worked with Erica to buy and sell homes in Oak Park on 2 separate occasions. She was fantastic to work with, understood the market exceptionally well, was responsive, and in the end provided a great experience during what is typically a very hectic and emotional time. I’d recommend Erica to  anyone interested in buying or selling their home.
-Walter

Erica helped us find our beautiful bungalow home! Erica’s expertise as a real estate professional definitely helped us to find a home that met our needs in the community we love!
-Toni

Our experience with Erica was amazing! Her attention to detail, market knowledge and professional attitude is unmatched. We would highly recommend reaching out to Erica for any real estate needs you may have.
-Tom

I strongly recommend Erica Cuneen. She is incredibly knowledgeable on real estate in Oak Park and surrounding OP/Chicago areas and listens to your needs and works diligently to address them. Her knowledge of housing also extends to renovation so she was able to provide context for me if I liked a  house but thought it might need some additional work; that allowed me to gauge my choices in a smart and insightful way. Her overall expertise also made her a fabulous negotiator. Lastly, Erica is patient, fun, and respectful which just makes the whole experience better as moving can be very stressful, especially since my move was a cross country one. Erica helped me from October 2015-January 2016
-Marcia

I would recommend Erica Cuneen and Beyond Properties to anyone looking for a realtor in the near western suburbs. We utilized her services to buy our first home, sell that home 4 years later and buy our current home. She is wonderful to work with – so friendly, knowledgeable and fun!
-Katherine

Erica helped me purchase my first home in early 2015 and the whole process went through smoothly. She is very professional, friendly, and customer-oriented. I would highly recommend Erica to anyone who is buying or selling a home.
-Xiao

My wife and I moved to Oak Park from Texas. Erica knew the market very well, made us feel welcome, and helped us find a great home! She anticipated all of our needs and questions. The process was smooth and seamless. She’s an absolute professional and great person as well.
-WJ

Erica was delightful. She was recommended to us by a colleague of mine who said she was one of the best realtors in the Chicagoland area. Erica did not disappoint. From the beginning, she knew exactly what needed to be done to sell our home, including minor remodeling and staging. Erica was a pro  at dealing with some unusual circumstances and was always very responsive. We had attempted to sell our home earlier in the year with no success, but thanks to Erica we closed 2 months after putting it on the market the second time – with a deal with which we were satisfied. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell in Oak Park.
-Alexander

Erica is a consumate professional who puts people before the process, yet knows the process well. I cannot comment on her negotiating skills because we’ve only worked together on the client services end of the deal, serving the needs of home buyers and sellers. I would highly recommend Erica to  anyone looking for a Realtor who goes the extra mile to empathize with clients’ needs and concerns, yet keeps the ball moving and gets the job done!
-MMorris

Denise Sacks

Denise grew up in the south suburbs and has enjoyed living in the Oak Park area for over 20 years. She loves the community and the variety of beautiful homes and apartment buildings. Denise has valuable work experience in education and retail. Denise’s study of interior design, love of DIY home projects, and appreciation of architecture have led her to the field of real estate.
Denise has many roles at Beyond Properties. In her capacity as the Office Manager, she assists the team with all aspects of client care and the transaction process. With her expertise, she also handles many general business tasks for Beyond Properties. Denise also thrives as a real estate broker. Providing exceptional client service to her clients as they search for the perfect place to call home. As an active real estate entrepreneur in the Oak Park region, she has experience flipping properties, and is a rental property owner.

Office number: 708.386.1366  email Denise

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Martha Murphy

An Oak Park area resident since 1992. A lifelong fascination with real estate lead to
work with investors and earn her Illinois Real Estate Broker’s license. She’s found the
experience of working with all kinds of buyers and sellers a satisfying joy. She is
passionate about natural building, garden design, jewelry design, the performing arts
and architecture. Martha comes with a wealth of experience to guide you through the
real estate process.

It is a pleasure to work at Beyond Properties Realty! I have found it to be a place where
kind and intense customer service and professional excellence abound. We are always
working creatively to make our clients experience the best as well as being actively part
of our wonderful community.

Office number: 708.386.1366 Mobile number: 847.977.2456 email Martha
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MARTHA’S TESTIMONIALS

I decided to become a first homebuyer around this time last year (Dec 2016). Of course, I didn’t have a clue as to what to expect of the homebuying process. Martha Murphy with Beyond Properties in Oak Park seemed to have fallen right out of the sky for me. I talked with a couple other realtors before I met Martha, but something just didn’t sit right with me and the others. They seemed to make the process feel like a scary business transaction. After talking with Martha I felt a little more at ease like I was going through the homebuying journey with someone who was interested in my needs and wants and I felt the compassion she has for the work she does. Even when she could have given up and let me go on my way without closing on my condo she didn’t. Martha knew I really wanted to close on this condo and she put me in contact with all the right people to make that happen! I can truly say I had a great team thanks to Martha Murphy. I look forward to working with her again in the future and I don’t hesitate to recommend her to friends and family.

-Shantae

 

Jose, Maria and Scott,

We are so lucky that we found Martha Murphy of Beyond Properties. My Son Scott, was a first­time homebuyer with no experience or knowledge about how to find the right place. Me and Jose wanted my son Scott to had a smooth and good experience in the process of buying his first house. In this case (A condominium), and we were so fortunate to found Martha, She had a great knowledge of the surrounding area and knew exactly what my son was looking for. Martha was very responsive and great suggestions for Condominiums to view base on what my Son was looking for. She was always available to answer our questions, and when we needed her to be. Her professionalism, knowledge, honesty, patience and hard work ethic are much respected and appreciated. My son said “Martha treat us like family” we enjoyed the time we spend with her on the “house hunting tour” we would highly recommended Martha Murphy and Beyond properties.

 

My husband and I just had moved to Chicago and wanted to find a place to make our home and we looked online via Zillow at some great homes in the area and got in touch with Martha and from the very beginning we hit it off, she was so friendly and very knowledgeable with the area being she is from  Chicago. She made our experience unforgettable and much easier. I highly recommend her and the entire Beyond Properties faculty. All are wonderful people

Kristen Hollinden

Kristen and her family have loved living in Oak Park for almost 10 years. Kristen is actively involved in the community with a passion for volunteering, sustainability initiatives, gardening, and running. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Accounting and Finance with previous work experience in small business commercial lending. Kristen joined Beyond Properties in 2017 as a Marketing Coordinator where her skills are used to assist in client care and enhance our marketing presence with clients. She loves working on our team and always strives to enrich our client’s real estate experience.

Office number: 708.386.1366 Mobile number: 847.xxx.xxxx email Kristen
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Michele Strimaitis

Michele, and her family reside in Oak Park and she is an Illinois licensed Broker since 2012. As a result of her art history studies at DePaul, Michele has a deep appreciation for art, history and architecture and a genuine passion for older homes. She loves the Oak Park/River Forest area for several reasons. The diversity in homes, the small town feel, the closeness to Chicago all make living here a great experience for her family. Michele joined Beyond Properties in 2018 after working at @properties and MSK Realty and has been an agent since 2012. Before that she worked as a loan officer. Her love of real estate, the home buying process and genuine desire to help people inspired her to get her brokers license and move into that role on a full-time basis. Michele was attracted to Beyond Properties because she resonates with the same work philosophy and business practices that the company cultivates.

Office number: 708.386.1366 Mobile number: 847.xxx.xxxx email Michele
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Team Cynthia

Cynthia Howe Gajewski

Each change brings opportunity.

A self-professed optimist, Cynthia thrives on the challenge of finding the best properties for her clients. Her experience with home renovation and restoration makes her a valuable resource.  She is a woman with vision!

Twenty years as a professional photographer gives Cynthia the added edge in presenting and marketing your home in today’s market. She is ready to help you prepare, stage, and showcase your property to bring in buyers!

Email or call (312-933-8440) Cynthia to discuss your real estate needs.

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CYNTHIA'S TESTIMONIALS

We had a great experience working with Cynthia. She is very knowledgeable and helped guide us through a somewhat nerve racking and emotional process in selling our property. She was very responsive to our inquiries and offered assistance in any way she could. We viewed Cynthia as a trusted adviser and would highly recommend her. We will certainly be reaching out to her when we need assistance on our next property.
-Xavier

My husband & I just purchased our first home and could not have done this without Cynthia’s help! She walked us through each step of the process, was incredibly patient as we looked at house after house, and she provided expert advice along the way. She was a fountain of information not only about the home buying process & home renovations, but about Berwyn and surrounding areas as well. Plus, she’s just super kind and a pleasure to work with. We have been in our new home for about a month now and are so happy with the home & the neighborhood. I cannot recommend Cynthia enough!
-Denise

We were so fortunate to have found Cynthia Howe-Gajewski. When we started taking steps to move out of Chicago and into Oak Park, Cynthia helped us find the right house in the right area of Oak Park for the right price; then helped us sell our condo in Chicago. Along the way, she made sure we completely understood the process(es) and answered every single question so, by the time we were signing offers, we couldn’t move fast enough – we were so excited! We had found our home. After living in the city for seventeen years, we couldn’t imagine our lives outside of Chicago. Three weeks in our new house, in our new neighborhood, with our new neighbors and schools, and we’ve never been happier and wouldn’t have changed anything along the way. There truly was no better person to help match us with the perfect home and I couldn’t recommend her more. If you are looking to work with a true professional, who happens to also be an amazing person and an expert on the buying and selling process, this is your agent!

Definitely was the best moving transition my fiance and I could have asked for. With our lives being so busy, Cynthia made this part of it so much easier. She reach out to us as soon as she saw our listing and has been guiding us ever since. Our home went on the market the first week of May. We had buyers by the second week. She also checked in on us periodically to make sure we did everything on our end to make things smooth. She is well aware of the market and what needs to be done. Cynthia went over and beyond for us and we couldn’t have asked for a better person to represent our home. Her expertise and wisdom is beyond our expectations.
-Darrius

Cynthia is amazing. From the very beginning of the process, I knew we were in good hands. Her attention to every conceivable detail was so important and so appreciated. She brought out the best in our property and helped communicate what we loved about it to prospective buyers. She was right there to support us during what could have potentially become difficult negotiations with the buyer. Always respectful to both sides, she explained our options throughout. Cynthia was continually calm and encouraged us throughout the ups and downs of selling our house. Her special touches and fantastic photography added so much to our listing. She took the time to go over any questions or concerns we had and was available each time we asked her to call or to stop by. Cynthia clearly cared and readily showed it in going the extra mile to make our experience great. I can’t say strongly enough how happy we are with both the process and the results.
-Polly

Cynthia took SUCH wonderful care of us as first-time homebuyers! We endured TWO multiple offer situations, and after the first didn’t go our way, we were heartbroken. She helped us move forward, trust the process, showed us PLENTY more options, and then – just like she said it would happen – the PERFECT home came on the market. We entered our second “Best & Final” offer situation and she guided us like a pro. She helped us with our inspection, with an unusual parking spot negotiation, with advice for rehabs and improvements, and went on her own for a second final walkthrough of the property since she was out of town for the “official” appointment. Cynthia knows every nook and cranny of Oak Park, Forest Park, & River Forest. She knows the school districts (having children of her own who’ve been through them), and she understands what it is like to have some “non-negotiables”. You won’t find a more qualified, compassionate realtor who will go to bat for you and then knock it out of the park! We are THRILLED to start this new chapter of our lives in a beautiful home – and we couldn’t have done it without her.
-Rebekah

Cynthia is the real deal, she helped me sell my deceased fathers home in Forest Park, ILL, while I live out of state. Cynthia took care of everything from start to finish, Repairs, inspections you name it she got it done. In my opinion if Cynthia is not helping you buy or sell your home, you are with the wrong Realtor. Cynthia truly cares about her clients, she worked hard to make this sad situation painless. Thank You Cynthia.
-Steve

We needed to sell my deceased sister’s condominium. The property had not been updated for several years and had not been occupied for many months.
-JG

Cynthia was informed, responsive, proactive and effective in marketing and selling the property. My family was very happy with the excellent service she provided.

Worked with Karen & Cynthia to purchase our first home. We had a TON of questions, and even involved a family member that is a real estate agent in another state, which I am sure was not the easiest process – never once did Karen or Cynthia lose patience. They guided us through the process with kindness and expertise, providing a great level of service – would use them again!

Cynthia and Karen worked as a seamless team to help us buy our new home. They worked with our schedules; someone was always available at a moments notice. Cynthia kept us all calm and patiently answered all questions in detail so we knew exactly what was happening. They have assembled a professional team of experts to help you with the home buying process. We were very pleased with Team Cynthia and Karen!
-Jessica

Cynthia is very responsive and works hard to match you with appropriate properties. She is very knowledgeable about the market and easy to work with
-Mark

Cynthia was very helpful and patient throughout the process of finding a home in Oak Park, twice (one deal fell through after several months, forcing us to start the entire process over again). She was always quick to respond to questions at most times of the day and was able to negotiate to get us a good deal on the house we ended up with. She knows the area very well and was a valuable resource.
-Blaine

Cynthia Howe Gajewski is incredibly knowledgeable and patient. My husband and I spent 5 months looking at houses in the Oak Park area; as first-time home buyers we wanted to be sure we were making the right choice! We were excited and a little nervous and Cynthia took time to talk us through all of our options. She showed us multiple homes that represented what we’d expressed we were looking for and talked us through the entire process (multiple in-person and phone conversations!) We just closed this week on a fantastic home and couldn’t be happier. We absolutely recommend Cynthia as an agent.

Cynthia is as good as it gets based on my experience with many brokers over the years, both in NY and IL. She managed virtually every aspect of the sale, including staging, marketing, recommending and hiring repair people, the appraisal process, negotiation points … whatever was needed, she got it done. This market can be very frustrating, particularly for sellers. Cynthia always had a cool head and a positive attitude which was very helpful in keeping our deal together. When I need to sell again, if she is still in business, I will be calling her.
-Steve

Cynthia is a professional. She knows the market. Her realty expertise was essential in every aspect of my house sale–from listing to closing. She sold my house quickly and helped me find the perfect new house. I have complete confidence in her.
-Marilyn

I am so glad that we had the chance to meet and work with Cynthia with Beyond Properties, while purchasing our new place. She gave great advice to me and my fiance, directed us to the right people and she was never bored of answering our questions. When it came to negotiating with the seller, she did a great job on the deal and helped us out to buy our first home at a good price. Cynthia, thank you and your team again for all your help and patience during the time we worked together.
Hulya

Cynthia is a great agent. She was extremely helpful and patient with us. There were unique circumstances going on when we bought our house and she was a professional throughout the whole ordeal. She was easy to talk to and was always available. If you want a down to earth, professional agent, pick Cynthia Howe Gajewski.
-Hilary

Simply stated – Cynthia is the best real estate agent I have ever encountered. In these difficult times to sell a property where competition is fierce, properties for sale many – she was able to sell my house in a record time of less than a month. My house was quite antiquated to put it mildly; Cynthia`s suggestions how to improve the property did wonders for its appearance. While the house was being remodeled and especially during the sales process, Cynthia was there for me in every possible way – informative, encouraging, positive and optimistic. I had some dark moments when I thought nothing will ever happen but with her help I was able to overcome these moments. There is nothing more important than a knowledgeable and supportive real estate agent and Cynthia rates highly on both. Loved working with Cynthia and so will everyone who works with her. My highest recommendations.
-Sanja

As a first time home buyer with little to no real estate knowledge and experience, I undoubtedly must say that choosing Cynthia as our real estate agent was the best decision we could have made. She was so kind and patient with us, and throughout the whole process I never doubted whether or not she had our best interest at heart. At times it was quite difficult for my husband and I to agree on many of the houses that we had seen, but Cynthia did her due diligence and found us exactly what we were both looking for – we made absolutely no trade offs or compromises, it was pure collaboration of what we were both looking for! It is clear that Cynthia cares about her clients and is a pro at her job because never once was there a question she didn’t find an answer to, and never once was there a time where we felt she wasn’t doing everything in her power to get us what we wanted. She is so well informed and knowledgeable, and her personality is absolutely delightful! We are truly appreciative of all the (wo)man hours she put in for us, and we will definitely be referring all of our friends and family to her.

The process of selling our condo was a bit tricky and lengthy, due to some issues with the buyers’ financing. Cynthia remained optimistic and fully engaged throughout the entire process. We truly enjoyed working with her!

We cannot say enough wonderful things about Cynthia! Besides being kind, sincere, a great listener, and always available, she is knowledgeable, understanding, and has the ability of being tough when she has to be in negotiations. She has surrounded herself with like-minded mortgage brokers, lawyers, and building inspectors who are just as wonderful as she is! If we ever wanted to sell our house and buy another one she would be the first person we would call, but that won’t happen because she made our dreams come true and we will never move again! If you are a nervous first time home buyer who is having doubts but really want a house, call Cynthia, you will be so happy that you did!
-Terri

Cynthia brings a enviable combination of a knowledgeable Real Estate agent who excels in her trade and understands her territory as well as an accomplished artist (a pro-photographer) whose insights and vision for the potential, design, and decor of properties are indispensable in making purchasing decisions. Besides these professional characteristics, Cynthia is the most affable person to work with – soft-spoken and trustworthy yet fair and tough (if needed) in negotiations on behalf of her clients. I would recommend Cynthia to anyone as a RE agent (or just as the friendliest person one might want to find to know.)

Cynthia was recommended to us by our financial advisor, from the minute we started working with her, the level of expertise, attention to detail, and responsiveness to our needs has been beyond our expectations. Her positive outlook and persistence in taking care of her clients are really what offsets her from others agents that we interviewed. 

Cynthia sold our current home, advising us on prepping for showings and the sale, took amazing photographs which made a real impact on marketing the home, and took a proactive approach with getting potential buyers in to view the house. All that work paid off as we were under contract within 2 weeks of going on the market. We are now continuing to work with her to find a new home. She is supportive and listens very carefully to what is important and helps to guide the process without being intrusive. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a real estate agent.

Cynthia Howe Gajewski

Each change brings opportunity.

A self-professed optimist, Cynthia thrives on the challenge of finding the best properties for her clients. Her experience with home renovation and restoration makes her a valuable resource.  She is a woman with vision!

Twenty years as a professional photographer gives Cynthia the added edge in presenting and marketing your home in today’s market. She is ready to help you prepare, stage, and showcase your property to bring in buyers!

Email or call (312-933-8440) Cynthia to discuss your real estate needs.

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We had a great experience working with Cynthia. She is very knowledgeable and helped guide us through a somewhat nerve racking and emotional process in selling our property. She was very responsive to our inquiries and offered assistance in any way she could. We viewed Cynthia as a trusted adviser and would highly recommend her. We will certainly be reaching out to her when we need assistance on our next property.
-Xavier

My husband & I just purchased our first home and could not have done this without Cynthia’s help! She walked us through each step of the process, was incredibly patient as we looked at house after house, and she provided expert advice along the way. She was a fountain of information not only about the home buying process & home renovations, but about Berwyn and surrounding areas as well. Plus, she’s just super kind and a pleasure to work with. We have been in our new home for about a month now and are so happy with the home & the neighborhood. I cannot recommend Cynthia enough!
-Denise

We were so fortunate to have found Cynthia Howe-Gajewski. When we started taking steps to move out of Chicago and into Oak Park, Cynthia helped us find the right house in the right area of Oak Park for the right price; then helped us sell our condo in Chicago. Along the way, she made sure we completely understood the process(es) and answered every single question so, by the time we were signing offers, we couldn’t move fast enough – we were so excited! We had found our home. After living in the city for seventeen years, we couldn’t imagine our lives outside of Chicago. Three weeks in our new house, in our new neighborhood, with our new neighbors and schools, and we’ve never been happier and wouldn’t have changed anything along the way. There truly was no better person to help match us with the perfect home and I couldn’t recommend her more. If you are looking to work with a true professional, who happens to also be an amazing person and an expert on the buying and selling process, this is your agent!

Definitely was the best moving transition my fiance and I could have asked for. With our lives being so busy, Cynthia made this part of it so much easier. She reach out to us as soon as she saw our listing and has been guiding us ever since. Our home went on the market the first week of May. We had buyers by the second week. She also checked in on us periodically to make sure we did everything on our end to make things smooth. She is well aware of the market and what needs to be done. Cynthia went over and beyond for us and we couldn’t have asked for a better person to represent our home. Her expertise and wisdom is beyond our expectations.
-Darrius

Cynthia is amazing. From the very beginning of the process, I knew we were in good hands. Her attention to every conceivable detail was so important and so appreciated. She brought out the best in our property and helped communicate what we loved about it to prospective buyers. She was right there to support us during what could have potentially become difficult negotiations with the buyer. Always respectful to both sides, she explained our options throughout. Cynthia was continually calm and encouraged us throughout the ups and downs of selling our house. Her special touches and fantastic photography added so much to our listing. She took the time to go over any questions or concerns we had and was available each time we asked her to call or to stop by. Cynthia clearly cared and readily showed it in going the extra mile to make our experience great. I can’t say strongly enough how happy we are with both the process and the results.
-Polly

Cynthia took SUCH wonderful care of us as first-time homebuyers! We endured TWO multiple offer situations, and after the first didn’t go our way, we were heartbroken. She helped us move forward, trust the process, showed us PLENTY more options, and then – just like she said it would happen – the PERFECT home came on the market. We entered our second “Best & Final” offer situation and she guided us like a pro. She helped us with our inspection, with an unusual parking spot negotiation, with advice for rehabs and improvements, and went on her own for a second final walkthrough of the property since she was out of town for the “official” appointment. Cynthia knows every nook and cranny of Oak Park, Forest Park, & River Forest. She knows the school districts (having children of her own who’ve been through them), and she understands what it is like to have some “non-negotiables”. You won’t find a more qualified, compassionate realtor who will go to bat for you and then knock it out of the park! We are THRILLED to start this new chapter of our lives in a beautiful home – and we couldn’t have done it without her.
-Rebekah

Cynthia is the real deal, she helped me sell my deceased fathers home in Forest Park, ILL, while I live out of state. Cynthia took care of everything from start to finish, Repairs, inspections you name it she got it done. In my opinion if Cynthia is not helping you buy or sell your home, you are with the wrong Realtor. Cynthia truly cares about her clients, she worked hard to make this sad situation painless. Thank You Cynthia.
-Steve

We needed to sell my deceased sister’s condominium. The property had not been updated for several years and had not been occupied for many months.
-JG

Cynthia was informed, responsive, proactive and effective in marketing and selling the property. My family was very happy with the excellent service she provided.

Worked with Karen & Cynthia to purchase our first home. We had a TON of questions, and even involved a family member that is a real estate agent in another state, which I am sure was not the easiest process – never once did Karen or Cynthia lose patience. They guided us through the process with kindness and expertise, providing a great level of service – would use them again!

Cynthia and Karen worked as a seamless team to help us buy our new home. They worked with our schedules; someone was always available at a moments notice. Cynthia kept us all calm and patiently answered all questions in detail so we knew exactly what was happening. They have assembled a professional team of experts to help you with the home buying process. We were very pleased with Team Cynthia and Karen!
-Jessica

Cynthia is very responsive and works hard to match you with appropriate properties. She is very knowledgeable about the market and easy to work with
-Mark

Cynthia was very helpful and patient throughout the process of finding a home in Oak Park, twice (one deal fell through after several months, forcing us to start the entire process over again). She was always quick to respond to questions at most times of the day and was able to negotiate to get us a good deal on the house we ended up with. She knows the area very well and was a valuable resource.
-Blaine

Cynthia Howe Gajewski is incredibly knowledgeable and patient. My husband and I spent 5 months looking at houses in the Oak Park area; as first-time home buyers we wanted to be sure we were making the right choice! We were excited and a little nervous and Cynthia took time to talk us through all of our options. She showed us multiple homes that represented what we’d expressed we were looking for and talked us through the entire process (multiple in-person and phone conversations!) We just closed this week on a fantastic home and couldn’t be happier. We absolutely recommend Cynthia as an agent.

Cynthia is as good as it gets based on my experience with many brokers over the years, both in NY and IL. She managed virtually every aspect of the sale, including staging, marketing, recommending and hiring repair people, the appraisal process, negotiation points … whatever was needed, she got it done. This market can be very frustrating, particularly for sellers. Cynthia always had a cool head and a positive attitude which was very helpful in keeping our deal together. When I need to sell again, if she is still in business, I will be calling her.
-Steve

Cynthia is a professional. She knows the market. Her realty expertise was essential in every aspect of my house sale–from listing to closing. She sold my house quickly and helped me find the perfect new house. I have complete confidence in her.
-Marilyn

I am so glad that we had the chance to meet and work with Cynthia with Beyond Properties, while purchasing our new place. She gave great advice to me and my fiance, directed us to the right people and she was never bored of answering our questions. When it came to negotiating with the seller, she did a great job on the deal and helped us out to buy our first home at a good price. Cynthia, thank you and your team again for all your help and patience during the time we worked together.
Hulya

Cynthia is a great agent. She was extremely helpful and patient with us. There were unique circumstances going on when we bought our house and she was a professional throughout the whole ordeal. She was easy to talk to and was always available. If you want a down to earth, professional agent, pick Cynthia Howe Gajewski.
-Hilary

Simply stated – Cynthia is the best real estate agent I have ever encountered. In these difficult times to sell a property where competition is fierce, properties for sale many – she was able to sell my house in a record time of less than a month. My house was quite antiquated to put it mildly; Cynthia`s suggestions how to improve the property did wonders for its appearance. While the house was being remodeled and especially during the sales process, Cynthia was there for me in every possible way – informative, encouraging, positive and optimistic. I had some dark moments when I thought nothing will ever happen but with her help I was able to overcome these moments. There is nothing more important than a knowledgeable and supportive real estate agent and Cynthia rates highly on both. Loved working with Cynthia and so will everyone who works with her. My highest recommendations.
-Sanja

As a first time home buyer with little to no real estate knowledge and experience, I undoubtedly must say that choosing Cynthia as our real estate agent was the best decision we could have made. She was so kind and patient with us, and throughout the whole process I never doubted whether or not she had our best interest at heart. At times it was quite difficult for my husband and I to agree on many of the houses that we had seen, but Cynthia did her due diligence and found us exactly what we were both looking for – we made absolutely no trade offs or compromises, it was pure collaboration of what we were both looking for! It is clear that Cynthia cares about her clients and is a pro at her job because never once was there a question she didn’t find an answer to, and never once was there a time where we felt she wasn’t doing everything in her power to get us what we wanted. She is so well informed and knowledgeable, and her personality is absolutely delightful! We are truly appreciative of all the (wo)man hours she put in for us, and we will definitely be referring all of our friends and family to her.

The process of selling our condo was a bit tricky and lengthy, due to some issues with the buyers’ financing. Cynthia remained optimistic and fully engaged throughout the entire process. We truly enjoyed working with her!

We cannot say enough wonderful things about Cynthia! Besides being kind, sincere, a great listener, and always available, she is knowledgeable, understanding, and has the ability of being tough when she has to be in negotiations. She has surrounded herself with like-minded mortgage brokers, lawyers, and building inspectors who are just as wonderful as she is! If we ever wanted to sell our house and buy another one she would be the first person we would call, but that won’t happen because she made our dreams come true and we will never move again! If you are a nervous first time home buyer who is having doubts but really want a house, call Cynthia, you will be so happy that you did!
-Terri

Cynthia brings a enviable combination of a knowledgeable Real Estate agent who excels in her trade and understands her territory as well as an accomplished artist (a pro-photographer) whose insights and vision for the potential, design, and decor of properties are indispensable in making purchasing decisions. Besides these professional characteristics, Cynthia is the most affable person to work with – soft-spoken and trustworthy yet fair and tough (if needed) in negotiations on behalf of her clients. I would recommend Cynthia to anyone as a RE agent (or just as the friendliest person one might want to find to know.)

Cynthia was recommended to us by our financial advisor, from the minute we started working with her, the level of expertise, attention to detail, and responsiveness to our needs has been beyond our expectations. Her positive outlook and persistence in taking care of her clients are really what offsets her from others agents that we interviewed. 

Cynthia sold our current home, advising us on prepping for showings and the sale, took amazing photographs which made a real impact on marketing the home, and took a proactive approach with getting potential buyers in to view the house. All that work paid off as we were under contract within 2 weeks of going on the market. We are now continuing to work with her to find a new home. She is supportive and listens very carefully to what is important and helps to guide the process without being intrusive. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a real estate agent.

Karen Baldwin

As a life-long Oak Parker, Karen is passionate about the Oak Park area. She is personable, dedicated, reliable, detail-oriented and understands the desire to find just the right fit in a home or property. She is very good at seeing “beyond” the decorating and finding the potential in your future space.

Karen has been a highly regarded freelance editor for nearly 20 years. With a Communication background, she brings a great attention to detail, adherence to deadlines and the juggling skills to get work accomplished in a timely manner. She has also completed the Certified Financial Planner designation and has been involved in village committees (Citizens Involvement Committee, Community Relations Committee, Ike-290 Committee) and the United Way Allocations Committee.

As her children begin to spread their wings, she wants more meaning in her professional life; helping clients find their perfect home fulfills that drive. She will work hard for you and is excited to help you find that special place.

Contact Karen at 708-288-1995 or email Karen

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Karen was a wonderful agent from start to finish. We had a fairly complicated schedule during our house-hunting process and Karen was incredibly patient and accommodating. Her communication was great and we knew we could count on her to stay on top of the details when we couldn’t do it ourselves.  We were also fairly unfamiliar with Chicago and she made great suggestions on where to look based on everything we told her we wanted. I would highly recommend both Karen and Cynthia to my friends and we certainly plan on working with her again in our future Chicago home buying endeavors!

My experience with Karen Baldwin was positive from the moment she showed me the home I purchased. The purchase process was smooth, easy and comfortable. I especially appreciated Brenda’s directness and honesty. Being able to reach her with questions was easy and extremely quick. I was impressed by her rapid response to my communications. Overall, her sales knowledge and dedication were excellent and second to none. I really appreciated her hard work to make this an easy transition from start to closing.
-Keith

My fiance and I had the best experience with Karen when looking for a condo in Oak Park. She is extremely responsive to any needs or requests, and she does her absolute best to make sure that you find the perfect place. I never felt like she was pushing us into any deals we were uncomfortable with and always felt like she was on our side and had our best interests at heart. I would recommend her to any of my friends and family. She is experienced, detailed, and extremely hard working. Her work doesn’t end with trying to find a house for you either. She works hard to make sure you have all of the other components necessary to making the moving process smooth (i.e. parking, HOA fees, taxes etc…) Thanks to her we are now settling into our beautiful new place. Thank-you so much Karen!
-Christina

I recently bought a Condo with Beyond Properties Realty Group. My Agent was Karen and she was the best to work with. She was very patience with me, very helpful, and made the whole buying process very easy. For anyone who is looking to buy, I strongly recommend you reach out to Beyond Properties Realty Group and ask for Karen.
-Zenel

My wife and I had the great pleasure of working with Karen closely as part of Team Cynthia at Beyond Properties Realty. Karen and Cynthia were there every step of the way during the purchase process. Any and all issues pertaining to the sale were handled in a timely manner, professionally.   They’re dedication and responsiveness helped ease the normal stress of purchasing a home. We’re not surprised that Zillow will be featuring them as Premier Agents.

Karen Baldwin was wonderful to work with. She was very attentive to my needs and requests and always kept it straight with me. She also kept me well informed and provided me with a plethora of resources which came in handy during the entire home buying process. Thanks to Karen, I am now a homeowner!
-A. Melendez

Karen is an expert for the Oak Park market and I am glad to work with her for my first home purchase in Oak Park. I highly recommend Karen to anyone who would like to buy properties in Oak Park.

Karen Baldwin and Cynthia Gajewski were both an absolute pleasure to work with. I recommend them to anyone who is looking for honest, considerate and professional service in the homebuying process.

This was my wife and I first home purchase. Karen was a great help during this experience. The lender my wife and i chose did a poor job of providing us accurate information. Karen introduced us to a great lender that put us into our new home. Karen was always enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with.

I was in a home buying/dad dying fog for a few months so unfortunately I don’t remember much from that time. I do remember that Karen was helpful and sympathetic. She lives in Oak Park and knows the area well. She was willing to show me places that I knew weren’t what I was looking for but wanted to see just to gain some perspective as a first time buyer. She was helpful and friendly and I would recommend her to any friends looking to buy in Oak Park.
-Loretta

Karen was amazing during the purchase of our first home. She was kind, responsive, and forthright with us throughout the entire process, and helped us clear hurdles that came up with our mortgage. I would absolutely recommend her and the team at Beyond Properties to anyone looking to buy a home in the Forest Park/Oak Park/River Forest area!

Contacted Karen to help us look for a home. It took a few months to find what we wanted but Karen worked hard from beginning to end. Very knowledgeable and helpful. We were happy with her and our home.
-Jada

Karen was extremely helpful! Always available, always asked the right questions, never too pushy! I would recommend Karen to anyone who is interested in purchasing a home! My experience with her was wonderful!
-J.

Karen was our realtor on two transactions in Forest Park, Il. She was extremely helpful, easy to do business with, and always accessible to us. I highly recommend her.
-Renee

Karen Baldwin

As a life-long Oak Parker, Karen is passionate about the Oak Park area. She is personable, dedicated, reliable, detail-oriented and understands the desire to find just the right fit in a home or property. She is very good at seeing “beyond” the decorating and finding the potential in your future space.

Karen has been a highly regarded freelance editor for nearly 20 years. With a Communication background, she brings a great attention to detail, adherence to deadlines and the juggling skills to get work accomplished in a timely manner. She has also completed the Certified Financial Planner designation and has been involved in village committees (Citizens Involvement Committee, Community Relations Committee, Ike-290 Committee) and the United Way Allocations Committee.

As her children begin to spread their wings, she wants more meaning in her professional life; helping clients find their perfect home fulfills that drive. She will work hard for you and is excited to help you find that special place.

Contact Karen at 708-288-1995 or email Karen

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Karen was a wonderful agent from start to finish. We had a fairly complicated schedule during our house-hunting process and Karen was incredibly patient and accommodating. Her communication was great and we knew we could count on her to stay on top of the details when we couldn’t do it ourselves.  We were also fairly unfamiliar with Chicago and she made great suggestions on where to look based on everything we told her we wanted. I would highly recommend both Karen and Cynthia to my friends and we certainly plan on working with her again in our future Chicago home buying endeavors!

My experience with Karen Baldwin was positive from the moment she showed me the home I purchased. The purchase process was smooth, easy and comfortable. I especially appreciated Brenda’s directness and honesty. Being able to reach her with questions was easy and extremely quick. I was impressed by her rapid response to my communications. Overall, her sales knowledge and dedication were excellent and second to none. I really appreciated her hard work to make this an easy transition from start to closing.
-Keith

My fiance and I had the best experience with Karen when looking for a condo in Oak Park. She is extremely responsive to any needs or requests, and she does her absolute best to make sure that you find the perfect place. I never felt like she was pushing us into any deals we were uncomfortable with and always felt like she was on our side and had our best interests at heart. I would recommend her to any of my friends and family. She is experienced, detailed, and extremely hard working. Her work doesn’t end with trying to find a house for you either. She works hard to make sure you have all of the other components necessary to making the moving process smooth (i.e. parking, HOA fees, taxes etc…) Thanks to her we are now settling into our beautiful new place. Thank-you so much Karen!
-Christina

I recently bought a Condo with Beyond Properties Realty Group. My Agent was Karen and she was the best to work with. She was very patience with me, very helpful, and made the whole buying process very easy. For anyone who is looking to buy, I strongly recommend you reach out to Beyond Properties Realty Group and ask for Karen.
-Zenel

My wife and I had the great pleasure of working with Karen closely as part of Team Cynthia at Beyond Properties Realty. Karen and Cynthia were there every step of the way during the purchase process. Any and all issues pertaining to the sale were handled in a timely manner, professionally.   They’re dedication and responsiveness helped ease the normal stress of purchasing a home. We’re not surprised that Zillow will be featuring them as Premier Agents.

Karen Baldwin was wonderful to work with. She was very attentive to my needs and requests and always kept it straight with me. She also kept me well informed and provided me with a plethora of resources which came in handy during the entire home buying process. Thanks to Karen, I am now a homeowner!
-A. Melendez

Karen is an expert for the Oak Park market and I am glad to work with her for my first home purchase in Oak Park. I highly recommend Karen to anyone who would like to buy properties in Oak Park.

Karen Baldwin and Cynthia Gajewski were both an absolute pleasure to work with. I recommend them to anyone who is looking for honest, considerate and professional service in the homebuying process.

This was my wife and I first home purchase. Karen was a great help during this experience. The lender my wife and i chose did a poor job of providing us accurate information. Karen introduced us to a great lender that put us into our new home. Karen was always enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with.

I was in a home buying/dad dying fog for a few months so unfortunately I don’t remember much from that time. I do remember that Karen was helpful and sympathetic. She lives in Oak Park and knows the area well. She was willing to show me places that I knew weren’t what I was looking for but wanted to see just to gain some perspective as a first time buyer. She was helpful and friendly and I would recommend her to any friends looking to buy in Oak Park.
-Loretta

Karen was amazing during the purchase of our first home. She was kind, responsive, and forthright with us throughout the entire process, and helped us clear hurdles that came up with our mortgage. I would absolutely recommend her and the team at Beyond Properties to anyone looking to buy a home in the Forest Park/Oak Park/River Forest area!

Contacted Karen to help us look for a home. It took a few months to find what we wanted but Karen worked hard from beginning to end. Very knowledgeable and helpful. We were happy with her and our home.
-Jada

Karen was extremely helpful! Always available, always asked the right questions, never too pushy! I would recommend Karen to anyone who is interested in purchasing a home! My experience with her was wonderful!
-J.

Karen was our realtor on two transactions in Forest Park, Il. She was extremely helpful, easy to do business with, and always accessible to us. I highly recommend her.
-Renee

Agents

Vicki May

Vicki is the property management (www.bprmgt.com) expert here at Beyond Properties Realty.  With 12 years of experience managing residential rental properties, Vicki can help you make your property successful.  As a residential rental property owner herself, she is acutely aware of the issues facing landlords in Cook County.  She recognizes the value of good tenants in keeping your properties profitable and provides excellent tenant service, managing for tenant-retention.  Her experience crosses a diverse group of clients and tenants.Vicki’s primary service area is centered in Oak Park, expanding into the Galewood and Austin neighborhoods of Chicago, and many western suburbs surrounding Oak Park.  She services properties ranging from single family homes to 30-unit apartments buildings, and specializes in 2-6 unit properties.  She can lease your units, handle day-to-day operations, provide monthly financial reports and help with 5-year planning.Whether your property is currently running well or needs a turnaround specialist, Vicki can do the job!

Email Vicki or call (708-714-0686) Vicki to discuss your real estate needs.

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Ruby D. Blair

Ruby is a native of Chicago with extensive knowledge of the Chicago metro area.  With more than 20 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate, in both legal documentation and sales, she brings a unique and thorough approach to meeting her client’s needs. Ruby is dedicated to client service and satisfaction and she looks forward to working with you.

Email Ruby or call (773-350-1604) Ruby to discuss your real estate needs.

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Denise Espinosa

Denise is a Chicago native and now resides in Oak Park. Prior to living in Oak Park, she was a resident of one of its neighbors, Elmwood Park. Denise brings familiarity and knowledge of Chicago Neighborhoods, Oak Park and its surrounding suburbs to her clients. Her attitude is the same in everything she does; She is passionate, personable, accountable, driven and dedicated. She understands that buying or selling a home can be stressful, but to be part of one of her Client’s most important life event is extremely rewarding. Whether it’s their first home, their dream home, rental property, vacation home or investment property, she handles the process with the utmost care and service.

Prior to becoming a licensed Real Estate Broker, Denise worked for international corporations in the areas of finance and customer service. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and has a background in education. She taught kindergarten in Chicago. Currently, in addition to her work in real estate, she has a thriving photography business. Denise brings the value of her experiences in customer service, finance, teaching, photography, and entrepreneurial to clients to help them achieve their goals. She enjoys the ongoing relationship she has with her clients long after a sale.

Email Denise or call (773-817-9333) Denise to help you with your real estate needs!
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Phil Joseph

Phil has been working in real estate for more than 10 years. Phil owns a Chicago real estate investment firm that specializes in investment and income-producing properties. Phil assists his clients in investment strategy and is a great resource for his clients and his colleagues at Beyond Properties. He also is a Professional Sales Agent in Florida and a member of Greater Fort Myers and The Beach Realtor Association. He is a member of The National Association of Realtors and The Oak Park Area Association of Realtors. Phil holds a B.S. in Insurance, Management and Marketing from Drake University and a MBA in Technology and Operations from Aurora University.

Email Phil or call (312-498-7221) Phil to discuss your real estate needs.
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Staff

Isaac Jordan

Since becoming a member of the Beyond Properties team in April 2016, Isaac has been applying his skills as a tech buff, writer and graphic designer to a broad range of office operations. His day-to-day tasks coordinating email campaigns, creating and distributing event flyers, moving furniture between properties, and any other odd job that needs to be completed, all while keeping the computers and software systems running smoothly. He is particularly known for being design-oriented, always looking for ways to improve our marketing materials. Isaac is a recent graduate of Oak Park & River Forest High School where he was a writer and editor for the OPRF Yearbook Staff. He studied Japanese for four years and was an exchange student in Akita during the summer of 2016.