The Erica Cuneen Team

Erica Cuneen

Owner & Managing Broker // (708) 220-2025

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

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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Denise Sacks

Office Manager

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.

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Martha Murphy

Broker Associate // (847) 977-3456

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.

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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.



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

Marketing Coordinator // (630) 567-6570

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.

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Michele Strimaitis

Broker Associate & Client Care Coordinator // (312) 375-9561

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.

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Denise Espinosa

Broker Associate // (773) 817-9333

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.

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Isaac Jordan

Technology & Design

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.



The Cynthia Howe Gajewski Team

Cynthia Howe Gajewski

Broker Associate // (312) 933-8440

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!

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Karen Baldwin

Broker Associate // (708) 288-1995

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.

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Lisa Allen

Client Care Coordinator // (708) 445-9554

Lisa grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She and her husband moved to Oak Park over 20 years ago. During this time, Lisa wrapped up her airline career and worked for District 97 before moving to California for 4 years when her husband took a job in the Bay Area. They both jumped at the chance to return to the Chicago area and knew Oak Park was the only place they wanted to live.

Now that Lisa’s kids are older, she has decided to join Team Cynthia and pursue a career in real estate. As Client Care Coordinator, she helps ensure that every buyer, seller and transaction is given the careful attention it deserves.

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Ruby D. Blair

Broker Associate // (773) 350-1604


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.

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Phil Joseph

Broker Associate // (312) 498-7221

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.

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