Meet Our Team | Beyond Properties Realty

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
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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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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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.

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Sarah Kate Walton

Broker Associate

Growing up in Milwaukee as the daughter of a successful commercial and residential broker, Sarah Kate inherited vast exposure to real estate and has developed a sincere interest and knowledge of the industry. As a licensed agent in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota and a member of Team Erica since April 2019, she considers the real estate business an adventure in building relationships rather than a sales position.

Sarah Kate epitomizes integrity, hard work and top-notch customer service. From the first meeting to the closing and beyond, she is passionate about the needs and goals of her clients. Creating a strategy to meet each client’s goals is her main focus.

 

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Heather Snyder

Marketing Coordinator

Heather became a resident of Oak Park in 2004 and has experience as a homeowner, landlord, and renter in different areas of the village. She fell in love with Oak Park’s rich historical and cultural legacy as a home to Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, and Doris Humphry making it a truly unique place to live.

As an analytical thinker with an artistic sensibility, Heather’s collaborative spirit, creativity, and strategic organizational methods are an asset to the Beyond Properties team. She is an entrepreneur and served as Founder, Business Operations Manager, and Director of Principle Dance in Forest Park, IL from 2007-2018. She is a former professional dancer, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and calls the lone star state her second home.

 

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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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