Dennis Maakestad

    Dennis Maakestad

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    I am Dennis Maakestad, a Realtor with Century 21 Affiliated in DeKalb, IL. I've been a Realtor in DeKalb County since 1980 and hope I can put my years of experience to work for you!!

    A bit of my history: I grew up in Dixon, IL and then came to DeKalb to attend NIU. After graduating from NIU with a business degree in 1973, I knew in my heart that I really wanted to teach so I returned to NIU and did some graduate work in education along with my student teaching. In 1974 I earned my teaching certification from the state of Illinois and was hired to teach in the middle grades at Kings, IL. I loved teaching, but felt a need to supplement my income and have a good job for the summer months so I took real estate classes and became licensed as a Realtor in 1980. Since 1980, I've worked with hundreds of buyers and sellers. I've also invested in income properties in DeKalb and Sycamore and found that to be another way to supplement my income. Both teaching and real estate have been very rewarding careers and I feel I did both well for many years. I retired from teaching in 2007 and am now devoted to real estate full time. For many years I've been active in the DeKalb community with my church and the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. I've worked locally and also traveled in the U.S. and around the world to help build Habitat homes.

    I am proud to be a member of the Century 21 Affiliated team. We are among the most successful real estate companies in DeKalb County. In 2008, my first full time year in real estate, I was the Number 2 agent in our Century 21 Elsner company of over thirty agents. In the years since then I've consistently been a top producer, being #1 in 2013. I have been a multi million dollar producer for many years. I have many happy clients to thank for that success! Over the years I have built a client base of satisfied customers who provide me with referrals and call-backs each year. Whether you're looking to sell or to buy real estate, I hope I'll be able to add you as another satisfied client this year.

    With Century 21 I belong to a network of over 140,000 professionals who take pride in what they do and specialize in providing a variety of superior real estate services to local communities around the world. Understanding your personal goals and needs is at the heart of my dedication to you. I look forward to discussing your real estate needs with you.

    Please give me a call on my cell phone: 815-739-5926 or email me at:


    Dennis Maakestad, Broker

    My Client Testimonials

    Dennis was my 4th Grade teacher so he made it very easy for me to learn how to buy my first house. Buying a house can and could be very stressful but Dennis was there every step of the way every curve ball for every anxious feeling I had about any situation. Dennis has been the most helpful realestate agent i think I will ever work with. Its been a real pleasure doing buisness with Dennis! ~ Andy Beach Creston IL
    I felt very comfortable working with Dennis Maakestad and appreciated the knowledge he had. Mostly it was trust I had in him, that was extremely important. ~ Waterville Ruth Heal
    Dennis was just great overall as a real estate agent from the beginning to the end. I thought Dennis did a great job at every stage, of making sure things were progressing nicely. And if I needed help with anything on my end, or finishing up e.g. finding someone to pave the driveway, etc., Dennis provided help ~ Steve Noffsinger, Berthoud, CO
    Dennis made sure all items were taken care of and was honest about all questions we had. He was promt and on time. I would recommend him to anyone looking to sell. ~ Patty Crane, Chana
    Mr. Maakestad was the best. Very thorough, patient and professional. He did a marvelous job. He's the best, you can trust him. ~ Pamela K Peterson St Charles Illinois
    Dennis was always there to answer my questions and he was an excellent guide in the process of selling a house to a virtual novice! Knowledgeable, patient, warm and welcoming as well as utterly professional. Thank you, Dennis! ~ Sharon Skala DeKalb, IL
    Dennis is wonderful to work with. I had 3 offers at or above asking price within 48 hours of my listing going live! Dennis made the whole process as easy and smooth as possible. Thanks Dennis! ~ Natalie Sheehan, DeKalb
    It was very important to us that we find an agent that was knowledgeable about the market, experienced, and would be honest with us. From our very first interaction, Dennis impressed us on all these counts. His marketing was top-notch, with amazing pictures and the perfect write-up. I think a testament to this is the slew of interest and showing appointments we had within the first hour of it being on the market. We had multiple offers in the first 12 hours, and we sold for well above asking. The sale process was smooth and seamless all the way through closing. Dennis was so friendly and kind, courteous, and very timely. We appreciate how available he was to help us with our crazy schedule. So happy with the way the sale went! We would highly recommend Dennis to anyone looking for a fantastic realtor!! ~ Sundi R., Sycamore
    I have worked with Dennes on More than one occasion so far. He¿s excellent to work with ~ Chris Bahramis
    Dennis is very knowledgeable about the local housing market and was able to give us information and direction on issues that arose while handling our listing. We would use his services again with great confidence. ~ Tricia
    Dennis is very easy to work with and is a great communicator. He patiently answered all our questions and kept us informed as the property sale progressed to closing. ~ Peter Schram
    We worked with Dennis Maakestad when we purchased our last house. We were impressed by his professionalism, knowledge, willingness to help, and fairness and knew that we wanted to work with him again when we were ready to sell. ~ John & Sara Ann Feken: DeKalb, IL
    My family's transition to our new home would not have happened without Mr. Maakestad. He really bent over backwards to get our old home sold, particularly after our offer was accepted by the seller of our new home. When time was not on our side, Dennis really was. ~ Mark G DeKalb
    Dennis was a pleasure to work with! ~ Kara Giudice
    Dennis' work style created an environment which allowed easy communication and approachability. I was very pleased with how Dennis worked when he helped me purchase the property I had no interest in looking elsewhere when I decided to sell. ~ D.S. - Dekalb, IL
    Dennis is a fantastic realtor and would work with him anytime. ~ Austen Ewald, Elburn
    Dennis has helped us through 3 purchase and two sales. He answers emails and texts at seemingly any time of day. (I'm not sure if he sleeps :) ). He guides us through every step and even has local connections if you haven't decided on a lender, attorney, inspector, etc. ~ James Moberg, Sycamore IL
    Dennis is amazing! He really makes the buying and selling process stress free. Wouldn't want anyone else. We cannot thank Dennis enough for working with us for our sale and purchase. He really put us at ease during the entire process. Thank you! Dennis goes above and beyond to assist with everything. We appreciate all of his expertise and advice ~ Mallory, Sycamore, IL
    Dennis Maakestad provided first time home buyers with an amazing experience. He was thoughtful and honest in all of his communications and he made working through a dauting task unbelievably easy. He was always available to answer questions and went above and beyond for us. I would recommend his services time and time again. ~ Brittany and Adam, Malta
    We have know Dennis Maakestad for many years & have always requested his services for all of our real estate needs. He is knowledgeable, honest & trustworthy & goes above & beyond in the services he provides. He is very quick to respond to any & all communication!s! We would highly recommend Dennis to all family, friends & aquaintaces. He is the best in every way! ~ Deborah & Dennis Jewett
    Dennis is a great, non-pushy realtor: a critical asset in such high-dollar transactions. A great friend in what could sometimes be a challenging process. ~ David Castro
    Dennis Maakestad is very professional, patient, and extremely responsive. We have had a great experience working with him for both a home purchase and a home sale. We have already recommended Dennis to others, and will gladly recommend him in the future. We appreciate all of the hard work. ~ Angela, St. Charles, IL
    I have worked with Dennis for years and he just makes me feel comfortable. He is very knowledgeable and is always available to help you and answer questions I had a request for showing within 2 hours of the listing Dennis is absolutely wonderful ~ Kathy Hill, Davis Junction
    Look no further! Dennis Maakestad is by far the best real estate agent out there. He is very professional and goes far and beyond to help his clients out in any and every way possible. #1 choice for all of your real estate needs. Thank you so much to Dennis ~ Aguirre Family- DeKalb, IL
    Dennis was very helpful and patient with us through the entire process. ~ Brian Cantrell
    Dennis was awesome! He was very patient and worked great with us and the buyers. We are definitely going to use him in the future. ~ Brian Cantrell
    We knew we would be moving back to Wisconsin after my retirement, so my wife and I had been looking at local realtors and their presence in DeKalb and their listing/sales statuses for a couple of years. Dennis always seeming to be leading the "pack", plus we both belong to the same church. With all of the factors involved, it was very clear that Dennis should be our realtor! Dennis went "all-out" in order to have our home sell quickly, and at a fair market value. The use of a "staging" person we feel was critical to the sale in 11 days after going active. Dennis did everything correctly, and was clearly a professional realtor with high morals. His knowledge of the market area was of great help to list and sell the home for maximum price. He fully explained all aspects involved in the listing and selling of our home. We enjoyed the business relationship that developed between the three of us, and will recommend Dennis to others in need of a realtor. My wife and I believe that there isn't a better person/realtor within the realtor "world"! Dennis Maakestad was excellent in every aspect! We couldn't have been happier with the whole process from our first visit with Dennis, to the closing on the sale of our home. Everything went so fast and smooth - which was not by accident - Dennis handled all of the details without errors or omissions. ~ Mr. & Mrs. K.
    Dennis goes above and beyond and has helped us numerous times. He makes you feel like part of his family. Dennis gave us help advising whom to call to make some repairs to sell the condo. Contacts he gave did great job! We have appreciated all the help and advise given to us over the past several years!! ~ Jim and Connie Young
    Dennis has done a remarkable job in helping us throughout many years with our real estate needs. Besides being an expert in his field, he treats you like family. We are so grateful for everything he has done for us! ~ Marina, Dekalb
    This is my second time using Dennis. I used him to purchase a home 4 years and now to sell that home. From start to finish Dennis was excellent to work with. He provided us with a home decorator to give suggestions on things to improve before we listed. We took that advise and after only a few days on the market we had multiple offers. Throughout the rest of process and all the way through closing Dennis kept up informed and was easy to work with. ~ Christopher McMeen, Kirkland
    Dennis understood my needs for a home and was very accommodating with his time to both look at house but also provide advice and recommendations for a Realestate lawyer and some contractors to fix the issue that came up with the new house. Dennis very knowledgeable about towns and neighborhoods this area, ~ John Regan Kirkland, IL
    Seasoned local pro! ~ Marc Gaines Cortland
    Dennis is just wonderful! We had used him in the past and he knows exactly what is right. Dennis is calm and extremely knowledgeable about the area. He is also a very kind person. ~ Anne and Dale Fluegel (we now live in Sanford Florida) home was in Cortland Illinois
    As a first time home buyer, Dennis helped make the whole experience a lot less confusing, and was a pleasure to work with. ~ Bryce, Sycamore
    Dennis is very much in communication with his clients. He takes the time to listen, is always available, and gets back to you in an extremely timely fashion, despite his busy schedule. He is knowledgeable, courteous, patient, and goes out of his way to earn the sale and your respect for him. His has extensive familiarity of the area, the real estate business and is very tech savvy. He is a are all a big asset to Century 21 to have a realtor of his character and background. I would recommend him to anyone. ~ Patricia Hiland
    Dennis is the perfect realtor! I had complete confidence in him! His communication with me was exceptional ! He was always available for my questions and concerns. Having complete trust in my realtor made my experience stress free ! I highly recommend Dennis Maakestad and Century 21 !! Dennis went above and beyond ! Heidi Clark Rochelle, IL ~ Heidi Clark Rochelle
    To be able to sell property in 2 weeks is a rarity in my lifetime and selling for more than purchase price is phenomenal. Dennis went above and beyond helping to get rid of some furniture we no longer had use or space for. When the first offer came and it was way too low, we were encouraged to hold out for a better offer. We had more traffic through the townhouse in 2 weeks than Ive ever had trying to sell any home before. Quick and easy with a cash closing. Dennis had good suggestions for improvements to be considered wth the property and an attorney for closing. I would highly recommend Dennis to assist with sale or purchase. ~ Bob Morgan, Elburn
    Dennis Maakestad is wonderful! We were/are extremely confident in his abilities, and very thankful we were able to work with him to sell our home. Dennis is patient, kind, accessible, and he made this laborious process much easier to manage. ~ Dawn & Eddie Gavin, Sycamore IL
    Dennis Maakestad was very helpful throughout my buying experience. He was always willing to work with my schedule. He made himself accessible through text, which made the communication convenient. He was very kind and accommodating when I would bring friends and relative with me to look at places. I would highly recommend Dennis. ~ Natalie Sheehan, DeKalb
    Dennis was extremely patient with us as picky first time home buyers. He showed us numerous houses at all hours as soon as he could. He had a strong knowledge of the community, and was able to give us background on the neighnorhoods we looked at. ~ Shane Ager, Dekalb
    Dennis is always on top of his "game". He is quick to respond to emails and texts. I felt we were dealing with somewhat of an unpleasant buyer, yet he remained calm and extremely helpful in helping us to follow this sale down to the last day, doing many things on his own to help in the completion of the sale. I would recommend Dennis anytime, to anyone. He even went to the property himself the night before, due to text messages from the perspective buyer, and arranged and paid for an issue that he thought was important to the complete the sale. Very seasoned, patient, and generous. Thanks Dennis. One down, one to go. He is a great asset to Century 21. ~ Patricia Hiland
    Dennis was willing to work with us even though we werent even sure if we were going to move at first. We never felt pressure from him; his first priority was us making sure we made the best decision for our family. He was approachable, knowledgeable, and available. We cant recommend him more! ~ Meaghan, sycamore IL
    Dennis is an Elder in my church and I trusted him. A good experience. Dennis did an excellent job! Dennis was very attentive to details and and answered all of my questions. ~ Jacqueline Hanson
    I had 2 brokers to pick from and Dennis seemed to have more knowledge of the area. He also brought over printed marketing plans and very helpful information about listing with him and was mindful of our time during that first meeting. After listing, I had an offer in ONE day!! Dennis was also invaluable when it came to taking care of inspection items. We would not have been able to close on time without his hard work helping to address inspection items. Overall I think Dennis did a FANTASTIC job and I am very very pleased with the service I received. Thanks Dennis!!! It was a pleasure working with you. ~ Alice Davenport, DeKalb, IL
    I knew from the beginning that the sale of my property would require finding the buyer who would appreciate the unique aspects of it. House size, location, attached business, and a historical building focused the interest down to a select demographic. I anticipated a long wait for the right buyer. If ever there was a person created to be a strong and steady rock to stand on during a time like this, it would be Dennis Maakestad. I always felt connected to his abilities to get the job done. He did everything, even expanding his advertising territory, to find that right person. A large part of this process was the education I received from Dennis. In a very gentle manner, and using many comparing properties as examples, I learned that what your property is appraised for doesn't necessarily line up with what the local market is willing to pay for it. There was nothing Dennis could have changed about that, but he was essential to contributing to my acceptance of that. I know this is not the typical (we sold the house three days for over the asking price) testimonial. This is a testimonial written after a long journey, where you back and are grateful for the person who walked every step of the way with you. From the heart, thank you Dennis. ~ Christine Ewald, Sycamore, IL.
    Dennis Maakestad was very patient, and really helped my wife and myself through the home buying process. He was always attentive to answer any questions we might have, which really helped us as first time home buyers. I would highly recommend Dennis as a realtor to others, especially given his knowledge of the DeKalb-Sycamore real estate market. By the time we finally made an offer on a house, we felt very comfortable that we made a good decision and were paying fair market value for the property. Dennis was a joy to work with, and took a great deal of his own personal time to help us and make sure we got into the right house. He in fact responded to a phone call and got a house tour scheduled for us while he was on holiday! He was also very gracious and patient with us, especially since it took a little while for us to find the right house. ~ Mark Pfotenhauer - Sycamore, IL
    Dennis Maakestad was very kind,helpful,and great with communication between the clients. I highly recommend him to anyone! ~ Louise Warford
    Dennis has an excellent reputation in this area, knows the area quite well, and is known for his diligence in handling customers' needs. He recently handled--smoothly and efficiently--the selling of a friend's house. I was motivated in great part by his dutiful handling of that sale. I was not disappointed, and often quite surprised, by all that he did! His recommendations for some presentation changes were spot-on. He even went way out of his way to help with removing some large items I needed to get rid of but had no place to store. A+ service! ~ William C. Johnson, DeKalb
    Dedication to us as new residents in DeKalb ~ Nancy Simmons Iowa
    Dennis was the best! ~ The Romansqd5
    I knew we could trust Dennis If Dennis worked for a different real estate company I would go with Dennis to that company ~ A Zollman, Indiana
    Dennis did a great job communicating during the process of selling our house. He provided good advise and understood all of the concerns that we expressed to him. We are happy that we contacted Dennis to sale our home. ~ Tom Murphy
    We had met him years before at previous closing and liked his personality. He is a true professional and gentleman. ~ Rev. John Artemas, Novi, MI
    Dennis was everything a home shopper would need in the community. He answered all questions and, I think, the most import thing is he acted like a friend ~ Alida Chaney
    Dennis sold our marital home in the midst of a divorce and I found him to be highly reliable and highly trustworthy ~ Michael from Sycamore
    Working with Dennis Maakestad has been a wonderful experience! He was very prompt with return phone calls and setting up showings. He went out of his way to accommodate our schedule. He was patient and showed us several houses over an extended period of time. He was also willing to drive to several different communities to show us houses. We have two little kids and Dennis was great interacting with them! Thank you Dennis for being such a great agent! ~ Theresa, Sycamore
    We found Dennis to be helpful as he patiently guided us through 27 houses until we found exactly what we were looking for and went to contract on it. He gave us hope during times where we were losing faith and kept us on the path to finding our home. Thank you Dennis for all of your time and dedication to helping us find our dream!! ~ LaToya Marz & Brooke Page, Kirkland
    Dennis Maakestad is an exceptionally talented real estate agent. He anticipates and understands your needs for the purchase and transaction. He has a calm, steady and professional demeanor, which was greatly appreciated. He was there for me every step of the journey, making sure I understood every part of the transaction. His "above and beyond approach" to what was expected from his service is awesome. He kept me informed and supplied me with helpful information that was essential for the transition into my new home. I consider Dennis a premiere real estate agent. The combination of Century 21 Elsner Realty and Dennis Maakestad is a win win. They have my highest recommendation. ~ Christine Ewald Kingston/Sycamore
    We contacted Dennis Maakestad about one house we were interested in that he happened to be selling. We provided him with a list of 5-6 places and he let us know he would be more then happy to show us all of the houses on our list and had such a flexible schedule. That is when we knew Dennis would be our guy. Dennis was extremely knowledgable and was able to give us tons of information on each step of the process. He would tell us what was going on and then break it down in a way that was easy for us to understand. He was extremely patient and kind and had our best interest at heart. Dennis was beyond perfect when it came to buying a house. We went into this knowing nothing and he made sure that we knew exactly what we were doing each step of the way. He was incredibly friendly and so easy to trust. He is truly an amazing person and he does his job so much better then anybody else I've heard of. He made this process extremely easy and you can tell he genuinely enjoys his job. Overall, Dennis was the best person for the job. He made buying our house incredibly pleasurable and made sure we knew exactly what was going on at all times. He always got back to us right away and his schedule was so flexible that we were always able to meet up whenever it was convenient for us. He went above and beyond any expectation and I have so much faith that as long as he is around he is the only broker that I will be buying/selling from. Dennis made this entire process so easy and it really felt like he was just as excited as we were. His job is not just a job to him. You could tell he cared about us as people and he was so happy for us. He has made our dreams come true and so quickly at that. Dennis Maakestad is your go to guy. ~ Jordan and Debrah Meyers DeKalb Illinois
    Dennis is very kind, respectful, patient and professional and I would highly recommend his services to anyone. ~ Patrick Dawson, Clarksville, MD
    Like I said before Dennis is a Great guy and a good friend. I have recommended him to friends and family,before I used him and would recommend him to anybody looking to buy or sell. Dennis looks out for his clients keeping in mind what they want and what they really can afford. ~ Bob Clark
    Dennis was extremely accessible and helpful. He never made us feel like we were asking a "dumb" question. We felt like Dennis had our best interests in mind. He didn't pressure us and offered professional guidance. ~ Jennifer, DeKalb
    Dennis was absolutely wonderful to work with. He was very friendly, professional and knowledgeable about DeKalb. We will definitely recommend him to our friends and family. ~ The Byers family DeKalb
    What more can I say. Dennis is a fantastic gentleman! It was very easy and took no time deciding where to go and to select the Century 21 broker for selling my house. My son asked me if I knew any Realtors in DeKalb and I immediately told him about Dennis. So Dennis sold my sons house several years ago, and in June this year he sold my house in record time! Only 10 days on the market! Not only is Dennis personable and courteous but he definitely went over and above his job description on both sales. He was so helpful in so many ways dealing with so many unexpected things that arose on both sales. If there were things needing repair, painting, etc., he was able to supply names to contact to do the work, and even did some things himself. I would highly recommend Dennis to anyone knowing they would be receiving the best possible service available. I have known Dennis for many years and he is the BEST! I do miss seeing him in Church and he is a very strong and dedicated Christian. I could go on an on about all the community work and so many committees he is on, therefore his personality really shines through also at Century21. Need a Realtor? Call Dennis Maakestad. I was just very pleased and so surprised at how fast my house was sold.. Dennis gave me a lot of good tips on what to do inside the house to make it more eye appealing He did an excellent job on the 2 or3 house showings that were done, and then bingo; Sold. Absolutely Fantastic.Dennis found ways to discard and get rid of many things I could never have done without his help. I would very highly recommend him to anyone knowing that I was sending them to a very honest and professional broker. His years of experience are full of little tips to help on selling your house. ~ Phyllis Cress, Previously DeKalb, Now Temecula, CA
    Dennis is a very good friend, fellow Christian, highly trust worthy, very helpful, caring. I really can't say enough good about Dennis. I would recommend Dennis Maakestad to my family and friends. You can't go wrong hiring Dennis as your Realtor. ~ Theresa Krueger, St. Charles, IL
    Dennis Maakestad did an outstanding job working with us through our first home buying experience. Very knowledgeable, polite, and is always available. I will be sure to refer anyone I know to him that is looking to sell or purchase. ~ Brandon and Erica Kunkel
    My home sold! Dennis Maakestad was the reason. He is a professional in all aspects of realty. Dennis has a positive outlook and caring personality. He listens and understands. Thank you, Dennis! ~ Linda, DeKalb
    Dennis understood our needs and help us find the perfect property. We saw multiple properties around the area which helped us settle on the townhouse we selected. It was a good value and perfectly located for my daughter who will be attending graduate school at NIU. ~ Robert Morgan, Elburn, IL
    We enjoyed working with Dennis in the sale of our home and purchase of another. He was excellent in every way in helping us with decisions, suggestions and we would definitely recommend him to anyone needing a very knowledgeable agent to work with. He has many years experience and very good in his profession. Thank you Dennis for everything and the best to you in your future sales endeavors. ~ Rick and Lee Reed
    Dennis is a great agent and was able to sell our house within 24 hours of putting it on the market. ~ Jarred Crall, Genoa, IL
    Being a first time home buyer is quite a frightening experience. Start to finish Dennis Maakestad was top notch in helping me along the way. He was very knowledgeable when it came to looking at the actually home, and even more so when it came time for closing. Even through some bumps with the finance company we both made it out alive. ~ Chris McMeen, Kirkland, IL
    Dennis was knowledgeable, always available and saw the sale through to the end. Overall a good experience. I would recommend him. ~ Craig.


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