A proud Chicagoan, Nykea has deep-seated roots throughout the city. These connections have given Nykea comprehensive knowledge of all things Chicago, making her an expert in the city’s unique neighborhoods and amenities. After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Marketing, Nykea spent 10 years in sales management. Nykea is an accomplished negotiator, and credits her extensive training in consultative and problem-solving techniques and her management background with providing her the skills she needs to advocate for her clients’ needs.
Nykea is passionate about real estate, and is actively involved in many organizations. She works tirelessly to promote initiatives that support property owners, and serves as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) appointed Federal Political Coordinator for the 1st Congressional District of Illinois. Nykea is also the 2018 President-Elect of the Women’s Council of Realtors Illinois (WCR). A graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Nykea holds the Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Accredited Distressed Property Representative (ADPR), Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR), and Short Sale Foreclosure Representative (SRF) certifications. A licensed Managing Broker, Nykea believes in continued education and supporting other brokers, working as a continuing education instructor for the Chicago Association of Realtors. Nykea leverages her technology know-how as a contract trainer for the Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED). She also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Realtors, Chicago Association of Realtors, and IDFPR Real Estate and Disciplinary Board.
While she’s very busy within the real estate community, Nykea always carves out time for rest and relaxation. This mom is always on the go, and loves to spend time with her family exploring Chicago’s hidden treasures. Nykea really cares about fitness, and always makes time to hit the gym. She’s also new to the city’s running scene, completing her first 5K in 2017!
Nykea was knowledgeable about the co-op market in our neighborhood and what it would take to sell our home. She was organized and responsive.
Nykea was one of the most professional, supportive, knowledgeable and kind person that I have ever worked with buying or selling a home. If the Real Estate world had more people like Nykea our cities would be a beautiful. Thank God and Dreamtown for Nykea.
Nykea provided sound, timely, and professional guidance and information throughout the selling process. She marketed the property, kept me informed of all showings, feedback, and issues, and always represented my interests. Nykea listed my property in the middle of the winter and we had showings, offers, contract and closing before the spring. My family and I are very thankful for her service.
Professionalism... trustworthy...peace of mind! My future purchases and any future purchases of my friends/family will have only one realtor..and that will be Nykea!!!! -M.C.
Big help from beginning to end!
Nykea was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable throughout our house hunting and purchasing period.
We felt that Nykea did an excellent job. She was very helpful and responsive to our needs, including helping in many ways to expedite process with the attorney and the condo association. We are very appreciative of all that she did for us.
I am really pleased with the care that you provided throughout the process of buying my new home. You were right there making sure that everything was going on as planned. Thank you for everything.
You were very knowledgeable and professional, I will refer others to you in the future. I love my house! Thank you, again!
Nykea is a great and diligent realtor! Competing against investors over very little real estate inventory, I was able to invest in my first home with the expertise and guidance of Nykea. Knowledgable in short sales and foreclosures, she advised me throughout the difficult process and long process. With her help, I was able to get a great deal. I will definitely use her for any future real estate services.
Nykea is a stalwart real estate broker with extensive skills and a formidable foundation in her practice. Her lengthy credentials attest to this, but so also does the experience of working with her. She is an outstanding professional, being extremely prompt, courteous and attentive. But I would be remiss if I were to stop there: In an industry where profit regularly trumps customer service, Nykea stands in sharp contrast. She is refreshingly honest, and I'm grateful beyond words for the incredible fortune of having had her as my advocate in the adventure of home buying. I am reminded of this every time I think of home. Nick Katsifarakis, Bronzeville
It's sad to say in today's business world that it's just business, nothing personal; so when you find someone like Nykea Pippion Mcgriff, who genuinely makes you feel like you matter and she's got your back, it's a very rare find. Unfortunately my home buying experience was a little rough at times. I felt like giving up, but Nykea kept me positive and made sure my best interest came first. She spoke up for me and guided me to ensure my home would be perfect. I'm truly blessed to have had her as my agent, and even after closing she still checks up on me and makes sure everything is okay. I feel like I got a good friend that came along with the house. God bless you Nykea
I would like to take this time to thank you for an excellent homebuying experience and the service you provided me in completing this dream endeavor. You were very precise and very helpful in helping me understand the entire process. I really appreciated your patience and professionalism in this matter and would like to say again... THANK YOU. Sherman D. Martin, Ashburn
We were impressed by so many facets of Nykea's personality and professionalism but found the following to be key to our successful home buying experience. Nykea was always expedient in returning our calls, searching for properties, and setting up tours. Then, when we ran into some trouble with our mortgage lender, she was instrumental at helping us navigate through the mess so that we could close on our home. I was particularly impressed with her ability to negotiate and her attention to detail. She is honest and capable, and I felt dedicated solely to my interests in the matter. Her advice and guidance through this process was invaluable and her attention to detail, knowledge of the field and no-pressure approach were greatly appreciated. We can't imagine going through this process with anyone but Nykea and would recommend that anyone that buys or sells property in the City of Chicago utilize her expertise if you seek the optimal real estate transaction experience.Teresa and Kerry McKinney, Beverly
Nykea is the consummate professional! She "held my hand" and guided me through the home buying process, which I must admit, was no easy task. My situation was truly unique, but she got me through it, each and every step of the journey. I have the utmost faith in her abilities, and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing the services of a real estate agent. Again, Nykea, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!Laverne Davis, Woodlawn
I would like to sincerely thank Nykea for all her hard work in helping my family buy our first house together. When I started house hunting, I had an idea of what I didn't want but wasn't sure of what I wanted. Nykea helped us in finding a home that was beautiful. She also helped find us a loan officer who was great to work with. Nykea made sure that we were on top of things, and stayed focus on what we wanted. What I like most is that she answers your questions and e-mails quickly and efficient. I highly recommend her to others. She is very easy to work with and very knowledgeable of her job.Vameca Wheeler and Cory Ballenger, Roseland
I want to thank you for all of your help, assistance, hand-holding and professionalism during your representation on my behalf as a new home-buyer. You delivered for me, as well as the bank, and the home inspection service. I was also very grateful to have had the Home Warranty service. It was quite an adventure to buy a house for the first time. The commitment to such a long term investment was a very scary thought. But the professionalism you showed and the personal attention you gave whenever I had any questions or concerns during the transaction made me feel really confident in my choices and final decisions. And I couldn't be happier. Every day, I wake up in my home. My investment. Thank you, Nykea - you're the best!Delia Rollins, West Pullman
I would NEVER hesitate from recommending the services of Nykea Pippion-McGriff. She made what can be a very tedious and unpleasant process very smooth and relaxed. Nykea is the ultimate professional and I really appreciated her efforts. She was very patient with me even when I was flying back and forth between cities trying to get everything organized. The number one thing a person needs when making such a huge decision such as the purchase of a home is someone they feel comfortable with and someone they feel they can trust. If I were a teacher, Nykea would have an A+ in both columns. Thanks for all of your help!Dion, Woodlawn
Buying a home is a humbling and a very personal experience. This significant acquisition was an aspiration that my husband and I dreamed about from the moment we decided that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Owning our first home was not just a financial investment, for us, it was an inauguration into the elite club of maturity and it would a legacy that we would leave behind for our children. Because of the significance of this decision, my husband and I felt that it required a realtor who was very professional, sensitive to our specific wants and needs and someone who we could entrust with our infinite dreams. Nykea was the personification of these characteristics and was a welcomed anomaly. Unlike the realtors that we initiated before, Nykea was always on time, worked day and night for us and realized the importance of finding "the right home". I remember when we met Nykea for the first time at a local Starbucks. She struck me as a very confident and professional person who was very cultured in the real estate industry. She immediately explicated the details of the sequence of home ownership and concluded the brief, but informative, tutorial by arrogantly proclaiming, "I will find you a home in 30 days". I remember looking at my husband with a cynical smirk and thinking to myself that she would be added to the list of superfluous realtors that preceded her. To my surprise, Nykea not only found our dream home in less than 30 days, she managed to find everything we dreamed of inside the walls of our new residence during a terrible housing market. She worked assiduously on our behalf and smoothly navigated us through a process that many deemed problematical, stressful and exasperating. Nykea made this process a delightful experience and we feel blessed to have had her accompany us on our expedition of homeownership. Additional, she will forever be considered a part of our family and will pleasantly be remembered as the person who was instrumental in making our dreams come true. Very few people surprise me
Earlier this year my husband and I decided to purchase a bigger home for our family. We started researching properties online and selected a hand full of properties we thought would be perfect for our family. After communicating with a lot of online real estate agents we came across Nykea's bio and read all the testimonies from previous satisfied clients and we knew that we wanted her to represent us. We immediately contacted Nykea and informed her of what we needed and wanted in a new home. Initially, we presented to Nykea our hand picked list of homes. Nykea scheduled all the home viewings and accompanied us. Boy, I'll tell you we were glad to have a true professional on our side that had our best interest at hand. She was able to point out issues with the homes that would be a homeowner's nightmare. Because the homes we selected were not what we expected we were becoming a bit discouraged. We gave up searching for our perfect home ourselves and allowed Nykea to take complete control of our home search. After viewing several homes with Nykea she realized that not only were we looking for a home that would accommodate our family - we were looking for something unique, something different. Nykea put on her shades and said 'follow me'. We didn't know where we were going and finally we ended up in front of a home with a 'for sale' sign. Pessimistically we followed her inside the home. To our surprise, we were standing in the home of our dreams. Although the home was sold, Nykea was able to utilize her resources to find us a home that incorporated all the likings of this home and some. Although we moved into our new home 3 months ago, Nykea still calls us to make sure we are still completely satisfied with our new home. Thanks to Nykea, our family could not be anymore satisfied than what we are now. Nykea has made our dream of owning a perfect home come true. Shaneka and Darrell, Washington Heights
I'm a first time home-buyer and Nykea made the entire process very comfortable for me and words cannot express how much I appreciate her commitment and dedication. I had very specific criteria regarding what I was looking for, so it took me a while to find the perfect condo, but Nykea was very patient and very supportive throughout the entire process. Nykea's knowledge of the real estate market was very instrumental in making sure that we were aware of the many changes that are going on in the housing industry right now. Nykea was able to get me connected with a great lender and a great attorney who also provided great services. I couldn't have asked for a better team of people to help me achieve my dream of home-ownership. Thanks Nykea!!
I am a manager in a customer driven field, banking. In my field I often encounter customers who have been disregarded, overlooked and under-serviced by employees. My recent experience with realtor Nykea Pippion-McGriff was just the opposite. At the end of January I contacted Nykea to advise her that I was looking to buy my first condo. I had spoken with Nykea last year and she was very nice and even took me to a few showings but due to a financial hardship, I was unable to close. I never forgot Nykea's kindness when I was going through my rough period. Because of that kindness, Nykea was the first person I called when I decided the time was right to try again. Nykea once again was patient. She gave me all the information that I needed to be able to make a knowledgeable decision. She walked me through the entire process. I felt guilty a few times for calling her so much but she never hesitated to answer all my questions albeit redundant most times. On issues that I didn't have a clue, Nykea made suggestions and she also suggested people to assist me. She always gave me at least three names and numbers so once again I could make an informed decision. My deal wasn't easy. I had three different close dates because the bank couldn't get it together and the seller had a few issues as well. Nevertheless, Nykea advised me to be patient and she promised me that the deal would go through. I valued her opinion and often consulted her before I made final decisions on things. Nykea was always professional. Needless to say I am now a condo owner! Thanks to Nykea I got EVERYTHING on my wish list. Not only have I recommended her to all my family and friends, but I also wanted to take the time out and let her employer know what an asset you have in her. I really appreciate the hard work and many hours of time that Nykea put in to make my condo buying experience easy. Sheri Coppage, Chatham
We are so very grateful to have had such a kind, talented, and intelligent guide through the process of finding our home. We are all so pleased with the house. It's been a delight to know you. Christie and Fred Henry, Beverly
I just wanted to thank you for your efforts with regard to my Chicago home purchase. It was a pleasure working with you. I truly appreciate your attentiveness, availability and accessibility. I know that my purchase was (unnecessarily) a bit more dramatic and complicated than expected, but thanks in large part to your efforts and initiative, we were able to close in a timely manner. I have and will continue to recommend you to people that I know, and come in contact with, that can utilize your services. Thanks again. Andre Wright, Kenwood
Nykea effectively negotiated an ideal price for our home. Plus, she made time to educate us on every aspect of purchasing a home. Adam Walker, Maywood
Nykea Pippion-McGriff proved to be quite very knowledgeable and concerned about me as a client. She took very good care of making sure that condo purchase went very smooth and in several instances went over and beyond in working with my lawyer and banker to ensure that my closing went well. I will be referring to my friends to her when they look to purchase a property. Lanre Kale, Woodlawn
Hats off to Dream Town and our real estate agent Nykea!! We could not be more pleased with the amazing service and dedication she provided as we navigated the unfamiliar waters of Chicagoland. Her professionalism, combined with her impeccable knowledge of the area and sensitivity to our personal needs, was just what we needed given our 'unique' situation. With my fiance and I living hundreds of miles apart while also juggling wedding planning tasks and constant career travel, we anticipated that our Chicago home search would be a long, arduous task. Not so with Nykea - she made the whole process seamless and stress free. She exceeded our expectations from day one, quickly locking in to our preferences and working tirelessly to locate properties and schedule showings that met our search criteria. Before long, we found our 'dream home' and Nykea was there every step of the way to assist us with everything from completing paperwork to connecting us with inspectors, lawyers, etc. Thank you for a wonderful buying experience Nykea and know that you can count on us to refer you to anyone we know looking to sell or purchase a home. Julius and Kim Olives, South Loop
As I was a first time buyer, I was not sure of what I wanted, where I wanted it, nor what I would be able to afford. Nykea was extremely helpful, honest, and allowed me to make educated decisions on my own time. Due to my hectic six day work week the flexibility and understanding allowed for me to search for my new home stress free. My experience with Dreamtown has left me very impressed with the service and care taken. In addition to their kind and thorough service Dreamtown complements the purchase of your home with a thoughtful house warming gift consisting of bread, chocolate, and champagne. Thank you for your time and hard work. Thank you soooo much Nykea! I am very happy with my purchase!Ryan, Gold Coast
After the deal to sell our condo fell through we were in a bad situation. We had a purchase contract on a home and a significant sum of money tied up and absolutely no prospective buyers for our unit. It was at this point when we called Nykea. She explained her services, gave us a list of task to complete and asked us to call her if we decided to use her. Needless to say, our decision to utilize her services and expertise was made before she left our home. After only two showings we received two contracts and the one we ultimately accepted was more than 97% of our asking price. Our deal closed on both properties the week of April 14, 2006. We are still moved and stand in awe of Nykea's level professionalism and dedication to selling our home; she was always available and willing to assist us. As the airport manager of the world's busiest airport I could use 400 people like Nykea.
My husband and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the guidance and the assistance that we received from our realtor Nykea. She was very professional in her coaching me and guiding through the entire process. At first I really didn't know what I wanted and what to look for, but Nykea offered me her professional advice and sent me houses to look at on a daily basis which helped me to determine what I was really looking for. I was very nervous at first, but Nykea did such extensive research on all of the property before we saw them and shared with us helpful information, my nerves were eased quickly. Nykea really impressed me when we went in a house and she knew about wiring, plumbing, boilers, and the various types of furnaces in the houses. I said to my self, "You GO Girl!" I would again like to thank you Nykea for finding our dream house, you were always the professional. Yolanda and Tyron Williams , West Englewood
Nykea,You are not only knowledgeable, but you express a true concern for your clients' welfare. Should I or anyone I know require the type of services you provide, you would be the first person contacted. Respectfully,Horace Jones, Englewood
When I started house hunting I had no idea what I was getting into or who to trust with this important decision. I did an internet search and happened to find your website for Dream Town. There were some properties that I was interested in and through your website was able to express my interest in a showing and was connected to Mrs. McGriff. I have been so very pleased with her services to us. She is professional, patient, and always tried to anticipate what we were looking for in a home. I appreciate the fact that she always left the decision to us. We went to see some not so nice properties and she never made it seem like it was a chore. She presented any property with a highlight of the good points and made suggestions whenever her opinion was requested. She also helped with referrals to service partners and just made this first time experience one in which we could be confident. We started working with Nykea at the end of September and she never made us feel as if we were anything but a pleasure to work with. Your website is also wonderful. Listings were sent to us through our own personal account and we were able to review and make decisions about showings based on that information. We would and have recommended your agency in the future and if we happen to need your services again we would definitely be looking for Mrs. McGriff. Thank you for a good home buying experience. Janice Griffin, Hyde Park
We have been very pleased with the time and patience that was extended to us as we planned our move to Chicago. Coming from out of state and not having lived in such a large metropolitan area, we are thankful that you Nykea made yourself so available as we were doing much looking at property. You took time to answer our many questions and your experience helped us get acquainted with the layout of Chicago and helped to prepare us for the advantages of city living. Besides, we made a good friend. Thanks so much. Emmy & Steve Stanley, Rogers Park
I just wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for your assistance with my condo purchase. Being a first time homebuyer, I did not know what to expect, and from the very beginning, you listened to what I wanted and made it happen. You have a real passion for what you do, and it shows that you are truly concerned with making sure your clients are happy. I felt very confident in your abilities, trusted your advice, and knew you had my best interest in mind while handling this transaction. You guided me through every step of the process, assembled a "dream team" of referrals and with your leadership, I knew I was in great hands. You must have many clients, but I always felt like I had 100% of your attention. No matter how many times (and yes I know it was a lot) I called or emailed you, you were very patient and quick to respond. I just have to say I am glad you sent me that email one Sunday morning because I could not have asked for a better agent! Everything seemed to go by so fast after that and it feels great to be a homeowner. Thanks for all your hard work and for making this a good experience. You will be my "preferred" referral when anyone I know is looking to buy. I am glad I found the dream town site and they connected me to you. I know now that having a buyer's agent is definitely a good decision, but choosing Nykea has been a GREAT decision! Thanks for helping make my homeownership dream a reality. LaNeice Riggens, Matteson
Working with Nykea to purchase my first home was a great experience. Nykea was very flexible in scheduling showings around my hectic work schedule. As a first time buyer, Nykea did a great job answering lots of questions and clearly explaining the entire process. As we looked at different properties, she kept me organized by having me rate my favorites and rule out those I was no longer interested in. I was prepared to spend about six months looking for the right property, but with Nykea's help I found the perfect place in less than a month. I'm extremely happy with my new home and would recommend Nykea and Dream Town to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home. Katie VanderMolen, Lakeview
Nykea is amazing! She's the perfect mix of professional and personable. Buying a home for the first time is a stressful experience, but Nykea helped me to transition smoothly. She's incredibly knowledgeable and patient, and she gave me great advice on how to get the most out of my new home. She always had my best interests in mind. I never had to worry about anything; with Nykea on my side, I knew that I would get the best service possible. I've recommended her to everyone I know. China McGee , Bronzeville
When my husband and I decided to buy a house, we knew exactly what we wanted-everything! A great house at a great price in a great neighborhood with great schools. I was sure we'd have to compromise, but Nykea helped us assess not only properties but entire neighborhoods to fit our needs. She never, ever judged or tried to push our decision making in one direction or another. She answered about a thousand phone calls and emails (I'm what you'd call a high-maintenance client), and never made us feel like we were wasting her time. She was always ready to help and ENDLESSLY patient. We searched for months and finally found the perfect house- after months of looking, numerous neighborhoods, and many properties, we ended up going back and buying the first house we saw!Nykea was great, and we'd recommend her to anyone. Julie and Adam , Little Italy/UIC
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