This week we sat down with Steve Nickens and asked him some questions for our Friday Agent Spotlight. Steve is an active and experienced agent in Maui with a background in construction and an unmatched zest for life. This family man, gardener, surfer, windsurfer, and realtor is living the good life on Maui!
Tell us a little about yourself: I grew up in the beach cities in Southern Calif surfing and living the California dream. At 19 I moved to Maui with a hundred dollars in my pocket and a surfboard, not knowing that Maui would become my lifelong home, and I never looked back. Looking back over 46 years, I been a waiter, surfed Honolulu Bay every day until I decided to get into construction. My brother Cliff and I started Nickens Interiors, we had a store on the corner of Makawao Town across from Komoda’s Bakery. For 16 years I was a licensed contractor on Maui, working with Maui builders and homeowners island wide.The best part of my life is my family. My wife Ivy, is born and raised on Maui, from a strong local family that took me into their ohana. My wife is amazing, the biggest support in my life. We live on 2 acres, loving the county life, with our two dogs Mia and Duke, and kitty. Ivy and I enjoy gardening, we have endless fruit trees and when I have time my garden pumps out fresh veggies. Both my boys are hardcore surfers, husbands, and awesome fathers. My daughter Meili is very talented with horses and working with kids. My other daughter Rae and her husband Ryan live in San Clemente right next to one of my favorite surf spots. In the last five years, I started windsurfing, which is a new passion, I love the challenge and flying across the water. I try to get up early in the morning when the surf’s good for a session before my workday begins. I am also very involved with the local church on Maui, and love jamming music with my friends when we get together. I would have to say that life on Maui has been amazing.
What do you like best about living in Maui? What I like best about Maui can be a long list. Yes, we have amazing beaches, hiking, beautiful resorts and Hana. What I really like about Maui is the people. We are a mix of local people, people from Japan, Brazil, Canada, mainland and Europe. Maui is a very international community. I surf with a mix of girls from Japan that rip and windsurf with people from around the world. Over the years I have been blessed being part of the local Maui community.
What's your favorite activity outside of work? My favorite activity outside of work involves being in the ocean, I would say I am a waterman. I have sailed Prindles, competed for 10 years in surfing contest with my boys. I love windsurfing and occasionally I stand up paddle with my wife and friends.
What do you like most about working at Elite Pacific Properties? I have had the pleasure of working with some of Maui’s finest real estate firms in my 23 years selling real estate. But my experience with working with Elite Pacific Properties goes way beyond the norm. First off, the company is always trying to raise the level and quality of how you do real estate. In my opinion, they have the most advanced technology, training and support system beyond any other company I ever worked for. They have a team of professionals from marketing to escrow coordinators that provide excellent customer service. You can always request my listing presentation to learn the scope of what Elite has to offer.
Do you have a favorite home that you've listed recently? This home on 2 acres in Haiku, Maui is a favorite. The neighborhood of Aloha Aina is a small private community in beautiful Haiku. Only five homes are on the street, and lots have some acreage without it being overwhelming. The house is great and has a bonus secluded 800 sq. ft. cottage.
If someone is thinking about moving or buying property on Maui, what is your best advice? Couple things to ask yourself. #1 what type of property are you looking for, location, home or condo, and price. #2. You should talk to a lender and get pre-approved if you’re getting a loan. #3. Check in to options on shipping cars and household goods. #4. Use an experienced real estate agent that has local knowledge, that can really make a difference.
What's your favorite beach in Maui and why? that would be Hamoa Beach in Hana. It’s worth the drive, just stunning beach, so beautiful.
If I wasn’t selling real estate I’d be...I would be retired, surfing and windsurfing and working in my garden.