This week we sat down with Luke Korkowski
and asked him some questions for our Friday Agent Spotlight. Luke is a successful Elite Pacific Properties agent specialized in Oahu's premier Kailua, Lanikai, and Kaneohe neighborhoods. Luke's "living the dream" in Oahu, and his fun and friendly personality is non stop aloha!
Tell us a little about yourself: Professionally, I've been in the real estate industry for over a decade. My full time gig is working hard for real estate clients. What I've found, though, is that it's really helpful to my real estate career if I'm also exposed to other professional endeavors as well, so I spend some time being a real estate attorney, I dabble a bit in business consulting, I teach part-time at the University of Hawaii's Shidler College of Business, and I also occasionally invest in small businesses. All of these things share one thing in common: They are about assisting others with achieving their goals, which is what I love to do. Personally, I spend most of my off-time hanging out with my lovely bride, my two funny kids, and my goofy black Labrador named Jake. I also enjoy stand up paddling and traveling whenever possible.
What do you like best about living on Oahu? The lifestyle. My kids love it here, my wife is happy, and Oahu is just full of opportunities to play. The work environment is fun too. When we work, we work hard, but there's a strong sense of not taking yourself too seriously. To top it off, I get to work in a job that affords me the opportunity to introduce other families to homes in gorgeous places like Kaneohe, Kailua, and Lanikai. Seriously, can you beat the "workplace views" out the window of a Lanikai home toward the Mokulua islands?
What's your favorite activity outside of work? Whether it’s traveling to another country, hitting the waves, or just grabbing dinner together, being with my wife and children is my absolute favorite activity outside of work. Those people are wacky and funny and endlessly entertaining. Our best day together was spent paddling and surfing at White Plains Beach, grabbing dinner at Monkey Pod, and watching the sunset out at Ko Olina.
What do you like most about working at Elite Pacific Properties? Professionalism. Working in Elite’s get-it-done-right atmosphere that recognizes and rewards competence directly aligns with my passion to provide professional service to my clients. What comes with that environment is a sense of accountability without micromanagement. Elite is all about giving me the tools I need to be successful and then letting me use my unique skillset to serve my clients well.
Do you have a favorite home that you've sold recently? I recently had the opportunity of finding a Kailua home for a really cool family. It was a 7-bedroom, 5-bathroom updated bungalow that had a backyard and pool for family activities or entertaining guests. It was relatively affordable for being within just a block or so of Kailua Beach, too. The family has been kind enough to invite me back to see what personal touches they’ve added. They're thrilled with their new home.
If someone is thinking about moving or buying property on Oahu, what is your best advice? Be aware that Oahu is different. I deal with Mainlanders all the time, and since I've lived in Illinois, Alaska, Texas, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Montana, and Virginia, I can relate to what they are likely used to. But almost everything here is different: the market moves faster, building styles are different, lending has some local peculiarities, and living on an island in the middle of the Pacific just isn't quite like suburbia in, say, Dallas. Oahu is a wonderful place to live, and one of things I like the most is helping folks to embrace the uniqueness of this island community.
What's your favorite beach on Oahu and why?
I’m split between two. White Plains on the southwest side of Oahu holds great memories for me because it’s where my family and I learned to surf when we moved here over 5 years ago. We’ve had some of our best times there. But now that I’m comfortable in the water, you just can’t beat Lanikai. Sitting on the beach, you’ve got gorgeous views of the Mokuluas. If you’re out in the water, you can see almost all of the windward side and the towering Ko’olaus. Plus, there are usually good waves out at the break about half a mile or so offshore.
If I wasn't selling real estate I'd be...a Red Bull stunt man