HONESTY, hard work and dedication to the community - that's what the Kuorikoski name means in the Bundaberg district. It's a peerless local reputation built over generations and one that Steve Kuorikoski makes certain he lives up to as a sales professional for Four Walls Realty at Bundaberg's stunning Bargara Beach.
"Every day I work to exceed expectations. That's very important to me," former firefighter Steve says.
"My wife, Julie, and I absolutely love living in Bargara and we're deeply involved with and connected to the community - that's only possible when everybody knows I am always doing my best for people. And putting their needs first."
In addition to the expert local knowledge, Steve's professional background also allows him to excel as a real estate agent. As a qualified carpenter, which means he knows houses from the ground up - the is after all a business with homes at its core. Steve has been renovating and selling houses for years.
"With my trade and this hand-on reno experience I'm able to expertly guide my sellers on how to spruce up their property to deliver maximum value for the least outlay of time and money. That's really valuable."
After working as a carpenter, Steve served as a firefighter for many years, including in the specialised Urban Search and Rescue. Steve knows how to remain cool, calm and collected in all kinds of situations, which is vital when putting contracts together.
"Selling a home can be stressful - it's reassuring for my sellers to know their agent is always in control of the situation, and is providing a steady hand on the tiller.
"Plus, a big part of my job is negotiating for my seller, which includes defending our asking price. I always keep a clear head when the action heats up."
Fans of Steve-
"We first met Steve Kuorikoski at an open house he was doing when we began looking at properties in the Bargara area. From the moment we met Steve nothing was too much trouble. He had another listing that he wanted to show us that afternoon and we looked at that but it wasn't really what we were after, but what was the winner for us was Steve's local knowledge and his life experiences. As a former carpenter he was able to provide some insight into things that we were planning to do and local trades and services that may have been of assistance to us. When we found the property that suited us perfectly the agent at the time let us down badly and the deal ultimately fell over. A few months later we noticed that the property was still on the market and approached Steve to negotiate for us. Long story short, Steve came up with the goods and our purchase is now unconditional. Since we first met Steve in January and got to contract for the second time in May, he has fielded many, many enquiries from us regarding all manner of things and he has followed up each and every enquiry and comes back to us with the information within hours of making the enquiry."
"Steve Kuorikoski is trustworthy, reliable, punctual, knowledgeable, decent, friendly and goes beyond what you would expect a real estate agent to do. He is easy to deal with and gets to the point and he is a local. He knows his patch and knows it well. Real estate agents such as Steve are few and far between and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have met him early on in our search for a property at Bargara. We simply cannot recommend him more highly."
David and Peter