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."