Education & Personal
In 2010, Luke L. Thompson graduated with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Washburn University . Luke graduated in the top 20% of his class earning straight A’s throughout the program and induction into Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society recognizing business excellence. Much of his project work was focused on the subject of residential and commercial real estate.
In 2003, Luke L. Thompson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. During college he polished his service and problem solving skills as a grocery store customer service department representative, foreman of a small house painting crew, and restaurant server on the Plaza in Kansas City.
Luke was born and raised in Topeka, KS. Luke attended Sumner Elementary, Shaner Elementary, Jardine Middle School, and Topeka High School. At Topeka High Luke was a member of the varsity baseball and junior varsity basketball teams. As an adult, he has lived for six years in a home he purchased through the TOTO Program (Topeka Opportunity To Own) and personally completely remodeled in the Highland Park area. He currently lives in his second personally rehabilitated home in Rolling Meadows near Shawnee Lake.
In July of 2007, Luke was recruited by Land Kansas Real Estate, and that spurred his decision to return to Washburn University in pursuit of his Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Every day in real estate Luke makes every effort to make the most of the professionalism, document review and preparation experience, tech savvy, and communication skill that he polished in his four years of public service to the State of Kansas. Anyone he has worked with in real estate will readily verify those facts and is forthcoming with good comments even when they are not solicited. In March of 2011, Luke joined Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair (CBGB) after his comparative company analysis leading to his conclusion that CBGB has the most to offer Topeka’s real estate market in innovation and effectiveness.
Luke is active within the Topeka Area Association of Realtors (TAAR). For 2012 he has been nominated and elected by the membership of TAAR to serve a three year term on the TAAR Board of Directors. He also has served as member of TAAR’s Image and Technology Committee for four years. The committee works to maintain and improve Topeka’s multiple listing service (MLS) and Topeka’s primary consumer search engine for residential properties for sale
(www.TopekaAreaHomes.com) . Luke also serves on TAAR’s Government Affairs Committee.
Luke works with three different mortgage companies conducting Broker Price Opinions (BPO). These BPO’s provide him with the opportunity to get paid to practice doing Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) for soon to be foreclosure properties. As a result, Luke’s CMAs for residential property listings are of the highest quality and accuracy.
Luke has also embarked on a path to accumulate residential rental property. The path has so far been fruitful with regard to income and business learnings.
For many reasons, the change in career path and resuming his studies have noticeably served to invigorate his enthusiasm for work and life! It is illustrated best by his many recent successes and steadily increasing sales volume. Please give Luke a call or email and share your success with him in buying the home you have always aspired to own!
Past Professional Experience
Beginning in 2003, Luke served in the Office of Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Assistant to the Director of Board Appointments. Each year the Governor makes appointments to fill approximately 200 - 300 expiring positions on state boards and commissions (e.g. Kansas Real Estate Commission) and also agency positions. Luke’s related responsibilities included upgrading and maintaining the database used to track the appointments/expirations, reviewing Kansas statutes governing these appointments, preparing and editing the official appointment documentation for signature by the Governor, and corresponding with appointees about the process. He also conducted outreach to locate interested individuals for these positions. Luke’s other responsibilities included conducting and coordinating interviews and orientations for the Governor’s Intern Program.
In November of 2005, Luke began his work with the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA), the State’s Medicaid agency. The agency has since been dismantled. Luke served as the Manager of Government Affairs (agency lobbyist) for two legislative sessions. Luke worked directly under the Executive Director of the agency. His primary responsibilities for the agency included tracking legislation through the complex legislative process, attending and reporting on daily legislative committee meetings, writing communication to the Legislature in the form of formal testimony, providing information for inquiries made by the Kansas Legislative Research Department and individual State Legislators, and serving specific constituent needs. Luke also created the agency website and held the responsibility of keeping its information current and up to date.
Luke took the time to listen and understand the needs of our situation. With that information he arranged for us to view homes that would best meet those needs and as a result we found the perfect house. Luke never made us feel as though he was only out to make a sale. Rather, he was most concerned with us getting something that would satisfy the needs we had expressed. Luke also was very helpful in pointing out areas of concern in various homes, which further made us feel he was looking out for us. He was extremely responsive and kept us in the loop at all times throughout the process. I have worked with other realtors in the past and not had as positive experiences. Luke restored my faith that there are people out there who really care about their customers. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of a good realtor, either as a seller or buyer!
Luke has a laid back type of personality. Put little to no pressure on me to hurry up. Showed several houses in the area. When I finally did decide on a house the process of putting down earnest money and getting a mortgage agent was fast. Greatly helped to negotiate the contract with the seller to seal the deal. Would highly recommend.
I cannot begin to say enough nice things about Luke Thompson! He was very patient with me during my house hunt and never hesitated to schedule a house viewing. Believe me, it took quite a few houses and several months before I finally found the house right for me. Never once did Luke let me down. Luke always responded to my emails, phone calls or text messages. He was always there on time and prepared for each showing. Further, he absolutely went out of his way to make sure all my questions were answered and I truly appreciated the professional advice he provided.
Luke was a true professional throughout this whole process. He kept me apprised of all transactions during the offer, contract, inspection and closing stages. I could not have asked for a better person to help me find my first home.
If you are looking for an agent to either buy or sell, please call Luke Thompson. You will not be disappointed.
Luke worked with us on selling our home. He constructed a portfolio full of important statistical data i.e. house price points in nearby neighborhoods, potential current market price of our home among other valuable information. He brought portfolio with him to our first meeting. Very professional.
Luke responded to us within 24 hours, most of the time within the hour.
We needed some home repairs and Luke was able to recommend excellent contractors. They were able to make the needed repairs in a timely fashion.
Due to change in work status we decided not to move. When we do decide to move we will use Luke L. Thompson.
Luke Thompson was excellent through the entire selling process. He was very thorough in his walk through and recommendations better presentation of the home. We felt very confident in his market analysis of our home and sale strategy. He advertised our house well and even had a realtor luncheon there to gain insight from other realtors in the area. He was very patient and approachable during the negotiation process. He was good about offering his advice but also listening to our thoughts and concerns.
Luke was very knowledgeable of the Topeka market. He predicted my house would be most appealing to a family who's child was going to attend Washburn University and that is exactly who purchased my house. Luke also connected me with multiple contractors, who were reliable and economical, to help take care of a few odd jobs before listing the house for sale. Throughout the negotiating period, Luke's predictions and advice proved to be reliable. In the future, I would want Luke to sell my next property.
His knowledge of the housing market is surpassed only by his glorious perm (and I mean that, his perm is superb). Upon learning I had a goal to own a home, Agent Luke Thompson took the time to perform a data analysis of the housing market and provide me with a long-term plan, a whole year before I could attain my home. When the time came to purchase my first home, he was by my side every step of the way -- home showings at my convenience, doing a comparable market analysis for each property for which I expressed interest, recommending and accompanying me to the loan officer meeting, explaining the sellers' contract and home warranty in plain English, being present at the home inspection, and utilizing the latest technology to make the buying experience super convenient. He was extremely knowledgeable and made recommendations based on education and analysis, not guesses. Agent Luke Thompson is an agent I will do business with in the future, and for that reason, I give him 5-stars. If Yelp offered the option, I would give him additional 5-star ratings for his personality and hair.
Luke did a phenomenal job in selling our home. He was responsive, knowledgeable and patient during some very trying times. We could not be more pleased with how everything worked out for everyone and have no hesitations recommending him for anyone's real estate needs.
Moving from Colorado to Kansas was a daunting situation to begin with, but finding a realtor just compounded the stress. Realtors would often not return our inquiries, refuse to travel to areas we wanted to look at, let alone find us a home that worked for us.
That was until we found Luke Thompson. From the first call to him we knew we had found the solution. He made the process very easy and got us into our home. On a trip from Colorado we called him, out of the blue, because our third realtor backed out. He immediately jumped into action and the next day we were looking at houses. He took us all over the area, ultimately finding us the perfect house.
We, however, were unable to stay in Kansas during the process. Luke made this completely simple through his use of electronic signing of documents. It streamlined the process allowing us to get most of everything done from Colorado. Additionally, he was knowledgable in what to look for with inspections and in turn was able to negotiate for things that we required to fix the problems.
We are very happy with Luke Thompson's abilities and talents. He made a stressful situation into a pleasant experience and found our dream home. Thank you Luke.
Sara and James
Luke obtained a contract on the home we were selling within hours of listing! He was very patient and professional in navigating the entire transaction and went above and beyond to close the deal. Luke turned what could have been a dreadful selling experience into something more pleasant.
We recommend Luke for anyone's home buying or selling needs, without hesitation!
Luke was great in all aspects of the home finding/buying process. I'm convinced his knowledge on short sales got me into my dream home. Luke also set up automatic e-mails with different properties that matched my criteria, that was very instrumental in finding the perfect home for me. The whole process went smoothly. I really liked that we could use electronic signatures on some of the documents that I needed to sign, it saved me a lot of time and running around. I will definitely use him again to purchase another home if I ever grow out of this one.
Helped us buy a home at a great value while dealing with a foreclosure and a government bidding process. He was knowledgeable of the process, and we closed on time.
Luke represented me with excellence as my Buyers Agent. He showd us several homes at his recommendation and presented great statistics on the home buying market in the areas we were searching. My wife and I are verry happy with our purchase.
When preparing to move from the DFW area, our son recommended Luke to help us find a home. He had recently sold his home & Luke represented the couple that bought his home. Our son was impressed with how hard Luke had worked for his buyers! I called Luke and gave him a list of "wants & needs ". We came on a weekend to look & over the weeks made 2 offers that didn't work out. With the stress of moving preparations we decided to get moved & rent until we found a house. Whenever I found anything listed, he'd be available or make arrangements for us to see the property, maybe more than once. After we found the perfect house we encountered some unforeseen financing issues. Luke very quickly referred us to a local bank, Kaw Valley Bank, & they were delighted to work with us. In our experience, Luke knows how to get the job done, is extremely professional, & concerned for all parties in the real estate deal. Luke is personable, fun to work with and a joy to know! He definitely gets our recommendation!
We bought our home from Luke a couple months ago. He made the process easy, answered all of our questions, and got us the house we wanted.
Thanks for all your hard work......we looked at a lot of homes and put in a lot of bids........was very positive when we didn't get a home that another one would come up. Always willing to look at anything I'd found rain or shine.
Will definitely have luke for our next purchase and have given his name to others interested.
Luke has helped Kaw Valley Bank list and sell several foreclosure properties. He has worked very diligently to get properties sold for us. We plan to continue our relationship with Luke for many years to come.
Luke assisted me extraordinarily in selling my rental property in late 2009. I contacted him to tell me the value of my house and then sell it. He did the research and we talked about it for a few days. In the course of one of the conversations he mentioned that he might buy it for the right price. That is what we did. We worked out a deal and he took it off my hands. The whole thing was super stress free and fast. I would definitely recommend Luke to anyone looking for real estate advice or anyone that wants to sell their house. This guy has his head on straight, he will look you in the eye, and he is nearly overly knowledgeable about the Topeka real estate market and the process. Not to mention, he is very fun and personable. I gave Luke 5's all around because that is what he deserves! If there's something he is unsure about he'll do the research to find the accurate answers in a timely manner!
He did a very good job to us. He help us find the house that we wanted. He is very willing to help to find different options as much as he can. He send us emails and updates of new house listing every week. He is highly recommendable :)
We are the couple that got to join with Luke in selling his first house. Luke had been through the process from the buyers side but this was his first on the sellers side. You never would have known as Luke was the ultimate professional from the evaluation of our houses value to the final closing. I couldn’t have asked for our deal to go any better as Luke listed and closed on our house within 30 days. This was a huge surprise/relief to us as house values were starting to drop and houses weren’t moving very quickly at that time.
Luke’s best attributes were his attentiveness and his ability/want to listen and understand our thoughts and concerns. These abilities were key to us maximizing our house’s value. Luke always made us feel like we were a priority no matter what else he had going on.
I would recommend Luke to anyone who would listen. Should we move again I have no doubts that Luke would be my agent again.
Luke was the answer to my prayers. I live out of town and needed a realtor who could be my eyes and ears locally. He went above and beyond to make sure everything ended as a win- win.
Thanks, J. That's my first review that didn't get all 5 stars, AND I think that is great. I want all that read these reviews to feel they are reading a truly honest review. I greatly appreciate it. What a great experience selling your investment property when I was just starting out. I was able to make some bold recommendations about improvements to the property and price that I believed in and had supported with research. I am glad you went along and that they worked out. It sold in 16 days!
I purchased my first home in 2009 while deployed overseas in Iraq. Luke was excellent and helped me in every way possible. Luke was my eyes and ears and went the extra mile to be sure I would be happy with my decision after my return home. I recommend Luke to any buyer who wants an agent that will truly be out for their best interest and will surely deal with him again in the future!
Luke Thompson has a real passion as a realtor. He was very proffesional and respectful to us while shopping for a place to call home. He did not waist our time by showing us homes that we could not afford. He was very flexible about scheduling and went above and beyond in his dedication to us as buyers. I will use him to purchase our next home and sell the one he helped us buy.
Luke was a huge help in both selling our home and buying our next one! He was very thorough in researching and then explaining to us the best price to sell our house at - and we received asking price within the month! Our search for our new home seemed stressful at times since we discovered we were very picky, but Luke truly listened to what we wanted and found us the perfect home quickly!
Great guy to buy from. He doesn't sell houses he will sell you a home.
We had moved several states away while trying to sell our home. Luke not only located interested and qualified buyers, but he was able to handle all aspects of the sale entirely over the phone and email. We were nervous about being so far away while our home was being sold, but Luke took care of everything and helped us through the entire process. We would absolutely recommend Luke Thompson to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
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