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 helped us buy our current home several years ago, and when the time came to sell our rental property we chose to use him again because of his knowledge of the market and dedication to his clients. He studied the market for us and explained everything so thoroughly, from comparables to pricing rationale, and it’s obvious that he strives to be an expert. If the time comes for us to move again, we’ll be using Luke again without hesitation.
Our son worked with Luke a few years ago when he bought his home. We had the good fortune to be able to go on several house visits with our son and Luke was very professional working with a younger first time home buyer. He knew the properties we viewed and was able to answer many of the questions posed to him. One property needed some electrical upgrades and he contacted a local electrician and within a few days had a proposal from the contractor. This showed us that Luke is a quality realtor willing to go the extra steps.
We currently live 6 hours away from Topeka, so we are not able to set up a walk-through immediately after a house came on the market. With our search, Luke provided daily new listings for us to view and was eager to get our ideas and "wish list" to view when we were in town. With the property we selected, he walked us through the process and provided us with a long-term value analysis that helped with our decision. As with our son's experience, there were items in the house we felt needed a second look at so Luke arranged for a whole-house inspection which led to a couple of other inspections, sewer, roof, & electrical, and then negotiated on our behalf with the sellers to get as many of the issues resolved with them paying the cost. Luke is diligent and meticulous and works hard for his clients. I would highly recommend Luke Thompson as your realtor.
Luke contacted the sellers and discussed our bid offer and was told they were firm on their price. So we started looking again at properties. Two days later he contacted me and said the sellers had left him a voice message that they were countering our offer and was willing to negotiate. So Luke got the wheels in motion again and we struck a deal. He arranged for all the inspections and discussed the recommendations with the sellers and got a great deal for us!
In dealing with Luke on this purchase, we utilized emails, texts and phone calls to set viewing schedules and when the time came to view the properties he was in communication with us to make sure we found the location and got to take all the time we wanted to view. We never felt like Luke had another appointment following ours; he took the time we wanted and needed.
The sales experience for us was informative and very pleasant, not rushed or pressured. It was a real pleasure working with Luke Thompson as our realtor!
Luke was instrumental with my home buying process. He even called a friend who was considering putting their house on the market, we didn't end up buying that property but it was exactly what we were looking for. Talk about going above and beyond! I was apprehensive about having to start over with a new realtor after 10 years and 3 transactions, but stumbling upon Luke turned out to be the best case scenario! We are so appreciative of everything he did to facilitate the purchase of our new home