Spotlight on David Lundstrom – From Guest Appearance To Starring Role
For five years, David Lundstrom has been loving his Hawai‘i lifestyle. A Chicago native, David lives in the Ewa Beach area of O‘ahu with his wife Valori and their two sons. They made the move from Colorado in 2013, where David and his family had been living since 2005. The move followed their appearance on HGTV’s popular Hawai‘i Life television program as clients – in search of the perfect place to call home.
That appearance was the catalyst for David’s new career. “I got to see the inner working of Hawai‘i real estate and I realized that with my business experience as an entrepreneur, I could contribute something unique to the professional landscape,” says David. Since becoming a realtor with Hawai‘i Life, David has since appeared several times on HGTV’s popular program, only in the role of advisor, helping his own clients to find the right Hawai‘i home to fit their needs.
Before earning his realtor’s license in Hawai‘i, David had been buying and selling real estate of his own for more than 20 years. David’s professional life has taken him from Chicago to Miami (where he met his wife) and finally, to Colorado, where his family spent 13 years. He and his wife Valori owned and operated three shipping stores there and felt their product would be well-suited to Hawai‘i – the most remote islands in the world, where virtually everything gets shipped in and out. As a business owner with three retail outlets, he’d negotiated commercial leases many times.
Before buying a home in Ewa Beach, the Lundstroms spent some time exploring each island, but they were particularly drawn to the lifestyle and pace of O‘ahu. They left behind Colorado’s mountains, and also its cold winters, to enjoy the island vibe, weather, surf and countless Ewa Beach sunsets. Their decision turned out to be the right one for their family. “I love the combination of mountains and ocean in Hawai‘i. When we came to the island, my youngest son and I learned to surf,” says David.
David serves as one of several skilled realtors that make up Hawai‘i Life’s MST or Military Specialized Team. The MST serves the unique needs of the many military men, women, and families that call O‘ahu home. “I am Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certified and extremely happy to help VA buyers and sellers as well as civilians,” says David.
In fact, David has taken the lead on this initiative and works collectively with other Hawai‘i Life agents to ensure the best possible experience for active duty military service members. He and his team are highly attuned to the challenges faced by families PCSing to and from Hawai‘i. In addition, they have specialized expertise and experience in helping families find the right financing options to fit their needs.
David also focuses on mentoring newer agents as they come into the fold at Hawai‘i Life. “It is important to learn how to be the best in this industry by learning from example. There is a lot to learn that expands far beyond the mandatory state testing,” says David, whose five years immersed in the O‘ahu market have made him a popular and sought after realtor.
David especially enjoys hearing positive feedback from other agents he was worked with. What he enjoys most is helping his clients buy and sell properties to gain wealth and build credit. “I like to be better and do more for my clients in all aspects. We have so much trust placed in us that you must strive to exceed each client’s expectations with every aspect of a transaction,” says David.
David chose Hawai’i Life for the company’s great leadership and great agents, as well as its small company culture. “I wanted a smaller, intimate company and never once looked anywhere but Hawai’i Life. Many of the big box brokerage firms are all about the numbers,” says David.
Though Hawai‘i Life has evolved into the third largest brokerage in the state in just 10 years of operation, with close to 300 agents and 15 offices statewide, the vibe is anything but corporate. “Hawai‘i Life has a company culture that fits my work ethic, values, and lifestyle. This is all I have known and I have no plans on changing that for any reason,” says Lundstrom.