I'm a real estate investor, broker, entrepreneur, and trusted advisor. I started my real estate career in 1999 shortly after completing my undergraduate degrees in finance and natural resources at Michigan State University. In conjunction with my family's timber
company in North Michigan, I began negotiating the purchase and sale of timber rights on large tracts of forestland. This led to the purchase of large tracts of vacant land, waterfront property, and vacant lots to build on. After developing several parcels of land, building multiple custom homes and selling them at profitable prices, I earned my real estate license to offer advice to people coming to me asking to represent them on mountain property in North Carolina. My business now is primarily land, farm, investment, and residential real estate in and around Charlotte, Lake Norman and the eight county surrounding region. I've marketed and sold virtually every type of real estate: vacant land in Myers Park, Lake Norman, Lake Lure, etc. to starter homes to luxury estates to apartment complexes. My goal is to provide the best advice possible to my clients in the purchase and sale of real property.
As a member of the Realtors Land Institute pursuing the Accredited Land Consultant credential I specialize in land transactions. I've marketed and sold vacant lots, farm land, recreational hunting land, entire subdivisions, and land being purchased by my buyers to get subdivisions approved. In addition, as a licensed builder who has built multiple custom homes and homes on spec I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with hundreds of clients looking to buy a home or buy land and build a home. My building background has enabled me to provide wise counsel to these clients and assist them in the process of choosing a builder that's right for them.
* NC & SC Real Estate Broker
* Member - Realtors Land Institute
* Graduate - Charlotte Regional Realtor Assoc. Leadership Development Program
* Licensed Builder State of NC & MI
* BS Natural Resources & BBA finance - Michigan State University
* MBA Entrepreneurial Marketing & Supply Chain Management - Michigan State University
* Corporate Banking and Investment Mgt. - JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley 1997-2000
* Timberland Asset Mgt. and Sales - The Sidell Organization 2000-2007
* Real Estate Development & Investment - C. Douglas Sidell & Co. LLC 2003-Present
* Director - Town & Country Cedar Homes 2008-2012
* Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship/Investment Mgt./Strategic Planning - North Central Mich. College 2004-2008
I enjoy fly fishing, upland bird hunting, deer hunting, golfing, coaching my son's soccer teams, bible study, reading, traveling, working with people, and growing Christmas Trees! That's correct - Christmas Trees! My wife and I own Grace Tree Farm in Denver, NC where we grow choose-and-cut Christmas trees and propagate Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, and Green Gian Arborvitae trees in our greenhouse for landscape trees. Life's good!
May 2009 – Present
I joined Helen Adams Realty to offer buyer representation of vacant land and lots in and around Charlotte and Lake Norman. My client base has grown to several hundred individual homeowners, investors, builders/developers, farmers, etc. God's blessed me and I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve those He brings in my path.
President, C. Douglas Sidell & Co. LLC, Real Estate industry
May 2001 – Present
C. Douglas Sidell & Co. LLC is a real estate investment and building company. It partners with Helen Adams Realty in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area offering realty brokerage services to homeowners, investors, and developers.
Professional Training & Coaching industry
August 2004 – May 2007 (2 years 10 months)
Conducted lectures and 100 level courses in entrepreneurship, strategic planning in small business, raising early-stage capital, marketing, and investment management.
Groups and Associations
President/Organizer - Lake Norman Michigan State University Alumni Assocation
Member - Charlotte Regional Realtor Association
Member - National Association of Realtors
Member - REBIC Board of Governors - Charlotte Regional Realtors Association
Member - Charlotte MLS
Member - Michigan State University Alumni Association
Member - Eli Broad College of Business Alumni Association - Michigan State University
Member - Michigan State University Accounting and Finance Community
Member - Trout Unlimited
Member - Realtors Land Institute
Member - Ruffed Grouse Society
Honors and Awards
Full-Tuition academic scholarship - Michigan State University
Charlotte Regional Realtor Association Leadership Academy graduate