Doug comes from Canada with varied skills that work well in real estate. He is retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with whom his duties took him to many communities, both large and small. He enjoys working with others; helping people of all walks of life and age groups. Doug’s love of learning lead him into building homes on his days off. This hobby would later develop into several businesses in the construction field. He has worked as a general contractor and owned several retail and rental companies. His companies would eventually spread into the Pacific Northwest areas of Washington state and Canada.
In January 2006, while visiting his son’s family at Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC, Doug and his wife, Linda, made a quick visit to Wilmington. The beautiful beaches, the climate and the people were all too much for them to resist. Selling their businesses and moving to southeast North Carolina was one of the easiest decisions they’ve ever made.
The combination of his past experiences helped Doug to make the decision to pursue real estate after arriving in Wilmington. He has decades of experience in building homes of all shapes and sizes. His police experience in forensic investigation helped to shape Doug’s ability to analyze information and complete documents. Doug was also an emergency response team member and a police negotiator. Both of these experiences taught him patience and understanding the position of the other party when negotiating. ALL his experiences help to ensure that his clients receive the care they deserve.
In Doug’s opinion, a realtor must be an expert. Doug not only demonstrates his ability to research, analyze and negotiate, but he also has the desire to learn the trade. He is always prepared to take on additional education and then pass it along to his clients. Some of Doug’s distinctions include the Graduate of Realtors Institute (GRI) designation, and completion of the e-PRO course on computer real estate research. He also completes courses annually that will further enhance his service to his clients.
Doug says, “I want my clients to think of me as the neighbor they go to for advice…That is what makes an expert.”