By Eddie Lee Rider, Jr.
United Country Real Estate is a national leader in the real estate industry. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. The company has nearly 500 offices with over 5,000 real estate professionals in its network. I recently had an opportunity to speak with the company’s new auction division president, Shawn Terrel.
ELR: You are a 25-year veteran of the auction industry and were previously executive vice president of United Country’s auction division. Tell us more about your background and various expertises.
ST: I’m originally from Northwest Oklahoma and currently reside in Kansas City, Missouri. My professional background is primarily in the rural farm and agriculture industry as an auctioneer. I have an intimate knowledge of crop production, livestock, and equipment operations and disposition strategies.
ELR: United Country operates coast to coast with a multitude of priorities. Tell us about your focus.
ST: United Country Real Estate is uniquely positioned and focused on different property markets such as timberland, cropland, ranchland, and waterfront properties throughout the United States. As you might imagine, high-yield crop production areas such as the Corn Belt region in the Midwest are absolutely of interest to us.
ELR: A substantial number of our readers have timberland investments. Tell us about your timber division.
ST: United Country has strategically focused our resources in the timber industry for over 90 years. We’ve aligned ourselves with some of the nation’s leading forestry and production timberland subject matter experts to successfully valuate and market timber properties throughout the country.
ELR: I am sure you have a “best in class” listing you would like to single out. Please share those details.
ST: We have a 319-acre luxury estate overlooking Lake Oroville in California that’s really exceptional. It’s only an hour from Sacramento and has amazing views of the middle fork of the lake. It’s really a serene setting with rolling hillsides, wildflowers, quartz veins, pines, and oaks, plus a 4-bedroom, 5-bath home. It’s also just up the road from a proposed worldclass golf course development. For a buyer looking to purchase a private retreat or develop a winery or distillery, this property is truly ideal.