Richard is a UK qualified Chartered Surveyor (FRICS) and spent 35 years working in his profession in the UK before moving to Italy to start 2 businesses. He worked at the top of his sector, holding the position of Retail Director for the international property firm DTZ. He has extensive experience of building construction and project management.
A business trip to Le Marche was his first introduction to the Le Marche region and he quickly succumbed to its beauty and lifestyle. Eventually he left the UK and set up Magic Marche (an Estate Agency) with his wife, Jane. He also set up PRM to assist clients with their restoration projects, to ensure that the process and experience was enjoyable for them rather than a headache and cost nightmare.
Richard works with clients from around the world, including the UK, Belgium, Singapore, Netherlands, USA and Hong Kong. To work with Richard it is not necessary for owners to have bought their property through Magic Marche.
In his free time, Richard, loves Rugby and fishing and enjoys eating and drinking well locally. He has 3 lovely daughters and a black Labrador who is regularly seen with him at the building sites!
"When I bought my house in 2014 I was apprehensive about the Italian house purchase system. With Jane and Richard from Magic Marche guiding me through the process it was reduced to easy steps towards a successful outcome. They had specialists on hand for every turn and we exchanged contracts with the sellers without any hitches; in fact the system in the U.K. looked labyrinthine by comparison. However the involvement of Magic Marche does not stop once they have made a successful sale. They have subsequently guided me through the planning application process with the comune using their architect and engineer, found tradesmen for maintenance tasks and even put me in touch with a Financial Planner in Rome. If you buy a house with Magic Marche you are not getting just a real estate agent but an on-going commitment to ensuring you make the most of the property and a most delightful team who will turn into friends."
"We had been looking for property in Italy for some time, viewing many properties with many agents. Originally looking for a business opportunity, we then decided to find a smaller property as a base. Jane and Richard had a little town house on the market that fitted the bill. From the time we agreed to purchase, they have helped us at every stage. They helped with opening Bank accounts and arranging Italian tax codes, made contact with all the service providers including Gas, Water, Electric and the Commune. It could not have been an easier process. In addition Richard is on site helping with the works that are needed to be made to the property while we are back in the UK. We would recommend them to anyone."
"We've worked with Richard for 6 years and he has always worked to our budget thresholds, giving sound advice wherever needed. Our project has been an unusual one in that it's evolved over a number of years as the budget allows - Richard has always worked closely and flexibly with us to accommodate this and match works to our available budget. We're pleased to say the house is now almost complete and looking fantastic thanks to his eye for detail and the great team of artisans he has in place!
R & M Trask