Magic Marche - Meet Our Team

Undertaking a foreign property purchase and/or restoration can be a daunting prospect, so it is good to know that the team you work with has the required professional qualifications and local knowledge to give you the confidence to proceed.

In Le Marche we work with a committed team of professionals, who have a wealth of expertise between them: our own dedicated agents who do the viewings, plus architects, surveyors, geologists, notaries, mortgage researchers, foreign exchange experts, accountants and lawyers, to name just a few. We will work with you, and provide the required level of support every step of the way. Our primary concerns are to make your purchase and any subsequent restoration as straightforward and problem-free as possible.

Since its inception, Magic Marche has built also up an extensive network of artisans; building firms, plumbers, electricians, swimming pool builders, project managers for restoration or building projects (large and small), and landscapers. We will share these contacts with our clients. You are never left to flounder, either before or after your purchase.

We also facilitate the opening of bank accounts and other requirements for those purchasing homes in Italy.

Richard Smith: Managing Director

Richard is a qualified Chartered Surveyor, has a Diploma in Estate Management and is a Professional Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors( F.R.I.C.S.). He has over 30 years experience in both residential and commercial property in the UK. His love of the Marche region inspired him to start with his wife Jane and they have been running Magic Marche since 2003.

Richard works closely with our Italian team, seeking out new properties and assessing those requiring restoration. He particularly helps ensure the selling prices are pitched at correct levels to reflect current market conditions, and the amount of work required on a house. Richard also acts as Project Manager for many of our overseas clients. For more information about this see his website: Or you can email him on Telephone: +39 366 724 3800


Jane Smith: Marketing and Client Services Director

After graduating with a degree in Sociology and Business Studies, Jane began her career as a buyer for a number of well-known UK retailers, including Marks and Spencer and Selfridges. She later launched a design-lead mail order catalogue and a speciality food catalogue. In these roles she travelled the world extensively and developed a keen sense for spotting good design and negotiating fair prices. Jane helps our clients to seek out properties which match their ideal brief and monitors, manages and guides with all aspects of the purchase process.


Katie Alexander: Bilingual agent

After graduating from Oxford Brookes, Katie travelled widely for 2 years teaching English. Eventually her travels brought her to Le Marche, where we were introduced by mutual friends. Katie then began working for us, meeting clients and doing viewings. She is highly personable and organised. She speaks Italian and English.


Bilingual Staff

Our staff are all bilingual Italian / English. Our clients come from countries as diverse as the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, The USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Russia.