Richard is a native of Denver, CO, but has lived in Grand Rapids since 2002 when he moved to Michigan to attend college. Prior to working with the Smallegan Real Estate Team, Richard held a variety of customer service positions and spent 6 years working in higher education, helping college students learn, grow and develop. Richard is passionate about helping people transition into and out of homes in a way that is helpful for all parties involved. He believes that the best deals happen when everyone walks away with a good feeling and with all objectives met.
Richard is an attentive listener and makes sure he and any team member working alongside him have a firm understanding of clients’ perspectives. He makes prompt and professional follow up with his clients a regular occurrence, says exactly what he means and honors the commitments he makes, both professionally and in his personal life.
Richard studied literature in college and believes fiction plays a vital role in helping us understand our peers, connect with ourselves and develop greater empathy for those around us with differing opinions, lifestyles or beliefs.
Richard and his wife have four children who enjoy time spent outdoors connecting with nature and playing in their large garden.