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Zest for Life

Realtor Dick Richwine Reflects on Career, Family and Success

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing
Photographer / Robby Berry
Dick Richwine

Dick Richwine and Allen Williams have merged their real estate groups.

Raised in a small cabin on a lake, Dick Richwine, 77, grew up loving the outdoors. After graduating from Purdue University and marrying the love of his life Caryl in 1969, the pair bought some acreage so they could build a home and raise a family.

“We looked south, west, east and north, then fell in love with the contours and the woods in the northeast and the lake at Geist,” Richwine recalls. “Water has a calming effect on me. We said, ‘This is where we want to be.’”

He loved the area so much that he began encouraging everyone he knew to check it out. Real estate seemed like the perfect fit, so he got his real estate license and away he went. During the first 10 years of his real estate career, Richwine also put in 50 hours per week working for the government where he was managing 25 engineers and computer specialists. Ultimately he quit the government job to focus solely on real estate.

Richwine’s first listing was a 2.5-acre lot with a little shack for $4,500. The largest house he ever sold was a 25,000-square-foot mansion on 40 acres, and he’s sold everything in between. Through the years Richwine has worked with a number of celebrities including Paul George, Scott Dixon, Michael Andretti and Reggie Miller. When he sold Miller’s house, the buyers told Richwine that they loved Miller’s wine cellar, so after wrapping up the closing, Richwine shocked the buyers with a surprise from Miller. He gave them the wine in the cellar.

“It was probably $10,000 worth of wine,” Richwine says. “The buyers were ecstatic. All of those celebrities wear their success very well.”

While so many realtors live for the deal that’s in front of them, Richwine lives to make his clients smile.

“It comes down to treating others with respect and always giving back more than you expect to receive,” he says.

For 25 years Richwine and his wife raised their family in the Geist area on ten secluded acres. Once the kids were raised, Dick and Caryl moved onto Geist Reservoir where they currently reside in Intracoastal at Geist. Today all three of his children work for him, and everyone (including grandkids and great grandkids) lives in close proximity to one another.

Dick Richwine Group Merges with Allen Williams Realty Group

As for retirement, Richwine recently announced a merger with fellow Berkshire Hathaway agent Allen Williams. 

“I’ve been observing Allen for the past several years and feel very comfortable transitioning my business to him,” says Richwine, who has no plans to retire.  “Short-term, it will be business as usual for me, but long-term, I’ll be able to focus more on selling real estate and have Allen’s help managing the team and operations.”

Williams has been a long-time admirer of Richwine and looks forward to working with the area’s top agent.

“If there was a Mount Rushmore for real estate, Dick’s face would be on it,” Williams says. “Merging with Dick’s group allows us a path to grow our business the right way, and I look forward to having another mentor to learn from so that I can continue to grow as an agent and leader. He has an unlimited tank of gas. I hope he doesn’t retire for another 10 years or more.”

Why is the merger a big deal?

Look no further than the most recent MIBOR sales data for Central Indiana. In 2021, The Dick Richwine Group was No. 1 in Fishers sales, Allen Williams Realty Group was No. 2. Going forward, Dick Richwine’s name won’t be on the leaderboards anymore – the new team will report all their sales under Allen Williams.

“I’ve always believed that if you want to do things the right way, you surround yourself with people that know more than you so that you can learn from them. I couldn’t ask for a better mentor to learn from than Dick Richwine, and I’m honored that he selected our team to merge with,” Williams added.

Richwine added, “I’m not going to live forever and I’m excited to have found a leader that I can eventually transition my clients to who will absolutely treat them ‘number 1’ which is something I always work hard at doing.”

For more information on The Dick Richwine Real Estate Group, call 317-558-6800 or visit TheRichwineGroup.com. Allen Williams Realty Group is available at 317-339-2256 or at IndyLuxuryHomes.com.

Listen to Tom Britt’s podcast interview with Dick Richwine.

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