My wife and I reached out to Giovanna (Gio) and her team to upgrade our current home, while staying in Mt. Pleasant. We have a baby on the way and really wanted to get into a community with amenities and close proximity to daycares/schools. We have never worked with someone so professional, responsive, and caring. Our house was listed in just a few days with photos that made us want to buy the house again. For open house, she sets the stage with an inviting environment to showcase the home. As a result, it sold it two days for way over asking. While looking for a new home, we were losing out to cash buyers, but Gio never skipped a beat. She went above and beyond to tell our story to her local network and found us the PERFECT home in Park West off market. Every part of the process from inspection, to close was the easiest we could ever ask for. Gio always responds, is always on time, and her positivity makes the process fun and exciting. Without her, we wouldn’t have found this house and we are forever grateful. There’s a lot of realtors in Charleston, but I haven’t met one that gives an experience like Gio and Smith Spencer. You won’t regret working with them! I can’t recommend them enough.
-Brennan Brady
I cannot recommend working with Giovanna Richard more. As a first time home buyer, the entire process was extremely daunting. Thankfully, Gina was always (at least) three steps ahead of the entire process and made it extremely smooth. Not only did she line up each inspection and walk me through the process, she already had requested repair quotes and all contracts drafted to ensure a complete and expedited negotiation period. She took the time to educate me on the process and explain each step along the way. Gina is exceptionally knowledgable and has a tremendous network of professionals that she works with in Charleston that have helped me seamlessly complete improvements on my first home. As a first time home buyer, I easily give Giovanna five stars.*
-Amanda Morris
We had the most wonderful experience working with Giovanna Richard! To say that she made the process of selling our home easy & enjoyable is a massive understatement. Giovanna was always 3 steps ahead of us in the best way possible -- anticipating what needed to be done, taking care of setting up work that was needed & always having our best interests at heart. As out of town sellers, it was so great to have a realtor who was detail oriented and always ready to take action. This process could not have gone more smoothly for us and all of that is thanks to Giovanna. Highly, highly recommend working with her! She consistently went above and beyond for us. Efficient, kind & talented. Thank you!!
-Emily Swaine
Giovanna Richard was our fantastic agent. Took excellent care of us and communicated frequently as we were doing the purchase remotely. She quickly adapted and took the time to learn what we wanted - then scoured the area to find it. Even when we changed our mind, she quickly figured it out and showed us what we needed. Great advice during offers/negotiations and linked us up to great people to support from painters to house inspectors to.....Can't say enough good about her as she was great. Even when she was out of town - we had Marjorie Corbin as the 'back-up'. She was fantastic also - we did not skip a beat.
-Glenn Morris
Giovanna is unparalleled in her level of professionalism, discipline, & understanding in the field of real estate. She is a gifted communicator & has so much to offer you whether you are looking to sell your home or buy one.
-Ashley Cox
Giovanna Richard and the Smith Spencer team worked closely with my wife and I on a recent second home purchase in the Charleston SC area. From the start of the process she was very attentive every step of the way helping us find the best aligned options available, purchase negotiations, best available financing package, and working through the often tedious closing process. We are grateful for all that Giovanna Richard and the Smith Spencer team did for us to secure the home of our dreams. If you are looking to locate your ideal property in this amazing area, I highly encourage you to contact Giovanna Richard and the Smith Spencer team!
I worked with Giovanna as a remote client. She was the entire reason my search in the Charleston area was successful. I cannot say enough about her both professionally and personally. She is engaged, attentive, honest, diligent and super savvy. Not to mention, a great joy to talk to and engage with while dealing with all the unknowns around real estate. She really makes a tricky and sometimes stressful process easy. I felt totally taken care of by her - her insight, professionalism, and relationship skills are truly second to none. Thank you Giovanna for this life changing real estate journey!
-Alexandra Rutherfurd
Giovanna was amazing and she helped us so very much. Without her, I do not know how we would have gotten thru this home buying process.
-Cindy Broome
-Hannah Bilger
Giovanna Richard is a rockstar agent in the Charleston real estate market. Being an authority in the Downtown market, she is an absolute expert for all things luxury and historic. If you are looking for your dream Charleston home and a top agent to represent you, look no further!
-Elijah Driscoll
Working with Marjorie and Giovanna was a dream! They are both smart, organized, charming, and have insane work ethic. I decided to work with them because of how passionate they were about getting people their dream home - and they did. I am so happy with our new place and they made every step of the process enjoyable and exciting. Thank you for everything you've done for me!
-Adelie Duffy

Giovanna Richard


Originally from Portland, Maine, I am no stranger to coastal charm and hospitality. Having a passion for architecture and interior design, the draw to the South was a no-brainer for me. I moved to Charleston in 2015 to pursue an education in Business Administration where I instantly fell in love with the charm of the city. Throughout my time as an undergraduate at the College of Charleston, my zeal for real estate became concrete as I had the opportunities to work and study under some of the best luxury brokerages in Charleston.

A large part of my experience in luxury real estate is in building client relations. As a person who values relationships, both personally and professionally, I’ve found that communication and empathy are the cornerstones of a working relationship. And what I truly love about Charleston is the ability to constantly network and build strong relationships. As one of the fastest growing cities in the world, there’s nothing more important than being involved in our community.

Outside of utilizing my time finding the perfect homes for my clients, I am either traveling to new places for inspiration and to experience new cultures or arriving home to enjoy Charleston as best I can- which isn’t too difficult to do! With our beautiful beaches, marshes, restaurants, and recreational community, there is always an opportunity to find peace & fun (that’d be getting on the water & enjoying oysters downtown for me!) here in Charleston.

Now that you have more insight on me, I’d love to learn more about you! Feel free to reach out to chat about selling your property and or finding you your dream home- let’s make it happen!

  • Located in Mount Pleasant
  • Built in 2024
  • MLS #: 24014726
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Full baths
  • 1 Half Baths

  • Located in Mount Pleasant
  • Built in 2015
  • MLS #: 24014836
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Full baths
  • 1 Half Baths

  • Located in Charleston
  • Built in 1930
  • MLS #: 24013828
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Full baths


This information is believed to be accurate, but without any warranty.

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    Get to know Giovanna Richard

    • What I did before Real Estate:

      Before Real Estate I was a waitress at Leon’s Oyster Shop. Waiting tables has tremendously contributed to my work ethic and hustle while giving me the opportunity to connect with Charleston’s community over tasty seafood!

    • My Real Estate Specialty:

      I specialize in clients relocating to the Charleston area and helping them determine which part of town best suits their needs. I also have an eye for design and always willing to help my sellers reorganize/decorate their home for the market.

    • What my clients say about me/why my clients choose to work with me:

      My clients say that my positive attitude constantly brightens their day and they appreciate how reliable and hardworking I am. Many of my clients have become some of closest friends!

    • What I love about Smith Spencer Real Estate:

      What I love most about Smith Spencer is the women empowerment culture and the focus everyone has on curating the best possible buying and selling experience for our clients. This is a team of extremely knowledgeable, intelligent, and charismatic women who will do the absolute most for their clients in order to make their dreams reality; it is not solely about selling the most homes, but creating the best relationships. I deeply value relationships and immediately felt connected to Smith Spencer.

    • What I love about Charleston:

      I could write a novel! Charleston is the most picturesque city that offers so much charm, coastline, and genuine people. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so much beauty. I think what I love most is the variety of activities that are all relatively close together. You can run the Ravenel Bridge in the morning, spend the day on Folly Beach, and make it back downtown for dinner. I love how interconnected our towns and communities are within the greater Charleston area.

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