Mark Ratchford, MAI
As the son of a commercial real estate appraiser, Mark grew up around the business. He got his real estate license as a senior in high school and flipped and appraised houses while he was in college at The University of South Carolina. His commercial real estate career began when he graduated and became a commercial appraiser and consultant in Columbia, SC. In 1990, he relocated to Greenville to join The Robinson Company, which later merged with Valbridge Property Advisors, where he focused on real estate appraising and consulting.
Serving as a commercial appraiser for over two decades, Mark has maintained his Membership with the Appraisal Institute (MAI). He became a commercial broker when he joined KDS in 2015. Two years later, he became a partner, and in 2020, he stepped into the role of managing partner. As the managing partner of a boutique firm, Mark oversees the brokerage team, day-to-day operations, company culture and staff. In his role as Partner and Broker, he leverages 30+ years of real estate experience to provide clients with invaluable, in-depth analysis and solutions to intricate commercial projects as he focuses on property entitlement and development.
In both his professional and personal life, Mark is passionate about mentoring. He serves on the board of SEARCH Ministries and has lectured in Clemson University’s Masters in Real Estate Development program. One of his favorite things about working at KDS is that he has the opportunity to spend time getting to know his clients so he can understand their goals and help make them a reality. Mark enjoys building relationships and helping others to achieve their goals and his role at KDS lets him do both every day. Two recent examples include helping Bridge City Coffee and Rockoon Climbing Community find the perfect locations to launch their businesses in Greenville.
Mark and his wife, Susan, have been married for over 30 years and have three adult daughters. In his free time, Mark is an avid reader and enjoys both road and mountain cycling. As a fly fishing enthusiast, he has been exploring the western waters of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho for more than 25 years.
As a long-term resident of the North Main area, Mark has had a front row seat to Greenville’s growth and development over the last 30 years. He loves our city’s entrepreneurial and pro-business climate, and he looks forward to an even more vibrant future ahead as migration and development continue.