The Providence Real Estate Guy


The Providence Real Estate Guy is a Providence, RI, based real estate group whose mission is to match clients with properties that enhance their lives. Our comprehensive services are built on advanced real estate certifications, specialized knowledge of neighborhoods and cities throughout the area, and a trusted network of partners. Separately, we have had long, successful careers. Together, our combined expertise and experience ensures that all clients - first-time buyers, those selecting their dream homes, businesses seeking to expand - find just the right space.

Jim DeRentis

Jim DeRentis

As a lifelong Providence resident, Jim uses his deep knowledge of the city and its neighborhoods to match clients with properties that enhance their lives and businesses. Offering more than real estate savvy, Jim also brings an in-depth knowledge of finance. Before following his passion into real estate, he worked for 25 years in banking, and nearly 15 years as chief business officer of Bank Rhode Island, after working as a vice president for both Citizens Bank and Bank of America.

Jim offers a wide-range of network to organizations and professionals in the area, allowing him to provide his clients with a rare body of knowledge to assist them in securing their perfect home. His active participation in community affairs highlights his commitment to empowering local businesses and residential markets in Providence.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bryant University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Providence College. He currently lives on the East Side of Providence with his husband, Brett Smiley.

Serving Providence’s East Side & West Side, Elmhurst, Edgewood and Oak Hill
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Awards, Past & Current Recognitions

  • 2011 Rookie of the year
  • 2010 Platinum Award $13MM - $19.9MM in sales
  • 2011 Platinum Plus Award over $20MM in sales
  • 2012 Platinum Plus Award over $20MM in sales

Community Associations

  • Providence Redevelopment Authority, Chair
  • Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Corporation, Chair
  • AIDS Care Ocean State
  • Arts and Business Council of RI
  • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, board member
  • Mayor's Arts Advisory Board, board member
  • Perishable Theater Advisory Board
  • Providence Preservation Society
  • Stop Wasting Abandoned Property Inc. (SWAP)
  • Trinity Repertory Company, board member
  • West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA)
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