Founded in 1636, Providence is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. It is also the capital city of Rhode Island. Providence was one of the first cities to industrialize, and became noted for its textile manufacturing and jewelry and silverware industries. It has been branded the "Beehive of Industry" and "Creative Capital" because of its commitment to education and the arts. 

With so much to love about Providence, it’s no surprise that both the housing and rental markets are hot right now. If you’re looking to buy or sell in Providence, you’ll want a real estate agent who has a thorough understanding of the neighborhoods and market. Listed below in no particular order, are the city’s 10 best agents with a proven track record of results.

Each of these agents are both talented and successful in their own right, but you can help us determine which real estate agent has earned the distinction of being the best in Providence. Vote for your favorite in the poll below, and let us know how they were able to serve your real estate needs in the comment section.



1. Robert Rutley

Robert is a longtime Providence resident originally from the Midwest. He earned his B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan -- Go Blue (from a Renoviso team member!).  He joined Taylor & Associates at Mott & Chace Sotheby’s with a strong background in project management. He is a proven strategist and negotiator - skills he gained from a 20 year career at a Fortune 500 company. Robert is a dog lover, and an active and caring member of the Providence community, so it is no wonder that he has excellent testimonials for his service!

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2. Jazzmine Napolitano

Jazzmine is a full-time real estate agent in Rhode Island. She is an avid consumer of real estate publications and real estate talk radio. Jazzmine strives to have a keen understanding of market trends. She has made extremely diverse sales - which helps her offer honest advice to her clients for their varied needs. Jazzmine has won multiple Professional Achievement awards, but never lets it get to her head! Her first priority is always her clients. 

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3. John Risica

John Risica began his career working on a large mills complex in Rhode Island. In his own words, it was the equivalent of an Ivy League education! This experience helped him realize some fundamental flaws in traditional brokerage models. John founded two real estate sites to help reform the model and help buyers and sellers get the best deals they can. He has great reviews on Zillow, and an even more incredible team at Love the East Side in Providence! 

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 4. Kate Littlefield

Kate has a long and successful history in interior design. She graduated from RISD in 2008, and took her knowledge of design to help sellers attract the most interest in their homes through working at William Raveis. She helps her clients stage and promote their homes through social media and interactive videos, and it pays off! Kate has amazing reviews and testimonials. She truly cares about her clients - especially when finding homes for families with young children - because she is a mom of two herself. 

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 5. Jacob Rochefort

Jacob is a Providence resident with a passion for helping people find their dream home. He brings 12 years of experience in real estate brokerage and is now with the firm Lila Delman. In his early years, Jacob helped his family flip houses. He also put in his dues as an agent in Beverly Hills. You can often find Jacob cruising on the bay during the beautiful Rhode Island summers. 

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 6. Martha Gagnon

Martha is an award winning real estate agent. She is a realtor with Keller Williams Leading Edge, and is dedicated to giving her clients the best experience she can. She has worked in the industry for over 15 years, so has a lot of knowledge to give! She is focused on providing high quality service and satisfaction to her clients, so it’s no wonder Martha has consistent 5 star reviews. 

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 7. Nicola Francis

Nicola is originally from Australia but has lived in Rhode Island for over 10 years. Her diverse background led her to co-found Lenox Property Management and Lenox Realty Group. Her passion for real estate and her clients is the backbone of her practice. Nicola is an 8-year real estate professional with exceptional market knowledge. She is an impeccable negotiator, and will work every angle to get her clients the best deals.

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 8. Jim DeRentis

Jim is a longtime Providence resident. He uses his deep knowledge of the city and its neighborhoods to match clients with their dream homes and offices. Prior to his real estate career, Jim worked in banking for 25 years including a decade and a half as Chief Business Officer of Bank of Rhode Island. Jim has empowered local businesses and local residential markets - which has helped him win multiple awards, generate over $20 million in sales annually, and receive 5-star reviews on Zillow.

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 9. Brian Demers

Brian’s background is in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. He spent years managing restaurants and hotels, so he has a deep understanding of the need for professionalism, honesty, integrity, communication, and customer service. After years in the industry, he decided to make a change and switched careers to become a Realtor. He absolutely loves the arts, nightlife, dining, and coastline in Providence. He is an outstanding agent, with great reviews. He is currently an agent with Keller Williams Realty. 

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Arianne is now a licensed agent, and started Tanasio Realty Advisers with her husband, Paul.

 10. Arianne Tanasio

Arianne is a native Rhode Islander. She received her B.S. in Management and Marketing from Johnson and Wales University. While there, she was a member of the Honors Program. She began her career in retail management, before realizing she needed a change. After deciding she wanted to work in real estate, Arianne got her foot in the door by becoming a paralegal with a concentration in real estate transactional work. She is now a licensed agent, and started Tanasio Realty Advisers with her husband, Paul. 

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