Brian DeSmit

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."

Brian DeSmit

About Brian

​Brian knew in high school that he wanted to forge a career in construction or real estate sales. Making personal connections and keeping them is his calling card and helps explain his successful business track record since graduating from Aquinas College in 2000. With that newly minted business degree in hand, Brian left his college part-time job at a car wash and took a pay cut to dive into real estate in his hometown of Grand Rapids.

After five years of increasing success, Brian acquired Apex Realty and focused his efforts on creating a successful, while purposefully small, boutique real estate firm. Together with his wife, Danielle, he has shared countless adventures with home renovations and remodels that typically lead to yet another project in yet another new home. They are true partners in real estate and in life, sharing a passion for both the next real estate opportunity and their two young children. Brian finds great joy in coaching his children’s soccer and baseball teams, as well as celebrating at their Church and participating in countless outdoor activities and sports with his family.

Client testimonies

  • ~~Since we purchased and sold our first family home, Brian has been a trusted and reliable agent in the real estate process.  He has continued to bring dedication, hard work and expertise to the table as he has guided us through several income property transactions.  Brian has not only strengthened our confidence, but our bottom line.“Thank you, Brian for all of your help on our house hunt. Without your help and suggestions, our house would not have been so great!”Alexis and Sam
  • “My wife, Gayle and I would like to thank you, Brian for your assistance in selling our home and in the purchase of our new home this summer. You were always most helpful and when questions or problems arose, you made every attempt to get back to us with an answer. We appreciated your honesty and integrity, and we would highly recommend your services to anyone buying or selling any real estate. Thank you once again!”John VanDyke
  • “This spring, my husband and I worked with a realtor for the first time. We chose to work with Brian DeSmit. Brian did an excellent job; he went above and beyond what we expected a realtor to do. We were first time home-buyers and therefore weren’t sure of how the buying process worked. Brian kept our needs first and answered all of our many questions. He made sure we were always clear on the next step and on what was taking place.”Tim and Angela VanSolkema
  • “Since we purchased and sold our first family home, Brian has been a trusted and reliable agent in the real estate process. He has continued to bring dedication, hard work, and expertise to the table as he has guided us through several income property transactions. Brian has not only strengthened our confidence, but also our bottom line.”Kevin DeKam