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Jim Winters is the publisher and primary writer for the website, From The Stoop. He currently works as a licensed real estate broker working for The Corcoran Group in Brooklyn and began his career in 2004. He started the website, From The Stoop to share his real estate experience, give advice, and educate the public.

  • Condo Versus Co-op

    The rules for dinner conversation, as stated by many of Brooklyn’s esteemed successfulites are, 1) Never discuss religion; 2) Never discuss politics; and 3) Never discuss condo versus co-op. In light of this very wise counsel, I ask that you not… Read More ›

  • Blue Bloods

    Note the Double-Speak use of the word, "RELOCATED"

    One more parking complaint to add to my very long list: Filming! This morning my block, here in Crown Heights, was closed to parking by the NYPD so they could film an episode of Blue Bloods ( http://bit.ly/pbd9Ff) . To add insult… Read More ›

  • The Co-op Interview

    Park Slope Rowhouses

    Congratulations. You’ve had your co-op application scrutinized by a broker, repackaged by the managing agent, reviewed by the board, and have finally been asked in for an interview.  You are 75% of the way home. Most boards won’t waste their time… Read More ›

  • The Top 5 Tips for Completing a Stellar Co-op Package and Landing an Interview.

    All co-op apartment buildings require prospective tenants/owners to apply for membership by submitting a co-op package. This usually consists of an application, not unlike a job application (only more intrusive), along with some supporting documentation (e.g. tax returns, bank statements,… Read More ›

  • ProCro?

    New York Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries has a very promising career ahead of  him. He was instrumental in having Cathie Black fired and may have his sights on the US Congress.  But Mr. Jeffries latest bill proposal, about regulating up-and-coming neighborhood names,… Read More ›

  • Revenge of the "pushy asshole passive agressive [sic] broker."

    Although I have been referred to (anonymously) as a “pushy, asshole, passive, agressive [sic] broker.” I like to think the comment below is more representative of my work: “You’ve been incredibly helpful, and if we do in fact choose to move forward with… Read More ›

  • Three's Company

    Well now I’ve heard it all. I mean, I’ve always known that oral sex was illegal in several states, and I was not surprised when the Texas Board of Education erased Thomas Jefferson from their textbooks, but this morning  I learned that… Read More ›

  • 28 Days

    Here’s a quick anecdote from one of my clients: Jim, I think you’ll get a kick out of this. We are refinancing our home through a mortgage broker that shall remain anonymous. Among the mountain of paperwork they asked for,… Read More ›

  • Homebuyer Tax Credit

    As if tax season weren’t stressful enough, prospective home buyers have two more looming deadlines to contend with. Both are related to the federal government’s homebuyer tax credit.

  • The Current Market

    If everything I’m reading these days sounds something like “housing hasn’t hit bottom..,” or something like “housing prices are plummeting..,”