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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.

  • 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..,”

  • Who You Know Votes Where

    Skeleton of nonpareils by artist, Heather Cox Today I took a break from work to pop into one of the artist studios participating in A.G.A.S.T., Annual Gowanus Artists Studio Tour. It’s great, it’s one of a kind, and I highly recommend… Read More ›

  • Nothing Happened

    Police get ready to leave after it was determined that the corner of Carroll and 7th Avenue was safe for pedestrians. Strange happenings on Carroll Street between 7th and 8th Avenues today.  First, residents woke up to their block lined… Read More ›

  • The Secret

    Fig 1-5, An unidentified broker documents his time at a recent open house. Pssssst. Hey you. Yeah you: Mr. Buyer. Want to know a secret? Come over here. A little closer. Closer. Clooooser. Now listen carefully. We are not very… Read More ›