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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.

  • E. 17th Street

    Yesterday, I arrived early for an appointment and so decided to take a stroll down E. 17th Street. This neighborhood was once known as Flatbush and is now called Ditmas Park. It was such a nice walk that I had… Read More ›

  • What Happens Now?

    Often after someone has either made or accepted an offer, I’m asked, “what happens now?” Below is a chronological list of how things should proceed after an Accepted Offer.   Pick an attorney.  It’s pretty tough, in New York, to complete… Read More ›

  • Take Five

    The author demonstrates the Take Five method People often solicit my opinion about a given neighborhood. “Is it safe?”,they ask. “How is the area? What are the locals like?”, etcetera, etcetera,… I flat out try to evade these questions and… Read More ›

  • Lawyer Up

    Fiduciary Responsibility

    (Let it be known that I type this post, whilst an 11 lb baby boy sleeps in a sling around my neck). In my line of work, there is plenty of ambiguity. I’m often not sure how to get the… Read More ›

  • I’ve been away

    Hi. I have neglected this site for some time now.  At the risk of sounding a bit sentimental I want to say I have a good excuse. My wife Julia and I had a son and we couldn’t be happier. Nathan J.P. Winters (aka Nathan… Read More ›

  • I work for you (but I don’t work for you)

    Let’s get something straight – you and me. I work for you. I am contractually obligated and have a fiduciary responsibility to you. Just you. I promise to always have your best interest at heart. I am your agent and… Read More ›

  • Hi, my name is Jim, I Live in Park Slope, and I Own a Car

    Three years ago, when my wife and I began dating, she would slog her brother’s pickup from Red Hook, where she lived, to Park Slope, where I lived, because her 100 pound Shepherd/Rotti mix was not permitted on the B61…. Read More ›

  • Pre-Qualify Yourself

    By far the most effective strategy for moving a sale from accepted offer to contract is to be prepared – a.k.a do your homework, a.k.a have all your ducks in a row – or as we are calling it here:… Read More ›

  • The Accepted Offer

    After Last weeks post, “What Happens Now?” I received a lot of questions about what exactly an accepted offer is. Here goes: An accepted offer is defined as a verbal agreement between a buyer and a seller whereby a property… Read More ›

  • Make an Offer

    Probably the question I field most frequently is, “How flexible is the owner?” in other words… “Is there some wiggle room in their price?” in other words… “How much do you think they’ll come down.” My answer is always the… Read More ›