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Testimonials

"As a first time homebuyer, I was extremely overwhelmed faced with the daunting task of finding a home in New York City. That is until I met Kate. She is a rare treat in the world of fast-paced, fast-talking real estate agents. I knew right from the start that she would help me find the home of my dreams. I had a million questions and she guided me every step of the way and made me feel like I was her only client. I knew she had my best interests at heart and worked endlessly to help me find what I wanted.

Kate is professional, diligent, hard-working, and she has a real passion for her work. I’m lucky to have had her as my agent. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy, without reservation.

Will Lurie
266 W. 115th St."

Jim brought professionalism, poise and calm to a complex set of transactions. He recommended the right pricing and open house strategy for our sale, and helped us to make the best purchase decision. Throughout the process, we had complete trust and confidence in him.

Steve Salee & Ira Kustin
588 West End Avenue

When we fell in love with our current place, Jim confidently said "we're going to get it." And he made it happen.

Jim had a keen sense of when to push and when to pull. He made smart, tactful decisions, and made a complicated process seem easy.

As first-time home buyers in Brooklyn we had a million questions along the way, and his patience had no end. He made us feel like we were his only clients.

With Jim on your side, you're immediately steps ahead of others in this competitive market. We can't recommend him enough.

Mike and Allison Park
512 Henry St.

The prospect of selling our apartment and coordinating the finding and closing on a bigger apartment that would accommodate our growing family was daunting. We simply could not have done it without Jim. He spent countless hours searching for the perfect home that suited our changing needs. Meanwhile, he was busy listing, staging, showing and ultimately selling our existing apartment. Moreover, he negotiated with our buyer to allow us to stay post-closing ( via a sale leaseback arrangement) so that we could transition directly to our new home and not have to move into temporary housing with a child. Finally, Jim guided us thru the coop board approval process liaising with the managing agent, our lender and the seller. He made the entire process seamless.

Jim is thorough, diligent and very professional. Most importantly, he is a caring and pleasant individual with relentless passion for his work and his clients. We recommend him without reservation.

David Seal & Maysa Vahidi Seal
400 East 90th St
205 East 63rd St

We feel extremely lucky to have had Jim as our agent. In the fast-paced, fast-talking and overwhelming world of New York real estate, Jim truly made it enjoyable experience. As first time home buyers, we didn't have a clue on how to enter the housing market, but Jim guided us every step of the way. His guidance and advice were invaluable as we embarked on our adventure. We would highly recommend Jim to anyone looking for the best and hope all of our friends and family can work with him in the future.

Corey Smith and Amelia Hoffman
155 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene

We called Jim after we found out that we’d be relocating. He took the time to explain every step of the process in detail and suggested a pricing strategy for our apartment; providing an anticipated timeline to achieve a sale that was based on current and forecasted market conditions. It was a higher price than we thought, and a faster timeline. Jim staged the apartment, and before the photos were live, he had an appointment to view, and an offer that same day. We eventually had multiple offers, and Jim qualified each to make sure we weighed the risk/reward and accepted the best one. Ultimately, he was able to get us asking price from a qualified buyer – we were thrilled! Jim continued to be there, doing whatever needed to be done throughout the appraisal, board interview and final bank commitment processes. We are so glad we got such a great result. We can’t recommend Jim enough!

Nathan & Lauren Lebioda
290 Sixth Ave.

I decided to move to a different neighborhood in NYC and called Jim to give me a market analysis of what he thought my apartment could sell for. He showed me comparables in the neighborhood and told me that we could get $100,000 more than what I thought was maximum value at the time by making a few simple changes. He suggested some paint colors, some new furniture, art, and flooring coverings, which cost me around $15,000.00. We listed for $150,000 more than my thought of the maximum price. He showed relentlessly and eventually got two offers very close to asking. I couldn’t believe it. I was extremely pleased to accept one of the offers. But then there was the question of where I’d move to next. We looked at over thirty properties, mainly in Manhattan. Jim was knowledgeable on all, and even suggested some Brooklyn apartments. The very last one we saw was the one I wanted. He was instrumental in making sure we got the apartment through negotiation and providing a security deposit to hold it. Since it was a new development, he guided me through the requirements of buying this type of property. He handled the paperwork, and liaised with/coordinated the lender, the appraiser, the inspector, the attorney, the moving company - all of it. He managed two closings (selling my old apartment and buying the new one) within one week of each other, which is hard to do when there are so many variables that could easily delay the execution. I am so pleased with how everything turned out, and I couldn’t have done it without his help. I recommend Jim to everyone I know in search of a quality broker. There’s none better.

Greg Todd
309 E. 49th St., Turtle Bay
205 Water St., DUMBO

I moved from Australia to NYC a little over 4 years ago, and decided that it was time to buy a place of my own. I contacted Jim and we sat down over lunch as he described all of the nuances of buying an apartment in the city. After a very thorough market review, we then started looking at several apartments. He advised on which ones were solid choices, and which ones were not (based on analyses of building financials, comparables sales, etc.). He found two that became my top choices. One of these two was the most expensive on the list, but the West Village location was unbeatable and Jim’s analysis proved that it was underpriced relative to the area. Jim made sure my balance sheet was in order, and helped me get pre-qualified (he ensured that I was fully-prepared to be seriously considered by the Seller). Jim used this information in the negotiation, and after some back and forth, my offer was accepted on the West Village apartment. But that was just the beginning; the board package, and the board interview were next. Jim directed me as to exactly what I needed to supply for the package and ensured that the management company had everything they needed to schedule the interview. He also met with me for an hour to prep me for the interview. It was quite a process getting to the table, but after approval by the board and my bank, the closing only took a little over an hour! The apartment was mine. I wouldn’t be in this fortunate position without Jim. He was there every step of the way and he helped make my dream of owning in the West Village a reality.

Ben Albury
100 Bank St.

I’ve found Jim to be professional, conscientious, diligent, and thoroughly knowledgeable. He also has the highest integrity—it’s been a pleasure working with him, and I would recommend him to friends and colleagues without reservation.

Ian Bremmer
245 W. 11th St.

Jim is a rare jewel in a world of fast-talking real estate agents. He is smart, dedicated, responsive, honest, and knows exactly what he is doing -- exactly the type of representation anyone would want in the NY real estate world. Jim made himself immediately available to assess, stage and list my apartment -- and got results fast with pictures up and an open house within a week, and thereafter multiple offers on the table. Jim skillfully navigated a bidding war to get the highest price possible -- indeed the highest price for a one bedroom in my building since 2008! He was also willing to go the extra mile and help out with details, since I had already moved out of state when we were selling the apartment. I highly recommend his services!

Cindy Warner-Kruger
303 W. 66th St.

As a first-time home buyer, I couldn't have asked for a better real estate agent. I knew I was going to be in good hands the moment we met and, from the first viewing to the last (over many many months) and throughout the entire purchase process, Jim was always informed, diligent, thorough, and very responsive to my questions and asks. More importantly, he was someone I felt I could get honest and helpful feedback from in terms of what would be the best option for me, not just financially, but as an important next-step decision in my life. His support and guidance were invaluable. He is a one-of-a-kind professional who is not only high competent but also genuine and very pleasant to work with. I would recommend him to anyone who's interested in buying a place in a heartbeat.

Janet Choi

201 E. 28th St.

Jim made the undertaking of buying my very first property completely manageable and was a great partner in this process. Jim is everything you would want in an agent... he listens diligently so he can be as informed as possible in regards to your needs, he works quickly and efficiently to ensure you do not miss out on any opportunities, and he is always honest with you which is extremely rare and valuable. Jim was a great ally, and thanks to him I found the perfect home. I give him the highest of recommendations.

Lenid Rolov
79 Barrow St.

I have personally and professionally worked with many agents, brokers and company representatives over the years. Jim Brune is the best. He wants all involved to get the benefit of his work and the bargain.

Kenneth Brune
5 Tudor City Pl.

I'd been living in Brooklyn for a decade, and decided it was time to try Manhattan living again, so I enlisted Jim's help in selling my apartment and looking for a new one. Jim is the consummate professional in all things real estate. Most importantly, Jim has a real passion for his work, and that shines through in all that he does. He is very organized, and uses a great program to keep track of the apartments that I saw, and what I liked/didn't like about each one. He was very helpful throughout the board process, guiding me in putting together a complete package that the board was impressed with, and he did a great job coaching me for the interview. I've recommend Jim to several friends, and they have raved about his diligence, his attention to details, his thoroughness and negotiation skills. And Jim's work doesn't stop once a deal is done. He suggested, for instance, a cheaper, energy efficient hot water heater for my new apartment. I highly recommend hiring Jim for the sale or purchase of a home.

Jennifer Dixon
361 Sterling Pl.
307 W. 82nd St.

Jim Brune worked tirelessly to find us our perfect home. He took the time to understand exactly what we wanted and then made that dream a reality. At every step of the way, we knew that Jim had our best interests at heart. He approaches each property with the right balance of quantitative and qualitative analysis and is a great negotiator. We can't possibly recommend Jim enough, as he knows how to get you want you want in New York City!

The Cohens

Throughout a 2 year search for an apartment, Jim was always professional, on time and accommodating as we traversed dozens and dozens of apartments trying to find the right home. His knowledge of neighborhoods, streets, and little details to keep in mind as we searched were instrumental in us being able to make a competitive offer without overpaying. I personally have no doubt that he works just as hard for all his clients and would easily use him again or recommend him to anyone who wants a partner in their home purchase or sale.

Mat Van Alstyne and Catie Grimes
181 E. 73rd St.

Working with Jim was a pleasure from start to finish. As first time homebuyers, my fiancé and I had a lot of questions. A first time home purchase is intimidating. Then add to that, the unique complications of searching for a property in the fast paced and cut-throat New York City market; It can get overwhelming. But, Jim guided us through the process with style and grace. He was a patient, understanding, and an extremely knowledgeable guide. He, ultimately, helped us navigate with ease what was a potentially daunting experience.

Jim was there with us every step of the way. He began by helping us figure out what we could realistically afford, educating us on the market and additional costs which are associated with New York properties. He navigated us through our different options of condo vs. co-op vs. single family home and the overall costs associated with each. Jim was flexible and open to our need to explore multiple neighborhoods and property types, ensuring we were educated consumers and got exactly what we wanted. He submitted multiple offers on our behalf, giving every one of them the same attention to detail, until we had a contract in hand.

Overall, our experience with Jim was top-notch, a rare find, in a saturated New York City market. I would recommend him highly and without reservation to anyone whom was looking for not just a broker, but also a knowledgeable and trusted advisor.

Amy Hall and Ittai Eshed
15 Berkeley Pl., Park Slope

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