James Kinsey, a principal and COO at Avison Young’s New York City office, has died suddenly on Sept. 11, 2021, at the age of 44.
A popular city broker who grew up in the real estate industry, Kinsey graduated Boston College with a degree in music, but went to work with his late father, who ran a property management and development firm.
“After college, I realized that real estate was something I wanted to pursue too,” he told the New York Real Estate Journal in 2011. “Then a couple more years later, when my dad became ill, I stepped in and took responsibility for his property management and development firm.”
In 2000, Kinsey partnered with his late father to form Kinsey Capital Associates, a subsidiary of The Kinsey Corporation, that saw him add commercial real estate financing to the platform. In 2005, while simultaneously handling his responsibilities with The Kinsey Corporation, he formed Mason Real Estate LLC, a firm that handled residential sales and rental brokerage. Today, Kinsey Equities continues to manage its own and third-party properties across the city.
He also worked as a territory expert in the NoHo/NoLiTa market with Massey Knakal Realty before co-founding a new company, ERG Property Advisors, in 2009 with James and Richard Guarino. Believing that the market downturn presented an opportunity to combine forces with other industry veterans to build a more agile and diversified platform, Kinsey went on to work with industry leaders across various asset lines.
Bob Knakal, now chairman, NY Investment Sales with JLL Capital Markets, said, “Jim was a trusted and valued member of our old Massey Knakal family and we are deeply saddened by his passing. Jim was one of the good guys in the real estate industry.”
Kinsey joined Avison Young as a principal and director in 2018 and worked closely with veteran broker James Nelson to build the company’s investment sales and structured finance business in the tri-state area.
In a statement, Nelson said, “Jim was an incredible friend and business partner. He was loved by all and a truly remarkable individual. He did so much for those around him and we are grateful to have had him in our lives. Our hearts go out to his family during this incredibly difficult time.”
In an official statement, a spokesman for Avision Young said, “It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of James (Jim) Kinsey, a beloved colleague, leader, mentor and friend. As Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Avison Young’s U.S. Capital Markets Group, Jim possessed invaluable wisdom, a strong work ethic and genuine love of both the real estate industry and wide variety of people in it. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nicole, son Jim and daughter Noelle during this incredibly difficult time.”
No cause of death has yet been issued. Kinsey is survived by his wife Nicole Blanchette Kinsey and children James David Kinsey III and Noelle Olivia Kinsey and remembered as a dedicated family man and well respected professional. He loved the outdoors, music, art, and was an avid camper.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at Fairchild Sons in Manhasset, NY, from 3-8 p.m. today (September 15). A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 16 at 10:15am at the Church of St. Mary, 1300 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY. Interment is private.