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Common Questions

The Help Center

Welcome to the Help Center. I’ve pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions from my clients and compiled them all here. I tried to include everything I could think of, but if you still have issues or concerns going forward, please get in touch and I’ll do my best to help out.


Why should I work with you?

It all starts with honesty and integrity.

Then add in unique skill set which gives you the following advantages:

Experience: Listed & Sold Millions of $ of Real Estate. Extremely high level of construction knowledge.

Local: Resident of Pawling for over 50 years. I know Pawling like no one else!

Negotiations: I listen to your needs and negotiate strongly and appropriately. My ego doesn't get in the way

Customer Service & Marketing: For years, I ran U.S. customer service and marketing operations for an international multi-million dollar non-profit. I am professional and well versed in meeting your expectations. 

Education: You need someone to work with you that is SMART. I have multiple degrees and graduated from a Master's program with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Learning is a way of life for me and I welcome being compared to other realtors. 

Technology: The internet and related technologies are critical in today's listing and selling of homes. I have developed SEM & SEO plans for companies. I know how to get your home or property SOLD. 

Do I need a real estate lawyer as well?

I recommend that all of my clients utilize legal representation with a lawyer that knows real estate. You always want your interests protected and the legal world is full of potholes that can disrupt or blow-up your real estate transaction. 

If you don't have a real estate lawyer, I am happy to give you multiple names of appropriate attorneys.

What is the average tax on a single-family home in Pawling?


Taxes on single family homes in Pawling are based on several factors. The most important of these is the assessed value of the home. In other words, how much has the local assessor determined that the property is worth.


In many communities, the majority of homes are valued in a fairly compact range. Pawling is not one of those communities. There is a wide range of home values in Pawling. These values go from massive estates which include hundreds of acres and multiple buildings (many found in the Quaker Hill area of Pawling) and can be assessed in the millions of dollars, all the way down to one-bedroom homes on rural roads which can be assessed around $100,000. Taking the average rate of this wide spectrum often depicts an unrealistic number of what taxes might be like on the home/property that you are interested in.


I find the best way to consider taxes is to start with some basic information. Where in Pawling are you interested in a home or property? Are you looking for a private estate or a single-family home in a development? Do you need to be close to a highway or the train station? Do you have children that you would want to attend Pawling public or Private school? How close to the school is acceptable? Answers to these, and other questions that I would ask, will help me determine the best neighborhood/locations for you, and in turn, will help ball-park what your taxes would potentially be.


Once we determine your potential home location, I will do some research on assessed values in your tareget area. (Keep in mind that assessments are based on many factors such as location, lot size, home amenities, etc.). I then use the following formula to calculate your taxes:


(Property Assessed Value) X (Mill Rate) = Taxes


The 2018 Mill Rate for the Town of Pawling (also known as equalization rate) = .49


Many home owners are also entitled to a STAR discount (The STAR program was created to help alleviate some of the tax burden). If you own your home, it’s your primary residence, and your income is $500,000 or less, you’re eligible for the Basic STAR credit. If you’re a senior citizen with a qualifying income, you may be eligible for the Enhanced STAR credit. For more information, see STAR eligibility.

You can use the following Dutchess County Property Tax Rate Calculation Tool to help determine taxes on a specific property. However, keep in mind, that the same property next to the one that you’re looking at may have significantly different taxes due to adjustments such as property age, amenities, etcetera. That’s where I, as an Associate Real Estate Broker, bring substantial value to you in understanding the market and taxes.




Dutchess County Property Tax Rate Calculation Tool:


This utility will estimate property tax on a residential property. Please note that it is only an estimate. The tax estimation is based on County, Town, Village, and School tax rates. It does not include special district taxes (such as fire districts and libraries) or any personal exemptions.



If you would like to peruse some Town of Pawling Tax information, see below:


Town of Pawling


To view your 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Town and County Property Tax Bill, please click on the below internet link and input the necessary information.

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