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About Us

About Us

Our amazing team is ready and waiting to help save you money!

Bruce Sokol

Bruce Sokol, founding partner, started his career as an appraiser. Brokers kept asking him if he can do anything about high taxes dragging down the sales price of properties and making them harder to sell. Real estate taxes are an ad valorem tax, which is a fancy way of saying a tax on the value of property. Bruce realized that real estate taxes are completely based on what a property can sell for ... and who would be better able to determine this than an appraiser? Thus, for the last 25 years Bruce has concentrated on the business of lowering assessments and taxes on his clients' real estate. Bruce is a New York State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser who has served the Lower Hudson Valley for 35 years. He takes pride in the fact that he consistently receives higher reductions than many of his competitors. Bruce reminds his customers that mortgages can be paid off but taxes will continue going up – if you don’t file an appeal.

Judy Weisman

Judy Weisman, Judy Weisman, our Office Manager, has 15 years’ experience working with real estate transaction lawyers, as well as 7 years working at New York City Police Department as a 9-1-1 operator/dispatcher. She is Bruce's right hand assistant, taking care of the behind-the-scenes work that takes your appeal from the "contract" stage to "reduction" stage, without you having to be busy with any of the nitty gritty details. She is always ready to help our clients with any questions or updates on their cases. Please contact her at office@retax.com to find out how we can help you.

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Bruce Says:

"I got into this because real estate brokers couldn't sell houses when taxes were too high relative to other houses in the neighborhood."

"The appraisal is everything. It's all really an appraisal issue, particularly when you go to trial. Lawyers have to rely on appraisals, which can cost $500."

"We collect data, looking at sales of other properties in the neighborhood. But you have to know what courts consider comparable, how judges determine values."

"You need to know the local municipal courts. You have to approach them all somewhat differently; you have to know the right people to approach and the right people to serve."

"My job is to prove your house is worth less. It's as simple as that."