Thursday, December 5, 2019

Holiday Activities on Long Island 2019

The holiday season is here! Celebrate the season with your loved one by attending our favorite events across Long Island:

Magic of Lights 
One of the most popular holiday events on Long Island returns for the 2019 season! Grab friends and family and drive through this electric 2 ½ mile-long light spectacular, featuring popular figures, characters, and more. Stop in the Jolly Holiday Festival Village for refreshments.

When: November 22, 2019-January 4, 2020
Where: Jones Beach

Barnaby Saves Christmas
Celebrating its 15th year, Barnaby Saves Christmas tells the epic tale of an elf and his reindeer as they try to save Christmas. Enjoy a bite to eat before the show at one of Port Jefferson’s many restaurants!

When: Weekends November 23-December 29.
Where: Theatre Three

Polar Express Trolley Ride
Inspired by the movie starring Tom Hanks, families can take an interactive trolley ride while listening to actor Liam Neeson’s reading of the book. Kids will enjoy interacting with characters, and a visit from Santa and his elves with hot cocoa and cookies.

When: Sundays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through December 23
Where: All-Star Bowling Riverhead and The Omni/Hampton Jitney Southampton

Charles Dickens Festival
It’s time for a Christmas Carol! Port Jeff has held this annual tribute to the great English writer for the past 20 years. You won’t want to miss this fun festival of costumes, ice skating, musical performances, and more!

When: Saturday, December 7-Sunday, December 8, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Where: Port Jefferson Village

Annual Holiday Spectacular at the Holtsville Ecology Site
Enjoy a winter wonderland of lights at this indoor walk-through light show. Donations benefit the Holtsville Ecology Site.

When: Sundays, Fridays, and Saturdays through December 22, 2019
Where: Holtsville Ecology Site

Candlelight Evenings Holiday Show
Travel back in time and celebrate the holidays like you’re in the 19th century! From chestnuts roasting on an open fire, to musical entertainment and visits from Santa, there’s something for everyone. New this year is the 12 days of Christmas scavenger hunt!

When: Friday, December 20 - Saturday, December 29, 5:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Where: Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Oyster Bay 15th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
This isn’t your typical holiday tree! Join carolers at Planting Field Arboretum’s 35-foot tall Japanese Umbrella Pine — lit by Santa himself! Enjoy refreshments, music, and decorations after.

When: Monday, December 13 at 6 pm (Gates open at 5:30 pm)
Where: Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

From all of us at PTRC, we hope you have a happy holiday season!
Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Monday, November 25, 2019

Will the 2020 Housing Market Crash?

What’s the Future of the U.S. Housing Market?


If you were a homeowner between 2006 - 2012, or simply paying attention to national news, you’re aware of the housing bubble — also referred to as the housing market crash or the Great Recession. Housing prices across the United States began to fall drastically from 2007 - 2009. By 2010, housing prices stagnated.

Recently, however, housing prices have been on somewhat of an upswing due to higher demand and a drop in supply. Simply put, more people are moving and there’s not enough space. That being said, this rise has many in the housing industry concerned that recession is on the way. Here’s what you should know.

2020 Housing Market Predictions

A recent report by Zillow polled 100 real estate experts and economists about their 2020 predictions. Here are some of the key takeaways:
More than 50% of respondents said the next recession is likely to happen in 2020.
The main reason for this impending housing recession is monetary policy.
Current home prices have exceeded pre-2009 valuations across the country.

According to Zillow, the past few years post-housing bubble has been one of the longest economic expansions in U.S history.

The Long Island Housing Market 

As housing affordability remains an issue across the United States, the number of homes sold on Long Island continues to drop. The Multiple Listing Service of Long Island (MLSLI) released a report in September that shows a continued trend of higher prices, but lower inventory. Additionally, as sale prices rise, actual sales are dropping. According to the MLSI, there were 1,501 homes sold last August compared to 1,321 this year, which is a 12% decline.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

How to Host the Best Thanksgiving


If you’re planning on hosting Thanksgiving this year, you might already be stressed about it. There’s a lot that goes into this holiday, but it’s nothing planning ahead won’t fix! Make sure you know what it takes to host the best Thanksgiving at your house.

Cook Ahead of Time 

If you have foods that you’re planning on making that can be done a few days in advance, take that opportunity! Sure, your turkey needs to be done the day of, but desserts and side dishes can be done beforehand. This will give you more time to set up and prepare for guests.

Don’t Turn Down Help

Even though you are the host, a little help never hurt anybody. If someone is offering a helping hand, don’t turn them down! This also includes letting friends and family bring food, lessening your workload. Thanksgiving is a holiday after all, and you deserve to relax and spend time with loved ones, too.

Don’t Experiment The Day Of

One of the most fun parts of Thanksgiving is cooking new food you’ve never tried before. But, don’t cook something new for the first time on the day of Thanksgiving! Practice beforehand or stick to a more traditional recipe to avoid any last-minute disasters.

Prepare Early

This applies to both food preparation and non-food preparation. It’s important to make sure you have all the ingredients you need. Also, it helps to make sure you have the proper amount of silverware and dishes for your guests!

Know It’s Okay to Buy Food

Don’t have time to bake? That’s fine! There are plenty of stores around Long Island that make great desserts. If you have extra time the week before, consider going out east to get some locally grown farm pies!

Most importantly, don’t forget to relax and have fun! Thanksgiving is a time for surrounding yourself with people you love! Celebrate it with good spirits and good food!

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Why Fall is the Best Time to Sell Your Home

4 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time to Sell Your Home

Many homeowners think that the opportunity for selling their house fades once the summer heat is gone — but autumn brings many fresh beginnings, including a new selling season! Here are some benefits to selling your home this fall, and how to get started.

1. Autumn Home Buyers Are Serious 

In the spring and summer, you may see a new open house on every other corner, every single weekend. While spring is the perfect time to begin looking for a new home, many potential buyers hold off on making an offer until the fall. In the spring, homeowners can choose to be picky, and they typically will extend their search for a few months. As August ends and September begins, however, more serious buyers will be anxious to move into a new home before winter weather and the holiday season. This is where your home comes in.

2. There’s Less Competition

As we mentioned above, post-summer home buyers have fewer homes to choose from, and with the stress of the holidays coming, they’ll want to make a choice. Most summer homes aim to close by September, so if your potential buyer hasn’t sealed a deal yet, you’ll be competing in a much smaller market. This can also play in your favor while discussing price.

3. Different Buyer Demographics

Families are more likely to move in the spring after school is out for the year, but millennials and those without kids are typically less restrictive with their timeline. In addition, employers who need to relocate their homes typically wait for the fall to avoid higher real estate rates.

4. More Flexibility for Renovations

Selling a home takes time, but before you even think of listing your home, you’ll need to make some final improvements. Winter weather can prevent a lot of home exterior work, but spending the spring/summer on this work and then listing in the fall gives you the time to make sure everything gets done.

Tips to Prepare Your Home for Resale in the Fall

If you’re preparing to sell your home this fall, consider some of these tips to ensure you secure the largest curb appeal in the neighborhood:
  • Prepare your home for different demographics: Consider that empty-nesters may not want to see three bedrooms, but may want a workspace instead.
  • Include photos from summer months: If you’re not changing the exterior of your home, opt for clear, bright photos with bright, full greenery.
  • Make the necessary updates: Whether it’s adding a fresh coat of paint to your porch raking the leaves, make sure your home is ready to show!
Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Most Rewarding Fall Renovation Projects

Increase The Value Of Your Home

Fall is the perfect time to increase the value of your home. Generally, colder temperatures allow you to spend more time outside comfortably without overheating. Therefore, you have a better chance of finishing any project that you start. Let's take a look at which projects or renovations can improve the value of your home.

Easy Home Improvements to Make this Fall

Not only will your home have a higher resale price, but you'll increase your curb appeal, as well, with these simple renovations:

  •  Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
  •  Repair your deck and reapply stain.
  •  Touch up the paint on the exterior of your home.
  •  Evaluate your roof and complete necessary repairs.
  •  Thoroughly clean the exterior of your home by pressure washing.
  •  Update your windows for better efficiency all year long.
  •  Replace or update your HVAC system.
  •  Clean the gutters to ensure proper water control throughout the year.
 Any of these projects will increase the value of your home. Although they vary in just how much value they will add to your home. For instance, cleaning your gutters will not necessarily add value to your home. However, clean gutters will help reduce the damage that may occur throughout the year. 
Doing regular maintenance in addition to a few improvements will help maximize the value of your home. The best part is, all you need is a little time to complete the task!  In comparison, when you pressure wash or paint the exterior of your home, you are increasing the value instantly.

When you increase the value of your home, it is wise to expect your taxes to grow as well. However, Property Tax Consultants can help you get a reduction. Therefore, you now have every reason to finally do those renovations and repairs that have been bugging you for years. Just remember to enjoy the lovely fall weather while you are working outside to increase the value of your home.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

How to Prep Your Home For a Bad Storm


Just because summer is over doesn’t mean we don’t have to worry about hurricanes anymore. Hurricane season lasts until late November, so there’s still that potential risk for a big storm to hit Long Island. Make sure you and your family are well prepared for any storm mother nature throws your way!

Take Care of Your Trees

It can be as simple as trimming any tree branches that hang over the house or as vital as taking down a dying tree. Trees can be the source of much of the damage caused during hurricanes. The extreme winds will overpower any weak trees in your yard, causing them to fall onto your home!

Secure Outdoor Furniture

If you know a storm is coming, start packing your outdoor furniture somewhere safe. Umbrellas and chairs will get lost in the storm! Temporarily hide them away in the shed or use weights to keep them in place.

Protect Your Valuables

Keep important documents and photographs somewhere safe during the storm. Keep them out of areas of the house that might be subject to flooding. If you have to evacuate, leave important items with a family member or friend that will keep them safe for you while you wait the storm out!

Create an Emergency Kit

You never know what will happen during a storm or how bad it will truly be. An emergency preparedness kit will ensure basic necessities are available to you and your family at any moment's notice. It should include enough water for everyone, food to last a long time, battery-powered flashlights and radios, as well as a first aid kit.

Create a Family Emergency Plan

It’s important to stay together during a major storm. If there is ever a circumstance where you get separated from your family, pick a place that could be the family’s meeting place once the storm passes. Also keep a few numbers from friends or family outside the storm area as emergency contacts.


Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Checklist For Your Home in the Fall

The days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder, which means it’s time to prep our homes for the winter. This includes taking care of any potential weak trees and making repairs to the exteriors of your house. Don’t let winter storms catch you off guard, start early and check these projects off your fall bucket list:

Take Care of Your Trees

Fall and winter can bring about some rough storms on Long Island. If you have any weak or dead trees on your lawn, they could potentially fall over. Keep an eye out for signs of a dying tree, such as obvious decaying and branches falling constantly. Fallen trees can cause serious damage to your property.

Clean Out Your Gutters

While autumn leaves are certainly beautiful, they’re not so pretty when they build up in your gutters. Too many leaves can result in your gutters clogging, which will cause water will fill your water collection channel Without working gutters, you may experience damage to your roof.

Make Exterior Repairs

You may have forgotten to make little repairs here and there to the house over time. It’s important to work on these spots before the weather gets too harsh. Look for any damage on the sides, roof or foundation. Once winter does hit, you’ll be stuck in a tough (and cold) spot if those aren’t dealt with.

Seal Any Gaps

During the colder weather, outside critters love to find easy ways to get inside where it’s warm. Seal any small or large holes leading to the outside to keep these pests out. Use hardware cloth or caulk to seal items in place. Check around your doors, windows and attic vents for access points.

Stock up on Winter Supplies

Long Island has had its fair share of harsh winters. Make sure you’re prepared by getting your winter supplies now rather than later. This includes sturdy shovels, scrapers for your car and emergency kits. Have one kit for your house and another for your car to stay safe!

Check For Winter Safety

Make sure your driveway and stairs outside your home are in good condition. The winter weather can make it dangerous to walk around on damaged walkways. Also, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and get some salt for when it gets icier outside!

At P.T.R.C., Inc., we’ve made it our mission to ensure our clients pay the lowest amount in property tax as required by law. Since 1990, we’ve been recognized as fair and honest, and our clients benefit from the close working relationships we’ve established with the assessing units over the years.