Showing posts with label Homeowners Long Island. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Homeowners Long Island. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Ways to Save in 2017!

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

The turning of the calendar into 2017 marks the official end of the holiday season. If you have a family, this is usually the time of year you try and cut back to make up for the previous months spending spree. We wanted to get you started with some of our favorite money saving tips that you can implement in this upcoming year. 

Implement The 30 Day Rule
If there is something you want like a television or home workout equipment, give the decision time to settle in. Contemplate the purchase for 30 days and if the desire is still there, go ahead and buy what you want if the funds are applicable. But if you buy with impulse, you'll often wind up spending money on things you don't really need.
Upgrade Food Storage 
Eating out is always enjoyable, but it can get expensive if you do it too often. When there's an opportunity to save, you should take advantage, and a chest freezer might be something that can benefit you. If you have multiple mouths to feed, buy in bulk at BJ's or Costco and store on-sale meat in the downstairs chest freezer. This way you always have meals ready to go to help you avoid the restaurant tab.
Calm Your Credit
If you're in the market for a new home or car in 2017, you should avoid other large scale purchases. You want to keep your credit in tact so that nothing can interfere with you and your dream home. Major appliances, entertainment systems and big vacations should wait until after you've moved into a new home. 
Upgrade Plumbing Fixtures 
  • Toilets- Upgrade to a toilet that offers a dual-flush option. It will dispense only the necessary amount of water to dispose of specific types of waste rather than using excess water for no reason. 
  • Faucets- Upgrading your faucet is a great way to save the environment and your wallet. When you find the look you want, make sure it meets the EPA standard for flow-rate of 1.5 gallons per minute or less. 
  • Shower heads- Did you know that your shower accounts for almost 20% of your home's water usage? While this number is high, there are ways you can reduce it. One of them being an upgrade to a WaterSense approved shower head that uses up to 50% less water.         
Here at P.T.R.C. Inc., we help you save in more ways than one. If you live in Nassau or Suffolk county and are interested in lowering your outrageous property taxes, we would love to hear from you today. Our unique tax grievance process is very effective and we have helped thousands of Long Islanders reduce their taxes over the past quarter century. 

To file a grievance, call 516/631-484-0654 or click here to fill out your application online! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

new year- energy saving tips- home owner tips

As a homeowner, you're always looking for creative ways to save. You might be strict about leaving lights on or maybe you're the type of person who is reluctant to use the furnace or the air conditioner. Whatever your style is, these tips can help you liven up your home while simultaneously cutting costs.

Tidy It Up
Do you have kids that need to learn a little responsibility? Try creating a weekly cleaning chart that gives each of them a responsibility in the maintenance of your home. De-cluttering and tidying things up will reduce allergens and make your home more enjoyable to live in.
Cut Your Costs 
While we specialize in reducing taxes, we also know a thing or two about cutting utility costs. Here are three things you can do in 2017 to reduce heating and water bills: 
  • Turn your furnace down THREE degrees and utilize blankets or space heaters to compensate. This will save you close to 10% on your heating bills. 
  • Upgrade to a low-flow shower head. They use close to 60% less water and they help the environment and your wallet. 
  • Tune-up your furnace before it's too late. Most HVAC contractors offer this service to protect your heating system and make sure it is running efficiently. 
Spice It Up 
You can try making your home the people's choice for party home of the year in 2017. You can add things like surround sound speakers, a pool table and maybe even renovate if you're feeling extra ambitious.
Add Greenery
Indoor plants improve the look, feel and cleanliness of your home. Try purchasing an Aloe Vera plant and see if you can notice the difference in the indoor air quality. 
File a Grievance
The time to file in 2017 is running out and with the success we have had in the past, you can't afford not to file with P.T.R.C. Inc. If you want to reduce your Nassau or Suffolk County property taxes, visit our website and fill out an application!

These tips will help you save hundreds, but P.T.R.C. Inc. can help save you thousands! If you still have questions about the grievance process, visit us on the web or email us at You can also reach us by calling 516/631-484-0654!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 Expenses All New Homeowners Should Be Aware Of

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

Before setting out to buy a house, one of the most obvious things to do is sit down and figure out where you stand financially and determine what you can afford - here, you'll take into consideration things like estimated mortgage payments, insurance, and property taxes.

However, although these are some of the "big" expenses, there are several others that must not be forgotten, as they too have a large impact on what becomes realistic for you. To help you ensure that you're looking for homes that are within your budget (remember - you don't want to take on too much and become "house poor"), we've listed out some additional expenses all homeowners should be aware of below.

Property Taxes Long Island | Homeowner Expenses | P.T.R.C. Inc.

Your utility bills include things like electricity, water, and gas. Even if you're already living in your own home, don't assume that what you pay in utilities now will transfer over exactly to your new home - if it has more square footage, expenses may go up as there is more space to heat and cool throughout the year (just as an example).

It would be pretty hard to live without TV and WiFi these days! If you'll be using the same provider for your new home as you were in your last home or apartment, you can likely estimate your future cable expenses pretty well. But, if you plan to add additional TVs and cable boxes or upgrade your WiFi, you should prepare for a change in costs.

This one is especially important for you to know if you're going from renting to buying. Of course there are some homeowners who choose to eliminate landscaping costs by doing the work themselves, but even in that case it still becomes your responsibility to purchase the tools and materials needed to take care of your yard.

Even if the home you buy is not a fixer-upper, keep in mind that things like the roof and HVAC system won't last forever. If you choose a home where you know repairs will be needed sooner rather than later, you'll need to make room in the budget beforehand so that you aren't scrambling to save and cover such costs right after moving in.

Homeowner Association Fees
If you're hoping to purchase a home in a community, especially one with amenities such as a swimming pool, fitness center and clubhouse, there may be a homeowner association fee required to cover costs such as ground maintenance - this fee may be monthly, quarterly or yearly.

If you're getting ready to start house hunting, don't forget to consider these costs when coming up with your budget. And as you do so, a good trick is to even overcompensate for some of these expenses so that you're prepared financially in case something should surprise you down the road.

Since 1990, P.T.R.C. Inc. has been specializing in reducing property taxes for Long Island homeowners. As one of the leaders in property tax challenges on Long Island, P.T.R.C. Inc.'s mission is to ensure that clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. For more information, call (516) or (631) 484-0654 or email

Thursday, June 2, 2016

P.T.R.C. FAQ's Answered

 Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654

Here at Property Tax Reduction Consultants, our policy is simple. No reduction = no fee! We believe that nobody should pay more than their fair share of property taxes, and that includes you! Do you have question about the grievance process? You're not the only one. We know the process may seem like a hassle, but we do our best to help make it as simple as possible!

Below are a few of our frequently asked questions answered. If you have any additonal questions, we encourage you to contact us today by calling 516-484-0654. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
How long is the grievance process?
Answer: The process is a long one. It could take 18 months from beginning to end. However, regardless of when your particular case is settled, the results will always be retroactive to the beginning of the tax year for which you filed your property tax grievance. 
What is the cost if I do win a property tax reduction?
Answer: If you win a reduction, our fee is a percentage of the first year of savings. 

When is filing time?
If you are a Nassau County homeowner, filing is from January 1st to March 1st. If you are a Suffolk County homeowner, filing is from May 1st-May 19th. 

What if my request is turned down?
Answer: If your request is turned down, your property taxes will remain unchanged. There are no penalties and you can file again the next year if you'd like. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654

Do you have questions about the grievance problem? If so, you aren't the only one! We're here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that homeowners in Nassau and Suffolk have about the grievance process.

What is property tax grievance? 
Property Tax Grievance is a formal complaint against the assessed value of your property. There are two levels: Administrative Review (BAR OR ARC) or Judicial Review (SCAR).

What is a property tax assessment?
Property assessment is one of the factors used by local government and schools districts to determine the amount of your property taxes. A property assessment is based on market value. Market value is how much a property would sell for under normal conditions.

When is filing time?
Nassau: January 1st-March 1st
Suffolk: May 1st-May 19th

Why do taxes go up every year?
Your property taxes (assessment) which appear on your tax bill, are multiplied by the tax rate to determine what you pay in taxes. Tax rates generally increase every year, so even if your assessment remains unchanged, your taxes increase.

What can I do about this?
As a homeowner, you are entitled to file a property tax grievance. This allows your assessment to be reviewed by the assessor to see if a reduction is warrented. If the assessor does not reduce your assessment, an appeal can be filed to have an impartial hearing officer determine if your house is overvalued for tax purposes.

What if my request is turned down?
Your property taxes will remain unchanged. There are no penalties, and you can file again next year if you choose.

If you're interested in reducing your property taxes, we encourage you to contact us today by calling 516-484-0654 or visit

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nassau County Grievance Deadline Quickly Approaching - File Today!

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654

Only 18 days remain until the Nassau County grievance deadline of March 2nd. There is no better time to file with Property Tax Reduction Consultants.

Our staff is dedicated to assuring that our clients pay the lowest possible property tax as required by law. We pride ourselves in the fact that we've helped over 175,000 homeowners save many and receive refunds on overpaid property taxes.

Grievances can be filed by mail, fax, email or online on our website, If you have any questions, we encourage you to give us a call at 516-484-0654.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

P.T.R.C. INC Can Help you Lower your Property Taxes - Find out How!

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654

Labels on filesP.T.R.C. INC is dedicated to assuring that our clients pay the lowest possible property tax as required by law. We believe that no one should pay more than their fair share of property tax.

If you’re a Nassau County resident, this year’s grievance deadline is March 3, 2014. If you’re a Suffolk County resident, this year’s deadline is May 20, 2014.

Here at P.T.R.C. INC, you will experience the difference in working with a team of experts who look forward to talking to you. Give us a call today and let us help you begin this process.

We can be reached by calling (516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654. You can also visit us online at We look forward to speaking with you.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Deadline Approaching for Basic STAR Exemption

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654

This is a friendly reminder from Property Tax Reduction Consultants that there is a new legislation requiring all homeowners receiving a basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

For directions and assistance on how to register for the STAR exemption online, please CLICK HERE

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (516) or (631) 484-0654, we would be more than happy to assist you.