Showing posts with label Property Tax Reduction Consultants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Property Tax Reduction Consultants. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

P.T.R.C. Inc.: A History of Success

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

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When it comes to property tax reductions on Long Island, P.T.R.C. Inc. is one of the best in the business. We have been at it for over 27 years and our team of experts has earned MILLIONS of dollars in reductions for our clients. Yes, there are other services out there that do what we do, but nobody does it like us. Our process is unique, effective and it can work for you if you just take the time out to submit your application today! Here is a review from a client that we helped in the past: 

"I'm a new homeowner and decided to try and lower my taxes since I realized how crazy and all over the place taxes are in different Long Island neighborhoods. I decided to send email inquiries to a few tax reduction services and I had no idea who to select. I hired P.T.R.C. Inc. because I liked how they handled my inquiry. I felt I had some personalized experience and they had answered all of my questions in a timely matter. I just got the results and I am more than pleased. They saved me over $3,000! I will definitely be using them again and I recommend them to every homeowner" - Cole M. 

When you have been in the business as long as we have, you start to develop relationships with the people in the industry. These relationships can BENEFIT you because our team has been successful during all phases of the reduction process. If you don't receive a reduction in the initial phase, we will take your case to the Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) where we have been extremely successful. And the best part is, we only get paid if you receive a reduction! 

Once you fill out your application, your work is just about done. We will perform a comparable market analysis, lead you through the process, and then you can sit back and relax while we earn you a reduction. 

If you want to be just like Cole and reap the benefits of a property tax reduction, you need to submit an application today. The deadline for Nassau County homeowners is March 1st and for Suffolk County residents it is May 16th. That might seem far away, but we all know how fast these things can arrive. 

If you have any questions about the process, call 516/631- 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Home Buying Myths You Have to Stop Believing

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

Finally feeling ready to take on the responsibility of being a homeowner? If you've decided to move on from renting or are looking to move out of the house you grew up in, let us remind you that not everything you hear or read will be accurate. That said, it's super important to really do your research before making any major decisions!

To help you out, today we're debunking some of the most common myths that home buyers believe - don't fall into these traps!


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Myth #1: Always go with a 30 year mortgage - it's the best option.
Sure your monthly payments are going to be lower when you opt for a 30 year mortgage, but choosing a loan with a longer lifespan can just result in you paying back more in the long run. While 30 year mortgages certainly aren't bad and are often chosen by homeowners, if you really want to be smart with your money and have the funds to take on a larger monthly payment, consider all options before making a decision.

Myth #2: You HAVE to put down 20% on a house.
Putting 20% down on a home will help you avoid PMI (private mortgage insurance), but there's no rule that says you MUST put down this much. In fact, many lenders will offer loans when you put as little as 5% down - it's you who just has to be prepared for the additional cost of PMI. Additionally, you can always see if you qualify for a government-backed loan that could only require 3.5% down.

Myth #3: The asking price is always non-negotiable.
If you don't ask, the answer will always be no. While some sellers will be less willing to negotiate than others, keep in mind that the amount you offer doesn't always have to be an exact match to the asking price. Especially if your home inspection brings back concerns, there's no reason why you can't try to come up with a better deal.

Myth #4: School districts aren't important if you don't have kids.
School districts always matter, even if you don't have kids currently and aren't planning to in the future - particularly for re-sale. If this is not going to be your forever home, you have to remember that future buyers could have kids or have plans to have kids, so you can bet that they'll be looking for a home in a neighborhood with great schools.

Myth #5: As long as you have enough for your down payment, you're good.
We wish this were the case, but it most definitely is not! In addition to your down payment, there are going to be closing costs that you may have to cover (unless the seller is super accommodating and takes care of them for you). Additionally, you should expect to pay taxes and fees for inspections, insurance and more.

Something else important that we want all homebuyers to remember is that the property taxes on a home's listing are typically a summary for the current year. When homes are sold assessed values tend to change, and since assessed values are considered when it comes to property taxes, there's a chance that YOUR property taxes will be different once you live in the home.

If you'll be moving into a home on Long Island, take a close look at your first property tax bill - if you suspect that you're paying too much, it's time to file for a tax grievance.

For more information about tax grievances and how our company can help, please call (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Places You Must Visit on Long Island at Least Once

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Long Island is a place like no other, and even if you've lived here for years, we bet there are still some hot spots you haven't checked out. On the other hand, if you haven't lived here for years or will just be visiting soon, then you have even more places to start looking into!

Below, learn a few of the attractions that we think make Long Island as great as it is, and if you haven't been to one or more yet, find some time in your schedule to get to them at least once when you can.

Sagamore Hill
Home to United States President, Theodore Roosevelt, Sagamore Hill is filled with such rich history that even people who aren't history buffs will love it. During your visit you can take a tour the home that Teddy Roosevelt lived in from 1885 until 1919, stroll along the paths and nature trails, and even host a picnic outdoors! 

Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum
Open 7 days a week from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting and interpreting the culture of Sag Harbor. Within the museum are collections of historical objects that have to do with the village's whaling history, as well as various other contemporary exhibits and events that also reflect the village's culture.

Nassau County Museum of Art
Art lover or not, you'll be amazed by all of the incredible works of art that are found the Nassau County Museum of Art! This museum has been ranked among some of the nation's largest, most important suburban art museums and is just a short ways away from New York City. While exhibitions do rotate, there is a permanent collection of more than 500 art pieces available for viewing throughout the year as well as a sculpture park for you to walk through.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
Located in Centerport, New York, the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium offers a ton to do - there's the planetarium itself, the mansion and the museum exhibits! Regardless of whether you take a guided tour, view one of the planetarium's shows or check out an exhibit, there's plenty to experience here and is well worth the trip!

Montauk Point State Park
It may be all the way out at the end of the island, but you'll be glad you traveled to it as soon as you get there. Here you can fish, hike, surf, wind surf, go paddle boarding and even hunt! The park is great for children too and is equipped with playground and picnic tables for groups who want to take a seat and have a bite. And of course, don't forget to check out the lighthouse while you're there!

Looking for more? Here are some additional attractions and activities, courtesy of USA Today!

P.T.R.C. Inc. has been helping Long Island homeowners reduce their property taxes since 1990. For information about how to file a tax grievance or how P.T.R.C. Inc. can help, please call (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving on Long Island

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


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Thanksgiving is just one week away, and even if you have plans to have friends and family over for a Thanksgiving feast, there are still so many other fun things you can do on Long Island to celebrate. With that said, if you're looking for ways to enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend right here in town, we've got you covered:

What: 41st Annual Port Washington Thanksgiving Day 5 Mile Run (Turkey Trot)
Where: Manorhaven Park, Manorhaven Boulevard, Port Washington 11050
When: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 8:30 AM
Details: Join community members on Thanksgiving morning and participate in a 5 mile run that benefits the Community Chest of Port Washington! This organization is committed to improving the lives of Port Washington residents, and by taking part in this run, you can contribute to their efforts!

What: Garden City's 2016 Turkey Trot
Where: St. Paul's School, 285 Stewart Avenue, Garden City 11530
When: Thursday, November 24, 2016, starting at 8:30 AM
Details: For everyone in Nassau County, the Garden City Turkey Trot features a fun run, a 5 mile race and a challenger division race, and all proceeds will directly benefit The Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Inn, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. These events are scheduled to be held rain or shine, and pricing varies depending on the event you'd like to participate in.

What: Make Room for the Turkey Hike
Where: Caumsett State Park
When: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 8:30 AM
Details: If you'd prefer to walk rather than run, then consider spending Thanksgiving morning participating in a 6 mile hike! The route will be hilly and of moderate intensity, and it will certainly help you burn some calories to prepare you for your Thanksgiving feast!

What: Westbrook to Connetquot Hike
Where: Westbrook Sports Complex
When: Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Details: After you've had time to digest from your Thanksgiving feast, grab your friends and family and participate in the Westbrook to Connetquot Hike! The hike will begin at Westbrook Sports Complex and will be a total of 4 miles long.

Looking for some more Long Island fun? Here you'll find additional events, as well as Thanksgiving dinners you can check out if you'd prefer to eat out!

All of us here at P.T.R.C. Inc. would like to wish you and your family a very, very happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for all of the homeowners who have put their trust in us to help with their property taxes and are looking forward to another successful tax grievance season!

P.T.R.C. Inc. has been specializing in reducing property taxes for Long Island homeowners since 1990. For more information or to download an application, please visit www.ptrc.com.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nassau County Homeowners: Submit Your Application Today!

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

We're only about a month and a half away from the new year, and that means that the deadline for Nassau County homeowners to submit their grievance application is really just around the corner. While March 1st, 2017 seems like lightyears away, especially with so many holiday happenings to tend to before that, we cannot stress enough how important it is for homeowners to get their applications in not just on the deadline, but well before.


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For those of you who are not familiar with the grievance process, in Nassau County, it can take anywhere from 18-24 months from start to finish. Although your main role in the grievance process is simply submitting an application, there's a lot more that takes place afterwards that can take quite a bit of time - let's break it down for you:

After we receive your application for your Nassau County home, we will represent you before the Assessment Review Commission (ARC). If they decide you are eligible for a reduction, we will accept, but if not, we will proceed to Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR).

SCAR is the only way to obtain a reduction if we are denied at the board level, but the great news is that we have been very successful at this step! At this point an index number will need to be purchased to guarantee that your case will be heard - we'll take care of this for you. Once this is complete, the Supreme Court will schedule a hearing, but this is where a lot of time is eaten up - this part of the process can take up to several months since so many SCAR appeals are being filed at once.

When the time comes for your hearing, our team will appear on your behalf and present all of the evidence we've accumulated in an attempt to find you some savings!

While we cannot guarantee reductions, we've handled over 230,000 assessment challenges and have secured millions of dollars in refunds and reductions for our clients, so you know that you're in great hands when you choose to work with P.T.R.C. Inc.! You can find properties where we've saved near you here, and should your case not be successful this time around, we will not charge a fee - that said, you really have nothing to lose by submitting an application!

If you're ready to get started, visit our website to access the Nassau County applications. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us by calling (516)/(631) 484-0654 or send an email to info@ptrc.com.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Reasons Why Your Property Taxes Keep Rising

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

As a homeowner you'll have both fixed and variable expenses - fixed meaning they'll stay the same month after month/year after year, and variable meaning they can change. And while you may assume that your larger expenses, such as your mortgage and your taxes, will stay the same throughout your time in your house, your property taxes (unfortunately) are something that can continue to change.


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Now we know what you're thinking - why is it that property taxes can keep rising every year? Truth is, there are a lot of factors that go into determining how much you pay in property taxes, and if those factors change, your property taxes will naturally change too. Let's take a look at some of the most common reasons:
  1. You've made home improvements. Many people complete home improvement projects to increase the value of their home, but this in turn causes property taxes to rise too. That's because making changes will directly effect the outcome of your next property assessment, and property assessments are a part of the property tax equation!
  2. Your government depends on it. Property taxes are a huge source of government funding, so if your county or city finds itself in need, raising your property taxes is often the solution. 
  3. Your schools depend on it. Just like your local government depends on your property taxes, so does your school districts and community colleges. When schools require more funding for their operational needs, it's not uncommon for your property taxes to change.
  4. Property values are rising. If in general, your neighborhood or community is starting to see a rise in property values, it's completely normal for your property taxes to change (though we know you may not always welcome the increase). And what causes property values to rise in neighborhoods and communities? A big factor is if there are neighborhood improvements or new homes being built.
With all that said, the next time you receive a property tax bill and notice that it's higher than the last one, don't be surprised - property taxes can continue to change year after year. But, the good news is that if your property taxes do keep rising, you may be able to do something about it by filing for a tax grievance, and we can help!

To learn more about tax grievances and what the P.T.R.C. Inc. team can do for you, please click here or call (516)/(631) 484-0654. Emails can also be sent to info@ptrc.com.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Common Mistakes That Hurt Homebuyers

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

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With a new year right around the corner, you may be making big plans for what you'd like to accomplish in the months that follow - is one of those plans to buy a home? Whether it'll be your first home, your second home or maybe your third, we want to remind you how important it is to steer clear of certain mistakes if you want the experience to be as positive as possible. So, with that said, let's take a look at some of the most common that hurt homebuyers so you know what to avoid:

1. Getting emotionally attached.
Many people fall in love with the first house they see, but that doesn't mean it's the right house. By making a promise to yourself to not get too emotionally attached,  you can avoid a lot of disappointment that may occur if things don't work out.

2. Trying to do it all yourself.
It's one thing to go to open houses and search around on the web, but at the end of the day, working with a professional is always recommended! After all, they're highly trained in what they do, so they can answer any questions you have and guide you in the direction that is best for you.

3. Forgetting about closing costs.
Your down payment is not the only payment you'll make before you move into your new home - there are closing costs to prepare for too. Many times, though, homeowners forget about this detail, and thus budget for all of their money to go towards the down payment - this, however, can lead to some pretty big issues when it comes time to address closing costs!

4. Not knowing your credit score.
Your credit score plays a big role in things such as what loans you'll be eligible for, and not having any idea of what yours is can put you in a pretty sticky situation. Before you even begin to look at houses, it's a good idea to review your score so that you can gauge what type of loans you'll be approved for.

5. Failing to get pre-approved.
Even when you know what you can afford, it's always a good idea to get pre-approved before starting to look and make offers. This is important because it shows the sellers just how serious you are, and it also shows that you truly can afford what they're asking/what you're offering!

Once a deal has been made and you're all settled in to your new home, we have another mistake that we certainly don't want you to make - not filing for a tax grievance. If you think you're overpaying in property taxes, there's a good chance that you are, and filing for a tax grievance can let you know if you're eligible for any reductions and refunds! Remember, the worst you can be told is no.

For those of you living on Long Island, we would be happy to help you with the grievance process. To learn more, visit us at www.ptrc.com or give us a call at (516)/(631) 484-0654; emails can also be sent to info@ptrc.com.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Important Information for Nassau County Property Owners

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

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Attention all Nassau County property owners! Do you have questions about your property's taxes and assessments or what you can do moving forward if you don't agree with your current tax bill? If so, you've come to the right place - below, with help from nassaucountyny.gov, we're covering a few frequently asked questions that we think will help you.

Question 1: Where can you go to find your property's assessment?
Answer: Getting this information is simple - it's available on the Department of Assessment's website.

Question 2: How often are properties assessed?
Answer: A property assessment takes place each year. According to Nassau County's website, new tentative assessments are typically published on the first business day in January.

Question 3: When do the new assessments affect the tax bills?
Answer: The assessments that are announced in January will become final on the first business day in April in the following year. These assessments are also used for the school tax bills that come out in October of that year, as well as for the general tax bills that are distributed in January of the next year.

Question 4: What factors affect how much you pay?
Answer: There are a few factors that go into your tax bills. First, there's the tax class - this determines which rates will be applied to your property's taxable assessed value. Then, the budgets that are put in place by your town, school district, special districts, and the County are all considered as well.

Question 5: If a notice is not received, is it okay to assume that my assessment remains the same?
Answer: No - truth is, almost all assessments will change year over year. If you do not receive anything, it is recommended that you look up your assessment every January or February, which can be done here. Remember, if you fail to receive a notice it does not extend your time to file for an appeal, so you should always do some research on your own.

Question 6: What happens if I live in an incorporated village?
Answer: Incorporated villages are usually treated a bit differently, and the villages typically determine their own assessments for village taxes. That said, the best person to contact for more information would be your village assessor or clerk.

Question 7: Can you fight your property taxes?
Answer: Yes! And the team here at P.T.R.C Inc. wants to help you do so!

The grievance deadline for Nassau County property owners is March 1, 2017, so if you're looking to challenge your property taxes, it's time to send in your application! Once you submit an application to us we'll take care of the rest on your behalf, and since we only charge a fee for successful cases, if your case is not successful, you have nothing to lose!

For more information, please give us a call at (516) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Look at 2017: Predicted Home Buying Trends

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

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With 2017 within reach, now is the time when many people start thinking about what they'd like to do next year - home improvement projects, New Year's Resolutions, vacations, you know how it goes. But with the start of a new year also comes various new trends, and wouldn't it be nice to head into January already knowing what some of them are so that you're ahead of the game? We think so, which is why today, we're discussing what experts expect to see in the real estate world.

Realtor.com recently reported that in 2017, more than half of all the homes bought are going to be bought by first-time home buyers - this was determined through a survey conducted by realtor.com. But they also explain that it won't just be any first-time home buyers taking over the market - rather, it's mostly going to be millennials, which is a total change from this year (according to their findings, only 33% of people planning to buy homes in 2016 were first-time buyers, but in 2017, 52% of buyers are expected to be first-timers).

So what does this mean for the housing market?

First and foremost, there's going to be a lot more competition when it comes to starter homes in the suburbs. That said, it may be worth it to consider buying in the winter in order to dodge the higher prices and bidding wars that may occur at other times of the year when millennial buyers are coming into the market in full force.

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Now that you're more familiar with who is going to be buying, let's touch on what they're going to be looking for. According to realtor.com, millennial buyers are going to be looking for a few things: privacy, safety, and overall more space. Most millennials prefer single-family homes to meet these needs, and furthermore, their desired location is in the suburbs. So, if you live in the suburbs or near the suburbs now, don't be surprised if you see an influx of millennial buyers coming your way next year!

For more details, check out the full article by realtor.com here.

If you're a first-time buyer that's planning to dive into the Long Island housing market in 2017, when it comes time to sit down and look at your property taxes, keep P.T.R.C. Inc. in mind. Should you feel that your property tax bill is too high, we can help you in your quest for a reduction for future tax years.

To learn more about what we do and how we can help, please visit www.ptrc.com or call (516)/(631) 484-0654 today.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Reminder! Tax Grievance Applications Are Available Now!

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

In case you haven't heard, applications for tax grievances are NOW available! The current applications are for the 2018/2019 tax year, and if you're interested in filing, you shouldn't delay submitting your application for any longer!

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The deadlines for these applications are as follows:

March 1, 2017: Nassau County
May 16, 2017: Suffolk County

Submitting an application is easy, and we have everything you need right on our website! You can either sign online or email, fax or mail your completed application right to us. Once we receive it, we'll send you a confirmation to let you know that you've met the deadline and that you are eligible to file.

A few reminders:

In Nassau County, the grievance process can take anywhere from 18-24 months, and in Suffolk County, it can take anywhere from 12-18 months. For this reason alone, it is so imperative that you get your application in on time if you're hoping to see a change in your property taxes doing the 2018/2019 tax year.

Additionally, don't forget that when you work with P.T.R.C. Inc., we only charge a fee for successful cases, and we do not charge a fee to be qualified. It's as simple as this - no reduction = no fee. If your case is successful and a reduction is warranted, our fee is 50% of the property tax reduction payable after official notification of the tax reduction. 

Note: if a SCAR petition needs to be filed, a $30 court filing fee may also apply. Additionally, if your reduction is for a Suffolk County property, a $75 CMA fee applies unless you provide us with a recent certified appraisal.

The P.T.R.C. Inc. team has been specializing in reducing property taxes for homeowners since 1990, and we'd love for you to be the homeowner we help next.

If you're ready to file, just head on over to www.ptrc.com to download your application. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Understanding Property Taxes as a First Time Homebuyer



There's certainly a lot to learn when you embark on the journey of buying your first home, but one thing in particular that we think you should spend time on is property taxes. Though buyers often ask for a rough estimate of what the taxes tend to be on the house each year, to understand property taxes you have to know more than just a number.


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With that said, today we'd like to share our knowledge about property taxes with all first time homebuyers - here's what we think you should know:

1. How are property taxes calculated?
Property taxes are calculated using a simple formula: multiply your property's assessment by the tax rates for municipalities, counties, school districts and special districts. 

2. How is a home's assessed value determined?
A home's assessed value is determined by looking at a number of factors, such as neighborhood comps, the home's features, the economy, and nearby infrastructure. Remember that your home's assessed value is important to know as it plays a big role in your property taxes each year.

3. Why do property taxes rise?
Property taxes can rise for several reasons, some of which include an increase in property value in your neighborhood as well as home improvements that you make. Property taxes may also rise if it becomes an economic necessity in your neighborhood, such as if the school district needs additional funding.

4. What can you do about rising property taxes?
Now onto the good news - as a homeowner, you are entitled to file a property tax grievance, which allows your assessment to be reviewed by an assessor to see if you are eligible for a reduction. If they do not offer a reduction, you can file an appeal to have an impartial hearing officer determine if your house has been overvalued for tax purposes.

Have additional questions about property taxes and tax grievances? The team here at P.T.R.C. Inc. would be more than happy to help and provide answers!

To speak with one of our experts, please call (516)/(631) 484-0654 or send an email to info@ptrc.com. You can also find answers to some common FAQs on our website!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ways to Celebrate Fall 2016 on Long Island

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


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There's certainly something special about every season that makes it great, but we can't help but get super excited about fall - from apple picking to pumpkin picking, Halloween and more, there's just so much to do, especially right here on Long Island.

If you're looking for some things to do with your friends and family this season, we've got you covered. With help from LongIsland.com, here are some of the top fall attractions to check out around town:

F&W Schmitt's Family Farm
Located in Melville, F&W Schmitt's Family Farm has it all - hay rides, farm animals, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, you name it. The farm and the pumpkin stand are open seven days a week, so pick a day that's most convenient for you and head on over to experience what fall on Long Island is all about!

Fire Island Lighthouse
Check out one of Long Island's greatest landmarks and enjoy the beautiful scenery that comes with it! Some even believe that the lighthouse is haunted by a caretaker, which makes it the perfect hotspot for fall and Halloween fun. On Saturday, October 22nd, there will even be a "ghost stories" event at 7 PM, and it's free!

Harbes Family Farm
With three awesome locations - one in Mattituck, one in Jamesport and one in Riverhead - Harbes Family Farm offers everything from pumpkin picking to hayrides, wine tasting, corn mazes and more (activities vary by farm). Although no more apples remain for the 2016 season, there's plenty to keep you and your family busy throughout the rest of fall!

Bayville Scream Park
Make your Halloween celebration as spook-tacular as possible by visiting Long Island's Halloween Theme Park - Bayville Scream Park! With six different haunted attractions (one is all new for 2016!), this destination will have you shrilling and shrieking all night long!

Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Travel back in time and learn what life was like on Long Island back in the 19th century when you visit the Old Bethpage Village Restoration! Beautiful and scenic during the day, on select nights until October 30th the village will be hosting "haunted tales and trails" - perfect for the fall and Halloween season!

Do you have another favorite place to go or activity to do during the fall season on Long Island? If so, be sure to share it with us on Facebook and/or Twitter!

P.T.R.C. Inc. has been helping Long Island homeowners reduce their property taxes since 1990. For information about how to file a tax grievance or how P.T.R.C. Inc. can help, please call (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

3 of the Biggest Mistakes Homebuyers Make

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

Although people buy homes all the time, it's not something that you yourself are going to do every day - that said, there's certainly a lot to learn before diving in to make sure you get things right the first time.

If one of the next big tasks on your to-do list is to start house hunting, put as much effort as possible into avoiding these mistakes so that your home buying experience is a positive one:

1. Expecting immediate results.
It's good to be optimistic, but don't be too optimistic about how soon it will be before you move into your new home. Buying a home (and selling your home, if you need to) is a process, and assuming you'll find a house, put in an offer, and close the deal in a week or two is not really realistic. At the very least, you should expect that it will take 30 days from start to finish, but you should budget your time for more.

2. Choosing your first mortgage option.
In addition to shopping for a house, you also need to shop for a mortgage. Even if you feel like the mortgage you're offered by your bank is a great one, look into some other lenders so that you have other options to compare it to. And remember, even if this will be your first mortgage, try not to make it so obvious to the lender - yes, you should always ask questions, but making yourself seem as if you're not knowledgeable on the subject could position you as someone that the lender feels they can charge more.

3. Forgetting to be respectful.
At the end of the day, you need to remember that you're in someone else's home as you look around, so you should still be respectful of what is currently their living space - especially when you're trying to negotiate. There is a big difference between speaking very negatively about the home in order to knock down the price and politely offering your reasoning for why the asking price should be lower - the words you choose and the way you use them can have a huge impact on negotiations.

Once you decide on a home and settle into it, there's another mistake we'd like you to be aware of - not grieving your property taxes. After all, if you don't ever ask, the answer is always no!

Here at P.T.R.C. Inc., we encourage all Long Island homeowners to submit an application for a tax grievance, even if you suspect that you may not be successful. Why? There are NO penalties if your request is turned down, nor do we charge a fee for cases that are unsuccessful, so you've got nothing to lose!

To access this year's applications, please visit us on our website. Then, if you have any questions about submitting the application or about the grievance process in general, please give us a call at (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why Should You Submit Your Tax Grievance Application Early?

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

Although the deadline to file a tax grievance isn't until March of 2017 for Nassau County homeowners and May of 2017 for Suffolk County homeowners, we can't stress enough to our readers how important it is to get your application in as soon as possible
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In case you aren't familiar with the specifics of the grievance process, in Nassau County it can take anywhere from 18-24 months from start to finish, and in Suffolk County, it can take anywhere from 12-18 months from start to finish - this is why it is so important to get your applications in not just on time, but in advance of the deadline.

Now, let's go over the grievance process in more detail:
  1. Step 1 would be to submit your signed application to us. This you can do directly online, by fax/email or through direct mail.
  2. Next, we'll send you a confirmation once we receive your application and let you know that you're eligible to file for a tax grievance.
  3. Step 3 falls on us - P.T.R.C. Inc. will represent you before the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) in Suffolk County or the Assessment Review Commission (ARC) in Nassau County.
  4. Depending on the outcome from step 3, our team will either accept the reduction or we'll move forward to Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR). Note: SCAR is the ONLY way to get a reduction if the request is first denied at the board level, and a $30 court filing fee is required in order for SCAR to purchase an index number, which is essential in order for your case to be heard.
  5. Our team will purchase the index number for you and complete all paperwork. After all has been filed, the Supreme Court will schedule a hearing. Keep in mind this could take a few months since there are a ton of SCAR appeals being filed.
  6. At this point, we will get to work on preparing documents such as a Comparable Market Analysis that will be used as part of your appeal.
  7. P.T.R.C. Inc. appears on your behalf to present all of the findings and evidence that shows you should be eligible for a reduction.
For successful cases, your reduction can come in a few different ways. For example, it may be directly reflected on your tax bill so that you pay the lower amount upfront, or, a refund check may be issued to you if you have already overpaid (this all depends on the timing of your hearing and the decision, as well as a few other factors). Lastly, you may see a partial adjustment on your bill and also receive a partial refund. 

Remember - if you file this year but do not receive a reduction, you can always file again next year. Same goes for successful cases as well - you can submit another application next year to try and reduce your property taxes even more!

If you have any questions about the grievance process, please give us a call at (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com. We look forward to working with you!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Tax Grievance This Year

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


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Regardless of whether you're new to Long Island or an established homeowner in Nassau or Suffolk County, this time of year is one that you cannot ignore - it's filing season! Filing season for property tax grievances, that is. Every year homeowners just like you are overwhelmed with how much they have to pay in property taxes, but we at P.T.R.C. Inc. know that many times homeowners pay more than their fair share of property tax - this is why we so strongly recommend that you file a tax grievance.


If filing a tax grievance is in fact on your to-do list, here are a few important things to keep in mind:
  • The filing deadline for Nassau County is March 1, 2017. The filing deadline for Suffolk County is May 16, 2017.
  • The P.T.R.C. Inc. team does not charge you a fee to be qualified, and we will not charge a fee if there is no reduction. Our fees only apply to successful cases.
  • The grievance process can take 18-24 months in Nassau County and 12-18 months in Suffolk County, so you will want to get your application in early!
  • The owner, other applicant-taxpayer, or a representative who has the applicant's written authorization is permitted to sign the application form.
  • If your request for a reduction is turned down, your property taxes will remain unchanged and you may file again next year if you'd like.
  • Most incorporated villages require a separate filing if you want to grieve their taxes - contact us for more information if you have questions about this.
Ready to get started with your application? We have applications available right on our website, and you can submit yours to us online, via email/fax or by mail. 

If you have further questions about the process of filing a tax grievance this year, please do not hesitate to email us at info@ptrc.com or give us a call at (516)/(631) 484-0654 today.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Nassau County School Tax Bills Are Out!

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

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Nassau County homeowners - it's that time of year again, the time where school tax bills are being delivered to your door. If you haven't gotten your October bill yet, keep an eye on your mail as it should be coming soon. On the other hand, if you already received it, let us ask you this - are you happy with the amount that you have to pay? If you're in tax shock over high how your bill is, turn to the experts at P.T.R.C. Inc. for help!

Here at P.T.R.C. Inc., our team knows how it feels to receive a tax bill that seems too high, and we want to help homeowners just like you feel more at ease over future bills by working with you on a tax grievance! The taxes you're receiving now are your 2016/2017 tax bills, and when you file a grievance with us, we'll help you work on your taxes for 2018/2019! 

We know what you're thinking - isn't that far in advance? While yes, it may seem like a long way off, in Nassau County it can take 18-24 months for the grievance process to be complete, so you must file a tax grievance early.

So why file?

The answer to this is simple - if you don't at least try, you'll never know if you're eligible for a reduction on your future property taxes! Our team has worked tirelessly since 1990 to save money for Long Island homeowners (find properties near you where we've saved here), and we would love to work with you next! 

As a homeowner, you are entitled to file a tax grievance, so we see no reason why you shouldn't give it a shot. Applications are available on our website, and submitting one to us is simple - either sign online, email/fax us, or send us a hard copy by mail.

Remember, at P.T.R.C. Inc., we do not charge a fee if there is no reduction - fees only apply to successful cases!

If you have questions about this year's school tax bills or would like more information about the grievance process, please email info@ptrc.com or give us a all at (516)/(631) 484-0654 today.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

P.T.R.C. Inc.'s Sean Acosta Tells All in Long Island Business News

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


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Since 1990, the P.T.R.C. Inc. team has been helping Long Island homeowners with their property taxes in an effort to make sure that they are paying the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Led by president and founder, Sean Acosta, we've successfully handled 230,000 assessment challenges and have secured millions of dollars in savings for homeowners.

Recently, Sean sat down with Long Island Business News to answer questions about tax grievances, the process and more - let's dive into what he had to say.

First and foremost, Sean went over how counties figure out what to charge homeowners in property taxes and why your taxes can go up each year. The answer? Counties use property assessments (which are based on market value) and tax rates to determine property taxes. The reason property taxes can go up every year is because market values can change and budgets of local governments and school districts go up, which also means tax rates do too.

Next, Sean covered an important question that we bet many of you might have - why do some homeowners that live on the same street and in the same neighborhood pay different property taxes? The answer to this is simple - some homeowners have fought their property taxes while others have not. If you've already challenged your taxes, it is certainly possible that you can get another reduction, so whether you have or have not filed for a tax grievance in the past, it's worth looking into it this year.

In his interview Sean also addressed the question of how you can see if you have the right assessment and if you're paying the right amount of property taxes. Ultimately, each town has its own website with property tax and assessment information, or you can take a look at your tax bill. Once you have that information, you'll need to compare your home's market value to others in your neighborhood and see how things match up. Note: don't look at what others in your neighborhood pay in property taxes - comparable home sales is what you should be most concerned with!

And what about those homeowners who live in an incorporated village? Sean explains that you can fight those taxes too, but most villages issue a separate tax bill with assessments and market values that differ from the counties. Additionally, incorporated villages tend to have different filing deadlines.

If you're thinking about filing a tax grievance this year, don't push it off for any longer - send P.T.R.C. Inc. your application today! In Nassau County the process can last between 18 - 24 months, and in Suffolk County it can take from 12 - 18 months, so  you'll want to get started as soon as possible. Additionally, you don't want to risk missing the deadline, which is March 1, 2017 for Nassau County and May 16, 2017 for Suffolk County.

For more information, please visit www.ptrc.com or call (516)/(631) 484-0654 today.