Wednesday, August 21, 2019

4 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home


Buying a home is a huge investment and once you’ve made the purchased, it’s you that’s ultimately responsible for things.

To avoid any big surprises once you move in, make sure you’re asking the right questions at the point of sale. Here are 4 that we recommend asking before signing:

1. How old are major appliances or renovations?
When it comes to replaceable parts of the home’s structure (like the roof or windows) or major appliances (like the HVAC system or water heater), the older they are the more likely you may have larger expenses on the horizon as they’re nearing the end of their lifespan.

You’ll also want to look at added sheds, decks, garages, etc. and ensure you have the proper permits and paperwork. You don’t want to find out that after you’ve purchased, your beautiful deck has to be torn down since it wasn’t approved!

2. Is anything not included with the house?
While some items may seem to come with the house — like a built-in bookcase or ceiling fixtures — the previous owners may be intending to take these post sale. Make sure to ask if anything will be left behind and ensure these items are written into your contract.

3. Are there any water related issues?
With the amount of rain and flooding Long Islanders see, you may want to inquire about water related issues. Take for example homes on the south shore, if you’re close to the water, how often does the street flood? Did it experience any damage during Sandy or other storms? Outside of storm damage, has the house ever experienced a pipe burst or sewer back up? Knowing that these issues occurred can help you keep an eye out for it happening again.

4. What are the neighbors like?
If you’re moving into a new home, you’ll likely want to know what the neighbors or local community are like. Are they young, do they have children, how is the noise level? You may also want to consider driving the neighborhood or speaking with some neighbors yourself— this could provide you with insight the seller may not disclose.

For more questions you should ask, read our previous blog here»

Then, once your sale is complete and you start to learn more about things such as property taxes, connect with us to learn how we can help! Since 1990 we have been helping homeowners in Nassau and Suffolk County reduce their property taxes, and we'd love to be able to help you next!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Things to Consider Before Buying a Home


Buying a home of any kind is always a significant commitment. Whether you’re fresh out of school and searching for your “starter home” or you’re ready to upgrade to a more substantial property — the search for a house can be quite daunting (not to mention a tad overwhelming, too).

However, if you want to make your search a home successful, consider the below first:

Finances
If you want to enjoy smooth sailing during your home search, then you need to evaluate your financial situation beforehand. First and foremost, take a look at your credit score, outstanding debt, or loans, as well as monthly expenses. Additionally, this is also the time to look around for lenders and understand the pre-approval process.

Consider Hidden Costs
While you may be prepared to take on mortgage payments, keep in mind that there are a lot of fees that come with purchasing property — inspections, property taxes, insurance, repairs,
and more! Here’s more insight into 11of the most common hidden costs, and for property tax questions, we’ve got you covered.

Lifestyle Aims and Beyond
Jotting things down can do a lot for people who are preparing to go on home quests; this way, you can better identify all of the things that matter the most. For those with families, the neighborhood and school system may be non-negotiable — while for others, being walking distance to the LIRR would be ideal.

In addition to the above, you'll want to start looking for local realtors who know your area — the better they know the area, the more likely they'll be able to offer insights from not only a housing perspective but a community perspective as well.

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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.

Related Blog: Steps You Must Take NOW If You Want to Buy

Friday, August 2, 2019

New Breweries on Long Island


Happy International Beer Day everyone! As you may know, the craft beer industry is continuing to expand across Long Island with new breweries and taprooms opening year-over-year.

Just take a look at what 2019 has already brought us:

Patchogue Beer Project - Patchogue
A new state-of-the-art micro brew operation opened earlier this year in Patchogue, the Patchogue Beer Project. With no kegs and the entire brewing process visible to customers, you’ll really feel like you’re in the middle of it all!

Secatogue Brewing Co. - West Islip
After a few years of planning, Secatogue Brewing Co. opened in May right in West Islip where founder Ken Srubinski grew up. Fun fact: Its name comes from the Native American tribe who inhabited the area centuries ago! And for some behind-the-scenes intel, take a look at Ken’s Edible Long Island interview here»

27A Brewing Company - Lindenhurst
Another hometown story, the founders of this craft brewery are Lindenhurst High School sweethearts and lifelong Lindenhurst residents. 27A is slated to open this month with a soft opening this weekend!

Some other breweries to keep your eye on? 

  • Bright Eye Beer Company — Slated to open early this fall in Long Beach across from the LIRR.
  • Sand City Brewing Co — Established in Northport October 2015, their next location is set for Lindenhurst sometime next Spring.

And for more breweries on Long Island, take a look at our previous blog here!

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.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Long Island Food Festivals


Calling all foodies! Food Festival Season is upon us. From now through the fall, take your pick of one of the many local food festivals:

Harbes Family Farm Festivals

Harbes Family Farm hosts six “produce” festivals annually, each with their own eating contest, live music, games, and more. The produce is locally grown at one of Harbes’ three farms in Mattituck, Jamesport, or Riverhead. Each festival is free and is located at their Mattituck location (715 Sound Ave., Mattituck).

  • Tomato Festival: August 3rd and 4th 
  • Watermelon Festival: August 10th and 11th
  • Peach Festival: August 24th and 25
  • Apple Festival: September 14th and 15th
  • Pumpkin Festival: September 28th and 29th


Baconfest

What’s better than an event that celebrates all things bacon? Head to Plattduetsche Biergarten for food, drinks, desserts, live music and more. The event will run August 23rd and 24th.

Seafood Festival

Enjoy delicious seafood while taking in the waterfront grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum! This event will take place on August 24th and 25th from 11 AM to 6 PM, and will include local seafood, live music, and arts and crafts for the kids. Admission is $10; children under 12 are free.

Long Island Garlic Festival

Remember to bring a mint, or two! Come for the widest variety of garlic-inspired foods, crafts, live music, a garlic-eating contest, and an “Iron Chef”style garlic competition. Head to the Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market in Riverhead on September 14th and 15th from 10 AM to 6 PM to take part in all of the garlic fun! Tickets are $10; children under 2 are free.

Pickle Festival

Pickle lovers rejoice! The Annual Pickle Festival hosted by the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association will be on September 21st from 10 AM to 5 PM at the John Gardiner Farm. The event will feature specialty pickles, among other foods, drinks, train rides, hayrides, a corn maze, and more. Admission is a $5 donation, giving you access to the hayride and the corn maze; children under 12 free.

Famous Food Festival

Dates: August 17th & 18th and October 12th &13th
Eat around the world without having to leave the Island! Tanger Outlets is hosting more than 60 vendors at their Famous Food Festival, featuring food such as lobster tacos, mac and cheese, and a butterfly garden for the kids.

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.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Where to Spend a Sunday Funday on Long Island


Don’t waste the summer spending time indoors. Whether you’re looking to sit back and relax or head outdoors with your kids, here are a few ways you can have a Sunday Funday right here on LI:

Rent Kayaks
Spend some time out on the water, even if you don’t have a boat! Kayaking is a great family-friendly activity, with rental locations across the island. From Island Park to the Hamptons, you're bound to find some of the best spots to rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards.

Grab a Drink at The Buoy Bar
Chase the Sunday scaries away with a drink at this iconic Long Island spot. Located on Reynold's Channel in Point Lookout, walk or bike to The Buoy Bar for waterfront dining, drinks, and excellent views from their outdoor deck. With direct access to the water, this spot is kid-friendly for some sand castle building.

Take the Kids to Adventureland
If you’re longing for a fun day of rides and games, Adventureland is the place for you! From water rides and rollercoasters to bumper cars and carnival games, you’ll be laughing the day away while spending quality time as a family -- win, win!

Relax in the Sun and Sand
Nothing is better than a Sunday spent soaking in the sun at one of Long Island’s beautiful beaches. Be sure to pack lunch, a blanket, and plenty of sunscreen!

Go Out for Brunch
Put on your Sunday best and head out to brunch with your friends! There are plenty of locations across the island that offer a special brunch menu, outdoor scenery, and live entertainment. Go out early in the day and spend the rest of your Sunday relaxing.

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.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Upcoming 2019 Summer Concerts


From country music concerts to full weekend festivals in the Great South Bay, this summer’s concert schedule is stacked with artists of all music genres:

Great South Bay Music Fest
The Great South Bay Music Festival is the longest-running, and largest four day, American Themed music, art & cultural family event on Long Island. Now in its 13th year, the festival overlooks the Great South Bay and features approximately 60 performers from big names to local emerging artists in classic rock, jazz, jam-band, country, folk, zydeco and funk categories. Catch the festival July 18 thru 21 in Patchogue.

John Mayer
For the perfect date night event snag tickets to see John Mayer, one of the world’s most successful singer-songwriters. With a stream of hits like “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Daughters” and “Gravity,” you’ll be singing all night long to this Grammy Award-winning artist. Catch one of his shows at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at 7:30 PM.

Jimmy Buffett
Summer wouldn’t be complete without a Jimmy Buffett concert at Jones Beach! Catch this year’s event on Thursday, August 8th at 8 PM.

Zac Brown Band
For a relaxing evening of waterfront views and country music, check out Zac Brown Band -- also at Jones Beach. Tickets are available for both the Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 shows beginning at 7 PM.

Who are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know on Facebook!

And remember, if you have any questions about the tax grievance process, we would be more than happy to help! Just call (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email us at info@ptrc.com and one of our friendly customer service representatives will point you in the right direction. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

LI Restaurants That Feel Like a Tropical Vacation

While you may not be jetting off to a tropical paradise soon, you’re still in luck. Long Island may not be in the tropics, but we’ve got beautiful, scenic restaurants with great food and ocean-front views.

Here’s where you can get your tropical fix this season close to home:

Photo via Flickr


1. Freeport’s Nautical Mile

Located on Woodcleft Avenue, the Nautical Mile features a waterfront strip of restaurants, bars, shops and outdoor areas perfect for families and party-goers alike. Choose from favorites such as Otto’s Sea Grill, EB Elliot’s, and Tropix on the Mile.

2. Flynn’s Fire Island

Fire Island always feels like a mini island getaway and with a visit to this staple restaurant your trip is complete! Flynn’s is known for its waterfront dining, with menu options such as pan-seared scallops, live music, and beautiful decor. 

3. Besito (Roslyn, Huntington, West Islip)

If you’re dreaming of a Mexican vacation, Besito has the menu and scenery to get you there! Their authentic menu includes guacamole (made table-side) and a deliciously boozy margarita. And at the end of each meal, you’ll be given a worry doll to wish all of your troubles away.

4. RHUM (Patchogue)

For some serious island vibes, head straight to RHUM. This Caribbean-inspired restaurant has a great menu and delicious drinks. Plus, you can swing the night away and enjoy a coconut mojito on one of their bench swings!

5. Cafe Havana

Ditch Long Island’s pine trees and average cuisine for palm trees, Latin jazz, and a wide variety of Island-inspired food at Cafe Havana. Their menu consists of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Spanish influences, making it a unique dining experience with something for the whole family.

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.