Monday, December 30, 2019

Why Lowering Your Property Taxes is an Achievable New Year’s Resolution

Reduce Your Property Taxes in 2020

The new year is right around the corner, and for many, this is the time of year to set goals and intentions for the next 365 days. Many homeowners on Long Island strive to save more money — whether that’s by minimizing utility bills or making a ‘rainy day fund’. However, one major saving is easily achievable — reducing your property tax bill.

Tax appeal season in Nassau and Suffolk county is near the beginning of the year (Nassau: March 2nd, 2020 and Suffolk: May 19th, 2020), making it the perfect opportunity to check this off your 2020 resolution list.

During January, every homeowner should receive their annual assessment (determining the value of your home for the purpose of taxation).  You can use this assessment to decide if you wish to file for a property tax reduction.

Your property’s assessment is one of the factors used by your local governments and school district to determine the amount of your property taxes. A property’s assessment is based on its market value. Market value is how much a property would sell for under normal conditions.

Property Tax Grievances With PTRC

Many homeowners assume that their taxes have simply risen, and prepare to pay more in taxes. What you may not realize, however, is that you can appeal your assessment based on the actual valuation of your property.

A property tax grievance is a formal complaint against the assessed value of your property. There are two levels of formal review:

  • Administrative review (BAR or ARC) – The grievance process is conducted at the municipal level.
  • Judicial review (SCAR) – In order to pursue judicial review (SCAR) you must first go through administrative review. The state currently imposes a $30.00 filing fee for each case.

As a homeowner, you are entitled to file a property tax grievance. If you are interested in learning more about the process or are interested in starting your tax reduction, contact our experts at P.T.R.C. today. Nassau: (516) 484-0654, Suffolk: (631) 484-0654

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Ways to Save Energy This Winter

Winter is here — which means more money spent on heating and other utility costs around your home. When it comes to energy, these small changes can add up to big savings on your winter energy bills.

Kitchen and Laundry Savings

From cooking to washing, your kitchen and laundry room are two of the rooms that use the most water and energy in the home. Reduce your costs by:

  • Using pots and pans that are the same size as your stove’s burners.
  • Cook food in your microwave rather than your oven to save up to 80% energy.
  • Seal your fridge and freezer tight to prevent letting cool air escape.
  • Reserve hot water for heavily soiled loads of laundry — most detergents are formulated to work just as well in cold water.
  • Clean out the lint from your dryer’s filter.
  • Run your washer and dryer only when you have a full load.

Lighting Savings

PSEG notes that lighting accounts for about 12% of your home's electric use. By making these small changes, you can make a big impact on your electric bill.

  • Utilize LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs.
  • Turning off all lights at night — search for any glowing battery lights, too!
  • Look for the ENERGY-STAR® label when purchasing lighting products. 

Electronic Savings

According to PSEG, in the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Devices that come on instantly after touching it draws power at all times. Cut back on your electric bill this winter by:

  • Unplug charging chords and holiday lights to avoid fires and lower your costs.
  • Switch the TV off when no one is watching.
  • Purchase an inkjet printer in place of laser printers, as they are 90% more efficient.

Heating Savings

All heating systems need electricity to function, regardless of the style. Proper settings and an efficient system are key to lowering your costs. Be sure to perform the following checks to ensure you’re not letting your warm air cause your bill to skyrocket.

  • Seal all windows and door leaks to prevent warm air from escaping.
  • Check your air filters and replace them if necessary.
  • Have your system maintained to identify any possible issues.
  • Utilize a programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature to your lifestyle.

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:

Thursday, December 12, 2019

What is the Remodel NY Program?

How the Remodel NY Program Can Finance Your Home Improvements

Sometimes, a house can be your dream home. And, yes, paying for those repairs can add up rather quickly. Luckily for New York residents, the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) Remodel NY program can offer homeowners a way to finance their home remodel without breaking the bank. That said, here’s what you need to know.

How Do I Qualify for Remodel NY?

Many households put off home repairs until an emergency strikes, and the damage must be rectified. Remodel NY is a mortgage financing option offered by the SONYMA that lets you purchase a property and pay for repairs to create the perfect living space. This allows homeowners to make repairs when needed, without delaying until they can secure a loan or save enough money.

If you are an existing one to four-family household, you can apply for this low-interest lending option. This excludes cooperatives, condominiums, and PUDs. You may also combine the benefits of Remodel NY with the Homes for Veterans enhancement program, if applicable.

Lenders are responsible for vetting a reputable contractor to do any renovations. Financing for this loan is based on the lower of the post-renovation appraised value of your home, or the purchase price plus financeable repairs and ‘soft costs.’

Below is a list of home improvements that are available to be covered under Remodel NY:
Energy conservation upgrades
Plumbing updates
Roofing, gutters, and downspouts
Eliminating health and safety concerns
Aesthetic updates, such as siding or painting
Major landscaping improvements
Structural reconstruction, such as repairing chimneys, adding garages, and finishing basements

If you’re interested in learning more about the Remodel NY program, you can download this pdf via the SONYMA to find out if you meet the eligibility requirements.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Common Confusions Regarding Property Taxes

“I love paying taxes” — said no one ever. Homeowners may feel hesitant about paying their property taxes,  especially when it feels as if they’re in the dark about exactly how much they’re paying and why. Without further ado, allow us to break down some of the confusion:

What Are Property Taxes?

If you enjoy your town’s local park and well-paved roads, chances are you’re seeing your property taxes in action. Property taxes are collected and used by local governments in order to provide public services to your community (remember that really nice park you love to walk your dog in?).

In fact, a large sum of the money collected from property taxes also goes towards funding local police and fire departments, as well as public school districts.

Is Paying Property Taxes Mandatory?

If you want to keep your home and stay in the government's good graces, then the answer is yes! Every homeowner has to pay property taxes. Even if you own other types of property (such as farmland or rental property), you’ll have to pay property taxes.

How Do I Pay Them?

If you’re making payments on your mortgage monthly, chances are you’re already paying your property taxes as well. A typical mortgage payment usually includes principal, interest, homeowner’s insurance, and property taxes.

How Do I Find Out How Much I Owe in Property Taxes?

The amount you’ll pay in property taxes is based on two things:

The Local Property Tax Rate

The amount you pay in taxes depends on what your local government’s property tax rate is. The tax rate for a condo in New York City, for example, will differ from a house in Suffolk County.

Tax rates aren’t as permanent as you may think. Property reassessments can change how much you’ll pay — so be sure to stay up to date and prevent letting a higher tax bill take you by surprise.

Assessed Value of Your Property

This is not the same as the price you paid for your home or the amount you can sell it for. These prices are considered the ‘appraised’ or ‘market’ value of your home.

The assessed value of your home is typically lower than the market value and is set by your local government’s property assessor. This is a good thing because you’ll actually pay less in taxes based on the lower value of your home.

Am I Paying Too Much?

To some, paying any taxes at all is too much. However, how do you know if you’re paying too much in property taxes, and is that backyard actually worth the extra money?

Property taxes can be a budget booster, and with more property comes higher property taxes. The easiest way to decide if you can afford your potential new home’s property taxes is to compare the tax rate to your household’s take-home pay. Your monthly mortgage payment, which, remember, includes your property taxes, should be no more than 25% of your household’s take-home pay.

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.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Celebrate Fall on Long Island

‘Tis the season for farms, hayrides, apple cider donuts, and more! Mark your calendars for these local events and celebrate autumn all season long on Long Island Amityville Apple Festival Oct. 6, 10 am.-4 pm, Amityville Apple lovers unite at this delicious event! Indulge in pies and pastries made from fresh-picked New York apples. You can also grab some fresh apples for yourself and the family. Accompanied by vendors and live music, it’s the perfect event to satisfy your festive needs. Montauk Fall Family Festival Oct. 12, 13, 11 am-5 pm, Montauk This year is the 38th annual Montauk Fall Family Festival, and you don’t want to miss out on this classic! Get crafty at the beautiful sand art and street painting, or get competitive at the traditional clam-chowder contest! Complete with a 30-horse carousel, it’s an event you’ll want to experience! Fall Harvest Festival & Street Fair Oct. 19, 11 am-6 pm, Babylon Babylon’s 27th annual street fair promises to excite those of all ages! From face painting to live music from performing stages, there’s something for the whole family. Local bakeries and restaurants will come together to offer delicious food options. With both petting zoos and pony rides options, you’ll want to spend the whole day there. Rain date is Saturday, October 26th. Oysterfest Oct. 19, 20, 11 am-6 .m, Oyster Bay Oysterfest is the second-largest annual event on Long Island. It includes live entertainment, pirate shows, amusement rides, and their iconic oyster eating and shucking contest. If you’re not the biggest fan of oysters, don’t worry! They also have a wide array of food vendors and beer options. Have a very happy fall, from all of us here at P.T.R.C. Inc! 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, September 19, 2019

DIY Fall Home Projects

Looking for a quick weekend project? From repainting your front door to creating a fall floral display, consider one of these DIY ideas:

Repaint Your Front Door

The original color of your front door might not last long, especially while it’s bracing different kinds of weather. If you find that your front door is looking a little dull, spruce it up with a repaint! It’s a nice way to make the entryway pop.

Fall Flower Display

Just because summer is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have some flower decor! There are plenty of flowers that bloom nicely in the fall, take for example chrysanthemums. They come in shades of red, orange and yellow, perfect for the new season.

Clean Up Your Home’s Exterior

Alongside fall comes an abundance of leaves covering every street corner. A great way to keep your home looking fresh is to clean out these leaves as often as possible! Power wash your windows and keep the lawn nicely raked. You can even apply a fresh coat of paint to any outer areas that seem chipped or damaged.

New Outdoor Lighting

Since evening comes around faster in the fall, be prepared to spruce up the outdoor glow of your home! Your choice of lighting can illuminate how your house looks at night, while also keeping you and your family safe from slips, falls, or intruders. You can get decorative, fall-specific lights to shine on your front porch or choose lanterns or LED floodlights for a more sophisticated look.

Fall Decorations

Many craft stores offer supplies for a DIY decoration project. You can make both indoor and outdoor decor to liven up your home. From simple autumn-themed wreaths to homemade candle holders, the options are endless.

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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

5 Money Mistakes to Avoid

To help you stay on track with your financial planning habits, avoid some of these common money mistakes:

1. Lack of a Budget

It’s important to budget your money so that you can create a spending plan. With a budget in place, you can put aside money for important things and long term goals — plus, it’ll prevent you from spending all your money at once!

2. Avoidable Fees

From overdraft fees to card replacement fees, there are many little things we can avoid having to constantly pay for. Don’t spend more than you have in your account and certainly keep close watch of your credit card. Also, simple mistakes like reading a street sign incorrectly or not paying the parking meter can add up over time!

3. Not Having an Emergency Fund 

It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you live, anyone can be affected by some kind of emergency. It could be anything from a medical issue to a sudden loss of employment, or even a natural disaster. If you aren’t prepared for an unforeseen situation, you could be facing some kind of debt. Avoid any stress and plan ahead for your safety and security.

4. Retirement Savings Delay

Retirement is something we all plan for in the long run, but some may plan a little later than others. The sooner you start saving in your retirement plan, the more your money will grow over time. Learn more about your retirement account options here»

5. Overpaying in Property Taxes

With your taxes increasing every year, it’s important to know what you, as a homeowner, can do. The first step is filing a Property Tax Grievance Application to assess and determine if your home is overvalued for tax purposes. The second step is leaving the rest to us!

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:

Friday, September 13, 2019

5 Common Home Related Superstitions


You may be wary of black cats and broken mirrors, but have you heard of some of these property-related superstitions?

In honor of  Friday the 13th, here are some property-related superstitions you might want to avoid — just in case.

1. Taking Your Old Broom or Mop to Your New Home

Old brooms or mops are said to hold negative energy. Since these items are used to clean filthy floors, it’s believed they retain “dirty” energy from your home. Taking these items to your new property means you’re also taking the dirt from your old place. You’re making a fresh start so get a new broom and a new mop for the occasion!

2. Choosing a Saturday or Friday to Make Your Move

Native American lore says Friday and Saturday are the unluckiest days for making your move. Thursday is actually said to be the luckiest day instead! But moving earlier in the week will mean dealing with less traffic, plus some moving truck rental companies may offer lower rates.

3. Lucky and Unlucky Numbers

Everyone has their very own lucky or unlucky number. Traditional Chinese culture believes the number eight holds a lucky background. On the other hand, some within the culture believe that the number four holds unlucky powers. Consider avoiding the number four while house searching and keep lucky number eight in mind!

4. Burying a Statue of St. Joseph in The Garden

If you’re looking to sell your house some recommend burying a statue of St Joseph in your garden. It may sound strange but this superstition’s backstory says it will help you sell your property in no time. Just don’t forget to dig him back up after it’s sold! You can use the statue for decoration afterwards.

5. Don’t Walk Under a Ladder

While you’re moving into a new place you may still have some construction going on around the house. There may be the occasional ladder here and there. But, based off of a very popular superstition, you should not walk underneath one. If you do accidentally walk under one just walk back under it the opposite way to try and undo the bad luck!

Do you believe any of these superstitions? If so make sure to tell us about it on our Facebook Page! Have a lucky Friday the 13th!

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.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

6 Quick Ways to Make Extra Money

property taxes long island

Looking for ways to bring in extra cash each month? You’re not alone! In addition to grieving your property taxes, consider one of the below options:

1. House Sitting and Dog Sitting

Most people are uneasy about leaving their pets and homes unattended. If you have any neighbors or co-workers looking to go on vacation who don’t have anyone to watch their house, be that person for them! While they’re out of town, you can be the person they trust to check the mail, water plants, take care of their pets and haul the trash out. If there is no one in your neighborhood range looking for these services you can take a look at TrustedHousesitters and Rover. Both of these websites make it easy to switch between finding pet sitting jobs and house sitting jobs. 

2. Taking Online Surveys and Joining Focus Groups

Companies are eager to pay you for your opinion and in many cases, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home! Take a look at sites like SwagBucks or InboxDollars for online surveys. And for those who don’t mind the commute to the city, check out Focus Pointe Global's Focus Groups for in-person opportunities.

3. Freelancing

If you are a writer, designer, photographer or programmer, you’re in luck! Consider offering your services to the masses, by freelancing. You’ll be able to choose how much or how little you’d like to work and set your pricing. Websites like UpWork or FlexJobs can help you find new opportunities.

4. Have a Garage Sale

Chances are that you have an abundance of stuff lying around your home. Try collecting some of your unused or old items and selling them for some extra cash! Promote your garage sale with an exciting flyer or through Craigslist to spread the word.

5. Sell Clothes Online

Perhaps you spent a little bit too much at your local department store's sale and have a lot of new or used clothes just sitting in the back of your closet. If so, check out sites such as Poshmark and Ebay to sell these clothing items. These sites allow you to personalize your prices and chat with anyone interested in what you’re selling!

6. Reduce Your Property Taxes 

Even though this may not be the quickest way to make money, it will still help you in the long run. And when you work with us, you won’t need to lift a finger! We’ll handle everything for you to help reduce your property taxes. With P.T.R.C., Inc., you’ll be in good hands!

Contact us today with any questions and find us in our new office in Plainview!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Find P.T.R.C., Inc. In Plainview!

Attention all P.T.R.C., Inc. clients — we’ve moved offices! That’s right, we’ve left our humble abode in Jericho and moved a short, 6-mile drive away to Plainview.

You can now find us at:
255 Executive Drive, Suite 210
Plainview, NY 11803

Rest assured, all email and phone contact information has remained the same:
Phone: (516) 484-0654   /   (631) 484-0654

We’re looking forward to serving you better!

And remember, it’s almost time to start submitting your tax grievance applications — and we’re the name to trust. Since 1990, we’ve saved millions of dollars in property taxes for Long Island homeowners, successfully handling over 310,000 assessment challenges.

When you work with P.T.R.C., Inc., you get a top-of-the-line service advantage:

  • You’ll only be charged a fee on successful cases
  • You get to work with one of the leaders in property tax challenges on Long Island
  • You’ll benefit from the close working relationships we have with the assessing units
  • You’re able to reach us at anytime, customer service is our priority

We believe that no one should pay more than their fair share of property tax — so we helped one of our clients get a 16.9% tax reduction (or an extra $1,500 in their pockets). For another homeowner, we’ve helped him save over $3,000! Even if just a few hundred dollars, it all adds up and now you have extra money to put into other bills, savings, or travels!

Just take a look at how much your neighbors have saved by working with us, then be sure to give us a call.

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:

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.

Looking for a Helping Hand?

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


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 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.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Explore LI’s Hidden Gems

For families, couples and adventurous individuals, Long Island has a seemingly never-ending list of places to visit and things to do. Due to their popularity, some of these attractions can fall victim to long lines and overcrowding -- which means less exploring and more waiting.

With a little digging, however, you can uncover the best of what ‘The Island’ has to offer, without all of the waiting around. Whether it be an under-the-radar restaurant or a lush lavender field — we’ve got some hidden gems right in our own backyard!

Lavender By The Bay

Trying to get the perfectly-purple Instagram photo is never a task in East Marion, where Lavender bunches take over an endless plot of land on the north fork. Here you’re able to bring your furry friends along for an adventure as you dance through Lavender fields, and purchase your own goodies to bring home!

Cornucopia’s Noshery
Tucked away on a quiet corner in the heart of Amityville lies a breakfast and lunch hotspot that boasts much more than an eclectic menu. This kinda-retro, goth inspired, hippy restaurant includes a selection of fruity boozy breakfast drinks and a ‘Tropical Waffle’ (complete with a piƱa colada sauce), that’s truly second to none.

Collector Car Showcase
Among many historic buildings in the town of Oyster Bay, Collector Car Showcase (or CCS Motors) is an automobile enthusiast’s trip back in time. This private facility houses vintage & luxury automobiles from all decades, in addition to restored relics from each automotive period. Hosted often is a Saturday morning ‘Cars & Coffee’ event, which brings hundreds of sports cars together for a morning of caffeine and carburetors.

Charlotte’s Frozen Yogurt/Speakeasy
For those looking for a few drinks, you just might find something special in the basement of Charlotte’s Frozen Yogurt in Farmingdale. This frozen yogurt shop puts on a front upon first entrance, but a little digging and a secret password just might lead you to the basement, where live music, low light, and specialty cocktails are available for anyone over 21.

Nassau Museum of Art - The Frick Estate
For families looking for a fun day out, the Nassau County Museum of Art houses a little bit of treasure for everyone in one place! Located in Roslyn Harbor, this former estate is now the home to different types of fine art, relics, and an outdoor sculpture garden worth taking a stroll (or two!) through. You and your gang will spend hours gazing among some of the world’s finest art, in a building as historic as the items it protects.

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

Friday, June 14, 2019

Father's Day on Long Island

Looking for a fun way to celebrate dad this Sunday? We’ve rounded up some local events offering special promotions:

For the adventurous dad…
Adventureland in Farmingdale is letting dads ride for free with the donation of a toy this Father’s Day! You can also head over to the Long Island Adventure Park in Wheatley Heights for an afternoon of free zip lining (with a paid climber, use code DAD19 at checkout). And if you’d prefer to hang indoors, Karts Indoor Raceway in Ronkokoma is letting dads indulge their inner child — riding for free with a paying child.

For the beer loving dad…
Dads, enjoy your first beer for free at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. (in both Greenport AND Peconic) as well as a discounted $4 pint at Long Ireland Brewing.

For the wine loving dad… 
Head out to Riverheard to RGNY Winery for live music and a free glass of wine for dad. Or to Peconic’s Pindar Vineyards, where dads will receive a free gift with any wine or beer purchase at the tasting bar (live music here, as well!).

For the sports loving dad…
Play ball! Catch a vintage “base ball” game at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, as it was played (and spelled) in 1864! More of an equestrian? Check out an exciting polo match at Bethpage State Park or attend Breakfast at Belmont!

For the foodie…
Instead of an at home BBQ, why not head out for lunch or dinner! Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Westbury offers a bottomless brunch from 11:30am-3pm and Frank’s Steaks in Jericho and RVC is offering “a steak fit for a king” — $50, Prime Dry Aged, 24 oz Bone-In New York Strip Steak.

Looking for even more ideas and freebies? Visit Newsday!

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

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend 2019 on LI

Memorial Day Weekend is here, and there’s no better place to kick off the start of the summer season than Long Island!

From the annual Jones Beach Bethpage Air Show to flag ceremonies and services in honor of our veterans, there are plenty of events happening in honor of Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 25

Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park
Memorial Day Weekend on Long Island isn’t complete without our iconic air show! Held all weekend, plan to get there early, bring lots of sunscreen and snacks, and join the rest of LI in seeing the amazing United States Air Force Thunderbirds!

Decoration Day at Old Bethpage
Travel back to the 1800s at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Decoration Day at Old Bethpage will feature a remembrance ceremony, historic craft demonstrations, brass band concerts and a ceremony & parade at 2:15 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, May 26

Lawrence-Cedarhurst Memorial Day Parade and Service
The parade begins at Rockaway Turnpike and Central Avenue and heads toward Cedarhurst Memorial Plaza in the Andrew J. Parise Park where the service to honor the service of our veterans will follow.

Monday, May 27 (Happy Memorial Day!)

Garden City Memorial Day Parade
Garden City's parade will start at Cherry Valley Avenue and 10th Street, and end in front of the village’s war monuments in front of the public library.

Long Beach Memorial Day Parade
The Long Beach Memorial Day Parade begins at Ohio Avenue and West Beech Street at 10:00 am and ends at the reviewing stand on Park Avenue in front of City Hall. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be joined by city, county and state officials to celebrate American independence and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Massapequa Park Memorial Day Parade
Come join The Massapequa Park community in paying tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our nation. The parade will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Front Street in Massapequa Park ending at Klestinec Park, where a Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place.

Wantagh Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
The parade will start at 10:00 am and will proceed south on Wantagh Ave., turning east on Park Ave., and ending at the American Legion Post. The ceremony will start right after the conclusion of the parade and will include a presentation of remembrance.

From all of us here at P.T.R.C., Inc., have a happy Memorial Day!

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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Don’t Miss the Suffolk County Deadline!

Calling all Suffolk County residents: it’s time to get your tax grievance application in ASAP.

Please be sure to submit your application by TOMORROW: May 16th. 

While the official deadline is May 21st, we will need time to manually file all applications with each town in Suffolk. Since this is a manual process, we want to ensure we submit your grievance application on time! By receiving applications by 2pm on May 16th, we can do just that.

Still on the fence about submitting? Don’t be! Filing for a tax reduction is of no cost to you. That’s right, we won’t charge you anything if we don’t get you a reduction. AND, your taxes will not automatically increase just because of a challenge.

If we do succeed in lowering your property taxes, our fee is a percentage of the first year of savings (and Suffolk homeowners may have a $75 CMA fee). Tax savings in subsequent years are entirely yours!

Have more questions about the tax reduction process? Visit our FAQ page or contact our office, we’d be glad to answer any additional questions.

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.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Tick Tock! Suffolk County’s Grievance Deadline is Almost Here!

By filing a grievance, you have the potential of reducing your property taxes by hundreds (or thousands!) of dollars and the team here at PTRC is here to help every step of the way!

If you’re a Suffolk County resident, take note — your grievance deadline is around the corner.

While the deadline for 2019/2020 applications is May 21st, we ask that you submit your applications to our office by 2pm on May 16th. We have to manually file all applications with each town in Suffolk County, submitting your application by May 16th guarantees we can file your applications in time.

If you have any questions or concerns about your application, please give us a call at 631-484-0654 or send an email to

Remember, our policy is simple — if we do not get you a reduction, you do NOT pay us a penny! Curious about how much you can save? Enter your town, street, or zip code to see what your neighbors have already saved.

What are you waiting for? Click “Apply Now” to submit your application!

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.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mother’s Day on Long Island

While moms should be honored every day, why not spoil them a bit extra this Mother’s Day!

And as a bonus, a number of places are offering freebies in honor of mom:

For the adventurous mom…
Visit the Long Island Adventure Park in Wheatley Heights for an afternoon of zip lining! Moms can go for FREE, with a paid climber, just use MOMS19 at online checkout.

For the wine loving mom…
Pindar Vineyards out in Peconic is giving moms a free stemless wine glass and chocolates with any purchase! And Sannino Vineyard (also in Peconic) is hosting a Mother’s Day Chocolate Fondue event — $30 per person, includes chocolate fondue plate and a glass of Sannino Rose.

For the animal loving mom…
Bring mom to White Post Farms in Melville for free admission to their petting zoo this Sunday or further out east to the Long Island Aquarium for free entry (with a child’s admission).

For the artsy mom…
The Hecksher Museum of Art in Huntington is offering moms free admission and Paint a Piece Pottery in Commack has a Mother’s Day light brunch (bagels, muffins, etc.) to go along with their crafts. Reservations are required, learn more here»

Looking for even more ideas and freebies? Visit Newsday!

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

Monday, April 29, 2019

Nassau County’s Grievance Deadline is TOMORROW

Calling all Nassau County residents, get your application in ASAP! The Nassau County tax grievance deadline is TOMORROW.

Don’t sleep on the potential of lowering your property taxes. All applications must be received in our office by 2pm tomorrow, April 30.

Our team is here and available to assist you if you have any questions or concerns. Simply give us a call or send us an email at the below:
Phone: (516) 484-0654

All we need is your application and we’ll take care of the rest and remember, if there is no reduction you don’t pay.

Curious how much you may be able to save? Enter your address (or city) into our interactive tool and take a look at what your neighbors have already saved after enlisting the help of PTRC.

We’ve been proudly helping Nassau County residents since 1990 and have handled over 285,000 assessment challenges, securing millions in reductions and refunds for our clients! We're on a mission to ensure all Long Island homeowners pay the lowest amount of property taxes as required by law.

For more information, visit us online:

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Long Island Spring Restaurant Week

Calling all foodies — mark your calendars!

The award-winning Long Island Restaurant Week kicks off its Spring 2019 campaign this Sunday for 8 days, ending May 5. That means you'll enjoy a 3-course, prix-fixed menu for $29.95 per person at participating restaurants. Now's the perfect excuse to try that new restaurant you've been eyeing!

Here are some of our favorite places participating:

City Cellar, Westbury
Menu  |  Reservations
This New American eatery is offering a stacked menu for Restaurant Week. With 10-12 different appetizers and entrees to choose from, you’re bound to find something that strikes your fancy.

Molto Bene, Bellmore
Menu  |  Reservations
Enjoy a full Italiano experience at Molto Bene, located in the heart of Bellmore. This year’s restaurant week menu includes Chicken Sorrentino, Filet of Sole Marechiara, and Gnocchi Pesto (to name a few).

Waterzooi, Garden City
Menu  |  Reservations
Head over to Long Island’s only Belgian Bistro! Choose from Mussel Pots, Bordeaux Short Ribs and more! For dessert, you can’t go wrong with their Belgian Triple Chocolate Mousse.

Caracara Mexican Grill, Farmingdale
Menu  |  Reservations
Botanas, tacos, enchiladas, oh my! Caracara serves up Mexican favorites in a comfortable setting. Choose your favorite botana (appetizer), an entree (tacos, enchiladas, and platos fuertes) as well as one dessert all for $29.95. 

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