Thursday, January 17, 2019

Property Tax Reductions and Exemptions


There are several ways to save money on your property taxes. Age, disability, and location are just a few factors that can help qualify you for a number of exemptions or deductions. Here are some of the top ways to save a little on your taxes.
Homestead
In some states, you can avoid paying property taxes upon the death of your spouse under the Homestead Exemption.
Seniors and the Disabled
If you collect social security due to being elderly or disabled, you may be able to defer paying property taxes as long as you can provide proof of income and your age.
Military Veterans
If you actively serve in the military during wartime, primarily live in a military-provided home, or were dishonorably discharged, you may be exempt from paying property tax or at least receive a reduction. You just have to meet certain requirements like the length of residence and income.
Renovations
With every renovation you perform on your home, your property taxes will change. Certain kinds of renovations can result in a lower tax amount.
Energy Incentives
Adding green upgrades, such as solar panels, geothermal pumps, or other sources of renewable energy, can help lower your property taxes or be considered exempt from taxes entirely.
Tricks for Lowering Your Property Taxes

  • Ask for Your Tax Card. You can request a copy of your property tax card so you know the amounts you’re working with.
  • Avoid Building Bigger. Any major changes generally increase your property taxes, unless they are more green-friendly and sustainable.
  • Limit Curb Appeal. The more attractive your yard (pools, large lighting, etc.) the higher the assessment on your home’s value and the higher your property tax.
  • Research the Neighborhoods. All home records are available as public record, so do your homework and compare your property taxes to other homes in the neighborhood. If yours are very different, look into having your home reassessed.
  • Stay Close to Your Home Assessor. You know your home best and can help prevent the assessor from overlooking minor details such as small cracks and outdated appliances that equate to lower property value.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Warm Places To Visit In Town

Warm Places To Visit In Town

Wintry weather is good to look at from a window with you on the inside. There is something wonderful about the snow and the ice, but you do not want to spend too much time in it. Visiting your favorite town in the winter close to the holidays is a special time for you. You want to take in all of the sights, and the holiday decorations and festivities, much of which is better while outside. You may get so involved with the spirit of the season and all of the scenery that you forget to go in and warm yourself for a while. 

While visiting to see the wonders of the outdoors, there are many places where you can be amazed by the holiday setting and still keep warm. Take a tour of the art museum. You will find it full of decorations for the season, plus plays, and other events, for the entire family. The museum has so much to offer that it usually takes at least three to four hours to get around to everything. Meanwhile, you are warm. Another place where there is always warmth is the library. Take the kids for magical stories and holiday treats that will warm the heart as well as the body. 

Going to the mall is the ultimate holiday wonderland. You will stay warm while visiting Santa in his big chair with some of his elves. Hear the holiday musical concert in the center court, and enjoy some hot chocolate from the treat stand. This is one place where you will not get tired. Walking from store to store, stopping to enjoy more holiday entertainment all while avoiding the cold weather outside. The mall has many holiday events, something for both the young and older. 

The town's concert hall is featuring an all-time holiday favorite that the entire family can enjoy. Bundle up to get there, then relax in warmth and comfort. Sing along to some of your favorite songs and know that you are having the time of your life keeping warm in snowy weather. Don't neglect going to visit your favorite place because it is cold. At this time of year, fun can be found on the inside as well as outside. The only difference is that on the inside you will keep warm, and still tour your favorite vacation town.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What Affects the Value of Your Home?

Selling Your Home? Here's How to Get More than Market Value!

We all know that certain qualities and attributes affect the true market value of your home. However, the million dollar question is really, "Which attributes of your home have the most impact on the value of your home?" Which upgrades offer the biggest and best ROI- otherwise known as, "Return On Investment"? 

See below for our top 5:
  1. Kitchen -- This is a big one! Think about it, your kitchen is your gathering place. How often do guests not pass through your kitchen?
  2. Bathroom -- By default, the general population has an expectation that bathrooms are (simply by design and sheer purpose) unattractive. So, intuitively, any bathroom that strikes a potential buyer as "beautiful" is a definite win.
  3. Walls -- Back-to-basics is a trending theme everywhere we look these days. Tried and true, homes that boast freshly-painted walls make for a sure "10" on the first impression scale!
  4. Floors -- Whether your floors are covered with tile, hardwood or carpet (...and, it's best to just forget about laminate!), be certain that you're making the most of it. Similar to walls, just envision the magnitude of the area in your home that is comprised of some type of flooring? 
  5. Landscaping -- This one has to do more with first impressions than anything else. Very simply, think of it as a job interview! Any interviewer truly shapes their first impression of you, the incumbent, within the first 60 seconds of meeting you. Likewise, your yard acts as the first 60 seconds of your potential buyer "meeting" your home! 

Consider where people spend the most time and which areas are the most seen (or high trafficked), and elect to spruce those areas up!

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Best Holiday Events For Kids On Long Island

The holiday season is here and kids, as well as adults, are anticipating the fun and frolic that awaits everyone. 

We may be biased, but New York is one of the best places to be at this time of year! There is something for everybody, young, old, male, female, etc. 

From the many unique holiday performances, gingerbread houses, dazzling light shows, and much much more, holidays on Long Island are magical for kids! 
  • The Magical Polar Express: Families will take the kids on a trolley ride to the magical North Pole. Kids will have fun meeting Santa and his elves, and many other characters. They can drink hot chocolate and have cookies, and hear a fantastic story on the way.
  • Imagination Movers Reindeer Party: This award-winning rock band is preparing a party with many of their hit songs for all of the kids and their families.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas: Experience with Charlie Brown what the true meaning of Christmas really is in this holiday classic play. Afterward, take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and do some crafts. 
  • The Girl Scouts Holiday Light Show will return to Smith County Point Park for an amazing time for the kids and adults. They will enjoy the spectacular colorful lights.
  • Grinch Inspired Events: The movie will hit the movies during the month of December. Dr. Seuss will be presenting events for the kids throughout the month.
Not to mention, New York City is a short train ride away! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

How to Check What You Can Save


As a homeowner, you are entitled to file a Property Tax Grievance. A Property Tax Grievance allows your assessment to be reviewed by the Assessor to see if a reduction is warranted. 

If the Assessor does not reduce your assessment, an appeal can be filed to have an impartial hearing officer determine if your house is overvalued for tax purposes. If you are curious about what you might be entitled to save, visit our site via this URL: https://www.ptrc.com/property-tax-reductions.html

We've made it very easy for you to check how much you'll save.

Choose your county, search by street number, search by street name, enter your city, and enter your zip code.




You can also manually zoom in on the map to look for your neighborhood. You'll see the street number, the home, and the savings per result.

We hope this is useful to you, if you have any other questions, please give us a call.

(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Toys For Tots


For 71 Years The Marine Corps Has Been Making a Difference in the Lives of American Families.

Toys for Tots started in 1947, it was the brainchild of Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks, but mainly his wife, Diane, who was the real inspiration.

Since this idea began, more than 548 million toys have been given out to those children in need. As of today, we are counting down the days to Christmas. We here at PTRC are an official drop off location, which means are we accepting toys from the public.

Make an impact this holiday season and give, please feel free to visit us with a donation. If you want to look for another drop off location in your area, visit the official toys for tots site here.

                                         

Friday, November 23, 2018

Fun Places to Go During Winter in Long Island



It's winter and you're looking for fun winter activities to do outdoors with friends and family on Long Island. Below are several activities for adults and children.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Outdoor ice skating provides exercise and an inexpensive way to exercise in the winter months. Some rinks rent skates and others you'll need to bring yours. The Christopher Morley Park Rink located at 500 Searingtown Road North in Roslyn is open from Thanksgiving to mid-March for skating. This outdoor rink is regulation size and has skate rental.

The Bucks Hill Winter Club in East Hampton has an outdoor rink that offers outdoor skating all year round. They have skate lessons, rentals, hockey games, and are open 7 days per week. Inside, is a cafe and fireplace a place to stop after ice skating. Check the schedule for public ice skating times. It is located at 178 Buckshill Road, Easthampton.

Tangier Outlet Ice Rink at the Arches is an outdoor rink with a shopping center close by. All ages can skate at the outdoor rink and children under 5 are free. Skate rentals are available, discounted skating on Tuesdays, and a DJ on Friday nights. Check open skate hours. It is located at 455 Commack Road, Deerfield.

Seal Cruises

On the Captain Lou Fleet Cruises, you will be able to take a boat cruise in the winter to see the seals. There are cruises in January, February, March, and April that run from 1- 3 p.m. during some weekdays and weekends. You will see seals and other marine life along the Hempstead Bay. There is a snack bar on board with burgers, hot dogs, turkey sandwiches, snacks, and beverages.

Hiking Trails

The Caleb Smith State Park Preserve has winter trails for hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing. It offers seal walks on weekends and hikes for adults in winter. It is located at 581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge has hiking and winter activities. There are night hikes, winter bird watching, owl watching, full moon hiking, and nature courses indoors. It has seven miles of scenic hiking. It is located at 3 Old Country Road in Quogue.

Food Trucks in Winter

Walking in local neighborhoods for exercise is another way to get outdoor exercise. Stopping at a local food truck for breakfast or lunch along the way is another great winter activity. Many of these food truck listed by News 12 Long Island serve hot dogs, hamburgers, bake goods, pizza, barbecue and more. Take a walk nearby and stop at a food truck near you.


We hope some of these options inspire an outdoor fun time by yourself or with your friends and family! Happy Holidays from PTRC.