Senior Citizen’s, Veteran’s, STAR, and Disability Exemptions
The School Tax Relief (STAR) Program, which became law in 1997, provides a partial exemption from school property taxes for owner occupied, primary residences such as one, two and three family houses, condominiums, cooperative apartments, and manufactured homes (also known as mobile homes in Real Property Tax Law). The deadline for filing new and renewal exemption applications is March 1.
Property Tax Relief Credit
For each year you are eligible for the property tax relief credit, you will automatically receive a check. To qualify, you must:
live in a school district that is complying with the New York State property tax cap
receive either the Basic or Enhanced STAR property tax relief, and
have income between $250,000-$500,000 (refer to link)
Comptroller DiNapoli created Open Book New York as way to make government more transparent by 'opening up the books' of State and local governments, so you can see how your taxpayer dollars are spent.
Get your Free Annual Report
If you are preparing to buy a home, even before applying for preapproval, it is a good idea to check your credit history. In 2003 Federal Government required that each of the three credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and Transunion provide, upon request, a free credit report every twelve months to every consumer. The goal was to allow consumers a way to ensure their credit information is correct and to guard against identity theft. Get your free annual credit report at: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action. Remember it's absolutley free! Never use any service that asks for your credit card!
To check crime statistics in the area of your interest check these links:
ePropertyWatch is the service offered directly to homeowners by CoreLogic. Now, for the first time, they bring this capability directly to homeowners. Now you can conveniently monitor your home for liens, value changes, and neighborhood activity yourself. It's free and safe. Sign up for the information about your property here: Sign me up for free eProperty Watch for my home
Check for local amenities:
You can find out what is within walking distance of the home by following this link: www.WalkScore.com.
Learn about Making Home Affordable Program (MHA) and address other lending and servicing needs beyond primary modifications or refinances. Find resource documents and tools on the following pages that are specific to each Program by visiting Making Home Affordable website: http//www.hmpadmin.com/portal/programs/index.jsp.
Choosing child care is an important decision. You know what is the best for your child and your family. To start your search on your own, follow this link http://on.ny.gov/2n9heME. You can search the entire database of regulated child care providers in New York State (with the exception of day care centers in New York City). This search engine will allow you to look up a specific provider by name, or all the providers in a particular county or even zip code. It also lets you search by different types of care, such as family day care or day care centers. You will see information on the program including contact information, address, capacity, when it first opened and the current status of its license or registration.