Inga Modu-Rella
Keller Williams Realty Group

School Information:

Quality of education is one of the most important factors when moving to a new area. As a local neighborhood expert, I can help you evaluate schools in the area that meet your unique needs. 

You can find out information on each school district website, at NYS Education website:  http://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?county=66

Or check these links:

http://www.greatschools.org/find-schools/

http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/

http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch/

http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/districtsearch/

http://data.schoolbook.org/

http://familywatchdog.us/

 

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.

Check for changes coming to STAR Program: February 2020 Update

To learn more about the Star Program, follow this link: www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/exemption/index.htm

To learn more how Star Program works for cooperative apartments, read here: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/manuals/vol4/app_b_coop.pdf

To file Application for Star Exemption, fill up attached application form & mail it to your local assessor's office: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp425_fill_in.pdf

Check Instructions for Homeowner Benefits Application 2020 

http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/finance/downloads/pdf/payment_operations/exemptions_appl.pdf

 

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)

To learn more about your check, see 2019 property tax credit checks.

Beginning in 2017, the property tax relief credit has been a percentage of a homeowner’s STAR benefit, with lower incomes receiving a higher percentage benefit.

The credit would have been fully phased in as of 2019.

 

NYS ORPTS Municipal Profile. Office of Real Property Services (Westchester County): 

http://orpts.tax.ny.gov/cfapps/MuniPro/muni_theme/county/county.cfm?swis=55

 

Property Tax Grievance procedure:

Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/223MGuA8_fk.

To learn about steps to take follow this link: http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/contest/grievproced.htm

To file application to review assessment of your property outside New York City, follow this link :  https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp524_fill_in.pdf .

New York City residents - Contact the NYC State Commission - 212-669-4410

 

 

With Open Book New York you can search the spendings of your State and Local governments:

Search Local Government Spending
See how your county, city, town, village, fire or school district gets and spends your money.

Search State Contracts
Look at New York State contracts and see who is doing business with the State.

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 toguard against identity theft. Get your free annual credit report at: Your Source for a Truly Free Credit Report? AnnualCreditReport.com.

 

http://www.familywatchdog.us/

http://www.crimemapping.com

http://www.crimereports.com

 

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.

 

Find the best places to live in NY:

Are you moving to NY and want to learn more before you make your move? Check this link: http://www.areavibes.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.

 

Westchester Arts Events

www.artswestchester.org/events/categories/music

 

Property Reassessment Has Finally Arrived in Greenburgh, Ossining, & North Salem. Fairness, Equity, and Transparency

 To find out more, read this article: http://mmrc.tylertech.com/

 

Search for Childcare Programs

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.

To find a licensed day care center in New York City by borough, simply follow this link: http://on.nyc.gov/2o6GWRc.

 

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