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Monday, June 10, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Hudson Valley Baby Boomers are moving out (and some are going far away!)

If you are a “baby boomer” (born between 1946 and 1964), you may be thinking about selling your current home. Maybe your children have finally moved out. Your large, four-bedroom house with three bathrooms which used to fit the whole family no longer fits the bill. Taxes that have gotten too high already are rising again. Utilities are too expensive. Cleaning and repair are too just too much. You're ready to move into a home that better fits your current lifestyle. Many fellow boomers have already made the move you may be considering.

The National Association of Realtors recently released their 2019 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Report. The report revealed many interesting tidbits about both categories of baby boomers: younger boomers (ages 54 to 63) and older boomers (64 to 72). Here are a few of the more interesting topics.

Percentage of Buyers who Looked Online First

All Buyers: 44%
Younger Boomers: 46%
Older Boomers: 44%

Where Boomers Found the Home ...

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Thursday, April 04, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Four steps to stop paying too much in property taxes!

Most homeowners who haven't officially contested the assessed value of their home in the last few years are likely paying too much. Contesting (called "grieving") your property taxes takes a little time and some paperwork, but it's often worth it, especially if you are selling your home or feel your assessment is too high. Richard D. O'Donnell, a property tax consultant and former tax assessor for the Town of Eastchester, the Village of Tuckahoe, and the Town of Mount Pleasant recommends assessment grievance for owners of higher priced properties. "As the high end market is soft in many jurisdictions, property owners in this particular price category should consider filing”. O'Donnell, and his partner Michael Cullen offer tax grievance services for those who would like assistance in filing for a reduction in their property taxes.

For those who do wish to grieve their property assessments themselves, below are the basic steps in the process:

1. Find out if your assessmen ...

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Friday, February 16, 2018   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Why Hudson Valley home owners should grieve their property tax asssessments NOW!

Any homeowner in New York state can lodge a formal complaint about their property taxes, to have their home's  assessed value reduced for purposes of equitable taxation. It's called "grieving" property taxes. They can either do it themselves, or hire a professional tax attorney to do it and, if they get a lower rate, they usually charge just half of any savings the home owner realizes on the first year of taxation at the lower rate. 


Why should we all grieve our taxes NOW? 


New York has some of the highest property-taxed counties in the nation. A case in point is Westchester County, which according to a report from ATTOM Data Solutions, has the highest property taxes in the nation. Higher even than Beverly Hills county in California. These high taxes have the affect of driving away potential buyers of high-tax homes, who realize that high annual taxes on a property combined with high property values put it out of their financial reach. Sellers, in turn ...

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