Welcome to Team Pritchard Real Estate
Welcome to Team Pritchard.com, where our focus is on Ellicottville real estate and surrounding areas. Cathleen Pritchard and her daughter, Melanie Pritchard, are both Licensed Associate Real Estate Brokers with ERA Team VP Real Estate. The office is located in the heart of Ellicottville, NY — Western New York’s premiere skiing destination! Holiday Valley and HoliMont are the ski resorts that bring thousands of second-home buyers to our region…which is located one hour south of Buffalo, NY and just a few hours from Toronto, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. Team Pritchard is your go to source for information on chalets, homes, condominiums, town houses and vacant lots for sale in Ellicottville. We serve all of Cattaraugus County, including real estate in Salamanca, Little Valley, Mansfield, Great Valley, Humphrey, Allegany and Olean. Whether you’re buying or selling real estate in the Ellicottville area, we hope that you will find plenty of useful information and tools here at www.TeamPritchard.com. Visit our page often, as we add new listings on a regular basis. And be sure to check out our “blog” for updates for real estate and community news. Our homepage also features interesting articles about real estate sales and purchases, as well as home improvement projects. Search, click and share our site with your family and friends.
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From the Blog
Posted by Team Pritchard on May 1, 2013
New legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years. Beginning with 2011-12 school tax bills, the savings resulting from the Basic or Enhanced STAR exemptions were limited to a 2% increase over the prior year.
Two types of STAR exemptions:
available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners’ and their spouses income is less than $500,000
exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes
provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with qualifying incomes
exempts the first $64,200 of the full value of a home from school taxes as of 2014-15 school tax bills (up from $63,300 in 2013-14)
STAR exemptions apply only to school district taxes. They don’t apply to property taxes for other purposes, such as county, town or city (except in cities where city property taxes fund schools – Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers).
-Homeowners will not have to register in order to receive their 2013 STAR exemptions.
-Homeowners will not have to re-register every year. Based on the information provided in the registration process, the Tax Department will monitor homeowners’ eligibility in future years.
Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement. Learn more.
New homeowners applying for the Basic STAR exemption do not need to register this year. Learn more.
How to register
You can register for the STAR exemption online. Click here to register. You’ll need to:
-provide a STAR code (the state is mailing codes to all Basic STAR recipients; or you can use the STAR code lookup)
-provide the names and social security numbers for all owners of the property and spouses
confirm that the property is the primary residence of one of its owners (married couples with multiple residences may only claim one STAR exemption)
-confirm that the combined income of the owners and their spouses who reside at the property does not exceed $500,000
-confirm that no resident owner received a residency-based tax benefit from another state
You can also register by calling (518) 457-2036
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
For telephone assistance for the hearing or speech impaired (by TDD):
Call 518-485-5082; or
Dial 711 to get the NYS Relay Service and provide the operator with the phone number 518-457-2036
Registration started on August 19, 2013 and will continue through December 31, 2013.
When you are ready to buy or sell a home, please feel free to contact us. Call Cathy at 716-983-4234 or Melanie at 716-480-8409. The ERA Team VP Real Estate office is located at 12 Washington Street in Ellicottville, NY.