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CONSERVATION EASEMENTS –A USEFUL TOOL WHEN PROPERLY ESTABLISHED AND ENFORCED A conservation easement is an important tool to conserve, preserve and protect environmental assets and natural and man-made resources, the preservation of open spaces, agricultural and forest lands, lands which are significant because of their scenic, natural beauty, wetland, shoreline, geological or ecological character, or…

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Did You Grieve Your Property Taxes and Lose?  Here’s What You Need to Know to Appeal Did you file a Real Property Tax Grievance complaint to contest your taxes in May? The Board of Assessment Review (BAR) for each Hudson Valley municipality will be sending out their determination of your grievance complaint throughout the month…

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When the One Percenters Join the One Percent A recent news article discussed a real estate contract battle between a famous musician and former CEO of a large toy store chain. The parties entered a contract for the purchase of an estate property for $6.7 million dollars. Based on the individuals involved and the purchase…

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Commonly Asked Questions When Buying or Selling Your Home   Q – When Should I Get a Real Estate Attorney Involved in the Transaction? A –  Whether buying or selling a home, you should get your attorney involved as soon as possible. You should explain to your attorney what you plan to do and ask how you…

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Going to buy or sell a home? Read This Before You Sign:  Spring is here, the kids are approaching summer vacation and now is a popular time to consider buying or selling a home.  We have prepared some commonly asked questions when it comes to buying and selling a home.  We urge you to read…

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Commonly Asked Property Tax Questions: A property owner calls and says “I pay too many taxes on my property.” There are two things that affect the amount of real property taxes: valuation/assessment of the property and the tax rate. Basically, the property should not be assessed above its market value. The first question is, “Do…

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Challenging your New York State property taxes can be a complex process. The attorneys at Jacobowitz and Gubits have extensive experience in challenging real property tax assessments. Our knowledgeable Hudson Valley attorneys have challenged all types of property assessments including industrial plants, apartment complexes, strip malls, condominiums, subdivisions, farmland, and more. We can help you determine…

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Five Essential Considerations when lowering your Real Property Taxes The City of Newburgh Council voted recently to increase property taxes for 2017.  This means City of Newburgh homeowners and commercial property owners will pay more in taxes in 2017, with commercial property owners paying double the increase of residential property owners. Want to lower your real property…

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Ballot Selfies are Illegal Voting in New York on Tuesday? Thinking of taking a selfie or a snap chat of your ballot to document your vote? Think again…..You are breaking the law. Ballot selfies are illegal. Publishing a marked ballot on social media is a misdemeanor. New York Election Law §17-130 (10) states “[a]ny person who…

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ARTFUL ZONING IN THE HUDSON VALLEY On September 8, 2016, I attended the Orange County Chamber of Commerce breakfast to hear a great presentation by my partner, Gary Schuster, and Adam Demchak from Polich/Tallix Foundry, discussing the economic and cultural benefits associated with the many creative arts associated businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and non-profits operating in…

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