How does one go about finding millage (property tax) rates in LI? Why is there no transparency?

Asked by Tuliplady, Bridgeport, CT Tue Aug 28, 2012

Just called the Town of Islip assessor's office trying to give an example of wanting to buy a home in Brentwood or Hauppauge as an example for a 4bed2ba for $200k as an example - and they didn't know what a millage rate was. A mortgage is just the beginning - you are out on the street just as fast if you don't pay your taxes. How does one compare - and ultimately become an informed consumer??

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Cynthia Mart…, Agent, Town of Islip, NY
Fri Aug 31, 2012
Taxes varies every where. if you are looking for a 200k house in Long Island you have to have in mind that the taxes goes for lot size, price last sold, and area. for example in queens taxes are very low in some areas because there is not much of space, so the property size is very small. in nassau many of the taxes over there are high because of the area is very close to the city so you pay for location. since many people wants confort and little bit far from noise. in some areas of suffolk taxes are confortable for your pocket good areas and low taxes. so in reallity is where you want to live. Location, location, location. I hope this help you to define what you want if any questions please call me 6315591574 or email me
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Tuliplady, Home Buyer, Bridgeport, CT
Fri Aug 31, 2012
Thank you! I moved 7 years ago and am moving again in the next year - and the world really has changed. Maybe I have to do a little more legwork to get a good deal... Thanks again!
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First Last, , 90002
Wed Aug 29, 2012
The data Tom gave are great, but note they are from 2005 and the world has changed a lot since then.

We do things differently here in New York. Your best bet is to find out the taxes on houses of interest to you. provides tax information on houses for sale.

In Nassau we have our own online database, they probably do in Suffolk as well.

Karla Harby
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Rutenberg Realty
New York, NY
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Thomas Brady, Agent, Plainview, NY
Tue Aug 28, 2012
Try this link…
The link should provide you with the information you need to compare the Brentwood vs Hauppauge. If you work with a buyer's agent they should be able to provide you with the information on each property you need, unfortunately it varies greatly so you need to have information on each property.
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