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Maryland Property Deed Search

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Under Maryland law all property deeds are part of the state public record. Property deeds, mortgage documents, easements, liens and other related document recordings are managed by the Clerk of the Circuit Court in each Maryland county. After a document is recorded by the county land records department, the county then “indexes” the document thus […]

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Modifying: Maryland Deed vs. Mortgage

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While adding a name to a Maryland property deed can be done by filing a new property deed (often referred to as “property title”) with the county, you need to check first with your lender to see if doing so will trigger early payment or penalties. In other words, sometimes the lender agreement prohibits transferring […]

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Maryland Tenants by the Entirety Property Deed and Same Sex Couples

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The following question has recently arisen both with clients and in public discussions. Is special deed drafting language necessary to record a property deed as tenants by the entirety (aka Tenancy by the Entireties or Tenants by the Entireties) if the owners are married and of the same sex? Under Maryland law the answer is […]

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Baltimore Property Title Transfer Service: Maryland Homestead Credit Application

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The Homestead Credit limits the yearly increase in taxable assessments for qualifying Baltimore, Maryland property. Once the Maryland Homestead Credit is applied the county and municipality must limit taxable assessment increases to 10% or less each year. The application along with instructions can be found at this link. To ensure that your Maryland property Deed […]

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Carroll County Deed Title Lawyer: Carroll County Property Transfer Requirements

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There are several important steps and decisions that must be made when properly filing a Maryland real estate deed. Besides all of the state requirements, Carroll County deed filings have the additional requirement: “Instruments transferring title. For any instrument that transfers title and/or effects a change in ownership on the real property tax records of […]

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Maryland Real Estate Attorney: Quitclaim Deed, Warranty Deed, Special Warranty Deed and Transfer of Real Property Ownership

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A common question from clients is whether a quit claim deed transfers less interest in the property than a warranty deed or special warranty deed. The short answer is “no.” All three types of property deed transfers can transfer the same interest in the property. That said, there are several factors that need to be […]

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