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State of Maryland

Execution Requirements for Non-Title Spouse or Legal Partner
  • Homestead-NO
  • Dower/Curtesy-NO
  • Community Property-NO
Encumbrance Form(s)
Deed of Trust

Business Filing Search

Link to State website to search business filings:  http://www.dat.state.md.us/
Closing Performed By
Licensed Maryland Title Agent; no witnesses required
Mortgage/Deed Filing Fees
$40.00 plus if the instrument is 9 pages or less:  $20.00.  If the instrument is 10 pages or more:  $75.00.
Document Recording Standards
1" margin on all sides.  Intake Sheet required. 
Mortgage Tax
Varies by County/City, typically between $2.20 to $5.00 per every five hundred.  Discount available.
Transfer Tax
Varies by County/City from 0% to 1 1/2% plus State fee of 1/2% of the purchase price with a discount available for first time home buyer.

Real Estate Property Taxes

Annual with Semi-Annual option for principal residence.  Due date of September for Annual or September and December for Semi-Annual.
Bankruptcy Counties
Baltimore, Prince George's, and Wicomico.

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