Aestar – Assuming mortgage to remove a spouse’s title incurs no transfer tax

Aestar – Assuming mortgage to remove a spouse’s title incurs no transfer tax


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The scenario is that a married couple owns an investment property, the market value $500,000, in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The husband is the sole borrower of the mortgage. The unpaid mortgage principal is $280,000. The wife assumes the husband’s mortgage to transfer the property title from the couple to the wife.  The transfer tax = $0

$0 (State Recordation Tax) +

$0 (State Transfer Tax) +

$0 (County Transfer Tax).


Contact me should you have further questions.


Jonathan Kan, Licensed Title Producer/Notary Public

Aestar LLC

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Jonathan D. Kan, ESQ. is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland in 2017. Mr. Kan graduated as a Juris Doctor of University of Baltimore School of Law, Maryland, in 2017, concentrating on criminal, trust and estate, and real estate laws. Mr. Kan has published the Aestar Blog since 2015. He co-founded Aestar LLC in 2013. Mr. Kan has been a licensed title producer, settlement agent, and notary public serving the Maryland and Virginia states since 2013.

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