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Baltimore City Home Sales May Be On Hold For A While



Tough to close without a deed, lien cert or water bill.


Do you have a Baltimore City property scheduled to close? 


Baltimore City


''Baltimore City suffered a ransomware attack on May 7, 2019.  As a result, the City Transfer Office cannot process deeds or deeds of trust for recordation.  The City also cannot issue lien certificates or generate water bills or determine what city liens have or have not been paid.


While the City is aware of the problems, it is unable to give a time frame on when it will be able to resume operations.  Most major title insurance companies issued bulletins on May 13, 2019, prohibiting their agents from issuing title insurance policies for Baltimore City properties until the City computer problem is resolved.  


GBBR’s leadership team is attempting to schedule an emergency meeting with city officials.  Once that meeting has taken place, we will provide an update.  If you have a transaction pending for Baltimore City property, you should call the title company handling the transaction and inquire whether your specific transaction will be impacted." 


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Oh wow, oh wow, Margaret. This is a huge problem and hopefully will get resolved sooner rather than later.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 1 year ago