Homestead Tax Credit

May 26, 2021

Happy One-Year Anniversary!

Now that you’ve lived in your house for a year, you should qualify for Maryland’s Homestead Tax Credit. This credit limits any annual tax increase to no more than 10% a year for a principle residence. As values rise, so will your taxable assessment. So lock in your base value now before you overpay on your future tax bills. To register, you must:

1) Live in the Property for a Year as Principle Residents

2) Receive Your Application by Mail or Call 410-767-2165 to Get the Access Number

3) Apply at

Team Member Spotlight: Deanna Ribero

May 20, 2021

Senior Title Processor Deanna Ribero is approaching 25 years in the title industry. It’s no secret that she knows how to get things done.

She loves solving problems but also knows that the greatest accomplishment is closing a settlement with no stress and no snags. We can all relate to that.

Deanna recently became a grandmother, but since her new grandbaby lives in South Africa, there’s a lot of FaceTime involved. So instead she enjoys spoiling her four fur-babies. Read more

Selling a Home with Solar Panels? Know the Numbers and Make the Case

May 12, 2021

Solar panels have been showing up on the roofs and in the yards of more and more homes in recent years. So naturally, more homes with solar panels are hitting the market.

But this raises several questions — practical and financial — that must be addressed whether clients are interested in buying or selling a home with existing solar panels.

First, let’s start with some general awareness. Read more

Team Member Spotlight: Christine Tanglos

April 16, 2021

As vice president of Assurance Title, we know Christine Tanglos as a knowledgeable veteran of the title industry and a dynamic leader who helps keep our team running smoothly.

What we didn’t know — until now — is that we may never have had the opportunity to work with Christine had she followed through and chased her roller derby dreams.

Fortunately for us, she had an aversion to elbows to the face. Get the rest of the story and learn a lot more about Christine in this awesome Q&A. Read more

Team Member Spotlight: Eric Carter

March 29, 2021

Eric CarterIf you know Eric Carter, you know that he generally just goes by “Carter.” You also know that he is always up for an adventure, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done for his team and for our clients.

We’re fortunate to have Carter on the team at Assurance Title, and we hope to have him for a long time — at least until he escapes to Colorado to live his dream of snowboarding every day and cheering on his Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Read more

Team Member Spotlight: Alexandra Hahn

March 23, 2021

Alex HahnIf this were sports, the news would be calling this the blockbuster free agent signing of the year.

In the title industry, we just call it making an incredible team even stronger. We could not be more excited that we recently added Alexandra Hahn as our newest Senior Title Processor. She is absolutely one of the best in the business and extremely respected by agents and colleagues across the area. Read more

How Tenancy Status is Like Your Relationship Status

March 12, 2021

Facebook relationship status screenshotMost of us think of a “Tenant” as a person who rents from a landlord and has permission to use the property. So let’s think of “Tenancy” as owning and using the property.

If it’s just you, then tenancy can be listed as simply as Sole Ownership. If it’s more than one person, a title company will ask how you want to take title? You will be given the options of Tenants In Common, Joint Tenants, or Tenants by The Entireties. Read more

Survey Says … Location Drawings are Worth It

March 1, 2021

Location drawings What if I told you there was a major problem with the property you are about to buy? 

To identify the problem, YOU would need to read and visualize meets & bounds descriptions that read something like this:

Read more

Team Member Spotlight: Lindy Hartman

February 13, 2021

If you’ve had the opportunity to work with Senior Processor Lindy Hartman, you know don’t need us to tell you how great she is at her job.

Like so many other members of our team, Lindy is a big reason why so many agents — and buyers and sellers — keep coming Read more