- July 17, 2017
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- UNDERWRITING - Delaware Realty Transfer Tax Increase Effective August 1, 2017
On July 2, 2017, the Governor signed into law House Bill 279, which increases the State portion of the realty transfer tax by 1%; whereby increasing the total transfer tax to 4%. This increase is effective for all contracts entered into as of August 1, 2017; and not the date of recording of the deed.
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