Petition looks to allow closings to be done electronically for Maryland realtors
SALISBURY, Md. – Due to coronavirus concerns, a petition is now circulating online that’s looking to allow settlements to be done electronically in Maryland. Officials say right now, states like Virginia are able to use e-signatures when it comes to these closings. And now realtors in Maryland are looking to be able to do the same. Which is why they’re asking Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly to act immediately. Advocates say while they understand the severity of the coronavirus, they say they don’t want to halt business. And they say if this is allowed, it would make closings much easier for everyone involved.
“It just helps us help our clients to prevent the disease for one and to go to a settlement which is important. If you don’t settle, they’re still waiting to move out of the house, and the buyers are still waiting to move into their house,” said Realtor with Ashley Realty Group with ERA Martin & Associates, Nancy Ashley.
So far more than 19,000 people have signed the petition. 25,000 signatures are needed. For a link to the petition click here.