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Land Lessons

LAND LESSONS- What are the differences between a site plan and a plot plan? 

Plot Plans are scaled drawings that indicate the size, shape, and location of the lot as well as any improvements that have occurred. Most plot plans include the location of utility lines, trees, and fences. Plot plans are typically reserved for a smaller individual project – the construction of a single-family home, installation of a…
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LAND LESSONS- Land Ownership 

Your right to own property started in 1779 with the establishment of the Virginia Land Act.   The area of land known as the American Colonies was established by the King of England and owned by degree under the feudal system. The king would issue land grants to noble men, or generals and these people would…
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LAND LESSONS- What is the Maryland Agriculture Recapture Tax? 

In an effort to promote the raising of livestock or the growing of agricultural outputs such as grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, Maryland assesses land used for productive agriculture at a lower taxable value. This yields the tax on a farmer’s field in the hundreds of dollars rather than thousands of dollars compared if the…
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LAND LESSONS- Phase One Environmental Site Assessment  

What is a Phase One Environmental Site Assessment?  You’re a developer searching for a great site for a residential community driving a road you seldom drive. You see water and sewer lines being installed, new homes under construction, as well as a new grocery-anchored shopping center.   A mile down the road, you see a homemade “For…
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LAND LESSONS- What is Lot Line Adjustment?

What is lot line adjustment?   A lot line adjustment is the process that involves altering the property lines of existing parcels of land in order to create two or more properties with different legal property boundaries than before the adjustment.   Depending on local regulations one may merge up to 4 adjoining parcels into one single…
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LAND LESSONS- What is an Acre? 

What is an Acre?  Acre comes from a term used in the Middle Ages meaning how much land a man could plough with a team of oxen during a single day – sun up to sun down. It is traditionally defined as the area of one chain by one furlong (66 by 660 feet), which is…
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Citybiz Interview with Stephen J. Ferrandi, President of Empire Argenti Companies

By Edwin Warfield Career | You’ve done a lot of things in your 56 years – left home at the age of 14 to and studied for five years to be a Catholic priest, started a magazine publishing business at the age of 19, renovated churches and synagogues at the age of 26 and became a…
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759-unit housing development in the works near White Marsh Mall

By Melody Simmons Baltimore Business Journal A 759-unit development is in the works for a large parcel of mostly undeveloped land near White Marsh Mall in eastern Baltimore County. The 125-acre Villages at White Marsh will sit off Bucks School House Road and Perry Hall Boulevard, about two miles off Interstate 95, and stretch north…
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Maryland Land Advisors to Create a 360-Unit Residential Project from the 135- Acre Unger Farm in Hagerstown

Stephen J. Ferrandi, President of Maryland Land Advisors, is proud to announce that his firm has been awarded the assignment to entitle and sell residential building lots from the 135-acre Unger Farm. The project, to be developed as Virginia Commons, will consist of single-family detached and duplex homesites, and a large community park or common…
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