PraiseBuildings Sells More Religious Property than Any Brokerage in the Mid-Atlantic.

PraiseBuildings Religious Property Brokerage sells more houses of worship than any brokerage in the Mid-Atlantic. Our team focuses exclusively on the sale and leasing of religious property, including churches, synagogues, temples, schools, daycares, camps, retreats, parsonages, and land. According to CoStar (the multiple list service for commercial property), we sell one of every two religious properties transacted by brokers in the Greater Baltimore metro area.  

Because we have been selling churches since 1998, our team understands the needs of congregations, and we rely on our vast experience and knowledge to achieve success for our clients.   

If you’re looking for a trustworthy, dedicated partner to buy, sell or evaluate your religious property, let’s connect today.

In 1998, Stephen Ferrandi, Broker of Record, founded PraiseBuildings as a natural extension of his father’s Church Renovation company. Since then, the PraiseBuildings team has grown to five dedicated team members, led by Barb Bindon, who has been selling churches since 2010. This year, Barb and her team put over $10 million dollars of religious property under contract, ranging in price from $50,000 to $2,600,000.

PraiseBuildings knows churches. Let us put our experience to work for your congregation.

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Stephen J. Ferrandi

Broker

In 1998, Stephen Ferrandi incorporated PraiseBuildings as an extension of his father’s Church Renovation Services company.

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Barbara K. Bindon

Associate

Since 2010, Barbara Bindon, COO, CFO, has worked in commercial real estate with a concentration in religious property brokerage.

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Josh Halbedel

Associate

Josh Halbedel has been involved in the real estate industry since completing his enlistment with the United States Army.

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5 Things to Know When Buying a New Church or House of Worship

September 24, 2021

If you have decided to expand your ministry and want to buy a new house of worship, here are a few pointers to consider before you begin the process: 1. Make sure you understand your borrowing strength – before you start shopping Many banks will not, as a matter of policy, lend money to churches,…

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Roofing/Ceiling

May 9, 2021

As important as it is to ensure the walls are water tight, it is equally as important to know the roof system is sturdy. Too many times, congregations will spend many tens of thousands of dollars on interior beautification, simply because they are easier projects for which to raise money than the non-glitzy roof repair.…

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When Not to Build

April 9, 2021

To determine how best to design their facility, I first met with the church board for four hours on a Saturday morning. Next I spent several days studying the church’s ministries, finances, and use of facilities. Finally, I felt like I had the facts I needed to draft my proposal. I met with the board…

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Should We Relocate?

April 9, 2021

Community Survey a 20-minute driving radius surrounding the church. (We can interpret a PERCEPT church demographic study for you.) Is the population increasing or decreasing? What is the percentage distribution of preschool, school age, and adults? Is there an ethnicity that you are not ministering to? Who are the prevalent adult groups you could be…

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Walk Through the Church Facility: The Fellowship Hall

April 9, 2021

What should you plan to construct? What can you afford? What is the cost difference between a sports facility and fellowship hall? Could we worship in the same facility? What functions are to be facilitated in this building? The first question to be answered is, “What functions are to be facilitated in this building?” The…

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Administrative Offices

April 9, 2021

When designing the administrative office portion of the PraiseBuilding, it should be placed close to the main entrance area. The placement of the administrative offices should allow one to enter the PraiseBuilding to take care of administrate business without wandering throughout the complex. Additionally, by placing the offices closest to a main entrance, one can…

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Kitchen

April 9, 2021

The term “Kitchen” when applied to a PraiseBuilding means specifically a room used for the preparation and cooking of food. Don’t use this term if the only use will be to make coffee for an after-service fellowship. The reason for this admonition is that a “kitchen” in buildings of assembly, come under the health and…

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Walk Through the Church Facility: The Day School

April 9, 2021

During the school week Monday through Friday there are over 600 Kindergarten Four through Grade Twelve day school students in my sample church classroom and nursery facilities. Nearly all the classrooms have school desks for the students. Most elementary classrooms have all walls covered with school lessons; some classrooms have displays hanging from the entire…

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Classrooms

April 9, 2021

The rule here is simple: Make the room as large as possible for its intended purpose. Use operable partitions to turn larger spaces into smaller ones while still retaining the flexibility to serve multiple purposes. Consider location of restrooms and whether restrooms will be “child friendly.”When considering bookshelves, toy bins and other room furnishings make…

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Walk Through the Church Facility: The Nursery Suite

April 9, 2021

When I was a baby, the nursery suite in the small-town/rural church was the pine benches in the congregational service. These benches were made of a wide and narrow pine board for the seat, and two narrow boards for the back rest. According to my mother, I could lie on the bench on my stomach…

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