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How We Can Help You

PraiseBuildings.com is a one-stop resource for your house of worship.  Using our website, you can Buy, sell, or lease your house of worship or school.

  • Buy land to build your house of worship, religious complex, or retreat.
  • Engage a consultant to guide you through site selection, land development, and all phases of pre-construction and construction.
  • Hire a church property management company who can assist you with select tasks or run your entire operation.
  • Search our free-of-charge national database to source providers,such as pew upholstery, sound systems, and artists.
  • Search our archives for back issues of our magazine, religious property-related articles, and documents that you can use for your church office.

Our team of dedicated religious property professionals offers a full range of real estate services for the Mid-Atlantic area (Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, Delaware). We offer services including site selection services for congregations wanting to acquire land on which to build, representation services for congregations wanting to buy or sell an existing house of worship, and representation for adaptive repurposing of a shopping center, warehouse, or other space for conversion into a worship center. We also represent newly-planted churches who wish to lease space in business parks, store fronts, or other free-standing buildings.


During the past ten years I have successfully worked with Stephen Ferrandi as my real estate broker to handle the disposition of my real estate holdings. He has successfully worked for me handling the disposition of both transfer development rights (TDR’s) and a 21 acre parcel of ground in Howard County, Maryland. I hold him in the highest regard and wish him and Josh Halbedel continued success in the land brokerage business.
Bernhard Laukenmann

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Who We Are

Stephen J. Ferrandi,

Broker of Record / Director of Religious Property Brokerage

Coconut logs on an island in the Philippines during World War II formed the beginnings of what is today PraiseBuildings Religious Property Brokerage. My father, a young private who was good with tools, was told to fashion together some logs from coconut trees  to form a makeshift chapel, so that the army chaplain could celebrate Catholic mass.

After the war, my father's humble worship space endeavor evolved into something far greater than he ever imagined.  1956, he founded Church Restoration Services, which grew to become the mid-Atlantic's largest and most respected construction firm dedicated solely to houses of worship. Even at its apex, the firm was still very much a family business. As such, I cut my construction teeth as a young boy, spending time on job sites with my father, taking on my first summer job as a laborer at age 16, and eventually running the company until my father retired  in 1996. By that time, we had served more than 450 houses of worship, helping congregations build, plan, restore, and decorate the worship spaces they dreamed of. Having worked my way from water boy to CEO, I knew the church business from foundation to rafters.

In 1998, I had the opportunity to parlay all my church construction knowledge into a real estate practice, serving congregations by buying, selling, and leasing their land, churches, and schools. Today, my real estate practice offers proven professional representation to houses of worship throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

From my father's humble beginnings, PraiseBuildings Religious Property Brokerage has blossomed into the single source for all of the real estate needs for churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques in the mid-Atlantic. We have brokered over 400 million dollars in real estate deals and are dedicated to providing superior knowledge and excellent representation with every transaction. My decades of experience in working with congregations has led me to write hundreds of articles for magazines such as Your Church, Church Worship, Technology, and PraiseBuildings.com Report, as well for many internet sites dedicated to serving houses of worship. I am regularly invited to give presentations both nationally and regionally on the topics of church real estate issues and site selection. I look forward to meeting with you and the members of your building committee to discuss how we can serve you.

Josh Halbedel,

Sales Associate

A graduate of the Real Estate & Economic Development Program at the University of Baltimore, Josh joined the team in the spring of 2011. With a strong background in real estate auction marketing and sales, Josh has closed 10 million dollars in real estate auction transactions.   In his
former position as a principal in JHI Management, LLC, Josh orchestrated over 200 auction events for land, industrial offices, apartments and residential real estate. From 2004 to 2008, he was the top auction sales producer on a team of 30 associates.  Josh has solid experience in tailoring real estate agreements to purchase, sell, lease, finance, option, assign, 1031, and otherwise control real estate.  Active in the local and regional development industry,Josh is a Young Leaders Committee member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Baltimore and a member of the NAIOP Baltimore Chapter.

Prior to his real estate career, Josh completed a five-year term of service with the US Army Engineers, both stateside and abroad at Camp Casey, South Korea, and Camp Doha, Kuwait, where he was a Squad Leader / Sergeant, Combat Engineer, leading a team of heavy equipment operators in support of engineering operations including demolitions, site excavation, fortification and temporary bridge installation.  He was awarded multiple commendation medals for excellence in missions.