A perc test is only going to tell you if the water on the property drains. You have a septic already, so you know it will, unless you are having the perc test done in another area where you want to move your drain field, which you said you have no room for. Also remember that perc tests are only good for a limited time, so if you have to build a new drain field in 10 years, another perc test will have to be performed. If you have room for a mound septic, it may decrease your value, but it's a better option than having no septic at all.... more
My personal experience of Crownsville in general is that is a both a quiet and safe area. Though your definition of safe and quiet might be different from mine.Ii recommend visiting the area you are intereste in at different times and days to get a better feel for the area. Police reports can provide statistics about crime. Traffic is another issue some roads have heavier traffic than others.
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Real estate sales professionals should be careful not to appraise real estate without a license. Your responses should state that it is your opinion of what you would market the property for in the open market.
Just as an appraiser might not be the best person to market real estate, most real estate agents know very little about the basics of real estate valuation.
Land appraisal assignments can be especially difficult. It is not reasonable to assume that because one 5 acre site sells for $500K that a 10 acre site may be worth 1 million. I would suggest to the person who inherited this land to contact 2 or 3 certified appraisers (and not me). A complex property like this usually can't appraised using Zillow or some online chat room. Spend the money it may save you thousands!... more