When First ROW opened in 2002, we began with over fifteen years of experience in right of way issues. Our extensive knowledge of state and federal requirements is matched by our knack for finding cost savings and suggesting other efficiencies that often help secure the right of way ahead of schedule.

Since 2002, we’ve acquired property rights for state highways, local roads, municipal utilities, sidewalks, bike paths and airports. Our portfolio extends across the state, with projects ranging in size from 1 to 100+ parcels. We’d be happy to extend our skills and experience to you.

First ROW, Inc. provides real estate acquisition services for public agencies, in conjunction with appraisers, attorneys, engineering firms and title companies. We work statewide on projects involving all phases of right of way.

We are on MDOT’s approved list of Real Estate Contractors and certified as a DBE in the State of Michigan.

The majority of First ROW projects have involved State and Federal funds.

Real estate functions are performed in accordance with:

     • Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act (Act 87)

     • 49 CFR Part 24: Uniform Relocation Assistance and        Real Property Acquisition for Federal and
       Federally-Assisted Programs

     • All local, state, and federal laws, procedures, and        regulations



President and Owner

Margaret received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She spent eight years in the private sector, including a role as an on-staff appraiser for First Federal of Michigan, before joining the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Real Estate Division in 1988. Her 14 years with MDOT included responsibilities as the Condemnation Unit Supervisor and later culminated as the Project Supervisor of real estate acquisition for M-6/South Beltline, a 20 mile, limited access freeway, near Grand Rapids. Margaret then founded First ROW, which specializes in real estate acquisition services for public agencies. She is licensed in Michigan as a Real Estate Broker and Certified General Appraiser.

Winner of the 1997 MDOT Director’s Award.