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Rabock, Home Buyer in Rockville, MD

Help! Olney (Sherwood High cluster) versus Rockville/N. Potomac (Wootten High) - which is a better deal?House values? Schools? Commute? Taxes? Other?

Asked by Rabock, Rockville, MD Thu Mar 7, 2013

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I can't comment on your commute since I don't know where you work, but my vote would be for Olney. Aside from the value being better, Olney is much more of a community than North Bethesda.
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If you want to know which cluster had the greatest scores that were released in February visit the link below for the results:


In therms of house values, both areas are consistent with home values due to their desireable school district. But this is a decision that you have to consider when looking to purchase a home. You have to look at your needs and wants (finances, what you want from a community, schools you want your children to attend, etc) and then decide. Feel free to visit my website http://www.rholston.realtyeliteclubhomes.com and on the home page school down and click on neighborhood trend to recieve your free report on the neighborhoods you looking into. If you need any assistance feel free to contact me and we can discuss your options.

Rocsheen Holston, Realtor
Realty Direct, Inc
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 8, 2013
Rabock, the best way to answer your question is to view the report on both towns. Your feedback is important to me. Please let me know what your thought are about the information provided.

Thank you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 23, 2013
Hi...your best bet is to take a multi-pronged approach: identify the things that are most important to you and your family: schools, commute, house type, parking, basement, mortgage payment, etc. Then speak with lenders, Realtors, friends, relatives, and start looking at some of the neighborhoods in your areas of interest. Look during the day, at night and on weekends. As some of the others have mentioned there is a plethora of info. on the internet regarding demographics for schools, locations, incomes, etc. Great time to buy as interest rates are incredibly low and there a number of programs with little or no down payment required. Good luck ... http://www.homesdatabase.com/billagnostak
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 10, 2013
I like both areas. Home prices in Wootton are considerably higher than those in Sherwood. You're the only one who can decide which schools and commute location is best for you. Here's a guide for home prices by school cluster: http://mocorealestate.com/schools/home-prices/

Good luck with your home search.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 7, 2013
Been using this guide - very helpful. Thank you!
Flag Thu Mar 7, 2013
We cannot answer that for you:
Is your decision going to be 100% financial?
If you're looking at schools, there must be some consideration for your Family.

To answer your question:
Make up a Ben Franklin Balance sheet: Make two columns, list each consideration; without prejudice, you will have one column longer than the other. Objectively, you have your answer.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 7, 2013
Good advice -- not totally financial -- looking for friendly, family community --with good schools and decent commute. Commute is to downtown DC area (not even sure you call it "downtown"!!) but near Dupont Circle - figure we'd take Shady Grove Metro.
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