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Old 03-01-2008, 10:07 AM
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I work in DC and live in Montgomery County, when I bought my townhouse the market was very expensive but I love my area it is diverse, resourceful and quiet. If you are from a rural town I would look at Downtown Silver Spring, Kensington, Chevy Chase and Rockville. Montgomery County is a highly educated area mixed with a global diversity. The school systems are great and Montgomery County Police are the absolute BEST. Aside from Northern VA (which is too far a commute for you). This is it. Don't be alarmed by the pricing you may only find really old homes, condos and townhomes for that price. The property values in this area are stable despite the market, just take your time now is a great time to buy -Good Luck.
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:53 AM
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See if this link works -- it should take you to an MLS (realtors' database) list of houses for sale in Silver Spring around $400k (bottom of post).

So yes, like people have said, you can get a smaller, older house or a townhouse in Silver Spring for around $400k, and in general Silver Spring is a fine place to live. It is a diverse area, very close in to the city, right where your husband will be working, with pretty good schools. Sure there are fancier areas with better schools, but you could do a lot worse than Silver Spring I think.

Here's the link to the listings: Moderator cut: deleted link

Here's a website you can look at to check out the schools:


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Old 03-04-2008, 07:09 PM
Location: annapolis, md
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forget Severna Park for $400k. i would suggest looking in Howard County for a townhouse...it's very convenient to everything but you're going to pay for the conveience by having to buy a townhouse. if you're adamant about getting a house then look around jessup/elkridge...not as nice but safe and convenient still.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:54 PM
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Welcome to Maryland. You cannot beat the diversity and cultural opportunities you will have here. That said, you will not be greeted nor treated with the friendliness that you have in the Midwest - as someone posted above, that is part of the culture here. it is also very political/government driven and transient in the sense that people from all over the world come here to work for biotech/defense/government/etc. People are shocked when they find out that I have lived here, except for college, for my whole live and I'm almost 40. I know very, very few people who have done the same.

Use this calculator to figure out what your dollar will get you in Maryland. As a life long Marylander, born and raised in Montgomery County, you will not get much for $400K housewise. Fortunately, the market conditions are in your favor at this point - it is a great time to buy, especially in Montgomery County, whereas a year and a half ago you would get squat in the ghetto for $400K.

Cost of Living - Cost of Living Calculator from CNNMoney Note that it will tell you the percentage differences in housing, groceries, etc. Do it from your locale to Bethesda - Gaithersburg-Frederick MD (this "region" covers Silver Spring). Expect to be shocked when you see the numbers and make sure you use that information to get a good cost of living adjustment should you take this job. Property taxes are high, high high, especially in Montgomery County. I think it's around 68 cents per $100, I'm not sure (i live in Frederick city and it is higher). You really need to research all of this and make sure you are going to be adequately compensated financially coming over here.

Commuting is hard and expect to spend at minimum 50 minutes to 1 1/2 one way depending on where you live. inside the Beltway (which Silver Spring is in) will be much more expensive to live in. Go to HomesDatabase and you can compare Virginia and Maryland real estate. Silver Spring is in Montgomery County when you pull down the state, and then you have to do the county - make sure you put in Montgomery. Then you can do a search of all the Silver Spring zip codes (you'll see where they are listed) and see what you can get from whatever search criteria you are entering.

Personally, there is not enough money in the world to get me to live in Va and commute to Maryland. As someone already said, a river (namely, the Potomac) runs through it and therefore you are severely limited in how to get over. One fender bender and your commute is shot to you-know-where.

Good luck!
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