Rent or Buy?

June 20th, 2012

One of the most common questions I receive deals with the old debate of rent versus buy.  Unlike most people, I’m not one to say one is right and the other is wrong.  The fact is that they both have their benefits and disadvantages.  It’s usually your own personal situation that will dictate which is the better option for you.

Do you plan on staying in the area for a while?  Then you should consider purchasing a home.  But if you’re only going to be in an area for a year or so, then renting is the more viable option.

Many studies have shown that home ownership boosts overall happiness in a person and is a universal desire.  There’s something truly special about having a place that’s your own. A place where you can make all the rules and live in a manner that is totally up to you.  Independence and home ownership are definite bedfellows.

Renting isn’t going to afford you the same type of freedom.  You’ll usually have a landlord and strict guidelines of what you can do and what you can’t.  But the benefit here is that most maintenance must be performed by the owner.  So while some of your independence may suffer, you’re also not completely responsible for the upkeep.  But there are things like security deposits to keep you from having too many wild times!  So be careful.

Next time I will discuss current market trends and provide some cool links as well.  Like always if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me a message!


A little introduction.

June 19th, 2012


My name is Alana Croker and I’m currently running Keller-Williams Waterside in beautiful Kemah, Texas.  I have been involved with real estate for over twenty years.  Phew!  Those years just flew by.  I am originally from Oklahoma, but have settled in the Galveston County area and have never looked back.  It’s truly a blessing to be able to work in such a wonderful area with so many wonderful people.

A lot of people ask me why I chose this career as a profession and my answer is always the same; I just love helping people find their home.  There is no greater sense of satisfaction than knowing you played a role in helping someone own their own piece of the American Dream.  Although the housing market has hit some turbulence in the last couple of years, there’s no doubt that home ownership is a desirable and necessary achievement for every able American citizen.

When I’m not underneath piles of documents, I enjoy spending time with my daughters and mellowing out to Jazz.  I look forward to regularly posting entries here and I hope you’ll check back regularly as I plan on providing little nuggets of wisdom, tips and information about the industry frequently.

If you have any questions about purchasing your home or just real estate in general, please don’t hestitate to contact me!