To Buy or Not to Buy?



So what should you do when your PCS orders to relocate to San Antonio arrive?

One of the most important questions that you have to settle is whether to buy a house in San Antonio, rent a house or choose military housing.

For most people, buying a home is fulfilling a dream. And, it is one of the largest investments one will ever make.

However, buying a home for military families tend to be more complicated because they move frequently and sometimes with short notice.

So, should you buy or not? Here are some reasons why you should consider purchasing your own home.

Where to Live in San Antonio 

When you buy your own home in San Antonio, you have the freedom to choose the neighborhood where you are going to stay. Does your family prefer an urban or a country lifestyle? These options may not be available with some military housing.

Do you have kids? Purchasing your own home also gives you greater control over the school district and your kid’s education. Remember that the neighborhood where you choose to settle will affect the amount of peace and quiet you have, lot size, proximity to shopping, entertainment, medical services, and anything else you might want or need.

Quality Housing

If you choose military housing during PCS season, there is no assurance that you will be assigned to a living area that meets your standards. In fact, in some areas it is easier to find high-quality private homes than adequate on-base homes. Purchasing your own home gives you the freedom to choose what type of home suits your needs.

  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms do your family need to live comfortably?
  • Is the amount of space you need now the same amount of space you’ll need in the future?


Living on base may make you feel connected to military community. However, there are some military personnel who prefer to buy homes because the idea of owning private property appeals to them. If you choose to live off base, you will have the opportunity to connect with the town and with the people in the community.


To find a home in San Antonio TX, contact Melissa Muse Wiggans, Broker and Owner of Real Estate Muses. She understands military families having grown up in one herself. A certified Military Relocation Specialist she can assist those who PCS to San Antonio. She has experience with VA loans and understands nuances of military moves, BAH calculations and fast timelines. Call 210-485-9913 or visit www.realestatemuses.com.

I’m very passionate about helping military families with their PCS move to San Antonio TX and am familiar with Randolph AFB, Lackland AFB, Fort Sam Houston and San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) – let me be of service to you!

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