What to Do with Rest of Summer in Katy TX

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Katy TX Summer Activities

It’s hard to believe, this year especially, that summer is already winding down. As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to share some summer activity options here in Katy, so you can make the most of the summer weeks we still have left! As always, if you have Katy real estate market goals you’d like to achieve before summer’s end, give me a call. I’d love to help!

1.  Go fishing. There are lots of great places to go fishing in Katy, but if you’re looking for a family-friendly spot that won’t be too crowded, Katy Magazine shared some spots that are a little more hidden. These include fishing holes at Mary Jo Peckham Park, Mason Creek, Grand Lakes, Bear Creek and others. Choose a spot and make a day of it!

2.  Cool off with dessert. There is no better season to enjoy a delicious ice cream or gelato dessert! Katy has plenty of fun options. Creamistry prepares your dessert with liquid nitrogen and has 50 customizable flavors and toppings. Bubble Egg delivers a Hong Kong classic with numerous ice cream flavors and toppings paired with an egg waffle. Somi Somi has a Koren “Ah-Boong” dessert with goldfish-shaped waffle cones stuffed with a filling and soft serve. Freezy Frenzy has rolled ice cream. There are so many interesting varieties of frozen desserts to choose from!

3.  Go hiking or biking. Getting outside and getting exercise are both great ways to reduce stress and improve your health this summer. There are lots of places to walk or bike outdoors in Katy, within neighborhoods and at local parks. Bear Creek Park has a 2-mile walking trail. Eagle Ranch West Pocket Park has a 0.67-mile walking trail. George Bush Hike and Bike Trail has 11.36 miles of trail. Mason Creek Hike & Bike Trail is 2.35 miles with fishing access. Rick Rice Park has a 1-mile trail and a 20-mile trail. Check out the whole list to help you plan!

4.  Dine out. Support local restaurants and food trucks by giving yourself a night off from cooking! Whether you dine on a local patio, or grab food to go and eat it at home or in a park, you’ve got lots of options. Here’s a list of local food trucks, including Mingo’s Latin Kitchen, Bahama Mama’s, Daddy Duncan’s BBQ and more. Here’s a list of local restaurants with outdoor patios, including Antonia’s Italian Ristorante, Baker Street Pub & Grill, Black Walnut Cafe, Dish Society, Local Table, TaD’s Louisiana Cooking and many more.

You could also spend your last summer weeks going swimming, playing in the backyard, taking a mini road trip vacation, or spending time tackling clutter in your home, or completing home maintenance checklists. If you want to buy a Katy home or sell your Katy home before the end of summer, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here and ready to answer all of your questions and to guide you through the process, until your Katy real estate goals have been accomplished!

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Improve Your Katy TX Outdoor Space

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Backyard Upgrades for Katy TX Homeowners

This summer, homeowners are spending more time at home. Because people love to be outside during the summertime, this means homeowners are also spending more time in their backyards, and making upgrades and improvements to their outdoor space. Not only does this make outdoor space more fun and entertaining, but it can also increase your home value when you go to sell!

As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to share some of the top trends for this summer, and tips on how you can improve your own outdoor space, if you haven’t already.

According to Google Trends data from this summer, these are the most popular backyard trends, based on what people searched for on Google in the past six months:

  • Patio daybeds saw a 257 percent increase in Google searches. Can’t go wrong with some added outdoor comfort!
  • Small-space outdoor furniture saw a 243 percent increase in Google searches. Round or curved furniture is great for opening up small spaces.
  • Backyard bars saw a 192 percent increase. Outdoor kitchens saw a 106 percent increase. Eating outside is a great way to keep your inside cool during the summer. This could be anything from a grill set up with shelves for utensils, or a portable bar counter set up, to an all-out built-in setup.
  • Bright colors are making outdoor spaces more joyful, with “lemon yellow” seeing a 103 percent increase, and coral seeing a 50 percent increase. Ways to add color include furniture, furniture cushions, outdoor rugs or pillows, outdoor silverware, table umbrellas, curtains, etc.
  • Outdoor tiles saw a 174 percent increase. This is just one more way that homeowners are bringing the inside out. These work great on a covered patio or outdoor kitchen space.
  • Planters and gardens are gaining popularity, as planter searches were up 172 percent and planter walls were up 156 percent. Planters and gardens are a great way to add colorful foliage, shade and extra privacy to your outdoor space. If your space is small, vertical planters work great!
  • Fire pits never went out of style, but they’re even more popular now, with searches up 148 percent. Whether built-in or portable, backyard fire pits are a great way to gather the family for s’mores, music, stories or just peaceful together time.

What are some other ways you’ve improved your backyard space this summer? Fences are more popular, so kids and pets can roam freely. Backyard pools are popular, whether permanent or temporary, especially in the heat of Katy TX! Families with young kids have added playgrounds, jumpy houses, lawn games, water gadgets and more. There are lots of options available!

As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you’re enjoying your home and outdoor space this summer as much as possible. If this pandemic has made you realize that your home isn’t ideally set up for you, give me a call for help buying and/or selling in the Katy real estate market! Let’s find you a home that better suits you and your family’s growing needs in this changing world.

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Katy TX

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Fourth of July Fun in Katy TX

Though many 4th of July events have been canceled, it’s still a holiday weekend in Katy TX! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to offer you some tips on how to celebrate America’s Independence Day. Whether heading out to an event, or staying close to home, there are plenty of ways to have fun this July 4th weekend.

1.  City of Katy and Typhoon Texas are still hosting their annual fireworks show, with fireworks starting at 9 p.m. on July 4 at Katy Mills Mall! Event attendees are requested to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. All other planned activities have been canceled. Stake out a great spot early on to watch the fireworks!

2.  Outside of Katy, you can find fireworks at Shell Freedom Over Texas in Houston with live performances, and in Magnolia, Tomball, Rosenberg and Alvin. Sugar Land is hosting a virtual Fourth of July celebration and is offering Patriotic Take Home Party Packages for residents. More details on all of these events can be found here.

3.  What’s 4th of July weekend without some delicious barbecue? Katy has no shortage of that! Options include Midway Barbecue, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Harris County Smokehouse, Chuckwagon BBQ & Burgers, Brett’s Barbecue Shop, Red River BBQ & Grill, Spring Creek Barbecue and many, many others. Some of these are open for dine-in, some just for takeout or delivery. Call ahead and make reservations if dining in, or take it to go to enjoy a picnic.

4.  Go swimming! We’re in the peak of summer, nothing feels better than jumping into cool waters. Make reservation at Typhoon Texas Water Park, as they have timed entries right now. Head to your community pool if it’s open, or call your favorite public pool to see if it’s open. West Memorial is tentatively opening on July 4. If you have a backyard pool, or a kiddie pool, or even a sprinkler or slip ‘n slide, enjoy that at home!

5.  Host a 4th of July party. Invite your family or close friends over, if you feel comfortable doing so, or just throw a party for those who live in your house. Get red, white and blue decorations and have everyone wear their most patriotic outfits! Make fun red, white and blue recipes, like popsicles or cupcakes with colored frosting. Grill in the backyard with easy sides everyone loves. Make it a potluck if inviting guests. Make snow cones. Play yard games. Listen to patriotic music. Have a blast!

As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you enjoy Independence Day this weekend however you decide to celebrate! When ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals this summer, as a buyer, seller or both, I am here and ready to help. The rest of summer tends to fly by after the holiday, so don’t wait to accomplish your goals! Mortgage rates are historically low, buyers are eager, homes are selling fast, and I am here to help guide you every step of the way.

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How to Celebrate Father’s Day in Katy TX

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Katy TX Father’s Day Activities

This coming weekend is Father’s Day, so if you don’t have a plan for celebrating dad yet, as your Katy real estate agent, I’ve put together a guide to help you plan! While you may have to think a little more creatively this year, there are still plenty of great ways to celebrate dad in or near Katy TX:

1.  Go camping. We’ve all been cooped up at home, so this weekend is a great opportunity to go camping as a family and spend all your time outdoors! Some nearby camping options include Huntsville State Park, Livingston State Park, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Galveston Island State Park, Jellystone Park & Campgrounds, and more. These range anywhere from less than an hour from Katy, to four hours away.

2.  If you don’t want to commit to a whole weekend of camping, another great option is to get up early and plan a hike or bike ride on a nearby trail! You’ve got options in Cross Creek Ranch, Cinco Ranch, Elyson and more. You could also head to a nearby park, such as Bear Creek Park, Cullen Park, Eagle Ranch West Pocket Park, Fry Road Park and others. Find a whole list here!

3.  If dad doesn’t feel like grilling this weekend, take him to ErmaRose Winery in North Katy for some wine and BBQ! Daddy Duncan’s BBQ food truck now has a permanent location at the winery and will be serving up delicious food every Friday and Saturday night starting at 5 p.m.

4.  How long has it been since dad has been out to dinner at a restaurant? Effective June 12, restaurants are able to be open for dine-in at 75 percent occupancy. If dad has a favorite Katy restaurant, call ahead to make sure they are open and try to make a reservation. Here is a list of restaurants open at LaCenterra. There is still the option of takeout or delivery as well, to enjoy at home!

5.  Head to a pool to cool off, or head to Typhoon Texas for some water park fun! If you plan to visit Typhoon Texas, you must call ahead and make reservations. If you plan on visiting a community pool or public pool, visit the website or call ahead to see if there are any special requirements you need to follow right now.

6.  Enjoy a staycation at home. If you’d rather stay safe at home, there are plenty of ways to have fun while doing so this Father’s Day. Make dad his favorite meal, or have dad grill his favorite food in the backyard. Play yard games, watch dad’s favorite movie together, go camping in your backyard, splash around in your pool if you have one, cook s’mores in a fire pit, go for a bike ride around your neighborhood. Do whatever dad loves most!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! If you’ve got goals this summer for buying/selling in the Katy real estate market, give me a call. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you out!

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Benefits of Homeownership in Katy, TX

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Katy TX Homeownership Perks

The pandemic has caused a disturbance in our lives and our goals. While Katy real estate market activity slowed down for a bit, it’s picking back up for summer. Home prices are still high, sellers are listing, sales are increasing, and buyers are out and eager, thanks to historically low mortgage rates!

If you have a dream of owning a home in Katy, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help make that goal a reality for you this summer. There are so many perks to homeownership, financial and non-financial. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Net worth – Homeownership builds your family’s net worth. Studies find that the median family net worth for all homeowners increased by nearly 15 percent since 2013, while the net worth of renters has declined 9 percent since 2013.

Financial security – It’s easier to have financial security, especially during troubled times, when you own, thanks to equity, value appreciation and set monthly mortgage costs. Your monthly payment won’t suddenly go up if you have a fixed-rate mortgage, unlike rent, and you have the value of your home to fall back on in emergencies.

Pride of ownership – Homeowners feel proud to have a place to call their own. Once you own, you’ll understand how good it feels, especially during uncertain times. It is, after all, part of what is considered the American Dream!

Civic participation – Homeowners are more interested in being involved in their neighborhood and community when they own and have a stake in the location. Homeownership increases a sense of community and increases civic engagement.

Privacy, safety and stability – Homeowners can enjoy a comfortable private space that is all their own, and homeowners tend to feel more safe and secure in their own homes than shared space or rentals. Homeowners tend to stay in one place longer, which makes it easier to get to know your neighbors.

Personal expression – As the owner of a home, you have the ability to make whatever changes you want to your living space, which is a great way to show off personal expression and creativity.

Economic benefits – The benefits of homeownership extend beyond your own front door and community, too. Housing-related expenses account for more than one-sixth of America’s economic activity. Homeownership helps drive GDP growth, as a study shows that every 10 percent increase in total housing market wealth translates to approximately $147 billion in additional consumer spending. Wow! Homeownership is also a forced savings, which provides homeowners with entrepreneurial opportunities. This is all great news for our economy and for individual possibilities.

You can find links to the studies mentioned in this KCM article. When you are ready to buy, sell or both this summer in the Katy real estate market, give me a call! If you have questions about the process, or about current market conditions, give me a call. As your Katy real estate agent, I am always here and ready to help you out in whatever way I can. Let’s make your real estate goals a reality this summer!

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What To Do This Memorial Day Weekend in Katy TX

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Katy TX Memorial Day Activities

This weekend is Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer in Katy TX, but it’s not the usual weekend of festivals and events due to COVID-19 closures and cancellations. Still, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on some fun options you have for your holiday weekend. Make the most of it and get excited for the summer season!

1.  Sign up for the Remember the Fallen Virtual 21K Run Walk and get your exercise in for a great cause! This run pays tribute to those who have died in service to our country. Once you register, a race packet will be mailed to you. Choose any location to run or walk your race, indoors or outdoors, and then submit your results for medals and bragging rights. You’ve got until June 15 to complete it!

2.  Restaurants and shops in Katy TX are open for business at 25 percent capacity. It’s wise to call your favorite local business to see what your options are, and if reservations are needed. LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch has a list of restaurants open for dine-in and stores open for shoppers available on their website. Restaurants are still open for curbside, pickup or delivery as well, grab some food and have a picnic at a park or in your backyard!

3.  Head outside for some fresh air at local parks or trails. The paths are open for walking and biking, making it a great option for family activity this weekend. Here’s a list of walking trails within Katy city limits, and here’s a list of hiking trails near Katy. Practice social distancing and plan ahead, as playgrounds, bathrooms and pavilions are still closed at this time.

4.  Enjoy other outdoor activities. Some sports and recreation activities have resumed, with only four participants at a time, such as pools and tennis courts. If you live in a community, check with your HOA or clubhouse for rules specific to your community, or call your favorite public amenity for the latest updates. If you have a backyard pool, this weekend is a great opportunity to open it!

5.  Speaking of home, this weekend is also a great time to accomplish some of the home maintenance or home improvement projects you’ve been wanting to do. Spend time outdoors pruning trees and shrubs, planting gardens, fertilizing lawn, and cleaning grill and outdoor furniture. You might be spending a lot of time in your backyard this summer! Inside, seal any gaps around windows for better energy efficiency, clean ceiling fans, inspect air conditioner, etc.

Enjoy your weekend and the start of summer. Get creative with activities to keep you busy! If you have buying/selling goals you’d like to achieve in the Katy real estate market this summer, give me a call, your Katy real estate agent. I am here to answer any questions you may have, and to guide you through the entire process!

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How To Make Your Katy TX Home More Tranquil

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Katy TX Tranquil Home Space

Are you sick of your Katy TX home yet? With adults working from home, and kids schooling from home, a lot of homeowners are experiencing more time and stress in their home environment. Now is a great time to determine how to make your home more tranquil, a place where people want to hang out, and a place where you can melt your stress away!

As your Katy real estate agent, I’ve put together a few suggestions. Realtor Magazine shared that 32 percent of homeowners said they already had taken on both big and small DIY house projects during the pandemic, and 15 percent said they plan to soon. So, now is as good a time as any to make your house the home you prefer!

1.  Decide what relaxes you. Before you can create a nook to zen out in, you have to decide what your corner of paradise would look like. How do you like to decompress? Do you love to read? Do you love to take baths? Do you love to end the work day with a cocktail? Do you love spending time outdoors? This will help you plan your next move.

2.  Set aside space in your home. Decide where your tranquil nook will go. If you have a spare room, you can deck it out with whatever make you happy – Bookshelves, a comfy chair or couch, houseplants, etc. If you don’t have that much space to work with, what corner of what room could you move things around in? You put a desk in a closet to make a private-ish office, create a mini bar with a TV stand, make a spa in the bathroom with some candles and soft music, or hang a hammock outside.

3.  Create an atmosphere. Think about what will bring you the most joy, or relaxation, or whatever it is you’re going for. Think color schemes, such as bright colors to bring you a vacation-like feel, calm colors to feel zen, or neutral colors to help you focus. Add pops of color, such as flowers or plants, or throw pillows or rugs, to make the space feel homier.

4.  Organize. Clutter is shown to stress homeowners out, so find ways to organize. If your kids are spreading toys around, have color-coordinated bins for each type of toy, so it’s easier to put them away. Create a toy room, so the toys stay in one space. Dedicate a time of day, or a day of the week, to clean up clutter, so it remains manageable while our homes are ‘lived in’ more than usual.

More ideas: Create separations between your work space and living space, so the two don’t blend together and it still feels like you’re leaving work. Create space outside to enjoy, even if it’s just foldout chairs or a chair and table. Any type of sitting space outdoors can help lead you there. Create an inspiration board you can hang wherever need be, full of your favorite quotes, photos, etc.

How have you made your home more tranquil during the pandemic? Share a tip in the comments! If you’re ready to buy or sell in the Katy real estate market, give me a call. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help guide you through the home-selling and/or home-buying process. Real estate never stops, so why should you put your goals on hold? Contact me, let’s discuss your options!

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Virtual Offerings in Katy TX Area

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Virtual fitness options in Katy

There are so many virtual offerings online right now, you might not even know where to start! One great place to start is locally. Many local businesses and nonprofits are hosting virtual offerings, so as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on some of these. They are a great way to help support local businesses during this difficult time!

1.  Katy’s Brookwood Community is a local nonprofit that depends on sales of numerous items and events, many which are not happening right now. Help support them by heading to their website to view all of their available products that are for sale. They are all 20 percent off plus free shipping through April 30. The Brookwood Community Garden Center is also offering a 20 percent discount and is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Their cafe is open for to-go orders from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2.  This coming weekend is the annual Smilin’ Rylen Run, which benefits LifeGift, Ronald McDonald House Houston, Emma’s Hugs and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. You can still sign up for this event through April 24, as it will occur virtually this year. Participants can run anytime and anywhere as long as they meet their 5K or 1-mile distance. Races must be submitted by May 15 to receive a medal and race bag.

3.  Houston Zoo is celebrating Earth Day with virtual events all this week. From 11 to 11:30 a.m., head to their Facebook page for Facebook Live events, where you can view different animal and nature exhibits and learn more about them. They also have an Earth Day challenge happening, where you can win a free zoo membership.

4.  Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market was canceled, so they set up a Virtual 2020 Nutcracker Marketplace on Facebook! Join the group to view what each of the merchants has available to purchase this season. One hundred percent of all sales from the group go directly to each merchant. This will run through the end of this month.

5.  There are many ways to take virtual workout classes from local Katy businesses. Options include Vibe Fitness, who has a group portal with workouts and more, Pure Barre, who offers one week of unlimited livestream classes, free virtual workouts on the Villa Sport Athletic Club and Spa’s website, and many more. There are also plenty of virtual fitness options available from Houston businesses.

If you know of more exciting virtual offerings in the Katy TX area, leave a comment and let us know. As your Katy real estate agent, I have lots of virtual offerings in the way of listings! If you’d like to sell, but or both in the Katy real estate market this spring, I can help you out. Give me a call and let’s discuss your virtual options right now. From phone calls to video chats to virtual tours, my team is here for you! We look forward to guiding you through these ever-changing times.

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How to Buy a Katy TX Home Virtually

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Virtual home-buying in Katy TX

Real estate isn’t exactly business as usual right now, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Katy real estate market is still alive and active! If you need to buy and/or sell this spring, as your Katy real estate agent, I am still here for you. We can discuss your needs virtually and go from there. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

If buying a Katy home is on your spring to-do list, let’s talk about your virtual options. Luckily, we live in an age where technology can really help us out! If you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands, and you spend a lot of your day browsing the internet, now may be the perfect time for you to begin your house hunt.

Listings are still active in the Katy real estate market, so there is no better time to browse listings and see if there are a few that interest you. Check out the photos and details of each house. If you find yourself very interested, give me a call! I can set up a showings for you via FaceTime or virtual. You can enjoy seeing homes from the comfort of your own home!

Realtor.com shared some tips for buyers who are searching virtually:

1.  Read the descriptions carefully and read between the lines to learn more about the home. Pay attention to any potential red flags, such as if there are photos missing of certain areas of the house, or if the home is considered a ‘fixer upper.’ Write down any questions you come up with to ask your agent.

2.  If the listing includes a video, ask the agent if they have any more footage that may have gotten cut, or ask for a live virtual tour via FaceTime, where you can request to see more of certain areas of a home and ask any questions you may have.

3.  If you really like a home after seeing the virtual tour, ask to see the seller disclosure, which outlines any known problems with the home’s structure, as well as the age of various features in the home, and any home improvements that have been done.

4.  Do a lot of research on the surrounding neighborhood, community, local businesses, schools, etc., which should be pretty easy with the internet.

5.  Accept that you may not be able to tour the home live right now. In this case, you can wait until you can view the home live, you can drive by to view the exterior and neighborhood if you live nearby, or you can choose to buy the home unseen. For your safety, when needed, we can add the COVID-19 Addendum to your contract, which allows you to back out if need be.

As always, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help! Whether buying, selling or both, give me a call and let’s discuss your options. Time is on your side, let’s use it to accomplish your goals in the Katy real estate market!

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How You Can Help During COVID-19 Outbreak in Katy TX

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Spring has sprung in Katy TX, but it doesn’t look quite like we thought it would! With most of the city shut down for the time being, to help stop the spread of COVID-19, you might be wondering how to fill your time at home, and also what you can do to help businesses and community members, if you are healthy and well. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on some of your options!

1.  If you have food to spare, you can donate to the Katy Christian Ministries food pantry, which serves about 140 families per day. If you don’t want to leave your home, you can even ship your donations. If you do drop off, hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They are mostly in need of canned meats, canned fruit, rice/pasta, cereals, shampoo, deodorant, bar soap, diapers, baby wipes and powdered laundry soap.

2.  Donate money to Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to housebound Houston-area seniors, who are one of the groups most at risk to COVID-19. Meals on Wheels has accelerated its food deliveries and needs help raising funds. It’s also looking for volunteers to help deliver supplies, and to check in with seniors in the community and offer support over the phone.

3.  Continue to support your favorite local businesses in Katy TX however you can! Many restaurants are offering takeout, delivery or curbside pickup options right now, even if they don’t normally offer takeout. Call your favorite restaurants and see what they are offering and how you can order. If your favorite businesses are shops or services, call or visit their websites to see if they offer online shopping. If not, you can purchase gift cards for the future, to help keep them afloat right now.

4.  Adopt or foster a pet! Social distancing is putting a strain on all businesses, and this includes animal rescues and shelters. If you find yourself working from home, or homeschooling your kids, your family might have more time to care for a pet than otherwise. Shelters may run low on supplies, or volunteers to help run them, so now is a great time to care for a pet, whether it’s temporary or permanent. It’s also a great way to improve the spirits of your family members while stuck at home!

5.  Check in on neighbors, family and friends. You can do your part just by checking in with those you know and love in your community. See if there are any seniors, pregnant women or anyone immunocompromised that you could grocery shop for, or cook for, or just offer support and conversation to during this time. Video chat with anyone you know who lives alone, or anyone feeling the emotional burden of this experience. Offer to watch kids of friends or family who have to continue working while the kids are at home. We are all in this together!

If there is anything I can do for you during this time, don’t hesitate to reach out! If you would still like to accomplish your Katy real estate goals this spring, give me a call. Real estate never stops, and we are still here to help you with your home-selling and/or home-buying needs. Contact us today! Stay healthy!

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Katyites | Powered by © Katy Real Estate, Texas Real Estate - use Katyites Real Estate to find real estate in Katy Real Estate or other Texas real estate. Use our home buyer tools to research all aspects of the Katy Real Estate housing market including Katy Real Estate neighborhood information, Katy Real Estate home loans, and Katy schools. Whether looking for homes for sale in Katy Real Estate or Katy Real Estate apartments for rent, Yahoo! Real Estate can help. Our Katy real estate market snapshot gives you an overview of the housing market in Katy Real Estate, TX - easily find Katy Real Estate housing market prices, housing inventory statistics such as number of listings, median home price, home price trends, and monthly real estate market trends. Once you have a better sense for the Katy real estate market, search our Katy Real Estate foreclosures, Katy Real Estate new homes, Katy Real Estate classifieds, Katy Real Estate rentals, or all Katy homes for sale. From the award winning KatyISD school district, to the tremendous value in luxury homes in great family subdivisions like Cinco Ranch, Grand Lakes, Seven Meadows, Green Trails, Kelliwood, Nottingham, Windsor Park, Cross Creek Ranch, and Falcon Ranch, to world class hospitals and medical facilities that have the Katy area being dubbed "Med Center West"

realized they had found the perfect place for their clients to raise a family...and for their clients parents to enjoy the Grandchildren! Katy boasts great Active Senior options like Heritage Grand (a 55+ section of Cinco Ranch) and The Solana at Cinco Ranch, wonderful family amenities like parks, playgrounds, golf courses, lakes, fishing, boating, nature walks, and short drives to the beach and Hill Country. the Katy area is a great place to enjoy the weekend. Simply put Katy has it all! Area Tour" with you and show you why they feel Katy Real Estate is the best place in the Houston area to live, work. and play! You will see schools, great luxury family subdivisions, shopping facilities, highway options, and wonderful restaurants! Cross Creek Ranch: Cross Creek Ranch is the newest Master Planned Community in the Katy Real Estate area but is quickly catching on with those looking for a little slower pace

While still having lots of amenities and wonderful school options. Developed by the same people who brought us Grand Lakes, Cross Creek Ranch has a wide variety of homes and prices. This community is an easy commute to I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Kelliwood: Kelliwood is a beautiful group of subdivisions off S. Fry Rd. A wide range of homes and home prices can be found here. From Custom Gated sections like LakeForest that are comprised of all estate homes...to smaller patio homes that border the Willow Fork Country Club. The short commute times appeal to a wide range of buyers! Green Trails: Green Trails is a large Master Planned Community that borders I-10, S. Fry Rd, and Baker Rd. It is full of amenities for the family, is close to I-10 and the Houston Energy Corridor, and has a variety of styles and price ranges from small one story homes up to Custom Estates...no matter what you are looking for it will be easy for you to carve out your slice of Green Trails! Silver Ranch: A fairly new master planned community located in area that some folks believe is the best part of all of Katy Real Estate.

Silver Ranch is only a short drive away from Katy Mills Mall and is located in the highly acclaimed Katy Independent School District. The community is approximately 3 miles from both I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Lavish homes ranging from the $140's to $300's make the community very affordable for growing famililies or empty nesters. Silver Ranch is conveniently located for access to major employers in the energy corridor and has easy entree to South West Houston, Sugarland, West Park Tollway along with numerous park and ride bus lots that have express service to downtown Houston. When this community is completed it will be home to about 1,500 families. Amenities include Six Lane Jr Olympic Pool , Stone Grill Children's Splash Pad, Tennis Court, Playground and Swing Set, Outdoor BBQ Pavilion and numerous Walking Trails.

Seven Meadows: Seven Meadows is a Master Planned Community that was developed by the same people who put Cinco Ranch on the map! It is located right off HWY 99 (the Grand Parkway) with short commutes to both I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Pools, parks, a movie theater, work out facilities, and nature trails are all part of this great community!


Katy is a city located in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 11,775 at the 2000 census.

Katy, suburb of Houston, Texas, is named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly referred to as the "K-T Railroad", now a part of Union Pacific) that ran through Katy in the 19th century. Katy was once known as Cane Island. The name is derived from Cane Island Creek which runs just west of downtown. Cane Creek is a branch of Buffalo Bayou. The origins of the name Cane Island are believed to be from the fact that Katy was once a major sugar cane producer and rice producer. To commermorate the importance of rice to the Katy community, the Chamber of Commerce holds the Rice Harvest Festival every second weekend of October.

Katy was recently the location of one of the ten large red balloons in the DARPA Network Challenge on December 5, 2009. The balloon was stationed in Katy Park.

In 2009 the Gadberry Group named Katy as one of nine "9 from 2009" most notable high growth areas in the United States.
After a low income apartment complex was proposed for development in an adjacent unincorporated area, in 2010 the Katy City Council passed a resolution stating that the development would decrease property values.[5] The plans for the complex were canceled.