Staging Secrets for Katy, TX Home Sellers

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Staging Secrets for Katy Home Sellers

Are you gearing up to sell your Katy home soon? You can do it this holiday season! This KCM Crew points out five reasons why the holiday season is actually an excellent time to sell. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you, no matter when you choose to sell. Just give me a call and we’ll get started!

Even if you choose to wait until after the holidays, you can still begin to prep your Katy home for a sale, and to properly stage it. If you watch HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ then you will be excited to know that Joanna Gaines has published her first book. She’s also shared some home-staging tips she’s come up with over the years while working in home improvement.

Here are the four tips to keep in mind when selling your Katy home:

  • Don’t include too much furniture. Often, homeowners will add furniture to a room, to show how much can fit and how many people can hang out there. However, too much furniture can make a room look smaller and cluttered. Joanna recommends no more than three large pieces in each room, to make a room feel more open.
  • Clean up. This one is a given, but some home sellers still don’t do it! If you want Katy homebuyers to fall in love with your home, it has to be clean. A buyer won’t be able to look past the dirt to see the potential! Plus, they’ll see that you love and care for your house, and that could make them want it more.
  • Don’t stuff clutter into closets. While cleaning, it’s tempting to throw all of your clutter into closets. After all, that’s what many of us do before a holiday gathering at our house! However, unlike holiday guests, buyers will definitely look in the closets to check for storage space. Declutter ahead of time, and get rid of anything you no longer need or use. In a pinch, opt for under the bed rather than in a closet.
  • Remember your home’s exterior. As Katy homeowners, we spend most of our time inside the house, so sellers can sometimes forget to stage their exterior. But this is the first part of the house a buyer will see, and first impressions stick! Power-wash the driveway and siding, display a few potted plants by the front door, and consider updating the address numbers, mailbox, front door or any other outdated items.

For more tips from Joanna of ‘Fixer Upper,’ check out this Realtor.com article. When you are ready to sell your Katy home, either this holiday season, or early next year, contact me! As a Katy real estate agent, I am ready to help you as soon as you are ready to sell.

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Common Katy Home Seller Appraisal Myths, Busted

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Katy home sellers and appraisals

Are you ready to sell your Katy home? Take a moment to consider how much you know about the appraisal process. Many Katy home sellers fall for appraisal myths that are not accurate. An appraisal can help you understand why your house should be listed for more or less than the similar home down the street, or why an upgrade you made might not add value to your home.

As your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to clear up some of these myths for you! Understanding the appraisal process will bring you one step closer to understanding the home-selling process as a whole, so you can go into it with confidence and knowledge.

Inman News shared four common appraisal myths, and then busted them. Here they are:

Myth #1: I don’t need an appraisal because I had a home inspection.

Truth: There are many differences between the two. An inspection is not required. An appraisal often is required if there is financing involved. Plus, they investigate different subjects. Investors determine the condition of the property. An appraiser determines the value of the property.

Myth #2: All appraisers are the same.

Truth: Just like with all people involved in real estate transactions, no two people are the same. One Katy real estate agent may be very different and differently qualified than other. One appraiser might have better experience, expertise and certifications than another. As an agent, I can recommend appraisers in the area who have valued properties similar to yours and have excellent experience.

Myth #3: Every home improvement adds value to my home.

Truth: Home improvement projects rarely provide a dollar-for-dollar return when you go to sell your Katy home. Renovations are not all created equal, either. Some are known for having higher return on investment values than others. Some even lower your value and are seen as excessive, especially if they aren’t in line with what’s expected in the community that the home resides in.

Myth #4: There isn’t anything you can do about a low appraisal.

Truth: While appraisers are expected to provide credible and reliable opinions, mistakes can happen. You should review the appraisal report to ensure that all the information about your property is accurate. If you find any errors, you should tell your lender immediately and request a new appraisal.

An appraisal is considered a credible and reliable opinion of value, which is derived from experienced professionals who look at the current market and a detailed analysis of the property. The more you know about the process beforehand, the fewer surprises you’ll experience during the process.

Have questions? Ready to sell your Katy home? Either way, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am always ready to help you in any way that I can, to ensure a smooth and satisfying home-selling process.

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Celebrate Halloween in Katy, TX!

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Halloween events in Katy, TX

Halloween is coming up next week, with a slew of Halloween events taking place this weekend in Katy, TX. As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on how to celebrate the holiday this week in Katy, so all you have to do is finish up costume details, mark your calendar and gather your family!

  • This Friday, Oct. 28, bring your costumed kids to Tilt Studio at Katy Mills Mall for a Kid’s Costume Contest! There will be a winner in three categories, ages 3-6, ages 7-10 and ages 11-14. Winners will receive a game card to Tilt Studio, and every child who participates will receive a coupon for a free attraction. Contest begins at 7 p.m.!
  • If you’re looking for something a little more fall and little less spooky, bring the family to Fall Fest at CrossPoint Community Church this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. This free event will feature indoor games, a maze, outdoor obstacles, inflatables, a photo booth, prizes and more. When you get hungry, purchase a meal from Chick-fil-A.
  • For a unique event, bring the older kids to Team Legacy Martial Arts this Friday for Halloween Nerf Wars. From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., they can enjoy hours of Nerf fun while playing in activity-friendly costumes! Pizza will be ready for them when they get hungry. Be sure to register and to bring a nerf gun, ammo and safety glasses.
  • Bring the family to Howl-O-Ween Fest on Saturday, Oct. 29 for a day of fun at Oak Meadow Park! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can all enjoy food trucks, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating for kids and pets, entertainment, a magic show, pet rescue groups, a pooch fashion show and a costume contest!
  • Another Fall Festival is taking place at Bridgepoint Bible Church on Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate Halloween night with games, prizes, candy, inflatables, laser tag, hay rides, a rock climbing wall, a kid’s Ferries wheel, food trucks and more.
  • Bring the family to Smith Ranch on Halloween for a night of fun from 4 to 8 p.m. This will include moonwalks, hay rides, paddle boats, pony rides, games, a pumpkin patch, food and more, and kids can show off their costumes!

Enjoy this Halloween season in Katy, TX! If you’re looking for a haunted house, check out the Houston Halloween Galaxy in Katy. You can also check out this list of Halloween events taking place in Houston and the extended area.

When you’re ready to buy a Katy home or to sell your Katy home, contact me! At your Katy real estate agent, I am available to help you throughout the fall and winter seasons. All you have to do is call!

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Why to Use Agent When Selling Your Katy Home

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Tips for Katy, TX home sellers

If you’re ready to sell your Katy home, you might wonder if you should use an agent or not. You might be reading reports about how it’s a seller’s market, with inventory low, buyer demand high and home prices/sales rising. You might decide that means you can save the money on using an agent, and just sell your Katy home on your own. As a Katy real estate agent, I am here to tell you why that might not be the wisest decision.

Since I am an agent, you might take my opinion as bias. Therefore, here are five reasons that KCM Crew recently gave for why home sellers should not try to sell FSBO:

1.  When you work with an agent, the exposure your listing has to prospective buyers grows by a vast amount. Studies have shown that 88 percent of buyers search online, so rarely does a yard sign or ad in the paper get the job done anymore. Even if you do put a listing up online in your own way, not nearly as many buyers will see it as when you work with an agent. We know exactly where to put it to ensure the most views! After all, we’ve been doing this for a long time.

2.  You see results from the internet. Studies show where recent buyers actually found the home that they ended up purchasing. Of those buyers, 44 percent found it on the internet, 33 percent from a real estate agent, 9 percent from a yard sign and 1 percent from the newspaper. The numbers don’t lie! The best way to sell your Katy home is with a professional listing on the internet, and with a Katy real estate agent who has experience and a strategy ready to go.

3.  The average person doesn’t have negotiating skills like an agent does. Most Katy home sellers don’t realize how many people they’ll have to negotiate with during the home-selling process! You’ll negotiate with a buyer who wants the best deal possible, the buyer’s agent who has lots of experience with this and who solely represents the buyer’s interests. Then there are attorneys, home inspectors, appraisers and more. Agents are professionals at negotiating! We do it all the time.

4.  Paperwork has made it hard for FSBOing. First of all, the paperwork involved in selling a home has increased significantly over the years. There are tons of disclosures and regulations that you have to follow, which can become quite stressful, and prolong the process, if you don’t know what you’re doing. This might be why FSBOing has dropped from 19 to 8 percent over the last 20 years.

5.  You net more when you use an agent! This is the most important reason of all. The whole point of you not working with an agent is to save money, but you make up for that in the price of the home! Studies have shown that the typical house sold FSBO sells for $210,000, while the typical home sold by an agent is $249,000. Also, the seller and buyer can’t both save the on real estate commission, so you may not even save in the long run.

As a Katy real estate agent, I know where to list your home so that potential buyers see it. I have the technology for professional photos for your listing.  I know how to negotiate. When you work with me, you might sell your Katy home for more than you would on your own, and faster!

Are you convinced? Have questions, or are you ready to sell? Either way, contact me! I am ready to help you.

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Enjoy These Fall Activities in Katy, TX!

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We are in the midst of the fall season here in Katy, TX, and while we don’t usually get crisp fall temperatures, we still have plenty of fall activities to enjoy throughout the area! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on what’s coming up, so that you and your family can enjoy all the area has to offer, or you can head out and try to meet others in the area if you’re new!

Mark your calendar with these upcoming fall activities in Katy:

  • Katy Homecoming football games are taking place throughout the months of September and October. Homecoming football games still to come are Seven Lakes High School on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Taylor High School on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m., Tompkins High School on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m., Katy High School on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., and Cinco Ranch High School on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. Support our local players!
  • If you’ve never tried Zumba, a Latin-inspired, calorie-burning fitness class, now is your chance. The YMCA is hosting Zumba Fest on Sept. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.! It is free to attend, and a bunch of instructors will be there to guide you through the workout.
  • St. Paul’s Fall Festival and Craft Show takes place on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a slew of family-friendly activities, bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo, barbecue and more. It’ll be a fun-filled day with family and friends!
  • Camp Bow Wow is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Katy on Oct. 1 with an Anniversary Fair! From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., bring your pets and your whole family. Enjoy food and treats from local vendors, crafts, games, prizes and more. Meet with vets in the area to see which is the best fit for your pets!
  • The Rotary Club of Katy’s 24th Annual Katy Triathlon will take place Oct. 2 at Firethorne. It includes a 500-meter lake swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a three-mile run. Proceeds will benefit the Katy Rotary Fund. Support a great cause and test your fitness skills with others in the Katy community!
  • If you love the story of Romeo and Juliet, head to Seven Lakes High School’s Performing Arts Center the weekend of Oct. 6-8 for a fall performance of it by our local high schoolers. Shows take place at 7 p.m. each evening, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday as well.
  • The Katy Rice Harvest Festival takes place each year, and this year it is on Oct. 8-9 in Downtown Katy! Enjoy two full days of live entertainment on two stages, crafts, food, a parade, kid’s activities and more. Admission is $10 and free parking/shuttles will leave from Katy Mills.

This is just a selection of the events and activities coming up in the Katy area. You’ve got a lot of options! Enjoy the fall season, and when ready to buy a Katy home or sell your Katy home, contact me. I am your Katy real estate agent, here and ready to help you out!

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Clean Your Home Fast As a Katy Home Seller

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Quick cleaning tips for your Katy home

Are you ready to sell your Katy home this fall? As a Katy home seller, you will need to prepare your home for a sale. This means you need to declutter, depersonalize, deep clean and stage your home to sell. As your Katy real estate agent, I can help you through each of these processes if need be!

Once your home is clean, staged and ready to go, you will need to maintain that cleanliness for weeks, or months, for showings and open houses. As a homeowner, I’m sure you can guess that it’s easier said than done! That is especially true if you have kids or pets, or just a very busy schedule.

To help you out, I’m going to share tips on what you can focus on when you have little time to clean and prepare your Katy home for a showing. Do you only have two hours? One hour? Half an hour? You can still make your home look presentable! Just follow these tips.

If you have a showing in only half an hour, here is what you can do with your limited time:

  • Tidy up common areas, such as folding throw blankets, fluffing pillows, stacking magazines and throwing loose papers in a drawer. Have a place to store clutter ahead of time, so you can throw it in there momentarily!
  • Wipe down sinks and countertops in the kitchen and in bathrooms.
  • Move dishes into the dishwasher.
  • Empty garbage bins and take out the trash.
  • Make the beds.

Now, if you have an hour to clean your house, do the above list, and add these tasks to it:

  • Vacuum the carpets and sweep the floors.
  • Clean the toilets and tidy up the bathrooms in any other way that you can.
  • Clear and dust all surfaces.
  • If you notice any odors in the home, consider lighting a scented candle.

If you have two hours to clean your house, do all of the above tasks, and add these tasks:

  • Mop the floors and wipe down the baseboards.
  • Clean the bathtub and shower.
  • Clean out the fridge and microwave.
  • Tidy the entryway closet and bedroom closets.
  • Wipe down all of the mirrors.

These tips came from a My Domaine blog post and are a great way to keep track of the cleaning tasks that need to be completed before a home showing! Now, if one area of your house needs more work than another, by all means, switch up the order of importance of these tasks. Create your own task lists with the amount of time you have. Just have a plan in order, so that when it comes time to clean and then head out of your home, you’re ready.

Keep in mind that these tips work great when you’re expecting company too! As a Katy homeowner, it’s always a good idea to have a house-cleaning plan in the works.

Ready to sell your Katy home? Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and we can get you started with the home-selling process this fall!

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Back-To-School Activities in Katy, TX!

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Back-to-school activities in Katy, TX

Back-to-school time is hectic for everyone in Katy, TX. Parents run around, picking up forgotten school supplies and new clothes, kids find their way around new schools and meet new teachers and classmates, and everyone in the family readjusts their schedules to fit everyone else’s needs.

As your Katy real estate agent, I want to point out that the city of Katy also has some great back-to-school activities for your kids, for you, or for your entire family to participate in. Now that the kids have been back in school for a bit, here’s a list of upcoming events and activities to enjoy together:

  • Tonight, head to Chick-fil-A on Mason Road for Family Night: Core Essentials – Obedience. This is a character values program that teaches kids how to treat others right, how to make smart decisions, and how to maximize their potential. The free event includes a horse craft, face painting and balloon animals and runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Are your older kids back to school, leaving you with just a baby or toddler? Head to Heritage Square at LaCenterra on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a free stroller fitness class! All fitness levels are welcome. This is a great way to get back into shape while transporting your young one around. Another class is available Saturday, Sept. 3, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
  • Moms and dads deserve a break from the chaos of back-to-school time. That’s why DEFINE Body & Mind in Katy is offering a Free Rev-Ride and Mimosa Toast on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 9:45 a.m. Drop off your kids and then join the indoor cycling class for free, with a mimosa afterward. Be sure to sign up!
  • Need to unwind after a crazy week of school and work? Head to Heritage Square at LaCenterra on Friday, Sept. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. for free live music! Shinolah will be playing classic rock, dance, R&B and country. Pack chairs or a blanket, bring snacks, and wear your dancing shoes! This is a family-friendly event.

Try to enjoy this transitional time with your family as schedules and calendars change. Katy does a great job at providing events and activities that make it easy for you to do so. Enjoy your Labor Day holiday weekend as well!

When everything calms down and you’re ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals this fall, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. I am here and ready to help you with all of your home-buying and home-selling goals!

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What to Know About Credit Scores as a Katy Homebuyer

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Credit Score Tips for Katy Homebuyers

Do you want to buy a Katy home but aren’t sure if your credit score is high enough? As a Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some details you should know before applying for a mortgage.

As Credit.com mentioned in a recent article, many factors go into getting a mortgage, but it starts with your credit score. The lowest a credit score can typically be for a FHA-backed loan is 600, and the low for a conventional loan is 620. However, if you’re barely squeaking by with a score in the 600’s, expect to jump through a lot of hoops. With a lower score, you’ll typically need a higher down payment.

Credit.com says that 680 is the unofficial minimum, but you should strive for closer to the 740 range, which will get you optimal pricing. The higher the score, the better your loan.

Wondering how you can raise your credit score if need be? Here are some tips that Inman News recently suggested:

  • Always pay your bills on time. No ifs, ands or buts. If you have a hard time remembering to pay them, set up automatic withdrawals to prevent an issue in the first place.
  • Keep your credit owed within limits. Don’t have your unsecured credit outstanding above 50 percent of your annual salary, and keep your credit card balances within half of the allowed limit.
  • Always pay your dues on time, in full. Don’t get by with minimum payments. It’ll take forever to pay your debt down that way! Pay off your debt in full whenever possible.
  • Use two credit cards. This is enough to show a mortgage lender that you are smart with your spending, as long as you’re paying the cards off as you go. If you have more than that, keep them open but don’t use them.
  • Pay off high-interest loans and small loans first. Your personal loans, credit cards and private loans typically have high interest and no asset creation, so it makes sense to pay these off first.
  • Close unwanted or unused savings accounts. These can affect your credit score over time.
  • Check your credit reports regularly. If you see any errors, work toward getting them resolved.

For more tips, check out the Inman News article. If you follow this advice, hopefully your credit score will be in an optimal zone in no time! Then you will be able to contact a mortgage lender and receive a loan for a home purchase in Katy.

When ready to begin the home-buying process, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. I can help you each step of the way, to make the whole process run as smoothly as possible!

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Mark Your Calendar with August Events in Katy, TX!

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Do you feel like summer is flying by in Katy? August is the last month to enjoy summer events before the kids go back to school. Take advantage of the sun, heat and local festivities while you can! As your Katy real estate agent, I’ve put together this list of events taking place this month in the area. Mark your calendar with the ones that sound most fun to you!

  • The Katy Summer Tailgate will take place on August 13 from 2 to 10 p.m. in and around the Harvest Plaza! This a great way to conclude summer with an old-school street dance and pep rally. The Texas Twisters will provide tunes for the street dance. Enjoy a beer garden, the Taste of Katy from local restaurants, vendor and merchant booths, a fun zone for kids, a family picnic area, local performers and more. Bring school supplies or a backpack as your entry fee!
  • A Back-to-School Block Party will also take place on August 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those in need can stop by the Fellowship of Love Church for free health screenings, free haircuts, parent workshops, games, moonwalk, entertainment, food vendors and free backpacks with gift cards. If you can, donate to the cause beforehand, so children in need can get their backpacks before school.
  • On August 13, help raise money for the award-winning Taylor Band organization while also enjoying the music, pride and spirit they bring to the Katy community! The Taylor Band March-A-Thon will take place from 8 to 11 a.m., and then again from 12 to 4 p.m. They will help get the Katy community excited for the new school year by playing in neighborhoods surrounding Taylor High School.
  • Blast to the Past Cruise In will take place on August 13 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. If you love cars, you’ll love this event, where you can view over 1,000 cars! You can also enjoy music, photo shoots, raffles, giveaways, a kid’s zone, vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, snow cones and more.
  • Katy Market Day takes place on the third Saturday of every month! Shop amongst antiques, jewelry, art, crafts, gifts, soap, honey, clothing, hair accessories and more. This is a great place to purchase unique items while supporting local vendors in downtown Katy. Upcoming dates include Aug. 20, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Get out and enjoy these last few weeks of summer in Katy! If you’re ready to buy a Katy home, sell your Katy home or both, contact me! As your Katy real estate agent, I can tell you that as one season flows into the next, the Katy real estate market never stops. It’s always a great time to accomplish your real estate goals, and I am here to help!

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Should You Buy A Katy Home Now?

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Should you buy a Katy home now?

Whether you’re gearing up to buy a Katy home for the first time, or you’re thinking about selling your home and moving into a new home, you might be wondering if now is the time for you to buy. Only you and your family can make that decision, but as your Katy real estate agent, I can offer you some advice!

KCM Crew shared three questions that would be smart for you to ask yourself before deciding if now is the right time to buy. They have to do with what your current needs are and what the current real estate market is like for buyers. Go ahead and ask yourself these three questions and see what you come up with:

1.  Why do you want to buy in the first place? As a Katy real estate agent, I agree that this is the most important question for you to ask. Over 75 percent of parents say that their child’s education is an important part of searching for a new home. Others say they are looking for a place to feel safe, they want more space for their family, and they want control of that space.

Do you relate to these reasons? Why is it that you are thinking about buying a Katy home right now? Want to move up and have a place to raise your family? Want to downsize as empty nesters? Want to move closer to family, or to a job, or to a place you’d enjoy more than your current location? Keep reminding yourself of why you want to move, and stop putting off your future by waiting!

2.  Where are home values headed? If money is your biggest concern, question two and three are for you. According to the latest Home Price Index, home values are projected to increase by 5.3 percent over the next 12 months. Prices have already increased, but they’re not done yet! Now is the time to buy if you want to save money.

3.  Where are mortgage rates headed? This is the other financial question to ask before buying a Katy home. The long-term cost of a home can be dramatically impacted by a small increase in mortgage rates. Right now, rates are near historic lows, but they are projected to increase over the next 12 months, which would raise your monthly mortgage payments.

To sum up, financially, the sooner you buy, the more you’ll likely save in home price and with a mortgage rate. Personally, you have a reason you want to buy a Katy home. If you’re ready to make the changes in your life that you seek, now is definitely a great time to buy!

Contact me for help throughout the home-buying process. As a Katy real estate agent, I can help you find the homes that match your needs and financial budget, and I can help you with negotiations, paperwork and so much more. I look forward to hearing from you!

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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.