Upcoming Katy, TX Events!

runningKaty, TX is getting warmer and greener as spring is in its prime and Earth Day is upon us! Whether looking for an outdoor run, a fun kid’s craft, or a relaxing movie or theatrical production, you’ve come to the right place. As your Katy real estate agent, I’ve put together this list of upcoming events for you to enjoy in and around Katy, TX this month:

  • Today, LIFE Church and the A.D. Players will present the classic tale of ‘The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe,’ a beloved story about Narnia, a world beyond ours with the age-old conflict between good and evil. This is free and open to the public, but tickets needed to be reserved ahead of time!
  • This Saturday, April 14, head to Tompkins High School bright and early for the Cow Patty Classic 5K/10K! Wear your best bovine attire and enjoy a run, jog or walk that will benefit the OTHS FFA Student Chapter. Packet pickup is this Thursday. Adult registration is $25 and $15 for students 18 and under.
  • Chick-fil-A has their monthly events coming up mid-month! Preschoolers can enjoy Earth Day Planting April 17 at Cinco Ranch and April 18 at Mason Road, both from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Kids will plant their own herbs. On April 16-18, Caterpillar Garden will take place for kids of any age, where they can adopt their own caterpillar and watch it turn into a butterfly! First 100 kids get caterpillars.
  • April 19, head to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch for a free Cinema Under the Stars evening from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy food and fun, and then at dusk, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ will show. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. This is free and open to the public!
  • Another running opportunity is coming up on April 21 at Cinco Ranch High School. Color for a Cause 5K will benefit The Arc of Katy, helping them rebuild their facility after Hurricane Harvey. The run will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. During the race, participants can throw and toss non-toxic colored corn starch in the air, so by the end of the race, everyone is all colorful!

This is quite the array of activities taking place in Katy, TX during the rest of April. Get out and enjoy yourself as a single, couple, family or group of friends. These are also great ways to meet others in the area if you recently relocated to Katy!

If you’d like help relocating to Katy, or you’re ready to accomplish your home-buying and/or home-selling goals in the Katy real estate market this spring, contact me! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help you with all of your real estate goals.

Mickie Cioccia
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Make This Spring When You Buy or Move Up in Katy!

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Buy a Katy, TX home this spring!

Have you been either wanting to buy your first home in Katy, or wanting to move up to a bigger or better home? As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to tell you that now is the time to do it! Believe or not, once you sift through all of the fear-based opinions on the internet, you’ll find that now is still one of the most affordable times to buy real estate.

If you look at real estate trends over the past 40 years, you’ll see what excellent conditions are available to you right now as a Katy homebuyer. A recent study found that the affordability of real estate now is at one of its highest levels. Here are some of the findings:

  • Right now, the median household can afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price.
  • Comparably, in 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price, due to high mortgage rates.
  • Despite stagnant incomes, affordability has grown because of the drop in mortgage rates. While they’re hovering between 4 and 5 percent now, they were up to 16 percent in the 1980s!
  • Of the nation’s 100 largest metros, only one became unaffordable between 1990 and 2016. At the same time, 22 flipped from unaffordable to affordable.
  • The only time housing was more affordable than it is now is the past few years, especially after the housing crash, when there were lots of foreclosures and short sales available at major discounts. Mortgage rates were lower too, but they’ve begun to increase now.

This is proof that if you want to buy a Katy home, either as a first-time buyer or as a move-up buyer, your best chance is now! Home prices and mortgage rates are expected to continue increasing, which will cause housing affordability to go down.

Want some other reasons to buy a Katy home this spring?

1.  You’re paying a mortgage either way. If you currently rent, you’re already paying a mortgage. You’re paying your landlord’s mortgage! Your landlord will reap the rewards when they go to sell, but you are losing that money and will never see it again. Invest in your own future as a homeowner! If you want to move up, you too are already paying your own mortgage. You can use your funds from your current home to put a down payment on your next home.

2.  You have reasons for wanting to buy. If buying is on your mind, you must have some good reasons. If you’re buying for the first time, do you want to invest in your future and stop throwing your money away on rent? Do you want some privacy after living with parents or roommates? If you’re moving up, do you want more space to grow your family, or a bigger yard for your pets, or a better location? Keep these reasons in mind to give you motivation!

If you have home-buying questions, or you’re ready to buy in the Katy real estate market, I’m here to help. Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, today!

Mickie Cioccia
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Hop into Spring in Katy, TX!

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Katy TX Spring Events

Ready for the spring season in Katy, TX? As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in on events coming up in the next few weeks! So whether you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Easter or just the changing of the seasons, check out this abundant list of upcoming events and activities in the Katy area.

  • Enjoy Spring Break Cinema at Central Green Park at LaCenterra by heading there for a free outdoor showing of ‘Moana’ tonight, March 14! Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. The movie will begin at dusk.
  • Lucky Charm 5K takes place on Saturday, March 17, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! Register early to save. On race day, head to Mo’s Irish Pub. The race will begin at 7:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. for the kids’ race. All racers will receive a finishers medal and t-shirt. Then enjoy an after party with food, drinks, music and more.
  • Continue to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Lucky’s Pub on March 17 in Katy! Doors open at 10 a.m. and they will have green beer, bagpipers, live entertainment all day, and great food. There are numerous ticket options, so see which one would interest you most!
  • Cane Island will host a St. Patrick’s Day event on March 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by anytime for Crafts & Crawfish! Browse and shop among more than 60 vendors with jewelry, clothing and more. Then, satisfy your appetite with crawfish and cold beer!
  • Chick-fil-A is hosting an Easter Family Night on March 27 at the Cinco Ranch location and March 28 at the Mason Road location. Each event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families will make colorful paper eggs while sampling the New Seasonal Frosted Sunrise. Balloon animals and face painting will take place, as usual!
  • For preschoolers specifically, head to Chick-fil-A on March 27 or 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for an Easter Party! Kids will decorate a salt dough Easter ornament with sparkle dough. Then, they can enjoy singing, dancing and Easter stories will other preschoolers.
  • Central Green Park at LaCenterra is hosting Journey Through China on March 31 at 2 p.m. Bring the whole family and enjoy authentic dancing as this nationally renowned group takes you through several regions of China with different forms of song and dance.
  • The Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center will host a Katy Folk Life Festival on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.! See what life was like in Texas during the late 1800’s by experiencing life as a pioneer. See how they dressed and what they ate, and watch blacksmith demos, woodworking presentations and more.

Enjoy the beginning of the spring season in Katy! When ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals this spring, contact me. It’s a popular time of year to buy and sell, and as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help!

Mickie Cioccia
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Reap Tax Benefits As Katy Homeowner!

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Tax Benefits for Katy Homeowners

If you’re a new Katy homeowner, make sure you’re aware of all the tax benefits you can enjoy when filing your taxes for 2017! When it comes to taxes, it pays to be a homeowner, literally. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on some of the best tax benefits to know about, and what to know for tax season next year, due to changes in the new tax plan that went through.

Mortgage Interest

This is probably the best tax break of owning a home! You can deduct the interest on a mortgage up to $1 million. The more recent your mortgage, the bigger your savings, because you pay more interest in the beginning. Nothing is changing when you file taxes for 2017. Next year, homeowners with a mortgage before Dec. 15, 2017 can still deduct interest on loans up to $1 million. Homeowners with a mortgage after that can deduct interest up to $750,000.

Property Taxes

Most of the time, you can deduct property taxes on your 2017 tax return. If you have a mortgage, your taxes are usually built into your monthly payment. Use a tax professional to help you calculate your property taxes. The average household property tax is over $2,000, so this could mean big savings!

Private Mortgage Insurance

If you put less than 20 percent down on your home, you may be paying private mortgage insurance. The tax deduction for this expired, but the new tax bill made it available for the 2017 tax year. This deduction is for itemizers only. For 2018 taxes, the standard deduction nearly doubles, so it’s expected that very few taxpayers will itemize deductions starting next year.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades

While many of these tax credits have expired, there are still two available. That is for solar electric and solar water heating equipment. These credits are available through Dec. 31, 2021. The percentage of the credit varies based on date of installation, but from now until Dec. 31, 2019, 30 percent of the expenditures are eligible for the credit.

Home Office

If you work from home, you can take $5 per square foot for up to 300 square feet of office space. This allows for a maximum deduction of $1,500. There are strict rules about what counts as a home office, so be sure to look into it. Next year, this deduction will only count for self-employed people who don’t have an office they could go to.

Other tax benefits that may be available for Katy homeowners includes home improvements to age in place, andinterest on a home equity line of credit. For more information on all of this, check out this realtor.com article.

Ready to buy a Katy home so you can enjoy these tax benefits next year? Ready to sell? Have questions about the Katy real estate market? I am your Katy real estate agent, standing by to answer questions and guide you through the home-buying and/or home-selling process this year!

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Valentine’s Day & Beyond in Katy, TX

vday cookiesHappy Valentine’s Day! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on how to celebrate this romantic holiday today in Katy, and to let you know of other events and activities coming up in the area this month.

  • Tonight, Drix Restaurant & Lounge is offering a Four-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner! Menu options will include crab cakes Valentino, bruschetta, filet mignon and a decadent chocolate dessert. Make sure to call and see if they have any openings left!
  • Another four-course Valentine’s Dinner option in Katy is from Antonia’s Cucina Italiana. This will be served at Cane Island’s Amenity Village tomorrow, Feb. 15, and will include a bottle of wine. Reservations are required.
  • If you’re all about the desserts on Valentine’s Day, head to Ooh La La dessert boutique! They’ve got shortbreads, red velvet cheesecake, strawberry amaretto cupcakes and more. Visit their website and check out all of their beautifully decorated Valentine’s Day options.
  • If you’d like help finding a restaurant to celebrate Valentine’s Day at in Katy tonight, here are Katy’s top-rated romantic restaurants, according to Yelp. Check out the list and then call to make a reservation. Any excuse is a good one for a night out!
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day this Saturday, Feb. 17, with Romance of the French Quarter Annual Date Night. At Central Green Park at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, you can enjoy music from the Platinum Players Zydeco Band and a special picnic menu from Peli Peli. First 25 couples will score a free dessert!
  • The next Chick-fil-A event in Katy is on Feb. 20 at the Cinco Ranch location and Feb. 21 at the Mason Road location. Enjoy Family Night: Core Essentials Value – Kindness from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at each location. Kids can make a kindness chain and find ways to make a friend’s day better.
  • If you’ve got a new pet, you may be interested in Level One Obedience Training at Camp Bow Wow, which is a six-week course that meets from 10 to 11 a.m. for six consecutive Saturdays. Also on Feb. 24, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Katy pets can get vaccinated for a great price.

Enjoy these upcoming ways to celebrate love and life in Katy, TX this month! You could always celebrate Valentine’s Day with a candlelit dinner at home as well, or just nibble on desserts while watching the Olympics. The option is yours on how to celebrate holidays!

The option is also yours on when you want to start achieving your Katy real estate market goals. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to answer your questions and to guide you through the home-buying and/or home-selling process! All you have to do is contact me and we can get the process started.

Mickie Cioccia
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Clever Organizing Tips for Your Katy Home

bobby pinsThere is nothing wrong with starting your spring cleaning a little early, especially if you’re getting cabin fever with this cold winter we’ve been having. Any time is a good time to clean and organize your Katy TX home, especially if you plan on selling your Katy home this year! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some very clever organizing tricks.

While it’s easy to organize some areas in the home, some items are just so hard to get under control. Luckily, this article from HouseLogic offers some very crafty ideas for organizing these types of items:

  • Put loose jewelry in ice cube trays. If you don’t have a large, classy jewelry case, the next best super affordable option is ice cube trays. This is a great way to separate pairs of earrings from bracelets and necklaces and avoid one giant knot when you’re ready to wear some of it.
  • Hang scarves with shower curtain rings. Hang a bunch of circular shower curtain rings from a sturdy hanger and then fold a scarf through each one. It takes up no more space that one shirt would in your closet, and it makes picking out a scarf so simple!
  • Organize the freezer with magazine organizers. If you often lose food items in your freezer because things stack up and you forget about them in the back, magazine organizers are a great way to organize boxed food, like pizza, popsicles and waffles. Plastic is the way to go in case anything leaks.
  • Control your hair pins with a magnetic strip. You can purchase and stick a magnetic strip anywhere near your bathroom sink or inside a vanity drawer, and then attach your pins to it. They magnetize to the strip and will no longer by scattered everywhere!
  • Use a CD holder to organize your Tupperware lids in the kitchen. They offer the perfect amount of space for your lids, and if you arrange from smallest to largest, you’ll be able to find the one that fits the container you’re using fast and easy.
  • Organize cords with toilet paper or paper towel rolls. All you have to do is coil each cable while it’s not being used, slip it into a cardboard roll, and write what the cable is on the roll with permanent marker. No more piles of tangled cords!

The HouseLogic article has all sorts of other great organizing ideas, such as how to hang measuring cups and spoons inside a cabinet door, how to hang shower supplies with suction cups and hairbands, or how to create a drawer with an egg carton. Best part is, all of the materials needed are either super cheap, or you already have them in your home.

Enjoy taking some time to organize and cut down on clutter and chaos inside your Katy home this winter. That way, when you stay home on cold nights, it’ll feel more inviting inside.

Are you ready to sell your Katy home? Are you ready to buy a Katy home? Ready to do both simultaneously? No matter what your needs are this year in the Katy real estate market, I am your Katy real estate agent, here to help! Contact me with questions or for help getting started.

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Events This January in Katy, TX

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Katy TX events coming up this January

As your Katy real estate agent, I like to keep you informed on local events and activities in the Katy community, so that you can enjoy all that your community has to offer, and you can meet and connect with others who live in the area. Therefore, I bring you my first list of local events for 2018!

If you’ve begun to develop a ‘couch potato’ attitude this winter, it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy some of the upcoming events taking place in Katy! Mark down the dates for events that interest you most:

  • This Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 18-20, catch a performance of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at Taylor High School Performing Arts Center. This famous musical is brought to you by our local high school students, so go support them and enjoy the performance!
  • Head to the Cane Island Amenity Village on Jan. 20 for some free coffee and mingling with neighbors. From 9 to 11 a.m., you can enjoy sampling delicious coffee and treats from Old Katy Coffee. This is a great place to introduce yourself if you are new to the area!
  • The local Chick-fil-A locations always host great family-friendly activities, and this month is no exception. Head to the Cinco Ranch location Jan. 23 or the Mason Road location Jan. 24, both from 9:30 to 11 a.m., for Snow Day. Preschoolers can paint a snowman, sing, dance and enjoy storytime.
  • If you could use some relaxation to break up your stressful days, head to the Maud Marks Branch Library for Color Me Relaxed – Adult Coloring Program! Beginning at 2 p.m. on Jan. 23, you can draw whatever you wish, as they supply pages and colored pencils. This repeats every fourth Tuesday of the month.
  • Seven Lakes High School will present, ‘Eat Your Heart Out, A Comedy in Three Acts’ from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27. The Studio VII Theater Company will supply you with an evening of laughs! Tickets cost $12 for students and $15 for adults, with shows starting at 7 p.m. or 2 p.m. on Saturday.
  • The Katy Home and Garden Show is a much-anticipated event each year! Jan. 27 or 28, head to the Leonard E. Merrell Center to view more than 300 exhibits, meet celebrity renovation experts, attend workshops, vote for your favorite outdoor living retreat and more. Kids 12 and under are free.

As you can see, there are plenty of fun ways to enjoy Katy, TX this month! As your Katy real estate agent, I enjoy bringing you updates on local events and activities, and I am also here to help you achieve all of your Katy real estate market goals in 2018! Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or both this winter season, contact me with questions or for help getting started. I am here for you every step of the way!

Mickie Cioccia

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First Step to Buying Your First Katy, TX Home

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Katy TX Home-Buying Tips

Happy New Year! Is your 2018 new year’s resolution to finally buy a Katy, TX home? Have you been considering it for a while but are finally going to do it this year? As a Katy real estate agent, I am happy and eager to help you out! Whether you want to buy this winter or this spring and beyond, I am here to answer your questions and guide you through the process.

The first step in the home-buying process is to get a preapproval from a mortgage lender. Most real estate professionals will agree that in today’s market, with housing inventory lower than usual, you shouldn’t even begin browsing for a home until you’re preapproved.

Why is this step so important? For one, it lets you know exactly what you can afford. This will save you wasted time searching for homes above your budget, not to mention heartache when you find a home you love and then later realize you can’t afford it.

Two, it helps home sellers take you seriously. If you fall in love with a home and want to put an offer down, a seller is more likely to accept your offer if they know that you’re already preapproved for that amount. In this competitive market, bidding wars can happen, and if another buyer is preapproved and you’re not, the seller is likely to go with that buyer.

Finally, it makes the whole process go faster. If you put an offer down on a home, and you’re already preapproved for a loan, the closing tends to happen much faster, since you got the initial work out of the way.

To determine how much you will be qualified to borrow, lenders will look at your four C’s:

1.  Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your mortgage payments.

2.  Capital: The money, savings and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash.

3.  Collateral: The home, or type of home, you’d like to purchase.

4.  Credit: Your history of paying bills on time and the amount of debt you have.

If you still need to pay down debt, increase your down payment savings or improve your credit score, here are the three things you should do now:

  • Automate your down payment savings – Automatically deposit some of your paycheck into a savings account for a down payment.
  • Build your credit history and keep it clean – Pay down debt, pay your bills on time and fix any credit report errors.
  • Practice living on a budget. Cook and make coffee at home rather than buying it out, and don’t buy new cars, clothes, furnishings, vacations or any expensive items right now.

If you need help finding a local mortgage lender, I can point in you the right direction. If you’re ready to begin the home-buying process now in the Katy real estate market, contact me! I am your Katy real estate agent, ready to help you achieve your home-buying goals in 2018!

Mickie Cioccia

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Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert in Katy, TX

mickie hurricane benefitAs we all prepare for the holiday parties we’ll be hosting or attending in the coming week, let’s take a moment to be grateful for our Katy and Houston area homes, and to remember those who lost their homes this year to Hurricane Harvey. As your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to fill you in on the details of the Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert coming up this Saturday!

No Label Brewing Co. in Katy, TX is hosting a Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert this Saturday, Dec. 23, from 5 p.m. to midnight. Tickets cost $40 and all proceeds from ticket prices will go straight to Hurricane Harvey Relief. No Label Brewing is also donating $1 for every beer sold to Hurricane Harvey Relief as well, so drink up! There will also be food available for purchase from food trucks Mingo’s, A&B Ringmasters and Curbside Sliderz.

Live entertainment for the evening will begin at 7 p.m. and consist of Charlie Robison, Max Stalling and John Baumann. Charlie Robison is an American country music singer/songwriter, Max Stalling is a Texas country music singer/songwriter, and John Baumann is a Texas country singer. So put your cowboy boots and hats on and enjoy a classic night out in Texas, right before the holidays!

If you have holiday plans and can’t make it to this fundraiser, but still want to help those in need this holiday season, you can donate right to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund as a one-time donation or a monthly donation. This is the perfect time of year to think of neighbors in Texas who were less fortunate than you this year.

As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you have a joy-filled holiday season in the coming weeks! If looking for a way to ring in the New Year, check out this list of New Year’s Eve events taking place in the greater Houston area. You’ll be sure to find one that suits your fancy! Or, you could always host a party at your Katy home as well and make it a more low-key evening.

When ready to accomplish your home-buying or home-selling goals in the Katy real estate market, contact me. What better New Year’s Resolution could you commit to than to make your real estate dreams a reality in 2018? I am here and ready to help you make that happen! I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Holidays, Katy!

Mickie Cioccia

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Reasons for Selling Your Katy Home During the Holidays

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Sell Your Katy, TX Home This Holiday Season

If your Katy home is currently listed, or you’d like to list it during the holiday season, contact me! As your Katy real estate agent, I am always available to help you with your home-selling and/or home-buying needs. The Katy real estate market never pauses, so why should you put your dreams on hold if you’d like to accomplish them now?

There are plenty of reasons to sell now! If you are relocating for a job, a growing family, an aging parent or anything else, you don’t really have the option to wait. If you want to move while the kids are on holiday break, now is a great time to sell. If you’d like to sell and buy up, you most likely want to score a low mortgage rate, while they’re low, and take advantage of year-end tax benefits.

Here are some reasons why selling during the holidays is smart:

  • Serious buyers are out. Casual buyers are too busy during the holidays. When you get a showing set up, you know it’s because the buyer is serious.
  • The competition is light. Inventory is lower than usual as it is, but during the holidays, it drops even more. There’s a really good chance that serious buyers will check out your house!
  • The process goes faster. Everyone is a little less busy this time of year. That includes agents, mortgage lenders, inspectors, appraisers, etc. Therefore, the process of selling tends to go quicker.
  • Now is the time to buy up. Like I mentioned, if you want to buy a bigger home after you sell, mortgage rates are low right now, but rates and prices are expected to increase. Buy now and save!
  • Holiday décor lights up the night. With shorter days, it’s a dark time of year, but you can use casual, neutral holiday décor to your advantage during the holidays. It makes your home cozier and brighter!

When it comes to holiday décor, you want to dial it back a bit if you normally go all out. You don’t want your home to look smaller because it’s cramped with décor, and you don’t want buyers to miss any great features because they’re hidden with décor.

Consider using a smaller Christmas tree than usual if it takes up a lot of space in a room, and decorate it with neutral décor rather than homemade ornaments. Stick to a tree, a wreath on the front door, and some lights on your roof or in your trees. Light up the walkway outside. Inside, only use battery-operated candles, and incorporate seasonal aromas.

For more tips on selling your Katy home during the holidays, contact me! Like I said, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help whenever you’re ready to begin. If you want your holiday gift to yourself this year to be to sell your home, contact me, and let’s together achieve your Katy real estate market goals!

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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.