Five Questions for Your Katy Moving Company

moving boxes2If you are buying or selling in the Katy real estate market this spring or summer, you’ve got a move ahead of you! Reports have shown that moving can be as stressful as or more stressful than planning a wedding or getting a divorce. That’s a lot of stress! You can avoid much of it, though, by planning ahead. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help!

First, check out my Moving Checklist, which gives you a guideline to follow eight weeks before, six weeks before, four weeks before, three weeks, two weeks, one week and 2-3 days before. Follow that, and you won’t miss a step or have to backtrack steps!

I’ve also got 14-foot moving trucks available for my clients to use for FREE! The trucks come fully loaded with a ramp, three dollies, and a bin full of furniture pads. Whether you’re buying, selling or both with us, these trucks are offered to our clients based on availability.

If you decide to hire a moving company, here are some questions to ask, according to RISMedia:

1.  Do you have references? This day in age, it’s easy to look a company up on Google and find reviews from past clients. However, if you can’t find any reviews, or even if you can, it’s still a good idea to ask the company for references so you may contact past clients and ask them questions about the quality of service.

2.  What specific services do you offer? This varies greatly from company to company, so determine what your needs are, and then see if each company you contact can provide them. Will they move a grand piano or four-post bed? Will they load a truck you rented yourself? Ask what their minimum and maximum workloads are.

3.  Do you offer in-home estimates? There’s no better way to find out what a moving company will cost than to have them actually come to your house and give you an estimate. Have a few do this and you have a great way to compare. Make sure to get the estimates in writing!

4.  Will you draw up an inventory of my items? When using a moving company, you risk the chance of losing items. It’s helpful if a company is willing to create a detailed and organized list of your items. This can save you a lot of time from having to do this yourself as well.

5.  What happens if something is lost or damaged? Find out what each company’s policy is on this. Most will offer optional coverage for repairs or replacements, which will cost more, so it’s up to you to decide if this is important to you.

Before you move, you need to accomplish your home-buying and/or home-selling goals in the Katy real estate market. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help make that happen! Give me a call and let’s work toward your goals this spring/summer.

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Summer Camps for Kids in Katy, TX

kids craftThere’s still time to sign your kids up for summer camps in Katy, TX! There are camps for kids of all ages and interests, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that interests your kids. The Katy community is a family-friendly one, always with kids in mind. As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to help you find a summer camp that will thrill your children!

  • If they love acting: Spotlight Acting Academy offers camps, classes and workshops for kids’ ages 3-18. Depending what you choose, your kid could perform in the Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. performance or the Once Upon a Mattress G2K performance!
  • If your kids love art: Katy Art School offers three different classes each week of summer. They can learn how to make art from reusable items, learn about different cultures through art, make paper collages, make under the sea art and so much more. They are weeklong camps for a variety of ages.
  • If your kids love dance: Becky’s Academy of Art offers day camps for kids kindergarten through sixth grade, along with dance and drill camps for junior high and high school students.
  • If your kids love horses: Paloma Trails offers full-day camps for ages 7 to 15, half-day camps for ages 5 to 15, 75-minute camps for ages 18 months to 5 years, and more. These range anywhere from young kids learning how to be safe around horses, to learning how to walk and trot with no assistance.
  • If your kids love martial arts: Black Dragon has camps for kids in grades kindergarten to fifth grade, with martial arts, guest speakers, field trips and more. Vortexic Martial Arts offers camps that focus on different themes each week, helping kids to grow mentally and physically.
  • If your kids love music: The Conservatory of Music offers guitar and piano camps for either ages 8 to 12 or ages 13 to 15. Each camp runs two hours daily. School of Rock offers a variety of camps all summer long for all ages and levels. Each camp runs for one week.
  • If your kids love science: Club SciKidz has 48 weekly camps to choose from in all sorts of fields of science, such as robotics and engineering, video game design, film making and more. These are for ages 4 to 15.

If your kid isn’t sure what they’re into yet, there are also a variety of field trip and day camps available. Kids R Kids camps offer 10-week camp series that explore all types of activities, ranging from cooking to engineering. These are available for kids 5 through 12. When you find a summer camp that interests your kids and fits with your schedule, be sure to call to check availability and to sign up!

In the meantime, when you’re ready to achieve your adult Katy real estate market goals this summer, I am here for you! Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and let’s make your goals a reality.

Mickie Cioccia
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Create an Outdoor Oasis at Your Katy Home

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Tips for your Katy home’s outdoor space

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, you might be in the mood to improve the outdoor space at your Katy home. Perhaps you’re even hoping to host a barbecue this weekend, or entertain guests in the months to come. If you’d like to sell your Katy home, maybe you’re thinking about how you could increase the value of your home and improve your home’s curb appeal.

As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to offer you suggestions for summer! Here’s where the experts recommend you focus your attention outdoors:

1.  Inspect and update decks and patios. Inspect to see if your deck or wooden patio is structurally sound. Repair or replace any wooden boards as needed. Then sand, stain and seal your deck so it remains in great shape all season. With a stone patio, check for missing pieces and fill them in as needed.

2.  Fill with furniture. What good is a beautiful outdoor space without a place to sit and enjoy it? If updating, choose weatherproof furniture that is both durable and comfortable. Some basics include a table with an umbrella and chairs, and some lounge chairs. Go all out with a hammock and fire pit.

3.  Add color and accessories. For a visually appealing outdoor spaces, consider investing in some bright colored cushions and pillows to accommodate your patio furniture. An outdoor rug is another great way to add vibrancy and comfort to your space, and it can help protect your deck or patio.

4.  Update your landscaping. Whether you love gardening or you’re more hands-off, there are landscaping options for you. Keep your lawn mowed, bushed trimmed and weeds pulled. Then decide whether you want extravagant gardens, just some mulch around trees, or pre-bought hanging baskets for color. Planting trees or shrubbery around the borders of your yard can provide extra privacy.

5.  Install outdoor lighting. Lighting is key for entertaining on summer nights! Strands of tea lights or bistro lights across your patio make for a great ambiance, while sensor or smart lights add extra security. The moonlight effect is gaining popularity, which is a naturalistic look that features lighting no more intense than a full moon. For more information on this, check out this HouseLogic article.

For more ideas for improving your yard, read this RISMedia article. For tips on how to improve the value of your outdoor space, check out this past blog post. This weekend is a great opportunity for working on your outdoor space. Soon, visiting your Katy home and spending time outside will be on everyone’s summer agenda!

When ready to sell your Katy home this summer, or when ready to buy a Katy home, give me a call! As your Katy real estate agent, I’ll be working all summer long to help you make your goals a reality in the Katy real estate market. Enjoy your holiday weekend, and then contact me to discuss your real estate goals this season!

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Mother’s Day & More Spring Events in Katy, TX

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Events in Katy, TX this May and Mother’s Day

Do you know how you’re celebrating mom this weekend in Katy, TX? Do you know about the fun events and activities that are coming up in Katy this spring? As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in! Katy is a wonderful community for families, and as such, I love being able to fill you in on the fun things to do around town.

Here’s a list to keep handy when looking for something to do in Katy:

1.  Tomorrow, from 6 to 9 p.m., you can head to Taste of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch! There you can taste a little bit of everything being offered by local businesses, from wine and cheese, to burgers and shakes. Enjoy small bites from some of LaCenterra’s newest restaurants, a wine garden, live music, a silent auction and giveaways. Check out the full list of participating restaurants, your mouth will water!

2.  Bring your family to Central Green Park at LaCenterra this Saturday, May 12, to help celebrate Will Fork Drainage District’s birthday! Themed after the “Magic of the French Quarter,” you can expect live music by The Sugarland Brass Company, a magician, street dancers, face painting, caricatures, puppet shows, crafts, a bike and wagon parade and more. Sign up your kids if they want to participate in the parade!

3.  This Sunday, May 13, bring mom to a special Mother’s Day Brunch! The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch is hosting a special brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $27 for adults and $9.95 for kids. Mo’s Irish Pub is hosting a special brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10.95 for moms and children, $19.95 for all others, $3 mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary’s. Check out the menus and make reservations, or make reservations at mom’s favorite restaurant for a special dinner!

4.  Bring mom and the whole family to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch on May 17 for am empowering female movie! ‘Wonder Woman’ will take place as this month’s Cinema Under the Stars. Pack chairs or a blanket and enjoy food and fun before the movie begins at dusk.

5.  Chick-fil-A consistently hosts family-friendly events. May 15 and 16 are Mother’s Day celebrations, where participants can enter to win free passes to Hotworx. May 22 and 23 are events to celebrate summer and Memorial Day, with red, white and blue sun catcher crafts or a summer slime craft. Get all the scoop and times/locations on their upcoming events page.

Before you know it, summer will have arrived in Katy! If you’d like to achieve your home-buying and/or home-selling goals in the Katy real estate market this spring, don’t delay. Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and we can make that happen! I look forward to hearing from you!

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Improve the Outdoor Space of Your Katy Home

patio furnitureDoes the warm weather have you eager to spend more time outdoors this spring and summer? If so, you’re not alone! More homeowners are choosing to spend money on upgrading their outdoor spaces at their Katy homes. Now only does this allow for more enjoyable time outside, and better ways to entertain guests, but it also increases curb appeal and your Katy’s home value!

As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to share some of the results of a recent Houzz survey, where they surveyed more than 750 homeowners who are currently or who recently upgraded their outdoor space. Here are the results of what is trending right now!

  • Most major outdoor projects occur in the backyard at 70 percent, but 30 percent are updating their front yards and 30 percent their side yards.
  • Front yard upgrades mostly consisted of curb appeal projects. This broke down to 41 percent flower beds and borders, 34 percent shrubs, 25 percent perennials, 17 percent trees and 12 percent porches and verandas.
  • Backyard upgrades mostly consisted of outdoor living element upgrades, which made up 88 percent of the upgrades. These consisted of 43 percent lounge furniture upgrades, 38 percent fire pits, 35 percent string lights for improved ambiance, 34 percent dining furniture, and 27 percent added benches.
  • Technology and entertainment systems are growing more popular outside. Of the 18 percent of surveyors that are adding entertainment elements, 59 percent are adding televisions, 48 percent wired speakers, 42 percent wireless speakers, 14 percent wired charging hubs for electronics, and 11 percent wireless charging hubs.
  • The costs varied significantly in this particular study, with more than half of the homeowners spending more than $10,000 on their upgrades, but one-third of respondents spending less than $5,000. Of course, these are surveyors from Houzz, a home-improvement website, so these particular respondents may be prone to spending more on renovations.
  • Post-project, most respondents said they are spending more time outdoors, and enjoying that time more. Sixty-seven percent said they’re spending more time outdoors, 63 percent said their relaxing/resting more, 52 percent are gardening more, 51 percent are entertaining more, and 26 percent are enjoying more family time.

While major outdoor upgrades aren’t for everyone, there are simple ways to improve your outdoor space as well. You could add a patio or deck if you don’t have one, or re-stain the one you do have, and upgrade or add patio furniture. Add some annual flowers to pots if you’re not into gardening, or add mulch around trees and walkways for a burst of color. Repaint your front door or garage door, and power wash your siding. Keep your lawn green and mowed.

Every little bit helps, especially when it comes time to sell! When you’re ready to sell, buy or both in the Katy real estate market this spring, don’t hesitate to contact me. The time to act is now! As your Katy real estate agent, I can answer your questions and guide you through the home-buying and/or home-selling process. All you have to do is contact me!

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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.

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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.