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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Holiday Events to Mark in Your Katy, TX Calendar!

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Katy, TX Holiday Events

Happy Holidays! With Thanksgiving tomorrow, and holiday events pouring in after, it’s safe to say that we’re officially into the holiday season. In the next couple of weeks, you’ve got some great opportunities to get in the festive spirit with family or friends. Head out to some of these events coming up in the Katy, TX area! As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in on all the holiday fun this season.

1.  They YMCA Turkey Dash takes place tomorrow morning, Thanksgiving, at the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch! From 7 to 10 a.m., you can choose a race that fits your fitness level and burn some calories before your big meal! Choose from a 10k, 5k, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk/Run. Then enjoy a post-race party, games, costume contest and prizes.

2.  Head to Chick-fil-A as they partner with Dewberry Farm to light their Christmas trees! This will take place Nov. 28 at Cinco Ranch and Nov. 29 at Mason Road location, both from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kids can help make ornaments for the tree!

3.  Bring the whole family to Cane Island Candy Cane Market on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can enjoy browsing and shopping from over 60 local vendors while sipping on local wine or beer and listening to live music. Kids can visit with Santa!

4.  A Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival will take place in historic downtown Katy on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Adults can enjoy a beer garden, kids can enjoy a snow park with 50,000 pounds of snow, and the whole family can enjoy food trucks, tons of vendors, live entertainment and Santa!

5.  If you love The Nutcracker, catch a performance at Central Green Park in Katy on Dec. 2! From 2 to 4 p.m., students from Intempo Dance will offer this free performance for the community. Then head to Morton Ranch High School on Dec. 3 for The Nutcracker Ballet performed by Connolly Dance Arts.

6.  Dec. 9, head to Cinco Ranch for a day of holiday fun! First, the Cinco Ranch Family Fest will take place at the Cinco Ranch Lakehouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then at dusk, head to Central Green Park at LaCenterra for ‘A Christmas Carol,’ beginning at dusk. Bring chairs or a blanket!

7.  Dec. 16, head to No Label Brewing Co. for a holiday fundraiser! Christmas in Katy will run from 4 to 8 p.m. and is free with donation. From food to clothes and blankets, numerous items are needed. Then enjoy live Christmas music, food trucks, market vendors, free gift wrapping and more. 100 percent of all fees will go to support Hope Impacts and Katy Christian Ministries.

Enjoy your holiday season in Katy, TX! The holidays are upon us, but the Katy real estate market never stops. If you want to buy, sell or both this holiday season, I am here for you! Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and let’s get started!

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Katy, TX Home-Buying Facts

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Katy home-buying myths vs. facts

Are you thinking about buying a Katy home this fall season? Will this be your first home purchase? As first-time buyers begin to consider homeownership, it can seem like a daunting task, or worse, impossible. Perhaps you think you don’t have enough of a down payment saved, or you won’t qualify for a mortgage, or it’s too long of a process to bother with right now.

As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to clear up some home-buying myths! While the home-buying process is a long one, with many steps, it’s doable for more people than you imagine. This might include you! Let’s look at some of the stats:

  • If you think you need a 20 percent down payment, 40 percent of millennial first-time buyers put down less than 10 percent. There are options that allow you to put as low as 1 to 2 percent down!
  • If you think your credit score isn’t high enough, it turns out that the majority of potential buyers think that they need a score of 780 or higher. The average credit score on approved loans is actually 724, and FHA loans will take credit scores in the 600s.
  • If you think getting approved for a mortgage is too hard, and you won’t qualify, you might be surprised! Just last month, 76.4 percent of loan applications were approved. Your best bet is to meet with a local lender and find out what is available to you.
  • If you currently own and want to move up to a better home, but don’t think you have enough equity if your home to move, 81.1 percent of homeowners in the U.S. have significant equity, meaning more than 20 percent equity.
  • If you think it’s cheaper to rent than to buy, not true. Buying a home is 36 percent less expensive than renting in the U.S. True, you have to pay for repairs as a homeowner, but landlords build that cost into your rent. Mortgage payments are often lower than monthly rent.

On that last point, it’s important to remember than unless you’re living with friends or family rent-free, you’re already paying a mortgage! If you rent, you are paying your landlord’s mortgage, and your landlord is reaping the rewards with equity and savings. Once you buy, you are investing in your own future! You are still paying a monthly payment, but you’ll see that money again when you go to sell, unlike with renting.

Plus, as long as you have a fixed-rate mortgage, your monthly payment will never increase. With rent, rates are continually increasing and are expected to continue rising over the next three decades.

Do yourself a favor and meet with a local mortgage lender to see what loan options you may have available to you. If you have questions about the home-buying process or the Katy real estate market, or you’re ready to get started, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here and ready to guide you through the entire process, until you have a new set of keys in your hand.

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Fall Events to Enjoy in Katy, TX This Week!

halloween pumpkinsFrom pumpkins and food trucks, to costumes and jousting, there is something for everyone this last week of October in Katy, TX! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to bring you a list of the best events and activities coming up in Katy and the surrounding area. Many are related to Halloween, so get your costumes ready to go! See what sounds most fun to you from the list and add it to your calendar.

  • The Texas Renaissance Festival is running every weekend, now through Nov. 26! Stroll streets from the Renaissance era and enjoy music, stage performances, costumed people, cultural foods, craft making, amusement rides and more.
  • Dewberry Farm is just west of Katy and features tons of festive fall activities from now through Nov. 12! Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, try your luck at a corn maze, allow your kids to run around and enjoy the rides and attractions, catch a fireworks show and grab a delicious bite to eat!
  • Head to the Fireflies and Foodtrucks fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 26 at No Label Brewery in Katy! From 5:30 to 8 p.m., adults can enjoy live entertainment, a variety of free eats from local food trucks and beer from the local brewery. Funds go to Inspiring Imagination grants. Tickets cost $50.
  • This weekend is the Wicked Weekend & Carnival at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center, Oct. 27 through Oct. 29. Enjoy a kid-friendly spooky maze during the day, obstacle courses, spin art, toddler bounce, inflatable rock walls, jousting, carnival games and more. At night, adults can enjoy a scary haunted house!
  • Bring the kids to the Houston Family Fun Fest at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch on Oct. 29 from noon to 4 p.m. Kids can enjoy face painting, a rock climbing wall, inflatables, arts and crafts, door prizes, music, stage performances and more under every tent. It’s free to attend!
  • If you think your kids have the best Halloween costumes, take a photo and submit to Katy Magazine’s Official Halloween Costume Contest on or before Oct. 30 at noon. The contest is for kids ages 2-12. They will share photos on Katy Magazine and social media, and winners will receive monetary prizes!
  • Head to Chick-fil-A locations in Katy for Family Night, Pirates & Princesses! Kids can go on a treasure hunt for tasty surprises. Plus, if dressed as a pirate or princess, kids will receive a free nuggets kids’ meal. Balloon animals and face painting included. This takes place Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Enjoy your month in Katy, including trick-or-treating and dressing up in costume on Tuesday! When ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. The real estate market never stops, so any time is a good time to achieve your goals! I look forward to answering your questions and helping you achieve your goals this fall.

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What Katy Homeowners Need To Know After Harvey

Post-Harvey Info for Katy Homeowners

Post-Harvey Information for Katy Homeowners

If you are wondering how Hurricane Harvey will impact the local Katy real estate market, or you’re looking for information about FEMA, you’ve come to the right place! As your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to share some helpful information with you, and provide you with links where you can learn more.

Harvey is not the first hurricane to reach the shores of Texas, and history shows that home sales will likely decline in the months following a hurricane, but then will rise a year from now. (The same is true for jobs in the area.) If your home was under contract before the hurricane, it will likely need another inspection prior to closing.

Because inventory will decline for a time, it may put pressure on existing listings and rentals, and rents and prices may rise. However, inventory could also soon increase from homeowners who wouldn’t have sold otherwise, but who are now ready to move away from hurricane territory. Homeowners may also buy second homes they wouldn’t have normally bought, in order to have somewhere to live while their current homes are repaired.

Local economist Ted Jones shared an informative summary on how hurricanes affect housing markets, with graphs from past hurricanes to back him up. You can check out these white pages here.

If you are interested in learning about the FEMA Home Buyout Program, you can learn more in this informative article from Harris County Flood Control District. They explain why the process takes so long, and they state that they will most likely begin making offers on properties they would like to buy within the next four months. If interested, you can register to request to be bought out if you were flooded from Harvey. Someone will call you within 24 hours to discuss.

In order to be considered, your home needs to be located deep within a mapped floodplain and subject to repetitive flooding. HCFCD purchases complete swaths or tracks of homes in floodplains and turns them into a drainage facility or pond, or a natural preserve, to prevent homes in these areas from being flooded again in the future.

Other helpful websites to know about include the Harris County Flood Warning System, where you can view rainfall amounts from rain gauges throughout Harris County and see how much rain typically falls in your area, and how close the nearest watershed is to you. This can help you plan for your future.

This Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool allows you to view floodways from a map and to see if your property is currently in a 100-year or 500-year floodplain. This is great if you are planning to relocate in the Katy area, but would first like to see where watersheds are located near potential properties, and where the nearest floodways are located, which are the main corridors that water will travel down and will be most heavily impacted by flooding.

If you have questions about any of this, feel free to contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and I can either answer them or point you in the direction of someone who can.

If you’d like to buy or sell in the Katy real estate market this fall, contact me! Even with Harvey issues to deal with, activity in the market never ends. Contact me, and let’s discuss your home-buying or home-selling options right now!

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Move Up To Your Katy, TX Dream Home Now!

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Move up to your Katy, TX dream home

If you bought a starter home years ago, now may be the ideal time for you to sell and move up to your dream home in Katy, TX. Are you ready to grow a family and need more space? Do you want to relocate to a nicer neighborhood? Do you crave more luxurious features? No matter what your reason is for wanting to move up, you’re not alone!

Many Katy homeowners begin with a small starter home, and eventually move up to a bigger home when they are financially able, and when market conditions are right. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to tell you that conditions in the Katy real estate market are ideal for move-up buyers right now!

Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Home prices have steadily increased since 2012, so if you bought before or around then, your Katy home has probably appreciated in equity, and possibly more than you think! The average price gain in quarter two of this year was $51,000 since purchase, which is the highest average price gain and the highest average home seller return since 2007.
  • Home prices are projected to continue increasing. While this is great news for Katy home sellers, if you want to sell so that you can move up to a more expensive home, you don’t want to wait! The longer you wait to trade up, the more you’ll be paying for your next Katy home. Experts predict that home prices will increase by another 5 percent over the next year. This means that yes, your current home value will increase, but not as much as a house valued higher than yours.
  • Mortgage rates have remained historically low this year, with rates hovering below 4 percent. We just don’t know when rates will increase, but many housing experts are predicting an increase over the next year. The higher your interest rate, the more you’ll be paying per month on your next home. So again, the sooner you buy, the more likely it is that you’ll lock in a low rate and save yourself lots of money!

As you can see, there are many great reasons to move up to your Katy dream home now. If you’re concerned about selling and buying simultaneously, I understand. It can seem overwhelming to try to sync two timelines. As a Katy real estate agent, I can help! I have experience with this and can help you sell your current Katy home while helping you find your next Katy home.

Let’s work together to make your future the future you want, living in the home of your dreams. Contact me!

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Fall Events Coming Up in Katy, TX

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Katy TX events to enjoy this September

The kids are back in school and fall is officially beginning, but the fun never ends in Katy, TX! As your Katy real estate agent, I love keeping you updated with the latest community events on my blog. Check back often! These events are a great way to spend quality time with your family or friends, or to get out and meet others in the community, especially if you’re new.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events in Katy:

  • Sign up and participate in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 16. Register the day of, starting at 7 a.m., watch the ceremony at 7:30 and begin walking at 8 a.m. The route length is a 5K at LaCenterra and all age groups are welcome to participate.
  • Head to Chick-fil-A at Cinco Ranch on Sept. 19 or Mason Road on Sept. 20 for Preschool Playhouse: Run into Fall! Kids will create a filter fall leaf to spray and watch the colors run. Plus, as always, they will enjoy singing, dancing, story time and sparkle dough with other kids their age.
  • Head to the Omni Hotel in Houston for Breakfast for a Blessing on Sept. 22, hosted by the Rotary Club of Katy. From 7:30 to 9 a.m., enjoy a delicious breakfast for a great cause. All proceeds will benefit thousands who are uninsured in Katy.
  • Head to Multiplicity on Sept. 23 for the Fall 2017 Food Truck Revolution! From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a fun-filled day to honor local law enforcement. Admission is free, with yard games, face painting, a craft table, finger print ID kits and more. Purchase food from several food trucks on site.
  • Head to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch on Sept. 23 for Movie Night! From 8 to 10 p.m., enjoy a free movie under the stars. The movie this night will be ‘The Lego Batman Movie.’ Bring lawn chairs and snacks/beverages if you desire.
  • Head to Chick-fil-A on Sept. 25 at Cinco Ranch or Sept. 26 at Mason Road for Family Night: Core Essentials – Friendship. Kids will be taught how to make smart decisions and treat others right while they decorate a friendship rock. Free face painting and balloon animal included.
  • The Katy ISD Education Foundation hosts Fireflies & Foodtrucks on Sept. 28 at No Label Brewery as an end-of-summer celebration. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., enjoy food, live music and more. Cost is $50 per person and all proceeds benefit teacher grant programs.

Enjoy the rest of your September in Katy, TX, and get ready for fall festivals and Halloween activities in October! The years fly by, so why wait to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals? If you’d like to buy, sell or both this summer, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. I am here to answer all of your questions and to help you achieve your real estate goals as soon as possible!

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How to Help Flood Victims in Katy, TX

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Hurricane Harvey blew through Katy, TX and the greater Houston area this week, causing devastating flooding, deaths, injuries and damage to the area. My heart goes out to all affected victims.

Within the City of Katy, water coated parts of Highway 90 and flooded local homes and businesses. There are still several locations along the Katy Freeway that have high water. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help fill you in on what you need to know as the rescue stage slowly evolves into the recovery stage.

Mayor Chuck Brawner shared information on debris removal for Katy homeowners. As soon as the water resides, here are the debris removal guidelines for homeowners within the City of Katy:

  • Do not place debris near or on trees, poles or other structures. This makes removal difficult. Keep away from fire hydrants and meters.
  • Separate debris into six categories: Electronics, large appliances, hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage.
  • Place debris at curbside but do not block roadway with it. It will not be picked up if these guidelines are not met.

Here is a helpful chart:

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You can also view this chart and Mayor Brawner’s video here.

If you need shelter, there are 62 total shelters across Harris County, with an estimated total of 12,700 individuals using these facilities. A list of currently open facilities can be found at www.readyharris.org.

If you’d like to volunteer, call the American Red Cross at 866-526-8300, Volunteer Houston at 281-656-1533, or visit Texas Gulf Coast VOAD at www.txgulfcoastvoad.org. If you have boats or working vehicles, the City of Katy is asking that you help nearby neighbors if you can safely do so.

If you’d like to donate food or belongings to families in need, bring donations to CrossPoint Community Church at 700 Westgreen Boulevard in Katy, or to The Fellowship at 22765 Westheimber Parkway in Katy.

The outpouring of love and support has been amazing for the entire Houston area! Let’s keep it up and help our neighbors as much as we can through this troubling time. Thank you to all of the rescue efforts that we have seen over the past few days, from local police forces to residents with boats, rafts, etc., who gave their part to help in the rescue efforts.

Stay strong, Katy! We will get through this together.

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Back-To-School Events in Katy, TX

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Back-to-school events in Katy, TX this month

With back-to-school time upon us in Katy, TX, you can expect many events and activities taking place to include this theme. Whether you’re preparing your kids for the school year, or you’re reaping as many summertime activities as you can while they last, there is an event coming up for you. As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on a few, so that you can plan the rest of your August and summer accordingly!

  • Chick-fil-A is hosting a Back to School event tonight at their Mason Road location. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., kids can craft a bookmark for their school books, take back-to-school pictures in a photo booth, and enjoy complimentary face painting and balloon animals.
  • Saturday, Aug. 19, the Taylor High School JET Marching Band will host their March-a-Thon with new locations this year! From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., they’ll perform at THS Parking Garage, Randalls, Wolfe, Memorial Parkway, Exley, Hayes and Pattison Elementary Schools, and Epiphany Catholic Church.
  • Saturday evening, head to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch for Movie on the Green. ‘Thor,’ rated PG-13, will begin at dusk. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic table, pack a picnic if you choose, and enjoy the movie from Marvel Comics about the immortal cast down to Earth to save the world from his evil brother.
  • A Back to School Bash & School Supply Drive will take place at Cane Island on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. Enjoy live country and rock music, and chicken, ice cream and beer from local venues. Schools supplies are being accepted until the event, so help out with a great cause!
  • Head to the football field at Taylor High School on Aug. 25 for the JET Band Community Food Truck Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. JET Band will perform and food trucks will be available for you to purchase a variety of food from. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the music will you eat!
  • TaD’s Extreme Cars and Coffee is a fun way to spend a Saturday morning! Stop by Tad’s of Katy on Aug. 26 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. to enjoy classic cars, big trucks and exotic vehicles. Munch on breakfast sandwiches, beignets, mimosa and coffee while you view.
  • Sign up for the Katy Back to School 5K on Monday, Sept. 4, beginning at 7 a.m. Run the 5K and help benefit Katy Students Run. This will be a chipped timed race, and winners and top finishers in different age groups will win awards! Enjoy the after-party when done racing.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and your back-to-school season in Katy, TX! When ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. Summer may be winding down, but the real estate market never stops! When you’re ready to work toward buying, selling or both, I’m here to help.

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Trendy Design Options for Your Katy, TX Home

marble countertopOne of the biggest perks of owning a Katy home is that you can design it however you please! If you like to keep up with home decorating trends, allow me to offer you some suggestions for this year. As a Katy real estate agent, I think it’s important to note that trends come and go, so if you’re going to upgrade your Katy home with some of these, make sure they are ones that you will really enjoy!

Here are a few that are trending right now, via RISMedia:

  • Marble – Marble can make any home look more stunning and luxurious. You can use it for countertops in the kitchen or bathroom, or use it as accent pieces in the living room, such as a side table or marble clock. You can even use marble wallpaper or fabric to really make a statement!
  • Jewel Tones – Homeowners tend to appreciate neutral colors with a subtle amount of color added as an accent. Jewel tones are appealing to owners right now, from pastel shades to emerald greens and violets. The colors make a statement while still blending with natural outdoor hues.
  • Metallic – The contemporary home style shows a lot of metallic details with minimal accessories. These also add shimmer and can dress up a space. Examples include brass hardware on kitchen cabinets, a silver chandelier in the dining or family room, or outdoors, copper rain gutters or address numbers.
  • Subway Tiles – This sleek and urban look can be incorporated best in the kitchen and bathrooms, and is versatile enough to fit into numerous design styles. Go with dark grout to hide the dirt that may become visible. For a twist, install matte glass subway tiles!
  • Nailhead Details – This isn’t for everyone, but this style is making a comeback with furniture. If you love shopping at antique or thrift stores, you might find a great older piece that suits the modern appeal! Look for headboards or sofas with a nailhead design.

For more examples of trending home decorations and designs, check out this RISMedia article. Which of these is your favorite? Which is your least favorite? Leave a comment and share!

Like I said, sometimes by adding trendy decorations to your Katy home, you could attract more Katy homebuyers when you go to sell. Some could even increase your home value, such as marble and subway tile upgrades in the kitchen. However, it’s important to also realize that home design is a very personal thing, so if you go overboard, you could also turn away buyers or decrease your home value! Only add what most appeals to you, or what will increase your home value if selling in the near future.

Ready to sell your Katy home? Ready to buy a Katy home? No matter what your goals are in the Katy real estate market, I am here to help you achieve them! Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and let’s start working toward your goal before summer’s end!

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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.