Tips for Soon-to-be Katy Homebuyers

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Tips for future Katy, TX homebuyers

Are you gearing up to buy a Katy home this year? As a Katy real estate agent, I can say that this is the time to do it! Home prices and mortgage rates are on the increase, so the sooner you buy, the more money you could save. Plus, since equity is on the rise, you can feel good about investing in your future.

To help you prepare for the home-buying process, here are a few tips to help you save up for a down payment and get qualified for a mortgage loan:

  • Automate savings. If you aren’t good at putting money away each month into a savings account, automate a down payment savings account! Once per month, paycheck or even week, determine how much money you can put aside into a housing fund. Even if it’s a small amount, it’s better than nothing!
  • Live frugally. If buying a Katy home is important to you, then you can use that as motivation to live more frugally until you have your down payment saved up. This means cutting costs wherever you can. Only buy food on sale, wear your current clothes, put off that new car or vacation, make your own coffee at home, walk or bike wherever you can, and so on.
  • Keep your credit clean. Your credit score is a big piece of the puzzle, when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage, so pay off as much of your past debts as possible. Don’t open any new forms of credit, and pay off the credit cards you have now. Automate your bills, so you are never late paying one of them.

Once you feel that you are ready to buy, or that you are at least ready to take the next step or get questions answered, find an experienced, reliable Katy real estate agent. If you are curious as to why you should work with an agent rather than doing it alone, here a few reasons KCM Crew recently gave on why to work with a professional:

  • An agent can save you time. It’s not as easy as you may think to find a Katy home that you love, and that fits into your budget and your needs. An agent can sift through the listings that don’t meet your needs, so that you can just look at the ones that do. This can save you heartache, too! An agent can also get you in touch with reliable mortgage professionals, inspectors and other professionals, to save you the time it’ll take to research each one in the area.
  • An agent can help you negotiate. This is more important than ever, with lower inventory than usual. In a seller’s market, you need an agent to negotiate a price with the seller, which could end up saving you hundreds or thousands in the long run. The agent can also negotiate after the home inspection, after the appraisal, with closing agreements and more.

When ready to begin your home-buying process in the Katy real estate market, contact me!

Mickie Cioccia
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Plan Some January Fun in Katy, TX

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Katy, TX Events in January

If you feel like you can finally slow down and breathe after the holiday season, you’re not alone! Now that the chaos is behind you, January is a great month to get out and enjoy some fun community activities with family or friends in Katy, TX. As your Katy real estate agent, I can tell you that because we enjoy beautiful weather year-round, the fun opportunities never end in Katy.

Rather than becoming a winter couch potato, in Katy, you can get out and enjoy whatever you wish this January! Here are a few ideas:

  • If you made a resolution to lose weight this year, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch is offering a Free YMCA Day on Saturday, Jan. 7! They can help you design a wellness routine for you, if you wish, and you could win a free Fitbit by visiting that day and entering the contest.
  • Saturday, Jan. 14, you have another free opportunity to get healthy and fit while also having a blast! A licensed Zumba instructor will present a basic introduction and demonstration to Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance fitness class, which uses dance steps from salsa, cha cha and more. Wear comfortable clothes and head to Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bring your preschoolers to Chick-fil-A at Cinco Ranch on Jan. 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for Preschool Playhouse. They will hear Aesop’s fable “The Owl and the Grasshopper” and then will create an edible scene from the story. They will also enjoy singing and dancing. Preschool Playtime takes place on Jan. 24 and 31 as well.
  • Family Night takes place at Chick-fil-A at Cinco Ranch on Jan. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Your family will learn more about the topic of Knowledge as you create owl bookmarks. Plus, kids can enjoy balloon animals and face painting, all complimentary.
  • Katy High School Performing Arts Center will present ‘Godspell’ Jan. 18-20 at 7 p..m. and Jan. 21 and 2 or 7 p.m. An eccentric blend of songs, parables, games and tomfoolery unfold as a comedic troupe teaches life lessons.
  • Little Shop of Horrors’ will take place at Tompkins High School Jan. 19-21, giving you another great musical comedy presented by Tompkins Theatre Company! Sit back and enjoy a humorous tale about a man-eating plant. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students.
  • Even in Texas, chili is fantastic in the wintertime! Head to the SLHSABD Chili Cook Off on Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see how your secret chili recipe stacks up with the rest. Entry deadline is Jan. 7! Prizes go out to Pro and Amateur Divisions, People’s Choice and even Best Decorated Chili Booth.

Enjoy the month of January in Katy, and when you are ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals in 2017, contact me. As your Katy real estate agent, I am standing by, ready to help you with all of your home-buying and home-selling needs in the New Year!

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Home Features Dragging Down Your Katy Home Value

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Home Value Tips for Katy Homeowners

As a Katy homeowner, do you have home improvement plans for the New Year? Do you want to upgrade your home, but aren’t sure where to start? As your Katy real estate agent, I would like to offer you some suggestions!

When you go to sell your Katy home, you want to impress as many potential buyers as you can. Therefore, if your home has certain features that Realtor.com said drag down a home’s value, you might want to consider updating them first.

  • Match your paint colors. This is true for the exterior and interior. Most buyers don’t want to buy the only pink house in town, especially if all the others are neutral colors, so take note at how your home blends into the neighborhood. Inside, paint over a bright orange with a neutral color, so buyers can imagine their own design ideas.
  • Have an inviting front door. When a buyer or a guest comes to visit your Katy home, the front door is one of the first features they’ll notice. An upgraded front door is also the best upgrade for return on investment, so don’t feel bad about investing your money into an updated, sturdier option. Make sure the doorbell works while you’re at it.
  • Update windows and screens. Buyers and guests will notice screens that look more like cat scratchers. You might be able to get away with using screen repair patches to fill in the holes, rather than replacing the whole set. Check your window frames and windows too, and make sure they all slide properly and are insulating well.
  • Work on your landscaping. Since the exterior of your Katy home is the first thing buyers and guests see, you want them to notice quality landscaping rather than a bare yard, or landscaping that has been forgotten. Be sure to trim your trees and cut your grass. Having some fresh flowers in pots outside your front door is a nice bonus.
  • Take note of smells. We get used to the smell of our own Katy homes, so it’d be a good idea to ask a trusted friend, family member, neighbor or Katy real estate agent if they notice any weird smells in your house. If they do, work toward finding the culprit of the odor and cleaning it in a way that will remove the smell for good.

Other features that Realtor.com mentioned include eerie dripping noises, poor lighting, squeaky doors/hinges and an outdated kitchen. As a Katy homeowner, it’s up to you to determine which of these features you have, and which need to be upgraded most!

Have questions? Need a second opinion? Ready to sell your Katy home? I am a Katy real estate agent, standing by, ready to help you with all of your real estate needs in the coming year. Don’t hesitate to contact me!

I wish you all a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

Mickie Cioccia
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Holiday Events to Enjoy In Katy, TX This Festive Season

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Ice skating and more Katy holiday events

Is there ever a more festive, jolly time to spend in Katy, TX than the month of December? As a Katy real estate agent, I love seeing the town covered in holiday lights and the calendar filled with festive, family-friendly fun.

Take some time out of your holiday to-do list for some of these fun holiday events in the Katy area! You’ll get to know the community and the people in it, and you’ll make lasting memories.

Here’s a few upcoming holiday events in the Katy area to keep on your radar:

  • Mayde Creek High School Theatre Company invites you to see their production of A Christmas Carol Dec. 8-9 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 10 at 2 or 7 p.m. Student tickets cost $6 in advance or $8 at the door, and adult tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Enjoy this classic tale!
  • Head to Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center on Dec. 10 or 17 for Elfie Selfies with Santa! This event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Each day, kids can meet with Santa and let him know what they want for Christmas this year. Bring your camera for photos with Santa as well!
  • The 6th Annual Winterfest will take place this Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department. Get your holiday shopping done among more than 70 vendors while listening to live music, participating in crafts and much more. Kids can visit with Santa!
  • This Saturday is also the day that dancers of Connolly Dance Arts in Katy will perform their rendition of The Nutcracker. Head to Morton Ranch High School Performing Arts Center for the performance, which takes place at 3 p.m. General admission tickets cost $12.
  • Head Downtown Fulshear on Dec. 17 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for this year’s Holly Jolly Christmas! This year’s event will feature ice skating, live music, a live nativity, a children’s area full of activities, vendor booths, a walking parade, and guest appearances from Santa and Anna and Elsa of Frozen!
  • WinterFest takes over Typhoon Texas in Katy this time of year. From now through Dec. 31, you can enjoy a Christmas 4D show, a WinterFest train ride, a big slide, a petting zoo, pony rides, Santa’s Workshop, hay rides, real ice skating, thousands of lights and more.

Enjoy these and many other holiday events taking place throughout the Katy, TX area this month! As always, when you are ready to embark on your Katy real estate market goals, contact me. Whether it’s during the holiday season or after, I am your Katy real estate agent, here and ready to help you out as soon as you’re ready to begin!

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Staging Secrets for Katy, TX Home Sellers

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Staging Secrets for Katy Home Sellers

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

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

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

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

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

Mickie Cioccia
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Common Katy Home Seller Appraisal Myths, Busted

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Katy home sellers and appraisals

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

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

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

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

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

Myth #2: All appraisers are the same.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mickie Cioccia
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Celebrate Halloween in Katy, TX!

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Halloween events in Katy, TX

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

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

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

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

Mickie Cioccia
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Why to Use Agent When Selling Your Katy Home

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Tips for Katy, TX home sellers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mickie Cioccia
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Enjoy These Fall Activities in Katy, TX!

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

Mark your calendar with these upcoming fall activities in Katy:

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

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

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Clean Your Home Fast As a Katy Home Seller

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Quick cleaning tips for your Katy home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.