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Finish Your April with a Bang in Katy

Katy Events

Library and bookstore events coming up in Katy

April is almost over, but you’d be amazed how many events and activities have yet to occur in Katy, TX this month! There are still numerous fun opportunities to be had in Katy before the month is up, and as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on them. It’s a beautiful time of year in Katy, so get out and enjoy the community, and take this opportunity to meet some neighbors!

1.  The 6th Annual Seven Lakes High School Band Program Golf Tournament takes place this Friday, April 28, at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. If you love golf, you’ll love this fundraiser! Aside from a great day of golf, you can participate in the putting contest, hole-in-one-contest and team prizes.

2.  Katy Budget Books is hosting their 2nd Annual Spring Market on April 29, which happens to be Independent Bookstore Day! Local crafters and distributors will set up booths in the parking lot and inside for you to browse and shop from. There will be some indie bookstore surprises, too!

3.  On April 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., head to Bridgeland’s Oak Meadow Park for Bridgeland’s Nature Fest! Jeff Corwin of Animal Planet’s “The Jeff Corwin Experience” will host this family event with the Great American Duck Race, armadillo races, crocodile encounters, food trucks and so much more.

4.  The Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade will take place at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29. The parade of book characters will make its way to LaCenterra. Also enjoy musical entertainment from student groups, and student art and writing displays.

5.  Crawfish are back! Head to Katy Elks Lodge for their Crawfish Boil this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit children with special needs. Crawfish will be $5 per pound or $25 for all-you-can-eat. They will also have hot dogs, a bounce house, face painting, snow cones and more.

Finish April with a bang in Katy, and then look forward to May! Events coming up next month include the Cow Patty Classic 5K/10K on May 6, Katy Doggie Derby May 6, Lone Star Symphonic Band Contest May 7, Typhoon Texas Kids Triathlon May 21 and so much more. The fun never ends in Katy!

Enjoy these wonderful spring months in Katy, TX, and when ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals, contact me. As a Katy real estate agent, I can tell you that spring is a hopping time for buyers and sellers. Don’t let time slip away from you. Contact me today and let’s get started!

Mickie Cioccia
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Real Estate Scams to Avoid As Katy Homebuyer

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Avoid these real estate scams as a Katy buyer

If you are gearing up to buy a Katy home, you know that this is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, if not the biggest! When so much money is involved, it’s no surprise that shady characters may try to take advantage of you. As your Katy real estate agent, I want you to be aware of common real estate scams ahead of time, so that you don’t fall for them while going through the home-buying process!

Here are four common scams that Realtor.com recently warned against, and tactics on how to outwit them:

Scam #1: You transfer funds to a fraudster.

Once you choose a Katy home and it’s time to make an offer, you may think you’re sending a large sum of money to one person, but it ends up in entirely different hands. This is an example of cybercrime, and real estate exchanges are just one of the ways this happens.

Avoid it: Only respond to verbal requests for a wire transfer, either directly from your trusted Katy real estate agent, or directly from the seller or seller’s agent whom you’ve met in person or done research on. Don’t ever send money via an email request.

Scam #2: You’re renting a home that doesn’t exist.

You think you scored a great deal on a beautiful house that you saw online, but really, the scammer borrows the address and photos from another listing and creates a bogus home-for-rent ad online. You are then asked to send a deposit and rental payment via email or even a phone call, typically to a P.O box that may even be overseas.

Avoid it: Start with a simple Google search of the property address, or go to the county website, to see if it’s a real listing that is listed elsewhere as well. Visit the county clerk’s office to make sure it’s not a foreclosed home that you will be kicked out of. Feel free to stop by the house and ask neighbors about it as well. Above all, never send money overseas without doing ample homework!

Scam #3: The moving company holds your items hostage.

If you choose the cheapest moving company that catches your eye, without doing research, you might lose all of your belongings period, or they may be held hostage until you pay the scammers way more than what was originally quoted.

Avoid it: This is a common one, so do some research to make sure your mover is registered and insured, and that you have a written estimate. Have a representative from the company come meet you in person ahead of time and draw up an estimate. If moving locally, you can use our Katy moving truck! Or, hire hourly moving laborers to load and unload, so you’re always in control of your stuff.

Scam #4: “I’ll sell your home or buy it myself.”

Sounds great, but typically, this is a tactic for less-than-scrupulous agents to win appointments. These programs come wrapped in a bundle of stipulations that most homeowners would never agree to.

Avoid it: If it sounds too good to be true, it is. You know the saying! Choose a trusted Katy real estate agent to help you sell and buy in the Katy real estate market. Don’t go with someone that has the catchiest offerings. And if the terms don’t meet your approval, don’t sign the agreement!

For more details on these four real estate scams and how to avoid them, read the Realtor.com article in its entirety. If you have questions, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here to answer your questions and concerns, and to help you with all of your home-buying and home-selling needs.

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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.