Archive for April, 2018

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!

Mickie Cioccia
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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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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.