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Labor Day & Beyond in Katy, TX

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Katy TX Labor Day weekend fun

Now that school is back in session in Katy, TX, who’s ready for a holiday weekend?! As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in on what you can do with your long Labor Day weekend, and what Katy events you have to look forward to after that.

What are your plans for Labor Day? If you’re traveling this weekend, check out my last blog post about how to keep your Katy home secure while you’re away. If you’re staying home, you could host a pool party or barbecue, or just chill with a good book and glass of wine! This weekend is a great chance to sleep in and relax, or to get home maintenance or landscaping tasks completed that you’ve been putting off.

If you’d like to accomplish real estate goals this fall, spend some time this weekend browsing listings in the Katy real estate market, coming up with your needs vs. wants list, and gathering paperwork together for a mortgage application. If you’d like to sell, spend time decluttering, cleaning and staging your home!

You can find some great shopping deals Labor Day weekend. Head to Katy Mills or LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch for a day of shopping and dining with family and friends, or enjoy some solo shopping time!

Cool off at Typhoon Texas or a community pool and enjoy swimming or sliding down water slides as a way to celebrate the end of summer. Typhoon Texas is open until Sept. 23 for the season, but only on weekends and with shorter hours.

After Labor Day weekend, the fun doesn’t end in Katy. September events to look forward to:

1.  Fifth Street Frenzy will take place Sept. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy an evening out admiring vintage and classic cars, live music, BBQ and great vendors. If you’d like to adopt a pet, local animal rescues will be there as well. This event is free to the public!

2.  Cinema Under the Stars will take place in the courtyard in front of Las Alamedas at Cinco Ranch on Sept. 20. Enjoy food, fun and a showing of ‘Selena,’ beginning at dusk. Bring blankets or lawn chairs!

3.  The Katy Triathlon will take place at Cane Island on Sept. 23 and proceeds will benefit the Katy Rotary Fund. Get singed up and practicing for the big event!

What events and activities are you looking forward to this holiday weekend or this fall season? As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you enjoy your time! When you’re ready to sell, but or both in the Katy real estate market, I am here to help. I can answer all of your questions and guide you through the entire process. Now is a great time to achieve your real estate goals! Contact me!

Mickie Cioccia

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Keep Katy Home Secure During Vacation

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Katy home safety and security tips

If you’re planning a Labor Day or fall vacation, make sure you prep your Katy home so that it’s safe and secure while you’re gone! As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to offer you some steps to take before you take off. Keep these handy:

1.  Get rid of odors. Empty all of your trash cans, wipe them down with a cleanser spray and then let them dry. Run your garbage disposal. Get rid of any food in the fridge that will go bad before you return. Keep your air conditioner running at high 70’s to prevent moisture buildup.

2.  Pause your mail. If your mailbox is exploding with mail, that’s an obvious sign that no one is home. You can temporarily shut off your mail online. Do this with any newspapers you have delivered as well, and UPS boxes if you’re expecting any online purchases to arrive.

3.  Unplug. Save on your electricity bill, and prevent any sort of electrical issue or fire, by unplugging all unused appliances while you’re away. That includes TV, internet, microwave, coffeemakers, clocks, etc.

4.  Secure your home. There are many ways of doing this. On the high end, purchase and install a security system, set up cameras in and around the house for you to check on, invest in smart technology that lets you turn off and on lights and close curtains remotely. You could also just make sure everything is locked and get a timer for your outdoor lights. (Choose one that allows for randomization.)

5.  Watch what you share. If posting on social media about going out of town, make sure you’re only sharing with friends and not with the general public. Let a trusted neighbor know you’re leaving, so they can check up on your house, but don’t let the whole neighborhood know.

6.  Plan ahead with landscaping. Mow the lawn right before you leave, and water plants, so your yard isn’t a giveaway. If you’ll be gone for longer than this is possible, have someone come over to mow or water. If planting new landscaping anytime soon, opt for thorny shrubs below your windows.

7.  Move your spare key! If you leave a spare key under your flowerpot, time to take it away while you’re gone. Even if it’s in a less obvious place, being gone for an extended period of time could give a burglar more time to look. Instead, give it to a trusted friend or neighbor in case of an emergency.

Once you secure your Katy home, enjoy your last-minute summer vacation or an upcoming fall trip! You deserve it! When ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. Summer is wrapping up, but there is still time to achieve your buying and/or selling goals. I am here to answer any questions you may have and to help you through the process! Give me a call!

Mickie Cioccia

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Back to School Events & More This Month in Katy!

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Back to school activities in Katy, TX

August has arrived in Katy TX, which means that we get half a month of summer, and half a month of back-to-school activities! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on upcoming events and activities, so you can enjoy what is left of summer and prepare your family for the school season.

1.  Chick-fil-A always hosts family-friendly events for the Katy community! Start the month off by making tent crafts, listening to campfire songs and enjoying a cookie s’more from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Mason Road location. Then they’ll have a last sleepover of summer later in the month, along with back to school activities.

2.  New Katy High School freshman can get acquainted with the school at Fish Camp on Aug. 3. It includes motivational sessions, campus tours, pep rallies, school song, Class of 2022 shirts, lunch, staff member meet-and-greets and more. A dance will take place that night. At CRHS, sophomores and juniors can get textbooks, course lists, parking permits and more Aug. 6. Seniors and Fish Camp can head to the school on Aug. 8.

3.  Get into the back-to-school spirit by learning how to spin and toss a flag like the Katy High School Color Guard! On Aug. 9, all participants will learn two routines and then perform them with the Color Guard and the Katy Tiger Band at the Tiger Band Showcase performance. Clinics are available for 1st through 4th grade from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then 5th to 8th grade 12 to 3 p.m. The Showcase will take place Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Tiger Stadium.

4.  Aug. 8, get decked out in your best 80’s gear and head to No Label Brewing Co. for the 2018 Katy Summer Tailgate! This back-to-school bash will benefit YMCA Operation Backpack and other outreach programs, so it’s the perfect chance to support a great cause while having a blast! Admission is $20, kids 12 and under are free. There will be sno cones, food trucks, live music, and of course, beer for adults.

5.  LaCenterra is hosting Cinema Under the Stars all month long! Coming up Aug. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m., head to the courtyard for a showing of ‘The Greatest Showman.’ Arrive early to enjoy a petting zoo of baby animals from Wild Things Zoofari. Grab food or bring your own, along with chairs or a blanket.

6.  Aug. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., join others from the Katy community at the Katy High School Town Pep Rally! Head to Rhodes Stadium for the opening of the fall 2018 football season. There will be band and cheer performances, player introductions and more.

7.  On Aug. 27, bring kids anywhere from one month to eight years old to Story Time at Central Green Park at LaCenterra. Award-winning children’s author Maria Ashworth will be there to read to kids and teach them all sorts of skills through music, finger play, art and storytelling. It’s free and all supplies are included.

Enjoy your month in Katy TX! If you’d still like to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals this summer, you’ve got time! Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, for help buying, selling or both this month. Finish your summer feeling accomplished and living in the home of your dreams!

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.