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Katy TX Events during February 2019

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Enjoy February in Katy with this lineup of events

Many people find the winter months to be dull and drab, but they don’t have to be! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on fun events and activities taking place in the Katy TX area in the coming month. Katy is a wonderful place to call home for families, groups of friends and anyone looking for a close community with lots of fun options!

  • This weekend, Feb. 1-3, head to Tompkins High School Performing Arts Center for a showing of ‘Once On This Island.’ A fearless peasant girl sets out to find her place in the world, guided by the island gods. Tickets cost $12 for students and $15 for adults.
  • The Katy Half Marathon will take place this weekend, Feb. 2! Running options include a kids 1k, 5k, full half marathon and half marathon relay, starting from Katy Mills Mall. Registration includes race bib with tag for accurate timing, race photos, finisher’s medals and more. You can still sign up!
  • If you’ve been wanting to try goat yoga, this Saturday is your chance! Goat Yoga at Sunset takes place Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in Katy. This is just like regular yoga, but with friendly goats wandering around you. Cost is $33 per person.
  • The 2nd Annual Designer Purse Bingo is at No Label Brewing Co. on Feb. 2 from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Join them for Bags, Bingo & Bubbles while proceeds benefit Stuff the Sleigh! A limited number of general admission and reserved seat tickets will be available.
  • The Little Gym of Katy is hosting their Grand Re-Opening and Birthday Party on Friday, Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is open to everyone. Enjoy games, activities, raffles, birthday cake, enrollment specials and more!
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Cane Island by attending the Couples Sushi Making Class on Feb. 16. They’ve also got a Chili Cook Off planned for Feb. 23 and a Movie on the Lawn Feb. 1 and Feb. 22.
  • The Farmers Market at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is back once a month during the winter season! It takes place on the fourth Sunday of each month, which is Feb. 24 and then March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stock up on honey, cheese, eggs, seasonal vegetables and more from local vendors.
  • Every Monday, parents meet for a walk at Cinco Ranch Beach Club and walk 2.5 miles around the lake and neighborhood. They stop at Proud Pie for coffee and a snack. The trails are great for strollers or for older kid who can handle the walk. Mingle with other parents while getting exercise!

Enjoy your month in Katy! When ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals, give me a call, your Katy real estate agent. Real estate doesn’t take a pause in the winter months, so why should your home-buying and/or home-selling goals? Give me a call now and you could be settled in by spring!

Mickie Cioccia

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Home Repairs or Renovations to Consider Before Selling

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Katy home repairs to consider before selling

If you’d like to sell your Katy home sometime this year, now is the time to consider whether any home repairs or renovations should be done. You may not want to spend money on improving your home right before selling it, but doing so could help you sell your home faster and for more money, depending on what shape your home is in now.

As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on what repairs or renovations are worth doing. While some could help you sell your home for a higher asking price, others won’t have that same effect. Not all upgrades are equal when it comes to ROI, or return on investment!

Let’s first discuss repairs. If your home has issues that could make or break a sale, it’s wise to fix these ahead of time. Here are three examples of repairs that support a higher asking price:

  • Fixing flooring flaws – If your hardwood has scratches in it, your linoleum has stains or looks dull, or your carpet is ratty, outdated or smelly, this is definitely something that will quickly turn buyers away. According to NAR’s 2017 Remodeling Impact Report, homeowners will spend an average of $3,000 to refinish hardwood floors, but they’ll recoup 100 percent of that cost at resale.
  • Repairing water stains – If you’ve got plumbing issues, you should definitely have those repaired, as they will come up in a home inspection. You should also take care of leftover water stains, as this may mislead buyers into thinking there are still issues, and they’re unsightly! Fix water-stained ceilings for about $670, and repair drywall for $1.50 per square foot.
  • Touching up grout – Yellow or cracked grout will turn off buyers, and this is a simple way to improve the look of floors, backsplashes, bathtubs, etc. This is also one of the cheapest upgrades you can make, as re-grouting costs start as low as $1 to $2 per square foot.

More information about these top three repairs for home sellers can be found in this Realtor Magazine article. Then check out this KCM Crew article if interested in renovations that yield great ROI. These include:

  • Minor bathroom remodel, yielding 102 percent ROI
  • Upgraded landscaping, yielding 100 percent ROI
  • Minor kitchen remodel, yielding 98.5 percent ROI
  • Exterior improvements, yielding 95.5 percent ROI

While these types of upgrades aren’t necessary before selling, unless your home is very outdated, they are great options for Katy homeowners who aren’t ready to sell yet, but who would like to in the coming years. Or, if your home does need an upgrade before selling, rest assured that these efforts will yield great ROI when you list in the Katy real estate market!

If you’ve got questions about the market, or you’re ready to begin the home-selling process now, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here and ready to answer all of your questions and to guide you through the entire process, until your 2019 real estate goals are a reality!

Mickie Cioccia

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Start 2019 with Fun Events in Katy, TX!

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Katy TX Events this January

Happy New Year from your Katy real estate agent! If 2019 is the year that you’d like to achieve your Katy real estate market goals, as a seller, buyer or both, I am here to help! Contact me anytime this year to ask questions about the market, or to begin the home-selling and/or home-buying process.

If you’d like to get some fun events on the 2019 calendar, you’ve come to the right place! Here is a list of upcoming events and activities in Katy, TX this first month of January:

1.  Enjoy free, family-friendly Bingo tomorrow, Jan. 3, at Growler USA. This is a great activity for winter break! Kid and adult prizes will be available for winners. It begins at 6 p.m. but usually fills up before that, so arrive early or make reservations ahead of time.

2.  If you’ve got fitness goals for the New Year, Crossfit Annihilation in Katy is offering a lineup of free community workouts on every first Saturday of the month. This Saturday, Jan. 5, is this month’s free class, a gymnastics session for all levels. Class is from 10-11 a.m.

3.  Make 2019 your best year yet by attending a Vision Board Workshop this Saturday at Zazen Wellness with Success Coach Erica Torres-Dudziak and Artist Nicole Bray. From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., you’ll create a vision board with goals for this year, one that you can display proudly. Get tickets!

4.  If your kids love Harry Potter, they’ll love the Magic Potions & Eruptions class taking place this Sunday, Jan. 6, at Funtastik Labs. This begins at 1:30 p.m. and is fun for ages 4-12. They can witness everyday compounds being combined to create awesome scientific reactions! Tickets cost $18 ahead of time.

5.  On Jan. 18, head to Cane Island for a Movie on the Lawn. ‘Small Foot’ will be showing from 6-8 p.m. They’ll have popcorn and food trucks available. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to help you enjoy the movie.

6.  The Spring Katy Home & Garden Show will take place Jan. 26-27 at the Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion! This is a great chance for Katy homeowners to witness the latest home design trends, to gain inspiration for home improvement projects, and to meet local companies who can help. Lots of speakers and workshops available to attend as well.

This list can get you started toward a great, fun year for the whole family in Katy, TX! Enjoy January, and when ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals, give me a call. Why wait? Now is a great time to sell, buy or both, and then you’ll be settled in for the rest of the year! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and always ready to help you turn those real estate dreams into a reality.

Happy New Year, I look forward to hearing from you!

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.