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How You Can Help During COVID-19 Outbreak in Katy TX

Katy TX Coronavirus updates

Adopt or foster a pet in Katy TX

Spring has sprung in Katy TX, but it doesn’t look quite like we thought it would! With most of the city shut down for the time being, to help stop the spread of COVID-19, you might be wondering how to fill your time at home, and also what you can do to help businesses and community members, if you are healthy and well. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on some of your options!

1.  If you have food to spare, you can donate to the Katy Christian Ministries food pantry, which serves about 140 families per day. If you don’t want to leave your home, you can even ship your donations. If you do drop off, hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They are mostly in need of canned meats, canned fruit, rice/pasta, cereals, shampoo, deodorant, bar soap, diapers, baby wipes and powdered laundry soap.

2.  Donate money to Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to housebound Houston-area seniors, who are one of the groups most at risk to COVID-19. Meals on Wheels has accelerated its food deliveries and needs help raising funds. It’s also looking for volunteers to help deliver supplies, and to check in with seniors in the community and offer support over the phone.

3.  Continue to support your favorite local businesses in Katy TX however you can! Many restaurants are offering takeout, delivery or curbside pickup options right now, even if they don’t normally offer takeout. Call your favorite restaurants and see what they are offering and how you can order. If your favorite businesses are shops or services, call or visit their websites to see if they offer online shopping. If not, you can purchase gift cards for the future, to help keep them afloat right now.

4.  Adopt or foster a pet! Social distancing is putting a strain on all businesses, and this includes animal rescues and shelters. If you find yourself working from home, or homeschooling your kids, your family might have more time to care for a pet than otherwise. Shelters may run low on supplies, or volunteers to help run them, so now is a great time to care for a pet, whether it’s temporary or permanent. It’s also a great way to improve the spirits of your family members while stuck at home!

5.  Check in on neighbors, family and friends. You can do your part just by checking in with those you know and love in your community. See if there are any seniors, pregnant women or anyone immunocompromised that you could grocery shop for, or cook for, or just offer support and conversation to during this time. Video chat with anyone you know who lives alone, or anyone feeling the emotional burden of this experience. Offer to watch kids of friends or family who have to continue working while the kids are at home. We are all in this together!

If there is anything I can do for you during this time, don’t hesitate to reach out! If you would still like to accomplish your Katy real estate goals this spring, give me a call. Real estate never stops, and we are still here to help you with your home-selling and/or home-buying needs. Contact us today! Stay healthy!

Mickie Cioccia | Broker Associate

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What to Know About Home Affordability in Katy Right Now

Katy TX Homeownership

Homeownership Perks in Katy TX

Are you hoping to buy a Katy home this year? Do you keep up with real estate headlines and constantly go back and forth about whether you should buy now or put it off? As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to share the latest news with you, and to ensure you that now is an excellent time to buy!

Between mortgage rates, home price fluctuations and economic recession talk, it’s hard to keep the facts straight. As a Katy homebuyer, the most important factor to look out for is mortgage rates. If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you know that mortgage interest rates are very low right now! For this reason, housing affordability is high for Katy buyers. In fact, now is an even better time to purchase a home than 10 years ago, according to Realtor Magazine. Rates are low, borrowers are more responsible, homeowners are sitting on more equity, median family income has increased, etc. 

There’s been talk that after a year of moderating home prices, home value appreciation may start accelerating again. No one knows for sure when this will happen. While this could raise the cost of homes, that doesn’t mean that it will make home-buying not possible for you. This is a common misconception about home-buying, which this KCM Crew article explains. This is because of low mortgage rates. Rates have dropped a whole percentage point since last year, which actually makes homes more affordable. There are many parts to the equation of home affordability! 

If you already own a home, do you know what your mortgage rate is? A new study found that many homeowners have no idea! This is important information to know while rates are so low, because if your current rate is higher than the rates being offered, now may be the perfect time for you to refinance and save money, or to sell and move up to your dream home!

Once you buy, there are many long-lasting financial benefits of homeownership. This includes tax breaks, including tax deductions on the interest and property tax portion of your mortgage. Hate tax season? Being a homeowner makes it a little easier! Also, when you own, the amount you pay each month is set in stone and won’t go up, which is not true with renting, and eventually, you could pay your mortgage off and not have a housing payment to make at all! Plus, the money you put into owning is yours to keep. It is yours in equity, and yours when you sell. When you rent, you never see that money again. 

As you can see, there are many benefits to owning a Katy home, and many benefits to buying now! If you have questions, or would like to get started on the home-buying process in the Katy real estate market, contact me! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to make your selling and/or buying goals a reality.

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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.