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2021 Design Trends for Your Katy TX Home

katy tx real estateAre you looking to update your Katy TX home in 2021, after spending much more time at home in 2020? Home design experts have shared some of the trends they are seeing now, and some they predict will become big in 2021. As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to share some of these with you today. Happy renovation!

1.  Luxury pantries. Luxury walk-in closets have been trendy in bedrooms for awhile, but now, walk-in pantries are catching up. Buyers want a bigger space for storing food, and lots of space to browse.

2.  Outdoor oasis. Homeowners are seeking more time outdoors, especially after 2020. Any updates to the backyard space are desirable, but this time of year, especially fire pits and patio heaters.

3.  Home offices. Also a trend due to 2020, more homeowners are converting spare bedrooms or spare corners of a room into a home office, or a desk space for kids schooling at home.

4.  Warmer palettes. Homeowners are switching to warmer, cleaner, brighter palettes, and softer, more plush materials, for more upbeat and cozier settings. Whites, natural wood finishes, soft green and blush undertones are all gaining popularity.

5.  Grander staircases. Entryways have been in the spotlight for years, but now homeowners desire a grand staircase to show off upon entering. Upgrade a current staircase with new treads, risers, handrails, etc.

6.  Resilient landscaping. Homeowners want landscaping that is more native to their location and therefore less work and more resilient to extreme weather conditions.

Wondering which home design trends are on their way out? This can be determined by which trends appeal to buyers, and which turn them off. Here are some trends that designers say are on their way out:

1.  Modern farmhouse style décor has been in for years now, but it seems to be on its way out, such as barn doors and shiplap. Other elements of this style are sticking around, like light, airy styles and neutrals.

2.  White-on-white kitchens have seen their day in the spotlight, but perhaps due to homes being more lived in this year, buyers are more interested in grays and accent colors.

3.  Glass block bathrooms walls were popular for a time, because they let more light through them. Now buyers would prefer skylights and LED lights for better bathroom lighting.

4.  Granite has been the go-to for kitchen countertops for a long time now, but this trend is starting to move more toward quartz. This is good news, as quartz is harder and more durable.

What home design trend would you like to see come or go? Have fun making your Katy home more desirable in 2021, either for your family, or so it attracts buyers when you go to sell! When ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals, give me a call, your Katy real estate agent. I am here and ready to help you buy, sell or both in the coming year! Happy New Year!

Mickie Cioccia | Broker Associate

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How to Celebrate the Holidays in Katy TX

Katy TX Holiday Events

Katy TX Holiday Happenings

The holiday season is a little different this year, but there is still time and plenty of ways to feel festive in Katy TX. Whether you head out or stay home, as your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in on some great holiday happenings:

1.  Today is the last day to catch Santa as part of the 2020 Santa Tours with the Katy Fire Department! Santa has traveled to numerous Katy neighborhoods and today is in Firethorne. Santa and his elves will be accepting canned goods for the local food pantry and new toys for the Lions Club and Toys for Tots programs.

2.  Saturday, Dec. 19, is the last Storytime with Santa at LaCenterra Heritage Square. Tickets cost $25 for up to four people and include a LaCenterra blanket and a Nestle Toll House cookie pack! Ticket proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Purchase tickets in advance, wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

3.  Kids can meet Santa at Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops. Free advanced reservations are required. Lots of safety measures are in place. Same is true for Santa at Katy Mills Mall. Make a free reservation in advance. You can choose to include the holiday photo package when reserving.

4.  Help Stuff the Sleigh make the holidays better this year for kids coping with childhood cancer. This locally based nonprofit aims to help families experience a better Christmas season. Because of events getting canceled due to the pandemic, they need help more than ever. Donate on their website to help ensure that families receive the help they deserve.

5.  Have fun shopping locally in Katy TX this year! Businesses need help now more than ever, and most of them are open for business. Some great local shops around Katy include Alku Modern Jewelers, The Cottage Door Boutique, Dovetail Antiques & Collectibles, Beau Kisses, Hippie Princess Boutique, Katy Budget Books and many others. What is your favorite shop?

There are lots of ways to have fun at home this holiday season as well! Katy Magazine came up with some great ones – Bake cookies or have a holiday bake-off among family members, watch ‘Polar Express’ in your pajamas while drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies, drive around Katy and check out holiday light displays while listening to Christmas music, or check our Dewberry Farm’s drive-thru light display. Check out the rest of their ideas here!

As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you have a magical holiday season, no matter how you spend it. If you have Katy real estate goals you’d like to achieve now or in 2021, don’t hesitate to contact me anytime to discuss your goals and your timeline for achieving them. If you have a Katy home on your holiday wish list, there is still time to start the process and make it happen! Give me a call, I’m here to help!

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Make a Competitive Offer as a Katy Homebuyer

Katy TX Homebuyers

Katy TX Home-Buying Tips

If you are buying a Katy home this holiday season, you need to be prepared to make a competitive offer. It’s a seller’s market, as the inventory of homes for sale is below average, and buyers are out and eager to buy, putting sellers in the driver’s seat. However, it is a great time to buy, because mortgage rates are at record lows! Home prices have been increasing but are projected to continue going up into 2021. The sooner you buy, the more you might save.

As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help guide you through the entire home-buying process, and to help you make a competitive offer on the home you want to buy. Here are some tips to help prepare you for the process:

1.  Trust your real estate agent. Your agent is there to guide you through the process, and to help you make informed decisions, based on their expertise in the field and their knowledge of the market. Listen to them! It’s an emotional time for buyers, but you don’t want to sacrifice your must-haves or your future financial stability. Your agent can help keep you on track and help you decide on the right offer amount.

2.  Know your financial situation. Make sure to get preapproved for a mortgage loan before beginning your home search. Many buyers are having to act fast once they view a home they want to make an offer on, because homes are flying off the market. Getting preapproved allows you to know exactly what you can afford, so you don’t search over your price range, and a seller will take your offer more seriously, which makes your offer more likely to be accepted.

3.  Make an offer quickly. Like I mentioned, listings are sometimes off the market in weeks or even days, and sometimes with multiple offers. This is the time to be vigilant and ready to make a quick offer. Know what you want and how much you can afford ahead of time, so when you find a home that meets your criteria, you can make an offer immediately.

4.  Make an offer that stands out. Your agent will know how competitive the market is. They can find out if this house has gotten other offers. They will know what other houses like this have sold for. This will all help you determine how much to offer. To stand out, you can go over asking price, or add an escalation clause, where you’ll pay more than the highest bidder, with a maximum in place. You can offer cash, fewer contingencies, or flexible move-in dates. You could write a letter to the seller explaining why this is your dream home.

All of these tips will help your home-buying process run as smoothly as possible. If you have questions, or you’re ready to get started in the Katy real estate market, contact me! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you find the home on your holiday wish list.

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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.