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Benefits of Homeownership in Katy, TX

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Katy TX Homeownership Perks

The pandemic has caused a disturbance in our lives and our goals. While Katy real estate market activity slowed down for a bit, it’s picking back up for summer. Home prices are still high, sellers are listing, sales are increasing, and buyers are out and eager, thanks to historically low mortgage rates!

If you have a dream of owning a home in Katy, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help make that goal a reality for you this summer. There are so many perks to homeownership, financial and non-financial. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Net worth – Homeownership builds your family’s net worth. Studies find that the median family net worth for all homeowners increased by nearly 15 percent since 2013, while the net worth of renters has declined 9 percent since 2013.

Financial security – It’s easier to have financial security, especially during troubled times, when you own, thanks to equity, value appreciation and set monthly mortgage costs. Your monthly payment won’t suddenly go up if you have a fixed-rate mortgage, unlike rent, and you have the value of your home to fall back on in emergencies.

Pride of ownership – Homeowners feel proud to have a place to call their own. Once you own, you’ll understand how good it feels, especially during uncertain times. It is, after all, part of what is considered the American Dream!

Civic participation – Homeowners are more interested in being involved in their neighborhood and community when they own and have a stake in the location. Homeownership increases a sense of community and increases civic engagement.

Privacy, safety and stability – Homeowners can enjoy a comfortable private space that is all their own, and homeowners tend to feel more safe and secure in their own homes than shared space or rentals. Homeowners tend to stay in one place longer, which makes it easier to get to know your neighbors.

Personal expression – As the owner of a home, you have the ability to make whatever changes you want to your living space, which is a great way to show off personal expression and creativity.

Economic benefits – The benefits of homeownership extend beyond your own front door and community, too. Housing-related expenses account for more than one-sixth of America’s economic activity. Homeownership helps drive GDP growth, as a study shows that every 10 percent increase in total housing market wealth translates to approximately $147 billion in additional consumer spending. Wow! Homeownership is also a forced savings, which provides homeowners with entrepreneurial opportunities. This is all great news for our economy and for individual possibilities.

You can find links to the studies mentioned in this KCM article. When you are ready to buy, sell or both this summer in the Katy real estate market, give me a call! If you have questions about the process, or about current market conditions, give me a call. As your Katy real estate agent, I am always here and ready to help you out in whatever way I can. Let’s make your real estate goals a reality this summer!

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How to Buy a Katy TX Home Virtually

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Virtual home-buying in Katy TX

Real estate isn’t exactly business as usual right now, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Katy real estate market is still alive and active! If you need to buy and/or sell this spring, as your Katy real estate agent, I am still here for you. We can discuss your needs virtually and go from there. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

If buying a Katy home is on your spring to-do list, let’s talk about your virtual options. Luckily, we live in an age where technology can really help us out! If you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands, and you spend a lot of your day browsing the internet, now may be the perfect time for you to begin your house hunt.

Listings are still active in the Katy real estate market, so there is no better time to browse listings and see if there are a few that interest you. Check out the photos and details of each house. If you find yourself very interested, give me a call! I can set up a showings for you via FaceTime or virtual. You can enjoy seeing homes from the comfort of your own home!

Realtor.com shared some tips for buyers who are searching virtually:

1.  Read the descriptions carefully and read between the lines to learn more about the home. Pay attention to any potential red flags, such as if there are photos missing of certain areas of the house, or if the home is considered a ‘fixer upper.’ Write down any questions you come up with to ask your agent.

2.  If the listing includes a video, ask the agent if they have any more footage that may have gotten cut, or ask for a live virtual tour via FaceTime, where you can request to see more of certain areas of a home and ask any questions you may have.

3.  If you really like a home after seeing the virtual tour, ask to see the seller disclosure, which outlines any known problems with the home’s structure, as well as the age of various features in the home, and any home improvements that have been done.

4.  Do a lot of research on the surrounding neighborhood, community, local businesses, schools, etc., which should be pretty easy with the internet.

5.  Accept that you may not be able to tour the home live right now. In this case, you can wait until you can view the home live, you can drive by to view the exterior and neighborhood if you live nearby, or you can choose to buy the home unseen. For your safety, when needed, we can add the COVID-19 Addendum to your contract, which allows you to back out if need be.

As always, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help! Whether buying, selling or both, give me a call and let’s discuss your options. Time is on your side, let’s use it to accomplish your goals in the Katy real estate market!

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What to Know About Home Affordability in Katy Right Now

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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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Why to Sell Your Katy Home in 2020

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Katy TX Home Sellers 2020

If you’ve been thinking about selling your Katy home for a while now, the waiting game is over! The conditions of the Katy real estate market make 2020 the ideal year for selling. As your Katy real estate agent, here are four main reasons for this:

1.  New buyers are eager. Because mortgage rates are low and home price growth has become more gradual, homebuyers are out and eager to buy. It’s always smart to sell when buyers are entering the market, and especially when inventory is as low as it is right now! This means more buyers will look at your listing.

2.  Interest rates are still low. Mortgage rates are expected to remain low throughout most of 2020, which will help buyers obtain first-home purchases or move-up dream homes. If you are wanting to sell your Katy home so you can move up to your dream home, this is good news for you, too. You should be able to obtain a low mortgage rate for your future mortgage loan!

3.  You have high equity. Most Katy homeowners are surprised to learn how much equity they have in their home at this time, if they’ve been living there for at least a couple of years. The more equity you have, the more profit you’ll likely see when you sell. This could mean a large down payment on your next house, or it could mean a large sum of money to help you retire, travel, start a business, etc.

4.  The future is unpredictable. None of the 53 professional forecasters from the National Association for Business Economics expect a recession in 2020, which is great news for home sellers. However, GDP is expected to slow, so 2021 is an unknown. No one expects another housing crisis like the last one, but it’s smart to sell before a recession, because home prices might stall or start to decline.

As you can see, there are plenty of fantastic reasons to sell now! In fact, if you’re ready to list soon, you should, as there may be many listings coming to the Katy real estate market this spring, due to the great conditions for home-selling this year. Beat the competition and list this winter! Buyers are already out and eager to buy.

As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you sell. My team provides a comprehensive digital marketing strategy to sell your home. Our approach includes targeted Facebook advertising, email marketing, content marketing, personalized 1-to-1 outreach and more. Find more information on our home-selling approach. If you’re still not sure you’re ready to sell, start by finding out your home’s current value for free.

If you have questions about the home-selling process, or you’re feeling ready to sell, give us a call! We are here and ready to help you achieve all of your Katy real estate goals this year!

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Home Design Trends Coming & Going This Year

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Home decor trends for Katy TX homeowners

With each new year and decade, home design trends come and go! If you’re wondering what’s in and what’s out as a Katy homeowner, allow me to fill you in on what industry experts are saying. As your Katy real estate agent, I find it fun to keep up with, but also not imperative to follow. Trends change quickly and vary among regions, so take with a grain of salt and always first do what you love! If gearing up to sell your Katy home, contact your local agent to find out what’s trendy among local homebuyers.

What’s on its way out in 2020:

Accent walls – Painting one wall is losing interest. If you want to incorporate color into your home décor, go bold and paint all the walls, or use accessories to add bursts of color that are easy to swap out.

Rose gold – Rose gold may be reaching an expiration date, but designers say that pinks are still in, such as bold magentas and corals. Brass and nickel are also still in, but rose gold not so much.

Farmhouse style – This was huge for a while, but mass-produced farmhouse features have taken the unique personality out of it. Heirloom and vintage items are making a comeback for one-of-a-kind looks.

Gray neutrals – Gray has come and gone, and in place are warmer neutrals, such as light browns, beiges, creamy whites, champagne, mushroom, ochre, amber and jade.

Open floor plans – Believe it or not, younger buyers entering the market are starting to prefer more walls and privacy to the open floor plans that have been huge for the past decade.

What’s coming into style in 2020:

Simplicity – “Less is more” is becoming a popular mantra when it comes to home design. Less clutter and stuff, more impact from the stuff that is there. In are clean lines in furniture, natural elements, greenery and heirlooms or local souvenirs that tell a story.

Earth tones – Bringing the outside in is a great way to bring balance and serenity to interior space. Cool tones are transitioning into warm earth tones, like chocolate brown, yellow ochre, wine and olive green. This is true for walls and furnishings, but also for trim and ceilings.

Unique lighting – There are all sorts of cool, modern lighting fixtures available, which are beginning to take the spotlight in rooms! From chandeliers to pendant lighting, you can find anything from natural cut crystal to recycled glass or metals in freeform shapes.

Mixed metals – You don’t have to stick with only one metal for each space. Mixing brushed brass, silver and copper is becoming trendy. Just don’t mix too many in one space.

Conversational spaces – Thanks to smartphones and technology, we’re becoming more distracted and disconnected. Conversational spaces are a way to combat that, with spacious seating and lounging areas. Furniture arrangement encourages conversation and interaction.

What home design trends would you like to see come or go in 2020? When ready to achieve your Katy real estate goals, I’m here for you! Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, for help selling and/or buying this year in the Katy real estate market. Start as soon as today!

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Accomplish Your Katy Real Estate Goals During The Holidays!

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Katy TX Holiday Real Estate Market

I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would anyone want to buy and/or sell real estate during the holiday season?! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on some unknown perks! If you’re hoping for less competition from other buyers and sellers, for example, or you’re on a tight moving schedule, now might be the ideal time for you to work toward your Katy real estate market goals.

1.  Less Competition. Whether you’re buying, selling or both, this rings true. In general, there are less people dealing with real estate right now. Most people just want to enjoy the holidays. But this is good news for sellers, because there will be fewer houses on the market, and more buyers will check out your house. This is good news for buyers, because there is less chance of a bidding war, and you might have more negotiating power.

2.  Faster Transactions. Because there are fewer real estate transactions during the holidays, the process tends to go faster for all those involved. It’s easier to set up mortgage loan appointments, showings, home inspections, appraisals, closings, etc., because all of these professionals have a less busy schedule than usual. If hoping to move by the time the kids go back to school after the holidays, it could be doable if you act fast!

3.  Tax Advantages. If you’d like to take advantage of tax benefits as soon as possible, accomplishing your real estate goals by year’s end will allow you to do so a year sooner than otherwise in some cases. Homeownership brings numerous tax perks, such as mortgage interest deduction, property tax deduction and others.

4.  Winter Staging. When selling, you can take advantage of the holiday season by incorporating it into your home staging. Everyone loves some holiday magic happening inside the home! While you should keep decorating to a minimum, some neutral lights and garland can really brighten up your home and make it feel more cheerful during this otherwise dark time of year.

5.  Realistic Picture. On the other hand, buying during the winter is smart, because buyers can view homes in their least appealing season. It’s easy to make a house and yard beautiful during bright summer days and flowery spring days, but you can notice more potential issues during the winter. Check for drafts, bad lighting and inconsistent heating. However, make sure your home inspector checks the heat and air conditioner, no matter what season it is.

As you can see, there are perks to accomplishing your Katy real estate market goals during the holidays! Sometimes, homeowners just need to move now because of an uncontrollable circumstances, such as a new job or aging parents. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here for you! Whether buying, selling or both, I work year-round to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Give me a call as soon as you’re ready to get started!

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Why to Use a Real Estate Agent in Katy TX

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Roles of a Katy Real Estate Agent

Whether buying, selling or both this fall in the Katy real estate market, it is wise to use the assistance of an experienced, reliable, highly reviewed Katy real estate agent!

Buying a home is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make, and selling your home is selling one of your largest investments. It’s a big deal, and a complicated one, with lots of people to interact with and lots of paperwork. There are so many things that could go wrong, but an agent knows these processes like the back of her hand, because she does them all the time! When you work with an agent, it’s more likely that everything will go smoothly and you won’t have regrets or issues afterward.

Here are some specific examples of how a real estate agent can help during the process:

1.  Knowledge is not the same as experience. With the internet at the tip of our fingers, it’s easy to find information about how to buy and sell. Knowing how and having the experience of actually doing it are two different things. For example, when selling, you could plug your info into a free home valuation tool and get a value for your home, but agents will take into account the most recent stats from your specific area. We can tell you what homes like yours in your community have listed and sold for, how long they were on the market, who the interested buyers were, what they appraised for, etc.

2.  Agents play many roles in one. An agent’s main agenda is to get your house sold, or to help you find a home to purchase. However, we play many more roles than just that. We are expert problem-solvers. Problems arise in real estate. Whether buying or selling, home inspection issues are never fun. Appraisal issues are complicated. Price and contingency arguments occur. We know how to deal with problems. We also know how to deal with emotions that arise when you buy or sell, which can get in the way of making sound decisions. We offer neutrality and facts for helping you make important decisions.

3.  We are expert negotiators. When selling, what do you do when you receive a low offer? As a buyer, what should your first offer be, and if rejected, should you make a counteroffer? Many factors come into play, and your agent will know them and talk you through them. Plus, if the buyer or seller you’re negotiating with is working with a real estate agent, you are negotiating with a professional negotiator. Don’t you want a professional negotiator on your side as well?

The best agents will make sure your home is being seen by as many potential buyers as possible, through the best modern marketing methods available, social media, connections in the community and more. There is so much an agent does behind the scenes to ensure that your home sells, or to make sure that you are seeing all of the homes available to purchase, even if they aren’t live on the MLS.

So, when you’re ready to achieve your Katy real estate goals, as a buyer, seller or both, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here to provide my professional experience!

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Moving Tips for Katy Families with Kids

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Buying/Selling Tips for Katy Families

Whether selling, buying or both, the process of finding a home and moving is always a significant one, but it can be even more complex when kids are involved. There is more to pay attention to, and more to plan for. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to offer you some tips, so you feel confident when working toward your Katy real estate goals as a family!

1.  Consider the future. No matter how old your kids are now, it’s wise to think about how old they will be in the coming years, in your new living space. How many kids do you plan on having, and at what age will they no longer want to share rooms? How many rooms will you need? How much living space will make your family comfortable? Is a yard a must? Consider your needs vs. wants.

2.  Focus on location. The location of the home is just as important as the house itself, if not more important, when moving with kids. You can renovate a home, but you can’t change a location! Research how safe the area is. Pay attention to whether other families and kids live in the area. Find the closest parks, schools, daycares, etc.

3.  Find good schools. In a study done of buyers with kids, 53 percent said the quality of the school district is an important factor when buying, and 50 percent look for neighborhoods close to the schools. When moving with kids, it’s important to look into the school districts in which listings reside.

4.  Plan for showings. If selling at home with kids, it’s important to plan ahead for showings and open houses. Get your kids involved in the cleaning process, so toys can be put away in an organized manner. Have a plan for showings at a moment’s notice. Keep toys packed in the trunk, have snacks ready, and have a few ideas planned for where to go during this time. Make it fun so the kids don’t wear out from the process quickly.

5.  Prepare for a move. When you have kids, you tend to collect a lot of clutter. Start going through the kids’ items early, donating or selling any clothes or toys that they’ve grown out of. Pack up anything you can that you won’t need before the move.

6.  Talk to your kids. Sit your kids down and explain the process of moving, buying and/or selling to them. No matter how old they are, preparing them ahead of time, however much you can, will help the process go more smoothly. Help them cope with the physical process of moving as well as the emotional.

When you’re ready to accomplish your home-buying and/or home-selling goals in the Katy real estate market this fall, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here to answer any questions you may have, and to guide your family through the entire process, making it as stress-free as possible for you. Give me a call, let’s start today!

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Is It Time To Sell Your Katy Home?

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Katy TX Home Sellers – Are You Ready?

With Labor Day weekend upon us, this upcoming fall season might be the perfect time for you to consider selling your Katy home. As things settle down after the busy summer, fall can be a more peaceful time to sell, and you’ll be dealing with serious buyers. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to answer all of your questions and to guide you through the home-selling process!

If you’re not sure if now is the right time to sell, ask yourself these questions to help you decide:

1.  Are you outgrowing your home? This is the number one reason why Katy homeowners decide to sell. They need to upgrade to a bigger home! If you’re growing the size of your family and need more bedrooms and living space, now is the time to sell and move up, while mortgage rates are low.

2.  Is your home too big for you? On the other hand, if you’re soon retiring, or your kids have grown up and moved out, you may be feeling like your Katy home is just too big for what you need. If you feel like all you do is clean, or that the yard work is getting hard to keep up with, it may be time to downsize.

3.  Did your job situation change? If your job changed, your financial situation may have changed as well. If you were recently promoted or got a better paying job, you may be ready to move up to your dream home. If you got laid off, you may be wanting to downsize. Or perhaps you’d just like to move so that you have a shorter commute to work, or you’re closer to public transportation.

4.  Is your market suitable for sellers? If you’ve been thinking about selling your Katy home for a while, but have put it off, it’s wise to do it while the Katy real estate market is in prime condition for sellers. Fortunately, it is now! Home prices have been on the rise for years, but the increase has slowed and steadied. Home equity is looking good for sellers. Mortgage rates are low if you want to move up. Inventory is lower than average, so you have less competition from other sellers. It’s a great time to sell!

5.  Are you emotionally ready to sell? One of the hardest parts of selling is the emotional attachment you have to your home and the memories that took place there. However, if you’re thinking about selling, you must have a reason. Sometimes it helps to sit on the idea for a bit, but you may never feel completely ready. Get excited for the move by browsing listings, spending time in locations you’d like to live, talking with a professional agent, and decluttering a little at a time.

If you think this fall may be the right time for you to sell your Katy home, give me a call! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help!

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Simple Staging Tips for Katy Home Sellers

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Staging Tips for Katy Home Sellers

When it comes time for you to sell your Katy home, give me a call, your Katy real estate agent! I can answer any questions you may have and can guide you through the entire home-selling process.

One of the easiest ways to attract potential buyers to your Katy home is to stage your home to sell. How much you stage is up to you, but there are some really simple steps you could take to improve the look of your home in photos and in person. These tried-and-true techniques help potential buyers imagine themselves living there.

1.  Make the first impression count. Most buyers see a photo of the front of the house first, and that is obviously what they will see first when visiting in person. Take some time to spruce up the front exterior and front entryway. Paint the front door, power wash the siding, and flank the entry with flowers pots.

2.  Swap out decorations. If you’ve got family photos or children’s artwork hanging on your walls, remove these personal items and swap them out for some neutral artwork. Ask your agent how much she recommends you hang on your wall. Landscaping prints are always a safe bet!

3.  Improve the furniture. If your rooms are overcrowded with furniture, remove some so your rooms are portrayed in the best light. Rearrange furniture so that they face each other and create social settings. If your furniture is really worn out, trade it in for newer items, or consider new pillows or slipcovers.

4.  Neutralize. If you’ve got any bold, out-of-the-ordinary design styles going on in your Katy home, consider neutralizing them, in order to appeal to the largest number of buyers. This may mean repainting some of your rooms a more neutral color, and removing any bold home accessories.

5.  Spend time on the kitchen. Buyers love their kitchens, so spend time making this room look spotless and attractive. Remove all clutter from counters and cabinets. Deep clean everything, from floors to grout lines. Display a few key items, such as a bowl of fruit or a vase of fresh flowers.

6.  Clean the bathrooms. Buyers also pay close attention to bathrooms. This is another area where you’ll want to remove as much clutter as possible, and really give it a deep cleaning. Once that is done, display a few items, such as clean white towels in a basket on your sink.

7.  Improve the backyard. Buyers love their outdoor space, so be sure to make your backyard look as inviting as possible. Wash your deck or patio, and stain or paint if necessary. Arrange patio furniture in an inviting way. Mow and water your lawn so it’s nice and lush. Store away lawn toys or tools.

These steps will get you well on your way to attracting buyers to your listing! When ready to sell in the Katy real estate market, or if you have questions about the home-selling process, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. I am here to help!

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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.