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Reasons for Selling Your Katy Home During the Holidays

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Sell Your Katy, TX Home This Holiday Season

If your Katy home is currently listed, or you’d like to list it during the holiday season, contact me! As your Katy real estate agent, I am always available to help you with your home-selling and/or home-buying needs. The Katy real estate market never pauses, so why should you put your dreams on hold if you’d like to accomplish them now?

There are plenty of reasons to sell now! If you are relocating for a job, a growing family, an aging parent or anything else, you don’t really have the option to wait. If you want to move while the kids are on holiday break, now is a great time to sell. If you’d like to sell and buy up, you most likely want to score a low mortgage rate, while they’re low, and take advantage of year-end tax benefits.

Here are some reasons why selling during the holidays is smart:

  • Serious buyers are out. Casual buyers are too busy during the holidays. When you get a showing set up, you know it’s because the buyer is serious.
  • The competition is light. Inventory is lower than usual as it is, but during the holidays, it drops even more. There’s a really good chance that serious buyers will check out your house!
  • The process goes faster. Everyone is a little less busy this time of year. That includes agents, mortgage lenders, inspectors, appraisers, etc. Therefore, the process of selling tends to go quicker.
  • Now is the time to buy up. Like I mentioned, if you want to buy a bigger home after you sell, mortgage rates are low right now, but rates and prices are expected to increase. Buy now and save!
  • Holiday décor lights up the night. With shorter days, it’s a dark time of year, but you can use casual, neutral holiday décor to your advantage during the holidays. It makes your home cozier and brighter!

When it comes to holiday décor, you want to dial it back a bit if you normally go all out. You don’t want your home to look smaller because it’s cramped with décor, and you don’t want buyers to miss any great features because they’re hidden with décor.

Consider using a smaller Christmas tree than usual if it takes up a lot of space in a room, and decorate it with neutral décor rather than homemade ornaments. Stick to a tree, a wreath on the front door, and some lights on your roof or in your trees. Light up the walkway outside. Inside, only use battery-operated candles, and incorporate seasonal aromas.

For more tips on selling your Katy home during the holidays, contact me! Like I said, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help whenever you’re ready to begin. If you want your holiday gift to yourself this year to be to sell your home, contact me, and let’s together achieve your Katy real estate market goals!

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Katy, TX Home-Buying Facts

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Katy home-buying myths vs. facts

Are you thinking about buying a Katy home this fall season? Will this be your first home purchase? As first-time buyers begin to consider homeownership, it can seem like a daunting task, or worse, impossible. Perhaps you think you don’t have enough of a down payment saved, or you won’t qualify for a mortgage, or it’s too long of a process to bother with right now.

As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to clear up some home-buying myths! While the home-buying process is a long one, with many steps, it’s doable for more people than you imagine. This might include you! Let’s look at some of the stats:

  • If you think you need a 20 percent down payment, 40 percent of millennial first-time buyers put down less than 10 percent. There are options that allow you to put as low as 1 to 2 percent down!
  • If you think your credit score isn’t high enough, it turns out that the majority of potential buyers think that they need a score of 780 or higher. The average credit score on approved loans is actually 724, and FHA loans will take credit scores in the 600s.
  • If you think getting approved for a mortgage is too hard, and you won’t qualify, you might be surprised! Just last month, 76.4 percent of loan applications were approved. Your best bet is to meet with a local lender and find out what is available to you.
  • If you currently own and want to move up to a better home, but don’t think you have enough equity if your home to move, 81.1 percent of homeowners in the U.S. have significant equity, meaning more than 20 percent equity.
  • If you think it’s cheaper to rent than to buy, not true. Buying a home is 36 percent less expensive than renting in the U.S. True, you have to pay for repairs as a homeowner, but landlords build that cost into your rent. Mortgage payments are often lower than monthly rent.

On that last point, it’s important to remember than unless you’re living with friends or family rent-free, you’re already paying a mortgage! If you rent, you are paying your landlord’s mortgage, and your landlord is reaping the rewards with equity and savings. Once you buy, you are investing in your own future! You are still paying a monthly payment, but you’ll see that money again when you go to sell, unlike with renting.

Plus, as long as you have a fixed-rate mortgage, your monthly payment will never increase. With rent, rates are continually increasing and are expected to continue rising over the next three decades.

Do yourself a favor and meet with a local mortgage lender to see what loan options you may have available to you. If you have questions about the home-buying process or the Katy real estate market, or you’re ready to get started, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here and ready to guide you through the entire process, until you have a new set of keys in your hand.

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What Katy Homeowners Need To Know After Harvey

Post-Harvey Info for Katy Homeowners

Post-Harvey Information for Katy Homeowners

If you are wondering how Hurricane Harvey will impact the local Katy real estate market, or you’re looking for information about FEMA, you’ve come to the right place! As your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to share some helpful information with you, and provide you with links where you can learn more.

Harvey is not the first hurricane to reach the shores of Texas, and history shows that home sales will likely decline in the months following a hurricane, but then will rise a year from now. (The same is true for jobs in the area.) If your home was under contract before the hurricane, it will likely need another inspection prior to closing.

Because inventory will decline for a time, it may put pressure on existing listings and rentals, and rents and prices may rise. However, inventory could also soon increase from homeowners who wouldn’t have sold otherwise, but who are now ready to move away from hurricane territory. Homeowners may also buy second homes they wouldn’t have normally bought, in order to have somewhere to live while their current homes are repaired.

Local economist Ted Jones shared an informative summary on how hurricanes affect housing markets, with graphs from past hurricanes to back him up. You can check out these white pages here.

If you are interested in learning about the FEMA Home Buyout Program, you can learn more in this informative article from Harris County Flood Control District. They explain why the process takes so long, and they state that they will most likely begin making offers on properties they would like to buy within the next four months. If interested, you can register to request to be bought out if you were flooded from Harvey. Someone will call you within 24 hours to discuss.

In order to be considered, your home needs to be located deep within a mapped floodplain and subject to repetitive flooding. HCFCD purchases complete swaths or tracks of homes in floodplains and turns them into a drainage facility or pond, or a natural preserve, to prevent homes in these areas from being flooded again in the future.

Other helpful websites to know about include the Harris County Flood Warning System, where you can view rainfall amounts from rain gauges throughout Harris County and see how much rain typically falls in your area, and how close the nearest watershed is to you. This can help you plan for your future.

This Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool allows you to view floodways from a map and to see if your property is currently in a 100-year or 500-year floodplain. This is great if you are planning to relocate in the Katy area, but would first like to see where watersheds are located near potential properties, and where the nearest floodways are located, which are the main corridors that water will travel down and will be most heavily impacted by flooding.

If you have questions about any of this, feel free to contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and I can either answer them or point you in the direction of someone who can.

If you’d like to buy or sell in the Katy real estate market this fall, contact me! Even with Harvey issues to deal with, activity in the market never ends. Contact me, and let’s discuss your home-buying or home-selling options right now!

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Move Up To Your Katy, TX Dream Home Now!

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Move up to your Katy, TX dream home

If you bought a starter home years ago, now may be the ideal time for you to sell and move up to your dream home in Katy, TX. Are you ready to grow a family and need more space? Do you want to relocate to a nicer neighborhood? Do you crave more luxurious features? No matter what your reason is for wanting to move up, you’re not alone!

Many Katy homeowners begin with a small starter home, and eventually move up to a bigger home when they are financially able, and when market conditions are right. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to tell you that conditions in the Katy real estate market are ideal for move-up buyers right now!

Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Home prices have steadily increased since 2012, so if you bought before or around then, your Katy home has probably appreciated in equity, and possibly more than you think! The average price gain in quarter two of this year was $51,000 since purchase, which is the highest average price gain and the highest average home seller return since 2007.
  • Home prices are projected to continue increasing. While this is great news for Katy home sellers, if you want to sell so that you can move up to a more expensive home, you don’t want to wait! The longer you wait to trade up, the more you’ll be paying for your next Katy home. Experts predict that home prices will increase by another 5 percent over the next year. This means that yes, your current home value will increase, but not as much as a house valued higher than yours.
  • Mortgage rates have remained historically low this year, with rates hovering below 4 percent. We just don’t know when rates will increase, but many housing experts are predicting an increase over the next year. The higher your interest rate, the more you’ll be paying per month on your next home. So again, the sooner you buy, the more likely it is that you’ll lock in a low rate and save yourself lots of money!

As you can see, there are many great reasons to move up to your Katy dream home now. If you’re concerned about selling and buying simultaneously, I understand. It can seem overwhelming to try to sync two timelines. As a Katy real estate agent, I can help! I have experience with this and can help you sell your current Katy home while helping you find your next Katy home.

Let’s work together to make your future the future you want, living in the home of your dreams. Contact me!

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Trendy Design Options for Your Katy, TX Home

marble countertopOne of the biggest perks of owning a Katy home is that you can design it however you please! If you like to keep up with home decorating trends, allow me to offer you some suggestions for this year. As a Katy real estate agent, I think it’s important to note that trends come and go, so if you’re going to upgrade your Katy home with some of these, make sure they are ones that you will really enjoy!

Here are a few that are trending right now, via RISMedia:

  • Marble – Marble can make any home look more stunning and luxurious. You can use it for countertops in the kitchen or bathroom, or use it as accent pieces in the living room, such as a side table or marble clock. You can even use marble wallpaper or fabric to really make a statement!
  • Jewel Tones – Homeowners tend to appreciate neutral colors with a subtle amount of color added as an accent. Jewel tones are appealing to owners right now, from pastel shades to emerald greens and violets. The colors make a statement while still blending with natural outdoor hues.
  • Metallic – The contemporary home style shows a lot of metallic details with minimal accessories. These also add shimmer and can dress up a space. Examples include brass hardware on kitchen cabinets, a silver chandelier in the dining or family room, or outdoors, copper rain gutters or address numbers.
  • Subway Tiles – This sleek and urban look can be incorporated best in the kitchen and bathrooms, and is versatile enough to fit into numerous design styles. Go with dark grout to hide the dirt that may become visible. For a twist, install matte glass subway tiles!
  • Nailhead Details – This isn’t for everyone, but this style is making a comeback with furniture. If you love shopping at antique or thrift stores, you might find a great older piece that suits the modern appeal! Look for headboards or sofas with a nailhead design.

For more examples of trending home decorations and designs, check out this RISMedia article. Which of these is your favorite? Which is your least favorite? Leave a comment and share!

Like I said, sometimes by adding trendy decorations to your Katy home, you could attract more Katy homebuyers when you go to sell. Some could even increase your home value, such as marble and subway tile upgrades in the kitchen. However, it’s important to also realize that home design is a very personal thing, so if you go overboard, you could also turn away buyers or decrease your home value! Only add what most appeals to you, or what will increase your home value if selling in the near future.

Ready to sell your Katy home? Ready to buy a Katy home? No matter what your goals are in the Katy real estate market, I am here to help you achieve them! Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and let’s start working toward your goal before summer’s end!

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Properly Stage Your Katy, TX Kitchen to Sell

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Staging tips for your Katy, TX home’s kitchen

If you are in the process of preparing your Katy, TX home for a sale this summer, you’ve most likely heard the term staging, and you’ve learned what a huge difference it can make in catching the attention of potential buyers! Staging is the process of prepping your home for buyers in a way that makes them want to buy it. As a Katy real estate agent, I am here to offer you my professional advice!

Let’s talk about the kitchen, as this is one of the most popular rooms in the house, and one that buyers pay close attention to. Even if your Katy home doesn’t have a gourmet, glamorous kitchen, you could still make it look appealing to buyers with the right staging.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Clear clutter. This is true for all of the rooms in your house, and it’s definitely true for the kitchen! The typical homeowner stores numerous items on the counter, such as a coffee maker, blender, knife block, bowl of fruit, toaster oven, etc. Remove everything from your counters, the top of your refrigerator and cabinets, and on your refrigerator and table, and only leave one or two appliances and a pop of color, such as an aesthetic bowl of bright green apples or lemons.
  • Deep clean. This is true for every room of your house too, but kitchens tend to need extra attention! Don’t just wipe down the counters, scrub every last inch of your kitchen! Clean the grout, faucet, drain, inside the cabinets, inside the oven, everything, until the kitchen looks as spotless as possible. Grease can be tricky to remove, so invest in some heavy-duty cleaners if need be, or research some natural DIY cleaners that are known to work.
  • Update lighting. Lighting your kitchen properly can make all the difference on how it appears to buyers! Let as much natural light in as you can, which not only puts your kitchen in a great light, but also shows off your windows, sliding doors and views. If you don’t have under-cabinet lighting, you can add some battery-powered lights for very little money. Update the fixtures over your table or cooking area for a modern look.
  • Organize inside. When selling your Katy home, buyers look everywhere. This means that you should even consider staging inside your cabinets, pantry, refrigerator and freezer. As crazy as that may sound, buyers are trying to imagine their own lives there. If they see clutter inside these areas, they might determine that there isn’t enough storage space in your kitchen. Show off your space!
  • Set the scene. Once your kitchen is looking spotless, clean and organized, you can set the scene with that bowl of apples or lemons we mentioned earlier. You could also set the table with colorful plates and napkins, or set a visually appealing vase of flowers on the table. Add plants to a windowsill. If you’re really feeling festive, fill the room with the aroma of baked cookies or citrus.

For more kitchen staging tips, check out this Realtor.com article or contact me! As a Katy real estate agent, I would love to answer your questions and help guide you through the entire home-selling process in the Katy real estate market this summer.

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What Katy Homebuyers Should Know About Closing

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Lots takes place before the final closing 

As a Katy homebuyer, you might consider house hunting as the most stressful part of a home-buying process, and some buyers would agree! Other buyers would say that the most stressful period was after they put an offer on a home and had to wait for closing day. Every home-buying process is different, depending on the buyers and sellers, the Katy real estate agent involved, compromises and negotiations, timelines, the house itself, the home inspection and appraisal, and so on.

Here are four things that Zillow recommends buyers know while they wait for closing day to arrive in the Katy real estate market:

1.  Your mortgage rate could expire. Your mortgage lender will typically lock in the interest rate they quoted you, for 45 or 60 days, but closing on a Katy home could take longer than that. This is especially true if any issues arise, such as open permits or illegal renovations. Keep an eye on rates.

2.  The mortgage process isn’t over. You’re not in the clear until closing day papers are signed and the keys are in your hand! Some lenders will continue to verify income, credit and so on until the very last minute. Don’t go moving around funds, spending a bunch of money or changing jobs without running it by your mortgage professional.

3.  The house isn’t yours yet. Until all of the papers are signed, you can still back out. Request a walk-through 24 hours before the closing to see that things are as they should be. If the seller hasn’t made repairs that you agreed on, or hasn’t moved out yet, or systems aren’t working, you can postpone the closing if need be.

4.  You might need to do homework. Find out if the seller was required to disclose issues with the home, or if it’s “caveat emptor,” or buyer beware. Either way, it’s not a bad idea to do some research on the home to see if there’s any outstanding permits, or any issues with the local building department or health department.

What does this all mean for you? Zillow recommends that for the smoothest closing, Katy homebuyers must have a reliable, experienced Katy real estate agent on their side! Your agent can refer you to quality mortgage professionals in the area, along with attorneys, inspectors and more, which saves you time and stress. Agents also negotiate on your behalf, to ensure that you are satisfied and comfortable with the closing agreements, timelines and compromises made with the home seller.

Ready to buy a Katy home? Contact me! I would love to work with you as your Katy real estate agent, to ensure a smooth home-buying process for you and all those involved. Call me as soon as you’re ready to get started, or if you have home-buying questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Real Estate Scams to Avoid As Katy Homebuyer

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Avoid these real estate scams as a Katy buyer

If you are gearing up to buy a Katy home, you know that this is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, if not the biggest! When so much money is involved, it’s no surprise that shady characters may try to take advantage of you. As your Katy real estate agent, I want you to be aware of common real estate scams ahead of time, so that you don’t fall for them while going through the home-buying process!

Here are four common scams that Realtor.com recently warned against, and tactics on how to outwit them:

Scam #1: You transfer funds to a fraudster.

Once you choose a Katy home and it’s time to make an offer, you may think you’re sending a large sum of money to one person, but it ends up in entirely different hands. This is an example of cybercrime, and real estate exchanges are just one of the ways this happens.

Avoid it: Only respond to verbal requests for a wire transfer, either directly from your trusted Katy real estate agent, or directly from the seller or seller’s agent whom you’ve met in person or done research on. Don’t ever send money via an email request.

Scam #2: You’re renting a home that doesn’t exist.

You think you scored a great deal on a beautiful house that you saw online, but really, the scammer borrows the address and photos from another listing and creates a bogus home-for-rent ad online. You are then asked to send a deposit and rental payment via email or even a phone call, typically to a P.O box that may even be overseas.

Avoid it: Start with a simple Google search of the property address, or go to the county website, to see if it’s a real listing that is listed elsewhere as well. Visit the county clerk’s office to make sure it’s not a foreclosed home that you will be kicked out of. Feel free to stop by the house and ask neighbors about it as well. Above all, never send money overseas without doing ample homework!

Scam #3: The moving company holds your items hostage.

If you choose the cheapest moving company that catches your eye, without doing research, you might lose all of your belongings period, or they may be held hostage until you pay the scammers way more than what was originally quoted.

Avoid it: This is a common one, so do some research to make sure your mover is registered and insured, and that you have a written estimate. Have a representative from the company come meet you in person ahead of time and draw up an estimate. If moving locally, you can use our Katy moving truck! Or, hire hourly moving laborers to load and unload, so you’re always in control of your stuff.

Scam #4: “I’ll sell your home or buy it myself.”

Sounds great, but typically, this is a tactic for less-than-scrupulous agents to win appointments. These programs come wrapped in a bundle of stipulations that most homeowners would never agree to.

Avoid it: If it sounds too good to be true, it is. You know the saying! Choose a trusted Katy real estate agent to help you sell and buy in the Katy real estate market. Don’t go with someone that has the catchiest offerings. And if the terms don’t meet your approval, don’t sign the agreement!

For more details on these four real estate scams and how to avoid them, read the Realtor.com article in its entirety. If you have questions, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here to answer your questions and concerns, and to help you with all of your home-buying and home-selling needs.

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Little-Known Benefits to Homeownership in Katy

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Perks to Homeownership in Katy, TX

If you are, or would like to be, a homeowner in Katy, TX, you should know about the benefits that come with homeownership. There are many that are well-known, such as increased net worth, financial stability, a place to decorate and design as you please, more living space, and so on. However, as your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to introduce you to a few more benefits you may not know about!

Recent studies have shown that there are lesser-known benefits to Katy homeownership that are just as important and impactful. Check out this list:

Education

The latest Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing study found that children of homeowners tend to achieve more educationally than children of non-owners. They stay in school longer, get better grades, had fewer behavioral problems and go on to make more money with higher levels of education.

Civic Involvement

The same study found that homeowners put more effort into the stability of their neighborhoods and communities than renters, as they stay longer and have financial stakes on the line. They maintain their residence better, which improves the overall community appeal. Homeowners are also more politically active, know who their local school board representatives are, volunteer more, attend church in higher numbers, interact with neighbors more, and so on.

Health

The study also found that homeownership increases homeowners’ health! Homeowners tend to live in a cleaner environment and experience fewer cases of asthma, exposure to toxic substances, injuries and mental health issues. Homeowners also report higher levels of life satisfaction and happiness, higher self-esteem and higher perceived control over their lives.  Overall, homeowners are 2.5 to 3.1 percent more likely to have good health than renters.

So, aside from the fact that homeownership in Katy gives you a place to settle down and grow roots, a place to grow and raise a family, and a means to financial stability and increased net worth, it also has a whole slew of other benefits that you may not have considered before!

Are you ready to finally buy a Katy home after months or years of consideration? Do you have questions for me about the Katy real estate market that you’d like answered? Feel free to contact me, your Katy real estate agent, anytime. I am here to answer your questions, to help you begin your home search, and to help you through every step of the home-buying process!

Why wait any longer? The spring market is upon us, and mortgage rates and home prices are on the rise. The sooner you buy, the better. Contact me today!

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Perks of Homeownership in Katy, TX

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Katy homeownership has educational benefits

Are you thinking about buying a Katy home? As a Katy real estate agent, I would like to fill you in on numerous perks that you can experience with homeownership! The perks range from financial to social and educational. Once you’ve learned about these proven perks, you can see what a great benefit it is to own your own Katy home.

  • Equity – When you own a Katy home, your monthly payments go toward your mortgage instead of your rent. This means that you are building personal wealth and assets instead of building your landlord’s assets. This is why the net worth of a homeowner is so much higher than the net worth of a renter! When you go to sell your home, you’ll see that money again, and hopefully more than you bought it for. Currently, home equity is on the rise.
  • Stability – When you buy a Katy home with a fixed-rate mortgage loan, you know how much you’ll be paying monthly for years to come. This creates a more financially stabilized environment, because you won’t have unexpected rent increases. A recent survey found that rent increases are expected to continue to rise for the next year by an average of 8 percent, and 53 percent of property managers said they are more likely to bring in a new tenant at a higher price than to negotiate with a current tenant.
  • Education – A new study shows many ways that homeownership increases educational achievement among youth! More teenagers in home-owning families stay in school, children of homeowners tend to have higher levels of math and reading achievements and less behavioral issues, educational opportunities are typically higher in neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership and community involvement, and children of homeowners go on to make higher earnings after school.

As you can see, there are many benefits to owning a Katy home! Aside from these, others I can think of off the top of my head are that you can raise a family in one place, while growing roots and getting to know neighbors, schools and the community as a whole, you can design and remodel your home however you wish, and you typically have more space to work with and more privacy.

What is your favorite thing about the prospect of homeownership in Katy? Leave a comment and share! I’d love to hear from you!

When you are ready to buy a Katy home, I am here and ready to help you through the entire home-buying process in the Katy real estate market. As a Katy real estate agent, I have years of experience and expertise helping others find the homes of their dreams. Let me help you achieve this dream! Contact me!

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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.