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Most Affordable Housing in U.S. & Where Katy Fits In

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Katy TX Real Estate Market Statistics

If you’re wondering where the most affordable housing is in the U.S. right now, HomeArea.com shared recent rankings from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey on housing affordability. As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on the details, and to narrow in on how the Katy real estate market compares.

The most affordable housing is in West Virginia, followed by Arkansas and Mississippi. The median monthly housing cost in West Virginia is $591, which is half of the national median monthly housing cost of $1,022. This national average has risen 1.3 percent from $1,009 last year.

This median monthly housing cost takes into account the major costs paid by homeowners each month, including mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance, utilities and condo fees. On average, housing costs make up the largest expense for households at around 33 percent, followed by transportation, food, etc.

Texas came in as the 29th most affordable housing market, so almost right in the middle! The average monthly housing cost in Texas is $980, up from $968 last year, and below the national average of $1,022.

Taking a closer look at Texas, the median home value is $128,900, the median household income is $52,000. In Katy, TX specifically, the median home value is $150,200, the median monthly owner costs are $1,644 with a mortgage, the median monthly rent is $991 and the median household income is $69,000.

When looking at the population of Katy, 26 percent is middle-aged and married, between ages 40 and 64. Children make up 28 percent of the population, under the age of 18. Young adult singles between 18 and 39 make up 13 percent, and seniors above age 65 make up 12 percent.

As you can see, Katy TX is a great place to raise a family, with a high population of kids and a solid average income! If you’d like help relocating to Katy, or help with buying a Katy home, contact me. If you’d like help selling your Katy home, contact me. Your home might be worth more than you think, with home values steadily increasing!

If you come in below the state or city average for household income, or the monthly homeowner fees scare you, it’s best to meet with a local Katy real estate agent to discuss the local market. For example, I can share with you what homes recently listed for and sold for, we can discuss your negotiating power as a buyer, and I can show you some starter homes. It’s also a good idea to meet with a local mortgage lender, to see exactly what you qualify for. You might be surprised!

Because mortgage rates are still below historic averages, it is more affordable to buy a home now than it was anytime between 1985 and 2000! Find out more about that in this KCM Crew article.

If you’ve got questions, or you’d like to buy or sell in the Katy real estate market this summer, I am here to help! Give me a call!

Mickie Cioccia

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Five Questions for Your Katy Moving Company

moving boxes2If you are buying or selling in the Katy real estate market this spring or summer, you’ve got a move ahead of you! Reports have shown that moving can be as stressful as or more stressful than planning a wedding or getting a divorce. That’s a lot of stress! You can avoid much of it, though, by planning ahead. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help!

First, check out my Moving Checklist, which gives you a guideline to follow eight weeks before, six weeks before, four weeks before, three weeks, two weeks, one week and 2-3 days before. Follow that, and you won’t miss a step or have to backtrack steps!

I’ve also got 14-foot moving trucks available for my clients to use for FREE! The trucks come fully loaded with a ramp, three dollies, and a bin full of furniture pads. Whether you’re buying, selling or both with us, these trucks are offered to our clients based on availability.

If you decide to hire a moving company, here are some questions to ask, according to RISMedia:

1.  Do you have references? This day in age, it’s easy to look a company up on Google and find reviews from past clients. However, if you can’t find any reviews, or even if you can, it’s still a good idea to ask the company for references so you may contact past clients and ask them questions about the quality of service.

2.  What specific services do you offer? This varies greatly from company to company, so determine what your needs are, and then see if each company you contact can provide them. Will they move a grand piano or four-post bed? Will they load a truck you rented yourself? Ask what their minimum and maximum workloads are.

3.  Do you offer in-home estimates? There’s no better way to find out what a moving company will cost than to have them actually come to your house and give you an estimate. Have a few do this and you have a great way to compare. Make sure to get the estimates in writing!

4.  Will you draw up an inventory of my items? When using a moving company, you risk the chance of losing items. It’s helpful if a company is willing to create a detailed and organized list of your items. This can save you a lot of time from having to do this yourself as well.

5.  What happens if something is lost or damaged? Find out what each company’s policy is on this. Most will offer optional coverage for repairs or replacements, which will cost more, so it’s up to you to decide if this is important to you.

Before you move, you need to accomplish your home-buying and/or home-selling goals in the Katy real estate market. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help make that happen! Give me a call and let’s work toward your goals this spring/summer.

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Create an Outdoor Oasis at Your Katy Home

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Tips for your Katy home’s outdoor space

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, you might be in the mood to improve the outdoor space at your Katy home. Perhaps you’re even hoping to host a barbecue this weekend, or entertain guests in the months to come. If you’d like to sell your Katy home, maybe you’re thinking about how you could increase the value of your home and improve your home’s curb appeal.

As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to offer you suggestions for summer! Here’s where the experts recommend you focus your attention outdoors:

1.  Inspect and update decks and patios. Inspect to see if your deck or wooden patio is structurally sound. Repair or replace any wooden boards as needed. Then sand, stain and seal your deck so it remains in great shape all season. With a stone patio, check for missing pieces and fill them in as needed.

2.  Fill with furniture. What good is a beautiful outdoor space without a place to sit and enjoy it? If updating, choose weatherproof furniture that is both durable and comfortable. Some basics include a table with an umbrella and chairs, and some lounge chairs. Go all out with a hammock and fire pit.

3.  Add color and accessories. For a visually appealing outdoor spaces, consider investing in some bright colored cushions and pillows to accommodate your patio furniture. An outdoor rug is another great way to add vibrancy and comfort to your space, and it can help protect your deck or patio.

4.  Update your landscaping. Whether you love gardening or you’re more hands-off, there are landscaping options for you. Keep your lawn mowed, bushed trimmed and weeds pulled. Then decide whether you want extravagant gardens, just some mulch around trees, or pre-bought hanging baskets for color. Planting trees or shrubbery around the borders of your yard can provide extra privacy.

5.  Install outdoor lighting. Lighting is key for entertaining on summer nights! Strands of tea lights or bistro lights across your patio make for a great ambiance, while sensor or smart lights add extra security. The moonlight effect is gaining popularity, which is a naturalistic look that features lighting no more intense than a full moon. For more information on this, check out this HouseLogic article.

For more ideas for improving your yard, read this RISMedia article. For tips on how to improve the value of your outdoor space, check out this past blog post. This weekend is a great opportunity for working on your outdoor space. Soon, visiting your Katy home and spending time outside will be on everyone’s summer agenda!

When ready to sell your Katy home this summer, or when ready to buy a Katy home, give me a call! As your Katy real estate agent, I’ll be working all summer long to help you make your goals a reality in the Katy real estate market. Enjoy your holiday weekend, and then contact me to discuss your real estate goals this season!

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Improve the Outdoor Space of Your Katy Home

patio furnitureDoes the warm weather have you eager to spend more time outdoors this spring and summer? If so, you’re not alone! More homeowners are choosing to spend money on upgrading their outdoor spaces at their Katy homes. Now only does this allow for more enjoyable time outside, and better ways to entertain guests, but it also increases curb appeal and your Katy’s home value!

As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to share some of the results of a recent Houzz survey, where they surveyed more than 750 homeowners who are currently or who recently upgraded their outdoor space. Here are the results of what is trending right now!

  • Most major outdoor projects occur in the backyard at 70 percent, but 30 percent are updating their front yards and 30 percent their side yards.
  • Front yard upgrades mostly consisted of curb appeal projects. This broke down to 41 percent flower beds and borders, 34 percent shrubs, 25 percent perennials, 17 percent trees and 12 percent porches and verandas.
  • Backyard upgrades mostly consisted of outdoor living element upgrades, which made up 88 percent of the upgrades. These consisted of 43 percent lounge furniture upgrades, 38 percent fire pits, 35 percent string lights for improved ambiance, 34 percent dining furniture, and 27 percent added benches.
  • Technology and entertainment systems are growing more popular outside. Of the 18 percent of surveyors that are adding entertainment elements, 59 percent are adding televisions, 48 percent wired speakers, 42 percent wireless speakers, 14 percent wired charging hubs for electronics, and 11 percent wireless charging hubs.
  • The costs varied significantly in this particular study, with more than half of the homeowners spending more than $10,000 on their upgrades, but one-third of respondents spending less than $5,000. Of course, these are surveyors from Houzz, a home-improvement website, so these particular respondents may be prone to spending more on renovations.
  • Post-project, most respondents said they are spending more time outdoors, and enjoying that time more. Sixty-seven percent said they’re spending more time outdoors, 63 percent said their relaxing/resting more, 52 percent are gardening more, 51 percent are entertaining more, and 26 percent are enjoying more family time.

While major outdoor upgrades aren’t for everyone, there are simple ways to improve your outdoor space as well. You could add a patio or deck if you don’t have one, or re-stain the one you do have, and upgrade or add patio furniture. Add some annual flowers to pots if you’re not into gardening, or add mulch around trees and walkways for a burst of color. Repaint your front door or garage door, and power wash your siding. Keep your lawn green and mowed.

Every little bit helps, especially when it comes time to sell! When you’re ready to sell, buy or both in the Katy real estate market this spring, don’t hesitate to contact me. The time to act is now! As your Katy real estate agent, I can answer your questions and guide you through the home-buying and/or home-selling process. All you have to do is contact me!

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Make This Spring When You Buy or Move Up in Katy!

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Buy a Katy, TX home this spring!

Have you been either wanting to buy your first home in Katy, or wanting to move up to a bigger or better home? As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to tell you that now is the time to do it! Believe or not, once you sift through all of the fear-based opinions on the internet, you’ll find that now is still one of the most affordable times to buy real estate.

If you look at real estate trends over the past 40 years, you’ll see what excellent conditions are available to you right now as a Katy homebuyer. A recent study found that the affordability of real estate now is at one of its highest levels. Here are some of the findings:

  • Right now, the median household can afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price.
  • Comparably, in 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price, due to high mortgage rates.
  • Despite stagnant incomes, affordability has grown because of the drop in mortgage rates. While they’re hovering between 4 and 5 percent now, they were up to 16 percent in the 1980s!
  • Of the nation’s 100 largest metros, only one became unaffordable between 1990 and 2016. At the same time, 22 flipped from unaffordable to affordable.
  • The only time housing was more affordable than it is now is the past few years, especially after the housing crash, when there were lots of foreclosures and short sales available at major discounts. Mortgage rates were lower too, but they’ve begun to increase now.

This is proof that if you want to buy a Katy home, either as a first-time buyer or as a move-up buyer, your best chance is now! Home prices and mortgage rates are expected to continue increasing, which will cause housing affordability to go down.

Want some other reasons to buy a Katy home this spring?

1.  You’re paying a mortgage either way. If you currently rent, you’re already paying a mortgage. You’re paying your landlord’s mortgage! Your landlord will reap the rewards when they go to sell, but you are losing that money and will never see it again. Invest in your own future as a homeowner! If you want to move up, you too are already paying your own mortgage. You can use your funds from your current home to put a down payment on your next home.

2.  You have reasons for wanting to buy. If buying is on your mind, you must have some good reasons. If you’re buying for the first time, do you want to invest in your future and stop throwing your money away on rent? Do you want some privacy after living with parents or roommates? If you’re moving up, do you want more space to grow your family, or a bigger yard for your pets, or a better location? Keep these reasons in mind to give you motivation!

If you have home-buying questions, or you’re ready to buy in the Katy real estate market, I’m here to help. Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, today!

Mickie Cioccia
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First Step to Buying Your First Katy, TX Home

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Katy TX Home-Buying Tips

Happy New Year! Is your 2018 new year’s resolution to finally buy a Katy, TX home? Have you been considering it for a while but are finally going to do it this year? As a Katy real estate agent, I am happy and eager to help you out! Whether you want to buy this winter or this spring and beyond, I am here to answer your questions and guide you through the process.

The first step in the home-buying process is to get a preapproval from a mortgage lender. Most real estate professionals will agree that in today’s market, with housing inventory lower than usual, you shouldn’t even begin browsing for a home until you’re preapproved.

Why is this step so important? For one, it lets you know exactly what you can afford. This will save you wasted time searching for homes above your budget, not to mention heartache when you find a home you love and then later realize you can’t afford it.

Two, it helps home sellers take you seriously. If you fall in love with a home and want to put an offer down, a seller is more likely to accept your offer if they know that you’re already preapproved for that amount. In this competitive market, bidding wars can happen, and if another buyer is preapproved and you’re not, the seller is likely to go with that buyer.

Finally, it makes the whole process go faster. If you put an offer down on a home, and you’re already preapproved for a loan, the closing tends to happen much faster, since you got the initial work out of the way.

To determine how much you will be qualified to borrow, lenders will look at your four C’s:

1.  Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your mortgage payments.

2.  Capital: The money, savings and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash.

3.  Collateral: The home, or type of home, you’d like to purchase.

4.  Credit: Your history of paying bills on time and the amount of debt you have.

If you still need to pay down debt, increase your down payment savings or improve your credit score, here are the three things you should do now:

  • Automate your down payment savings – Automatically deposit some of your paycheck into a savings account for a down payment.
  • Build your credit history and keep it clean – Pay down debt, pay your bills on time and fix any credit report errors.
  • Practice living on a budget. Cook and make coffee at home rather than buying it out, and don’t buy new cars, clothes, furnishings, vacations or any expensive items right now.

If you need help finding a local mortgage lender, I can point in you the right direction. If you’re ready to begin the home-buying process now in the Katy real estate market, contact me! I am your Katy real estate agent, ready to help you achieve your home-buying goals in 2018!

Mickie Cioccia

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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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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.