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4 Things to Never Do When Buying a Katy TX Home

house-1407562_1280Buying a home in the Katy TX area is a major milestone, not one to be taken lightly. In fact, there is a great deal of research that should go into your decision to choose and purchase a property. As your local real estate expert in Katy TX, I’ve gathered a list below of four things never to do when buying a home so your experience can be as positive and smooth as possible!

Below are four things to avoid on your home buying journey in the Houston TX area this year:

Don’t shop for a home by yourself
When you go it alone on your home search in the Katy TX area, you are missing out on all of the expertise a real estate agent has to give you! Do yourself a favor and team up with a knowledgeable agent before you begin looking at homes for sale. After all, they’ve done this before and can help you around obstacles!

Don’t take the first mortgage quote
Shopping for a mortgage is a crucial part of the buying process. Smart buyers will gather numerous quotes from lenders before deciding which mortgage type and interest rate best suits them. As a rule of thumb, never take the first quote you receive, instead look at a few quotes before you choose.

Don’t ignore your budget
There is a reason the term “price range” exists and that is to keep you from going over how much you can reasonable afford in the real estate market. The last thing you want is to find a home you love, but learn it is out of your reach. Sit down and create a budget, then stick to it when you begin shopping for homes.

Don’t ignore closing costs
Did you know many buyers are unaware of closing costs? Don’t let yourself be surprised at the closing table, learning that you owe more money, but ask your lender how much closing costs may be when you meet with them. You can typically estimate two to seven percent of the home’s purchase price.

Give me a call today for more information about buying a home in the Houston TX area! I am happy to provide a list of homes available around Katy TX, as well as next steps for making your home buyer dreams come true!

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Now is a Great Time to Sell Your Katy TX Home!

house-1353389_640We recently shared 4 Features That Will Hook Katy TX Homebuyers and to continue with the helpful homeowner tips, we’re now breaking down why the current market offers the best opportunity to sell in YEARS!

If you’re a homeowner in Houston TX area, don’t be too quick to write off this spring, given the global health situation, as a poor time to list your home. In fact, the local market conditions present a lucrative scenario for sellers!

Below are five reasons why now is the best time in years to sell your home in the Katy TX area:

Home Buyer Demand is High
The pandemic may have slowed many things, but buyer demand is not one of them. Buyers are determined to upgrades their homes, realizing that what they have may no longer be working for them, and they are out in droves!

Home Inventory is Low
And while buyer demand soars, the number of homes for sale to meet this demand does not match. Inventory is on the lower end, meaning listing your property now could get you in front of those buyers (multiple buyers!) eager to move! The ball is truly in the seller’s court right now!

Home Prices are Rising
Conditions are right for home sellers to get a great price for their property. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of REALTORS, “Many sellers can get top dollar in the current market conditions.”

Mortgage Rates are Still Low
Did you know that mortgage rates dipped to record lows 16 times in 2020? Interest rates are expected to continue with this trend as we move further into the new year, but if you’re wondering if you should wait for another steep drop before you sell and move, the answer is always to act sooner.

According to Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst for Bankrate, “As a return to normal starts to come into view, we’ll see mortgage rates bounce off the record lows.” Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com agrees: “Home asking price growth is actually higher now than it was before the pandemic.”

Home Buyer Needs Have Changed
Now that buyers are spending more time at home, their current spaces aren’t seeming so roomy anymore! Dining tables have become offices and with more than one family member working from home, buyers are noticing they need more square footage, or at the very least, an additional bedroom. Even outdoor spaces are becoming increasingly important as residents spend more time within their own yards.

If your property could fit the bill for today’s Katy TX buyers and you’re looking to sell and move on, why not find out what your home is worth? Give our team a call today to find out how we can help you list your home and find your next dream home in the Houston TX area!

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2021 Design Trends for Your Katy TX Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Make a Competitive Offer as a Katy Homebuyer

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Katy TX Home-Buying Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why to Sell Your Katy TX Home This Fall/Winter

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Sell Your Katy TX Home Now

Now that the holiday season is upon us, typical real estate advice is to “wait until spring to buy/sell.” This is because, in a typical year, the winter market slows down, especially during the holidays. Well, as your Katy real estate agent, let me remind you that 2020 is no normal year! This year, the real estate ‘rules’ go out the window, and this winter is predicted to be a hot housing market.

Here are just some of the reasons that you should still gear up to sell now:

1. The pandemic has created a pent-up demand of homebuyers. When everything shut down in the spring, real estate transactions were delayed. Showings weren’t happening. Because of this, everything this year has been pushed back. Normally at this time of year, the slowdown has already started to happen. Not this year! Buyers are out and eager to buy.

2. Buyers needs are changing. Why the eagerness to buy? Well, record low mortgage rates are a huge part of it. The other part is that needs have changed since the pandemic began. With more family members working or schooling from home, buyers are looking for more space. Buyers also want bigger backyards. If they aren’t commuting to work anymore, this opens the door to where they can live, so buyers are moving closer to family or out of cities. Buyer demand means it’s a great time to sell!

3. Housing inventory is low. Even with this onslaught of eager buyers, inventory is still low, so when sellers do put their house on the market, they typically sell very fast and receive multiple offers! This also means that home prices have kept increasing. If you haven’t checked what your home is worth, you should, you will probably be pleasantly surprised. Plus, you may receive over asking price if you receive multiple competitive offers. The ball is in your court as a home seller!

4. Listing prices are skyrocketing. Like I mentioned, with low supply and high demand, home prices are driven up. Across the country, median home listing prices jumped 11.1 percent in September compared to a year ago. Price per square foot increased by 13.9 percent. Plus, if you receive multiple offers, that could shoot the price up even more. Sellers are also calling the shots on contract terms and repairs.

As you can see, it’s a great time to sell your Katy home, but if you want to sell so that you can buy a house that better suits your ever-changing needs, it’s a great time to do that as well! Mortgage rates are low, and if you sell your current home for a great price, you’ll be set up for success when putting offers down on other homes.

So, whether you want to sell, buy or both this fall/winter in the Katy real estate market, don’t hesitate! The market is still hot, and as your Katy real estate agent, I am here year-round to help you out. Give me a call, let’s discuss your real estate goals!

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What Katy TX Homebuyers Desire Right Now

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Katy TX Homebuyer Preferences

If you are thinking about selling your Katy TX home this summer or fall, now is an excellent time to do so! Buyer demand is high, mostly due to record low mortgage rates, and listing inventory is low, so homes are often selling fast and for great prices. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on what buyers are looking for, so we can stage and market your home properly!

First of all, if you’re worried that the pandemic has caused a stall in real estate, not to worry. In a recent study, 55 percent of consumers said they’re more optimistic about buying a home today, 41 percent of homebuyers said they’re accelerating their purchasing timelines, and 63 percent of buyers said they’re saving more money now, which can be put toward a down payment. So, buyer confidence is high!

Another study asked buyers what home features they consider crucial right now. When it comes to the exterior of a home, the size of windows came out on top, followed by the amount of windows. So, when staging your home to sell, be sure to clean your windows, lift your blinds and really show them off! Next came a porch or patio, shape of roof, material of siding, color of siding, and garage. Buyers are especially into outdoor space right now, so really clean up your yard and stage your porch or patio as an inviting place to hang out and entertain.

Inside the house, the winning feature by a landslide was the layout of the home. If you’ve got an open floor plan, or a great flowing layout, we’ll be sure to feature that in your listing. After that came storage space, flooring, having a primary bedroom suite, modern kitchen appliances, ceiling height, and kitchen island or eat-in kitchen. Again, we’ll be sure to mention these features in your listing if you have them!

Since the pandemic, buyers needs have also changed. In general, relocating buyers are looking for more space. They want bigger homes and bigger backyards. Buyers working from home are looking for a home office space. If kids are getting schooled at home, buyers are looking for desk space for the kids. For visiting family members, buyers are looking for guest suites or guest rooms. Outside, buyers in Texas appreciate backyard pools, outdoor kitchens, patios and porches, fences, fire pits, etc. These are all excellent features to mention right now in these changing times!

What home features do you dream of having? Whether you’re looking to sell, buy or both in the Katy real estate market, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help. Give me a call and let’s discuss your needs, your timeline, the current home-selling and/or home-buying process, and local market conditions. Now is an excellent time to work toward your real estate goals!

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Improve Your Katy TX Outdoor Space

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Backyard Upgrades for Katy TX Homeowners

This summer, homeowners are spending more time at home. Because people love to be outside during the summertime, this means homeowners are also spending more time in their backyards, and making upgrades and improvements to their outdoor space. Not only does this make outdoor space more fun and entertaining, but it can also increase your home value when you go to sell!

As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to share some of the top trends for this summer, and tips on how you can improve your own outdoor space, if you haven’t already.

According to Google Trends data from this summer, these are the most popular backyard trends, based on what people searched for on Google in the past six months:

  • Patio daybeds saw a 257 percent increase in Google searches. Can’t go wrong with some added outdoor comfort!
  • Small-space outdoor furniture saw a 243 percent increase in Google searches. Round or curved furniture is great for opening up small spaces.
  • Backyard bars saw a 192 percent increase. Outdoor kitchens saw a 106 percent increase. Eating outside is a great way to keep your inside cool during the summer. This could be anything from a grill set up with shelves for utensils, or a portable bar counter set up, to an all-out built-in setup.
  • Bright colors are making outdoor spaces more joyful, with “lemon yellow” seeing a 103 percent increase, and coral seeing a 50 percent increase. Ways to add color include furniture, furniture cushions, outdoor rugs or pillows, outdoor silverware, table umbrellas, curtains, etc.
  • Outdoor tiles saw a 174 percent increase. This is just one more way that homeowners are bringing the inside out. These work great on a covered patio or outdoor kitchen space.
  • Planters and gardens are gaining popularity, as planter searches were up 172 percent and planter walls were up 156 percent. Planters and gardens are a great way to add colorful foliage, shade and extra privacy to your outdoor space. If your space is small, vertical planters work great!
  • Fire pits never went out of style, but they’re even more popular now, with searches up 148 percent. Whether built-in or portable, backyard fire pits are a great way to gather the family for s’mores, music, stories or just peaceful together time.

What are some other ways you’ve improved your backyard space this summer? Fences are more popular, so kids and pets can roam freely. Backyard pools are popular, whether permanent or temporary, especially in the heat of Katy TX! Families with young kids have added playgrounds, jumpy houses, lawn games, water gadgets and more. There are lots of options available!

As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you’re enjoying your home and outdoor space this summer as much as possible. If this pandemic has made you realize that your home isn’t ideally set up for you, give me a call for help buying and/or selling in the Katy real estate market! Let’s find you a home that better suits you and your family’s growing needs in this changing world.

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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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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.