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Accomplish Your Katy Real Estate Goals During The Holidays!

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Katy TX Holiday Real Estate Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why to Use a Real Estate Agent in Katy TX

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Roles of a Katy Real Estate Agent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moving Tips for Katy Families with Kids

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Buying/Selling Tips for Katy Families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is It Time To Sell Your Katy Home?

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Katy TX Home Sellers – Are You Ready?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Simple Staging Tips for Katy Home Sellers

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Staging Tips for Katy Home Sellers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Make the Most of Open Houses as Katy Homebuyer

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Open House Tips for Katy Homebuyers

If you’re visiting open houses this summer as a Katy homebuyer, you want to make the most of your time, so you’re not just wasting precious hours of summer! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some ways you can get the most out of the open houses you visit. If you’d like to set up some private showings that work better with your schedule, give me a call!

1.  Plan ahead. Some open houses are scheduled last minute, but usually the week before, you can plan which open houses to visit the following weekend. Ask your agent for a list of open houses that best fit your criteria. You can also browse the web and social media, or drive around, to find open houses.

2.  Arrive early so you can scope out the area. Walk around the neighborhood a bit, check out the community clubhouse or pool if there is one, and stop and talk to neighbors if you see any. This is a great way to learn more about the location!

3.  Have a list of questions ready for the seller’s agent. Helpful questions include: Have you received any offers? If bids are already in, you’d have to move really fast and decide if you’re prepared for that. When does the seller want to move? This will let you know if the seller is in a hurry, which might mean more negotiating power. Is the seller flexible on price? How many days has the home been on the market? Has the price changed? What are the average utility costs, or HOA costs, or property taxes? Are there any issues or recent renovations/repairs the agent knows about? What amenities does the community include, if any? These are all important and acceptable questions.

4.  Don’t give out too much information. The agent may ask you questions in return, but you don’t want to give too much away, as oversharing could hurt your negotiating power if you decide to make an offer. However, be friendly and thank the agent for their time, as you may be working with them if you do make an offer.

5.  Take notes and photos. If you’re visiting numerous open houses, especially in one weekend, it’s easy to forget what you liked or disliked about each home, and which features belonged to each home. Bring a notepad and take photos on your phone to help you keep them straight. In your notes, make it obvious which homes and features you liked most.

Whether visiting open houses or setting up private showings, you can gather a lot more information about a home from seeing it in person than you can from viewing images online. When ready for help with the home-buying process in Katy, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! Whether buying, selling or both this summer, I can help answer your questions and guide you through the entire process in the Katy real estate market.

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How to Spot Expensive Repairs When House Hunting in Katy, TX

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Home Inspections for Katy Homebuyers

When you’re ready to buy a home in the Katy real estate market, give me a call for help! As a Katy real estate agent, I can answer all of your questions and help guide you through the entire home-buying process, until you’ve got the keys to your Katy dream home in hand!

It’s a competitive market for homebuyers, but that doesn’t mean that you should forego the home inspection before purchasing. Knowing which repairs are most expensive will help you determine whether a home with major issues is still worth purchasing.

Here are some of the most expensive repairs/issues to look out for:

Cracks in the foundation – No matter how many updates can be found in the home, if it has a faulty foundation, it can have a ripple effect throughout the entire home. Fixing foundation problems could run well into the tens of thousands. Make sure your home inspector checks for this!

High-rise updates – If you purchase a condo, the good news is that your HOA fees go to fixing repairs in the building. But if you’d like to upgrade your unit, such as install central air or heavy-load appliances, or replace windows, it could cost you a pretty penny. The higher up you are, the more you may be charged. Pay attention to the details when purchasing in a high rise!

Installing air-conditioning – Nobody wants to find themselves without air-conditioning in the heat of a summer in Katy! Adding A/C to a home without existing duct work could run $30,000 or more. The cost of replacing a unit varies on size of home and efficiency of unit. Just something to keep in mind when assessing the A/C in a home!

Mold and drainage issues – Mold is a growing problem in homes, but also hard to find if it’s hidden inside drywall. Home inspectors don’t always check for this, so it’s something you may have to hire an extra mold inspector for. If you are immunocompromised or have major allergies, or you notice any mold or water leak stains, it might be worth your while to prevent health issues in the future.

Termite troubles – Pest control experts estimate homeowners in the U.S. have spent around $2 billion treating termite issues each year. This cost is rarely covered by homeowners insurance. Since they are hard to spot by untrained eyes, this is again something to lay in the hands of a home inspector or termite inspector.

For more major home repairs to look out for, check out this MSN Real Estate article. As you can see, the home inspection is not a step that should be skipped as a homebuyer. There are other ways to make sure your offer is a competitive one. You don’t want to regret your purchase in the future!

When ready to buy a Katy home, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I will guide you through the process, answer all of your questions and put you in contact with other real estate professionals in the area, so you feel calm and confident in your decision-making process. Give me a call today!

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Why to Sell Your Katy Home This Spring

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Time to sell in Katy, TX

Have you been wanting to sell your Katy TX home but have been holding off? As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to tell you that this spring season is the perfect time to sell! If you’ve got questions about the Katy real estate market, or you’re ready to begin the home-selling process, give me a call today!

If you’re still not sure that now is the right time, here is some current information to help you decide:

1.  The weather is perfect. Before the hot, sweaty days of summer arrive, the beautiful spring temperatures are the ideal conditions for Katy homebuyers. You can still open your windows and fill your home with fresh air for showings, or you can show off your air conditioner, but buyers are more willing to trek around town to showings and open houses when it isn’t so hot. Plus, buyers with kids would like to act now, while the kids are still in school, so they can be settled in or ready to move by summer.  If you’ve got kids as a seller, you probably feel the same way!

2.  The market conditions are ideal. Buyer demand is high right now, thanks to low interest rates! Mortgage rates have been hovering around their lowest levels since January 2018. Buyers want to take advantage, which is why buyer demand has steadily increased over the past three months. If you want to sell so you can move up to your dream home, sooner is better for you, too. The inventory of single-family homes is still lower than average, which means you’ll most likely experience a high volume of interested buyers. However, inventory is expected to increase, as 69 percent of people said they thought now was a good time to sell in a recent report. The sooner you sell, the less competition you might have to deal with from other sellers!

3.  You can get a head start. Even if seller competition does increase later this spring or summer, you can get a head start on other sellers by preparing your home for a sale now. This means cleaning, decluttering, neutralizing décor, making upgrades or repairs, and staging to sell. Contact me so we can discuss what steps you could take now to improve your chances of a fast sale later. These steps could all help your home sell faster and possibly at a higher price!

If you’d like to sell your Katy home this spring, give me a call, your Katy real estate agent! The sooner you contact me, the sooner we can discuss Katy real estate market conditions, your home-selling questions, what price to list your home for, marketing options for your home, and what first steps you should take as preparation. Then we can list your home and start showing it to interested buyers! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Credit Score Info for Katy TX Homebuyers

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Credit tips for Katy homebuyers

If you’d like to buy a Katy, TX home this spring, it’s a great season to do so! Mortgage rates are still low, but predicted to rise. Home prices are still going up, so buying sooner than later could save you money. More homes are coming on the market. The weather is great for house hunting. If you buy now, you’ll be settled in for a summer season of fun. The list goes on!

As your Katy real estate agent, I am always here to answer questions, to guide you through the home-buying process, and to help you find the Katy home of your dreams! I am also here to provide helpful tips and information for buyers, such as the latest info on credit scores.

Many Katy buyers are misconceived about what type of credit score it takes to purchase a home. Many don’t even know their credit score, but assume it’s too low to buy. Let’s take a look at the latest data so you can get a better idea of your options.

First off, a credit score, also known as a FICO score, is a calculation of your history of paying back debt and making regular payments. The higher the score, the better your credit history.

A recent report showed that 24 percent of renters think you need a credit score between 780 and 800 to be considered for a mortgage, which is a really high number. Fortunately, there are many other options, as only 25 percent of Americans have a score between those numbers.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requires a minimum credit score of 580 for low down payment mortgage loans. USDA loans usually require a score of at least 640. VA loans for veterans have no credit score requirement.

The average credit score for loans closed in January was 726, but there were plenty of people with lower scores who were obtaining loans. The average score of closed FHA loans was 675.

So, if you’ve got a low score, you’ve got options. But your best bet is to pull your credit reports when ready to buy, so you can find out exactly what your FICO score is. The average year-over-ear FICO score has steadily increased since 2009. The average score is 704. You might be pleasantly surprised when you pull your credit reports!

If you’d still rather improve your credit score before buying, so you can qualify for better mortgage options, there are plenty of ways you can do so. Here’s a realtor.com article that offers many. The first step is to go through your credit history and make sure there aren’t any errors! Then, try some of their other tips. Even if you’re not ready to buy yet, these are great tips for anyone wanting to improve their credit, and it can be a slow process, so better to start soon.

When ready to buy a home in the Katy real estate market, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here and ready to help you with all of your home-buying and/or home-selling needs in Katy this spring.

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Perks of Homeownership in Katy, TX

Homes as DollarsIf you are a homeowner, or you’d like to become a homeowner in Katy, TX, what is your main reason? Turns out, there are many reasons why Americans become homeowners! It’s a very special day, the day you close on your home, and 64.4 percent of households in the U.S. celebrate that day each year, just as they would a birthday, anniversary, etc.

If you’re not sure if homeownership is right for you, take a look at some of the perks that other homeowners mention, both non-financial and financial. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help you determine if homeownership is right for you, and if it is, to help you find the perfect home in the Katy real estate market to fit your needs!

Non-financial perks of homeownership in Katy:

  • Homeowners have a stronger connection to their neighborhood and community, and become more involved and feel more included to their surroundings than renters.
  • Homeownership is found to positively affect children’s academic achievements in school, especially in the areas of reading and math, for kids 3-12 years old.
  • Homeowners are found to have substantial health advantages over renters.
  • Homeowners have home equity credit lines available to them, so they are found to need less public assistance. This creates feelings of freedom and independent success.
  • Homeowners improve and maintain their living space better than renters, which generates more safety and mental health.
  • Homeowners feel a pride of ownership in having a home to call their own, and they can customize however they wish.

Financial perks of homeownership in Katy:

  • On average, home prices are appreciating 3.6 percent annually, which helps create a financial safety net for homeowners.
  • Your mortgage is like a forced savings plan, because when you sell, you get most, all or more of that money back! When you rent, you never see that money again.
  • Homeowners build equity each month, which you can later use to purchase another home, to start a business, to send your kids to college, to travel, etc. This opens up more possibilities for you.
  • Homeowners are found to have a net worth over 44 times greater than renters!
  • A fixed mortgage payment brings stability to your finances, whereas rent prices increase 4 percent annually, on average.
  • There are many tax benefits to homeownership, which you could qualify for by next year’s tax season if you purchase a home this year!

For more information on all of these homeownership benefits, check out this KCM Crew article. If you have questions about homeownership, give me a call!

If you are a homeowner, what would you say is the biggest perk of homeownership? Leave a comment and let us know! If you’d like to buy a home in the Katy real estate market and start reaping these benefits of homeownership, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. I am here to help you make your real estate goals a reality!

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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.