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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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How to Sell and Buy Simultaneously in Katy TX

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Selling and Buying in Katy real estate market

If you are ready to sell your current Katy home so that you can move up to your dream home, downsize or relocate, the thought of selling and buying simultaneously might seem overwhelming. However, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help you get it done!

Here are a few strategies that can help the process go as smoothly as possible:

1.  Understand your local market. Contact an agent and discuss current market conditions. Find out if the market is more a seller’s market or a buyer’s market, and what homes like yours are selling for. This will help you determine when you should put your home on the market. If homes are selling fast, you might want to begin your home search first. If they’re taking a while, you might be safe to list and then search for a home, as other sellers will take you more seriously.

2.  Consider an inspection and appraisal before listing. Getting these out of the way early will help you determine if any issues will come up in the home-selling process. This way, you can make any repairs necessary, and price your home properly, so the sale of your home runs more smoothly. Also, knowing what you can get for your home will help you house hunt appropriately for your new home.

3.  Plan carefully. Determine which order of things will work best for your schedule. If you sell first, it’ll make getting a mortgage easier. You might have to do it this way. But if you sell first, you may also need to find temporary living until you buy, so plan accordingly for that. If you buy first, moving is easier, but then you’ll have two house payments to juggle and possibly a harder time getting a new mortgage loan.

4.  Have a backup plan. It’s important to plan, but it’s also important to realize that your plan might not go as you expect, as there are so many other people and things in the equation. No matter which way you hope things will go, plan for where you will live if you sell first unexpectedly, or come up with a financial plan if you buy first unexpectedly.

5.  Know your financial options.  If selling first, consider a rent-back agreement, where you can remain in your property in exchange for a lower selling price or rent paid to the buyers. If buying first, consider a contract contingency, which allows your new home purchase to be dependent on the sale of your old home, or a bridge loan, which allows you to own two homes simultaneously without a second down payment handy. Talk to your agent and lender about your options!

Don’t let fear hurdle you into the unknown, unprepared. As a Katy real estate agent, I can help you sell and buy, and I can help answer all of your questions about the process and about the Katy real estate market. Don’t delay living the life you want! Give me a call and let’s get started!

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Home Repairs or Renovations to Consider Before Selling

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Katy home repairs to consider before selling

If you’d like to sell your Katy home sometime this year, now is the time to consider whether any home repairs or renovations should be done. You may not want to spend money on improving your home right before selling it, but doing so could help you sell your home faster and for more money, depending on what shape your home is in now.

As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on what repairs or renovations are worth doing. While some could help you sell your home for a higher asking price, others won’t have that same effect. Not all upgrades are equal when it comes to ROI, or return on investment!

Let’s first discuss repairs. If your home has issues that could make or break a sale, it’s wise to fix these ahead of time. Here are three examples of repairs that support a higher asking price:

  • Fixing flooring flaws – If your hardwood has scratches in it, your linoleum has stains or looks dull, or your carpet is ratty, outdated or smelly, this is definitely something that will quickly turn buyers away. According to NAR’s 2017 Remodeling Impact Report, homeowners will spend an average of $3,000 to refinish hardwood floors, but they’ll recoup 100 percent of that cost at resale.
  • Repairing water stains – If you’ve got plumbing issues, you should definitely have those repaired, as they will come up in a home inspection. You should also take care of leftover water stains, as this may mislead buyers into thinking there are still issues, and they’re unsightly! Fix water-stained ceilings for about $670, and repair drywall for $1.50 per square foot.
  • Touching up grout – Yellow or cracked grout will turn off buyers, and this is a simple way to improve the look of floors, backsplashes, bathtubs, etc. This is also one of the cheapest upgrades you can make, as re-grouting costs start as low as $1 to $2 per square foot.

More information about these top three repairs for home sellers can be found in this Realtor Magazine article. Then check out this KCM Crew article if interested in renovations that yield great ROI. These include:

  • Minor bathroom remodel, yielding 102 percent ROI
  • Upgraded landscaping, yielding 100 percent ROI
  • Minor kitchen remodel, yielding 98.5 percent ROI
  • Exterior improvements, yielding 95.5 percent ROI

While these types of upgrades aren’t necessary before selling, unless your home is very outdated, they are great options for Katy homeowners who aren’t ready to sell yet, but who would like to in the coming years. Or, if your home does need an upgrade before selling, rest assured that these efforts will yield great ROI when you list in the Katy real estate market!

If you’ve got questions about the market, or you’re ready to begin the home-selling process now, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here and ready to answer all of your questions and to guide you through the entire process, until your 2019 real estate goals are a reality!

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Katy Home-Selling Tips during the Holidays

holiday homeWith Thanksgiving this week and winter holidays just around the corner, it may not seem like the ideal time to sell your Katy home. However, if you want or need to sell this holiday season, there are still buyers out, who also want or need to buy this time of year! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some tips that could get your home sold fast this time of year.

1.  Make sure your listing is quality. Buyers are busy with family gatherings, holiday shopping, etc. They tend to spend more time house hunting online before they take the time to see a home in person. Therefore, it’s critical that your online listing has quality photos and description to lure buyer interest!

2.  Use the holidays to your advantage. The holidays allow you add festive features to your home this time of year, making it look extra cozy and bright! Focus on your home’s main focal points, such as a fireplace or grand staircase. Decorate with lights and garland. Set up a tree or a front door wreath. Keep the holiday décor subtle. You don’t want to drown out the home’s features or make it look cluttered.

3.  Be flexible with your time. Chances are, you have a lot going on this holiday season too. However, it’s important to keep your schedule open for last-minute showings, as buyers are busy and will need to squeeze showings into a busy holiday season. Take advantage of times that you have to leave the house by using them to holiday shop or to attend holiday events with the family. Keep your house clean at all times so it’s ready at a moment’s notice!

4.  Make your home move-in ready. Buyers want a quick, easy home sale, and in a perfect world, they’d like to be settled in their new home for the holidays. Having a move-in ready home is key. Consider having it pre-inspected, so no issues cause the home sale to take longer. Make some quick updates that will impress buyers. Offer incentives, such as helping pay for closing costs or including updated appliances.

5.  Focus on curb appeal. As always, the outside of the home is what buyers usually see first, so take the time to spruce this up. Clean the yard and gutters, touch up paint on siding or front door, hang a decorate wreath or add a welcome mat, replace front porch light bulbs, etc.

When ready to sell your Katy home, or when ready to buy in Katy, contact me! As a Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you with your Katy real estate market goals year-round. When you’ve got questions, or you’re ready to get started, I’m ready to assist! Give me a call and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Top Amenities among Katy Homebuyers

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Top Katy TX Home Amenities

If you are selling your Katy home soon, it’s wise to know which home amenities are at the top of homebuyer priority lists! If you are buying soon, this list will give you a few things to think about, so you can create your own nonnegotiable amenity list. If you’re currently a Katy homeowner, think about which amenities you could never live without.

As a Katy real estate agent, I see buyers requesting many of these often. This sometimes depends on what generation they’re from as well. Here’s a breakdown of the most nonnegotiable amenities right now, countrywide. In a house:

  • Central AC and heat top the list at 82 percent. In a hot place like Katy, this percentage would be even higher!
  • Private patio or backyard comes in second at 58.5 percent.
  • Guest bedroom is 41.9 percent. With people relocating all over the country, it’s important to homeowners to have a place for out-of-town guests to stay.
  • Walk-in closets come in at 32.2 percent. People like their stuff!
  • Good orientation (the direction the home faces) is 31.7 percent. This is especially important for those with a green thumb.
  • Hardwood floors come in at 27.9 percent.
  • Good views, 26.5 percent.
  • Storm windows, 21.4 percent.
  • Formal dining room, 16.4 percent.
  • Granite or marble countertops, 15.9 percent.
  • Solar panels, 11.9 percent.
  • Stainless steel appliances, 11.0 percent.
  • Swimming pool, 6.9 percent. (This may be higher in Katy, where it’s warm year-round.)

For apartments, many of these are similar, with central AC or heat coming it at the top. Next is in-unit washer and dryer at 61.6 percent, followed my pets permitted at 45.2 percent. Then balcony, swimming pool, good view, fitness center, stainless steel appliances, and granite or marble countertops.

How much homebuyers are willing to pay for each amenity differs by generation, which is interesting! Central AC or heat is more important to millennials than baby boomers, for example, as millennials are willing to pay double what baby boomers are to have it.

Let’s break it down:

  • Millennials will spend $6,194 for central AC or heat; Gen X will pay $4,972 for it; Baby boomers will pa $3,689 for it.
  • Gen X will pay the most to have a formal dining room, at $3,699, followed by millennials, then baby boomers.
  • Baby boomers will pay the most for a swimming pool, at $5,650, followed by millennials and Gen X.
  • Millennials will pay the most for granite or marble countertops, at $2,412.
  • Gen X will pay the most for a guest bedroom, at $5,534.
  • Baby boomers will pay the most for storm windows, at $2,427.
  • Millennials will pay the most for a private patio or backyard, solar panels, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in closets.

You can see the full breakdown in this Realtor Magazine article. What couldn’t you live without as a Katy homeowner?

If selling, keep these amenities in mind. If buying, start thinking about what is most important to you. If you’ve got questions about the Katy real estate market, or you’re ready to accomplish your real estate goals in Katy this fall, contact me, your Katy real estate agent!

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Signs That It’s Time to Sell Your Katy, TX Home

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Is it time to sell your Katy home?

Have you been thinking about selling your Katy home this fall? Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s a seller’s market and that inventory is low and buyer demand is high. Or perhaps you’d just like to live better in your means, or grow into a home that fits your future’s needs. No matter what your reason, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help!

If you’re still not sure if now is the time for you to sell, here are some signs that it may be:

1.  You want in on a seller’s market. If you know you want to sell sometime in the near future, now is the time to list in the Katy real estate market and take advantage of the low inventory and high buyer demand. As prices and mortgage rates rise, buyer demand might decrease. As baby boomers age, inventory may increase. New home development is on the rise as well. The conditions are ideal for selling now, so if you want to take advantage, now is the time to do so!

2.  Comparable homes are selling for a lot. When thinking about selling, it’s wise to do some research, or to contact an agent, and find out what homes similar to yours are selling for in the Katy real estate market. If these listings are selling at a price that you’d be more than happy with, this is a good sign that you can expect a similar price for your home, as long as there are no major issues with the inspection or appraisal.

3.  You need a larger home. If your family has grown in size, but your house hasn’t, this is a sure sign that it’s time to move. Whether you need more bedrooms for your little ones, you need a large yard for your pets, or you need an in-law suite for your aging parents, there are plenty of reasons to move up from your starter home to your dream home! Now is the time to do so, before prices and mortgage rates increase any more.

4.  You’re financially stressed. On the other side of the coin, perhaps it’s time for you to downsize. Whether you are retired and your kids have moved out, leaving you with a home larger than you need, or you bought too high the first time and are feeling the financial burden, now is a great time to sell and get a great price for your home. Then, you can buy smaller and save.

5.  You’re tired of the maintenance. As homeowners age, or become parents, or get high-stress jobs, they may find that the maintenance of landscaping, a pool, a large home, etc. may be too much for them. Or perhaps the long drive to work is stressing you out. Whether you need a new home, or a new location, drop the stress and maintenance tasks and find a home with less stress!

If you relate to any of these reasons to sell, or you’ve just been thinking about selling a lot lately, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. I can answer any questions you may have, and I can guide you through the entire home-selling process in the Katy real estate market. Give me a call!

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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!

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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.