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Properly Stage Your Katy, TX Kitchen to Sell

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Staging tips for your Katy, TX home’s kitchen

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

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

Here are a few tips to get you started:

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

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

Mickie Cioccia
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What Katy Homebuyers Should Know About Closing

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Lots takes place before the final closing 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Real Estate Scams to Avoid As Katy Homebuyer

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Avoid these real estate scams as a Katy buyer

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

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

Scam #1: You transfer funds to a fraudster.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Little-Known Benefits to Homeownership in Katy

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Perks to Homeownership in Katy, TX

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

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

Education

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

Civic Involvement

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

Health

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

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

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

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

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Perks of Homeownership in Katy, TX

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Katy homeownership has educational benefits

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

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

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

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

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

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Tips for Soon-to-be Katy Homebuyers

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Tips for future Katy, TX homebuyers

Are you gearing up to buy a Katy home this year? As a Katy real estate agent, I can say that this is the time to do it! Home prices and mortgage rates are on the increase, so the sooner you buy, the more money you could save. Plus, since equity is on the rise, you can feel good about investing in your future.

To help you prepare for the home-buying process, here are a few tips to help you save up for a down payment and get qualified for a mortgage loan:

  • Automate savings. If you aren’t good at putting money away each month into a savings account, automate a down payment savings account! Once per month, paycheck or even week, determine how much money you can put aside into a housing fund. Even if it’s a small amount, it’s better than nothing!
  • Live frugally. If buying a Katy home is important to you, then you can use that as motivation to live more frugally until you have your down payment saved up. This means cutting costs wherever you can. Only buy food on sale, wear your current clothes, put off that new car or vacation, make your own coffee at home, walk or bike wherever you can, and so on.
  • Keep your credit clean. Your credit score is a big piece of the puzzle, when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage, so pay off as much of your past debts as possible. Don’t open any new forms of credit, and pay off the credit cards you have now. Automate your bills, so you are never late paying one of them.

Once you feel that you are ready to buy, or that you are at least ready to take the next step or get questions answered, find an experienced, reliable Katy real estate agent. If you are curious as to why you should work with an agent rather than doing it alone, here a few reasons KCM Crew recently gave on why to work with a professional:

  • An agent can save you time. It’s not as easy as you may think to find a Katy home that you love, and that fits into your budget and your needs. An agent can sift through the listings that don’t meet your needs, so that you can just look at the ones that do. This can save you heartache, too! An agent can also get you in touch with reliable mortgage professionals, inspectors and other professionals, to save you the time it’ll take to research each one in the area.
  • An agent can help you negotiate. This is more important than ever, with lower inventory than usual. In a seller’s market, you need an agent to negotiate a price with the seller, which could end up saving you hundreds or thousands in the long run. The agent can also negotiate after the home inspection, after the appraisal, with closing agreements and more.

When ready to begin your home-buying process in the Katy real estate market, contact me!

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Home Features Dragging Down Your Katy Home Value

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Home Value Tips for Katy Homeowners

As a Katy homeowner, do you have home improvement plans for the New Year? Do you want to upgrade your home, but aren’t sure where to start? As your Katy real estate agent, I would like to offer you some suggestions!

When you go to sell your Katy home, you want to impress as many potential buyers as you can. Therefore, if your home has certain features that Realtor.com said drag down a home’s value, you might want to consider updating them first.

  • Match your paint colors. This is true for the exterior and interior. Most buyers don’t want to buy the only pink house in town, especially if all the others are neutral colors, so take note at how your home blends into the neighborhood. Inside, paint over a bright orange with a neutral color, so buyers can imagine their own design ideas.
  • Have an inviting front door. When a buyer or a guest comes to visit your Katy home, the front door is one of the first features they’ll notice. An upgraded front door is also the best upgrade for return on investment, so don’t feel bad about investing your money into an updated, sturdier option. Make sure the doorbell works while you’re at it.
  • Update windows and screens. Buyers and guests will notice screens that look more like cat scratchers. You might be able to get away with using screen repair patches to fill in the holes, rather than replacing the whole set. Check your window frames and windows too, and make sure they all slide properly and are insulating well.
  • Work on your landscaping. Since the exterior of your Katy home is the first thing buyers and guests see, you want them to notice quality landscaping rather than a bare yard, or landscaping that has been forgotten. Be sure to trim your trees and cut your grass. Having some fresh flowers in pots outside your front door is a nice bonus.
  • Take note of smells. We get used to the smell of our own Katy homes, so it’d be a good idea to ask a trusted friend, family member, neighbor or Katy real estate agent if they notice any weird smells in your house. If they do, work toward finding the culprit of the odor and cleaning it in a way that will remove the smell for good.

Other features that Realtor.com mentioned include eerie dripping noises, poor lighting, squeaky doors/hinges and an outdated kitchen. As a Katy homeowner, it’s up to you to determine which of these features you have, and which need to be upgraded most!

Have questions? Need a second opinion? Ready to sell your Katy home? I am a Katy real estate agent, standing by, ready to help you with all of your real estate needs in the coming year. Don’t hesitate to contact me!

I wish you all a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

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Staging Secrets for Katy, TX Home Sellers

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Staging Secrets for Katy Home Sellers

Are you gearing up to sell your Katy home soon? You can do it this holiday season! This KCM Crew points out five reasons why the holiday season is actually an excellent time to sell. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you, no matter when you choose to sell. Just give me a call and we’ll get started!

Even if you choose to wait until after the holidays, you can still begin to prep your Katy home for a sale, and to properly stage it. If you watch HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ then you will be excited to know that Joanna Gaines has published her first book. She’s also shared some home-staging tips she’s come up with over the years while working in home improvement.

Here are the four tips to keep in mind when selling your Katy home:

  • Don’t include too much furniture. Often, homeowners will add furniture to a room, to show how much can fit and how many people can hang out there. However, too much furniture can make a room look smaller and cluttered. Joanna recommends no more than three large pieces in each room, to make a room feel more open.
  • Clean up. This one is a given, but some home sellers still don’t do it! If you want Katy homebuyers to fall in love with your home, it has to be clean. A buyer won’t be able to look past the dirt to see the potential! Plus, they’ll see that you love and care for your house, and that could make them want it more.
  • Don’t stuff clutter into closets. While cleaning, it’s tempting to throw all of your clutter into closets. After all, that’s what many of us do before a holiday gathering at our house! However, unlike holiday guests, buyers will definitely look in the closets to check for storage space. Declutter ahead of time, and get rid of anything you no longer need or use. In a pinch, opt for under the bed rather than in a closet.
  • Remember your home’s exterior. As Katy homeowners, we spend most of our time inside the house, so sellers can sometimes forget to stage their exterior. But this is the first part of the house a buyer will see, and first impressions stick! Power-wash the driveway and siding, display a few potted plants by the front door, and consider updating the address numbers, mailbox, front door or any other outdated items.

For more tips from Joanna of ‘Fixer Upper,’ check out this Realtor.com article. When you are ready to sell your Katy home, either this holiday season, or early next year, contact me! As a Katy real estate agent, I am ready to help you as soon as you are ready to sell.

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Common Katy Home Seller Appraisal Myths, Busted

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Are you ready to sell your Katy home? Take a moment to consider how much you know about the appraisal process. Many Katy home sellers fall for appraisal myths that are not accurate. An appraisal can help you understand why your house should be listed for more or less than the similar home down the street, or why an upgrade you made might not add value to your home.

As your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to clear up some of these myths for you! Understanding the appraisal process will bring you one step closer to understanding the home-selling process as a whole, so you can go into it with confidence and knowledge.

Inman News shared four common appraisal myths, and then busted them. Here they are:

Myth #1: I don’t need an appraisal because I had a home inspection.

Truth: There are many differences between the two. An inspection is not required. An appraisal often is required if there is financing involved. Plus, they investigate different subjects. Investors determine the condition of the property. An appraiser determines the value of the property.

Myth #2: All appraisers are the same.

Truth: Just like with all people involved in real estate transactions, no two people are the same. One Katy real estate agent may be very different and differently qualified than other. One appraiser might have better experience, expertise and certifications than another. As an agent, I can recommend appraisers in the area who have valued properties similar to yours and have excellent experience.

Myth #3: Every home improvement adds value to my home.

Truth: Home improvement projects rarely provide a dollar-for-dollar return when you go to sell your Katy home. Renovations are not all created equal, either. Some are known for having higher return on investment values than others. Some even lower your value and are seen as excessive, especially if they aren’t in line with what’s expected in the community that the home resides in.

Myth #4: There isn’t anything you can do about a low appraisal.

Truth: While appraisers are expected to provide credible and reliable opinions, mistakes can happen. You should review the appraisal report to ensure that all the information about your property is accurate. If you find any errors, you should tell your lender immediately and request a new appraisal.

An appraisal is considered a credible and reliable opinion of value, which is derived from experienced professionals who look at the current market and a detailed analysis of the property. The more you know about the process beforehand, the fewer surprises you’ll experience during the process.

Have questions? Ready to sell your Katy home? Either way, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am always ready to help you in any way that I can, to ensure a smooth and satisfying home-selling process.

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Why to Use Agent When Selling Your Katy Home

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Tips for Katy, TX home sellers

If you’re ready to sell your Katy home, you might wonder if you should use an agent or not. You might be reading reports about how it’s a seller’s market, with inventory low, buyer demand high and home prices/sales rising. You might decide that means you can save the money on using an agent, and just sell your Katy home on your own. As a Katy real estate agent, I am here to tell you why that might not be the wisest decision.

Since I am an agent, you might take my opinion as bias. Therefore, here are five reasons that KCM Crew recently gave for why home sellers should not try to sell FSBO:

1.  When you work with an agent, the exposure your listing has to prospective buyers grows by a vast amount. Studies have shown that 88 percent of buyers search online, so rarely does a yard sign or ad in the paper get the job done anymore. Even if you do put a listing up online in your own way, not nearly as many buyers will see it as when you work with an agent. We know exactly where to put it to ensure the most views! After all, we’ve been doing this for a long time.

2.  You see results from the internet. Studies show where recent buyers actually found the home that they ended up purchasing. Of those buyers, 44 percent found it on the internet, 33 percent from a real estate agent, 9 percent from a yard sign and 1 percent from the newspaper. The numbers don’t lie! The best way to sell your Katy home is with a professional listing on the internet, and with a Katy real estate agent who has experience and a strategy ready to go.

3.  The average person doesn’t have negotiating skills like an agent does. Most Katy home sellers don’t realize how many people they’ll have to negotiate with during the home-selling process! You’ll negotiate with a buyer who wants the best deal possible, the buyer’s agent who has lots of experience with this and who solely represents the buyer’s interests. Then there are attorneys, home inspectors, appraisers and more. Agents are professionals at negotiating! We do it all the time.

4.  Paperwork has made it hard for FSBOing. First of all, the paperwork involved in selling a home has increased significantly over the years. There are tons of disclosures and regulations that you have to follow, which can become quite stressful, and prolong the process, if you don’t know what you’re doing. This might be why FSBOing has dropped from 19 to 8 percent over the last 20 years.

5.  You net more when you use an agent! This is the most important reason of all. The whole point of you not working with an agent is to save money, but you make up for that in the price of the home! Studies have shown that the typical house sold FSBO sells for $210,000, while the typical home sold by an agent is $249,000. Also, the seller and buyer can’t both save the on real estate commission, so you may not even save in the long run.

As a Katy real estate agent, I know where to list your home so that potential buyers see it. I have the technology for professional photos for your listing.  I know how to negotiate. When you work with me, you might sell your Katy home for more than you would on your own, and faster!

Are you convinced? Have questions, or are you ready to sell? Either way, contact me! I am ready to help you.

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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.