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4 Things to Never Do When Buying a Katy TX Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4 Home Features That Will Hook Katy TX Homebuyers

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When you’re motivated to sell your Katy TX home, you will likely go to many lengths to ensure that your property is ready for the market, but also to ensure you hook buyers from the start! Of course that is dependent on many factors, one of the most important being pricing, but there are a few home features that can help you grab and keep buyer interest this year.

The front door
Curb appeal is everything to Katy buyers, so grab their eye immediately with your front door! A bold color could be just what they need to want to see more, especially if the exterior is rather neutral. But if bold color isn’t your cup of tea, consider an architecturally appealing door instead.

Ceiling height
High ceilings are a buyer favorite, but they are not available in all Katy TX homes. If you are not among the high ceiling crowd, you can achieve a similar feel by painting your entry white, including the ceiling, to create the illusion of wide, open space.

Privacy
Don’t have an open concept home? Don’t worry! Many buyers love the idea of privacy between rooms, especially living and dining spaces. It’s the differentiation between spaces that will set your property apart! Talk it over with your agent as buyers differ by location, but you may even like to consider adding a wall to achieve this feel.

Separation from the pack
Regardless if your Houston TX area home is located in a neighborhood full of similar looking properties, if yours has even one different identifying factor like a paint brick instead of the typical red, you could be on your way. Buyers today are looking for that something that sets your property apart from the rest, especially as many homes in today’s newer neighborhoods tend to look the same.

I’ve helped numerous Katy TX home sellers prepare their properties for the market and achieve a successful sale— let me do the same for you! Give me a call today for more information about the Katy real estate market and the best time to list your home.

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2021 Design Trends for Your Katy TX Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Make a Competitive Offer as a Katy Homebuyer

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Katy TX Home-Buying Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why to Sell Your Katy TX Home This Fall/Winter

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Sell Your Katy TX Home Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Make Your Outdoor Space More Enjoyable Year-Round

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Backyard Home Improvement for Katy TX

As summer transitions into fall, many of us look forward to cooler temperatures here in Katy TX, especially at night! Now is a great time to consider how to make your outdoor space more enjoyable year-round, even on cold and dark nights. As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to offer you some suggestions.

During a year when we’re spending more time at home than ever, it’s important to keep your outdoor space cozy and comfortable well into fall, and even winter, to have that escape into fresh air. Here are some ways to keep your space warm, literally and aesthetically:

1.  Add warming features. To literally warm up your space, consider adding a fire pit, a hot tub, or heating lamps. These are all great features for keeping your body temperature warm while enjoying time outdoors. A fire pit is a family-friendly option, especially when s’mores are involved! A hot tub is more of an adult-friendly option. Heating lamps can go anywhere and can allow for dinners outside, along with time with family and friends well after the sun has set, as they add heat and a bit of lighting.

2.  Light up the space. Speaking of lighting, the hours of darkness are longer in the winter, so it’s important to light up your space. Choose a variety of lighting options, so you can change up the ambiance, depending on the mood and occasion. Hanging fairy lights and strands of lights are a great way to create a social atmosphere around a patio or in a gazebo. Lamps, tiki torches and mason jars with tea lights create a more personally lit space.

3.  Add coziness to your space. Whether it’s keeping you warm, or it just looks cozier for fall and winter, add some plush cushions to your outdoor furniture, along with throw pillows and blankets. Add all-weather rugs to a deck or patio. Make the space softer and more pleasant to spend time in. If it gets chilly, you can grab one of those blankets to warm up under!

4.  Add walls. If the open air is just too chilly or windy for you to enjoy, consider some wind blockage options. If you have a gazebo or covered patio or front porch, consider hanging curtains to block the wind. A privacy screen is also a great way to not only add privacy, but keep the warmth near you. If you really want to go all out, add an exterior building, like a shed, and decorate it as you wish!

These are all great ways to make your outdoor space inviting even when the temperatures drop in the evenings and the daylight hours become shorter. Looking for a home with more outdoor space? Want to sell and/or buy in the Katy real estate market this fall? The market is hot and mortgage rates are low, now is a great time to act! Give me a call, your Katy real estate agent, with questions or to get started on the process.

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How to Add Home Value as Katy Home Seller

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Home Value Tips for Katy TX Home Sellers

If you’d like to sell your Katy home this late summer or fall, there are many simple ways for you to add value to your home before listing. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to share a few of these with you, so you can attract more buyers and possibly increase your listing price.

1.  Declutter, clean, organize. This is free and essential to improving the look and value of your home. Remove anything you no longer use or need, and donate/sell/recycle/etc. Then give your house a deep cleaning, and organize what is left, because buyers look in every nook and cranny.

2.  Repaint your home. Whether it’s the exterior that needs some improvement, or the walls inside your home, fresh coats of paint can do wonders for home value. Choose neutral colors. It’s up to you whether you want to take on the task yourself, or hire professional painters.

3.  Neutralize your décor. Have an honest friend, real estate agent or professional decorator over to help you decide what can stay and what should go. It’s hard to judge your own décor, but anything too personal, bold, political, religious, etc. could turn a buyer off. Neutralize as much as possible.

4.  Update your appliances. If your appliances are old and outdated, this is an upgrade that will yield ROI. Stainless steel is still popular, along with energy-efficient models. Upgrades in the kitchen (and bathrooms) are always great value raisers!

5.  Utilize your space. Make sure you’re making the most of every inch of your home, so buyers can see the potential. If you’ve got a large bedroom, add a sitting area or office space. If you have an attic or basement, consider finishing them and converting them to more living space. If you’ve got space under stairs, turn it into a storage closet. Just don’t overfill rooms with furniture.

6.  Spruce up your curb appeal. The outside of your house is the first thing potential buyers will see. Spend time making it look perfect. Repaint or update siding, front door, mailbox, address numbers, garage door, etc. Clean and sweep driveway and walkways. Trim bushes and trees. Mow and water lawn. Pull weeds from gardens. Display a couple pots of colorful flowers.

7.  Turn your backyard into an entertainment space. This year especially, buyers are looking for backyards where they can spend time as a family, and where they can entertain guests. Show off your backyard features, such as a pool, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, etc. Power wash your deck or patio, make any necessary repairs, and stage it with furniture, lights, anything that makes it look inviting.

These are just some steps you could take to increase your home value before listing your home in the Katy real estate market. If you’ve got questions, or you’re ready to get started on the home-selling process, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here and ready to help make your real estate goals a reality!

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What Katy TX Homebuyers Desire Right Now

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Katy TX Homebuyer Preferences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Improve Your Katy TX Outdoor Space

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Backyard Upgrades for Katy TX Homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.