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Reasons for Selling Your Katy Home During the Holidays

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Sell Your Katy, TX Home This Holiday Season

If your Katy home is currently listed, or you’d like to list it during the holiday season, contact me! As your Katy real estate agent, I am always available to help you with your home-selling and/or home-buying needs. The Katy real estate market never pauses, so why should you put your dreams on hold if you’d like to accomplish them now?

There are plenty of reasons to sell now! If you are relocating for a job, a growing family, an aging parent or anything else, you don’t really have the option to wait. If you want to move while the kids are on holiday break, now is a great time to sell. If you’d like to sell and buy up, you most likely want to score a low mortgage rate, while they’re low, and take advantage of year-end tax benefits.

Here are some reasons why selling during the holidays is smart:

  • Serious buyers are out. Casual buyers are too busy during the holidays. When you get a showing set up, you know it’s because the buyer is serious.
  • The competition is light. Inventory is lower than usual as it is, but during the holidays, it drops even more. There’s a really good chance that serious buyers will check out your house!
  • The process goes faster. Everyone is a little less busy this time of year. That includes agents, mortgage lenders, inspectors, appraisers, etc. Therefore, the process of selling tends to go quicker.
  • Now is the time to buy up. Like I mentioned, if you want to buy a bigger home after you sell, mortgage rates are low right now, but rates and prices are expected to increase. Buy now and save!
  • Holiday décor lights up the night. With shorter days, it’s a dark time of year, but you can use casual, neutral holiday décor to your advantage during the holidays. It makes your home cozier and brighter!

When it comes to holiday décor, you want to dial it back a bit if you normally go all out. You don’t want your home to look smaller because it’s cramped with décor, and you don’t want buyers to miss any great features because they’re hidden with décor.

Consider using a smaller Christmas tree than usual if it takes up a lot of space in a room, and decorate it with neutral décor rather than homemade ornaments. Stick to a tree, a wreath on the front door, and some lights on your roof or in your trees. Light up the walkway outside. Inside, only use battery-operated candles, and incorporate seasonal aromas.

For more tips on selling your Katy home during the holidays, contact me! Like I said, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help whenever you’re ready to begin. If you want your holiday gift to yourself this year to be to sell your home, contact me, and let’s together achieve your Katy real estate market goals!

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Katy, TX Home-Buying Facts

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Katy home-buying myths vs. facts

Are you thinking about buying a Katy home this fall season? Will this be your first home purchase? As first-time buyers begin to consider homeownership, it can seem like a daunting task, or worse, impossible. Perhaps you think you don’t have enough of a down payment saved, or you won’t qualify for a mortgage, or it’s too long of a process to bother with right now.

As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to clear up some home-buying myths! While the home-buying process is a long one, with many steps, it’s doable for more people than you imagine. This might include you! Let’s look at some of the stats:

  • If you think you need a 20 percent down payment, 40 percent of millennial first-time buyers put down less than 10 percent. There are options that allow you to put as low as 1 to 2 percent down!
  • If you think your credit score isn’t high enough, it turns out that the majority of potential buyers think that they need a score of 780 or higher. The average credit score on approved loans is actually 724, and FHA loans will take credit scores in the 600s.
  • If you think getting approved for a mortgage is too hard, and you won’t qualify, you might be surprised! Just last month, 76.4 percent of loan applications were approved. Your best bet is to meet with a local lender and find out what is available to you.
  • If you currently own and want to move up to a better home, but don’t think you have enough equity if your home to move, 81.1 percent of homeowners in the U.S. have significant equity, meaning more than 20 percent equity.
  • If you think it’s cheaper to rent than to buy, not true. Buying a home is 36 percent less expensive than renting in the U.S. True, you have to pay for repairs as a homeowner, but landlords build that cost into your rent. Mortgage payments are often lower than monthly rent.

On that last point, it’s important to remember than unless you’re living with friends or family rent-free, you’re already paying a mortgage! If you rent, you are paying your landlord’s mortgage, and your landlord is reaping the rewards with equity and savings. Once you buy, you are investing in your own future! You are still paying a monthly payment, but you’ll see that money again when you go to sell, unlike with renting.

Plus, as long as you have a fixed-rate mortgage, your monthly payment will never increase. With rent, rates are continually increasing and are expected to continue rising over the next three decades.

Do yourself a favor and meet with a local mortgage lender to see what loan options you may have available to you. If you have questions about the home-buying process or the Katy real estate market, or you’re ready to get started, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here and ready to guide you through the entire process, until you have a new set of keys in your hand.

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Move Up To Your Katy, TX Dream Home Now!

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Move up to your Katy, TX dream home

If you bought a starter home years ago, now may be the ideal time for you to sell and move up to your dream home in Katy, TX. Are you ready to grow a family and need more space? Do you want to relocate to a nicer neighborhood? Do you crave more luxurious features? No matter what your reason is for wanting to move up, you’re not alone!

Many Katy homeowners begin with a small starter home, and eventually move up to a bigger home when they are financially able, and when market conditions are right. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to tell you that conditions in the Katy real estate market are ideal for move-up buyers right now!

Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Home prices have steadily increased since 2012, so if you bought before or around then, your Katy home has probably appreciated in equity, and possibly more than you think! The average price gain in quarter two of this year was $51,000 since purchase, which is the highest average price gain and the highest average home seller return since 2007.
  • Home prices are projected to continue increasing. While this is great news for Katy home sellers, if you want to sell so that you can move up to a more expensive home, you don’t want to wait! The longer you wait to trade up, the more you’ll be paying for your next Katy home. Experts predict that home prices will increase by another 5 percent over the next year. This means that yes, your current home value will increase, but not as much as a house valued higher than yours.
  • Mortgage rates have remained historically low this year, with rates hovering below 4 percent. We just don’t know when rates will increase, but many housing experts are predicting an increase over the next year. The higher your interest rate, the more you’ll be paying per month on your next home. So again, the sooner you buy, the more likely it is that you’ll lock in a low rate and save yourself lots of money!

As you can see, there are many great reasons to move up to your Katy dream home now. If you’re concerned about selling and buying simultaneously, I understand. It can seem overwhelming to try to sync two timelines. As a Katy real estate agent, I can help! I have experience with this and can help you sell your current Katy home while helping you find your next Katy home.

Let’s work together to make your future the future you want, living in the home of your dreams. Contact me!

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Fall Events Coming Up in Katy, TX

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Katy TX events to enjoy this September

The kids are back in school and fall is officially beginning, but the fun never ends in Katy, TX! As your Katy real estate agent, I love keeping you updated with the latest community events on my blog. Check back often! These events are a great way to spend quality time with your family or friends, or to get out and meet others in the community, especially if you’re new.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events in Katy:

  • Sign up and participate in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 16. Register the day of, starting at 7 a.m., watch the ceremony at 7:30 and begin walking at 8 a.m. The route length is a 5K at LaCenterra and all age groups are welcome to participate.
  • Head to Chick-fil-A at Cinco Ranch on Sept. 19 or Mason Road on Sept. 20 for Preschool Playhouse: Run into Fall! Kids will create a filter fall leaf to spray and watch the colors run. Plus, as always, they will enjoy singing, dancing, story time and sparkle dough with other kids their age.
  • Head to the Omni Hotel in Houston for Breakfast for a Blessing on Sept. 22, hosted by the Rotary Club of Katy. From 7:30 to 9 a.m., enjoy a delicious breakfast for a great cause. All proceeds will benefit thousands who are uninsured in Katy.
  • Head to Multiplicity on Sept. 23 for the Fall 2017 Food Truck Revolution! From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a fun-filled day to honor local law enforcement. Admission is free, with yard games, face painting, a craft table, finger print ID kits and more. Purchase food from several food trucks on site.
  • Head to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch on Sept. 23 for Movie Night! From 8 to 10 p.m., enjoy a free movie under the stars. The movie this night will be ‘The Lego Batman Movie.’ Bring lawn chairs and snacks/beverages if you desire.
  • Head to Chick-fil-A on Sept. 25 at Cinco Ranch or Sept. 26 at Mason Road for Family Night: Core Essentials – Friendship. Kids will be taught how to make smart decisions and treat others right while they decorate a friendship rock. Free face painting and balloon animal included.
  • The Katy ISD Education Foundation hosts Fireflies & Foodtrucks on Sept. 28 at No Label Brewery as an end-of-summer celebration. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., enjoy food, live music and more. Cost is $50 per person and all proceeds benefit teacher grant programs.

Enjoy the rest of your September in Katy, TX, and get ready for fall festivals and Halloween activities in October! The years fly by, so why wait to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals? If you’d like to buy, sell or both this summer, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. I am here to answer all of your questions and to help you achieve your real estate goals as soon as possible!

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How to Help Flood Victims in Katy, TX

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Hurricane Harvey blew through Katy, TX and the greater Houston area this week, causing devastating flooding, deaths, injuries and damage to the area. My heart goes out to all affected victims.

Within the City of Katy, water coated parts of Highway 90 and flooded local homes and businesses. There are still several locations along the Katy Freeway that have high water. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help fill you in on what you need to know as the rescue stage slowly evolves into the recovery stage.

Mayor Chuck Brawner shared information on debris removal for Katy homeowners. As soon as the water resides, here are the debris removal guidelines for homeowners within the City of Katy:

  • Do not place debris near or on trees, poles or other structures. This makes removal difficult. Keep away from fire hydrants and meters.
  • Separate debris into six categories: Electronics, large appliances, hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage.
  • Place debris at curbside but do not block roadway with it. It will not be picked up if these guidelines are not met.

Here is a helpful chart:

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You can also view this chart and Mayor Brawner’s video here.

If you need shelter, there are 62 total shelters across Harris County, with an estimated total of 12,700 individuals using these facilities. A list of currently open facilities can be found at www.readyharris.org.

If you’d like to volunteer, call the American Red Cross at 866-526-8300, Volunteer Houston at 281-656-1533, or visit Texas Gulf Coast VOAD at www.txgulfcoastvoad.org. If you have boats or working vehicles, the City of Katy is asking that you help nearby neighbors if you can safely do so.

If you’d like to donate food or belongings to families in need, bring donations to CrossPoint Community Church at 700 Westgreen Boulevard in Katy, or to The Fellowship at 22765 Westheimber Parkway in Katy.

The outpouring of love and support has been amazing for the entire Houston area! Let’s keep it up and help our neighbors as much as we can through this troubling time. Thank you to all of the rescue efforts that we have seen over the past few days, from local police forces to residents with boats, rafts, etc., who gave their part to help in the rescue efforts.

Stay strong, Katy! We will get through this together.

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Trendy Design Options for Your Katy, TX Home

marble countertopOne of the biggest perks of owning a Katy home is that you can design it however you please! If you like to keep up with home decorating trends, allow me to offer you some suggestions for this year. As a Katy real estate agent, I think it’s important to note that trends come and go, so if you’re going to upgrade your Katy home with some of these, make sure they are ones that you will really enjoy!

Here are a few that are trending right now, via RISMedia:

  • Marble – Marble can make any home look more stunning and luxurious. You can use it for countertops in the kitchen or bathroom, or use it as accent pieces in the living room, such as a side table or marble clock. You can even use marble wallpaper or fabric to really make a statement!
  • Jewel Tones – Homeowners tend to appreciate neutral colors with a subtle amount of color added as an accent. Jewel tones are appealing to owners right now, from pastel shades to emerald greens and violets. The colors make a statement while still blending with natural outdoor hues.
  • Metallic – The contemporary home style shows a lot of metallic details with minimal accessories. These also add shimmer and can dress up a space. Examples include brass hardware on kitchen cabinets, a silver chandelier in the dining or family room, or outdoors, copper rain gutters or address numbers.
  • Subway Tiles – This sleek and urban look can be incorporated best in the kitchen and bathrooms, and is versatile enough to fit into numerous design styles. Go with dark grout to hide the dirt that may become visible. For a twist, install matte glass subway tiles!
  • Nailhead Details – This isn’t for everyone, but this style is making a comeback with furniture. If you love shopping at antique or thrift stores, you might find a great older piece that suits the modern appeal! Look for headboards or sofas with a nailhead design.

For more examples of trending home decorations and designs, check out this RISMedia article. Which of these is your favorite? Which is your least favorite? Leave a comment and share!

Like I said, sometimes by adding trendy decorations to your Katy home, you could attract more Katy homebuyers when you go to sell. Some could even increase your home value, such as marble and subway tile upgrades in the kitchen. However, it’s important to also realize that home design is a very personal thing, so if you go overboard, you could also turn away buyers or decrease your home value! Only add what most appeals to you, or what will increase your home value if selling in the near future.

Ready to sell your Katy home? Ready to buy a Katy home? No matter what your goals are in the Katy real estate market, I am here to help you achieve them! Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and let’s start working toward your goal before summer’s end!

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Summertime Attractions in Katy, TX

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Enjoy these Katy, TX attractions this summer!

Don’t let summer sneak by without visiting the best summertime attractions in Katy, TX! You’ve got many to choose from! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some of the top attractions in the area. If I leave one out that is top on your list, leave a comment and share!

Here are a few not to be missed this summer:

  • Typhoon Texas is a huge water park right in Katy, TX. You could spend days enjoying all of the water attractions here, so it may be wise for locals to purchase season passes. They’ve got a wave pool, two-rider tube slides, slide boarding that is like a waterslide and a video game rolled into one, mini slides and splash pads for little kids, racing slides, large raft slides, body slides, lazy river and so much more.
  • Mary Jo Peckham Park is a great place to visit for family-friendly fun this summer! With 32 acres, you’re sure to find something to enjoy here. Stop by to play mini golf, walk on the trail along the lake, let the kids play at the playground, enjoy a picnic at the picnic tables, go swimming in the pool, go fishing off one of the piers, play disc golf and much more. There are lots of shade trees for hot days!
  • Central Green at LeCenterra at Cinco Ranch has summer events taking place all summer long! Upcoming events include live music on July 21, tai chi on July 22 and every Saturday, ‘Lilo & Stitch’ movie night on July 22, ‘The Good Dinosaur’ movie on July 28, ‘Monsters Inc.’ on July 29, and so on. Check the calendar often for added events and activities for families or adults to enjoy!
  • Cool off with a local brew from No Labels Brewing Co. in Katy, TX! This would make a great date night, or a great place for friends to go and catch up. Every Thursday, they have Yoga & Hops, and every Tuesday, they have a special Steak Night. The taproom is open most other days, so stop by to try their different beers or to take a tour!
  • The SplashPad at Directors Park in Katy is another great summertime attraction! Kids and adults enjoy cooling off in the various spray features available at this attraction. This is a great way to stay cool for free, and to meet others in the Katy community with children around your children’s age! There is also a large playground, swings, picnic tables, park benches and walking paths.

What other summertime attractions would you add to this list in Katy, TX? Leave a comment and share! I hope you stay cool and enjoy the rest of your summer in the Katy community.

When ready to buy a Katy home, sell a Katy home, or both, contact me! As your Katy real estate agent, I am always standing by and ready to help with all of your Katy real estate market goals this summer.

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Protect Your Katy Home While On Vacation

keys in lockIs it just me, or does summer fly by after the Fourth of July? It’s time to plan a summer trip! As your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to share some tips with you on how to protect your Katy home while you’re away. Whether you’re gone for a weekend, week or month, you should always prepare your home, so that it’s secure and clean when you get back.

Before you leave on your vacation, here’s how to prep your Katy home:

  • Clean – You don’t want to come home to a smelly or dirty house. Ideally, you want to come home to a clean home! At the least, empty your fridge of perishable items that will go bad while you’re away, empty the trash and recycle bins, wipe down counters and run garbage disposal. If you have more time, do and put away laundry, clean clutter, wash sheets and towels, make beds, etc.
  • Close – Make sure your Katy home is in safe condition while you’re away. Unplug small appliances to save power and eliminate electrical dangers while you’re away. Check smoke detectors. If you’re leaving for a while, turn off your water at the main shut-off valve. Keep bathroom and closet doors ajar to prevent mold or musty smells. Do a quick maintenance check on your cooling system, roof, windows, etc.
  • Secure – This is what is on most homeowners’ minds when it comes to traveling. You want to find your home secure when you get back! You’ve got options. Set up remote monitoring, either with your own wireless security camera, or through a professional monitoring service. Collect spare keys around your house, under doormats and so on. Give a pair to a trusted friend or neighbor. Hold your mail and newspapers so it’s not obvious you’re gone. Set up motion lighting outside. Consider investing in a new security system if you don’t have one. Ask a friend or family member to water plants and check up on your home while you’re away.

For more tips on how to keep your Katy home safe while away, check out this RISMedia article. What else would you recommend? Leave a comment and share!

Enjoy the rest of your summer in Katy, TX. When ready to buy a Katy home, sell your Katy home, or both, I am your Katy real estate agent, here and ready to help you out. Summer is a great season to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals! The market is hot, the kids are out of school, and many see it as a transition period. When you’re ready to get started, or you have questions, contact me at any time. I’d love to help you out!

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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.

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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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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.