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Memorial Day Events & Graduation Ceremonies in Katy, TX

americanflag2Are you spending your Memorial Day weekend in Katy, TX? You’ll have no shortage of events and activities to partake in this holiday weekend if you are! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on what’s going on around Katy, so that you can plan your weekend accordingly. Right after the weekend, graduation ceremonies begin across the Katy region! Lots going on this time of year.

  • Start your weekend off right with Movie Night on the Green! This takes place Friday, May 26, at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch’s Central Green Park. The movie will be Up. Then on Saturday, May 27, watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Bring lawn chairs, snacks and beverages! Both movies start at dusk. No alcohol, glass, balls or pets allowed.
  • TILT Studio is offering discounts on food, games and more over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29. Enjoy a day of laser tag, black light mini golf, mini bowling, rides and more with the family. Their Family 4-Pack Combo special includes one large cheese pizza, one pitcher of soda and four $5 Tilt Studio Game Cards for $29.99. They’ve got plenty of other weekly and seasonal specials as well.
  • Bring the whole family to Wildcatter Saloon on Saturday at 1 p.m. for the Classic Rock Battle of the Bands event! Seven local bands will compete by performing classic rock covers. There will be plenty to keep everyone happy too, such as bounce houses and snow cones for the kids, food trucks and more. Proceeds will benefit Katy Christian Ministries.

Aside from this list, there’s always the options of an old-fashioned barbecue in the backyard of your Katy home, a pool party at your house or local community pool, a drive out to the beach, a bike ride or hike around the area, a visit to a local museum or other attraction, or a relaxing weekend on your couch. The choice is yours on how you spend Memorial Day weekend in Katy, TX!

Before you know it, graduation ceremonies will be here. They take place from June 2 to June 5 in Katy. The schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY

  • Tompkins High School  – 2:00 p.m. (Doors open at 12:45 p.m.)
  • Seven Lakes High School – 7 p.m. (Doors open at 5:45 p.m.)

SATURDAY

  • Mayde Creek High School – 9:00 a.m. (Doors open at 7:45 a.m.)
  • Taylor High School – 2:00 p.m. (Doors open at 12:45 p.m.)
  • Morton Ranch High School – 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:45 p.m.)

SUNDAY 

  • Cinco Ranch High School – 2:00 p.m. (Doors open at 12:45 p.m.)
  • Katy High School – 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:45 p.m.)

MONDAY 

  • Raines High School – 7:00 p.m. (Tompkins High School PAC, doors open at 6:00 p.m.

If you’ve got kids graduating at any of these ceremonies, congratulations!

When ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals this summer, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. Whether buying a Katy home, selling your Katy home, or both, I am here and ready to help you out all summer long! Just give me a call.

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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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Finish Your April with a Bang in Katy

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Library and bookstore events coming up in Katy

April is almost over, but you’d be amazed how many events and activities have yet to occur in Katy, TX this month! There are still numerous fun opportunities to be had in Katy before the month is up, and as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on them. It’s a beautiful time of year in Katy, so get out and enjoy the community, and take this opportunity to meet some neighbors!

1.  The 6th Annual Seven Lakes High School Band Program Golf Tournament takes place this Friday, April 28, at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. If you love golf, you’ll love this fundraiser! Aside from a great day of golf, you can participate in the putting contest, hole-in-one-contest and team prizes.

2.  Katy Budget Books is hosting their 2nd Annual Spring Market on April 29, which happens to be Independent Bookstore Day! Local crafters and distributors will set up booths in the parking lot and inside for you to browse and shop from. There will be some indie bookstore surprises, too!

3.  On April 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., head to Bridgeland’s Oak Meadow Park for Bridgeland’s Nature Fest! Jeff Corwin of Animal Planet’s “The Jeff Corwin Experience” will host this family event with the Great American Duck Race, armadillo races, crocodile encounters, food trucks and so much more.

4.  The Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade will take place at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29. The parade of book characters will make its way to LaCenterra. Also enjoy musical entertainment from student groups, and student art and writing displays.

5.  Crawfish are back! Head to Katy Elks Lodge for their Crawfish Boil this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit children with special needs. Crawfish will be $5 per pound or $25 for all-you-can-eat. They will also have hot dogs, a bounce house, face painting, snow cones and more.

Finish April with a bang in Katy, and then look forward to May! Events coming up next month include the Cow Patty Classic 5K/10K on May 6, Katy Doggie Derby May 6, Lone Star Symphonic Band Contest May 7, Typhoon Texas Kids Triathlon May 21 and so much more. The fun never ends in Katy!

Enjoy these wonderful spring months in Katy, TX, and when ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals, contact me. As a Katy real estate agent, I can tell you that spring is a hopping time for buyers and sellers. Don’t let time slip away from you. Contact me today and let’s get started!

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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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Celebrate Spring This April in Katy, TX

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Historical Katy Crawfish Festival this April

Although spring officially began this month in Katy, TX, it’s out in full force in April! Enjoy a spring event or activity around town in Katy to celebrate the season of spring. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on all of the fun happenings that are coming up in the area. Grab your calendar and mark down the ones that sound most enjoyable to you!

  • On April 1, travel back in time at the Katy ISD Folk Life Festival! Learn what life in Texas was like for pioneers in the early 1800’s through soldier reenactments, blacksmiths, beekeeping, craft demonstrations, Native American presentations, a cowboy camp and more. Admission is only $1!
  • On April 1, adults can head to Katy Sin N Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. at Villagio Town Center. There you can enjoy 35 food tasting stations, 35 wine tables, 20 craft beer tables, live music, seminars, cooking demos and vendor booths to shop at. Tickets cost $35.
  • April 2, celebrate the Historical Katy Crawfish Festival at No Label Brewing Co., starting at 11:30 a.m.! Enjoy crawfish and beer, live music, paintball, dessert trucks, kid-friendly games and more. Kids 12 and under are free. Special edition crawfish glasses will be available the day of the event, as a souvenir.
  • April 3, bring your kids to LaCenterra’s Courtyard at 10 a.m. for Mondays with Mommy! These take place on the first Monday of every month and provide an educational journey for kid ages 0 to 5 through the use of music and movement. April’s theme is ‘Spring Fling.’ It’s free to attend!
  • April 8, bring the kids to Baskets and Bunnies at Katy City Park. From 9 a.m. until noon, kids can celebrate the coming of Easter with games, activities, crafts and more. Then they can visit with the Easter Bunny and take pictures!
  • April 15, head to Movies in the Courthouse at LaCenterra and enjoy watching the beloved ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with your family or friends. Bring a blanket or chairs, and snacks and beverages, and enjoy free entertainment. Movies start at dusk.

For more events in Katy, TX this month, check out this list from Katy Magazine. There is pretty much an event taking place every day during the month of April! If you experienced cabin fever this winter, it’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and fun happenings in Katy.

Ready to buy a Katy home this spring? Ready to sell your Katy home? Ready to do both? No matter what your real estate goals are for this season, I’m your Katy real estate agent, here and ready to help you accomplish them! Contact me!

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March Events to Fill Your Katy Schedule

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Try Katy, TX Food at Katy Taste Test

Happy March! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some of the upcoming events and activities you can enjoy this month in Katy, TX. As the seasons shift into spring, fun happenings around the Katy community never cease. If you are new to the area, these events are a great way to meet others in the community!

1.  On March 4, head to Katy Taste Test at Villagio Town Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event is a great place to try all sorts of delicious food available in Katy! It will feature live entertainment, beverage tents, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone and tons of delicious cuisine. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $8 for kids. The children’s ticket also includes a meal from Chick-fil-A and unlimited access to the kids zone.

2.  Bring the kids to the Up, Up and Away Inflatable Fun Day at the Elyson by Newland Communities in Katy on March 4. From 2 to 6 p.m., kids can enjoy bounce houses, a giant slide, an inflatable obstacle course, balloon artists, face painters, arts and crafts. After 6 p.m., enjoy s’mores on the patio and sit down to watch an outdoor screening of ‘Up’ under the stars. If hungry, Rorick Kitchen will be open for dinner orders.

3.  Head to the Multicultural Fair at Seven Lakes Junior High on March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring the whole family and learn about the diverse cultural background of Katy’s school and community. Volunteers will be present to represent numerous countries. Students that attend will receive a passport that they can have stamped at each country’s booth. Try food from each country, view clothing, souvenirs and more, and enjoy live entertainment and performances.

4.  On March 11, head to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch for their 10th Anniversary Celebration! From 2 to 4 p.m., enjoy a live musical performance by Chris Boss, a photo booth, face painting, balloon artists and more. You can also participate in a scavenger hunt that will span through 20 stores at LaCenterra. The winner will receive tickets to see Ariana Grande. The event is free, and there will be food and beverages to purchase on site.

5.  Catch a performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the British International School of Houston between March 23 and 25! Check out this new state-of-the-art theater while enjoying a performance of one of Disney’s most beloved fairy tales. Tickets only cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and kids. Seating is general admission, so arrive early for the performances!

These are just some of the events taking place this month in Katy, TX. Get out and enjoy all that this community has to offer! When you are ready to buy a Katy home, or to sell your Katy home, contact me. The spring real estate market is an active one, so as your Katy real estate agent, I don’t advise that you wait! I look forward to hearing from you.

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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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Stay Active with Katy Events This February

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Katy, TX events to enjoy this February

Most people are happy that February is the shortest month of the year, as it leads one month closer to spring and summer. However, when you live in Katy, TX, you don’t have to count down the days of winter! There are still tons of fun events and activities taking place all over the Katy community. As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in.

1.  Get out of the house and unwind at the Seven Lakes High Performing Arts Center! They are presenting Big Fish, a play about a son trying to determine fact from fiction in his dying father’s life. Performances take place Feb. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.

2.  If you love chili, you won’t want to miss Chili Bowl Katy on Feb. 4. This runs from 9 a.m. until noon as a tailgating event at Rhodes Stadium, and it will include other activities as well, such as live entertainment, food vendors, autograph sessions, celebrity chefs and a kid zone.

3.  After the tailgate, the Celebrity Flag Football Game will take place a Rhodes Stadium on Feb. 4. The game will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Doug Flutie, Michael Irvin and other NFL athletes and celebrities will perform in the game. Tickets are only $20! Enjoy an after party from 4 to 8 p.m. at No Label Brewery.

4.  Register now for the Katy Half Marathon, which takes place on Feb. 11 at Katy Mills Mall! Whether you love to run, jog or walk, and whether you want to do the whole half marathon distance, a 5K or a 1K, there is an option for you. There are Katy teams you can join for great causes, or start your own team!

5.  Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at the Third Sweetheart Dinner and Auction at Katy Elks Lodge on Feb. 9. Enjoy a homemade dinner and live and silent auctions. Tickets cost $25 and proceeds support special needs children in the local Katy community.

6.  Head to Katy High School on Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or on Feb. 12, from 12 to 5 p.m., for the Heart of Katy Craft Show. Admission is free, and you can browse and shop among popular vendors. Buy yourself a Valentine’s Day gift! Proceeds support Katy Bengal Brigade and Cheerleaders.

7.  Find a babysitter and spend Valentine’s Day dining out at Agave Rio Restaurant, where you can savor a three-course, prix-fixe romantic dinner with steak and lobster with your sweetheart. Or, spend the holiday with your family at Preschool Playhouse, where you’ll make a “Warm Hug” hot chocolate kit.

Enjoy your month and your holiday in Katy! When ready to achieve your home-buying or home-selling goals in the Katy real estate market, contact me. I am your Katy real estate agent, standing by to help you out!

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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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Plan Some January Fun in Katy, TX

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Katy, TX Events in January

If you feel like you can finally slow down and breathe after the holiday season, you’re not alone! Now that the chaos is behind you, January is a great month to get out and enjoy some fun community activities with family or friends in Katy, TX. As your Katy real estate agent, I can tell you that because we enjoy beautiful weather year-round, the fun opportunities never end in Katy.

Rather than becoming a winter couch potato, in Katy, you can get out and enjoy whatever you wish this January! Here are a few ideas:

  • If you made a resolution to lose weight this year, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch is offering a Free YMCA Day on Saturday, Jan. 7! They can help you design a wellness routine for you, if you wish, and you could win a free Fitbit by visiting that day and entering the contest.
  • Saturday, Jan. 14, you have another free opportunity to get healthy and fit while also having a blast! A licensed Zumba instructor will present a basic introduction and demonstration to Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance fitness class, which uses dance steps from salsa, cha cha and more. Wear comfortable clothes and head to Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bring your preschoolers to Chick-fil-A at Cinco Ranch on Jan. 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for Preschool Playhouse. They will hear Aesop’s fable “The Owl and the Grasshopper” and then will create an edible scene from the story. They will also enjoy singing and dancing. Preschool Playtime takes place on Jan. 24 and 31 as well.
  • Family Night takes place at Chick-fil-A at Cinco Ranch on Jan. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Your family will learn more about the topic of Knowledge as you create owl bookmarks. Plus, kids can enjoy balloon animals and face painting, all complimentary.
  • Katy High School Performing Arts Center will present ‘Godspell’ Jan. 18-20 at 7 p..m. and Jan. 21 and 2 or 7 p.m. An eccentric blend of songs, parables, games and tomfoolery unfold as a comedic troupe teaches life lessons.
  • Little Shop of Horrors’ will take place at Tompkins High School Jan. 19-21, giving you another great musical comedy presented by Tompkins Theatre Company! Sit back and enjoy a humorous tale about a man-eating plant. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students.
  • Even in Texas, chili is fantastic in the wintertime! Head to the SLHSABD Chili Cook Off on Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see how your secret chili recipe stacks up with the rest. Entry deadline is Jan. 7! Prizes go out to Pro and Amateur Divisions, People’s Choice and even Best Decorated Chili Booth.

Enjoy the month of January in Katy, and when you are ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals in 2017, contact me. As your Katy real estate agent, I am standing by, ready to help you with all of your home-buying and home-selling needs in the New Year!

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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.