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Kick Off 2021 with These Katy TX Activities

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Katy TX Winter Events

Happy New Year! With a new year comes new events, activities and traditions to experience and create in Katy TX. Though many events are still on pause, there are some fun activities you can enjoy in the coming weeks. As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to offer a few suggestions, so you can get out of the house this winter and have some fun, as a family, couple, group of friends, or solo!

1.  Painting with a Twist has a whole new lineup of paintings for you to explore this year. A few upcoming options include a tranquil spring morning, date night celestial moon, beach scene, northern lights, raccoons for kids ages six and up, elephant, sunset and more. There are tons to choose from, pick your favorite and sign up for a painting night!

2.  Learn a new craft this year. Cane Island has a few workshops coming up. On Jan. 16 is a Photography Workshop. Learn basic camera settings, shooting in manual mode, lighting tips and more. Sign up in advance and take these new skills with you when you explore nature or capture family moments in 2021! Also on Jan. 16 is a Sushi 101 Class. If you love sushi, learn to make it at home!

3.  Wino Events hosts virtual and in-person events around the area. It looks like the Katy tours are sold out this month, but check their lineup for future outings. On Jan. 16 is a North Houston trip to Chappell Hill Winery Tour with BBQ Lunch. Virtually, they have a Virtual Wine Tasting Class & Murder Mystery coming up tomorrow, Jan. 14. On Jan. 20 is a Virtual Wine Tasting Class & Trivia Contest.

4.  Get out on Katy’s trails this month! If you have a resolution to get fit, get outside more, spend more time as a family, etc., Katy’s hiking and biking trails are a great way to achieve those goals. There are so many to choose from. Bear Creek Park has 2.01 miles of walking trails. Cullen Park has 5 miles. George Bush Hike and Bike Trail has 11.36 miles. Check out this full list to choose your next destination!

5.  Central Green Park at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is hosting numerous events throughout the month. This includes Laughter Yoga on Jan. 14, Tai Chi on Jan. 16, Story Time on the Green on Jan. 18 and more. They also sometimes host Movie Nights, so check their schedule for February to see what else they will have available.

Enjoy your start to a new year! When ready to achieve your Katy TX real estate goals, as a buyer, seller or both, give me a call. As your Katy real estate agent, I can tell you that 2021 is still a hot year for real estate activity. There is no reason to wait until spring to achieve your goals! Contact me, let’s discuss your goals and your timeline, and we’ll go from there.

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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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How to Celebrate the Holidays in Katy TX

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Katy TX Holiday Happenings

The holiday season is a little different this year, but there is still time and plenty of ways to feel festive in Katy TX. Whether you head out or stay home, as your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in on some great holiday happenings:

1.  Today is the last day to catch Santa as part of the 2020 Santa Tours with the Katy Fire Department! Santa has traveled to numerous Katy neighborhoods and today is in Firethorne. Santa and his elves will be accepting canned goods for the local food pantry and new toys for the Lions Club and Toys for Tots programs.

2.  Saturday, Dec. 19, is the last Storytime with Santa at LaCenterra Heritage Square. Tickets cost $25 for up to four people and include a LaCenterra blanket and a Nestle Toll House cookie pack! Ticket proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Purchase tickets in advance, wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

3.  Kids can meet Santa at Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops. Free advanced reservations are required. Lots of safety measures are in place. Same is true for Santa at Katy Mills Mall. Make a free reservation in advance. You can choose to include the holiday photo package when reserving.

4.  Help Stuff the Sleigh make the holidays better this year for kids coping with childhood cancer. This locally based nonprofit aims to help families experience a better Christmas season. Because of events getting canceled due to the pandemic, they need help more than ever. Donate on their website to help ensure that families receive the help they deserve.

5.  Have fun shopping locally in Katy TX this year! Businesses need help now more than ever, and most of them are open for business. Some great local shops around Katy include Alku Modern Jewelers, The Cottage Door Boutique, Dovetail Antiques & Collectibles, Beau Kisses, Hippie Princess Boutique, Katy Budget Books and many others. What is your favorite shop?

There are lots of ways to have fun at home this holiday season as well! Katy Magazine came up with some great ones – Bake cookies or have a holiday bake-off among family members, watch ‘Polar Express’ in your pajamas while drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies, drive around Katy and check out holiday light displays while listening to Christmas music, or check our Dewberry Farm’s drive-thru light display. Check out the rest of their ideas here!

As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you have a magical holiday season, no matter how you spend it. If you have Katy real estate goals you’d like to achieve now or in 2021, don’t hesitate to contact me anytime to discuss your goals and your timeline for achieving them. If you have a Katy home on your holiday wish list, there is still time to start the process and make it happen! Give me a call, I’m here to help!

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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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Where to Order Thanksgiving Dinner in Katy 2020

katy tx thanksgivingDon’t feel like cooking a Thanksgiving meal next week? This is the perfect week to order food from a local business! Local restaurants and businesses need our support more than ever, and plenty of them are offering take-home Thanksgiving meals this year. As your Katy real estate agent, I’ve put together this list for you, so you can plan ahead and put in your order!

1.  Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has a to-go menu featuring family-style soup or salad with sliced smoked turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans almondine, cranberry relish and homemade bread. Cost is $45 per person, or $139 for a family-style Thanksgiving dinner for four or more people. Desserts are also available for extra.

2.  Landry’s Seafood is offering a feast-to-go for 4-6 people. This includes sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, cranberry relish, vegetables, bread and pumpkin pie. Order by Nov. 22, pick up on Nov. 26. Cost is $125 and serves 4-6 people.

3.  Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has a ready-to-eat Holiday Big Yellow Box for 8-12, which includes sliced turkey breast, cornbread dressing, gravy, baked potato casserole, green beans with bacon, and a dozen buttery rolls. Heat-and-eat options include smoked turkey, prime rib and more, with all the trimmings.

4.  Tobiuo Sushi & Bar is offering a take-home meal of maki and Japanese small plates. Not exactly what you’d think of for Thanksgiving, but they have a feast prepared for you, with things like Texas wagyu maki roll, king crab mac ‘n cheese and much more. Cost is $140 for six, or a feast for 12 is $320. Order by Nov. 24, pick up during regular business hours.

5.  The annual Katy Community Thanksgiving Feast can’t happen this year like normal, so instead, participating Katy Feast churches are partnering with Katy Christian Ministries to provide side dishes for families who would like to prepare their own Thanksgiving feasts. KCM will distribute boxes of feast fixings and a donated turkey to families in need.

6.  Thinking about how much weight you’ll gain from your delicious Thanksgiving feast? The YMCA of Greater Houston is hosting a Katy Area Virtual Turkey Dash. You can complete your run anytime between now and Nov. 29. Choose between a 10K, a 5K or a 1 Mile Walk/Run. There will also be a new Katy YMCA Turkey Hunt, a scavenger hunt, this year! There will still be costume contests and medals. Sign up!

For more Thanksgiving meal options in Katy, check out this list.

As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner, whether you cook it yourself, pick it up, or dine out! If you have real estate goals, give me a call. The holidays are upon us, but the real estate market is still hot! There is still lots of opportunity to buy, sell or both in the Katy real estate market this year.

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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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Fall & Halloween Activities in Katy TX

Katy TX HalloweenWe’re more than halfway through October, which means Halloween is just around the corner! It will look different this year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still great ways to get out of the house and enjoy the fall season in and around Katy TX. As your Katy real estate agent, I came up with this list so you can choose the activities that sound best to you!

1.  Central Green at LaCenterra still has activities for you to sign up for and enjoy this season. Upcoming classes include Tai Chi in the Park, Yoga on the Green, and Laughter Yoga. These three activities repeat weekly. Sign up in advance!

2.  Friday, Oct. 23, head to a free Trunk or Treat event, hosted by Will Pezzi P.A. and Associates. This will take place in the parking lot at 714 South Peek Road in Katy from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by in costume and grab treats from the trunks of cars!

3.  Schedule a painting class with Pinot’s Palette and paint a beautiful fall photo! There are numerous pumpkin paintings, a jack-o-lantern with a black cat, a haunted house, and numerous Halloween day and night options! Check out the calendar and book your favorite.

4.  The NFF Texas 5K is happening virtually this year in Katy TX. Support NFF, Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation, by registering and running the race virtually. You will still receive a runners bag with a shirt, bib, medal and more when you sign up. Post pictures with the event hashtag!

5.  Cane Island has multiple ways for its residents to celebrate Halloween this year. Oct. 24 is a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat event from 3-6 p.m., and Oct. 28 is a Virtual Toddler Halloween Jam. Kids can wear their costumes and meet characters over Zoom, with games, stories and songs.

6.  Drive by a creepily decorated house to get in the spirit of Halloween this year! A couple in Katy turned their home into ‘Island of the Dolls’ for Halloween, with more than 200 spooky dolls on display in the Settler’s Village neighborhood.

7.  Tickets are on sale for Halloween Town in Sugar Land on Oct. 31. This event includes a costume parade, vendors, games, a Halloween movie and more at Constellation Field. Masks are required and temperature checks will take place upon entry.

Enjoy your fall season and these Halloween activities, and have a safe, fun rest of your month! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to answer any questions you may have about the Katy real estate market this year. Whether wanting to buy, sell or both, housing is still hot! It’s a great time to achieve your real estate goals before the winter holidays! Give me a call anytime to discuss your options.

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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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Where to Find Pumpkins in Katy TX

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Pumpkin Patches in Katy TX

Fall is officially here in Katy TX! One of the great highlights of the fall season is pumpkins. Now is a great time to visit a pumpkin patch, pick out the perfect pumpkin, decorate your house with pumpkins, cook and bake with pumpkin, and carve or paint pumpkins come Halloween. As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on the best pumpkin patches in the Katy area!

1.  This weekend, Sept. 26-27, is opening weekend at Dewberry Farm! Half price tickets are available. Advance reservations are required this year. You can go pick your pumpkin from the fields, or right in the Pumpkin Barn. They come in several varieties, colors and sizes. Families can also enjoy lots of delicious treats, farm animals, a corn maze, spooky night strolls and so much more.

2.  Blessington Farms is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening weekend was this past weekend. They’ve got tons of pumpkins to choose from, along with lots of fun activities, such as gem mining, hay rides, jump pad and more. New this year is a fall farmers market!

3.  The Pumpkin Patch at FCC Katy is open every day of October. This is a simple and fast way for families to pick out pumpkins in Katy. The pumpkins are all laid out and you can go through them and pick your favorite one! Be sure to take pictures too, they make great memories.

4.  St. Peter’s Pumpkin Patch takes place Oct. 7-31 or until all pumpkins have been sold. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Similar to FCC, you can head out to the lawn in front of St. Peter’s and take pictures and choose your pumpkins. Proceeds benefit their high school mission trip.

5.  The annual Scarecrow Festival & Pumpkin Patch returns to Texas Oil Ranch this October, open seven days a week all month long. Enjoy viewing and taking photos with more than 85 scarecrows, take a hayride or find your way through a hay bale maze, and pick out your favorite pumpkin!

6.  Old Time Christmas Tree Farm’s pumpkin patch opens Oct. 2. Pick out your favorite pumpkins, enjoy fun fall activities, and eat some BBQ, shaved ice or funnel cakes. Activities include a big bouncy for kids, a petting zoo, train rides, tractor rides and more. Tickets sold separately for each activity.

Enjoy choosing your pumpkins and partaking in fall activities this season in and near Katy TX! Check with the business before you go to see if they have any special rules put in place this year. If looking for apple picking, another great fall activity, use this guide to find U-Pick locations.

When ready to achieve your Katy real estate goals this fall, whether buying, selling or both, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! The market is still hot this fall, with low mortgage rates for buyers, and high home prices and fast sales for sellers. Give me a call with any questions you may have, or to get started with 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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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.