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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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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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Home Features Dragging Down Your Katy Home Value

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Home Value Tips for Katy Homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mickie Cioccia
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Staging Secrets for Katy, TX Home Sellers

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Staging Secrets for Katy Home Sellers

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

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

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

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

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

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Common Katy Home Seller Appraisal Myths, Busted

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Katy home sellers and appraisals

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

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

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

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

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

Myth #2: All appraisers are the same.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why to Use Agent When Selling Your Katy Home

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Tips for Katy, TX home sellers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mickie Cioccia
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Clean Your Home Fast As a Katy Home Seller

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Quick cleaning tips for your Katy home

Are you ready to sell your Katy home this fall? As a Katy home seller, you will need to prepare your home for a sale. This means you need to declutter, depersonalize, deep clean and stage your home to sell. As your Katy real estate agent, I can help you through each of these processes if need be!

Once your home is clean, staged and ready to go, you will need to maintain that cleanliness for weeks, or months, for showings and open houses. As a homeowner, I’m sure you can guess that it’s easier said than done! That is especially true if you have kids or pets, or just a very busy schedule.

To help you out, I’m going to share tips on what you can focus on when you have little time to clean and prepare your Katy home for a showing. Do you only have two hours? One hour? Half an hour? You can still make your home look presentable! Just follow these tips.

If you have a showing in only half an hour, here is what you can do with your limited time:

  • Tidy up common areas, such as folding throw blankets, fluffing pillows, stacking magazines and throwing loose papers in a drawer. Have a place to store clutter ahead of time, so you can throw it in there momentarily!
  • Wipe down sinks and countertops in the kitchen and in bathrooms.
  • Move dishes into the dishwasher.
  • Empty garbage bins and take out the trash.
  • Make the beds.

Now, if you have an hour to clean your house, do the above list, and add these tasks to it:

  • Vacuum the carpets and sweep the floors.
  • Clean the toilets and tidy up the bathrooms in any other way that you can.
  • Clear and dust all surfaces.
  • If you notice any odors in the home, consider lighting a scented candle.

If you have two hours to clean your house, do all of the above tasks, and add these tasks:

  • Mop the floors and wipe down the baseboards.
  • Clean the bathtub and shower.
  • Clean out the fridge and microwave.
  • Tidy the entryway closet and bedroom closets.
  • Wipe down all of the mirrors.

These tips came from a My Domaine blog post and are a great way to keep track of the cleaning tasks that need to be completed before a home showing! Now, if one area of your house needs more work than another, by all means, switch up the order of importance of these tasks. Create your own task lists with the amount of time you have. Just have a plan in order, so that when it comes time to clean and then head out of your home, you’re ready.

Keep in mind that these tips work great when you’re expecting company too! As a Katy homeowner, it’s always a good idea to have a house-cleaning plan in the works.

Ready to sell your Katy home? Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and we can get you started with the home-selling process this fall!

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A Step-By-Step Guide for Katy Home Sellers

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Katy Home-Selling Steps

Are you ready to sell your Katy home? Your timing couldn’t be better! Home prices are up, buyers are eager and inventory is low, which means conditions are ideal for Katy home sellers. As your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to offer you a rundown of the home-selling process, so that you can feel confident and educated going into the process!

1.  Find a real estate agent. It’s a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a Katy real estate agent to help you out. As an agent, I will make sure that your listing is seen by as many buyers and buyer’s agents as possible, I’ll host open houses and showings, and I’ll help you negotiate with buyers so that you get the best possible price for your home!

2.  Sign the agreement. Once you choose an agent, you’ll have a formal listing agreement to sign. This is a contract that lays out the specifics of the arrangement, including how long the agent will represent your home and what the compensation will be. This is a great opportunity for you to mention any terms you’d like in the contract, as well.

3.  Investigate the local housing market. As your Katy real estate agent, I can tell you that homes are selling fast right now, and for prices that Katy home sellers are satisfied with. Still, it’d be a good idea for you to do some research on what homes like yours, in your area, are selling for, and how quickly. This will help you get an idea of what your home might sell for. I can help provide that information for you!

4.  Settle on asking price. Together, we can come up with the most suitable asking price for your Katy home! As CNN Money points out, it doesn’t matter what you bought the house for, or how much money you put into renovations. What matters most is what homes are selling for in your neighborhood right now. The critical selling time is within the first month on the market.

5.  Get ready for showings. Potential buyers will be walking through your Katy home during showings and open houses, so make sure it’s presentable! This means clearing out clutter, deep cleaning, neutralizing the décor and then maintaining your hard work. Once the home is spotless, keep the lawn mowed, the flower pots watered, the garbage cans emptied, etc., so that your home is ready to go at all times.

6.  Negotiate. Working with a Katy real estate agent really comes in handy here! Use your agent for guidance on how to respond to each individual bid, if you happen to receive more than one. Make sure your agent or lawyer reviews the contingency clauses, and make sure the buyer’s contingencies include time limits for completing an inspection and closing on the house.

Hopefully this information helps you feel more confident in the home-selling process ahead! As your Katy real estate agent, I will be with you every step of the way. If you have questions, or you’re ready to get started, contact me!

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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.