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4 Things to Never Do When Buying a Katy TX Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mickie Cioccia | Broker Associate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4 Home Features That Will Hook Katy TX Homebuyers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Accomplish Your Katy Real Estate Goals During The Holidays!

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Katy TX Holiday Real Estate Market

I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would anyone want to buy and/or sell real estate during the holiday season?! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on some unknown perks! If you’re hoping for less competition from other buyers and sellers, for example, or you’re on a tight moving schedule, now might be the ideal time for you to work toward your Katy real estate market goals.

1.  Less Competition. Whether you’re buying, selling or both, this rings true. In general, there are less people dealing with real estate right now. Most people just want to enjoy the holidays. But this is good news for sellers, because there will be fewer houses on the market, and more buyers will check out your house. This is good news for buyers, because there is less chance of a bidding war, and you might have more negotiating power.

2.  Faster Transactions. Because there are fewer real estate transactions during the holidays, the process tends to go faster for all those involved. It’s easier to set up mortgage loan appointments, showings, home inspections, appraisals, closings, etc., because all of these professionals have a less busy schedule than usual. If hoping to move by the time the kids go back to school after the holidays, it could be doable if you act fast!

3.  Tax Advantages. If you’d like to take advantage of tax benefits as soon as possible, accomplishing your real estate goals by year’s end will allow you to do so a year sooner than otherwise in some cases. Homeownership brings numerous tax perks, such as mortgage interest deduction, property tax deduction and others.

4.  Winter Staging. When selling, you can take advantage of the holiday season by incorporating it into your home staging. Everyone loves some holiday magic happening inside the home! While you should keep decorating to a minimum, some neutral lights and garland can really brighten up your home and make it feel more cheerful during this otherwise dark time of year.

5.  Realistic Picture. On the other hand, buying during the winter is smart, because buyers can view homes in their least appealing season. It’s easy to make a house and yard beautiful during bright summer days and flowery spring days, but you can notice more potential issues during the winter. Check for drafts, bad lighting and inconsistent heating. However, make sure your home inspector checks the heat and air conditioner, no matter what season it is.

As you can see, there are perks to accomplishing your Katy real estate market goals during the holidays! Sometimes, homeowners just need to move now because of an uncontrollable circumstances, such as a new job or aging parents. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here for you! Whether buying, selling or both, I work year-round to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Give me a call as soon as you’re ready to get started!

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Katy Home-Selling Tips during the Holidays

holiday homeWith Thanksgiving this week and winter holidays just around the corner, it may not seem like the ideal time to sell your Katy home. However, if you want or need to sell this holiday season, there are still buyers out, who also want or need to buy this time of year! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some tips that could get your home sold fast this time of year.

1.  Make sure your listing is quality. Buyers are busy with family gatherings, holiday shopping, etc. They tend to spend more time house hunting online before they take the time to see a home in person. Therefore, it’s critical that your online listing has quality photos and description to lure buyer interest!

2.  Use the holidays to your advantage. The holidays allow you add festive features to your home this time of year, making it look extra cozy and bright! Focus on your home’s main focal points, such as a fireplace or grand staircase. Decorate with lights and garland. Set up a tree or a front door wreath. Keep the holiday décor subtle. You don’t want to drown out the home’s features or make it look cluttered.

3.  Be flexible with your time. Chances are, you have a lot going on this holiday season too. However, it’s important to keep your schedule open for last-minute showings, as buyers are busy and will need to squeeze showings into a busy holiday season. Take advantage of times that you have to leave the house by using them to holiday shop or to attend holiday events with the family. Keep your house clean at all times so it’s ready at a moment’s notice!

4.  Make your home move-in ready. Buyers want a quick, easy home sale, and in a perfect world, they’d like to be settled in their new home for the holidays. Having a move-in ready home is key. Consider having it pre-inspected, so no issues cause the home sale to take longer. Make some quick updates that will impress buyers. Offer incentives, such as helping pay for closing costs or including updated appliances.

5.  Focus on curb appeal. As always, the outside of the home is what buyers usually see first, so take the time to spruce this up. Clean the yard and gutters, touch up paint on siding or front door, hang a decorate wreath or add a welcome mat, replace front porch light bulbs, etc.

When ready to sell your Katy home, or when ready to buy in Katy, contact me! As a Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you with your Katy real estate market goals year-round. When you’ve got questions, or you’re ready to get started, I’m ready to assist! Give me a call and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mickie Cioccia

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Clever Organizing Tips for Your Katy Home

bobby pinsThere is nothing wrong with starting your spring cleaning a little early, especially if you’re getting cabin fever with this cold winter we’ve been having. Any time is a good time to clean and organize your Katy TX home, especially if you plan on selling your Katy home this year! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some very clever organizing tricks.

While it’s easy to organize some areas in the home, some items are just so hard to get under control. Luckily, this article from HouseLogic offers some very crafty ideas for organizing these types of items:

  • Put loose jewelry in ice cube trays. If you don’t have a large, classy jewelry case, the next best super affordable option is ice cube trays. This is a great way to separate pairs of earrings from bracelets and necklaces and avoid one giant knot when you’re ready to wear some of it.
  • Hang scarves with shower curtain rings. Hang a bunch of circular shower curtain rings from a sturdy hanger and then fold a scarf through each one. It takes up no more space that one shirt would in your closet, and it makes picking out a scarf so simple!
  • Organize the freezer with magazine organizers. If you often lose food items in your freezer because things stack up and you forget about them in the back, magazine organizers are a great way to organize boxed food, like pizza, popsicles and waffles. Plastic is the way to go in case anything leaks.
  • Control your hair pins with a magnetic strip. You can purchase and stick a magnetic strip anywhere near your bathroom sink or inside a vanity drawer, and then attach your pins to it. They magnetize to the strip and will no longer by scattered everywhere!
  • Use a CD holder to organize your Tupperware lids in the kitchen. They offer the perfect amount of space for your lids, and if you arrange from smallest to largest, you’ll be able to find the one that fits the container you’re using fast and easy.
  • Organize cords with toilet paper or paper towel rolls. All you have to do is coil each cable while it’s not being used, slip it into a cardboard roll, and write what the cable is on the roll with permanent marker. No more piles of tangled cords!

The HouseLogic article has all sorts of other great organizing ideas, such as how to hang measuring cups and spoons inside a cabinet door, how to hang shower supplies with suction cups and hairbands, or how to create a drawer with an egg carton. Best part is, all of the materials needed are either super cheap, or you already have them in your home.

Enjoy taking some time to organize and cut down on clutter and chaos inside your Katy home this winter. That way, when you stay home on cold nights, it’ll feel more inviting inside.

Are you ready to sell your Katy home? Are you ready to buy a Katy home? Ready to do both simultaneously? No matter what your needs are this year in the Katy real estate market, I am your Katy real estate agent, here to help! Contact me with questions or for help getting started.

Mickie Cioccia
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What Katy Homeowners Need To Know After Harvey

Post-Harvey Info for Katy Homeowners

Post-Harvey Information for Katy Homeowners

If you are wondering how Hurricane Harvey will impact the local Katy real estate market, or you’re looking for information about FEMA, you’ve come to the right place! As your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to share some helpful information with you, and provide you with links where you can learn more.

Harvey is not the first hurricane to reach the shores of Texas, and history shows that home sales will likely decline in the months following a hurricane, but then will rise a year from now. (The same is true for jobs in the area.) If your home was under contract before the hurricane, it will likely need another inspection prior to closing.

Because inventory will decline for a time, it may put pressure on existing listings and rentals, and rents and prices may rise. However, inventory could also soon increase from homeowners who wouldn’t have sold otherwise, but who are now ready to move away from hurricane territory. Homeowners may also buy second homes they wouldn’t have normally bought, in order to have somewhere to live while their current homes are repaired.

Local economist Ted Jones shared an informative summary on how hurricanes affect housing markets, with graphs from past hurricanes to back him up. You can check out these white pages here.

If you are interested in learning about the FEMA Home Buyout Program, you can learn more in this informative article from Harris County Flood Control District. They explain why the process takes so long, and they state that they will most likely begin making offers on properties they would like to buy within the next four months. If interested, you can register to request to be bought out if you were flooded from Harvey. Someone will call you within 24 hours to discuss.

In order to be considered, your home needs to be located deep within a mapped floodplain and subject to repetitive flooding. HCFCD purchases complete swaths or tracks of homes in floodplains and turns them into a drainage facility or pond, or a natural preserve, to prevent homes in these areas from being flooded again in the future.

Other helpful websites to know about include the Harris County Flood Warning System, where you can view rainfall amounts from rain gauges throughout Harris County and see how much rain typically falls in your area, and how close the nearest watershed is to you. This can help you plan for your future.

This Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool allows you to view floodways from a map and to see if your property is currently in a 100-year or 500-year floodplain. This is great if you are planning to relocate in the Katy area, but would first like to see where watersheds are located near potential properties, and where the nearest floodways are located, which are the main corridors that water will travel down and will be most heavily impacted by flooding.

If you have questions about any of this, feel free to contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and I can either answer them or point you in the direction of someone who can.

If you’d like to buy or sell in the Katy real estate market this fall, contact me! Even with Harvey issues to deal with, activity in the market never ends. Contact me, and let’s discuss your home-buying or home-selling options right now!

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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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What Katy Homebuyers Should Know About Closing

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Lots takes place before the final closing 

As a Katy homebuyer, you might consider house hunting as the most stressful part of a home-buying process, and some buyers would agree! Other buyers would say that the most stressful period was after they put an offer on a home and had to wait for closing day. Every home-buying process is different, depending on the buyers and sellers, the Katy real estate agent involved, compromises and negotiations, timelines, the house itself, the home inspection and appraisal, and so on.

Here are four things that Zillow recommends buyers know while they wait for closing day to arrive in the Katy real estate market:

1.  Your mortgage rate could expire. Your mortgage lender will typically lock in the interest rate they quoted you, for 45 or 60 days, but closing on a Katy home could take longer than that. This is especially true if any issues arise, such as open permits or illegal renovations. Keep an eye on rates.

2.  The mortgage process isn’t over. You’re not in the clear until closing day papers are signed and the keys are in your hand! Some lenders will continue to verify income, credit and so on until the very last minute. Don’t go moving around funds, spending a bunch of money or changing jobs without running it by your mortgage professional.

3.  The house isn’t yours yet. Until all of the papers are signed, you can still back out. Request a walk-through 24 hours before the closing to see that things are as they should be. If the seller hasn’t made repairs that you agreed on, or hasn’t moved out yet, or systems aren’t working, you can postpone the closing if need be.

4.  You might need to do homework. Find out if the seller was required to disclose issues with the home, or if it’s “caveat emptor,” or buyer beware. Either way, it’s not a bad idea to do some research on the home to see if there’s any outstanding permits, or any issues with the local building department or health department.

What does this all mean for you? Zillow recommends that for the smoothest closing, Katy homebuyers must have a reliable, experienced Katy real estate agent on their side! Your agent can refer you to quality mortgage professionals in the area, along with attorneys, inspectors and more, which saves you time and stress. Agents also negotiate on your behalf, to ensure that you are satisfied and comfortable with the closing agreements, timelines and compromises made with the home seller.

Ready to buy a Katy home? Contact me! I would love to work with you as your Katy real estate agent, to ensure a smooth home-buying process for you and all those involved. Call me as soon as you’re ready to get started, or if you have home-buying questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

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realized they had found the perfect place for their clients to raise a family...and for their clients parents to enjoy the Grandchildren! Katy boasts great Active Senior options like Heritage Grand (a 55+ section of Cinco Ranch) and The Solana at Cinco Ranch, wonderful family amenities like parks, playgrounds, golf courses, lakes, fishing, boating, nature walks, and short drives to the beach and Hill Country. the Katy area is a great place to enjoy the weekend. Simply put Katy has it all! Area Tour" with you and show you why they feel Katy Real Estate is the best place in the Houston area to live, work. and play! You will see schools, great luxury family subdivisions, shopping facilities, highway options, and wonderful restaurants! Cross Creek Ranch: Cross Creek Ranch is the newest Master Planned Community in the Katy Real Estate area but is quickly catching on with those looking for a little slower pace

While still having lots of amenities and wonderful school options. Developed by the same people who brought us Grand Lakes, Cross Creek Ranch has a wide variety of homes and prices. This community is an easy commute to I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Kelliwood: Kelliwood is a beautiful group of subdivisions off S. Fry Rd. A wide range of homes and home prices can be found here. From Custom Gated sections like LakeForest that are comprised of all estate homes...to smaller patio homes that border the Willow Fork Country Club. The short commute times appeal to a wide range of buyers! Green Trails: Green Trails is a large Master Planned Community that borders I-10, S. Fry Rd, and Baker Rd. It is full of amenities for the family, is close to I-10 and the Houston Energy Corridor, and has a variety of styles and price ranges from small one story homes up to Custom Estates...no matter what you are looking for it will be easy for you to carve out your slice of Green Trails! Silver Ranch: A fairly new master planned community located in area that some folks believe is the best part of all of Katy Real Estate.

Silver Ranch is only a short drive away from Katy Mills Mall and is located in the highly acclaimed Katy Independent School District. The community is approximately 3 miles from both I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Lavish homes ranging from the $140's to $300's make the community very affordable for growing famililies or empty nesters. Silver Ranch is conveniently located for access to major employers in the energy corridor and has easy entree to South West Houston, Sugarland, West Park Tollway along with numerous park and ride bus lots that have express service to downtown Houston. When this community is completed it will be home to about 1,500 families. Amenities include Six Lane Jr Olympic Pool , Stone Grill Children's Splash Pad, Tennis Court, Playground and Swing Set, Outdoor BBQ Pavilion and numerous Walking Trails.

Seven Meadows: Seven Meadows is a Master Planned Community that was developed by the same people who put Cinco Ranch on the map! It is located right off HWY 99 (the Grand Parkway) with short commutes to both I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Pools, parks, a movie theater, work out facilities, and nature trails are all part of this great community!


Katy is a city located in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 11,775 at the 2000 census.

Katy, suburb of Houston, Texas, is named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly referred to as the "K-T Railroad", now a part of Union Pacific) that ran through Katy in the 19th century. Katy was once known as Cane Island. The name is derived from Cane Island Creek which runs just west of downtown. Cane Creek is a branch of Buffalo Bayou. The origins of the name Cane Island are believed to be from the fact that Katy was once a major sugar cane producer and rice producer. To commermorate the importance of rice to the Katy community, the Chamber of Commerce holds the Rice Harvest Festival every second weekend of October.

Katy was recently the location of one of the ten large red balloons in the DARPA Network Challenge on December 5, 2009. The balloon was stationed in Katy Park.

In 2009 the Gadberry Group named Katy as one of nine "9 from 2009" most notable high growth areas in the United States.
After a low income apartment complex was proposed for development in an adjacent unincorporated area, in 2010 the Katy City Council passed a resolution stating that the development would decrease property values.[5] The plans for the complex were canceled.