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Out and About in Katy!

Can you believe it’s already July?! It seems like just yesterday we were decorating the Christmas tree and celebrating the winter holidays. Six months into the New Year, we now have plenty to look forward to in Katy, TX! With the Fourth of July just days away (Wednesday, don’t forget!) many of us are cleaning our grills, decorating our backyards and stocking up on food and party favors. Barbecues aside, there is plenty to do in and around Katy this week, and as your Katy, TX real estate agent and community resource, it is my job to make sure you have all the details.

Freedom Celebration Fireworks: You won’t want to miss this! The 23rd Annual Katy Freedom Celebration Fireworks display will take place Wednesday, July 4th. Come on out to Katy Mills Mall and watch the skies light up ablaze with color. As always, the display will begin at dark, or around 9:00pm. For the best views, save your seats early! A blanket, chairs and snacks are recommended.

July 4th Jamboree: Celebrate Fourth of July with the entire family this year at the July 4th Jamboree. Complete with live entertainment (including local Texas bands), a firework display and moonwalks. There will also be water activities including paddleboats, inflatables and waterslides. What more could the family ask for on the Fourth of July? For admission info and further details, check out KatyMagazine.com or SmithRanchKaty.com. Hope to see you there!

Big Backyard Barbecue: Music, food, drinks and fun for the kids. What a great way to spend Fourth of July, no? Here in Katy we know how important this day can be and go all out for the big celebration. This year the Big Backyard Barbecue will be bringing plenty of musical talent, including Pirate Radio and Outlaw Lynn & Who’s Driving. Grab yourself a bite to eat while the kids enjoy face painting, clowns and much, much more.

Sundaes at Traditions Bank: Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer day? Traditions Bank will give you just that tomorrow, July 3rd in honor of the men and women who service our country. Don’t miss out on enjoying this patriotic sweet treat – indulge at any one of Traditions Bank’s three Katy locations.

Independence Day aside, Katy has a bunch of other great events going on throughout the week and through all of July. Stay in touch with my blog to stay up to date on everything and anything Katy as well as the latest tips and tricks in real estate. While I love providing my clients with local info, my real forte is real estate. If you are in the position to buy or sell your Katy home, feel free to contact me any time and I will do my best to ensure a stress-free transaction.

Mickie Cioccia
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Six Ways to Spruce Up Your Katy, TX Home Using Staging!

Numerous studies have shown that staging techniques make a home sell faster, and in my experience as a Katy, TX real estate agent, I’ve seen similar results. I encourage my seller clients to utilize staging in their Katy, TX real estate transaction in order to showcase their home in the best possible light as a buyer walks through it. If you use this tactic the right way, the home buyer should be able to insert themselves and their possessions into your home during the initial showing. If you can achieve this, you will have more offers coming in the door early-on in the process.

Throughout my many years of experience in selling homes in the Katy, TX real estate market, I’ve noticed that there are a few staging secrets that will make your property stand out from the competition. Here are the six most effective:

1.    Neutral paint. Some rooms in your home might be in dire need of a paint job, and re-painting is a relatively inexpensive upgrade. You will, however, want to stick with neutral colors in order to draw attention to other distinguishing features of the room, such as how spacious it is, the various things that it can be used for, the gorgeous fireplace or stainless steel appliances, and other amenities. This is what will reel the buyer in, not the paint color of the room. If you go with a color that is too bright, it can actually be distracting and draw attention away from these distinguishing qualities, so you’d be wise to stay more neutral if you repaint.

2.    Have every room be furnished, but don’t over-do it. Leaving a room empty is unwise because it’s difficult for a buyer to imagine what they can do with a large, empty space. Having too much furniture won’t work either because it will take the buyer’s imagination away, and all they’ll be able to see is what you’ve done with it. The solution is to have neutral, nice-looking furniture in each room that doesn’t overcrowd the space.

3.    Utilize your TV for something other than your favorite shows. If you have a mounted, flat-screen television, use it! Play slideshows of photos of nature or your home to add something a little extra to the buyer’s showing experience. Many others in the area may not think to do this, so it’d be a great way to truly stand out from your competition.

4.    Fill in the walls a bit. You don’t want over-the-top artwork or large family portraits hanging on the walls, because that can over-personalize the home and keep the buyer from visualizing themselves as your property’s new owner. You should, however, utilize soothing artwork, mirrors and small family photos to fill up the wall space. This will make your property look more inviting as a whole. Once again, you don’t want to over-do it, but some small touches here and there will make your home look nice.

5.    Fresh cut flowers will make the place feel more inviting. Not only will they make your home smell delicious, but they will also make a room look complete and comforting. Strategically place these floral arrangements throughout the home for a more tied-together look. They would make great centerpieces for prominent tables and countertops throughout your home.

6.    Keep the bedrooms gender-neutral. Some buyers may not have children, or may have kids of different genders than yours. The more gender-neutral each bedroom, the easier it is for a buyer to envision it being used for their family’s needs. Décor that is too gender-specific can be distracting and will actually turn a lot of buyers off.

As a Katy, TX real estate agent, I make these staging suggestions to my seller clients in order to ensure that their home gets sold quickly and for the best possible value. These insider secrets will take your staging efforts to a new level, and they’ll be instrumental to you standing out from your competition. Make sure you stage during your Katy, TX real estate transaction.

If you have any questions about staging your home on the Katy, TX real estate market, or would like to know more about the home selling process, don’t hesitate to contact me and ask. I’d be thrilled to help you! I hope to hear from you soon.

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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.