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Create Beautiful Curb Appeal for Your Katy Home This Winter

With Christmas only a week away, chances are you’re getting your home in Katy TX prepared to host family and friends for the holiday!  There are always a number of details to remember when preparing for guests, but it’s important to not forget your Katy homes’ curb appeal!

As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, I can’t help but notice homes as I drive by as curb appeal is an important aspect of a home.  You may even currently have your home on the Katy Real Estate market making that good first impression of your home even more important!  But, whether you’re hosting family this holiday season or you’re attempting to get your Katy home sold soon; here are a few tips for creating great curb appeal for your home in Katy!

1. Safety– You may have friends and family planning to visit soon, so you’ll want to put safety first! Be sure your driveway, sidewalk and front porch are cleared of debris.  Also, be sure to secure any loose stones or steps that could be hazardous along the path up to the front door.

2. Tasteful Decorations– While you can have fun with the season’s bright lights and characters of Christmas, it can be easy for some to get carried away. Try small white lights around your homes’ bushes or front porch post, a simple wreath and garland to enhance your home’s appearance without being too distracting.

3. Fresh Paint– Your Katy TX home may be more visible in the winter months as trees have fewer leaves and your home’s condition is more exposed. Touching up chipped or faded paint is a great way to help your Katy home look refreshed.

4. A Neat Lawn– Be sure to keep your lawn free from any leaves, twigs, etc… that may have blown through with the stronger winds. Just because your lawn is not expected to be as lush as the summer months, doesn’t mean to ignore the state of your lawn. Keeping it cleaned up will show that you care.

5. Clean Gutters– It’s not too late to make sure your gutters are free from leaves and other debris. You’ll want these cleared so that rain can easily run through the gutters and not cause damage.

6. Lighting– The use of lights can really make your home stand out with the shorter winter days. Since there is more time without the suns’ light, using a variety of lighting can give your home a warm glow. Indoor window lights in each room provides a nice appeal, while lights along the pathway up to your home, a bright porch light and tasteful Christmas lights are all ways in which to enhance your Katy TX homes’ curb appeal.

I hope these tips inspire you to take a second look at your homes’ curb appeal and to think through ways you can make guests, or even possible buyers, feel more welcome in your Katy home.

I’m always here to answer any questions you have regarding selling your Katy home or living in beautiful Katy Texas!

Mickie Cioccia
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Kick Up the Curb Appeal of Your Katy, TX Home This Summer!

Summer is drawing to a close in the next month, and that means that now would be the ideal time to do those exterior repairs and quick fixes. The fall market is quickly approaching, and soon many home buyers will be beginning their search for the perfect property and other sellers in the Katy, TX area will be putting their home on the market. Curb appeal is one way to truly make your property stand out from the competition.

Part of what I do as a Katy, TX real estate agent is guide my seller clients throughout the entire process of preparing and listing their home. Making your property’s exterior perfect is just as important, if not even more important, than making its interior perfect. A buyer’s initial impression of your home will be based solely on how it looks from the curb. Right now is the perfect time to start those tweaks to your home’s exterior. Here are a few ways that you can take your curb appeal to the next level:

Make your windows sparkle and shine. Not only will clean windows make your home look well taken care-of, but it will also allow more natural light to shine through. Summer means sunshine and clear skies. Use that to your advantage when you list your home and let the natural lighting make your home’s inner beauty shine through.

Prep your front door to perfection. Think of your front door as the first sign of communication to a potential home buyer. It will either say “Hi, nice to meet you!” or “Turn around and don’t come back.” You want your front door to look welcoming and inviting to people who are about to enter your home. If it looks dreary, then a buyer won’t be as excited to take a look around. Whether you need a new screen door, a fresh coat of paint, a different Welcome mat, or all three, make sure your front door gives a friendly message.

Repair your rooftop ahead of time. Home buyers will balk at roof issues, so make sure your rooftop is in tip-top shape and the gutters are clear before showings begin.

Perfect your paint job. Nothing is more unattractive to passerby than peeling paint. Make sure that bare spots are covered and that you repair any rotted wood in your home. The better the paint job looks, the more well-maintained and brand-new your home looks. Believe it or not, this does make a large difference to home buyers when they first lay eyes on your property.

Clean up your landscaping. Nothing makes a home look more neglected than an overgrown lawn or a garden overrun with weeds. Take some time to make your lawn, garden and yard look as pristine as possible. A well-maintained entryway will give the impression that you’ve taken good care of your property as a whole.

These are just a few quick tricks of the trade to make your Katy, TX home look as perfect as it possibly can come showing time! Remember: you never have a second chance to make a first impression. A buyer’s thoughts of your home upon first glance will stay with them as they walk through its interior.

If you have any questions about selling your home on the Katy, TX real estate market, don’t hesitate to contact me and ask. I’d be happy to help in any way that I can. I hope to hear from you soon!

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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.

Mickie Cioccia
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Just Listed: 23802 Indian Hills Way Katy, Texas

23802 Indian Hills Way Katy, Texas

23802 Indian Hills Way Katy, TxMLS #: 69683350

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.5

An immaculate home located in the gated community of Falcon Landing awaits your arrival in Katy! Charming curb appeal will draw you inside where you’ll notice the elegant hardwood flooring which greets you upon entry into the open foyer. The formal living room is separated from the foyer through arched entry ways and includes a large curved window which fills the room with natural light. On the other side of the foyer, the formal dining room ensures the perfect atmosphere to enjoy intimate meals or with large groups accented by an arched entryway and trey ceilings. Prepare your own culinary master pieces in the recently remodeled, gourmet kitchen which comes complete with granite counter tops, a slate-stacked stone back splash, a center island with built-in induction cooktop and an abundance of cabinetry for storage. A separate eat-in area is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee and provides access to a covered cement patio where the outdoors can be enjoyed, rain or shine, and includes a natural gas grill.

After the meal is over, retreat to the living room enhanced with a warm fireplace and numerous windows for today’s casual living. The massive master bedroom suite includes a large circular alcove, the perfect sitting area in which to enjoy a good book. With its own private master bathroom that includes an oversized vanity with dual sinks and a separate tub and shower area, getting ready in the morning will become something to look forward to!

The spacious bedrooms also features ceiling fans with lights and oversized windows. An additional bonus room with hardwood flooring and its own ceiling fan could be used for a variety of purposes including a home office or workout room, be creative!  A stone path leads you into the back yard to enjoy sunny days with friends or guests. A colorful flower garden in the back corner offers a pleasant border around the fenced yard. Additional bonuses include Simonton energy efficient double paned E-glass windows which were replaced in 2010, custom window treatments, an energy efficient Trane air conditioning unit which was replaced in 2007, whole house surge protection and a roof replacement completed in 2009.  This one should not be missed!


Don’t Let Your Emotions Take Over Your Katy, TX Real Estate Transaction!

It’s only natural that you would get emotionally involved during your Katy, TX real estate transaction. From a seller’s point of view, you are unloading a piece of property in which you have created years of memories. If you’re a buyer, you realize that finding the perfect home is a large financial responsibility. On both sides, making the right decisions is imperative, but in order to do so, sometimes you need to keep your emotions in check.

Throughout our years as Katy, TX real estate agents, we have worked with many a buyer and seller who have let their feelings get the better of them. This oftentimes results in deals gone wrong, costly errors and a longer time spent trying to close. In order to keep the stress and irritation to a minimum, here are a few common mistakes that overemotional home buyers and sellers make in the Katy, TX area. If you can avoid these no-nos, then you will find yourself in a better situation when the deal is done.

If you’re a home buyer

•    Don’t be on a constant quest for the better deal. Sure, today’s housing market is more beneficial for buyers, however there isn’t always a better deal to be had. You can never predict what will happen to mortgage rates and home values. It changes daily. It’s not always the best idea to keep playing the odds.
•    Don’t rely on “Love at First Sight.” A lot of buyer’s remorse and scenarios in which someone overpayed for their property comes from people not looking at enough homes. It’s easy to get caught up in a home you love immediately, but take some time to see what’s out there. It will help you determine whether that first one is really the one for you.
•    There’s no such thing as “perfect.” Sometimes, buyers see a property that they think is absolutely perfect, so they’ll overpay for it. Keep in mind that along the line, you will have to sell a home. What’s ideal for you may not be what’s ideal to buyers on that market. With that being said, don’t overpay for perfection right out of the gate.
•    “Short Sale” does not mean “deal.” Home values aren’t completely dependent on its status with the bank. Current market conditions and a home’s features also have something to do with it, so don’t let that small phrase make you think you’re getting a bargain. See what its worth compared to other homes like it on the market, first.
•    Lowballing is one way to get your offer thrown away. When it comes to negotiating on a real estate transaction, you need to be fair to the sellers. Attempting to lowball on price right away only results in more counteroffers and an even longer closing time. Plus, you could get passed over for buyers who are willing to pay a fair price.

If you’re a home seller

•    Don’t overprice. Everyone wants to get top-dollar for their home, but overpricing will make your house sit on the market for longer. You will be forced to lower the price, and buyers will think that there is something wrong with the home. Price your home correctly from the get-go, and you’ll get an offer that’s fair faster.
•    Attending your own showings is a bad idea. We know that it’s tempting, but buyers feel uncomfortable expressing their honest opinion when the seller is present. Honest feedback is imperative to getting buyers interested and having your home off the market faster, so you want people to feel comfortable speaking candidly at a showing. The best way to do this is to avoid them.
•    Don’t keep waiting for a better offer. Several buyers are reluctant to accept a first offer, even if it’s fair, because they want to wait for something better. Remember that the longer your home sits on the market, the more it will go down in value. Once an offer comes in that’s fair, you’d be wise to take it.
•    Don’t take it personally. Buying a home is a huge decision, so naturally you’re going to hear criticism about your property from buyers during a transaction, especially during negotiating. Letting your emotions upset you will only prolong the process and could turn a transaction into something sour. Our suggestion? Try to detach emotionally as soon as you can and take their feedback for what it is.

If you follow our suggestions and keep your feelings in check, your Katy, TX real estate transaction will be smooth-sailing. If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Katy, don’t hesitate to contact us! We will give you the advice you need to have a stress-free experience. We 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.