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Credit Score Info for Katy TX Homebuyers

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Credit tips for Katy homebuyers

If you’d like to buy a Katy, TX home this spring, it’s a great season to do so! Mortgage rates are still low, but predicted to rise. Home prices are still going up, so buying sooner than later could save you money. More homes are coming on the market. The weather is great for house hunting. If you buy now, you’ll be settled in for a summer season of fun. The list goes on!

As your Katy real estate agent, I am always here to answer questions, to guide you through the home-buying process, and to help you find the Katy home of your dreams! I am also here to provide helpful tips and information for buyers, such as the latest info on credit scores.

Many Katy buyers are misconceived about what type of credit score it takes to purchase a home. Many don’t even know their credit score, but assume it’s too low to buy. Let’s take a look at the latest data so you can get a better idea of your options.

First off, a credit score, also known as a FICO score, is a calculation of your history of paying back debt and making regular payments. The higher the score, the better your credit history.

A recent report showed that 24 percent of renters think you need a credit score between 780 and 800 to be considered for a mortgage, which is a really high number. Fortunately, there are many other options, as only 25 percent of Americans have a score between those numbers.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requires a minimum credit score of 580 for low down payment mortgage loans. USDA loans usually require a score of at least 640. VA loans for veterans have no credit score requirement.

The average credit score for loans closed in January was 726, but there were plenty of people with lower scores who were obtaining loans. The average score of closed FHA loans was 675.

So, if you’ve got a low score, you’ve got options. But your best bet is to pull your credit reports when ready to buy, so you can find out exactly what your FICO score is. The average year-over-ear FICO score has steadily increased since 2009. The average score is 704. You might be pleasantly surprised when you pull your credit reports!

If you’d still rather improve your credit score before buying, so you can qualify for better mortgage options, there are plenty of ways you can do so. Here’s a realtor.com article that offers many. The first step is to go through your credit history and make sure there aren’t any errors! Then, try some of their other tips. Even if you’re not ready to buy yet, these are great tips for anyone wanting to improve their credit, and it can be a slow process, so better to start soon.

When ready to buy a home in the Katy real estate market, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here and ready to help you with all of your home-buying and/or home-selling needs in Katy this spring.

Mickie Cioccia

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Upcoming Spring Events & Activities in Katy, TX

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Springtime Events in Katy TX

Spring has arrived in Katy, TX! The end of March and April bring Easter egg hunts, pioneer life, garage sales, family yoga and more to the Katy community! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on the details of some of Katy’s upcoming spring events, so you can plan your next month accordingly, and take advantage of all that Katy has to offer!

1.  Cane Island’s Spring Community Garage Sale will take place this Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you’d like to participate, have your home added to the map no later than tomorrow, March 28. Otherwise, plan to attend to find affordable items sold by others in the Katy community!

2.  Katy’s annual Folk Life Festival will take place April 6 this year at Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center. Find out what life was like for pioneers of early Texas as you walk into the late 1800’s. Enjoy presentations and demonstrations on blacksmiths, bee keeping, solider reenactments, hand-quilting, soap-making and more. Enjoy farm animals, Native America culture, nature trails and more. Try calligraphy, pioneer games, archery, pottery and more. So many activities for everyone!

3.  Sign your well-heeled dogs up for the Cross Creek Ranch Mutt Strutt on April 13. Activities will include a pup peanut butter eating contest, a Mutt Strutt fashion show, Houston Disc Dogs performances, a photo booth, pet adoption opportunities, dog trainers, bounce houses, games and more for all dog lovers.

4.  Easter at the Ranch at Smith Ranch takes place the Saturday before Easter, so April 13 this year. Kids can enjoy Easter egg hunts divided by age, photos with the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, paddle boats, petting zoo and more, and parents can enjoy adult beverages.

5.  April 20, head to Rainforest Café at Katy Mills for their Cha! Cha! Egg-Cellent Easter Adventure. Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Buffet will include carving station, waffles, omelets, French toast, etc. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Basket Raffle, and goodie bags for the kids.

6.  Families can head to Cinco Ranch on April 22 for Athleta Mud Flower Yoga Family Fun Night. This is suggested for children ages 6-13 with a parent. Your family can enjoy a yoga class together, which will focus on cultivating joy and confidence while exploring postures and breathing.

I hope you enjoy the month ahead in Katy! As your Katy real estate agent, I am always here and ready to help you achieve your Katy real estate market goals. So if you are planning on buying, selling or both this spring season in and around Katy, TX, give me a call! I can answer any questions you may have, and can guide you through the entire home-buying and/or home-selling process. I look forward to hearing from you!

Mickie Cioccia

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Katy TX Events during February 2019

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Enjoy February in Katy with this lineup of events

Many people find the winter months to be dull and drab, but they don’t have to be! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on fun events and activities taking place in the Katy TX area in the coming month. Katy is a wonderful place to call home for families, groups of friends and anyone looking for a close community with lots of fun options!

  • This weekend, Feb. 1-3, head to Tompkins High School Performing Arts Center for a showing of ‘Once On This Island.’ A fearless peasant girl sets out to find her place in the world, guided by the island gods. Tickets cost $12 for students and $15 for adults.
  • The Katy Half Marathon will take place this weekend, Feb. 2! Running options include a kids 1k, 5k, full half marathon and half marathon relay, starting from Katy Mills Mall. Registration includes race bib with tag for accurate timing, race photos, finisher’s medals and more. You can still sign up!
  • If you’ve been wanting to try goat yoga, this Saturday is your chance! Goat Yoga at Sunset takes place Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in Katy. This is just like regular yoga, but with friendly goats wandering around you. Cost is $33 per person.
  • The 2nd Annual Designer Purse Bingo is at No Label Brewing Co. on Feb. 2 from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Join them for Bags, Bingo & Bubbles while proceeds benefit Stuff the Sleigh! A limited number of general admission and reserved seat tickets will be available.
  • The Little Gym of Katy is hosting their Grand Re-Opening and Birthday Party on Friday, Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is open to everyone. Enjoy games, activities, raffles, birthday cake, enrollment specials and more!
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Cane Island by attending the Couples Sushi Making Class on Feb. 16. They’ve also got a Chili Cook Off planned for Feb. 23 and a Movie on the Lawn Feb. 1 and Feb. 22.
  • The Farmers Market at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is back once a month during the winter season! It takes place on the fourth Sunday of each month, which is Feb. 24 and then March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stock up on honey, cheese, eggs, seasonal vegetables and more from local vendors.
  • Every Monday, parents meet for a walk at Cinco Ranch Beach Club and walk 2.5 miles around the lake and neighborhood. They stop at Proud Pie for coffee and a snack. The trails are great for strollers or for older kid who can handle the walk. Mingle with other parents while getting exercise!

Enjoy your month in Katy! When ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals, give me a call, your Katy real estate agent. Real estate doesn’t take a pause in the winter months, so why should your home-buying and/or home-selling goals? Give me a call now and you could be settled in by spring!

Mickie Cioccia

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Prepare Your Katy Home for Holiday Guests

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Katy TX Holiday Home Prep

Are you hosting a holiday gathering at your Katy home in the coming week? Cooking all that food in your kitchen, and having that many people in your house, can take a toll on any homeowner! To help you prepare, as your Katy real estate agent, here are some tips I collected for you:

1.  Clean your kitchen appliances. Give your microwave a good scrubbing, especially if it is above the stove and acts as a ventilator. Use a degreasing spray on it, and on your stovetop, to prevent any grease fires. Clean the outside of the oven, but don’t use the self-clean cycle. This is hard on most ovens, and you don’t need that going out right before the big day!

2.  Prepare your refrigerator. Go through your condiments and toss anything that is expired. Eat leftovers leading up to your big holiday gathering, so that there is plenty of space for appetizers, dinner and leftovers. Organize and clean, as lots of people will be going in and out of the fridge.

3.  Prepare the bathroom. Clean, organize, declutter. Take everything off the sink that doesn’t need to be there. Then make a guest bathroom station with soap, lotion, extra towels, whatever you think a guest may need, so you don’t need to be bothered with these things on the big day. Keep a plunger and extra toilet paper handy as well!

4.  Prepare the entryway. Outside, make sure your front porch light is working, and consider lighting your walkway, so there are no slips on your guests’ way in. Inside, remove clutter from your foyer and consider a welcome mat for shoes, a coat rack, a bench where guests can remove shoes, etc.

5.  Child-proof the main living areas if you have lots of children coming. Move lamps, vases and other breakables from table edges. Block stairways to prevent falls. Purchase some plastic cups, or sippy cups, depending on the children’s ages.

6.  Set up a drink station. Drinks are something that most guests can handle on their own, so one less thing for you to manage. If guests are staying with you, set up a morning coffee station. For the gathering, set up a counter or table for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Have glasses, an ice bucket, utensils, beverages, garnishes, whatever you feel the need to include!

7.  Prepare appetizers and desserts ahead of time. Whether you need to cook or bake, or just set them up on a tray, do this before guests arrive to cut down on your to-do list. Consider a potluck too, so you have less cooking to worry about, and more merriment to enjoy!

8.  Set up extra seating. Set up chairs where you hope guests will hang out. Face furniture toward each other, to create ideal social situations. If you need more seating, ask your guests to bring some chairs!

The important thing is to stress less and enjoy more. As your Katy real estate agent, I wish you a happy holiday season! When ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals in the New Year, give me a call!

Mickie Cioccia

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Top Amenities among Katy Homebuyers

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Top Katy TX Home Amenities

If you are selling your Katy home soon, it’s wise to know which home amenities are at the top of homebuyer priority lists! If you are buying soon, this list will give you a few things to think about, so you can create your own nonnegotiable amenity list. If you’re currently a Katy homeowner, think about which amenities you could never live without.

As a Katy real estate agent, I see buyers requesting many of these often. This sometimes depends on what generation they’re from as well. Here’s a breakdown of the most nonnegotiable amenities right now, countrywide. In a house:

  • Central AC and heat top the list at 82 percent. In a hot place like Katy, this percentage would be even higher!
  • Private patio or backyard comes in second at 58.5 percent.
  • Guest bedroom is 41.9 percent. With people relocating all over the country, it’s important to homeowners to have a place for out-of-town guests to stay.
  • Walk-in closets come in at 32.2 percent. People like their stuff!
  • Good orientation (the direction the home faces) is 31.7 percent. This is especially important for those with a green thumb.
  • Hardwood floors come in at 27.9 percent.
  • Good views, 26.5 percent.
  • Storm windows, 21.4 percent.
  • Formal dining room, 16.4 percent.
  • Granite or marble countertops, 15.9 percent.
  • Solar panels, 11.9 percent.
  • Stainless steel appliances, 11.0 percent.
  • Swimming pool, 6.9 percent. (This may be higher in Katy, where it’s warm year-round.)

For apartments, many of these are similar, with central AC or heat coming it at the top. Next is in-unit washer and dryer at 61.6 percent, followed my pets permitted at 45.2 percent. Then balcony, swimming pool, good view, fitness center, stainless steel appliances, and granite or marble countertops.

How much homebuyers are willing to pay for each amenity differs by generation, which is interesting! Central AC or heat is more important to millennials than baby boomers, for example, as millennials are willing to pay double what baby boomers are to have it.

Let’s break it down:

  • Millennials will spend $6,194 for central AC or heat; Gen X will pay $4,972 for it; Baby boomers will pa $3,689 for it.
  • Gen X will pay the most to have a formal dining room, at $3,699, followed by millennials, then baby boomers.
  • Baby boomers will pay the most for a swimming pool, at $5,650, followed by millennials and Gen X.
  • Millennials will pay the most for granite or marble countertops, at $2,412.
  • Gen X will pay the most for a guest bedroom, at $5,534.
  • Baby boomers will pay the most for storm windows, at $2,427.
  • Millennials will pay the most for a private patio or backyard, solar panels, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in closets.

You can see the full breakdown in this Realtor Magazine article. What couldn’t you live without as a Katy homeowner?

If selling, keep these amenities in mind. If buying, start thinking about what is most important to you. If you’ve got questions about the Katy real estate market, or you’re ready to accomplish your real estate goals in Katy this fall, contact me, your Katy real estate agent!

Mickie Cioccia

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Keep Katy Home Secure During Vacation

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Katy home safety and security tips

If you’re planning a Labor Day or fall vacation, make sure you prep your Katy home so that it’s safe and secure while you’re gone! As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to offer you some steps to take before you take off. Keep these handy:

1.  Get rid of odors. Empty all of your trash cans, wipe them down with a cleanser spray and then let them dry. Run your garbage disposal. Get rid of any food in the fridge that will go bad before you return. Keep your air conditioner running at high 70’s to prevent moisture buildup.

2.  Pause your mail. If your mailbox is exploding with mail, that’s an obvious sign that no one is home. You can temporarily shut off your mail online. Do this with any newspapers you have delivered as well, and UPS boxes if you’re expecting any online purchases to arrive.

3.  Unplug. Save on your electricity bill, and prevent any sort of electrical issue or fire, by unplugging all unused appliances while you’re away. That includes TV, internet, microwave, coffeemakers, clocks, etc.

4.  Secure your home. There are many ways of doing this. On the high end, purchase and install a security system, set up cameras in and around the house for you to check on, invest in smart technology that lets you turn off and on lights and close curtains remotely. You could also just make sure everything is locked and get a timer for your outdoor lights. (Choose one that allows for randomization.)

5.  Watch what you share. If posting on social media about going out of town, make sure you’re only sharing with friends and not with the general public. Let a trusted neighbor know you’re leaving, so they can check up on your house, but don’t let the whole neighborhood know.

6.  Plan ahead with landscaping. Mow the lawn right before you leave, and water plants, so your yard isn’t a giveaway. If you’ll be gone for longer than this is possible, have someone come over to mow or water. If planting new landscaping anytime soon, opt for thorny shrubs below your windows.

7.  Move your spare key! If you leave a spare key under your flowerpot, time to take it away while you’re gone. Even if it’s in a less obvious place, being gone for an extended period of time could give a burglar more time to look. Instead, give it to a trusted friend or neighbor in case of an emergency.

Once you secure your Katy home, enjoy your last-minute summer vacation or an upcoming fall trip! You deserve it! When ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. Summer is wrapping up, but there is still time to achieve your buying and/or selling goals. I am here to answer any questions you may have and to help you through the process! Give me a call!

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Fourth of July Events in Katy, TX

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Fourth of July Events in Katy TX

Tomorrow is the 4th of July in Katy, TX! Do you know how you’re celebrating? As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in, especially if you are new to the Katy community! You’ve got a couple different Independence Day celebrations to choose from in Katy this year, with something for every age.

Freedom Celebration in Katy

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 4th, you can find fun activities at the Katy Fire Station, Katy Heritage Park and VFW Hall, all part of the Freedom Celebration in Katy this year! At the Katy Fire Station, enjoy a dunking booth (you can dunk a Fire Chief!), extrication demos, lifeflight landing, hose spraying, DJ music, truck tours and more. They’ll have free snow cones, hot dogs and bottled water. At Katy Heritage Park, enjoy a petting zoo, a trackless train, bounce houses and more. At VFW Post 9182, there will be a fundraiser lunch and silent and live auctions.

Then at 9 p.m. tomorrow evening, enjoy a fireworks show over Katy, which takes place from Katy Mills Mall and Typhoon Texas. Find yourself a great place in town to watch them!

July 4th Bash at LaCenterra

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch hosts a July 4th Bash presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus on July 4th. From 5 to 10 p.m., you can enjoy live music performances by Velvet Touch, Buck Yeager Band and Level One Band. Kids can enjoy an interactive kids’ zone, with all sorts of fun activities for them. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Then find a great place to watch the fireworks show, beginning at 9:15 p.m.

4th of July Jamboree

Smith Ranch is hosting their annual 4th of July Jamboree on July 4th, from 2 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10, which includes food, music, paddle boats, a petting zoo, water slides, moonwalks and more. The night will end with a fireworks show!

After July 4th, the fun doesn’t end in Katy. Here are a few more upcoming events to mark in your calendar:

1.  No Label Brewing is hosting a Cornhole Tournament on July 7. This is open to the public and benefits Pour into Houston. Along with cornhole, there will be food trucks, a special performance and kid-friendly activities.

2.  July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., head to The Courts at Central Campus to watch a free showing of ‘Toy Story’ for Family Fun Movie Night! Wear your pajamas if you wish, bring a blanket and pillow, and enjoy popcorn, candy and bottled water during the film.

3.  Cane Island will host a Dive-In Movie & Bite Night on July 13. From 6 to 9 p.m., Cane Island residents can relax on a pool float while watching ‘Find Dory’ on a big screen. Papa Murphy’s will serve pizza by the slice for when participants get hungry.

4.  Chick-fil-A always offers great activities for families each month, and this month, that includes an inflatable water slide! Get the scoop and schedule from Katy Magazine.

Enjoy your 4th of July holiday and this prime month of summer in Katy, TX! When you’re ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals this summer, as a buyer, seller or both, contact me. As your Katy real estate agent, I can answer all of your questions and guide you through the entire process.

Happy Independence Day!

Mickie Cioccia

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Five Questions for Your Katy Moving Company

moving boxes2If you are buying or selling in the Katy real estate market this spring or summer, you’ve got a move ahead of you! Reports have shown that moving can be as stressful as or more stressful than planning a wedding or getting a divorce. That’s a lot of stress! You can avoid much of it, though, by planning ahead. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help!

First, check out my Moving Checklist, which gives you a guideline to follow eight weeks before, six weeks before, four weeks before, three weeks, two weeks, one week and 2-3 days before. Follow that, and you won’t miss a step or have to backtrack steps!

I’ve also got 14-foot moving trucks available for my clients to use for FREE! The trucks come fully loaded with a ramp, three dollies, and a bin full of furniture pads. Whether you’re buying, selling or both with us, these trucks are offered to our clients based on availability.

If you decide to hire a moving company, here are some questions to ask, according to RISMedia:

1.  Do you have references? This day in age, it’s easy to look a company up on Google and find reviews from past clients. However, if you can’t find any reviews, or even if you can, it’s still a good idea to ask the company for references so you may contact past clients and ask them questions about the quality of service.

2.  What specific services do you offer? This varies greatly from company to company, so determine what your needs are, and then see if each company you contact can provide them. Will they move a grand piano or four-post bed? Will they load a truck you rented yourself? Ask what their minimum and maximum workloads are.

3.  Do you offer in-home estimates? There’s no better way to find out what a moving company will cost than to have them actually come to your house and give you an estimate. Have a few do this and you have a great way to compare. Make sure to get the estimates in writing!

4.  Will you draw up an inventory of my items? When using a moving company, you risk the chance of losing items. It’s helpful if a company is willing to create a detailed and organized list of your items. This can save you a lot of time from having to do this yourself as well.

5.  What happens if something is lost or damaged? Find out what each company’s policy is on this. Most will offer optional coverage for repairs or replacements, which will cost more, so it’s up to you to decide if this is important to you.

Before you move, you need to accomplish your home-buying and/or home-selling goals in the Katy real estate market. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help make that happen! Give me a call and let’s work toward your goals this spring/summer.

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Summer Camps for Kids in Katy, TX

kids craftThere’s still time to sign your kids up for summer camps in Katy, TX! There are camps for kids of all ages and interests, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that interests your kids. The Katy community is a family-friendly one, always with kids in mind. As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to help you find a summer camp that will thrill your children!

  • If they love acting: Spotlight Acting Academy offers camps, classes and workshops for kids’ ages 3-18. Depending what you choose, your kid could perform in the Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. performance or the Once Upon a Mattress G2K performance!
  • If your kids love art: Katy Art School offers three different classes each week of summer. They can learn how to make art from reusable items, learn about different cultures through art, make paper collages, make under the sea art and so much more. They are weeklong camps for a variety of ages.
  • If your kids love dance: Becky’s Academy of Art offers day camps for kids kindergarten through sixth grade, along with dance and drill camps for junior high and high school students.
  • If your kids love horses: Paloma Trails offers full-day camps for ages 7 to 15, half-day camps for ages 5 to 15, 75-minute camps for ages 18 months to 5 years, and more. These range anywhere from young kids learning how to be safe around horses, to learning how to walk and trot with no assistance.
  • If your kids love martial arts: Black Dragon has camps for kids in grades kindergarten to fifth grade, with martial arts, guest speakers, field trips and more. Vortexic Martial Arts offers camps that focus on different themes each week, helping kids to grow mentally and physically.
  • If your kids love music: The Conservatory of Music offers guitar and piano camps for either ages 8 to 12 or ages 13 to 15. Each camp runs two hours daily. School of Rock offers a variety of camps all summer long for all ages and levels. Each camp runs for one week.
  • If your kids love science: Club SciKidz has 48 weekly camps to choose from in all sorts of fields of science, such as robotics and engineering, video game design, film making and more. These are for ages 4 to 15.

If your kid isn’t sure what they’re into yet, there are also a variety of field trip and day camps available. Kids R Kids camps offer 10-week camp series that explore all types of activities, ranging from cooking to engineering. These are available for kids 5 through 12. When you find a summer camp that interests your kids and fits with your schedule, be sure to call to check availability and to sign up!

In the meantime, when you’re ready to achieve your adult Katy real estate market goals this summer, I am here for you! Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and let’s make your goals a reality.

Mickie Cioccia
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Improve the Outdoor Space of Your Katy Home

patio furnitureDoes the warm weather have you eager to spend more time outdoors this spring and summer? If so, you’re not alone! More homeowners are choosing to spend money on upgrading their outdoor spaces at their Katy homes. Now only does this allow for more enjoyable time outside, and better ways to entertain guests, but it also increases curb appeal and your Katy’s home value!

As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to share some of the results of a recent Houzz survey, where they surveyed more than 750 homeowners who are currently or who recently upgraded their outdoor space. Here are the results of what is trending right now!

  • Most major outdoor projects occur in the backyard at 70 percent, but 30 percent are updating their front yards and 30 percent their side yards.
  • Front yard upgrades mostly consisted of curb appeal projects. This broke down to 41 percent flower beds and borders, 34 percent shrubs, 25 percent perennials, 17 percent trees and 12 percent porches and verandas.
  • Backyard upgrades mostly consisted of outdoor living element upgrades, which made up 88 percent of the upgrades. These consisted of 43 percent lounge furniture upgrades, 38 percent fire pits, 35 percent string lights for improved ambiance, 34 percent dining furniture, and 27 percent added benches.
  • Technology and entertainment systems are growing more popular outside. Of the 18 percent of surveyors that are adding entertainment elements, 59 percent are adding televisions, 48 percent wired speakers, 42 percent wireless speakers, 14 percent wired charging hubs for electronics, and 11 percent wireless charging hubs.
  • The costs varied significantly in this particular study, with more than half of the homeowners spending more than $10,000 on their upgrades, but one-third of respondents spending less than $5,000. Of course, these are surveyors from Houzz, a home-improvement website, so these particular respondents may be prone to spending more on renovations.
  • Post-project, most respondents said they are spending more time outdoors, and enjoying that time more. Sixty-seven percent said they’re spending more time outdoors, 63 percent said their relaxing/resting more, 52 percent are gardening more, 51 percent are entertaining more, and 26 percent are enjoying more family time.

While major outdoor upgrades aren’t for everyone, there are simple ways to improve your outdoor space as well. You could add a patio or deck if you don’t have one, or re-stain the one you do have, and upgrade or add patio furniture. Add some annual flowers to pots if you’re not into gardening, or add mulch around trees and walkways for a burst of color. Repaint your front door or garage door, and power wash your siding. Keep your lawn green and mowed.

Every little bit helps, especially when it comes time to sell! When you’re ready to sell, buy or both in the Katy real estate market this spring, don’t hesitate to contact me. The time to act is now! As your Katy real estate agent, I can answer your questions and guide you through the home-buying and/or home-selling process. All you have to do is 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.