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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.

Mickie Cioccia
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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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Hop into Spring in Katy, TX!

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Katy TX Spring Events

Ready for the spring season in Katy, TX? As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in on events coming up in the next few weeks! So whether you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Easter or just the changing of the seasons, check out this abundant list of upcoming events and activities in the Katy area.

  • Enjoy Spring Break Cinema at Central Green Park at LaCenterra by heading there for a free outdoor showing of ‘Moana’ tonight, March 14! Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. The movie will begin at dusk.
  • Lucky Charm 5K takes place on Saturday, March 17, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! Register early to save. On race day, head to Mo’s Irish Pub. The race will begin at 7:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. for the kids’ race. All racers will receive a finishers medal and t-shirt. Then enjoy an after party with food, drinks, music and more.
  • Continue to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Lucky’s Pub on March 17 in Katy! Doors open at 10 a.m. and they will have green beer, bagpipers, live entertainment all day, and great food. There are numerous ticket options, so see which one would interest you most!
  • Cane Island will host a St. Patrick’s Day event on March 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by anytime for Crafts & Crawfish! Browse and shop among more than 60 vendors with jewelry, clothing and more. Then, satisfy your appetite with crawfish and cold beer!
  • Chick-fil-A is hosting an Easter Family Night on March 27 at the Cinco Ranch location and March 28 at the Mason Road location. Each event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families will make colorful paper eggs while sampling the New Seasonal Frosted Sunrise. Balloon animals and face painting will take place, as usual!
  • For preschoolers specifically, head to Chick-fil-A on March 27 or 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for an Easter Party! Kids will decorate a salt dough Easter ornament with sparkle dough. Then, they can enjoy singing, dancing and Easter stories will other preschoolers.
  • Central Green Park at LaCenterra is hosting Journey Through China on March 31 at 2 p.m. Bring the whole family and enjoy authentic dancing as this nationally renowned group takes you through several regions of China with different forms of song and dance.
  • The Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center will host a Katy Folk Life Festival on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.! See what life was like in Texas during the late 1800’s by experiencing life as a pioneer. See how they dressed and what they ate, and watch blacksmith demos, woodworking presentations and more.

Enjoy the beginning of the spring season in Katy! When ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals this spring, contact me. It’s a popular time of year to buy and sell, and as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help!

Mickie Cioccia
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Reap Tax Benefits As Katy Homeowner!

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Tax Benefits for Katy Homeowners

If you’re a new Katy homeowner, make sure you’re aware of all the tax benefits you can enjoy when filing your taxes for 2017! When it comes to taxes, it pays to be a homeowner, literally. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on some of the best tax benefits to know about, and what to know for tax season next year, due to changes in the new tax plan that went through.

Mortgage Interest

This is probably the best tax break of owning a home! You can deduct the interest on a mortgage up to $1 million. The more recent your mortgage, the bigger your savings, because you pay more interest in the beginning. Nothing is changing when you file taxes for 2017. Next year, homeowners with a mortgage before Dec. 15, 2017 can still deduct interest on loans up to $1 million. Homeowners with a mortgage after that can deduct interest up to $750,000.

Property Taxes

Most of the time, you can deduct property taxes on your 2017 tax return. If you have a mortgage, your taxes are usually built into your monthly payment. Use a tax professional to help you calculate your property taxes. The average household property tax is over $2,000, so this could mean big savings!

Private Mortgage Insurance

If you put less than 20 percent down on your home, you may be paying private mortgage insurance. The tax deduction for this expired, but the new tax bill made it available for the 2017 tax year. This deduction is for itemizers only. For 2018 taxes, the standard deduction nearly doubles, so it’s expected that very few taxpayers will itemize deductions starting next year.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades

While many of these tax credits have expired, there are still two available. That is for solar electric and solar water heating equipment. These credits are available through Dec. 31, 2021. The percentage of the credit varies based on date of installation, but from now until Dec. 31, 2019, 30 percent of the expenditures are eligible for the credit.

Home Office

If you work from home, you can take $5 per square foot for up to 300 square feet of office space. This allows for a maximum deduction of $1,500. There are strict rules about what counts as a home office, so be sure to look into it. Next year, this deduction will only count for self-employed people who don’t have an office they could go to.

Other tax benefits that may be available for Katy homeowners includes home improvements to age in place, andinterest on a home equity line of credit. For more information on all of this, check out this realtor.com article.

Ready to buy a Katy home so you can enjoy these tax benefits next year? Ready to sell? Have questions about the Katy real estate market? I am your Katy real estate agent, standing by to answer questions and guide you through the home-buying and/or home-selling process this year!

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Reasons for Selling Your Katy Home During the Holidays

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Sell Your Katy, TX Home This Holiday Season

If your Katy home is currently listed, or you’d like to list it during the holiday season, contact me! As your Katy real estate agent, I am always available to help you with your home-selling and/or home-buying needs. The Katy real estate market never pauses, so why should you put your dreams on hold if you’d like to accomplish them now?

There are plenty of reasons to sell now! If you are relocating for a job, a growing family, an aging parent or anything else, you don’t really have the option to wait. If you want to move while the kids are on holiday break, now is a great time to sell. If you’d like to sell and buy up, you most likely want to score a low mortgage rate, while they’re low, and take advantage of year-end tax benefits.

Here are some reasons why selling during the holidays is smart:

  • Serious buyers are out. Casual buyers are too busy during the holidays. When you get a showing set up, you know it’s because the buyer is serious.
  • The competition is light. Inventory is lower than usual as it is, but during the holidays, it drops even more. There’s a really good chance that serious buyers will check out your house!
  • The process goes faster. Everyone is a little less busy this time of year. That includes agents, mortgage lenders, inspectors, appraisers, etc. Therefore, the process of selling tends to go quicker.
  • Now is the time to buy up. Like I mentioned, if you want to buy a bigger home after you sell, mortgage rates are low right now, but rates and prices are expected to increase. Buy now and save!
  • Holiday décor lights up the night. With shorter days, it’s a dark time of year, but you can use casual, neutral holiday décor to your advantage during the holidays. It makes your home cozier and brighter!

When it comes to holiday décor, you want to dial it back a bit if you normally go all out. You don’t want your home to look smaller because it’s cramped with décor, and you don’t want buyers to miss any great features because they’re hidden with décor.

Consider using a smaller Christmas tree than usual if it takes up a lot of space in a room, and decorate it with neutral décor rather than homemade ornaments. Stick to a tree, a wreath on the front door, and some lights on your roof or in your trees. Light up the walkway outside. Inside, only use battery-operated candles, and incorporate seasonal aromas.

For more tips on selling your Katy home during the holidays, contact me! Like I said, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help whenever you’re ready to begin. If you want your holiday gift to yourself this year to be to sell your home, contact me, and let’s together achieve your Katy real estate market goals!

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Back-To-School Events in Katy, TX

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Back-to-school events in Katy, TX this month

With back-to-school time upon us in Katy, TX, you can expect many events and activities taking place to include this theme. Whether you’re preparing your kids for the school year, or you’re reaping as many summertime activities as you can while they last, there is an event coming up for you. As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on a few, so that you can plan the rest of your August and summer accordingly!

  • Chick-fil-A is hosting a Back to School event tonight at their Mason Road location. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., kids can craft a bookmark for their school books, take back-to-school pictures in a photo booth, and enjoy complimentary face painting and balloon animals.
  • Saturday, Aug. 19, the Taylor High School JET Marching Band will host their March-a-Thon with new locations this year! From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., they’ll perform at THS Parking Garage, Randalls, Wolfe, Memorial Parkway, Exley, Hayes and Pattison Elementary Schools, and Epiphany Catholic Church.
  • Saturday evening, head to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch for Movie on the Green. ‘Thor,’ rated PG-13, will begin at dusk. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic table, pack a picnic if you choose, and enjoy the movie from Marvel Comics about the immortal cast down to Earth to save the world from his evil brother.
  • A Back to School Bash & School Supply Drive will take place at Cane Island on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. Enjoy live country and rock music, and chicken, ice cream and beer from local venues. Schools supplies are being accepted until the event, so help out with a great cause!
  • Head to the football field at Taylor High School on Aug. 25 for the JET Band Community Food Truck Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. JET Band will perform and food trucks will be available for you to purchase a variety of food from. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the music will you eat!
  • TaD’s Extreme Cars and Coffee is a fun way to spend a Saturday morning! Stop by Tad’s of Katy on Aug. 26 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. to enjoy classic cars, big trucks and exotic vehicles. Munch on breakfast sandwiches, beignets, mimosa and coffee while you view.
  • Sign up for the Katy Back to School 5K on Monday, Sept. 4, beginning at 7 a.m. Run the 5K and help benefit Katy Students Run. This will be a chipped timed race, and winners and top finishers in different age groups will win awards! Enjoy the after-party when done racing.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and your back-to-school season in Katy, TX! When ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. Summer may be winding down, but the real estate market never stops! When you’re ready to work toward buying, selling or both, I’m here to help.

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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.