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Benefits of Homeownership in Katy, TX

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Katy TX Homeownership Perks

The pandemic has caused a disturbance in our lives and our goals. While Katy real estate market activity slowed down for a bit, it’s picking back up for summer. Home prices are still high, sellers are listing, sales are increasing, and buyers are out and eager, thanks to historically low mortgage rates!

If you have a dream of owning a home in Katy, as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help make that goal a reality for you this summer. There are so many perks to homeownership, financial and non-financial. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Net worth – Homeownership builds your family’s net worth. Studies find that the median family net worth for all homeowners increased by nearly 15 percent since 2013, while the net worth of renters has declined 9 percent since 2013.

Financial security – It’s easier to have financial security, especially during troubled times, when you own, thanks to equity, value appreciation and set monthly mortgage costs. Your monthly payment won’t suddenly go up if you have a fixed-rate mortgage, unlike rent, and you have the value of your home to fall back on in emergencies.

Pride of ownership – Homeowners feel proud to have a place to call their own. Once you own, you’ll understand how good it feels, especially during uncertain times. It is, after all, part of what is considered the American Dream!

Civic participation – Homeowners are more interested in being involved in their neighborhood and community when they own and have a stake in the location. Homeownership increases a sense of community and increases civic engagement.

Privacy, safety and stability – Homeowners can enjoy a comfortable private space that is all their own, and homeowners tend to feel more safe and secure in their own homes than shared space or rentals. Homeowners tend to stay in one place longer, which makes it easier to get to know your neighbors.

Personal expression – As the owner of a home, you have the ability to make whatever changes you want to your living space, which is a great way to show off personal expression and creativity.

Economic benefits – The benefits of homeownership extend beyond your own front door and community, too. Housing-related expenses account for more than one-sixth of America’s economic activity. Homeownership helps drive GDP growth, as a study shows that every 10 percent increase in total housing market wealth translates to approximately $147 billion in additional consumer spending. Wow! Homeownership is also a forced savings, which provides homeowners with entrepreneurial opportunities. This is all great news for our economy and for individual possibilities.

You can find links to the studies mentioned in this KCM article. When you are ready to buy, sell or both this summer in the Katy real estate market, give me a call! If you have questions about the process, or about current market conditions, give me a call. As your Katy real estate agent, I am always here and ready to help you out in whatever way I can. Let’s make your real estate goals a reality this summer!

Mickie Cioccia | Broker Associate

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How To Make Your Katy TX Home More Tranquil

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Katy TX Tranquil Home Space

Are you sick of your Katy TX home yet? With adults working from home, and kids schooling from home, a lot of homeowners are experiencing more time and stress in their home environment. Now is a great time to determine how to make your home more tranquil, a place where people want to hang out, and a place where you can melt your stress away!

As your Katy real estate agent, I’ve put together a few suggestions. Realtor Magazine shared that 32 percent of homeowners said they already had taken on both big and small DIY house projects during the pandemic, and 15 percent said they plan to soon. So, now is as good a time as any to make your house the home you prefer!

1.  Decide what relaxes you. Before you can create a nook to zen out in, you have to decide what your corner of paradise would look like. How do you like to decompress? Do you love to read? Do you love to take baths? Do you love to end the work day with a cocktail? Do you love spending time outdoors? This will help you plan your next move.

2.  Set aside space in your home. Decide where your tranquil nook will go. If you have a spare room, you can deck it out with whatever make you happy – Bookshelves, a comfy chair or couch, houseplants, etc. If you don’t have that much space to work with, what corner of what room could you move things around in? You put a desk in a closet to make a private-ish office, create a mini bar with a TV stand, make a spa in the bathroom with some candles and soft music, or hang a hammock outside.

3.  Create an atmosphere. Think about what will bring you the most joy, or relaxation, or whatever it is you’re going for. Think color schemes, such as bright colors to bring you a vacation-like feel, calm colors to feel zen, or neutral colors to help you focus. Add pops of color, such as flowers or plants, or throw pillows or rugs, to make the space feel homier.

4.  Organize. Clutter is shown to stress homeowners out, so find ways to organize. If your kids are spreading toys around, have color-coordinated bins for each type of toy, so it’s easier to put them away. Create a toy room, so the toys stay in one space. Dedicate a time of day, or a day of the week, to clean up clutter, so it remains manageable while our homes are ‘lived in’ more than usual.

More ideas: Create separations between your work space and living space, so the two don’t blend together and it still feels like you’re leaving work. Create space outside to enjoy, even if it’s just foldout chairs or a chair and table. Any type of sitting space outdoors can help lead you there. Create an inspiration board you can hang wherever need be, full of your favorite quotes, photos, etc.

How have you made your home more tranquil during the pandemic? Share a tip in the comments! If you’re ready to buy or sell in the Katy real estate market, give me a call. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help guide you through the home-selling and/or home-buying process. Real estate never stops, so why should you put your goals on hold? Contact me, let’s discuss your options!

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What to Know About Home Affordability in Katy Right Now

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Homeownership Perks in Katy TX

Are you hoping to buy a Katy home this year? Do you keep up with real estate headlines and constantly go back and forth about whether you should buy now or put it off? As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to share the latest news with you, and to ensure you that now is an excellent time to buy!

Between mortgage rates, home price fluctuations and economic recession talk, it’s hard to keep the facts straight. As a Katy homebuyer, the most important factor to look out for is mortgage rates. If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you know that mortgage interest rates are very low right now! For this reason, housing affordability is high for Katy buyers. In fact, now is an even better time to purchase a home than 10 years ago, according to Realtor Magazine. Rates are low, borrowers are more responsible, homeowners are sitting on more equity, median family income has increased, etc. 

There’s been talk that after a year of moderating home prices, home value appreciation may start accelerating again. No one knows for sure when this will happen. While this could raise the cost of homes, that doesn’t mean that it will make home-buying not possible for you. This is a common misconception about home-buying, which this KCM Crew article explains. This is because of low mortgage rates. Rates have dropped a whole percentage point since last year, which actually makes homes more affordable. There are many parts to the equation of home affordability! 

If you already own a home, do you know what your mortgage rate is? A new study found that many homeowners have no idea! This is important information to know while rates are so low, because if your current rate is higher than the rates being offered, now may be the perfect time for you to refinance and save money, or to sell and move up to your dream home!

Once you buy, there are many long-lasting financial benefits of homeownership. This includes tax breaks, including tax deductions on the interest and property tax portion of your mortgage. Hate tax season? Being a homeowner makes it a little easier! Also, when you own, the amount you pay each month is set in stone and won’t go up, which is not true with renting, and eventually, you could pay your mortgage off and not have a housing payment to make at all! Plus, the money you put into owning is yours to keep. It is yours in equity, and yours when you sell. When you rent, you never see that money again. 

As you can see, there are many benefits to owning a Katy home, and many benefits to buying now! If you have questions, or would like to get started on the home-buying process in the Katy real estate market, contact me! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to make your selling and/or buying goals a reality.

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Why to Sell Your Katy Home in 2020

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Katy TX Home Sellers 2020

If you’ve been thinking about selling your Katy home for a while now, the waiting game is over! The conditions of the Katy real estate market make 2020 the ideal year for selling. As your Katy real estate agent, here are four main reasons for this:

1.  New buyers are eager. Because mortgage rates are low and home price growth has become more gradual, homebuyers are out and eager to buy. It’s always smart to sell when buyers are entering the market, and especially when inventory is as low as it is right now! This means more buyers will look at your listing.

2.  Interest rates are still low. Mortgage rates are expected to remain low throughout most of 2020, which will help buyers obtain first-home purchases or move-up dream homes. If you are wanting to sell your Katy home so you can move up to your dream home, this is good news for you, too. You should be able to obtain a low mortgage rate for your future mortgage loan!

3.  You have high equity. Most Katy homeowners are surprised to learn how much equity they have in their home at this time, if they’ve been living there for at least a couple of years. The more equity you have, the more profit you’ll likely see when you sell. This could mean a large down payment on your next house, or it could mean a large sum of money to help you retire, travel, start a business, etc.

4.  The future is unpredictable. None of the 53 professional forecasters from the National Association for Business Economics expect a recession in 2020, which is great news for home sellers. However, GDP is expected to slow, so 2021 is an unknown. No one expects another housing crisis like the last one, but it’s smart to sell before a recession, because home prices might stall or start to decline.

As you can see, there are plenty of fantastic reasons to sell now! In fact, if you’re ready to list soon, you should, as there may be many listings coming to the Katy real estate market this spring, due to the great conditions for home-selling this year. Beat the competition and list this winter! Buyers are already out and eager to buy.

As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you sell. My team provides a comprehensive digital marketing strategy to sell your home. Our approach includes targeted Facebook advertising, email marketing, content marketing, personalized 1-to-1 outreach and more. Find more information on our home-selling approach. If you’re still not sure you’re ready to sell, start by finding out your home’s current value for free.

If you have questions about the home-selling process, or you’re feeling ready to sell, give us a call! We are here and ready to help you achieve all of your Katy real estate goals this year!

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Home Design Trends Coming & Going This Year

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Home decor trends for Katy TX homeowners

With each new year and decade, home design trends come and go! If you’re wondering what’s in and what’s out as a Katy homeowner, allow me to fill you in on what industry experts are saying. As your Katy real estate agent, I find it fun to keep up with, but also not imperative to follow. Trends change quickly and vary among regions, so take with a grain of salt and always first do what you love! If gearing up to sell your Katy home, contact your local agent to find out what’s trendy among local homebuyers.

What’s on its way out in 2020:

Accent walls – Painting one wall is losing interest. If you want to incorporate color into your home décor, go bold and paint all the walls, or use accessories to add bursts of color that are easy to swap out.

Rose gold – Rose gold may be reaching an expiration date, but designers say that pinks are still in, such as bold magentas and corals. Brass and nickel are also still in, but rose gold not so much.

Farmhouse style – This was huge for a while, but mass-produced farmhouse features have taken the unique personality out of it. Heirloom and vintage items are making a comeback for one-of-a-kind looks.

Gray neutrals – Gray has come and gone, and in place are warmer neutrals, such as light browns, beiges, creamy whites, champagne, mushroom, ochre, amber and jade.

Open floor plans – Believe it or not, younger buyers entering the market are starting to prefer more walls and privacy to the open floor plans that have been huge for the past decade.

What’s coming into style in 2020:

Simplicity – “Less is more” is becoming a popular mantra when it comes to home design. Less clutter and stuff, more impact from the stuff that is there. In are clean lines in furniture, natural elements, greenery and heirlooms or local souvenirs that tell a story.

Earth tones – Bringing the outside in is a great way to bring balance and serenity to interior space. Cool tones are transitioning into warm earth tones, like chocolate brown, yellow ochre, wine and olive green. This is true for walls and furnishings, but also for trim and ceilings.

Unique lighting – There are all sorts of cool, modern lighting fixtures available, which are beginning to take the spotlight in rooms! From chandeliers to pendant lighting, you can find anything from natural cut crystal to recycled glass or metals in freeform shapes.

Mixed metals – You don’t have to stick with only one metal for each space. Mixing brushed brass, silver and copper is becoming trendy. Just don’t mix too many in one space.

Conversational spaces – Thanks to smartphones and technology, we’re becoming more distracted and disconnected. Conversational spaces are a way to combat that, with spacious seating and lounging areas. Furniture arrangement encourages conversation and interaction.

What home design trends would you like to see come or go in 2020? When ready to achieve your Katy real estate goals, I’m here for you! Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, for help selling and/or buying this year in the Katy real estate market. Start as soon as today!

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Prepare Your Katy TX Home for Holiday Hosting

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Holiday Hosting Tips for Katy TX Homeowners

Are you hosting the holidays at your Katy home this year? As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to help you prepare! Here is a list to guide you along. You’ve still got a week, you can do this! The more you can prepare ahead of time, the more quality time you can spend with your guests.

1.  Declutter. Time is limited, so this isn’t like decluttering before a home sale. Leave the closets and inside of cabinets alone, just declutter the public areas and guest rooms. Make room in the foyer closet for coats or shoes, remove clutter from guest bedrooms, organize toys in bins, etc.

2.  Add lighting. It’s wise to invest in some nightlights for the bathroom, kitchen, guest rooms, or anywhere your guests might wander during the night. Motion-activated lighting outside is smart as well, as guests will come or go after the sun has set.

3.  Prepare bathrooms and sleeping spaces. Bathrooms will need to be cleaned whether guests are just visiting or staying overnight. Give them a good cleaning, remove clutter from counters, fill a basket with items a guest may need and place on countertop, and have extra toilet paper visible. Clean and prepare towels. Clean and prepare sheets, blankets and pillows. Have extra blankets available if guests get cold.

4.  Set up a breakfast station. If you have overnight guests staying, and you’re cooking a meal for the holidays, you won’t want to worry about breakfast as well! Set up a coffee station and cereal, pastries or whatever is easy to grab and eat. Have bowls, plates, mugs and silverware out so guests don’t have to go through all of your cabinets to find these items.

5.  Clean the kitchen. Every house guest will be making a trip into the kitchen at some point. Clean, clear away clutter on counters and tables, clean inside the refrigerator and microwave, and remove any old food or condiments in the fridge to make more space. Run the dishwasher so you have all of your dishware available and ready. Buy and prepare any food ahead of time that you can, so you’ll have less to do on the actual day.

6.  Hand out jobs. Don’t try to do everything on your own! Get the family involved, giving each person a job. (Some could be fun, like picking out a holiday playlist, or wrapping gifts.) Let your guests bring food dishes, beverages or desserts. Cookies, for example, are easy to transport and one less thing for you to worry about.

This season is all about spending time with loved ones and being grateful. Don’t stress too much, your guests know it’s a lot of work to host and will just be grateful that you are! As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with friends or family! Contact me when ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals, now or in the New Year.

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Why to Use a Real Estate Agent in Katy TX

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Roles of a Katy Real Estate Agent

Whether buying, selling or both this fall in the Katy real estate market, it is wise to use the assistance of an experienced, reliable, highly reviewed Katy real estate agent!

Buying a home is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make, and selling your home is selling one of your largest investments. It’s a big deal, and a complicated one, with lots of people to interact with and lots of paperwork. There are so many things that could go wrong, but an agent knows these processes like the back of her hand, because she does them all the time! When you work with an agent, it’s more likely that everything will go smoothly and you won’t have regrets or issues afterward.

Here are some specific examples of how a real estate agent can help during the process:

1.  Knowledge is not the same as experience. With the internet at the tip of our fingers, it’s easy to find information about how to buy and sell. Knowing how and having the experience of actually doing it are two different things. For example, when selling, you could plug your info into a free home valuation tool and get a value for your home, but agents will take into account the most recent stats from your specific area. We can tell you what homes like yours in your community have listed and sold for, how long they were on the market, who the interested buyers were, what they appraised for, etc.

2.  Agents play many roles in one. An agent’s main agenda is to get your house sold, or to help you find a home to purchase. However, we play many more roles than just that. We are expert problem-solvers. Problems arise in real estate. Whether buying or selling, home inspection issues are never fun. Appraisal issues are complicated. Price and contingency arguments occur. We know how to deal with problems. We also know how to deal with emotions that arise when you buy or sell, which can get in the way of making sound decisions. We offer neutrality and facts for helping you make important decisions.

3.  We are expert negotiators. When selling, what do you do when you receive a low offer? As a buyer, what should your first offer be, and if rejected, should you make a counteroffer? Many factors come into play, and your agent will know them and talk you through them. Plus, if the buyer or seller you’re negotiating with is working with a real estate agent, you are negotiating with a professional negotiator. Don’t you want a professional negotiator on your side as well?

The best agents will make sure your home is being seen by as many potential buyers as possible, through the best modern marketing methods available, social media, connections in the community and more. There is so much an agent does behind the scenes to ensure that your home sells, or to make sure that you are seeing all of the homes available to purchase, even if they aren’t live on the MLS.

So, when you’re ready to achieve your Katy real estate goals, as a buyer, seller or both, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here to provide my professional experience!

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Moving Tips for Katy Families with Kids

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Buying/Selling Tips for Katy Families

Whether selling, buying or both, the process of finding a home and moving is always a significant one, but it can be even more complex when kids are involved. There is more to pay attention to, and more to plan for. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to offer you some tips, so you feel confident when working toward your Katy real estate goals as a family!

1.  Consider the future. No matter how old your kids are now, it’s wise to think about how old they will be in the coming years, in your new living space. How many kids do you plan on having, and at what age will they no longer want to share rooms? How many rooms will you need? How much living space will make your family comfortable? Is a yard a must? Consider your needs vs. wants.

2.  Focus on location. The location of the home is just as important as the house itself, if not more important, when moving with kids. You can renovate a home, but you can’t change a location! Research how safe the area is. Pay attention to whether other families and kids live in the area. Find the closest parks, schools, daycares, etc.

3.  Find good schools. In a study done of buyers with kids, 53 percent said the quality of the school district is an important factor when buying, and 50 percent look for neighborhoods close to the schools. When moving with kids, it’s important to look into the school districts in which listings reside.

4.  Plan for showings. If selling at home with kids, it’s important to plan ahead for showings and open houses. Get your kids involved in the cleaning process, so toys can be put away in an organized manner. Have a plan for showings at a moment’s notice. Keep toys packed in the trunk, have snacks ready, and have a few ideas planned for where to go during this time. Make it fun so the kids don’t wear out from the process quickly.

5.  Prepare for a move. When you have kids, you tend to collect a lot of clutter. Start going through the kids’ items early, donating or selling any clothes or toys that they’ve grown out of. Pack up anything you can that you won’t need before the move.

6.  Talk to your kids. Sit your kids down and explain the process of moving, buying and/or selling to them. No matter how old they are, preparing them ahead of time, however much you can, will help the process go more smoothly. Help them cope with the physical process of moving as well as the emotional.

When you’re ready to accomplish your home-buying and/or home-selling goals in the Katy real estate market this fall, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! I am here to answer any questions you may have, and to guide your family through the entire process, making it as stress-free as possible for you. Give me a call, let’s start today!

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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!

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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!

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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.