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The Cost of Waiting- Why You Don’t Want to Delay in Buying Your Katy TX Home

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Over the past few years, the nation has been wishing for the recovery of the housing market, and 2013 has been an exciting year for this much anticipated comeback.  Here in Katy TX, we’ve seen continued growth in businesses, schools and people relocating to this vibrant area.

As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, it’s an exciting time to be a part of the Katy TX Real Estate market and, if you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re considering jumping into the market yourself!

You really can’t enter the Katy TX Real Estate market at a better time.  There are a number of beautiful homes on the market from which to choose and listing prices are still relatively low.  The only mistake in buying a Katy TX home would be to wait.

While we’re all celebrating the continuing upswing of the housing market, the strong market translates into rising mortgage rates.  Which means, waiting can be costly!

A recent report from a Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey noted interest rates on 30 year fixed rate loans were at record lows at 3.5 percent at this time last year and even went as low as 3.31 percent last November.

These historic lows, however, have recently started to climb and have jumped up to more than 4.5 percent, which hasn’t been seen in over two years!  The survey went on to point out that at the end of June of this year, rates jumped almost .5 percent which posed the largest week-over-week increase in more than a quarter century.

As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, I put together a few charts to show this trend over the past year.  Hopefully these will give you even more insight into the upward trend of mortgage rates and how they can impact your costs.

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So, what does this mean for you as a buyer?  Don’t delay!

While you want to ensure buying a home in Katy is the right decision for you, the rising mortgage rates show that there is a cost for waiting.

If you know you’d like to move forward with searching for your new Katy TX home, or you have further questions about buying a home in Katy TX, please feel free to contact me today!

I would be happy to talk with you about your needs for your Katy home and your financing options!

Mickie Cioccia
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3 Major Reasons Why Young Professionals Should Be Moving to Katy TX NOW!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs a longtime Katy, TX real estate agent, I have had the pleasure of working with sellers and buyers of all types. From empty nesters hoping to downsize into something that can be easily maintained to growing families and young professionals seeking a home that meets their evolving needs, the Katy, TX real estate market has something to offer everyone. With the region steadily growing and more people flocking to the Houston area, I can help you find the Katy, TX home that is right for your unique real estate needs. Because of the influx of jobs, economic growth and healthy housing market, the Houston, TX/Katy TX area is quickly being lauded as one of the top destinations for recent college graduates and young professionals. As an experienced Houston, TX real estate agent, I can introduce you to the neighborhoods and surrounding communities to help you discover the home of your dreams in the area that suits you best. Here are just a few reasons why recent graduates and young professionals are coming to Houston, TX and Katy TX in droves:

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. While other major metropolitan areas are still struggling with high unemployment rates, Katy, TX’s nearby neighbor, Houston, has been recently named as the very best city for recent college graduates to find work. With a job growth rate that eclipses other big U.S. cities, Houston has long been an attractive corridor for businesses and employers. Ranked as creating more jobs than any other city in the United States, the Houston/Katy, TX region is home to a variety of industries and companies of all sizes and types. With the unemployment rate at a mere 6.2%, our area was recently distinguished by MSN Now as the number one city that every recent graduate should pick up and move to.
  • Low Cost of Living. With plenty of affordable Katy real estate available, the market is excellent for both buyers and sellers. Whether you’re seeking something close to nightlife, shopping, work and entertainment or you’re hoping to find a home to start a family in, the Katy, TX real estate market is a stable and secure one for your residential investment. Additionally, Texas does not have a state income tax and the general cost of living tends to be slightly less expensive in Houston, TX and Katy TX as opposed to other desirable urban areas, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Boston and San Diego.
  • Culture, Activities and Fun. With hundreds of restaurants sure to satisfy any palette, dozens of bars, nightclubs and entertainment hotspots, there is always something to do in Houston, TX and its surrounding areas. With no lack of art, entertainment, diversity and culture, residents never find themselves bored in Houston or Katy TX. As a real estate agent familiar with the ins and outs of the area, I can help you find the community that feels like home – Whether that’s a quiet residential neighborhood or a hip urban building at the center of everything.

I’m always happy to introduce potential new residents to Katy TX and look forward to working with you. Relocating to a new city can be tough – But with an experienced Katy, TX real estate agent by your side, we can ensure that you will feel right at home in no time! Please contact me today to get started.

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5 Tips for Buying a Katy TX Home in the Summer

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Summer is a great time to buy a home in Katy TX.  The surge of homes coming on the Katy TX Real Estate market in the spring, along with the freedom families face for moving when children are out of school, are a few reasons why many who are moving to a new home in Katy pick the summer months to do so!

If you’ve been searching for a new home in Katy TX, or are relocating to the area and are planning to visit for a weekend of house hunting; there are a few tips you’ll want to have in mind.  Take a look!

1. Look past curb appeal– Summer is a great time for sellers as their home is being shown in the best light possible.  Budding flowers, lush trees and green grass set the stage for a home to show well.  Buyers see beautiful curb appeal and can instantly fall in love with the appearance of the home and its charming setting.  Yet, it’s important to look past curb appeal and focus on what’s going on inside the home.  Take note of any major updates or repairs you’ll have to do to make the home move in ready and take those factors into serious consideration.

2. Start your search early– If you have children that will be starting school in the fall, you’ll want to find and be settled into your new Katy home before the school year starts.  Moving early to mid summer will allow your children to meet others in the neighborhood and feel less nervous about starting at a new school in the fall.

3. Act quickly– On average, 30-40% of homes sell in the summer months.  This means that competition is tight.  If there’s a great home that fits your style, budget and your wants; move quickly or someone else will!  Of course you still want to weigh the decision carefully and talk with your Katy TX Real Estate agent, but delays can lead to bidding wars or someone snatching up the home first.

4. Have your financials in order– Because you’ll need to act quickly on a Katy TX home in the summer, you’ll want to be sure to have your financials in order. This means being pre approved and making sure you’re prepared with a down payment.

5. Don’t be fooled by nice weather– A dry summer can hide a moisture problem in a home.  Look for clues of excessive moisture by checking the ceiling and walls for water marks.  Mildew is also another sign of moisture issues and will need to be dealt with immediately. You’ll naturally want a home inspection before purchasing the home, but these are a few clues to look for when viewing the home for the first time as they can tip you off to potential issues.

I hope these tips are helpful as you continue or begin your Katy TX home search!

As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, I would be happy to sit down and talk with you about what you’re looking for in a Katy TX home.  The market can sometimes feel overwhelming when there are a number of homes to choose from, but I can help hone in on your needs, wants, budget and lifestyle to ensure you’re only seeing the homes that truly fit what you’re looking for in a Katy TX home.

Please feel free to contact me today to get started!

Mickie Cioccia
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Help Sell Your Katy TX Home with These Projects!

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It’s been fun highlighting new businesses that are coming to Katy TX and the local events that are taking place throughout the year.  Katy TX is a growing city and it’s a dynamic time to be living in its vibrant communities!

Yet, there are those of you who are finding yourself needing to sell your home whether due to a job transfer, extenuating circumstances, or you’re finally able to move into your dream home in Katy TX!  Whatever the reason you need to sell your Katy TX home, as a real estate agent in Katy for a number of years, I understand the thought can seem rather daunting.

Oftentimes sellers will ask me what they can do to help their Katy TX home sell and boost its’ appeal on the Katy TX Real Estate market.  I’ve gathered together some of the top projects that you can take on to help improve the appeal of your home to buyers.  Take a look!

Top Energy Efficient Project: Add Insulation

– Adding proper insulation will not only add value to your home, but will save you money. This energy efficient project will reduce up to 30% of heating and cooling costs. Those looking to buy a Katy TX home will be searching for homes that are more eco-friendly and adding insulation or even replacing old windows with new energy efficient ones will appeal to buyers.

Top Budget Friendly Project: Clean and Conquer Clutter

– The best way to update your home is to remove any excess furniture or knickknacks that don’t serve a purpose. Not only will this make your Katy TX home appear larger, but it will give your home a more updated feel. If you’re planning on selling your home, buyers will appreciate this clean and updated look as they’ll be able to better envision their belonging in your home.

Top Kitchen Project: Upgrade Appliances

– Kitchen’s are one of the top places that people will want to see upgrades and where you will get the most return on investment. The top kitchen project is to upgrade your appliances. Of course stainless steel appliances are today’s standard, so if you haven’t upgraded yet, now would be a great time to do so. Another upgrade that’s possible for those who already have stainless steel appliances are energy efficient options. Switching to these “green” appliances will cut down on your energy bill and will be better for the environment as well.

Top Bathroom Project: Refresh Fixtures

– Bathrooms are another space where many will want to see upgrades. An easy way to refresh bathrooms is to change out the fixtures. From lighting to the vanity or even just the cabinetry hardware; there are many cost effective updates that can be made in a bathroom.

The Top Storage and Organization Project: Maximize Storage Space

– Give yourself more space instantly by organizing your closets and cabinets. Clean out things you no longer use and consider investing in a closet or pantry organizer. This will immediately give the appearance of extra room as well as being easier to maintain.

Top Landscaping Project: Tidy Your Lawn

– Curb appeal speaks volumes for how you care for your Katy TX home overall. A lawn that is well manicured and aesthetically pleasing will appeal to most no matter what the size. Buyers will want to know they can simply maintain the lawn you’ve cared for rather than having to put in a lot of time and money for updates.

Top Outdoor Living Project: Add Outdoor Living

– Adding outdoor living space is like adding square footage onto your home. Imagine lounging in a new outdoor living space and hosting outdoor dinner parties this summer. This update will add value and character to your home!

I hope this inspires you to take on one, or more, of these projects to help your Katy TX home sell!  Ensuring your home is in top condition will appeal to buyers who are looking for a move in ready home.

If you have more questions about selling your Katy TX home, or you haven’t yet found a Katy TX Real Estate agent to walk with you through the home selling process; please contact me!  I would be happy to talk with you about your selling needs and create a customized home selling plan for you!

Mickie Cioccia
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New Businesses Come to Katy TX!

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Living in Katy TX means you’re a part of a vibrant, growing community that has a lot to offer!  As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, I love what I do in helping people buy or sell a home in the Katy TX area, but my goals reach far beyond the real estate market.  I want to ensure those that move to Katy or those who have found themselves living here for years, are experiencing the complete lifestyle that appeals to so many residents.

If you’ve visited my blog in the past, you know that I’ll take time out from real estate tips and Katy TX market advice to showcase what’s happening around town.  In my experience as a Katy TX Real Estate agent, the top questions that buyers have will be in regards to the town, what there is to do, the schools, and overall quality of life.  That’s why I feel it’s important to highlight what’s happening in Katy TX, and today, I thought I would show how Katy continues to grow!

Below are a few of the new businesses that opened within the past few months, and a few that will have their grand opening soon!

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers
24433 I-10 W., Ste. 100
Opened April 23rd

– Freddy’s features classic diner food such as their double steakburger, chili bows, hot dogs and its’ signature frozen custard with a variety of flavors like the signature turtle.  This is one delicious new business you won’t want to miss!  Visit www.freddysusa.com to learn more!

Ritz Nails III
5664 I-10 W., Ste. 500
Opened early May

– Keep your hands and feet happy at this beautiful new salon that offers pedicures, manicures and other beauty treatments!  For more information, call 281-394-5664.

Around Town

Akashi Fusion Sushi Cuisine
9550 Spring Green Blvd, Ste. 416
Opened April 15th

– This creative fusion restaurant features the classic sushi rolls, but also has items that inspire like their Japanese lasagna.  Learn more at by visiting the Akashi Fusion Facebook page.

Lacey Oak
5708 Third St
Opened May 4th

– Located in the historic Robertson home, which was the first home in Katy to receive electricity, Lacey Oak is an elegant boutique boasting home decorations, women’s accessories, handbags, a children’s section and more!  Whether you’re going to shop, or to peak in at this historic home; you won’t be disappointed!  Please visit www.laceyoak.com for more information.

Coming Soon

World of Beer
2643 Commercial Center Blvd Ste. B390
(In LaCenterra)
Opening this June

– World of Beer will offer 500 choices of bottle beer and 50 on tap. It will also serve as a live music and entertainment venue.  To learn more visit, www.wobusa.com.

Macaroni House
6501 S. Fry Rd, Ste. 300
Opening this June

– The Macaroni House will be a favorite for those who love macaroni!  This restaurant will feature American cuisine, but its highlight will be the variety of macaroni dishes offered!  Check out the Macaroni House on their Facebook page.

I hope you get the opportunity to explore some of these new local businesses!  You’ll not only discover great new places to eat or shop, but you’ll be supporting Katy TX businesses in the process!

As always, if you have any other questions about what it’s like to live in Katy TX, or you’re considering buying or selling a Katy TX home; please contact me!  I’m here to answer any questions you have and would enjoy showing you some of the beautiful homes currently available in Katy TX.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Mickie Cioccia
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6 Tips for a Successful Open House in Your Katy TX Home

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As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, the spring can tend to be one of my favorite times of the year as new homes are coming on the Katy TX Real Estate market each week.  Interested buyers are out looking at multiple homes and sellers feel the more vibrant market is an ideal time to get their Katy TX home sold.

It can, however, feel a little overwhelming to sellers knowing that there are a number of other homes currently on the Katy TX Real Estate market.  So, what can you do to help your home stand out from the competition?

The first step is helping your Katy TX home show in the best way possible!  First impressions of those visiting your home and creating a great environment can leave the lasting impression that get the sale!  Here are six simple tips for ensuring a great open house for your Katy TX home.

1. Make it Generic– It’s great to make your home personal; however your pictures, children’s art or your “to do” list on the refrigerator can be a large distraction to potential buyers.  They need to be able to envision themselves in your home, so putting away those personal items will help buyers picture their life in your Katy TX home.

2. Clear Counters– Look at your kitchen or bathroom counters from a outsiders viewpoint.  Do you have too many appliances cluttering your kitchen counter?  Clearing this space will make there appear to be more room for cooking or their own storage.  If your bathroom counters are filled with perfumes, toothbrush holders, etc… take time to put them in cabinets or drawers so buyers can see the actual size of the space.

3. Set the Table– This may not seem necessary, but having your dining room table set with nice place settings add a touch of class and can help the Katy TX buyer envision hosting their own dinner parties.

4. First Impressions
– Believe it or not, a nice doormat or attractive porch can really set the tone for the entire open house.  If there’s an old doormat, chipped paint or nothing special about the entrance to your home, buyers may feel that you don’t really care.  A welcoming setting from the start will instantly let buyers know that your home is well-maintained and that each area of your home is cared for.

5. Get to the Heart– The best way to appeal to the buyers’ heart is through offering something special when they walk in the door.  Whether you bake fresh cookies, have coffee or lemonade for them on your counter, these added touches will set your home apart.  Lighting a mildly scented candle and having your home appropriately heated for the day’s weather can make your home instantly feel comfortable to the buyer.

6. Don’t Stick Around– While it may be tempting to want to hear what the potential buyers have to say, it can be awkward when the seller is present.  They will feel that they can’t openly express their thoughts to the agent and will not feel as comfortable when looking throughout the home.  Even if you take a walk through the neighborhood, being away from the home during an open house can make all the difference.

I hope these tips are helpful as you prepare for your next open house!  If you’ve been considering selling your Katy TX home, but haven’t yet found a Katy TX Real Estate agent; I would love the opportunity to talk with you!

I put together a custom marketing plan for each of my clients and would enjoy helping get your Katy TX home sold in a timely and efficient manner!  Please feel free to contact me today to get started!

 

Mickie Cioccia
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Great Camps for Your Kids This Summer in Katy TX!

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It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner and that with students out of school, there will be a buzz of activity throughout Katy TX!  If you’re hoping to keep your children occupied with more than just hitting the pool or trying to find things to do around the house; there are great options for summer camps that you might want to explore!

Now you may be wondering what summer camps have to do with the Katy TX Real Estate market, and I can assure you the answer is “nothing.”  If you’ve stopped by my blog to learn more about buying or selling a home in Katy, you’ve come to the right place!  And, if you’ve visited my blog in hopes of learning more about the Katy TX lifestyle; you’ve also come to the right place!

As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, my goal is to provide you with everything you want to know about living in Katy TX, along with the ins and outs of buying or selling a home in Katy TX!  I believe that the city in which you live is just as important as the four walls you choose to call “home,” and so I want to provide everyone with all the pertinent information they want and need in one place!

If you would like to know more about the great activities, classes and camps available for kids this summer in Katy TX, you’ll find a few options highlighted below!  You can also visit Katy Magazine online for their list of camps, or you can check out the Savvy Source website which is a great tool for parents who want to narrow down their search to a specific type of camp.       

Sports Camps

Katy Youth Lacrosse
Cinco Ranch High School
23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy
June 3- July 26
www.katyyouthlacross.webs.com

American Kids Athletics
AKA Sports Camp
3211 N. Fry Rd, Katy
June 4- August 24
www.akasportscamp.com

Techonological Camps 

Camp Katy Technology Camp
Camp Katy Main Campus
6193 Highway Blvd, Katy
June 10- August 23
www.campkaty.com

General Camps

Katy Family YMCA
Katy YMCA Camp Cinco
15050 Cinco Park Blvd, Houston
June 10- August 23
www.ymcahouston.org/katy

Of course there are a number of other camps in Katy TX from which to choose, but hopefully these will give you a few ideas of what’s available for your children this summer in Katy TX!

If you have any questions about the Katy TX lifestyle or would like to learn more about the Katy TX Real Estate market; please feel free to contact me today!

Mickie Cioccia
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Create a Beautiful Outdoor Living Space for Your Katy TX Home!

Spring is a perfect time to be outdoors in Katy TX!  The warmer temperatures during the day and moderate evenings beckon homeowners in Katy to spend time enjoying the scenery.

In fact, since the nation is celebrating Earth Day today, you may be thinking of ways to make the outdoors an extension of your living space.

As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, my goal is to provide a wide variety of information and advice so that those who’ve bought a home in Katy TX can enjoy their home and the Katy TX lifestyle to the fullest!

If you’re looking for ways to highlight your outdoor living space this spring and create a welcoming environment for family and friends; check out these five simple tips!

1. Shield the view– If you find your backyard backs up to a neighbors without any privacy, or the homes on your street are set so that you can easily see multiple neighbors’ yards; consider shielding the view.  Sometimes the most un-relaxing thing is knowing others can see every move you make. Add shrubs or dwarf trees to, not only add green to your outdoor space, but to give yourself the atmosphere of a true respite.

2. Create a focal point– One of the main tips for an outdoor space is having a focal point.  Whether its a water feature, an outdoor fireplace, or an art installation; this can bring the space together and also act as a conversation piece.

3. Offer a variety of seating options– Benches, stools, couches and chairs will offer enough seating for everyone!  Kids will feel included in having their own seating and multiple seating allows you to easily move things around for your needs.

4. Put everything in its’ place– Organize any outdoor tools such as hoses, watering cans, brooms or garden tools in such a way that is visually appealing and keeps your outdoor area from feeling cluttered.  It will also ensure you know exactly where everything is!

5. Create outdoor “rooms”– If you have the space, be sure to have separate seating arrangements to make your outdoor area feel like a true living space!  Break up the dining area from the lounge space and the kids area, and you’ll give off the feeling of a more spacious area!

I hope these tips provide just the inspiration needed to take your outdoor living space to the next level!  If you’re new to Katy TX, you’ll love this season and will see why its’ one of Katy TX residents’ favorite times of year.

If you don’t yet live in Katy TX, but have been considering relocating to the area; please let me know!  I would love to hear more about what you’re looking for in a home in Katy and provide you with insight into the current Katy TX Real Estate market!

There’s a wide variety of beautiful homes currently available in Katy TX, and I would be happy to show them to you.  Contact me today to get started!

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Exciting News for Katy Independent School District!

As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, I enjoy highlighting to potential buyers, all that Katy TX has to offer.  This rapidly growing city just west of Houston, has become a hot spot for those looking for the convenience of the suburban lifestyle and the amenities of a big city.

A few months ago, I talked about the extensive growth to Katy TX and the need for expanding the roads.  And, with any thriving city, that’s not the only thing that’s being affected by the increase in activity!  In fact, there’s great news for new families moving to the area because Katy ISD will be welcoming a new high school to the area this fall!

I love talking with families about the Katy TX education system because it is such an asset to those living in the area.  Tom Gunnell, chief operations officer with Katy ISD noted, “The district has been among the fastest growing in the United States over the first decade of the 21st century in which it grew by 76 percent.”

In the 2011-12 school year alone, 1,840 new students enrolled in the district, and the school continues to expand!  In  fact, if the growth continues as it has been, in five years, the district will reach 75,500 students.  It’s this growth that is bringing excitement to the area and creating the need for an additional high school.  Planners see that the southwest quadrant of the district as the ideal location for the new school, which has yet to be named.

This project, which will cost approximately $137 million, will house only freshman and sophomores this coming fall.  “It will then grow to a full service high school as those students become seniors,” said Steve Stanford, director of communications with the school district.  The school is projecting a number of 865 students in its’ first year and will have an enrollment of 3,251 students by 2017

To learn more about this new school in Katy TX, please visit the Katy ISD website.

It’s an exciting time in Katy TX and if you are considering moving to the area; I would love to assist you in your Katy home search!  There are a number of beautiful homes in the area, and new properties coming on the market each week!  As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, I would enjoy working with you in each step of the home buying process, from starting your search to signing the contract!

I look forward to honing in on your specific housing needs and finding an ideal home for you in Katy TX!

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10 Reasons You’ll Want a Katy TX Real Estate Agent by Your Side!

If you’ve been considering buying a home in Katy TX this spring; I’m glad you’ve taken the time to stop by my blog!  As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, I enjoy providing great market information to my clients as well as giving insight into what’s happening in the great city of Katy.

Buying a home can seem like a large undertaking at first and, this could be the exact reason you haven’t taken the plunge with moving forward to find your new Katy TX home.  It’s true that there’s a lot that goes into the home buying process, but having someone by your side each step of the way can make all the difference!

If you’re debating on whether to use a real estate agent, or to tackle the housing market on your own; I would encourage you to look over these ten perks of having a trusted Katy TX Real Estate agent leading the way!

1. Education and Experience– Their years of training and experience in the market will be a great asset to you! You don’t have to put pressure on yourself to learn about the market or how to negotiate a deal since a real estate agent will be fully trained and know the ins and outs of the Katy TX Real Estate market.

2. Agents are Buffers– You won’t have to deal with multiple phone calls from buyers or other agents. Buying or selling a home can get personal and your Katy TX Real Estate agent can act as your personal shield against pushy buyers or bad deals.

3. Area Knowledge– If you’re buying a home in Katy TX and are relocating to the area, your Katy Real Estate agent will know the best places to search to fit your needs and lifestyle!

4. Price Guidance– Your real estate agent can guide you in what you want to offer on a home and help you come up with a price that works within your budget. They can also give you advice on pricing your home correctly from the beginning.

5. Market Condition Information– You’ll get an inside look into the Katy TX Real Estate market such as what homes are currently selling for on the market or when a home is a good deal.

6. Professional Networking– Your Katy TX Real Estate agent may already have a connection to an interested buyer for your home! They will also have contact with other Katy Real Estate agents and brokers and can get the word out about your home being on the market.

7. Negotiation Skills– Negotiating a contract can be tricky and your agent will be able to navigate through this process to ensure you are happy with the deal.

8. Handling Volumes of Paperwork– There’s a lot of paperwork that goes into buying or selling a home. Your real estate agent will be able to take care of this for you and make sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed!

9. Answer Questions after Closing– Sometimes there can be issues that arise during the closing or taxing authorities can get behind in their paperwork and call you months after closing. A good real estate agent will stick by you even after you close a deal to take care of any after effects.

10. Develop Relationships for Future Business– Finding a trusted Katy TX Real Estate agent can be tough, but once you find one; you’ll want to develop a great relationship with them! Whether you are looking to buy or sell again in the future, you know that they’ll be your first choice so building that relationship is key!

I hope these ten reasons to use a Katy Real Estate agent helps shed some light on all that a real estate agent can do for you!  Buying a home is a large financial and personal decision, and you want someone that’s experienced with you through each step.

If you’re ready to move forward, please feel free to contact me today!

Mickie Cioccia
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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.