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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!


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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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Just Listed – 24502 Pelican Drive, Katy, TX

24502 Pelican Hill Drive, Katy, TX

MLS #: 89781640
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5

Welcome to a beautifully custom built home in a quiet, gated community. With a brick exterior and plenty of great landscaping, it won’t take long to fall in love with this home. Situated on a premium golf course, this home boasts an array of desirable amenities and more.

Upon entrance, notice both hardwood and tile flooring displayed throughout much of the home. In the formal living room, find space for relaxing, entertaining or hosting a special occasion. Transitioning into the kitchen, gorgeous tile flooring, granite counter tops and an abundance of wooden cabinetry sets the tone for any aspiring chef. For any meal, retreat to the formal dining room where hardwood flooring and overhead lighting create the ultimate dining atmosphere for both casual and formal occasions. Expecting company? Show guests to the sizable family room complete with an elegant gas log fireplace and large windows to let the light stream in.

At the days end, escape to the master bedroom suite, located on the main level of the home. High ceilings, large windows, a sizable walk-in closet and more than enough space to accommodate a king sized bed make this the perfect place to create your own in-home oasis. An attached master bathroom with a double sink vanity and ample closet space offer both privacy and luxury. Three additional bedrooms located in the upper level of the home create extra sleeping quarters for both resident and guest accommodations, while a large game room suitable for both work and play provides the ideal location for group gatherings.

Don’t let this one get away! Additional features include a detached two gar garage, a community pool and a pristine location.

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Katyites | Powered by © Katy Real Estate, Texas Real Estate - use Katyites Real Estate to find real estate in Katy Real Estate or other Texas real estate. Use our home buyer tools to research all aspects of the Katy Real Estate housing market including Katy Real Estate neighborhood information, Katy Real Estate home loans, and Katy schools. Whether looking for homes for sale in Katy Real Estate or Katy Real Estate apartments for rent, Yahoo! Real Estate can help. Our Katy real estate market snapshot gives you an overview of the housing market in Katy Real Estate, TX - easily find Katy Real Estate housing market prices, housing inventory statistics such as number of listings, median home price, home price trends, and monthly real estate market trends. Once you have a better sense for the Katy real estate market, search our Katy Real Estate foreclosures, Katy Real Estate new homes, Katy Real Estate classifieds, Katy Real Estate rentals, or all Katy homes for sale. From the award winning KatyISD school district, to the tremendous value in luxury homes in great family subdivisions like Cinco Ranch, Grand Lakes, Seven Meadows, Green Trails, Kelliwood, Nottingham, Windsor Park, Cross Creek Ranch, and Falcon Ranch, to world class hospitals and medical facilities that have the Katy area being dubbed "Med Center West"

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.