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Starting a vegetable garden outside your Katy, Texas home

It's important to start small with a vegetable garden.

It’s important to start small with a vegetable garden.

Spring is here! Have you considered starting a vegetable garden outside your Katy, Texas home? This can be a fun thing and a great learning experience for families with young kids, and also for those who are empty nesters, and have always considered planting a garden but have never before had the time. There are several things to keep in mind when getting ready to plant a vegetable garden.

Consider the space you have available. You don’t have to have a large space available to start a garden, but the amount of space you have will determine how many vegetables and what kinds to plant. For those with a very small yard or no yard, planting in containers can be quite effective. A 10×10 foot vegetable garden may be a great size to start with.

Finding the right spot for your garden. Sunshine is everything when it comes to having a successful garden. You need to select a spot that gets 6-8 hours of direct sunlight a day, if possible. If your plants don’t get enough sunlight, they may be suspect to attack by more insects, and likely won’t bear as many vegetables. Plants also do better when they are close to a water source, though you will likely need to water your garden too. Having your garden close to your house is typically most convenient.

Start small in the types of vegetables you’ll plant. It is easy to get excited about fresh summer veggies coming from a home grown garden but be careful not to select too many types to plant in your first year. It is best to start small. You don’t want to get overwhelmed nor waste food.

If you’re looking to upsize your Katy, Texas home or find a home with a larger backyard for a garden, spring is a great time to house shop. I’m a seasoned Katy real estate agent, and happy to meet with you to gain a better understanding of your housing needs. Give me a call today!

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Katy, TX Weekend Events

Don't miss the Teddy Bear Clinic in Katy, TX on March 21!

Don’t miss the Teddy Bear Clinic in Katy, TX on March 21!

The weather sure has warmed up in Katy, TX and we are in full-on spring mode. There are several fun events this weekend that you won’t want to miss. Here are a few:

The Crustacean Ball

Friday, March 20 from 7-9pm at Taylor High School, there is a Crustacean Ball that features Taylor High School’s Jazz Band. This event will include a dinner of seafood, potatoes and corn and an amazing gourmet dessert. You can purchase tickets to just the concert and dessert for $15 a piece or tickets that include the concert, dinner and dessert for $25 each. The attire for this event is casual. To purchase tickets, contact a band student or call Denise at 832-677-3430.

Teddy Bear Clinic
On Saturday, March 21 at ER Katy, parents and children can see what it’s like to be a child patient at ER Katy. Children will learn how medical tests and procedures are performed using a teddy bear. They will get to listen to breathing using a stethoscope and perform an x-ray on a teddy bear. They will even get the chance to diagnose the teddy’s ailment and hand out prescriptions (candy). Only 150 will be allowed to register so do so today!

Ride N’ Shine
On Saturday, March 21, from 8-10am, at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, you have the opportunity to come look at today’s best supercars. This is definitely an event you can bring your family and friends to see. There is no cost for admission to this event.

With spring finally here, perhaps you are considering buying a new Katy, TX home. If so I’ve been a Katy real estate agent for years and have a wealth of experience. I would love to help you find the perfect home for your family.

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The importance of having your new Katy, TX home inspected

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It’s important to use a certified home inspector for your new Katy, TX home.

There is perhaps no larger purchase you’ll make than a home, and having a new home inspected is important.  A home inspection usually takes several hours and costs a few hundred dollars. The job of the home inspector is not to look into each nook and cranny of the home for any minimal thing that is not perfect, but rather to examine the overall “bones” of the home to make sure you are informed of anything major that needs repairs, before you proceed with your purchase. Here are some tips for hiring a home inspector.

  1. Make sure your Katy, TX home inspector is licensed. The home inspector’s responsibilities vary from state to state and from their area of expertise. A home inspector is not going to test for bugs/pests or look into the septic tank. That would require experts in those areas.
  2. Find out before hiring a home inspector what all they will cover. For example, do they just cover the main building or any other buildings on the property like garages or storage sheds.
  3. It’s important to be present during the home inspection if you can, so the inspector can point out any issues, and help you understand what they mean.
  4. Don’t expect for the sellers of the home to agree to fixing each and every thing listed on a home inspection. Try to focus in on the items that are larger in nature.

If you’re in the market for a new Katy, TX home, spring is here and there’s no better time! I’m a seasoned Katy, TX real estate agent and am happy to help you list your current home, and find your family’s new dream home.

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Katy, TX has some restaurants coming soon to the area!

ice cream dishKaty, TX is a great place to raise a family and has a variety of restaurants already…but there are a list of new places that have recently come to the area!

BB’s Café
Just opening in late January, the Katy, TX BB’s Cafe is the first one located outside of Houston and its fifth total. The food is considered to be “Tex-Orleans” which is traditional Louisiana-style cooking with a slight Texas flare. Located at 406 W. Grand Parkway, this restaurant offers dine-in and takeout as well as catering services.

Pie Five Pizza Co.
This restaurant just opened in late January and is the 15th Pie Five Pizza Co. site in Texas, but is a national chain with locations in 14 states. Located at 1473 Mason Road, this restaurant has the option of four made-from-scratch crusts, 28 toppings and seven sauces to choose from.

Snap Kitchen
Also recently opened is Snap Kitchen, located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. The food-to-go menu boats fresh and nutritious options and items are changed regularly. Some of the menu favorites include soups, salads, wraps, desserts and baked goods.

Mom’s Eats and Sweet Things
Mom’s Eats and Sweet Things is no new ice cream shop to the Katy, TX area. It opened in 2009 as Sweet Things Ice Cream Shoppe, but since then relocated and changed its name. This restaurant now offers a full lunch and dinner menu with menu favorites including chicken-fried steak and meatloaf.

With spring around the corner, if you’re considering listing your Katy, TX home, I am a seasoned Katy real estate agent and am happy to help you! Give me a call today!

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2015 Being Coined “The Year of the First Time Home Buyer”

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There has never been a better time to find your new Katy, TX home.

Over the past several years, the number of people buying homes has been on the decline but experts in the real estate field are coining 2015 to be “the year of the first time home buyer.” This is great news not only for real estate, but also for the economy in general. The Katy, TX real estate market definitely has plenty of opportunities for first time homebuyers.

There are a number of reasons for the prediction that the number of homebuyers will increase this year. One of the reasons is that there has been a mortgage insurance premium reduction of $900 a year for those with an FHA loan. This is a savings for over two million mortgage borrowers.

Another reason for the prediction is that the millennial generation (individuals ages 35 and under) are becoming a large part of the real estate market. A large portion of millennials were renters by choice of wanting to live in more urban areas with a larger population and higher cost of living, which made renting an apartment a better decision. Another portion of millennials just couldn’t afford to buy homes with the economy and the restrictions on lenders in the recent years, making obtaining a home loan very difficult for the middle class.

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Katy or Houston, TX there is no better time than now. Spring is right around the corner, and the market is continuing to pick up but there are some deals to be had right now. I’m a seasoned Katy, TX real estate agent and am happy to help your family find the perfect home. Contact me today!

Mickie Cioccia

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Considerations for Katy, TX homebuyers

Katy, TX House for Sale PicHard to believe as it may be, spring is not too far away. And you may be considering buying a first home or selling your current home to buy a new Katy, TX home. With the holidays past, now is a great time to start looking for new Katy, TX real estate but there are a number of questions you should first ask yourself first.

What kind of house can I afford?
Whether you are getting ready to buy your first home, or selling your current home and buying a new home in the Katy, TX real estate market, it is important to know up front what kind of house you can afford. A good rule of thumb is to buy a home no more than two and a half times your annual salary. However, don’t let the fact that you don’t have 20 percent to put as a down payment on a home deter you from purchasing it.  There are many public and private lenders that require smaller down payments.

How long do you intend on staying?
If you are thinking you may be staying in a new Katy, TX home for less than two years, you may want to rethink your plan. Staying in a home for less than two years means a lot of transaction costs that just may not be worth it in the end.

What is the community like?
Make sure to research the communities you are interested in or rely on me, a seasoned Katy, TX real estate agent who has over 20 years of experience, to take this off your plate and do all the research for you. I have a great deal of experience in this community and can help you navigate the safest neighborhoods and top-rated school districts.

When financing a new Katy, TX home, which is more important, interest rates or points?
The answer to this question depends on how long you plan to stay in your home. If you are planning on staying in your home more than three years, it is typically worth it to pay down points in order to have a lower interest rate because over the long run this will save you money.

If you have questions, I’m happy to answer them. I enjoy getting to know each of my clients and determining what type of Katy, TX home they are looking to buy. Contact me today!

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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.