Celebrate Spring This April in Katy, TX

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Historical Katy Crawfish Festival this April

Although spring officially began this month in Katy, TX, it’s out in full force in April! Enjoy a spring event or activity around town in Katy to celebrate the season of spring. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on all of the fun happenings that are coming up in the area. Grab your calendar and mark down the ones that sound most enjoyable to you!

  • On April 1, travel back in time at the Katy ISD Folk Life Festival! Learn what life in Texas was like for pioneers in the early 1800’s through soldier reenactments, blacksmiths, beekeeping, craft demonstrations, Native American presentations, a cowboy camp and more. Admission is only $1!
  • On April 1, adults can head to Katy Sin N Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. at Villagio Town Center. There you can enjoy 35 food tasting stations, 35 wine tables, 20 craft beer tables, live music, seminars, cooking demos and vendor booths to shop at. Tickets cost $35.
  • April 2, celebrate the Historical Katy Crawfish Festival at No Label Brewing Co., starting at 11:30 a.m.! Enjoy crawfish and beer, live music, paintball, dessert trucks, kid-friendly games and more. Kids 12 and under are free. Special edition crawfish glasses will be available the day of the event, as a souvenir.
  • April 3, bring your kids to LaCenterra’s Courtyard at 10 a.m. for Mondays with Mommy! These take place on the first Monday of every month and provide an educational journey for kid ages 0 to 5 through the use of music and movement. April’s theme is ‘Spring Fling.’ It’s free to attend!
  • April 8, bring the kids to Baskets and Bunnies at Katy City Park. From 9 a.m. until noon, kids can celebrate the coming of Easter with games, activities, crafts and more. Then they can visit with the Easter Bunny and take pictures!
  • April 15, head to Movies in the Courthouse at LaCenterra and enjoy watching the beloved ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with your family or friends. Bring a blanket or chairs, and snacks and beverages, and enjoy free entertainment. Movies start at dusk.

For more events in Katy, TX this month, check out this list from Katy Magazine. There is pretty much an event taking place every day during the month of April! If you experienced cabin fever this winter, it’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and fun happenings in Katy.

Ready to buy a Katy home this spring? Ready to sell your Katy home? Ready to do both? No matter what your real estate goals are for this season, I’m your Katy real estate agent, here and ready to help you accomplish them! Contact me!

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Little-Known Benefits to Homeownership in Katy

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Perks to Homeownership in Katy, TX

If you are, or would like to be, a homeowner in Katy, TX, you should know about the benefits that come with homeownership. There are many that are well-known, such as increased net worth, financial stability, a place to decorate and design as you please, more living space, and so on. However, as your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to introduce you to a few more benefits you may not know about!

Recent studies have shown that there are lesser-known benefits to Katy homeownership that are just as important and impactful. Check out this list:

Education

The latest Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing study found that children of homeowners tend to achieve more educationally than children of non-owners. They stay in school longer, get better grades, had fewer behavioral problems and go on to make more money with higher levels of education.

Civic Involvement

The same study found that homeowners put more effort into the stability of their neighborhoods and communities than renters, as they stay longer and have financial stakes on the line. They maintain their residence better, which improves the overall community appeal. Homeowners are also more politically active, know who their local school board representatives are, volunteer more, attend church in higher numbers, interact with neighbors more, and so on.

Health

The study also found that homeownership increases homeowners’ health! Homeowners tend to live in a cleaner environment and experience fewer cases of asthma, exposure to toxic substances, injuries and mental health issues. Homeowners also report higher levels of life satisfaction and happiness, higher self-esteem and higher perceived control over their lives.  Overall, homeowners are 2.5 to 3.1 percent more likely to have good health than renters.

So, aside from the fact that homeownership in Katy gives you a place to settle down and grow roots, a place to grow and raise a family, and a means to financial stability and increased net worth, it also has a whole slew of other benefits that you may not have considered before!

Are you ready to finally buy a Katy home after months or years of consideration? Do you have questions for me about the Katy real estate market that you’d like answered? Feel free to contact me, your Katy real estate agent, anytime. I am here to answer your questions, to help you begin your home search, and to help you through every step of the home-buying process!

Why wait any longer? The spring market is upon us, and mortgage rates and home prices are on the rise. The sooner you buy, the better. Contact me today!

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March Events to Fill Your Katy Schedule

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Happy March! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some of the upcoming events and activities you can enjoy this month in Katy, TX. As the seasons shift into spring, fun happenings around the Katy community never cease. If you are new to the area, these events are a great way to meet others in the community!

1.  On March 4, head to Katy Taste Test at Villagio Town Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event is a great place to try all sorts of delicious food available in Katy! It will feature live entertainment, beverage tents, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone and tons of delicious cuisine. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $8 for kids. The children’s ticket also includes a meal from Chick-fil-A and unlimited access to the kids zone.

2.  Bring the kids to the Up, Up and Away Inflatable Fun Day at the Elyson by Newland Communities in Katy on March 4. From 2 to 6 p.m., kids can enjoy bounce houses, a giant slide, an inflatable obstacle course, balloon artists, face painters, arts and crafts. After 6 p.m., enjoy s’mores on the patio and sit down to watch an outdoor screening of ‘Up’ under the stars. If hungry, Rorick Kitchen will be open for dinner orders.

3.  Head to the Multicultural Fair at Seven Lakes Junior High on March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring the whole family and learn about the diverse cultural background of Katy’s school and community. Volunteers will be present to represent numerous countries. Students that attend will receive a passport that they can have stamped at each country’s booth. Try food from each country, view clothing, souvenirs and more, and enjoy live entertainment and performances.

4.  On March 11, head to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch for their 10th Anniversary Celebration! From 2 to 4 p.m., enjoy a live musical performance by Chris Boss, a photo booth, face painting, balloon artists and more. You can also participate in a scavenger hunt that will span through 20 stores at LaCenterra. The winner will receive tickets to see Ariana Grande. The event is free, and there will be food and beverages to purchase on site.

5.  Catch a performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the British International School of Houston between March 23 and 25! Check out this new state-of-the-art theater while enjoying a performance of one of Disney’s most beloved fairy tales. Tickets only cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and kids. Seating is general admission, so arrive early for the performances!

These are just some of the events taking place this month in Katy, TX. Get out and enjoy all that this community has to offer! When you are ready to buy a Katy home, or to sell your Katy home, contact me. The spring real estate market is an active one, so as your Katy real estate agent, I don’t advise that you wait! I look forward to hearing from you.

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Perks of Homeownership in Katy, TX

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Katy homeownership has educational benefits

Are you thinking about buying a Katy home? As a Katy real estate agent, I would like to fill you in on numerous perks that you can experience with homeownership! The perks range from financial to social and educational. Once you’ve learned about these proven perks, you can see what a great benefit it is to own your own Katy home.

  • Equity – When you own a Katy home, your monthly payments go toward your mortgage instead of your rent. This means that you are building personal wealth and assets instead of building your landlord’s assets. This is why the net worth of a homeowner is so much higher than the net worth of a renter! When you go to sell your home, you’ll see that money again, and hopefully more than you bought it for. Currently, home equity is on the rise.
  • Stability – When you buy a Katy home with a fixed-rate mortgage loan, you know how much you’ll be paying monthly for years to come. This creates a more financially stabilized environment, because you won’t have unexpected rent increases. A recent survey found that rent increases are expected to continue to rise for the next year by an average of 8 percent, and 53 percent of property managers said they are more likely to bring in a new tenant at a higher price than to negotiate with a current tenant.
  • Education – A new study shows many ways that homeownership increases educational achievement among youth! More teenagers in home-owning families stay in school, children of homeowners tend to have higher levels of math and reading achievements and less behavioral issues, educational opportunities are typically higher in neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership and community involvement, and children of homeowners go on to make higher earnings after school.

As you can see, there are many benefits to owning a Katy home! Aside from these, others I can think of off the top of my head are that you can raise a family in one place, while growing roots and getting to know neighbors, schools and the community as a whole, you can design and remodel your home however you wish, and you typically have more space to work with and more privacy.

What is your favorite thing about the prospect of homeownership in Katy? Leave a comment and share! I’d love to hear from you!

When you are ready to buy a Katy home, I am here and ready to help you through the entire home-buying process in the Katy real estate market. As a Katy real estate agent, I have years of experience and expertise helping others find the homes of their dreams. Let me help you achieve this dream! Contact me!

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Stay Active with Katy Events This February

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Katy, TX events to enjoy this February

Most people are happy that February is the shortest month of the year, as it leads one month closer to spring and summer. However, when you live in Katy, TX, you don’t have to count down the days of winter! There are still tons of fun events and activities taking place all over the Katy community. As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in.

1.  Get out of the house and unwind at the Seven Lakes High Performing Arts Center! They are presenting Big Fish, a play about a son trying to determine fact from fiction in his dying father’s life. Performances take place Feb. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.

2.  If you love chili, you won’t want to miss Chili Bowl Katy on Feb. 4. This runs from 9 a.m. until noon as a tailgating event at Rhodes Stadium, and it will include other activities as well, such as live entertainment, food vendors, autograph sessions, celebrity chefs and a kid zone.

3.  After the tailgate, the Celebrity Flag Football Game will take place a Rhodes Stadium on Feb. 4. The game will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Doug Flutie, Michael Irvin and other NFL athletes and celebrities will perform in the game. Tickets are only $20! Enjoy an after party from 4 to 8 p.m. at No Label Brewery.

4.  Register now for the Katy Half Marathon, which takes place on Feb. 11 at Katy Mills Mall! Whether you love to run, jog or walk, and whether you want to do the whole half marathon distance, a 5K or a 1K, there is an option for you. There are Katy teams you can join for great causes, or start your own team!

5.  Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at the Third Sweetheart Dinner and Auction at Katy Elks Lodge on Feb. 9. Enjoy a homemade dinner and live and silent auctions. Tickets cost $25 and proceeds support special needs children in the local Katy community.

6.  Head to Katy High School on Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or on Feb. 12, from 12 to 5 p.m., for the Heart of Katy Craft Show. Admission is free, and you can browse and shop among popular vendors. Buy yourself a Valentine’s Day gift! Proceeds support Katy Bengal Brigade and Cheerleaders.

7.  Find a babysitter and spend Valentine’s Day dining out at Agave Rio Restaurant, where you can savor a three-course, prix-fixe romantic dinner with steak and lobster with your sweetheart. Or, spend the holiday with your family at Preschool Playhouse, where you’ll make a “Warm Hug” hot chocolate kit.

Enjoy your month and your holiday in Katy! When ready to achieve your home-buying or home-selling goals in the Katy real estate market, contact me. I am your Katy real estate agent, standing by to help you out!

Mickie Cioccia
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Tips for Soon-to-be Katy Homebuyers

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Tips for future Katy, TX homebuyers

Are you gearing up to buy a Katy home this year? As a Katy real estate agent, I can say that this is the time to do it! Home prices and mortgage rates are on the increase, so the sooner you buy, the more money you could save. Plus, since equity is on the rise, you can feel good about investing in your future.

To help you prepare for the home-buying process, here are a few tips to help you save up for a down payment and get qualified for a mortgage loan:

  • Automate savings. If you aren’t good at putting money away each month into a savings account, automate a down payment savings account! Once per month, paycheck or even week, determine how much money you can put aside into a housing fund. Even if it’s a small amount, it’s better than nothing!
  • Live frugally. If buying a Katy home is important to you, then you can use that as motivation to live more frugally until you have your down payment saved up. This means cutting costs wherever you can. Only buy food on sale, wear your current clothes, put off that new car or vacation, make your own coffee at home, walk or bike wherever you can, and so on.
  • Keep your credit clean. Your credit score is a big piece of the puzzle, when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage, so pay off as much of your past debts as possible. Don’t open any new forms of credit, and pay off the credit cards you have now. Automate your bills, so you are never late paying one of them.

Once you feel that you are ready to buy, or that you are at least ready to take the next step or get questions answered, find an experienced, reliable Katy real estate agent. If you are curious as to why you should work with an agent rather than doing it alone, here a few reasons KCM Crew recently gave on why to work with a professional:

  • An agent can save you time. It’s not as easy as you may think to find a Katy home that you love, and that fits into your budget and your needs. An agent can sift through the listings that don’t meet your needs, so that you can just look at the ones that do. This can save you heartache, too! An agent can also get you in touch with reliable mortgage professionals, inspectors and other professionals, to save you the time it’ll take to research each one in the area.
  • An agent can help you negotiate. This is more important than ever, with lower inventory than usual. In a seller’s market, you need an agent to negotiate a price with the seller, which could end up saving you hundreds or thousands in the long run. The agent can also negotiate after the home inspection, after the appraisal, with closing agreements and more.

When ready to begin your home-buying process in the Katy real estate market, contact me!

Mickie Cioccia
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Plan Some January Fun in Katy, TX

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Katy, TX Events in January

If you feel like you can finally slow down and breathe after the holiday season, you’re not alone! Now that the chaos is behind you, January is a great month to get out and enjoy some fun community activities with family or friends in Katy, TX. As your Katy real estate agent, I can tell you that because we enjoy beautiful weather year-round, the fun opportunities never end in Katy.

Rather than becoming a winter couch potato, in Katy, you can get out and enjoy whatever you wish this January! Here are a few ideas:

  • If you made a resolution to lose weight this year, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch is offering a Free YMCA Day on Saturday, Jan. 7! They can help you design a wellness routine for you, if you wish, and you could win a free Fitbit by visiting that day and entering the contest.
  • Saturday, Jan. 14, you have another free opportunity to get healthy and fit while also having a blast! A licensed Zumba instructor will present a basic introduction and demonstration to Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance fitness class, which uses dance steps from salsa, cha cha and more. Wear comfortable clothes and head to Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bring your preschoolers to Chick-fil-A at Cinco Ranch on Jan. 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for Preschool Playhouse. They will hear Aesop’s fable “The Owl and the Grasshopper” and then will create an edible scene from the story. They will also enjoy singing and dancing. Preschool Playtime takes place on Jan. 24 and 31 as well.
  • Family Night takes place at Chick-fil-A at Cinco Ranch on Jan. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Your family will learn more about the topic of Knowledge as you create owl bookmarks. Plus, kids can enjoy balloon animals and face painting, all complimentary.
  • Katy High School Performing Arts Center will present ‘Godspell’ Jan. 18-20 at 7 p..m. and Jan. 21 and 2 or 7 p.m. An eccentric blend of songs, parables, games and tomfoolery unfold as a comedic troupe teaches life lessons.
  • Little Shop of Horrors’ will take place at Tompkins High School Jan. 19-21, giving you another great musical comedy presented by Tompkins Theatre Company! Sit back and enjoy a humorous tale about a man-eating plant. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students.
  • Even in Texas, chili is fantastic in the wintertime! Head to the SLHSABD Chili Cook Off on Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see how your secret chili recipe stacks up with the rest. Entry deadline is Jan. 7! Prizes go out to Pro and Amateur Divisions, People’s Choice and even Best Decorated Chili Booth.

Enjoy the month of January in Katy, and when you are ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals in 2017, contact me. As your Katy real estate agent, I am standing by, ready to help you with all of your home-buying and home-selling needs in the New Year!

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Home Features Dragging Down Your Katy Home Value

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Home Value Tips for Katy Homeowners

As a Katy homeowner, do you have home improvement plans for the New Year? Do you want to upgrade your home, but aren’t sure where to start? As your Katy real estate agent, I would like to offer you some suggestions!

When you go to sell your Katy home, you want to impress as many potential buyers as you can. Therefore, if your home has certain features that Realtor.com said drag down a home’s value, you might want to consider updating them first.

  • Match your paint colors. This is true for the exterior and interior. Most buyers don’t want to buy the only pink house in town, especially if all the others are neutral colors, so take note at how your home blends into the neighborhood. Inside, paint over a bright orange with a neutral color, so buyers can imagine their own design ideas.
  • Have an inviting front door. When a buyer or a guest comes to visit your Katy home, the front door is one of the first features they’ll notice. An upgraded front door is also the best upgrade for return on investment, so don’t feel bad about investing your money into an updated, sturdier option. Make sure the doorbell works while you’re at it.
  • Update windows and screens. Buyers and guests will notice screens that look more like cat scratchers. You might be able to get away with using screen repair patches to fill in the holes, rather than replacing the whole set. Check your window frames and windows too, and make sure they all slide properly and are insulating well.
  • Work on your landscaping. Since the exterior of your Katy home is the first thing buyers and guests see, you want them to notice quality landscaping rather than a bare yard, or landscaping that has been forgotten. Be sure to trim your trees and cut your grass. Having some fresh flowers in pots outside your front door is a nice bonus.
  • Take note of smells. We get used to the smell of our own Katy homes, so it’d be a good idea to ask a trusted friend, family member, neighbor or Katy real estate agent if they notice any weird smells in your house. If they do, work toward finding the culprit of the odor and cleaning it in a way that will remove the smell for good.

Other features that Realtor.com mentioned include eerie dripping noises, poor lighting, squeaky doors/hinges and an outdated kitchen. As a Katy homeowner, it’s up to you to determine which of these features you have, and which need to be upgraded most!

Have questions? Need a second opinion? Ready to sell your Katy home? I am a Katy real estate agent, standing by, ready to help you with all of your real estate needs in the coming year. Don’t hesitate to contact me!

I wish you all a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

Mickie Cioccia
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Holiday Events to Enjoy In Katy, TX This Festive Season

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Ice skating and more Katy holiday events

Is there ever a more festive, jolly time to spend in Katy, TX than the month of December? As a Katy real estate agent, I love seeing the town covered in holiday lights and the calendar filled with festive, family-friendly fun.

Take some time out of your holiday to-do list for some of these fun holiday events in the Katy area! You’ll get to know the community and the people in it, and you’ll make lasting memories.

Here’s a few upcoming holiday events in the Katy area to keep on your radar:

  • Mayde Creek High School Theatre Company invites you to see their production of A Christmas Carol Dec. 8-9 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 10 at 2 or 7 p.m. Student tickets cost $6 in advance or $8 at the door, and adult tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Enjoy this classic tale!
  • Head to Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center on Dec. 10 or 17 for Elfie Selfies with Santa! This event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Each day, kids can meet with Santa and let him know what they want for Christmas this year. Bring your camera for photos with Santa as well!
  • The 6th Annual Winterfest will take place this Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department. Get your holiday shopping done among more than 70 vendors while listening to live music, participating in crafts and much more. Kids can visit with Santa!
  • This Saturday is also the day that dancers of Connolly Dance Arts in Katy will perform their rendition of The Nutcracker. Head to Morton Ranch High School Performing Arts Center for the performance, which takes place at 3 p.m. General admission tickets cost $12.
  • Head Downtown Fulshear on Dec. 17 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for this year’s Holly Jolly Christmas! This year’s event will feature ice skating, live music, a live nativity, a children’s area full of activities, vendor booths, a walking parade, and guest appearances from Santa and Anna and Elsa of Frozen!
  • WinterFest takes over Typhoon Texas in Katy this time of year. From now through Dec. 31, you can enjoy a Christmas 4D show, a WinterFest train ride, a big slide, a petting zoo, pony rides, Santa’s Workshop, hay rides, real ice skating, thousands of lights and more.

Enjoy these and many other holiday events taking place throughout the Katy, TX area this month! As always, when you are ready to embark on your Katy real estate market goals, contact me. Whether it’s during the holiday season or after, I am your Katy real estate agent, here and ready to help you out as soon as you’re ready to begin!

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Staging Secrets for Katy, TX Home Sellers

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Staging Secrets for Katy Home Sellers

Are you gearing up to sell your Katy home soon? You can do it this holiday season! This KCM Crew points out five reasons why the holiday season is actually an excellent time to sell. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you, no matter when you choose to sell. Just give me a call and we’ll get started!

Even if you choose to wait until after the holidays, you can still begin to prep your Katy home for a sale, and to properly stage it. If you watch HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ then you will be excited to know that Joanna Gaines has published her first book. She’s also shared some home-staging tips she’s come up with over the years while working in home improvement.

Here are the four tips to keep in mind when selling your Katy home:

  • Don’t include too much furniture. Often, homeowners will add furniture to a room, to show how much can fit and how many people can hang out there. However, too much furniture can make a room look smaller and cluttered. Joanna recommends no more than three large pieces in each room, to make a room feel more open.
  • Clean up. This one is a given, but some home sellers still don’t do it! If you want Katy homebuyers to fall in love with your home, it has to be clean. A buyer won’t be able to look past the dirt to see the potential! Plus, they’ll see that you love and care for your house, and that could make them want it more.
  • Don’t stuff clutter into closets. While cleaning, it’s tempting to throw all of your clutter into closets. After all, that’s what many of us do before a holiday gathering at our house! However, unlike holiday guests, buyers will definitely look in the closets to check for storage space. Declutter ahead of time, and get rid of anything you no longer need or use. In a pinch, opt for under the bed rather than in a closet.
  • Remember your home’s exterior. As Katy homeowners, we spend most of our time inside the house, so sellers can sometimes forget to stage their exterior. But this is the first part of the house a buyer will see, and first impressions stick! Power-wash the driveway and siding, display a few potted plants by the front door, and consider updating the address numbers, mailbox, front door or any other outdated items.

For more tips from Joanna of ‘Fixer Upper,’ check out this Realtor.com article. When you are ready to sell your Katy home, either this holiday season, or early next year, contact me! As a Katy real estate agent, I am ready to help you as soon as you are ready to sell.

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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.