What to Know About Home Affordability in Katy Right Now

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Homeownership Perks in Katy TX

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mickie Cioccia | Broker Associate

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Upcoming Events in Katy TX

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Are you ready for spring in Katy TX? There are plenty of events and activities to enjoy locally within the next month, and as your Katy real estate agent, I am here to share them with you! Grab your calendar and jot down the events that interest you most. If ready to accomplish your Katy real estate goals this spring, I’m here to help with that, too! Give me a call for home-selling and/or home-buying assistance.

1.  Gala of Giving is coming up this Saturday, Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The Gala takes place at Parkway Fellowship from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and can be heard on FM 1193. Proceeds from this event go to Keturah’s Haven, a Katy nonprofit that provides housing for homeless pregnant women. Tickets start at $40, enjoy dinner and a silent auction.

2.  Seven Lakes Junior High School is hosting an International Festival on March 3! The festival grows every year, with 19 countries represented this year. Each country has a booth with foods, flags, games and more. There are also performances from student groups and the community. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free to attend!

3.  March 7 is the Color for a Cause 5K Charity Run at Cinco Ranch. Proceeds from this event will go to the local nonprofit, The Arc of Katy, creating opportunities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Run through a course while being doused with colored powder!

4.  If your child will be beginning kindergarten in the fall, mark your calendar for Pattison Elementary Kindergarten’s “Round UP” night on March 19 at 6 p.m. All incoming kindergarten students can meet teachers and see classrooms, and parents can learn about the curriculum for next year.

5.  Pinot’s Palette has all sorts of paintings and events to get you ready for spring this March. They have an Easter wreath class on March 7, along with paintings of owls, blossoms, ballerinas and plenty of colorful scenes. Later in the month, you can decorate a hummingbird garden wine glass on March 15 or 19.

6.  If you love Elvis, mark your calendar for the Elvis Tribute Show at the Wildcatter Saloon in Katy. This takes place March 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. Pre-sale tickets cost $12, day of is $15. This is an all-ages show, but those 21 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

7.  Katy Taste Fest 2020 will take place on March 28 at Typhoon Texas! This family-friendly outdoor festival highlights the best in Katy’s dining scene. Sample a variety of cuisine from local businesses, including American, Indian, Mexican, Italian and more. Tickets include food and drinks and a Kids Zone.

Enjoy the beginning of spring, and when ready to accomplish your Katy real estate goals, as a seller, buyer or both this spring season, give me a call! As your Katy real estate agent, that’s what I’m here for, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Mickie Cioccia | Broker Associate

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Why to Sell Your Katy Home in 2020

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Katy TX Home Sellers 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mickie Cioccia

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February Events in Katy TX!

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Katy TX Events this February 2020

The first month of the year and decade is almost over! Whether you’d like to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras or just an extra day this Leap Year, Katy TX has you set with fun February events. As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in, so you can avoid cabin fever and enjoy your month!

1.  ‘Into the Light’ Masterworks Concert at Seven Lakes High School will take place this Saturday, Feb. 1! Enjoy uplifting music from contemporary American composers performed by the Varsity Choir, Band and Orchestra. Tickets cost $10 or $5 for students.

2.  This Sunday, Feb. 2 is a KCM Super Bowl Watch Party! Bring the whole family to the Waters Church for dinner, the game on big screens, and a giant inflatable obstacle course for the kids to enjoy. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for teens, free for kids 12 and under.

3.  The Heart of Katy Spring Craft Show will take place Feb. 8-9 at Katy High School. Admission is free, so head out to browse arts and crafts made from local vendors and to purchase some original items!

4.  The Texas A&M Singing Cadets’ Spring Performance will take place Feb. 15 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Known as the “Voice of Aggieland,” the Signing Cadets are Texas A&M’s premier men’s chorus. Proceeds benefit the Katy A&M Club. Purchase a ticket for a great spring concert!

5.  Enjoy a date night at Painting with a Twist in February, a great Valentine’s Day activity! Many of their paintings for February are valentine-related. There is a hearts and unicorn painting for all ages, a moon with heart painting, lots of red-centric sunsets and scenery options, and even a heart pizza for all ages. However, if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of non-valentine options as well!

6.  MKT Distillery is hosting their second annual Cajun Festival on Feb. 22, starting at 12 p.m. Enjoy live music, crawfish, bounce houses and locally crafted cocktails. There will be a gumbo and cocktail contest as well! Proceeds benefit Katy Christian Ministries.

7.  The LaCenterra Farmers Market takes place monthly, even in the winter months! Next one takes place on Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Upcoming dates include March 22, April 26 and May 24. Stop by to stock up on local goods!

Enjoy your month here in Katy, and as always, when ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals, give me a call! As your Katy real estate agent, I can tell you that February is becoming the new ‘spring real estate market,’ with buyers not wanting to wait until spring to find a home. Inventory is low, so it’s a great time for sellers to act! Whether you’d like to sell, buy or both this month, I’m here to help. Contact me as soon as you’re ready!

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Home Design Trends Coming & Going This Year

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Home decor trends for Katy TX homeowners

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

What’s on its way out in 2020:

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

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

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

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

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

What’s coming into style in 2020:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Start Your Year Off With These Katy Activities

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Winter activities to enjoy in Katy TX

Happy New Year! Now that the hectic holidays are behind us, we can get on with our 2020 goals! If you have Katy real estate goals you’d like to accomplish this year, give me a call, your Katy real estate agent! I can answer any questions you may have, and guide you through the entire home-selling and/or home-buying process.

There are also plenty of events and activities to enjoy around town. Just because holiday events are ending, that doesn’t mean you have to sit around the house the rest of winter. Here’s a list of fun events to enjoy in the Katy TX area this January:

1.  Hike it Baby is a nonprofit that encourages families and children to get outside and walk, from birth to school age. From trail hikes to toddler crawls, there is something for everyone! A Hike it Baby: Toddler Parade is coming up Jan. 8 at Nottinham Park in Katy. This consists of toddlers leading the hike with push toys, followed by a picnic. You can find out more about this group, and how to sign up, on their website.

2.  January is a great month to try Painting with a Twist in Katy! Painting supplies and instruction are provided with ticket purchase, all you have to do is check out the calendar and choose which painting you want to create! There are adult and family-themed options. From almond tree blossoms to colorful dragons, you’re sure to find a painting you’d like to hang up in your house.

3.  Katy area libraries have lots of fun events this time of year as well. For example, Cinco Ranch Library has story times, family movie nights, toddler time, homework help and more for kids. For adults, they’ve got everything from Computers 101 classes to Tai Chi for Beginners, Merengue dance lessons, book clubs, chess days, digital photography classes, teen art workshops and so much more.

4.  Bring the kids to blow off some steam at Giggles and Fun in Katy! Every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m., you can enjoy buy one get one half off admission. They’ve got jungle gyms, slides, blocks, soft toys, kid villages and more to keep kids of all ages busy for hours.

5.  The Katy Home & Garden Show is coming up Jan. 25-26 at Leonard E. Merrell Center! Want to complete some upgrades or renovations to your Katy home before selling, or just because? Check out the latest home design trends and meet experts who can help your renovation dreams become a reality.

Enjoy your month and these fun events and activities around town! When ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals, give me a call. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help you every step of the way. Why wait? Check your goals off your list immediately this year! Contact me!

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Prepare Your Katy TX Home for Holiday Hosting

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Holiday Hosting Tips for Katy TX Homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Holiday Events in Katy TX!

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Katy TX Holiday Events this December

December is here, which means a whole slew of holiday events are coming your way in Katy, TX! If you don’t find yourself in the holiday spirit yet, these events will surely help you get there, and can give you a break from the stress that often comes with the holidays. As your Katy real estate agent, I’ve put together a list of upcoming events to get excited for!

1.  The Katy Christmas Tree Lighting will take place tomorrow, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in front of Katy City Hall. Enjoy a Christmas story, entertainment from a local choir and dance company, Santa sightings and photos, hot chocolate and cookies, and the lighting of the tree, of course!

2.  Holiday Home Tour takes place Dec. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m., and Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. These tours allow you to view local Katy homes filled with beautiful holiday décor! This is a great way to motivate you to decorate, or to give you some fresh decorating ideas. Proceeds go to a great cause, and there will also be silent auction baskets and decorated wreaths available.

3.  Katy’s Old Fashioned Christmas Festival is this Saturday, Dec. 7! Don’t miss this family-friendly tradition. It’s free to attend and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Katy. Get some holiday shopping done at the Christmas market, featuring produce, arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry and more. Enjoy carolers, food trucks, entertainment, and the main attraction, 50,000 pounds of snow! The kids can meet Santa, the adults can enjoy the beer garden, and everyone can get in the festive spirit.

4.  Messiah Singalong at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church will take place Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. For more than a decade, the Chancel Choir at St. Peter’s has been performing Part I and the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah! It’s free to attend, and sheet music will be available if you want to sing along!  They also have a Christmas Concert on Dec. 15, along with other Christmastime activities to check out.

5.  Santa is at Katy Mills all month long, through Dec. 24! On Dec. 8, children with special needs can visit Santa during a special sensory-friendly Caring Santa day. On Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 24, kids can enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Rainforest Café!

6.  Fantastical Christmas Concert at LaCenterra will take place Dec. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. This will be a night of Christmas songs and classic rock mashups from Frank Hart & Friends on LaCenterra’s Central Green! Enjoy music, prizes, dancing, elves and more. You can get some shopping done while you’re there, too! Check out the website for items you can bring to donate to great causes.

Enjoy your holiday season! If your Katy TX dream home is on your wish list, give me a call, your Katy real estate agent! I am here year-round to help you achieve your Katy real estate goals.

Mickie Cioccia

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Accomplish Your Katy Real Estate Goals During The Holidays!

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Katy TX Holiday Real Estate Market

I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would anyone want to buy and/or sell real estate during the holiday season?! As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on some unknown perks! If you’re hoping for less competition from other buyers and sellers, for example, or you’re on a tight moving schedule, now might be the ideal time for you to work toward your Katy real estate market goals.

1.  Less Competition. Whether you’re buying, selling or both, this rings true. In general, there are less people dealing with real estate right now. Most people just want to enjoy the holidays. But this is good news for sellers, because there will be fewer houses on the market, and more buyers will check out your house. This is good news for buyers, because there is less chance of a bidding war, and you might have more negotiating power.

2.  Faster Transactions. Because there are fewer real estate transactions during the holidays, the process tends to go faster for all those involved. It’s easier to set up mortgage loan appointments, showings, home inspections, appraisals, closings, etc., because all of these professionals have a less busy schedule than usual. If hoping to move by the time the kids go back to school after the holidays, it could be doable if you act fast!

3.  Tax Advantages. If you’d like to take advantage of tax benefits as soon as possible, accomplishing your real estate goals by year’s end will allow you to do so a year sooner than otherwise in some cases. Homeownership brings numerous tax perks, such as mortgage interest deduction, property tax deduction and others.

4.  Winter Staging. When selling, you can take advantage of the holiday season by incorporating it into your home staging. Everyone loves some holiday magic happening inside the home! While you should keep decorating to a minimum, some neutral lights and garland can really brighten up your home and make it feel more cheerful during this otherwise dark time of year.

5.  Realistic Picture. On the other hand, buying during the winter is smart, because buyers can view homes in their least appealing season. It’s easy to make a house and yard beautiful during bright summer days and flowery spring days, but you can notice more potential issues during the winter. Check for drafts, bad lighting and inconsistent heating. However, make sure your home inspector checks the heat and air conditioner, no matter what season it is.

As you can see, there are perks to accomplishing your Katy real estate market goals during the holidays! Sometimes, homeowners just need to move now because of an uncontrollable circumstances, such as a new job or aging parents. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here for you! Whether buying, selling or both, I work year-round to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Give me a call as soon as you’re ready to get started!

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Exciting November Events in Katy TX

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Katy TX Events this November

How is it November already?! Time flies, and holiday season is upon us! As your Katy real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on exciting events coming up this month in Katy. Whether looking to start your holiday fun, or just looking for some live music or volunteering opportunities, I’ve got you covered:

1.  Volunteer to “Put Down Roots” during the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s largest restoration effort ever! On Nov. 9, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., volunteers will help transplant native prairie plants. Snacks and water will be provided, bring a reusable water bottle! Free to join.

2.  Head to Historic Downtown Katy for Ladies Night on Nov. 7! Businesses will stay open late, so grab your friends and enjoy shopping special sales, door prizes, snacks, beverages and more from 3 to 8 p.m. Also, Katy Market Day is Nov. 16 this month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Katy. Browse vendors, enjoy live music and grab food at a food trucks.

3.  Before the holiday season hits, head to No Label Brewery on Nov. 22 to sit back and enjoy some live music while sipping on local brews. From 5 to 8 p.m., Justin Kemp will perform your favorite classic rock songs from 70s, 80s, 90s and today.

4.  Get some holiday shopping done early by attending the Home for the Holidays Christmas Market at Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy Nov. 22-24! Here you’ll find handmade items, such as candles, jewelry, gourmet foods, clothes, home décor, wreaths and more, from more than 200 vendors.

5.  If you’re ready to ring in the winter holidays, head to LaCenterra on Nov. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. for their annual Tree Lighting Celebration! This is presented by Texas Children Hospital – West Campus. Enjoy Santa sightings, family activities, live entertainment, and the lighting of the tree of course!

6.  Start your Thanksgiving morning off healthy at the Katy Area YMCA Turkey Dash! There is something for everyone, including a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Kids Race and 1 Mile Walk/Run. Afterward, enjoy food, giveaways, a photo booth and kids fun zone. There will be awards for best costume, so dress up and have fun with it! Proceeds go toward scholarships for various programs.

Enjoy your month in Katy! Before you know it, we’ll be in the heart of holiday season. If you have Katy real estate goals you’d like to achieve before that happens, contact me, your Katy real estate agent! Whether buying, selling or both, the sooner you give me a call, the more chance you will have of being settled in your new living space by the time Christmas or the New Year arrive. I look forward to hearing from you!

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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.