Katy, TX Real Estate News

By David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier
(Keller Williams Premier)
                                             The Katy Chamber of Commerce has been hosting this event for 27 years.  Don't miss this great party!  October 13 & 14 you will enjoy the excitement and family fun with three stages of continuous live entertainment, craft and food booths, a carnival and so much more!!!  Visit http://www.katychamber.com/2007_RHF/index.htm to view additional information about this wholesome family event.  Come out and have fun with other families in the area.David Slavin, ABR  www.SellMyHouseDave.com  www.FortBendHomeFinder.com
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
The 2007 Rice Harvest Festival is coming on Oct 13th-14th. The festival which began in 1978 is the largest festival in the Katy area. Included in this years event will be the parade, food, crafts and entertainment. The related Wild Wild West Pageant will be held at the Club at Falcon Point. Go to the festival website for more information. It will give you a full breakdown of the festivities as well as a schedule for other related events. http://www.katychamber.com/2007_RHF/parademain.htm  
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
Many people move to the Katy area because they are relocating within the city...or are coming here from out of town and have heard we have great schools or have wonderful medical facilities. While this in our opinion is all true, we feel all potential buyers should have an area tour before they begin to look for homes. We know clients want to get started and before making a decision they want to see as many homes as possible. It is prudent to see many homes before making a decision, but it is even more important that the neighborhood or subdivision you choose actually fits the way you choose to live. If, after a tour you decide that the area does not fit your need, we will have saved you a considerable amount of time and we probably will know what area will work for you. Katy is all abo...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
We are always asked...what is the right time of year to sell? Is one season better than the next? What months should I NOT be on the market? These are all good questions, but it is hard to give any kind of definite answer. First: any time of year can be a good time...we sell homes all 12 months, and buyers buy in all 12 months. Many buyers want to purchase right before the year ends to take advantage of Homestead Exemptions, Some want to get the kids in before school starts, and relocation buyers come in whenever the company they work for tells them they need to fill a need! Generally speaking we have more buyers and more homes available in the spring and summer months, and fewer buyers...fighting for fewer homes in the fall and winter. If you put your home up for sale in October you wi...
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By David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier
(Keller Williams Premier)
                                                                  School is now in session and the enrollment of Katy Independent School District is up.  KISD now has 53,634 students with 25,255 of those students enrolled in the 29 elementary schools.  This is proof of the growth of young families moving into the area.  With so many new homes being built in and around Katy, the population keeps growing at a tremendous rate.  According to demographers hired by KISD estimatedthat enrollment would go up around 3,000 students per year, putting KISD on pace for 60,000 students in the 2010-2011 school year.  This is one of the reasons KISD just purchased more land for the seventh senior high school.David N. Slavin, ABR www.SellMyHouseDave.com
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
Spring Green Blvd in the master planned community of Cinco Ranch is now open all the way to FM1093. This route will give easy access to the Westpark Tollway from the sections of Cinco Ranch that surround Cinco Ranch Blvd in the western part of the subdivision. Spring Green should help ease traffic congestion on Fry Rd and help shorten the commute time into Houston! It will also allow easy access to the yet to be built Shoppes at Cinco Ranch.
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Friday evening rain was falling the entire time we drove to my step-son's varsity football game featuring Seven Lakes versus Clements at Mercer stadium in Sugarland, Texas. All of us were really excited to be going to a new year of high school football games and we looked forward to see what progress the team had made since last season. We arrived at the field late due to the rain and my wife was in a hurry as she was afraid that we missed the opening kick off. We found some seats on the 50 yard line (great seats by the way...and we arrived late) and we still were able to see the both teams walking in as  rain had delayed the strating of the game. Last year, I would watch each week and shake my head in disbelief as Seven Lakes (SLHS) looked like a bunch of small little brothers trying t...
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By Stacy and Jackie Jones, Houston/Katy Realtors
(The Jones Team)
Katy will be the sight of the 2008 men's and women's basketball tournament for the Southland Conference.  The conference announced today that the sight of the tournament will be the Leonard E. Merrell Center.  The tournament will be held from March 12-16, 2008.Owned by the Katy Independent School District, the Merrell Center was completed in the Spring of 2005 and has been the host of a wide variety of events from graduation ceremonies to home games for the local IFL team the Katy Ruff Riders.The Merrell Center is a state of the art facility and continues to pull events from outside the local market to the Katy area.  We have attended our son's graduation and taken in a game or two and I have to say that this facility offers a wonderful atmosphere.  Seating is comfortable and there is a...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
This weekend will begin a new high school football season. I am particularly looking forward to Friday evening as my step-son plays high school football for Seven Lakes High School here in Katy, TX. We actually live in the Grand lakes subdivision which is part of the Katy school district. Last season Seven Lakes was sadly zero wins and 10 losses. However, last year was their first varsity football season and thay had NO seniors. Their schedule was a total killer with 8 out of the 10 teams they played all reaching the high school playoffs. Friday evening Seven Lakes plays Clements High School (Sugarland School) at Mercer Stadium. It should be a good game even if we lose again. Clements is a 5A team who is picked to win its conference and loaded with excellent players while Seven Lakes is...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
It is that time of year when we send out Kids back to school! For Mona and I this is the first year (as our son Anthony is 5 years old)! I have been getting quite a few questions from new area residents about what to do...especially about how to catch the buses. http://www.katyisd.org/has a bus schedule for each home (go to campuses and click into the bus schedule at the top)...just plug in your address and you will know what bus to attend. In the KISD you can also, regardless of how close you live to a school, have your children catch a bus. We have a 100% bus policy. This means every child has the option of taking the bus to school! So Congratulations...school is here and it is time for YOUR BREAK!    
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By David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier
(Keller Williams Premier)
      This list from the Fort Bend Star Newspaper is the ratings of all Katy ISD schools after the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) testing.  The TAKS test is an assessment of students testing scores in grades 3 - 11 as well as the individual student group.  The groups consist of:African-AmericanHispanicWhiteeconomically disadvantagedThe TEA raised the standard for Recognized and Academically Acceptable ratings by five percent this past testing period and will do so again in 2008-09. The higher requirement levels coupled with the growth in the district student population presents a challenge to the Katy Independent School District.David Slavin, ABR www.Fortbendhomefinder.com  www.SellMyHouseDave.com
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By Robyn Jones
(Robyn Jones Homes)
Beatiful Katy What can I say about it?  It's in wonderful proximity to Houston - in some areas sharing a dividing line and in other areas sharing the I-10, the Westpark Tollway or Westheimer.  Whatever way you look at the connection, it is a beautiful marriage of convenience.  Houston offering everything big, flashy and required in an urban city and Katy offering a wonderful respite from the daily grind of an urban city.  Katy is what I refer to as my own, personal Universal back lot.  You know the one I'm talking about.  The one with the perfect neighborhoods and wonderfully manicured lawns, the one where the kid has on a baseball cap and rides his bike around the neighborhood with his dog and 8 other kids in the neighborhood.  Until I saw it, I didn't believe how neat and clean a neig...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
With Hurricane Dean bearing down on the Texas coast I thought it might be time to talk about flood control and the Katy area. In the Katy area, a considerable amount of time and money has been spent on area flood control. Our Local MUDs (Municipal Utility District) and WCIDs (Water Control) do a good job of keeping Katy dry during even the worst storms. When Mona and I chose the Katy area over the many other fine areas surrounding Houston Metro, we took the areas ability to withstand a storm into our decision making process (along with great schools, hospitals, and shopping). When you watch the news in your town and see the pictures of heavy flooding in the Houston area...and in fact through out Texas, know that we have not had any flooding issues to speak of here. We just went through ...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
We specialize in Katy and West Houston. We get many calls and e-mails asking us to represent clients who want to purchase a home in the Woodlands, or Downtown, or Kingwood, or....well you get the idea. We feel that we are the AREA EXPERTS for KATY. We know what is happening, what will happen, and even what might happen in our area. Many clients moving to the area do not know that the Houston metro area has virtually no zoning! It is very important to know what the potential for a vacant piece of property can be. Has that land been bought...and who owns it. We make it our job to know what is happening and why! It would be difficult to know this type of information for every area in Houston. One of the reasons most people buy a home in one of our many fine subdivisions is because subdivis...
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By Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
(Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!)
Liz Carter and Sandie Acord recently back from attending the most important Real Estate training event that has ever been put on in North America     Las Vegas and the MGM Grand were the setting this year for Mike Ferry's annual Superstar Retreat from July 16th-July 20th.  The event was attended by over 5,000 agents out of the 2,000,000 in the US to learn the latest techniques to get homes sold, and the latest techniques for helping their clients negotiate at the right prices with buyers.  The average production for this elite group sells over 75 homes a year, compared to the average Real Estate agent, which only sells 2-3 homes a year per agent.  Mike Ferry has been the top Real Estate training and coach for 32 years, and was ranked with the President, Allen Greenspan, and Congress as ...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
La Madeleine's, the French countryside restaurant, is opening in Katy before the holiday season. It will be located in The Grand Shopping Center on Grand Parkway (99) and I-10. La Madeleine's is very popular at the Town and Country Mall and will be a welcome addition in Katy. The Grand also includes a free standing JC Penny, and will be joined in 2009 by a Dillard's and Macy's. A Barns and Noble Bookstore is also planned. This outdoor styled center will  become the third area mall in Katy.
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
We receive quite a few questions about MUDs. We figured it was time to share some of our knowledge on the subject so that people who are considering a move to the Houston or Katy area will have a better understanding.  A municipal Utility District (MUD) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas authorized by the Texas Water Code (TWC) to provide water, sewage, drainage, and other services within the MUD boundaries. The publicly elected Board of Directors manages and controls all of the affairs of the MUD subject to the continuing supervision of the Texas Water Commission. The board establishes policies in the interest of its residents and utility customers. A MUD may adopt and enforce all necessary charges, fees, and taxes in order to provide district facilities and service. Some...
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By David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier
(Keller Williams Premier)
Benefits of New HomesEverything in the house is newNeighborhood is newStreet Construction is newBuilder pricing and incentivesPrice appreciation (if you buy at the right time)Benefits of Pre-Owned HomesEstablished neighborhoodTrees are maturedKinks worked out from possible builder problemsSchools establishedCharacterThere are many more benefits for each.  It is really up to each buyer's preference and desires.  Some people want mature trees and an established neighborhood and others would rather start from scratch.  If you don't mind a new neighborhood and are willing to stay for at least three years then new would be the way to go.  If not then buy from the original homeowner and you'll be able to benefit by getting a newer pre-owned house.  There are so many ways of looking at it.  Yo...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
Clients often ask us why Houston (and most of the surrounding areas) does not have zoning. Zoning is when a community decides what and where different types of real estate can exist. In most regions of the country we have defined areas for commercial real estate, residential real estate, retail, etc... In the Houston metro area we allow the market to determine what and where any project can exist. This can cause many problems for home owners. The lack of zoning does have an upside...the rise of subdivisions and master planned communities. Master planned communities plan everything from what type of residential and commercial real estate can exist, but also what it will look like and how large it can get. When you move into a home in a master planned community you are likely to know what...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
We receive many questions, often from relocation buyers from other areas of the U.S. or around the world about  new construction homes. One of the main questions is...Why do I need representation when purchasing new construction?  We understand why people ask this question. They are wondering what value a quality realtor will have during the new home purchasing process. Building a new home, or buying a new construction inventory home (a new construction home that is at or near completion) can be very rewarding...but for anyone who has ever gone through the process...very confusing and frustrating. We understand that clients do not buy or build homes everyday and do not generally understand the changes in process and building codes that the new construction builder will follow. Buyers te...
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