Katy, TX Real Estate News

By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Eye Allergy Problem Spreads in Katy TX. I previously wrote a post concerning an eye allergy issue I was having back in November. I went to our eye Doctor and he told me to use over the counter cream with 1% hydrocortisone three times a day. I followed instructions and after about one week the problem appeared to disappear.  During December 2016 allergy issue on my eyelids came back. I followed the same instructions from the eye doctor but this time the condition never went away. Slowly but surely it spread to my face with the area below my right eye getting impacted. This area is is very red and looks horrible. The pain is like being stuck with tiny pins. Unfortunately the same stuff has now spread to the area around my left eye!  During the last 7-10 days the condition has gotten worse...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Excel Series at Cinco Ranch Branch Library The Cinco Ranch Ranch Branch Library which is part of the Fort Bend County TX library system and which is located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd Katy TX 77494 is offering a Microsoft 2010 Excel series of no charge classes during February 2017. I use Excel all the time but I can tell you there is always something new to learn and improve your skill set.  On Thursday February 16, 2017 MS Excel Intermediate is being presented and it starts at 10 AM. If you are a beginner this is not the class for you as of now. Take the basic class first and then practice.  Thursday February 23, 2017 at 10 AM the class is MS Excel: Advanced. This is a class I probably need to take to make the jump to the next level. Seating at all the computer related classes at t...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Picturesque Neighborhood Scenery - Katy TX Katy Tx and the surrounding unincorporated areas have numerous neighborhoods where residents can enjoy picturesque scenery when they walk, run, drive through or ride a bike in the neighborhood.  These neighborhoods have numerous amenities available to residents which usually include swimming pools, hike/walking trails, putting greens, dog parks, man made lakes, parks, green areas  plus several other attractions.   If you are looking for a great place to live in a family and  a pet friendly neighborhood contact me and let us get started finding your dream home in Katy or the surrounding areas as there are still beautiful homes available.  Picturesque Neighborhood Scenery - Katy TX 
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Home Buyers : Internet Use vs. In Person Don’t believe everything you see or read on the internet. You’ve heard that one before I am sure. It’s great to start out by conducting research if you’re interested in buying a home, but I strongly advise you to be conscientious of the websites you use to do your browsing. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) and professional Realtor, I can steer you in the right direction and better explain the online property portal process.  See the linked article shown below as it explains online web portals. I can design a custom home search which taps into HAR MLS data. This search will put all homes matching your criteria into your own web page and this can be accessed any time you want. I look forward to working with you and hearing from you! W...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC)  Owl Prowl and Coyote Howl KPS Indiangrass Preserve31950 Herbert RoadWaller TX. 77484 The Katy Prairie Conservancy ( KPC) is hosting on Sunday February 12, 2017 a special evening program out in the prairie in the greater Katy area. Participants will search for prairie night predators such as the owls and coyotes. How cool is that. Pretty cool I think! I Sorry kids but this program is meant for adults.  The cost is $50 per person. The night will start with a short talk followed and then Master naturalist and Bird Guide Glenn Olsen will take the whole group out in the prairie in search of predators. The group will be looking to find barn owls, great horned owls, screech owls, short eared owls and hopefully some coyotes. Coyotes usually travel in packs from w...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Great News as 29 Dogs plus some Cats Adopted 2/4/17Yesterday was a phenomenal day at the Fort County Animal Services shelter as 29 dogs were adopted and several cats. I do not yet have a count on the cat adoptions. In addition, four (4) dogs on their PUSH list were adopted and this just leaves 2 dogs from the list to be adopted. One of those dogs was  totally abused as she was in Rosenberg, TX. She does not get along with other dogs at all but humans no issues at all.  She gave me numerous kisses when I stuck my hand in her pen to pet her. Her picture is the first one shown below. The two remaining dogs on the PUSH list have had their deadline  extended until Wednesday February 8, 2017. The adoption fees were dropped to a total bargain price of $12 per dog and $2 per cat. This very low ...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Passport Fair in Katy TX On Saturday February 4, 2017 Annie Rebecca Elliott, Fort Bend County District Clerk, is holding a unique Passport Fair. This is a community service and its main purpose is to make it easier and more convenient to apply for a US Passport. The fair starts at 8 AM and lasts until Noon. This Fair is being held at the Fort Bend County North Annex which is located at 22333 Grand Corner Drive, Suite 105 Katy TX 77494. Appointments are NOT being accepted as this is on a walkin basis only.. All applicants have to appear in person.  If you want for information and an application go to Fort Bend County website.  Passport Fair in Katy TX 
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Super Bowl Fun Weekend in Katy TX Several organizations are teaming up to host a fun Super Bowl weekend in Katy TX. These groups include The City of Katy; The Rotary Club of Katy; Katy ISD; Celebrity Sweat; No Label Brewing and Typhoon Texas.  A Taste of Katy Chili Bowl plus tailgate activities will start the festivities on Saturday February 4, 2017 from 9 AM until noon. This will be held in Visitors parking lot at Rhodes Stadium in old or historic Katy. This is a no charge event but raffle tickets will be on sale. Following the Katy Chili Bowl is a celebrity flag football challenge from noon until 3 PM also at Rhodes Stadium. Among the celebrities participating include Doug Flutie;  Kirk Cousins; Andy Dalton ( is grew up in Katy TX) ; Michael Irvin; Michael Bennett; Victor Ortiz plus s...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Dogs Needing to be Adopted Today! URGENT!!! Fort Bend County Animal Services has six dogs on their PUSH list which need to be adopted Today February 1, 2017. I have copied from their website a poster showing the dogs which are remaining which need adoption or be euthanized. The original PUSH  list had 15 dogs and this has been reduced to 6 dogs.  If you have in your heart to SAVE a life, please consider to adopt one of these pups. I volunteer at the shelter and I have an emotional obvious connection to all the dogs. One pup got adopted yesterday was missing her back paw. I was so happy for her as she is a sweet pup. I am now very worried about the six still on the list!!  Please share this list and or go to the shelter’s Facebook page and share everywhere possible.  Thank you in advance...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
AARP Tax Aide Providing Tax Assistance at Katy/Fulshear Libraries 2017 The AARP Tax Aide is offering FREE tax preparation assistance at Four local libraries in the Katy Texas area. These programs will begin on Wednesday February 1, 2017 and end on Tuesday April 18, 2017. This free service is available to individuals with low or moderate income. Special attention will be paid to those who are age 60 or more. Yes unfortunately it is Tax Time once again. I do not know their definition of low income but there maybe some data on their website and click on the link above.  Similar to prior years, programs are being held at these Four local Katy and Fulshear Library locations: Cinco Ranch Branch Library - 2620 Commercial Center Blvd Katy Texas - Mondays from 1 PM until 5 PM , English and Spani...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Crystal Ball Predictions for 2017 - Katy and Houston TX Praful Thakkar real estate agent with Keller Williams in Andover MA created an Active Rain Challenge for January 2017 asking for a post of 2017 real estate market predictions. My main market area is Katy TX with secondary being Far West or North Katy/Cypress areas. I will discuss Katy in greater detail but I mention both  Cypress  and Houston.  I will start with a comment there is no implied or express warranty of anything included in this post. These are strictly my own market predictions made on January 30, 2017. Nothing more and nothing less.  There is NO such thing as a guarantee in Real Estate. I have had potential clients tell me about other agents who were supposedly guaranteeing certain results. I do not partake in this typ...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Happy Chinese New Year from Katy TX. Happy and Healthy Chinese New Year to everyone and this is the year of Rooster. Folks born in the Year of the Rooster are very trustworthy. They work very well on a schedule and are excellent workers/employees. These folks are said to be active, resourceful, observant, talented and courageous. These are all excellent traits. These folks have self confidence and enjoy being in the spotlight.  If you have questions about the Katy Real Estate or Cypress  markets or any other surrounding area call me and let's get started finding you and your family a home. There are still excellent opportunities to buy a really nice home. If you like some information about available and affordable family homes, I can create a custom search for you which will be presente...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Spring Katy Home and Garden Show January 28 - 29, 2017 The Merrell Center and Robinson Pavilion will be the home to the Spring Katy Home & Garden Show on Saturday January 28 and Sunday January 29, 2017. There will be over 300 different exhibits in both buildings in two buildings covering 2 floors . The show will include exhibits covering home improvement, remodeling, decorating, windows, kitchens & baths, heating & cooling, flooring, granite, home theater, siding, pools & spa’s, home decor, sealing products, blinds & shutters  and landscaping themes. This is the 11TH annual holding of this fine show. The Merrell Center and Robinson Pavilion are physically located at the address shown below.Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion6301 S Stadium Dr.Katy, TX 77493 The Merrell Center is easy to f...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Permanent Attractions in Katy TX Katy TX does not have a lot of permanent attractions to choose from but there are a few as shown below: Railroad Park and Tourist Center -  The Railroad Park and Tourist Center is located at 5615 First Street Katy TX in the downtown area of Historic Katy TX. This downtown park is called a pocket park and is home to the Historic Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Depot. This Depot has been restored as it serves as a Information and Tourist Center. Visitors to Katy TX can obtain maps, brochures and information about Katy and the surroundings areas at the Depot. The Katy Heritage Society Railroad Museum is also located inside the old Depot. The Depot displays several elements of the original depot and provides an explanation as to how the depot functioned and o...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Seven Meadows Katy TX Real Estate - Definite Source  Seven Meadows in Katy TX Real Estate is another master planned community in the Katy real estate market. Seven Meadows was developed by Newland Community who is the same developer as Cinco Ranch. Seven Meadows has no new construction and has been totally built out for several years. The neighborhood is located off of Fry Road just west of Highway 99 or Grand Parkway and the main road into the complex is the first left with a stoplight after the HEB shopping center which is also on the left hand side of the road.   Seven Meadows covers approximately 1,000 acres of ground and has approximately 1,750 single family homes. This neighborhood has the distinction of being the first Wi-Fi community in the greater Houston area back in July 2005...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Pine Mill Ranch Katy TX - Family Oriented Neighborhood    Pine Mill Ranch Location  Pine Mill Ranch is a Master Planned community situated on 585 acres of land located in the western section of South Katy being it is south of I-10. I personally believe this subdivision is one of those gem of a neighborhood. Pine Mill Ranch main entrance  is located on off of Spring Green Road right and north of Falcon Landing across from Silver Ranch. Pine Mill Ranch like numerous other Katy neighborhoods is physically located in an unincorporated area which all have Katy mailing address. The beauty of living in these various neighborhoods as many of these neighborhoods such as Pine Mill Ranch have a special small town feel and look to it but are not that far away from Houston. I believe now is the fou...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Dog of the Week #1 January 22, 2017  I plan to have two dogs of the week as both really deserve a good loving home. I am posting each separately so there is no confusion.  This pup is a female black lab ID 009977 and there is no estimate of her age. She is a very loving and friendly dog who likes to put her front paws in your lap while she is getting petted. She also gives lots of kisses and loves to be hugged. It appears she gets along very well with other dogs. She is scared of all the loud barking but then again most of the pups are scared. She is a very attractive dog and with a bath and some grooming she will even be prettier.  This pup definitely needs to get out of the shelter before she becomes depressed. She is She certainly did want to have to go back into herpen with her room...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Bow Wow Bash at Cane Island Katy TX Cane Island neighborhood in old Katy Tx is hosting what they call a “Bow Wow Bash” to benefit our dog friends with proceeds going to “Special Pals”. Bow Wow Bash is being held tomorrow or Saturday January 21, 2017 in Cane Island ( probably Amenity Center) and starts at Non and last until 3 PM. Cane Island is located at 2100 Cane Island and is just west of old Katy and north of I-10.   There will be a Microchip Clinic  where your dog can get microchipped by a Vet from All Pets Animal Hospital for $10. This is a very reasonable price. You have to bring Rabies certificate from your Vet.  I cannot tell you how many lost dogs I see on various web sites every day who do not have a chip. Miss Dutchess ( our pup) has a chip.  There will also be Dog Vendors, E...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Grand Lakes Katy Tx -  Family Oriented Community/ Great Place to Live Grand Lakes Katy TX  is a community with over 2,200 single family homes with varying different styles and floorplans. Grand Lakes is  a family oriented and pet friendly neighborhood. Grand Lakes was developed by Trendmaker and the first section homes homes were being built back in 1998. There are no more brand new homes in Grand Lakes as the neighborhood is entirely built out and has been for at least 7 years. The neighborhood has a very strong Homeowners Association and looks great all the time. The HOA can be a pain but their close control helps to keep property values from falling and the whole area looking very appealing to all who come here. Grand Lakes is made up of single family one story and numerous two story...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Twelve Months 2016 Market Report for South Katy TX - 2017 Projection I always prefer to examine year-to-date data throughout any given year and look at year to year comparisons for discovering market trends as I think there is too much volatility on a month to month basis to make any good conclusions in this area. My primary market is South Katy or MLS area 36. Of course I also am interested in MLS 25 or North Katy; MLS area 37 Fort Bend West; MLS 29 Fort Bend-Sugar Land and Stafford plus a few others in Cypress TX. Twelve months YTD 2016 versus Twelve months months YTD 2015 for MLS area 36 or South Katy comparison shows some interesting trends which probably continue into 2017.   Units sold in 2016 have decreased from 3,454 in 2015 to 3,368 during 2016 which is equates to a 2.5 % decre...
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