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Old 05-04-2013, 10:40 PM
 
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Husband and I have been renting in Houston the past year so that we may figure out where we want to buy. I work just inside the 610 loop, on the west side with easy access via 59 and Westpark Tollway. Husband works mostly from home, with the occasional travel within and outside of Houston.

Question 1: after some background research and chat with fellow coworkers, we decided our best bet is Katy. However, we are baffled by the number of developments and builders. Is there a website that lists all the different developments out there?

Question 2: we've made a few trips out there to visit model homes and some open houses. Houses seem to sell very quickly, and I am beginning to think we will be priced out of the area we are looking at. We'd prefer not to live further west than FM 1463. Is it better to wait until Fall when there's less activity? Or has Katy reached its capacity? And thus I should be looking at Cypress or even Sugarland instead?

Thanks for the help in advance!

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Old 05-05-2013, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Houston
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anything further than 1463 your basically in Brookshire.

Katy is a vast area as it stretches from the Grand parkway all the way to 529 before the Cypress area takes over...alot of the areas are within the county so any and everything can pop up without notice with no zoning...Katy still has space further out

Cypress is a driving nightmare unless you work against traffic or have an odd schedule...Sugar Land/Stafford probably would be your best bet as zoning is enforced and there are numerous ways to 59 and Westpark
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:20 AM
 
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Katy has a great market going right now with houses even selling for over asking. Houston just has a very good housing market, well if you are a seller. Get a Realtor and a good one at that to help you. Once you find what you are looking for don't delay on getting in your offer.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Cinco Dinero
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Is there a reason why you wouldn't consider resale? You can get beautiful houses in Cinco Ranch, Seven Meadows, Grand Lakes that are only a couple years old. Much of what is out here is built out (no more construction dust!) but still very "new". No "updating" if that is your issue.

But yeah if you are wanting to build new... It's looking like it all near 1463 these days.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Katy, Texas
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Is there a reason why you wouldn't consider resale? You can get beautiful houses in Cinco Ranch, Seven Meadows, Grand Lakes that are only a couple years old. Much of what is out here is built out (no more construction dust!) but still very "new". No "updating" if that is your issue.

But yeah if you are wanting to build new... It's looking like it all near 1463 these days.
This pretty much sums it up.

What's your budget and what are your needs in the home? That could help us more quickly give neighborhood suggestions.

Har.com's mapsearch could be a big help for you if you decide to buy instead of build. There is plenty of good stock to choose from out here, as mentioned above.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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Hi everyone, thanks for your responses. We're looking at 225-300k ranges. We are starting to think resale is probably the way to go since location is more important to us right now. However, houses are starting to price way up! And they are selling. I just don't know if we should bite the bullet and buy now, or wait until things calm down a little so we get our money's worth. Maybe things will not calm down, who knows.

Must-haves: easy access to Westpark, 3-4 bedrooms, good schools (we plan to start a family in 1-2 years).

Husband doesn't want to do too much updating, though I think if we can get a resale on the lower end of our budget, it should not cost too much to update countertops and cabinets. I am still trying to convince him this.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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Have you thought about North Richmond like Lakes of Bella Terra?
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Katy, Texas
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I'm not sure when things are going to cool off. You could be waiting a while. Even if you wait for the off-season you will be sacrificing stock for savings - might not be able to find what you want - and then be stuck where you are now.

After having lived south of the tollway for as long as it's been in operation, I would look on the north side of Westpark. For what you're looking for, you should have no trouble finding something in Grand Lakes, Kelliwood, or Cinco Ranch for 250k. It's becoming more easy to find updated homes as well, i.e. counter-tops, fixures, hardwood/tile, paint.

If you use Har's mapsearch you can use the lasso tool, along with the filter search option to search within the boundaries of 99, Kingsland, Fry, and the Westpark Toll. Don't rule out options to the west of 99 either. Cinco and Grand Lakes both extend that way, and Seven Meadows and Falcon Ranch are on that side as well. Maybe try setting the west boundary about two subdivision's length of 99 if you can't find anything in your first search.

There are a few nice newer construction neighborhoods along 99 south of the WPT as well (Long Meadow Farms, Lakes of Bella Terra, Waterside Estates, Aliana). Living south of the WPT would also give you quicker access to Sugar Land and 59 if that's your preference. With two elementary aged kids, I prefer Katy ISD to the north of the WPT, but I have heard no complaints from friends living south of the WPT with kids in both Fort Bend and Lamar ISD.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Take a drive around old Katy too. You may like what you see. There isn't as much hustle and bustle and the houses are in your price range.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:25 PM
 
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There are a few nice newer construction neighborhoods along 99 south of the WPT as well (Long Meadow Farms, Lakes of Bella Terra, Waterside Estates, Aliana). Living south of the WPT would also give you quicker access to Sugar Land and 59 if that's your preference. With two elementary aged kids, I prefer Katy ISD to the north of the WPT, but I have heard no complaints from friends living south of the WPT with kids in both Fort Bend and Lamar ISD.
I think that the price range and the desire for a newer home will definitely make south of the WPT the place to look. I don't think that there is going to be much new in that price range north of the WPT.
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