Articles by

Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

02/12/16 12:00pm
Megan Anderson's wall exploded because of gas seeping into her home from the soil. (Photo: WFAA)

Megan Anderson’s wall exploded because of gas seeping into her home from the soil. (Photo: WFAA)

When you smell gas in your home and report it to Atmos, what’s the first thing they tell you to do?

Get out of the house.

So when Megan Anderson was busy doing the dishes in the kitchen of her Lakewood home on Jan. 5, she didn’t smell the gas that had been filling a wall between her kitchen and her living room. She didn’t know to get out of the house. She didn’t know not to touch the switch on the garbage disposal that ended up igniting the gas and blowing a hole in her wall.

So why didn’t Megan smell the gas? Why didn’t she know to get out?


02/12/16 11:41am


Word comes from a real estate agent that Nancy Jackson Carroll (Spinks) was picked up in Lake Forest, Ill., for theft. She’s in the slammer with bond set at $250,000, which happens to be just a fraction of what she allegedly absconded with from her Millennium Title clients.

One client, Scott Schambacher, was offering $50k for information leading to her arrest, though we have to wonder if she was picked up on charges unrelated to the theft at Millennium Title.

We also heard that Carroll (Spinks) allegedly did title work for the Mexican cartel drug lord that gunned down an attorney in Southlake. JEEZ LOUISE!

So tell us, what do you think will happen now that the Carroll (Spinks) has been apprehended?


600 Hollywood Front

The temptation is, when it comes to building a new home inside close-in neighborhoods, is to make the most of the lot. Builders sometimes plunk down homes that look better suited to a new suburban development up north in Collin County than the historic, imperfectly platted neighborhoods in Dallas.

That’s where this new build in North Oak Cliff‘s Sunset Hill stands out. It’s a tidy, modest single-story home that has all the bells and whistles homebuyers want and doesn’t overtake the lot. And wouldn’t you know, buyers just love homes like this one. In fact, this listing from David Griffin & Co. Realtor Crystal Gonzalez went under option in just 12 days on the market. Now that’s proof of a High Caliber Home!

If you’re smitten with this home, then you’ll want to go ahead and call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans when you find the High Caliber Home of your Dreams. Don’t waste a second and get pre-approved with an expert mortgage professional. Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today.


02/08/16 5:22pm

Superbowl Collage

Did you see the eye-catching 30-second spot from Ebby Halliday Realtors before Super Bowl 50 yesterday? We did, and we were so impressed with the message and execution from the North Texas brokerage that is growing like gangbusters, now the 10th largest residential real estate brokerage in the nation.

“Let’s face it, buying or selling a home can be scary,” said Ebby vice president and marketing director Randall Graham. “Our new campaign places the agent at the center and makes it abundantly clear that now, more than ever, when approaching one of life’s largest financial transactions it’s wise for buyers and sellers to choose a guide they can truly trust.”

Jump to get an exclusive online first look at the ad!

02/08/16 1:47pm

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Seriously, what is the world coming to that now Parkies aren’t safe in their driveways, at NorthPark Center, or at the filling station? This time, two robbers armed with handguns forced a University Park man to hand over his cash and his car while he was exiting his Kia Optima after a Sunday morning donut run, according to a CBS 11 report.


02/05/16 1:21pm



You can find custom gold foil prints by My Blue Avenue at IBB Design Fine Furnishings next week. (Photo: My Blue Avenue)

There’s no better way to spread the love than buying wonderfully crafted, hand-picked treasures from local artists for your sweetheart. If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or just celebrating yourself, head to IBB Design Fine Furnishings on Feb. 11 to peruse some of the stylish pieces produced by local artisans.


02/04/16 3:40pm
Woodland Dr. Hip Pocket

Christine McKenny’s luxury listing on Woodland Drive benefits from having 11 extra photos on the listing, but not all homes need 36 photos. Photo: Courtesy Christine McKenny

Some buyers have the hardest time imagining how a home will work for their families, and in the digital age, Realtors are providing tools like virtual open houses and tours to help these buyers fall in love with their listings. So I wasn’t surprised when MetroTex Association of Realtors increased the number of  photos agents can upload for each listing from 25 to 36.

Of course, some Realtors and real estate professionals see this as a fantastic development. Others? Not so much.


02/04/16 8:00am

Champions School of Real Estate will host an open house at their new Fort Worth campus on Feb. 12.

The real estate market in Cowtown is growing by leaps and bounds, so of course it makes sense that Champions School of Real Estate, the premier resource for training future real estate professionals in Texas, would expand its Fort Worth campus. In fact, Champions School is opening a brand new facility with more than 6,000 square feet of instructional space.

“When we first began to outgrow our original location, we knew that it wouldn’t take long before we would have to plan for a larger campus,” said Kimberly Dydalewicz, president of Champions School of Real Estate. “We are especially pleased to offer Fort Worth Champions a new campus, because this expansion is creating greater opportunities for us to fill the needs of the Fort Worth real estate community.”​

Fort Worth 4

Assistant manager Betsey Peterson (far left) and DFW Regional Manager (far right) stand beside the mother-daughter executive team of Champions School of Real Estate — president Kimberly Dydalewicz and CEO Rita Santamaria — as they opened a new campus in Fort Worth last week.

Jump to see the fresh interiors, huge classrooms, and cutting-edge technology inside the new Champions School of Real Estate in Fort Worth!