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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 CandysDirt.com. 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.

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Robert Kucharski, a consistent top producer at David Griffin & Company Realtors, knows what it takes to be a successful Realtor. He’s straight-forward, with high standards that constantly move the goalposts for his competitors. And he’s smart enough to know what works.

But what works for Kucharski? What is his “secret sauce”? We love the answers he gave us, and they confirm why we’ve chosen Kucharski as this week’s High Caliber Agent sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

Jump to learn Kucharski’s secrets for success!

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09/23/16 7:30am

4256 Lakewood Front 2Let’s do a little word association. When I say “log cabin,” what’s the first thing that pops into your brain?

“Mountains.”

“Camping”

“Skiing”

Pretty much all of these describe things you’d see or do at a cabin on the woods during vacation. There’s something about log cabins that is so cozy and sublime that it transports you to a quiet, remote place no matter where you are. Wouldn’t it be great, though, if you could live the log cabin lifestyle every day? We’re not talking about pancake syrup, folks. We’re talking about a beautiful log cabin home that feels like a relaxing mountain getaway without leaving town.

4256 Lakewood Front

That’s what this beautiful log home on Lake Worth just outside of 820 north of Fort Worth offers. It’s a two-story log cabin with soaring ceilings, stone cladding and fireplace, warm interiors, and soft pine floors with walls of windows that let views of the lake inside.

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09/21/16 2:49pm
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Unit 18E inside The Warrington features contemporary interiors and stunning views from the corner windows.

This might just be our most ambitious CandysDirt.com Staff Meeting yet. Starting at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, the CandysDirt.com staff is taking over The Warrington for a battle royale between the impeccable units populating four floors of this well-known building on Turtle Creek.

If you’ve been following along, Jon Anderson has given you the inside scoop on the four units you’ll be touring tomorrow afternoon as we celebrate #LoveandWarrington. You can catch the details on these four amazing condos here, here, here, and here. We’ll be touring units 3C, 11B, 18E, and 19F, plus a sneak peek at a high-flying unit on the 22nd floor that hasn’t hit MLS yet.

Unit 19F is a beautiful, traditionally styled unit with amazing views.

Unit 19F is a beautiful, traditionally styled unit with amazing views.

Jump to find out how you can attend!

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09/20/16 9:34pm

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It was a packed house for the Sept. 16 Champions School of Real Estate inaugural ChampionsLive! Superstar Top Producer Panel says Kimberly Dydalewicz, the school’s president.

“I’m proud to say that it was an absolute success!” Dydalewicz added. “Nearly 180 attendees came together at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano and the feedback regarding the ChampionsLive! CE course, the delicious brunch, and the panel has been overwhelmingly positive.”

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You won’t believe this, but this home inside Lakewood’s Monticello neighborhood was built in 1943. Yes, it’s had an update and addition since then, but quite a bit of the original home still exists, it’s just been transformed. Or perhaps, it has metamorphosed, because while this East Dallas Austin Stone two-story was expanded and updated in 2015, it feels like this is what it should have always looked like.

And on the inside, the good design just keeps on giving. Truly, you can see why we picked this David Griffin & Company listing on one of the prettiest streets in the city — Tokalon Drive — as this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you’re already falling in love with this gorgeous Lakewood home, call Lisa Peters today to get pre-approved so that you sail through closing. When buying your dream home, there’s nothing better than having an experienced lender by your side like Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

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09/20/16 12:00pm
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Scotty, Carrie, and Evelyn Reese (Photo: Julia Lauren Photography)

Scotty and Carrie Reese craved a Cliff May home, and they knew that Casa View claimed at least 39 of the midcentury modern architect’s California cool designs. Mindy Niehaus, their Realtor, wasn’t as familiar, but she was willing learn for the Reeses, a pair of creatives who had their hearts set on owning a Cliff May of their own.

“I told Scotty and Carrie that these homes don’t come on the market often. In fact, the average was about one listing a year!” said Niehaus, an agent with Nathan Grace Real Estate. “So they snatched up the second one we looked at, passing over the first one that had been added onto and remodeled so many times that it was no longer recognizable as a Cliff May home.”

Now a year later, Niehaus is full-on obsessed with Cliff May and Casa View, amazed that few people even knew that such a treasure trove of his designs were clustered in the sleepy transitioning neighborhood. “I asked Carrie what she thought of doing a home tour. She took my question to heart and asked the neighbors if they would be interested.”

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09/20/16 8:30am
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The Casa View Cliff May Home Tour will feature seven beautifully remodeled midcentury modern homes in East Dallas. (Photo: ScottReeseVisials.com)

You may be thrilled about pumpkin-flavored everything to hit the shelves, but us here at CandysDirt.com are over the moon about the return of fall home tour season. Yes, we’ll still hit up a Starbucks for our annual pumpkin spice latte, but nothing quite says “autumn is here!” to us like traipsing through other people’s homes with those weird little hospital booties on.

To help you plan, we’ve compiled a list of can’t miss home tours for this fall. It skews heavily toward midcentury modern and covers quite a bit of territory:

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09/19/16 3:29pm

 

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In case you missed our other entries, on Sept. 22, CandysDirt.com is going to Warr … The Warrington that is.  Our next Staff Meeting open house event will traverse four units at The Warrington. Previously units 3C, 11B and 18E were showcased and you can catch up here, here, and here, respectively.  Today we’re moving a pinch further up further up to 19F.

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