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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.

03/29/17 1:59pm
The annual Turtle Creek Tour of Homes will feature this stellar Park Towers condo.

The annual Turtle Creek Tour of Homes will feature this stellar Park Towers condo.

High-rise lovers won’t want to miss this year’s Turtle Creek Tour of Homes benefiting the Turtle Creek Association. The April 9 tour, which highlights some of the classic and luxurious buildings that line the neighborhood’s eponymous thoroughfare, is also a great event for design hounds craving inspiration.

To me, no unit on this year’s tour is more inspiring than Mike Wilkins Park Towers unit. The sleek, modern interiors with a distinct midcentury vibe are absolutely stunning. And if you’re lucky, you could win tickets to see Wilkins’ home — and the other units, too — for free.

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By definition, “charming” means “extremely pleasing or delightful,” and that fits our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to a tee.

In fact, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Phillip Murrell, the listing agent for 5722 W. Hanover, couldn’t agree more.

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03/27/17 9:53am

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What’s bad for the stock market is good for bonds and mortgage rates, says BobMortgage in the latest Mortgage Report brought to you by Wallick & Volk. But what will the stock market do? How much will the fallout of a very crucial healthcare policy vote influence mortgage rates?

You may know him as Bob Johnson, the senior mortgage advisor at Wallick & Volk, the nation’s oldest privately-held mortgage company. Bob Johnson has helped more than 25,000 families get into the homes of their dreams, in 20 plus years of lending service.

Now with five offices across the DFW Metroplex, the nation’s oldest mortgage firm is helping thousands of consumers get into homes with the most up-to-date financial information possible. Wallick & Volk brings experience and integrity into every single loan, but they also deliver a highly personalized touch that conforms to each client’s need. Is it speed of delivery, unique products, total transaction transparency, or great pricing you need? Wallick & Volk has it all in a broker-friendly banking platform that can do the impossible when it comes to home financing.

THIS WEEK: The stock market’s direction after the healthcare policy vote will hold the key to mortgage rates. What is the outcome?

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03/23/17 4:40pm

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The economic climate in Dallas and in the nation has shone a light on the challenges our region faces: labor shortages, tight housing supply, and steadily increasing home prices. What does the future look like considering the conditions today?

Find out that and more during the Dallas Builders Association “State of the Industry” Summit from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 13 at the Crowne Plaza in Addison. Registration, which is open now on the DBA website, includes breakfast compliments of StrucSure Home Warranty. The event — a general meeting for DBA members — will include a panel discussion from top industry professionals led by Meyers Research. You’ll find the answers to the burning questions coursing through the industry’s minds:

  • When will the labor shortage ease up?
  • What role will millennials play in the Dallas market?
  • How has President Trump’s first 100 days impacted housing?
  • How will the rising interest rates, land prices and material cost impact housing affordability?

Jump to find out more about the esteemed panel of experts:

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We do love a cute Craftsman home, and one inside North Oak Cliff — one of the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas — really takes the cake! This listing from David Griffin & Co. Realtor Robert Kucharski is definitely a High Caliber Home, too. Classic from the outside, this historic beauty has key updates that make it family friendly and perfect for entertaining.

Ready to fall in love? Don’t forget to call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to get pre-approved so you can put in your highest and best offer! We know this cutie, just steps from the Bishop Arts District and inside the sought-after Rosemont Elementary attendance area, won’t last long. In fact, it’s already under option contract!

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03/20/17 12:04pm

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Just as expected, the Fed increased interest rates by 25 basis points, says BobMortgage in this week’s Mortgage Report from Wallick & Volk. Will that upset the mortgage market?

You may know him as Bob Johnson, the senior mortgage advisor at Wallick & Volk, the nation’s oldest privately-held mortgage company. Bob Johnson has helped more than 25,000 families get into the homes of their dreams, in 20 plus years of lending service.

Now with five offices across the DFW Metroplex, the nation’s oldest mortgage firm is helping thousands of consumers get into homes with the most up-to-date financial information possible. Wallick & Volk brings experience and integrity into every single loan, but they also deliver a highly personalized touch that conforms to each client’s need. Is it speed of delivery, unique products, total transaction transparency, or great pricing you need? Wallick & Volk has it all in a broker-friendly banking platform that can do the impossible when it comes to home financing.

THIS WEEK: With higher Fed interest rates on the horizon, what will the mortgage market do? Should you buy now or rent?

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Perhaps it’s time to get back to the basics. At the heart of the real estate industry, it’s the people that matter. Yes, the homes are vital, too, but buying real estate is complicated and sometimes frustrating, and having a solid relationship with the people behind the transaction is everything.

Nora Ling Lane, a Executive Vice President of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, knows this. It was ingrained upon her by her mother, who was also a consummate professional. So it’s obvious why we’ve chosen Lane as our High Caliber Agent, sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

Learn more about what drives and inspires Lane:

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