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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.

12020-Sand-Hill-Front

Sometimes it seems like all the homes for sale in Frisco look the same. Built within weeks and months of one another and with homogenous exteriors, that’s an easy mistake to make. However, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a new build in Frisco by its facade. If you do, you’ll miss what makes this Newman Village Tudor our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

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01/17/17 9:11am
The Trammell Crow home in Highland Park was in that family for more than 50 years. Now it's time for new owners to enjoy the 10,000-square-foot house. Photo: courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

The Trammell Crow home in Highland Park was in that family for more than 50 years. Billionaire Andy Beal purchased it last year and is planning to tear down this historic home built in 1912.

Apparently nothing is sacred. We are absolutely crushed to find out that the Trammell Crow estate — one of the most splendid historic homes in Highland Park — is slated to be torn down by Andy Beal, the billionaire who purchased it just last year. If you’ll remember, Beal purchased this C.D. Hill-designed home as well as Walnut Place (the Crespi Hicks estate) last year, and just re-listed the larger Walnut Place with Allie Beth Allman.

We were shocked to see an advertisement for a pre-demolition sale of interior fixtures from the Trammell Crow Estate on a Highland Park garage sale group:

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01/16/17 9:59am

Mortgage Report Bob Mortgage New

Everyone’s wondering: Will rates head back up? With some big financial market news on the horizon this week, Senior Mortgage Adviser Bob Johnson at Wallick & Volk (AKA BobMortgage) breaks down how these factors will affect interest rates in our latest edition of The Mortgage Report.

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01/14/17 7:39am
AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys, but what city is better for football-loving homeowners: Dallas or Green Bay?

AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys, but what city is better for football-loving homeowners: Dallas or Green Bay?

Are you ready for some football? Surely you’ve wondered during less-than-stellar seasons of Cowboys past whether it would be better off to live in a city where a team doesn’t bomb the playoffs. As it turns out, Owners.com wanted to know which city, Dallas or Green Bay, Wis., were better for homeowners who are football fans. We were intrigued, too, especially considering that the home teams of these homeowners are going head-to-head on Sunday, Jan. 15, in the NFL Divisional Playoffs.

Who do you think won? Jump to find out!

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01/13/17 6:12pm

Knox Place Condo

Sure, the single-family detached market is super hot, but nothing says our market is scorching like a townhome going from active to pending in eight days. That’s exactly what happened at 3220 Oliver Ave. — a very rare end-unit two-story condo near Knox Street listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Randy Elms.

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s an absolutely gorgeous soft contemporary inside!

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5715-Southwestern-Front

We do love a good modern home. Clean lines, open spaces, right angles, and striking textures stimulate our senses and inspire us. That’s exactly what our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans does. This home in sought-after Idlewild Acres is gorgeous from the curb, and it only gets better inside.

Looking for the modern home of your dreams? Take the first step and get pre-approved with Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. Who knows — once you tour this listing from Dave Perry-Miller’s Gullotto Barnes Group, you may be ready to put in an offer!

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01/10/17 1:15am
Most Iconic Dallas Homes

The Philip Johnson-designed contemporary at 10210 Strait Lane was listed by David Nichols in September of 2014 for $27.5 million. Worth every penny.

I’ll be honest: I cannot stand the word “iconic.” It is overused and hyperbolic. If we call everything that there ever was “iconic,” doesn’t the term become irrelevant?

But I do have to say that when it comes to architecture, Dallas really does have some “iconic” homes. They’re the properties that keep coming up in conversation, whose pedigree is like name-dropping Pritzker Prize winners.

Which is why I was a little stunned that, in the Dallas Observer‘s recent list most “iconic” Dallas homes, there was no mention of the immaculately restored and updated Philip Johnson-designed mansion at 10210 Strait Lane. He is a Pritzker Prize winner, after all.

So what other homes should have made the cut?

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01/09/17 10:37am

Mortgage Report Bob Mortgage New

Interest rates are the lowest they’ve been in a month says BobMortgage in our latest edition of The Mortgage Report. But how much change can we expect in 2017?

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: Interest rates have hit a valley. Should you lock or float?

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