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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.

02/20/17 4:19pm
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IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s own Shay Geyer will lead a Feb. 25 workshop on how to add Pantone’s color of the year to your home.

Many were perplexed when Pantone announced that the 2017 color of the year was “Greenery” — how on earth do you add such a bold, lively, and by all means bright shade to home decor?

But for IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s Shay Geyer, it was a green light to inspiration. She’s found just the right balance for every style in adding this verdant color to rooms, and she wants to show you how.

You can learn how to make “Greenery” your personal color of the year in Shay’s noon presentation during the store’s “Day of Design” workshops this Saturday, Feb. 25. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., IBB Design staffers will host demonstrations on a bevy of subjects, as well as featuring some of the best vendors in the industry. They daylong event is open to the public, so do stop in!

We wanted to get a few advance tips from Shay about applying “Greenery” to our rooms and beyond …

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02/17/17 1:25pm

6938-casa-loma-ave-dallas-tx-1-MLS-1Some things never go out of style, and we count the quaint brick cottages of East Dallas on that list. This one in the Lakewood-area enclave of Gastonwood is a perfect example. Red brick, classic black shutters, and tidy traditional architecture is a dream from the curb.

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02/16/17 11:55am
Bella Vita Custom Homes set up offices all over Austin, but failed to deliver on their promises to clients according to an investigation by KXAN.

Bella Vita Custom Homes set up offices all over Austin, but failed to deliver on their promises to clients according to an investigation by KXAN. (Photo: KXAN)

According to a brand new investigative report from KXAN in Austin, Dallas-based Bella Vita Custom Homes has declared bankruptcy. The builder, after failing to pay subcontractors and losing vast sums of client money, has permanently closed and remains a target in lawsuits.

Bella Vita was founded in Dallas in 2010, with its trademark white crest on a navy blue background popping up on lots all over Dallas and the Park Cities. But just after Tracey and Joel Lackovich selected Bella Vita to build their custom home in the gated community of Spanish Oaks just outside of Austin in Bee Cave, construction slowed and problems began to crop up. That was in 2015, and since then, the Lackovich family has dealt with one nightmare after another.

But what can be done to protect a homeowner from a less-than-honest builder? Not much, the story alleges.

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1518 Oak Knoll Front

Most people with kids have a wish list when it comes to home shopping. Casual entertaining, open floor plans, outdoor living, and a sweet master retreat all make homebuyers with children weak in the knees.

This brand new listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Crystal Gonzalez has every single one of those things, plus a stellar backyard that will make summer a much cooler season. Check out our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans!

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Mortgage Report Bob Mortgage New

There are some big events happening this week that could heavily influence mortgages, says Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) in today’s Mortgage Report. Will the stock market remain buoyed?

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 Fed chairman, Janet Yellen, is due to testify this week before Congress, which will send waves through the market.

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02/10/17 5:38pm

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Hollywood Heights is known for its quaint Tudors and traditionals. The whole neighborhood is full of head-turning American interpretations of classical architectural styles, but there’s something to be said for an understated traditional.

And as it turns out, there’s one such traditional available in the neighborhood, listed by East Dallas Real Estate‘s own Britt Lopez. Though many homes in the neighborhood were built in the 1920s and 30s, this home was constructed in 1956 with a Post War traditional floor plan.

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If you’ve driven down Easton Road toward Lake Highlands Drive, no doubt you’ve likely see this home before. It commands a very visible corner in Lochwood, perched upon a hill. Its square build and curved second-story balcony are distinctive and offer views of the nearby neighborhood from its vantage.

And now it’s about to be back on the market with an agent that knows this area better than almost anyone: David Collier of David Griffin & Company Realtors. And we’re happy to feature it as this week’s High Caliber Home sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

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02/07/17 5:29pm
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Always craved a well-dressed bed? IBB Design is hosting a day of workshops where you can learn that and more!

While we marvel at photos of gorgeous homes day in and day out, you’d be surprised at how design-challenged some of us on the CandysDirt.com staff are. And with how quickly new products and materials are coming on the market, playing catch-up is a tough game for anyone in the real estate profession.

That’s why we’re thrilled about IBB Day of Design. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the talented design team at IBB Design Fine Furnishings will offer tips and tricks, as well as some of their favorite trends.

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