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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 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.

03/13/17 9:00am
IBB co-owner Shay Geyer greets guests at the IBB Day of Design on Feb. 25.

IBB owner Shay Geyer greets guests at the IBB Day of Design on Feb. 25.

The first-ever IBB Design Fine Furnishings “Day of Design” was a smashing success! With throngs of design fans and scads of vendors, IBB Design pulled off a successful event by any measure. The Frisco showroom hosted several presenters on Feb. 25 for the day-long design showcase, featuring IBB owner Shay Geyer, as well as several of the store’s talented designers. A craftsman from Vanguard Furniture built a chair right in the store, too. What a treat!

Did you miss it? Don’t worry, we have a feeling it will happen again.




Ash Creek/Alger Park is an adorable enclave of 1950s one-story brick homes between Peavy Road and Buckner Blvd., southeast of Garland Road. This is a quickly transitioning neighborhood, with home values on their way up as more sellers cash in on Dallas’ hot housing market.

And while there have been some really great renovations in his neighborhood, we think this listing from David Collier and Jennifer Riley Rice of David Griffin & Company is definitely a High Caliber Home, and it will get snatched up fast! Don’t wait — call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today so you can put in your highest and best offer.


03/07/17 8:06am

Mortgage Report Bob Mortgage New

President Donald Trump delivered a speech that was well-received by Wall Street, says BobMortgage in our latest edition of The Mortgage Report. But what are the effects?

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: What’s the interest rate outlook? How will the surge on Wall Street influence mortgages?


03/03/17 6:53pm


When 6907 Sperry  in Caruth Terrace was built back in 1964, one of the biggest decisions a homeowner had to make was the tile and fixture color schemes in the bathrooms. There were no master retreats, no vessel sinks, and no vast oceans of marble. You got seafoam, baby blue, or the ignominious pink tile in most cases. Other popular choices were mint green, gray, and white. But these bathrooms, with their half-tile walls and tile counter tops with color-matched sinks are growing rarer as the cult of Carrara proselytizes the liturgy of white on white on white.

So it’s a real treat to see a midcentury ranch with not one, not but two intact vintage bathrooms!


03/02/17 2:37pm
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East Dallas MLS Broker Bake Off chair Christina Dewbre shows off a confection as emcee Kevin Caskey holds the live auction.

When the committee that puts together the East Dallas MLS’ Broker Bake Off (an annual Texas Association of Realtors PAC fundraiser and sweet event), they batted around a few themes before someone suggested a riff off of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s epic 90s ballad — “I Like Big Bundts And I Cannot Lie: Music Through The Ages.”

Naturally, said event chair Alyssa O’Brien Ramsey, it was an instant favorite.

Brokerages were tasked with creating confections that spoke to pop music’s biggest moments, and they did a bang-up job. In all, the Broker Bake Off managed to rake in some serious dough for the Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee to the tune of $15,800.



It may not catch your eye immediately, but there’s just something about this adorable traditional cottage in Stevens Park Estates. The tidy front lawn, freshly planted flower beds, and colorful dark teal blue front door — it’s an absolute classic.

It just hit the market today, as listing agent Sam Saladino with David Griffin & Company tells me. We’re just pleased as punch to feature it on as our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

And if you think the exterior of this classic cottage is on point, just wait until you see the bevy of built-ins — a true neat freak’s dream come true — throughout.