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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.

02/06/17 11:26am

Mortgage Report Bob Mortgage New

Just this past week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that loosened lending restrictions instituted by Dodd-Frank. How will this, combined with the Fed’s recent uptick in interest rates, affect mortgages? Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) shares his opinion in today’s Mortgage Report.

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: Loosening lending restrictions and increasing interest rates make for an interesting mix in the mortgage market.

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02/03/17 7:07pm

4625 Cole building Ext

Townhomes are growing more and more popular in Dallas, as more larger, older homes are scraped and subdivided into blocks of three-story townhomes.

This community, located just off of Knox and Cole, features a contemporary facade and really beautiful interiors. And at $415,000, this lovely townhome is perfect for those who want a walkable, urban location with access to great shopping and restaurants with a reasonable price tag.

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14150 Ridge Front

Imagine a vacation home that’s not only close by, but is ready for all types of family gatherings big and small. Now put it on Cedar Creek Lake, surround it with more than 12 acres of gorgeous wooded land, put in a beautiful pool and a dock, and you have the ultimate lakeside getaway.

That’s exactly what you’ll find with this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This incredible, private compound is listed by David Griffin & Company Realtors Seth Loncar and Miranda Cordero for $2.17 million.

Considering what you get for your money, that’s a great value.

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02/01/17 3:53pm
In stock Czech crystal featuring a wide array of designs is marked down for a short time at Bernadette Schaeffler Collection.

In stock Czech crystal featuring a wide array of designs is marked down for a short time at Bernadette Schaeffler Collection. The longhorn crystal collection is 30 percent off!

We’ve always loved stopping in at the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection in the Dallas Design District. Our only problem? We couldn’t get there often enough! Schaeffler, known for her stylish finds and perfectly honed ability to combine modern European lines with standard-bearing antiques, is solving that problem for us.

While the 1616 Hi Line Drive location will always have a place in our hearts, we’re thrilled to find out the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection is moving online!
From now until the showroom closes, Bernadette Schaeffler Collection is having an unprecedented sale on current inventory and floor models. Jump for more!

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01/31/17 2:46pm
Most expensive homes listed in U.S.

Photos courtesy of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

A Texas ranch was included in Curbed.com’s roundup of the most expensive homes for sale in the U.S. earlier this week. Perhaps the Hill Country town of Lampasas should rebrand itself Lampa$a$, given the $81 million price tag on the Hill Country property, which ranks among the 25 most expensive homes currently listed for sale in the nation. It ranks 21st in the lineup that ranges from $250 million to $78 million, with most in what seems to be a sweet spot for top-tier housing prices — the low to mid-80s.

See the full story on SecondShelters.com.

01/30/17 9:39am

Mortgage Report Bob Mortgage New

In the year ahead, what indicators can we look for to gauge interest rates? Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) shares his outlook on 10-year bond and 30-year 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: Looking at interest rates in the year ahead.

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01/27/17 5:46pm

9927 Lenel Place car port

I think we can all agree that not every remodeled midcentury home is a success. For certain, some well-intentioned homeowners and even some rather haphazard flippers have ruined some of the fabulous midcentury moderns and post-war traditionals. This Midway Hollow home, however, was brought up to date in a way that is sensitive to the architecture and style of the home.

And in a neighborhood as hot as Midway Hollow, I totally understand that 9927 Lenel Place, marketed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent Lou Alpert, probably won’t stick around on the market for much longer, even though it’s only two days on MLS!

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01/27/17 2:32pm
January has been unseasonably active for homebuyers according to data from realtor.com.

January has been unseasonably active for homebuyers according to data from realtor.com.

Winter isn’t exactly your typical home buying season. Most folks are working on their homes, getting them ready to list in the spring. Buyers are scouting neighborhoods, ready to pounce when the market is saturated in March.

However, recent data from realtor.com shows that demand during the month of January remained strong, while low supply has kept prices high.

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