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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.

04/19/17 1:30pm

 

3616 Crescent

Originally built in 1963 for the Hexter family, E.G. Hamilton — the architect who helped found OmniPlan, the same firm that brought us NorthPark Center — designed 3616 Crescent Ave. in Highland Park to be a trend-setting home that took full advantage of the lot. The merit award-winning home is known for its excellent use of light and lines, with large rooms that make entertaining a breeze.

Mil Bodron of bodron+fruit poured time and talent into the home’s remodel, which successfully expanded the space while maintaining the character of Hamilton’s original design. It’s an incredible accomplishment in architecturally sensitive renovation.

Too bad it appears to be all for naught, as the new owners bought the home for almost $5 million only to secure permits for its razing.

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04/18/17 7:50am

southlakehome (1 of 55)

There really is something for everyone at 300 W. Highland Street in Southlake. It’s a large, beautiful property that has it where it counts!

The original home was built in 1998, and the sellers completed a full remodel this year. It welcomes family and friends with a richness of hand-scraped hardwood floors and crown molding. The open concept formal living and dining room will dazzle those who love entertaining.

And this home is unique as it’s really two homes in one.

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04/14/17 4:38pm

2421 N. cooper St. Back of house 2

It’s like everyone who owns a rad 70s or 80s contemporary in Arlington is putting their home on the market. OK, at least two of them, including last week’s Friday $500K. I decided to look again at this Midcities home of Texas Rangers Baseball and that football team, and what did I find but another impeccable home with some outstanding details. Again, this might be a home worth moving to Arlington for. Just look at this lush, two-story wall of windows on the back of 2421 Cooper Street. It’s a listing from Ebby Halliday Realtor Linda Magazzine and it’s on the market for all of $565,000!

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1618-Eastus-Front

“If they could pick this house up and move it to a bigger lot, they would,” says 1618 Eastus Drive listing agent Courtney Tauriac. It was a passion project for them, and everything within this midcentury ranch was hand picked.

So it’s with a tinge of sadness and a whole lot of admiration that we name this 1952-built stunner in East Kessler our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Thanks to their hard work, we’re pretty sure these sellers will get an offer on this beautiful North Oak Cliff home in a jiffy, so if it’s speaking to you, better call Lisa Peters today to get pre-approved and ready to bid!

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04/11/17 2:50pm

114 Wes Jespersen Way Front

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Duncanville”? I’ll bet it’s not “Adorable monthly farmer’s market,” or “Super cute downtown.” Few realize the treasure in this community, which is why we’re almost certain that our Tuesday Two Hundred will catch loads of interest and offers once we tell you about it.

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04/10/17 3:18pm
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9536 Tarleton is one of the homes featured in the 12th annual White Rock Home Tour. (Photo: Shoot2Sell)

It’s one of our favorite annual events, and this year’s White Rock Home Tour is absolutely brimming with stellar examples of modern architecture in East Dallas. With incredible examples of contemporary, modern, and midcentury modern architecture, this home tour will surely find a place in your heart and on your Pinterest boards.

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for the April 22-23 event, CandysDirt.com is giving away two pairs of passes to this sought-after event. Jump to find out how you can win!

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04/10/17 8:56am

Mortgage Report Bob Mortgage New

Military spending can be a significant buoy to a domestic economy, but a less-than-optimistic jobs report could hamper that growth. What effect will these issues have on mortgage interest rates? 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: The military’s next steps after the U.S. airstrikes on Syria could be key to mortgage interest rates. Which way will they go?

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04/07/17 6:25pm

4904 Racquet Deck

I might have found the home that could get me to move to Arlington.

Most of the time, the only way you can get me to go west of Oak Cliff is for Texas Rangers baseball. In fact, I was just there for Opening Day on Monday, and I was reminded then of how close it actually is to Dallas. And while many people pooh-pooh Arlington and Grand Prairie, it’s hard to deny the attractiveness of a freshly remodeled 1970s contemporary on a private lake listed for — are you sitting down? – $595,000!

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