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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.

01/04/17 3:39pm
Frisco and Little Elm are strong areas for relocation, with new homes and recent builds like 5157 Sylvan Shores.

Frisco and Little Elm are strong areas for relocation, with new homes and recent builds like 5157 Sylvan Shores.

We already know the “why” behind people moving to Texas: Jobs. But what about the “where” and “how many”? In the just released Texas relocation report from the Texas Association of Realtors, Texas was ranked as the second most popular relocation destination.

“The diverse job opportunities and high quality of life in Texas continues to drive in-state and out-of-state migration to Texas cities and counties, both big and small,” said Vicki Fullerton, 2017 chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “This is the third consecutive year that Texas has gained more than 500,000 new residents from out of state.”

Analyzing statewide and national migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the report showed that Texas continues to be a high-demand destination for U.S. residents relocating across the country.

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Photography: Dan Piassick

Photography: Dan Piassick

[Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of IBB at Home.]

Embarking upon their retirement years, Steve and Karen Piro enlisted Sanders Custom Homes and IBB Designer Shannon Gidney to help build their dream home.

After Steve’s successful career as President of Asko, Inc., and Karen culminating a 40-year career as the Independent Executive National Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics, they were ready to begin a new, exciting phase in their lives and take on the task of designing a new place to call home. They wanted a home that was comfortable, inviting and stylish to enjoy with family and friends.

Shannon worked with Sanders and the Piros on the project for more than a year, selecting all of the interior finishes as well as designing and executing all of the home’s furnishings and drapery. Every last detail was accounted for, so all the Piros had to do was move in their clothing and personal belongings.

“We wanted our home to reflect our personalities and taste, and Shannon accomplished this through her excellent listening and questioning skills. It was nice to work with someone who was so aware of our needs without forcing her agenda. She brought us wonderful ideas and appropriate selections from which to choose. We asked for finishes which would not be dated in a matter of years,” Karen said.

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Brandon Stewart listed this midcentury modern when it came on the market back in 2014, and luck would have it that the buyers are now his clients as sellers.

And though we do love a time warp, we cannot deny that the sellers have done an exceptional job with updating this lovely Lochwood home, our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. We know it’s tough to be a buyer in this market, and if you’re already in love with this beauty in scorching hot East Dallas, better move fast and call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to get pre-approved today.

Of course, Stewart knows how we love a good before/after story, so jump to see what this amazing mid-mod looked like just a couple of years ago!

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12/28/16 9:00am

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While the winter months are usually a slow season for the Dallas real estate market, buyers didn’t seem to get the message.

With record-low levels of housing supply and buyers seeking out deals before rates go up in 2017, Realtor.com is reporting that Dallas maintained its second-place rank as one of the hottest markets in the nation. And homes on the market are moving quickly, as national figures for December show homes flying off the market 5 percent faster over last year, even as prices remain at record highs.

“We saw evidence of a stronger-than-normal off-season in September and October due to pent-up demand and surging interest from first-time buyers,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Realtor.com. “Since the election, demand seems to have intensified, possibly in reaction to a jump in mortgage rates. Now buyers seem to feel a sense of urgency as they face the threat of rates that may approach multi-year highs in the months ahead. The downside to this strong fall is that 2017 will begin with a new low volume of available homes for sale.”

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12/23/16 3:30pm

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Dear Readers,

We’ve had a great year covering the most stylish and interesting homes in Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as reporting on the issues that concern our readers the most. Whether it’s telling you all about the most incredible luxury listings all over North Texas, or keeping an eye on the best interests of property tax payers, we’ve been there.

So after today we will be enjoying the spaces that hold families and memories — our homes — and we encourage you to do the same. We’ll publish a few of our favorite daily features in the coming days, so feel free to take a moment to yourself and read our newsletter or our Facebook and Instagram feeds.

We hope your holiday is merry and bright!

XOXO,

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12/23/16 2:15pm

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What are the vistas that North Texans crave? The destinations Dallasites flock to? Our columnist Valerie Jarvie shares the top vacation home spots for our region in her year-end roundup.

Where did you go? What did you buy? What’s on your bucket list?

See them all on SecondShelters.com.

12/23/16 1:56pm
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So many people are overwhelmed by the idea of an older home. They imagine tight, drafty spaces, oppressive woodwork, and a limited traditional design scheme. But this home in Munger Place — a beautiful turn-of-the-century neighborhood filled with four-squares and bungalows — is going to change your mind.

Built in 1909, this Greek revival prairie-style home has such presence from the curb. It’s so classic, with architectural elements that make you feel as if you’re strolling the neighborhoods of Boston. But inside you’ll find versatile spaces and updated finishes. It’s truly a wonderful space for a family to thrive.

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12/22/16 4:30pm

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There’s a serious shortage of affordable rentals in Dallas, but some data shows that prices are dropping. That’s good news considering that wages, when compared to housing costs, are creating a gap in affordability that is causing a whole swath of renters to become “cost burdened.”

“Dallas, specifically, ranks No. 47 when it comes to cost burdened renters, with 47 percent of the local renters spending at least 30 percent of their income on rent,” said Sam Radbil of Abodo. “Outside of Dallas, when looking at the data on a national level, the study revealed that almost half of the top 20 cities with the most cost burdened renters are located in California.”

Abodo’s numbers show that Dallas rents dropped .2 percent in October from the previous month, but are up 5.3 percent year-over-year. However, according to RentCafe, Plano is actually quite affordable, with only 25 percent of a renter’s annual income going toward rent. Irving is also quite affordable.

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According to Apartment List, affordable rentals are increasingly found outside the Dallas city limits.

In Dallas, though, the market has seen an influx of luxury rentals for those who eschew homeownership in favor of low-maintenance, non-committal leasing. This has meant that fewer affordable units have been built, pushing residents outside of the city, creating longer commutes, and overall increasing transportation costs for those who can least afford it. You can see the results in Apartment List‘s recent breakdown of median two-bedroom rental costs.

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