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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.

Despite all of the new technology available to agents today, success is still determined by an agent’s ability to get a deal done, says David Collier, this week’s High Caliber Agent presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It takes passion, commitment, and consistency to keep clients coming back, and to build a business that thrives no matter what cycle of the Dallas real estate market we are in.

“I’ve been witness to the ebbs and flows of the Dallas real estate market, in which you see tons of new agents piling into the industry believing that it is an easy business that translates to an easy way to make money,” Collier told CandysDirt.com. “But take it from me: You must still be on the ground and dedicated to make buying and selling happen in this marketplace, today or any day.”

Find out more about this week’s High Caliber Agent presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, and how Collier’s dedication to his clients, his community, and his family has given his business the kind of staying power that some Dallas real estate agents only dream of.

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01/14/19 9:40am

Photo: Jeff Turner

To all the talented journalists and Dallas Morning News employees that were handed pink slips recently: I know how overwhelming this feels. When I was suddenly laid off from the same publication in 2009, I felt unmoored and somewhat lost. You will find a way to move on, though, so hang in there.

The advice offered by human resources that morning was very basic: I was instructed to file for unemployment as soon as possible and given information on COBRA benefits. While the information I received was far from comprehensive, one thing that was missing was information on how this sudden loss of income would affect my repayment of student loans, credit accounts, and most important of all, my mortgage. 

What do you do if you’re a federal employee that has been furloughed due to the government shutdown, or you’re a worker who was just laid off, and you have a mortgage? 

“If you see that you’re not going to be able to make your payments, call your lender and see what options are available to you,” said Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. “The bottom line is this: don’t put it off.”

Not every lender is the same, nor is every mortgage or change in employment, so it’s crucial to contact your lender immediately if you think your employment situation might cause you to get behind on your mortgage. Sometimes a lender may be able to offer a loan modification or a forbearance to ensure that you pay as much as you can on your loan until you get back on your feet. 

Important note: When your lender reaches out after a missed mortgage payment, you cannot stop the process of foreclosure by ignoring the mail notices. 

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Though it’s unlikely to find any snow outside your home during a Texas winter, that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the Danish concept of hygge, which has gained popularity in our culture recently. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), which means “to cherish oneself; to keep or make oneself snug” is though to be the etymological origin for the English word “hug,” and perfectly describes the embrace that this 1925-built Kessler Square Tudor offers with its loads of cozy details. 

I had no problem picturing myself in this listing from Robert Kucharski of David Griffin & Company Realtors, and if you are a fan of spaces that spill over with hygge, you’ll want to nab our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. From the plentiful curb appeal and charm of the entire neighborhood, to the copious amenities this red-brick Tudor offers, you’ll never want to leave your cozy home!

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For a lot of people, Friday is their favorite day of the week. It’s the precipice before the weekend — two blessed days off! But for me, my favorite day of the week is Wednesday because it’s the day I get to bring to you, our dear readers, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. When we go looking for High Caliber Homes to feature each week, we take a snapshot of the market and pick out one home that offers something more, whether location, architecture, interiors, marketing, or value. 

So, what exactly makes a listing a High Caliber Home?

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12/28/18 9:55am

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

When Eric Prokesh wrote this missive about the big changes afoot in the South Main development, he pulled from his walking tour with none other than Briggs Freeman’s own Lisa Logan. This wonderfully close-knit area offers tastes and sights unique to the south side of Fort Worth, and really speaks to the reinvestment the neighborhood has seen. Enjoy!

Walking South Main With Briggs Freeman’s Lisa Logan

The South Main development is one of those stories with so many threads that it nearly defies being woven into a coherent fabric. In fact, South Main is comprised of so many stories, any one of which is worthy of focus. Neighbor, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent, and generally super-connected person Lisa Logan, whom we’ve met more than once on this page, suggested I take a look at South Main. To better grasp the explosion of growth, building activity, and shear, unleashed creativity, we decided to walk the area.

South Main

“Clay, my son, used to take boxing over there,” Logan said, pointing to one of the many brick warehouses “Five years ago there was NOTHING!” (more…)

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

As this year comes to a close, I had the absolute joy of scrolling back through the fabulous home we featured throughout 2018 as our High Caliber Homes of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. These properties, marketed by some of the best Realtors in North Texas, have given us a glimpse at what a High Caliber Home is. So, naturally, with such a stacked deck of fabulous properties, it was a huge challenge to choose a favorite. What made this particular home stand out among our 2018 High Caliber Homes was the architect, Ernesto Miranda, formerly of Walker + Miranda, though is now a principal with Magellan Architects.

Miranda elevated this particular design using Midcentury Modern design aesthetics and Zen details to make for an incredible home that lives luxuriously on a single level. It’s an exquisite example of a High Caliber Home and worth sharing again! Enjoy!

Walker + Miranda Updates a Northwood Hills Soft Contemporary

The whole of North Dallas is full of houses with excellent bones. These homes, many built in the 1970s, are just waiting for the right person to come along and revive them. I’ve long been in love with the bold, angular rooflines, vaulted ceilings, and open floor plans of 1970s soft contemporary architecture, and I get quite giddy when I see one that’s received an especially good-looking facelift. 

That’s what happened when Ernesto Miranda, Principal of Magellan Architects (formerly Walker + Miranda), took on 6212 Emeraldwood Place in the Northwood Hills neighborhood. Located just south of Belt Line Road and west of Hillcrest, this neighborhood is chock full of 1070s soft contemporary architecture. If you own one of these houses and need some inspiration for what’s possible, look no further than this Northwood Hills soft contmporary — our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

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When you imagine hanging your stockings with care, what does that fireplace look like? Is it a couple of cute little socks next to yours and your partner’s? If so, we have the perfect mantle attached to the perfect Hollywood Heights Tudor for you and your tiny-stockinged charges. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

As listing agent Phillip Murrell tells us, 919 Valencia is an absolute stand out in Hollywood Heights, which is one of our very favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas. The whole area is just swimming in adorable brick-and-stone Tudor architecture, and is a historic conservation district, which means that the adorable feel you fell in love with when you first moved in will be there long after you move out.

Our High Caliber Home of the Week is an adorable Hollywood Heights Tudor on a corner lot on one of the most adorable streets in the neighborhood.

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More and more homes in the Casa Linda Estates area have been torn down, with towering two-story houses filling lots where rambling stone ranches once stood. That’s happening all over Dallas’ close-in neighborhoods, some may note. However, it’s laudable to see a builder come in and expand a home in a way that adds a fresh face to it without taking over the large lots for which Casa Linda Estates is known. 
 
That’s what makes this gorgeous rebuild from Tivoli Construction our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Taking an already great home with sturdy bones in a great neighborhood with a fabulous location and transforming it into a stylish, modern house fit for family life is no small task, said listing agent David Collier of David Griffin & Company Realtors.
 
Right from the spacious front deck, which wraps the front of this updated midcentury ranch at 1540 San Saba, you can tell that this rebuild is something completely different. Not only was the interior completely redesigned, but there are so many wonderful touches outside the home, cementing its status as a High Caliber Home. Spoiler alert: It’s priced under $1 million, too!

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