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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.

If the name sounds familiar, it should. We’ve covered the beautiful, award-winning work of JLD Custom Homes and its owner, Jeff Dworkin, on these pages many times. And for good reason: Dworkin invests time and personal attention into every project his skilled team takes on, which has earned his brand a spot among our CandysDirt.com Approved Builders. With quality you can count on for 14 years running, earning accolades, leading the industry, and serving customers day in and day out, we’re excited to share even more about Dworkin and JLD Custom Homes in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about JLD Custom Homes as the CandysDirt.com staff highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

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Still obsessed as ever with Chip and Jojo? Need your fix of farmhouse chic? Ready to live inside an award-winning Dallas ISD attendance zone? This adorable cottage from RE/MAX DFW Associates Realtor Jenny Capritta located inside the Mockingbird Elementary attendance zone, which is within the Woodrow Wilson feeder pattern, is absolutely perfect. 

Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is just what buyers are looking for, says Capritta.

“Buyers today are not looking for actual fixer-uppers,” she said. “They are looking for a modernized remodel that is move-in ready.”

But if you’re thinking this cutie is a standard flip, think again. 

“This quality renovation was not done by flippers, but homeowners who spared no expense or overlooked the slightest detail,” Capritta said.

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Lake Highlands

Sometimes the wait for a brand new home feels like an eternity. From picking out finishes to the actual finish-out, the finish line almost always feels out of reach. And then when you move in, there’s still the adjustment period where you work out the details.

Not so with our High Caliber Home of the Week, a gorgeous like new David Weekley build inside the highly rated Lake Highlands Elementary attendance area inside Richardson ISD. Truly, 8666 Fanellanwood Place is better than new, thanks to the seller — David Griffin Realtor Micky Carr.

“I was one of the first owners to move into this little gated enclave of about 80 homes, The Villas of Lake Highlands,” he said. “It was one of David Weekley’s first close-in, more urban developments in Dallas.”

And it looks incredible. We know that Micky has an eye for updates and details, as we’ve featured one of his recent projects and personal homes on Gaston Ave.

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When a real estate agent launches their business, building an online presence and generating leads is usually the first big hurdle they encounter. How do you choose a company that will have such a huge impact on your business? And then how do you afford it?

Michael Zobeck

“Marketing and branding is absurdly expensive for Realtors,” said Michael Zobeck, one of the founders of Agent Brand, a Fort Worth-based automated marketing company. “If you put a real estate logo on a marketing piece, the cost doubles.”

But Zobeck and his team — which includes co-founder Justin Hammond and his wife, Ashley — has plenty of experience in vertical marketing. They’ve operated heavily in the franchise space, building websites that are mobile-ready platforms for retailers such as Dickeys BBQ, Menchies Yogurt, Medici Pizza, and more. 

“I have been working with Realtors for years with a couple of different companies that I founded when I saw this platform,” he said.  “I knew there was nothing like and jumped aboard immediately.” 

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This North Oak Cliff California contemporary won’t make you choose between spaces made to entertain and a place to retreat!

When someone describes a home as “a retreat,” my mind automatically imagines a spa day. However, most homes are not at all like a trip to the spa. But this Oak Cliff California-style contemporary actually does feel like a trip to the spa, which is why it’s earned the title of Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. 

As an added bonus, this home is perfect for any party you can dream up, says listing agent George W. Hawkins II of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

“With the spacious open floor plan, it’s an entertainers dream,” Hawkins said. ” Plus, it has a master retreat that is separate from your guest wing.”

If that doesn’t say “relaxing retreat,” you might need to check your thesaurus. 

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If you want to buy a home in the Turtle Creek area, you have a few options. You can choose a high-rise unit, a low-rise unit, or the typical alternative — the three- to four-story townhome. While we like the privacy of townhome options in the Turtle Creek corridor, we have to say that our knees say “nope!” 

Luckily, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect compromise. This fresh listing form Missy Woehr of Compass Dallas gives us another alternative in the striking modern at 3275 Gilbert Ave.

“It’s an incredibly rare two-story home, versus the typical vertical townhome that may eliminate many buyers with third- and fourth-floor stairs,” Woehr said. 
 
Plus, the lot gives you plenty of room for a generous outdoor entertaining area that will be popular at your many parties.

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In the homebuilding industry, experience is a currency you just can’t manufacture. Experience is a resource that’s hard won. With 30 years in the residential real estate industry and more than 20 years in homebuilding, John Gilley’s Edinburgh Custom Homes has the experience you can trust.

That’s why we want our readers to find out more about Edinburgh Custom Homes and the value that experience brings to their clients with our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about Gilley and Edinburgh Custom Homes  as the CandysDirt.com staff highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

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Summer is for grilling, swimming, entertaining, and spending carefree days with the ones you love, and this house on Lake Grapevine couldn’t be more perfect for that. Every day will feel like a vacation if you’re lucky enough to call this stunning spot home. Mediterranean in style, the interiors are brimming with colorful tiles, charming wood-beamed ceilings, and huge rooms filled with light. However, as soon as you have your morning cup of coffee on one of the lavish balconies, you may not want to come inside any time soon. 

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