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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.

12/14/17 11:26am

Maybe you’ve found the perfect neighborhood, but the best home for your budget is far from perfect. Renovation can be expensive, says Bob Johnson (aka BobMortgage), but don’t be afraid of taking out a renovation loan. Our most-trusted expert in lending, the senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender — Wallick & Volk — has all the information you need when considering an overhaul on your house.

Ready to make an investment that could change your life? Watch this week’s BobMortgage Zone after the jump!

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It’s the stuff HGTV series are made of, and considering the runaway success of Flip or Flop Fort Worth, we have to wonder if Daniel and Stesha Gearner are the next wedded pair to take on the mantle of the popular real estate reality series. 

With an unapologetically hipster aesthetic, the Gearners infused trendy style in this White Rock Forest home. Once a tired ranch, the couple breathed new life into this midcentury ranch, to great aplomb. Truly, 8715 Fawn Drive is perfect for a family of little deer, and therefore an easy choice for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s another fantastic East Dallas listing from David Collier and Jennifer Rice of David Griffin & Company.

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Last week’s news caused chaos, with the bottom falling out of the bond market and disruption throughout Washington. However, this weeks shows promise of rebound, with a better-than-projected jobs report and some much needed support in mortgage bonds. However, will job growth finally mean wage growth? And what about the upcoming rate decision from the Federal Reserve?

Should you lock or float? Watch this week’s Mortgage Report to find out. With so many variables in the market, there’s no better time to have a trusted mortgage adviser on your side, and there’s no better expert than Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage), senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender — Wallick & Volk.

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12/11/17 8:30am

Tasteful Christmas lights are easy to accomplish when you hire the experts at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. (Photos: Harold Leidner)

Though our winter weather in Dallas and Fort Worth is often mild, that doesn’t mean your landscape is out of the woods. And who doesn’t like to have their halls decked by someone else? Today we’re tackling some winter landscaping questions and myths with the one and only Harold Leidner. Find out how you and your yard can have a happy holidays this season, all without lifting a finger:

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12/08/17 12:57pm

Ever find yourself in a lending no-man’s land? As home prices have gone up, conventional loan limits have lagged, leaving fewer options for those who want to buy a pricier home that doesn’t fit in the “jumbo” category, which has stricter underwriting requirements. This could be a boon for so many homebuyers!

Sound confusing? Educate yourself with our most trusted mortgage expert, Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage), senior mortgage advisor at the nation’s oldest private lender — Wallick & Volk:

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12/07/17 2:53pm

We just got word that one of our favorite retailers of clean lines and modern appeal is having an epic warehouse sale next week. I’ve always been a fan of Scott+Cooner, a brand that absolutely dominates the contemporary furnishings game both here and in Austin. 

The holiday warehouse sale will run from Dec. 12 to 15 and include floor samples and more from both Austin and Dallas stores. You can find final clearance from brands such as B&B Italia, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Ingo Maurer, and more, with discounts of up to 70 percent off of retail!

The Scott+Cooner warehouse is located at 2150 Irving Blvd. near Wycliff. For a map, click here.

There are a lot of things to love about New York, like the art, the architecture, and the lively streetscapes. While the city that never sleeps is a great place to visit, a lot of us couldn’t imagine living there full time. But what if you could have Big Apple style in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Big D? With this delicious East Dallas modern, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, you absolutely can.

With its clean-lined facade and beautiful glass house aesthetic, this new build from DMOD Homes in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood is a breath of fresh air. Listed by David Griffin & Company Realtor Lori Ericsson, this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath, two-story home has tons of New York loft style on a delightfully residential street.

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