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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.

With 33 years of building and renovating homes in Dallas, Riseman Development Company has become a trusted name. But even more than that, Riseman Development has made giving back a priority, with a portion of each project’s proceeds donated to the Children’s Medical Center, Gill Center AYA Program for Cancer and Blood Disorders. It’s that kind of dedication to the community that has made Riseman Development a success throughout Dallas. 

All the more reason we’re thrilled to give our readers an introduction to Riseman Development Company in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Riseman Development Company 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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There are so many reasons to love Casa Linda Estates, but one of the primary reasons this East Dallas enclave catches eyes is the large lot size. Want more room to roam for you and your family? This Casa Linda Estates listing from RE/MAX DFW Associates Realtor Jenny Capritta sits on more than a half acre and has an incredible price tag for that much land. Truly, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a great value with tons of quirky character that will win you over fast!

Of course, there’s a lot to love about 9418 Hermosa Drive. “The front elevation, with a turret entrance with forged iron door, is attractive to buyers,” Capritta said of the listing. We have to agree! But inside, a smart renovation of this 1941-built Austin Stone Tudor makes it even more attractive.

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When the weather is mild, the first thought that comes to mind is having a few great friends over for dinner al fresco and beverages on ice. If you gravitate toward outdoor entertaining, then you’ll likely find yourself attracted to this gorgeous Belmont Park modern from David Griffin and Company Realtor Brandon Stewart

Lest you think that the beauty of this Belmont Park modern is only on the outside, just wait until you see the stunning interiors of our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

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Finding a home with a central location that also feels like a private sanctuary is no easy feat, but this beautiful brick home near the high-end NorthPark Center has cracked the code. Nestled on a tree-lined street, it is just minutes from movie theaters, designer shopping, and luxurious dining, yet makes you feel as if you’re in a world of your own. It was custom designed and built with unparalleled quality and finishes you won’t find anywhere else. The picture of Southern Charm, this gracious abode is a University Park gem.

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06/11/19 9:45am

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Home buyers often like the sense of protection they feel when getting a home warranty on the property they are buying. Until they discover their home warranty is much less effective than expected.

Seasoned and savvy buyers know that a home warranty policy offers limited coverage. They aren’t all-inclusive. In my opinion, some are kind of useless.

Why hate on home warranty companies? I order a lot of home warranty policies as part of my job. And I’ve had home warranty policies on my own properties. Seems like we all have stories of rejected claims and paltry payouts.

Most homeowners who get a home warranty policy do so at the time they purchase a home. Sometimes they negotiate for the seller to pay for a one-year policy as part of their purchase contract. That may be the best reason to get one.

“Any person can buy a home warranty in most cases,” says Julie Jones, Vice President of Real Estate Sales for Nations Home Warranty. “There are different plans and different pricing. You might get your best deal if you’re getting it at the time you are buying a home. “

Just what are home warranties and what do they cover?

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As far as Dallas suburbs go, Rowlett doesn’t get enough good press. I mean, who doesn’t want to live out by Lake Ray Hubbard, with great schools and a wonderful, neighborly feel? Plus, you can get a lot for your money in Rowlett, as you can see from our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. 

This listing from Compass agent Bobbie Jo Glover is a fantastic one-story in the lakeside community of Mariner Park, which is perfectly situated within minutes of the President George Bush Turnpike, Interstate 30, and plenty of shopping. Plus, the community amenities of Mariner Park are great — there’s a community pool for those hot summer days. This budget-friendly listing definitely shows what tremendous value you can get in Rowlett

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Some homeowners see a house as so much more than a place they come home to at the end of the day. For that special breed of owner that falls in love with a historic home for its charm and character, they become stewards of its history. 

Thankfully, the owners of 1215 N. Winnetka were the kind of stewards that poured so much time and so many resources into this stunning Spanish Colonial. This home, a fresh listing from David Griffin and Company Realtor Robert Kucharski, was an obvious choice for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

“The stucco exterior and the tile roof are defining characteristics of this classic Spanish Colonial,” Kucharski said. “And it’s located in the heart of Kessler Park, too.”

 There are so many incredible historic details in this 1921-built home that it’s an endless feast for the eyes no matter what room. 

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Driving around Inwood Road Estates, the one thing you’ll notice of the homes that line the streets of this neighborhood is how great they all look from the curb. It’s like lot upon lot of pageant winners, with groomed hedges and lawns and beautiful facades that front the meandering streets. It’s also close to the Dallas North Tollway and Forest Lane without feeling like it’s right on top of a major roadway. And while there are so many great homes in this neighborhood, this listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Chris Hickman stands out.

Located on Del Roy Drive, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a looker from the curb. But it’s also surprisingly fully featured and versatile inside. 

“This home is great for today’s buyers and has a great open floorplan with the master bedroom downstairs, plus a large additional guest suite down which is great for multi-generational families,” Hickman noted of this French Country custom build at 5614 Del Roy Drive. It’s solid to the core and has so much more inside, too!

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