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.

Who is Essential? Home Builders Take Precautions Against Coronavirus as Business Continues

By Joanna England / April 2, 2020 / 0 Comments

According to the most recent Dallas County shelter-in-place orders, residential home construction is considered an essential business. However, builders are expected to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among crews and subcontractors. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins amended his order earlier this week outlining the different protective measures builders must engage in order […]

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As COVID-19 Slows Buyer Traffic, MetroTex Has No Plans to Pause Days On Market

By Joanna England / April 1, 2020 / 3 Comments

In California, one of the states hardest hit by the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — COVID-19 — the MLS board has opted to pause the days on market (DOM) count for current listings. The rationale is that with slower foot traffic thanks to shelter-in-place orders, DOM is not necessarily an accurate indicator of […]

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Shelter in Place in Style With This East University Walled Condo

By Joanna England / March 31, 2020 / 0 Comments

There’s something about this walled-in, Palms Springs-inspired condominium complex just east of North Central Expressway. The East University complex called Bella Gardens Condominiums has to be one of our all-time favorite SMU-area buildings, and for great reasons. First and foremost, these units hold their value exceptionally well, as Unit. 222 at the Bella Gardens Condominiums […]

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Open Houses Are Out, Drive-Through Closings Are In

By Joanna England / March 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

Just last week, Dallas County Commissioners amended the shelter-in-place declaration to allow real estate-related businesses (inspectors, escrow, and loan officers) to continue to operate as essential businesses. So while curbside closings are in, showings and open houses are still out. Robert Frye, escrow officer at Allegiance Title Preston Center, has conducted several curbside closings this […]

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Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight: 419 Builders

By Joanna England / March 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

The world of homebuilding is changing, and Adrian Cole is ahead of the curve. His North Oak Cliff-based brand, 419 Builders, is building the modern homes that buyers crave, as well as trend-setting remodels. When it comes to your new home, you want a builder that is just as obsessed with your ideas as you […]

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TX Realtors Ask Gov. Abbott To Consider Real Estate Services as Essential Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns

By Joanna England / March 23, 2020 / 16 Comments

To a great many homebuyers, a Realtor is an essential part of the process of buying real estate. But whether real estate-related businesses are considered an “essential service” in the age of coronavirus shelter-in-place orders is yet to be decided. That’s why Texas Realtors has asked Gov. Greg Abbott to consider real estate-related businesses as […]

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