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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.

09/25/17 9:21am

The bond market is still showing signs of weakness, but the big news this week is that, despite no increases in interest rates last week, more and more FED members are forecasting increases in the months and year ahead. This is why you need a trusted mortgage advisor, and we can’t think of anyone better than BobMortgage.

You may know him as Bob

Johnson, the senior mortgage advisor at Wallick & Volk, the nation’s oldest privately-held mortgage company. Bob Johnson has helped more than 25,000 families get into the homes of their dreams, in 20 plus years of lending service.

Now with five offices across the DFW metroplex, the nation’s oldest mortgage firm is helping thousands of consumers get into homes with the most up-to-date financial information possible. Wallick & Volk brings experience and integrity into every single loan, but they also deliver a highly personalized touch that conforms to each client’s need. Is it speed of delivery, unique products, total transaction transparency, or great pricing you need? Wallick & Volk has it all in a broker-friendly banking platform that can do the impossible when it comes to home financing.

THIS WEEK: Breaking down the outlook on FED interest rates, plus the bond market.

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09/22/17 1:30pm

The sky’s the limit when it comes to prices for close-in, predominantly single-family neighborhoods in East Dallas. Those with historic overlays — Vickery Place, Munger Place, Junius Heights, and so on — seem to have appreciated at a breakneck pace, as bungalows and prairie-style homes built in the 1920s get a good freshening up. Today’s Friday Five Hundred is one such example. 

This adorable three-bedroom, two-bathroom Craftsman bungalow in Vickery Place has received a top-to-bottom update that makes use of several design trends while still keeping it between the ditches of historic vernacular. And there’s a bonus — the home comes with a detached converted garage that is a studio apartment with income potential.

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09/20/17 1:46pm

1545 W. Colorado Blvd. is a stunning Hutsell-designed home with beautiful curves and tons of history.

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has always had a mouthful of a name, which was even more cumbersome as an acronym — OOCCL. But that’s all in the past now, as the organization seeks to focus on the area’s heritage — Heritage Oak Cliff, to be exact.

This year’s historic home tour will show off the architectural diversity of Oak Cliff on Oct. 21 and 22, from noon to 6 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased through the website (which is still ooccl.org for now) as well as  Kessler Baking Studio, Lucky Dog Books or at participating Tom Thumbs (315 S Hampton, 6333 Mockingbird, 522 Preston Royal Center, and 633 W. Wheatland in Duncanville).

Read on to preview this year’s tour homes, which includes the impeccably restored Hutsell-designed mansion perched on a hill at 1545 W. Colorado Blvd.

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Tucked away on a cul-de-sac in North Dallas is a whole host of interesting midcentury modern homes, many of them untouched by renovation. This week’s High Caliber Home shows fans of the architectural style what living in the Rat Pack era would have felt like, complete with original double stove in the kitchen and — PINK BATHROOMS.

It’s a listing from modern home specialist with David Griffin & Co. Brandon Stewart, and we’re absolutely smitten with this beautiful time warp in Hill Haven Heights — our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Ready to make this midcentury modern your own? Call Lisa Peters now to get the best loan for your homebuying needs — especially if you plan to do this home justice. While we love a good midcentury time warp, this property could use some TLC and a vision.

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09/20/17 9:40am

19 Little Cloud Trail Aspen, Colo. is currently listed for $30 million. Photo Credit: Andrew Ernemann, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s fire, there’s water, there’s a “sky lounge” with views over downtown Aspen — from miles of mountainous panoramas, to seductive terraced patios, and a multi-level water feature that is sure to impress, 19 Little Cloud Trail lives like a modern work of art.

See the complete renderings for this incredible Colorado home on SecondShelters.com.

09/18/17 3:59pm

The sellers haven’t completed the agreed-upon repairs in a timely fashion, but are in a hurry to close. What should a buyer do?

A desperate reader, whose lease is up and apartment is already rented, could be left homeless if she doesn’t close on her home, but if she does go ahead and close, the repairs that the seller promised to do won’t be completed. Her Realtor said he’s willing to include the cost of repairs in the contract so that they can close, but the buyer wants to make sure that they’re protected, should the seller be reluctant to complete the repairs despite the contract. What should she do?

Read on for the details:

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09/18/17 9:03am

The market has taken on a mind of its own recently, with gains in stocks and bonds were … down? That’s right, explains senior mortgage advisor at Wallick & Volk Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) in his latest Mortgage Report. Could the market become immune to recent events? What’s going on here?

Today’s report illustrates why you want an experienced mortgage advisor on your side to navigate the ups and downs of the market. And there’s no one better suited to explain it all — and then give you the facts you need to make the right decisions for your finances — than Bob Johnson, who has helped more than 25,000 families get into the homes of their dreams, in 20 plus years of lending service.

Now with five offices across the DFW metroplex, the nation’s oldest mortgage firm is helping thousands of consumers get into homes with the most up-to-date financial information possible. Wallick & Volk brings experience and integrity into every single loan, but they also deliver a highly personalized touch that conforms to each client’s need. Is it speed of delivery, unique products, total transaction transparency, or great pricing you need? Wallick & Volk has it all in a broker-friendly banking platform that can do the impossible when it comes to home financing.

THIS WEEK: Taking the temperature of the market is tricky right now. Should you lock or float?

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09/15/17 9:38am

Lakewood Heights is one of my very favorite neighborhoods for two reasons: One is that there is block after block of adorable cottages in a wonderful palette of classic colors; and the second is that the neighborhood is just close enough to Greenville Avenue and Downtown to be accessible, but the streets are narrow and the trees are mature, making it feel much more private.

Our Friday Four Hundred really speaks to me on that level. I mean, who can resist such a cute, robin’s egg blue Tudor? 

“We see why you love this home, because it had our hearts from the moment we walked through the front door!” said Lauri Ann Hanson, one half of the Dwell Partners duo. “This classic double-peak 1922 Tudor has captivated all who have viewed it since it hit the market.”

And as you’d expect, this adorable home at 6204 Belmont Ave. listed at $499,900, is already under contract. But that doesn’t mean we can’t admire it, or that it’s all said and done for this home. As you know, nothing’s certain until the ink dries at closing! Let’s take a closer look.

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