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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.

05/26/17 9:58am

Condos and townhomes are only going to grow in popularity in Lakewood, as more and more aging multifamily structures — including the brick duplexes and fourplexes that line many of the side streets off of Gaston Avenue — are razed. This development, built in 2006 right off of Oram Street, is a great example of a well-maintained condo building with beautiful finish-out and livable, warm spaces. Britt Lopez of Dallas City Center Realtors has listed No. 16 at 6269 Oram Street for $540,000.

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05/24/17 5:27pm

You see that gorgeous sofa? I have been so in love with it for the longest time. I’ve always thought about buying a classy piece of bold upholstery, but I just needed the right incentive. Well, while I might not be a huge fan of Memorial Day sales, this one is not to be missed, as IBB Design and Fine Furnishings in Frisco is paying the sales tax on all in-stock merchandise from today through Saturday and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

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05/24/17 8:30am

9330 Clevenger Road Odessa, Texas, Currently listed for $1,395,500 by Amy Turman, Legacy Real Estate Brokerage

Ideally located in prestigious Musick Estates in Odessa, Texas, lies a recreational Equestrian retreat built for those looking to live large in West Texas. Situated on a sizable 2.84-acre lot with three-stall horse barn, sparkling resort pool, spectacular covered patio, and lush green space, it offers the best of private pastoral living, just minutes from downtown Odessa’s cowboy spirit.

See the stunning interiors of this Odessa ranch estate on MidlandDirt.com.

05/22/17 9:27am

While I, too, love midcentury modern homes, dealing with the details involved with restoring an older residence doesn’t thrill me. Truly, I’d prefer midcentury lines and feel with the assurance of new construction. That’s just what Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison has listed, all wrapped up in the finishes and feel that modern home buyers in Dallas desire. 

Designed by Josh Nimmo, this home was built as the residence of Dwellings AKC founder Alan Kagan. As Karen Eubank has told us, there’s nothing quite like the personal homes of builders, as these are the houses where you can find detail and value beyond your typical house. 

“Kagan is known for his high-quality, architect-designed modern homes featuring meticulous attention to detail,” Murchison said. Now extrapolate that and add in a dash of excellent location and you get 6035 Prospect Ave., a midcentury modern-inspired residence in walkable East Dallas.

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05/22/17 8:50am

It’s a big week, with housing data being released, Trump’s first trip overseas, and of course, stocks. What is the impact it will have on mortgage rates this week? Which way will they go? Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) is there to give his lock or float opinion with today’s Mortgage Report.

Johnson is the senior mortgage advisor at Wallick & Volk, the nation’s oldest privately-held mortgage company. He 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: New housing data, and the effects of President Trump’s first overseas trip, will likely influence the market. Should you lock or float?

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05/19/17 9:58am

I moved to East Dallas about 11 years ago, and if you were to tell me then that most homes on the market in the Lake Highlands area were poised to top $400,000, I would have laughed at you and asked you what planet you are from. But guys, all those folks who bought in the L Streets when the getting was good are now reaping what they’ve sown, every so stylishly, too.

And yes, this L Streets home has the same look from the curb as you’d expect a Lake Highlands ranch to have, but it has been updated inside with an open floor plan, spacious master suite, and a fabulous kitchen. “What sets this home apart from the rest is its great use of space and attention to detail in the finish-out,” said Modtown Realty listing agent Jason Castro (yes, that Jason Castro). “With so many flips in the market, it’s rare to find something that has been renovated at this level of quality.”

We agree, and though this brand-new-to-the-market home is priced at $399,000, we’re pretty sure it’s going to get offers above asking. Want to see 9525 Leaside in person? Castro will have it open from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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05/18/17 4:04pm

We were so thrilled to spot one of the billboards pronouncing a solid decade of success for Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. This brand, which is now under the umbrella of the Ebby Halliday Companies, has a huge market share, owning the No. 1 spot for total sales volume in the city of Dallas at the end of 2016 through this year’s first quarter. Impressive!

To toast this accomplishment and the brand’s 10 year anniversary on Sunday, May 21, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents will hold more than 140 open houses where people can come and see the caliber of properties offered by this brokerage and receive a little appreciation gift — a ‘thank you’ for your support!

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We’ve all seen it happen: A well-meaning buyer purchases an older home inside a historic district and sets to work making a 100-year-old home fit a 21st century lifestyle, but instead of maintaining the character and feel of the home, they iron out the quirkiness and history into basic oblivion.

However, in the case of this lovely listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Courtney Tauriac, you get modern amenities with all of the charm of a historic property. With style for miles, this warm 1914-built prairie home in the Peak’s Addition neighborhood is our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

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