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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.

I’m a longtime admirer of Tom Greico’s designs. This CandysDirt.com Approved Builder is known for his modern homes, which have a signature style. Apparently, I’m not alone.
 
Tom Greico has a fan club, a following,” says Janelle Alcantara, the listing agent for this Greico-designed home at 3773 Seguin, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.  
 
Though Greico has built many custom homes in many locations and in a variety of sizes, he does not build spec homes. He, however, designed this gorgeous Northwest Dallas house, which was built by David St. Germain of Freestyle Custom Homes. It has all of the design sensibilities you’d expect from a Greico-designed home, and some little extras.

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Lately, the stock market has had more ups and downs than a teenage romance, but those who are looking for safer investments haven’t found the bond market to be any salve to our economic turbulence. But for those who are reading the tea leaves, when is the best time to lock in a rate? Should you get serious about buying now?

In the face of so much change, we’re glad to have our most-trusted mortgage expert on tap, even at his daughter’s volleyball practice! Hear what Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) has to say in this week’s Mortgage Report, presented by the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk

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05/16/18 1:21pm

We’re thrilled to get a close-up look at the latest completed home from small-batch custom builder The Avant Group. These stunning contemporary homes from this CandysDirt.com Approved Builder have so many great touches and luxe upgrades that you’ll quickly see why this builder has made a name for himself. 

Co-hosted by star agent Matt Scobee with Clay Stapp + Co., you won’t want to miss this reveal party tomorrow, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Click on the invitation to RSVP now!

You’ll want for nothing in this perfectly situated, three-story townhome inside the gated and secure Uptown development of Cascada.

When Phillip Murrell told me he had a new listing, of course I was intrigued. This go-getting Dave Perry-Miller agent has been representing some amazing properties lately, so I had to know what was going to be hitting MLS soon. Murrell offered me a chance to tour his latest, but only proffered a single photo of the property — the foyer. 

And let me say that a single photo of the gorgeous entryway was all it took to get me on my way to 3338 Blackburn Ave., our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you love luxurious urban living in one of the best locations in all of Dallas, then you, like me, will probably be hooked on this home from the very start. 

The foyer of 3338 Blackburn Ave. offers a dramatic geometric floor fashioned of Bardiglio marble.

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05/14/18 6:00pm

Dubbed the “White House of Dallas,” 10777 Strait Lane is an iconic estate in Preston Hollow. Diane and Becky Gruber of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate just sold the 3.3-acre property that was listed for $10.9 million.

Update 5/15: We’ve Been Silenced!

Update 7pm: Selling price was $_____ or $______ per square foot! 

Huge news for the Dallas luxury real estate market! The “White House of Dallas” has long been one of our luxury listings to watch. Listed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Diane and Becky Gruber, this 16,041-square foot estate on 3.3 acres now has a new owner. The Grubers listed 10777 Strait Lane for $10.9 million

Diane and Becky Gruber

“We put the house on the market last summer and had quite a bit of interest,” says Becky Gruber. “The buyer saw it online and flew into town to see it in February. It went under contract shortly thereafter.”

The home has quite the lineage, as we’ve spilled before. Here’s what Candy had to say about the home back in 2014:

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05/10/18 12:00pm

This bright and sophisticated modern farmhouse at 9161 Vintage Oaks was built by New Leaf Homes and is just one of five beautiful custom builds on the May 12 home tour. (Courtesy Photos)

Since 2006, Scott and Melissa Powell have been bringing their own brand of high-quality, long-lasting homes to the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. What’s amazing is that in a short 12 years, New Leaf Custom Homes has developed a loyal following and large customer base. The company now boasts a team of 14 knowledgeable and experienced professionals with expertise in all design styles, ready to help clients make their vision of a perfect home into reality.

This CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has gorgeous designs clustered throughout the most coveted neighborhoods in Dallas, with several in Lake Highlands and Bluffview. Naturally, this presented an opportunity to give residents a peek behind the literal curtains of their designs, so they practically had to put on a home tour.

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05/10/18 10:26am

More and more people are getting into the market for a new home, but finding a qualifying mortgage product inside their budget can be a challenge. What do you do when you need housing but you’ve not saved enough for a big down payment? 

In today’s BobMortgage Zone broadcast, our most-trusted mortgage expert, Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) shares his insight about the new 3 percent down HomeOne Mortgage. Who can qualify? Are there income limits? Find out more from the senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk:

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I may be in the minority on this view, but it thrills me to see beautiful, well-done, modern and contemporary homes dotting the landscapes that are awash in old ranches and clapboard homes. It adds texture to a neighborhood, showing how our collective tastes have evolved over time. Of course, North Oak Cliff has just recently become Ground Zero for new construction, with East Kessler becoming a hot spot for well-known architects. Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is one such high-style home with a fantastic architectural pedigree.

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