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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.

This North Oak Cliff California contemporary won’t make you choose between spaces made to entertain and a place to retreat!

When someone describes a home as “a retreat,” my mind automatically imagines a spa day. However, most homes are not at all like a trip to the spa. But this Oak Cliff California-style contemporary actually does feel like a trip to the spa, which is why it’s earned the title of Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. 

As an added bonus, this home is perfect for any party you can dream up, says listing agent George W. Hawkins II of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

“With the spacious open floor plan, it’s an entertainers dream,” Hawkins said. ” Plus, it has a master retreat that is separate from your guest wing.”

If that doesn’t say “relaxing retreat,” you might need to check your thesaurus. 

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If you want to buy a home in the Turtle Creek area, you have a few options. You can choose a high-rise unit, a low-rise unit, or the typical alternative — the three- to four-story townhome. While we like the privacy of townhome options in the Turtle Creek corridor, we have to say that our knees say “nope!” 

Luckily, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect compromise. This fresh listing form Missy Woehr of Compass Dallas gives us another alternative in the striking modern at 3275 Gilbert Ave.

“It’s an incredibly rare two-story home, versus the typical vertical townhome that may eliminate many buyers with third- and fourth-floor stairs,” Woehr said. 
 
Plus, the lot gives you plenty of room for a generous outdoor entertaining area that will be popular at your many parties.

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In the homebuilding industry, experience is a currency you just can’t manufacture. Experience is a resource that’s hard won. With 30 years in the residential real estate industry and more than 20 years in homebuilding, John Gilley’s Edinburgh Custom Homes has the experience you can trust.

That’s why we want our readers to find out more about Edinburgh Custom Homes and the value that experience brings to their clients with our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about Gilley and Edinburgh Custom Homes  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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Summer is for grilling, swimming, entertaining, and spending carefree days with the ones you love, and this house on Lake Grapevine couldn’t be more perfect for that. Every day will feel like a vacation if you’re lucky enough to call this stunning spot home. Mediterranean in style, the interiors are brimming with colorful tiles, charming wood-beamed ceilings, and huge rooms filled with light. However, as soon as you have your morning cup of coffee on one of the lavish balconies, you may not want to come inside any time soon. 

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Some homes are great for the infrequent summer soireé, and other homes have everything you need for hosting during the holiday season. But from our experience, the home that easily entertains crowds no matter the season is rare. Even rarer is the home that can do it all despite the weather priced under $1 million. But that’s exactly what our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week offers — easy entertaining year-round.

 “This home has been updated throughout and has a floor plan that is perfect for entertaining,” says Compass agent Michelle Hopson. Her Summit Group is listing this updated ranch in Underwood Estates for such a great price that your jaw will drop, as this home is absolutely stuffed to the gills with great finishes and fixtures.

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If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t buy my home with the thought of having a family, and yet here we are. Now, if I had purchased a home with having a family in mind, I probably would have made many different decisions on what is really a “must-have.” Or, I could have saved myself a lot of time (and my Realtor even more time) if I had just gone out and bought our High Caliber Home of the Week Presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.
 
Why is this listing from Compass Dallas agent Phillip Murrell so appealing for a family?

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07/31/19 9:30am

Nick Good and his Good Home Team has pulled up stakes and moved to eXp. We checked in with Nick to see what his new brokerage home has to offer.

The real estate industry’s transformation is creating a bevy of new business models that cater to specific concerns within the industry, mostly for buyers and sellers. But what about the agent experience? What are these new brands doing that enhances the broker’s ability to manage multiple agents and to create a business that generates wealth for more people? How are these new brokerage models — complete with iBuyer tools, virtual workplaces, and more technology — enhancing or creating opportunities for different teams looking for different things?

These are some of the questions — difficult ones, nonetheless — that Nick Good had to ask himself when he was looking to transform his business for his 10-member team — The Good Home Team.

While Good landed at eXp, he has some wisdom to share about his search, about what this particular business model offers his agents, and how he’s looking to the future.

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As Dallas dirt becomes more and more pricey, we’ve been keeping our finger on the pulse of our close-in suburbs for good deals you just can’t ignore. One such suburb is Mesquite, which is proving to be one of the next big areas primed for investors. 

And this listing from Bobbie Jo Glover of Compass’ Summit Group is a shining example of a move-in ready Mesquite ranch that is not only affordable but is close to great shopping and within an easy commute to Dallas. For those looking high and low for a close-in home that won’t break the bank, set your sights on our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week.

Not only is this Hearthstone Manor ranch adorable, but it shows that you don’t have to head to the pricey suburbs up north to get a great house for an amazing price. 

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