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.

Do QR Codes Really Make a Difference When Marketing a Property?

By Joanna England / April 20, 2012 / 18 Comments

Blah, blah, blah — insert something snarky about the CueCat — blah, blah. When it comes to QR (quick response) codes, I have to agree with this Phoenix Realtor: QR codes are not going to drastically change how Realtors market properties. The Internet already did that, so I can’t imagine a little pixelated box is going […]

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Can Chicken Coops Be Classy? At Least They Won’t Get Your Goat

By Joanna England / April 19, 2012 / 0 Comments

City Chickens have officially gone mainstream. If the idea of building your own coop seems expensive, daunting, and well, impossible, you can now just order one from Williams-Sonoma.

The chicken coops, which are actually chicken tractors because of their mobility, are part of the store’s new agrarian line. And there are beekeeping supplies there, too, as well as some of the flashiest trowels I have ever laid eyes on.

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Thursday Three Hundred: A Prairie Home (Companion) With a Face Fit For TV

By Joanna England / April 19, 2012 / 0 Comments

Guys, I have a confession to make.

I am not a fan of Garrison Keillor. No, it’s not because of the dustup after his speaking gig at Highland Park UMC. I just don’t like talk radio, or “A Prairie Home Companion,” for that matter.

I’ll tell you what I do like: I like a good prairie home. And that’s exactly what 5010 Gaston Ave. is. I fine, well-preserved, built in 1912 prairie four-square with gorgeous wood trim and plenty of personality.

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Tell Me Your Real Estate Story: Jamie Laubhan-Oliver’s Cedars Townhouse is Straight Out of a Catalog

By Joanna England / April 18, 2012 / 2 Comments

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver is a very stylish girl. She’s got more shares on houzz than bathrooms in Champ d’Or. And seriously? Her own post on styleswoon? The girl can decorate (and I hear her husband helps!). Seriously, it’s like I walked into catalog living! So it’s no shock that Laubhan-Oliver’s lovely Cedars abode at 1813 Ervay […]

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Museum Tower And Its Mirrored Glass Makes Cover of May D Magazine

By Joanna England / April 18, 2012 / 0 Comments

UPDATE: You can read the words behind the headline on D Magazine’s website.

The tagline of the May 2012 cover story of D Magazine says it all: “How arrogance and greed made Museum Tower a threat to the heart of Dallas.”

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What Would Make Swiss Avenue Even More Upscale? How About Another Gateway

By Joanna England / April 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

Oprah: “YOU GET A GATEWAY! AND YOU GET A GATEWAY! EVERYBODY GETS A GATEWAY!!!!”

OK, maybe it’s not like that, but Swiss Avenue sure is getting a lot of new signage. According to David Myre of swissavenue.com, folks are building two additional gateways to the popular neighborhood, one at the north end and one in the center.

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