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 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.

Can City Chickens Be Classy? For Realtor Alan Shaffer, The Answer is “DUH!”

By Joanna England / April 12, 2012 / 0 Comments

Clay Stapp & Co. Realtor Alan Shaffer and his partner had heard tons of buzz about backyard chicken keeping making a comeback before they decided to take the plunge. Of course, both Shaffer and his partner, Juan, had grown up with family birds.

“My grandparents, great grandparents, and later our family took over their flock as they got older,” Shaffer said. “Juan also had a flock growing up in Puerto Rico.”

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Tell Me Your Real Estate Story: Stammens List $340K Pristine Plano Home in Search of Rural Bliss

By Joanna England / April 11, 2012 / 6 Comments

Thad Stammen is a family man. Nothing supports that notion more than Stammen’s willingness to move his family from their pristine Highlands of Preston Ridge home in Plano to the more secluded and rural areas of Collin County. They love their home, and the schools (Hightower Elementary, Frankford Middle, Shepton, Plano West) and the location: It’s near the Park and Preston shopping center, and the neighborhood surrounding 4304 Kingsbury is easily traversed via its many bike paths.

Here, Thammen tells us his real estate story …

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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Muniz of Winnetka Heights Has a Better Homes And Gardens-Worthy Front Porch

By Joanna England / April 9, 2012 / 0 Comments

This lovely home is going to be featured in Better Homes And Gardens, and for good reason: check out that awesome wrap-around front porch! Paul Muniz’s gorgeous Winnetka Heights Craftsman home on South Windomere is quite the stunner. He says a fellow Winnetka Heights resident mentioned his home to the folks at BHG, and they’ll […]

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Friday Four Hundred: Inside of Gaston Avenue Mid-Century is a Feast For Your Eyeballs

By Joanna England / April 6, 2012 / 0 Comments

Do you remember when you were young and someone told you not to judge a book by its cover? Now, the saying is just a giant cliche, but sometimes you come across something that really typifies this expression. This week’s Friday Four Hundred marketed by Keller Williams City Center’s Vicki White is a perfect example. […]

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Keller Williams Event Raises $10K For Dallas Agent Rob Elmore

By Joanna England / April 5, 2012 / 0 Comments

Despite what some people may think, Dallas real estate agents are the giving sort. There’s no other group of people who can rally the troops to buy tickets, spend money, and fill up a room for a good cause.

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Tarrant County is Mailing Property Tax Notices Early, But You Still Have Until May 31st to File

By Joanna England / April 4, 2012 / 0 Comments

“It has been common practice in Tarrant and all of the surrounding counties for YEARS that the District will send out their notice of appraised value on May 1st,” says property tax consultant Tiffany Hamil. “Tarrant County has been known to even send their notices out past May 1st, but to my knowledge they have never sent their notices out PRIOR to May 1st … until THIS YEAR.”

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