What’s Next for the Housing Market, 15 Santa Monica Restaurants to Order from This Week, and more News to Know Now

May 18th, 2020

Real Estate in the News

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COVID-19 paused the housing market. What happens next?

The economic fallout from the spread of COVID-19 has put the housing market in the United States on pause. New home listings have dropped precipitously. Mortgage lending has gotten even more strict, making it harder to get a home loan. In March, home sales dropped 9 percent nationwide compared to the previous month, according to Redfin. The drop in April is certain to be even more dramatic. But what will the housing market recovery look like once the pandemic passes and the economy reaches its new state of normal? A number of new reports explore how it might play out. Learn more here.

Local Events

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15 Santa Monica Restaurants Still Going Strong During the Quarantine

For Santa Monica residents sheltering-in-place, the choices are solid when it comes to restaurants offering takeout and delivery in the neighborhood. From iconic sandwiches to Japanese rice balls and good ol’ pizza, here now are 15 terrific restaurants keeping everyone fed and sane during the novel coronavirus pandemic. See the list here.

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Take a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s hilltop Hollyhock House

Tips and Tricks

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The Best Desk Accessories to Keep your Work From Home Life Organized

A tidy desk may equal a tidy mind, but for many of us now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic—whether you’re sitting at a real desk all day or your kitchen table—the organizational opportunities may be severely lacking. So if you’re among those who would welcome any attempt, no matter how small, to return to the comforting structures of a typical office setup, read on for ELLE Decor’s picks of the 10 best desk organizers to make your work-from-home life a little easier.

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How Tom Kundig Turned a Montana Campsite into a Stunning, Sustainable Home

An architect looking to create a home that forms a deep connection with its surroundings could do worse than to start with a parcel of land in northwest Montana that its owners once used as a campsite. See the home tour here.