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August Lifestyle Tips, Tricks and What Homebuyers Need to Know Now

Happy August!
Read on for seasonal tips to consider and discover lifestyle tips curated just for you!

Real Estate in the News

Moves that Homebuyers Can Still Make to Find a Lower Mortgage Rate

With inflation and the possibility of further rate increases, here are some tips and tricks to find ways to lower your rates.

Courtesy of CNBC

Local Happenings

626 Night Market Mini @ Downtown Santa Monica (Summer Series)

“With three dozen food, merchandise & crafts vendors, enjoy the intimate coastal vibe and casual setting for attendees to munch on favorite eats.”

When: August 13-14; 1pm-10pm
Where: 1324 5th St, Santa Monica

The Best Restaurants in Malibu 

“There’s much more in Malibu and its surrounding areas to discover. From classic roadside seafood shacks to brunches with spectacular views, there’s something for everyone! Luckily, we did the research for you. Here are the best places to eat in the Malibu area.”

Check them out here

Brew at the L.A. Zoo

“Amidst sounds of snoozing lions, cackling monkeys and exotic birds, cozy up to 45-plus craft brews at the L.A. Zoo’s annual beer-centric bash. Opening the gates after hours from 7 to 11pm, this historical landmark boasts a night filled with live bands, DJ sets, pub-style grub for purchase, close-up animal encounters and more beer than you can imagine (a four-ounce cup and samples are included).”

Courtesy of TimeOut

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

“Each summer, Bard fanatics watch their favorite works come to life at the historic Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Independent Shakespeare Co. puts on a series of lively productions each week, inviting audiences to take a seat on the grass (read: bring a picnic blanket) and enjoy performances like this season’s headliners: Macbeth (Aug 6–Sept 4).”

Courtesy of TimeOut

Getty 25 Festivals

“The beloved Getty Center turns 25 years young in 2022, and to celebrate the hilltop museum is hosting a series of free festivals across L.A. On most weekends this summer, the Getty will collaborate with a different local community partner on a two-day arts fair filled with music, workshops and food.”

Courtesy of TimeOut

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

10 Basement Decorating Ideas That Will Transform Your Home’s Lower Level

Many home dwellers are quick to transform their basements into gyms, home theaters, or play areas for their little ones—and as you make these decisions, it’s important to consider the style and flow of the space. After all, with the right modifications, your basement just might become one of the most trafficked areas in your home. So, shouldn’t it look it’s best, too?

Courtesy of Martha Stewart Magazine

28 Creative Ways to Grow a Garden, Even When You’re Short On Space

Flowers and plants bring so much beauty to every space, big or small, inside or outside. Given the benefits of gardening, the practice shouldn’t be limited to wide-open outdoor spaces and large greenhouses. Get your green thumbs ready for window-box flowers, hanging plants, tiny veggie gardens, and more.

Courtesy of House Beautiful

100 Best Grilling Recipes You Have to Try

Looking for new grilling recipes to try this summer? Check out 100 reasons for you to light the grill and enjoy the great outdoors this summer

Courtesy of Taste of Home

The Top Interior Design Trends to Watch, According to Experts

In 2021, people focused on pieces that mix style and practicality — think self-cleaning bidets for a more luxurious bathroom, for example. But this year, everything from bringing the outdoors into experimenting with pattern and texture, and finding design inspiration from past decades are of interest.