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Real Estate Predictions for 2022, Celebrate Valentine’s Day in LA and more to know this week

Though February is short, it is filled with lots of love and sweet surprises. Read on for homeowner seasonal tips to consider and discover lifestyle tips curated just for you!

Real Estate in the News

Last Year’s Housing Market Was a Wild Ride… Here’s What to Expect in 2022

The US housing market has had a white hot year. Home sales are on track to reach the highest level in 15 years, with an estimated 6 million homes sold in 2021. But whether you benefited from this surge depended a lot on if you were selling a home or buying one.

Homeowners saw average home prices skyrocket nearly 20% through the third quarter compared to a year ago, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. It was the largest annual home price increase in the history of the agency’s House Price Index. And, in some hot markets, the price increase was double that.

Without a doubt, the housing market was on a wild ride in 2021, and here’s what to expect this year.

Local Events

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Wine and Dine on Valentine’s Day
Explore a number of dining options, gifts & treats and hotel offers from Santa Monica businesses to help create the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience for you and your special someone. Don’t miss out on the Valentine’s Day offerings happening in Santa Monica!  Learn more HERE.
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The Biggest LA Restaurant Openings

Los Angeles is no stranger to splashy restaurant openings situated in iconic buildings and helmed by big-name chefs. Check out this guide for the newest and boldest debuts.

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Frieze Los Angeles Returns

Frieze Los Angeles returns with a new location in Beverly Hills. The fair takes place from February 17-20, 2022. Of the dozens of international players displaying works, 38 will be from L.A., including a section of the exhibition show floor dedicated to 11 local emerging galleries that’ve been open for 15 years of fewer.
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Celebrate Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place

Enjoy red and gold lanterns draped over Center Plaza that illuminate the night sky, as well as red envelopes with special deals from participating shops and restaurants. Well-wishers will have the opportunity to participate in a Lunar New Year tradition by hanging their wish on the cherry blossom wishing trees for prosperity and renewal for the new year. Learn more here.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

The Best Places to Make Real Estate Investments in 2022
Not all areas of the U.S. are headed in the same direction when it comes to homebuying. While home prices are cooling down in New York and Hawaii, they’re heating up in Maine and Massachusetts. If you’re looking to make a real estate investment this year, there are a few markets that are worth taking a closer look at because of their anticipated price increases.
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Top Home Design Trends of 2022

As it turns out, many of the top home design trends of 2022 are iterations of concepts we’ve seen in recent years, but it’s not due to a lack of creativity. Instead, it’s likely because we’re continuing to lean in to our personal tastes and needs. From nature-inspired interiors to vintage furnishings and tactile finishes, here are the design trends that industry experts predict will dominate this year. Courtesy of Dwell

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Wine Pairings for Your Favorite Valentine’s Day Candy

It’s time to get sweet on Valentine’s candy. And it’s not just in those heart-shape boxes, though there are plenty of those. If your significant other got you a box of chocolate-covered strawberries or you bought every bag of conversation hearts off the shelf in excitement, here’s the Valentine’s Day wine pairing to match.

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The Best Places to Travel in February
February may be the shortest month, but that doesn’t mean it has any shortage of great travel opportunities. Aside from all the romantic Valentine’s Day weekend getaways, it’s also a great time to embrace winter sports, check out new hotel openings, and have a warm-weather escape. Whatever type of trip you choose, there’s no better mood-booster than a vacation in the middle of winter.