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UCF football kickoff time set for home game vs. Tulane

The UCF football team’s second home game of the season against Tulane on Oct. 24 will kick off at 2 p.m. and air on ESPN2.

It’s the 10th meeting in the series between the two programs, with the Knights holding a 7-2 advantage that includes last season’s 34-31 road win.

There will be limited attendance at all UCF home games this season due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Knights will welcome 25% capacity at the Bounce House, limiting the crowds to a little more than 11,000.

The announced crowd for the home opener against Tulsa on Oct. 3 was 8,874.

UCF looks to start a new winning streak at home after the Golden Hurricane snapped the program’s 21-game streak with a 34-26 win. The Knights are 4-0 against Tulane in the Bounce House.

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Home improvements in the time of Coronavirus

Laurie Nichols 

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The shift to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on the home renovation market. Spending more time in the home has spurred a do-it-yourself (DIY) renovation renaissance and home improvement projects have become popular with the advent of social media platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube which offer ideas and inspiration.

Since the onset of the coronavirus, national home-improvement retailers like Lowes and Home Depot have reported record sales. Many homeowners are looking to improve the design and functionality of their homes by either making aesthetic changes or by upgrading and renovating to improve utility and efficiency. Smaller DIY projects ranging from landscaping to upgrading appliances and painting the exterior of the home are popular, but homeowners are also tackling larger scale DIY renovation projects such as kitchens and bathrooms. 

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More time at home means more opportunity for you to design your personal kitchen, bath :: WRAL.com

Every year we consider the colors and styles homeowners are gravitating towards when personalizing their new home kitchen and baths. The 2020 season, more so than ever, has given us the most poignant glimpse into how everyday living can affect our design choices. 

The global pandemic we continue to experience has resulted in families spending more time at home, altering both their needs and wants with regards to aesthetics, technology, innovative design options and energy-saving features.  

Buyers may have also found a little extra time to spend on Pinterest or watching HGTV to get inspired on the design of their new home.

“I have buyers that come in after months of being stuck at home with social distancing/COVID restrictions and they have learned what they don’t like,” said Rachel Anne Phelps, design consultant for Drees Homes.  “Through staying home,

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South Florida Fair producing Home Improvement Show for the first time



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The South Florida Fair has announced it will be hosting it’s first-ever Home Improvement & More Show in the Expo Center at the end of October.

The Fair said they created the event because people are spending more time in their homes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Given what we’ve been experiencing since March with this pandemic, there has never been such a high demand for at-home enhancements in kitchens and baths, lawn and landscape, décor and home office ideas,” said Vicki Chouris, president & CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions.

There are more than 60 vendors slated to be at the event that include categories such as windows, kitchen, bath, patios, landscaping, and more.

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Microsoft: Most employees can work from home less than 50 percent of the time

Microsoft officials this week set some new official guidelines for work-from-home for the company’s 166,000 or so employees as of 2019. Most employees will be able to work from home part-time, meaning less than 50 percent. With manager approval, some will have the option to work from home full-time.

The new rules are the result of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In early March, Microsoft began setting policies around which employees could and should work from home. In July, Microsoft officials said the company planned to reopen its offices partially in January 2021 at the earliest.

Then, as now, some employees are required to be onsite, depending on employees’ roles.

Microsoft management began circulating the new work-from-home rules selectively earlier this week, according to my contacts. The Verge reported on October 9 that Microsoft’s Chief People Office Kathleen Hogan also said employees could have the option of working from

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Red-hot home prices have more consumers saying now is a bad time to buy

People wait to visit a house for sale in Floral Park, Nassau County, New York.

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Anyone out hunting for a house knows that bidding wars are no longer the exception, but the rule.

Demand for housing has been unusually strong, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and supply is historically lean. That is a recipe for high prices, which are now beginning to take their toll on potential homebuyers’ confidence.

The share of buyers who say they think it’s a good time to buy fell in September, from 59% to 54%, according to a new survey from Fannie Mae.

Home values were up nearly 6% annually, according to CoreLogic, a data analytics firm. More consumers now expect those price gains to grow.

The percentage of respondents to the Fannie Mae survey who says prices will go up in the next year increased

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fall is the time to tackle outdoor projects

Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service
Published 7:39 p.m. ET Oct. 8, 2020

With fall in full swing and winter soon approaching, now may be the ideal time to get any outstanding outdoor projects out of the way. There may also be the desire, with the change of seasons to execute not only necessary repairs and preventive maintenance but also upgrade to include some outdoor entertainment that can be enjoyed during colder months.

Here are some ideas as it relates to fall projects.

1. House painting. Looking to give your home a refresher? While many choose to paint in the Spring, the fall may be a good alternative season to refresh the outside of your home.

2. Outdoor Kitchens. Outdoor kitchens can be basic or elaborate. There are companies that will even create an all in one unit that just has to be hooked up with the help of professionals such

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Red hot home prices have more consumers saying now is a bad time to buy

  • The share of buyers who say they think it’s a good time to buy fell in September, from 59% to 54%, according to a new survey from Fannie Mae.
  • More people do think now is a good time to sell a home, which is an improvement from the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, when potential sellers didn’t want shoppers in their homes and worried about the state of the overall economy.



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Anyone out hunting for a house knows that bidding wars are no longer the exception, but the rule.

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Demand for housing has been unusually strong, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and supply is historically lean. That is a recipe for high prices, which are now beginning to take their toll on potential homebuyers’ confidence.

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A Good Time To Buy iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (BATS:ITB)

The iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) is on fire, up over 30% year to date. This is much more than a short-term move driven by speculation – the rally in ITB is built on solid fundamentals, and the ETF looks well-positioned for sustained gains going forward.

The Fundamentals Look Strong

Before we try to understand the current situation in the housing market, it is important to understand where we are coming from. After the housing bubble exploded in 2008, housing starts have been well below average during the past decade.

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Markets generally work like a rubber band, and excess in one direction can lead to subsequent excesses in the opposite direction. It is not just that new supply has been below average for a long time, but demand is also set to explode higher due to the millennial generation entering their prime home-ownership age.

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Is the Fall a Good Time to Buy a House? This Year, Things Have Changed.

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Coronavirus sent the U.S. housing market for a spin this summer as demand outstripped supply—and the highly competitive environment appears to have continued into the fall.

“Normally, this last week of September is sort of a buyers’ sweet spot,”
Danielle Hale
, chief economist at Realtor.com, told Barron’s. In a typical year, September is when buyer demand decreases as home listings remain on the market, resulting in more options and less competition, she said.

But that was not the case this year. Homes spent an average of 54 days on the market nationally in September, 12 fewer days than the same month last year and three fewer than in August 2020, according to a Realtor.com study. That’s an unusual occurrence during a month when market activity normally begins to slow. This was the first year since at least 2016 when homes spent less

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