Toll Brothers CEO on How COVID-19 Has Changed Housing

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The housing market is one of the starkest examples of the disparate impacts of the pandemic on America’s citizens. In August, the Aspen Institute released a report that estimated 30 million to 40 million Americans were at risk of eviction in coming months “in the absence of robust and swift intervention.” Yet overall, the housing market is booming as affluent, dual-income households take advantage of historically low interest rates (2.85% for a 30-year fixed-rate loan) and newfound flexibility to work from home—and perhaps move into spacious new homes with easy access to the outdoors.

At Toll Brothers, one of the nation’s largest home builders, demand has been surging since May.

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California playgrounds can now open as state reverses COVID-19 rules

California changed its rules overnight Wednesday to allow outdoor playgrounds to stay open in regions under strict stay-home orders, apparently swayed by broad criticism that shutting them down would harm children who have few options to safely romp outside.

On its website, the state said playgrounds could stay open to “facilitate physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise.” Ali Bay, a spokesperson for California’s Department of Public Health, said in an email that the change was new as of Wednesday morning and the department is working to share the news more broadly. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom has come under heavy criticism for the closure of children’s playgrounds when the administration has repeatedly said being outdoors is safer than indoor operations and there is little evidence of virus spread on play structures. 

Playground advocates said children need fresh air and exercise for their emotional and physical health, and

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A North Dakotan died of Covid-19 and was elected posthumously to the state legislature.

Known as “Dakota Dave,” David Dean Andahl was a walking, talking billboard for his home state of North Dakota.

He was president of Dakota Sports Marketing, where he promoted the state’s economic and tourism opportunities.

In late September, he became ill and was hospitalized in Bismarck. Shortly afterward, he died, following “a short battle with Covid-19,” his family said. He was 55.

Mr. Andahl was also interested in politics.

This year, he decided to run for the state House of Representatives. He cleared the first hurdle, winning a heated Republican primary in June against a longtime incumbent, State Representative Jeff Delzer, chairman of the powerful appropriations committee.

Mr. Andahl won the endorsement of two of the state’s most influential Republicans, Gov. Doug Burgum and Senator Kevin Cramer, with Mr. Cramer telling The Minneapolis Star Tribune that he backed Mr. Andahl “because we need more Trump Republicans in the state

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Trump returns to White House after saying he ‘learned’ about COVID-19 by having it

President Donald Trump returned to the White House Monday evening after spending three nights undergoing treatment for the novel coronavirus at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, even as the number of White House staff and associates infected with COVID-19 continued to rise alarmingly.



a person driving a car: A car with US President Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020.


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A car with US President Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020.

After receiving world-class care and special access to therapeutics, Trump continued trying to turn his personal health crisis into a political plus with the election just four weeks away tweeting : “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”



a person driving a car: A car with US President Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020.


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A car with US President Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020.

At a

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Trump admin warned veterans team of COVID-19 publicity: report

  • The White Household achieved out to a veterans business to warn of potential COVID-19 publicity from a September 27 function honoring the households of fallen US company members, The Every day Beast claimed. 
  • The warning was despatched on Oct 2, the very same day President Donald Trump declared he analyzed beneficial for COVID-19. 
  • The function was held the day after an event formally announcing Trump’s Supreme Courtroom choose on September 26.
  • At least a dozen individuals who attended the Saturday party afterwards analyzed beneficial for COVID-19. 
  • Check out Business enterprise Insider’s homepage for much more tales.

President Donald Trump’s administration explained to a veterans team about opportunity COVID-19 publicity from a September 27 party honoring the family members of fallen US services customers on Oct 2, the day that Trump announced his constructive coronavirus diagnoses, The Everyday Beast noted. 

Timothy Davis, the CEO and President of The Finest Generations Foundation,

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