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I have listed a new property at 27 Ahmadi Crescent in Bedford.
Located on one of the most sought-after streets in Bedford, this executive home has been meticulously cared for and shows pride of ownership. Hardwood and ceramic floors throughout, with two propane fireplaces, the main floor offers: formal living and dining rooms; a separate family room; and a spacious kitchen with center island, granite countertops, glass backsplash, and adjacent breakfast nook. Tucked out of the way along the back hallway to the two-car garage, you'll find a convenient main-floor laundry and updated powder room. The second floor offers: a huge master bedroom with spa-like en-suite (renovated 2017), walk-in closet, and adjoining den - perfect as a nursery or home office; two additional bedrooms; and a renovated main bath. An added feature is the second-floor bonus room, easily convertible to two additional bedrooms, potentially making this a 5-bedroom home - ideal for a large family. The lower level offers a spacious rec. room, another den or home office, and a full bathroom. Perfect for entertaining, the yard has a gorgeous stamped-concrete patio, hot tub (included!), and plenty of privacy. Recent upgrades include a new roof (2012), new furnace (2015), and 2 heat pumps(2015).
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I have sold a property at 6 Parmbelle Lane in Clayton Park.
Sold March 18, 2019. Located on a quiet street in "Old Clayton Park", where, to this day, it's still considered normal to visit your neighbours to borrow a cup of sugar! 6 Parmbelle Lane is move-in ready and awaiting a new family. The main floor boasts an abundance of natural light and includes a bright kitchen with white cabinetry, a large living room with electric fireplace, a formal dining room, 2 bedrooms, and the renovated 3-piece main bath with large tiled shower. The lower level is fully finished, with a large rec. room outfitted with a propane fireplace, a home office, a large laundry room, a 3rd bedroom, and a 4-piece bath. Patio doors lead to the deck and large yard, which includes a convenient carport and garden shed with hard-wired electrical. Located in the heart of Clayton Park, this well-loved home is close to all amenities, and only a short 15-minute commute to Downtown--perfect for a young, active couple or family. Bonuses include hardwood and ceramic tiles throughout the main floor, blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic (2015), new patio door (2016), and structural updates to the carport (new support posts 2016)
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If you're looking to buy a house, you're probably eager and excited. That's fine, but just keep in mind that in this heightened emotional state, it's easy to get swept up in the moment and behave, well, not perfectly.

This can lead to trouble since, just like anything else, buying a home comes with its own set of rules. Some may be fairly obvious since they're outlined in all that real estate paperwork you'll soon be signing. But some of these rules are the unwritten, etiquette-based kind. And if you break 'em, it could still stop a real estate deal in its tracks.


Worried you might not be aware of all the things you might do that could inadvertently rub home sellers or real estate agents the wrong way? Then heed these five etiquette rules that many home buyers might all too easily overlook.


Rule 1: See a house online you love? Don't call the listing agent

When you're looking for a house and find a place that looks like it could be The One, it can be tempting to jump the gun and call the listing agent immediately. But stop right there.

The reason? The proper channels of communication dictate that you should ask your own buyer's agent to reach out to the listing agent, who will, in turn, let the home sellers know of your interest. We know it sounds like a long game of telephone, but it's necessary for a number of reasons. Namely, it means both buyer and seller have an agent looking out for their distinct interests, facilitating the deal. 

“You're not going to get a better deal by going directly to the listing agent," explains Matt Van Winkle, owner of Re/Max Northwest Realtors, in Seattle. "They represent the seller and are just trying to get the seller the best price.”

There is a caveat to this rule, says Kerron Stokes, a real estate agent with Re/Max Leaders, in Colorado: “If you are not represented and if you do not have an agent, then feel free to call the seller's agent," Stokes says. "But if you are a buyer, you should get an agent, as they can best represent your interests.”


Rule 2: Don't ask your agent to show you homes until you sign a buyer-broker agreement

We get it, signing legal documents is scary. But here's the thing: If you're not ready to commit to your real estate agent, you're not ready to get serious about buying a home.

"Be prepared to sign a buyer’s agreement so that your buyer’s agent knows you are serious and ready to go," Stokes says. "From a consumer protection standpoint, it's a very good thing for all involved."

A buyer-broker agreement is a legal contract that defines the relationship between the buyer (that's you) and your real estate agent. The agreement is good for bothparties,since it outlines exactly what services the broker is going to provide. A buyer-broker agreement is also a way to let your real estate agent know that you're committed to working with this pro to find your home. 

And, if the relationship doesn't end up working out, you can always end the agreement and find another agent to work with. It's poor etiquette to work with more than one real estate agent at a time, and the buyer-broker agreement shows your agent that you're not doing that.

“Remember that buyer's agents are only paid if they close a deal—they aren't paid for their time," Van Winkle says. As such, "it's wrong to call another agent just because yours is unavailable or on vacation."


Rule 3: Don't make an offer without mortgage pre-approval

mortgage pre-approval is a letter from a lender saying it will provide you with financing to buy a home up to a certain loan amount. It makes everyone's lives easier since it provides proof of how much home you can afford to buyers and agents—and that you can put your money where your mouth is with an offer. Without it, your offer is an empty promise.

"If you want to compete against other buyers for a home, you won't be able to do that without that pre-approval letter," says Bill Golden, a longtime real estate agent with Re/Max Metro Atlanta Cityside.


Rule 4: Don't be late to home showings—or bail entirely

If you have an appointment with your agent to view a home, treat it like a priority. If you're going to be late or can't make it, call your agent and let him know.

"If you don't respect my time, then we don't have a good working relationship," Golden says. "Usually, I will have set up appointments to see several homes, and if you're late or don't show, I have to try to rearrange all of the showings, which may not be possible on short notice."


Rule 5: Don't pretend you're ready to buy if you know you're really not

This one might sound like a no-brainer, but it's such a big part of real estate etiquette it's worth driving home: Don't pretend that you're ready to buy if you aren't. Don't enlist the services of a buyer's agent if you know you're still in the fact-finding and "just looking" phase of your home search.

So go to open houses. Window-shop. Just be upfront with everyone about where you are in the process. Don't pretend you're ready to buy just because you want to be taken seriously. Real estate agents work on commission, so don't wantonly take their attention away from actual, paying clients and potentially costing them sales, which is a serious thing. Got it?

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I have listed a new property at 6150 Oakland Road in Halifax.
Welcome to 6150 Oakland Road, one of the few remaining estate lots in South End Halifax, with over 10,000 sq. ft. of south-facing privacy and mature gardens! Lovingly cared for by the same family since 1965, this home will remind you of a bygone era - you will sense its simple elegance and superior craftsmanship the moment you enter - offering a traditional layout with both formal living and dining rooms, and an updated kitchen with center island; an early 70's two-storey addition added a cozy main floor family room with wood-burning fireplace with insert. Upstairs offers 4 bedrooms - including the large master (also part of the addition) with walk-in closet and ensuite - and the main bath with Jacuzzi tub. The full basement is unfinished and offers walkout to the yard. Please note: this lot has preliminary approval for subdivision. New Roof Shingles 2016
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I have listed a new property at 1357 Shore Drive in Bedford.
Want to experience the peace and tranquility of being on vacation - glorious sunsets, sailboat races, kayaking, secluded gardens - every day, less than 20 minutes from Downtown Halifax? This one-of-a-kind property, situated on Long Cove in Bedford with 103 feet of oceanfront and deep-water anchorage, is your oasis! The home shines with pride of ownership and is ideal for entertaining: a large, recently-updated kitchen with quartz counter tops and stylish, contemporary backsplash; a formal living room with wood-burning fireplace and access to the expansive, multi-level deck; a spacious dining room with seating for 12; a cozy family room with 10-foot ceilings; all with amazing water views! Upstairs offers 3 bedrooms - including the stunning master suite with wood-burning fireplace and recently-renovated 4-piece ensuite with tiled shower and soaker tub - the main bath, and a convenient laundry. The views continue on the recently-renovated lower level, offering a family room with fireplace and access to a private deck, a 4th bedroom, and a full bath with sauna - great as an in-law suite or private space for visitors.
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I have sold a property at 5279 Harvey Street in Halifax.
Looking for that beautiful Victorian charm we all dream of when we hear "Historic Halifax"? 5279 Harvey Street has it all: vaulted ceilings, cove mouldings, fireplaces and spacious rooms. This Victorian semi-detached is sitting pretty in the South End and boasting a Walk Score of 97 which means it's all about location, location, location. This 3-bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home offers a traditional floor plan: on the main floor are large living and dining rooms, both with original fireplaces, a spacious modern kitchen, and a convenient half bath; the second floor has 3 large bedrooms and the main bath. As a bonus, the upstairs has two (not historically accurate but we love them) skylights! A fenced yard and two decks provide great outdoor spaces - move-in ready and awaiting a new owner. Approximately 2003 renovations included: new hardwood flooring and drywall on the main floor, new kitchen, plumbing, electrical, floor joists and air exchanger. Indoor rental parking available for $120/month at adjacent apartment building.
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Please visit our Open House at 5279 Harvey Street in Halifax.
Open House on Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Looking for that beautiful Victorian charm we all dream of when we hear "Historic Halifax"? 5279 Harvey Street has it all: vaulted ceilings, cove mouldings, fireplaces and spacious rooms. This Victorian semi-detached is sitting pretty in the South End and boasting a Walk Score of 97 which means it's all about location, location, location. This 3-bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home offers a traditional floor plan: on the main floor are large living and dining rooms, both with original fireplaces, a spacious modern kitchen, and a convenient half bath; the second floor has 3 large bedrooms and the main bath. As a bonus, the upstairs has two (not historically accurate but we love them) skylights! A fenced yard and two decks provide great outdoor spaces - move-in ready and awaiting a new owner. Approximately 2003 renovations included: new hardwood flooring and drywall on the main floor, new kitchen, plumbing, electrical, floor joists and air exchanger. Indoor rental parking available for $120/month at adjacent apartment building.
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Please visit our Open House at 5279 Harvey Street in Halifax.
Open House on Sunday, January 27, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Looking for that beautiful Victorian charm we all dream of when we hear "Historic Halifax"? 5279 Harvey Street has it all: vaulted ceilings, cove mouldings, fireplaces and spacious rooms. This Victorian semi-detached is sitting pretty in the South End and boasting a Walk Score of 97 which means it's all about location, location, location. This 3-bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home offers a traditional floor plan: on the main floor are large living and dining rooms, both with original fireplaces, a spacious modern kitchen, and a convenient half bath; the second floor has 3 large bedrooms and the main bath. As a bonus, the upstairs has two (not historically accurate but we love them) skylights! A fenced yard and two decks provide great outdoor spaces - move-in ready and awaiting a new owner. Approximately 2003 renovations included: new hardwood flooring and drywall on the main floor, new kitchen, plumbing, electrical, floor joists and air exchanger. Indoor rental parking available for $120/month at adjacent apartment building.
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Please visit our Open House at 6 Parmbelle Lane in Clayton Park.
Open House on Sunday, January 27, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Located on a quiet street in "Old Clayton Park", where, to this day, it's still considered normal to visit your neighbours to borrow a cup of sugar! 6 Parmbelle Lane is move-in ready and awaiting a new family. The main floor boasts an abundance of natural light and includes a bright kitchen with white cabinetry, a large living room with electric fireplace, a formal dining room, 2 bedrooms, and the renovated 3-piece main bath with large tiled shower. The lower level is fully finished, with a large rec. room outfitted with a propane fireplace, a home office, a large laundry room, a 3rd bedroom, and a 4-piece bath. Patio doors lead to the deck and large yard, which includes a convenient carport and garden shed with hard-wired electrical. Located in the heart of Clayton Park, this well-loved home is close to all amenities, and only a short 15-minute commute to Downtown--perfect for a young, active couple or family. Bonuses include hardwood and ceramic tiles throughout the main floor, blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic (2015), new patio door (2016), and structural updates to the carport (new support posts 2016)
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I have listed a new property at 5279 Harvey Street in Halifax.
Looking for that beautiful Victorian charm we all dream of when we hear "Historic Halifax"? 5279 Harvey Street has it all: vaulted ceilings, cove mouldings, fireplaces and spacious rooms. This Victorian semi-detached is sitting pretty in the South End and boasting a Walk Score of 97 which means it's all about location, location, location. This 3-bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home offers a traditional floor plan: on the main floor are large living and dining rooms, both with original fireplaces, a spacious modern kitchen, and a convenient half bath; the second floor has 3 large bedrooms and the main bath. As a bonus, the upstairs has two (not historically accurate but we love them) skylights! A fenced yard and two decks provide great outdoor spaces - move-in ready and awaiting a new owner. Indoor rental parking available for $120/month at adjacent apartment building.
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Please visit our Open House at 5279 Harvey Street in Halifax.
Open House on Sunday, December 9, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Looking for that beautiful Victorian charm we all dream of when we hear "Historic Halifax"? 5279 Harvey Street has it all: vaulted ceilings, cove mouldings, fireplaces and spacious rooms. This Victorian semi-detached is sitting pretty in the South End and boasting a Walk Score of 97 which means it's all about location, location, location. This 3-bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home offers a traditional floor plan: on the main floor are large living and dining rooms, both with original fireplaces, a spacious modern kitchen, and a convenient half bath; the second floor has 3 large bedrooms and the main bath. As a bonus, the upstairs has two (not historically accurate but we love them) skylights! A fenced yard and two decks provide great outdoor spaces - move-in ready and awaiting a new owner. Indoor rental parking available for $120/month at adjacent apartment building.
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Please visit our Open House at 6 Parmbelle Lane in Clayton Park.
Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Located on a quiet street in "Old Clayton Park", where, to this day, it's still considered normal to visit your neighbours to borrow a cup of sugar! 6 Parmbelle Lane is move-in ready and awaiting a new family. The main floor boasts an abundance of natural light and includes a bright kitchen with white cabinetry, a large living room with electric fireplace, a formal dining room, 2 bedrooms, and the renovated 3-piece main bath with large tiled shower. The lower level is fully finished, with a large rec. room outfitted with a propane fireplace, a home office, a large laundry room, a 3rd bedroom, and a 4-piece bath. Patio doors lead to the deck and large yard, which includes a convenient carport and garden shed with hard-wired electrical. Located in the heart of Clayton Park, this well-loved home is close to all amenities, and only a short 15-minute commute to Downtown--perfect for a young, active couple or family. Bonuses include hardwood and ceramic tiles throughout the main floor, blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic (2015), new patio door (2016), and structural updates to the carport (new support posts 2016)
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I have sold a property at 12 Wayne Court in Lawrencetown.
Gorgeous full-sized executive split entry only minutes to Lawrencetown Beach! Meticulously maintained both inside and out, this home shows pride of ownership. Enter and you will find yourself in a generously extended foyer with double closets and a beautiful hardwood staircase leading to the main and lower levels. On the main level you will find an oversized living room with warm natural light and hardwood floors; a functional kitchen with a center island, an adjacent dining room, and double garden doors leading to the large deck and yard; a generous master bedroom with spacious closets and a 4-piece ensuite; two additional bedrooms, and the main 4-piece bath. The lower level boasts a bright and spacious family room, a 4th bedroom that could double as a home office or den, and a half-bath with laundry - ideal for that teen looking for their own space! This home also has a large attached garage, plenty of storage, and a new roof (2017). Dust off your campfire songs, as this home sits on a large landscaped lot, complete with your very own fire pit - perfect for making s'mores and family sing-alongs
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Please visit our Open House at 6 Parmbelle Lane in Clayton Park.
Open House on Sunday, November 4, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Located on a quiet street in "Old Clayton Park", where, to this day, it's still considered normal to visit your neighbours to borrow a cup of sugar! 6 Parmbelle Lane is move-in ready and awaiting a new family. The main floor boasts an abundance of natural light and includes a bright kitchen with white cabinetry, a large living room with electric fireplace, a formal dining room, 2 bedrooms, and the renovated 3-piece main bath with large tiled shower. The lower level is fully finished, with a large rec. room outfitted with a propane fireplace, a home office, a large laundry room, a 3rd bedroom, and a 4-piece bath. Patio doors lead to the deck and large yard, which includes a convenient carport and garden shed with hard-wired electrical. Located in the heart of Clayton Park, this well-loved home is close to all amenities, and only a short 15-minute commute to Downtown--perfect for a young, active couple or family. Bonuses include hardwood and ceramic tiles throughout the main floor, blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic (2015), new patio door (2016), and structural updates to the carport (new support posts 2016)
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I have listed a new property at 6 Parmbelle Lane in Clayton Park.
Located on a quiet street in "Old Clayton Park", where, to this day, it's still considered normal to visit your neighbours to borrow a cup of sugar! 6 Parmbelle Lane is move-in ready and awaiting a new family. The main floor boasts an abundance of natural light and includes a bright kitchen with white cabinetry, a large living room with electric fireplace, a formal dining room, 2 bedrooms, and the renovated 3-piece main bath with large tiled shower. The lower level is fully finished, with a large rec. room outfitted with a propane fireplace, a home office, a large laundry room, a 3rd bedroom, and a 4-piece bath. Patio doors lead to the deck and large yard, which includes a convenient carport and garden shed with hard-wired electrical. Located in the heart of Clayton Park, this well-loved home is close to all amenities, and only a short 15-minute commute to Downtown--perfect for a young, active couple or family. Bonuses include hardwood and ceramic tiles throughout the main floor, blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic (2015), new patio door (2016), and structural updates to the carport (new support posts 2016)
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Please visit our Open House at 6 Parmbelle Lane in Clayton Park.
Open House on Sunday, October 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Located on a quiet street in "Old Clayton Park", where, to this day, it's still considered normal to visit your neighbours to borrow a cup of sugar! 6 Parmbelle Lane is move-in ready and awaiting a new family. The main floor boasts an abundance of natural light and includes a bright kitchen with white cabinetry, a large living room with electric fireplace, a formal dining room, 2 bedrooms, and the renovated 3-piece main bath with large tiled shower. The lower level is fully finished, with a large rec. room outfitted with a propane fireplace, a home office, a large laundry room, a 3rd bedroom, and a 4-piece bath. Patio doors lead to the deck and large yard, which includes a convenient carport and garden shed with hard-wired electrical. Located in the heart of Clayton Park, this well-loved home is close to all amenities, and only a short 15-minute commute to Downtown--perfect for a young, active couple or family. Bonuses include hardwood and ceramic tiles throughout the main floor, blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic (2015), new patio door (2016), and structural updates to the carport (new support posts 2016)
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Please visit our Open House at 12 Wayne Court in Lawrencetown.
Open House on Sunday, October 14, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Gorgeous full-sized executive split entry only minutes to Lawrencetown Beach! Meticulously maintained both inside and out, this home shows pride of ownership. Enter and you will find yourself in a generously extended foyer with double closets and a beautiful hardwood staircase leading to the main and lower levels. On the main level you will find an oversized living room with warm natural light and hardwood floors; a functional kitchen with a center island, an adjacent dining room, and double garden doors leading to the large deck and yard; a generous master bedroom with spacious closets and a 4-piece ensuite; two additional bedrooms, and the main 4-piece bath. The lower level boasts a bright and spacious family room, a 4th bedroom that could double as a home office or den, and a half-bath with laundry - ideal for that teen looking for their own space! This home also has a large attached garage, plenty of storage, and a new roof (2017). Dust off your campfire songs, as this home sits on a large landscaped lot, complete with your very own fire pit - perfect for making s'mores and family sing-alongs
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Please visit our Open House at 12 Wayne Court in Lawrencetown.
Open House on Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Gorgeous full-sized executive split entry only minutes to Lawrencetown Beach! Meticulously maintained both inside and out, this home shows pride of ownership. Enter and you will find yourself in a generously extended foyer with double closets and a beautiful hardwood staircase leading to the main and lower levels. On the main level you will find an oversized living room with warm natural light and hardwood floors; a functional kitchen with a center island, an adjacent dining room, and double garden doors leading to the large deck and yard; a generous master bedroom with spacious closets and a 4-piece ensuite; two additional bedrooms, and the main 4-piece bath. The lower level boasts a bright and spacious family room, a 4th bedroom that could double as a home office or den, and a half-bath with laundry - ideal for that teen looking for their own space! This home also has a large attached garage, plenty of storage, and a new roof (2017). Dust off your campfire songs, as this home sits on a large landscaped lot, complete with your very own fire pit - perfect for making s'mores and family sing-alongs
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I have listed a new property at 27 Ahmadi Crescent in Bedford.
Located on one of the most sought-after streets in Bedford, this executive home has been meticulously cared for and shows pride of ownership. Hardwood and ceramic floors throughout, with two propane fireplaces, the main floor offers: formal living and dining rooms; a separate family room; and a spacious kitchen with center island, granite countertops, glass backsplash, and adjacent breakfast nook. Tucked out of the way along the back hallway to the two-car garage, you'll find a convenient main-floor laundry and updated powder room. The second floor offers: a huge master bedroom with spa-like en-suite (renovated 2017), walk-in closet, and adjoining den - perfect as a nursery or home office; two additional bedrooms; and a renovated main bath. An added feature is the second-floor bonus room, easily convertible to two additional bedrooms, potentially making this a 5-bedroom home - ideal for a large family. The lower level offers a spacious rec. room, another den or home office, and a full bathroom. Perfect for entertaining, the yard has a gorgeous stamped-concrete patio, hot tub (included!), and plenty of privacy. Recent upgrades include a new roof (2012), new furnace (2015), and 2 heat pumps(2015).
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I have sold a property at 169 Churchill Downs Circle in Lower Sackville.
Sold July 27, 2018 Lovely 3 bedroom home in a quiet neighborhood in Lower Sackville, minutes to all amenities, and easy access to highways for faster commutes. The main floor of this home features: a recently-updated kitchen with generous oak cabinetry - new countertop (2018), new flooring (2018), new dishwasher and stove (2017); dining room has patio doors leading to the deck and large fenced backyard; a sunny living room with hardwood floor; 2 bedrooms; and the main 4-piece renovated (2011) bath with jet tub. Downstairs features a cozy family room, a 3rd bedroom, a 3-piece renovated bath, a laundry room new washer and dryer (2017), and a insulated (2012) garage. Recent upgrades include a new hot water tank (2014) and air exchanger (2015). Great location, nearby playground, appliances included - perfect for a young family!
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