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January 30, 2010

Blog Moving Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tony Meier @ 10:48 pm

This blog is now hosted at:

http://eastsidehomes.com/blog

January 22, 2010

English Hill Home – 17420 NE 140th Pl, Redmond – $465,000





Newly listed Coventry home on English Hill in Redmond!


17420 NE 140th Pl, Redmond


Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac in Coventry on English Hill, sits this charming Burnstead built, two story home. The gracious floorplan boasts 2040 s.f. and features 3 bedrooms, 2.25 baths plus den on a very private 7,497 s.f. lot! Many recent updates include – high quality roof, neutral paint, remodeled kitchen & baths! Sunken formal living room with vaulted ceilings & bay windows overlooking front yard. Spacious formal dining room with garden outlook. Remodeled kitchen with hardwood floors, new slab granite counters & stainless appliances. Attached nook with slider to rear yard. Relaxing family room with ample windows to rear yard &   beautiful wood burning fireplace. Laundry room with storage – washer & dryer included. Updated powder room with granite counter. Light & bright loft/den – could easily be 4th bedroom! Wonderful master suite with walk-in-closet. The master bath has been remodeled and features large double vanity with granite counters & double shower with travertine tile. Two additional bedrooms upstairs are very spacious. The hall bath is oversized with updated granite counters, tile floors & tub surround. The very private rear yard features a stamped concrete patio, lush plantings, dedicated garden space & separate dog run with storage shed. Attached two car garage with workshop area & storage above. Outstanding Northshore schools – Sunrise Elem., Timbercrest Jr High & Woodinville High.


 Flyer


 


Posted By:
Tony Meier
Eastside & Seattle Realtor
EastsideHomesBlog.com
EastsideHomes.com
Seattle’s Eastside Real Estate Resource
tony@eastsidehomes.com
 

October 16, 2009

Landscaping to Increase Property Value

Filed under: About Tony,Information for Buyers,Information for Sellers — Tony Meier @ 11:56 pm

About a month ago, I was interviewed for the Lowe’s for Pros website on landscaping ideas to improve the market value and salability of a home.Below is the text of the article and here is the link:
http://www.lowesforpros.com/landscaping-to-increase-property-value


 




October 6, 2009

Another Great Testimonial Came In Today…

Filed under: About Tony,Information for Buyers — Tony Meier @ 12:04 am

“Tony, you really earned our respect.  You even found someone to show us around when we could only come up on a weekend you were out of town.  You always returned by emails and calls promptly.  I really liked the fact that you read into what we were looking for in a home.  You knew the areas well and even gave pointers about the commute times I could face for work.  I appreciate all that you did and would refer you to a friend or family member in the future.  Thank you for everything!!!”



Jennifer & Jeff Killingsworth


 


It was a pleasure helping Jeff and Jennifer! They relocated to the Seattle area from Southern California for her business. I helped them buy a great Issaquah home, which I know they will enjoy for many years to come! Here is a photo:


 


Killingsworth


 


Posted By:
Tony Meier
Eastside & Seattle Realtor
EastsideHomesBlog.com
EastsideHomes.com
Seattle’s Eastside Real Estate Resource
tony@eastsidehomes.com

  

October 2, 2009

More Good News for the Seattle Area

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tony Meier @ 8:46 pm

The Wall Street Journal is optimistic on Seattle:

Which Cities Will See Biggest Rebound?
Which cities are likely to be the hottest post-economic downturn destinations for young, brilliant, and highly mobile workers?

The Wall Street Journal surveyed six trend-spotting experts and they chose cities based on economic diversity, lifestyle and their own personal prejudices.

Here’s the top-10 list:

1. Washington, D.C. (tie)
1. Seattle
2. New York
3. Portland, Ore.
4. Austin, Texas
5. San Jose, Calif.
6. Denver
7. Durham, N.C.
8. Dallas
9. Chicago
10. Boston

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Sue Shellenbarger (09/30/2009)

June 11, 2009

Eastside Residential Pending Sales Continue to Rise!

This week’s numbers show a continued rise in pending sales on the Eastside of Seattle. These represent the highest numbers in 2 years or more! Interestingly, short sales, pre-forclosures and bank owned homes made up over 25% of the pending sales last week. See the snap shot below.


Eastside Pending Counts - snapshot  


Here is a look at the last 2 years:


Eastside Pending Count 


If you have any questions about this information or want to know the pace of the market in your neighborhood, give me a call at 425-466-1000.


Posted By:
Tony Meier
Eastside & Seattle Realtor
EastsideHomesBlog.com
EastsideHomes.com
Seattle’s Eastside Real Estate Resource
tony@eastsidehomes.com

June 4, 2009

Inventory shrinking, sales rising, prices stabilizing in some Northwest MLS areas

KIRKLAND, WA, June 4, 2009 – Waiting longer to buy a home is not likely to pay off, according to Northwest Multiple Listing Service director Kathy Estey after reviewing reports summarizing May activity. Estey pointed to shrinking inventory (about 20 percent fewer listings than a year ago), double-digit increases in the number of pending sales (up 17.7 percent from a year ago), solid open house activity, and signs of stabilizing prices (eight of the 19 counties in the report show price gains since January) as indicators of an improving market.

Northwest MLS brokers notched 7,160 pending sales during May. That total out-gained the year-ago tally by 1,075 transactions (up 17.7 percent) and improved on April’s total by 242 sales for a 3.5 percent increase. For the four-county Puget Sound area, pending sales jumped 21.5 percent from a year ago, rising from 4,526 to 5,498 transactions.

Buyers had fewer choices during May than at this time a year ago. At month-end, member-brokers reported 41,318 active listings throughout the NWMLS service area. A year ago, there were 51,817 active listings. Current inventory includes 11,278 single family homes and condos that brokers added during May. For the same month a year ago, brokers added 14,176 new listings to inventory.

Estey, the managing broker at the Bellevue Downtown office of John L. Scott Real Estate, said affordable homes inventory is down to the levels of a normal market and reaching for a sellers’ market. “Multiple offers are common in the under $400,000 range when the home is priced well, shows nicely and is marketed professionally,” she remarked. “Buyers who are waiting for prices to come down more have missed the bottom,” Estey believes.

Close in markets are the most active, with rural areas still lagging, but Estey says there is now some activity where little to none had existed in the first quarter. She believes prices have adjusted and completed new construction is still a very attractive purchase. “Builder inventory is being absorbed and there are fewer incentives. In January builders were giving away the farm, by March it was only half the farm and now they may just give away a chicken or two in order to make the deal.”

Prices are showing signs of stabilizing, according to NWMLS data. Prices area-wide are down around 10 percent from twelve months ago, but a comparison to January shows price gains in eight of the 19 counties in the NWMLS report. System-wide, prices for single family homes and condominiums that closed last month are up about 2.6 percent since January. (See chart, page5.)

In King County, prices dipped about 12 percent from twelve months ago and have declined about 3.5 percent since January, but a closer look shows considerable variation within sub-areas. Prices in southeast King County fell 20 percent from a year ago, but since January are down only about 2.8 percent in north King County.

Condominium activity remains slow. Pending sales are down about 15 percent from a year ago. The median sales price of $240,000 is about 7.7 percent lower than a year ago. Condos in King County sold for a median price of $270,450 last month, which compares to the year-ago price of $287,925, a drop of about 6 percent).

Demand for high-priced homes is also tepid. According to Estey, there are “amazing opportunities for buyers with good credit scores and 25 percent down payment in the $900,000- plus marketplace.”

“What we’re currently seeing is real estate’s version of Back to the Future,” said J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate. He believes the combination of historically low interest rates, adjusted lower prices, and the $8,000 tax credit has created advantageous conditions for buyers that haven’t been seen in decades. He noted sales in the four-county area continue to see double digit increases. “The more affordable markets are seeing a major boost which is leading to higher sales in the mid-priced markets and causing some increases in activity in the upper end,” Scott remarked.

While cheered by the more vigorous activity, brokers note short sales and foreclosures continue to be a drag on the market. Such properties, often sold at deep discounts, may take extraordinary time to close once there has been mutual acceptance of an offer. (Note to editors: see explanatory note, p. .5)

NWMLS director Meribeth Hutchings, broker/owner of Windermere Real Estate/Lake Stevens Inc., said her office represents the buyer of a short sale that has been pending since October. The buyers who hope to purchase the home in Mukilteo have been very patient, but are becoming less so and are ready to move from the small apartment where they have been living with two large dogs. “Every time we think we are getting close, the lender changes what they want,” Hutchings stated.

Another NWMLS director, Pat Grimm, reported similar experiences with a short sale. “We just closed one in Montlake on May 28 — after the parties to the transaction reached mutual acceptance on Feb. 10, said Grimm, the owner/broker at Windermere Real Estate/Capitol Hill. (NWMLS defines a short sale as a transaction that does not produce sufficient funds to cover the existing monetary encumbrances against the property, closing costs, real estate commissions, and other financial requirements of closing.)

Tacoma broker Dick Beeson of Windermere/Commencement Associates said he has several agents deeply involved in handling short sales since Pierce County is so hard hit. He estimates around 25 percent of all properties for sale are either bank owned or short sale, and one of every three pending sales is one or the other.

“Short sales play a big role in what many buyers are looking for,” according to Beeson, who also noted these buyers often fail to realize the extraordinary length of time it takes to close a sale – generally twice as long as a conventional sale. “Many get discouraged after 60 or 90 days and withdraw from a sale, never having received notice form the underlying lender what they are willing to take for the property. Many properties end up going to foreclosure because of the inefficiency of the banks in providing answers to offers,” Beeson commented.

The recent uptick in pending sales, both locally and nationally, is a hopeful sign that we’re putting the worst of the market behind us, suggests Ron Sparks, managing vice president at Coldwell Banker Bain.

“As you would expect in a recovering market, not all neighborhoods are uniformly performing, and for home sellers particularly, there are plenty of challenges that remain.” However, he observed, “In many neighborhoods where just a few years ago broad affordability had all but vanished, lower prices, flexible terms and very low interest rates are pushing inventory absorption for single family homes to levels not seen since 2007.”

Sparks said multiple offers for the best listed properties are occurring everywhere, including Pierce and Snohomish counties. “Improving sales in one neighborhood helps dwindle inventory, and can push motivated buyers to search for homes in other neighborhoods. This process typically occurs before prices start to stabilize,” he explained.

Has that stabilization begun? “As my old Magic 8-Ball used to tell me: signs point to yes,” according to Sparks, who noted eight counties served by the NWMLS have seen price increases since January. “The sales volume in my Bellevue office is now roughly 10 times what it was in February, with expanded sales in almost every price category. Overall inventory levels have dropped substantially as well. Does this mean the optimal time for home buyers to take full advantage of favorable market conditions has passed? I’d probably defer that to the Magic 8 ball also…“Ask again later.”

Recent fluctuations in mortgage rates have brokers and buyers alike wondering if rates will escalate as inflation worries return.

“While rates now are wonderfully low, waiting has cost buyers. Loans recently available for 4.75% are now 5.25%,” according to broker Kathy Estey. On a $400,000 loan, that means the monthly payment rises from around $2,128 to about $2,253 – and increase of nearly $125. She believes it would be wise to act now for the best selection in the affordable homes. “Who knows if we will see rates of 5% or below again anytime soon,” she wonders.

Commenting on a recent report from the National Association of Realtors showing a third consecutive month of improving pending sales, Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said buyers are responding to very favorable market conditions. “Housing affordability conditions have been at historic highs, but now the $8,000 first-time buyer tax credit is beginning to impact the market,” he said. “Since first-time buyers must finalize their purchase by November 30 to get the credit, we expect greater activity in the months ahead, and that should spark more sales by repeat buyers.”

Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member brokers, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes approximately 28,000 brokers and agents. The organization, based in Kirkland, currently serves 19 counties in western and central Washington.

Statistical Summary by Counties: Market Activity Summary – May 2009

May 2009
Single Family
Homes + Condos

LISTINGS

PENDING
SALES

CLOSED SALES

New
Listings

Total
Active

# Pending
Sales

#
Closings

Average
Price

Median
Price

King
4310
5473
2801
1618
$423,875
$351,500
Snohomish
1759
2254
1160
666
$325,502
$299,950
Pierce
1632
2092
1196
643
$252,431
$225,000
Kitsap
531
639
341
219
$292,797
$240,000
Mason
182
209
73
56
$189,062
$161,405
Skagit
258
255
140
78
$251,548
$207,250
Grays Harbor
180
260
75
63
$139,161
$114,000
Lewis
152
196
78
40
$159,230
$138,150
Cowlitz
113
169
82
55
$194,685
$177,900
Grant
145
179
73
36
$166,956
$148,450
Thurston
521
629
406
214
$273,164
$247,000
San Juan
64
79
14
4
$464,750
$410,000
Island
253
232
107
86
$299,378
$248,500
Kittitas
152
159
48
38
$250,716
$170,000
Jefferson
84
91
34
12
$298,000
$294,500
Okanogan
86
68
27
17
$159,435
$140,000
Whatcom
496
622
311
179
$269,633
$250,000
Clark
106
167
64
57
$229,296
$206,900
Pacific
60
82
39
13
$157,333
$175,000
Others
194
321
91
60
$218,748
$214,000
MLS TOTAL
11,278
14,176
7,160>
4,154
$329,680
$280,000

4-County Puget Sound Region Pending Sales (SFH + Condo combined)
(Totals include King, Snohomish, Pierce & Kitsap counties)

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2000

3706

4778

5903

5116

5490

5079

4928

5432

4569

4675

4126

3166

2001

4334

5056

5722

5399

5631

5568

5434

5544

4040

4387

4155

3430

2002

4293

4735

5569

5436

6131

5212

5525

6215

5394

5777

4966

4153

2003

4746

5290

6889

6837

7148

7202

7673

7135

6698

6552

4904

4454

2004

4521

6284

8073

7910

7888

8186

7583

7464

6984

6761

6228

5195

2005

5426

6833

8801

8420

8610

8896

8207

8784

7561

7157

6188

4837

2006

5275

6032

8174

7651

8411

8094

7121

7692

6216

6403

5292

4346

2007

4869

6239

7192

6974

7311

6876

6371

5580

4153

4447

3896

2975

2008

3291

4167

4520

4624

4526

4765

4580

4584

4445

3346 2841 2432
2009 3250 3407 4262 5372 5498              

©Copyright Northwest Multiple Listing Service, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior permission.

June 2, 2009

Washington State… one of the first few states to exit the recession?

If you read the new report from Moody’s Economy.com and MSNBC.com you would think so!


They list Washington state as one of the last places to enter the recession and likely one of the first few out. They predect that five states including Washington will begin to recover in the 4th quarter of 2009. This is due in large part to our high tech industry and expect our employment to rebound in the 4th quarter of 2009.


Here is their map:


Recession


For full details on the article, go to:


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30991972/

May 6, 2009

Pending sales in Western Washington rise with improved affordability, buyer incentives

KIRKLAND, WA, May 5, 2009 –Northwest Multiple Listing Service members reported pending sales for April surged 11.4 percent compared to twelve months ago – and rose 21.3 percent from March.


Brokers reported 6,918 pending sales during April across the 19 counties that make up the Northwest MLS market area. That’s up from the year-ago total of 6,208, and the March figure of 5,701 pending sales (offers made and accepted, but not yet closed).


For the four-county Puget Sound area (King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish), brokers notched 5,372 pending sales, the highest total since August 2007 and a jump of 26 percent from March.


Inventory is shrinking and prices are showing some signs of stabilizing, according to data in the latest report from Northwest MLS. The median price for last month’s closed sales of single family homes and condominiums area-wide was $270,000. That matched the figure for March, but still lagged prices of a year ago (down 12.9 percent).


Inventory is down 18.3 percent from year-ago levels, with Clark, Kitsap and Pierce reporting the largest drops. Members added 10,824 new listings of single family homes and condos to inventory last month, down almost 20.5 percent from the year-ago total of 13,607 new listings.


Lower prices, record low mortgage interest rates, improving consumer confidence, the $8,000 first-time buyer tax credit and other incentives for buyers are credited with spurring activity. Industry officials, noting activity is quite strong in the lower, more affordable price ranges, hesitate to declare a housing recovery is under way:

  • Dropping inventories and rising affordability are positive signs, according to Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The housing market may be edging toward a bottom,” he stated.
  • “April was a good market for new pending sales; we seem to be moving to a more balanced market,” said NWMLS director Meribeth Hutchings, broker/owner of Windermere Real Estate/Lake Stevens, Inc.
  • “We need several months of sustained growth to demonstrate a recovery in housing, which is necessary for the overall economy to turn around,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors®.

J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, described the market as “bifurcated.”


“Sales are up and prices have stabilized in the more affordable market,” he explained, while noting the mid- to upper-end markets are experiencing entirely different conditions.


NWMLS director Kathy Estey agreed. “We had our best month since September,” she commented, but said sales of homes priced at $1 million or more are still slow compared to the pace of a few years ago. Estey, the managing broker at John L. Scott’s downtown Bellevue office, said sales of high-end homes lag in part due to limited availability of mortgages for homes priced above conforming loan limits. (The median asking price for homes currently offered for sale in West Bellevue, a market served by Estey’s office, is more than $1.5 million.)


Another MLS director reported a “terrific increase” in first-time buyer activity in Seattle’s close-in neighborhoods, calling it the best it’s been in almost two years.


“We just had five offers on a Ravenna house priced around $400,000 and it sold for considerably more than the list price,” said Mike Skahen, the broker at Lake & Company. He also said another one of his agents represented a client whose offer beat out 10 competitors. “I hope we’re seeing the start of the spring selling season,” something he said was lacking last year for the first time since starting his real estate career 33 years ago.


In King County, pending sales of single family homes (excluding condos) rose more than 25 percent from March. Of six “sub-areas” the MLS tracks within the county, North King County (encompassing Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore) and the Eastside areas had the strongest month-to-month gains. Compared to March, pending sales of single family homes for April shot up nearly 52 percent in the North King County map areas, and rose more than 35 percent on the Eastside.


Prices for sales of single family homes and condos that closed last month in King County continued to lag year-ago totals (down 15.3 percent), but edged up from March (up 4.5 percent). For single family homes (excluding condos), the median selling price for April’s sales was $350,000, up 4.4 percent from March.


Condominium sales area-wide were down about 7.5 percent from a year ago, but up significantly (40.8 percent) from the previous month. In King County, which accounts for about six of every 10 condo sales, pending sales were down 8.1 percent from a year ago, but jumped nearly 42 percent from March.


Tacoma broker Dick Beeson of Windermere/Commencement Associates also reports the market there is warming up, evidenced in part by increased traffic at open houses and phone calls. Many first-time buyers are still unaware of the $8,000 tax credit, according to Beeson, who says it is stimulating marginal interest. “It is almost a serendipity to first-time buyers when they discover they qualify.”


“Most everyone recognizes that real estate in our region is ‘on sale,’ and that’s certainly validated in the latest report,” stated Ron Sparks, managing vice president at Coldwell Banker Bain. Buyer demand has increased to 2006 levels in some notable area neighborhoods, according to an analysis by Sparks, who tempered his optimism by saying, “For the scale between buyers and sellers to balance, it’s important that buyer demand begin to increase so prices can stabilize. The MLS report and comments from agents in the field tell us we’re seeing some progress in that direction.”


Sparks also said in his experience, “highly advantageous buyer markets are pretty rare,” so when they appear, he’s inclined to advise people confident in their financial position to take advantage of it. He extends such advice to his own children, he admitted, noting one of them just closed escrow and another just made her first offer.


Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said it should take a few months for the market to gain momentum. “This increase could be the leading edge of first-time buyers responding to very favorable affordability conditions and an $8,000 tax credit, which increases buying power even more in areas where special programs allow buyers to use it as a downpayment,” he said in commenting on a new report from NAR that showed a nationwide rise in pending sales for March.


Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member brokers, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes approximately 28,000 brokers and agents. The organization, based in Kirkland, currently serves 19 counties in western and central Washington.


Statistical Summary by Counties: Market Activity Summary – April 2009
























































































































































































April 2009
Single Family
Homes + Condos


LISTINGS


PENDING
SALES


CLOSED SALES


New
Listings


Total
Active


# Pending
Sales


#
Closings


Average
Price


Median
Price


King


4123


13164


2646


1242


$417,500


$350,000


Snohomish


1579


5592


1111


535


$316,271


$290,000


Pierce


1556


6145


1238


580


$245,084


$225,000


Kitsap


539


1926


377


200


$294,353


$240,000


Mason


163


746


70


46


$138,542


$137,550


Skagit


267


1308


127


77


$261,968


$225,000


Grays Harbor


168


814


86


49


$143,465


$150,000


Lewis


140


710


72


40


$192,591


$174,951


Cowlitz


166


652


78


61


$187,488


$179,000


Grant


112


682


70


43


$166,568


$144,000


Thurston


494


1657


343


196


$246,875


$232,600


San Juan


57


457


11


4


$338,000


$226,000


Island


239


1040


109


68


$278,216


$244,450


Kittitas


136


553


52


30


$231,055


$196,000


Jefferson


84


533


24


22


$278,875


$213,750


Okanogan


68


343


21


16


$175,750


$149,000


Whatcom


521


1942


274


166


$279,088


$259,450


Clark


113


399


87


43


$219,781


$202,500


Pacific


63


396


21


15


$146,293


$135,000


Others


236


1088


101


45


$251,230


$224,500


MLS TOTAL


10,824


40,147


6,918


3,478


$316,979


$270,000


4-County Puget Sound Region Pending Sales (SFH + Condo combined)
(Totals include King, Snohomish, Pierce & Kitsap counties)





























































































































































 

Jan


Feb


Mar


Apr


May


Jun


Jul


Aug


Sep


Oct


Nov


Dec


2000


3706


4778


5903


5116


5490


5079


4928


5432


4569


4675


4126


3166


2001


4334


5056


5722


5399


5631


5568


5434


5544


4040


4387


4155


3430


2002


4293


4735


5569


5436


6131


5212


5525


6215


5394


5777


4966


4153


2003


4746


5290


6889


6837


7148


7202


7673


7135


6698


6552


4904


4454


2004


4521


6284


8073


7910


7888


8186


7583


7464


6984


6761


6228


5195


2005


5426


6833


8801


8420


8610


8896


8207


8784


7561


7157


6188


4837


2006


5275


6032


8174


7651


8411


8094


7121


7692


6216


6403


5292


4346


2007


4869


6239


7192


6974


7311


6876


6371


5580


4153


4447


3896


2975

2008

3291


4167


4520


4624


4526


4765


4580


4584


4445

3346 2841 2432
2009 3250 3407 4262 5372                

©Copyright Northwest Multiple Listing Service, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior permission.

April 24, 2009

Redmond Garden Club – Annual Sale May 9th, 2009

Filed under: Redmond Information — Tony Meier @ 8:38 pm
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My wife and kids love to go this event! Every year they come home with some great additions to our garden! 



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The Redmond Garden Club will be having their annual sale May 9th from 8am to 3pm. 


The sale will be located at 14010 180th Ave NE, Redmond, 98052.
Follow the signs along NE 124th/NE 128th, Avondale Road, or Redmond-Woodinville Road



All kinds of greenery & goodies including:



Perennials • Annuals • Vegetable Starts • Shrubs • Crafts • Planters


Garden related “yard sale” items





 





Come early for the best selection!


 


For more information and to download a flyer go to:


http://EnglishHillOnline.com/RGC

Posted By:
Tony Meier
Eastside & Seattle Realtor
EastsideHomesBlog.com
EastsideHomes.com
Seattle’s Eastside Real Estate Resource
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