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New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
135 Gavins Court, Christiansburg, VA  24073

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Welcome to Senneca Springs in Christiansburg VA where homes match the taste and lifestyle of anyone who loves low maintenance living. The Rendition Grande model offers main level living, Timberlake cabinets, a brick/vinyl façade with stucco accents, hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, granite counters, tiled backsplash, stainless appliances, recessed lighting and two car garage. Gorgeous open floor plan offers comfort and quality to meet today’s busy lifestyle with a living, kitchen and dining room combination plus a large sunroom. The HOA features lawn maintenance, snow removal and common area maintenance. Only minutes from Blacksburg with the charm of country living and a small-town feel, yet just minutes to VT, hospitals, shopping and Huckleberry Trail.  Come see this new home!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

You’re putting your house on the market and the idea is to MAKE money, not spend it.  But there are costs involved when selling a home that you might not anticipate.  Don’t let yourself be blindsided by these unexpected expenses:

  1. Utilities: Keeping your utilities running until closing is a good idea.  Not only does it allow the Realtor to show that the home is fully operational, it also helps prevent other possible issues. For example, during hot, summer months having the A/C on will help to keep the home mold-free.  And of course, you want the utilities on for the buyer’s final walk through.  Your Realtor can help you decide when it is the right day to have the utilities turned off.
     
  2. Renovations & Repairs: Before putting your home on the market, you need to budget for any renovations and/or repairs that will need to be done.  Walls looking drab?  They will need a fresh coat of paint.  Stains on the carpet? You’ll want to give it a good steam cleaning.  There may be a lot of little things that need to be done, or there might be one or two major projects.  Either way, you’ll want to be prepared for the costs involved. Before getting started, do your homework and find out which home improvements get the best return on investment. 6 Home Renovations That Return the Most at Resale
     
  3. Seller Credits to Buyer: If you don’t want to deal with repairs or renovations, it is possible to extend a seller credit to the buyer to compensate for the cost of fixing up the house. These credits are a loan option that allows buyers to finance their closing costs and, thus, purchase the home with less cash down. But be aware that lenders cap the credit amount that a seller can extend to a buyer at 3% to 6% of the total mortgage.
     
  4. Staging Costs: When your house is on the market, you want it to get as much exposure to potential buyers as possible.  You will need to not only stage your home, but digital staging services will be needed as well.  Great pictures and/or videos and descriptions of your home online are one of the most efficient ways to reach potential buyers. You may need to hire a professional home stager as well as someone to take care of the digital staging services.  Costs to do this can range from a couple of hundred dollars to $5,000 or more, depending on what you request. Sellers: The Benefits of Staging Your Home
     
  5. Agent Commissions: Realtors are paid on commission.  They usually get 5 to 6 percent of the home’s sale price.  Generally, commission is split between the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent.  The home seller typically pays the commission fee, and therefore should take that into consideration when determining the asking price.
     
  6. Moving Costs: Make sure you include moving expenses in your budget when selling your house.  Hopefully you will get your asking price and make a nice profit on your home sale, but you should be prepared to cover your moving costs even if the house sells for less than you hope.

So, if you are planning to put your house on the market in 2019, now is the time to start planning for the extra costs involved.  An experienced Realtor like Desi Sowers can assist you in figuring out the right asking price for your home to help cover all your expenses. If you are thinking about buying and/or selling a home in the New River Valley area, contact Desi today at 540-320-1328 and let her assist you with all your real estate needs!

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Preparing for Cozy Nights Around the Fire

by Desi Sowers

This past weekend we fell back to standard time which means the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer.  It also means that the weather is getting cooler.  There is nothing more comforting on a cold night than getting cozy around a roaring fire in the fireplace.  But before you do that, there are some fireplace maintenance and safety tips you should be aware of:

For wood-burning fireplaces

     - If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you need to get your chimney inspected by a licensed professional prior to lighting your first fire of the season.  Remember that safety is the top priority when using a fireplace. The Facts About Chimney Fires

     - Next you need to get your fireplace ready for use.  If there are any ashes leftover from last year, clean them out with a broom. Make sure that the damper is open and working properly.

     - Gather and prep the logs you are going to use.  Seasoned hardwood that has been split and dried for at least six month; even better if it’s been a year.  You will know it’s seasoned hardwood if it’s dark and cracked at the ends and makes a hollow sound when knocked together.  Prepare for a long-lasting fire by placing a rolled=up ball of newspaper beneath the grates. Then lay narrow pieces of finely split wood in a crisscross pattern on the grates.  To finish up, stack one to three dry logs over the kindling. How to Choose the Best Firewood for Your Needs

     - Now it’s time to prime the flue.  This is to heat up the cold air inside the flue so that smoke doesn’t back up into your house.  Before you light the fire, light a tightly rolled-up sheet of newspaper, and hold it toward the open damper.  Leave it there for a couple of minutes until you see smoke going up the flue.

     - Come on baby light your fire!  Now you are ready to get that roaring fire going so you can relax and enjoy it!  If the fire starts to wane, gently fan the flames with folded newspaper or use a poker to get the air flowing again.  Use tongs to add logs as needed to provide more fuel.

     - One of the most important thing you must do for safety is to make sure the fire has gone completely out before you go to be for the night.  If your fireplace has metal or glass doors, close them after the fire is out.

For gas fireplaces

     - Take a look at your owner’s manual just got give yourself a reminder of the basic cleaning and maintenance needed to keep your fireplace functional and safe.  Remember that different fireplace models may require different types of cleaning and maintenance.

     - Examine the outdoor vent.  During the off season your fireplace vent can become clogged with debris.  If the vent is clogged and you light a fire, you risk not having a fire hazard, but also having unsafe amounts of carbon monoxide levels in your home.  Clear away any cobwebs, leaves or other debris that in in the vent. If it appears that there have been pests living in the vent, you may need to call a pest control professional to come out and address it. Troubleshooting a Direct Vent Fireplace

     - Check your glass covering for any cracks or chips that might weaken it or allow harmful gases into your home.  Remember that the enclosure helps regulate carbon monoxide when the fireplace is on.  Tighten any hinges that might have loosened to make sure the glass closes securely over the fireplace.

     - Clean the internal elements of the fireplace.  The ceramic log, rocks, or beads in your gas fireplace can become dusty while not being used. This can create an unpleasant burning smell when you start a fire. How to Clean a Gas Fireplace

     - Dust the blower. The electric blower in your fireplace helps circulate warm air throughout your home.  It can become dirty during the summer and needs to be cleaned to run more efficiently.

     - Inspect your pilot light to make sure there are no loose or exposed wires.  If you do see issues, have a professional come to assess the problem before you turn the pilot light on.

     - If you’re not comfortable with your own assessment of your gas fireplace, schedule a professional inspection.  And inspection can help identify problems such as gas leaks or broken sensors. 

Whether you have a wood burning or gas fireplace, just remember SAFETY FIRST!  Then, make some hot chocolate, grab a good book, and cozy up by the crackling fire for warm, comforting relaxation!

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

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Horrific Halloween Treats - Take a Bite if You Dare!

by Desi Sowers

When hosting a spooky Halloween soirée, it’s all the more frightening and fun if the food you serve is tasty AND terrifying!  Imagine, if you will, an ominous room lit only by candlelight with a table filled with guts and brains and…well, you get the picture.  Check out these recipes for creepy cuisine that will have your guests screaming with delight! (Click on links for recipes)

Witches' Finger Cookies with Red Velvet Hot Chocolate Blood - Fun to make and sure to give your guests a fright, these buttery cookies dipped in red velvet hot chocolate are both disgusting and delicious! 


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If you’re serving Witches’ Fingers, they will be complemented nicely by Monster Toes!  Made using cocktail franks with mustard toes and ketchup blood, even the pickiest of little ghosts and goblins will eat them up!


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Looks like body parts will be a big part of the menu on Halloween.  How about some Monster Mouths!  These deliciously devilish goodies combine apples, sweetened cream cheese and almonds for a taste little monsters won’t be able to resist!


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Eyeballs anyone?!  Oreo Eyeball Cookies are easy peasy and fun to make and super yummy to eat. Even little witches and wizards can help make these treats for your spooky soirée!


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No haunted house is complete without a black cat and every cat needs a litter box.  So how about serving up a delectable Kitty Litter Cake.  It might look gross, but it tastes fantastic!  Let your guests scoop up some with an actual kitty litter scooper for a truly authentic experience!


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No haunted dinner party would be complete without the pièce de résistance - Ribs & Guts!  Tasty ribs and savory sausages make up the torso of a very unlucky fellow that won’t be joining you for dinner tonight!


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So, invite your guests to enjoy a frightening feast this Halloween!  Muahahahaha!  Happy Halloween!

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

Buying a Home During the Holiday Season

by Desi Sowers

The holiday season is just around the corner, and with everything that goes on this time of year, you may think that buying a house right now would be crazy!  But, really, there are a lot of reasons it makes sense to buy a house at the year’s end.  So, if you’ve been contemplating the purchase of a home, but thought you should put your search on hold for the holidays, here are some reasons why you should consider the holidays a great time to buy!

  1. THERE IS LESS COMPETITION - If you’ve been keeping up with the real estate market, you already know that right now there is a shortage of homes for sale. That means that sellers are often fielding several offers for their homes. But, since most people probably think this is a bad time of year to buy a home and move, that means there will be fewer buyers and fewer people making offers on homes.  You might actually get a great deal if a seller needs to be out of their house by the end of the year and you are the only one making an offer!
  2. MOTIVATED SELLERS - Let’s face it… nobody really wants to move during the holidays. But sometimes it can’t be helped.  It’s likely that people who are selling their home over the holidays are highly motivated to do so.  If you have a motivated seller combined with less competition from other buyers, chances are you are going to get a great deal on a home! A Home Buyer's Guide to Motivated Sellers
  3. MOTIVATED AGENTS - With less activity in the market this time of year, Realtors will be dealing with fewer clients.  This means they will have more time to devote to you and your search for the perfect home.  Also, getting a sales commission before year’s end is sure to be a motivating factor to bring your purchase to completion.
  4. LOWER INTEREST RATES - With Interest Rates Projected to Increase in 2019, now is the time to get that mortgage and save some money.  It might not seem like much, but may be surprised to discover how much you save over the life of your mortgage with just a small difference in the interest rate.
  5. LOWER PRICES - In addition to a lower interest rate, you will find that some people drop home prices when selling during the holidays.  This goes back to that “motivated seller” who really needs to move before the end of the year.  Historically, December has lower home prices than any other month.  There is no guarantee that home prices will drop, but it’s worth talking to a professional Realtor about the local market.
  6. FASTER CLOSINGS -  Generally, all the people involved in a real estate transaction want it done before year’s end.  As a buyer, you want to be settled in your new home and sellers certainly want to be moved and in their new homes as well.  Lenders want to include the loan in their current year’s books. And Realtors want to include their commissions on the current year’s income.  If you do your part and have all your paper work in order, your closing will be as quick and smooth as possible.

So, the moral of this story is…if you’re thinking of buying a house, you don’t have to wait!  Now is a great time to buy!  If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

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275 Clearview Drive: Charming Craftsman on a Large Double Lot!

by Desi Sowers

New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
275 Clearview Drive, Christiansburg, VA  24073

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Charming craftsman home perfectly situated on a large double lot totaling just over half an acre – an awesome find in the town of Christiansburg! You are sure to appreciate the many desirable features 275 Clearview Drive provides including 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 full baths, a flowing floor plan, easy care flooring, neutral colors, convenient mud room, central air and low maintenance vinyl siding…just to name a few! A large living room sets the scene for comfortable everyday living with space for everyone. Great flow to the dining area where you are sure to enjoy hosting guests. With sliding doors to the back deck, it is easy to take the party outdoors. An abundance of cabinetry, a refrigerator, microwave and range, plus durable tile flooring highlight the galley kitchen. The spacious master is located on the main floor with 2 secondary bedrooms upstairs creating privacy and room to grow. The partially fenced backyard is the perfect spot for BBQs, relaxing and plenty of room to play, plus beautiful long range views to enjoy from the deck! The detached storage shed provides you plenty of space for tools and equipment. Offering so much in location and quality, this home will not last!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Why Location is Important When Purchasing a Home

by Desi Sowers

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “location, location, location!” before, but it has never meant more than when you are purchasing a home.  You can fall in love with your dream home, fix it up, renovate it; even change its structure, but if it’s in the wrong location, you likely can’t move it.  It’s attached to the land.  Identical homes can increase or decrease in value depending on their location.  Choosing the best area for living and resale value is equally as important as choosing your ideal home.  Here are a few things to be aware of when searching for the right location for your investment:

  • Top Rated School Districts

Homebuyers with children often seek homes in highly desirable school districts. They are willing to spend more for a home to enable their children to go the “best schools.”

  • Recreation & Nature

Homes on the water or near parks hold their value because people enjoy living where they can enjoy the outdoors.If you love the outdoors and being active, chances are you wouldn’t enjoy living in the middle of the city, or even in suburbs that require you to drive somewhere for outdoor recreation. Outdoors - Virginia's New River Valley

  • Scenic Views

A home with a scenic view often sells quickly. And there are plenty of breathtaking vistas to see in the New River Valley!  Mountains, golf courses, even a small glimpse of water are enough to entice buyers to purchase a home. It’s not only great for resale value, but you get to enjoy beautiful views while living there.

  • Entertainment & Shopping

While some buyers seek out scenic views, others may be looking for a home that enables them to walk to restaurants, movie theaters and boutiques.  If you prefer cultural activities to outdoor activities, then it would make sense for you to look for a home in a town or city.

  • Economically Stable Neighborhoods

Older neighborhoods that have survived economic recessions while maintaining evident pride of ownership appeal to buyers looking for long term stability.

  • Public Transportation, Healthcare & Jobs

Some buyers will be looking for convenience. They don’t want a long commute to work and want to have easy access to transportation and healthcare facilities. New River Valley Transportation Services

So, you may find your dream home but if it’s not in the right location, it might not be a dream come true. When purchasing a home remember…location, location, location!

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

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Making Small Spaces Work for You

by Desi Sowers

Downsizing and simplifying can be a wonderful thing. There are many Benefits of Downsizing Your Home. First, it costs less money…which frees up funds for other things you enjoy like travel and hobbies.  And the peace of mind that comes with living within your means is priceless.  Also, with less space, there is less to clean.  And less cleaning means more time for fun and relaxation.  But sometimes it can be challenging to fit everything you need (and want) into a home with limited square footage.  Don’t despair!  Not only can you make it all fit, you can do it with style and create a comfortable, cozy home that suits all your needs.  Here are some clever ideas for making the most of small spaces:

- Make everything seem bigger by painting walls in light colors. 

- Use small scale furniture rather than large, overstuffed pieces that will overwhelm the room.

- Use mirrors to create the illusion of more space.  One mirror will make an impression, but two facing each other will make a bigger impact by amplifying the semblance of added area and light.

- If you’re thinking of doing any renovations, consider adding a bay window. Not only will it maximize square footage, but it will provide the added bonus of flooding the house with natural light.

- Keep things simple.  Clean lines make things feel streamlined and give the impression of openness.

- Take advantage of high ceilings by going vertical with cabinetry.  Not only will it draw the eyes up and away from the limited counter space, but it will also provide maximum storage.

- Continue thinking up and not out by utilizing tall bookshelves.

- Use furniture pieces that serve more than one purpose. Clever Multipurpose Furniture That's Perfect for Small Spaces

- Got stairs?  Don’t let the area underneath them go to waste.  There are great options for creating extra storage that will be functional and look great too. 12 Creative Ways to Use the Space Under Your Stairs

- If you’re going to hang curtains, hang them as high as you can to make the ceilings seem higher. In addition, extend the rods about 4 inches on either side to make windows seem wider and to allow more light in when they are open.

Downsizing and simplifying will make you realize that less really IS more, but it doesn’t mean you must sacrifice style and comfort!

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

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Selling a Home After Divorce

by Desi Sowers

Moving is in the top 5 of the 10 Most Stressful Life Events. Divorce ranks in the top five as well.   Put those two together and you have a meltdown in the making.  If you and your spouse own a home together and you are divorcing, you are going to have to figure out what you’re going to do about the house.  This can be challenging under the most amicable of situations, and can be devastating when there is bitterness and fighting.

Since your home is likely the greatest asset that you share, selling it is often necessary when parting ways.  Sentimental value may entice one or the other of you to want to keep the home, but financial implications may keep you from doing so.  Understanding how divorce affects the sale of a home is crucial.  The emotional aspect of splitting up your family can sometimes impair your judgement, but making a poor decision regarding your home can have lasting ramifications, long after the divorce is finalized. 

Whether one spouse wants to buy out the other and keep the home or both want to sell and split the equity, selling a house while getting divorced is a rocky road that needs to be navigated intelligently.  When two people are willing to deal with each other in a peaceful, respectful way, it certainly makes the whole process easier. But often this is not the case in these situations.  Division of a home is not simple. 

When each spouse contributed to purchase the home - even if one paid more than the other - you are both going to want your fair share out of it.  Ideally, you will be able to work with an attorney or mediator to come to an agreement out of court, but if you can’t, a judge will decide for you.  This can be a very unpleasant experience for all parties involved.  If both your incomes were factored in the purchase of the house, chances are when you split that in half, neither of you can afford it on your own. If that is the case, the best solution is to sell the home and divide the assets.  There are also Tax Implications that should be considered when you are trying to decide if you should sell before you divorce or after.

Should one of you decide to stay in the home, there are a couple of different ways to make that happen.  First, if you have the financial means to do so, you can take over the mortgage by refinancing.  This means you must qualify for the loan and be able to make the monthly payments on your own.  Your ex-spouse will be completely out of the picture.  Another way is to continue co-owning the property.  Perhaps you have children and want to keep them in their home. While this is the least disruptive option, it is precarious and requires a lot of trust.  It would have to be a very civil and friendly divorce for this to work because both parties will be responsible for the mortgage and upkeep of the house.  The bottom line is that if you plan to stay in the home, you better be sure you can afford it.  It would be prudent to work out a  budget before you make the decision.

With all the financial and emotional issues that get wrapped up in the sale of a home during divorce, it’s crucial that you know what you want prior to meeting with a Realtor. It is best for you to meet with your attorneys for them to guide you through the process of deciding how to split the equity. Once you’ve done that, seek out an experienced Realtor with exceptional communication skills who will gently guide you through the process with as little stress as possible.

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

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New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
7361 Dent Drive, Radford, VA  24141

Nestled on a picturesque 1.1 acre lot sits this classic Dutch colonial that has been lovingly maintained and with just a little TLC could be exactly what you have been dreaming of! Three bedrooms including a main floor master, 2.5 baths, spacious rooms, tons of natural light, wood moldings and casings, extra storage and an array of classic touches highlight this Deerwood Forest all brick home. A crackling fireplace and French doors to the new Trex deck set the scene for comfortable family gatherings in this spacious living room. Flowing to the eat in kitchen where a bay window, breakfast bar, newer appliances and an abundance of cabinet space make meal prep a breeze. A large laundry room with sink and cabinetry will help you stay organized, while a built-in desk make this office a delightful space to work from home. Escape to the calming allure of the first-floor master bedroom with multiple closets and a private bathroom. Parquet floors highlight the two additional bedrooms on the second level, plus a shared full bath and lots of closet space. Still want more? Add additional living space to match your family’s needs by finishing the full basement, already plumbed for a bath. The peace and quiet of this beautiful backyard surrounded by mature trees will help you escape the busyness of the day. An attached 2 car garage provides plenty of vehicle storage, plus a single car garage under gives you plenty of room for hobbies, tools and toys. Offering so many quality features, 7361 Dent Drive is move in ready, but lets you add your own special touches and cosmetic updates along the way!

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You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

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Desi Sowers, Associate Broker,
Certified Residential Specialist at REMAX 8
1344 N. Main Street
Blacksburg VA 24060
Phone: (540) 320-1328

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