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The Appraisal Process

Thursday, November 10, 2022 Lauren Bunting

The National Association of REALTORS®’ conducted the 2022 Appraisal Survey, and the results were published showing forty-seven percent of real estate professionals say they have had a transaction fall ...

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Successes of the Weatherization Assistance Program

Thursday, November 03, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Last year, Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation that October 30th is Weatherization Day in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is marking ...

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Maryland WholeHome Grants Money for Home Improvements

Thursday, October 20, 2022 Lauren Bunting

The Department of Housing and Community Development in Maryland (DHCD) offers a program called the Maryland WholeHome Program which can help homeowners make valuable repairs ...

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$32 Million Awarded in Maryland Housing Project Awards

Thursday, October 13, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Governor Larry Hogan announced last weeknearly $32 million in project awards through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) 2022 application round for federal Low Income ...

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Mortgage Rates Are On The Rise

Thursday, October 06, 2022 Lauren Bunting

The talk about town related to real estate right now is mortgage rates are on the rise. To provide some guidance, here’s what industry experts are saying about the present and possible future ...

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Resolutions to Real Estate Transaction Disputes

Thursday, September 22, 2022 Lauren Bunting

The National Association of Realtors explains the differences and the pros and cons to both mediation and arbitration, alternative dispute resolution options when a dispute arises from a real ...

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The New Million Dollar Home Club

Thursday, September 08, 2022 Lauren Bunting

A recent Zillow report is showing that with sales up and values up during the pandemic real estate boom, more homes are selling for over the $1 million mark. The report also detailed that the typical ...

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Maryland’s SmartBuy Program Helps Homebuyers

Thursday, August 25, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Governor Larry Hogan announced last weekthat the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has expanded the state’s landmark SmartBuyinitiative to address rising housing ...

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Keep Your Condo Protected With The Right Insurance

Thursday, August 18, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Condominium associations provide master policy insurance coverage, but a master policy usually covers only the building’s exterior and common areas. To have coverage for what is inside ...

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Who Are Realtors?

Thursday, August 04, 2022 Lauren Bunting

The National Association of REALTORS®’ released their annual Member Profile report for 2022 recently. Based on a random sampling of NAR's membership, the Member Profile strives ...

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Tips for Hosting an Open House

Thursday, July 28, 2022 Lauren Bunting

A well-planned open house allows potential buyers to picture how life in this home would be, and in the summer, people tend to be more relaxed; it’s the time of vacations and lazy days. So making ...

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June 2022 Home Sales Update

Friday, July 22, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Maryland REALTORS® released information on statewide June home sales. Their release states that home sales continued to slow down as prices continued to rise, according to ...

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Residential Architectural Styles

Friday, July 15, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Every house has a unique architectural style. Sometimes the architecture is a blend of more than one architectural style due to additions. The National Association of Realtors explains that ...

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Home Showing Trends for May 2022

Thursday, July 07, 2022 Lauren Bunting

The National Association of Realtors provides a monthly home showings report based off showing information taken from Sentrilock lockboxes, which are used by the majority of real estate agents ...

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Appraisal Gaps

Thursday, June 16, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Appraisals in a sellers’ market can be troublesome, and transactions can fall apart when appraisals come up short—creating an appraisal gap. An appraisal gap is the difference between market ...

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2022 Update from the Maryland State Legislature (Part 2)

Thursday, June 02, 2022 Lauren Bunting

In 2022, the Maryland State Legislature convened on January 12th and adjourned on April 11th. Maryland REALTORS® issues a report each year on the Maryland Legislative session to summarize ...

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2022 Update from the Maryland State Legislature

Thursday, May 26, 2022 Lauren Bunting

In 2022, the Maryland State Legislature convened on January 12th and adjourned on April 11th. Maryland REALTORS® issues a report each year on the Maryland Legislative session ...

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New Affordable Housing Opportunities in Maryland

Thursday, May 19, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Governor Larry Hogan announced at the end of April that more than $200 million in financing tools and new programs will be made available to create new affordable housing opportunities in the ...

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What Is A Title Search?

Friday, May 13, 2022 Lauren Bunting

One of the important steps during a real estate purchase is conducting a title search. The title search is just one of the buyer’s closing cost expenses and is usually ordered ...

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The Fair Housing Act Explained

Thursday, May 05, 2022 Lauren Bunting

The month of April this year celebrated the 54th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the landmark civil rights law signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 11, 1968, that made discrimination ...

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Maryland Mortgage Program Announces Two New Loan Products

Thursday, April 28, 2022 Lauren Bunting

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Maryland Mortgage Program announced the launch of two new loan products to provide higher levels of down payment and closing cost assistance. ...

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Interest Rates Are On The Rise

Thursday, April 21, 2022 Lauren Bunting

The shift in interest rates is in motion. According to Forbes.com, mortgage rates have jumped 1.5 percentage points during the first three months of this year. They further communicated that ...

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Maryland Forest Conservation and Management Program

Thursday, April 14, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Maryland has a Forest Conservation and Management program in place to encourage landowners to manage their forest land in return for a reduced and/or frozen property tax assessment. Any ...

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Understanding Agricultural Transfer Tax

Thursday, April 07, 2022 Lauren Bunting

If a piece of undeveloped land is being sold that has an agricultural use, but it is the intent to change the use to residential, then the Agricultural Transfer Tax and Surcharge applies at the point ...

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3 Tips To Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

Thursday, March 31, 2022 Lauren Bunting

You know the old tune by Tennessee Ernie Ford: You load sixteen tons, what do you get; Another day older and deeper in debt; Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go; I owe my soul ...

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Buying a Home with Existing Solar Panels

Thursday, March 24, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Solar panels on a home can be a great selling advantage, one that provides very affordable utility bills. This type of technology is called a solar photovoltaic (“PV”) panel system or“Solar ...

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Equitable Interest

Thursday, March 17, 2022 Lauren Bunting

What is equitable interest? An equitable interest is an "interest held by virtue of an equitable title (a title that indicates a beneficial interest in property and that gives the holder ...

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Types of Real Estate Licenses

Saturday, March 12, 2022 Lauren Bunting

In real estate, there are three levels of licensure: Salesperson, Associate Broker and Broker. Licenses are issued bythe Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which is the licensing ...

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Three Helpful Hints to Save on Homeowners Insurance

Thursday, March 03, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Homeowner’s insurance is a necessity if your home is mortgaged, and this type of insurance covers the structure of your home and your personal property, as well as your personal legal responsibility (or ...

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Doc Lite Loan Program: A Local Loan Solution for Investors

Thursday, February 24, 2022 Lauren Bunting

It’s a hot real estate market right now, but we all remember the real estate “crash era” that began in 2008. That real estate downturn brought about many changes in financing and how loans are approved. ...

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Manage Your Moving Costs

Thursday, February 17, 2022 Lauren Bunting

With inflation and national average costs of moving on the rise, budgeting in this expense when selling your home is important. Below are some tips for having a smooth move when selling.Try to pick an ...

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Worcester County’s Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Program

Thursday, February 10, 2022 Lauren Bunting

Worcester County’s Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Program, which was adopted in 1990, accommodates future growth within the Critical Area, while providing for conservation of fish, wildlife and plant habitats, ...

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Industry Experts Take on the Market

Thursday, February 03, 2022 Lauren Bunting

The number one question most real estate agents are asked right now is "What is the market doing?". The best way to answer that question is to watch the market statistics and listen to the various industry ...

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Property Reassessments & How To Appeal Them

Thursday, January 20, 2022 Lauren Bunting

With property reassessments going out last month for much of Worcester County, property owners might be wondering what their options are if they disagree with the values the county assessment office has ...

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What To Expect In 2022

Thursday, January 13, 2022 Lauren Bunting

According to a recent article released by the National Association of Realtors, consumers can expect slower housing price appreciation, easing inflation and rising interest rates in 2022. This statement ...

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2021 Market Recap

Thursday, January 06, 2022 Lauren Bunting

2021 was another banner year in real estate that ended very strong—here’s an “at a glance” recap of some of the various market stats.The average sales prices varied monthly throughout the year, but September ...

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The National Flood Insurance Program’s New Rating Methodology

Thursday, December 23, 2021 Lauren Bunting

The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) has a new rating methodology, Risk Rating 2.0, and FEMA says it will deliver rates that are easier to understand and better reflect a property’s unique flood ...

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Real Estate Activity in the Holiday Market

Friday, November 26, 2021 Lauren Bunting

A common question from sellers is “when is the best time to sell my house?”. But, the answer to that question is multi-faceted and dependent on market conditions.Traditionally, the slowest buyer demand ...

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October 2021 Market Analysis

Thursday, November 18, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Maryland REALTORS® just released real estate statistics information from the October 2021 housing market analysis. The market continued its monthly trend of a decrease in units sold, down 8,665 in 2021, ...

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Choosing A Tenant

Thursday, November 04, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Landlords have an importantdecision to make when selecting a tenant to rent their investment propertyyear-round. Property owners have traditionally interviewed prospective tenantsin person and asked for ...

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Earnest Money

Thursday, October 28, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Earnest money is a deposit made to a seller that represents a buyer's good faith to buy a home. This deposit money can be called an escrow deposit, good faith deposit, or earnest money. But, whatever ...

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Updates By FEMA To Flood Risk & Policies

Thursday, October 21, 2021 Lauren Bunting

FEMA is changing the way it views flood risk and prices flood insurance. The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) new rating methodology, Risk Rating 2.0, and FEMA says it will deliver rates that ...

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Insurance Policies For Your Condominium

Thursday, October 14, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Condominium associations provide master policy insurance coverage, but a master policy usually covers only the building’s exterior and common areas. To have coverage for what is inside your condo unit, ...

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Pay Attention to Contract Details

Thursday, October 07, 2021 Lauren Bunting

With low inventory in our market,and a high buyer demand, we are experiencing many multiple offer situations onproperties. It’s important to pay attention to contract details to be sure thatverbal agreements ...

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Consumers protected from misconduct with Guaranty

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Lauren Bunting

The Maryland Real Estate Commission is the regulatory agency that provides licenses to real estate brokers and agents.Its office receives 400-500 consumer complaints annually.Maryland Real Estate Commission ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Title Insurance

Thursday, July 05, 2018 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report: Title Insurance Most commonly used in the state of Maryland to protect a buyer, and ensure that title to a property is clear and marketable in a real estate transaction,is the ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Bank of America's Grant

Tuesday, April 03, 2018 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report: Homebuyers may be eligible to receive up to $5000.00 in closing cost assistance through Bank of America’s Home Grant program. These funds can be usedto help with nonrecurring closing ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Photos Sell

Thursday, March 29, 2018 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report: The majority of buyers search online when looking for homes, in fact 95% of homebuyers use online websites, and 72% use a mobile or tablet app to assistin their home search, based ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Rate Increases

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report:With the Federal Reserve raising interest rates last week by a quarter of a percentage point and signaling that the central bank is on track to raiserates twice more in 2018—homebuyers ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: CMA vs. Appraisal

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report: CMA vs. AppraisalTo clear up any confusion, there is a definite difference between a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and an appraisal. Basically, they are two differentlevels of ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Tenants Screening Do's & Don'ts

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report:The National Association of Realtors® official magazine, Realtor®Mag,recently published these eight tips for property managers and landlords to help prevent discrimination lawsuits—as ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: 2018 Legislative Priorities

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Lauren Bunting

The Maryland Realtors® released their 2018 Legislative Priorities list for Realtors throughout the state to be aware ofthe key legislation being considered that will affect the real estate industry. Here ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Ocean Pines & USDA Loan Issue

Thursday, January 25, 2018 Lauren Bunting

An important affordable loan product for the Ocean Pines area is in jeopardy—the 100% financing USDA loan. The U.S. Department of AgricultureRural Development Maryland/Delaware State Office has ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Realtors Effect on Taxes

Monday, January 01, 2018 Lauren Bunting

The National Association of Realtors issued a news release that summarizes real estate related tax items in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act put into place justbefore Christmas. They started by saying that Realtors ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Contingencies

Thursday, June 01, 2017 Lauren Bunting

Contingencies Provide Buyers an Important Check and BalancePurchasing a new home is normally the biggest investment you’ll ever make and once you’ve bought a home, it’s a decision you can’t easily reverse.Contracts ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Role of Agent

Saturday, April 01, 2017 Lauren Bunting

The Maryland Association of Realtors has issued a new brochure for the public entitled “Get to Know the Role of Real Estate Agents”. The brochure coversthe role of agents and agency relationships and ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Realtor Ethics

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 Lauren Bunting

Most real estate agents are Realtors®, which means they are members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). By belonging to NAR, all memberRealtors are bound by NAR’s Code of Ethics. But beyond ...

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LWB Real Estate Report: Tax Prep to Purchase

Sunday, January 01, 2017 Lauren Bunting

For those considering a purchase of a new home in 2017, there are steps you can take to prepare yourself financially. The first step is to contact a localmortgage broker that can help review your current ...

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Understand whom agents represent during transaction

Friday, November 07, 2014 Lauren Bunting

The relationship between a real estate agent and the parties involved in a transaction is not exactly simple. If you've ever viewed property with a licensed Realtor, you should have been presented with ...

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Survey shows realtors using new technology

Friday, July 04, 2014 Lauren Bunting

In a recent news release issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), it was reported that Realtors continue to invest in new technology for theirbusiness and have spent more than they did in ...

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Detailed list of requirements to become Realtor

Friday, June 06, 2014 Lauren Bunting

Have you ever wondered what qualifications your Realtor encompasses? To be a licensed Realtor, there is a detailed list of requirements, not only to obtain your license initially, but also to maintain ...

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FHA takes steps to help underserved

Friday, May 16, 2014 Lauren Bunting

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a news release announcing its "Blueprint for Access". This blueprint outlines the additional steps the FHA is taking to expand access to credit for underserved ...

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Home purchasing is a process

Friday, February 07, 2014 Lauren Bunting

So you want to buy a home, but don’t know where to begin. Many prospective homebuyers call an agent to see a property before figuring out what they reallywant in a home and also before the other crucial ...

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Important First Steps When Thinking of Buying a Home

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report: Important first steps to buying a home With affordability on the rise, and interest rates at all time lows, more people are asking the question—should I rent or buy? The most ...

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2nd Quarter Housing Statistics Analysis for Worcester County

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Lauren Bunting

2nd Quarter Worc. County Housing Statistics.The MD Association of Realtors released their housing statistics for the 2nd quarter of 2012 and the numbers show some mixed blessings for Worcester County.The ...

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What to do with your money??

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Lauren Bunting

Holding out to try and find the lowest price is not always the best strategy...Are your feet stuck in the sand when it comes to investing? Not sure what to do with your money in today’s economic climate? ...

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What is a QR code?

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 Lauren Bunting

Have you looked at real estate ads lately, and wondered if there was a printing error that caused a box of squiggly lines to appear?? Well, it's no mistake. It's one of the newest mobile internet technologies ...

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Megan and Brandon Cater

My friend was right, you are the hardest working realtor, bar none. I honestly don't think that I would have gotten through this house selling process without you.

Brenda Burbage

Lauren made first time homebuying extremely approachable, and took the time to educate me on everything involved in the process.

Amanda Hanke and Keri Swigert

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication that made this purchase possible. You advocate for your clients and I highly regard you for it. You made it possible for me and my family to achieve our goal of homeownership.

Tom Harutyunyan

Thank you so much for the very wonderful, professional job you did with selling our property. You will always be special to me.

Penny Carley

We want to say a sincere "Thank You" for all you've done for us! We know at times the road seemed never ending. Thank you for always staying positive even through our ups and downs of this process. We appreciate all you do!

Mike and Patty Locke

Lauren's extensive knowledge of the local real estate market proved to be invaluable during the purchase of our first home.

Allison Shockley and Patrick Molloy

Lauren is very easy to work with. She has helped me sell and buy homes in the area and has always been hard working and professional.

Jennifer K. Leggour

Lauren went through tremendous lengths to look out for us every step of the way all the way to the very end. If you are in need of a real estate agent who will treat your transaction as if it were their own and provide you with nothing less than A+ service you will be in good hands with Lauren.

Shireen and Mark Ambush

We were referred to Lauren by a good friend, and we couldn’t have been placed in better hands. Lauren went above and beyond in every way, throughout the entire process.

Liz Young

Lauren Bunting was our realtor when we recently sold two homes- one in Maryland and the other one in Delaware. To say we were very satisfied with all she did for us is an understatement!

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