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This Old Pittsburgh House: The Tycoon's Manor

This Old Pittsburgh House: The Tycoon’s Manor

This Old Pittsburgh House: The Tycoon’s Manor A Pitt professor labors to preserve the North Braddock mansion of Charles Schwab. By Mark Houser. Photo by Baidi Wang. ​ If you book a table at Superior Motors across the street from U.S. Steel’s historic Edgar Thomson Plant in North Braddock, take a detour on your way […]

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How to Buy an Inherited Home From Other Siblings

How to Buy an Inherited Home From Other Siblings

By: Fraser Sherman. Legally, buying an inherited home isn’t that different from buying any piece of real estate. It may feel very different if you’re negotiating with your siblings to buy the family home they inherited. How to Buy an Inherited Home From Other Siblings? The Bankrate website notes, it’s best to approach the sale as […]

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An Industrial-Strength House in Pittsburgh

An Industrial-Strength House in Pittsburgh

On Location By JOYCE WADLER. FEB. 8, 2012. Bob and Kim Zielinski’s home is cantilevered over their glass factory in Pittsburgh. Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times When Bob Zielinski, a former marine who owns a glass manufacturing company here, and his wife, Kim, showed contractors plans for the house they wanted to build — […]

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Millennials' New Weapon in Bidding Wars: A Parent's Home Equity

Millennials’ New Weapon in Bidding Wars: A Parent’s Home Equity

The Wall Street Journal. Leigh Kamping-Carder 10/10/2017. Millennials’ New Weapon in Bidding Wars: A Parent’s Home Equity. Call it the mortgage merry-go-round: Parents refinance their home to fund the full cost of their son or daughter’s desired home. This allows the child to compete as a desirable all-cash buyer in an area where bidding wars […]

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How to Get a Squatter Out of Your Home

How to Get a Squatter Out of Your Home

How to Get a Squatter Out of Your Home August 16, 2011. By: Melly Parker. Most people have lease agreements before they move into a property. Squatters move in — sometimes even turning on utilities — without a legal agreement. Legally, a squatter is a person without a tenancy agreement or property title living in […]

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Mexican War Streets History

Mexican War Streets History

Mexican War Streets History By Paul Johnson The history and development of the area known today as the Central Northside of Pittsburgh can be traced back to its origin as a rich, low-lying, central hunting ground to early Native Americans. It lay just below a massive sandstone ridge formed south of the great glacier push. […]

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How to Flip a House for Profit: Basic Beginner’s Guide

How to Flip a House for Profit: Basic Beginner’s Guide

How to Flip a House for Profit: Basic Beginner’s Guide Flipping a house for profit looks so easy when they do it on HGTV, right? All you do is make a lowball offer on a previously unsalable property, queue the fast cutting repair montage with suitably upbeat music, and voila! A week later, you have […]

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Why Empty-Nester Renting Makes Good Financial Sense

Why Empty-Nester Renting Makes Good Financial Sense March 28, 2016. Empty-nesters choosing to downsize is nothing new. The kids are grown, off to college or financially independent. The upkeep of a larger home is simply more trouble than it’s worth. What is new, however, is the amount of baby boomer empty-nesters choosing to rent rather […]

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How to Obtain a Copy of a Property Survey

How to Obtain a Copy of a Property Survey

How to Obtain a Copy of a Property Survey By: Jayne Thompson. How Do You Obtain a Copy of a Property Survey? A property survey is a drawn record of the boundaries, orientation and easements associated with a lot of land. If you own a home, the chances are you already have one. Lenders and […]

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How to Epoxy-Coat a Garage Floor

How to Epoxy-Coat a Garage Floor

How to Epoxy-Coat a Garage Floor Epoxy not only tops off the pro look of a garage but also resists oil stains, beads water, and wipes clean. By Jennifer Stimpson of This Old House magazine. You finally got the tools hanging neatly on an outlined pegboard, and all the paint is organized in carefully labeled […]

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What if My Husband Died & My Name Is Not on the House Title?

What if My Husband Died and My Name Is Not on the House Title?

What if My Husband Died and My Name Is Not on the House Title? October 3, 2011 By: David Rodeck If your husband died and your name is not on your house’s title you should be able to retain ownership of the house as a surviving widow. If your deceased husband left the house to […]

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Can I Cancel My Home Insurance After Closing Escrow?

Can I Cancel My Home Insurance After Closing Escrow?

Can I Cancel My Home Insurance After Closing Escrow? July 31, 2011 By: Ann Johnson. Can I Cancel My Home Insurance After Closing Escrow? When buying or selling a house, there are a number of home expenses to either sign up for or cancel. This includes utility services and homeowner’s insurance. Having homeowner’s insurance is […]

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Slate Roofing Pros and Cons

Slate Roofing Pros and Cons

Slate Roofing Pros and Cons If you are looking for a “lifetime” roofing system that will provide superior durability and add a distinctive touch of timeless beauty and curb appeal to your home, then consider investing in a natural slate roof. For centuries, slate has been highly acclaimed for its natural beauty and remarkable longevity, […]

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Real Estate Strength in the Steel City – Pittsburgh PA

Real Estate Strength in the Steel City – Pittsburgh PA Market research points to continued growth in the real estate market in Pittsburgh for 2015 and beyond. Statistics bare this out. A recent Trulia synopsis of the real estate market shows that average price per square foot for Pittsburgh was $109.  That’s an increase of […]

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5 Top Materials for Garage Doors

5 Top Materials for Garage Doors

5 Top Materials for Garage Doors By Spaces Contributor. May 4, 2015. Replacing your garage door is one of the quickest ways to increase the value of your home and can return more than 88% of your investment while also adding major curb-appeal to your house. There are four basic types of doors: 1. Swing […]

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FHA Mortgages

FHA Mortgages FHA mortgages can be good option for first-time homebuyers By Ellen Chang, May 1, 2015. First-time homebuyers often consider Federal Housing Administration loans. They do not require a large down payment or high FICO scores unlike traditional 30-year fixed mortgages. Given that young households tend not to have the savings for a substantial […]

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5 Mistakes That Delay Mortgage Approvals

5 Mistakes That Delay Mortgage Approvals (and How to Avoid Them) By Zillow Team. April 8, 2015. One of the hardest parts of getting a mortgage is interpreting advice from all the parties involved. The mortgage lender, real estate agent, insurer, attorney or escrow officer, tax adviser, financial adviser, plus your family, friends and colleagues. Since […]

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Spring Plants You Can’t Kill

Spring Plants You Can’t Kill 6 Spring Plants You Can’t Kill (Unless You Really, Really Try). Spring Plants You Can’t Kill. from Jessica Harlan, March 17, 2015. Want a garden you just can’t kill? There’s no such thing as a no-maintenance garden, says Julie Moir Messervy. Messervy is a landscape designer. Photo: Bill Sumner, from […]

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Buying A Mattress

Buying A Mattress When buying a mattress, check the return policy Buying A Mattress, By Ed Perratore February 10, 2015. At Consumer Reports, we have traditionally advised you to try a mattress you’re considering buying. Test it by lying on it for at least 10 minutes on each side, your back and your stomach if […]

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Zoning Ordinance Definitions

Zoning Ordinance Definitions Zoning Ordinances Law & Legal Definitions Zoning ordinances are local or municipal laws that establishing building codes and land usage regulations for properties in a specified area. Most cities and towns are composed of regions that are zoned for residential, commercial, or industrial development, and often these zones are subdivided by additional […]

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Is your retirement nest egg is big enough?

Is your retirement nest egg big enough?

Is your retirement nest egg is big enough? This calculation might prompt you to take some winnings off the table—before it’s too late. By William J. Bernstein, January 20, 2015. Is your retirement nest egg is big enough? During past bull markets, many Americans nearing retirement fleetingly acquired a nest egg for later life. As […]

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Home Insurance Decisions

Home Insurance Decisions 5 Home Insurance Decisions It’s Risky to Make on Your Own Home Insurance Decisions. By HomeInsurance.com. January 12, 2015. Who doesn’t feel pride in clearing a clog, changing an element in an oven or replacing a deadbolt without calling a handyman? There’s no question that a successful do-it-yourself project can save you time […]

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How Long Should Your Household Purchases Last?

How Long Should Your Household Purchases Last? Here’s a guide to the life expectancy of big-ticket purchases, from the roof down to the refrigerator. Most kitchen appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers and gas range ovens, should be replaced every 10 to 15 years. As consumers, we’ve all probably held some unexpected funerals for our purchases. […]

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Sky Bridge House

Sky Bridge House Blurs Boundaries Between Indoors & Out A series of bridges, both open-air and glass-enclosed, unite two halves of a striking ultramodern concrete home in Singapore. The 66MRN House by local firm ONG&ONG divides the social areas of the home from the private spaces and ‘service functions’ like the kitchen. These spaces are […]

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14 winter home improvements

14 winter home improvements

14 winter home improvements   The polar vortex is setting records for low temperatures and threatening to send utility bills skyrocketing. You can take steps to make your home more energy efficient. The Department of Energy has a do-it-yourself energy audit on its website. You can also call a contractor for an audit. Homeowners should […]

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How to Trace a House Genealogy

How to Trace a House Genealogy Many people search for historical information about homes and property. Who originally owned the land? How old is the house? Who built it? Who has lived in it? To find the answers to these questions, many different types of records can be examined. There is no single place to […]

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How to cut your biggest expense

How to cut your biggest expense You’re going to spend a lot on housing in retirement. Here’s how to cut your biggest expense as you age. The single biggest expense you face in retirement is housing. It accounts for more than 40% of spending for people 65 and older, according to the Employee Benefit Research […]

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So, You Want to… Insulate the Attic

So, You Want to… Insulate the Attic So, You Want to… Insulate the Attic comes from Bobvila.com, By Steven Fox November 6, 2014. Are your heating and cooling costs are going through the roof? You might be right! An attic with poor insulation can cost you big bucks. The Department of Energy estimates attic insulation […]

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The Income Property: Your Retirement Plan

The Income Property: Your Retirement Plan “Income property can be an important bridge to retirement for those without enough to retire in the traditional sense,” says J. Camarda. Camarda is a real estate investor, Certified Financial Planner, and Chief Investment Officer of Jacksonville-based Camarda Wealth Advisors. Because real estate is such an inefficient market, it’s […]

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How to remodel your kitchen for thousands less

How to remodel your kitchen for thousands less By Teresa Mears June 17, 2014. Shopping around for materials and labor is key to modernizing your kitchen on the cheap. We always hear that remodeling a kitchen is one of the most expensive home improvements. And it can be. The Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report listed the […]

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10 Refrigerator Brands That Won’t Let You Down

10 Refrigerator Brands That Won’t Let You Down By Dan DiClerico. Consumer Reports’ refrigerator Ratings can help lead you to the model that’s best suited to your space and styling needs, with precise temperature controls, ample storage, and the right mix of features. Yet even at 275 models (and counting), our Ratings may not include […]

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Writing off a catastrophic loss or theft

Writing off a catastrophic loss or theft

Writing off a catastrophic loss or theft Writing off a catastrophic loss or theft By Tobie Stanger April 7, 2014. When a natural disaster or theft has robbed you of your personal property, the last thing you’re likely to think about is taxes. Writing off a catastrophic loss or theft can seem like a daunting […]

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How to Renovate a House

How to Renovate a House Organize The Process and Save Your Sanity By Lee Wallender Home Renovations Expert. The process of renovation can be mind-bending. Here is one suggested whole house renovation timeline. 1. Design and Planning. Whether it’s a sketch or full-blown architectural plans, some type of planning and design always comes first. Ensure […]

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10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget

10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget You’ve decided to sell your home and you want to get top dollar for it. Let’s explore 10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget. The good news is there are many things you can do to spruce up the look of your home without shelling out […]

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Saving on remodeling costs with deconstruction

Saving on remodeling costs with deconstruction By Donna Boyle Schwartz. Renovations, regardless of whether they are large or small, can be costly endeavors. You may, however, be able to recoup some money by considering the benefits of “deconstruction”. Donate your used building materials. Or stretch your remodeling dollars by shopping “salvage” or buying someone else’s […]

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Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home?

Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home?

Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home? By avvo. Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home? Dividing the marital home in a divorce is one of the most difficult aspects of property distribution. The house is often the most valuable asset owned by the parties. It is the one that often has the most sentimental meaning […]

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How To Kill Mold

How To Kill Mold

How To Kill Mold By Bob Vila June 13, 2014 5:43 AM For those who live in a poorly ventilated home—mold can be a cause for concern. It’s unhealthy, regardless of whether or not you are allergy-prone. It’s important to act fast when you encounter mold. No matter its location! It may be found on […]

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The appeal of bamboo flooring

The appeal of bamboo flooring

The appeal of bamboo flooring Try the latest type of flooring in your next reno. Discover The appeal of bamboo flooring. Floors are an essential and important element in an interior design scheme. Small wonder, then, that the eye-catching patterns of bamboo flooring have been attracting attention. It is made from the bamboo plant—a grass. […]

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How to Fight High Property Taxes

How to Fight High Property Taxes Here’s How to Fight High Property Taxes. Death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin espoused their certainty. But it’s doubtful even he knew how difficult it would be to avoid the latter. Especially in the case of property taxes. No matter where you live in the United States, if you own […]

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Home improvements that really pay off

Home improvements that really pay off

Home improvements that really pay off Despite what you see on TV and what the conventional wisdom says, most of the Home improvements that really pay off are unglamorous. According to Remodeling Magazine’2014 Cost vs. Value Report, you’ll recoup the greatest percentage of your investment on projects such as replacing the front door with a […]

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7 Things Not to Do When Flipping Houses

7 Things Not to Do When Flipping Houses By ABC News Nightline. Mold, wood rot, warped floors, a dated bathroom — these problems might seem a nightmare to the average home buyer. But to a seasoned flipper, a house full of flaws could mean profits. With the housing market improving after the 2008 crash, house […]

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Get the look of a designer kitchen for less

Get the look of a designer kitchen for less

Get the look of a designer kitchen for less Copy high-end kitchen trends without spending a fortune Get the look of a designer kitchen for less was published: April 15, 2014 by Consumer Reports. Bright colors, sleek shelving and chic finishes—are easy to replicate on a small budget. A spot of new paint here, new […]

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Dangers of Giving Your Home to Your Children

Dangers of Giving Your Home to Your Children From Higher Taxes to Loss of Security, Risks Abound. It may seem like a great idea. Parents, because they want to help their kids out or reduce the taxable value of their estate, decide to transfer ownership of their home to their kids. It may seem like […]

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The 12 Best Apps for Remodelers

The 12 Best Apps for Remodelers Expand your smart phone or tablet’s job description with apps that turn it into a tool kit, remodeling guide, and all-around design assistant. Here are a dozen apps we’ve found extremely useful:     Design Tools   iHandy Carpenter App/Remodelista Above: No need to lug measuring tools: the iHandy […]

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When home improvements offer the most bang for your buck

When home improvements offer the most bang for your buck Cleaning up on spring home improvement projects requires more effort than many homeowners anticipate. Here is information when home improvements offer the most bang for your buck. Remodeling tends to pick up as the weather improves, and this year is no exception. During the second […]

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Stained-glass and the ‘Pittsburgh potty'

Stained-glass and the ‘Pittsburgh potty’

Stained-glass and the ‘Pittsburgh potty’ Unique features of old houses in the ’Burgh FOR SALE: Charming three-bedroom home. Decorative fireplace, stained glass windows, garage, one bathroom, $198,000. ’Tis the season for room draw, which means many students are thinking about dorms and university apartments. But what about living in a house off campus? While this […]

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35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses Explore 35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses from the Old House Journal website. From radiators to roofing, these specialists offer up a wealth of advice that can help fine-tune the care and repair of your old house. By OHJ Editorial Staff. Masonry. by Jacob Arndt, Preservation Consultant, Architectural Stone […]

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A Vaster Master Plan

A Vaster Master Plan

A Vaster Master Plan The Old House Journal website published this article, A Vaster Master Plan, about the “Sears” mail order house. By Gordon Bock A Vaster Master Plan: Only seven short years after the debut issue, yet a good decade or more before the expression Sears house entered the real estate lexicon, Old-House Journal asked […]

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5 dependable dishwashers for $400 or less

5 dependable dishwashers for $400 or less 5 dependable dishwashers for $400 or less – For some of us, the extra benefits of paying the average $1,200 price for one of the dishwashers recommended by Consumer Reports aren’t worth the extra money. What you get by paying more—lots of flexibility, quiet running, a stainless tub, […]

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Property Manager Interviewing Tips

Property Manager Interviewing Tips by Joshua Dorkin on July 13, 2007 Here are a few Property Manager Interviewing Tips: Be sure to be as detailed as possible when conducting your interviews. Call local investors and realtors and ask them for manager referrals. Interview as many local companies / managers as possible. Visit the manager’s office […]

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Plan ahead for a busy remodeling season

Plan ahead for a busy remodeling season Contractors in demand as renovation projects ramp up Published: January 16, 2014 by Consumer Reports. If you’ve been thinking about a home renovation, there’s no time like the present to plan ahead for a busy remodeling season. The home remodeling market could see double-digit year-over-year growth in 2014, […]

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8 Tips for Decorating a Rental

8 Tips for Decorating a Rental Decorating a rental can be tricky. It’s not necessarily a long-term home, and often landlords put limitations on what residents can or can’t do. But just because you can’t paint or rip out the stained kitchen linoleum, doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make a rental feel like your […]

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5 Ticking Time Bombs Every Homeowner Should Know About

5 Ticking Time Bombs Every Homeowner Should Know About There are some maintenance and repair issues that homeowners just hate to deal with—either because they take time, or cost money, or just don’t seem, well, urgent. But some of these problems can become ticking time bombs, poised to explode if they’re not defused early, when […]

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The Best Time To Sell A House Is…

When is the best time of year to sell a house?  The following article from The Huffington Post describes five reasons of why Spring is the busiest season in Real Estate. The Best Time To Sell A House Is… The sun is shining, the days are longer and people are wearing jean shorts and ordering […]

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5 Easy Tips for Being a Successful Landlord

5 Easy Tips for Being a Successful Landlord

Thinking of investing in an apartment building?  Need answers on how to be a more successful landlord with less headaches?  Check out these tips! 5 Easy Tips for Being a Successful Landlord This may come off sounding a little harsh, but I believe the majority of landlords out there are terrible. Courtesy of The Huffington […]

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The Top 10 Mistakes 20-Somethings Make Regarding Real Estate

Need a push to make the leap into buying your first piece of Real Estate?  Here are 10 good reasons why starting early can help you in the short-term and in the long run. The Top 10 Mistakes 20-Somethings Make Regarding Real Estate You probably think I’m just a bit crazy for including the phrase […]

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How To Prepare Your House For Sale

Need help on how to prepare your house for sale? This step-by-step article will take the guess work out of the process. How To Prepare Your House For Sale It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks. Here’s How To Prepare Your […]

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