How to Prepare for a Real Estate Home Inspection

If you are thinking about selling your Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, or Beaufort home, The Dufrene Group can help! Our team of experienced Realtors is here to assist you with selling your home quickly, for the most money…and with no stress to you at all!

From listing your Hilton Head Island home and taking photos for advertising purposes, to staging ideas, and helping you understand all of the technical lingo involved in the selling and closing of a home, the Dufrene Team is on your side from beginning to end!

Here are some tips for sellers to help you prepare your house for the home inspection the buyer will request prior to closing:   

Preparing for a Real Estate Home Inspection

Offer Access to the Home – Be prepared to allow the home inspector access as needed to perform the necessary assessment of the home and property. Get rid of excess clutter that may impact access in areas such as attics, basements, storage rooms, etc.

Inspect for Insects – Be sure to address any known bug, spider, or wasp problems prior to the home inspection. Seeing some of these insects is normal in the SC Low Country, but it can still be an issue for some potential buyers.   

Check for Water Leaks- Signs of water leaks or water damage are definitely on the top of the list for the home inspector. Be prepared and check for water issues near sinks and faucets, the base of toilets, bathtubs and showers. Be sure to also look at appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators as well. Check walls, ceilings, and floors for tell-tale signs of water damage such as warping, staining, and sagging.

Keep Home Cleaned and Maintained – Seeing a well-kept and maintained home sends a good message to the home inspector and keeps all red flags at bay. Things like a fresh filter in the HVAC system, functioning toilets, and replacing burned-out light bulbs indicate that the home is taken care of.

Rely on Your Bluffton Realtor – Working with an experienced Realtor not only greatly reduces your stress, but also ensures you have an experienced person on your side that knows what to expect during Bluffton and Hilton Head Island home inspections. Rely on your Bluffton Realtor to guide you through the process.

The Dufrene Group Can Help You Sell Your Home in Bluffton, Hilton Head or Beaufort

If you are ready to sell your Bluffton, Hilton Head, or Beaufort home, the Dufrene Group can help! Get your FREE, NO OBLIGATION in Depth INSTANT Home Evaluation Report now!  You can also give us a call at (843) 707-2267 or email us here! We are ready to help you sell your home and get the best price possible!

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For Sale by Owner – The Pros and Cons of Selling Your Bluffton or Hilton Head Home By Yourself

If you are considering selling your home in Bluffton, Beaufort, or Hilton Head Island, you may have also considered forgoing a Bluffton Realtor and selling it yourself. While it may sound like a good idea to save a little bit of money on Realtor commissions, just be sure you are aware of everything you are getting in to.

Things such as paperwork, laws, and other legal requirements for homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island can be quite mind boggling for those who don’t deal with it on a regular basis and can cost thousands of dollars if care is not taken. Although there can be some advantages to a “For Sale by Owner” (FSBO) situation, there are also risks that a seller (and buyer) should be aware of.

Pros of For Sale by Owner Homes

  • No Realtor Commission – The commission for a Bluffton Realtor is typically 4 to 6% of the sale price of the home. Those who choose to do a FSBO can keep this money to use for other things they will need for the FSBO of their home.
  • Friendly Buyer – If you are considering selling your home for sale in Bluffton to a friend or relative, a FSBO situation can help you avoid the real estate agents’ fees, so that the sellers can afford to offer the home at a lesser price to their friend or family and still make a decent profit.
  • No Stress Home Showing – Not having a real estate agent allows you to have complete control over the showing of your home and lets you work around your schedule with no stress of pressing agents with clients on a deadline.

Cons of For Sale by Owner Homes

  • Additional Costs – There are many costs that a seller may not be aware of that add up quickly. First and foremost, they need to pay a for a professional home inspection report to avoid the risk of accusations that they have not properly disclosed all the problems with the home and an expensive lawsuit that can follow. There is also the cost of advertising, landscaping, staging, and photography. Other costs include home appraisal and attorney fees, as well as services from title and escrow companies.
  • It is Stressful! – Sellers and buyers can get overwhelmed by all of the many details that are involved in the transaction of selling/buying a home. For sellers who are emotionally attached to a home, it can be especially hard to maintain a professional stance during the selling process. When you have a Bluffton Realtor involved in the negotiation, they can relieve the burden and stress of negotiation and tiresome paperwork involved.
  • Welcome to Your New Part Time Job – Selling a house is a lot of work! There is a reason why Bluffton Realtors get paid a commission. The sale of your Bluffton or Hilton Head Island home requires professionalism, dedication, and lots of time! At first it may seem easy, but when you add the demands of selling your home to your day job and demanding family schedule, it may add up to more than you can reasonably take on.

The Dufrene Group in Bluffton, SC Can Sell Your Home

The Dufrene Group is here to help you sell your Bluffton, Beaufort, or Hilton Head Island Home for the most money in the least amount of time possible. Click here for a FREE home evaluation so we can get your home listed and SOLD!

 

 

 

 

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Common Mistakes First Time Homebuyers Make When Buying Homes for Sale in Bluffton

The home buying process is not necessarily a simple one. A lot of things are dependent on each other for everything to go well. Stress levels are high and first time homebuyers are anxious.  It really can be an enjoyable experience though, if you work with the right Realtor in Bluffton. An experienced Bluffton Realtor can negotiate a great deal on your dream home and help you along the way with any tips, advice, and knowledge to make your Bluffton home purchase as smooth as possible.

Here are some of the common mistakes first time homebuyers make and advice on how to avoid them from Bluffton Realtor Anthony Dufrene of the Dufrene Group in Bluffton, SC.

Common Mistakes that First-time Homebuyers Make

  • Failing to Get the Home Inspected – Having a home inspection for a property you are considering can potentially save you thousands of dollars in the future. Paying the cost of a home inspection now, which is around $350-$500, is pennies compared to potential issues the home may have such as problems with the foundation, plumbing, HVAC or electrical system.
  • Untimely Correspondence with Lender – A common mistake by first time homebuyers in Bluffton, SC is that they fail to check their e-mail or messages regularly. Since the mortgage process is very time sensitive, it is crucial to approach the approval process with urgency and promptly respond to critical loan documentation that your mortgage company has requested. Also, be on the lookout for correspondence from your real estate agent, appraiser, and inspector.
  • Choosing Not to Work with a Buyer’s Agent – Some first time homebuyers think that they either don’t need or can’t afford a buyer’s agent when looking at homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. This is not true at all! There is no charge to work with a buyer’s agent, as the seller pays the commission on the sale of the home. In addition, purchasing contracts can be filled with legal jargon that is confusing. Choose a buyer’s agent that will work hard to show you the properties in your budget and desired areas to find your favorite homes for sale in Bluffton.
  • Ignoring Loan Assistance Programs – Be sure to take advantage of the various loan programs for first-time buyers from federal, state and local resources, as there are some programs designed to develop certain rural areas. The HUD website can give you information on loan and grants offered, and veterans should also be aware of the VA program. Assistance ranges from down payment help to closing costs, if you qualify. Be sure to ask Your Bluffton Realtor for program information.

The Dufrene Group Can Help First time Homebuyers with Homes for Sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

The Dufrene Group is here to help with any questions 1st time homebuyers may have about the Bluffton area, loan process, local housing market, or home loan programs that you may have. Feel free to contact the team here via email or at (843) 707-2267 today to get pre-approved for a home mortgage and start your search of Bluffton homes for sale.

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Fall Festivals on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

September through November is a great time to be on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, SC. The weather is near perfect with daytime temperatures near 80 and temps that only dip into the 50’s at night. The mild fall and winter seasons are a few of the many reasons so many people look for homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. Many folks look for a Bluffton Realtor to show them vacation homes so that they can spend the colder seasons down South, to enjoy life with no snow shoveling, heavy coats, and freezing temperatures. Others ask their Realtor in Bluffton to show them homes on Hilton Head Island, so they can enjoy the beach and amazing weather of the SC coast all year long.

Fall is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather and fun-filled festivals in Hilton Head and Bluffton, like these popular Low Country events:

Fall Festivals on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

  • Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival – October 13 thru Oct 21, 2018 – This popular festival is a week-long event offering a variety of activities, with locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton, SC. Get more information here.
  • Music & Taste on the Harbour at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – September 20, 2018 (and more) – This exciting seasonal event returns this fall on Thursdays beginning September 6th through October 18th at Neptune Statue, combining the best local bands with delicious food and drinks. Now in its 10th season, this outdoor concert series will kick-off with The Headliners and will feature a variety of bands on Thursday nights. Get more information here.
  • Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival – November 3, 2018 – Hilton Head Island’s own Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival offers the creme de la creme in automotive exhibition, racing, dining, and entertainment. Here the best, the brightest, and most passionate automotive and aeronautic dreams of yesterday, today, and tomorrow come true right before your eyes. Get more information and tickets here.
  • Crescendo – September 27 thru November 4, 2018 – Crescendo, a regional event, organized in honor of October’s National Arts and Humanities month, highlights and showcases the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations, individual artists, performers, and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head/ Bluffton area. Join the celebration and honor the importance of arts and culture in America and our local community. Learn more here.  
  • Music to Your Mouth at Palmetto Bluff – November 15 thru November 18, 2018 – The 12th Annual Music to Your Mouth is a celebration of the best and the brightest of the South’s culinarians and the delectable cuisine of our region. Family recipes passed down from each generation, fresh produce from local farms and the creative masterminds behind it all converge for a multi-day event series that is a culmination of the finest in Southern food.Learn more and buy tickets here.

Want to be a Part of the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Community?

We would love to have you join our community and enjoy Low Country living at its finest. If you would like to see homes for sale in Bluffton or homes for sale on Hilton Head Island, the Dufrene Group can show you the available properties in your desired community and price range. Our Bluffton Realtors are here to help and would love to show you around town. Contact us here to schedule a tour!

 

 

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All About Closing Costs and What a Buyer Can Expect

There are many real estate terms a first-time buyer may not be familiar with – and that’s ok. As a Bluffton Realtor, it is my job to make sure you understand the terminology, so you feel comfortable when you begin to look at homes for sale in Bluffton.

An important thing to know about when considering Bluffton homes for sale is closing costs. First, a real estate closing is when the title of a property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. The costs and fees associated with buying your home that are paid at the closing of the real estate transaction are called closing costs.

Closing costs are typically broken down into 2 categories: recurring and non-recurring. Recurring costs include things such as pre-paid property taxes, insurance, and interest.  Some of these expenses are paid each year via escrow. The non-recurring closing costs include things such as escrow and loan fees.

How Much Are the Closing Costs?

The total closing costs in SC are less than 3% of the amount of money borrowed for your home loan. For example, if you were looking at homes for sale in Bluffton for $300,000 the amount of the total closing costs would be around $9k or less.

Tips to Reduce Your Closing Costs

  • Part of the closing costs are pre-paid interest on the loan. Closing near the end of the month will mean that less interest is due on your loan for that month, reducing your closing costs.
  • Lenders vary in the amount of closing costs they charge to clients. Compare lender fees and interest rates to save thousands of dollars in closing costs. Also, feel free to negotiate closing costs with your lender to reduce your fees.
  • Sometimes you can trade a higher interest rate in exchange for a reduction in closing costs and sometimes even eliminate them completely!
  • Another option is to ask the seller to pay for closing costs when purchasing homes for sale in Bluffton. Most lenders allow the seller to pay up to 3% of the purchase price towards the buyer’s closing costs.

As an experienced Bluffton Realtor, The Dufrene Group can help you understand the home buying process and assist you with finding the home of your dreams. We’d love to show you your options! Contact us today to get started or search available homes for sale in Bluffton here!

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It’s Time for Some Summer Time Fun on Hilton Head Island

It’s no secret that the Hilton Head and Bluffton area are a top destination for those looking for a great
summer getaway. In fact, many visitors decide that a few weeks each summer is simply not enough time
in the amazing Low Country of SC and decide to look at the homes for sale in Bluffton, Hilton Head
Island, and Beaufort during their summer vacation. We understand, and we certainly can’t blame you,
after all, check out all of these amazing activities we have going on to help celebrate summer!

Summer Jams and Fireworks at Dusk – The Island Recreation Association is proud to bring you a fun-
filled, festive atmosphere with the highlight of the night fireworks which start around 9 pm every
Tuesday during the summer. Kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable bounce houses and face painting for a
minimal fee. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks!

Movie Nights in the Park – After the sun sets over Broad Creek join us waterside at Shelter Cove
Community Park for a summer full of blockbuster hits! Watch all your favorites under the stars on a 20′
movie screen. No admission fee! Beach chairs, blankets and take-out food from Shelter Cove Towne
Centre merchants recommended! Every Thursday night at 9 pm throughout the summer!

HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – Enjoy this weekly celebration during the summer
(every Monday – Friday) with live music featuring Shannon Tanner, entertainment from Cappy the
Clown, art & crafts and activities for kids. Tuesday nights during HarbourFest are the traditional
fireworks nights featuring a spectacular show that lights up the summer nighttime sky. HarbourFest,
Shelter Cove Harbour’s signature summer event, occurs mid-June through mid-August.

Sunset Celebration – Join us on the banks of Broad Creek for a picnic and a sunset serenade at the
pavilion in Shelter Cove Community Park. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and pick up a picnic from one of
our local merchants. Sunset Celebration, featuring live local music and laid-back family entertainment, is
brought to you every Friday each summer by the merchants of Shelter Cove Towne Centre. FREE!
Not to mention relaxing days on our pristine beaches, fun with your friends on our world-class golf
courses, exploring Sea Pines with the kids, a trail ride with the friendly folks at Lawton Stables, or a cool
dip in one of our gorgeous resort pools. The summer fun simply does not end on beautiful Hilton Head
Island!

And…. the fun never ends if you live here! If you are vacationing in Hilton Head now and want to take a
look at the amazing properties available for sale, we’d love to show you around. Give The Dufrene Group
a call at 843/707-6627 or send us a message here. We’d love to help you find the home of your dreams.
One of our experienced Realtors in Bluffton can show you the available homes for sale in Bluffton or
Hilton Head and help you find a place to call your own so you can enjoy the amazing coastal life in the
Hilton Head and Bluffton area!

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The Best Time to List Your Home for Sale

If you’re wondering if there is a better time of the year to sell your home, the answer is yes! As an
experienced Bluffton Realtor, I can tell you that the time of year you decide to sell your home definitely
matters and plays an important role in the Hilton Head and Bluffton housing market.
Best Season to Buy or Sell Your Bluffton Home.

There is definitely more home buying/selling activity in the spring and summer months than there is
during the fall and winter seasons. There are several factors that come into play that make the spring
and summer a better market for homes for sale in Bluffton. Circumstances like school being out gives
families a much more open schedule and a chance to relocate without affecting their child’s school year.
In the fall, school resumes, then we have the holidays, which both make families want to be settled in
their homes instead of buying or selling them.

Typically, a Realtor in Bluffton will see an increase in the number of home sales as the Low Country
housing market approaches the spring “home-selling” season. In fact, home sales begin to increase in
February and March, after the holidays, and continues to increase through August. Sales start to see a
decrease in the new school year approaches, making the best market for homes for sale in Bluffton in
May, June, July, and August.

These peak selling months are important for both buyers and sellers. For home buyers, there is a
greater inventory of homes for sale in Bluffton to choose from, so they will have a better chance of
finding the right property. For sellers, it means the home will sell faster and with less marketing efforts.
Now is the Time! Your Bluffton Realtor is Ready to Help

If you are thinking of selling your Hilton Head, Bluffton, or Beaufort home, now is the perfect time to do
so. Our experienced Realtors in Bluffton can help determine the best price for your home and have a
plethora of marketing strategies to ensure your home gets sold quickly – and for the most money
possible.

If you are in the market for a new home, it is also the perfect time! The homes for sale in Bluffton and
Hilton Head is plentiful, which gives you a variety of home choices and communities to fit any budget.
The team at the Dufrene Group is here to help. Give us a call at (843) 707-2267 or drop us a line here.

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Enjoy Some Fun in the Sun Memorial Day Weekend on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

May is a great time to visit the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area. The weather is nearly perfect and there are so many planned events and festivities for the extended Memorial Day holiday weekend! Each May we welcome many visitors who come to the beautiful SC Low Country to enjoy our warm spring days that are perfect for lounging on the beach, lingering picnics in the park and rounds of golf on manicured courses. Some folks even take advantage of their vacation time here with a Bluffton Realtor to look for homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.

Whether you are a visitor or a local to our area, here are some tips from your Bluffton Realtor at the Dufrene Group for some fun-filled events to check out during Memorial Day weekend in Hilton Head and Bluffton.

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton 

Gregg Russell Concert in Sea Pines – A Sea Pines summertime classic for over 30 years, adults and kids of all ages will enjoy local crooner Gregg Russell, who performs fun and family-friendly songs every weeknight under the famous Liberty Oak from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. The concerts are a popular Island event and are free of charge.

Hilton Head Art Festival – This year’s Hilton Head Island Art Festival, presented by Nash Gallery, features the handcrafted works of the North American craftsman. Experience fine art, food, great music and shopping at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina this Memorial Day Weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 26 – 27 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Heyward House Public Day – The Historic Heyward House in Bluffton invites you to join them for Public Day, to take a step back in time and learn how to play 19th-century games like rolling hoop, marbles, cup and ball, and buzz-saw to see how they compare to the games we play today! May 26th from 11:00-12:00 p.m. Cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults.

America Sings Concert – AMERICA SINGS! is one of Hilton Head’s most anticipated Memorial Day weekend events with an All-American tribute that includes a special salute to members of the United States Armed Forces and Veterans and pays respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Performed by the Hilton Head Choral Society, this special concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway.

Daufuskie Day – If you haven’t taken the ferry over to Daufuskie Island, you are missing out! Here’s your chance to explore this tiny barrier island during their Daufuskie Day celebration. Join them Sunday, May 27th from 2 – 6:00 p.m. for fun in the Carolina sunshine, live music from Groove Town Assault, Scrap Iron Beers, boat rides and an afternoon of Daufuskie Island shenanigans.

HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – In its 30th season, this popular annual event kicks off Memorial Day Weekend at Shelter Cove Marina with a concert from Island favorite Shannon Tanner and arts, crafts, and entertainment from Cappy the Clown. A must-see while visiting Hilton Head Island!

 

Your Bluffton Realtor is Here to Help!

The Dufrene Group, your Bluffton Realtor, is excited to help you find the home you’ve been dreaming of in Bluffton or Hilton Head Island or sell your Low Country home now while the market is hot! We are experts in the local real estate market and are here to help guide you every step of the way! If you’re looking for a Realtor in Bluffton, the Dufrene Group’s experience and local market knowledge make’s us a great choice! Give us a call at 843/707-2267 or contact us here for more info!

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First Time Homebuyer in Bluffton, SC? The Dufrene Group Can Help

Buying your first home is an exciting milestone. It can also be overwhelming since you have never been
through the process before. The key to a stress-free home buying experience for first-time homebuyers
is to choose an experienced Realtor in Bluffton who can guide you through the process and offer you
the information and tools needed to find the home of your dreams… and have fun doing it!
The team at The Dufrene Group has these tips to offer the first-time homebuyer and would love the
opportunity to be your Bluffton Realtor! We can show you the homes for sale in Bluffton and help you
be successful and fulfill your dreams of being a homeowner! Here’s what to expect during the
home buying process:

Step by Step Guide to the Homebuying Process
Step 1 – Get pre-approval for your mortgage
Step 2 – Talk to a Bluffton Realtor who will assist you in the process
Step 3 – Search for homes for sale in Bluffton
Step 4 – Make an offer on a home
Step 5 – Offer accepted by the seller
Step 6 – Home is under contract – Inspection is complete, and repairs are negotiated
Step 7 – Closing – Congrats! The home is YOURS!

It is crucial to choose a Realtor in Bluffton who can help you through these homebuying steps to assist
you in finding a home, ensure you get the best deal and walk you through each part of the process.
That’s what the Dufrene Group does best, and we would be honored to assist you in becoming a
homeowner!

The Dufrene Group is YOUR Bluffton Realtor

Anthony Dufrene and the team at The Dufrene Group are excited to help first-time homebuyers find the
home of their dreams in the beautiful SC Low Country. We will skillfully help you navigate the
Bluffton/Hilton Head real estate market and guide you through the home buying process. If you’re
looking for a Realtor in Bluffton, The Dufrene Group is waiting to help. Give us a call at 843-707-2267 or
contact us here for more info!

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These Beautiful Bluffton Homes for Sale Can Be Yours – Tips for Homebuyers in Bluffton, SC

House hunting in the beautiful SC Low Country is a nature and beach lover’s dream come true! When you are ready to look at the homes for sale in Bluffton, the team at the Dufrene Group can share their expertise in the Bluffton real estate housing market and help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a current homeowner, our Bluffton Realtor can help you prepare for buying your home and offers these tips for homebuyers in Bluffton for a successful and fun homebuying experience.

Tips for Bluffton Homebuyers

Know Exactly How Much You Can Afford – What you want to spend and what you can actually afford
may be two different things. Your top priority in the homebuying process should be to get pre-qualified
for your mortgage. You will save so much time and effort if you know your mortgage budget, which
allows you to make a confident offer on the perfect home for you.

Make a Home Search Plan – The first step in finding the perfect home is to connect with a reputable
Realtor in Bluffton who will make the whole process a breeze. You will save money, time, and the
frustration of house hunting. An experienced Realtor can help you narrow down your search and keep
you informed of all the homes for sale in Bluffton and even take you on a tour of your favorites!

Be A Little Flexible – The fact is that most first time homebuyers do not typically end up purchasing their
home in the neighborhood or area of their original choice. Being a little bit flexible and expanding your
home search to include additional neighborhoods suggested by your Bluffton Realtor open a whole new
set of opportunities. Staying true to your requirements but being a little bit flexible can work wonders in
your Bluffton homes search.

Be Aware of the Community Costs for Homeowners – The Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC area is
home to many communities with a Homeowner’s Association (HOA). In addition to your mortgage
payment, many homes for sale in Bluffton incur other costs and fees associated with your Bluffton
home. Your Realtor in Bluffton can explain the HOA fees for each community which include any special
assessments, membership fees, etc.

Count on the Dufrene Group – Your Full-Service Real Estate Agency!!!!!!!
Working with an experienced and professional Bluffton Realtor is the best way to have a stress free
homebuying experience. We are here to take care of everything, so you don’t have to. We’d love to help you get pre-approved for your house purchase and show you the homes for sale in Bluffton.

Contact us today for no cost, no obligation information!

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