Are you waiting for prices to drop?

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Buyers Waiting for List Prices to Drop? They’ll Be Disappointed

Home prices plummeted during the recession, and some buyers are waiting for it to happen again. But investors who dream of easy money – sure they can make even more by flipping – aren’t driving the current market.

WASHINGTON – Homebuyers sitting on the sidelines waiting for housing prices to backslide might be waiting longer than expected, according to experts. Although the high price of housing in many parts of the country seems to signal a possible bubble, the usual signs – like oversupply, an uptick in investors and loose credit standards – are not there.

The strong demand for housing coupled with a supply shortage is spurring home-price growth rather than speculative buying. A speculative buyer purchases a home with the intention of selling for profit, which played a role in the housing crisis, says Michael Neal, a senior research associate at the Urban Institute.

This is a good thing for people who are worried that home values are going to nosedive. An Urban Institute analysis of recent housing price index data from Black Knight concluded that today’s housing demand is primarily coming from people who plan to live in the home, not real estate investors.

“The investment piece of the (index) is shrinking quite dramatically,” Neal says. “It explains why house-price growth has slowed. It stands in contrast to the housing boom when investors were driving up home-price appreciation.

“You see the same thing when you look out West – that investment piece has declined, as well. It’s actually slightly negative, so it’s detracting from housing prices.”

Supply not keeping up with demand

The supply shortage also gives cover to home values, as there are still more buyers than homes on the market. And that naturally drives up prices.

Despite housing starts of new homes rising in April, there continues to be a shortage of single-family units, says Joel Kan, associate vice president for industry surveys and forecasts with the Mortgage Bankers Association.

“On an annual basis, we’re about 300,000 to 330,000 units short,” Kan says. “If you think about the early 2000s and through the crisis, we had price appreciation that outpaced income growth. And we had overbuilding in many markets. When there was a price correction, there was still inventory and demand lessened; that’s the perfect storm,” Kan says.

Today’s market is very different, though. Builders are mostly focusing on the high-end market, leaving entry-level homebuyers with limited options.

Consider that 15 years ago, nearly 55% of new homes were priced under $200,000, but today that number has dropped to almost 13%, according to a recent report from the Urban Land Institute. Similarly, homes priced under $400,000 have slid from 91% 15 years ago to just 67% of new-home sales today.

Although cooling home prices and waning bidding wars are a welcome reprieve from last year’s housing frenzy, entry-level buyers still face a market with limited options. That means home prices aren’t likely to stop growing anytime soon. Couple this with a tighter credit market and stricter borrowing guidelines, and the looming threat of a housing bubble is unlikely.

“We could loosen lending standards and still be within very reasonable 2001 to 2003 levels,” Neal says.

Tighter lending standards and a robust economy

Unlike the lead-up to the housing crisis when subprime loans were being made to many borrowers who didn’t have the ability to repay, the landscape has tightened considerably in recent years through stricter federal lending regulations. As a result, fewer homeowners are defaulting on their loans today. Foreclosure rates sunk to the lowest level in March for any month in the past 20 years, according to data from CoreLogic.

Qualified mortgage, or QM, standards put into place by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, mitigate risk from once-dicey mortgage products like adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs. The CFPB put caps on the variable interest rates on ARM products after they reset so that borrowers’ payments can’t jump too high over a short period of time.

While there might be more pronounced fluctuations in certain metro areas, a nationwide housing bubble is doubtful, Kan says. Today’s housing demand is fueled by a strong economy, low unemployment and solid household formation. The sustained growth in housing might even be more impressive if the supply were greater but, instead, home prices have grown.

“Housing is still getting tailwinds from low rates and the strong economy,” Kan says. “We’ve already seen home prices start to break, but they’re still going up, just at a slower pace.”

As of March, U.S. home-price growth has fallen for the past 12 months and is now at its lowest level since September 2012, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller’s national home price index. Despite the cooling market, Kan predicts home-price growth to continue into 2020, easing fears that today’s homebuyers will lose money next year.

“Our expectation is for prices to grow between 3% and 4%. So even if someone were to buy now, generally, we’re going to see some home-price growth next year,” Kan says.

Buying a house now can help you later

Although it can be a challenge to find affordable housing, there are still good reasons for homeownership, Neal says. First, homeowners get the benefit of having a consistent housing bill each month for the life of their mortgage. And the longer homebuyers stay in their house, the more money they’ll likely save in rising rent down the road.

A stable housing payment with a fixed-rate mortgage can shelter you from the inflation that renters have to pay, something called shelter-cost inflation. Average rents have grown about 1% over the past two months, the fastest pace of growth in nearly two years, according to data from Apartment List’s National Rent Report. Over time, those increases add up for renters.

Today’s homebuyers also benefit from low mortgage rates, which help keep loan costs down. However, not all areas are better for buyers, Kan says. In fact, it’s cheaper to rent, on a monthly basis, than it is to buy a home in nearly 60% of the nation’s major metro areas. There are a few markets where the opposite is true like Detroit, Cleveland and Philadelphia, but those areas are the exception to the rule.

Copyright © 2019 Capital Gazette Newspapers, Natalie Campisi – please click here to view original article.

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Southwest Florida Homes with a View!

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Are you looking for a waterfront property with a beautiful view? Check out these featured listings below!

We are helping home buyers and home sellers navigate the ever-changing waters of the Southwest Florida real estate market: specializing in Gulf access and waterfront Homes, Condos, and Lots.

4413 SW 26TH CT, CAPE CORAL, FL 33914

Beds: 4   Baths: 3   Sq. Ft.: 2,218   $539,000  Listing #218066631
Welcome to this immaculate 4 bedroom + den/study/office and 3 full baths home with amazing views! Located in Cape Coral’s most desirable area on a 200′ wide canal with quick access to the gulf.  Click here to read more and view all photos.

1607 NW 36TH PL, CAPE CORAL, FL 33993

Beds: 3    Baths: 2    Sq. Ft.: 2,136   $485,000   Listing #218072322
Welcome to this meticulous, move in ready quick gulf access home just off of Gulfstream, built in 2013. No need to wait to build new, or pay the premium price! This home is finished with low  impact windows and doors, wrap around dock and 10,000 Lb lift, wood cabinets, granite counters, mature landscaping. Click here to read more details and see all photos. 

20805 WHEELOCK DR, NORTH FORT MYERS, FL 33917

Beds: 2   Baths: 2   Sq. Ft.: 1,988   $275,000   Listing #218057669
Welcome to this gorgeous open floor plan 2 bed, 2 bath plus a large den/study/office that could easily be used a bedroom 3. The home is meticulous with beautiful hard wood like flooring. There is an over size lanai that overlooks the water and golf course. The garage features a Skeeter Beater roll down screen for open air cross breezes and fabulous Florida living on the golf course. Click here to view the details and see all photos. 

2620 SOMERVILLE LOOP #2005, CAPE CORAL, FL 33991

Beds: 2   Baths: 2   Sq. Ft.: 1,725   $182,000   Listing #218071796
This spacious 2nd floor condo enjoys a fabulous lake view, cathedral ceilings, huge lanai and 1 car attached garage. The home is located in desirable Sandoval where gated community living at it’s finest is found. The community enjoys walking paths, dog parks, community pools, tennis and more, in a tropical setting. The condo itself is larger than most at 1725 SqFt with 2 bedrooms plus a den/office/study and 2 full bathrooms, a large dining area and spacious kitchen. Click here to view details and see all photos.

Call Bob to schedule your private viewing today before these fabulous home are gone!

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Featured Listings!

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Welcome to this spacious 3 bed, 3 full bath beauty in Herons Glen. The home is move in ready and features a split bedroom floor plan, formal dining room, a spacious kitchen with wine cooler, formal living room with electric fireplace, and a sun filled family room. The home is a split bedroom floor plan and has a sprawling feel to it, with a long hallway adorned with storage closets on the way to the master suite. Click here to read more.

Welcome to this gorgeous open floor plan 2 bed, 2 bath plus a large den/study/office that could easily be used a bedroom 3. The home is meticulous with beautiful hard wood like flooring. There is an over size lanai that overlooks the water and golf course. The garage features a Skeeter Beater roll down screen for open air cross breezes and fabulous Florida living on the golf course. Click here to view more.

Welcome to this stunning professional remodel in Brandywine. This beautiful 3 bed 2 bath attached villa with 2 car garage overlooks the golf course. A truly unique attached villa with concrete block wall floor to ceiling separating this unit from next door. In addition, the attention to detail here is second to none with beautiful flooring, crown molding, impact windows, and roll down & accordion shutters. Click here to read more.

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Roomy 2 bed 2 1/2 bath Townhouse Condo South Fort Myers

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Welcome to this roomy 2 bed 2 1/2 bath townhouse condo located at Myerlee in S. Fort Myers. In addition to the stairs this unique home features a chair lift for 2nd floor access. The home also features laminate wood like flooring in the main living area, a spacious lanai with impact windows and sliders overlooking the lake. The home is freshly painted, neat, clean and move in ready. It comes completely furnished and turn key. Contact me for more info or to schedule your own private tour.

 

 

 

 

 

As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

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Cape Coral – a Beautiful and Affordable Paradise!

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cape-coral-fl-map-1Are you ready for your piece of paradise?

Cape Coral is a beautiful place to live and I’m happy to help you find your dream home in paradise at an affordable price!

Yes, this really is what Cape Coral, FL looks like and if you are a boat lover this is the perfect place to live and boat all year long!  And no, you don’t have to be rich to live here! There are 3 bedroom, 2 bath, pool homes on salt water canal that start in the low $300k’s. Give me a call and let me know how I can help you buy your piece of paradise now! 239-425-2503

About Cape Coral –

The city is known as a “Waterfront Wonderland”, with over 400 mi (640 km) of navigable waterways, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city in the world. Cape Coral’s temperate climate, abundant forests, and access to the Gulf of Mexico make it an ideal destination for boating, fishing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. Cape Coral is the perfect destination for any outdoor enthusiast, and from hiking one of the many trails at the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park to fishing at the Cape Coral Yacht Club there are activities for just about everyone. Coral Oaks Golf Course is a great place to work on your game, and if history is your thing or you just love beautiful flowers, don’t forget to check out the Cape Coral Historical Society Museum to see some interesting relics and their prized rose garden.

Renowned Gulf Coast beaches, verdant golf courses and family attractions like the popular Sun Splash Family Water-park make Cape Coral an appealing destination for visitors and people looking to relocate to paradise. Located near Fort Myers and within sight of the glimmering Gulf of Mexico, Cape Coral is a vibrant and friendly community with all the beauty that you expect from Southwest Florida. With more than 400 miles of canals, boating, fishing and water sports are a significant enhancement to the quality of life. And don’t forget the golf courses, tennis courts, athletic parks and nature preserves.

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As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

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Finding Happiness is easy in this Floridian Paradise!

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I’m always happy to share these articles which show that Southwest Florida and Cape Coral consistently rank in many surveys as one of the best places to live, retire and find happiness. My goal, as a Real Estate Solutions Provider, is to help my clients find their dream home in this wonderful Floridian paradise that will meet their needs and wants along with their budget.  If you or someone you know is in the market to purchase a home, condo or lot in the area please have them give me a call at 239-425-2503.

Florida is your happy place, a new survey shows

logo-NAPL-27698Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.

Because you’re happy — at least if you live in Florida, according to a list compiled by HomeAdvisor, a Golden, Colorado-based company that matches contractors with owners who need work done to their homes.

In the spring, HomeAdvisor surveyed 17,629 homeowners across the country, asking them 87 questions to assess how happy they were in their homes.

They found contentment came from three factors:

  • how accessible the house is to important local services and attractions;
  • how safe, diverse and well-knit the surrounding neighborhood is;
  • how comfortable, affordable and well-functioning the home itself is.

Based on those criteria, Florida was in the top 10 states for happy homeownership, ranking sixth.

Outranking the Sunshine State were, in order, California, Washington, New Mexico, Colorado and Arkansas.

The least happy states were Mississippi, Maryland, Indiana, New Jersey and Delaware.

Miami ranks seventh among cities

The survey focused only on the country’s largest cities; breakdowns for the Naples and Fort Myers weren’t available.

However, of 36 cities nationwide, Miami ranked seventh and West Palm Beach 15th.

But other recent surveys have pointed to the Naples area, at least, as a place to find your bliss.

Southwest Florida communities

Last month, the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metro area topped the annual Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being survey, which measured everything from physical health to a sense of security in 190 metro areas nationwide.

Naples was particularly rich in people who think their community and social ties are strong and who have a sense of purpose, the study found.

Florida ranked 12th on the list of happiest states, the Gallup-Healthways survey found.

In 2014, two economics professors from Harvard and the University of British Columbia analyzed data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a number of other studies measuring self-reported life satisfaction, controlling for income, race, education, marital status and family size.

The Naples area was fourth on that list of happiest places, after Charlottesville, Virginia; Rochester, Minnesota; and Lafayette, Louisiana.

Click here to view original article from the Naples Daily News.

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As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

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Helping You Realize Your Dream!

Bob Ashworth photo card 2Sunny SW Florida! You’ve decided to make the move. Either as a buyer coming here or a seller moving in a new direction. My Zillow profile says it all. Put my experience to work for you! Celebrating 10 years with the #1 office in Lee County, RE/MAX Realty Team. Located in Cape Coral, but selling all of Lee County. I look forward to helping you realize your dream.

About Bob Ashworth, RE/MAX Realty

30 years in sales, marketing and Real Estate has given me the skill set required to successfully market your property in the 21st century. Additionally skilled as a ”Certified Buyers Representative” CBR, I’m the real estate pro you want on your side of the transaction whether you are buying or selling. Come see me in beautiful Southwest Florida, and let me help you discover your piece of paradise. I am Your Real Estate Solutions Provider!

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Zillow is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help.

Zillow serves the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. It starts with Zillow’s living database of more than 110 million U.S. homes – including homes for sale, homes for rent and homes not currently on the market, as well as Zestimate home values, Rent Zestimates and other home-related information. Zillow operates the most popular suite of mobile real estate apps, with more than two dozen apps across all major platforms.

Zillow launched in 2006 and is headquartered in Seattle.

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As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

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We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

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America Migration to the South!

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Trends: More Americans heading south

florida-realtors-logo-280WASHINGTON – A rising number of Americans are heading to southern states, lured by a combination of warmer weather, affordable housing, lower taxes and less congested cities, according to a new report published by RealtyTrac called “The Next Great Migration of ‘Housing Refugees’ On the Move.”

New census data confirm the findings. Since 2014 alone, more than 1.4 million people have moved to the Sun Belt, mostly from the Northeast and Midwest, according to Census Bureau data.

That marks a stark difference to previous mobility trends. For more than a century, Americans predominantly headed west to cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle. But lately, that migration trend is taking a turn south.

“This 20th century movement west, which has dominated American demographic patterns for decades, may now be reversing itself in the 21st century as rising housing costs, stagnant job creation, restrictive land-use laws and no-tax states pull Californians, Midwesterners and Northeasterners eastward and southward to less costly regions and more business-friendly states in the Sun Belt,” RealtyTrac’s report notes.

Americans are fleeing pricey coastal states like California and New York and heading to states considered more affordable, such as Texas, Florida, and the Carolinas, according to a recent United Van Lines report.

During the Great Recession, populations in the Sun Belt saw a decline, but now analysts are saying there’s a renewed “Snow Belt-to-Sun Belt migration pattern,” says William H. Frey, a demographer and senior fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Florida is especially feeling a heat wave of new residents. For the first time in nearly a decade, Florida added more people than California between July 2014 and July 2015, according to Census Bureau data. That helped Florida emerge as the third most populous U.S. state, jumping ahead of New York (and following California and Texas).

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Cape Coral makes Happy City list

As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

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7 Open House Tips by RE/MAX

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7  Things Buyers Can Expect at an Open House

Home Buying Tips SWFLTouring homes can be one of the better parts of the home buying process. For a brief moment you can envision your life in what might be your new home! Still, stepping into someone else’s home, especially during an open house, can be intimidating. Here’s what you can expect:

1. To be asked to sign in.
The agent will ask you to sign in with your contact information so he or she can follow up. Of course you are free to decline.

2. To remove your shoes.
After all, the homeowners has worked hard to make the place sparkle. Tracking dirt onto the carpet or hardwood destroys their effort.

3. (Not) to meet the seller.
Sellers working with an agent usually leave during open houses. This provides you the opportunity to explore free from the distraction of a hovering owner.

4. To scope out the competition.
The number of other people touring the home (and the amount of traffic throughout the day, which you can track on the sign-in sheet if you visit on the late side) can give you a good indication of the level of interest in the property.

5. To wait your turn.
If there are several groups during your visit, wait for them to leave a room before you enter. It’s a great chance to eavesdrop as they may ask the Realtor questions you hadn’t thought of, or comment on features you might not notice yourself.

6. To meet the neighbors.
Chances are, they’ll stop by for a peek. Ask them about the neighborhood. They’re the experts, after all.

7. To hold your tongue.
The Realtor will most likely ask you questions about your home search. Be savvy about what you reveal. Don’t give away any information that could compromise your bargaining power.

Not all homes on the market hold an open house. To expand your touring options, consider working with a buyer’s agent. Talk to Bob Ashworth today about your home buying needs in Southwest Florida. Click here to view original RE/MAX blog post.

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Cape Coral makes #12 on Top 30 List of Happiest Cities in the U.S.

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Cape Coral makes Happy City list

I’m always delighted to share articles like this that prove what I’ve been saying for years – Cape Coral, FL is one of the very best places to live in the world!  Contact me to help you find the perfect home for you and your budget, in this waterfront wonderland. See for yourself with a free MLS search at www.BobAshworth.com

These Are the 30 Happiest Cities in the U.S.

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The annual Well-Being Index by Gallup-Healthways shows the best communities in the company to find happiness by looking at the 190 biggest communities in the U.S. to determine the most comfortable place to call home.

The rankings analyzed five different facets of well-being: purpose (likely to learn new and interesting things), social (having supportive relationships and love in your life), financial (managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security), community (liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community), and physical (less likely to have depression over their lifetime).

Here’s the full list:

  1. San Francisco, California.
  2. Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  3. Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  4. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  5. Peoria, Illinois.
  6. Visalia, California.
  7. Port St. Lucie, Florida.
  8. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  9. Asheville, North Carolina.
  10. San Diego, California.
  11. San Antonio, Texas.
  12. Cape Coral, Florida.
  13. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  14. Austin, Texas.
  15. Ventura, California.
  16. San Jose, California.
  17. Provo, Utah.
  18. Honolulu, Hawaii.
  19. Santa Barbara, California.
  20. McAllen, Texas.
  21. San Luis Obispo, California.
  22. Anchorage, Alaska.
  23. Charlottesville, Virginia.
  24. Boulder, Colorado.
  25. Santa Cruz, California.
  26. Fort Collins, Colorado.
  27. Barnstable Town, Texas.
  28. Sarasota, Florida.
  29. Salinas, California.
  30. Naples, Florida.

From: Houston Chronicle. 

From: Esquire

As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

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We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

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239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
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