Winners of HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2022 Named


 

 

– Over 1.1 million votes cast in annual online search for the most incredible real estate listings. –

 CHICAGO – August 8, 2022 – The winners of the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2022 have been named, based on over 1.1 million votes cast. The annual promotion held on HGTV.com features extraordinary real estate listings, with all 77 finalists represented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®members.

The overall winner is an elegant Florida estate on the Atlantic Ocean represented by William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, which also earned top honors in the Beachfront Homes category. The artfully crafted Bermuda-style home stands 17 feet above sea level and features stunning panoramic ocean views; a modern swimming pool with a stone deck; and a stunning interior with vaulted ceilings, oversized windows, and a contemporary open plan.

Category winners include Brown Harris Stevens – NYC, Curb Appeal; Chase International, Countryside Retreats; Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Amazing Kitchens; Harry Norman, Realtors, Downtown Dwellings; Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, Outdoor Escapes and Waterside Homes; and john greene Realtor, Homes With a History.

In addition to these categories, a special Global Homes gallery featured exceptional homes from nine countries or territories around the world.

“This is our eleventh year collaborating with HGTV.com on the Ultimate House Hunt, and we are always delighted to see the enthusiastic response to our members’ listings. This year’s winners include a truly impressive collection of homes, representing a wide range of architectural styles. We congratulate the winners and look forward to our continued work with HGTV.com to showcase some of the most stunning real estate listings in the world,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma.

To view the Ultimate House Hunt winners, visit hgtv.com/ultimatehousehuntwinners.

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LeadingRE Announces 21 New Members in the First Half of 2022 

CHICAGO July 19, 2022 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), the global network of top independent real estate firms, has announced 21 new members have joined its professional community since the start of the year. The firm now boasts more than 550 members worldwide representing more than 136,000 agents in over 70 different countries.

The newest member firms in LeadingRE’s network include property businesses from North America, Latin America & The Caribbean, Asia Pacific and Europe. The company also welcomes a new affiliate from Antigua & Barbuda for the first time.

Chris Dietz, Executive Vice President, Global Operations at LeadingRE comments: ‘‘We are thrilled to significantly expand our global network of real estate businesses this year, welcoming 21 new property companies from across the globe in H1 2022. We strongly believe those in the global real estate sector can learn valuable lessons from one another, no matter which corner of the world they are based. We have seen brokers and experts support fellow members in many ways, from knowledge and experience sharing to referrals and new business leads. We offer international members a platform of training, support and advice, as well as the relevant tools to help grow and evolve their business with the help of our extensive affiliate network.”

Selected companies in the LeadingRE network are recognized for their expertise and superior knowledge of both local and global markets. All members are vetted, not just for performance, but also for a continued commitment to quality customer experience.

Chris Dietz concluded: “Our networking events draw a truly global audience, and our members consistently introduce clients across borders, which is why we’re so thrilled to have the opportunity to grow and work in existing and new international territories this year.”

Full list of new LeadingRE member firms below.

United States: 

  • @properties Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Capstone Realty, Huntsville, Ala.
  • Dahlquist Realtors, Great Falls, Mont.
  • Houlihan Lawrence Wareck D’Ostilio, Milford, Conn.
  • The Moore Group – A Division of the Litchfield Company, Orangeburg, S.C.
  • Village Real Estate Services, Nashville, Tenn.

Asia Pacific Region: 

  • Arcadia Consulting, Singapore
  • HOPPLER INC., Philippines
  • INTEREALTOR SDN BHD, Malaysia

Canada: 

  • Boyes Group Realty Inc.
  • Creativ Realty
  • Lake City Realty LTD.
  • Revel Realty Inc Brokerage

Europe: 

  • Baumann Estate AG, Switzerland
  • Burnier & Cie SA, Switzerland
  • M.E. Estates – Private Brokerage, Spain
  • Modern, Portugal
  • One Global Property Services (UK) Limited, United Kingdom

Latin America and the Caribbean:

  • Caribbean Luxury Villas, Antigua & Barbuda
  • Homes in Paradise By Grace Bay Realty, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • WhereInRio Luxury Real Estate, Brazil

 

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LeadingRE Adds Skyways Media Inc. to Solutions Group Program

– Skyways creates customized print and digital guides. –

CHICAGO – (July 13, 2022) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has added Skyways Media Inc. to its Solutions Group program of preferred business resources for its global network of 550 market-leading real estate firms. Skyways is a vertical print and digital publishing company supplying customized luxury guides, apps, and e-books to leading realty brokerages.

Skyways’ publications are individually designed and written for each brokerage. An expansive in-house team covers every element of digital and print media, from concept and design to production and delivery, with a wide range of print and digital products. Skyways provides their services at zero cost to the brokerage, with Skyways’ dedicated marketing team securing local advertisers for the published guide.

“Skyways blends traditional forms of communication with digital, using innovative methods to create customized publications,” said LeadingRE Vice President, Sales/Partnerships Jeff Kennedy. “Skyways’ services are completely free to brokers, with third party advertising revenue subsidizing all the associated design and production costs. Brokers can even include their mortgage, title, and insurance companies, providing added exposure for ancillary services.”

Operating in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Europe, Skyways is well-positioned to serve LeadingRE’s membership domestically and globally.

“As a world leader in supplying informative and creative publications, we are delighted to have secured an ongoing working relationship with such a globally respected brand. LeadingRE has also built its reputation on trust and superb customer service – priorities we share. We are excited to provide LeadingRE brokerages with zero-cost guides that their customers will highly value,” said Jack Helm, COO of Skyways Media Inc.

Learn more about Skyways at www.skyways.info. Learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® at www.LeadingRE.com.

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About Skyways Media Inc.

Skyways Media is a globally known producer of beautifully designed and well written publications, that connect businesses to their customers from first point of contact. These physical and digital guides are created at zero cost to commissioning companies, as they are supported by carefully selected and relevant advertisers.

Media Contact:
Robin Lasure
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
(312) 424-0436

rlasure@LeadingRE.com

 

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HGTV, LeadingRE and Luxury Portfolio Collaborate on HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2022

– Annual online awards spotlight extraordinary real estate listings –

 

CHICAGO – June 28, 2022 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® announce the launch of the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2022. This is the eleventh consecutive year HGTV has aligned exclusively with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® for the popular online promotion, which generated more than 1.5 million votes last year.

This year’s Ultimate House Hunt runs from June 28 through August 2 on HGTV.com, featuring stunning homes for sale in eight categories: Amazing Kitchens, Beachfront Homes, Countryside Retreats, Curb Appeal, Downtown Dwellings, Homes With a History, Outdoor Escapes, and Waterside Homes. A special Global Homes gallery spotlights beautiful properties from outside of the U.S. All featured homes are represented by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®.

Consumers can tour the 77 homes selected as finalists by viewing photo galleries on HGTV.com before casting a vote for their favorite properties. A winner will be chosen in each category based on the highest number of votes received, and an overall favorite will be awarded for the listing receiving the most votes.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with HGTV again this year for the Ultimate House Hunt. This year’s finalists include some truly exceptional listings represented by our members around the world, and we are confident HGTV’s audience of home enthusiasts will enjoy getting an inside look at these beautiful homes,” said Paul Boomsma, President/CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.

This year’s finalists include 77 homes represented by 35 real estate companies: @properties; Amherst Madison Real Estate Advisors; Baird & Warner; Beverly-Hanks, Realtors; Brown Harris Stevens; Chase International; Colorado Group Realty, LLC; Dale Sorensen Real Estate; Dave Perry Miller Real Estate; Deasy Penner Podley; Dickson Realty; Ebby Halliday Realtors; First Team Real Estate; Greenwood King Properties; Harry Norman, Realtors; Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers; Illustrated Properties Real Estate, Inc.; John Greene Realtor; John R. Wood Properties; Latter & Blum; Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc.; Long Realty Company; Premier Estate Properties, Inc.; PureWest Real Estate; Residential Properties Ltd.; Seven Gables Real Estate; Shorewest, Realtors®; Smith & Associates Real Estate; Strand Hill Properties; Turpin Real Estate, Inc.; Village Properties; Village Real Estate Services; and William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance.

Each winning home will receive editorial exposure on HGTV.com, as well as the prestige of being selected as a fan favorite.

Additional properties featured in the Global Homes gallery come from 9 different countries or territories around the world and are represented by CDR Bienes Raices San Miguel; Harvey Kalles Real Estate; Island Living Collective; Jawitz Properties Ltd.; LX Costa Rica; M Immobilier; Park Lane Properties; Sibarth Real Estate; Smiths Gore Limited; and Stresa Luxury Real Estate.

To view all homes and cast your vote, visit: HGTV.com/HouseHunt

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About Luxury Portfolio International® (LPI)

Luxury Portfolio International (luxuryportfolio.com) is the leading network of the world’s premier luxury real estate brokerages and their top agents, offering unparalleled marketing and intelligence services across the globe. It is the luxury arm of Leading Real Estate Companies of the Worl® the global network of top independent real estate firms, with 550 companies and 136,000 sales associates in over 70 countries. Last year, network members participated in over 1.2 million global transactions. LPI attracts a global audience of visitors from over 200 countries/territories every month and markets more than 50,000 luxury homes annually. Well Connected.™

About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE.com) is a global network of top independent real estate firms, with 550 companies and 136,000 sales associates in over 70 countries. Network members participated in over 1.2 million global transactions. LeadingRE supports its members with powerful connections to other market leaders and access to innovative, performance-driven programs. Its online learning platform, LeadingRE Institute, was named to Training magazine’s Top 10 Hall of Fame. LeadingRE is also active in commercial real estate, with 200 firms in over 20 countries specializing in the commercial arena.

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LeadingRE Adds Hemlane to Solutions Group Program

Hemlane offers leasing and property management tools with 24/7 repair coordination. –

CHICAGO (June 22, 2022) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has added Hemlane to its Solutions Group program of preferred business resources for its global network of 550 market-leading real estate firms. Hemlane’s property management platform allows real estate brokers and teams to offer full rental lifecycle services, avoiding traditional barriers and risks.

In addition to automating the day-to-day administration, from screening tenants to collecting rent and late fees, Hemlane serves as a brokerage’s backend office. Hemlane reduces agent liability by offering an alternative to trust accounts and provides 24/7 repair coordinators, including for emergency support.

“Hemlane provides real estate brokers with a flexible property management solution for their clients. Brokers can refer landlord clients to earn referral commission, offer leasing services with Hemlane’s leasing tools or provide full property management using their platform,” said LeadingRE Vice President, Sales/Partnerships Jeff Kennedy. “By offering property management as an ancillary service, Hemlane can help our members build a new revenue stream and grow their operations.”

Operating in all 50 states, Hemlane is well-positioned to serve LeadingRE’s membership.

“We align with the LeadingRE team and their affiliated brokerages on providing a certain standard of excellence for real estate. Our goal is to empower brokers and agents to offer more value to their clients, leveraging Hemlane to facilitate in the mundane property management tasks and administration. We look forward to the synergies that we know this relationship will bring to the real estate industry,” said Dana Dunford, CEO and Co-Founder of Hemlane.

Learn more about Hemlane at www.hemlane.com. Learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® at www.LeadingRE.com.

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About Hemlane

Hemlane is an all-in-one property management solution. Hemlane’s technology enables brokerages to support their clients with the full rental lifecycle while reducing liability and increasing client satisfaction. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California and operates in all 50 states.

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Effie Atsaves Promoted to LeadingRE Vice President, Marketing

Effie Atsaves has been promoted to LeadingRE Vice President, Marketing.

 

CHICAGO – (May 19, 2022) – Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) recently promoted Effie Atsaves to Vice President, Marketing. In this role, she will continue to lead the marketing team, while developing strategies for enhancing LeadingRE’s branding opportunities, delivering valuable member tools and resources, and elevating network communications.

Atsaves joined LeadingRE in 2010, most recently serving as Executive Director, Marketing. Her accomplishments include expanding the company’s marketing capabilities with the addition of a video production team, executing the company’s re-branding, delivering innovative marketing campaigns, and growing the annual MarTech event.

Prior to joining LeadingRE, she was the digital marketing manager for a website development company, where she devised digital marketing and web strategies for some of the largest real estate brokerages in the US. Additional real estate marketing experience includes over a decade serving as director of advertising for a prominent Chicago-based brokerage.

“Effie does an impressive job leading our marketing team, driving our branding and marketing initiatives, overseeing our member communications, serving as the liaison for our Marketing and Technology Advisory Council, and directing our MarTech event. We are pleased to recognize her achievements with this promotion,” said LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger.

Atsaves is a licensed Illinois real estate broker and a graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago. She is based in the company’s Chicago headquarters and can be reached at eatsaves@LeadingRE.com.

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LeadingRE Selects Openn for Solutions Group Program

– Cloud-based software platform supports real estate agents in selling property online. –

CHICAGO (May 16, 2022) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has added Openn to its Solutions Group program of preferred business resources for its global network of 550 market-leading real estate firms. Openn is a property technology company offering a proprietary cloud-based software platform to support real estate agents in selling property online.

With digital solutions for making offers, tracking negotiations, and digitally finalizing a property purchase, Openn keeps agents, buyers and sellers informed about property negotiations in real time so buyers and sellers know where they stand every step of the way. Openn allows buyers and sellers to engage from anywhere, anytime, enabling easier participation from more interested parties while facilitating more efficient results 24/7/365 from anywhere in the world.

“Whether the real estate market goes up or down, Openn empowers agents in all market conditions, allowing them to interact with buyers and sellers anywhere in the world easily and effectively,” said LeadingRE Vice President, Sales/Partnerships Jeff Kennedy. “Agents can manage negotiations, approve buyers, accept offers and digitally finalize the sale – all from the palm of their hand. We look forward to sharing these tools with our members.”

Eric Bryant, Director of Operations at Openn North America Inc., said, “Through six-plus years of development, execution, and innovation in the Australian market, we have proven that both the real estate professional and consumer benefit greatly from enhanced transparency. We are thrilled with this opportunity to align with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and its network of outstanding brokerages to introduce Openn to a worldwide marketplace.”

Learn more about Openn at www.openn.com. Learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® at www.LeadingRE.com.

 

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About Openn North America

Openn North America Inc. is a property technology company offering a proprietary cloud-based software platform to support real estate agents in selling property online with greater transparency. The Openn platform facilitates the negotiation process, featuring streamlined digital contracting and automated communication tools, which enhances a property transaction. The solution provides buyers with real-time feedback through their device on how much competition exists and where their price stands in the negotiation, resulting in an optimal sales outcome.

Media Contact:
Robin LaSure
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
(312) 424-0436
rlasure@LeadingRE.com

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LeadingRE Announces Senior Appointment of Tasos Stavrou as Director, Global Business Development

Tasos Stavrou joins LeadingRE as Director, Global Business Development

 

CHICAGO – (May 5, 2022) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), the global network of top independent real estate firms, has announced the appointment of Tasos Stavrou, who joins the business as Director, Global Business Development.

He will be responsible for growing LeadingRE business internationally by developing relationships with members, suppliers, industry groups and organizations and other partners. Tasos will also lead the Destinations by LeadingRE marketing program for new developments as it expands globally.

Tasos brings a wealth of international experience to the role, most recently serving as Group Sales and Overseas Operations General Manager for one of the largest property developers in Cyprus.  He also served as International Board Member at FIABCI International and was elected Young Members’ World President of the federation for three consecutive terms. He is a recipient of a FIABCI’s Medal of Honor award for his performance and contribution in the real estate sector. He was also executive VP of the organizing committee of the International Real Estate Federation World Congress in Cyprus. Notably, he served for a two-year term as an appointed representative of Cyprus in China on behalf of The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and was with the EUCCC supervisory board (European Union of Chamber of Commerce in China).

Chris Dietz, Executive Vice President of Global operations at LeadingRE, commented: “Tasos is an experienced real estate operator with an impressive track record, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the global business development team. His knowledge of international markets and clear vision give him the ability to lead and expand our organization’s horizons. His skills in identifying new opportunities, coupled with careful strategic planning, will help strengthen our global membership network. He will be involved across local, regional and international expansion strategies.”

Tasos Stavrou commented: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join LeadingRE, an internationally established firm with a fantastic reputation. I am looking forward to working with the leadership team to create new and exciting strategies for expansion across key regions such as APAC and EMEA to help achieve our collective goals.”

Tasos is based in Cyprus and can be reached at tstavrou@LeadingRE.com.

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LeadingRE Adds homegenius to Solutions Group Program

– A property intelligence platform that replaces traditional Comparative Market Analytics (CMA) –

CHICAGO – (May 3, 2022) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® announced today that it has selected homegenius(TM), a full-service ecosystem of real estate services leveraging advanced technology and the latest developments in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI),  for its Solutions Group program, a collection of preferred business resources for the global network of 550 real estate firms.

homegenius offers real estate professionals a variety of services and solutions, such as geniusprice(SM). geniusprice is a property intelligence platform that replaces traditional Comparative Market Analytics (CMA) helping agents and brokers gain a deeper understanding of real estate properties and their local real estate market. The geniusprice technology allows users to evaluate and modify suggested comparables instantly, see inside a home using AI-driven computer vision technology, and track market performance trends with a unique Home Price Index. Combined, these technologies deliver real estate pricing estimates in significantly less time, with greater accuracy and less potential for unintended bias. With the opportunities provided by this relationship, agents can save time, streamline their workflow, deepen their market analyses, and build their pipelines of qualified leads, while offering a truly personalized search for homes that meet a buyers’ specific requirements.

“Agents and brokers are constantly looking for a platform that helps them run their business better. With homegenius, agents have access to the latest data science and machine learning technology to generate price estimates in minutes. Offering next-level analytics at agent’s fingertips, we are excited to share this platform with our membership,” said LeadingRE Vice President, Sales/Partnerships Jeff Kennedy.

“We are excited to welcome the LeadingRE team to the extended family of real estate professionals who have adopted our homegenius solutions to be the smartest agent in the room,” said Brien McMahon, senior executive vice president, co-head of homegenius. “Agents are excited about our uniquely sophisticated but brilliantly simple technology, and we look forward to helping talented LeadingRE agents across the country unlock more value for themselves and their clients.”

Learn more about homegenius at homegenius.com. Learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® at www.LeadingRE.com.

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About homegenius

homegenius Inc., a subsidiary of Radian Group Inc., and its family of companies combine an array of title, valuation, asset management, and other real estate services into a full-service ecosystem. homegenius offers innovative experiences from search to close, enabling mortgage lenders, mortgage and real estate investors, consumers, GSEs, and real estate brokers and agents to benefit from integrated and personalized solutions leveraging advanced technology and the latest advancements in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence.  geniusprice(SM) is provided by homegenius Real Estate LLC, doing business as Red Bell Real Estate, LLC in some states where name change approvals are pending.  For additional information on the homegenius family of companies, please visit homegenius.com.

 

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T3 Sixty Joins LeadingRE Solutions Group Program

 

– Over 500 brokerages now have access to research and best-in-class business tools and services –

T3 Sixty, the leading management consulting and analytics firm specializing in the residential real estate brokerage industry, is now available as a preferred resource for the over 550 companies in 70 countries in the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) network. The agreement provides LeadingRE members access to benchmarks for independent brokers and best-in-class tools and guidance to empower them to better manage their companies.

With all the rapid and extensive changes the real estate industry is experiencing, LeadingRE wanted to proactively help its members better adapt to the significant industry changes underway and to set them up for success. LeadingRE spearheaded the search for solutions before deciding to tap into T3 Sixty’s extensive industry knowledge and huge database of benchmarks, best-in-class consulting services and objective analytical research.

“Our values and mission are well-aligned with T3 Sixty in that we want to provide the best consultative services and vendor solutions to our members. This relationship will make it easier for our members to find information and ultimately get the services they expect, want and need to be even more successful,” said LeadingRE Executive Vice President of Operations and Corporate Counsel Jessica Edgerton.

LeadingRE members will initially have access to:

  • T3 Brokerage Consulting on financial performance, productivity, recruiting and strategic company positioning.
  • T3 Fellows, a 12-month executive management program for brokerage leaders that delivers a combination of best practices and innovative design.
  • T3 Technology Consulting to objectively evaluate brokers’ current technology abilities and needs and recommend solutions to be competitive in today’s market.
  • T3 Talent for the search and placement of management and executives who are the right fit for each member company.

“We are thrilled to join forces with LeadingRE because we can collectively drive meaningful outcomes and transform companies across a network of brokerages with a history of unparalleled performance and exceptional client care,” said Jack Miller, president and CEO of T3 Sixty.

“T3 Sixty is a one-stop business solution for real estate companies, and LeadingRE recognized the value of providing brokers objective advice, deep industry analysis and guidance,” Miller added. “Whether LeadingRE members want to reorganize, expand or innovate, T3 Sixty can power that transformation.”

LeadingRE members can access information about the preferred partnership here.
m.t360.com/LeadingRE

T3 Sixty continues to provide management consulting services and analytics to over 200 regional brokerages, franchisors and MLS organizations.

About T3 Sixty

T3 Sixty is the leading management consultancy in the residential real estate industry with business units in brokerage, technology, mergers and acquisitions, and organized real estate. The group also provides software and data, extensive research and reports, executive search and event management services. For more information, visit t360.com.

About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) is a global network of top independent real estate firms, with 550 companies and 150,000 sales associates in 70 countries. In 2020, network members participated in over 1.3 million global transactions. LeadingRE supports its members with powerful connections to other market leaders and access to innovative, performance-driven programs. Its online learning platform, LeadingRE Institute, was named to Training magazine’s Top 10 Hall of Fame. LeadingRE is also active in commercial real estate, with over 200 firms in 20 countries.

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