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Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh
40 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 26 featuring Hersh Litvack
Howard and Hersh Litvack founder of the Hersh Realty Group speak about the robust condo market in the GTA and its future, chocolate bars, and the importance of patience. The Hersh Realty Group specializes in the sale of pre-construction high-rise, mid-rise, and low-rise condos, as well as townhomes and detached properties. Renowned for its premium services, The Hersh Realty Group. has set the new benchmark for Pre-Construction Condominium Sales in Canada. Their outstanding relationships with many of Canada’s Premier builders combined with their cutting-edge marketing programs have produced results above and beyond expectation time and time again. With over 26 years of selling and marketing properties by Hersh Litvack, The Hersh Realty Group. continues to provide unparalleled service to builders and clients alike.
34 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 25 featuring Sam Mizrahi
Howard and Sam Mizrahi Founder and President of Mizrahi Developments speak about what it took to develop Canada’s tallest residential high-rise project, The One in the heart of downtown Toronto and Sam’s thought on the future of Real Estate in the GTA and beyond. Sam Mizrahi is the founder and President of Mizrahi Developments, a leading developer in the Canadian luxury residential marketplace. Sam initially founded Mizrahi Developments, specializing in the design and build of custom homes in some of Toronto’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. Over the last 13 years, Sam expanded the company’s impact by working with leading global architectural firms to construct condominium towers with the same detailed craftsmanship as a standalone luxury residence. Today Mizrahi Developments’ signature condominium project The One, uses architectural, design, and engineering innovation to erect Canada’s tallest building, rising 85 stories above Yonge and Bloor. Making a mark in Canada’s Capital, in 2017 Mizrahi’s launched 1451 Wellington, Ottawa’s first full-service luxury condominium, that is already earning a reputation for pushing the envelope with craftsmanship and design, including receiving official landmark status from the City. Sam is on the board of BILD and Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre. He also regularly lends his time and energy to the National Arts Council, and actively supports several committees and causes for the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
29 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 24 featuring Andrew Bowerbank
Join Howard and his long-time friend, former sensei and VP of Market Development at the Canadian Wood council Andrew Bowerbank as they chat about new trends driving the wood building industry and why the pandemic has affected lumber prices.Andrew Bowerbank is the Vice President of Market Development at the Canadian Wood Council where he is helping to drive the latest trends in wood products and technologies. Prior to his current efforts at CWC, he held a number of notable executive roles in Canada's building, energy, and infrastructure sectors through WSP, EllisDon, and Magna International. He is also the former CEO of the World Green Building Council, Member representative at the United Nations Environmental Programme, a published author, and recipient of the prestigious "Ontario Premier’s Award" for his career accomplishments.
32 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 23 featuring Suzanne Wilkinson
Suzanne Wilkinson, Principal at Figure3 design chats to Howard about the future of workplace and residential interior design, the effects of the pandemic on workspaces, and inclusive design.Climbing the ranks from Senior Team Leader to Principal at one of Canada's leading independent interior design firms, Suzanne Wilkinson understands the power of design.Working with some of the most prominent companies across North America over the past 20 years to design beautiful and engaging award-winning spaces in workplace, residential, hospitality, and retail, Suzanne is passionate about leading clients and the Figure3 team through a strategic design process starting with what is most important: a client’s core values.Suzanne has fearlessly pushed the boundaries of design across numerous sectors, setting a higher standard among her industry peers, and inspiring those she mentors.At Figure3, workplace design is where Suzanne set her foundation and became recognized in the industry for her talents. She took interest in the deeper understanding of what clients needed, not just in the present, but looking 5-10 years into their future. This was a very progressive approach and one that continued to impress clients and industry peers with every new, higher-profile project. This led Suzanne to begin embracing evidence-based design, which has brought a level of insight to the firm’s design process, making it that much more purposeful and setting Figure3 apart from its competition.With her incredible vision, she has created new paths for Figure3 many times. When Figure3 won its first residential development project in 2010, Suzanne was chosen as the design lead. With no experience in the residential sector, it was a pivotal point for Suzanne, kickstarting her entrepreneurial spirit. With the success of this project and her fresh and disruptive approach to residential design, she led the firm to quickly gain work and the respect of some of the most prominent residential developers in North America. Her success in the multi-family sector is well known, and Figure3’s residential portfolio is now a significant and growing part of the firm’s business, including projects in San Francisco and Houston. With her sought-after designs in the booming multi-family sector, the company has now recently entered into the hospitality market.Suzanne’s ability to design in any sector is truly impressive (even managing Figure3’s boutique retail design studio). Constantly raising the bar of spatial design, the young staff of 60+ designers at Figure3 all want to observe, work with and learn from Suzanne. Her caliber of design, her fearless ambition, her warm personality, and her ability to mentor are what continue to inspire and empower those around her, including her family and her three partners at the firm. Her influence touches every one of the dozens of design projects Figure3 completes each year and will continue as her intense commitment to how design can improve people’s lives remains unwavering.
32 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 22 featuring Maryjane Viejo
When Maryjane isn’t busy performing for Queen Elizabeth she’s busy selling real estate.Howard speaks with Maryjane Viejo RE/MAX hall of fame and Chairman’s club award-winning Realtor® about quality vs volume when generating leads and the importance of being honest with clients even if it kills a deal. Born in Toronto and raised in a real estate family, Maryjane is Broker of Record and President of RE/Max Realtron Property Group Realty Inc. and is a second-generation realtor who first obtained her real estate license in 1989. Her industry awards include: RE/Max International Chairman’s Club Individual Award (only 1240 in the world for RE/Max among 150,000 agents), represents the top 1% worldwide individual agent productionThe RE/Max Hall of Fame earned in her first 3.5 years with RE/MAX in 2006 representing her first 1 million in gross commissions earned, and prestigious RE/Max Lifetime Achievement Award. Maryjane decided to reactivate her license and embark on a real estate career at the end of 2002 - she is thankful she made that decision and had instant successful results: Maryjane achieved her Hall of Fame status in just over 3 years in real estate and completed 82 transactions in her first full year of real estate! Some of her other accolades include being ranked in the top 1% among all realtors in the GTA for the number of transactions and Top Individual Agent for RE/Max Realtron Scarborough branch from 2004 to 2009 and top1% in the world for individual agent production among all realtors. Maryjane has a team of professionals that include specializations in other residential areas: land/development, condos, new construction, and commercial real estate. Her professional team also includes specialty services including her own staging inventory and services, including an enclosed cargo trailer/vans - some of the added benefits Maryjane offers her clients! She was also voted (by the general public) as the top realtor in Toronto by METRO readers. She provides innovative marketing and advertising techniques as well as enhanced negotiating skills to get maximum results for her clients' homes! Maryjane has an educational background in Global Political Economy (Specialized Honours in Political Science - York University Academic Scholarship) and post-graduate training in Financial Analysis Management, Economics, and Finance. In addition to being raised in the business, she held executive marketing management and consulting positions in the financial services industry. She is a classically trained pianist/ teacher (ARCT studies at the Royal Conservatory) and an accomplished songwriter who has been published by MCA Universal, won a national songwriting contest at 17, and performed for Queen Elizabeth and Brian Mulroney for the official Canada Day Celebrations in 1990. Her multi-faceted background differentiates her outlook and ability to find the best solutions for her clients. Other designations include Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Senior Real Estate Specialist - born and raised in Toronto and the GTA, Maryjane knows various geographic neighbourhoods! Professionalism, proven experience, knowledge, dedication to clients, and a commitment to success are the foundation of Maryjane's real estate practice.
23 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 21 featuring Maya Vander
Howard is joined by the one and only Maya Vander from the popular Netflix show Selling Sunset to discuss the complexities of real estate, finding clients, and her move from Los Angeles to Miami.Maya prides herself in successfully bringing the right property and client together through strategic marketing plans. She has the innate ability to understand and meet her clients’ needs and prides herself in being viewed as a trusted advisor throughout the process. Being a natural negotiator, she stays calm and focused through what can potentially be a complex and stressful time. She values the importance of listening to buyers and sellers intently and her outgoing personality immediately puts her clients at ease. Maya’s decision to enter real estate was an easy one, having grown up in a family with a history of investing in properties and flipping homes. Maya grew up in Israel and moved to Los Angeles in 2002, and mentions that “the moment she arrived, it felt like home.”
32 minutes | May 13, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 20 featuring Ashley Smith
Howard chats with Ashley Smith about starting her real estate career at 23, her innovative social media marketing, and becoming the youngest person to serve as President of the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board in the organization's 100-year history.A self-proclaimed governance nerd, Ashley Smith has 10 years of leadership experience in Organized Real Estate - recently serving the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver as its youngest President in the organization's 100-year history in 2019/20 representing over 14,000 Realtors. In 2021, Ashley was appointed a director's seat with the B.C. Real Estate Association. A licenced REALTOR® since 2008, Ashley is keen to participate in the real estate profession and to help shape its future in an exciting and fast-evolving landscape. As a young leader in the BC business community, she was recognized by Business in Vancouver with a "Top Forty Under 40" award. For her business, Ashley leans heavily into social media to build community, authority, and brand awareness. Today, she is spending most of her time getting comfortable with video - especially in short form.
27 minutes | May 6, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 19 featuring Mark Cohen
Howard speaks with Mark Cohen Managing Partner of TCS Marketing Systems about how his team successfully used technology to adapt and market pre-construction projects during the pandemic and which new marketing tools are here to stay moving forward. With more than 37 years in the business, Mark demonstrates a long-standing passion and dedication to residential development sales and marketing. He spent the first 25 years of his career in executive marketing positions with four of the largest and most reputable firms in Toronto, marketing many of Toronto’s most significant communities at Bramalea Limited, Menkes Developments, Concord Adex Developments, and Tribute Communities. In late 2007, Mark co-founded TCS Marketing Systems and today assumes the role of Managing Partner with a sole focus on new project marketing. At the helm of TCS Marketing Systems, Mark’s unique strength springs not only from his extensive knowledge and experience but also from his leadership style and value-oriented approach to business. Mark grounds the firm in hard work and respect for detail while using his team to leverage current technology and to initiate new ideas. He advocates a responsible, research-based marketing approach that pays attention to yesterday in order to accurately see and sell the future. TCS Marketing Systems Bio: TCS Marketing Systems is a sales advisory group that works with developers to build exceptional value for their pre-construction projects and the communities they are shaping. The company has 35+ years of experience selling hi-rise, mid-rise, low-rise, and master-planned communities in 22 markets across Canada.
32 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 18 featuring Bettianne Hedges
Howard speaks with Real Estate Broker and Author Bettianne Hedges about her new book, the importance of resilience during challenging times and luck being the result of hard work. Bettianne Hedges is a Real Estate Broker, Accredited Buyer Representative, Accredited Elite Advocate, Accredited Senior Agent, and former Managing Director of a multi-office real estate brokerage. Bettianne Hedges has sixteen years of experience listing and selling property types in different real estate markets throughout Ontario. She began her career in the Woodstock/Stratford market and has practiced the last eight years in Hamilton/ Burlington selling residential, rural, heritage- designated, and multi-residential properties. This provides her clients with a unique advantage. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Bettianne is specifically trained to thoroughly research and provide advice necessary to assist her clients in making good buying decisions. This same skill set is of great advantage to a seller preparing their property for market and resolving issues before they become problems. She has advanced training and highly developed skills in negotiation, sensitivity to and experience with special situations (such as stigmatized properties, family legal situations, and seniors). As an Accredited Elite Advocate, Bettianne is trained to use her experience to serve as an expert witness in real estate related legal cases. Bettianne has a strong appreciation of architectural styles and an understanding of her client's unique preferences as to home, neighbourhood, or lifestyle. Bettianne has served as a Director with the Real Estate Council of Ontario, the provincial real estate regulator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Waterloo with an emphasis in Business Administration. She has a background in retail art gallery ownership and non-profit management. She is an active community volunteer and has served on a variety of boards and committees including six years as a regional Chair with the Ontario Trillium Foundation and is currently a Director of the Art Gallery of Burlington.
41 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 17 featuring Daryl King
Howard chats with the star of Top Million Dollar Agent and the #1 Realtor® in York Region for 20 consecutive years Daryl King about his career, his court battle to establish the commission trust agreement, and the challenges of networking during covid.Daryl has been living his passion, providing his clients with the best possible resource to succeed in today’s real estate market. As an expert in the Toronto and the GTA markets (being born and raised in Toronto and a long-time resident of York Region), he has set himself up as a one-stop realty company, helping buyers and sellers in all price ranges and property type, as well as, land development and retirement. A top-notch real estate agent being #1 in York Region for 20 consecutive years and consistently within the Top 10 in all of Canada, Daryl stars in the popular reality TV show, Top Million Dollar Agent, and a guest speaker in various large scale & prestigious events with world-class speakers like The Power of Success Tour with Tony Robbins in front of 6,000 people; Toronto Real Estate Wealth Expo with Tony Robbins, Pitbull and Jim Treliving in front of 15,000; Keller Williams event in Houston in front of 12,000. He is also a frequent guest speaker in major real estate coaching events. He always finds time to give back to the community and a generous sponsor for many charity events like Million Dollar Smiles, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Yellow Brick House, Under The Big Top For Autism and many others. He is also a director in AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America). In his 30+ years of real estate career and has helped over 7,500 families with an estimated total of $ 3B sales, he has achieved numerous awards for outstanding sales performance: Master Sales (1998-2016), Award of Excellence Lifetime Member (2009-2016), Chairman’s Club (1998-2016), President’s Award (1998- 2016), Directors Platinum (1998-2016), Diamond (2006-2016), Top 10 Team in Canada (2001-2016), and highlighted by achieving the #2 rank in Canada for Royal LePage in 2016. He is also 1 of 2 Canadians to receive the prestigious Pinnacle Award in Entrepreneurship of North America in 2014.
32 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 16 featuring Odeen Eccleston
Join Howard and his guest Odeen Eccleston co-host of HGTV's Hot Market and co-founder and Broker of Record of Wiltshire Eccleston Realty as they speak about her career and the advantages of not taking things personally. Odeen Eccleston is the co-founder & Broker of Record of Wiltshire Eccleston Realty & the President and co-founder of Wiltshire Homes & WE Developments, award-winning custom home building and development companies that build homes all across the GTA. Odeen is also the co-host of HGTV's Hot Market, has written and published a self-empowerment book for young girls, and is the proud mom to her two-year-old son Cashton.
33 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 15 featuring Pauline Aunger
Howard and his guest Pauline Aunger past President of CREA and OREA discuss optimism, dealing with change, and remembering the importance of empathizing with your clients especially when they're buying their first home.Pauline Aunger has been involved in the real estate profession as a REALTOR for over 40 years. She served as the 2015 President of the Canadian Real Estate Association, was the 2009 President of the Ontario Real Estate Association, and in 2017 served on the Board of Directors of the NAR in the United States. Pauline presently serves on the Advisory Council for Royal LePage Real Estate nationally and as a director of the Ontario Realtors Care Foundation.In 1993 she purchased the first Royal LePage franchise in Canada. She is the Broker of Record for Royal LePage Advantage Real Estate with offices in Perth – one of the prettiest towns in Ontario and Smiths Falls – the home of Tweed the largest Marijuana manufacturer in the world. Pauline obtained her CIPS designation in 2014. She also has her ABR and her FRI from the Real Estate Institute of Canada.
36 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 14 featuring Sean McPeak
Howard speaks with Sean McPeak of the McPeak team at Serhant Real Estate in New York City about using influencers both human and K-9 to sell properties and the importance of not giving up. With over 11 years of experience working on globally recognized teams in the high-end luxury sector, Sean McPeak now serves as the founder of the McPeak Team at SERHANT. He has sold more than a half-billion dollars in resale and new development property, and he has a successful track record of negotiating some of NY’s priciest listings. His keen perspective, professionalism, and commitment make him a trusted authority when guiding his clients during turbulent deals and markets. He is adaptable to specific client needs and goals, and he is attuned to the many personal, financial, and logistical challenges that go into any sale. His previous teams at Halstead and Brown Harris Stevens have been ranked in the top 10 and have received awards for their contributions to innovation within their company and the industry at large. Most recently, they received RISMedia 2020 Trendsetter award for their work in social media and influencer marketing after enlisting the dog influencer, RudeBoy, to star in a viral campaign that led to the sale of a luxury apartment. Sean continues to innovate at SERHANT. through his work on new development projects, helping developers adapt to the evolving marketing landscape and reach their ideal customers around the world. Developers—especially those seeking to take their properties in a new direction—rely on Sean for his novel use of experiential marketing, social media, and digital channels to increase visibility and traffic.
30 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 13 featuring Tim Hudak
Howard and Tim Hudak Former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and CEO of OREA chat about important influences in Tim’s life and career, building lasting relationships, and taking risks. Tim Hudak is the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Canada’s largest provincial real estate industry association representing 78,000 REALTORS®. Tim joined OREA after a distinguished 21 years of public service in the Ontario Legislature – including five years as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Since becoming CEO in December 2016, he and his OREA team have focused on transforming OREA into Ontario’s most effective professional association that delivers high-impact advocacy on behalf of REALTORS® and consumers, and provides quality services to members. During his first year as OREA CEO, he was named one of the most powerful people in residential real estate by Swanepoel Power 200 2017/18. He is married to Deb Hutton and together they have two daughters, Miller and Maitland.
31 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 12 featuring Ene Underwood
CEO of Habitat for Humanity Ene Underwood joins Howard to discuss the incredible homeownership opportunities Habitat for Humanity provides to families and how her career was shaped by volunteering. Ene (pronounced, “Een”) joined Habitat GTA in spring 2013 after a career that spanned the private and public sectors. Ene’s early career was as a consultant with McKinsey & Company working with national and global businesses on strategy and organizational transformation. Her private sector career was followed by close to two decades in senior leadership positions in some of Canada’s leading hospitals and then a three-year role as the Chair of an Ontario Government Commission examining child welfare. Ene holds an Honours B.A. (Waterloo) and an MBA (Ivey). Ene lives in Toronto but retains close connections to her farming roots in southwestern Ontario.
32 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 11 featuring Ted Tsiakopoulos
Howard and guest Ted Tsiakopoulos Senior Economist/Specialist Housing Markets Policy at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) about life-changing moments, fundamental differences in the Canadian and US housing markets, and the remarkable events that took place in those markets in 2004, 2008 and 2015. Ted Tsiakopoulos is a professional economist and sought-after speaker with over 30 years of experience analyzing housing and financial markets. Over his professional career, his commentary and research have been widely quoted across major media outlets such as Money Magazine, BNN, CTV, and CBC. Under his guidance, a team of CMHC economists ranked first in forecast accuracy in 2015 against a consensus group of external forecasters. Ted also worked as an investment advisor on Bay Street. He devotes significant personal time to financial literacy research and education having served as chair for a number of financial literacy committees and as a consultant to Junior Achievement of Canada. Ted is currently on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Association for Business and Economics, a member of the Canadian Association for Business and Economics, and a member of the LAI Land Economics Association. In June 2020, he co-authored a book titled Property Trendsetters - highlighting how GenZ needs to prepare for the economic and real estate disruptions that are coming. The book became a best seller in a number of categories in the US and Canada Besides investing significant personal time in financial literacy research, Ted was involved in organized competitive sports as a player/coach for over 35 years with an aspiration to play professional soccer in his younger years.
33 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 10 featuring Dominic Tompa
Join Howard and his guest Dominic Tompa Vice-President of Sales, at The Daniels Corporation as they discuss the proper mindset for a successful and rewarding career in real estate. Dominic Tompa is the Vice President of Sales at The Daniels Corporation. Dominic has been in the real estate industry for over 37 years, starting in resale in 1984 and joining Daniels and new home sales in 2001. Since then some of his notable accomplishments include leading the sales for Toronto’s first Rent-to-Own residence called the Chelsea located at Bayview and Sheppard in 2003 and more recently leading the sales for Daniels highly sought-after, master-planned communities like Toronto’s Regent Park, Mississauga’s City Centre, Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts, and more.
37 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 9 featuring Jonathan Griffiths
Howard speaks with Lawyer Jonathan Griffiths about his humble beginnings, the power of perseverance and important lessons in humility learned from a construction tycoon. Jonathan Griffiths was born in London, England, lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Johannesburg South Africa before his family immigrated to Canada when he was thirteen. He attended high school in Toronto and received his post-secondary education at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. Having received his real estate licence at the age of 19 Jonathan was actively selling real estate while attending university and law school and as soon as he was called to the bar OREA (Ontario Real Estate Association) asked him to teach the real property law course. He taught that course for over ten years and during that time he wrote a course on the agreement of purchase and sale which was subsequently taught around the province. In 1981 Jonathan founded his law firm Griffiths Law. The firm focuses mainly on residential real estate and now operates three offices in Ontario with a staff of four lawyers, one licensed paralegal, and fifteen other supporting staff.
28 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 8 featuring Rhys Trenhaile
Howard speaks with Realtor, Investor, and Actor Rhys Trenhaile about the revitalization of the Windsor real estate market, investing in real estate at an early age, and his acting career. Rhys Trenhaile is a co-founder of Walkerville Capital. Owing to his extensive business and legal background, Mr. Trenhaile has taken a natural role in the Private Equity Industry, focused on organizational and investment activities associated with real estate development. Mr. Trenhaile is a licensed lawyer in Ontario with over 17 years of experience working within commercial real estate sales and development. Current projects underway in Windsor's core top $25 million, and include 374 Ouellette (Canada Building), 703-17 Ouellette (Knights of Columbus Building), and 493 University Road West. In a previous life, Mr. Trenhaile was an All-Canadian member of the storied University of Windsor Track and Field team and continues to live and invest in the Windsor area. He believes a city is only as good as its core and remains hell-bent on seeing it thrive during his lifetime. In his spare time, Rhys acts in some television shows and films, probably the most prominent being a recurring role on Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland.
19 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Real Estate with Howard Drukarsh - Episode 7 featuring Joe Digiambattista
Join Howard as he chats with Joe Digiambattista about persistence, hard work, and doing the things no one else wants to do to achieve success. Joseph (Joe) Digiambattista EVP, Lending Solutions with pololoans inc. is an accomplished Financial Services Executive with more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in Canada's lending sector. Joe has served as a Senior Vice President at Abode Mortgage Corporation whereby in his role he was responsible for launching Abode's Ontario operation. Prior to that, he was the Vice President, GTA for HLC Home Loans Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CIBC Mortgages and Lending, where he had the responsibility for mortgage originations and a non-conforming mortgage delivery channel. For the last 6 years, Joe has been serving exclusive Realtor partners as the principal broker at pololoans inc.
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