Thursday, December 19, 2013

4441 I Street Just Listed For Sale In East Sac!

My newest listing of 4441 I Street just went on the market!

This is an amazing four bedroom, four and a half bathroom home. It was completely rebuilt and the paint should be dry today.

You can see the full listing by going to my real estate site or by clicking on the  East Sacramento Homes for Sale tab at the top of this page.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Around Sacramento, part 2

Holiday fun continues to abound this coming weekend for children and adults alike:

Dec. 19-22: Winter Wonderland
Fairytale Town, 1-7pm all days;, (916) 808-5233

Dec. 20-23: The Nutcracker
The classic ballet, performed at the Community Center Theater;, (916) 808-5181

Dec. 21: Jingle Ball
Concert at Memorial Auditorium, 6pm;, (916) 334-7777

Dec. 21: Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Discovery Museum Science & Space Center, 8-9:45am;, (916) 808-3942

Dec. 21: Sacramento Santa Run
Sacramento Downtown Plaza, 9am;

Dec. 24: Pajama Party Christmas Eve
Sacramento Zoo, 10am-1:30pm;, (916) 808-5888

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2nd Annual Holiday Happy Hour

On Thursday, December 19, East Sac Mercantile will hold its 2nd Annual Holiday Happy Hour. From 4-7pm, attendees will enjoy wine and appetizers as they browse all the goodies for sale. On-site gift wrap and personal shopping assistance will be available. There will also be a drawing for a Limo Light Tour, in which you and seven friends would get a 2-hour limo tour of the decorated homes of East Sac (scheduled for December 22 at 6pm).

For more information, go to

Thursday, December 12, 2013

1073 57th Street in East Sac Just Sold

I liked this property form the first time I saw it on the company tour. With plenty of room, a great kitchen and a huge back yard, I knew that it would make some family very happy.

Fortunately, I had clients that were looking for a property just like this! I love it when I can find the right buyer for a property that I like. 

We just closed on this sale and I got to hand the keys off to a wonderful family. 

You can see all the details of this property on my real estate site.

FlapJack 5K and Short Stack Kids' Run

One of the more delicious marathons out there. This coming Saturday, December 14, is the 6th annual Caleb Greenwood School FlapJack 5K and Short Stack Kids' Run. Starting and ending at the school, the course winds through the lovely tree-lined streets of River Park. In addition to the full 5K run, there will also be a quarter mile and half mile run for children.

And in case you think the name of the run is just a tease, you can, in fact, also purchase a pancake breakfast with all the fixins'. Pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, juice and coffee will be served in the Caleb Greenwood cafeteria from 8-11am.

Proceeds from this event will go to support Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento, a program created to help girls feel confident, happy and healthy through running. Visit for more information and to register for the run.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Around Sacramento, part 1

What's the best way to feel the holiday spirit? For me, nothing beats grabbing a warm drink and touring all the dazzling lights throughout the Fab 40's:

But if you're looking for other Christmas-y things to do this weekend, there are plenty to choose from all around Sacramento. Here are a few of the highlights:

Dec. 12-15: Winter Wonderland
Fairytale Town, 1-7pm all days;, (916) 808-5233

Dec. 13-15: The Nutcracker
The classic ballet, performed at the Community Center Theater;, (916) 808-5181

Dec. 14: Snow Much Fun
Coloma Community Center (4623 T St.), 3-7pm; (916) 808-5641

Dec. 14: A Simple Emigrant Christmas and Candlelight Tours
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park;, (916) 445-4422

Dec. 14: Christmas Memories
Governor's Mansion State Historic Park, 10am-5pm;, (916) 323-3047

Dec. 14: Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk
Crocker Park (211 O Street), 7:30am registration; 2013Jingle Bell Run/Walk, (916) 368-5599

Dec. 14: Wells Fargo Home for the Holidays
Concert at Memorial Auditorium, 8pm;, (916) 808-5181

Dec. 14: Santa Parade
California State Capitol Park, 10am-12pm;, (916) 451-620

Dec. 15: YMCA Holiday Art, Craft and Gift Festival
Sacramento Area YMCA (2021 W Street), 12-7pm; (916) 452-9622

Sunday, December 8, 2013

584 34th Street Just Sold

To continue with catching up with my Just Sold posts, my amazing listing at 584 34th Street sold last month!

This is an impressive 4-5 bedrooms, 4 and a half bathrooms and completely rebuilt. It is just around the corner from McKinley Park on one of my favorite blocks in all of East Sac!

You can see all the other pictures and details of this listing on my real estate site. 

722 46th in East Sac Street Just Sold

Apparently I'm behind on my Just Sold posts…

My wonderful listing at 722 46th Street sold almost a month ago!

This is a wonderful 2 bedroom home with 2 full bathrooms on a large lot.

You can see all the details and pictures of this property on my real estate site.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

How is the Market Doing?

I’m often asked how the market is doing. While each neighborhood has its own microeconomics that affects it, these are the numbers for the greater Sacramento area and it should give you a good idea of where the market is.

Back in August of 2005 the Median Selling price was way up at $392,750 and then it went all the way back down to $160,000 by January 2012.

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During the height of the market we saw 2,325 escrows close in the month of June 2004 and at the slowest point we only had 707 close during September 2007. Now we are back to a much more reasonable level of transactions per month.

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2002 and 2003 inventory was low and the prices increased greatly. In 2006 prices started falling and inventory rose to record levels in 2007. By the end of 2011 inventory has dropped to a very low level and by 2013 to historically low levels. This combined with relatively low prices and very low interest rates has made it a competitive market…

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(August 2007 and again in January 2010 SAR adjusted to better reflect short sales and bank owned properties on the market).

The Months of Inventory is a reflection of how many houses are for sale and how many are being purchased each month and how long would it take for them all to sell at the current rate. Not surprisingly, the lowest Month of Inventory had been April 2003 and the highest was September 2007. 4 months of inventory is a balanced level with numbers lower than that being considered a sellers market and anything above that being a buyers market. We have been in a new historical low since early 2012!

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 So what does all of this mean? It means that the market was at a crazy low inventory for over a year, interest rates were at a historical low level and demand finally came back when everyone realized that the bottom of the market had passed. Prices have come up off the bottom, the frenzy has calmed and the years of pent up demand is somewhat satisfied. Sellers can't assume a quick sale and a higher price than their neighbor just got. Buyers aren't going up agains multiple offers on every property and agents are able to breath a little easier as we return to a more "normal" supply and demand.

The market has changed, again. Who knows what winter and spring will bring, but I can tell you I'm happy that I don't have to give my buyers the "multiple offer competition is the norm" prep talk at the start of a search. Now I have to give my sellers the "don't expect your home to sell in two weeks" prep talk instead…

At least it is never a dull job!

Friday, December 6, 2013


This Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, the Sacramento Turn Verein will host its annual Christkindlmarkt. This take on the traditional German Christmas Market will feature live Christmas music, a Nurnberg sausage dinner and gluhwein (hot spiced wine). The market area itself will include a wide range of arts, crafts and baked goods for sale.

Admission for adults is $3, with children under 12 free. (Adult admission will also be free with the donation of a child's coat in good condition.) For more information, call (916) 442-7360.    

Santa's East Sac Adventure

This Saturday, December 7, Santa is stopping by to spread a little more holiday spirit in East Sac. From 10am-2pm at Theodore Judah Elementary, Santa will be on hand for wish-telling and picture-taking. There will also be performances by Velocity Dance Company, face-painting, a gingerbread house workshop, yummy goodies and even a petting zoo.

While the kids are enjoying all this fun, the Holiday Boutique--featuring local businesses--will also be set up for parents to do a little Christmas shopping. General admission is free, with separate tickets for the petting zoo ($3), gingerbread workshop ($15) and photos with Santa ($7). Tickets are available in advance or the day of the event. For more information, go to Santa's East Sac Adventure, or email

McKinley Library Holiday Party

The Friends of McKinley Library will be holding its annual holiday party this coming Saturday, December 7, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. A holiday performance of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" by the Puppet Art Theater Company will be followed by cocoa, cookies and an appearance by Santa himself.

All are welcome to this free event. For more information, call (916) 264-2770.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

40th Annual Holiday Home Tour

Over the course of 40 years, the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour has become a favorite Christmastime event, pairing the gorgeous architecture of historical homes in the Fab 40's with equally beautiful decorations installed by local designers. This year's featured homes include a stately Tudor, a remodeled plantation-style home and more.

This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday (December 6-8), attendees will get to tour homes starting from 38th Street (between M Street and Stockton Blvd.) and winding through East Sac to 47th Street. Starting from either direction, self-guided walking tours take approximately two hours. The price of a ticket ($25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event) includes one-time admission inside each of the five homes on the tour. Given the weather reports, make sure that you dress warm, especially if you plan on walking this one!

After the tour, the Holiday Cafe and Gift Shop will be set up in case you're in need of warm, delicious treats or hand-crafted gifts. For more information, go to or call (916) 556-5050.

Christmas with a Cause

On Friday evening, December 6, more than a dozen local musicians--including Autumn Sky, Atlas and Arrows, Hans Eberbach, Ricky Berger and Justin Farren--will be in the Grand Hall of the Clunie Community Center to perform a mix of original songs and Christmas favorites.

This holiday music show is planned to run from 7-10pm and is open to all ages, with a suggested donation of $10 per person. All proceeds raised by the concert will benefit the Mustard Seed School, run by Loaves & Fishes. This event is sponsored by Sanctuary Covenant Church in partnership with Friends of East Sacramento. For more information about attending or volunteering at the event, go to or call (916) 548-8791.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Black Friday Celebration

Black Friday is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year. This year, instead of having to get up early and brave the crowds and traffic at the mall, why not stay a little closer to home? This Friday, November 29, East Sac Mercantile is throwing a Black Friday Celebration starting at 11am. Best of all, it really is on Friday, not on Thursday, like many of the big stores are pushing the shopping season...

For more information, see the flyer below:


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Run to Feed the Hungry

This Thanksgiving morning, earn your meal and support a great cause at the 20th annual Run to Feed the Hungry. It includes a 10K run and a 5K run/walk, allowing people of all skill levels to participate.

Since it began in 1994, the Run to Feed the Hungry has grown to become the largest Thanksgiving Day run in the country. Last year, it attracted more than 28,000 participants. The run begins at Sac State and winds through East Sacramento's residential neighborhoods--much of it including the Fab 40's--before ending at 56th and H streets.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. For entry forms and/or more information about the race or street closures, visit, or call (916) 456-1980.

Keep in mind that if you need to get last minute fixings for Thanksgiving, you will need to plan an escape rout since the run blocks off many of the main streets in East Sac...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nutcracker Preview

This Saturday, Nov. 23, bring the kids and stop by the Grand Hall at Clunie Community Center for a sneak peek at this year's "The Nutcracker." The free performance will run from 11:30am to 12:15pm, and then ballet company members will remain afterward to conduct a free children's ballet lesson.

My neighbor and friend's daughter has performed in The Nutcracker over the past several years and we love going to see the performance. It will be great to catch a sneak peak of them up close just a few blocks from our home!

For more information, call (916) 264-2920.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sacramento Moustache 5K

The only run out there dedicated to the mustachioed...and those who want to be. Bring your mustache--real or fake--to Sutter's Landing by 4pm this coming Saturday, November 16 for the Sacramento Moustache Run.

Along the 5K route next to the American River and through Sutter's Landing Park, you will have to do your best to outrun an old-fashioned barber out to give you a clean shave. Get your mustache safely across the finish line, and you're already a winner. But with this run you have the additional reward of the Mo For Your Bro after party, complete with live music, wine, beer, food trucks and, of course, mustache care stations and best mustache contests.

Part of the runs' proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, while proceeds from the after party will go to the Active 20-30 Club of Greater Sacramento #1032. For more information and to register, do as the mustache commands and go to

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Get Involved with Diabetes, Health & Community

In the U.S., it's estimated that nearly 26 million Americans live with diabetes, with 3.9 million of those living in California. Nearly 80 million more are at risk for contracting Type 2 diabetes. That's why the American Diabetes Association (ADA) was formed, to provide information that will help those living with the disease and to prevent it from occurring in others.

On November 16, the ADA will host Get Involved with Diabetes, Health & Community in the Grand Hall of the Clunie Community Center. This free event runs from 11am to 3pm and will include speakers discussing living with diabetes, health screenings and consultations, volunteer opportunities and information on healthy living.

For more information, go to, or call (916) 924-3232.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Pops in the Park Benefit Concert

The Pops in the Park summer concert series wouldn't be possible without support year round. As such, an upcoming concert at the Torch Club will benefit next year's concerts. The Count, a local band specializing in classic rock and soul music (and a featured Pops in the Park performer), will perform this coming Saturday, November 9 at the Torch Club (904 15th Street) from 4-7pm.

While admission is free, donations will be accepted for the Pops in the Park/ Gifts to Share fund. Good tunes and good cocktails, all for a good cause. What could be better?

Wine, Women and Shoes

This Saturday, November 9, help homeless women get back on their feet by kicking up your own heels at Women, Wine and Shoes. This fun, glamorous event will include wine tastings, the "glass slipper" auction, and a runway show. There will even be "Shommeliers" (also known as Shoe Guys) on hand during the silent auction to provide the perfect pairings of wine and shoes on silver platters.

The event runs from 3-7pm at the Center at Twenty-Three Hundred (2300 Sierra Blvd.). All proceeds will benefit St. John's Shelter Program for Women and Children, the largest shelter in the county focused exclusively on supporting and empowering homeless women and children.

There are still tickets available for luxury stadium seating at the runway show, and for the "Keys to the Closet" raffle. For tickets or more information about the event, go to or

Christmas Around the World

This coming Saturday, November 9, get your taste buds ready to travel around the world...without ever leaving East Sac. The Christmas Around the World Festival is celebrating its 25th year of showcasing the culture, crafts, traditional food and baked goods from Armenia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, the Middle East, Russia and the Ukraine. The food alone is enough reason to go!

This delicious event will be held from 10am to 4pm at the Hellenic Greek Center & Hall (614 Alhambra Blvd.), and is sponsored by the Eastern Christian Church Women's Association. Admission is free. For more information, email  

Shop East Sac

What is it that makes East Sac such a great place to live? Well, let's see. There are the quiet, tree-lined streets, the gorgeous homes and the friendliness of its residents. Not to mention a wide array of high-scale restaurants and charming boutiques. It is for the exploration of the latter that the Shop East Sac program was created.

From November 4-24, residents are encouraged to check out all the fantastic stores--and the unique goodies they have to offer--in East Sac. Twenty local stores are participating in the program, some offering discounts or small gifts with purchases. Visit 15 of the 20, and you'll be eligible for a $1000 East Sac Shopping Spree. (No purchase is necessary to enter.) The drawing will be on Dec. 4, just in time to wrap up holiday shopping.

This program was organized by the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (916) 452-8011.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

16th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 1-3), the Sacramento Convention Center plays host to the premier arts and crafts show in the region, the 16th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival.

More than 200 artisans working in all categories of the fine arts (painting, jewelry-making, ceramics, photography, etc.) will present their works. And most of these pieces will be available for sale at a range of prices. So, in addition to being able to appreciate the wealth of artistry available in Sacramento, you can get some for your very own (or as unique gifts for the holidays). You will also enjoy live music and other visual arts performances, and have many dining options available along Restaurant Row.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors, with children 12 and under free. For more information about the festival, and to get a ticket discount coupon, go to

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween in Sacramento, part 2

This is my favorite time of year! In addition to it being my birthday, the trees are changing color, my fireplace is going to get some use soon and I get to go wild for Halloween!

Over the next week, there are almost too many Halloween festivities going on in Sacramento to list. The following are just some of the highlights of activities located in or near East Sac, most of them family-friendly:

October 25-26:
The Haunted Fort
The 4th annual series of lantern-guided tours of Sutter's Fort.
Sutter's Fort Historic Park, 2701 L Street; 6:30pm-9pm both days, starting every 10 minutes
Admission: $8 (adults), $6 (ages 6-17), free (5 and under)

October 25-26:
Mansion After Dark
Visit the Governor's Mansion when the lights are out via special self-guided tours.
Governor's Mansion Historic State Park, 1526 H Street; 6pm-9pm both days
Admission: $6 (adults), $4 (ages 6-17), free (5 and under)

October 25-27:
27th Annual Safe and Super Halloween
This year, Fairytale Town transforms into the magical world of The Hobbit.
Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive; 5pm-9pm all days
Tickets before Oct. 25: $7 (members), $10 (non-members); on and after Oct. 25: $9 (members), $12 (non-members)

October 26, 2013:
Capitol Apocalypse 5K Zombie Run
Outrun zombies along the 3.1 mile course (or go as a zombie yourself). Survive the run, and you can enjoy a beer, live music, food truck and other vendors at the post-run "Apocalypse Party."
Sutter's Landing Regional Park, 20-28th Street: 8am-noon
Admission: $40 (runner), $15 (zombie); proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

October 26-27:
Spooktacular Halloween
Haunted house, pumpkin patch, costume contests and more all weekend at Funderland.
Funderland Amusement Park, 1350 17th Ave.; 10am-6pm both days
Admission: free, $3 for trick-or-treating

October 30-31:
Boo at the Zoo
After the Sacramento Zoo closes, the ghouls come out (as well as candy, costume party, magic shows and games).
Sacramento Zoo, Land Park Dr. and Sutterville Road: 5pm-8pm both days
Admission: in advance, $10 (general), $8 (members), free (1 and under); day of, $12, free (1 and under)

October 31:
Halloween Search for the Black Cat Scavenger Hunt
Trick-or-treating at the East Sac Mercantile.
East Sac Mercantile, 3257 Folsom Blvd., 3pm-6pm.
Admission: free; (916) 718-7153

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Uptown Fashion Night

East Sac has a lot to offer in the way of high fashion. And this coming Thursday, October 17, will prove it as, from 5pm-8pm, area boutiques showcase their fashionable wares at the 3rd Annual Uptown Fashion Night.

The event will take place at the corner of 33rd St. and Folsom Blvd. and include a fashion show, wine, nibbles and gifts. And it's all free! For more information, call (916) 737-7465.

Monday, October 14, 2013

East Sacramento Improvement Association meeting

This coming Wednesday, October 16, the East Sacramento Improvement Association will hold its fall meeting to discuss many neighborhood topics. In addition, updates from on neighborhood safety will also be discussed.

The meeting is open to the public. So if you have any questions or concerns of your own regarding these or other East Sac neighborhood matters, you can attend the meeting at 7pm in the Alhambra Room of the Clunie Community Center.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween in Sacramento, Part 1

If you just can't get enough of the costumes, candy, thrills and chills that Halloween offers, you are in luck. You don't have to wait until the 31st, as there are spooky goings-on nearly all October long in Sacramento:

October 11-26:
Living History Ghost Tours
The popular month-long tour of historical--and haunted--Sacramento sites.
Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street; Fridays and Saturdays 6:30pm-9pm
Tickets: $15 (adults), $10 (ages 6-17), free (5 and under)

October 12-26:
The Nightmare Before Christmas Art Lab
A class for kids 9-12 to create nightmarish projects inspired by the movie.
Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street; Saturdays 1pm-3:30pm
Admission: $95 (general), $75 (members)

October 12-27:
Spookomotive Train Rides
A 40-minute ride along the Sacramento River on a Halloween-themed train.
California State Railroad Museum, 125 I Street; Saturdays and Sundays, running every hour from 11am-4pm.
Coach: $10 (general), $5 (ages 6-17), free (5 and under); 1st Class: $15 (general), free (5 and under)
(916) 445-6645,

And that is just the beginning. Be sure to check back in a couple of weeks for even more Halloween events taking place closer to the day.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

46th Annual Oktoberfest, Turn Verein

As the self-proclaimed center for German culture in Sacramento, it only makes sense that the 46th Annual Oktoberfest, one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the area, will be held at Turn Verein Hall this coming Friday and Saturday (October 11 and 12).

From 6pm to midnight on Friday and 3pm to midnight on Saturday, you will enjoy authentic German food and beer, live music and dancing throughout the hall. Tickets are $20 for adults (ID is required to get a wristband for alcohol) and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information, check out the flyer below and/or go to

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Friday, October 4, 2013

1216 47th Street in East Sacramento Just Listed For Sale!

I had another great listing go live today!

1216 47th Street is a stunning NEW CONSTRUCTION home from the ground up in the Fab 40's! This home is great for entertaining with a formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room, large chef's kitchen with island and prep sink, breakfast bar and an open great room with built-in's and wine fridge. 
There is a downstairs mini-master with en-suite bathroom and sliding doors leading to a spacious back yard. 
The home has a grand master suite where you can escape with a large soaking tub, dual shower heads and a huge walk in closet. 
There is plenty of honed granite countertops and marble used throughout. With 9' ceilings, 8' doors and lots of arches, this home is very open & bright!
See more pictures and details at

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fall Art and Plant Sale

This coming weekend, the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park will hold its fall plant and art sale. From 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, you will find a wide range of plants, handcrafted art and home decor, food and other items for purchase. Find something one-of-a-kind for yourself, or get a jump on Christmas shopping for others.

All proceeds will benefit the Center as well as the various non-profit art and garden clubs that meet there. For more information, call (916) 929-3541.

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A Taste of Sacramento

This Friday is the 15th Annual A Taste of Sacramento, a popular event that allows thousands of attendees to come to the Community Center taste all the best that Sacramento has to offer all in one place. The event goes from 5:30pm to 9pm, with tickets running from $40 for regular admission to $80 for Early Bird tickets (early entry at 5pm).

You are sure to get more than your money's worth as many of the Sacramento area's finest restaurants, wineries and breweries will be sharing samples of their best nibbles and beverages. There will also be live music throughout the evening, as well as a large silent auction and raffle.

Proceeds from the night's event will go to support the local Easter Seals. For more information, and to purchase tickets, go to

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Friday, September 27, 2013

584 34th Street East Sacramento For Sale

I have a great new listing here in East Sacramento. This amazing four to five bedroom home has four and a half bathrooms.

It has been completely reconstructed into a stunning home with a gorgeous chef's kitchen with island and prep sink, formal dining room, butlers pantry, breakfast nook & a huge great room with fireplace. 

The exquisite master suite has vaulted ceilings, a soaking tub, dual shower heads and a huge walk in closet.

There is a downstairs mini-master suite and all of the bedrooms have their own en-suite bathroom.

The builder have used Carrera Marble & honed granite countertops throughout the house. This property comes with an adorable historic cottage with its own kitchenette and full bath. 

The house has new wiring, plumbing, insulation, HVAC, windows, roof & much more!

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