Southeastern North Carolina Real Estate News and Insights

Welcome! We created this blog as a way to keep you informed of the latest news and updates happening in Wilmington NC real estate as well as real estate news throughout Southeastern North Carolina. Our agents have years of experience handling real estate transactions and we want to share our insights about the current state of the market, neighborhood updates and developments, local events, and featured listings.

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Feb. 2, 2019

Coastal Select Caddy Cruise


The Coastal Select Caddy is Officially Cruising 

Video blog: Episode #1


What do you get when you put a bunch of Realtors® in a sweet 1973 orange caddy? Lots of friends. 

Stay tuned for our video blog to keep up with the local real estate market, meet cool locals doing awesome things, and to hear what strangers have to say about this town we love. 

Feel free to stop by or comment here to let us know what you think or what you'd like to see in upcoming episodes!  


Posted in Current news
Jan. 18, 2019

6 Hot Tips for Sellers

6 To-Dos That Could Make or Break Your Listing


Listing your house can be overwhelming. You suddenly see every blemish along with all the little things you meant to fix or change over the years. 


It’s important to remember though, that, as with anything, it’s the little things that go a long way with potential buyers. 


One thing our agents have noticed through the years is that homeowners have a tendency to get so wrapped up in perfecting the home itself, that they fail to consider the ever-important first impression, which usually occurs from the moment a buyer sees the listing to the time they get to the first room of the house. And, it’s the little things (and a couple of really big ones) – listing price, flowers lining the walkway, a dog poop-free yard, an eye-catching paint job, and clean baseboards – that tend to be either conscious or  subconscious decision influencers.


So, here’s a quick list of things that may not be top-of-mind or deemed deal-breakers to sellers, but if left unattended to, could become deal breakers for buyers.


1 - Choose the Right Realtor®

This an obvious one, but one many people take for granted. Finding the right realtor takes time and research, so not many actually do it. But, it's often vital to a smooth selling process. So, take some time, first, to consider whether or not working with a larger firm or a boutique agency is right for you and your situation. Then, when choosing an agent, consider the agent's breadth of experience, their knowledge of the area, and whether or not attention to detail is their strong suit.



Coastal Select's broker-in-charge, Tricia Ireland, says that getting the listing price right trumps  all other details. Be sure to work thoroughly with your agent to determine the price that matches the market and gets you closer to your goals. 


3 – Scoop the poop

This may seem ridiculous and obvious enough, but it’s also something that tends to fall to the end of long to do lists. 


Coastal Select agent, Teresa Krebs, had this experience:


“I was showing a house recently and my client stepped in poop when he walked through the yard. He couldn't even walk back through the house. It was definitely a pretty serious turn off,” Teresa said. 

We rest our case. 


4 – Ditch the Dust 


Layers of dust can appear like layers of dirt when left hanging on baseboards and ceiling fans, which can be a real deterrent for otherwise interested buyers. Don’t forget that a good scrubbing can go a long way when showing your home and attention to detail is a next step that won't go unappreciated.


5 – The Color Cure


Coastal Select Properties agent, Jordyn Rice, says that color is key. She said that a fresh coat of paint works wonders, but a fresh coat of a color more apt to evoke positive emotion, she says, can often make the statement you need to seal the deal. Don’t be afraid to take a shallow dive into color psychology for some helpful hints (yes, shades of red, orange, and yellow evoke feelings of happiness, optimism and energy!). Or better yet, find a realtor with enough experience and research under their belt to help determine this and other factors for you.  


6 -  Tap into Texture 


Adding a few textural touches to the exterior can be both eye-pleasing and inviting. Rice says that natural elements- wooden, flowers, plants, and rocks can add a sense of comfort and calm. She suggests adding scalloped siding, cedar shakes to dormers, and/or shutters to spice things up a bit. 


Posted in buying tips
Jan. 10, 2019

Buy One Give One in 2019


10 Ways to Get and Give in 2019 


Capitalism you can wrap your heart around.


Most of us are familiar with TOMS, the shoe industry game-changer with a buy-one-give-one business model. TOMS, now worth more than $650 million, has drawn a bit of attention over the past decade. The company has successfully given 86 million pairs of shoes to people in need to date, and has made a pretty significant profit to boot. The one-for-one concept alone has successfully fueled hundreds of buy-one-give-one businesses and startups over the last 9 years, and has inspired thousands of young entrpreneurs.  Subsequently, TOMS and “like-minded” companies have given conscious consumers a more satisfying shopping experience. Knowing that a company is going to give the equivalent of a purchase to those in need in honor of the purchaser is a apparently a pretty big deal. 


Two of Wilmington’s own, brother and sister team Carmin and Christian Black, happen to think so.  Carmin completed an internship fresh out of college with TOMS shoes and was so inspired by the one-to-one philosophy that she and her younger brother, Christian, decided to develop a brand of their own in 2009.


Initially an online apparel and jewelry shop, Half United now has their very own brick-and-mortar store in Wilmington’s up-and-coming Container District.  


Naturally, Wilmington's own buy-one-give-one retail shop is first on our list of ways to get and give this year. All others on the list are based in various locations across the U.S. 


Feel free to add to what you see below in comments! 


1 – Half United

Products: Apparel, bracelets, jewelry, bags

Promise: For every HALF UNITED product you purchase, you provide 7 meals for a child in need.



2 - This Bar Saves Lives

Products: Granola bars

Promise: 150 “nutrient packets” (aka granola bars) = one child saved



3 – Project 7

Products: gourmet candies; gummies, gum, and organic “chewies”

Promise: A specialty gum and mint brand dedicated to bringing great flavor back into your day while at the same time giving back to 7 areas of need. 




4 – State

Products: Designer bags and backpacks for men and women

Promise: To make beautiful, well-made, inclusively cool product while using the power of business to give back and shift narratives around social injustices.



5 – BetterWorldBooks 

Products: Books and more

Promise:Every time you purchase a book from, they donate a book to someone in need. 



6 - Bombas

Products: socks

Pomise: One pair purchased = One pair donated.



7 - Toms

Products: Shoes, sunglasses, apparel

Promise: For every product purchased, a pair of shoes is given to someone in need. 



8 - SoapBox

Products: soap, hair & skin care products

Promise: For every Soapbox product purchases, a bar of soap is donated to someone in need either in the U.S. or abroad.



9 - Smile Squared

Products: toothbrushes 

Promise: For every Smile Squared® toothbrush purchased, one is donated to a child in need.



10 – Bixbee

Products: kids bags and backpacks 

Promise: For every bag purchased, a backpack full of school supplies is sent to a child in need around the world. 



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Jan. 9, 2019

About Town in the Year

January Events: Pencil it in

But, don't wait too long to sell fast around here.

Wilmington is rarely not hopping, and January's no different in this cultural hub of a town. The weather looks like it may be anything but frightful this month, so plan to get out in sunshine or into a cozy art museum or theatre to catch some of these fabulous events.  


January 10th – Jazz at Cam


La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet is kicking off the New Year at The Cameron Art Museum with a Latin Jazz beat. Click here for info and tickets.


Where:  Cameron Art Museum

When:  6:00pm


January 10th-January 19th: Mamma Mia! 


Opera House Theatre Company presents Mamma Mia! at Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts, Wilmington’s oldest theatre. The show has received rave reviews, so might want to grab tickets while you still can. Click here for tickets. 


January 13th from 4-7pm: Floating Lantern Ceremony


*Rescheduled date*

Lucky for all of us, the Floating Lantern Ceremony at CAM’s reflecting pond was rescheduled! Write or draw your New Year wishes or last year’s memories on lanterns and watch them float onto the pond in a collective expression of Remembrance, Reflection and Gratitude. Click here for more information.


Where:  Cameron Art Museum Reflecting Pond

When:  Decorating begins at 4pm and floating begins at 5pm. 


January 18-20: Wilmington Antique Show & Sale


A Wilmington antiquing tradition continues! The Antique Show and Sale will celebrate 49 years this year at the Wilson Center. Click here for tickets or more information.


Where:  Wilson Center

When:  Friday & Saturday – 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-4pm


January 25th: Fourth Friday Gallery Night 


One of our favorite Downtown Wilmington events, Fourth Friday is a perfect opportunity to meet and support local artists, and to find and buy gorgeous local art! Wine and hors d’ouevres are offered at select galleries. Find more information and maps here


Where:  Galleries throughout Downtown Wilmington

When:  6:00 – 9:00pm


January 26th: The Wilmington Coffee Crawl


Feel the buzz as you hop from coffee shop to coffee shop supporting the local baristas who fuel our days! Click here for tickets and more information.


Where:  Participating downtown cafes and coffee shops 

When:  10am-4pm



January 31st-February 2nd: North Carolina Jazz Festival


The 39thAnnual Jazz Festival will open with The Great Grenoldo Frazier on Thursday at 7:30pm, and it will jazz up from there with Brazilian artists and more. Expect seven sets each night! Get tickets asap.


Where:  Hotel Ballast

When:  Thursday, January 31 – Saturday, Febrary 2nd7:30pm-Midnight


Posted in Current news
Dec. 22, 2018

We Give a Wreath Photo Contest

We proposed a little contest for National Wreath Day this year. Initially we said that there would be three winners, each of whom would receive a $100 Amazon Smile Gift Card and a $100 check tucked in a lovely holiday wreath and delivered to their nonprofit of choice. 

In honor of #nationalwreathday we decided to go all out with a little neon green on this awesome machine, hosting this contest! All we had left on our list this season was to give part of the commission that kept coming in this month, and we needed some help finding the best homes for it. 

So, we asked our Facebook audience to do the following: 

• TAG a local nonprofit of choice

• TELL us how this nonprofit helps to strengthen our community in your comment

• INCLUDE a photo of your favorite holiday wreath 

• TAG A FRIEND and invite them to join in!

One winner was chosen for each of the following three categories:1 - MOST BEAUTIFUL
3 - MOST ELABORATE Winners were announced December 19th at 5pm with a little twist...EVERYBODY WON! Well, every nonprofit anyway. With the help of Suites on Front and Nacho Mama's matching donations, we were able to give $100 to all nonprofits suggested, and $200 to the three nonprofits mentioned by our winners.  Once the winners were chosen and announced, we decided to hit the road to deliver donations in person in this beautiful machine...


And, there's truly too much to say about this awesome journey to contain it all in a blog. We had no idea how much joy posting a little Facebook contest could bring. Our trek around town to some of the organizations we were able donate to reminded us, again, what all of this is about.

Coming together, giving back, creating community - however you describe Tricia's intention in the way she runs this company we love, the result is that everyone who works with her feels good, laughs a lot,
and is inspired to give more. And, that's saying something you don't hear everyday. We're so grateful to be a part of all of this and to all of those who participated in our "We Give a Wreath" Photo Contest. You gave us the greatest gift - the opportunity to give. We also want to give a special shout out to former clients and now close friends, Lena Maximova Sutherland and Pennie Ellis Coussit, for joining us. Stay tuned for our next contest. Coming soon in 2019...Hint: We need a name for the Orange Flame!


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Posted in Current news
Dec. 12, 2018

Home for the Holidays


Home is Sweeter During the Holidays 


First-time homebuyers, Kim and Matt Garippa, knew a few things when they started shopping around for a house. One, they wanted to work with a realtor they trusted; two, they wanted to live in a “far enough, close enough” location surrounded by woods; and three, they wanted to be in by the holidays! 


Kim, a nurse, and Matt, an architect, were in their mid-30s and were “tired of throwing their money away”. They both wanted to live in a place where Matt could spend free time on dirt bike trails and they both could live the quieter life that comes with a more rural setting like Boiling Springs.


“We’d met Jennifer (Jennifer Davidson) through a friend, and I instantly knew that she would be the one that we would call when we were ready,” Kim said. And, when they did call, they were so ready, that they found their dream home within a few weeks.  


“Jennifer did the work of two realtors. She was never pushy, she always had time for us, and when the hurricane came before we could close, she checked in with us and reassured us that it was all still happening. And, we never doubted her. Despite the mess and a little damage, she was able to help make everything happen. The damage the house had was fixed within weeks, and, well here we are.”


The Garippas closed just in time to start fixing the place up to host their first Thanksgiving Dinner ever for over 20 family members. 




“It was amazing,” she said. “To be cooking in my very own kitchen, with appliances that I picked out, surrounded by walls that I got to paint exactly like I wanted to paint them.” 


Because they plan to travel for Christmas, their house was in full holiday décor pre-Thanksgiving. 


“There’s nothing like being in your own home for the holidays,” Kim said. “And, I made my first mortgage payment today, so it’s a done deal!”  

Posted in first time buyer
Nov. 30, 2018

Things are Getting Merry Around Here

CSP December Favorites

Be sure to add a little magic to your already merry month by getting a few of these events on your calendar. 

Like most Americans, we're all about the holidays - parties, friends, reflection, giving...what's not to love? And, in Wilmington, holiday affection is palpable. If you're looking for merry and bright and a little holiday cheer, you've come to the right place.

Here are a few of our favorite Wilmington holiday events sure to help keep you in the spirit.

December 1 - Island of Lights Flotilla!

Decorated boats of all shapes and sizes parade through the canal delighting onlookers perched on docks and along the banks. Bring your hot chocolate and holiday cheer! Get more information here. 

Where: Carolina Beach, NC 

When: 6:00pm

December 1-2 - Holiday Flea at the BAC 

Known to be the ultimate vintage flea market, the Holiday Flea at the BAC has a variety of vintage, retro, upcycled and hand-crated treasures and art. Food trucks, coffee shop, and bar are also onsite. Read more.

Where: Brooklyn Arts Center - 516 North 4th St. 

When: November 30 - December 2; Friday 4:00 - 9:00pm; Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm

December 2 - Holiday Parade

A Downtown Wilmington tradition with all the holiday bells and whistles sure to please kids of all ages, including their parents ;). Click here for more information. 

Where: Historic Downtown - Begins at North Front and Walnut

When: 6:00pm

December 8 - A Christmas Stroll Through the Past

An annual holiday festival of traditional music, dancing, and refreshments complete with holiday decor sure to add to your holiday spirit. Get ticketshere.

Where: Bellamy Mansion, Burgwin Wright House, St. James Episcopal Church

When: 4:30-8:30pm

December 8 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes

Take a self-guided tour through beautifully designed and decorated Pleasure Island homes. Click here for tickets and more information.

Where: Pleasure Island - Carolina Beach & Kure Beach

When: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

December 6 - 16 - A Christmas Carol 

A classic holiday tale for the whole family to enjoy on what architectural digest calls the most beautiful stage in the state. Read more here

Where: Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

When: Friday-Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday Matinee 3:00pm

December 15-16 - The 10th Annual Christmas Cabaret - Hark the Herald Angels Swing

The Christmas Cabaret is a Wilmington holiday tradition with beautiful secular and sacred Christmas music with a theatrical flair. The perfect way to begin the 12 days of Christmas. Get tickets here

Where: Country Club at Landfall

When: Saturday - Cocktails: 5:30pm; Dinner: 7pm; Sunday Brunch - Cocktails: 12:00pm; Brunch

December 15-16 - The Great Wilmington Nutcracker Ballet 

A holiday tradition and enchanting story for all ages. Get more information and tickets here

Where: The Wilson Center

When: Saturday at 6pm; Sunday at 3pm

December 19 - NC Symphony Statewide Holiday Pops Concert 

Celebrate the sounds of the season with the most popular sing-alongs sure to make your holiday a little more magic. Purchase tickets here

Where: Wilson Center

When: 7:30pm 

December 20 - It's a Wonderful Life Film Screening

Frank Capra's iconic holiday film is back for the 8th year in a row. Click here for tickets. 

Where: Thalian Hall 

When: 4:00pm and 7:00pm

December 21 - Cliff Cash Home for the Holiday Tour

Best homegrown comedian, hands down. Cliff Cash is so good, in fact, that he's hardly home anymore. So, catch him while you can! Get tickets here.

Where: Bourgie Nights (next to Manna)

When: 7:00pm-10:00pm

December 31 - Thalian Hall New Year's Gala 

Escape to the Greek Isles, and dance the night away with an enchanting evening of dinner, drinks, dessert, and a sensational performance f the smash-hit musical baed on ABBA music classics, Mamma Mia! After the show, ring in 2019 with a live DJ, dancing, karaoke, and a champagne toast. Purchase tickets here

Where: Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

When: 7:00pm; Curtain 8:30pm

December 31 - Theatre Now New Year's Eve Speakeasy

Dress in your Gatsby best and don't forget the password! A night of entertainment, craft cocktails, a decadent  dinner and plenty of champagne, The New Year's Eve Speakeasy is sure to help you ring in the New Year right. Click here for tickets. 

Where: Theatre Now

When: 1st Show 6:00pm; 2nd Show 9:30pm

Posted in Current news
Nov. 13, 2018

What's an ELP?

Dave Ramsey and Tricia Ireland at recent ELP-related events.

Buying a home is one of biggest decisions any of us ever make, so when choosing a real estate agent, the majority of us call the person we trust the most in order to find the best agent for the job. And an ELP, or an Endorsed Local Provider, is just that, except that the referral comes from a trusted public figure or corporation.

Dave Ramsey's ELP Program

The main reason we're unlocking yet another puzzling acronym is to tell you about our own in-house ELP who happens to be the only Dave Ramsey ELP in the region. Tricia Ireland, CSP's broker-in-charge and financial planning enthusiast, has been a Dave Ramsey fan since the day she discovered him.

On the off chance the name doesn't ring a bell, Dave Ramsey is a well-known author, financial guru, and teacher. He advocates for professionals who have the "heart of a teacher" and the ability to help clients make financially sound decisions.

"ELPs earn Dave's recommendation through their track record of success and commitment to fantastic customer service."

Four years ago, Tricia Ireland became one of those professionals when she was invited into Dave Ramsey's ELP Program. Tricia has not only lived the Dave Ramsey way for most of her life, but her knowledge, attention to detail, and financial planning expertise has all carried over into her work proving to be a major boon to clients across the board. 


Why Hire an ELP?

1. All Dave Ramsey ELPs consistently report to a member of the Dave Ramsey team in order to maintain quality service and continued training. 

2. A client-centered mentality is at the heart of the work of passionate, effective professionals in the ELP program. 

3. The vetting process of selecting ELPs is extensive, so clients who choose them can continually trust them.  

4. With years of experience fueling their success, ELPs are equipped to give expert advice on how clients can best reach their financial goals. 

And, as an added bonus, our ELP happens know everything about wine, can cook almost anything you can imagine better than most, and supports our local community with a passion that's contagious. 

Trustworthy Professionals



Client-Centered Mental

Posted in Current news
Oct. 27, 2018

The Magic of Multipliers

The answer we all hoped to hear came flooding through in the aftermath of Florence. Not only can one person make a difference, but one action can create ripples that change everything. 


Yes, one person donated a bag of clothes, one neighbor removed a tree from another neighbor's roof before they returned home, and one restaurant owner worked tirelessly to feed a neighborhood without electricity or running water. But, when each of these people were witnessed by others, posted photos to Facebook and Instagram, told friends, spoke about it with family members, or mentioned it in passing on the street, that single act of kindness turned into 100 acts, 100 bags of clothes, 100 neighbors helping 100 neighbors, and dozens of restaurants dedicating their service to those in need. They were multipliers, who created multipliers. And, that's how good works. Sometimes it's quiet, sometimes it's promoted, and sometimes no one ever even knows it happened. But, it ripples and ripples until it heals communities either way. The energy behind the action itself can't help but generate more of the same. 

The Foxes Boxes Northside Relief Station

Perhaps our favorite post-Florence example was The Foxes Boxes Northside Relief Station on North Fourth in the Brooklyn Arts District. The restaurant drew volunteers in droves. And, a group of a few grew to a group of over a hundred who volunteered their time there, pulling carts of hot food across town, and stocking the relief station. 

“You get this swell of emotion," said The Foxes Boxes owner Rachel Fox in a WWAY interview. "Because donations just started flying in from every which way so we knew we had to get organized and we started these wagon trains.”

And, those wagon trains created memories and a sense of community none of us will soon forget.


A couple of Downtown Businesses came together to create #Overflo, which grew into over a dozen businesses, and helped to create an overflow of other business creating cooperatives to achieve a similar goal. Together businesses raised over $1 million for organizations offering support to the relief effort. 

As devastating as everything was to all of us at the time, it was an enlightening and heart-warming moment that changed the way many of us look at things. Multipliers are doing this everywhere, all the time, but we're often not aware of it. 

A prime example came shortly after the storm, when CSP former clients and now good friends Pam LeBouef Gonzalez and Nancy Smith Sandy, along with other neighbors, hosted their annual Painted Ladies Birthday and Key Lime Party & Birthday Fundraiser.



The Painted Ladies 

Each year, they choose a new organization to raise funds for. After attending an event that we sponsored in August of this year - The Ban the Bags Fill the Packs Foster Pantry Fundraiser - Pam was so inspired by founders, Emily Klinefelter and Stacy Pullen, that she decided to dedicate money raised at The Painted Ladies party to their organization. Not so ironically, this is how Fill the Packs came to be - pure inspiration. Pam was hopeful that they would come away with at least $1000 in donations. But, the event (turned street party) was not only fabulous, and crowded with amazing people and good food, it also resulted in a check for over $2,700 written to the Foster Pantry. Multipliers. They're everywhere...when you're paying attention. 

Be a multiplier. We can use all the good we can get. 





Posted in Current news
Oct. 19, 2018

#OverFlo Benefit Concert 10.20.18

Press Release: Wilmington Downtown, Inc. 
Wilmington, NC – A free benefit concert is set for Saturday, October 20th with proceeds being donated to help people affected by Hurricane Florence. Crafted as part of the OverFlo campaign, organizers have revealed the sponsors, the band line up and another beneficiary of the campaign.

The concert will be from noon to 8pm at the public parking lot at the corner of Market and 2nd Streets. The event will include family activities, a kid’s zone, a merchandise tent and regional and local bands. O2

Fitness has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor and has also pledged to donate $25 from any new member joining one of their five Wilmington locations from October 15 – 28, 2018. O2 Fitness Founder and CEO, Michael Olander Jr, will match all donations up to $7,500 raised at O2 Fitness during the two-week period. Front Street Brewery and Coastal Select Properties are Gold Sponsors for the event.

The activities are free but donations at the door are suggested. Beer and wine will be available with proper identification. Coolers, pets and outside food or beverages are prohibited.

“O2 Fitness is thrilled to be a part of the OverFlo benefit concert and campaign,” saidJustin Mascho, Wilmington Area Director. “We are honored to serve Wilmington’shealth and wellness needs and we hope this event will help pull the community together for fun and healing while also raising money for organizations that are helping stormvictims,” he said.

The concert line-up includes five bands playing a mix of genres and styles. Regional favorites Jim Quick and Coastline will bring beach music to the event. The closing band features a Wilmington-based tribute band playing Beatles music that spans their entire catalogue. Indy rock and high-energy 50’s-style rock and roll are also on the bill. The current schedule includes:

Phantom Playboys (rockabilly): noon to 1:00

The Ratchet Brothers: 1:30 to 2:30 Jim Quick and Coastline (beach music): 3:00 to 4:30

Onward, Solders (indy rock): 5:00 to 6:00

The Dung Beatles (rock): 6:30 to 8:00

“This line-up offers a great snapshot of the regional music scene,” said Jason Jackson, member of the OverFlo leadership team and a musician himself. “The bands are alldonating their time and talent to this show and we are excited to bring these groupstogether,” he explained.


In addition to the concert line-up, location and sponsors, the OverFlo leadership team also added The Harrelson Center as another charity beneficiary. The Harrelson Center is based in Downtown Wilmington and is home to over a dozen social service agencies.

Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring or supporting the concert or the campaign should visit For additional information, phone WDI at 910.763.7349. Organizers have a range of sponsor benefits. The website also identifies all of the charities that will benefit from the effort, although more may be added.

About Wilmington Downtown Incorporated

Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) is a public-private partnership agency that promotes the economic growth and development of Downtown Wilmington and is a tax exempt 501c3 organization.


Justin Mascho
O2 Fitness

Jason Jackson, owner
Jason Jackson Live

Ed Wolverton, WDI President & CEO


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