Diane Kink

Are You Really The Sum of Your Social Media Profiles?

Sometimes what we see out there can impact how we see ourselves.


I recently ran across a post on called “The Real You Isn’t on Facebook.” Normally I read something, then go on with my day and pay no more attention to it other than recognizing it as an interesting bit of information. This one however, seemed to stick with me for a couple days. It resonated with me, and I wanted to share it with you all.

The idea that everyone makes their lives look better than they really are on social media is not only real; it’s rampant. We tend to place ourselves in the best light possible in any situation. It’s human nature. We veer towards pleasure, and steer ourselves away from pain and embarrassment. Is there something wrong with posting good things on Facebook? Absolutely not. In fact it’s encouraged! After all, life is a celebration and should be treated as one.

See, Facebook is a revolutionary tool that ties people together from all over. It’s also a potentially risky place to get caught up in the “keeping up with the Jones’” mentality. People you know and love, and people you just met, all stand shoulder-to-shoulder in your news feed dripping details about their lives, the success they’ve experienced, and the material possessions they’ve acquired.

Let’s be honest though, who really are these people? It may be easy to piece together for the people you know very well, but what about those you don’t know so well?

Let me ask it another way. If you were to look at your own social media feed, would somebody you’ve never met before be able to tell what kind of person you are? How accurate would they be based on the content you put out?

There is no right or wrong answer; it is simply an exercise in becoming aware. The reality is that most people would feel happiness for all the good things coming into the lives of those they love, but there’s also those who will feel a bit inadequate from time to time for not having what others have. Especially if the posts you see are of people you met years ago and have lost touch with, but still show up on your news feed periodically.

Simply realize that there’s more to a person’s life than what they announce on social media. Try not to internalize other people’s successes in life as your failures. You have skills, talents, and abilities others do not, and the simple understanding that you’re enough, just as you are, is enough to combat any mixed feelings when you have a moment of weakness and self doubt.

I highly recommend taking the five minutes to read the post “The Real You Isn’t on Facebook,” it’s a great read. Tell me what you think!

Diane Kink

Saturday, April 11th 1-4pm



23980 Dorrington Estates – $320,000

Spectacular 2-story home with resort-like backyard! Step through the door & take note of custom paint, art niches, tile flooring & rounded corners. […] Read More


Sunday, April 12th, 1-4pm


258 Cape Jasmine Court – $899,000

Gorgeous 5/3/3 located on quiet cul-de-sac lot shows beautifully with newly remodeled kitchen & baths 2014, master bath in 2012 […] Read More



39 Jadestone Court – $815,000

A stunning entry through the Palmer Golf Course this Gaertner Custom Home is a short stroll to the Palmer Clubhouse. Cul-de-sac lot & gated courtyard entry […] Read More



26 Felicity Trace Place – $620,000

Immaculate, energy efficient 2-story home features soaring ceiling, large windows, Red Oak Harwood flooring on first floor & plantation shutters […] Read More



3603 Ash Glen – $288,500

Spectacular 2-story home ready for move-in! Plantation shutters throughout. Study with high ceilings, formal dining with trey ceiling […] Read More


Hope to see you out there, have a great weekend!

Diane Kink

Which brokers dominate The Woodlands Real Estate Market?

Find out, because the numbers are in!

A new report detailing local market information on home sales for the top 10 brokers in and around The Woodlands has been released, indicating Keller Williams Real Estate The Woodlands is at the top of the list. Keller Williams is responsible for over $45 million of the $133.9 million dollars of home sales throughout the first quarter of 2015.

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Keller Williams Realty The Woodlands holds a commanding 17% market share based on units sold and a 16.6% market share based on homes currently listed.

There you have it folks, the proof is in the pudding. Now if you’ll excuse us, we need to get back to work.

Diane Kink

KW_GPS_logo_RGBPRESS RELEASE: It’s official. The Kink Team’s international reach just got larger.

The Kink Team is proud to announce that we are now a Keller Williams Global Property Specialist. This means that we are able to market properties to over 600,000 international agents, translate properties in 19 different languages, and syndicate our listings to over 80 top international websites throughout the world in the native language!

This is a very big step forward to increasing our international presence for both The Kink Team as well as Keller Williams International. We are eager to assist our clients, past and present as well as new acquaintances and contacts who express interest in real estate opportunities both home and abroad. Our dedicated agents are ready to help make your dreams a reality.

Let us know how we can help you with your local or international real estate needs!

Diane Kink

The Top 10 Healthiest Cities in the US – 2015

Is this the year a Texas city finally makes the list?

apple-661726_1280I’m afraid not. At least not according to a recent article by Livability. In the article, the top ten healthiest cities were identified by the following criteria. First, access, quality, and affordability of healthcare, and the second includes ways the city promotes a healthy lifestyle.

To rank quality and affordability of care, they looked at spending data from Esri. Esri is a geographic information system software to help visualize data and make decisions from said data. Ratios of doctors to residents, number of hospitals, access to healthy food options and obesity rates all play a role in determining the first statistic.

Second, the community’s promotion of a healthy lifestyle was identified by access to parks and farmers markets and other forms of infrastructure to promote healthy living. Do people walk or bike to work, and is this even a possibility? Are there natural or man-made amenities promoting healthy activities like golf courses or nature preserves? Environmental data including water and air quality also played a role in the final figures.

Lastly, the results were mixed by size, geography, and other considerations. The results from the article may surprise you.

10. Yonkers, NY
 9. Fort Collins, CO
 8. Honolulu, HI
 7. Santa Ana, CA
 6. Arlington, VA
 5. Bridgeport, CT
 4. Miami, FL
 3. Madison, WI
 2. Cambridge, MA
 1. Minneapolis, MN

What do you think about the list? If I had to choose one, Honolulu Hawaii is the can’t miss opportunity in my book. Where would you go?

Diane Kink

Average Listing Prices Rise in March

The Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) released their monthly market snapshot for March.

According to HAR’s data, 9,489 homes were added to the market in March. The 621 additional homes represent a 7% increase compared to last year’s 8,868.

Similarly, the average list price rose to $276,445, a 4.4% increase versus the same time last year. This figure means we could exceed the record average sales price set in July of 2014 of $276,444.

Active listings were also on the rise with 17,488 in March from 15,840 the previous year. The 1,648 properties represent a 10.4% increase from March 2014. Additionally, the average list price rose 4.4% year over year to $276,445.

Source: HAR MLS

Diane Kink

Rent Or Buy – A look at the Numbers

While taking into consideration that there are many factors affecting one’s decision to rent over buy and vice versa, I wanted to eliminate the emotional element of the decision, and jump into more of an analytical mindset to display just how much money is going to waste for those who rent over the long-term.


You rent a home for $2,500 a month vs. purchasing a $400,000 property with 5% down at an interest rate at 4.5% over 30 years.


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The Short Story:

Buying a home in this scenario would result in $47,554 in savings over five years. Renting at $2,500 a month, you will “throw away” over $159 thousand dollars! It would be advisable to buy over rent in this situation.


The Long Story:

Again, there are a lot of assumptions that need to be made about a scenario, and I have outlined them below. Many of these numbers are taken from national averages, and general rules of thumb.

Property Tax Rate = 1.3% of Purchase Price
Annual Property Tax increase = 1.5%
Annual Rental Increase = 3%
Annual Homeowners Insurance = $800/yr
Maintenance and Repairs = 1% of Purchase Price
Mortgage Insurance = .8% of Purchase Price
Tax Bracket of Borrower = 30%
(I realize there is no 30% bracket, but for the sake of simplicity, we’ll use 30%)


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Principal Amount

The principal amount is determined from an amortization schedule based on the above scenario. (Buying a property for $400,000 with a 5% ($20,000) down payment at an interest rate of 4.5% over 30 years.) The amounts are added up for the year, and are less than one might think if paying $1,925.40 for a mortgage every month. What’s the reason for this? Interest is front-loaded on your mortgage payments. As you’ll see, your principal payment goes up over the years, and your interest payment will reduce every year.


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Now you can see, that interest takes up the majority of your payments. As a result, your first year interest payments will be nearly $17,000. Sure, the money is not going into your pocket, it’s going into the bank’s. There is a silver lining, you get to take advantage of tax deductions for interest on your mortgage come tax time. We’ll get to that soon.


Going off the assumption that your tax rate is 1.3% of the purchase price, your taxes will be $5,200 for the first year. Tax appreciation for years thereafter are multiplied against the annual tax appreciation rate assumption we made of 1.5%.

Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage insurance is going to be a necessity if you are not coming in with at least 20% down. This number is calculated by taking the average mortgage insurance rate 0.8%, and multiplying it by the loan amount of $380,000. (Remember, we have put 5% down, which is $20,000. Although the home is worth $400,000, your loan is only for $380,000)

Homeowners Insurance

We’re assuming homeowners insurance is around $800 a year, and every subsequent year is calculated based on year past multiplied by the inflation rate assumption of 2%.

General Maintenance and Repairs

Any rent vs. buy scenario must take into consideration the amount of maintenance and upkeep required by the property. Typical rule of thumb is to allocate 1% of the purchase price for property repairs over the course of the year. In a perfect world, any excess money from the allocation should be rolled over into the next year as opposed to being spent. This way, once that $12,000 roof needs to be replaced, you won’t be forced to dish out $8,000 out of pocket for the year when your budget is $4,000. Ideally you would have a buffer built up to account for this repair.

As you can see, you will get a total amount for the year, however this is not taking into consideration the tax deductions you can apply for with your primary residence.

Tax Deductions:

This is the fun part. Now it’s your turn to extort the government out of your hard earned cash in the form of deductions. Interest on your mortgage, property taxes, and mortgage insurance are typically all deductions, and in this case, total over $25,000 for the first year. Again, assuming your tax bracket is a fictional 30% (Click here for 2014 tax brackets) you would essentially be saving 30% of that $25,215. That comes out to $7,564. Pretty cool right? So that number, $7,564 can be deducted from your pre-tax deduction cost of $36,145, to bring your total cost for owning a home in the first year to $28,580.

Your total monthly cost is $2,382 for the first month.


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As you can see, although your monthly payment for buying a house is going to be higher initially by $512 a month, those after tax savings of $630 a month will actually lower your monthly payments.


Results Up to 5 Years

The benefits for the first five years are even more impressive than the first year. After a mere five years, you will save $13,954 on monthly payments alone (after tax deductions) and by that time, you will have accrued $33,600 in equity from paying on your property. This brings your grand total savings to $47,554.

Or a better way to look at it would be this – If you buy, you will pay $145,320 after deductions, and pocket $47,554 compared to renting, where you will pocket $0 after five years after having paid $159,274 in rent.

So jumping back up to the chart at the top of the screen, the more rent you pay, the more money you’re throwing away. Rent returns nothing back to you at the end of your tenure. Your landlord gets the benefits of appreciation of the property, tax deductions from your rental income, and the accrual of equity, again fueled by your generous donations.


Beyond 5 Years

If you were to extrapolate this out even further, the numbers get quite staggering. Over time, more and more of your payments on your mortgage will go towards increasing your equity, and less and less of your money will go towards paying off the interest on your loan. You’ll start to accrue equity faster than ever. It’s like a savings account you’re obligated to pay into.

“But I don’t plan to stay in one place very long, I should probably rent right?”

The reality is that people are moving every 5-7 years now, and most people still buy into 30-year mortgages. The numbers would indicate that two years is the breakeven point for when owning becomes more financially advisable than renting. Remember, buying a home is just the first step, if you buy and have to move away, consider keeping the property as a rental to accrue equity, and pocket a little extra money each month. Do keep in mind however, that a property management company will be advisable if you’re not close enough (or willing) to manage it yourself.


Again, renting vs. buying is a more complex question than can be explained in this post, as it really does depend on a variety of factors. Not the least of which is the buyer. If you’re a buyer reading this, our best advice is to sit down and talk to a lender about what is possible. There are great programs available out there to aid you in qualifying for a home. There’s no obligation, and it it helps tremendously to know your options.

Which would you prefer? Rent or Buy?

Diane Kink


It’s Easter in The Woodlands, and there are a ton of activities to keep you running around and off the couch as most holidays unfortunately do. With the help of Woodlands Online, we wrangled up some activities to keep you in the know throughout the weekend. I have not included any church worship events or Easter egg hunts, so be sure to check out your church’s website for all those details.


Easter Photos with the Easter Bunny
April 4th, 10am-9pm
The Woodlands Mall 

The Woodlands Mall hosts the Easter Bunny and photo opportunity with the kids in the Macy’s Court. Hurry though, today is the last day to snag a family photo. Open today, April 4th from 10am to 9pm.

1201 Lake Woodlands Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
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April 4th, 10am-3pm
The Woodlands Children’s Museum

The Eggtivities event is hosted by The Woodlands Children’s Museum and takes place April 3rd and 4th from 10am to 3pm. Interestingly enough, the Easter bunny will also be here for photos. Crazy how magic works…

Admission: $5 for adults and children 2 years and older.

4775 W. Panther Creek Drive #280
The Woodlands, TX 77381
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Easter Egg Hunt
April 4th, 9am
HEB at Market Street

Join us April 4th at 9am for an Easter Egg Hunt in the Central Park by HEB at Market Street. Elementary and younger aged kids are invited to join the hunt!

9595 Six Pines Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
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Family Day: Easter Egg Monogram
April 4th – 11am-1pm
Painting with a Twist

Grab your friends, favorite drink and snack for some fun at Painting with a Twist. Join us as we paint Easter Egg Monograms with family and friends.

570 Sawdust Road
The Woodlands, TX 77380
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BunnyFest 2015
April 4th, 11am-3:30pm
McCullough Junior High School

BunnyFest is a free spring carnival for children ages preschool to 3rd grade. The event is put on by five local high school Interact Clubs and will feature games, prizes, cookie decorating, easter egg hunts, ring toss, face painting and more!

McCullough Junior High School
The Woodlands, TX 77381
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Easter Carriage Rides
April 4th 5-8pm
April 5th 1-4pm
Market Street, The Woodlands

Stop by Market Street on Easter weekend for a horse-drawn carriage ride through Market Street.

9595 Six Pines Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
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Enjoy the holiday folks!

Diane Kink

It’s always fun to look at some of the highest priced homes out there to see what you could get for a few million dollars. I’m sure others share that sentiment, of course they do, look at the success of websites like Pinterest.

I took to the MLS to investigate the highest priced homes that sold in the Houston market in March, and came up with the top ten. Since Texas is a non-disclosure state, we can’t specify sold prices for these homes exactly, however I can tell you #10 was listed not less than $2.5 million, and the #1 home on the list was listed over $4.5 million. The rest are somewhere in between.


  • #1 - 8810 Harness Creek Lane, Houston. The home is a 5 bedroom, 6 full, 2 half bath, 8,253 square foot home on a 25,043 square foot lot.
  • Second Picture - 8810 Harness Creek Lane, Houston
  • #2 - 5620 Bordley Drive, Houston. 5 Bedroom, 6 full, 3 half bath home. 10,840 square foot home on a 26,440 square foot lot in Tanglewood.
  • Second Picture from - 5620 Bordley Drive, Houston
  • #3 - 1609 Seaside Drive in Galveston. This 7 bedroom, 7.5 bath estate contains over 5,200 square feet of living space over four floors.
  • Second Picture - 1609 Seaside Drive in Galveston. Your view may actually be better if you sat on the beach and looked at the house!
  • #4 - 5528 Holly Springs Drive, Houston. Another home in Tanglewood, this one is a 6 bedroom, 7.5 bath estate with 7,464 square foot of living space on a 17,733 square foot lot.
  • A look at the backyard for 5528 Holly Springs Drive, Houston.
  • #5 - 4901 Goehmann, Fredericksburg. 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 6,422 square foot estate situated on a 73.44 acre lot with over 1,500 feet of water frontage along the historic Pedernales River.
  • A closer look at the house at 4901 Goehmann in Fredericksburg.
  • #6 - 10 Hunters Ridge Court, Hunters Creek. 6 Bedroom, 6.5 bath, 9,432 square foot home on a 30,605 square foot lot.
  • An interior peek at 10 Hunters Ridge Court.
  • #7 - 6309 Rutgers, West University Place. 5 Bedroom, 5 full, 2 half bath home with 6,200 square feet of living space across three stories and an 11,250 square foot lot.
  • #8 - 5504 Sugar Hill Drive, Houston. 5 Bedroom, 4 full, 3 half bath home with 6,701 square feet of living space on a 21,300 square foot lot.
  • #9 - 3109 Reba Drive, Houston. 5 bedroom, 5 full, 3 half bath, 5,735 square foot home on an 8,840 square foot lot.
  • #10 - 14 Cypress Ridge Lane, Sugar Land. 5 Bedroom, 4 full, 2 half bath, 7,779 square foot estate on a 37,548 square foot lot.


Didn’t get enough? We currently have 12 properties  listed at over $1,000,000. Check them out here:

Active Listings over $1,000,000

Diane Kink

Iknowaguyf you live in The Woodlands, you probably already know that you need to either be a member or have a connection and walking into the clubhouse can sometimes feel a bit like the picture to the left.

If you love to golf, The Woodlands is a great place to lay down your roots. There are more than seven courses throughout The Woodlands between Carlton Woods, The Woodlands Country Club, and Canongate. All of these courses, as I just mentioned, are private. So if you’re not yet willing to drop the kind of cash necessary to knock that ball into the sand, woods, or any body of water visible or not, then you may be thinking of alternatives. Lucky for you, if you’re looking to walk on and play your options are still very good as there are a number of high quality courses within a short drive. This is a list of our favorite courses around The Woodlands, and a short blurb from their website along with links to more information. Without further ado…




Woodforest Golf Club

Woodforest Golf Club is located just a short drive north of The Woodlands. This course is one of my personal favorites in the area for the quality of the course and value. The grass and greens are always carefully maintained and the atmosphere is great for getting a relaxing round in.

“Designed by the PGA’s own Steve Elkington, Woodforest features 27 holes on a spacious course carved through the majestic pines and towering oaks of Northwest Houston. Since 2001 this classic design has appealed to golfers of all skill levels, deeming it a “player’s course.” Facilities include a pro shop, the Sandbagger’s Grille, driving range, separate putting and chipping greens, and fairway and greenside practice bunkers. Daily private and group instruction is also available from their onsite PGA staff. Woodforest Golf Club is open for daily fee play seven days a week.”

Website: Woodforest Golf Club

Prices: $50-$80 per round
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Augusta Pines Golf Club

Augusta Pines is just a few minutes south of Carlton Woods featuring 7,041 yards of golf from professional tees totaling a par of 72. Water features here will be sure to keep you on your toes amidst the towering pines, an overall fun course to play.

“Augusta Pines is an 18-hole golf club located in Spring, Texas designed by Tour 18, Inc. The facility features a state-of-the-art practice facility (including six target greens and sand bunkers). The course negotiates mature pines, dogwoods and oaks. The fairways are Baby Bermuda grass, while the greens and tees feature TifEagle. Our dramatic finishing holes are back-to-back island greens, the par-3 seventeenth and par-5 eighteenth. A total of 30 acres of lakes come into play on the eleven of the eighteen holes.”

Website: Augusta Pines Golf
Prices: $49-85 per round
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West Fork Golf & Country Club

West Fork Golf and Country Club is located on Highway 105 in Conroe, a stones throw away from Wedgewood Golf Club (see below) lies West Fork Golf and Country Club. This course offers a challenge for any golfer with well manicured fairways and greens which always makes for a fun outing with friends, or better yet, an escape from the office. Among the many challenges implemented into the design lies three holes with a lake hugging the length of each.

“West Fork Golf & Country Club, an 18-hole championship golf course is cut along the banks of the west fork of the San Jacinto River. The links style course negotiates rolling terrain, towering hardwoods and natural wetlands that border the river. West Fork appeals to golfers who seek generous, rolling fairways and smooth greens. The golf course design extends beyond the natural wildlife, giving the player a sense of comfort and tranquility. Every hole offers a different challenge for the recreational, beginner, and single-digit player. Come out to the new West Fork and experience “purely good golf in the country.”

Website: West Fork Golf Club

Prices: $27-$43 per round
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Cypresswood Golf Club

Cypresswood Golf Club is located in North Houston, just 7 miles from Bush Intercontinental Airport. Featuring two 18-hole courses, the Cypress course totals 6,906 yards from the furthest tees with a par of 72, while the Tradition course boasts 7,220 yards total for an identical par of 72. Cypresswood offers the ability to play two unique courses under one proverbial “roof.” Both courses come with their share of challenges, and as you would expect, are well maintained to ensure a great all around experience.

“Situated on over 600 acres of rolling, heavily wooded terrain along the confluence of Spring and Cypress creeks, this 36-hole golf facility offers two unique golf experiences and the finest of playing conditions. The Cypress course earned Golf Digest’s ranking of the “Best New Course” in 1989. The Tradition course at Cypresswood opened in 1997 and was designed by Keith Foster – a well known golf course architect famous for his work at Walking Stick, Bighorn, The Bandit and The Quarry. The Tradition course has been rated the #1 daily fee course in the Houston area by the Houston Chronicle for four consecutive years. The Tradition Course has also hosted the 1st Stage of the PGA Qualifying Tournament.”

Website: Cypresswood Golf Club
Prices: $25-$73 per round
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Windrose Golf Club

Windrose Golf Club is located south of The Woodlands just past the intersection of Kuykendahl and FM 2920 in the Windrose community. Windrose features 18 holes totaling 7,203 yards from the professional tees with a par of 72. This is a great, and challenging course which features water on 9 of 18 holes. Definitely a course to challenge your accuracy, and again, and all around fun course to grab some friends for good memories.

“This 18-hole championship layout features lush fairways that meander through century old Oak and Pine trees. Strategic water hazards and substantial sand bunkering add to the aesthetics and integrity of this great track. Risk and reward is the name of the game on the par 3’s, as all of them are guarded by water. WindRose offers a challenge to players of all skill levels looking for some great Houston golf.”

Website: Windrose Golf Club
Prices: $20-$50 per round
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Wedgewood Golf Course

Wedgewood Golf Course is located north of the Woodlands off Highway 105 near Lake Conroe. The 18-hole course features 6,817 yards of golf from the longest tees to a par of 72. Designed by Bruce Devlin/Robert von Hagge, the course opened in 1988. The 18th hole provides a unique opportunity to tee off at the highest elevation point in Montgomery County. Here you’ll experience a vista view of the treelined course and a scenic end to a fun and challenging round of golf.

“Wedgewood’s location boasts Montgomery County’s highest elevation point, which makes for the most scenic views and drastic variety of golf layout in the area. Ancient, old growth forests also line the lush fairways. The greens at Wedgewood are also amazing, fast, undulating and consistent. Our thoughtful layout will challenge experienced golfers while helping newcomers relax as they enjoy this classic game.”

Website: Wedgewood Golf Course
Prices: $20-$45 per round
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This list is only the tip of the iceberg, as there are many other courses available to play in the area, but these are our go-to courses around the area. A simple Google search will yield many discount tee-time providers as well, and some courses even offer online discounts so check out their site before you give them a call. Enough reading, get out there and golf!


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