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Stay up to date on the latest news articles related to Canadians traveling to or living in the United States. We provide news from the United States that is relevant to Canadians who live in or visit the United States.

2803, 2024

Miles Zimbaluk Named a Top Agent in Arizona

March 28th, 2024|

Meet Miles Zimbaluk, a pioneer in the real estate world whose journey began in financial planning, evolved through mortgage brokerage and new construction development, and culminated in a thriving career traversing two countries. Miles made the leap from Canada to the United States a decade ago, geared up with twenty years of industry experience.

902, 2024

Arizona Real Estate Market Update – February 2024

February 9th, 2024|

With many existing home owners comfortably staying put these days, more attention is placed on first-time home buyers, affordability, and supply of homes. The first thing that comes to mind is the choice between renting and buying. According to RealData the median cost of a 3 bedroom apartment at a 50+ unit complex in Q2 2023 was $2,100 per month in Maricopa County.

1001, 2024

Arizona Real Estate Market Update – January 2024

January 10th, 2024|

Well the balanced market didn’t last long, 7 weeks to be exact. Last month the Federal Reserve gave the housing industry a much needed gift. Not only did they not raise the Federal Funds Rate, they also announced their intention to drop it three times in 2024. Conventional mortgage rates responded by dropping from 7.1% to 6.62% within 2 days.

912, 2023

Arizona Real Estate Market Update – December 2023

December 9th, 2023|

Greater Phoenix has moved out of a seller’s market and into a balanced market, but it’s unclear how long this opportunity will last for buyers. December is typically the calm before the storm each year for the housing market, and this year is no different. New listings are at their lowest this month as many sellers opt to wait until January to list their home.

911, 2023

Arizona Real Estate Market Update – November 2023

November 9th, 2023|

Buyers who felt they lost out on the buyer’s market last year will be getting another chance this year. The Greater Phoenix housing market, on the whole, only has a few days left before it enters a balanced market. However, as 18 cities are still in seller’s markets, there are 11 that are either already in balance or in buyer’s markets.

1910, 2023

Lynx Air Connecting Canada and the US with Affordable Travel

October 19th, 2023|

In the ever-evolving landscape of aviation, Canadian low-cost carrier Lynx Air has emerged as a beacon of expansion and innovation. Since its transformation from Enerjet to Lynx Air in April 2022, the airline has been on a relentless journey, steadily increasing its presence in North America while bolstering its fleet size...

910, 2023

Arizona Real Estate Market Update – October 2023

October 9th, 2023|

The 4th quarter is here, and this is the best time of year to be a buyer in Greater Phoenix! Inventory continues to rise, up 22% in 10 weeks to be exact, and price reductions typically peak in October and November. Most sellers listing in October are motivated to close on their homes before the end of the year, but few are more motivated than builders.

2906, 2022

Arizona’s Real Estate Market is Cooling Off

June 29th, 2022|

Good news for home buyer’s in Arizona, the hot housing market is cooling down quickly. After 2 years of rapid growth, record sales, and prices rising to record levels, we are finally starting to see a leveling off. In the past 30 days, over 12,000 new residential listings were added in the Greater Phoenix area. It’s a record 34% jump in new listings.

206, 2022

Arizona Real Estate Market Update May 2022

June 2nd, 2022|

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, less competition and more supply in Greater Phoenix! Active supply is up 40% from this time last year, but all that gain has been achieved over the last 6 weeks with an increase of 45%. The market is in the early stage of shifting out of an insane seller market and into a mere frenzy seller market. Before we know it, it could be a regular old hot seller market where properties still appreciate but take multiple weeks to sell.

2104, 2022

New Record Sale of $21 Million in Paradise Valley

April 21st, 2022|

A new record sale for Paradise Valley closed on April 18th for $21 million. This surpassed the previous Paradise Valley high mark of $20.9 million in October 2020 for a home in the same neighborhood. Situated on one of the most commanding homesites in the Cameldale community, this 15,736-square-foot grand [...]

2601, 2021

Arizona Real Estate Market Update Q4-2020

January 26th, 2021|

Arizona Real Estate Sales Statistics Q4-2020 Arizona Real Estate Continues to Set Records as Prices Climb Sales Volume Despite all the challenges, 2020 went down as the year with the 2nd highest number of homes sold, with just 2,471 fewer sales than 2005. Real estate sales are up +8.8% month-over-month [...]

2308, 2020

Arizona Home Sales and Prices Soar in July Despite the Pandemic

August 23rd, 2020|

Phoenix area home prices are up an average of 10% from this time in 2019, and selling in an average of 10 days, making Phoenix the hottest real estate market in the country. Supply and Demand The issue is simply a matter of supply and demand as inventory remains [...]

2307, 2020

Arizona Real Estate Market Update Q2-2020

July 23rd, 2020|

The Arizona real estate market remains HOT despite the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the state. The inventory of properties listed for sale are exceptionally low with homeowners reluctant to list their homes during the pandemic. This has created a seller’s market and fueled an already robust real estate market in [...]

2007, 2020

WestJet Adding New Flights to the US, Caribbean, & Europe

July 20th, 2020|

WestJet’s new schedule for August includes more than 200 daily flights to 48 destinations across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe. The new schedule features service to 39 domestic airports in Canada and further highlights...

1407, 2020

Canada U.S. Land Border to Remain Closed Until August 21

July 14th, 2020|

As expected, the Canada U.S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another 30 days until August 21st to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Canada and the U.S. agreed in March to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel...

1506, 2020

WestJet Resumes Service to U.S. and Mexico Destinations

June 15th, 2020|

WestJet announced its plan to more than double the number of flights it will offer in July compared to June to allow Canadians the pleasure of summer travel while economically supporting communities across the country in safely reopening travel and tourism....

604, 2020

Coronavirus Testing in Arizona

April 6th, 2020|

There are laboratory tests that can identify the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens. State and local public health departments have received tests from CDC while medical providers are getting tests developed by commercial manufacturers. Who should be tested Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Here is [...]

305, 2019

Maricopa is Fastest Growing County in the US

May 3rd, 2019|

Maricopa County is booming. For the third straight year, it's the fastest growing U.S. County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Now, it's the fourth biggest population in the nation. Jobs, jobs, jobs. According to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, nearly 70,000 non-farming jobs have been added since March [...]

2904, 2019

Top 10 Most Profitable Cities to Own Vacation Rentals

April 29th, 2019|

For more than a decade, short-term home rental websites such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO have helped everyday Americans squeeze some serious cash out of their homes—whether families renting out empty bedrooms or investors offering up multiple properties in prime tourist neighborhoods, leasable by the night. Easy-peasy! But those [...]

904, 2019

Canadian Developer Breaks Ground on a 3,695 Home Community

April 9th, 2019|

A Canadian developer broke ground last week on a master-planned residential community with room for thousands of houses in the West Valley. Brookfield Residential’s 1,130-acre Alamar development will feature up to 3,695 home sites, a 41-acre regional park co-developed with the city of Avondale and an elementary school. “Alamar will [...]

2908, 2018

Canadians Buying US Real Estate In 2018

August 29th, 2018|

The National Association of REALTORS® released their annual report for international transactions of US residential real estate. The report presents information regarding transactions with Canadian clients who purchased and sold U.S. residential property during the 12-month period of April 2017 to March 2018. How much US real estate are [...]

2908, 2018

New Airlines Flying From Canada to Florida

August 29th, 2018|

Two new low cost airlines announced direct flights to major winter destinations in Florida, Arizona and Las Vegas. Swoop Airlines Upstart Canadian “ultra-low-cost carrier” Swoop is making its first push into the United States, revealing plans to fly seven routes from five U.S. airports. The airline’s first US flights start [...]

2408, 2018

More New Flights to Arizona

August 24th, 2018|

Flair Airlines announced it is introducing non-stop flights to six popular U.S. destinations this winter. The new routes will extend Flair's rapidly growing network to Florida's Orlando International Airport, St. Pete-Clearwater (Tampa Bay) and Miami as well as to Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa Airport in Arizona.The announcement comes [...]

1408, 2018

Swoop Offers Flights to Arizona

August 14th, 2018|

Upstart Canadian "ultra-low-cost carrier" Swoop is making its first push into the United States, revealing plans to fly seven routes from five U.S. airports. The airline’s first US flights start on October 11th, when Swoop launches non-stop service between Las Vegas and Edmonton. The carrier will add six more US-Canada [...]

708, 2018

Canadians Buying US Real Estate In 2018

August 7th, 2018|

The National Association of REALTORS® released their annual report for international transactions of US residential real estate. The report presents information regarding transactions with Canadian clients who purchased and sold U.S. residential property during the 12-month period of April 2017 to March 2018. How much US real estate are [...]

1105, 2018

Florida Tourism Targeting Canadians

May 11th, 2018|

Florida’s tourism arm is touting marketing efforts that attracted an increase in travelers from America’s northern neighbor, less than a year after admitting the state had taken its Canadian visitors for granted. Visit Florida announced Monday that its expanded attention on Canada played a role in the nearly 4 percent [...]

2504, 2018

Canadians Buying US Real Estate in Record Numbers

April 25th, 2018|

Canadians Buying US Real Estate in Record Numbers Between April 2016 and March 2017, Canadians doubled the amount spent on U.S. real estate properties, a total of $19 billion up from $8.9 billion the previous year. This is the highest amount Canadians have ever spent in one year. Total [...]

1604, 2018

Canadian Snowbirds Impact Arizona Economy

April 16th, 2018|

The Canada Arizona Business Council has just released key new ?ndings regarding the economic impact non-resident Canadians have on the Arizona economy annually. In addition to the previously estimated short-term Canadian tourism  impact within  Arizona of $1 Billion (source: Arizona O?ce of Tourism), the Council now  believes a more accurate [...]

904, 2018

Arizona Wants More Canadian Visitors

April 9th, 2018|

The Arizona Office of Tourism has teamed up with a national marketing company to create a digital campaign that will attract more international travelers from Canada. In 2017, over 1 million Canadians visited Arizona spending over 1 billion dollars in the Arizona economy. The Arizona office of tourism wants more! [...]

504, 2018

Canadians Doubled Spending on US Real Estate

April 5th, 2018|

The average price a Canadian paid for a U.S. home jumped 69% to over $560,000; one out of three bought in Florida. Canadians have bought significantly more expensive homes in the United States over the past year, as they look to their southern neighbor for sunny, high-end vacation spots in [...]

2803, 2018

Canadian Customs Could be Coming to the US

March 28th, 2018|

Canada could soon have its first customs facilities located inside the United States. Florida and Arizona are potential sites for pilot projects in ongoing experiments to modernize the border. It would be the next phase in preclearance efforts that have been going on for decades. The U.S. has had customs [...]

2603, 2018

Expanding Canadian Healthcare in the USA

March 26th, 2018|

The city of Surprise established a cross border healthcare task force to determine the feasibility of bringing Canadian healthcare services to Arizona. The idea is to set up a place in Surprise where Canadian doctors can practice, and the snowbirds can get medical services and rehabilitation in a warm climate. [...]

2103, 2018

Scottsdale Voted Best City to Retire in America

March 21st, 2018|

A number of Arizona cities were picked as some of the best places in the country to retire in, including Scottsdale which took the #1 spot! Arizona top ranked cities include: Scottsdale ranked 1st Mesa ranked 11th Tempe ranked 29th Tucson ranked 52nd Phoenix ranked 59th The list was [...]

1903, 2018

Air Canada Increases Flights to Arizona

March 19th, 2018|

Air Canada announced it would expand its frequency of flights to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport from Calgary and Vancouver starting on October 28 of 2018. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, the airline will increase its nonstop service from Vancouver to Phoenix from four days a week to seven, and [...]

1503, 2018

Record $17.5M Home Sale Goes to a Canadian

March 15th, 2018|

The record for the priciest home sale in Arizona has been broken, again. A Canadian buyer has plonked down $17.5 million for a 20,000-square-foot mansion in north Scottsdale’s exclusive Silverleaf neighborhood. Buyer Nummus Properties, a Saskatchewan corporation, paid cash for the estate, according to public real estate records. The [...]

2310, 2017

AARP Proudly Recognizes Heidi Higgins

October 23rd, 2017|

We are very proud of one of Canada to Arizona's most important partners helping Canadians with insurance and vehicle importing to Arizona. Heidi Higgins was recently recognized by AARP for her many hours of volunteer work. Heidi helps many of our Canadian clients import their vehicles each year. [...]

1812, 2016

Riderville in Arizona February 9, 2017

December 18th, 2016|

Join us on February 9th as Riderville invades Arizona for the 3rd year! Join thousands of Saskatchewan Roughrider fans in Arizona to watch the Arizona Coyotes take on the Montreal Canadiens. The event starts with a pre-game party outside Gila River Arena at Salty Tacos Y Tequila followed by [...]

1312, 2016

WestJet adds Canada flights from Mesa

December 13th, 2016|

WestJet Airlines plans to start service between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and two Canadian cities in January. The Canadian carrier, which already serves several destinations in Canada from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, will offer non-stop flights to Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, from the east Mesa airport. The Calgary service will [...]

1511, 2016

Coyotes Announce Plans for New Arena

November 15th, 2016|

The Arizona Coyotes announced today that they have entered into an exclusive negotiation agreement with Catellus Development Corporation, master developer for the Arizona State University Athletic Facilities District, to work towards the finalization of a new arena and commercial development project within the district along Tempe Town Lake. The site [...]

111, 2016

Warm Arizona winter could mean more snowbirds

November 1st, 2016|

La Nina conditions could bring a warm, dry winter to Arizona and colder, snowy weather in Canada and the northern U.S. Sources as varied as the Climate Prediction Center, La Niña forecasts and the "Canadian Farmers’ Almanac" are calling for conditions that could lead us to see larger-than-normal flocks of [...]

610, 2016

Arizona Governor calls for more Canada U.S. trading

October 6th, 2016|

Arizona’s Republican Governor is touring Canada urging corporate leaders to ignore the anti-trade rhetoric that is dominating the U.S. presidential campaign and keep investing in U.S. expansion. Governor Doug Ducey, who was in Toronto on Tuesday pitching Arizona to a business audience in Toronto, proudly pointed out that 350 Canadian [...]

2707, 2016

American tourist destinations try to lure Canadians as loonie drops

July 27th, 2016|

Several American businesses are freezing their prices and trying to appeal to Canadians in a bid to have them cross the border this summer. The loonie’s ongoing drop — which began in 2014 — has led to many people choosing places other than the U.S. for vacation. Last year, [...]

2506, 2016

RUH Foundation’s Eric Gryba Celebrity Golf Classic

June 25th, 2016|

The 2016 Royal University Hospital Foundation’s Eric Gryba Celebrity Golf Classic was a great success in support of Emergency, Critical Care and Trauma at Royal University Hospital. With the help of our hometown NHL star, Eric Gryba of the Edmonton Oilers, a group of celebrity hockey stars including our own [...]

3105, 2016

Canadian Companies Flock to Arizona

May 31st, 2016|

Sixty-five years ago, Charlie Hess' grandfather opened a small electronics manufacturing company in Canada. Today, Hess, now president and part owner of St. Clair Technologies, still operates an office in Canada, but he's moved most business operations to Chandler. Hess said he "lucked into" his Chandler location while looking for [...]

2204, 2016

Canada is important player in Arizona economy

April 22nd, 2016|

When talk turns to trade in Arizona, Mexico tends to dominate the conversation, but we shouldn’t forget the importance of our neighbors to the north, officials say. Canada is the state’s No. 2 trading partner, with $3.7 billion in bilateral trade in 2015. And Canadians’ roots in Arizona go deep, [...]

2203, 2016

What to know about getting a U.S. mortgage

March 22nd, 2016|

Although Canadians and Americans share the same continent, live across from one another on the world’s longest undefended border and speak, mainly, the same language, there is one undeniable geographical advantage that the United States possesses in abundance: year-round warm weather locales. This has led many Canadians to think about [...]

2002, 2016

Arizona draws more than 1 million Canadian tourists

February 20th, 2016|

Record breaking is simply the best way to describe Arizona’s unique relationship with Canada as the state celebrates Canada Week. For the first time ever, 2015 brought more than one million recorded Canadian tourists to explore and enjoy communities across all of Arizona. “Arizona enjoys a long standing friendship with [...]

902, 2016

How to prevent the sinking dollar from grounding your vacation

February 9th, 2016|

With the dollar so weak, many snowbirds and March Break travelers may reason that a blessed vacation in the Caribbean or southern United States this winter is out of the question. Then another Arctic blast will hit, reason will fly out the window, and hordes will make their annual pilgrimage [...]

2501, 2016

Canadians profiting by selling Arizona real estate with a weak Canadian dollar

January 25th, 2016|

If you purchased Arizona real estate during the US real estate melt down and at the time of the above par Canadian dollar, then your investment as likely more than doubled in just a few years! Many Canadians purchased simply for investment purposes and are now choosing to cash in [...]

1401, 2016

One Scottsdale is a massive urban village to rise in North Scottsdale

January 14th, 2016|

A mix of modern office towers, street-level shops and high-density housing could soon bring thousands of jobs and residents to an urban complex planned in north Scottsdale, with an early phase expected to break ground this spring. One Scottsdale, a massive mixed-use project at the northeastern corner of Scottsdale Road [...]

1101, 2016

Canadians can win the $1.4 billion US Powerball lottery

January 11th, 2016|

Looking to get really, really rich, quick? You may want to consider purchasing a ticket for Wednesday's record-breaking Powerball draw, with an estimated US$1.4 billion up for grabs in the American lottery. In Canadian dollars, that could mean a jackpot total of more than $1.9 billion. Here's what Canadians need [...]

1001, 2016

El Nino will turn Phoenix into Seattle this year

January 10th, 2016|

The ongoing El Nino weather pattern will have the Phoenix area looking a lot more like a Pacific Northwest city this year, a climatologist said Wednesday. “This year, we’re going to become Seattle,” Randy Cerveny, a climatologist with Arizona State University, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Bruce St. James and [...]

401, 2016

T-Mobile touts first continental phone plan for North America

January 4th, 2016|

All calls, texts and data with T-Mobile Simple Choice plans will cost no more to Mexico and Canada or while visiting Mexico and Canada! T-Mobile on Thursday announced that there would be no added charges for its U.S. based Simple Choice customers when they call, text or use data to [...]

1612, 2015

Falling Canadian dollar hurts U.S. sunbelt states as snowbirds stay home

December 16th, 2015|

The American sunbelt is expected to feel a chill this winter from Canada's weakened economy and a loonie that's lost more than a quarter of its value in the past couple of years. Overnight cross-border travel was down about nine per cent in the first nine months of the year [...]

312, 2015

How Canada’s new government will impact Arizona

December 3rd, 2015|

After ten years of conservative and austerity rule in the Canadian parliament, voters put a new Liberal government in place on a push to kickstart the economy. Canada’s economic growth plays directly into Arizona’s real estate market as Canadians are Arizona’s largest source of foreign snow birds and the real [...]

2711, 2015

Buffalo Chip Saloon is a total loss after fire

November 27th, 2015|

Crews battled a massive blaze Thursday morning at a Valley hotspot — the Buffalo Chip Saloon and steakhouse. Rural Metro fire units initially responded to a small fire in the bathroom which was out quickly. Officials called Maricopa County arson investigators and cleared the scene, Colin Williams with Rural Metro said. Those [...]

411, 2015

Canadians cashing in on lucrative Arizona rentals

November 4th, 2015|

Canadian investors generating rich profits out of southern U.S. real estate opportunities At the October Jurock Real Estate Outlook Conference in Vancouver, Janet LePage of Western Wealth Capital told a packed house of Canadian investors that they could make more money in the U.S. than they can at home by [...]

1610, 2015

Arizona tourist attractions top national lists for best places to visit

October 16th, 2015|

Generating more than $20 billion last year, tourism is one of Arizona's most important industries, and a handful of well-known Arizona tourist attractions recently garnered some national recognition as some of the best in the country. Pink Jeep Tours, the Black Canyon Trail and the Children's Museum of Phoenix all [...]

3009, 2015

Canadians help heat up Arizona economy

September 30th, 2015|

Canadians love escaping the cold and traveling south to soak up the Arizona sun, but Arizona is becoming more than just a vacation destination for Canadians. The Arizona economy wouldn't be where it is today without Canadians! Arizona’s economic climate offers Canadian companies a great place to enter the U.S. [...]

1909, 2015

Arizona Boasts Some of America’s Safest Cities

September 19th, 2015|

Millions of Canadian's love to live in and visit Arizona for a number of reason's from the incredible weather, beautiful scenery, endless attractions and events, affordable real estate, but also because it reminds us of home with some of the safest cities in all of America. Three of the major [...]

1009, 2015

Canadians Still Heading to Arizona Despite Lagging Loonie

September 10th, 2015|

Canada’s dollar is declining but Arizona experts believe it will not substantially impact the state’s tourism industry. Canadian economists are warning travelers that they will not get as much bang for their buck — or in this case, their loonie — if they visit the U.S.  after the Canadian dollar [...]

109, 2015

Scottsdale and Peoria among top 10 places to retire

September 1st, 2015|

Looking to retire? Several Arizona cities may be the best place to settle down, according to a study by financial website WalletHub. The study, released this week, determined that Scottsdale and Peoria are among the top 10 spots to retire in the country, based on criteria such as cost of [...]

1908, 2015

Lake Mead Rising; Arizona Won’t Sacrifice Water in 2016

August 19th, 2015|

Water supply from the Colorado River will not run short next year, contrary to the dismal projections that Arizona had braced for until a few months ago. Water managers even expect to stave off a shortage in 2017 thanks to an unusually wet spring and a multistate agreement to take [...]

808, 2015

Arizona Tourism Reaches Record Heights

August 8th, 2015|

Arizona tourism is breaking records! For travelers unaware, there's a whole lot more to the Grand Canyon state than its namesake national park. The proof is in the numbers. Arizona's Office of Tourism revealed record-breaking tourist figures last week, showing 2014 to be a memorable year for the state's key [...]

2407, 2015

Arizona Coyotes new deal eases financial burden on Glendale

July 24th, 2015|

Two years from now, the Arizona Coyotes and city of Glendale may again be butting heads over an arena deal, or the NHL team may be looking for a new home, whether it be in downtown Phoenix or another city such as Las Vegas, Seattle or Quebec City. But maybe [...]

2007, 2015

New $47M Scottsdale condo to have private VIP nightclub

July 20th, 2015|

A new $47 million condominium development in Old Town Scottsdale will include an in-house nightclub. The residents-only Black Label Lounge is part of Deco Commmunities' Envy Residences under construction in Scottsdale. “Privacy, exclusivity and style are what Envy buyers are looking for in a social space,” said developer Rob Lyles, [...]

207, 2015

Arizona Sees Record Year for Tourism

July 2nd, 2015|

2014 was a record-breaking year for tourism in the State of Arizona, according to the Arizona Office of Tourism. More than 40.7 million domestic and international overnight visitors traveled to Arizona last year, contributing roughly $57 million to Arizona's economy. According to statistics from AOT, this was the biggest growth [...]

3006, 2015

Scottsdale’s highest priced home sells for $7.2 million

June 30th, 2015|

The summer real estate market is staying hot in north Scottsdale. The highest priced home sale this year in Scottsdale, and in the Silverleaf community, closed for $7.2 million. The home was sold by Deborah Beardsley and Andrew Beardsley of Silverleaf Realty. The five bedroom, six bathroom home in the [...]

2406, 2015

Scottsdale Seeing Condo, Apartment Boom

June 24th, 2015|

More than 6,000 apartments and condominiums are under construction, in the development pipeline or have recently hit the market in Scottsdale as the multifamily segment continues to be the Valley’s strongest real estate segment. The activity also is creating work for contractors and jobs for construction workers. The Scottsdale multifamily [...]

1205, 2015

Why more than just snowbirds are flocking to Phoenix

May 12th, 2015|

Jean-Sébastien Leclerc considered Arizona, Nevada, Washington State and Oregon for the site of a new plant that would allow his family’s 110-year-old food business to expand into Western Canada and the U.S. Southwest. Canadians make up about 78 per cent of foreign travel to Phoenix’s Sky Harbour Airport, as well [...]

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