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August
1

ODR's Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Old Dominion Realty

As an independent real estate firm, our goal is to provide the best possible service to you and provide comprehensive assistance in achieving your real estate goals. This is true whether you're moving to a Virginia/West Virginia community from across town or across the world. One of the ways that we provide that level of service is through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a worldwide network of top independent real estate brokerages.

Both our real estate agents and our clients benefit from our affiliation with LeadingRE, whose mantra is "Making the Best Brokerages Better." No matter where you're moving from, our team is here to help you find the home that perfectly suits your needs.

Get to Know Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Founded in 1997 by 50 of the largest real estate brokerages in the United States, LeadingRE has grown into a worldwide network over the last 25 years. It's now comprised of 550 companies in more than 70 countries, with 4,700 offices located across the world and 136,000 sales associates. LeadingRE is a by-invitation-only network focused on raising the bar in real estate, with industry-leading metrics in sales and market coverage.

What this means for clients is that no matter where you're currently located and where you're planning to move, there's a global network of like-minded real estate firms ready to serve you. Long-distance moves are so much easier when you have a worldwide network to lean on, and we're proud to be part of a network that's built to serve you.

Global Network

A Global Network with Local Knowledge

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is made up of industry-leading local and regional real estate firms. As a client, one key benefit of working with a local or regional real estate brand is that you have access to unparalleled local knowledge. In our case, that means helping you find the right home, in the right neighborhood, in Virginia and West Virginia communities.

When you're relocating from far away, there are so many factors to consider, whether you're relocating for work, family, military service, or simply to experience something new. Starting a new life in a new location is so much smoother when you have access to a global network with unmatched local knowledge. Take the guesswork out of a long-distance move, and find a real estate brand you can trust to make your transition a smooth, streamlined experience so you can focus on settling into your new home.

Local Team

Our Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

You can find our Old Dominion Realty page on the LeadingRE website and our video on Old Dominion Realty and LeadingRE to learn more about our affiliation with the network. If you're moving from out of state or outside the country, we can help you manage the logistics, find the right neighborhood, and find the right home. If you're moving from Virginia/West Virginia to another location, our affiliation with LeadingRE means that we can help you find the right agent in communities across the world.

On the LeadingRE website, you can also access tools like the Global Cost of Living Report, Currency Converter, and Mortgage Calculator to help you make informed decisions. The goal is to provide you with the best possible service, no matter where you're moving from or where you're moving to, through a network with global reach.

Services from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® offers a variety of tools to help facilitate long-distance moves for individuals and organizations.

  • Luxury Portfolio International®
    Luxury Portfolio International® is geared toward luxury clientele, with more than 50,000 of the world's finest properties listed annually. If you're searching for a luxury home, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help you find it.

  • RELO Direct, Inc.®
    RELO Direct, Inc.® is a service for corporate clients, providing comprehensive administrative support to help employees move with high satisfaction rates. It also has extensive certifications to help government organizations manage employee moves.

  • Solutions Group
    The Solutions Group program helps us help you. LeadingRE partners with a wide range of service providers that allow members to leverage the best tools, technology, and services in the real estate industry to provide the best possible service to our clients.

Our Team

Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Move

Whether you're shopping for Augusta County homes for sale or homes in another Virginia or West Virginia community, our team is here to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help us accommodate your needs, no matter where you're moving from or what is motivating your move. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Augusta County, VA area.

February
28

Spring Cleaning Tasks That Will Get Your Home Ready to List

Spring Cleaning

Spring naturally brings out the desire to clean, and if you're interested in selling your home, it couldn't come at a better time. Before your home is listed for sale with one of our real estate agents, make sure it will look its best. Spring cleaning can make your home shine and look fresh and clean! This is sure to make it more appealing to prospective buyers and help it stand out from other Rockingham County homes for sale.

The following spring cleaning tasks will help you get your home ready to list:

Declutter

  • Clear the Clutter
    Everyone has possessions that they no longer want or use, and holding onto them makes your home look messier and harder to keep clean. A crowded home also will make prospective buyers wonder if your home has enough storage and makes it harder for them to imagine your home as their own. Before you start spring cleaning, go through your home and remove clothes that are no longer worn, broken, or outgrown toys and household goods that have outlived their usefulness. Items that are still in good shape can be sold or donated.

  • Make a Checklist
    Make a room-by-room checklist of what you need to clean. This helps keep you on track, ensures that areas aren't forgotten, and gives you a sense of accomplishment as you cross items off your list. Break each room down into areas, such as drawers, and then individual tasks such as wiping them down and swapping out any outdated hardware. This checklist can also be used to divide spring cleaning tasks among several family members.

Cleaning Supplies

  • Shop for Needed Cleaning Supplies
    Make sure you have what you need, including a good all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths, before you start cleaning. Supplies that can be used for a myriad of objects and surfaces are ideal to start with, and as you start cleaning, you can always buy a specialty product if there's a need for it. Look for cleansers that have a pleasingly light scent since this can also help your home seem fresh and clean.

  • Don't Forget the Outside
    It's not just your home's interior that needs freshening up in the spring - it's also the outside. The outside of your home will be seen by house hunters even before the inside is. And if it makes a poor impression, they may never make it through your front door. Walk around your home and yard to see what needs cleaning, repairing, and refreshing. You might need to pressure wash the exterior of your home as well as your driveway, patio, deck, and walkways. Paint touch-ups may also be needed. 

  • Wash Everything You Can
    Household items can collect dust that makes them look dirty and dingy, so wash everything you can. This includes curtains, some area rugs, bath mats, and shower curtains. Items that can't be washed should be thoroughly shaken outside and vacuumed using the right attachment. If they've seen better days, you may want to simply replace them, especially if they're relatively inexpensive items.

Spring Clean Windows

  • Make Your Windows Sparkle
    If you've had your draperies or blinds closed for a good bit of the winter, you may not have noticed how grimy they've gotten. Scrub each pane clean inside and out on a cloudy day so you're not left with streaks. And don't forget to also scrub any sills or trim. Clean windows can make your entire home sparkle and will let sunlight in, giving your home a bright, fresh appearance. Just be aware that sunlight streaming into a home highlights any dust, so make sure to add dusting to your list of spring cleaning to-dos.

  • Clean Easily Overlooked Areas
    Prospective buyers will be looking over your home from top to bottom, so no area is too small to ignore. Clean your light switch plates and outlet covers, and pay attention to the inside of your appliances, drawers, and cabinets because potential buyers will definitely open them.

Spring Clean Entryway

  • Spend Extra Time on Your Entryway
    Since your entryway will be the first part of your home's interior that prospective buyers will see, take extra time on the area so it makes a good impression. Invest in a new welcome mat, make sure your door is in great shape (including any glass inserts), and clean the floor thoroughly. And if you have any furniture to store shoes, coats, or other items near the door, make sure it's clean and uncluttered. Not only does this make a better impression, but it also gives prospective buyers a place to hang their jackets.

Contact us to see Rockingham homes for sale or Harrisonburg homes for sale. Whether you're looking to buy a home, sell one, or do both, we have the knowledge and experience to make your transaction go smoothly.

July
27

Home Selling Ideas to Make Your House Stand Out

Home Selling Ideas to Make Your House Stand Out
Selling your house runs more smoothly when you begin with a plan.

Buyers have ample options when shopping for West Virginia real estate, so it's essential to present your listing in the most favorable light possible. Our real estate agents are here to help for selling your home, with six tips to make your home stand out in your local real estate market.

  • Clean Your Home, Remove Clutter, and Keep It Looking Great 
    A deep cleaning of your home – both indoors and outside – is an absolute must if you want to maximize the appeal of your property, and cleaning before you list will also make life easier when it's time to move. While you're cleaning, take the time to remove clutter as much as possible, whether you decide to store it, sell it, donate it, or toss it. Remember to keep the home clean throughout the sales process, so it will always be ready for buyers who want to visit.
  • Consider Curb Appeal for a Positive First Impression
    Buyers start forming an impression of your home the minute they arrive. Curb appeal is a crucial ingredient when you want your home to stand out from other Virginia homes for sale. Start by cleaning your yard, keeping the lawn cut, trimming trees, pruning shrubs, and removing any plant debris that has built up. If your home's exterior could use a boost, adding fresh landscaping features can be a cost-effective way to enhance curb appeal.
  • Fresh Paint and DIY Fixes
    When buyers visit a home, they will be looking for small indicators of how well you've taken care of the property. So if your home has any small maintenance issues, it's worth investing the time and effort necessary to fix them. While you're tackling maintenance issues, check whether any walls need a touch-up or a fresh coat of paint.
  • Highlight Areas Where You've Added Value 
    Have you made any improvements to the home that you feel deserve the attention of buyers? Perhaps you've added an area for entertaining guests outdoors, turned an unfinished basement into an attractive living space, or made improvements to the master bedroom/bathroom. While not every upgrade adds value in every buyer's eyes, it's well worth pointing out areas where you have upgraded the home.
  • Professional Photography Helps Your Home Stand Out Online
    With all of the work you've put into prepping your home for sale, you want to make sure that buyers get a great impression when they find your property online. Professional quality photography is a must for your online listing and will help buyers fall in love before visiting in person.
  • Pick the Right Price to Maximize Your Market
    Choosing the right price, based on a comparative market analysis (CMA) from your real estate agent, is one of the biggest keys to maximizing your home market. A price well above market value will scare off potential buyers, but you also don't want to leave money. Your real estate agent should be your number one resource for picking a price that will get your home sold.

Sell Your Home

The right real estate team can make your life so much easier when selling your home, and we're here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Eastern West Virginia and the Central Shenandoah Valley.

May
18

Your Online Listing is Even More Important

Online Property ListingsThe COVID-19 outbreak has completely upended the concept of "business as usual." While residential real estate businesses are considered essential services in Virginia and West Virginia, many state and local governments are imposing strict guidelines restricting normal practices.

If you need to sell your home, don't despair. Our real estate agents explain why online real estate listings are more important than ever for successfully marketing your home.

  1. Social Distancing
    The primary purpose of social distancing guidelines is to keep everyone safe and healthy. An individual can still spread COVID-19 without becoming sick themselves. With the uncertainty about who is and isn't a carrier, listing your house online allows you to sell your home without putting yourself and others at risk.

  2. Broader Reach
    Whether it's through a computer, tablet, or smartphone, nearly everyone has access to the internet. People are spending even more time online as the only source of interaction with the outside world. An online listing reaches vast numbers of potential buyers, even ones who don't currently live in your community.

  3. Virtual "Open House"
    An open house has been a traditional way to show homes to a wide range of buyers in a short span of time. With current restrictions on large gatherings, online listings let multiple people view your home simultaneously.

  4. Low Mortgage Rates
    Home mortgage interest rates, which had already been dropping steadily over the last year, continue to hit historic lows. As a result, demand improves as people are enticed to take advantage of the low rates. If your home is listed online, it's immediately available to these potential buyers.

  5. Convenient Information Sharing
    With an online listing, you can easily post all pertinent information about the home, such as square footage, year of construction, and amenities. Other data can include school districts and information about the local community. This cuts down much of the back-and-forth between seller and buyer to answer questions.

  6. Put Forth the Home's Best Side 
    As the saying goes, you get only one chance to make a first impression. When you create an online listing, you have the luxury of including high-quality photos and videos staged to maximize your home's visual appeal. This frees you up from last-minute scrambling to clean any quarantine clutter and sterilize surfaces pre- and post-tour.

  7. Perpetual Marketing
    Once a listing goes online, it remains there until the house is sold. You'll have peace of mind knowing that your home is being marketing 24/7 without the need for renewals or additional work on your end.

  8. Instill Confidence
    Most homebuyers engage a real estate agent to represent their interests. When your home goes into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), it shows up in real estate search websites used by agents. Since MLS listings must conform to certain requirements, agents know the information is accurate.

Times are uncertain, but if you're ready to sell your home, there's no need to wait. Our agents at Old Dominion Realty can help you navigate the ins and outs of real estate transactions during the "new normal." Contact us today to get started.

November
25

Selling Your Home | It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Home Sale

Selling Your Home During the Holidays
It's beginning to look a lot like a home sale! Homeowners across the city are listing their Harrisonburg homes for sale during the most wonderful time of the year. If you're interested in listing your home during the winter, our REALTORS® have eight things you should know about selling your home during the holidays.

Eight Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

  1. Winter is an excellent time to list your home.
    Despite the colder weather and busyness of the season, the winter is a uniquely advantageous time to sell your home. Typically, there is less inventory on the market which lessens your competition. Many buyers are also more motivated to secure a home as quickly as possible, as many are buying to meet their immediate family or career needs.
  2. Reliable REALTORS® know how to capitalize on an opportunity.
    Your REALTOR® is your best resource when selling a home. These dynamic individuals know that everything from listing to staging to negotiating in the wintertime requires a slightly different approach and they're able to proceed accordingly. Make sure you hire a REALTOR® who has the knowledge and experience you need to sell your home successfully without stress during the holidays.
  3. You'll need exterior photographs from prior seasons.
    Of course, all homeowners should hire a professional photographer to take updated interior and exterior photos for the listing. However, the winter weather doesn't always showcase your exterior as dazzlingly as possible. By including photos of your property from the greener seasons, you can show off the full potential of your outdoor spaces.
  4. Landscaping is still an important element to curb appeal.
    Although you can't control the snow, ice, and slush that makes its way onto your property, you can prevent it from detracting from your curb appeal. Shoveling sidewalks and driveways and removing icicles can make a world of difference, as can trimming dead branches off of trees and raking up debris around the yard. Remember, curb appeal is one of the most important elements of your home and a top reason why buyers will consider your property.
  5. Your appliances will need to be ready to run without fail.
    While you may be able to sell your home even if it requires a few touchups in certain areas, your appliances must be running at peak performance. Homeowners will need to immediately use the stove, heater, fireplace, furnace, and hot water tanks. Any issues with these appliances can immediately make a buyer consider another property.
  6. Flexibility can dramatically increase your potential for success.
    The holidays are a busy time for buyers and sellers alike, but being flexible and understanding of your seller's needs can go a long way to helping you sell the home. Whether they need a fast close, small repairs completed or negotiated terms, being willing to find a compromise can help you seal the deal much smoother and faster.
  7. Seasonal décor can positively and negatively impact your viewings.
    Holiday decorations are often cherished by many homeowners and there are certainly plenty of buyers who will enjoy seeing your home and neighborhood spectacularly decorated. Unfortunately, there are also some buyers who may find religious, spiritual or cultural decorations to be off-putting. Be sure to consult your REALTOR® regarding how you can best present your home while still enjoying one last season with your favorite holiday décor.
  8. Timing is everything.
    Although there may be more motivated buyers and less inventory on the market, you still need to time your listing appropriately. If you don't need to sell your home before the New Year, it may be in your best interest to wait until January to list it.

If you'd like help selling your home during the holidays (and all throughout the year), contact us at Old Dominion Realty today!

Sell Your Home with Old Dominion Realty

 

January
30

Top 5 Reasons Why FSBOs Fail

Why FSBOs Fail

When you are selling your Harrisonburg home, it only makes sense you want the sale to close successfully. But, how do you define success? It's simple—maximizing your profits and minimizing disruption to your daily life. For nearly 90 percent of homeowners that means enlisting the services of experienced real estate agents like our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty.

Yet, there is a small percentage of homeowners who choose to list their homes for sale by owner (FSBO), perhaps hoping to save money by avoiding commissions. Unfortunately, FSBOs have a reputation for failure.  We have created this list of five reasons why homes for sale by owners fail.

  1. Seller and Home Not Prepared
    One common misstep of homeowners trying the FSBO route is not fully understanding the work involved in successfully preparing their home for sale. Often, just the planning and budgeting process of getting your home in tip-top shape is a major achievement.  Sellers need to understand:

    - Curb appeal: Is your roof missing any shingles? Is your landscaping looking shabby? Does your front door need a coat of paint?
    - Interior: Have you shampooed your carpeting, painted any rooms or checked the condition of attic insulation?
    - ROI: Most importantly, do you know which of these and other minor home improvement projects, remodels, and upgrades offer the best return on investment in your market segment and community?

  2. Time-Consuming Inquiries and Showings
    One of the biggest pitfalls of a FSBO is that it's time consuming.  This includes keeping the home in "show-ready" condition, answering questions, and juggling showings and open houses. Do you have the time to field and screen phone calls from potential buyers, real estate agents, real estate investors, and window shoppers?

    After all, real estate agents and home buyers want quick responses to their inquiries. Otherwise, you can be sure they have other properties to view. You are better off hiring a real estate agent to handle all inquiries and to schedule and staff the showings.

  3. Pricing Pitfalls
    Accurately pricing homes for sale in Harrisonburg takes knowledge of the local market and experience. Our REALTORS® utilize comprehensive market analyses to arrive at an accurate home value which to help you gauge an asking price. Avoid the pricing pitfalls of FSBO homes, and talk to your agent.

  4. Lacking Market Reach
    You spruced up your curb appeal, organized home improvement receipts, and baked two pans of heavenly-smelling cookies before an open house event. Time for an honest reality check: lack of market reach is the final nail in the coffin for many FSBO homes.

    - FSBO: How many qualified home buyers do you suppose are aware of your open house?
    - Agent-assisted seller: Could a professional agent with their finger on the seller/buyer pulse likely bring more market exposure and buyers to the table?
    - Negotiations: Could an experienced and savvy agent likely bring you a higher closing price?

  5. Paperwork and Liabilities
    Anything can happen when closing a home. A last-minute credit check could disqualify the buyer. The results of the home inspection and appraisal reveal it is substantially overpriced, needs a new roof and furnace, and the lender goes cold. Just understanding and completing paperwork correctly is a handful for most inexperienced sellers.

    Moreover, selling your home without an agent (and their Errors &Omissions Insurance) may leave you vulnerable to liabilities during and after closing. At the end of the day, agent-assisted home sellers boast the best results.

Contact Old Dominion Realty to sell your home in the eastern West Virginia and central Virginia real estate markets.

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November
6

West Virginia is the Perfect Home for Hunters

West Virginia Home
Hunting is a West Virginia tradition that stretches back centuries to the time before our state was settled, and continues proudly to this day. It's a bonding opportunity for families, a sporting opportunity for competitors, and a key driver of the state's economy, generating nearly $270 million in revenue for West Virginia. Finding the right hunting property is easier when you start your search in West Virginia, because this is one of the best places in the country for deer hunters to call home. Our REALTORS® have all the details on why West Virginia is the place to be for hunters.

An Honored Tradition: Why West Virginia Communities are Perfect for Hunters

No matter where you choose to shop in our West Virginia communities, you'll find a great selection of properties that have been laid out with hunters in mind. There are fantastic hunting communities throughout the area, and today we're going to take a closer look at three of our favorites.

Hunting and Homes in Grant County

One of the best things about owning a hunting property is that you get to decide how the land is managed, and homes for sale in Grant County feature more than enough space for all of your outdoor needs. The Cave Mountain Ranch is an awesome example of what makes Grant County so special, and will quickly become one of your favorite destinations if you choose to call the community home.

Cave Mountain Ranch offers a unique, authentic hunting experience, with free ranging deer spread across a beautiful, natural hunting area. Use one of the permanent stands or blinds established on the property, or bring your own. Either way, you're in for a memorable hunt, and stories to tell while you're relaxing around the fire. There's also plenty of hunting away from the ranch, along with great hunting homes in the community.

Hunting and Homes in Pendleton County

Founded in 1787, Pendleton County has long been a top destination for hunters, and anyone who enjoys the gorgeous natural scenery of West Virginia. So Pendleton County homes for sale put you in close proximity to all of the outdoor excitement that the community has to offer. Take the time to enjoy hunting Grand Mountain, or head to the Thorn Creek Wildlife Management Area to hunt deer and small game. When you call Pendleton County home, the great outdoors are never far from your front door.

Hunting and Homes in Hardy County

Huntining Home in West Virginia

Hardy County homes for sale put you close to some of the best hunting that West Virginia has to offer, thanks to the Hardy County Rod & Gun Club, and the beautiful, 430-acre South Branch Wildlife Management Area. There are so many hunters in the Hardy County area that this is also a great place to make new friends, trade tips with other locals, and enjoy a community that simply "gets" what you're all about.

West Virginia Home for Hunters
Whether you're looking for a hunting property on a large, open lot, or a site with superb natural views, Hardy County has what you're after. There is real estate available with easy access to Moorefield, and smaller lots that still provide plenty of awesome hunting opportunities. If you're searching for the ideal lot to build your own hunting home, Hardy County has you covered there, too. This is a community where hunting dreams come true.

WV Home for Hunters

When you're searching for the right hunting property of your own, our real estate teams are here to help. Contact our offices in Moorefield or Franklin to find the perfect place to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.

Contact Old Dominion Realty

March
18

8 Spring Cleaning Tips for Home Sellers

Polishing Your Home to Perfection

House for Sale Spring Cleaning Tips

 

Spring arrives on Sunday.  As we welcome warmer weather, you might be considering selling your home.  If you are a newcomer to the real estate market, you might not know where to start.  Not to worry…our team of REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty is filled with real estate wisdom when it comes to selling and buying homes.  We've created this simple, spring cleaning checklist that will add a little sparkle and shine to your home, helping it stand out from the crowd.

1. Start with the Windows: Getting your windows in tip top condition should be at the top of your spring cleaning checklist. Clean windows let in more sunlight, making your home feel brighter and more beautiful. Mix an eco-friendly solution of 1 part white vinegar, 8 parts water and a drop of dishwashing liquid. Keep your windows streak free by using newspapers and washing windows on a cloudy day.

2. Don't Ignore the Landscaping: Your home's first impression begins at the curb, meaning your yard needs to be as pretty as your home. Pay attention to the often-ignored yard chores or hire a professional landscaper for a spring spruce up. Rake up old leaves. Clean out flower beds and fill them in with new soil and fertilizer. Bring a smile to a buyer's face by adding in some pretty, fresh blooms.

3. Freshen the Walls: In a well-loved house, our walls show the wear. Giving your walls some love goes a long way toward making your home look fresh and clean. If possible, consider a fresh coat of paint. At a minimum, wash the walls to get rid of grime and fingerprints. For best results, use an all-purpose cleaner and use a mop to scrub from the top of the walls to the bottom.

4. Say Goodbye to Clutter: When you're preparing to sell, it is essential to make rooms look spacious and functional. Help your home put its best foot forward by making a whole-home organization plan. Clean out drawers, getting rid of junk. Clean out the fridge, giving it a good scrub down and tossing unwanted food. Untangle and hide unsightly electronic wires. Go through each room, eliminating unwanted items and furniture.

5. Dust Frequently: Keep your home looking and smelling fresh with frequent dusting. Work from top to bottom, using a dust-trapping product. Start with ceiling molding and fan blades, working your way down to the furniture.

6. Clean the Carpets: Cleaning the carpets should be on everyone's spring cleaning checklist. If you are planning to sell, removing deep down grime instantly makes the home feel refreshed.

7. Vacuum, Vacuum, and Vacuum: When it comes to spring cleaning, your vacuum will quickly become your favorite tool. It is certainly is not just for the carpets. Use the vacuum to remove dust from the mattress, drapes, dust ruffles and upholstered furniture. Ensure your rugs and carpets look their best by using long, even strokes. Bonus tip: Make your bed, every morning!

8. Give the Bathroom Attention Daily: Keep disinfecting wipes on hand, giving your bathroom a daily wipe down. Couple this with a good, weekly scrub and you will always be prepared for an unexpected showing. Bonus tip: clean tile grout and caulk around the tub. If it doesn't easily come clean, consider removing and replacing grout and caulk.

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Now that you've checked off your spring cleaning checklist and you are ready to sell your home, contact Old Dominion Realty today. Our team of REALTORS® in Virginia and West Virgina will help take you from "for sale" to "sold."

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