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23


HALLOWEEN History and Resources

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Halloween

Halloween

All Hallows Eve – The evening before All Saints Day

The history of Halloween places it’s origins in the ancient Celt culture (Irish) as a festival known as Samhain.  Samhain celebrates the end of harvest season and was a time to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock (I am thankful for supermarkets) for the long hard winter season ahead.  Ancient Celts believed that on All Hallows Eve the walls between the living and the dead overlapped.  They believed that the dead would come back and wreak havoc on the crops and cause illness. Celts performed colorful rituals involving costumes and bonfires (I like parties) in an attempt to placate the evil spirits. Kinda creepy, huh?


The Irish potato Famine (1845-1849) resulted in the migration of some two million Irish to the United States who brought the holiday with them.

HalloweenIn the United States, Halloween has become the sixth most profitable holiday after Christmas, Mothers Day, Valentines Day, Easter and Fathers Day) and has become our second most popular holiday, which is marketed to children and adults alike.  According to the National Retail Federation, the most popular Halloween costumes for adults are, in order: witch, pirate, vampire, cat and clown.

BIG research conducted a survey for the National Retail Federation in the United States and found that 53.3% of consumers planned to buy a costume for Halloween 2005, spending $38.11 on average (up 10 dollars from the year before). They were also expected to spend $4.96 billion in 2006, up significantly from just $3.29 billion the previous year.

The carved pumpkin, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween’s most prominent symbols. This is an Irish tradition of carving a lantern which goes back centuries.

The jack-o’-lantern can be traced back to the Irish legend of  Stingy Jack, a greedy, gambling, hard drinking old farmer who tricked the devil into climbing a tree, and trapped him by carving a cross into the trunk of the tree. In revenge, the devil placed a curse on Jack which dooms him to forever wander the earth at night. For centuries, the bedtime parable was told by Irish parents to their children. Reference Wikipedia


Here in Long Beach California we know how to do Howl’oween. Sunday, October 26, 2008 on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore 600+ of our beloved dogs gather for Justin Rudd’s 7th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade and Pet Adoption Fair.

Sun., Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m. The start/finish is at Livingston Park, 4900 E. Livingston Dr. (@ Park Ave. in Belmont Shore), Long Beach, 90803. The 10-block sidewalk parade takes place on Second St. between Roycroft and Granada avenues and lasts about an hour. MAP

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Scheduled Halloween parties around Long Beach

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Enjoy Terrorfest aboard the Queen Mary

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We scoured the web for tons of Halloween recipes

and holiday fun games for the kids:

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Halloween Games

Online Halloween Puzzles & Coloring Pages

More Halloween Fun

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Posted on October 23, 2008 by Laurie Manny
Oct
17


The Golf Courses of Long Beach California

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The Golf courses of Long Beach CA



Bixby Village Golf Course, Bixby Village Course

The 9-hole ˜Bixby Village course at the Bixby Village Golf Course facility in Long Beach, California features 1,567 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 29. The course rating is 57.5 and it has a slope rating of 86. Designed by Ron Fream, the Bixby Village golf course opened in 1980.

6180 Bixby Village Dr
Long Beach, CA 90803-2001
(562) 498-7003

Recreation Park South Golf Course 18-Hole

This Municipal 18 hole Golf Course with over 6,317 yards with a par of 72. Billy Bell-designed layout is one of the oldest courses in Southern California.

Located among beautiful rolling hills, Recreation Park was constructed in 1917 and was originally known as Virginia Country Club. This very private club was opened to the public in 1931 and has since been known by its current name. Recreation Park, designated as one of the busiest golf courses in the nation, provides a night lighted driving range, practice greens, pro shop, full service restaurant and banquet facilities for up to 150 people.

5000 E. Anaheim
Long Beach, CA
(562) 494-5000



Recreation Park Golf Course 9-Hole

Located directly across 7th Street from the majestic 18-hole course, this nine-hole, par 29, executive facility affords guests a selection of shots and settings, which range from rolling hills to views of the
Colorado Lagoon. This course also offers practice greens, a pro shop and food service.

5000 E 7th St
Long Beach, CA 90804-4340
(562) 438-4012



El Dorado Park Golf Course, El Dorado Park Course

The previous venue of the Queen Mary Open, this facility has now been selected as the site of the prestigious Long Beach Open. A magnificent 18-hole layout, El Dorado can truly be called a ˜players course, due to its expansive layout and numerous water hazards. Extensive practice facilities and full service restaurant are available at El Dorado.

2400 Studebaker Rd
Long Beach, CA 90815-2428
(562) 430-5411



Skylinks At Long Beach Golf Course, Skylinks Course

Directly across Lakewood Blvd., from the Long Beach Airport, this course provides an interesting blend of playing characteristics. Several water hazards and numerous bunkers await your errant shots, while excellent fairways and greens rewards your good play. This 18-hole course is a very enjoyable experience for all skill levels. Skylinks also offers a night lighted driving range, practice greens, a full service restaurant, bar and banquet facilities that can hold up to 150 people.

18 holes over 6,372 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)

Skylinks Flyover Tour Video

4800 E Wardlow Rd
Long Beach, CA 90808-1737
(562) 421-3388



Heartwell Golf Course, Heartwell Course

18 holes over 2,143 yards with a par of 54 (Municipal)

For those seeking this alternative, this facility offers an extremely enjoyable 18-hole round of par 3 golf. With holes ranging from 85 to 140 yards, two water hazards and numerous sand traps, this course will test the skills of the most seasoned player, as well as remain exceptionally enjoyable for the beginner. This fully lighted course also boasts of its excellent practice range, full size chipping and putting greens, full service restaurant and a professionally staffednpro shop.

  • Click here for information about golf instruction for youth.
  • Click here for information about golf instruction for adults.

6700 E Carson St.
Long Beach, CA 90808-2297
(562) 421-8855



Virginia Country Club, Virginia Course

The 18-hole ˜Virginia course at the Virginia Country Club facility in Long Beach, California features 6,505 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.9 and it has a slope rating of 128 on . Designed by William P. Bell, ASGCA/(R) Robert Muir Graves, ASGCA/Edward B. Dearie, Jr., the Virginia golf course opened in 1909. (Private Equity)

4602 N Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807-1916
(562) 427-0924


Golf Courses near the City of Long Beach CA:


Within a 10 mile radius of Long Beach there is a large Selection of additional Golf Courses to enjoy:

Leisure World Seal Beach Golf Course, Leisure World Seal Beach Course

9 holes over 829 yards with a par of 27 (Private Equity)

Golden Rain & St Andrews
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 431-6586


Old Ranch Country Club, Old Ranch Course

18 holes over 6,835 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity)

3901 Lampson Ave
Seal Beach, CA 90740-2756
(562) 596-4425


Lakewood Country Club & Tennis Center, Lakewood Course

18 holes over 7,045 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)

3101 Carson St
Lakewood, CA 90712-4005
(562) 429-9711


Navy Golf Course, Executive Course

9 holes (Public)

5660 Orangewood Ave
Cypress, CA 90630-5550
(714) 889-1576


Navy Golf Course, Navy Course

18 holes (Public) and 9 hole Executive Course (Public)

5660 Orangewood Ave
Cypress, CA 90630-5550
(714) 889-1576


Meadowlark Golf Course, Meadowlark Course

18 holes over 5,609 yards with a par of 70 (Municipal)

16782 Graham St
Huntington Beach, CA 92649-3738
(714) 846-1364


SeaCliff Country Club, Sea Cliff Course

18 holes over 6,935 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity)

6501 Palm Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92648-2698
(714) 536-7575


Cerritos Iron-Wood Nine, Cerritos Iron-Wood Nine Course

9 holes over 1,468 yards with a par of 29 (Municipal)

16449 Piuma Avenue
Cerritos, CA 90703-1530
(562) 916-8400


Harbor Park Golf Course, Harbor Park Course

9 holes over 3,200 yards with a par of 37 (Municipal)

1235 Figueroa Pl
Wilmington, CA 90744-2312
(310) 549-4953


David L. Baker Memorial Golf Course, David L. Baker Memorial Course

18 holes over 3,825 yards with a par of 62 (Municipal)

10410 Edinger Ave
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-1622
(714) 418-2152


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Refer to our Long Beach City and Relocation Guide for more great Long Beach information.

Long Beach has many beautiful townhomes, homes and estates backing our lovely golf courses.

It would be our pleasure to assist you in your home purchase or sale.

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Posted on October 17, 2008 by Laurie Manny
Oct
15


Long Beach 2009 Real Estate Market Outlook

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Long Beach real estate market 2009 Forecast

Author: Brian Brady.

If bifurcation was the theme for the 2008 Long Beach real estate market, convergence will be the theme in 2009. Both the bifurcation of 2008 and the Convergence of 2009 are closely tied to the ability to finance Long Beach properties.  While prices were lower across Long Beach, this past year, the under
$400,000 real estate market was extremely hard hit. Vanishing stated income and Sub-prime loan programs reduced the number of qualified buyers, driving prices dramatically lower in areas like California Heights, Lakewood Plaza/Rancho, Bixby Knolls, and the non-waterfront condominiums in Downtown Long Beach. In some cases, those prices are below the fundamental value, and offer a great buy for investors and owner-occupants alike.

The Long Beach neighborhoods of Belmont Shore, Belmont Heights, Bluff Park, Alamitos Beach and Virginia Country Club might not fare so well in 2009, While I expect Long Beach homes priced below $500,000 to hold relative value next year, it’s the homes priced over $700,000 and below $1,000,000 that are most vulnerable to vanishing financing. I discussed this very challenge in my 2009 San Diego Real Estate Outlook:

The key component to the housing recovery for San Diego remains in
The ability for a home buyer to get financing. The US Treasury stepped
In to provide financing for properties under $625,000, by:

(a) increasing the loan limits for FHA, conforming and VA loans to 115% of median price (expected Jan,2009)
(b) nationalizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (guaranteeing the loan from default)

The luxury home market ($1,000,000 and above) is generally a cash
Market. As such, credit availability affects those housing units far
Less than the “rank and file” developments inhabited by those of us in
The “working class”. Expect SOME softness in the luxury home market but
If the buyer likes the home, she’ll either pay cash or have access to
Highly specialized financing available to the only asset-rich.

After January 1, 2009, the government loan limits will be capped at $625,000 for Long Beach. This means that rates for loan amounts above that number will be as much as 2% higher than the government-backed Financing and downpayment requirements will be 25% or greater. If you’re selling a home in that price range, the buyer pool is about to shrink in about 3 months.

Exacerbating this financing issue is the loss of jobs a recession may bring. Unemployment in California has spiked this past year.  Job losses have been concentrated in the lower to middle income range
in 2008 while the upper-income jobs have remained relatively safe. A recession will hit those upper-income jobs harder than the lower income ones. I said that 2008 is the year where the “rich will get not rich and the poor will get clobbered“; that certainly happened this year. 2009 will be the great equalizer as the higher-priced homes decline and higher-paid jobs disappear.

What then, should be your strategy for 2009?


Investors should pay close attention to the lower-end of the real estate market for fantastic buys. Long Beach real estate is a great investment and opportunities to own a property that offers positive cash flow are evident today in the under $500,000 market. There will be some great opportunities in those mid-priced homes, next year as well as the $700,000 to $1,000,000 drops below the financing caps.

If you’re planning on selling a Long Beach home in that $700,000 to $1,000,000 price range, better to list it today rather than to wait until after the new year. Veterans can buy up to $729,000 with no money down. FHA buyers can buy up to $729,000 with 3.5% down. Conventional buyers can buy to that limit with as little as 5% down…today. Next year, that all goes away.

Brian Brady is a Managing Director with World Wide Credit Corporation, a San Diego-based mortgage banking and brokerage firm. Google calls him America’s #1 Mortgage Broker; you can call him at (858)-777-9751

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Posted on October 15, 2008 by Laurie Manny
Oct
10


Reality Check

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A friend sent me a link to this video.  I just wanted to share it. 


“My Dogs greeting me after returning from 14 months in
Iraq”.

 

 

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Posted on October 10, 2008 by Laurie Manny
Oct
4


Bluff Park Historic District Neighborhood Market Report – Long Beach CA Real Estate Sales

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Bluff Park Historic District Market Report

Homes, Condos and Income Properties

Long Beach CA Real Estate Sales – 2008

Updated: October 4, 2008

The Bluff Park Historic District Boundaries are:

  • East 2nd Street to the North
  • Loma Avenue to the East
  • East Ocean Boulevard to the South
  • Junipero Avenue to the West


Bluff Park Historic District
is a small, very upscale neighborhood which contains some of Long
Beach’s most dignified homes. The historic district includes a variety
of architectural styles, including Greene and Greene, American
Craftsman
, California Bungalow, Spanish Revival, Prairie Style,
American Colonial Revival, Tudor and Mediterranean, constructed between
1903 and 1949.

Bluff Park is home to The Long Beach Museum of Art.
Built in 1912 the stately Craftsman building is the former Elizabeth
Milbank Anderson house; it is located on the bluffs at 2300 E. Ocean
Bl. Bluff Park is also home to a Buddhist monastery that once was a
Roman Catholic convent.

Back in the 1930’s Long Beach
was known as the motion picture capital of the world until post World
War I when Hollywood developed around the glitz of the era. With its
perfect Southern California climate, Long Beach afforded the perfect
setting for the industry. There were eight film houses, two stock
companies, roller-coasters and bath houses at the historic Pike, along
the shore of Downtown Long Beach. This was the home of the Balboa
Amusement Production Company, the world’s most prolific silent-film
studio. W. C. Fields and other stars lived in beautiful mansions in the
Bluff Park neighborhood along Ocean Boulevard and First Street, many of
which remain in the families to this day.

Bluff Park is one of Long Beach’s most coveted neighborhoods.

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Bluff Park Historic District Homes – Sales 2008

There are currently 8 Homes in Bluff Park Historic District For Sale, ranging in price from $750,000 to $3,499,999.

  • Average Price: $1,505,874
  • Average Days on Market:70

1 Bluff Park Historic District Home is Pending in escrow

  • 2919 E 1st Street, a 4 bedroom 3 bath home, 2,859 sq ft, listed at $1,199,000

4 Homes in Bluff Park Historic District have closed escrow in 2008.

  • Average Price: $835,500
  • Average Days on Market: 24
RES Status Address Bd B t/f Sty Gar SqFt Yr Blt Price DOM
1 A 2401 E Ocean 6 6/5 S 4 5,000 2008 $3,499,999 89
2 A 2424 E 2nd 2 1/1 1 2 1,285 1910 $750,000 110
3 A 24 N Redondo 2 2/1 1 2 1,390 1916 $825,000 93
4 A 3535 E 1st 3 3/1 1 2 1,638 1919 $1,050,000 1
5 A 3039 E 2nd 4 4/3 2 2 D 2,438 1946 $1,125,000 199
6 A 2511 E 1st 5 5/1 2 1 D 3,414 1918 $1,498,000 30
7 A 2311 E 1st 5 3/1 2 2 D 2,800 1908 $1,599,000 32
8 A 3421 E Ocean 3 3/2 2 2 1,823 1936 $1,700,000 2
9 B 3513 E 2nd 3 2/1 1 2 A 1,662 1911 $699,000 134
10 P 2919 E 1st 4 3/1 2 2 2,859 1922 $1,199,000 81
11 S 2424 E 2nd 2 1/ 1 2 1,285 1910 $650,000 5
12 S 2609 E 2nd 2 2/1 2 1 D 1,848 1909 $682,000 6
13 S 32 Kennebec 3 3/1 2 1 A 1,628 1911 $785,000 77
14 S 115 Paloma 4 3/ 2 1 D 2,433 1913 $1,225,000 9

A = Active B = In escrow, accepting Back Up Offers P = Pending in Escrow S = Sold DOM = Days on Market

8/8/08 Bluff Park Historic District Home located at 2609 East 2nd St Closed Escrow. 8/8/08 is considered by the Chinese to be a very lucky day. The number is coveted for addresses, phone numbers and bank accounts. A single 8 on a piece of property lends a sense of high status among the Chinese, as they know top dollars were paid just to obtain that number. Lucky 8 is so lucky, that the Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08 at exactly 8:08:08 PM.

Recently Sold

Bluff Park Historic District Closed Sale 8/8/08

2609 East 2nd Street - Bluff Park Homes For Sale - Sold
2609 East 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803

2 Short Blocks to the Beach

  • Craftsman Home
  • 2 Story
  • 2 Bedroom
  • 2 Bath
  • 1,848 Square Feet
  • 4,785 Sq Ft Lot
  • 2 Car Garage + Driveway
  • Beautifully Landscaped
  • Great Floorplan
  • Formal Entry
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Plantation Shutters
  • French Doors to
  • Rear Deck
  • Private Back Yard
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Office (3rd Bdrm?)
  • Den (4th Bdrm?)
  • Front Porch
  • Large Wood Burning Fireplace
  • High Coved Ceilings with Detail
  • Basement
  • Lots of Storage
Buyer Represented by Laurie Manny (562) 212-5420 Offered at: $679,000 Sold at: $682,000

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Bluff Park Historic District Condos-Coops-OYOs – Sales 2008

There are 9 Bluff Park Historic District Condos For Sale ranging in price from $330,000 to $825,000.

  • Average Price: $596,744
  • Average Days on Market: 96

1 Bluff Park Historic District Condo is accepting Back-up Offers

  • Listing Price: $359,000
  • Days on Market: 212

13 Bluff Park Historic District Condos have closed escrow in 2008.

  • Average Price: $438,692
  • Average Days on Market: 98

1 Bluff Park Historic District Condo gave up after 497 days on market and leased

  • 2 bedroom, 2 bath,1,008 sq ft, lease amount: $2,000
ES Status Address Bd B t/f Sty Gar SqFt Yr Blt Price DOM
1 A 2131 E 1st 405 2 2/2 3 2 1,334 1975 $330,000 2
2 A 2121 E 1st 307 2 2/1 3 3 1,264 1972 $420,000 9
3 A 2601 E Ocean 608 1 1/1 1 1 672 1973 $424,900 235
4 A 3401 E Ocean 203 2 2/2 3 1 1,020 1973 $479,900 110
5 A 2999 E 1st 6 2 2/2 3 2 1,481 1966 $624,500 229
6 A 2999 E Ocean 430 2 2/1 1 1 D 1,510 1967 $669,000 142
7 A 2999 E Oean 310 2 2/2 1 1 1,510 1967 $774,900 94
8 A 2999 E Ocean 1830 3 2/1 3 2 1,510 1967 $822,500 8
9 A 2601 E Ocean 505 3 2/2 1 2 1,134 1973 $825,000 37
10 B 2101 E 2nd 404 2 2/1 1 2 985 1968 $359,000 212
11 S 2662 E 2nd G2 2 2/1 1 1 1,298 1966 $451,000 56
12 S 2222 E 2nd 10 0 1/1 1 0 424 1955 $165,000 100
13 S 2204 E 1st 4 1 1/1 2 1 714 1962 $248,000 51
14 S 100 E Loma 203 1 1/1 1 0 768 1971 $311,000 13
15 S 2131 E 1st 202 1 1.5/ 3 0 979 1975 $325,000 105
16 S 2500 E 2nd 207 2 2/1 3 1 1,190 1968 $358,000 32
17 S 2302 E 2ndH 2 2 2/1 1 1 1,233 1964 $415,000 77
18 S 2601 E Ocean 810 1 1/1 1 1 D 680 1973 $400,000 364
19 S 2100 E 2nd 305 2 2/ 1 1 A 1,132 1966 $425,000 136
20 S 2204 E 1st 9 2 2/ 1 1 1,193 1962 $460,000 28
21 S 2319 E 2nd 3 2 2/2 1 2 A 1,167 1980 $420,000 50
22 S 3101 E 2nd 4C 3 2/ 1 1 D 1,481 1963 $475,000 251
23 S 3305 E Ocean 201 3 3/3 2 2 2,300 1986 $1,250,000 5
24 L 2601 E Ocean 407 2 2/2 1 1 1,008 1973 $2,000 497

A = Active

B = In escrow, accepting Back Up Offers

P = Pending in Escrow

S = Sold

DOM = Days on Market

Read also:

Long Beach Own Your Owns-OYO-OYOs-in Long Beach – The
OYO-Own Your Own form of ownership is a constant source of confusion
for many buyers of Long Beach real estate. Here you will find a simple
explanation.

Long Beach Own Your Own-OYO-Owners Are Organizing for Condo Conversion – If you are an OYO owner this article from Local Long Beach Resident and Own Your Own owner Deb Dobias is a must read.

Long Beach Stock Co-operativesStock co-ops are another misunderstood form of ownership. Here you will find a simple explanation.

Long Beach CA Real Estate Sales


Bluff Park Historic District Income Properties – Sales 2008

There is 1 income property for sale at this time in the Bluff Park Historic District.

  • 4 units, $899,000
  • Days On Market: 26


3 Bluff Park Historic District Income Properties Sold in 2008, ranging in price from $1,599,000 to $1,615,000

  • Average Price: $1,604,666
  • Average Days on Market: 69
RIN Status Units GSI Cap GRM Net Inc Address Yblt Bldg SF Price DOM
1 A 4 $50,400 0% 17.84 $0 2725 E 2nd St 1913 1,670 $899,000 26
2 S 5 $104,940 6.25% 15.24 $100,000 3065 E 2nd St
1968 6,050 $1,599,000 131
3 S 5 $124,200 0% 13.52 $0 15 Loma Ave 1936 8,190 $1,615,000 53
4 S 8 $130,200 5.15% 13.44 $90,200 3417 E 2nd St
1964 7,435 $1,600,000 24

*All statistics are as represented by the MLS and are not to be intrerpreted as the representation of the author.

Long Beach CA Real Estate Sales

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Long Beach Condo Buyers Beware

The condo market in Long Beach, and nationwide, may be in for a few rather large shockers which could rattle more than a few cages.  We have already come across several HOA\'s in, or very near, serious financial jeopardy.

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FHA Loan Limits

FHA loans are available to a maximum loan of $729,750 with a minimum 3 to 3.5% down payment until January 1, 2009 when they are currently scheduled to drop the maximum loan amount to $625,000, this could change.

Current FHA Lending Limits for LOS ANGELES COUNTY (LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH-GLENDALE, CA METROPOLITAN AREAS):

  • Single Family Home or Condo : $729,750
  • Duplex : $934,200
  • Tri-plex : $1,129,250
  • Four-Plex : $1,403,400


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