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September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

PACE Guidance Not Reassuring, Too Many Uncertainties, Pitfalls

New FHA guidance for dealing with mortgages with a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) obligation went into effect last week but uncertainty lingers and its full impact remains to be seen, according to an industry attorney. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued guidance specifically allowing properties encumbered by a PACE lien to be eligible for FHA mortgage financing for both purchase and refinance loans. The department of Veterans Affairs has issued similar guidance. According to Erika Sonstroem, an attorney with the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, the PACE industry is touting the guidance in its pitches to lenders as posing no risk to mortgage investors. PACE is a program that lends money to homeowners for home-energy savings projects. It is treated much like a tax lien on a property and is included in the ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Issues Clarifying Guidance for Manufactured, Mobile Properties

VA Home Loan Guaranty has issued clarification regarding title requirements for manufactured or mobile homes conveyed to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Effective immediately, VA is requiring proof of noteholders’ compliance with the agency’s requirements for guaranteed mobile-home financing. Foreclosure title packages that do not include the required documents will be rejected, the agency warned. Under federal law, a manufactured home must be permanently affixed and classified as real property in the state where it is located. VA will not guarantee financing if the property does not meet the criteria. To ensure that a guaranty claim is fully payable and that the holder has the option to convey the manufactured home to VA, servicers must ensure that home loans with a VA guarantee meet federal requirements. Under the clarified VA guidelines, servicers may submit the ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Shares Pointers to Help Avoid Delays in Processing COE Requests

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made recommendations to VA lenders and borrowers calling in with questions and problems at VA regional centers to avoid long wait times and have their concerns resolved as quickly as possible. In a recent memo to lenders, the VA Loan Guaranty Service is reporting that many of its regional loan centers (RLC) are being swamped with calls due to record increases in VA originations in recent months. While this suggests that more veterans are using their housing loan benefit than ever before, the large volume of calls to VA has caused long hold times for callers and delayed processing of borrower certificates of eligibility (COE). To cut down on the waiting time, the VA urged lenders and borrowers to consider several things before making the call. First, do not call to check on the status of a COE request if there is no urgent need, like an ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Poised to Collect Huge FCA Settlement Funds from Lenders

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is set to receive more than $140 million in settlements with three individual lenders in connection with defective loans they originated with FHA insurance. Freedom Mortgage Corp., M&T Bank, and Land Home Financial Services all reached separate agreements this year with the Department of Justice on behalf of the HUD Inspector General to resolve the allegations. On April 15, Freedom agreed to pay $113 million, in response to charges that “it engaged in certain conduct in connection with its origination, underwriting, property appraisal and quality of certain single-family mortgages insured by FHA.” The disputed forward loans were insured by FHA between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2011, which resulted in claims submitted to HUD on or before June 15, 2015. HUD incurred substantial losses when it paid claims on the ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Liquidity, Net Worth Issues Persist But Nothing Ginnie Can’t Manage

Ginnie Mae continues to wrestle with issuers lacking liquidity and net worth although the number of such cases has gone down significantly, thanks to tight oversight, according to the agency’s top counterparty risk officer. Briefing participants at this year’s Ginnie Mae summit in Washington, DC, Zack Skochko, director of counterparty risk, reported that some issuers are still struggling to comply with Ginnie Mae’s liquidity and net worth requirements.A number of small issuers failed their liquidity and net worth audits this year by not maintaining the minimum $1 million cash or 10 basis points of outstanding Ginnie securities required to participate in the agency’s mortgage-backed securities program. Ginnie Mae also requires issuers to meet a minimum net worth of $2.5 million plus 35 bps of the issuer’s total effective single-family obligations The requirements were designed to ensure that the ...


September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Streamline Refi Segment Causing Problems for VA, Ginnie Investors

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a change to its existing streamline refinancing policy to address a problem that is giving VA and Ginnie Mae the fits. Under the VA’s qualified-mortgage rule, a VA borrower must wait six months and show six months’ worth of mortgage payments before they can refinance into an IRRRL (Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan) and take advantage of the lower rate. However, it seems not all VA lenders are adhering to the rule and that a good number are refinancing veterans into IRRRLs even before the mandatory seasoning period ends for fear interest rates might rise and the borrower might not benefit from the lower rate. “I’ve redone the numbers in 20 different directions on how much a borrower would save if they had to wait two more months and the rate went up a quarter of a point because they lost those two months ...


September 22, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Booming MBS Issuance and Uptick in Interest Rates May Mean Stellar 3Q Earnings for Fannie and Freddie

Thanks to booming originations the past few months – which should translate into higher guaranty fee income – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are likely to post their strongest profits of the year in the third quarter, according to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance this week. But it’s not just higher loan production that should allow profits to soar – it’s the fact that the yield on the 10-year Treasury now stands at 1.69 percent, 21 basis points higher than June 30. The 10-year rate is...


September 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

TRID Led to More Compliance-Related Defects

Mortgage lenders were making big strides in reducing the number of loan defects related to documentation just as the new integrated disclosure rule took effect, leading to a surge in compliance-related defects. That’s according to a new report based on an analysis of the post-closing quality control data associated with more than 50,000 mortgages that was performed by ACES Risk Management Corp., otherwise known as ARMCO, a provider of web-based audit technology ...


September 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

GMFS Mortgage Tested by Louisiana Flood

On August 11, 2016, the most severe storm in decades hit southern Louisiana, including the city of Baton Rouge and 22 surrounding parishes. The massive rainfall brought an estimated 29 inches over a two-day period, submerging homes in three to six feet of floodwater and stranding thousands of people in their homes. On the east side of Baton Rouge is the Amite River, which separates the Ascension and Livingston parishes, where a good number of GMFS Mortgage employees ...


September 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Repurchases Bounce Higher in 2Q16

Mortgage repurchase activity by banks and thrifts took an unexpected turn higher during the second quarter, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call reports. Call reports show that banks and thrifts repurchased $804.1 million of single-family mortgages, or otherwise indemnified a buyer, during the second quarter. That was up $40.0 million or 5.2 percent from the first three months of the year and marked the second straight quarterly ... [Includes one data chart]


September 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Advanced Analytics Seen as Key for Growth

Benchmarking and other advanced analytics are helping many lenders grow their originations, according to TransUnion, a provider of data, analytics and consulting services. A recent survey by the company also found that a majority of lending organizations lack the resources to realize the competitive benefits of analytics. Versta Research surveyed 309 banks on behalf of TransUnion. Some 66 percent of the lenders said data and analytics are evolving faster than ...


September 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

MBA: Production Profits Doubled in 2Q16

Mortgage bankers booked hefty earnings on their loan origination and secondary marketing during the second quarter, but servicing hedges deepened, according to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association performance report. The average company participating in the survey reported pretax income of $2.913 million during the second quarter, nearly quadruple the average for the previous period. That lifted year-to-date pretax income to $3.665 million, still off 16.7 percent ...


September 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Production Profits Rose in 2Q16, But Rate Volatility Hammered Servicing

With rising origination volume and solid gain-on-sale margins, the business of originating and selling home loans generated substantially more earnings during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of earnings reports. But the servicing side of the business had trouble generating positive income after taking into account gyrations in mortgage servicing rights valuations and the hedges lenders place on these assets ... [Includes one data chart]


September 9, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Tennessee Lender Agrees to $70 million Settlement to Resolve Alleged FHA Violations. Franklin American Mortgage of Franklin, TN, has agreed to pay the federal government $70 million to resolve allegations of failing to comply with FHA requirements. Specifically, the direct endorsement lender allegedly engaged in improper underwriting of FHA loans between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2012, which later resulted in submission of claims and substantial losses to the FHA insurance fund. Franklin entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Inspector General. As part of the settlement, Franklin acknowledged “it engaged in certain conduct in connection with its origination, underwriting, and quality control of certain single-family residential mortgage loans insured by FHA.” The settlement was neither an admission of ...


September 9, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CA Lender Exposed MMIF to Higher Risk, Ordered to Indemnify HUD

A California FHA lender could face monetary penalties totaling $242,828 for deficient mortgage underwriting and exposing the FHA insurance fund to increased risk of loss and fraud. A Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general’s audit of Sun West Mortgage Co. of Cerritos, CA, also alleged unauthorized use of foreign staff in another country to “pre-underwrite” FHA loans. The audit was triggered by a complaint the IG Office received in November last year alleging that Sun West, an approved FHA lender since 1980, was not underwriting FHA loans properly. In addition, the complaint alleged that Sun West was having the loans pre-underwritten by a company in another country, in violation of HUD rules. Neither the company nor the country was identified in the audit report. The complaint further alleged that employees at Sun West shared user identification numbers for ...


September 9, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

USDA Securitization Rose in 2Q16, Rural Purchase Loans Dominate

Issuers delivered $8.1 billion of rural mortgage loans with a U.S. Department of Agriculture guarantee into Ginnie Mae pools during the first six months of 2016, according to an analysis of Ginnie data. Securitized USDA mortgages accounted for 1.3 percent percent of total MBS issued by Ginnie Mae during the period and comprised 2.5 percent of total loans originated during the six-month period. USDA-backed loan deliveries to Ginnie Mae in the second quarter rose 9.8 percent from the previous period. Year-over-year, issuance of MBS backed by rural loans fell 3.8 percent. USDA-backed mortgages require no downpayment. Over the first six months, the average credit score for rural borrowers was 688.1 and the average debt-to-income ratio was 34.9 percent. An estimated 93.2 percent of USDA loans originated during the period were purchase mortgages, 1.0 percent were refinances and the ... [ 2 charts ]


September 9, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA/VA: Financing of Choice for Purchase Borrowers in 13 States

Homebuyers in two housing markets encompassing 13 states relied more on FHA and VA than other types financing, according to a new industry study of new single-family homes started in 2015. A study by the National Association of Home Builders found, among other things, that government-backed purchase lending and other forms of non-conventional mortgage financing remained elevated in 2015. For example, homebuyers in the South Atlantic and West South Central regions favored FHA and VA loans over other types of home-purchase financing. States in the South Atlantic region include Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Washington, DC, is also in this region. West South Central states are comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Together, the two regions accounted for more than 26 percent and 21 percent of the ...


September 9, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae MBS Issuance Up in August as Upward Trend Continues

Ginnie Mae issued $46.5 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities in August, up slightly from July, according to an analysis of Ginnie data. Single-family MBS monthly issuance in August was the highest monthly volume so far this year. Total issuance also was up 12.3 percent from the same month last year., Strong purchase and refinance originations in the second quarter helped push production in the third quarter. Although purchase loans with private mortgage insurance outpaced gains in FHA and VA loans in the second quarter, deliveries to Ginnie so far appear to indicate a strong third quarter. Meanwhile, VA volume has been fueled largely by refinance activity over the past few years and does not appear to be letting up. PennyMac and Freedom Mortgage battled for first place with $4.35 billion and $4.34 billion, respectively, in MBS issuance in August. Despite cutting back on its ... [1 chart]


September 9, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Note Rate Lower than FHA, Private MIs; VA Refis Dominate

VA refinance mortgages accounted for the biggest share of total insured refis during the first six months of 2016, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency refi data. On a monthly basis, VA refi totals exceeded refis with FHA and private mortgage insurance, peaking at $9.3 billion (58.1 percent of total VA originations) in April. Over the six-month period, the refi share of VA loans securitized by Ginnie Mae averaged 52.3 percent, compared to 29.6 percent for FHA and 21.0 percent for private MI loans securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In terms of total volume, however, FHA held a commanding lead, $123.0 billion, over private MIs ($102.7 billion) and VA ($84.8 billion). Interestingly, the average interest rate on VA refi loans, 3.6 percent, over the six-month period was lower than FHA’s and private MIs’ note rates of 3.9 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively. There is no clear ... [1 chart]


September 2, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

IDR Update Includes New Intermediary Dispute Process

The GSEs recently introduced a new loan dispute procedure that lenders should use prior to engaging a third-party arbitrator. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac launched their independent dispute resolution process early in the year as the final piece to the representation-and-warranties framework to help prevent buybacks.This process uses a neutral third-party arbitrator to determine a final, binding decision about whether there was a loan violation.However, the new impasse and management escalation process, announced last week, is intended to serve as an intermediary between the normal loan dispute appeal process and the final IDR process for seller/servicers.


September 2, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

‘Fix n Flip’ Lender Raises Capital

Fix-and-flip lender California Capital Real Estate Advisors, Pasadena, late last month raised $10 million in capital through its CALCAP Income Fund 1. The company hopes to add at least $15 million more by the time September ends. Its eventual goal: to raise $100 million. Started by industry veteran Mark Mozilo and others in the wake of the financial crisis, the company’s forte is lending money to contractors who purchase homes and fix them up for a quick resale. In 2015 ...


September 2, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

After the M&A Deal Closes, Keep the LOs Happy

Price is paramount to buyers purchasing a mortgage company, but equally important is bringing over the salesforce – namely loan officers – and making sure they stay happy under the new owners. That’s one of many insights contained in a new “In-Focus” report from The Stratmor Group, a consulting firm that plies its trade in the M&A circuit as well as other sectors of the industry. “While the numbers and related analysis are fundamental to the negotiating process, there is an ...


September 2, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

FirstBank Parent Files IPO, Plots Mortgage Growth

The parent company of FirstBank this month filed for an initial public offering of common stock, hoping to raise upwards of $115.0 million. Among its goals: to increase originations and bolster its investment in mortgage servicing rights. Headquartered in Tennessee, the community bank has significantly increased its mortgage activity in recent years, according to IPO documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by FB Financial. The bank funded $2.76 billion in ...


September 2, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Can PHH Be Sold Before More Problems Erupt?

It’s no secret that PHH Corp. is losing money and hopes for a buyout offer that will net stockholders something closer to its book value of $24 a share compared to its current price of $15. But the big question remains: Can PHH pull off a deal before more bad news swamps the company?In a recent 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the nation’s ninth largest servicer of home mortgages noted that it’s continuing its “strategic review process,” including a ...


September 2, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Seller Buybacks of GSE Loans Sank to Record Low in 2Q16, More Unresolved

Lender buybacks of mortgages sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may never completely disappear, but they are shrinking fast – especially when compared to soaring new business volume at the two government-sponsored enterprises. A new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis reveals that lenders repurchased, or made other indemnification, some $250.1 million of loans during the second quarter of 2016. That was the lowest quarterly ... [Includes two data charts]


August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Wait Time for Evaluating, Deploying Home-Retention Options Reduced

The FHA has announced new streamlined procedures to help delinquent homeowners avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. The agency is revising loss-mitigation procedures servicers use when evaluating and choosing the best home-retention options for delinquent borrowers by reducing waiting time for results. The new streamlined procedures are designed to enhance servicers’ ability to evaluate foreclosure-avoidance alternatives, especially for the FHA-Home Affordable Modification Program (FHA-HAMP). Specifically, FHA will require servicers to convert successful three-month trial modifications into permanent modifications within 60 days instead of the average four to six months. Borrowers who have three missed mortgage payments would be able to opt for a partial claim to bring their arrearages current versus the previous four-month minimum. In addition, the FHA will eliminate the ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Groups Ask FHA, VA to Set Aside PACE Guide, Allow Comment Period

Major industry trade groups are asking FHA and VA to suspend proposed guidelines for energy-improvement loans and give stakeholders an opportunity to comment. In a joint letter, 11 trade groups warned that the proposed agency guidelines regarding Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans raises serious concerns that must be resolved before implementation of any PACE guidance. Prior to the issuance of the new guidelines, both FHA and VA prohibited the financing or refinancing if there was a lien other than the FHA-insured or VA-guaranteed mortgages. PACE programs are available in 19 states but most are in California. They provide financing for home improvements and clean-energy upgrades that would result in more efficient use of water and electricity, and ultimately savings for homeowners. The PACE obligation is repaid through a property-tax assessment, which takes a ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FCC Issues TCPA ‘Exemption’ Rule, Lawyers Baffled by Rule’s Language

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a baffling final rule restricting the way servicers can collect on or service student loans, mortgages and other debts owed to the federal government. Specifically, the rule implements a key provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 amending the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to exclude robocalls from the TCPA consent requirement if they are made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the federal government. The TCPA generally requires a caller to obtain “prior express consent” from the call recipient before making a telemarketing call or an auto-dial call to the recipient’s landline or cell phone. However, the mortgage industry raised concerns that TCPA’s consent requirement could create potential liability for important servicing calls that could help homeowners save their homes, which prompted Congress to pass the Budget Act amendment. Last month, the FCC specifically excluded the federal government from the TCPA’s consumer protections by ruling that the government is not a “person” subject to the TCPA. Here is where the FCC rule gets confusing. commission is authorized to adopt rules to “restrict or limit the number and duration” of any wireless calls to collect debt owed to the federal government.”


August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Urged to Pursue $21.5 Million In Uncollected Partial Claims

A new audit report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general recommended that the agency continue its efforts to collect millions of dollars in partial claims that came due during fiscal year 2015. According to a HUD IG report, the department left uncollected approximately 1,361 partial claims, worth about $21.5 million. The IG discovered the oversight during an audit of HUD’s partial claim collections. The IG reviewed a statistical sample of 135 of 10,561 partial claims associated with FHA loans that terminated in FY 2015. “HUD had not collected 36 of the claims that should have been collected,” the report stated. “We used this result to project that a total of 1,361 partial claims were not collected.” The claims were never returned to the FHA mortgage insurance fund, as required by agency rules, to strengthen FHA solvency, the report said. A partial claim is a loss ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Lenders Need to Seek Legal Advice Before Using FHA’s DPA Programs

The Mortgage Bankers Association strongly urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the FHA to issue authoritative guidelines for lenders participating in state and local housing finance programs that rely on premium pricing to fund downpayment assistance. In a recent letter to members, the MBA recommended that FHA lenders “tread carefully” and seek legal advice until HUD provides more definitive guidance on downpayment assistance and premium pricing. Lenders should consider carefully whether and when to participate in DPA programs from housing finance agencies that rely on premium-pricing mechanisms, the letter said. The MBA said it would continue to press HUD for clarification on this contentious issue. The FHA and HUD’s inspector general are currently at odds over permissible sources of single-family downpayment assistance offered through housing finance agencies. Although the ...


August 26, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Purchase Lending Fires Up FHA in First Half, Refis Push VA Volume

FHA saw a modest rise in originations midway through 2016 compared to the same period last year, but VA did a lot better with a double-digit increase in loan production, according to an analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Lenders delivered $123.0 billion of FHA-insured loans to Ginnie pools during the first half of 2016, up 8.4 percent from the previous year. FHA’s midyear production was driven by a surge in purchase-mortgage lending in the second quarter, which also pushed volume higher for VA as well as conventional-conforming mortgages. Government-backed lending rose 32.3 percent from the first quarter to approximately $131.0 billion in second-quarter originations, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, an affiliate publication of Inside FHA/VA Lending. It was the highest three-month total for government-insured lending on record, although private mortgage insurance did more business in the ... [2 charts]


August 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

New Residential Turns Profits with Servicing Assets

While holders of mortgage servicing rights have taken large writedowns in recent quarters due to declines in interest rates, New Residential Investment has managed to report relatively large profits. New Residential had $68.65 million in net income attributable to common stockholders in the second quarter of 2016, down from $111.74 million the previous quarter and $75.12 million in the second quarter of 2015. New Residential held $1.36 billion in excess MSRs ...


August 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Should Loan Officers Worry About Automation?

With residential origination costs constantly rising, should rank-and-file loan officers worry that their jobs will eventually be automated away thanks to advances in technology? The thinking goes like this: Lenders are spending hundreds of million dollars a year in software upgrades to automate as many LO functions as they can. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of loan officers and whittle down costs. Depending on where they work, mortgage loan officers can earn ...


August 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Nonbanks Battered by MSR Accounting in 2Q16

Publicly traded nonbank mortgage companies had widely varying results on their mortgage-banking operations during the second quarter as heavy losses reported by two firms pulled the group’s earnings underwater. Nine nonbanks reported a combined net loss of $339.5 million on mortgage-banking activity for the second quarter. That was actually an improvement over the $510.0 million the group lost in the first three months of the year. Nationstar ... [Includes one data chart]


August 19, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Call Reports Show Modest Increase In Mortgage Banking Income for 2Q16

Commercial banks and savings institutions reported a combined $3.581 billion in mortgage-banking income during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call reports. That was up 8.3 percent from the $3.307 billion the industry reported for the first quarter of 2016. For the first six months of the year, banks reported $6.888 billion in mortgage-banking profits, down 31.7 percent from the same period in ... [Includes one data chart]


August 18, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

PennyMac, the Fastest-Growing Major Lender in the Second Quarter, Plots Growth Beyond Correspondent Channel

Among the top 10 lenders in the second quarter of 2016, PennyMac Financial posted the largest increase to originations on a quarterly basis and compared with the second quarter of 2015, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. The lender plans to continue to grow, including launching a wholesale-broker operation in mid-2017 and putting an emphasis on consumer-direct production. PennyMac reported originations of $16.11 billion in the second quarter, up 47.9 percent ...


August 18, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage M&A Activity Continues Apace as Private Equity Firms Get More Comfortable with the Business

Since the beginning of summer, at least eight mortgage-related merger and acquisition deals have come to light and more are on the way, according to an analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. To date, most of the activity has involved nonbank purchasers, with at least two of the acquirers – Home Point Financial and Caliber Home Loans – having private equity behind them. And of the eight, only one involves the sale of stock through a “franchise” transaction ...


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