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In the diverse tapestry of real estate investment opportunities, Western Canada stands out as a region of immense potential and promise. Through this edition of “From Dom’s Desk,” we explore the myriad reasons that make Western Canada a compelling choice for investors looking to expand their portfolios.

The Appeal of Western Canada

Stretching from the majestic Rockies to the rugged coastlines, Western Canada is more than just a picturesque landscape. It’s a region characterized by a robust economy, a growing population, and a dynamic real estate market and at the forefront of economic development in the country.

Diverse Economic Drivers

It’s simple, Western Canada is attractive for its diverse economy. From energy and natural resources to technology and services, the region boasts a broad economic base. This diversity not only contributes to the region’s stability but also offers a range of investment opportunities in various sectors, including commercial and residential real estate.

Population Growth and Urban Development 

Western Canada is experiencing significant population growth, leading to increased demand for housing and commercial spaces. This demographic trend, coupled with ongoing urban development, presents a lucrative opportunity for real estate investors. Cities in this region are expanding and evolving, creating new markets and investment possibilities.

Strategic Location and Connectivity

The strategic location of Western Canada, with its access to the Pacific Rim and the rest of Canada, makes it an attractive investment destination. Entrepreneurs are attracted to the region for its commercial and industrial connectivity, which attracts businesses and entrepreneurs by facilitating commerce. This connectivity is a boon for both commercial and industrial real estate, as it facilitates trade and commerce, attracting businesses and entrepreneurs to the region.

Why Invest in Western Canada with InvestPlus REIT 

InvestPlus REIT recognizes the untapped potential of Western Canada and is strategically positioned to capitalize on this opportunity. We focus on identifying and investing in properties with high growth potential, leveraging the region’s economic strengths and demographic trends.

A Call to Investors 

We invite investors to consider the wealth of opportunities that Western Canada offers. Whether you’re interested in the bustling urban centers or the emerging markets in smaller towns, the region presents a diverse portfolio for investment. With InvestPlus REIT, you can be part of this exciting and rewarding journey.

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Keep following “From Dom’s Desk” for more insights into the vibrant world of real estate investment. Let’s explore together the unique opportunities that Western Canada has to offer.

In a world where the dynamics of real estate are constantly evolving, the Industrial Asset Class stands out as a beacon of growth and opportunity. Domenic Mandato, the visionary leader of InvestPlus REIT, shares his expert insights on why this sector is more crucial than ever in the current economic landscape. In this edition of “From Dom’s Desk,” we explore the promising future of Industrial Real Estate and what it means for investors.


Industrial Real Estate: A Sector in Evolution: The Industrial Asset Class has long been a cornerstone of the real estate market, known for its resilience and steady returns. Today, this sector is undergoing a remarkable transformation, driven by changes in global trade, e-commerce expansion, and evolving consumer demands. These shifts are not just reshaping the industrial landscape; they’re opening up new avenues for investment and growth.

Why Industrial Assets are More Relevant Now: Domenic emphasizes that the current economic trends are making industrial properties increasingly valuable. With the rise of online shopping, there’s a growing demand for warehouse and distribution centers. Similarly, the shift towards domestic manufacturing and supply chain diversification is boosting the need for industrial spaces. These factors combined are creating a robust market for industrial real estate investments.

Global Trends Influencing the Sector: The Industrial Asset Class is not just influenced by local market dynamics but also by global trends. Domenic discusses how international trade policies, technological advancements, and sustainability initiatives are playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of this asset class. He believes that staying ahead of these trends is key to maximizing investment opportunities in the sector.

InvestPlus REIT’s Strategy for Industrial Assets: At InvestPlus REIT, the approach towards industrial assets is strategic and forward-looking. Domenic shares the REIT’s vision of investing in high-potential industrial properties, focusing on locations and facilities that are poised for growth and sustainability. The goal is not just to capitalize on current market trends but to be prepared for future shifts in the industrial landscape.

A Call to Action for Investors: Domenic invites investors to explore the potential of the Industrial Asset Class with InvestPlus REIT. He highlights the importance of understanding the market’s nuances and the long-term benefits of investing in industrial properties. This sector, as Domenic notes, offers a unique blend of stability and growth potential, making it an attractive option for savvy investors.

🔍 Stay Informed with “From Dom’s Desk“: As the Industrial Asset Class continues to evolve, stay tuned to “From Dom’s Desk” for more insights, analysis, and updates from Domenic Mandato. Together, let’s navigate the exciting world of industrial real estate and uncover the opportunities that lie ahead.

Investing in real estate offers numerous pathways to wealth, and understanding cap rate compression is crucial for investors looking to maximize their returns. InvestPlus Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), a private investment fund based in Calgary, Alberta, showcases a compelling track record in leveraging cap rate compression to enhance investor ROI. Focused on acquiring, owning, and managing commercial and residential properties in western Canada, InvestPlus REIT has mastered the art of creating value in under-valued and under-managed properties.

What is Cap Rate Compression?

Cap rate, or capitalization rate, is a metric used to evaluate the return on investment for real estate properties. It is calculated by dividing the property’s net operating income by its current market value. Compression occurs when cap rates decrease, typically indicating an increase in property values and, consequently, a potential rise in ROI for investors.

Why Cap Rate Compression Matters for Your Investment

Cap rate compression is often a sign of a strengthening market, where demand for properties increases, driving up values and lowering cap rates. For investors in InvestPlus REIT, this phenomenon is a positive indicator. The REIT’s strategy involves identifying and transforming under-valued and under-managed properties into high-value assets. As the market appreciates and cap rates compress, the intrinsic value of these investments grows, offering investors a higher return on their investment .

InvestPlus REIT’s Approach to Cap Rate Compression

InvestPlus REIT employs a strategic approach to investment that not only focuses on immediate returns but also on the long-term appreciation of assets. By targeting properties in western Canada with potential for value creation through active management and strategic improvements, InvestPlus positions its portfolio to benefit from market dynamics that lead to cap rate compression. This approach has allowed InvestPlus to build a robust portfolio of commercial and residential properties, showcasing their capability to deliver strong returns to investors.

For those looking to enhance their investment portfolio, understanding and capitalizing on cap rate compression is essential. InvestPlus REIT’s strategic investments in the real estate market demonstrate the potential for significant ROI growth through this phenomenon. By focusing on properties with high potential for appreciation and actively managing assets to increase their value, InvestPlus REIT offers investors a smart solution to maximize their returns in a dynamic market.

InvestPlus Hits $100 Million of Assets Under Management, Pushing InvestPlus Commercial Portfolio to more than 500,000 SF Under Management!

InvestPlus REIT is excited to announce the addition of a 109,066 sq ft commercial building (Thatcher Ave) to its portfolio for $8,700,000 at an existing cap rate 8.78%. Thatcher Ave is located in a prominent industrial business park in Saskatoon. Conditions were removed in December of 2021 with a close date of June 20, 2022. The addition of Thatcher Ave will bring the overall commercial space under management to more than 500,000 sq ft and our Assets Under Management (AUM) to $100 Million. We continue to further our footprint in the Industrial Space and adding assets with strong tenant covenants. Thatcher Ave will be tenanted with a Fortune 500 company focussed on providing mechanical equipment to the agricultural and mining industries and has signed a long-term lease. This building will serve as their main distribution warehouse to supply 19 branches across BC, Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan. A great tenant with a strong covenant and business.

The Thatcher Ave building is in the heart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan industrial park and is projected to be accretive by an average of more than $450,000/year after unit-holder distribution for the term of the lease. This accretiveness will help sustain our distributions and help push our unit value up. The acquisition of this building also pushes our overall assets under management to $100M bringing our growth for 2022 up by 12.8% since December 2021.

We will continue to target strong-tenanted buildings in Western Canada that will not only provide us the performance and returns we are looking to achieve for our unit-holders but also assets and tenants that can and are weathering the storm in these tumultuous times. Please look forward to our next acquisition announcement, coming to you soon.

InvestPlus Real Estate Investment Trust (IP REIT) is a private real estate investment fund, based in Calgary, Alberta. IP REIT is a growth-oriented real estate investment trust focused on increasing unitholder value through the acquisition, ownership and management of commercial and residential properties in primary and secondary markets in western Canada. Management currently manage 19 buildings located in the provinces of BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The current portfolio is appraised at more than $100,000,000 and comprised of 101 rental units and more than 500,000 square feet of rentable area.

Schedule a discovery call with InvestPlus REIT today.

Click HERE to find out more about InvestPlus REIT’s Current Offering Memorandum.


Inflation: Is it good or bad for real estate? How do you protect yourself from it? The value of a dollar 20 years ago is different from the value of a dollar today.

To an average person who works a 9-5 or maybe even several jobs, inflation is bad. It chews away at their money! With the classic definition of inflation in mind, money is “worth less” and in turn, buys less.

Domenic Mandato, the President and CEO of Investplus REIT likens inflation to gaining weight. You go on with your days and at the end of a year, you may have gained a pound. After another year, you’ve gained another pound. You’re kind of aware of it until one day you look at an old picture of yourself and ask what the hell happened LOL.

Inflation is kind of the same. Have you noticed the price of food lately? Just thinking about your Dad telling you a loaf of bread cost $0.75 when he was younger.

Currently, every market is on fire—from small towns to even big cities, and inflation is observable across the country. For business owners, every action carried out affects income. As such, you would want to make sure that you run your numbers and that your business is sustainable even in the face of inflation.

The Impact of Inflation on Real Estate Investors

In line with the efforts to ensure that your business is sustainable, it is important to know how to take advantage of the benefits that inflation has on real estate investors. Yes, you read that right: Inflation can be beneficial to real estate investors.

You can hedge against inflation as a real estate investor, and this is especially true when you already own real estate. As building costs go up, it becomes more expensive for new developers to build. You, on the other hand, already have a building which will benefit from the presence of newly-built buildings in the same category around your area.

So as this new building is being constructed and costs more than your building, your real estate gets a little bump up simply because in comparison, your building is similar in space and has the same value to a person needing shelter. The difference is new verse older.

Yes there are other amenities but let’s think about just the essentials of having a place to live for now.

Notice also, I said older, not old. Keeping your older building up to date with the latest paint colors and renovation helps keep rents up.

Speaking of rents, if the new build costs more, their rent has to be more. Depending on the condition and demand for rent in your neighborhood, you can also increase your rent. See how you’re protecting yourself from inflation?

This is also made possible by buying below replacement costs. When your costs are lower, you can be competitive against the newer buildings because you can offer more or less the same amenities which you have purchased at lower costs.

Another (advantageous) impact of inflation on real estate investors is the income. Some people consider real estate investing as the “lazy way” to safeguard investments against inflation.

Think about our market right now. Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home, chances are, if you live in city of 100,000 or more, the value of your home has gone because of the demand for homes similar to yours.  What did you do to increase the value of your property? Nothing!

Should You Invest in Real Estate?

There are many options to look into when considering investing in real estate, and it can all get confusing. Fear will then kick in, and this can stop you from making that investment. To make your money grow, however, it is imperative to take that first step.

You can be new to all of this and still make solid investments by joining Investplus REIT.

Spearheaded by Domenic Mandato, Investplus REIT unitholders experience the diversification offered by multiple buildings across western Canada. With years of experience in the real estate field and with multifamily and commercial buildings under his management, Domenic continues to grow Investplus REIT’s unitholders investments.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article “Inflation: Is it good or bad for real estate? Should you have any questions or if you’d like to speak to one of our consultants you can.

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Gaetz Professional Sublease. InvestPlus Reit has an amazing property listed in their Commercial Portfolio.

The Gaetz Professional, situated at 5018 45th Street, Red Deer, Alberta, is part of a Medical Retail Centre: (12,870.00 Sq-Ft) and is the perfect location for the following Businesses.

  • Medical Practitioners


  • Pharmacy Owners


  • Medi-Spa Business


  • Massage Therapist


  • Chiropractors


  • Wellness Centers
Gaetz Professional Sublease

5018 45th Street, Red Deer, AB Purchased January 2020 Medical Retail Centre: 12,870.00 Sq-Ft


The property is a turnkey retail and medical opportunity for the right business.

With aggressive market rates and affordable operating cost’s. This property is offered on a 5-to-10-year lease and it also has ample surface parking. This property is well located on Gaetz avenue, with great exposure to high traffic areas and a top Pylon signage position, which will ensure high visibility.

InvestPlus? Learn more about the InvestPlus Reit.

InvestPlus Real Estate Investment Trust (IP REIT) is a private real estate investment fund, based in Calgary, Alberta. The REIT provides an opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of multi-unit residential apartment and commercial buildings in western Canada.

Their mandate is to provide investors with the most attractive, well structured, and ethical real estate investment in Canada. Their track record proves their method. Management has transacted over $100,000,000 in buildings comprising of 23 commercial and multifamily buildings.

Why InvestPlus?

It starts with economic fundamentals. Economic fundamentals tell us if jobs are being created in a specific market. By knowing where GDP growth is, which begins with investment dollars invested by companies or government, there is a good chance that jobs will be created.

As jobs are created, population growth increases in that geographical area which increases demand for rentals/housing. The increase in rental values increases building values.

The same applies to commercial assets. New businesses migrate to those areas and existing business are flourishing because of the increased demand.

  • Find a Deal that adds value to our company
  • Manage it efficiently
  • Reap its added value to pass along our unitholders

Combine this knowledge and timing with the ability to buy apartment and commercial properties. Now have a recipe that will see the value of those assets increase due to both the management’s value creation and market upswing.

While a simple concept, it is a learned skill from experience in transacting over $100 million in assets over 16 years and riding through three economic cycle, both up and down.

Let us be clear – we do not buy “western Canadian” real estate!

We buy assets in specific geographical locations that are in western Canada that shows signs of a growing economy, job growth and growing population.

We trust you found this article about “Gaetz Professional Sublease” intriguing and if you want to learn more about our Portfolio, this property, or this amazing opportunity in Red Deer, then reach out to.


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Why Buying Below Replacement Costs is Key to your Real Estate Success. Making informed decisions helps tip the scale of success to your favor. When it comes to investments, knowing what you’re getting into––and investing your money on––is crucial to avoiding costly mistakes and improving your return on investments.

One of the first things my mentor taught me was “Whatever you do, make sure you buy below replacement costs.”

What are replacement costs?

“Replacement cost” is the cost to build a similar building you are acquiring, only brand new.   In other words, it is the cost that in the event your property gets damaged to the point of no return and renovation is not possible. Replacing the building and the cost to do so is your “replacement cost.”  It’s also referred to the cost of building new.

Understanding Replacement Costs in Real Estate

When I first started in real estate, there wasn’t much to compare to. There were not a lot of new rental purpose multifamily buildings being built in the early 2000s, but around 2008. There was an increase of new construction. A major factor that contributed to a rise of new construction  were the demand from two generations who were ok to pay a premium for rent; millennials and the baby boomers.

Millennials have been all too happy to pay for a higher-quality product and are willing to pay, $200-$300 more than an older building.  Boomers are driving this demand mainly due to downsizing or moving out of the suburbs and into the city.

While the goal for Boomers is to reduce their cost and out of the suburbs, they are only willing to do so if they live/rent in a place similar to what they currently own or better.  New multifamily rentals is their choice.

Buying below replacement cost or a brand new building ultimately means you can charge lower rent while still being able to achieve a good ROI. For example, a brand-new wood-framed building costs $200,000/suite to build. If the cap rate is 5%, the monthly rental rate would be rounded up to about $1,167/month.

If you were to buy a similar building only orders, with similar floor space, that has the purchase price of $120,000, a cap rate of 5 % would mean that a monthly rate of $833/month.

That’s a 40% difference.  Which means you have some flexibility in the rental price and a wider market to attract given a more competitive rental rate.  Even if there is a need for renovation of your older building, adding say $15,000/suite in  renovation (which is plenty) would still allow you some room to be more competitive than a new building, with now a renovated suite and likely a higher rent as a result of the renovation.

The Inherent Values of Buying Below Replacement Cost

The advice given to me early allowed us to grow our company and maintain higher occupancy. Even during recession periods or when vacancies increased.  It helped us with having a competitive product and the flexibility to charge a more competitive rate while still achieving a good rate of return.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article Why Buying Below Replacement Costs is Key to your Real Estate Success and should you have any questions or if you’d like to speak to one of our consultants you can contact us. 

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What are REITs and Are They For You? When we decided it was time to create a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust), it was with one simple goal: To provide investors the ability to invest in larger multifamily and commercial buildings without having the have all the capital, know-how, and time to manage these assets.

When you look up REITs, you will see a common theme and the main reason for this is that REITs are regulated. More on that later…

What is a REIT?

REITs, or real estate investment trusts are companies that own income-producing real estate across a range of property sectors and in some cases, across multiple regions.

  1. REITs offer diversification without sacrificing growth potential.

When you hear the word “diversify” your investment portfolio, “even-steven” comes to mind.  After all, what’s wrong with having diversified portfolio? If one investment goes down, the other will likely go up and there you go—you haven’t lost any money… but you didn’t make any money either. Most REITs are diversified in having all their assets (generally several buildings/assets) under “one roof”, may have different classes or real estate (i.e., InvestPlus owns both multifamily and industrial properties), and in many cases, are in more than just one city. While it gives you the diversity, it’s still all focused on real estate.

  1. REITs provide exposure to real estate—real brick and mortar assets brick with reliable income.

Most REITs have one thing in common: income-producing real estate. Assets they acquire and manage produce income, which is the income that in part, is paid out to unitholders. In fact, one of the regulations is that 90% of their net earnings needs to be distributed to unitholders.

  1. REITs are unique when it comes to the income, in their combination of income, potential capital appreciation, and tax-benefits.

We’ll assume you know what capital appreciation is and focus on income and tax-benefits. REITs don’t pay any taxes and the income it pays out as ordinary income or return of capital (ROC).  Ordinary income is taxes at the unitholder’s personal income tax rate. ROC income is not taxed.  REITs have the ability to offset the income paid out to their unitholders with the REITs operating costs and when they depreciate the real estate assets. While there is no tax liability on ROC, there is an increase in taxes due when the REIT units are eventually sold.

  1. REITs are subject to more stringent regulations.

We mentioned about the distribution of income in point 2, so we won’t dwell on that anymore. REITs are required to have an independent board who represents the unitholders and ensure that management executes their plan and meets the mandate of the REIT. Areas like leverage, financial report, acquisition, and sale  of assets are just a few areas which the board oversees. This provides unitholders an added layer of security. While very rare, we’ve had instances where the board did not approve the acquisition of some assets. So, the process works. This provides investors with and added layer of security.

You may notice there are REITs in all sorts of real estate assets. From gas stations to timber land to prisons.  When you think of these all together, they all have a common theme; income-producing assets with long-term viability in the business. We’ve chosen to create a REIT with two main classes of real estate: Multifamily and industrial buildings. Coming off a tumultuous year in 2020, and looking into 2021, both these classes of real estate fit in to the new world as we know it. With more people working from home, the need for multifamily buildings has been amplified. In the same respect, ecommerce has also accelerated pushing values of warehouses and distribution center buildings up and vacancies down.

For InvestPlus, we grew our portfolio by about 57% at the end of 2020, and by March of this year we are already at 28% over last year. There is no stopping when it comes to opportunities to grow your money. Spend 50% of your time looking for those deals and opportunities, because if not, you are missing out. For more information on how REITs work and guidance on how to avoid losing money on investments with little to no returns, request our Current Offering Memorandum here: www.investplusproperties.com/current-offering

We hope you enjoyed reading this article “What are REITs and Are They For You?” and should you have any questions or if you’d like to speak to one of our consultants you can contact us. 


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Putting It in the 5th Gear in 2021. The past year was a year filled with challenges and uncertainties never before experienced by this generation. Affecting people and businesses all over the world, COVID-19 made 2020 a huge hurdle that affected business stability and growth. After having just come out of a recession, the climb to success became even steeper with the health challenges that COVID-19 has brought and continues to bring to businesses today.


In trying times, we believe that there is no room for mediocrity and if you sit on the sidelines, you will get run over. Despite the obstacles, we at InvestPlus had a 50% company growth, made 3 major acquisitions, and raised over 4.8 million dollars in 2020. We also grew our net operating income as well as our net income.


How to Survive Challenging Economic Periods


How did we do it? We maintained focus on the same principles that allowed us to sustain previous recessions and market uncertainties.  The paralyzing fear of staying at home and the idea of maintaining the status quo by doing what we know works did not stop us from finding ways to modify our business and have a different focus. In a way, we ignored the fear.  We worked closely with our property managers to understand what our tenants needed and how we can maintain what we have as a tenant base and where we needed more focus.  We also focused on closely working with realtors and individuals who sell buildings, which ultimately helped us grow our company and diversify our portfolio. This focus allowed us to improve our income and boosted our financial strength.


We believe that the aftereffects of 2020 will catapult us into an even stronger year ahead. You see, recessions have a way of creating new businesses and strengthening others if focused on the right opportunities.  In fact, there are several household name companies that were created during a recession.  Here are a few; Disney, Fedex, Hyatt, HP, General Electric, General Motors. While companies like Facebook, Google and Salesforce weren’t created during a recession, they were created just before a major economic meltdown.    Now, I don’t want to ignore the many business that have been forced to close due to the pandemic. That is fact!  However, focusing to the future, we must push forward and look for other ways to create or grow our businesses.


Leveraging what we learned from the previous year, 2021 has started strong for us at InvestPlus. We have 14 million dollars’ under contract, which by far our largest acquisition in the history of the company. The struggles posed by the previous year’s economic climate brought on new opportunities and clients for InvestPlus.   Growth is what the business is dependent on, and while reinforcing our business relationships with our existing clients, proactively finding new clients and great assets helps bring in a steady stream of income and opportunities.


For 2021, we plan on doubling our 2020 acquisitions and assets under management and put us on a growth profile which will stabilize our net operating income and form a baseline for the years to come.


Surviving and growing your business means continuously finding new ways, new markets, new acquisitions, and new clients. Now is the time to chart your path and be prepared to ride that economic wave when it surges by putting It in the 5th Gear in 2021!

At InvestPlus Reit we don’t buy “Western Canadian” real estate! We buy assets in specific geographical locations that are located in Western Canada that show signs of a growing economy, job growth and growing population. For more information you can all us on Tel: (403) 663 – 8772 or by clicking here. In order to see our portfolio simply click the corresponding link:

InvestPlus REIT’s Commercial Portfolio

InvestPlus REIT’s Residential Portfolio

InvestPlus Reit expands Portfolio. InvestPlus Real Estate Investment Trust (the “REIT”) is excited to announce the addition of a 30,000 sq ft commercial building to its portfolio for $5,000,000 at a purchase cap rate of 7.4%. Possession is scheduled for July 2, 2020. This marks yet another accretive property added to the portfolio this year and continuing on an aggressive growth trajectory for 2020.


The InvestPlus REIT was also able to secure financing with a 75% loan to value at a rate of 3.6%. The property was secured as a five-year term on its mortgage and is projected to be accretive by more than $130,000 after unit-holder distribution.


The building is located in Red Deer, AB on three acres of land and was built in 2014 with the ability to expand the building in size and with additional bays. The tenant is also worth noting as this building is their North American headquarters and has a strong covenant. The tenant is in the business of manufacturing fire-retardant workwear for the transportation, forestry, mining, and oil and gas industries and is estimated to be within the top three suppliers in North America. InvestPlus REIT is excited with the addition of this asset and continues to grow with an ever-increasing and diversified portfolio in Western Canada.

About InvestPlus Real Estate Investment Trust

InvestPlus Real Estate Investment Trust (IP REIT) is a private real estate investment fund, based in Calgary, Alberta. InvestPlus REIT is a growth-oriented real estate investment trust focused on increasing unitholder value through the acquisition, ownership and management of commercial and residential properties in primary and secondary markets in western Canada. Management has transacted over $90,000,000 in buildings comprising of 22 buildings in the provinces of BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The current portfolio is appraised at $47,020,000 and comprised of 11 commercial and residential buildings. Read the top 5 reasons to invest in a REIT.

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