We love to go golfing! So today the JS Realty Team is going to take a break from providing you with relevant Real Estate information and tell you about the great golf opportunities right here in Loudoun County!

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Royal & Ancient Golf Club, St. Andrews, Scotland

The game of golf (or something very similar) can be traced through history back to 1297 in the Netherlands! The modern version of golf has been played in the United States since the 1700’s.  The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in the world. They also recently hosted the 2015 Open Championship, the winner of which was American pro golfer Zach Johnson!

Luckily for us, Loudoun County has a wide variety of clubs and courses – both private and public – to suit your golfing needs!


Trump National Golf Club – Washington DC
20391 Lowes Island Blvd.
Sterling, Va 20165

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Belmont Country Club

Belmont Country Club
19661 Belmont Manor Lane
Ashburn, Va 20147

The Golf Club at Lansdowne
44050 Woodridge Pkwy
Lansdowne, Va 20176

River Creek Club
43730 Olympic Blvd.
Leesburg, Va 20176

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Golf Course at Creighton Farms

Loudoun Golf and Country Club
36967 W Main St
Purcellville, Va 20134

Stoneleigh Golf Club
35271 Prestwick Ct
Round Hill, Va 20141

The Club at Creighton Farms
22050 Creighton Farms Dr
Aldie, Va 20105


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Sterling Park Golf & Swim Club

Sterling Park Golf Club
333 S Sterling Blvd
Sterling, Va 20164

Algonkian Regional Park Golf Course
47001 Fairway Dr
Sterling, Va 20165

1757 Golf Club
45120 Waxpool Rd
Sterling, Va 20166

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Brambleton Golf Course

Brambleton Golf Course
42180 Ryan Rd
Ashburn, Va 20148

Goose Creek Golf Club
43001 Golf Club Rd
Leesburg, Va 20175

Westpark Golf Club
59 Clubhouse Dr SW
Leesburg, Va 20175

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Raspberry Falls

Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club
41601 Raspberry Dr
Leesburg, Va 20176

Pleasant Valley Golf Club
4715 Pleasant Valley Rd
Chantilly, Va 20151

South Riding Golf Club
43237 Golf View Dr
Chantilly, Va 20152

Loudoun County also has a new TOP GOLF facility opening in September 2015 near One Loudoun!

JS Realty Scott Sterling GolfAs you can see there are many options for beginners and seasoned players . If you are just starting out, Brambleton Golf Course offers The SW Golf Academy, run by Steve WenPetren. He offers lessons for all skill levels as well as summer golfing camps for the children. Another great option – and one of The JS Realty Teams favorites – is the Sterling Park Golf and Swim Club. They have 18 par 3 holes, which is also great for beginners!

If you love golfing as much as we do, why not consider living near a golf club or course! Contact us today and we can help you find your dream home close to one of Loudoun’s great courses.JS Realty Free Analysis Contact Us

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If you love history and historical homes, Loudoun County is rich in it. There are currently more than 50 homes that are still preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These are a testament to the past history of Loudoun – some of them are still occupied, some are museums, and some just simply exist.

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Morven Park – Davis Mansion, built ca. 1780

History tells us that Loudoun County constitutes part of the five million acre Northern Neck of Virginia Proprietary granted by King Charles II of England to seven noblemen in 1649.

In 1757, by act of the Virginia House of Burgesses, Fairfax County was divided. The western portion was named Loudoun for John Campbell, Fourth Earl of Loudoun, a Scottish nobleman who served as Commander-in-Chief for all British armed forces in North America and honorary Governor of Virginia from 1756 to 1768. Leesburg has served continuously as the County Seat since 1757.

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Waverly, built ca 1890. Photo courtesy Eric Strawser.

Settling in Loudoun began in 1725 to 1730. The lower portion of Loudoun was being established as large tobacco plantations.

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Woodgrove Stone House, built ca 1785

Loudoun was known for its agricultural business and an area where the rich came to vacation (away from the hot city, DC), however in the 1960’s a shift began. Dulles International Airport was built and the airport attracted new businesses, workers and their families to the area. Roads began to be built and the rest is modern history!

Loudoun is now home to more than 363,050 people (2014 Census) and our history will only continue to grow. We can only hope to leave a piece of history for those looking back on us 300 years from today.

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Janelia Farm, built 1936. Photo courtesy Rexignis.

As you can see, Loudoun’s history is almost 300 years old, and we are fortunate enough to have homes that still exist to tell the story of settlers that started what we call home today.

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Carlheim (Paxton Campus), built ca 1872

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of most of the Historic Homes in the Loudoun area. If you’re looking for a fun “stay-cation” adventure, pick out your 3 favorite homes to drive by and/or visit. Maybe you will be able to step back in time and learn about the daily lives our fore-founders were living, making history and supporting how we got here today.

Download the list of Historic Homes in Loudoun County here.

We love historic and even just “older” homes. If you’re looking to move to Loudoun County, contact us today to set up a tour of homes to see – we will customize the tour to suit your taste and needs!

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America just celebrated her 239th birthday! The Flag, or “Old Glory” as she is often called, is the emblem of our country. She was displayed nation-wide on July 4th and was being waved all day by proud Americans. This isn’t anything new, though. JS Realty Fireworks Nation DCYou see flags all the time; in front of schools, public offices, even homes. But did you know there is an official Flag Code? This code formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, and also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. According to the code, “The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.”

JS Realty USA Flag Seal GreatInitially, there were no reasons left as to why Red, White, and Blue were chosen to represent the USA. However, in 1782, Congress chose the same colors for the Great Seal and offered this designation:

Red – hardiness and valor
White – purity and innocence
Blue – vigilance, perseverance, & justice

Also listed in the code among the various do’s and don’t’s is a detailed list of the days on which the flag should be displayed.

So when should “Old Glory” be displayed? The Flag should be displayed on all days, but especially on:

JS Realty Flag Old Glory FlyingNew Year’s Day—January 1
Inauguration Day—January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday—3rd Monday in January
Lincoln’s Birthday—February 12
Washington’s Birthday—3rd Monday in February
Easter Sunday (variable)
Mother’s Day—2nd Sunday in May
Armed Forces Day—3rd Saturday in May
Memorial Day—last Monday in May (fly at half-staff until noon)
Flag Day—June 14
Father’s Day—3rd Sunday in June
JS Realty Flag US BuildingIndependence Day—July 4
Labor Day—1st Monday in September
Constitution Day—September 17
Columbus Day—2nd Monday in October
Navy Day—October 27
Veterans Day—November 11
Thanksgiving Day—4th Thursday in November
Christmas Day—December 25
State holidays
States Date of Admission—June 25th for Virginia, April 28th for Maryland
And other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.

JS Realty Flag Half Staff MastIn addition, half-staff the Flag (sunrise to sunset) on these days:

Peace Officers Memorial Day—May 15
Patriot Day—September 11
Fire Prevention Week—Sunday, usually of week in which October 9th falls
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day—December 7

Download a printable version of Dates to Display The Flag.

Additional details about Old Glory and the full Code can be found here.

If you have a flag that is weathered, tattered, or beyond repair, please contact the National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America so that it may be disposed of during a flag retirement ceremony.

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Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance is a very important part of home ownership. The JS Realty Team @ Samson Properties guides our clients through the entire home buying process, but there are 2 items that the Buyer must handle themselves: obtaining their loan and purchasing homeowners insurance.

Homeowners insurance will be required by your Lender if you have a mortgage on your home, and they will require a minimum level of coverage to protect their interest in the property.

Homeowners Insurance is actually comprised of two different types of protection: hazard and liability coverage.

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This protects you should any damage and/or destruction happen to your home and contents. It will cover fire, theft, and certain natural disasters. If you live in a flood zone or in an area that could potentially have earthquakes you will need to purchase additional coverage to include these natural disasters.

If someone gets injured on your property, the liability coverage is in place to protect you from medical costs and possible lawsuits.

There are also several factors to consider when choosing your insurance:

COVERAGE MINIMUM – Depending on how you feel about insurance, the minimum level that your Lender requires might not provide you with enough peace of mind. Although you may want to keep your homeowners insurance cost down, you also want to make certain you have all the coverage you need.

JS Realty Insurance Policy DocumentWHAT IS INCLUDED – Be very clear about what is covered and more importantly what is NOT covered. You don’t want to lose something and later find out it wasn’t included in the policy.

DEDUCTIBLES – Most policies come with a $500 or $1,000 deductible, but speak with your insurance agent to see what works best for you – and your budget!

PERSONAL PROPERTY – Be sure you know exactly what personal property is covered. You’ll also need to determine whether you want replacement value or depreciated loss value. You should also review the value of your possessions yearly. You don’t want to spend money for coverage you don’t need if the value of certain items has decreased.

JS Realty Home Office WorkingBUSINESS NEEDS – Do you have a home office? There are both property and liability business exposures that most standard homeowner policies don’t address, as well as low levels of coverage. The typical policy appears to be around $2,500 for in-home office equipment. And while that may sound like enough, by the time you add the costs of your computer, software, tablet, printer, scanner, phone, furniture, etc., it could very well exceed that amount. You’ll need to find coverage that can include all of your home office equipment and supplies.

Remember, your home is usually your largest investment. This is not the time to save a few dollars and possibly expose your family to hardships if the unthinkable happens. Perform your due diligence, be comfortable knowing what your homeowners insurance covers, and ensure that you have enough protection in place.Happy Couple Keys Home JS Realty

Contact a JS Realty Team member to answer any questions about any facet of the home buying or selling process or if you need a referral for a reputable insurance agent.

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Getting ready to move can be overwhelming to say the least! Earlier this week, we gave you a few tips on making Moving Day a little less stressful. Now we’ve got a checklist for you to help you stay on track! From cleaning, to packing, and everything in between, here’s what you need to remember when you’re getting ready to move:

JS Realty Cleaning CleanserOur #1 recommendation is to clean the home you are about to move in to. It is the only time that the home is vacant and ready for a full cleaning. Clean things like cabinets, drawers, corners of closets, window, lights, etc. Most homes are cleaned before you move in – but if not, make sure you take a couple hours to put the elbow grease in before you pile all of your things in the home.

JS Realty Essentials MovingPack a box or bag of essentials that you will need the next few days after the move. Things to include: a few changes of clothes, kitchen utensils, towels, sheets, a can opener, electronic and phone chargers… anything you might need for a few days while everything else you own in still in a box! The last thing you want to do is dig through a dozen boxes to find these little essentials. Also, keep a folder handy that has your most important papers in it, so it is easily accessible in the event you needed to get to them quickly (this helps keeps them safe, too).

About 6 weeks before you  move, start sorting and selling items. This will allow you enough time to coordinate, de-clutter, and organize. Moving is a perfect time to get organized!JS Realty Donate Sell Trash Bins

Pack one box at a time. Remember to designate an area or box/bag for trash, donations, any additional things you will be selling and things you are giving to JS Realty Box Label Movefamily or friends. Remember to label your boxes clearly. Packing and labeling them by room is a great start, and label boxes on their sides, as you will most likely be stacking them. It also helps to make a list of what is in each box if you are considering storing your boxes after moving.

If you are disassembling electronics or furniture, do yourself a big favor and take a picture of it BEFORE you take it apart. This will really help when you go to put things back together! This time saving trick will save you lots of frustration, too.JS Realty Cable Box Cords Plugs

Change your address with everyone! There is nothing worse than ordering something great on Amazon and it getting sent to your old address. Think of all of your online ordering sites, banks, PayPal, credit cards and of course your family and friends – you don’t want to miss out on the yearly birthday card from Grandma!

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Great way to use those left over boxes!

Moving is an exciting time, full of anticipation of what the future holds in your new home. Take it one step at a time, prepare to be successful, and you will find that moving is not as hard as you think!

For additional tips, tricks, and moving hacks, check out The JS Realty Team Pinterest Page!

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JS Realty Calendar Red Moving DayThe day has finally arrived – it’s moving day! You have accomplished your goal of buying a home and now reality is setting in.  Packing up and moving your belongings can be a stressful event. Good preparation and planning will help minimize the stress.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

JS Realty Donation Moving Clothes CharityOne fabulous benefit of moving is that it’s a great time to purge your home.  The more you purge the less you have to pack! So it saves you time and money in moving expenses. If you haven’t worn or used an item in the last 6 months, donate it!  There are many great charities that will take unwanted clothes, books, furniture and anything else you don’t need or use. The JS Realty Team uses Salvation Army because they help a lot of people in our community.  Find a charity you connect with and help people in need, while at the same time reducing the clutter around your new home.

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Now that you have reduced the amount of unneeded items in your possession, it is time to organize your new home!  If everything has a place then it is easier to keep your new home organized.  There are many resources out there to help you organize every corner of your home.  From the garage to the Master Bedroom closet you will be amazed at how a little planning and a few organizational tools can help you make the best use of the space you have.  Alejandra Costello is a wonderful local resource to help you with ideas.

Purging unwanted items and organization will not only ease the moving process, but it will help keep your new home in order.

The JS Realty Team @ Samson Properties prides ourselves on helping our clients through the entire buying and selling process, from the first search for a home, to closing and beyond! Contact us today to see how we can help you on Moving Day!

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Summer has officially arrived! The sun is out (when it’s not storming…) and it is HOT! As much as everyone needs and wants a vacation, it’s not always possible to leave town. Fortunately, living in Brambleton means you don’t have to go far to have a fun and relaxing vacation.  Here’s how to make the most of your “stay-cation” without leaving Brambleton!


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*NEW for 2015!* Stratford Landing Pool & Splash Park – Located at 23503 Quillback Court. Complex consists of splash pad and water sensory play area with zero depth beach entry, water volleyball court, water basketball court, cool water hydrotherapy cove, and water slide. Also includes a separate eating area, picnic pavilion and bathhouse.

The Community Center Pool – Located at 42645 Regal Wood Drive. Complex consists of a main pool, wading pool, and spa.

The Beacon Crest Pool – Located within the Residences Condominiums at 22650 Beacon Crest Terrace. Complex consists of a salt water main pool, wading pool, spa, outdoor gas fireplace and grill, and a club room.

Brambleton Corner Clubhouse & Pool – Located at 42255 Palladian Blue Terrace. Complex consists of an 8-lane lap pool with attached zero depth beach entry, outdoor eating area with grill and concession area, and the Brambleton Corner Clubhouse.


JS Realty Facial Spa RelaxWith these 4 unique locations to choose from, you can’t go wrong when you want to pamper yourself! Get a new ‘do, have a facial, enjoy a mani/pedi – the list of options are impressive.

Eclips Salon & Day Spa
Hair Cuttery
La Belle Nail Spa
Illusions Hair Salon & Spa

JS Realty Movie Theater Pass Ticket EntryCATCH A MOVIE

At 10 AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, head over to Regal Fox Cinemas for “G” and “PG” rated movies for just $1! Seating is first-come, first-served and limited to capacity. Seat reservation is not permitted.  $1 Summer Movie List


JS Realty Concert BrambletonBRAM’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series is back! Every Thursday night at 6PM. Concerts are FREE and you can bring a cooler and blanket/chairs to sit on while you listen to some good music.  Check out the list of bands here.


From Asian to Mediterranean, an all-American diner, and several options for a sweet treat – the restaurants at the Town Center have you covered, no matter what you are craving! For the extensive list of restaurants, click here.

JS Realty Lost Rhino OpenAnd don’t forget to stop by the Lost Rhino Retreat – it’s now open! For hours and additional info, visit the website.

Are you thinking about buying a home in Brambleton? Contact us today – so we can help you find your dream home!

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JS Realty Flag LoCoEarlier this month the JS Realty Team at Samson Properties provided a market analysis of Brambleton in Ashburn, Virginia. Today we are going to expand the market update to include all of Loudoun County, and compare the trends of the whole county to what we saw in the Brambleton subdivision.

Q1 2015 Loudoun County Market Update – Full Report

The Loudoun County housing market has also had a strong first quarter. The sold dollar volume is up + 19.56% from JS Realty Where Market Going Newspaperthe previous year and units sold are also up +16.88%. The percentages are obviously not as large when compared to Brambleton, but keep in mind we are looking at Loudoun County as a whole, not just one of its most popular subdivisions. When you compare average days on the market in Loudoun County to the previous year you will see a modest increase from 58 in 2014 to 81 in 2015. This can be mostly attributed to the increase in inventory from the year before – classic “supply and demand”. Overall, similar to Brambleton, the whole county is experiencing a market that is on the move in a positive way.

The JS Realty Team also mentioned previously that the “buzz” in the lending world was that interest rates were going to rise slightly over the summer. We have seen that come to fruition over the last couple weeks. They have crept up a little, but are still close to historical lows.

JS Realty Buyer Seller Road SignWe expect this positive market to continue for the foreseeable future. The JS Realty Team has stayed busy helping our clients achieve their goals through the buying and selling of homes. It has been a great year so far and we look forward to helping even more of our clients in the remainder of 2015.

Have a great summer! Don’t hesitate to contact a JS Realty Team member with any questions or to get a FREE no obligation home/market analysis on your home.

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JS Realty Steam Crab BlueIt’s not always convenient to travel into Maryland when you’re craving some delicious Blue Crab. Did you know there were 5 great places here in Northern Virginia that serve it up fresh? These restaurants don’t disappoint! In fact, a few might even surprise you.

Captain Pell’s
10195 Fairfax Blvd
Fairfax, VA
Blue Crab Captain Pell FairfaxSince 1977, Captain Pell’s has been serving up tasty all-you-can-eat crab and seafood, delivered fresh daily.

Captain Mas Seafood
46303 McClellan Way

Sterling, VA
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Tucked away in the Cascades Marketplace off Cascades Blvd, Captain Mas offers up all-you-can-eat blue crab. Their impressive menu is worth the wait, as everything is made to order and fresh!

Ford’s Fish Shack
44260 Ice Rink Plaza #101
Ashburn, VA
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This family owned restaurant is making a name for itself with it’s “Fresh-Off-the-Hook” seafood. Their current menu specials have just what you’re looking for!

Blue Ridge Seafood
15704 Lee Highway
Gainesville, VA
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Family owned and operated for 30 years, this “hidden gem” near Manassas features steamed & spiced blue crab by the dozen or half-dozen!

Lowry’s Crab Shack
420 W Colonial Hwy
Hamilton, VA
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Head over to Lowry’s! Great food, and that fun, relaxed, “beach” vibe make this a great destination for freshly steamed blue crab.


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You searched for the right home – and found it! You got the home under contract and worked through the entire Home Buying Process to bring you to the day you have been looking forward to: Settlement Day! You worked hard and you want the KEYS to what is yours. So when do you get the keys to your dream home?

JS Realty Calendar Red Moving DaySeems like this would be a pretty easy question to answer, but it really depends on the state that you are closing in, and how that state handles defining the term “settled”, or when escrow has occurred. Most often this has to do with the way the money is funded and disbursed, and how the Deed (the paper work that deems you are the owner of the property) is recorded and recognized in your state. Since we are located in Virginia, we can tell you exactly how it is dealt with here. Then you can prepare for the other BIG day – MOVING DAY.

Typically, keys are given after verification that the funds have been delivered to the title company and all of the required documents are signed by both Seller and Buyer. At that point, the Seller will pass over ownership of the property and provide the Buyer with the keys to the property. Hooray! The moment has arrived and you are now the lucky owner – and key holder – of your dream home!

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There are occasions, however, when getting the keys and moving right in is not possible:

The Seller needs to stay in the home. Logistically, it can make sense for JS Realty rental agreementthe Seller to sell their home and then buy their next home. Physically, though, this can be a real challenge. Offering the Seller to stay a couple of extra days after settlement could be just what they need to make selling their home to you easier. In this case, you (the Buyer) will be offering a “rent back”. This is done through a signed agreement (a Post-Settlement Occupancy Agreement) that states they will stay in the home for a specified period of time, for a certain amount of money, and will be exiting the property on a specified date.

JS Realty Moving Boxes TapeSo does this mean you get keys or not? In most cases the Seller will agree to give you one set of keys with the understanding you will not need to access the property until the specified date that they will be exiting the property. Once they have exited the property you will be able to re-inspect the home and take possession based on the terms in which you both agreed to. This is pretty common and often occurs with little to no issues.

The home is vacant and you want to move in early. Is this even possible? JS Realty Kids Thumbs Up DownTechnically it is, however we often do not recommend it due to many various risk factors that could make this a bad idea for both the Buyer and the Seller. There is a possibility that something unforeseen happens and the deal does not go through at the last minute. Or worse, if something tragic happens to the home while the Buyer is occupying it and the Seller is still the owner. This would create a potential insurance nightmare. The reasons this could be a bad idea are numerous, however if you and the Seller are prepared to face these risk and are able to come to mutual agreeable terms, this is an option and does occur from time to time. It would be similar to the “rent back” method and it is called a Pre-Settlement Agreement.

“Key” things to remember for Settlement Day:

Utilities: Turn the utilities on in your name the day of settlement to prevent a them from possibly being shut off. Remember: utilities cannot be turned on over a weekend.

Deliveries: Do not schedule to have anything delivered or done to the home the JS Realty Watch Deadline Man Businessday of the settlement in the event something unforeseen causes a delay.

Be Prepared: From time to time, Settlement Day can run longer than expected. However if you plan for extra time in advance, it can make the day run a lot smoother and less stressful than if you are trying to get to an important work meeting directly after. We hope for the best, yet are prepared for the worst.

Accept the keys and take ownership of your dream home!

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The JS Realty Team get deals done and homes get purchased every day! If you’re ready to buy or sell a home, contact us today!

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