Real Estate Apps: The 10 Best Mobile Apps for Real Estate Professionals

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Really – I don’t know how you older folks survived the past without… a smartphone.

I mean – having to get from one place to another using a map? How horribly inconvenient!  Or having to actually buy a CD (or cassette tape, or 8-track) just to listen to music in your car?!  Preposterous!

However, thankfully for us we don’t need to live in the dark ages anymore and most investors carry around iPhones, Androids, or other fancy devices that let us access amazing amounts of information at the tip of our fingers (literally.)

While most people use their phones to send flying birds through the air to knock around cartoon pigs, there are a number of really great business applications available as well and as a real estate professional, there are a number of apps that can come in especially helpful to assist you in your real estate business.

Whether you are an investor like myself, a real estate agent, or someone simply working in the real estate industry – the following are ten apps that a real estate professional can use in their business to make life more productive and easy.

(Feel free to add additional app suggestions in the comments below in the comments, as we’ll be frequently updating this page with new apps!)

10 Smartphone Apps for Real Estate Investor

BP App1.) BiggerPockets

What Is It: Oh, you knew I was going to start with this one. The BiggerPockets App was just recently introduced, and while there are a lot of awesome updates that will be added over the coming months -it’s already one of the most popular methods people are using to network and learn on the site.  Right now the app is only available on the iOS system – which means you need to have an Apple product to use it – but an Android app is being discussed for development in the future as well.

Why Investors Should Use It:  The BiggerPockets App allows you to easily engage in the BiggerPockets Forums, asking or answering questions about real estate anytime- anyplace. For example, if you are out “Driving for Dollars” and you stumble across a vacant home with a large, nasty in-ground swimming pool in the front yard – you can easily search the forums for others who have dealt with swimming pools or you can start your own thread, asking about your options.  Or, you could also be siting on your couch, watching the latest episode of “Dancing with the Stars,” and be actively answering questions and sharing your real estate experiences with those who have questions. Networking doesn’t get much easier than that.

Price: Free

Magic2.) MagicPlan

What Is It:  MagicPlan is a really cool app I just recently learned about while attending the Inman Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco, which allows you to create custom floors plans by just moving your phone or iPad around the room taking pictures. It’s kinda hard to explain here in a blog post, but essentially – you just use the camera to move around the room, and it automatically maps out the room. To see a video of this thing in action, click here.

Why Investors Should Use It:  This app is great because you can quickly and easily make floor plans. I see three great uses for this:

  1. Rehabbers can make house plans to use before a heavy remodel and to help plan for materials
  2. Landlords can make quick floor plans to include on their Craigslist or website listings.
  3. When selling a property, you can now include floor plans in your marketing material.

I’m definitely going to start using this app more often, and am excited to add floor plans onto my rental website.

Price:  Free for personal use and to make plans on your device, $2.99 to download a “white labled” plan. Subscription plans available.

Zillow App3.) The MLS Apps:,,,, Etc

What Is It: Okay -I’m going to group all these apps together into one listing here because they all essentially do the same thing: help you see what properties are listed for sale on the MLS. Each has their own individual strengths and weaknesses, so be sure to download all of them and see what suits your needs the best.  These apps help you to keep track of the newest listings and all of them use a “Map Feature” to allow you to see what’s for sale (or been sold) in a certain geographical area.

Why Investors Should Use It: I think it’s pretty self explanatory, but I’ll explain my favorite ways to use these apps. First, the map features are extremely helpful when driving around, to be able to see what certain homes are listed at in the neighborhood. It’s a really great way to get a feel for prices and, although obviously not perfect, you can get a good ballpark for what an ARV might be in a neighborhood.  Second, most of these Apps allow you to see  “sold” properties in the area, which combined with the map feature can be extremely helpful when driving around. The largest complaint with these apps is they may not have all the listings, and many of the listings may be old, expired, or incorrect. But hey -it’s free. Stop complaining!

Price: Free

 JotNot4.) JotNot Scanner

What Is It: JotNot is an easy to use app that allows you to turn your iPhone into a portable scanner and share your documents via email, Evernote,  DropBox, Google Drive, and more.

Why Investors Should Use It: Because scanners are annoying! I use JotNot all time time, to scan various hand-signed documents into my phone and upload to my Google Drive account, so I can have copies of everything I need, anywhere I am.

Price: Free for the basic app, $.99 for the PRO version.

HammerPoint App5.) HammerPoint

What Is It: HammerPoint is an iOS app that allows you to quickly create detailed repair estimates for any job. You can create new reports for each project, and the app will actually walk you through each item that may need repairing, auto filling a description of the work details (fully edit-able) and even offers a suggested cost for that repair.  Finally, you can export the list of repairs to yourself and create PDF reports of all the repairs required.

Why Investors Should Use It: Cost overruns are one of the largest reasons investors lose money on real estate deals. Using an App like HammerPoint, you can be sure to add up all the repairs needed for a rehab job and avoid those deadly cost overruns.  This can be especially helpful for house flippers who are about to embark on a large remodel. This app is a great resource to be used in conjunction with the new BiggerPockets investment calculators!

Price: Free

Digital Receipts6.) Digital Receipts By Proximiant

What Is It: Digital Receipts allow you to snap quick photos of your receipts and email yourself expense reports, helping you to make your business even more “paperless.”

Why Investors Should Use It: One of the benefits of being a real estate investor is the many tax-write offs you can use on a daily basis, but keeping receipts is vital to making sure you get all those deductions; and I don’t know about you – but it seems every few days my wallet get’s too fat to even sit on- because of all the receipts (not the money!) I have stored, and many get destroyed or faded before I can properly file them at home.  Digital Receipts by Proxomiant is an awesome tool for any investor, because you can store all those receipts directly on your phone and toss the paper ones in the garbage right after getting them.

Price: Free

LoopNet7.) LoopNet

What Is It: LoopNet is about the closest thing to the MLS for commercial real estate, so the App is helpful for searching for the latest and greatest commercial properties listed for sale. This could include multifamily properties, restaurants, shopping malls, or more. This app is an extension of the LoopNet Website, and runs pretty much the same way.

Why Investors Should Use It: Investors who are interested in Commercial real estate or multifamily properties should definitely use this app to keep tabs on the commercial properties listed nearby. A quick search on the app this morning revealed there is a 10-unit apartment building in my town for sale for $320,000 that I didn’t know about – so take a minute to search in your area.  Keep in mind, however, that in order to access all the listings on LoopNet, you have to have a premium LoopNet membership. Free users can only see listings posted by Premium members, but Premium members can see all listings.

Price: Free, but to see all the listings you need a Premium account, starting around $70 a month.

Google Drive App8.) Google Drive and DropBox

What Is It: I’m going to group these two apps together as well, since they both do similar jobs: cloud storage of files. Both Google Drive and DropBox allow you to sync the documents from your home computer onto other devices, like your phone, tablet, or other computers.

Why Investors Should Use It: Real estate investors seem to always be on the move – or at least it feels that way. Whether you are out driving for dollars,  signing a lease, checking up on a rehab, or one of a million other tasks, having convenient access to your files is immensely helpful.  I keep all my legal documents in my Google Drive, such as my “3-Day Pay or Quit Notice” so that if I’m out and about, and need a quick form printed, I can simply log onto my phone and email the form to my local Staples to print.  I also save other important documents, like my tenant phone directory, leases, and more so I have convenient access anywhere.

Price: Free (for up to 5GB on Google, 2GB on DropBox, and cheap to upgrade to more storage.)

Houzz9.) Houzz Interior Design Ideas

What Is It: Houzz is a really fun app which allows you to quickly navigate through over a million high quality photos of properties to get ideas and inspirations for your own properties.  Be careful-  scanning through these photos can be addicting and make you want to spend a whole lot more money on a remodeling job than you planned!

Why Investors Should Use It: Inspiration.  Just yesterday I was picking out paint colors, and pulled out the Houzz app to flip through exterior photos, looking for designs that I liked.  For those who are slightly designed challenged, like me, it’s an excellent way to get ideas for your properties and for your own house. Most of the designs are going to be a lot “higher end” than you will probably use for your properties, but sometimes you can get some great ideas and motivation from looking at how the professionals design things.

Price: Free

CardMunch App10.) CardMunch

What Is It: Last on this list but not least is an app from the folks at LinkedIn called CardMunch. CardMunch allows you to snap photos of business cards and send them for processing, where actual humans transcribe the cards and send them back to you in a detailed contact list. You can even send LinkedIn contact request using the information provided. This is a really slick app.

Why Investors Should Use It: Networking!  Networking is vital if you want to grow your business and, like it or not, business cards are still the primary way people keep in touch from networking events. Next time you attend a networking event, like a REIA or a real estate conference, get as many cards as possible and scan them into CardMunch, so you can connect with those individuals on LinkedIn and start building relationships online.

Price: Free

 Conclusion: Do You Know Any More Real Estate Apps?

Those are my top 10 Apps that every real estate professional should use! I use all these apps on a semi-regular basis, and they have definitely helped make my real estate business more streamlined and efficient.

Do you know of any other apps that are “must have” real estate apps for investors? Add your favorite with a comment below!

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About Author

Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast. He began buying rental properties and flipping houses at age 21, discovering he didn’t need to work 40 years at a corporate job to have “the good life.” Today, with nearly 100 rental units and dozens of rehabs under his belt, he continues to invest in real estate while also showing others the power, and impact, of financial freedom. His writings have been featured on,,, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media. He is the author of The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down, The Book on Rental Property Investing, and co-author of The Book on Managing Rental Properties, which he wrote alongside his wife, Heather. A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with his wife Heather and daughter Rosie) splits his time between his home in Washington State and various destinations around the globe.


  1. Well done sir!

    I don’t have an apple device, but I did find the the android version of MagicPlan > Floor Plan Creator.

    I’m always interested in cool apps and these will make a nice addition to my homescreen =)


    My Apps:
    Camera360: It allows you to do just that.

    My Tracks by Google: Posting bandit signs? Have somebody else doing it for you? Have them easily track their route and quickly post pins wherever they put up a sign. Then send it to you via email. It also takes down all the data of their trip, avg speed, distance, time, etc.

    Google Keep: A super simple and easy way to take notes. My favorite note taker thus far.

    • I put in a vote for Google Keep as well. It is a hidden gem of Google. Not sure why they don’t advertise it better. You can also access all your notes from the phone app online by searching “Google Keep”. It opens up with your normal Google account just like drive and maps etc.

      *Thank you for the Android version of MagicPlan. I was excited to use that and bummed when it told me my version was not supported.

      • Linda Williams on

        I don’t know why Google Keep is so underrated, it’s a great tool.
        As a photo app for real estate professionals, I would recommend PhotoMarks.
        I use it to protect images uploaded online. You can add both text and logo watermarks and apply other useful edits as well.

  2. GREAT Post Brandon!

    Found some Android equivalents of the doc scanner, receipt scanner, and the business card scanner. I’m a happy guy! (well more happy than before)

  3. Great post, Brandon, thanks! 🙂
    I’d add that, after experimenting with Dropbox for some time, I found the first two main issues (free storage space and bandwidth hoarding) were much better handled by microsofts “sky drive”.

    And the best tip I have to give – if you want full ms-office functionality on all your Dropbox/google drive/sky drive files (including editing, saving, emailing as a real attachment, etc) – combine them with “Cloudon” – another brilliant little free app. The way it works is that you continue using your online storage as normal, but when the need arises for editing, clicking on a link embedded in a document, or anything else that you can’t do with Dropbox etc – you click on a little “open in” button, and select cloudon – presto.

  4. Chris Clothier

    Easily one of the best blog articles I have read in the last couple of weeks…

    This is the kind of thing I love reading. Other professionals that know what they are doing sharing great ideas, apps, products, etc… Thanks Brandon for doing such a great job with this list.


  5. Shawn Sorter on

    I agree with Chris, this was very useful. I already use about half of the ones mentioned, but was happy to find more. I’d love to see this increased to a top 20 in time as more people offer solid suggestions.

  6. TheAnalyst app is my go-to, on the fly app I use to analyze deals. IMHO its worth every bit of the $10 they charge (and I hate paying for apps). It spits out a summary of IRR, CAP rate, COCR, GRM, LTV, DSCR. It projects cash flows out 5 years based on your assumptions and also outlines sales proceeds at the end of year 5. A few graphs are included and a PDF you can email.

    Within the App, there is a lease vs own analysis, loan amount analysis, and individual calculators for: mortgage, Cap rate, Cash-on-cash, GRM, time value of money, IRR/NPR. There is a few measuring tools. They had a prelim environmental report, which was taken down while they work with a different vender to pull in environmental reports. I liked it when it was working and looking forward to they getting it up again.

    TheAnalyst app is probably the cleanest implementation of a commercial RE financial App I’ve seen and I think I’ve downloaded about all of them. It was built by a CCIM broker and modeled after the CCIM 5-year analysis workbook.

  7. Great Post!

    Random question for anyone out there who is much more techy than I am. Why does it seem like most new apps come out for iPhone first? Is it just because they feel the iPhone market is still bigger than Droid? Coming from a Droid user, it is sometimes frustrating.

    Secondly, Google Goggles works well for scanning business cards and storing the people as contacts. I just used it last night and it worked great!

    • Brandon Turner

      Hey Nick, thanks for the comment! The main reason (I think) is because Apple has such a huge market share – and Apps are easier to create for apple devices. For example – 80% of mobile users on BiggerPockets are Apple, so it just makes sense to make the iOS one first. And thanks for the tip on Google Goggles!

      • No offense, But that is wrong. Android has a majority share of the market by far. Apple gets the apps first because they don’t have as much variety to develop for. There are a few versions of the iPhone and iPad. But Android has hundreds of different devices in phone or tablet flavor, making it harder for developers to design functional software.

  8. I love my “Real Estate Evaluator” for iPad/iPhone. Does all the math that, frankly, I might likely screw up (and would take a lot of time)- Cash flow, COC, IRR, DSR, projections up to 30 year hold, etc, saves everything for later reference, sorts things into separate portfolios and creates nice PDF presentations that you can email or print for lenders. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s a bit of work to save different scenarios for the same property- or maybe (probably) I just haven’t figured that out yet. The free version lets you do one property at a time to try it out- the paid version is pricey but has unlimited saves. Haven’t looked at TheAnalyst mentioned above- it may do the same thing cheaper

  9. Thanks! Will check out MagicPlan this week. Of course I forwarded all the info to my EverNote account. I cannot live w/o all my notes – never have to remember anything anymore – EverNote takes care of it all!

  10. I list a lot of huge acreage properties and I find that using “My Tracks” is a lifesaver. When you are out on a property it gives you a trail you took via gps to get you back out safe if you need it.

  11. Thom Harrison on

    Great list. Thank you. I’ll be trying out several of the suggestions above. My three favorite iPad apps (and best of all…free!) are CalcLite (it’s an Excel-like spreadsheet app), CamScanner (also allows snapshots of receipts and scans of key documents and allows quick emailing), and lastly, my favorite simple calculator of all time MyScript Calculator (allows you to write with the tip of your finger and converts to numbers/math symbols and calculates automatically–very cool app for quick calculations on the fly).

  12. I’m in the minority because I am using an Android and not an iPhone.
    My exit strategy is selling on contract to tenant buyers and I use “Karl’s Mortgage Calculator” to adjust any of the four variables ie Amount, Int, Time, and PMT. The downside is I can only do one strategy at a time. I love this app but if anyone knows of a similar app that will allow having multiple scenarios I would like to know about it.

  13. Ok, so, I’m biased as the spouse of one of the developers but I do use this app almost every day to run number scenarios, find yields, calculate the payment or price a rental property can afford, etc. I’m referring to the “10Bii Financial Calculator” for iPhone/iPad/Android/Mac (which also has easy modes for those unfamilar with how to work a financial calculator). It has some cool features like the ability to email PDFs of amortization schedules, graphs/cashflow diagrams, and the number input registers showing on the screen (so you don’t have to remember what you typed). It also has amortization history so you can review recent calculations you ran.

    The developers are great about answering questions and improving the product. There are free tutorials about financial math at the In a Day Development website.
    They also have a free app called “Easy Money Planner” which calculates common financial questions related to retirement savings and paying off credit cards.

  14. Cloud Magic is a personal search engine for all of your “Cloud Storage” places. Search your email(s), DropBox, G-Drive and Phone all with one search! Looking for a document for the “123 Main st.” property? Plug it in and it returns results from every place you have it.

    • Brandon Turner

      Lol hey Kent, that old debate again, eh!? 🙂 Android may have that big of a market share worldwide (not sure though… those numbers seem funky… who has the other 54% of the market? Blackberry?), but definitely not on BiggerPockets. 68.34% of the traffic from mobile devices in the past 30 days has been on either an Apple iPhone or an Apple iPad. And despite the claims from Google and the Android community – that number has actually gone UP just slightly over the past year, so there isn’t a major trend yet. So, while Android is in the works for an App, it’s definitely being beat 2 to 1 right now, hence the Apple App first!

      Thanks for jumping in!

    • Well, don’t forget to compare share of the profit vs. share of the market. Just last year, the iPhone took 75% of market profits even though it only took 9% of sold units.

      Nonetheless, people pick which app first based on multiple factors including in house developer skills, traffic metrics to the site, sustainment costs, etc.

  15. A couple more I use regularly:

    Homesnap – good for grabbing general info about a property as you are driving by. Have your bird dogs snap a pic of vacant houses and share the info with you. FREE.

    GV Mobile + – have multiple Google Voice accounts ring to your phone. Slick GUI, much better quality than Talkatone and no monthly fee. $2.99

    • Brandon Turner

      Hey Jason – I actually just downloaded homesnap the other day, but haven’t had time to try it out yet. But I will now 🙂

      And yeah – how could I forget Google Voice!? I use that every single day. I didn’t think about adding it here 🙂 But GV mobile – I haven’t heard about that one. I’m gonna download right now! 🙂

  16. Good stuff, Brandon. I’m surprised at how many of those I already use. I didn’t think I was that up to date.

    One other really good app is Evernote. You can organize it into notebooks and add notes to each one. No more sticky notes or filling up my Outlook task list with “stuff to keep”. I just create a notebook for each property that I want to keep notes on. Inside, I add notes such as rehab budgets, escrow company contact info, project notes, etc. you can also create checklists and check off boxes as items are completed. Works on PC’s too, and notes sync across all devices so I have everything everywhere.

    Not bad for a free app.

    • @BrianBurke, I love Evernote. Been discovering neat new uses for it, including keeping a food/mood journal and photographing recipes and things I eat. It’s also good for taking pics of suspects when you drive by a property that catches your eye. You can add notes and pics and separate your notes by different “notebooks” based on topic and add tags as well.

  17. Thanks for this. I would like to add one…

    HomeSnap is an app that I won’t be without now. Take a picture of a property that you are interested in and it will give you the address, estimated value, local demographics, and more. Great for when I am driving around and notice a vacant property or a FSBO. I just take the pic and drive on and all details are in my phone for when I have time to transcribe.

    And its free!

  18. Stephen Anthony on

    I love the article and apps, but might want to re-label the article or at least the apps as “iPhone only” as BiggerPockets, MagicPlan, JotNot, and CardMunch are all not available for Android. :/

  19. The scan biz card app is so great. Disclosure: I got the light version and just found out it only lets you input 5 cards per week. I have a stack and many years of accumulation I need to input so I may have to upgrade (and hire someone to do it for me). 🙂

  20. Hey everyone! Here’s one more app to add. A contractor friend of my turned me on to it. It’s called Homesnap Real Estate. It allows you to take a picture of any house using your smartphone’s camera, then provides you with all the information about that property! It also shows you homes for sale in that area, recent sales, investment potential and so much more. As a Realtor, I find it really much more convenient, while I’m on the go, than having to log onto the MLS every time I want to look at a property”)

    Happy house hunting!

  21. I am a new Realtor®. I do not have a tablet yet that is coming soon, but I do have the Samsung Galaxy S III.

    1) I am looking for apps that will help with the business cards I receive, I would like something that can take a pic or scan and give me the information off of it. Name of Bus, Name, Phone, Fax, Email, Website so I can out it into contacts on my computer.

    2) Same thing for receipts, but I need to be able to assign it to specific categories. Is there an app that will let me do that in app and send it to me, or send it to me and I assign on my computer.

    3) This may sound strange I’m asking for something some find so simple, but a contact program. My broker is KW so we have a contacts on our system, but what is the best system outside of my broker to add everyone to. My business contacts, my friends, family, clients, whoever and then I can sort through them there and label them. Then it will allow me to export is csv. file into my KW. I currently use google. I have 2 accounts with them, and then I want to add my facebook contacts. How do I do all this and keep it organized and clean and able to export as csv. I do not have outlook or microsoft.

    I probably have alot more but those are the 3 that I am getting frustrated with now.

  22. I would like to toss one in for #3. (Hopefully someone didn’t already post this…as I did not take time to read every response yet. haha). Add Homesnap to the list of MLS apps. It gives incredible details about the home, map feature shows listed, average, sold, and trends in the area. You can also simply take a picture of the house and it will bring up all the details of the property for you. Great resource. I have found myself just playing with it for fun. More productive than Candy Crush. Ha ha.

  23. First, I don’t know if someone answered the android equivalent of a scanner app, but I use cam scanner. Great at optimizing the photo as a pdf.

    Next, is anyone using home inspection apps? I’ve seen a few, but wondered if they’re any good for agents taking notes.

    Next, I could never find an app to help track prospecting calls, so I’m making one! Should be first released in a couple months, but just on android to start. Apple always makes things difficult. More to follow.

  24. I also was going to highly recommend Homesnap as one of the newest, best and useful apps now available but I see that 4 or 5 people have already raved about it and how useful it is while out in the field looking at houses. Just take a snapshot of the house and up comes a lot of the important info. that you need right then and there. It is a wonderful and very useful app but is still growing so it might not be available in some smaller or rural markets yet. Anyone and everyone involved in real estate should have this app!

  25. I’m in the extreme start up phase. I’m looking for apps and a system to help me with the home business/organization part of the business. For example: I am looking into software/apps that will help with organizing (especially for tax time) my business expenses.

    Here is an app I came across (HoursTrackerHD) found on iTunes, that I started using the trail today to keep track of my time spent on working on the business (so I can submit to my husband for my payment of my time. LOL!!!)

    I’m still looking for an app I can use on all my devices and that will (sync on all devices) for recording my business expenses. I need to record my expenses daily (especially while waiting for kids to finish with there after school activities), I can watch them and input my expenses. If I wait until I get home, after dealing with 3 boys (4 if you include my husband) then I will be too tired and next thing I know its tax time and I’m not a nice wife or mother because I’m spending hours/days organizing expenses that could have taken 1-5 minutes a day. If you know of a app that will help with this, please share.

    I’m going to track my time investigating the recommended apps mentioned in this blog from BiggerPockets. (LOL!! Get paid to Research!)

    Thank you in advance.


  26. I can’t LIVE without EVERNOTE (Premium edition!) — on all my devices and, along with the Evernote scanner – can easily keep track of all receipts, insurance policies, work orders – I turn everything paper into paperless and can search for anything in seconds in Evernote, anywhere!

  27. For all you Apple folks out there, Box (similar to dropbox) is having a promotion right now: If you set up an account with them before February 15 you can get 50GB for free. Good for those of you who take lots of pictures of lots of properties. I still use dropbox because I am used to it, but this is a good alternative with A LOT more free storage space.

    As for me…I am not an Apple fanboy and I am excitedly awaiting a BP android app….?…?

  28. I’m looking for a project management app that syncs with other phones of the project managers of those projects?

    Rentals or flips either way, we need to track things per house and have other folk’s phones get synced with any back and forth pictures, notes, issues, bla bla per house/project.

  29. Allyson Gardner on

    These are all really helpful apps. Another app I use is “Business Messenger.” I increased my sales close rate by 22% using this app. It’s a texting app but the number appears as your office line. Free to download. It lets us stay synched across tablet, smartphone and computer. You can get more info at

  30. carol kohn

    I would refresh this post with a better tool to manage files online with Same as the other file management tools but has 10GB of storage for free. Way better than the other two file management tools you mentioned. They also have an app for iOS and android devices.

  31. Joseph Ballard

    I have been using this stripped down margin calculator called Flip Margin. I went ahead and purchased the .99 pro version so I can save all the properties that get calculated. It’s new – simple and clean tool. It’s available in the app store for iOS.

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