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Professional expertise and efficient, friendly service

Cathy and I were most impressed with the SA HomeBuyers’ professional expertise and efficient, friendly service in finding us the right property at the right market value and in the ideal location in the conclusion of our dream move to South Africa in September last year.

Marco, you were so, so helpful in establishing our requirements for setting up home in South Africa and in steering us in the right direction into the southern suburbs of Cape Town and in particular to Tokai where we have settled in so well, allowing us to now enjoy our new life out here so much more. You took our wishes in hand and turned them into reality, assisting us throughout the whole buying process and beyond, with advice on builders etc. We can’t thank you enough for all that you achieved for us in such a short space of time – it was a whirlwind experience for us but with the the best possible outcome.

We still have the bottle of wine that you gave us when we moved in last December 1st and having taken your advice to leave it for about a year, we think it is about time it was opened and shared with you. So, if you have the time to spare and are in the area, please give us a call and arrange to pop round and see our ‘new’ home.

Kind regards,
Tom & Cathy McLeod.

Properties in Silvertree Estate

Properties in Silvertree are tremendously sought-after. Silvertree Estate offers state-of-the-art security, fantastic amenities and an idyllic setting located under the protection of the Silvermine Mountain range with good views and direct access to Reddam House school.

Price range of properties in Silvertree Estate

Properties in Silvertree Estate offer even the most discerning of buyers a selection that will meet their requirements. Entry level properties may sometimes come on to the market for R3.5 – R4 million , but most Properties in Silvertree Estate are in the R5 – R8 million range. Exceptional properties will sell for R10 million plus.

Security of Silvertree

As one would expect with an up-market security estate, security is state-of-the-art with controlled access and 24- hours motorised guards. Armed response is on call and CCTV is extensively employed.

Amenities

Silvertree itself offers views over Constantia and there are large play areas for the whole family to enjoy.

Undoubtedly one if its main attractions is its close proximity to all amenities. It is literally a stone’s throw away from amenities such as:

  • Mountain walks
  • Cycling
  • Horse-riding in Tokai Forest
  • Steenberg Office Park
  • Westlake Business Park
  • Constantia Village Shopping Centre
  • Steenberg Village Shopping Centre including Woolworths, Pick ’n Pay and restaurants
  • Virgin Active Gym
  • A selection of restaurants and wine farms
  • The celebrated Steenberg golf-course
  • A quick trip across the mountain or down the coastal road to a variety of beaches.

Surroundings

The Tokai forest, a protected sanctuary offers beautiful scenery and many walking and cycling trails for the residents to enjoy. The Steenberg Golf-Course, Westlake Golf-Course, and convenient up-market stores are on the doorstep of this exclusive estate.

Location

Silvertree Estate is situated in the highly sought-after southern suburbs of Cape Town.

Convenience is another keyword when describing Silvertree with shops, schools and golf-courses within walking distance. A 25 – 30 minute drive into Cape Town or the airport and Silvertree Estate is 5 minutes from the main M3 motorway.

Shopping

Residents are spoilt for choice.

  • Steenberg village is accessible via a 5-minute walk, The Tokia Blue Route mall is within 5 minutes drive and Constantia shopping centre just a few minutes more.
  • Very slightly further afield is the trendy Cavendish Square and of course when buying wine, you can just pop into anyone of the 5 very close and very admired Constantia vineyards.

Schools

One of the driving factors of the popularity of properties in Silvertree Estate is the schooling. The Southern suburbs of Cape Town plays host to many of Cape Town’s top schools. The firm favourite of Silvertree residents is likely to be Reddam House, one of Cape Town’s top co-ed institutions.Residents are a few minutes’ walk away from the school and enjoy use of their own private entrance to Reddam House.

Summary

The properties in Silvertree Estate are a broad range of homes in an idyllic setting with  convenience, easy access and state-of-the-art security. Silvertree estate has it all on offer and is particularly suited to secure and convenient family living.

Viewing properties in Silvertree Estate

If you are interested in viewing properties in Silvertree Estate, or the Constantia area, put our service to the test. We offer a free and non-obligatory tour. Our experienced experts will escort you round the various locations, give you an insight into Silvertree Estate and other lifestyle estates in the area.

E-mail us here or telephone + 27 (0) 83 2658800

Properties in Silverhurst Estate, Cape Town

Properties in Silverhurst Estate are extremely rare and when they do come on to the market they are purchased in a relatively short period of listing. According to property agents in the Constantia Valley area, Silverhurst Estate is the most expensive pocket of Upper Constantia and has the highest recorded sale price during 2008 when an 800 m2 home on a plot of 4,000 m2 sold for ZAR 38 million.

About Silverhurst Estate

Silverhurst Estate is located in Upper Constantia in the beautiful green Constantia Valley. The sense of space in Silverhurst Estate is exceptiona. Neighbouring the environmental friendly High Constantia Estate is Silverhurst,  still the number one choice for the discerning property seeker who looks for luxury, comfort, beauty,  tranquillity and security.

Properties in Silverhurst Estate

The properties in the Silverhurst Estate are built for the unique requirements of the discerning property owner. These properties cater for a sophisticated lifestyle with luxurious comfort and tranquil extravagance. Properties within Silverurst  include striking villas, historically infused mansions and perfect family homes.

Properties in Silverhurst Estate tend to be well- presented  homes with luxurious features and fine finishes. The properties in the Silverhurst Security Estate are designed for the ultimate comfort and gracious living with well- proportioned gardens, pools and some with tennis courts and staff quarters.

Location of Silverhurst Estate

Constantia Valley is a very sought-after area, where sophistication, history and style can be sensed as discerning property seekers are driving through the lush green area where the most famous South African wines are produced.

The neighbourhood of Silverhurst Security Estate consists of beautiful vineyards, embassies, diplomatic missions and large beautiful properties.

Constantia Valley has such mesmerizing scenery that property owners love to go for mountain bike rides in the forests, for hikes at Constantia Nek or educational strolls through the breathtaking Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

For gourmets there are bespoke restaurants in the southern suburbs, especially in the Constantia Valley close to the Silverhurst Estate.

Silverhurst residents not only enjoy wide choice for entertainment in the southern suburbs, but also the tranquillity of living in a valley filled with tall trees and abundant vegetation. Silverhurst and its neighbourhood is peaceful and invites property owners to relax and enjoy the comfort of the mesmerizing atmosphere of the historical Constantia Valley.

Summary

Houses of distinction, state-of-the-art security, rural living within easy access to Cape Town city and breathtaking views over the wonderful Constantia Valley. Possibly the most sought-after security estate in Cape Town, there are  few opportunities to buy in Silverhurst Security Estate which presents the very pinnacle of country living.

Learn more about properties in Silverhurst Estate

If you are interested in viewing properties in Silverhurst Estate, put our service to the test. We offer a free and non-obligatory tour. Our experienced experts will escort you round the various locations, give you an insight into  Silverhurst Estate, and other lifestyle estates in the Constantia area.

E-mail us here or telephone + 27 (0) 83 2658800

Properties in High Constantia

As per its neighbouring estate Silverhurst, properties in the High Constantia Security Estate rarely come up for sale. It is often the case that properties in High Constantia are marketed  privately or discreetly. This means that many properties in High Constantia for sale do not even reach mainstream advertising but are presented to those who are known to be seeking to secure a property within the estate.

About High Constantia Security Estate

The five hectare site of High Constantia Estate is situated in the Constantia Valley and comprises 19 luxurious properties clustered around 2.5 hectare of private open space which was painstakingly designed in co-operation with environmental consultants, arborists, horticulturalists, landscapers and famous architects.

The informal indigenous landscape of High Constantia has a sustainable, historical, rural character accompanied with natural beauty.

The estate is the creation of an ecologically sound and sustainable landscaped security development with the incredible feature of  the Pagasvlei Stream, which flows through the entire High Constantia Estate and allows property owners to reside in a green nature oasis just 20 minutes away from the bustling city of Cape Town.

Properties in High Constantia

The residential properties at High Constantia are mainly beautiful mansions designed to embrace the nature around it.

Location of the High Constantia Estate

The environmentally friendly property oasis High Constantia Estate is situated in the uparket Constantia Valley, next to the Groot Constantia Vineyards where some of the best wines of South Africa are produced.

The High Constantia Estate is perfectly located in Upper Constantia which is a picturesque area with historically infused properties, amazingly designed gardens, state-of-the-art shopping opportunities, abundant nature reserves and striking botanical gardens with a touch of cosmopolitan flair.

The cradle of the Cape Wine, Constantia Valley is a famous and preferred retreat by Capetonians. High Constantia Estate is a relaxation oasis not far away from the bustling city of Cape Town which allows proud property owners to feel inner peace and smell fresh air in a tranquil and lush green surrounding. Shopping opportunities close to the High Constantia Estate are ample. Enticing shopping malls, convenient grocery stores and beautiful fashionable high quality boutiques are scattered in the area.

Security of properties in High Constantia

Properties in High Constantia benefit from a state-of-the-art security system with two 24 hours supervised access points.

Leisure at High Constantia Estate

With such beautiful scenery on the property’s doorstep, High Constantia has ample leisure activities to offer. Long hikes or mountain bike rides at the close by Constantia Neck or bird-watching in the estate itself, going to relax in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden or visiting one of the children’s parks .

Constantia Valley has far more to offer, such as vineyards, where wine connoisseurs can indulge in the tantalizing world of superior wines and stroll through the beautiful vineyards.

There are organic markets on weekends where residents can buy fresh organic vegetables and fruits, as well as naturally produced goods.

Summary

Substantial and exquisite housing in a security estate designed to satisfy the most discerning of buyers, all located in the wonderful suburb of Constantia – it simply does not get any better than this.

Learn more about Properties in High Constantia

If you are interested in viewing properties in High Constantia, or an alternative Constantia Estate, put our service to the test. We offer a free and non-obligatory tour. Our experienced experts will escort you around High Constantia and various other locations, give you an insight into Constantia estates with some examples of properties and explain our service in detail.

E-mail us here or telephone + 27 (0) 83 2658800

Properties in Steenberg Estate, Cape Town

Properties in Steenberg Estate provide buyers with the opportunity to reside amongst one of South Africa’s top three golf-courses, an award- winning vineyard and a host of amenities, including restaurants and spas.
Home to businessmen, celebrities and the famous; Steenberg Estate offers an unrivalled package of security, leisure, convenience and luxury.

The history of Steenberg Estate

STEENBERG WINE ESTATE dates back to 1682. Now lovingly restored, it has been declared a National Monument. Residents are now able to enjoy the legendary elegance and traditions of the 17th century blended harmoniously with the most refined luxuries and conveniences of our modern age.

Steenberg (Mountain of Stone) is the oldest wine farm in the Cape Peninsula, dating back to the days of Simon van der Stel. The original land grant for the farm was allocated to Catharina Ustings Ras by Governor van der Stel. Catharina was a controversial character of pioneering spirit, who as young widow had left her native Germany to undertake the perilous journey to the tip of Africa. Although she settled on the farm in 1682, an official mandate was only granted to her in 1688 “to cultivate, to plough, to sow and to possess” the land. She first named it Swaaneweide – the feeding place of swans.

The modern day Steenberg consists of:

  • A boutique hotel which is a haven of serenity and gracious hospitality. With just twenty-four elegant, air-conditioned rooms all overlooking the vineyards or manicured gardens.
  • Patrons are richly rewarded when visiting award-winning chef, Garth Almazan, at Catharina’s Restaurant in which guests are invited to relax, dine in style and enjoy sophisticated South African cuisine.
  • A state-of-the-art modern winery, producing some of the country’s finest award-winning wines.
  • A championship 18-hole golf-course designed by Peter Matkovich which is the centre-piece of the 225 homes, with each home being unique with luxury finishes.

Steenberg Golf and Security Estate

In planning STEENBERG ESTATE careful attention was taken to ensure residents benefited from an atmosphere of exclusivity where they can relax, rediscover the pleasures of the glorious past  and enjoy playing on one of the finest golf-courses in South Africa (ranked one of South Africa’s top three).

Properties in Steenberg Estate are both unique and exclusive and, as one would expect,  in limited supply at market related prices. Prospective buyers of Properties in Steenberg Estate can expect spacious accommodation of 2 reception rooms or more, 3 or 4 bedrooms, usually with en suite bathrooms, a work from home area, luxury fitted kitchen with separate scullery and laundry, double garaging, parking for a golf buggy, an outside entertainers’ patio with pool and views over the greens and mountains.

Residents of Properties in Steenberg Estate benefit from membership of the exclusive golf-course and for those not occupying the property the whole year there is always the option of letting it out for short periods. You will be able to give your tenant temporary golf membership during the period of the lease which gives them all the benefits due to home owners. There is also a supervised housekeeping and garden maintenance service available on request. Demand for rentals of properties in Steenberg Estate is relatively high and rental incomes vary but expect around ZAR 35,000 to ZAR 50,000 per month.

The security arrangements for properties in Steenberg Estate

One of the features of this private golf and residential estate is that it has been enclosed by an electric palisade fence with strictly controlled access and 24-hour security, to provide you with an atmosphere in which you, your family and guests can relax, walk, jog, cycle in the knowledge that you and yours are protected by effective yet unobtrusive security.
A recently completed R9 million security upgrade to the Steenberg wine and golf estate has made this 104 ha precinct one of the most secure residential areas in South Africa and included are:

  • an electrified perimeter fence,
  • a curtain of monitored motion-triggered infrared cameras along the boundary,
  • extensive CCTV coverage,
  • controlled access points,
  • entry via biometric fingerprint recognition or after confirmation by a resident, one of the estate’s restaurants, the hotel or winery; and a 24/7 patrol operation.

Locationof Steenberg Estate 

A thirty-minute drive from the heart of Cape Town, Steenberg nestles in the tranquil Constantia Valley, against the slopes of the Steenberg Mountains, offering views of the mountains.

Price guide for Properties in Steenberg Estate

Property prices vary between 10 million and 22 million rand.

Schooling close to Steenberg Estate 

Within a 3-minute drive to Reddam House – one of South Africa’s premier private co-ed schools with other leading schools such as Bishops, Western Province and Herschel within 20 minutes.

Summary

Unmistakable in its authenticity, Steenberg is a place of textured heritage, vintage wines, world-class golfing and prestigious housing.  Nestled in the Constantiaberg Mountains, the Steenberg Estate is Cape Town’s southern suburb’s only golf-estate to offer secure luxury living with golfing greens at your doorstep. Steenberg has rightly earned its global recognition as a flagship residential address.

Learn more about Properties in Steenberg Estate

If you are interested in viewing Properties in Steenberg estate, put our service to the test. We offer a free and non-obligatory tour. Our experienced experts will escort you round the various locations, give you an insight into the Properties in Steenberg Estate (as well as other Constantia security estates) with some examples of properties and explain our service in detail.

Email us here or telephone + 27 (0) 83 2658800

Properties in Stonehurst Estate Constantia

Stonehurst Estate is situated on Stonehurst Mountain in the lush and famous southern suburbs of Cape Town. This up-market estate comprises of a mixture of town houses and wonderful individual homes. It is spread over more than 40 hectares,  with panoramic views of the Constantia Valley. Nestled between leafy mountains and green fields, Stonehurst Mountain Security Estate offers a unique lifestyle, an environment close to nature and first class security. Properties in Stonehurst Estate are popular due to its location, property selection and range of options.

Price Guide for Properties in Stonehurst Estate

Plots – there are a few remaining plots for re-sale and the price guide is R1 million to R1.2 million.
Town houses – there are two precincts of town houses  with prices varying from 3 million to 4.5 million
Free standing homes – Entry level would be a minimum of 4 million rand and prices rise to 12 million.

Security of Stonehurst Estate

Of prime importance in designing the estate, the owners of properties in Stonehurst Estate benefit from:

  • Singular controlled entrance
  • Access control
  • Electrified perimeter fencing
  • Video and camera technology monitors
  • On-site security personnel and day-to-day management team
  • On-site foot and motorised patrols

Lifestyle Centre

Residents of properties in Stonehurst Estate can enjoy the purpose built Lifestyle Centre with amenities such as:

  • A fully equipped gymnasium
  • Heated indoor swimming-pool
  • Resident lounges
  • Billiards and snooker room
  • Fully equipped kitchen and catering facilities with outside entertainment areas
  • On-site estate management team and administration

Surroundings

Properties in Stonehurst Estate offer residents a unique location and chance to live amongst nature. The estate itself has many hiking trails, greenbelts, waterways and dams, Its immediate neighbours include Steenberg Mountains and Nature Reserve whilst a short trip sees you in the Tokai Forest, Table Mountain Nature Reserve or Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Location

Located in the sought-after southern suburbs of Cape Town, Stonehurst Estate is a rare gem on the slopes of the rocky, but stunning Steenberg Mountains.

The southern suburbs remains Cape Town’s most sought-after address and  Stonehurst Mountain Estate offers an idyllic location within this leafy suburb – combining the luxury of a rural location, with all needed amenities and easy access to Cape Town. The generous views cover the entire Constantiaberg Valley, which is famous for its internationally known wines, beautiful walks and magnificent leisure activities.

The main M3, motorway provides excellent access to most places and a 30-minute trip will take you to the middle of Cape Town,  just a few minutes longer to the airport and several beach options are accessible from as little as 15 minutes away.

Shopping

Residents are spoilt for choice with 3 shopping malls (Cavendish,Tokai and Constantia) within easy distance along with the exclusive Steenberg  Village and a number of other speciality shops in the area.

Schooling

Some of Cape Town’s (and South Africa’s) best schools are located within easy distance of Stonehurst Estate.

The private schools, Reddam House, Herschel and Western Province (Wet Pups) are literally on the doorstep and slightly further away (10 – 20 minutes) are Bishops, Sacs and Rondebosch.

Summary

If you are seeking peace, tranquillity and nature in a secure environment with easy access to amenities and transport links; Stonehurst Security Estate offers a real option. It provides up-market properties in an up-market location, whose popularity has continued to grow since selling all plots on its opening day.

Find out more about Properties in Stonehurst Estate

If you are interested in securing a property in a Stonehurst Estate, or other Constantia estate, put our service to the test. We offer a free and non-obligatory tour. Our experienced experts will escort you round the various locations, give you an insight into the security estates with some examples of properties and explain our service in detail.

To arrange viewings, a tour or enquire more about our services constact our security estate expert Marco Garuti. Marco will be delighted to help you with properties in Stonehurst Estate as well as other Constantia security and lifestyle estates.
E-mail us here or telephone + 27 (0) 83 2658800

The South African property market shows moderate improvement

Property market South AfricaThe South African residential property market showed a mild improvement and small increase in demand in August 2011 according to the FNB Estate Agent Survey.

The percentage of sellers having to drop their asking price to finalize the sale increased still further from 87 percent in Q2 2011 to 91 percent in Q3 2011.

The third quarter report confirmed that there was slightly better residential property demand. However, the agents did not indicate an improvement in the balance of demand relative to supply, which would suggest that property price growth is set to remain stagnant.

John Loos, FNB Home Loans property strategist say the property industry remains tense. At least 23 percent of estate agents cited economic burden and general pessimism as key factors influencing their near term expectations.

“We believe that while the estate agent survey demand is mildly encouraging, not too much should be read into it yet,” says Loos. Loos explains that the report also indicates a drop in the percentage of sellers selling their homes in order to downscale due to the financial situation.

Cape Town in 2011 is clearly a buyer’s market. Loos says the average time that a property remains on the market before being sold rose from 15 weeks and 1 day in Q2 to 17 weeks and 1 day in Q3 2011. The percentage of house owners having to decrease their asking price to finalize the sale rose still further from 87 percent in Q2 2011 to 91 percent in Q3 2011 and the average percentage drop increased from 11 percent in the previous quarter to 13 percent in the third quarter.

“We believe the financial pressure-related reason for selling is a strong source of support for the rental market.” He says a significant portion of these previous home owners probably move into the rental market for the time being as opposed to buying a cheaper home instantly. Estate agents taking part in the survey reported that 46 percent of sellers would be renting after the sale and 54 percent would buy again instantly.

The survey also demonstrates that another cause for selling is selling in order to upgrade. The percentage of sellers in this category declined from 16 percent in Q2 2011 to 15 percent in Q3 2011. The percentage of sellers selling in order to relocate elsewhere in South Africa remained unchanged at 7 percent, lower than the 8 percent from mid-2010 to early-2011.

The group of sellers dominating the residential property market is those selling to downscale to accommodate life stage. This group as a percentage of total sellers has increased to 23 percent, the highest percentage since the beginning of 2008. Estate agents reported a renewed increase in the number of serious viewers during show houses from 13.57 buyers to 15.05 buyers in the third quarter.

Demand appears to stay weak relative to supply, with the average time on the market having risen in the third quarter. Loos [explains|says] that one of the most [worrying|concerning] trends continues to be the estimated average time that a property is on the market prior to [being sold|changing owners].

“The average time has become more volatile from quarter to quarter since the market thinned during the 2008 recession.”

Consumer protection act – does it affect property sale in South Africa?

Cape Town property sale - Hout Bay real estateThe long awaited Consumer Protection Act (CPA) came into effect in South Africa on 1 April 2011. Fundamentally changing the way business is conducted in South Africa, the law regulates the way products and services are marketed and makes South Africa among the most consumer-protected countries in the world.

We have explored the most important changes relating to Real Estate property transactions below:

Most importantly the Consumer Protection Act grants consumers the right to cancel certain contracts within a “Cooling-off” period of five business days.

Secondly, the Act modifies the way the voetstoots clause is applied in Real Estate contracts.

The third is about changes with regard to the letting of property.

1) Cooling-off period
If it comes to a property purchase because of direct marketing efforts, the real estate buyer has the right to cancel the sale within 5 business days. This law is commonly known as the cooling off period.

Keep in mind this only applies to property sales due to direct marketing and not purchases due to marketing through show houses or traditional print ads. Nor does it apply to any property purchase made by a client that the estate agent is already working with. Such deals generated by mentioned forms of marketing do not fall within the scope of the Consumer Protection Act.

There is some good news with regard to whats considered the start of the “cooling-off” period. The date of delivery of the goods is the official start of the “cooling-off period”. In property terms this means the date of transfer of the House or flat into the buyers name, not the date of signature of the contract. In actual fact the buyer has 3 to 6 months to develop second thoughts. Of course a cancellation after several months can be complicated for all the parties involved. Also keep in mind that this is a yet untested law. It remains to be seen how it will be interpreted by the courts.

The “cooling-off” period only kicks in when the property purchase price is less than R250 000. This clause is covered in South African Property Law, in terms of Section 29a of the Alienation of Land Act. This provision is not effected by the new Act and will stay in place.

2) “Voestoots” clause
“Voetstoots” is an Afrikaans term derived from Roman Dutch Law. It literally means “as is”. Prior to the introduction of the Consumer Protection Act, all property was sold “as is”. Luckily for the buyer, the Consumer Protection Act modifies this.

Since 1 April 2011, developers, speculators, and investors owning real estate portfolios who sell real estate in their ordinary course of business, can now be held liable for defects.

An ordinary once-off sale does not fall within the scope of the Consumer Protection Act. Once-off sellers may continue to rely on the protection of the “voetstoots” clause.

For more information how the Consumer Protection Act affects lease agreements click the link provided.

 

Have your own legal representation

Two people enter into a contract – one wants to buy the other’s business.

The seller has a consultant who found the buyer and obviously acts in his best interest.
The buyer is acting alone.

  • The seller’s consultant presents the buyer with a pre printed purchase agreement. This agreement has been checked by the consultant’s attorneys and has been used by him in hundreds of sales he has previously done.Should the buyer simply agree to use it?
  • Although not a trained lawyer, the consultant says he will explain the purchase agreement to the buyer there and then.Should the buyer simply believe him?
  • In the purchase agreement an attorney is specified, this attorney will act for the seller, explains the consultant, but you will pay the bill.Should the buyer agree to this?
  • “Voetstoots”, explains the consultant means ‘sold as seen’ .Should the buyer be expected to agree to this?
  • “No there is no cooling off period” – says the consultant.Is it fair to expect the buyer to agree to this?
  • “Of course this is legally binding” – explains the consultant.Does the buyer agree there and then?
  • “…and that part would cover any extra clauses you may want to specify” – explains the consultant. Could you give me an example asks the buyer. Nope, replies the consultant.
  • So next you’ll sign here, says the consultant.Would you as buyer sign this?

If the buyer does sign, he was not properly represented and has possibly just made a huge mistake.

The buyer should get his own legal representation as this could be the largest financial and emotional investment he might ever make. If you are in the position of the Buyer, contact us and we’ll keep your best interests at heart.

Find out more about our Constantia Property Service

E-mail us here or contact Marco Garuti, our local property buyers consultant on + 27 (0) 83 265 8800

 

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