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General FAQs

Where are you located?

We are located at 200 W. Madison, Chicago, IL

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Education Discounts

If I am affiliated with the Appraisal Institute, will I receive discounts on classroom and online education?

Yes. Designated members, Candidates for Designation, Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates receive education discounts on Qualifying Education, Continuing Education and Professional Development Programs.

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If I am affiliated with the Appraisal Institute, will I receive education discounts on advanced AI Designation Education?

Only Designated members and Candidates for Designation will receive the education discount on advanced AI Designation Education courses.

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If I qualify to receive an education discount, how much of a discount will I receive?

You may receive up to 30% off of Appraisal Institute classroom and online education.

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What is the difference between AI Price and Full Price?

AI Price is the cost to Designated members and Candidates for Designation (for all education programs) and to Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates (for Qualifying Education, Continuing Education and Professional Development Programs).  Full Price is the cost to those not affiliated with the Appraisal Institute and to those Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates registering for advanced AI designation education.

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How do I become Appraisal Institute-affiliated to receive the education discounts?

Join the Appraisal Institute now!  Go to the online application to join and receive education discounts!

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If I choose the download materials only option when I register, will I receive a discount?

Yes.  A $15 discount is applied when the "download only" option is chosen.  With the material download only option, printed materials will NOT be shipped to you or available onsite. It is your responsibility to download the documents from the Knowledge Center and have them available in class on a digital device or printed and brought with you.

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Knowledge Center

Where can I access challenge and re-exam applications, as well as other student education forms?

All education applications and forms are now housed in the Resources section of the Knowledge Center. Remember you must sign in to the Knowledge Center with your AI username and password to access these forms.

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I chose to download my materials. Where can I access them?

All materials are accessible in the Knowledge Center.  On the home page, all program materials accessible to you will be listed under "My Programs."  Remember you must sign in to the Knowledge Center with your AI username and password to access your materials.

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May I print materials from the Knowledge Center and bring with me to class?

Yes, however, downloadable materials are truly intended for electronic use on a digital device.  Students may bring such devices and work on them in class.  The electronic student handbooks are set up to allow note-taking within the exercises and discussions areas of the book.

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May I purchase materials without attending an offering?

Qualifying education and continuing education materials can be directly purchased on the Knowledge Center. On the left side navigation bar, choose "All Available Courses" or "All Available Seminars," and if available, click on the red "Purchase" button.

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Knowledge Center for Instructors

Where can I download instructor audit applications and other resources?

Instructor audit forms and manuals are now housed in the Resources section of the Knowledge Center. Remember you must sign in to the Knowledge Center with your AI username and password to access these resources.

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How can I access instructor materials and presentations for downloading and viewing?

Instructor materials and PowerPoint presentations are accessible in the Knowledge Center.  On the home page, all program materials accessible to you will be listed under "My Programs."  Remember you must sign in to the Knowledge Center with your AI username and password to access your materials.

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Professional Practice

How do I submit a report that may have Standards or Ethics violations?

If you have a problem with an appraisal report prepared by an Appraisal Institute Member, Candidate or Practicing Affiliate you can submit the matter to the Appraisal Institute Professional Practice Department for review.  For more information on the process, please see the enforcement page.

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Can I be notified of the results of a referral to your department?

Because the Appraisal Institute peer review proceedings are confidential, you should not expect to hear about the status or results of your referral, although certain types of disciplinary actions are published.  If a Designated member, Candidate for Designation, Practicing Affiliate, or Affiliate receives a disciplinary action of censure, suspension or expulsion, the Appraisal Institute publishes a notice of the disciplinary action imposed and the ethical rules violated.  You can find this information on the enforcement page.

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I am having trouble accessing the Hot Topics - who can I contact?

Hot Topics are only available to Appraisal Institute Members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates and require a valid login.  If you are a Member, Candidate, Practicing Affiliate or Affiliate and you cannot access the article you need, please contact the Lum Library at 312-3354467 or ailibrary@appraisalinstitute.org.

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I have a professional practice question that is not addressed in this section - who can I contact?

The Appraisal Institute provides free assistance to its Members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates on professional practice issues.  Members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates can direct their inquiries concerning professional practice and the application of the Code of Ethics and Standards to the Senior Manager of Ethics and Standards - learn more.

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Webinars FAQ

Who do I contact for questions or information about webinars?

Please contact us at ol-help@appraisalinstitute.org or 877-674-2447.

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What is a webinar?

A webinar is live online presentation usually two hours in length. You can join from anywhere as long as you have access to the Internet and a phone.

  • Listen to the webinar facilitators through the phone or computer while you view the presentation on your computer screen.
  • Interact with webinar facilitators and other attendees by participating in live polls and submitting questions anytime during the webinar.

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What webinars are coming? Where can I register?

http://www.appraisalinstitute.org/education/online-education/webinars/

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Do I get the presentations from the webinar? What if I can't download them?

If the presentations are made available by the speakers (which they usually are), you will receive a link to download them when you register.  If the download link is blocked by your workplace or Internet provider, you can try clearing your browser cache.  If this does not work, please e-mail webinars@appraisalinstitute.org and we can email them to you.

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Can I get a recording of a webinar?

If you registered for a webinar, and a recording is made avaiable by the speakers (which it usually is), it is provided free of charge shortly after the webinar in an email link.

Other recordings of past Appraisal Institute webinars are available for purchase in our online store. (Some recordings are available for free for Appraisal Institute professionals only).

Order webinar recordings here.

If you have any questions or issues about ordering webinar recordings, please contact the AI Service Center:

Toll-Free: 888-7JOINAI (756-4624)
    Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time
    Calls received after 5:00 p.m. Central Time will be answered the following morning.
E-mail: aiservice@appraisalinstitute.org

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Is CE credit available for webinars?

Webinars are not approved for state continuing education credit. Appraisal Institute professionals who attend will have Appraisal Institute continuing education credit automatically applied. Completion certificates will not be sent.

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On Demand Online Education FAQ

Who do I contact for questions or information about on demand online education?

Please contact us at ol-help@appraisalinstitute.org or 877-674-2447.

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How does on demand online education work?

All of the Appraisal Institute on demand online programs are self-paced. That means:

  • You can register and begin your class any time after the class start date and before the class end date.
  • Login at top of this page to learn from anywhere — work or home.
  • You can go as rapidly or as slowly as needed within a 30-45 day window (depending on the program).
  • You do not have to attend at scheduled times — you work at your pace, not the instructor’s pace.
  • You can work for one hour and then log off and come back three days later and work for another hour or two.
  • You can pick up your class right where you left off when you return.

The online education system has been built with your convenience and educational satisfaction in mind. The system features:

  • A smart system that remembers you. Members and those who have taken an online class have their registration forms filled out automatically. Once new students register the first time, their forms are filled out automatically on subsequent registrations.
  • E-mail reminders. The new system will remind you the day your class starts and a week before your class ends. No more missed deadlines.
  • Administer your own account. You can now extend or cancel classes through the web site on your own. No more calls or emails.
  • Frequent Offerings. Our online sessions begin on the 1st and 15th of each month, but you may enroll for a class at any time. If you enroll in a session that has already begun, you will not have the full number of days to complete the class. For example, on March 5, if you enrolled in a 30-day class that started on March 1, you would only have 25 days to complete the course. The classes, however, are self-paced, so you can begin and work at your own speed anytime after the official start date.
  • Quick Delivery of Certificate of Completion. After completion of the program an Adobe Acrobat certificate will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of completion. (Courses with exams require passing of the exam before the certificate is issued.)

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I need more time to complete. How do I extend an on demand online education program?

Purchase Extension
Extension fee: $30.00
Length: 16 days

If you are unable to complete an online program once it begins, you may request an extension.

Only one sixteen (16) day extension is available. The extension may be purchased during the online program or during a grace period up to sixteen (16) days after the official program expiration date. Extensions after the sixteen (16) day grace period following the officialprogram expiration date can only be granted by Education Delivery Services (EDS); please contact the Education Delivery Services for more information.

If you do not use the online system to make changes, or contact us to make alternative arrangements, within the official program duration, all tuition and materials fees will be forfeited.

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How do I cancel an on demand online education program?

Process Cancellation

If you are unable to complete an on demand online education program once it begins, you may cancel out of the program before the official end date. The following tuition refund policy is in effect for canceled online programs based on the amount of material completed in a program:

  • Less than 25% of the program completed: $60 cancellation fee
  • More than 25% of the program completed: no tuition refund

If you do not use the online system to make changes, or contact us to make alternative arrangements, within the official program duration, all tuition and materials fees will be forfeited.

Note: Once you cancel out of a program, you must start the program over at the beginning in any later enrollments. You cannot be placed into the program where you left off before canceling.

Cancellation and Program Material Fees

On applicable programs, beginning 4 weeks before the offering start date, program material will be shipped directly to the student. If this material has been shipped and you request a registration cancellation, you will automatically be charged a fee and you may keep the material. Once the fee is charged, your refund will be processed. Material returns are not accepted.

Cancel Material Fee: $25.00

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Live (Synchronous) Online Education FAQ

Who do I contact for questions or information about live online education?

Please contact us at ol-help@appraisalinstitute.org or 877-674-2447.

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How does live online (synchronous) education work?

The Appraisal Institute has made achieving excellence a little easier.

1. Simply log in each morning from your computer.
2. Greet your instructor and classmates who will be logged on from their computers.
3. Discuss and debate course material in real time from your desktop.
4. Use a variety of interactive tools including chat, polls, and (optional) webcams.

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What materials do I receive?

Prior to the class start date, you will receive all materials needed for the course. For AE synchronous programs, materials can be shipped out or downloaded from the Knowledge Center. For CE synchronous programs, materials are downloaded only from the Knowledge Center.

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How is attendance measured?

The Appraisal Institute and state regulators take attendance very seriously. Participation is used to measure attendance in live online programs. This includes logging in each morning and after breaks, completing online polls and quizzes, answering discussion questions, and contributing to interactive group activities. Failure to participate in program activities to insure attendance will be grounds for dismissal from the program or withholding of program credit.

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What is the schedule for live online education programs?

Note: Live online offerings usually are segmented into several 3-4 hour sessions, instead of whole days.  Schedules may differ by offering.  Always check your particular offering when you register.  A typical schedule for a live online advanced education (AE) course is presented here:

To accommodate students across the United States, class begins each morning at 8:00AM Pacific time (9:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 Central, 11:00 AM Eastern). Each class runs for four (4) hours each day with at least two breaks during that time. The course runs for eight (8) half-days over two weeks as follows:
Times shown are Pacific.
Monday 8:00 – 12:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 – 12:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 – 12:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 – 12:00 PM
(No class on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)
Monday 8:00 – 12:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 – 12:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 – 12:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 – 12:00 PM 

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What hardware and software do I need?

After registration you will receive a link to a small download of the synchronous software. The software runs on almost all operating systems and popular browsers. You can connect to audio using either your computer or your telephone. A headset is recommended for either audio option. For complete system requirements, see http://www.gotomeeting.com/fec/training/online_training_software_support (Question #3).

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How do I take the exam at the end of the course?

Synchronous continuing education (CE) seminars do not have exams.  Only synchronous advanced education (AE) courses have exams (i.e. Advanced Income, Advanced Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use, Quantitative Analysis). 

The exam for a synchronous AE course is taken offline at a Pearson testing center. Locations are available nationwide: http://www.pearsonvue.com/ai/locate/. You will have up to 90 days after the course ends to schedule and complete the exam. More details about testing centers and exam procedures can be found at http://appraisalinstitute.angellearning.com/AngelUploads/Content/Test_LOR/ExamFAQs.html

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Website Guide #1

Where do I find the links to Appraisal Institute chapter websites?

All of the information about Appraisal Institute regions, chapters, leadership and committees is found in the “About Us” section, which is the final tab on the main site’s horizontal bar.

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I am a committee chair for my chapter. Where can I find “Chapter Business Tools?”

Log in to your account using the red “Login” button that can be found on the top right side of every page. Scroll down the page, and under the box “My Appraisal Institute” will be a separate box, “More Options.” Here you will find the Chapter Officer links you need, including Chapter Business Tools.

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My firm needs to hire a new appraiser. Where do I go to place a job listing?

AI’s Career Center can be reached on either the home page or under the “About Us” section of the website. Once you are on the Career Center page, simply click on either one of the following boxes under the “Employers” banner: “Rates” or “Post a Job/Search Resumes.”

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How do I pay my invoice?

Once you have logged in, you will see the subhead, My Financial Affairsin the top right corner of your account screen. The first entry under My Financial Affairs will be your AI Invoice. Simply click and proceed to the payment screen.

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I am moving to another state. How can I find another real estate appraisal position?

Visit AI’s Career Center by either selecting the “job seekers” link in the Career Center box on the homepage or go to the “About Us” section. Once you are in the Career Center, you can choose either “Create a free profile” that will allow employers to find you, or “Search Jobs” to view the available positions in your desired location. The Career Center features a resume builder to help you create the perfect resume. 

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I would like to contact my county’s elected officials. Is there a source for this on the website?

Yes! The new “Advocacy” section features links to elected officials, laws and regulations, testimony … everything you need to stay on top of your local laws and regulations, both current and proposed.

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Website Guide #2

I saw an advertisement for an education course that I would like to take, but I forgot to write down the exact title of the course. Where can I find this course?

Go to our Education section, and begin by choosing one of the various search options: “Qualifying Education for Licensing/Certification;” “AI Designation Education;” “Continuing Education;” “Professional Development Programs;” or “New and Popular Education.”

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How can I find out if an AI course I plan to attend has been approved by my state for Continuing Education?

For classroom or online courses, use this link.

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I would like to nominate a colleague for the AI Volunteer of Distinction award. How can I do this?

Visit the Awards and Honors page under the AI Resources section for a description of the Volunteer of Distinction program and a nomination form.

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Does the Appraisal Institute have sample agreements for service that I could use in my appraisal practice?

Yes, just go to the Professional Practice section and select “Sample Agreements for Service.” You can also find “Sample Certification Statements” under this section.

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I would like to attend the next Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting. Where do I go on the website to register?

Registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting will begin in early March. You can stay up to date on Annual Meeting activities by bookmarking the page for the Annual Meeting.

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Does the AI website offer information such as the latest mortgage rates and terms?

Yes. Go to the News section and select “Market Indicators.” The first section, “Economic Indicators,” will take you to the information you need.

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International

I hold a Designation or license from another country. Do you have any alternative paths to designated membership (i.e. AACI Designation, HypZert Designation, Japanese license issued by LREA)?

Appraisal Institute does offer some alternative paths. Please view our Candidate Policy Manual for details.

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What are the requirements for obtaining MAI Designated membership for Candidates living abroad?

Please view our MAI Designation Requirements Chart for information on the requirements for obtaining the MAI Designation.

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I do not have the required general or residential state certification to enter the Candidate for Designation program. How can I meet the equivalent requirements to enter the Candidate program without having to travel to the US?

Equivalent requirements to enter the Candidate programs can be met by completing the International Equivalency Examination Application. The exam may be taken at a PearsonVue Testing Centers. There are PearsonVue Testing Centers located around the world. Once the challenge application for the International Equivalency Examination is completed please submit to international@appraisalinstitute.org.

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Is education available online to obtain the MAI Designation?

AI recently launched the education required for MAI Designation in live online sessions. These live online sessions (called Synchronous) are in English. Once the live session is completed, you will need to schedule the examination for the online course at a PearsonVue testing center

There is also an option to challenge the examinations required for the MAI education. You may complete challenge exam application and submit to international@appraisalinstitute.org.

 You would then receive the course materials, study on your own and then visit a PearsonVue testing centers to take and pass the examination. There are PearsonVue testing centers located worldwide.

Visit PearsonVue to Locate an International Testing Center

Questions? international@appraisalinstitute.org

P: (312) 335-4295

 

 

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ILDC (Current AI Instructors)

Will I have to attend any pre-conference webinars?

Current Appraisal Institute instructors who want to gain approval to teach online or synchronous education must attend a mandatory webinar prior to their arrival at the ILDC.  Failure to attend the live webinar will disqualify any instructor from potential online or synchronous assignments.  Current instructors are welcome to attend the other pre-conference webinars (see schedule for pre-conference webinars).

  • Online/Synchronous Education - Wednesday, September 10

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Am I required to attend 100% of the conference?

Current instructors may attend sessions they are interested in, however, if all sessions are not attended, AI CE points cannot be granted (this includes pre-webinar). 

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If I attend a session, am I guaranteed a teaching assignment in that focus?

No.  Attendance does not guarantee a teaching assignment.  However, those in attendance will be more apt to be offered an assignment in that area if session was attended.

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ILDC (Potential AI Instructors)

Please tell me more about the pre-conference webinars.

Potential instructors must participate in two mandatory webinars prior to arrival at the ILDC.  Failure to attend the live webinars will disqualify any potential instructor from successfully completing the 2014 ILDC (see schedule for pre-conference webinars).

  • Instructor policies/instructor resources & tools (Friday, August 22)
  • Adult learning/technology & tools (Tuesday, September 9)

 

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Please tell me more about the pre-recorded video presentation and critique session.

Potential instructors must submit recorded presentations 2-3 minutes in length from a list of topics to be provided to the participant.  Participants may, in addition to their recorded presentation, send in a previously recorded live presentation for the facilitators to view.  All submissions must be received by the September 1 deadline.  Facilitators will have a critique for each participant upon arrival at the ILDC.

Expect to possibly answer typical classroom question(s) from the evaluators on your topic in the critique session. Questions might include reference to USPAP.  Careful preparation ahead of time will make this experience less intimidating. While we do expect preparation, we do not expect perfection.

 

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If I attend 100% of the ILDC, am I guaranteed automatic approval as an Appraisal Institute instructor?

No. In addition to successfully completing all of the required sessions given at the ILDC, you must also receive an invitation to teach from the AI National Education Committee. Specific ILDC completion criteria includes:

  • 100% attendance of ILDC
  • Evaluation of videotaped presentation(s)
  • Communication skills and participation based on performance at ILDC
  • Demonstration of knowledge of real estate appraisal subject matter

 

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If I receive an invitation from the Education Committee after the ILDC, can I immediately teach Appraisal Institute programs?

No.  An audit of an entire course or seminar program is required before one can teach.  Instructors must attend a desired program in full, and if a course, must pass the examination with an 80% or better before approval to teach is granted. Paths in which ILDC participants can take will be provided.

 

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Are there guidelines or additional things I should consider as a potential instructor participant?

Instructing for the Appraisal Institute is a privilege and a significant responsibility. As an instructor, you are a representative and an ambassador of the Appraisal Institute. The student’s impression of you can be his/her first impression of the Appraisal Institute. Thus, the Appraisal Institute maintains high standards for the skills, subject knowledge, and credentials that are required of Appraisal Institute instructors; the Education Committee is responsible for enforcing these standards. Guidelines to consider.

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