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Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Provides A Safe Option for Holiday Gatherings at a Sanitized Destin Vacation Rental

Destin, Fla., Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — While research shows that holiday travel will slow this year due to COVID-19, healthy families still want to gather this holiday season. A recent survey released by Travelocity reported that nearly 80% of respondents who plan to travel this year are planning to drive for the November and December holidays. When it comes to accommodations, Arjan Dijk, a senior vice president at Booking.com shared with USA Today that those who travel “plan to stay at a self-catered accommodation such as a vacation rental or villa where it is easier to social distance.” For those families, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties is aiming to make the holidays a little brighter this year. With hundreds of Destin vacation rental homes and condominiums to choose from, Newman-Dailey is prepared to provide a safe and sanitized home away from home for the holiday gatherings. In addition, the team at Newman-Dailey is welcoming guests with fresh baked bread for holiday celebrations and a bottle of sparkling wine for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

“Our guests really enjoy the fully equipped kitchens to gather and prepare holiday meals,” said Newman-Dailey Founder and CEO Jeanne Dailey. “We have found COVID-19 blessings in spite of this difficult year and we want to be a blessing to the families we serve. Our enhanced sanitization and cleaning standards ensure every vacation rental home and condominium is fully sanitized after each departure. Guests love that when the celebration is over, they can leave the cleaning to us.” 

Booking.com data also shows that 41% of travelers say they’re making reservations with an eye toward isolation. The beaches of South Walton and Destin along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast offer miles of outdoor, open space to spread out. With miles of soft white sand beaches and emerald green waters, families enjoy the scenic setting and change of scenery to gather with loved ones for the holidays.

Destin’s outdoor festivities, including the annual lighted boat parade along the Destin Harbor and New Year’s Eve celebrations along Florida’s Emerald Coast, offer opportunities to be outdoors and socially distance from others.

Newman-Dailey’s vast array of beach vacation rental homes sleep groups from two to 22. Each vacation rental home is equipped with a full kitchen, and washer and dryer, providing the conveniences of home in a beautiful beachside setting.  Newman-Dailey also provides guest rewards, including complimentary movie rentals and discounts to area businesses.

Travelers can search among hundreds of Destin vacation rental options for the holidays at DestinVacation.com or call 1-800-225-7652. To enjoy a welcome gift* including fresh baked bread or sparkling wine upon arrival, use promo code: HOME20. (*Offer is valid for stays during holiday weeks while supplies last)

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About Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc.
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties is a premier vacation rental, real estate sales and association management company located in Miramar Beach, Fla. Founded in 1985, Newman-Dailey has been welcoming guests to the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Fla. for more than 30 years. Recognized for

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Despite pandemic odds, South Florida van vacation rental company amid successful comeback

Business is booming for South Florida’s van vacation rental company Ondevan as more and more locals seek auto escapes.

When COVID hit, Ondevan’s original clients — international tourists — disappeared, eliminating all bookings. Eight months later, about 80% of the company’s vacation vans are booked — almost reaching pre-pandemic levels. Locals, once infrequent bookers, now account for Ondevan’s entire clientele as COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout much of the world. The rebound is providing owner Omar Bendezú, 34, some reassurance that his small business will survive the economic downturn that has claimed so many others.

The company has maintained its fleet of 11 vans and kept its two part-time employees working throughout the pandemic.

“It’s going really well actually,” he said. “I’m feeling good. October, September were good, 60%. But November, December it’s doing really well.”

Bendezú and wife Haley Kirk launched the Hallandale Beach-based company in 2017, bringing #VanLife to South Florida. But until the pandemic, the camper-van vacation rental company remained largely unknown to locals.

After international travel shut down in March, Bendezú pivoted quickly, listing the company on a website promoting local businesses called Support Local Florida and tweaking the main message on the company’s website, which reads, “Let’s save travel together, book your trip with a local business.”

A $30,000 loan from the federal Small Business Administration with a year deferment and 30-year repayment schedule allowed Bendezú to keep up with insurance and storage payments and invest in local advertising.

Since then, Bendezú has bought and sold several vans and added new features to the fleet to suit local preferences. Among the new perks: ceiling fans and plug-in capabilities for campsites with electricity.

One of the new vans — dubbed “Urpi” — has bunk beds allowing a family to live the van life, too. The other two most popular are “The Pro,” for its spacious interior, and “Tambo,” for its retro, Insta-friendly paint job.

It was social media that drew Miami’s Jojo Lee, 28, and her boyfriend to Ondevan for a birthday celebration trip in August. They rented “Scooby,” a bright yellow-and-blue painted van, for their central Florida adventure visiting Blue Hole Spring, St. Petersburg and Rainbow River. The biggest draw was the convenience, Lee said.

“It took camping to a whole new level,” she said. “Now it’s hard to go back to camping with a tent. All we had to bring was our clothes and food and that’s it. There were pots and pans, pillows. That made it so easy.” Nightly rental costs range from around $59 to $139, plus a $50 cleaning fee and $5 toll pass. The vans do not have bathrooms; some have sinks, and all come with camping essentials like stoves, utensils and lanterns.

Lee liked the trip so much she booked another one in September, this time with 10 friends in three vans. The group stayed at Chassahowitzka River Campground. She plans to book another trip with the company soon.

“If anybody is looking to explore what van life

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South Florida van rental company making a comeback

Business is booming for South Florida’s van vacation rental company Ondevan as more and more locals seek auto escapes.

When COVID hit, Ondevan’s original clients — international tourists — disappeared, eliminating all bookings. Eight months later, about 80% of the company’s vacation vans are booked — almost reaching pre-pandemic levels. Locals, once infrequent bookers, now account for Ondevan’s entire clientele as COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout much of the world. The rebound is providing owner Omar Bendezú, 34, some reassurance that his small business will survive the economic downturn that has claimed so many others.

The company has maintained its fleet of 11 vans and kept its two part-time employees working throughout the pandemic.

“It’s going really well actually,” he said. “I’m feeling good. October, September were good, 60%. But November, December it’s doing really well.”

Bendezú and wife Haley Kirk launched the Hallandale Beach-based company in 2017, bringing #VanLife to South Florida. But until the pandemic, the camper-van vacation rental company remained largely unknown to locals.

After international travel shut down in March, Bendezú pivoted quickly, listing the company on a website promoting local businesses called Support Local Florida and tweaking the main message on the company’s website, which reads, “Let’s save travel together, book your trip with a local business.”

A $30,000 loan from the federal Small Business Administration with a year deferment and 30-year repayment schedule allowed Bendezú to keep up with insurance and storage payments and invest in local advertising.

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Ondevan camper vans come with cooking supplies and bedding, making them a more convenient option over tent camping, said Jojo Lee, 28, who stayed in three vans with 10 friends at the Chassahowitzka River Campground, an hour north of Tampa, in September. Luiz Cent

Since then, Bendezú has bought and sold several vans and added new features to the fleet to suit local preferences. Among the new perks: ceiling fans and plug-in capabilities for campsites with electricity.

One of the new vans — dubbed “Urpi” — has bunk beds allowing a family to live the van life, too. The other two most popular are “The Pro,” for its spacious interior, and “Tambo,” for its retro, Insta-friendly paint job.

It was social media that drew Miami’s Jojo Lee, 28, and her boyfriend to Ondevan for a birthday celebration trip in August. They rented “Scooby,” a bright yellow-and-blue painted van, for their central Florida adventure visiting Blue Hole Spring, St. Petersburg and Rainbow River. The biggest draw was the convenience, Lee said.

“It took camping to a whole new level,” she said. “Now it’s hard to go back to camping with a tent. All we had to bring was our clothes and food and that’s it. There were pots and pans, pillows. That made it so easy.” Nightly rental costs range from around $59 to $139, plus a $50 cleaning fee and $5 toll pass. The vans do not have bathrooms; some have sinks, and all come with camping essentials like stoves, utensils and lanterns.

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Cabins for YOU voted Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Managers in the World

Family Company Lands in Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Managers in the World

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (PRWEB) November 15, 2020

Rentals United released their annual ranking of the world’s Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Managers on October 29, 2020 — and Cabins for YOU, a family company, is proud to be listed among them! The ranking is based on company size, growth speed, and use of technology to manage short-term rentals, as well as pave new paths in the vacation rental industry.

Family-owned and -operated since 2001, Cabins for YOU started with a handful of cabins, a passion for service, and…a basement. Now, we currently manage 445 vacation rentals in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas in Tennessee. We have multiple offices and facilities to provide full-service management, from marketing and web development to housekeeping and maintenance.

It’s our pleasure to help property owners get the most out of their vacation rental properties and create memorable experiences for our guests in the Great Smoky Mountains. Ranking in Rental United’s Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Managers in the World is a huge achievement for any company, let alone a homegrown family business. We’re ecstatic!

For the original version on PRWeb visit: https://www.prweb.com/releases/cabins_for_you_voted_top_50_vacation_rental_property_managers_in_the_world/prweb17546723.htm

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Vacation Rental Maintenance: What To Expect by Mike Harrington

If you own a vacation or short-term rental, you know that maintenance and upkeep are always important, and at times, they can be overwhelming. But part of the value of enlisting a property management company like Carolina Retreats, those activities can be a little less stressful.

 

Not all property management companies are the same. Some property management organizations only do minimal property maintenance, and many seem nickel and dime for each “trip” or “work order” throughout the season for an additional profit center. If you’ve owned a home for any period of time, you’ve likely either heard about, or experienced, the frustrating “$30 lightbulb” charge on your monthly statement!

 

At Carolina Retreats, our property care is different. Our guiding principle is just to do what is right when it comes to the routine guest reported maintenance throughout the season. It comes down to creating a much better guest experience when our team can act swiftly and take care of a guest’s need, and a much better Owner experience when there are no surprise charges at the end of the month. For this reason, all in-house maintenance labor is completely covered in our scope of services. That’s right, no more “$30 lightbulbs!”

 

An advantage to using a firm that has the scale and resources like Carolina Retreats is that we have an in-house team of people who are accountable to you to make sure your home is perfect for welcoming guests year-round. We offer professional housekeepers who do thorough cleanings and sanitations, and on-staff maintenance workers who perform diligently and tirelessly to make sure your home looks, feels, and operates at its absolute best.

 

We use our enterprise mobile app to conduct routine, extensive inspections, and checks on everything from lighting, electronics, appliances, to heating and air conditioning before and after every guest stay. If something goes awry or needs to be fixed, our expert maintenance crews are right there to handle every emergency, routine repair, and any large or small detail.

The North Carolina coast offers magnificent experiences, but our weather and the salt air can be harsh on our properties. That’s why the off-season is the perfect time to spruce up the outside of your home. Likewise, the interior of your vacation and short-term rental may need some TLC, too. Carolina Retreats property care professional team gives you peace of mind. Here are several things that we can do for you: 

 

  • Deck repair and replacement – loose and broken boards, exposed nails and screws, worn benches and railings all pose safety hazards for you and your guests. We can make that deck safe and inviting.

 

  • Windows, deck/patio doors, sunroofs and skylight cleaning, repair, and replacement – glass windows, deck and patio doors, sunroofs, and skylights get gritty, grimy, scratched, broken, and lose their luster. Now is time to give them a deep cleaning or replacement. They can also shift, leak, or their tracks, hinges, and handles get gummed
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How Airbnb is cracking down on vacation rental parties in Arizona

John Choi, opinion contributor
Published 6:01 a.m. MT Nov. 12, 2020

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Opinion: Large parties at vacation rentals can compromise public health. Here’s what Airbnb is doing to stop them.

A new report from Airbnb said guests traveling to Tempe paid $53 a night on average while attending football games at Arizona State University this season, while visitors to Tucson paid on average $59 a night for games at the University of Arizona. (Photo: Chesnot, Getty Images)

Communities throughout Arizona have grappled for months with the many challenges posed by the unrelenting pandemic and its impact on our daily lives.

The Arizona hospitality industry – including hotels and vacation rentals – are providing valuable services to the community, from offering housing for first responders to simply providing an avenue for folks to get out of their homes and travel in a safe and socially distant manner.

However, with nightclubs and bars closed or operating at reduced capacity, a new public health challenge has emerged – large groups taking their parties into hospitality venues such as hotels and vacation rentals. From a 300-person party at a Paradise Valley vacation rental to a party-related shooting at a Phoenix hotel, some continue to ignore the realities of this pandemic and act without regard for their fellow Arizonans.

While I cannot speak for the entire Arizona hospitality industry, I can convey on behalf of Airbnb that we’ve heard from our Arizona host community, neighbors and elected officials, and want to be very clear: we have zero tolerance for this behavior. It is not only irresponsible, but downright dangerous. 

What Airbnb is doing to stop parties

We’ve taken a number of steps to address this issue head on. Most recently, we announced a global ban on parties and events at Airbnb listings and capped occupancy at 16 people. To enforce this rule, we’ve implemented steep consequences for hosts or guests who violate it – including bans from our community and even legal action.

In Arizona specifically, we suspended or removed more than 50 listings across 12 cities that received complaints or otherwise violated our policies on parties and events. This action addressed the small minority of hosts who hosted irresponsibly during this public health crisis, and was facilitated in part by neighbors who utilized our 24/7 Neighborhood Support Line to register their concerns.

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We take these concerns incredibly seriously and are committed to ensuring their voices translate into action.

Additionally, we restricted some guests under age 25 without a history of positive reviews from booking entire home listings locally. We also prohibited one-night reservations over the Halloween weekend in entire home listings in North America.

While online platforms can implement technology defenses to stop gatherings, this works best with complementing vigilance from people on the ground. There are steps that Arizona’s vacation rental host community and hotel staffers can take to identify parties ahead of time and stop them

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Monaker Group Completes Direct Integration with HomeToGo, Worlds Largest Vacation Rental Search …

WESTON, FL, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire – Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI), a technology leader in the travel and vacation rental markets, and HomeToGo (‘HTG’), the world’s largest vacation rental search engine, have completed a direct integration to search and book Monaker available Alternative Lodging Rental (ALR) properties.

Individual travelers using HomeToGo’s powerful search engines now have seamless access through the MBE connection to all of Monaker’s instantly bookable ALR (commonly referred to as vacation rental) properties located in prime locations around the world.

As a globally trusted and recognized brand, travelers use HomeToGo to quickly search for and compare more than 18 million offers from more than 2,000 vacation home websites around the world. HomeToGo operates 43 websites in 23 countries and regions across Europe, America and Asia-Pacific. Historically, pre-pandemic, millions of loyal users searched for vacation rentals from condos and villas to castles and even treehouses. HomeToGo also owns and distributes properties through its popular travel brands including Tripping.com, CASAMUNDO, Wimdu, and EuroRelais.

The relationship between Monaker and HomeToGo began last year with testing property displays on the HomeToGo platform. Both Monaker and HomeToGo determined that a direct integration would provide a seamless and more accurate availability of the Monaker properties, with advantages for travelers and property owners.

“Increasingly, vacationers and travel operators are looking for instantly confirmed inventory bookings,” commented Patrick Andrae, CEO and co-founder of HomeToGo. “This deeper relationship with Monaker addresses this need by giving access to a wide array of instantly bookable vacation rental inventory. Now travelers who discover one of Monaker’s great property offers can simply click on a link to complete their desired booking seamlessly on HomeToGo’s platform.”

According to Monaker CEO, Bill Kerby: “When travel returns to its growth trajectory post-coronavirus, many believe consumers will be looking for more control over their accommodations in a way that only vacation and ALR rentals can provide. The typical hotel economic model is based on attracting a large number of guests into a dense location. However, HomeToGo and Monaker offer consumers more control over who they travel with and more control over their personal space.”

“The addition of HomeToGo to our group of travel distributors represents one of the largest platforms and global footprints to go live on our booking engine,” added Kerby. “HomeToGo’s massive global user base across multiple platforms now has more great choices when booking their vacation rentals.”

About HomeToGo

HomeToGo is the world’s largest vacation rental search engine. On desktop, mobile, and via mobile app, HomeToGo compares over 18 million offers from more than 2,000 vacation home websites, including Airbnb, Booking.com, VRBO, TripAdvisor and HomeAway. From condos and villas to castles and treehouses, it finds the perfect accommodation for your next trip worldwide.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Patrick Andrae, Wolfgang Heigl and Nils Regge, HomeToGo employs more than 250 people and operates 43 websites in 23 countries and regions in Europe, America and Asia-Pacific. The company owns the brands Tripping.com, CASAMUNDO,

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New Buffalo tightens vacation rental policies | Government and Politics



Vacation rentals skirt stay-at-home order

By the end of the year, New Buffalo hopes to strengthen the city’s existing vacation rental ordinance and increase enforcement, said Mayor Lou O’Donnell IV.




NEW BUFFALO, Mich. — New Buffalo is a popular destination to rent single-family homes for vacations or simply getaway for the weekend.

Some property owners here believe the rental situation is problematic with loud parties and an increase in the number of homes being turned into short-term rentals. 

“This has got to stop. It’s getting out of hand. We have strangers coming every weekend to stay near us not knowing them,” said resident Gabby Sexton.

Louise Valentin said she didn’t realize the problems she would have after her neighbor put in a swimming pool and opened his house to guests during the summer.

“What it ended up turning into is essentially a party house and I’m not exaggerating. This is every weekend,” she said.

The city has begun the process of trying to address the situation.

By the end of the year, the hope is to strengthen the city’s existing vacation rental ordinance and increase enforcement, said Mayor Lou O’Donnell IV.

“This is a work in progress,” he said.

The task seems challenging because the local economy along the shores of Lake Michigan is built on tourism.

Vacation rental owner Heather Grabowski, of New Buffalo, said she respects and agrees with many of the concerns, but too many restrictions could bring financial pain to the community.

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Monaker Group Completes Direct Integration with HomeToGo, Worlds Largest Vacation Rental Search Engine

WESTON, FL, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire – Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI), a technology leader in the travel and vacation rental markets, and HomeToGo (‘HTG’), the world’s largest vacation rental search engine, have completed a direct integration to search and book Monaker available Alternative Lodging Rental (ALR) properties.

Individual travelers using HomeToGo’s powerful search engines now have seamless access through the MBE connection to all of Monaker’s instantly bookable ALR (commonly referred to as vacation rental) properties located in prime locations around the world.

As a globally trusted and recognized brand, travelers use HomeToGo to quickly search for and compare more than 18 million offers from more than 2,000 vacation home websites around the world. HomeToGo operates 43 websites in 23 countries and regions across Europe, America and Asia-Pacific. Historically, pre-pandemic, millions of loyal users searched for vacation rentals from condos and villas to castles and even treehouses. HomeToGo also owns and distributes properties through its popular travel brands including Tripping.com, CASAMUNDO, Wimdu, and EuroRelais.

The relationship between Monaker and HomeToGo began last year with testing property displays on the HomeToGo platform. Both Monaker and HomeToGo determined that a direct integration would provide a seamless and more accurate availability of the Monaker properties, with advantages for travelers and property owners.

“Increasingly, vacationers and travel operators are looking for instantly confirmed inventory bookings,” commented Patrick Andrae, CEO and co-founder of HomeToGo. “This deeper relationship with Monaker addresses this need by giving access to a wide array of instantly bookable vacation rental inventory. Now travelers who discover one of Monaker’s great property offers can simply click on a link to complete their desired booking seamlessly on HomeToGo’s platform.”

According to Monaker CEO, Bill Kerby: “When travel returns to its growth trajectory post-coronavirus, many believe consumers will be looking for more control over their accommodations in a way that only vacation and ALR rentals can provide. The typical hotel economic model is based on attracting a large number of guests into a dense location. However, HomeToGo and Monaker offer consumers more control over who they travel with and more control over their personal space.”

“The addition of HomeToGo to our group of travel distributors represents one of the largest platforms and global footprints to go live on our booking engine,” added Kerby. “HomeToGo’s massive global user base across multiple platforms now has more great choices when booking their vacation rentals.”

About HomeToGo

HomeToGo is the world’s largest vacation rental search engine. On desktop, mobile, and via mobile app, HomeToGo compares over 18 million offers from more than 2,000 vacation home websites, including Airbnb, Booking.com, VRBO, TripAdvisor and HomeAway. From condos and villas to castles and treehouses, it finds the perfect accommodation for your next trip worldwide.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Patrick Andrae, Wolfgang Heigl and Nils Regge, HomeToGo employs more than 250 people and operates 43 websites in 23 countries and regions in Europe, America and Asia-Pacific. The company owns the brands Tripping.com, CASAMUNDO, Wimdu,

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3 Reasons to Buy a Vacation Rental Right Now — and 3 Reasons Not To

As a real estate investor, you’re no doubt aware a vacation rental could be a solid addition to your portfolio — especially if you buy one in a prime spot. But is now a good time to buy a vacation home to rent out? Here are the benefits and drawbacks.

The pros

Pro no. 1: Low mortgage rates

Mortgage rates have been unbelievably low since summertime. Today, you can get either a 30- or 20-year fixed loan for well under 3% and a 15-year mortgage for well under 2.5%. Low mortgage rates mean lower monthly payments on your property, freeing up cash for other investments and giving you more flexibility.

Pro no. 2: You may snag some deals from desperate sellers

Though some vacation property owners have fared reasonably well this year, others have been struggling. The coronavirus pandemic has really put a damper on travel, and in some parts of the county, tourism has hit record lows. But as an investor, this gives you an opportunity to scoop up discounted vacation properties owners may be eager to get rid of coming off a dreadful season.

Pro no. 3: There may soon be a surge in demand for vacation homes

A lot of people have been stuck working remotely and staying close to home since March. Meanwhile, health experts say it’s possible a coronavirus vaccine will be widely available by mid-2021. If you buy a vacation property now, you may find that once travel restrictions ease and fears subside, there will be a boom in potential guests looking to escape their surroundings and venture out. That could, in turn, put a lot of rental revenue in your pocket.

The cons

Con no. 1: Inventory is low

The housing market has been tight this year, with many would-be sellers holding off on listing their homes due to the pandemic and the general economic uncertainty it’s caused. Because inventory is so low, property values are surging, so if you aim to buy a vacation home now, you could end up paying top dollar for it. And that could negate the savings you’d reap by locking in a competitive mortgage rate.

Con no. 2: You could end up settling

Low housing inventory doesn’t just mean inflated prices; it also means you may end up having to settle for a vacation rental that needs a lot of work. And if you’re not handy, you could end up spending a small fortune to hire a contractor for renovations just to make that property marketable.

Con no. 3: Travel restrictions may trip you up

Once the coronavirus pandemic ends, travel bans and quarantine mandates shouldn’t come into play. But now, state-imposed restrictions could leave you struggling to get bookings. Be prepared to endure a period of sluggish revenue if you opt to buy a vacation rental in the near future.

What’s the right move for you?

Clearly, there are advantages to buying a vacation home now, but consider the disadvantages as well. As is the case

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